Kazakhstan-Czech Republic: 25 years of cooperation
Prague hosted a conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic. The conference participants summed up the results of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic cooperate in almost all sectors of the economy, including energy, machine-building, agriculture, logistics and education. The parties are planning to further boost the mutually beneficial partnerships. Today, there are over 100 companies with the Czech capital operating in Kazakhstan.
SERZHAN ABDYKARIMOV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO CZECH REPUBLIC:
- Over this time, Czech investments in Kazakhstan’s economy totaled US$195 million. Thanks to the inter-parliamentary group and the high-level visits of the leaders of the two countries, trade between our countries peaked in 2014 as it grew to US$1.2 billion. There was a small decline over the past two years in 2015-2016, but trade doubled and reached US$730 million in 2017.
FRANTISEK MASOPUST, SPOKESMAN, CHAMBER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY FOR CIS COUNTRIES:
- There are certain fields where we can strengthen our cooperation. These fields include the energy sector; we also need to boost our cooperation in infrastructure development at our enterprises and certainly the agricultural complex. I believe that these three fields are the main sectors for the development of our relations.
Prominent Eastern European politician Dzamila Stehlikova highlights that a trustable political dialogue and a contractual legal framework were established between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic in the past 25 years of friendship and partnership.
DZAMILA STEHLIKOVA, FORMER CZECH MINISTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND MINORITIES:
- Kazakhstan’s constitution is one of the leading ones in the world in regards to observing human rights. Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the Czech Republic is very important. The basic values include tolerance, peaceful co-existence of the people of various ethnicities and various confessions. In this regard, I think that Kazakhstan can serve as an example for the Czech Republic.
VOJTECH FILIP, DEPUTY SPEAKER, CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES OF CZECH REPUBLIC:
- We see Kazakhstan as a friend and partner in cooperation between Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan is not only a Eurasian country, but a European country as well. We respect Kazakhstan’s efforts of building a peaceful and nuclear-free country.
A new book in the Czech language on the Kazakh-Czech strategic partnership was presented in the embassy as part of the meeting. The book features the key development stages of the two countries. A documentary about the friendship of the two nations was also presented for the meeting participants.