The forum is being held in Ust-Kamenogorsk, a center of one of Kazakhstan’s successfully developing regions. More than a hundred of Kazakh-Russian joint ventures function in the region. Hosting annual forums with participation of Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia and representatives of frontier regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation is marked as a unique feature of Kazakh-Russian inter-regional and frontier cooperation.
The first forum was held in Omsk, April 2003. The second forum took place in Chelyabinsk, in May 2005. The third forum was held in Uralsk, in October 2006. The forth forum took place in Novosibirsk, in October 2007. The fifth forum was held in Aktyubinsk, in September 2008, the sixth forum – in Orenburg, in September 2009.
The VII Forum of Kazakhstan-Russian Inter-Regional Cooperation aims to promote interregional cooperation between joint ventures of Kazakhstan and Russia, strengthen ties in the field of investment and innovation policy, and provide overall support for business and social circles of the two countries.
Addressing the participants of the plenary session, President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that the current VII Forum of Kazakhstan-Russian Inter-Regional Cooperation is of great importance because it is being held for the first time under new historic conditions. Starting from July 1, 2010 the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus started its work. It allowed us to open customs borders, elaborate a new common Customs Code and fix common tariffs of the three countries.
“It will give a new impetus to the development of direct ties between the regions of our countries. Moreover, it will form new main points of integration both in the bilateral format and in the framework of the whole Eurasian continent,” Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed.