Today following the results of the Supreme Interstate Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a joint press briefing with President Almazbek Atambayev.
Following the results of the talks, eight documents were signed to promote bilateral cooperation.
Addressing the gathering, President Nazarbayev emphasized that the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic historically have been tied due to their ethnic and linguistic roots, religion and national traditions.
“President Almazbek Atambayev visited Kazakhstan three times. During those meetings we achieved agreements due to which the bilateral trade increased two times. There are 320 joint enterprises with participation of Kazakhstani companies functioning in the Kyrgyz Republic. The volume of direct investments accounted for US$ 1 billion. Given the difficult economic situation in the Kyrgyz Republic, in order to raise the industry, our country allocated US$ 100 million to be channeled to the joint Kazakhstani-Kyrgyz Investment Fund. We have also allocated US$ 40 million of humanitarian aide to the south of the country. We gave funds to build two schools. Kazakhstan will also provide special grants for Kyrgyz students to study at the universities of Kazakhstan, including the International University of Astana”, the President of Kazakhstan highlighted.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also underlined that the Kyrgyz Republic has an export potential in hydroelectric power industry. In turn, Kazakhstan is facing irrigation water shortages.
“We have mutual dependence in many issues. In this concern it is necessary to turn it into the friendly and kind relationship. Kazakhmys Company is planning to launch production at the Kyrgyz field with US$ 350 million. Obstacles need to be eliminated to investments and businesses. Kazakhstan supports Kyrgyzstan’s intention to join the Customs Union. And we will jointly resolve all the issues easier”, the President added.
In turn, President Almazbek Atambayev stressed that the sides reached consensus on almost all issues.
“I would like to emphasize the fraternal support provided by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Many issues were resolved with a truly fraternal generosity. For instance, we asked for 100 thousand tonnes of grain with a delay in payment. The decision was to allocate 200 thousand tonnes of grain with at least a six month delay in payment. Moreover, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said we would receive as much grain as we need. The issue on additional delivery of 100 million cubic metres of gas was also successfully settled. Our countries will proceed to the construction of a high-voltage line linking Almaty and Kemin. It will provide us opportunities to export electrical power”, Almazbek Atambayev stressed.
The President of the Kyrgyz Republic also emphasized that the Intergovernmental Commission was charged to develop the issue on construction of an oil pipeline from Shymkent through the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
“Henceforth, there must be no problems between Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. I hope we will proceed to the entering the Customs Union. In this respect we also feel the support of President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev. Moreover, Kazakhstan allocated funds to build two schools. We received doubled responses to all our requests. We are very grateful to Nursultan Abishevich for such support. I consider the current state visit opens a new page in the relations between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. It was reflected in the Declaration that we signed today”, President Almazbek Atambayev concluded.