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Kazakhstan, Pakistan to implement joint projects in agriculture, transport

September 07, 2011, 20:42 UTC+3

Pakistan offers to use its seaports for the supply of Kazakhstan-made goods to the global markets

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ASTANA, September 7 (Itar-Tass) —— Kazakhstan suggests the Pakistani business to make investments in its economy, thus receiving an access to the market of the Customs Union.

Pakistan, in turn, offers to use its seaports for the supply of Kazakhstan-made goods to the global markets.

The topical aspects of bilateral cooperation were in the focus of Wednesday’s talks between Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“Pakistan’s investors were invited to take part in the program aimed at the intensive industrial and innovative development of Kazakhstan, which opens the potential of Kazakhstani market and the markets of the Customs Union member states [Russia and Belarus] for the Pakistani business communities,” the press service of the Kazakhstani president said, summing up results of the talks.

The two sides discussed agricultural cooperation. “During the meeting with the prime minister of Kazakhstan, I offered to exchange scientific and technical experience in the sphere of wheat farming, and hold studies for the increase of wheat harvests,” the Pakistani prime minister said.

“We have got promising projects in the agricultural sphere and creation of joint ventures for the processing of agricultural products,” Nazarbayev’s press service said. “Kazakhstan, as an important grain producer, may become a supplier of those products to Pakistan.”

The transport cooperation was another important issue, which was in the focus of the talks. The two sides plan to develop “railway and highway routes for the enlargement of trade and economic relations between the two countries,” the press service said.

In addition, Pakistan is ready to offer its seaport for the transit of Kazakhstani goods, which will promote the country’s export to the international markets.

Apart from the economic issues, the interlocutors exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, recent developments in the countries of South Africa and the Middle East, as well as discussed nuclear disarmament problems.

“They specifically pointed to the need to develop interaction between law enforcement bodies in the joint response to terrorism and extremism,” the press service of the Kazakhstani president said.

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