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St. Petersburg companies to help modernize Kazakh industry

November 14, 2013, 13:07 UTC+3 ASTANA
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ASTANA, November 14, 12:56 /ITAR-TASS/. St. Petersburg enterprises will help Kazakhstan to modernize its industry, the governor of Russia’s second biggest city, Georgy Poltavechenko, told reporters in Astana after talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I handed over to the head of state an accompanying letter with concrete proposals from Petersburg companies on projects in Kazakhstan, that will get support at the highest level,” Poltavehcnko said, mentioning machine manufacturing, metallurgy, foundry as well as pharmaceutics as the lucrative sectors.

Besides, St. Petersburg and Astana intend to launch medical tourism as high-tech medical assistance on different specialties is on the rise, as well as student and youth exchange and exchange of specialists.

The governor said a working group had been set up to supervise the implementation of the cooperation program for 2013-2015, signed on Wednesday.

“Officers responsible for the implementation of projects in such sectors as medicine, innovations, investment, tourism and construction will be appointed in the administration of St. Petersburg,” Poltavchenko said.

The program envisages cooperation on city construction, communal services, entrepreneurship, the development of utility and transport infrastructure, social insurance, tourism, education and science, health care, as well as cultural cooperation.

In particular, medical specialists, town planners and architects will study or attend training courses at St. Petersburg’s higher education institutions and companies. Specialists will share experience as to the introduction of new information, construction and energy saving technologies.

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