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Kazakhstan’s ruling party calls for integration with EAEU, stronger ties with Russia

January 29, 9:47 UTC+3 ASTANA
The draft election program, "Kazakhstan-2021: Unity. Stability. Creation," was presented ahead of the 17th session of the Central Asian republic’s largest party
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ASTANA, January 29. /TASS/. Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan party unveiled its election program on Friday saying it will assist further economic integration and strengthening the country’s national interests in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The draft election program, "Kazakhstan-2021: Unity. Stability. Creation," was presented ahead of the 17th session of the Central Asian republic’s largest party, which has been headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev since 2007.

"We plan to strengthen strategic relations with the key partners of the country — Russia, China, the United States, the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) — and to continue bolstering cooperation with the Central Asian countries," says the draft program that is due to be endorsed at the session.

The party forum is expected to approve a list of candidates for the elections to the country’s lower house of parliament due on March 20.

The party also says it is necessary to "step up efforts on establishing inter-religious, inter-civilizational and inter-cultural dialogue and to actively participate in solving the problems of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, illegal migration and environment."

By 2021, the party expects to improve Kazakhstan’s position in the Corruption Perceptions Index from the current 126th to the 50th place.

The document says there is readiness to increase the competitive performance of the oil and gas sector and to make the agricultural sector one of "the key drivers of the further economic growth."

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