13 October, 2017

Full review of Nazarbayev’s visit to Sochi

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This week Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Sochi in order to participate in several events.

He took part in the meeting of CIS Heads of State Council presidents where they talked the bilateral issues. The presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary attended the event. Kyrgyzstan was represented by its Prime Minister Sapar Iskakov.

Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the special role of the CIS in developing trade and economic relations among the member countries of the Commonwealth. He also indicated several directions for the CIS modernization and improvement. The Kazakh President proposed to revise the CIS Further Development Concept and work out a new plan of measures.

Subsequently, the Kazakh Leader uttered his opinion on improving trade and economic relations among the countries of the Commonwealth.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan has dwelled on the issue of deepening trade and economic relations between the countries of the Commonwealth.

“Free trade within CIS will open new opportunities for our business people and bring our countries' trade and economic cooperation to a new level. I propose to instruct the Council of Heads of Government and the Executive Committee to intensify work on the Draft Agreement on Free Trade in Services and to approve it in the near future,” said President Nazarbayev.

To the end of his speech, Nursultan Nazarbayev marked the efficiency of Russia’s leadership in the organization of the event and wished success to Tajikistan as the CIS’s next year Chair country.

During the meeting, participants learned Tajikistan’s plan of forthcoming works as a Chair country and Turkmenistan’s vision about further development of the Commonwealth.

The event was finished by signing the documents of fighting against corruption and legalization of income gained by criminal means.

Bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin

On October 12, President Nazarbayev met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation and the prospects for further development.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Russia is an important strategic partner of Kazakhstan.

“This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between our countries. This year, mutual trade increased by one third. New joint ventures are being created in all directions," said the President of Kazakhstan.

The Head of State stressed the effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the EAEU.

"Despite the difficulties, we keep moving forward. Kazakhstan will be the most reliable and close partner of Russia. In addition, it is worth noting the development of our partnership in Baikonur," said the President.

Meeting with businesspersons from Germany

President Nazarbayev together with President Putin held a meeting with representatives of business circles from Germany. He noted the well-established trade and economic partnership between Kazakhstan and Germany.

“During the years of independence, Germany invested in Kazakhstan about $ 5 billion. It is important to note that about 90 percent of the investment is being allocated in the non-primary sector. For 8 months of this year, the trade turnover between our countries increased by $ 1.5 billion. Over the past five years, Kazakhstan has implemented 19 major investment projects”, said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Mr. Nazarbayev mentioned projects that have been implemented in the country with the participation of German capital.

"Today, more than 900 enterprises with German participation in various spheres successfully work in Kazakhstan, including construction, transport, agriculture, manufacturing," said the Kazakh President.

In addition, the Head of State noted the potential of the Eurasian transport corridor, in which a key role is assigned to Kazakhstan.

“Today there are 5 railway and 6 automobile international roads through Kazakhstan. Thus, there formed strategic transport corridors that you can use,” said the President addressing German executives.

By the end of the meeting, Mr. Nazarbayev invited German investors to take part in the third wave of privatization, and actively develop cooperation with the financial center "Astana".

After meetings in a narrow and expanded format in Sochi Nursultan Nazarbayev summarized the results of his working trip.

Speaking to reporters, the Head of State said that countries identified prospective directions on the issue of digitalization. He also reported that Kazakhstan is planning to hold a meeting on digitalization. As President said, Kazakhstan and German businesspersons agreed on building up Kazakh-German relations in various economy sectors.

The photo that went viral

Armenian photograph occasionally made one of the best photos of Nazarbayev. A personal photographer of the Armenian President Davit Hakobyan told how he managed to make  Nazarbayev’s an unusual photograph.

Davit Hakobyan said that the shot was taken at the time when CIS leaders were at the entry into the hall, where the meeting was to take place in an expanded format.

According to Hakobyan, he did not use photo editors. The photo was shot around 8:30 pm by Sochi time.

"When you enter the room, the light from above falls on the person's head. By closing the diaphragm, only the object in the center remains illuminated," says the photographer.

According to him, he prepared in advance to take the picture of Armenian president right there.  

"I specially stood there to get my president to shoot like that. It turned out that I took a picture of Nursultan Nazarbayev. We waited for about 15 minutes. First, Nursultan Nazarbayev, then Vladimir Putin, and then Serzh Sargsyan came into the room. I probably did 10-15 shots.

"He is the Doyen among CIS member countries, he has such a stately gait, his glance is very strong, and that’s why this photo turned out to be pretty good. I have many pictures of Nursultan Nazarbayev for seven years of my work as a photographer of the Armenian president. But this one is such a creative, beautiful and probably unique," says Davit Hakobyan.

The photo went viral on social media and evoked сomments with positive connotation.

"I would like to give this picture to President Nazarbayev personally. In the near future, another event is to held under the summit. I guess I will be able to give him this photo. I think it will be medium-sized, so that I can give it into the hands of President,” says Mr. Hakobyan.

Aigul SHERNIYAZ,

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