Vienna, 7 December 2017. The 24th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) takes place in Vienna, inwhich Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, participated.
December 6, the Kazakh diplomat was received by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Vander Bellen, for whom it was the first meeting with officials of Kazakhstan. The President, a politician known primarily for his proactive environmental activities as the leader of the Greens in 1997-2008, congratulated Kazakhstan on the successful organization of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO2017.
Vander Bellen note the significant contribution of Kazakhstan in the process of de-escalation of the conflict in Syria and other peace keeping efforts of the country, especially the role of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in strengthening the movement for the nuclear-weapons-free world.
The partners discussed the fruitful cooperation of the two countries in international organizations, in particular, the UN and the OSCE.
Particular attention was given to the European Union – Kazakhstan cooperation, especially in the context of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the European Union. Austria also participates actively in the implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia and is ready to develop a partnership on transit transport and infrastructure projects.
The same day, Abdrakhmanov met with the leaders of the Austrian-Kazakh society, honorary consuls of Kazakhstan in Austria and Slovenia, and representatives of Austrian economic authorities and business circles at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Austria. The central point of the conversation related to comprehensive reforms in Kazakhstan, which were, inter alia, mentioned in the President's Message “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness” and in “Rukhani Zhangyru” program.
Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Richard Schenz, who heads the Austrian-Kazakh society, stressed in his remarks that in the light of the fruitful relations with Kazakhstan, Austria is interested in its progressive advancement and is ready to render support to further socio-economic reforms and attracting investments in non-primary sector.
With advanced technologies and modern innovations, Austrian companies have opportunities to participate in specific projects in Kazakhstan. Particular attention was paid to the activities of the Astana International Financial Center, the international center for development of green technologies and investment Projects, and the IT start-ups hub created in the premises of Expo 2017.
December 7-8, Abdrakhmanov is taking part in the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council and hold a number of bilateral meetings with the heads of delegations.