On February 17, 2021, a meeting between Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Belarus Askar Beisenbaev took place in the House of Representatives.
Welcoming the Kazakh diplomat, the head of the House of Representatives thanked him for his participation in the VI All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, that played an important role in strengthening national unity, defining the main priorities of the country’s socio-economic and socio-political development in the current five years.
Belarus and Kazakhstan have always been linked by true friendship, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation, noted the Chairman, emphasizing that the leitmotif in bilateral relations is traditionally set by the leaders of the two states.
Vladimir Andreichenko expressed confidence that the upcoming visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Belarus will stimulate the development of new areas of cooperation. According to the Chairman, parliamentarians of the two countries should play an active role in the implementation of these ideas and plans.
Vladimir Andreichenko noted the high organizational level of the parliamentary election campaign in Kazakhstan and asked the Ambassador to convey his best wishes to the newly elected Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin.
In addition, the Chairman of the House of Representatives expressed confidence that in the very near future a working group on cooperation with the Belarusian Parliament will be created in the Parliament of Kazakhstan and that the Kazakh parliamentary delegation will visit the Republic of Belarus.
Concerning the strengthening of interaction in other areas, Vladimir Andreichenko emphasized the importance of trade, economic and investment relations. In terms of the volume of Belarusian exports, Kazakhstan is one of the top ten trade partners of Belarus. The work on the formation of a Roadmap for the development of cooperation for 2021 – 2022 had already begun, he noted and emphasized that parliamentarians should be actively involved in this endeavor.
Describing the situation in the field of interregional cooperation, the Chairman expressed the opinion that it is necessary to intensify concrete work in this direction.
Separately, Vladimir Andreichenko touched upon cooperation in promoting constructive uniting initiatives within the framework of international and inter-parliamentary organizations. He expressed confidence that the Belarusian and Kazakh parliamentarians would continue acting as co-authors of the initiated documents. In this context, the Chairman said that the Belarusian parliamentarians were developing a draft resolution “Preventing Drug Use among Children and Youth”, which was planned to be discussed at the annual session of the OSCE PA in July 2021 in Bucharest.
In his turn, Askar Beisenbayev congratulated the Belarusian side on the successful holding of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, positively describing its agenda and priorities to be implemented in Belarus in the next five years.
Today everyone recognizes, the Ambassador noted, that Belarus has achieved significant results within a short period of time. A socially oriented economy has been built, its quality compares favorably with many CIS countries and other neighboring states. In Kazakhstan, Belarusian brands are always associated with high quality. Kazakhstan is interested in purchasing Belarusian products as well as further developing trade and economic cooperation. In his opinion, this will be facilitated by holding interregional forums with the participation of the business circles of both countries.
The Kazakh diplomat also expressed confidence that the Belarusian nuclear power plant will give a new impetus to the development of the economy and become a driver for the development of innovative technologies.
According to Askar Beisenbayev, Kazakhstan is now actively reviewing almost all existing programs with an emphasis on the need to take into account the interests of ordinary citizens of the country, so in this context, the Belarusian development experience is of great interest.
The Ambassador also thanked for the assistance our country had provided to Kazakhstan during the pandemic. He noted that the strategy followed by Belarus in the fight against coronavirus had shown its high efficiency, which had become possible due to the preservation of an efficiently working system of the sanitary and epidemiological service.