ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin met the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Ayaz Sadiq at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed matters of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the minister acknowledged the brotherly relations between Kazakhstan and Pakistan that established since the independence of Kazakhstan.
Ayaz Sadiq said that trade and cooperation have steadily grown between the two nations but both Countries need to work more on it.
The Kazakh ambassador apprised the minister that the 11th Session of Pakistan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Joint Commission (IJC), under Co-chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister- Minister of Trade & Integration Kazakhstan, is going to be held in Islamabad next month.
Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin highlighted the development areas that are on agenda of the Session. These sectors include; connectivity through land and air routes, trade relations, agriculture sector, energy sector, banking channels, education sector and investment opportunities.
Moreover, the ambassador highlighted that the Republic of Kazakhstan is keen to provide 70,000 tons of Additional Humanitarian Assistance of tents, winter clothes and sleeping bags to flood affected areas in Pakistan.
The minister for economic affairs appreciated the humanitarian assistance and stressed on pushing development in railways and power sector.
Ayaz Sadi said that connecting to Central Asia is in keen interest of both the Countries. He said that both Countries need to explore ways to increase bilateral relations through land and air connectivity.
The Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) also acknowledged the friendly relations between both nations and assured complete assistance in signing of MoUs and Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM) to finalize agenda of the 11th IJC Session.