Estonian PM named key sectors of cooperation with Kazakhstan

05 November, 2018, 16:20 330
Estonian PM named key sectors of cooperation with Kazakhstan

The head of the Estonian government believes that the sides have a big potential and prospects for developing bilateral relations. 


Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined perspective directions of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Estonia at the Kazakh-Estonian business forum. According to him, the sides can expand work in innovative technologies, transport logistics, agriculture, as well as in waste management, correspondent reports. 

"Firstly, I would like to note that we have held a productive, effective bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister. We have discussed diverse aspects of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Estonia, as well as touched upon digitalization, education, agriculture. We talked over the One Belt-One Road initiative between Kazakhstan and Estonia. Certainly, Estonia is interested in taking part in this initiative that implies combining railways between the two states," said the Estonian Prime Minister during the Kazakh-Estonian business forum in Astana. 

The head of the Estonian government noted that Kazakhstan and Estonia have a big potential for cooperation. 

"Kazakhstan is a huge country with a population of 18 million people, rich oil deposits and trade links. Estonia is a small country with 1.3 million people. We have much woodland and the high-tech sector is well-developed. However, despite differences, we have many common interests. We have capabilities to expand our bilateral economic ties in many sectors, including IT, transport, logistics, agriculture and environmental technology, as well as waste management. I am sure this list will only expand," he said. 

Jüri Ratas, in his speech, also expressed intention to visit Astana Hub that will be launched tomorrow. 

"I have a great opportunity to visit Astana Hub. I can see a strong political will of the Kazakh government to work more diversely with the private sector, and with a modern economic model. I understand that it is not easy to reach drastically changes, the constant support is needed. On the other hand, Estonia's economy undergoes the process of transformation from labour-intensive to capital-intensive industries," said the Estonian Prime Minister. 

Official representatives of the two states, including over 120 representatives of business circles, took part in the Kazakh-Estonian business forum. 

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