110th National Day reception of the Republic of China in Brussels
Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Belgium Margulan Baimukhan met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Belgian Parliament Eliane Tillieux, during which the parties discussed the current state and prospects of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Belgium .
Ambassador Mr. Baimukhan spoke about the political and socio-economic reforms underway in Kazakhstan, initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev under the concept of “hearing state”. The issues of vaccination in Kazakhstan and the production of the Kazakh vaccine “QazVac” were also discussed.
E. Tillieux, representative of the great French-speaking Socialist Party (PS) in the Belgian parliament, drew up a positive assessment of the socio-political transformations and the level of vaccination of the population in Kazakhstan.
Addressing the challenges of expanding interparliamentary ties between the two countries, the Belgian speaker noted the growing dynamic of interparliamentary dialogue between the two countries. According to her, online negotiations with the chairman of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin in May 2021, as well as a trilateral meeting of two presidents of the Belgian parliament with the head of the Majilis on September 8, 2021 in Vienna within the framework of 5e The World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments gave further impetus to the development of interparliamentary dialogue.
The parties also welcomed the ongoing development of cooperation between parliamentary friendship groups. The last meeting of the chairman of the committee for international affairs, defense and security of the Majilis of the Parliament Aigul Kuspan with the head of the interparliamentary cooperation group “Belgium – Central Asia” Tim Vandenput was held in June 2021.
In the context of economic diplomacy, the parties welcomed the next visit of Belgian companies to Kazakhstan, scheduled for November 2021 with the support of the Belgian investment agencies AWEX and FIT. Today, Belgium is one of the biggest investors in the economy of Kazakhstan, the volume of Belgian investments is more than 9 billion US dollars.
Another topic of conversation was the development of civil society, gender equality in Kazakhstan, higher education, ecology, regional security and the situation in Afghanistan. The Belgian politician, noting the important role of women in political life, welcomed the growing number of women in the Kazakh parliament and in political parties. In addition, the situation around the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan’s efforts to combat climate change within the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP-26) have aroused some interest in E. Tillieux. Responding to questions, the Kazakh diplomat also referred to the international initiatives of the first president of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev in the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, the 30th anniversary of its closure is marked this year. .
At the end of the meeting, Ambassador M. Baimukhan reaffirmed the Kazakh side’s invitation to Belgian President E. Tillieux and Belgian deputies to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan.