KUALA LUMPUR — Kazakhstan is keen to grow its relations with Malaysia on all fronts which include political, trade, economic and social for the mutual benefit of both countries in the future.
Kazakhstan Ambassador to Malaysia Bolat Imanbayev said since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Malaysia in 1992, bilateral cooperation bilateral relations has developed steadily.
“For the period of 28 years we have created a constructive dialogue based on mutual trust and benefit. Nowadays, Malaysia is one of the most important political and economic partners of Kazakhstan in South East Asia.
Imanbayev said both countries regularly conduct political contacts, including on the highest level.
Due to the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of the two nations, their important locations on international crossroads, as well as their relatively high tempos of economic development, Nur-Sultan and Kuala Lumpur find themselves in similar situations in many ways.
Cooperation in the framework of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) seems very perspective.
Kazakhstan is also interested in cooperation with Malaysia within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ARF).
Intensive trade-economic cooperation is another vital component of our bilateral collaboration. Malaysia is among the leading trade partners of Kazakhstan in this region.
As for today, Malaysian companies and investors in cooperation with Kazakhstan partners have implemented projects in the field of oil and gas, engineering and construction, agriculture, green technologies, and many others for the total amount of over US$1 billion.
“Our bilateral trade is increasing continuously every year – in 2019 the total amount of trade turnover increased for 25 per cent compared to 2018.
Imanbayev said Kazakhstan and Malaysia have achieved mutually beneficial cooperation in
many sectors, such as Islamic banking, Halal industry, oil and gas, infrastructure, green technology, and others.
In terms of tourism, since October 2009, Kazakhstan’s national carrier “Air Astana” operates scheduled flights on the route Almaty – Kuala Lumpur – Almaty which positively affected the development of tourism between countries.
For example, almost 15,000 tourists from Kazakhstan visited Malaysia in 2019 and about 10,000 tourists from Malaysia visited Kazakhstan during the same period.
During the summer of 2017, Kazakhstan was the first among the Commonwealth of Independent Countries to host the world EXPO-2017 exhibition in Nur-Sultan.
A total of 115 countries including Malaysia, and 20 international organizations participated in this world fair.
“I would like to mention that within the framework of participation at Expo2017, Malaysia was represented by more than 110 companies,”
In total, Malaysian pavilion received 682,591 visitors throughout the EXPO. I would like to emphasize that Malaysian participation at EXPO 2017 was highly successful.
He said: “All these successes and achievements are direct merits of our First President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s hard work and efforts.”
The country withstood many hardships and have become modern, developed, and a prosperous state, attractive for investment, business and tourism, with significant accomplishments and dynamic growth in many areas aimed at creating a better future for the nation.