Oman made investments worth US$253mn in Kazakhstan from 2005-15 and it hopes to strengthen relations particularly in the field of business, H E Yerzhan Mukash, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Oman has said. Speaking to mediapersons on Sunday, H E Mukash said that Kazakhstan is moving towards democratic reforms and looking to offer Omani investors a favourable market and at the same time explore new ones in the sultanate.
“Omani invested US$253mn in Kazakhstan from 2005 to 2015 and we seek to establish a joint committee between Kazakhstan and Oman to strengthen cooperation in all fields. Kazakhstan produces about 15-20mn tonnes of wheat. We hope to export it to Oman. Meat is another item that we wish to market in the sultanate.”
Inviting Oman to participate in the much awaited Expo-2017 in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, H E Mukash said, “This year Astana will host the international exhibition, Expo-2017. We are the first among the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and Central Asia to hold such a significant event on a global scale which will be attended by over a hundred countries.
“The exhibition will be held from June 10 to September 10.” The envoy said that frequent high-level official visits are boosting ties. A political consultative meeting of the nations was held in September 2016 in Muscat, he said. “The bilateral political consultations was held between the senior foreign ministry officials of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Oman. During the consultations, a wide range of issues in the political, economic and cultural spheres were also discussed. The meeting also discussed the preparations for the official visit of Oman’s foreign minister to Kazakhstan, which may give a new impetus to our relations.”