UAE and Kazakhstan boost joint projects

The UAE and Kazakhstan yesterday signed a joint cooperation action plan which calls for extending cooperation to cover vital sectors in Kazakhstan and to strengthen bilateral ties to the levels aspired by the governments and people of the two countries. The agreement was signed by Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and Karim Masimov, Deputy Prime minister of Kazakhstan in the presence of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

The plan draws upon the UAE"s capabilities and track record in developing ambitious and successful industrial projects in Kazakhstan. It also involves implementation of vital energy projects such as industrial plants, exploration and processing of minerals.

Other aspects of the cooperation venture include projects in infrastructure and telecom sectors.

The plan provides for setting up a joint venture entity to develop a national centre for heart surgery in the Kazakh city of Astana, as well as funding of a project to build a national scientific centre for maternity care and a pharmaceutical plant. In the field of education, the two sides will join hands to build a state-of-the-art academic complex to leverage the knowledge industry in Kazakhstan.