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DUBLIN, 29 March 2019 – With the aim of further strengthening bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Ireland, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov visited Dublin on 28-29 March 2019.
The Kazakh diplomat met with the leadership of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the country's Parliament, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and other officials.
The main topic of the meetings was to discuss the recent significant political events in Kazakhstan and the entry into office of the new President of Kazakhstan – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The Kazakh Ambassador emphasised that Mr. Tokayev has reaffirmed Kazakhstan's commitment to its international obligations and the continuation of the political and economic course set out by Elbassy (Leader of the Nation) Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Irish politicians praised the legacy of the First President of Kazakhstan and highlighted his unique contribution to the development of the country as an active and reliable international partner, with a dynamically evolving economy and developing political institutions. The Irish side wished further success in Kazakhstan's evolution and the implementation of the nation's development strategy set out by the Elbassy.
Ambassador Idrissov and the Second Secretary General of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Rory Montgomery discussed a wide range of issues on the state and prospects of further deepening bilateral political and economic cooperation. The sides focused on expanding the regulatory framework, strengthening cooperation in peacekeeping under the UN auspices, and enhancing investment and trade cooperation and joint participation in projects within China's Belt and Road Initiative.
The sides also noted the significant potential for enhancing economic cooperation and discussed the activities of the Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan's privatisation programme and strategy of “decarbonising" the economy, enhancing B2B contacts and the possibility of hosting a Kazakh-Irish economic forum in Dublin later this year.
Ambassador Idrissov briefed his Irish colleague on the new functions of Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on attracting investment and promoting exports, which in many respects coincide with the functions of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
At a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed, the Kazakh diplomat discussed the prospects for expanding bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, including through encouraging the export of Kazakhstan's grain products and assisting in the implementation of Kazakhstan's meat and livestock industries' development strategy. The sides also focused on the upcoming visit of Kazakh farmers to Ireland with the aim of expanding cooperation in agricultural science and genomics, and discussing the creation of joint high-tech enterprises in Kazakhstan, taking into account the export potential of the EAEU and Chinese markets.
The meeting with the Speaker of the Seanad (Senate) of the Oireachtas Éireann (Irish Parliament) Denis O'Donovan discussed the prospects for the development of inter-parliamentary dialogue and the participation of the Irish side in the Fourth Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Parliaments themed “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership" scheduled for 23-24 September this year in Nur-Sultan.
The visit also included a meeting with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan to discuss practical cooperation in the framework of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU, as well as exchange views on veterinary control and traceability of relevant goods within the regulatory framework of the World Trade Organisation.