Kazakhstan plans to expand relations with ASEAN countries
One of the priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy is the strengthening of relations with Southeast Asian countries and their expansion with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This was announced at the association’s 41th General Assembly by Chairperson of Mazhilis of the Kazakh Parliament Nurlan Nigmatulin. He highlighted the importance of restoring global chain supplies, ensuring transparency and safety of transport and logistics routes in current difficult geopolitical conditions.
“In this regard, strategic idea of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to build the partnership across the entire Eurasian continent – Great Eurasia, is of special relevance. Development of practical interaction with ASEAN through Eurasian Economic Union is promising for deepening trade, economic and investment cooperation,” Nurlan Nigmatulin stressed.
The agenda of the major forum includes issues of peace and security, the Parliament’s role in regional cooperation and economic recovery after COVID-19. The participants also talked about increasing the role of women in politics, providing them with jobs and decent wages.
Nurlan Nigmatulin emphasized that strengthening of economic relations in such format can give a strong impetus for the development of the continent’s countries, economic growth and increasing of citizens’ well-being.
ASEAN is a population of almost 670 million people with a combined GDP of US$3.5 trillion and foreign trade value of more than US$4.5 trillion. To date, the association is one the largest regional organizations.