European Council President Donald Tusk Visited Kazakhstan

President of Kazakhstan, Qasym-Jomart Toqayev met with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. This is Donald Tusk’s first visit to Kazakhstan.

The parties have discussed on bilateral cooperation and expansion of partnership in various areas.

Last year, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Europe exceeded US$37 billion. The value is higher by 25.6% compared to the figure in 2017.

The parties have agreed to increase the volume of trade in the future. Oil, gas, silver and zinc are exported from Kazakhstan to Europe. Food products will be exported as well.

Currently, there are more than 6,000 European companies in Kazakhstan.

Last year, the volume of investments attracted from EU member states exceeded US$11 billion.

Qasym-Jomart Toqayev said that a number of projects are being implemented in order to expand partnerships.

“The EU is very much needed and important for us. More than 50% of trade of Kazakhstan is accounted for the European Union,” he added.

Donald Tusk thanked the President of Kazakhstan for invitation and hospitality.

“I feel like a veteran of our friendship and cooperation between Poland and Kazakhstan in my previous capacity and now between the EU and Kazakhstan,” he said.