January 19, 2017, an international roundtable “Joining the Economic Belt of the Silk Road and the Nurly Zhol: current status and development potential”took place in Almaty. It was organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation, together with the General Consulate of China in Almaty.
The event was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and China.
The event was an exchange of views and discussion of relevant issues of the Kazakh-Chinese relations in the cultural, educational, economic, as well as security fields.
The roundtable brought together prominent representatives of expert, cultural, educational and business communities of Kazakhstan and China, including the regions of Kazakhstan: South Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Almaty and East Kazakhstan regions.
Heads of the State Art Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after Kasteev and the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan shared their experiences and recommendations regarding the cooperation with China.
Representatives of the Kazakh research institutes and universities described the peculiarities of relations between Kazakhstan and China in the context of geopolitics and geo-economics in the Eurasian region.
A separate set of issues under discussion was devoted to the possibilities of mutually beneficial economic cooperation of Kazakhstan and Chinese companies, attracting Chinese investment in small and medium business in the regions of Kazakhstan.
In turn, the Chinese participants, lawyers and business consultants, identified possible areas of cooperation of the business circles of the two countries.
Both Kazakhstan and Chinese participants of the roundtable pointed out the problems in the Kazakhstan-Chinese cooperation.
As a result, there was general agreement that the integration of the two infrastructure projects – the Silk Road Economic Belt and Nurly Zhol – may become a new impetus to the constructive cooperation of Kazakhstan and China.