Spain shows interest in expanding cooperation with Kazakhstan
Trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Spain amounted to about US$850 million this year. And there is more to go, as the countries intend to significantly increase cooperation in several important areas, including tourism. During the meeting, the foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary to consider the possibility of the mutual recognition of national vaccine certificates. They also intend to continue the work on the establishment of direct air routes between Kazakhstan and Spain.
“As a result of the negotiations, we have signed a number of documents. It is an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation, as well as a number of memorandums of cooperation in agriculture, environmental protection and cooperation between official development assistance agencies,” said Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
Spain is one of Kazakhstan’s main trading partners. The local business community has been impressed by the pace of Kazakhstan’s economic recovery from the pandemic. In addition, a number of major players in the Spanish market have successful experience in the country.
“Kazakhstan is very important to us. It has been our strategic partner since 2013. It’s very important for us. And now we are working together on the potential acquisition of our strategic airlifter, which we believe is going to be a game changer in the region,” noted Francisco Sanchez, Executive Vice President of a company.
“We are developing projects in Kazakhstan all the time. We have more than 250 people in Kazakhstan right now, and we are, as I said, an important supplier to the mining industry, which is vital industry in Kazakhstan, and we believe that Kazakhstan has got a very interesting future,” added company spokesperson Jose Vargas.
Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova
Editing by Galiya Khassenkhanova