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Kazakhstan-Qatar

RELATIONS WITH THE STATE OF QATAR

Cooperation in political sphere.
Relations of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) and the State of Qatar (SQ) were established on July 1, 2003 by signing the joint communiqué. The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the State of Qatar is Mr.Azamat Berdibay (from April 2007).
First steps on establishing cooperation between two countries were undertaken during official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of RK Mr.K.Tokayev to Qatar 26-27 May 1997. During that visit he was received by Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. At that time Kazakhstan Minister conveyed Letter with Message of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev. Emir of the State of Qatar invited the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to pay official visit to Doha.
16 March 1998 in Doha during 25th Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC Member States the Minister of Foreign Affairs of RK Mr.K.Tokayev hold negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani
18-19 April 1998 there was official visit of Qatari delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani. During that visit there were signed Protocol on consultations and Memorandum on Understanding between ministries of foreign affaires of two countries about opening Embassies in Astana and Doha.
Big importance in developing bilateral cooperation played first official visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to the State of Qatar in 23-25 May 1998 during his tour on GCC countries. During that visit President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev hold negotiations with Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and also representatives of business circles. Within framework of that visit there were signed agreements on trade-economic cooperation, setting up joint Intergovernmental Commission on high level, cooperation between chambers of trade and commerce and setting up Kazakhstan-Qatar Business council. Sides agreed to open Embassies in two countries. It was reached arrangement about widening mutually profitable cooperation in oil and gas sector, trade and economic sphere and others. President of the RK N.Nazarbayev invited Emir of the State of Qatar to pay official visit to Doha.
20-22 April 1999 Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani paid the first official visit to Astana. During negotiations on high level there were discussed realization of signed agreement on trade-economic cooperation and activity of Kazakhstan-Qatar Intergovernmental Commission on high level. During that meeting there were discussed matters of participation of Qatari companies in construction of Astana. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani expressed readiness to provide financial assistance for construction of the Islamic Cultural Center and gave grant of 6.8 million USD for that. Within the visit there was signed agreement on cooperation in the sphere of sport and youth. Visit of the Emir of the State of Qatar had big political importance. Sheikh Hamad was the first Arab leader who visited Kazakhstan. Head of Qatar is a first foreign leader who personally visited new capital of Kazakhstan. The visit of Qatari leader had given impulse for developing relations of Kazakhstan with other Arab countries of the Arabian Gulf.
16-17 May 2000 Minister of Communications and Transport of the State of Qatar Sheikh Ahmad bin Nasir bin Khalifa al Thani visted Astana. During the meeting with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev Qatari side conveyed invitation of Emir of the State of Qatar to take part in IX summit of Leaders of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in November 2000 in Doha.
12-13 November 2000 in Doha there was IX summit of Leaders of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) where Kazakhstan delegation headed by Minister of foreign affaires took part. Minister of foreign affaires of RK announced Message of the President of the RK N.Nazarbayev addressed to heads of states and governments of countries members of OIC. During the Summit resolution was adopted in support of initiative of the President of RK on Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). That resolution recognized CICA as important international forum and recommended to countries members of OIC to promote to process of security in entire Asian continent. OIC Summit approved resolution on promoting assistance to regions of Aral Sea and Semipalatinsk city by providing political, economic and financial assistance for overcoming destructive aftermath in mentioned zones of ecological catastrophes.
Similarity of positions of two states on main international and regional problems promotes to active cooperation within UN, OIC and other international and regional organizations. Representatives of Kazakhstan took part in the Second OIC emergency summit, the Third Qatar Conference on Democracy and Free Trade.
22 March, 2005 Islamic Cultural Center in Astana was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Special Envoy of the Emir of the State of Qatar. The Islamic Сultural Сenter after Sultan Beybars was renamed as Islamic Cultural Center "NurAstana".
11 January 2006 Ambassador of Qatar to Turkey Abdul Razzaq Abdul Jalil al-Abdul Ghani, accrediting also in Kazakhstan, took part in inauguration ceremony of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana.
24 May 2006 Minister of Foreign Affairs of RK Mr.K.Tokayev participated in the 5th meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ADC Member States in Doha. According to Kazakhstan proposal announced at that forum, 7th meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ADC Member States took place in 2008 in Kazakhstan.
10-11 March 2007 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev paid the second official visit to the State of Qatar. During that visit President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev conferred upon Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Kazakhstan Order of Friendship of the first rank. President of Kazakhstan was conferred by the highest award of Qatar - Collar of Independence. President of RK visited «Education city» and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani paid the second official visit to Astana 4-5 March 2008. During that visit there have been signed following bilateral documents: intergovernmental Agreement on attraction and mutual protection of investments; Agreement on cooperation in the sphere of standardization, metrology and certification between Ministry of Industry and Trade of RK and General Authority on standardization and metrology of the State of Qatar; Memorandum of understanding between JSC Kazyna Capital Management and Qatar Investment Authority, envisaging consideration the matter of setting up joint investment fund.
25 August 2008 the State of Qatar joined to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) as observer. Qatari delegation in this event was headed by Minister of State for International Cooperation Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah (member of Cabinet of Ministers).
Qatari delegation headed by Minister of State for International Cooperation Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah took part in 7th meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ADC Member States and Conference of Foreign Ministers of Muslim and Western countries Common World: Progress through Diversity 16 and 17 October 2008 respectively in Astana.
From 16 to 20 November 2008 in Doha there were 8th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 20th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer under UNEP. In these events Kazakhstan delegation headed by Executive Secretary of the Ministry of environment Mr.R.Khamzin took part. Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus was hold from 29 November to 2 December 2008 in Doha where Kazakhstan delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affaires Mr.N.Danenov took part. Within that event there were meetings of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affaires of RK Mr.N.Danenov with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Deputy UN Secretary General Cheick Sidi Diarra, ministers of foreign affaires of Spain, Switzerland and Andorra, heads of delegations of China, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Estonia and other countries. During the meeting with the Minister of State for International Cooperation Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah there were discussed matters of developing of bilateral interaction in different spheres.
Third Conference of the State Parties of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNAC) was hold from 9 to 13 November 2009 in Doha where Kazakhstan delegation, including representatives of Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on fighting economic and corruption crime (financial police), headed by Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the State of Qatar Mr.A.Berdibay took part.
In the 3rd Congress of the Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions 1-2 July 2009 in Astana Qatari delegation headed by the Member of the Supreme Judiciary Council D-r Thaqeel Sayer Zaid D. Al-Shammari took part.
Delegation of Consultative Council of the State of Qatar took part in Trans-Asian Parliamentary Forum The OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Eurasian Dimension in Almaty 14-16 of May 2010.

Cooperation in trade and economic sphere.

At present the level of trade and economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Qatar is not big but has a great potential. According to the data of Statistical Agency of RK, trade turnover between RK and SQ for 2008 was 338.7 thousand USD (export 26.3 thousand USD, import 312.3 thousand USD). For first months of 2009 bilateral trade turnover is 227 thousand USD, including export 28.1 thousand USD, import 198.9 thousand USD).
Kazakhstan-Qatar Joint Intergovernmental Commission (Commission) is important mechanism of developing bilateral cooperation. Till now there were 3 meetings of Commission (first 4-7 June 2000 in Doha, second 23-28 May 2001 in Astana and third 7-8 October 2009 in Astana). Chairman of Commission from Kazakhstan side is Minister of Industry and Trade Mr.A.Isekeshev, from Qatari side - Minister of State for International Cooperation, Acting Minister of Business and Commerce Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah
From 22 to 25 October 2007 Kazakhstan delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mr.B.Akchulakov visited Doha. During this visit there were meetings of the head of delegation of RK with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, State Minister for Energy and Industrial Affairs Dr.Mohamed Saleh Al-Sada and CEO of Qatar Petroleum International QPI Mr.Nasser Jaidah, where sides discussed matters of bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sector. Members of delegation got acquainted with main production processes and infrastructure of plants on producing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and main petrochemical plants of country located in Ras Laffan and Mesaieed.
From 28 to 30 May 2008 delegation of oil and gas company Qatar Petroleum International headed by its CEO Mr.Nasser Jaidah visited Astana. During that visit there were meetings of Qatari delegation with the Vice-President of JSC NC KazMunaiGas Mr.K.Ibrashev and Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of RK Mr.L.Kiinov.
From 30 April to 1 May 2008 Assistant of the President of the RK on economic affaires Mr.A.Isekeshev visited Doha. During visit he held negotiations with Minister of Finance, Acting Minister of Economy and Trade of the State of Qatar Mr.Yousuf Hussein Kamal where were discussed matters of realization of arrangements on developing trade and economic, investment cooperation, including setting up of joint Bank of Islamic financing in Almaty.
As a result of that meeting there was signing of Memorandum of Understanding on setting up of joint Bank of Islamic financing in RK between JSC Kazyna Capital Management and Qatar Islamic Bank on 18 May 2008 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) within World Economic Forum.
Fist meeting of Kazakhstan-Qatar Business Council, organized by Chambers of Trade and Commerce of Kazakhstan and Qatar with participation of Embassy of RK in the State of Qatar, took place on 22 October 2008 in Doha. During meeting there was signing appropriate agreement between two chambers of trade and commerce of two countries on setting up mentioned Council.
During meeting of Business Council there were organized presentations of business projects in the sphere of construction and construction industry, agriculture, oil and gas, petrochemical industry, mining and metallurgy, setting up of Joint ventures in the sphere of movie and video, publication industry. Within this event Minister of Industry and Trade of RK, Co-Chairman of bilateral Intergovernmental Commission on high level (at that time) Mr.V.Shkolnik met Minister of Business and Trade of the State of Qatar Sheikh Fahad bin Jassem Al Thani and member of Executive Committee of Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Qatar Mr.Muhammad ben Ahmad bin Tauar al Kuari.
4th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference was hold from 16 to 18 February 2009 in Doha where Kazakhstan delegation, including representatives of National Council of interested parties of EITI, including Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mr.A.Magauov, representatives of nongovernmental and oil organizations, took part. During that event Kazakhstan side presented report on process of introduction of EITI in Kazakhstan. 17 February 2009 in the Conference Kazakhstan was awarded for achievements in propaganda and realization of that initiative.
From 22 to 23 March 2010 in Doha there was Forum on fight against human trafficking with participation of about 500 representatives of interested authorities and ministries of Arab, European countries, USA and CIS, UNISEF, UNESCO, Interpol, Europol, EU, EC, ILO, World Health Organization. Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by Chairman of Criminal Police of Ministry of Interior Colonel S.Kusetov.
29 - 31 May 2010 the Doha 2nd International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference 2010 (DIMDEX 2010) took place with participation of 7 000 delegates from 48 countries. Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by Military Attache of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Turkey Colonel A.Baizhanov.

Cooperation in cultural and humanitarian sphere

From 29 to 31 December 2001 in Doha Vice Minister of Culture, Information and Social Accord of RK Mr.A.Doszhan took part in 3rd Conference of Ministers of Culture of states-members of OIC. During this visit he met with deputy Secretary General of National Council on Culture, Art and Heritage Mr. Yousuf Darwish, Director on Management on culture and Art Mr.Saud al-Ganem and Managing Director of satellite television network Al Jazeera Mr.Muhammad Jasim Al Ali and discussed the matter of organizing of Days of Culture of Kazakhstan in Qatar in March 2002.

In accordance with arrangement reached during the 2nd Kazakhstan-Qatar Joint Intergovernmental Commission, Days of Culture of Kazakhstan were successfully held from 19 to 31 March 2002 in Qatar. Kazakhstan delegation was headed by Minister of Culture and Information and Social Accord Mr.M.Kul-Muhammed. Within Days of Culture there were organized concerts of actors of Kazakhstan and exhibition of collection of Cultural Center of the President of RK, including copy of Golden Warrior. Head of delegation of RK Mr.M.Kul-Muhammed was received by Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Chairman of National Council on Affairs of Culture and Art of the State of Qatar Sheikh Saud bin Muhammad visited Kazakhstan in April 2002.
From 10 to 15 of June 2008 Days of Culture of the State of Qatar were successfully held in Almaty. Qatari delegation was headed by Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Art and Heritage Sheikh Mishal bin Jassim al-Thani. During Days of Qatari culture there were organized different events: concerts of national music, presentation of Qatari movies, exhibitions of handicrafts and national cuisine, printed materials of the National Council for Culture, Art and Heritage, Bedouin heritage in traditional Qatari marquee, concert of national melodies on national musical instrument rabab, concert of national dancing group. There were meetings of Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Art and Heritage Sheikh Mishal bin Jassim al-Thani of the State of Qatar with Minister of Culture and Information of RK Mr.M.Kul-Muhammed and Mayor of Almaty Mr.A.Esimov on 10 June and 15 June 2008 respectively.

From 28 to 30 May 2008 there was visit to Doha of delegation of Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Healthcare of RK headed by Vice-Minister Mrs.A.Nusupova for studying experience on setting up and management Education city and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Within implementation project New University in Astana there was visit to Doha of delegation of Ministry of Education and Science of RK headed by Executive Secretary Mr.F.Kuanganov for studying experience on setting up and management of branches of American universities in Education city of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development from 20 to 25 February 2009.
6th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival was hold 19 - 22 April, 2010 in Doha, organized by Al Jazeera Satellite Network, where were shown 197 films from 94 countries. In programme of festival documentary film of Kazakhstan producer S.Azimov Late love of classic took part.
Satellite television network Al Jazeera opened 25th February 2008 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) its first office in Central Asia.
Kazakhstan took part in the 15th Asian Games in December 2006 in Doha. Kazakhstan team successfully participated in that event and had got 4th place in terms of number of medals among all participants (23 gold, 19 silver and 43 bronze medals).







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