Kazakhstan has sought India’s assistance in setting up of
industrial clusters in textiles and cooperation in areas of hi-technology and
financial services. This was stated by Mr. Marat
Tazhin, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan in a meeting with Shri Ashwani Kumar,
Minister of State for Industry at Atmaty yesterday. Shri Ashwani Kumar assured
Mr Tazhin of India’s willingness to collaborate with Kazakhstan to share its
experiences in building strong and vibrant industrial clusters.
The Minister further highlighted India’s need for energy
security in view of India’s dependence on oil and gas imports.
“Participation of Indian oil and natural gas companies in
Kazakhstan would be a win-win situation for both Kazakhstan and India”, Shri
He complimented the Government of Kazakhstan for strong
economic growth in the recent years and hoped that Kazakhstan would play a
significant role in bringing peace, stability and prosperity to Central Asia.
Shri Kumar also met Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Deputy Minister
of Industry & Trade and Chief Negotiator on WTO Issues. Ms. Aitzhanova made a
brief mention of the current status of negotiations with India for WTO
accession. Recalling the support pledged by Mr. Kamal Nath, Commerce and
Industry Minister, for Kazakhstan’s WTO accession,
she urged Shri Kumar to expedite India’s signing of the Protocol in this regard.
“India fully supports Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO. I hope that not only
would outstanding issues be resolved but the bilateral relations also be further
strengthened during the forthcoming bilateral meeting between India and
Kazakhstan”, Shri Kumar said.