On September 4, President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Akorda reported.
The parties exchanged views on the main areas of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Canada including trade, economy, investment, cultural and humanitarian ties.
Two leaders also highlighted their shared approach to a number of international development issues, as well as the huge potential for enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, including agriculture.
President Nazarbayev invited Mr. Trudeau to pay a visit to Astana.
On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in China, President Nazarbayev also held bilateral meetings with the leaders of France, Turkey, Britain, Russia, India, Italy, Spain, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, as well as the heads of UN, EU, and OECD.
Speaking at the summit, President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the G20 meeting is being held in a complicated time.
“The rates of global economic growth, trade and capital flows are decreasing. It affects the welfare of millions of people. The formation of new transcontinental trade and investment associations may lead to a decrease of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) role and fragmentation of the world economy. These processes may become a start for a new stage of a war in the international markets,” he said.
The Head of State stressed the way of global development depends largely on the united actions of the entire world community. In his view, the leading role in international economy and finance regulation should be played by a single global organisation.
“Such kind of structure can be created through the transformation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) into the Global Development Council, which should serve as a global economic regulator,” he said. The head of state presented the proposal at the 70th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly in New York last September.
Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the current coordination of monetary and fiscal policies, as well as structural reforms are important. It is not sufficient, however, to ensure stability in the long term. He suggested developing more substantive proposals to stabilise exchange rates around the world, including the developing countries.
The President suggested a new industrial revolution, digital economy and innovation.
“I fully support this approach. Implementation of this task is only possible on the principles of inclusiveness. We need to determine the midpoint of the dialogue between the G20 and the developing countries. As an alternative, I suggest considering the Kazakh communication platform G-Global, which is open to all participants. This platform brings together more than 30,000 experts from 140 countries,” he said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev added Kazakhstan actively supports implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals, the Paris agreements and the principles of green economy. In this regard, he invited the participants to take part in the upcoming international exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana, which will be held under the slogan Future Energy.
The President concluded by noting Kazakhstan’s vision of the world’s most pressing issues was presented in the Manifesto “The World. The 21st Century.” He expressed hope for support in implementing its ideas and formation of a world free from nuclear weapons.