Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada, 29 October 2016
Natural Resources Canada Official meets Kazakhstan counterparts in Astana
On October 24-28, 2016, Mr. Mark Pearson, Director General, External Relations, Science and Policy Integration, Natural Resources Canada visited Astana and participated in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board meeting. The EITI is a global Standard to promote the open and accountable management of natural resources, and both Kazakhstan and Canada are committed to promote public awareness about how countries manage their oil, gas and mineral resources.
Moreover, Mr. Pearson met with the leadership of Kazakhstan’s Ministry Investments and Development, Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use, “KazGeology” National Company and KazEnergy Association. Both parties discussed the current status and prospects of the Kazakhstan – Canada partnership in the area of mining and geology, exchanged of views on the best practices in geological survey, resource exploration and development, as well as implementation of international standards in this area. It was agreed to further support mutually beneficial cooperation in the mining area, including with help of Kazakhstan’s delegation, which is going to participate in the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange in march, 2017 in Toronto.
Alberta trade mission visits Kazakhstan
A trade mission of the province of Alberta to Kazakhstan (Almaty, Taldy-Korgan, Astana) was arranged on October 24-29, 2016. The mission included five Canadian companies and three business associations (Amity Ag, Xports International, Boda Farm, Agriprocity, Stamp Seeds, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Hereford Association, Canadian Angus Association), as well as representatives of Lakeland College. Along with visiting farms in Almaty and Akmola regions, the companies and associations from Canada took part in the KazAgro / KazFarm agricultural and animal breeding industry fairs in Astana, in which a company from the province of Saskatchewan, Bourgault Industries Ltd also took part.
While in Astana, the trade mission’s participants met with Vice-Minister of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Yerlan Khairov, leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Export and Investment Agency “Kaznex Invest”, “Astana Socio-Entrepreneurial Corporation” JSC and others. Both sides expressed their interest to further cooperate in the agricultural area, including beef cattle breeding, grain production, agricultural equipment, education.