On January 24 th , 2017, the representatives of the Embassy of Kazakhstan to Canada participated in the VI Vancouver International Conference, which was organized by the Canada-Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) on the margins of the AME’s Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver. The main theme of this year’s conference was “Resource Opportunities with ‘One Belt, One Road’ Central Asian Investment Policy.
During the Conference, the Embassy made a presentation “Kazakhstan: Continuing Institutional Reforms, Implementing the infrastructure plans." Particular emphasis in the presentation was made on the key priorities of the “100 concrete steps” Plan and “Nurly Zhol” Program, which provide for the further development of transport and logistics, industrial, energy, public utilities and social infrastructure in Kazakhstan.
Guests and participants of the Conference got acquainted with the preparation of the international exhibition “EXPO-2017”, creation of the Astana International Finance Center (AIFC), “Western Europe ‒ Western China” highway project and plans to expand the airline, automotive, railways, modernization and construction of airports, sea ports, logistics hubs and other large infrastructure projects, including “Khorgos ‒ Eastern Gate” Free Economic Zone and the Khorgos International Center for Boundary Cooperation. Special attention was paid to the reforms in the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on subsoil use. The participants were informed, in particular, about the simplified procedure of granting rights, the work on preparation of the new Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use”. Moreover, the results of bilateral cooperation in 2016 were presented at the event. One of the main outcomes was an Inaugural Meeting of a Kazakhstan – Canada Business Council (KCBC), which was organized in Astana in May last year. A number of B.C. companies have expressed their intention to participate in the 2nd KCBC meeting, which will be held on the margins of EXPO-2017 in Astana in June this year.