On June 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a Kazakh-American business forum with the participation of the executives of major American corporations such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, MasterCard, Citi, Dell EMC, EBRD, IBM, Autodesk and others.

When speaking to the Forum participants, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov noted the progressive development of strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States. He spoke about the work being carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote trade and economic, as well as investment cooperation between Kazakhstan and foreign countries. “Attraction of foreign investments to Kazakhstan is one of the key objectives set by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the context of the implementation of economic diplomacy and we are ready to provide the large American businesses with the necessary support for expanding investment activities not only in Kazakhstan but also in the region as a whole, – the minister said.

Minister of Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek, Minister of Health Yelzhan Birtanov, Deputy Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Governor of Astana International Financial Center Kairat Kelimbetov, Chairman of the Board of Kazakh Invest NC JSC Maxat Kabashev and others spoke to the leaders of American business about the prospects of the Kazakh-US economic and trade cooperation in various fields, reforms aimed to improve the investment climate, the privatization program, and further plans for using the EXPO 2017 infrastructure, as well as about specific economic projects in Kazakhstan.

The forum was organized by one of the leading business structures of the United States – the Business Council for International Understanding with the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington and the US Embassy in Astana. The main goal of the event was to attract American companies to participate in projects in such priority sectors of the economy as engineering, healthcare, construction, agriculture, food industry, etc.

The program of the stay of American businessmen in Kazakhstan also includes a visit to the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO 2017, participation in negotiations with representatives of Kazakhstan businesses and in the Astana Economic Forum on June 15-16.