Pak-Kazakhstan for mutual cooperation in energy and communication sector

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (APP): Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Saturday
agreed to identify flagship project for mutual cooperation in energy
and communication sector and to hold Joint Business Council meeting
during the first half of 2016.
The Eight Session of Pakistan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental
Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and
Cultural Cooperation was held in Astana on November 5 to 6, 2015,
said a press release issued here.
Pakistan delegation was headed by Minister of State for
Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan. The Kazakh side was
led by Deputy Foreign Minister Askar Mussinov. Representatives
of different Ministries of both countries and Ambassadors of
Pakistan and Kazakhstan assisted their respective delegations.
The Kazakh side acknowledged the potential of China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) for the economic upliftment of the region.
Both sides also agreed to explore ways to enhance connectivity
through all possible means for the promotion of trade and investment.
The IGC reviewed whole range of economic cooperation that
included trade and investment, transport and communications,
agriculture, industry, energy, healthcare, environmental protection,
information & broadcasting, civil aviation, tourism and training of
diplomats.
The IGC referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent
landmark visit to Kazakhstan, reviewed progress on various decisions
taken during the visit.
On conclusion of the two days session a Protocol was signed by
the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources of
Pakistan and Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan.
The IGC was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere reflecting
the traditionally close relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
The two sides agreed to hold the Ninth Session of the IGC in the
year 2017 in Islamabad.