Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kistafin calls on the federal minister for economic affairs

Islamabad: Yerzhan Kistafin, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ahad Khan Cheema, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs on Monday.

The meeting, attended by senior officials from both Ministry of Economic Affairs and Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Pakistan, focused on strengthening bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Minister Cheema warmly welcomed Ambassador Kistafin, emphasizing the longstanding bonds of brotherhood, cultural affinity, and mutual respect shared between Pakistan and Kazakhstan since the establishment of bilateral relations in February 1992.

He highlighted the steady increase in bilateral trade volume, underscoring the need for further measures to fully tap into the existing trade potential between two nations. He further stressed the importance of reciprocal visits by businessmen and investors to boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities. Ambassador Kistafin reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s unwavering commitment to collaborating with Pakistan in priority areas such as trade, energy, agriculture, and regional connectivity. He further highlighted the successful 12th Session of the Pakistan-Kazakhstan Joint Intergovernmental Commission (JIC) held in December 2023 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Ambassador stressed the importance of further enhancing cooperation to advance regional connectivity which will promote mutual prosperity and development for both countries.

The Minister acknowledged the successful hosting of the 12th Session and stated that JIC forum will further fortify our shared vision of growth and prosperity. While appreciating the signing of MoUs on Tourism and Culture during the 12th Session of JIC, Minister stated that people of Pakistan have a deep-rooted appreciation for the rich and diverse culture of Kazakhstan. “We have seen a significant increase in the interest from Pakistani tourists to Kazakhstan in recent years.

This surge in tourism reflects the genuine interest and fascination that our citizens have for Kazakh culture, heritage, and landscapes”, said the Minister. In his concluding remarks, Minister Cheema assured Ambassador Kistafin of Pakistan’s dedication to closely collaborate with the Government of Kazakhstan for further strengthening the bilateral relations between both nations. Both sides expressed optimism for the future, emphasizing the importance of sustained collaboration in achieving mutual prosperity and advancement.