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ESCAP Executive Secretary underscores economic integration, cooperation in visit to Kazakhstan

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From 15 to 17 May, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana traveled to Kazakhstan for bilateral meetings with government representatives and to join the high-level UN delegation at the Astana Economic Forum. On the first day of the Forum, the Executive Secretary met with the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Beibut Atamkulov, to express ESCAP support for the country’s sustainable development initiatives. She also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to broaden areas of collaboration between ESCAP and the Eurasian Economic Commission. On the sidelines of the Forum, Ms. Alisjhahbana engaged with UN Resident Coordinator Norimasa Shimomura and the UN Country Team for discussions on SDG implementation at the national level.

On 17 May, she joined the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, H.E. Askar Mamin, at the First Kazakhstan Forum on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Opening the meeting, she noted, “Kazakhstan and North and Central Asia have great potential to take the sustainable development agenda a step further. Our focus must be on strategically targeting our investment and deepening economic integration to diversify our economies while supporting social development.”

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