0235 GMT May 09, 2021
Iran can cooperate on road construction projects in Kazakhstan, said Askhat Orazbay, the Kazakh ambassador to Iran.
Talking in a press conference on Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s statement at the opening of the first session of the Mazhilis (parliament of Kazakhstan) of seventh convocation, the envoy said his country has prioritized the development of transport, energy and digital infrastructure, inviting Iranian companies to take part in these projects.
Although Iran is currently under sanctions, it enjoys suitable experiences in civil projects, said Orazbay.
According to plan, priority will be given to improving the infrastructure linking regions, cities, districts and villages.
“We will modernize over 3,500 villages. The roads to each village, which act as foundational support for the surrounding settlements, and the motorways of state significance will be fully repaired. To further improve local self-government, it is important to simplify budget procedures and increase the independence of representative and executive bodies,” Tokayev said in his speech to the Mazhilis.
Orazbay said a delegation headed by a deputy minister of trade and integration of Kazakhstan will visit Iran in the coming months to hold talks with Iranian traders on boosting bilateral trade including investment cooperation.
Holding expert meetings with members of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) are scheduled for the Kazakh delegation, the envoy said.
“The Kazakh side has proposed to hold the meeting via a videoconference, but the Iranian businesspersons prefer to hold face-to-face talks,” he noted.
On the sidelines of the event, talking on recent developments in the world, the envoy noted that the new US government is eyeing to resolve the country’s problems, including with Iran.
According to Orazbay, the main points of Tokayev’s statement at the opening of the first session of the parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan of the seventh convocation on mid-January are as follow: