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Kazakhstan, Israel agreed to intensify coop in health sphere (PHOTO)

Kazakhstan and Israel have agreed to intensify cooperation in the field of health during the regular 7th session of the Kazakh-Israeli committee on trade and economic cooperation in Astana.
Nur-Sultan 24 November, 12:56

The Commission from the Kazakh side was headed by Minister of Finance Bakhyt Sultanov, the Israeli side – by Minister of Environmental Protection and for Jerusalem Affairs and Diaspora of Israel Zeev Elkin.

During the meeting the sides discussed the current and future directions of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Israel in the fields of trade, business and investment, agriculture, health, information and communication technologies, as well as the preparations for the signing of bilateral documents during the visit of Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to Kazakhstan.

Also, during the meeting the sides discussed the current state and the volume of mutual trade and reaffirmed the importance and the need to strengthen the trade and economic relations between two countries.

The Ministry of Finance noted that the volume of Kazakhstan's trade turnover with Israel for the first 9 months of 2016 has amounted to 236.9 million dollars (exports - 196.9 million dollars, import - 40.0 million dollars).

In this regard, in order to develop trade the parties noted the importance of the start of negotiations on the conclusion of the Agreement on free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and its Member States and Israel.

It was agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of public health, in particular the training of Kazakhstani specialists in the leading Israeli medical centers, and master classes with the participation of Israeli experts.

The Israeli side expressed interest in developing cooperation in the field of agriculture. Particular attention was paid to the transformation of the Kazakh-Israeli Center for drip irrigation "Ushkonyr" in the International Centre, as well as the creation of a joint consortium to build a demonstration farm in Kazakhstan.

In order to expand the economic cooperation and encourage the active participation of Kazakh and Israeli companies and business delegations to trade shows and events, two sides agreed to promote the active participation of the business community and individuals in decision-making, including the representatives of governments, commercial activities carried out in two countries during 2017.