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8th EU-Kazakhstan High-Level Business Platform focussed on Cooperation in Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

22/10/2021 - 13:01
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NUR-SULTAN – The EU-Kazakhstan High-Level Platform of dialogue on economic and business matters held its 8th meeting in Nur-Sultan on 22 October, chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin. The event brought together the representatives of business and EU Heads of Mission led by EU Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas.

The EU shares a growing interest in closer cooperation in the agriculture and forestry sectors, and welcomes Kazakhstan’s role in enhancing food security, a key part of the EU Green Deal. We see opportunities in enabling small-scale agricultural producers to access supply chains, promoting trade and investment in the sustainable agribusiness sector.

As the biggest importer and exporter of agri-food products in the world, the EU believes in making this trade environmentally friendly and sustainable. Our recent Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) aims for significantly reducing the use of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics for farmed animals and aquaculture, increasing organic production, raising animal welfare standards, and taking 10% of EU farmland out of production for biodiversity restoration. In full consultation with our trading partners, we will work to develop sustainable agriculture and raise standards.

The EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) provides a solid ground for deepening cooperation with Kazakhstan in the agriculture and forestry sectors, including exploring new opportunities for trade and investment.

The EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council in May welcomed the progress made in the framework of the Business Platform chaired by the Prime Minister Mamin. The Platform acknowledges the importance of the EU in Kazakhstan's external trade, and discussions on a range of issues contribute to attract more investment in Kazakhstan.

The Platform of dialogue at high level complements the technical dialogue between the EU and Kazakhstan within the EPCA, in particular the Cooperation Committee in Trade Configuration, which will take place in October 2021.  

Background Information

The EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), fully in force from 1 March 2020, aims at creating a better regulatory environment for businesses in areas such as trade in services, establishment and operation of companies, capital movements, raw materials and energy, intellectual property rights. It is a tool of regulatory convergence between Kazakhstan and the EU, with some “WTO plus” provisions, notably on public procurement.

Even in a year as difficult as 2020, the EU has consolidated its position as Kazakhstan’s first trade partner and first foreign investor, and Kazakhstan remains the main trade partner of the EU in Central Asia. Total EU-Kazakhstan trade reached €18.6 billion in 2020, with EU imports worth €12.6 billion and EU exports €5.9 billion. The EU is by far Kazakhstan's first trading partner overall, representing 41% of total Kazakh exports.
For more information, please contact Ms. Elnura Abakanova, Communications officer, EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, e-mail: elnura.abakanova@eeas.europa.eu