Kazakhstan and Morocco discuss cooperation28 april 2014, 01:15
Kazakhstan is interested in Morocco experience of attracting tourists, Tengrinews reports citing the press-office of the Kazakhstan Senate.
Delegation of the Morocco Parliament led by the House Chairman Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah arrived to Astana on its first ever official visit to Kazakhstan on an invitation of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Speaker of the Kazakhstan Senate.
Morocco tourism development practices are of great interest to Kazakhstan. Every year, over 10 million tourists, mostly from Europe, visit Morocco thanks to its stability, geographical location and developed infrastructure.
Tokayev expressed confidence that the visit would boost cooperation between the two countries. They agreed to facilitate Kazakh-Moroccan cooperation groups in their parliaments, and the Kazakh Senate Speaker invited Morocco to take part in EXPO-2017 exhibition to be held in Astana.
Interreligious dialogue could be another promising cooperation area for Morocco and Kazakhstan. Tokayev, who is also the Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of World Religions, expressed hope that the King of Morocco Mohammed VI would participate in the fifth congress in 2015. “Kazakhstan highly appreciates the efforts of King Mohammed VI in the realm of cross-confessional dialogue. Our countries could launch joint initiatives to achieve a better understanding and peace between Muslim and Westerns countries,” Tokayev said.
In return Biadillah praized Kazakhstan’s stability and development and its contribution into development of cooperation between Europe and Asia. “President of Kazakhstan and King of Morocco Mohammed VI pay huge attention to maintaining domestic and regional stability. At the same time the two leaders facilitate a dialogue between civilizations and religions, which significantly contributes to security,” he said. In general, Biadillah believes that Kazakhstan and Morocco have a lot of common interests and opportunities for further development of bilateral relations in various fields, including alternative energy and agriculture.
It the course of the visit the delegation also met with the Eurasian National University students, saw the EXPO-2017 general plan and visited the First President’s Museum.
According to the Statistics Agency of Kazakhstan, the commodity turnover between the two countries made $86 million in 2013 (export from Kazakhstan accounted for $73 million, import to Kazakhstan made $13 million). Kazakhstan mostly exports sulfur and chemical products to Morocco and imports citrus fruits.