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Czech Republic ready to discuss visa free regime with Kazakhstan

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The Czech Republic could become visa free for Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports.

The President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman talked about international relations between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic during his visit to Astana.

“Our embassy has increased its visa  issuing capacity. Visa-points will be available across Kazakhstan and it will significantly simplify and speed up the visa issuing procedure. We are ready to talk about a visa free regime for holders of diplomatic passports. It is possible to do within the EU. President Nazabazyev has come to an agreement Barroso (the President European Commission) and so we may be able to eliminate the need for visa not only for holders of diplomatic passports,” President Zeman said.

A visa point is a Czech electronic system used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreigners can apply for a short term, long-term visas and PR in Czech Republic through the system.

In turn, President Nazarbayev invited Czech businessmen to work with their Kazakhstani counterparts.

“I know that many buildings in Carlsbad belong to Kazakhstani businessmen. At the moment we are conducting the second round of business privatization and we invite Czech companies. As I have already said, we are starting the second stage of the industrial and innovative development of Kazakhstan. We want to build hundreds of absolutely new enterprises of different types (…) We are rich with oil, metal, coal, but using all of these we want to build an economy that is not relying on primary resources. Czech companies could help us do this. We are creating favourable conditions, such as zero tax for 10 years, new infrastructure and other good conditions,” Nazarbayev said.

Reporting by Assemgul Khassenova, writing by Gyuzel Kamalova

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