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Kazakhstan to cooperate with India in energy and defence

08 july 2015, 02:58
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Photo courtesy of miptstream.ru
Photo courtesy of miptstream.ru

During a two visit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kazakhstan, the two countries have signed a number of new agreements in energy and defence, Tengrinews reports.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Kazakhstan on July 7 after visiting Uzbekistan. On July 8 he left for Russia for SCO and BRICS summits, and after that he will continue his diplomatic tour of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Upon his arrival in Kazakhstan was met at the Astana Airport by Kazakh Prime-Minister Karim Massimov, Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Askar Musinov.  

Kazakhstan and India expected signed agreements on supply of uranium and moved forward with their cooperation in rare-earth elements.

Shortly before the official visit CamCool Ltd from the Cambridge University and Salwan Media Ventures launched an international initiative in quantum technologies led by experts from India and Kazakhstan.

The CamKazInd fund aims to combine Kazakhstan's rare-earth elements and mineral wealth with India's human capital and the experience of Cambridge scientists to develop various technologies.

"The possibilities offered by our Cambridge-Kazakhstan-India new quantum technologies (QT) platform are limitless scientifically, commercially, and also in terms of providing a strategy to unlock access to advanced technologies and expertise that have so far been hidden away in the ivory towers of Western institutions," the senior research scientist from Cavendish Laboratory, Dr. Siddharth Saxena was quoted as saying by Yahoo news. 

"By coupling Kazakhstan's rich mineral and financial resources, powered by the world's most advanced tech know-how in new-age quantum technologies from leading researchers such as Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, and India's ability to produce for a global scale, Kazakhstan can play a role comparable to, if not bigger than, what Western corporates did in delivering Indian IT potential to world," Harjiv Singh, the Founder and CEO of Salwan Media Ventures said.

Quantum technologies using Kazakhstan's minerals have a great potential in computers, keeping food fresh and decreasing mobile phone bills.

According to Chokan Laumulin, the new technological initiative supports Kazakhstan becoming a member of the BRICS Alliance.

"New materials are the key bottleneck in progress of electronics, manufacturing drill-bits for oil-rigs, facilitating development of energy efficient construction, and even developing new and more effective drug-delivery systems in healthcare," said Laumulin, former Chief Editor of KontinenT Magazine.

In the course of his visit Modi invited Kazakhstan to participate in "India's 'Make in India' Initiative, Smart Cities and Urban Infrastructure Programme". According to the Indian PM, Kazakhstan’s infrastructure-focused Nurly Zhol program fits well with the' Make in India' initiative. 

"I invite you to Make in India. You have the raw materials and we have the youth people who can contribute. We can cooperate in this sector. (…) Smart cities, modernising towns, urban infrastructure are the sectors in which Kazakhstan can participate. (…) The more our cooperation increases, the more our nations benefit. (…) Space, cyber security, health, infrastructure... these are the sectors in which we can work together. We have taken up a mission of smart cities. This will interest those working on urban areas and infrastructure," he said.

During his stay in Kazakhstan India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Nazarbayev to discuss international agenda and bilateral relations and lectured at the Nazarbayev University in Astana. 

By Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina


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