under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The President's Address to the People of Kazakhstan
Growing welfare of kazakh citizens: increase in income and quality of life
Well-being of the population and accession of Kazakhstan to the list
of 30 developed countries are the long-term goals of our independent state.
On May 6-7, 2018 Mashhad (Islamic Republic of Iran) hosted the international conference "Horizons of Cooperation in Central Asia" organized by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, the Institute of Central Asian and Afghan Studies of the Middle East Institute of Iran and the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS).
The discussion at the conference focused on the topical issues of national and international security, economic and social development of Central Asian countries, peace and stability as well as prospects for cooperation within the region and with extra-regional powers.
Apart from the most reputable experts from Iran and the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the conference was attended by researchers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia and Georgia.
The former Foreign Minister of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki, being a special guest at the conference, shared with the participants his analysis of Iran's relations with the states of Central Asia highlighting various stages of economic and political cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats.
The KazISS Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbayev, who participated in the plenary session "Barriers and Challenges for Cooperation in Central Asia", noted that although there had been some positive dynamics in terms of regional cooperation, several challenges should be addressed, in particular, national agendas should be synchronized and the cross-border infrastructure should be improved. “There are engagements between Iran and the countries of Central Asia that are mutually beneficial, but the trade and economic potential has not yet been fully realized” – noted Dr Kushkumbayev.