Monday, April 16, 2012 -
Kazakhstan’s Minister for Industry and Trade Aset Issekeshev met with Malaysian officials to discuss investment in the vast Central Asian state, Malaysian news agencies reported on Monday.
Issekeshev’s visit comes one day before Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev arrives in Malaysia on Tuesday.
Nazarbayev will arrive in Malaysia after finishing up his state visit to Indonesia.
On Sunday, Issekeshev attended a roundtable of Malaysian government officials and businessmen to discuss cooperation in Kazakhstan’s infrastructure.
Malaysian businessmen “had also offered Malaysian expertise to step in for the 20 hospitals that they have proposed to build,” Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said, according to Malaysia’s Business Times.
Malay companies “are also keen to develop public transport in the cities of Kazakhstan,” he added.
Issekeshev urged more cooperation between the two countries.
“We find common ground for further cooperation such as mining industry, tourism, and agriculture,” Issekeshev said.
Representatives from twenty-five Kazakh companies also attended the business forum.