Mongolia-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission Meeting HeldPolitics
Ulaanbaatar, May 29, 2023 /MONTSAME/. The 9th Meeting of the Mongolia-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Science, Technological, and Cultural Cooperation was held in Ulaanbaatar on May 26. The Meeting was co-chaired by Minister of Finance of Mongolia B. Javkhlan, and Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kydyrali.
The current situation of trade and economic cooperation between Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and further development of cooperation in trade, economic, investment, logistics, cultural, tourism, and information technology areas were discussed during the Meeting.
The parties agreed to develop a roadmap for intensifying the cooperation between the two countries in trade, economy, and investment from 2023 through 2025.
Recognizing transport and logistics as inseparable parts of trade and economic cooperation, the parties pledged to support each other in overcoming challenges that the landlocked countries face to access the sea. Moreover, the meeting included a discussion of prospects for cooperation in forestation by coordinating the national campaigns of “One Billion Trees” of Mongolia and “Two Billion Trees” of Kazakhstan.
In connection with the declaration of "Years to Visit Mongolia" by the Mongolian Government for the period 2023-2025, the parties discussed expanding the cooperation in the tourism sector by leveraging the mutual visa exemption and direct flights between the two countries, with particular attention on developing the eco and ethnic tourism.
In the scope of strengthening the ties between the business communities of the two countries, establishing a Mongolia-Kazakhstan Business Council and supporting the cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries were also considered within the Meeting’s agenda.
On the sideline of the Meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on the Environmental Sector between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan was signed.
Following the Meeting, Minister of Finance of Mongolia B. Javkhlan, and Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kydyrali signed the final Minutes of the IGC meeting.
The next meeting of the IGC was tentatively planned to be organized in 2025 in Astana, Kazakhstan.