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19 May 2011
Today President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at Akorda

The sides discussed the issues on further strengthening and development of bilateral relations.

“We had a very constructive meeting with the President of Kazakhstan and talked about a lot of issues on Kazakhstan’s economic progress, many international issues, weapons issues, nuclear issues, and issues on cooperation between countries. We also talked about the UNDP role plays in Kazakhstan today. I will be leaving Kazakhstan with the very strong impressions on the progress of Kazakhstan has been making. Twenty years ago this country became independent. It was very tough time. An old order changed. A new order had to be built. At the early independence years the GDP per capita in Kazakhstan was around US$ 700. Today the GDP is accounted for US$ 9,000 to 10,000. So it had been a very clear vision of building of economy, attempting to diversify the economy. It was also a big vision around this capital, the plans of architecture of Astana which is simply outstanding. I think also Kazakhstan has been much recognized for the constructive role plays in international and regional affairs. Kazakhstan hosted important organization meetings related to the OSCE, Organization of Islamic Conference, economic forums. And today the world is building a path to Kazakhstan. The country is also a very strong supporter of the United Nations multilateralism. The former speaker of the Parliament has now appointed to a very senior of the Under Secretary General position of the United Nations. Recognizing all these achievements, the UNDP is looking to lift the level of the relationship with Kazakhstan to a strategic partnership, acknowledging the role of this country in the region. Kazakhstan is providing support to the countries that have not much progress to develop and share experience with them. We are the United Nations global development network agency and we work with many countries to develop cooperation and partnership with them, “ UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said at a press briefing.

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