Dutch Delegation Visit: New Projects Worth 450 Million Euros
Astana hosted the "Kazakh-Dutch investment roundtable" with the participation of a delegation of Dutch companies. More than 100 delegates took part in the event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, "NC "KAZAKH INVEST" JSC and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Netherlands.
Economic relations between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands are developing dynamically. The inflow of investments from the Netherlands since 2011 has amounted to $23.7 billion, moreover, the “country of tulips” has been a leader among Kazakh investors for many years.
The round table with welcoming speeches was opened by the ambassadors of the two countries. As the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands Askar Zhumagaliyev noted, after the pandemic, ensuring food security is a priority for the whole world. In turn, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kazakhstan, Andre Carstens, said that this event should make a significant contribution to ensuring the mutual development of economies, assist in diversifying and facilitating working conditions, as well as creating better conditions for the business of the two countries for cooperation.
After welcoming speeches, Vice Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhenis Osserbay spoke at the roundtable, noting the huge potential for expanding relations in the field of agro-industrial complex, and Frederic Vossenaar, special representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Netherlands, has told about the success story of Dutch farmers who, locating in a small territory, occupy 2nd place in the world in the export of agricultural products and food.
Deputy Chairman of the Board of “NC “KAZAKH INVEST” JSC Zhandos Temirgali made a presentation on the topic “Investment Opportunities of Kazakhstan”, noting the interest in diversifying the portfolio of Dutch companies from the energy sector towards processing industries, such as food production, engineering, pharmaceuticals, etc. By the way, the Netherlands is one of the largest investors in the Kazakh economy. The inflow of investments from the Kingdom to our country in 2021 amounted to $6.9 billion.
According to UPOV Deputy Secretary General Peter Button, Kazakhstan's entry into the ranks of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) will have a positive impact on ensuring the efficiency of agricultural production. Mr. Button assured that the Union is ready to accept Kazakhstan into its ranks and, thanks to the exchange of experience, new technologies and knowledge, to bring farms throughout the country to a higher level.
Vice President of Philips Jan-Willem Scheijgrond in his speech noted Kazakhstan's desire to provide high-quality and high-tech medical services to the population of the country. So, for 25 years of the company's work in Kazakhstan, he emphasized the progressive movement of the government in this direction, which will certainly affect such an important factor as life expectancy. He expressed readiness to implement joint projects with Kazakh colleagues. In a response speech, the Chairman of the Board of SK Pharmacy LLP, Erkhat Iskaliyev, said that within the framework of the centralization program of medical centers, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Philips will be an important step in improving medicine in Kazakhstan and will create a platform for the exchange of experience in the field of digitalization of medicine.
Sander Pilkenrud, President of Dutch Clean Tech, spoke about the readiness to implement projects in the field of drinking water purification. According to him, they have already implemented more than 1,000 projects around the world and are ready to use this experience in Kazakhstan as well.
After the end of the main session, the participants proceeded to the signing of documents totaling more than 450 million euros.
Thus, Lely Group and BIK signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to create an automated dairy farm in Pavlodar region.
"Philips" and the Ministry of Healthcare of Republic of Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the implementation of projects in the field of healthcare.
In addition, KAZAKH INVEST signed a Memorandum on the implementation of the WWTP construction project in Kazakhstan with Dutch Clean Tech.
"Rijk Zwaan" and RSE on REM “Institute of Botany and Phytointroduction” of the Committee of Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed an Agreement on joint work on seed production.
Also, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the State Commission for Variety Testing of Agricultural Crops of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The round table was continued in the panel sessions "Livestock, poultry, meat and milk production, veterinary medicine" and "Greenhouse sector development". During the panel discussions, issues of the development of the agro-industrial complex, new technologies and the possibility of their application in Kazakhstan were discussed.
The round table ended with a seminar “UPOV AND NAKTUINBOUW ON SEED DEVELOPMENT” and parallel bilateral meetings.