25.07.14: Kazakhstan pledges its commitment to Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Kazakhstan is set to pledge its commitment to building partnerships with the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), during a series of upcoming diplomatic visits.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbayev, will attend the United Nations Ministerial Conference on New Partnerships for Productive Capacity Building in the LDCs, which will be hosted by LDC chair Benin, in the city of Cotonou between the 28th-31st July 2014.

In accordance with the UN’s Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) established in 2011, the Conference will help to identify new and innovative partnerships to support the LDC’s efforts to strengthen their productive capacities.

The Deputy Foreign Minister’s visit – which also includes stops in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Dakar, Senegal – will serve to emphasize Kazakhstan’s commitment to energy security, which is the main focus of the country’s upcoming EXPO-2017, and one of the four pillars of its bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council between 2017/18.

One of the themes of the Conference’s sixth annual session is “Promotion of Green and Blue Growth: The Contribution of Skill Development, Innovation and Technological Acquisition”.   As an active supporter of a Green Global Economy, Kazakhstan will be represented as an official observer by Mr. Ashikbayev, who will deliver a speech touching on the country’s successful Green Bridge Partnership Programme, among other vital initiatives.

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