Kazakhstan Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev held talks with Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of the Government.
In the evening, a large representative delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic headed by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov arrived in Astana. The Kyrgyz delegation includes the first vice-prime minister Tolkunbek Abdygulov, Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev, Finance Minister Adylbek Kasymaliev, Minister of Economy Artem Novikov, Chairman of the State Customs Service Azamat Sulaymanov, chairman of the State Tax Service Oktyabr Abdykaimov, the chairman of the state service for combating economic crimes Zamirbek Osmonov, chairman of the state migration service Medetbek Aidaraliev, deputy chairman of the state border service Kurmanbek Isakov and others.
As reported, bilateral negotiations were held in a narrow format. Currently, negotiations are being held in an expanded format with participation of heads of ministries and departments of the two countries. The meeting was initiated by the Kyrgyz side, the press service of Kazakhstan PM noted.
During the discussions, Sagintayev pointed out "how President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has repeatedly noted that the relation between two brotherly states must be a role model in all fields and become an example of efficient and mutually beneficial cooperation in the region," the press service of the Kazakh President reported.
Isakov, for his part, said a massive delegation has arrived in Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan. "As prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, I am committed to constructive work," Isakov stressed.
Delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic led by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov is accompanied by First Deputy Prime Minister Tolkunbek Abdygulov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldayev, Minister of Finance Adylbek Kasymaliyev, Minister of Economy Artyom Novikov, Chairman of the State Customs Service Azamat Sulaimanov, Chairman of the State Tax Service Oktyabr Abdykaimov, Chairman of the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes Zamirbek Osmonov, Chairman of the State Migration Service Medetbek Aidaraliyev, Deputy Chairman of the State Border Service K. Isakov, and others.
As a result of the talks, the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan agreed to provide priority order of crossing the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border for individuals with personal luggage, regular passenger buses, cars, empty cargo vehicles starting from 12 am October 19.
Additionally, they agreed on creation of a working group co-chaired by the first deputy prime ministers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to prepare a joint "road-map" for bilateral economic relations.
Sagintayev made a statement following the meetings with the Government delegation from Kyrgyzstan led by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov on October 18 in Astana.
"The talks with the official delegation of Kyrgyzstan led by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov have come to an end. This is a representative team consisting of about 30 people, which allowed to carry out detailed talks on a wide- range of economic questions," he said.
The visit, according to Sagintayev, followed his phone talk with Isakov a day before.
As for the questions discussed at the meeting, the parties discussed problematic questions of bilateral economic relations, including border, transport, phytosanitary and veterinary control.
The parties also considered problematic questions related to customs and tax administration taking into account the corresponding rules and norms of the EAEU and WTO. "For example, our customs bodies reveal cases of fake declaration by Kyrgyz importers of goods from China while transiting through the territory of Kazakhstan. Because of that, we incur losses. Kyrgyz side has agreed with the raised questions. Prime Minister Sapar Isakov has guaranteed constructive approach to solution of problem associated with Kyrgyzstan's fulfilling its commitments, as well as observance of economic interests of the Eurasian Economic Union space," Sagintayev said.
"The second. Following the talks, we decided to create a working group lead by Deputy Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The working group must develop a joint roadmap within 5 days. After adoption of the roadmap, the parties are obliged to provide full implementation of reached agreements. We also have agreed that starting from 12 am October 19 a priority order of crossing state borders between our countries, especially near Kordai, will be provided for individuals with personal luggage; regular passenger transport means; passenger cars; empty motor vehicles," Sagintayev said.