Roundup: Foreign Press Covers South Korean-Kazakh Relations and Middle Corridor

The Astana Times has gathered articles from global media outlets covering various topics related to Kazakhstan. This week’s foreign media digest includes information about high-level visits, competitiveness of the Middle Corridor, digital economy initiatives, and more.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to visit Kazakhstan in August for the first Central Asia Summit. This summit aims to enhance economic security and strengthen Japan’s relations with Central Asia, given the region’s abundance of natural gas and mineral resources.

During South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s visit to Kazakhstan, both countries forged partnerships in the mineral sector, specifically focusing on lithium and uranium production. This visit led to the signing of memoranda of understanding to strengthen cooperation in key mineral supply chains and the power industry.

President Yoon emphasized the need to broaden economic cooperation with Kazakhstan beyond traditional sectors like automotive and resources. Both countries aim to expand cooperation in critical mineral supply chains, infrastructure projects, and other industries to complement each other.

European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski highlighted the growing market opportunities for European agricultural exports in Kazakhstan. The EU and Kazakhstan have been working towards strengthening economic cooperation, political dialogue, and partnerships in various sectors, including agriculture.

The European Union is recognizing the strategic importance of Central Asia, aiming to strengthen economic, political, and security ties with countries in the region. Kazakhstan, in particular, has become a key player in the EU’s trade network, contributing significantly to areas like durum wheat supply.

A new initiative called the Coordination Platform for the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor) was launched in Astana, with the aim of making the project more competitive and sustainable. This platform will drive deeper connections among stakeholders and contribute to the economic development of the region.

StrategEast and Google have joined forces to launch the Build with AI for Sustainable Growth project in Central Asia and the Caucasus. This initiative seeks to tackle sustainability challenges using AI technology, with developer teams from various countries in the region working together to create solutions for sustainable development.

In a historic reintroduction effort led by the Prague Zoo, wild horses have returned to Kazakhstan’s golden steppe after over 200 years. This initiative marks a significant milestone in the conservation and preservation of wildlife in Kazakhstan.



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