Astana, Tokyo agree to intensify parliamentary ties

Senate (upper chamber of the Parliament) Chair Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met Sept. 12 with Japan’s House of Councillors special committee on official development assistance and related matters chair Shigeki Iwai, reported the Senate press service. Bilateral relations with Japan are anchored in shared goals, values and a trust-based dialogue between the leaders of the countries, said Tokayev. Regarding the expo legacy and government digitization strategy, he invited Japanese companies to participate in the 2017-2020 Digital Kazakhstan programme and get involved in the work of the UN-sponsored Centre for Development of Green Technologies to be created on the expo grounds. Iwai called the exhibition “a historic event” which gave many countries the opportunity to effectively exchange knowledge and experience in future energy. He added Osaka is bidding for Expo 2025 and asked Kazakhstan to support Japan as a candidate.