Nur-Sultan, 27 July 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili along with the Foreign Minister, Ilia Darchiashvili, and Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili visited Kazakhstan. They held meetings with representatives of the government of Kazakhstan.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

Alikhan Smailov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and Prime Minister of Georgia held a meeting on Wednesday. The two heads discussed the existing partnerships between Georgia and Kazakhstan.

The Prime Minister of Georgia informed his counterpart that the trade turnover between the two states had increased by 42% in the last year. They also discussed future possibilities to further enhance cooperation between Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Furthermore, Irakli Gharibashvili also explained how Georgia’s role as a growing gateway can help the countries of Central Asia.

Afterward, the two heads also pointed out the strategic importance of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) for the two nations.

To increase the route’s competitiveness, lifting limitations in infrastructure on railway sections and sea ports and reconsidering current tariffs were suggested.

Meeting with the President of Kazakhstan

The Prime Minister of Georgia also met the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. They discussed the achievements Georgia and Kazakhstan have made through their 30 years of diplomatic relations.

Consequently, the two agreed that the two countries were enjoying good relations with each other. They also discussed further enhancement of these relations in the domains of transport, trade, and tourism.

Meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili met the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Mukhtar Tleuberdi. They highlighted the importance of political consolations between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.

The two Ministers discussed the issues related to cooperation between Georgia and Kazakhstan. Their meeting put emphasis on the positive dynamics of cooperation between the two states that have increased economy and tourism.

Besides this, they also commended the level of interaction between the two countries on international forums like the UN.

Keeping in view, the 30th anniversary of the development of bilateral relations between the two states, the Foreign Ministers vowed to further strengthen these relations.

They also discussed the five-fold growth in mutual trade totaling almost $150mln in H1 of 2022 between the two states. They also gave special attention to the need of increasing the capacity of the Trans-Caspian Corridor.

The two sides discussed the issues of the development of this International Transport Route with the use of Kazakhstan’s main assets in the South Caucasus – the Batumi Oil Terminal and Port.

Additionally, the Ministers agreed on hosting the next round of political consultations in Georgia by the end of this year.

Enhancement in Bilateral ties

Georgian Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili announced on Wednesday that the two states had signed two agreements for strengthening their ties.

One agreement was a trade turnover nomenclature agreement that aims to further increase trade turnover between the countries.

The Minister of Economy of Georgia said that the two states had agreed on cooperation in the field of information technologies and innovations. He said that Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency will cooperate with the relevant agencies in Kazakhstan.

Additionally, an agreement was also signed between the railways of the two countries, in terms of the promotion of railway shipments.