Kazakhstan is interested in the privatization of Belarusian assets
The Sovereign Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC is interested in taking part in the privatization of Belarusian enterprises. The issues of bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation are due to be discussed within the frameworks of an official visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to Minsk on May, 12-14.
At the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas May 10, the Chairman of the Board of the Sovereign Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC, Umirzak Shukeyev announced that Kazakhstan is interested to take part in privatization of Belarusian enterprises.
Sergei Rumas invited to consider the possibilities of bilateral cooperation in several areas, including rail and road transport, logistics, industrial cooperation, etc. In particular, Kazakhstan shows deep interest in building a modern terminal in Belarus for the handling and storage of grain before its transportation to Europe. For its part, Belarus is ready to allocate land for the construction of this terminal.
The prospects of mutual economic cooperation will be discussed during the official visit of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Minsk on May, 12-14.
According to the National Statistics Committee, the volume of foreign trade between Belarus and Kazakhstan in the first quarter of 2012 increased as compared to the same period the previous year by 45.7% to USD 215 million. In the first quarter of 2012, the net outflow of foreign direct investment of Kazakhstan residents from Belarus amounted to USD 8,000, as compared to a net inflow of USD 206,900 in the first quarter of 2011.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.