There is a nicely-recognized stating that goes “What a difference a year would make.”
But when it comes to the Kazakhstan Canada Business Council (KCBC), it’s rather fitting to say what a change four-and-a-half years can make.
That sentiment was absolutely a little something I felt during this year’s 4th once-a-year KCBC conference held virtually thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As CEO of Cameco Corporation and the Canadian co-chair of the KCBC Council, alongside with my colleague Galym Pirmatov, President and CEO of Kazatomprom, it’s been an absolute pleasure to enjoy the advancement and progress of the KCBC.
Although I would have a great deal instead been experience to encounter with everybody in the lovely metropolis of Nur-Sultan, this calendar year it was not possible. But I think we – the KCBC – built the ideal of a complicated condition and, on the in addition side, we had been able to have better participation than we may have had at an in-person meeting.
Over 700 reps of Kazakh and Canadian sectoral ministries, governing administration bodies, organization communities, international institutions and associations, academia as properly as international specialists of the two international locations participated in the KCBC.
Back again in 2016, when the KCBC held its inaugural conference, we experienced a several precise objectives:
– Explore approaches to improve bilateral trade as well as address a range of problems pertinent to escalating cooperation in between Kazakhstan and Canada.
– Form a effective system for networking and enterprise growth to catalyze stronger, multi-faceted interactions between our countries.
– Offer a discussion board to aim the interest of determination makers in equally governments on problems that make a difference to us – the non-public sector motorists of cooperation and advancement.
I’m thrilled to say we’ve accomplished just that, and we have witnessed recognizable progress in all places. This yr, we experienced potent participation from senior officers from the two the Kazakh and Canadian governments, business leaders, scholars and specialists.
I was also very impressed with the reports from the doing work team co chairs, the operating teams have been properly attended and dynamic and modern in terms of the matter matter talked about. The interactions that have been founded around the final several a long time are perfectly developed, and lasting…which was our aim from the commence.
I also firmly feel there’s a establishing and strengthening interest, coming from both equally governments, in looking at professional relations build in between our international locations. I don’t forget someone indicating all through this year’s function that there are countless choices for our two nations to get the job done jointly. That could not be more true and the development we have produced is very encouraging.
I’d be remiss to not acknowledge the strong help of our two Ambassadors, Akylbek Kamaldinov and Nicolas Brousseau. Ambassador Kamaldinov has genuinely impressed me as I’ve gotten to know him over the previous two-and-a-50 % decades. He is so passionate about the KCBC that he visited me twice in Saskatoon more than the previous couple months to ensure that items would work out well this 12 months.
I’d also be remiss to not emphasize the 29th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan holds a unique spot for me – definitely on an industrial foundation, but also on a private 1. My partnership with the nation and the great individuals of Kazakhstan goes again much more than 25 a long time.
Given that then, Cameco has invested more than a 50 percent a billion dollars in Kazakhstan by means of our Joint Enterprise Inkai job, the uranium mine we operate with our Kazakh husband or wife, Kazatomprom. I’ve produced lots of friends alongside the way, and the partnership has arrive a lengthy way considering that then. Our company Cameco, along with Kazatomprom, are the world’s two most significant and most profitable producers of uranium.
It is been a enjoyment to view the progress of Kazakhstan above the final several decades, and I not too long ago experienced the honour of collaborating in the 33rd Plenary Session of the Overseas Investors’ Council chaired by President Tokayev. President Tokayev spoke about the get the job done underway in Kazakhstan to fortify its existence in the international overall economy.
Less than President Tokayev’s management, the country is seeking to proceed primary the Eurasian Region, via technological, societal and other developments. Priorities contain factors like digitization and synthetic intelligence, oil and gas, organic assets, agriculture, wellbeing care, transportation – frankly all the important areas that the KCBC doing the job groups have been deliberating on.
And considerably of what the President talked about relies closely on Kazakhstan building interactions with world-wide companies and other nations. Interactions like the one amongst Kazakhstan and Canada.
About the a long time, we have witnessed the bond amongst Kazakhstan and Canada improve in numerous areas, many thanks in big part to the great operate finished by Ambassador Kamaldinov in Canada, and Ambassador Brousseau in Nur-Sultan, and those people who came prior to.
So both personally, and on behalf of Cameco, I offer my congratulations on 29 yrs of independence and convey my finest wishes and optimism for quite a few a long time to appear.
The author is Tim Gitzel, Cameco Company CEO.