Today Mr. Yakup Beris had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to discuss the cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Kazakhstan. Mr. Beris also handed over his letter of credentials to Minister Atamkulov. 

During the meeting, Mr. Atamkulov underlined the importance UNDP’s work in Kazakhstan and shared perspectives on the country’s development priorities around economic, social and judicial reforms, employment programs, regional development, anti-corruption, and nationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He emphasized the importance of targeting the small and medium sized enterprises (SME), the vulnerable population, in particular those from the regions.

Mr. Atamkulov noted the productive and extensive cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme and emphasized the role of UNDP in supporting the reforms in the country and implementing the national priorities and programs. He also acknowledged the positive bilateral collaboration between the Ministry and UNDP around developing the system of Official Development Assistance.

“We appreciate the emphasis put on people in discussing the national priorities. We are looking forward to expand and deepen our collaboration along with these priorities in order to contribute to positive change on the ground, help accelerate the achievement of SDGs, and support actions prioritizing “leaving no one behind”, said Mr. Beris. He reiterated UNDP’s commitment to continue to support the Ministry as well, in promoting Kazakhstan’s positive contribution to regional and international development. 

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