STATE OF KAZAKHSTAN PARTICIPATED IN WOMEN’S CONGRESS IN TOKYO
Tokyo, August 31: Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova
paid a working visit to Japan on August 28-29 to take part in the Second
Congress of “The World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: WAW! 2015”.
In her speech, Abdykalikova made a report on Kazakhstan’s progress in
addressing gender issues and equality between men and women in the
socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. She emphasised
the political will of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who
actively involves women in the state and public administration.
Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy President Nazarbayev calls ‘to actively involve women
in the state and public governance … to create favourable conditions for
opening and doing business by women.’ With the strong support of the government,
today women of Kazakhstan have become a driving force of the economy,” she
actively promotes gender issues in its foreign policy. The issues of promoting
gender balance and women’s participation in governance were included into the
agenda of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the Organisation on Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010 and the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation in 2011. The post of the Special Representative on Gender Issues
was established during Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the OSCE,” said the Kazakh
secretary of state.
2012, enhancing women’s economic potential has been discussed at the Astana
Economic Forum, which is held annually in the capital of Kazakhstan,
Abdykalikova said. She proposed to use the forum as an international platform to discuss the
economic advancement of women.
invited the participants to the international specialised exhibition EXPO 2017
in Astana, as well as suggested to discuss the development of green business on
a special panel session at the next World Conference for Women in Tokyo in
of the congress expressed interest in establishing cooperation with Kazakhstan
and promoting international dialogue to enhance the role of women in society.
Later, Abdykalikova held a meeting with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fumio Kishida. The sides discussed deepening bilateral cooperation.
On the first day
of the visit, Abdykalikova met with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and held
talks with Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of
Japan Hakubun Shimomura. They discussed developing cultural and humanitarian
cooperation, including updating an existing cultural cooperation agreement and
increasing sports-related cooperation.
meeting with the Minister of Women’s Empowerment, Administrative Reforms and
Civil Service of Japan Haruko Arimura, the sides discussed cooperating to
implement Kazakhstan’s 100 concrete steps under the country’s Plan of the
Nation in the fields of administrative management and public service. Also, the
parties suggested exchanging information concerning the promotion of women’s
opportunities for Japanese businessmen that have been opened thanks to the
implementation of Nurly Zhol programme were discussed at the meeting with
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yoichi Miyazawa. The sides
discussed the participation of Japanese companies in the international
exhibition EXPO 2017. The Japanese pavilion is expected to be one of the EXPO’s
largest. At the meeting with Japanese Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare
Yasuhisa Shiozaki, the parties discussed establishing contacts in the sphere of
medicine, as well as studying Japanese experience in compulsory medical insurance
for the population.
also met with the leadership of the Agency for International Cooperation of
Japan and representatives of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) in Tokyo. The sides discussed cooperating and exchanging
experience for the development of the KazAID [Kazakh official development
assistance programme] and use of the OECD expert potential for the analysis of
economic development policy of the country.