28th of May Charge d’affaires Mr. Aziz Omar took part in forum “Great Silk Road-Great Heritage” with participation of the Akim of the Turkestan Region Mr.Shukeyev Umirzak, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukhakimov ,Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aktoty Raimkulova and representatives of diplomatic missions from several countries and businesspersons.
Within the framework of the Forum, the participants discussed the development of new forms of interregional and international cooperation, in particular the creation of cross-border routes. Following the meeting, a number of Memorandums of Cooperation were signed on the formation of new tourist products along the Great Silk Road.
As the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ms. Aktoty Raimkulova mentioned during the forum, Turkestan was the heart of the political and spiritual life of the Kazakh Khanate for many centuries. The Minister noted that today the whole world is watching the rapid revival of the ancient city.
These days Turkistan region is No.1 in developing the economy of simple things. There are 316 projects worth 61 billion tenge (US$158.1 million) in the piggy bank, 104 projects worth 15 billion (US$38.9 million) have been approved to date and 70 projects have been funded for 12.3 billion tenge (US$31.9 million).
Ancient Turkestan is turning into a beautiful modern city, which attracts tourists and investors from all over the world. Today the rate of investment has grown by 25 percent compared to the same period in 2018. External investment amounted to 46 billion tenge (US$119.2 million).
For investors, was created a special economic zone with a total area of about 4,000 hectares and the new Turkistan industrial zone. Overall, this year 18 investors were attracted to the region, including 16 foreign companies, with projects worth more than 832 billion tenge (US$2.2 billion). In addition, through 2024, they have compiled a pool of 374 projects for 3.4 trillion tenge (US$8.8 billion), of which 70 projects were implemented in 2019 in the amount of 123 billion tenge (US$318.9 million), creating 2,600 jobs.
The Minister expressed her gratitude to the international partners -UNWTO and UNESCO, as well as all other forum participants, and noted the importance of the event held in the year of celebrating the country’s main national holiday – the 30th anniversary of Independence.