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Kazakh president concludes Vietnam visit
The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has concluded his official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang.

Viet Nam and Kazakhstan will strive together to maintain peace, stability and security in Asia and the world at large, said a joint statement issued yesterday at the conclusion of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's three-day visit to Viet Nam.

During the visit, Nazarbayev met President Truong Tan Sang, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.

The statement said that leaders of the two countries were willing to support increased operating efficiency for the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Joint Government Committee on Economic, Commercial and Scientific and Technological Co-operation as well as develop other bilateral co-operative mechanisms.

Expanded potential

The two sides appreciated their expanded potential in the field of commerce and trade and applauded the results of the business forum with the participation of businesses of the two countries. They agreed to increase exchanges of delegations and organise business forums between the two countries to create conditions for their businesses to meet, exchange information and seek co-operative opportunities.

They expressed a wish to develop co-operation in the fields of mining and agriculture and set a goal to attract investment from each other in a variety of fields, including infrastructure construction, power plants, fisheries and production of construction materials and garments. Leaders of the two countries also agreed to boost co-operation in oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

The two sides affirmed their plan to study the feasibility of establishing a free trade area between the two countries, and a wish to increase co-operation in education and training, with the Kazakh side willing to support Viet Nam in training. Leaders of the two countries also agreed to consider the possibility for healthcare co-operation.

They also affirmed the intent of the two nations to continue co-ordinating with each other within the framework of international organisations.

Honorary doctorate

Nazarbayev was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Ha Noi National University.

Speaking at a ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday, Professor Mai Trong Nhuan, the university's director, described the Kazakhstan president as a catalyst for close co-operation between the two nations, particularly in the field of tertiary education, science and technology.

He applauded the close co-operation enjoyed by Viet Nam and Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev told participants at the meeting that education was crucial to the two countries' development.

"Development of a nation must start with education," Nazarbayev said, adding that Kazakhstan placed great emphasis on education, at all levels, and that the country had a 95 per cent literacy rate.