Astana. June 25. INTERFAX-KAZAKHSTAN - Kazakhstan and the United States will develop a cooperation plan in the field of biotechnology, natural resource management, said Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State.
"Our countries identified three priorities for cooperation. The first priority is biomedical research that focuses on how we can improve the situation, people's health, solving the problems of infectious and chronic diseases," Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones told reporters on Tuesday in Astana on the sidelines of the first meeting of the Kazakh American Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.
The second priority is the "green" chemistry, within the framework of which joint research on improving production safety for the environment was planned, said Dr Kerri-Ann Jones.
"The third group is the natural resources. We will study how we use natural resources - this includes water, land and minerals. However, to use them so that the economy grows, and no harm is caused to the nature," said Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones.
"By close of business today we hope to work out an action plan, though sketchy, and it will allow us to continue our work and, finally, so that we can do hands-on work", - said Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones.
For his part, during the meeting, Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev stressed that the indicated three areas of cooperationwere also the priority sectors for Kazakhstan, and so the experience of American scientists was very important.
"Because in our policy we turn more and more importance to the development of environmental issues, "greener " approach to the development of our industry, energy, these three priorities are of vital importance to us," said Asset Issekeshev. Asset Issekeshev said that hands-on training would be arranged for Kazakhstani scientists to do biomedical research at the USAleading universities and centers.
"Our visits have shown that we need to work on technology transfers, we have a lot of potential, so we are working on creating joint technology transfer centers in the leading centers in the U.S. - Silicon Valley, Boston as well as in the other sectors which we are interested in. I think within a year several deals in the innovation technology park will be announced " said the deputy prime minister.
"We would like to state that we are interested in continuing the technology transfer work with leading venture capital funds, universities in the U.S., and to create then a new product and carry it the Customs Union markets. This is beneficial both for American scientists and for us," he added. Asset Issekeshev also said that Kazakhstan was interested in joint research into the use of 3D-printing, development of renewable energy, industrial automation.