On October 14-15, 2013 the Second Session of the Kazakhstan-Hellenic Committee on economic and technological cooperation was hosted in Athens, which was attended by the Kazakh delegation headed by H.E. Mr. A.Volkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The delegation included representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Transport and Communications, Labour and Social Protection of Population, Industry and New Technologies.
During the meeting the parties discussed the state of affairs and the possibility of strengthening cooperation in the field of environmental protection, transport, agriculture, tourism, public service, labor and social protection, as well as energy, in particular with emphasis on the use of renewable energy sources and a prism for the upcoming international exhibition "EXPO -2017". To the Hellenic side was proposed to consider the issue of development of regional cooperation, including the establishment of closer ties between Almaty and Athens.
A relevant Protocol was signed following the meeting. The parties agreed to hold the next meeting of the Committee in Astana.
Also a separate meeting of the Joint Committee for road transport was held in the fields of the meeting of the Committee with the signing of another relevant Protocol.
H.E. Mr. A.Volkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs met the leaders of the Greek Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Public Order and Protection of Citizens, as well as with members of the Parliamentary Friendship group "Kazakhstan-Greece" during his stay in Athens.
During the talks the sides discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues, including the prospects of cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, expand the bilateral legal framework and business contacts, and reaffirmed their mutual support of their candidacies for non-permanent members of the Security Council UN in 2017-2018 and 2025-2026 respectively.
The Greek side has assured its readiness to render assistance to Kazakhstan in promoting issues of cooperation with the European Union during its EU presidency in the first half of 2014.