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Visitor to the Egyptian Pavilion in June 13, 2017

EXPO 2017 Astana

From the 10th of June to 10th of September 2017, Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan will host the world exposition EXPO 2017. More than 5 million visitors are expected making it the largest tourist event in the history of Central Asia.

Held under the theme “Future Energy” Expo Astana 2017 will tackle on of the most vital subjects that concern’s the world community which is alternative energy sources. Over the period of three months the Expo will host more than 100 countries and international organizations will present their ideas and solutions relating to the exposition's chosen theme.

In February 2016, the Egyptian government confirmed Egypt's participation in the world exhibition and appointed The Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Center as commissioner of the Egyptian section for EXPO 2017.

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Egyptian Pavilion

Pavilion Theme

With the aim of promoting Egypt’s clean and sustainable energy resources and highlight the continuous fascination that Egypt generates to the world since antiquity with the reflection on future investment opportunities in multiple domains, The Egyptian pavilion theme is the Land of Opportunities.

The journey storyline

The pavilion will highlight to its visitors Egypt’s historical importance and the characteristics of its natural resources and environment. The Pavilion is designed to encompass a time journey through Egypt’s history and culture with the common thread of present and future usage of resources. Furthermore the visitors will experience a living memory through an outstanding interactive journey ended by a bazaar area that offers authentic souvenirs and gifts made by Egyptian handcrafters and artisans.

Zone 1: Entrance

The entrance is designed to offer the visitors a unique opportunity to witness a replica of king Akhenaton statue, one of ancient Egypt’s most influential and controversial pharaohs.

Zone 2: History and culture

Through interactive multimedia technology visitors will experience a journey through the Egyptian history and culture. Thus educating the pavilion visitors on Egyptian history.

Zone 3: Evolution of Products

The main purpose of this zone is to educate the expo visitors on Egypt’s historical key inventions that served the humanity and its’ evolution.

Zone 4: Egyptian cotton

Throughout the past three centuries, Egyptian cotton has prevailed as one of Egypt's biggest competitive advantages. With an established reputation of being the "best" cotton in the world, its softness, strength and superior characteristics, have positioned products made of Egyptian cotton as the world's finest, this zone is dedicated to showcase the utilization of Egypt’s white gold “cotton” in different industries

Zone 5: Tourism “The fascination of Egypt”

Egypt is widely known for its sightseeing, attractive beaches and travel destinations. The pavilion in this zone will offer an interactive map of Egypt’s main attraction sights.

Zone 6: Land of opportunities

This zone shall highlight Egypt’s next chapter from revamping its infrastructure base to its future offering of unlimited investments opportunities and industrial projects.

Zone 7: Egypt Energy elements

Displaying the pavilion’s master piece the “pyramid” which will reflect Egypt’s five elements of energy (earth, sun, wind, water and human) and their utilization through past and present.

Zone 8: Egypt Energy elements

Displaying the pavilion’s master piece the “pyramid” which will reflect Egypt’s five elements of energy (earth, sun, wind, water and human) and their utilization through past and present.

Zone 9: Bazaar

The pavilions final zone will offer its visitors to own a piece of Egypt’s culture through the display of authentic souvenirs and gifts that are made by the hands of Egypt’s finest artisans.

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Astana to host open air production of ‘Aida’ opera
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At "Atameken" was held a meeting with the delegation from Egypt
Kazakh, Egyptian Presidents Discuss Trade, Cooperation in Astana
Kazakh, Egyptian Presidents Discuss Trade, Cooperation in Astana
President Abdel Fattakh el-Sisi: Egypt, Kazakhstan Have Good Prospects for Trade, Investment Cooperation
President Abdel Fattakh el-Sisi: Egypt, Kazakhstan Have Good Prospects for Trade, Investment Cooperation
Egypt confirmed its participation in EXPO-2017 world exhibition
Egypt confirmed its participation in EXPO-2017 world exhibition
The opening date of the
The opening date of the "Monuments of Ancient Egypt” exhibition within Astana EXPO 2017 has been named
IMC signs cooperation agreement with Kazakh Chamber of Commerce
IMC signs cooperation agreement with Kazakh Chamber of Commerce
Astana to host open air production of ‘Aida’ opera

ASTANA – Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida” will be staged under the open sky near the Palace of Peace and Harmony, Astana’s famous pyramid as part of the EXPO 2017 cultural events June 15.

The opera will be performed by the Astana Opera House soloists with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Kazakh Auenderi Company, according to the theatre’s press service.

“The opera is included in the programme of events dedicated to the EXPO 2017 exhibition. Opera performance under the open sky is a new genre for local audiences as they used to enjoy performances at the theatre hall. We aim to attract young people and popularise high art by changing the location. The square near the Palace of Peace and Harmony will be transformed into an opera house under the open sky. The stage decoration was made according to the sketches of outstanding stage designer and contemporary director Franco Zeffirelli,” the theatre said in a statement.

Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Zhupar Gabdullina will perform the title role of Aida and Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev will act as Radamès. The cast also includes Bolat Yessimkhanov as the king of Egypt, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Dina Khamzina as Amneris (daughter of the pharaoh), People’s Artist of Armenia Barsegh Tumanyan as Ramfis and Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Talgat Mussabayev as Amonasro.

The Astana Opera symphony orchestra will perform under the leadership of the Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Abzal Mukhitdinov.

The “Aida” opera has gained worldwide fame. A spectacular and large-scale performance shows a human drama full of acute collisions with mass scenes, lavish processions, dances and hymns.

The composer elevated the spiritual beauty and passion of Aida and Radamès through his music. The opera is a hymn to human’s highest ideals. The love between main characters Aida and Radamès stands all the obstacles even before death.

The opera premiered on the stage of the Astana Opera Nov. 19, 2014. Last year, it was held under the open sky for the first time as part of the Astana Day celebrations.

“Kyz Zhibek,” a great opera project created by Yevgeny Brusilovsky and Gabit Musrepov in a modern version, is also scheduled as an outdoor performance produced by the Astana Opera July 5.

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At NCE were discussed possible points of collaboration between the Egyptian and Kazakh businessmen

A delegation of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the face of the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Kazakhstan Haytham Kamel Ibrahim Salah and the Commissioner General of EXPO 2017 Astana Mr. Ahmed Hassan Taha Boraye visited the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan "Atameken". NCE at the meeting was represented by a member of the Management Board, Deputy Chairman Yuliya Yakupbaeva, representatives of the Department of Regional Development, industrial and investment policies, the development of small and medium business, agriculture and the food industry.

Opening the meeting, the moderator Yuliya Yakupbaeva informed the guests about the main areas of activities of NCE in the construction of a dialogue between the Government and business. The agenda of the meeting included issues of potential partnerships between Egyptian and Kazakh businessmen in Kazakhstan and Egypt, the possibility of b2b events and supply system for joint investments, as well as questions of tourism and the EXPO-2017.

Yu. Yakupbaeva said that NCE is implementing such a product as a regional map of business, which reflects the key investment projects of the region. "We are interested in investing in the tourism industry, medicine and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing industries, the agricultural sector", - she said.

Deputy Director of the Department of Industrial and Investment Policy of NCE RK Aselya Dangilova spoke about the investment projects implemented with the assistance of "Atameken": "In addition to the two priorities voiced by the heads of our states (production of medicines and supplies of grain) during the first half of 2016 started 30 new projects, it is planned to launch new projects in the field of chemical industry, plastic, etc.".

The Commissioner General of EXPO Astana - 2017, Mr. Ahmed Hassan Taha Boraye told on their activities within the preparation for the exhibition, noting high interest of the Egyptian businessmen to the event. "This platform will enable a huge number of businessmen from Egypt to come to the exhibition. We need to identify a range of priority issues to be discussed, the format of the meetings and a place where Egyptian businessmen will be able to put the goods, show catalogs, etc. ", - said Mr. Boraye. Guests also noted the need for the opening of direct flights between the two countries, which would be a factor that greatly facilitates the interaction of business of the two countries', including in the tourism sector.

Following the meeting, the sides agreed to hold a forum and a number of b2b events at the beginning of 2017 prior to the beginning of the exhibition EXPO-2017.

"This meeting was necessary for us to determine further steps, to strengthen the business dialogue between the two countries", - said Yuliya Yakupbaeva, summing up the meeting.

Kazakh, Egyptian Presidents Discuss Trade, Cooperation in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nazarbayev discussed bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic, agricultural, pharmaceutical, space and atomic spheres, as well as infrastructure construction and transport with Arab Republic of Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Astana on Feb. 26.

“We agreed to strengthen cooperation between Kazakhstan and Egypt in the framework of international organisations. We reached an understanding upon the raised issues, which demonstrates our similar points of view,” Nazarbayev said.

He noted that the first visit of el-Sisi to Kazakhstan will strengthen the partnership between the two countries.

“Our country is interested in the development of friendly and trustful relations with Egypt. This year, Kazakhstan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its independence. We remember that in 1991 Egypt was among the first Arab states to recognise our independence. Since then, a lot has been done for the rapprochement of our peoples and countries. Over these years, I have visited Egypt many times,” Nazarbayev said.

He noted that Kazakhstan and Egypt, despite of the geographical distance, have great potential for the development of transport and transit links.

Nazarbayev stressed that el-Sisi became the President of Egypt in difficult times.

“We are very glad that in spite of the internal conflicts, bloodshed and revolutions of recent years, the people of Egypt expressed confidence to the new president. In your recent speech in the Parliament, you put forward new goals and objectives that we support. Egypt is one of the biggest countries in the Middle East and we want to continue our trustful dialogue on economic cooperation,” Nazarbayev noted.

“We support Cairo’s efforts to create a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Kazakhstan and Egypt are important players for the Chinese project of the Silk Road Economic Belt. The potential of our countries creates new opportunities for effective work in this direction,” Nazarbayev said.

The Kazakh President drew attention to the need of establishing long-term relations in the agricultural sector. According to Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan is one of the world’s leading grain exporters, whereas Egypt is the largest country that imports it. In the period of 2006-2010, Kazakhstan delivered more than one million tonnes of grain to Egypt.

During the negotiations, it was noted that currently about 40 medical drugs and 30 medical products from Egypt are registered and sold in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh side proposed the Egyptians to open a joint venture for the production of medicine in Kazakhstan.

At a joint press conference after the talks, Nazarbayev informed that the sides plan to implement a number of investment projects, including the construction of resorts on the Caspian Sea. He also drew attention to the importance of cooperation in the space sector.

In the context of creation of an IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Kazakhstan, the sides started considering the possibilities of cooperation in the atomic sphere.

Also, they expressed readiness to establish close cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

El-Sisi said that the Egyptians and the country’s leadership highly appreciate the level of bilateral relations between Astana and Cairo.

“We appreciate the support that Kazakhstan gave us in a difficult period for Egypt. The purpose of my visit is to further strengthen close ties between the two countries in all areas,” he noted.

Within the framework of El-Sisi’s visit, the parties adopted a joint statement by the heads of state and signed an agreement on Egypt’s participation in the international specialised exhibition EXPO 2017, as well as a charter of the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS). The IOFS, created under the auspices of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, is set to meet for its inaugural assembly on April 28 in Astana.

Following the meetings in Akorda, el-Sisi took part at the Kazakh-Egyptian Business Council with the participation of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov. More than 100 business people from the two countries took part in the event and discussed possibilities for cooperation in pharmaceutics, tourism, trade, oil and gas, as well as transport logistics prospects.

President Abdel Fattakh el-Sisi: Egypt, Kazakhstan Have Good Prospects for Trade, Investment Cooperation

In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times following his visit to Astana in February 2016, discussed trade, history and politics. What have been the main outcomes of your recent visit to Kazakhstan? First, allow me to express my appreciation for arranging my first official visit to Kazakhstan in February. During the visit I noted the high level of relations between two countries, on behalf of the Egyptian people congratulated Kazakhstan on your 25th anniversary of independence and invited President Nursultan Nazarbayev to pay a visit to Egypt on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two states. … My visit to friendly Kazakhstan provided a good opportunity to discuss the means of strengthening cooperation between our countries, as well as to search for new prospects of joint cooperation. The parties agreed to prepare for the fifth session of the joint intergovernmental Egyptian-Kazakh committee, which will take place in September in Cairo for the discussion of extending cooperation in many areas, including producing medicines and grain storage. In addition, an agreement has been reached on renewing direct air service on the Almaty-Sharm el-Sheikh-Almaty route. Flights have already resumed and now the work on opening a direct air service between Astana and Sharm el-Sheikh is being undertaken. In the course of negotiations … great attention was given to the topic of combating terrorism, especially to ideological and religious aspects. Based on these discussions Egypt is planning to take an active part in the international conference “Religions against Terrorism,” which will take place in Kazakhstan this year. In this context, I wish to express the firm support of Egypt for [Nazarbayev’s initiative on] creating an anti-terrorist coalition under the auspices of the UN and the organisation of the recent “Religions for Peace” forum at the UN headquarters, aimed at explaining the essence of Islam as a religion of peace. Trade turnover between our countries just exceeds $50 million, which does not come close to its potential. How can we increase trade? How can we combine plans for the new Suez Canal and market and the possibilities of the EAEU? Is Kazakh grain reaching the Egyptian market? Our countries have already taken serious steps in this direction. Allow me to thank the Kazakh leadership again … for supporting the signing of the free trade agreement between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Union [EAEU]. We hope to strengthen economic cooperation soon after it is signed. In addition, we are ready to discuss prospects of cooperation between our countries in the field of trade and transit, as well as … the activity of the joint business council, aimed at strengthening ties between Egyptian and Kazakh businessmen and finding opportunities to attract investment and trade between our countries. I would also like to emphasise that we have prospects in not only mutual trade, but also in joint investments [with special interest] in a project to develop the Suez Canal zone, in particular in energy, pharmacy, storage and sale of grain, tourism, infrastructure, textile production, furniture, and building materials. It all can be reached thanks to Egypt’s location, that our country has a lot of free trade agreements, as well as the preference status with Africa, Europe, and the Gulf States. These factors can turn Egypt into a centre of sale of Kazakh wheat to African and Middle Eastern countries. It is worth emphasising that Egypt welcomes the proposal by Kazakhstan to develop joint cooperation in food security in light of the recent accession of Egypt to the OIC Islamic Organisation for Food Security. In this context, Egypt took part in the seventh conference of OIC ministers on food security and agricultural development in Astana in April. There are plans to transfer the capital and create a new administrative centre in Egypt. Is Kazakhstan’s experience interesting for you? What are your impressions of Astana? Of course, Kazakh experience in this field is interesting for us. Your wide experience is worth studying and we are interested in using the experience of Kazakhstan in the course of building a new administrative capital. In this way, I highly evaluate the planning that I see in Astana. The splendour of modern architecture, the planning of roads and the developed infrastructure are of particular interest to me. After my visit to Kazakhstan, I assigned an Egyptian delegation to visit Astana … to get familiarised in detail with this experience. … I would like to give its due to the leadership of Kazakhstan and all the Kazakh people for the great achievement they attained in building the new capital, Astana. I believe that in several years, Astana, with its architectural extravaganza, will be able to compete with the biggest cities in the world. Next year Astana is hosting EXPO 2017. What visitors should we expect from Egypt? First, I would like to congratulate the leadership of Kazakhstan and all the Kazakh people on organising this important international event. Egypt is interested in active participation in EXPO 2017. … EXPO 2017 is a good platform for the demonstration of Egypt’s achievements in clean energy. Egypt managed to provide 30 percent of energy from wind and it is planned to increase it to 70 percent by 2020. At present, the local component of solar thermal power plants is 50 percent, which include turrets, mirrors and receivers, as well as cables, equipment, and mechanical and electric works. The exhibition will provide a good opportunity to coordinate actions and cooperation between developed countries and developing countries in the area of clean energy in light of the implementation by developed countries of their commitments under the conference on climate change in Paris. You are known as an uncompromising fighter against terrorism. What is the way to combat this evil successfully? Terrorism is a dangerous international problem that has neither religion nor a motherland. Terrorism does not have geographical boundaries – Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the world as a whole suffer from the manifestation of terrorism. Therefore, it is important to adopt a comprehensive international programme for the war on terrorism. It should not be limited to military resistance; it is necessary to actively involve intellectual and religious circles, to improve the economic and social situation, given the fact that socially and economically underdeveloped communities often become a fertile ground for the spread of terrorism and for terrorists to replenish their ranks with new supporters. We must also fight terrorist organisations, and not undertake this work selectively, considering the rest less dangerous and focusing on only one terrorist group. Regarding the war on terrorism, I highly evaluate [Nazarbayev’s initiative] … to organise the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, intended to counteract terrorism. The Egyptian civilisation is one of the most ancient ones on the planet. The ancient pyramids of pharaohs are stunning with their grandness. Are all the secrets of pharaohs revealed today? The Egyptian civilisation is one of the most ancient ones on the planet, even one can say – the most ancient one. During the human history it has made a massive contribution to enrichment of science and progress, literature, and art, medicine, and astronomy, agriculture, and many other spheres of life. Ancient Egyptian civilisation is still revealing its secrets, enriching mankind by his perpetual heritage. So far archaeological missions are finding ancient monuments that adorn the world’s largest museums. I do not think all the secrets of a great Egyptian civilisation are completely revealed today, because it is still fascinating us by secrets about life of the ancient Egyptians who achieved certain progress in various areas of life. We know that you are fond of history. Sultan Al-Zahir Beybars, a prominent ruler of Egypt and Syria in the 13th century, was born on the Kazakh steppe. What significance is attached to this historical fact in Egypt? This historical fact contributes to strengthening bilateral relations and reflects our historical ties. Especially, I would like to note the historic significance and the role of Al-Zahir Beybars in the Mansour battle, during which Louis IX of France was captured. The military planning of Beybars played a vast role in the victory over Crusaders in a battle near Mansour. From this perspective, I highly value Kazakhstan’s efforts to restore the mosque of Az-Zahir Beybars in Egypt, an important Islamic monument pointing towards an important stage of history of our country. Mamluks and other natives of Kazakhstan have contributed to Egypt’s history. In Kazakhstan, these historical figures are not well known. Could you tell us something about them? The Mamluk Sultanate was founded in Egypt and existed until 1517. During these centuries, many sultan mamluks ruled Egypt, among the aforementioned, Sultan Az-Zahir Beybars. Sultan Saifuddin Kutuz was one of governors who beat the Mongols at the battle near Ayn-Dzhalut in 1260. Sultans Al-Mansur Kalaun and Kanzul-Al-Gori are also worth mentioning. I would like to mention Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Salah al-Din Khalil ibn Kalauna, who finally expelled the Crusaders from the region. Is Egypt planning to facilitate the visa regime for Kazakh tourists? Egypt always warmly welcomes Kazakh tourists, considering the historical and cultural ties between the two nations. At present, Egypt takes maximum measures to provide comfort and security for tourists. Kazakh citizens can receive visas on arrival at Egyptian airports without a preliminary call. Egypt is an attractive tourist destination for tourists from Kazakhstan, as Egypt is distinguished by a mild climate and privileged geographical disposition. In addition, Egypt is famous for its diversity of tourist attractions – archaeological ones, cultural ones, religious and entertaining ones. … What military qualities are necessary for a politician? What qualities in general, in your view, must a modern politician possess? The most important characteristics of military life are discipline, seriousness, severity, and accuracy in achieving tasks. I think not only a politician, but any person needs all these qualities to achieve their goals. As for the qualities a modern politician needs to master, my answer will be slightly different from the usual answer to this question. Usually, the answer to such questions is that politicians must possess political wisdom and the skill to manoeuvre in the political field to reach their goals. But I think in modern reality and in the light of all today’s challenges and threats, in particular terrorism, a modern politician must be characterised by truthfulness, honesty, frankness, a desire for truth, and a commitment to clear policy based on sincerity.

Egypt confirmed its participation in EXPO-2017 world exhibition

Egypt confirmed its participation in EXPO-2017 World Specialized Exhibition in Astana.

Minister of Industry and Trade of Egypt Tarek Kabil reported about that during the meeting with Ambassador of Kazakhstan Berik Aryn in Egypt.

The parties considered issues on forming new structure of Kazakh-Egyptian Business Council, participating of Egyptian side in “EXPO-2017” World Specialized Exhibition and other issues.

B. Aryn informed in detail on the progress of “EXPO-2017” and the terms of participation in the event. In turn, T. Kabil noted the great importance of the upcoming exhibition’s theme and assured that the commissioner for national country’s section would be appointed as soon as possible.

It will be recalled that as of today 51 countries and 11 international organizations have confirmed their participation.

The opening date of the

The dates of the "Monuments of Ancient Egypt” exhibition, dedicated to the specialized international exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 have come to light. As was reported in the press-service of JSC NC "Astana-EXPO 2017", it will be possible to enjoy the exhibition of Arab Republic at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the period from June 23 to September 3.

The purpose of the exhibition is to acquaint visitors with the history and culture of Egypt.

"It is planned to present the items from Tutankhamun collection within the framework of the exhibition: a gilded wooden chariot of the Pharaoh incrusted with semiprecious stones, a gilded wooden throne, inlaid with semiprecious stones, an outer sarcophagus, a statuette of a girl with sacrificial gifts and a golden collar encrusted with semiprecious stones”, report states. According the EXPO 2017 organizers, Egypt’s richest history will be reflected in products and artifacts from different historical periods, ranging from the pre-dynastic period to the Middle ages.

“The pre-dynastic period will be presented by the Pharaoh Narmer Pallet, which is a model of the hieroglyphic writing origin in an ancient Egypt. The Old Kingdom period is represented by a statuette of the Egyptian clerk, the Hesire Panel with the reliefs and a head of a hawk, personifying the god Horus.

The middle Kingdom period is illustrated by a painted wooden statuette of Pharaoh Senwosret who was considered to be the founder of the 12th dynasty, under which the borders of Egypt were significantly expanded”, the press service specified. The Greco-Roman period, according to "Astana-EXPO 2017” national company representatives will be presented with the sculpture of the head of the Roman woman, the Coptic period on the contrary, is represented by icon painting and portraiture specific for this period.

The Islamic period is completed by such exhibits as the lamp decorated with inscriptions, as well as a porcelain plate decorated with floral rosettes. Let us remind, that for the first time about the upcoming exhibition of works of art of Ancient Egypt within Astana EXPO 2017 was told in the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to the ministry, the Egyptian side will donate to Kazakhstan the works of art, among which there will be originals and copies of exhibits. Further, they will be used for the opening of the World Culture Hall in the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

IMC signs cooperation agreement with Kazakh Chamber of Commerce

The agreement improves Egypt’s participation in “Astana EXPO-2017”, says CEO of IMC The Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC) has signed an agreement of cooperation with Kazakh Chamber of Commerce, according to a press statement issued on Tuesday.

The statement added that the CEO of IMC, Ahmed Taha, who signed the agreement on behalf of Egypt, stated that the agreement aims at improving Egypt’s participation in the “Astana EXPO-2017.”

He explained that the agreement would increase the bilateral trading rates, attract new investments, and encourage industry partnerships between both countries. Taha said that the Egyptian delegation talked with the government of Kazakhstan and provided information of 34 companies that might be interested in doing business over different sectors in Kazakhstan, which includes companies that work in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food industries. The statement added that Taha held a meeting with government officials of Kazakhstan, which discussed establishing a permanent fair of Egyptian products.

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