The head of state commended the completion of negotiations on Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO. "The launch of the free trade area between Ukraine and the EU on Jan. 1, 2016, as well as Kazakhstan's membership in the WTO will provide additional opportunities for the strengthening of trade-economic cooperation between our countries," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The parties exchanged experience in the implementation of reforms in their countries.
Petro Poroshenko and Karim Massimov discussed a number of infrastructure projects that may involve Ukrainian producers. In particular, these are projects in construction, mechanical engineering, oil and gas, and agricultural industries.
The parties also discussed diversification of gas supply to Ukraine.
Special attention was paid to the broadening of transport infrastructure for the transportation of goods from Asia to Europe across Kazakhstan and Ukraine. It regards the project implemented in the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt along the route Western China - Western Europe.
According to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, in the first half of 2015, the total volume of trade between Ukraine and the Republic of Kazakhstan amounted to $544.1 mln (showing decrease compared to the same period of 2014). Positive balance for Ukraine made $237 mln.