On November 9, during his working visit to Chelyabinsk, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov took part in a plenary meeting of the 14th Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum, which was chaired by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The forum’s theme was the Development of Human Capital. The event was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russian and Kazakhstan.
“Russia and Kazakhstan are strategic partners and allies. Our states develop relations based on friendship, neighbourliness, equality and mutual respect. I am sure that adherence to these principles will allow us to further promote cooperation in all areas,” Putin said in his welcoming speech.
The president noted that the interregional cooperation between the two states is developing very successfully and covers a wide range of issues related to socioeconomic policy and the cultural sphere.
As a special sphere in the development of human capital, the President outlined education. "We agreed to expand ties between regional higher educational institutions, in particular, through the Chelyabinsk, South Ural, Altai and other Ural and Siberian universities. In addition to inter-university cooperation, interregional cooperation in the field of vocational education institutions should be strengthened," he said.
In this regard, Putin said that next year Kazan will host the WorldSkills Championship and invited representatives of the Kazakh regions to take part in the competitions.
Speaking at the meeting, Nazarbayev noted that the topic under discussion is the focus of attention of the two states and is particularly important in view of rapidly developing technologies, including digital ones.
The president of Kazakhstan noted the need to strengthen work on all the main components of human capital, including education, healthcare, development of labour market and social protection system.
At the end of the forum, a number of interstate, intergovernmental, interregional and commercial documents were signed in the presence of both presidents.