Kazakhstan – Italy: Expanding Cooperation

Kazakhstan – Italy: Expanding Cooperation

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is currently on an official visit to Italy, which involves an extensive program. The Head of State held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The primary agenda focuses on issues related to Kazakh-Italian cooperation. Italy is presently one of Kazakhstan’s major trade and investment partners in the EU, with a trade turnover exceeding $13 billion in the first 10 months of 2023. According to experts, there is potential for enhancing mutual partnerships, not only in diversifying the energy sector but also through collaboration in the fields of science, tourism, and creative industries.

“The second industry that is very interesting for Kazakhstan and Italy is tourism. We, together with an airline in Italy, established the first flight between Italy and Kazakhstan. And this action was very successful. We want Kazakhstan to become a destination in the world, because there is all potential. Kazakhstan has all potential to be a fantastic destination. We are creating projects in order to, this year, starting in April, start having Italian tourists first, but next step will be European tourists in general visiting Kazakhstan,” said Marco Beretta, President of the Italian-Kazakh Trade Association.

Overall, Central Asia holds strategic importance for Italy as a region with vast transport and logistics potential. Meetings with representatives of the country's business elite are equally important. Furthermore, as part of the visit, an audience with Pope Francis is planned. President Tokayev will also visit the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).