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Kazakhstan and Netherlands ink water management alliance

The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have signed bilateral memoranda, marking a significant milestone in their strategic partnership. The signing ceremony, attended by key dignitaries including Minister Nurzhan Nurzhigitov and Ambassador Nico Schermers, underscores the deepening cooperation between the two nations.

The first memorandum, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, establishes a framework for collaboration in various aspects of water management. This includes cooperation in the construction and utilization of water facilities, flood forecasting, and the planning of flood control measures. Additionally, the memorandum facilitates the exchange of expertise in regulating and utilizing floodwaters, as well as studying the Netherlands’ renowned expertise in river flow management.

Photo: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Kazakhstan inks bilateral agreements
Source: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Kazakhstan

The second memorandum, signed with the prestigious Delft Institute of Water Education (IHE Delft), aims to enhance human capital in the water industry. It promotes the training of specialists and fosters collaboration in scientific research and innovative technologies within the water sector.

“Today’s meeting is an important stage in our relations with the Netherlands. I am confident that our cooperation will help implement large-scale and promising projects, and the exchange of experience and technology will allow us to unlock the potential of the domestic water sector,” Minister Nurzhigitov remarked.

The Netherlands is a leading investor in Kazakhstan’s economy, with direct investments exceeding $120 billion. This collaboration in water management further strengthens the existing ties between the two countries and sets the stage for ambitious joint projects.

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