The Act of friendship between the two cities was signed on Friday, July
5, 2013, by Astana city akim Imangali Tasmagambetov and the first deputy mayor
of Nice Benoit Kandel, as it is reported by the press service of Astana city
akim’s central office.
The document is aimed at establishment of partnership between the cities
of Astana and Nice Côte d'Azur on the base of mutual understanding and
equality. The parties negotiated on cooperation in the number of priority
directions. In particular, Astana and Nice are interested in widening of trade
and economical connections, development of relations in the fields of
economics, culture, tourism, education, professional training and other
spheres. One of the main cooperation sectors between the two cities will be
tourism; the parties expressed readiness in stimulation of experience exchange
in order to develop touristic infrastructure and establish business contacts
between tour operators.
To establish business contacts the Act of friendship provides for such
form of cooperation as organization of economical and financial forums and
business meetings in Nice and Astana, which will contribute to activization of
companies’ work and investments attracting.
One of the important items of the signed document is an agreement on
cooperation in the opening of a business office representing economical
interests of Kazakhstan at Côte d'Azur.
direction for joint work will be implementation of projects in the field of
city transport, sustainable development, innovative city technologies,
telecommunications and energetic safety, relating to strategic priorities in
connection with EXPO-2017.
Within the framework of “The year of France
in Kazakhstan” in 2013, “The
year of Kazakhstan in France”
in 2014, and “International exhibition Astana-2017” the parties intend to
contribute to regular informational and cultural exchange, holding of artistic
exhibitions and seminars. In addition, Astana and Nice expressed their interest
in development of cooperation between universities of the two cities,
encouragement of students exchange and assistance in personnel training, in
particular, in the field of resource management and state services.