January 31

EU-funded Kazakhstan Regional Development project closure ceremony

Date: 01 February 2017

Venue: Conference Hall of the "Marriott" hotel (Dostyk str. 2, Astana)

The main objective of the event is to highlight how the Kazakhstan has benefited from the Project and how it intends to build further on Project initiatives and results after the Project ends.

Participants at the Forum: Representatives of the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and Science, Investment and Development Ministry, as well as members of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan and ambassadors of EU member states. Teachers of Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, representatives of the Institute of Economic Research, pilot regions, as well as international and non-governmental organizations will also participate in the ceremony.

The key speakers at the Forum: Mr Aibatyr Zhumagulov, Vice-Minister of National Economy,MrZoltan Szalai, Charge d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, Ms Sholpan Ilmukhanbetova, Deputy Head of Mangystau region, Olga Kennelly, Project Director, Dr Colm McClements, The Project Team Leader.

Information for editors: The event will last from 09:30 to 13:10. Registration starts at 09:00.

Provisional accreditation is required for the event. To get accredited, please contact Project's Visibility Expert at mobile: +7 701 577 35 37; email: zerip.kossym@kzregdev.kz.

The Kazakhstan Regional Development project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by GDSI Limited, Ireland. Total budget of the four-year-project project (2013-2017) is EUR 6,288,000.

For more information please contact Ms Zerip Kossym, Project's Visibility Expert, at mobile: +7 701 577 35 37; email: zerip.kossym@kzregdev.kz, orMsElnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Assistant at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, at tel.: +7 (7172) 97-45-64; email:Elnara.BAINAZAROVA@eeas.europa.eu