NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to establish the Modern Technoparks Center of the Turkish organization as well as the International Consortium for Hydrogen Production at the eighth summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States. The summit was held on November 11 and 12 on an island southeast of Istanbul, Akorda reported.
Tokayev also offered to organize a special forum for young experts working in the IT field next year. As he explained, this event could take place at Astana Hub, the Kazakh international technopark of IT startups, which has earned over $ 375 million and attracted $ 132 million in investments over the past two and a half years. .
The participants met to discuss the issue of “Green technologies and smart cities in the digital age”.
The Turkish Council was formed in 2009 to promote cooperation among Turkish-speaking states. It consists of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan as member countries and Hungary as observer state.
“We have successfully passed a difficult period in our development and strengthened the friendly relations between our countries. This year alone we have met twice and the summit has been held to a high standard. All of this means that we have established an inviolable brotherhood, ”Tokayev said, noting that the peoples of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their independence this year.
He also marked a number of priority areas on which Turkish countries could work jointly.
According to him, the first is the use of renewable energy sources, which is mentioned in the Kazakh concept of transition to the green economy:
“Over the next ten years, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 15%. We intend to plant two billion trees on 500,000 hectares by 2025. We have also increased the share of renewable energy use in the country to 3%. By 2030, this indicator will increase to 15%. The International Center for Green Technology and Investment has been opened in our capital to achieve these goals.
Tokayev said the development of hydrogen energy, which is globally seen as a new type of clean fuel, is the second priority.
As he noted, Kazakhstan has the scientific capacity and qualified experts to create an industrial cluster for extracting “green” hydrogen energy.
He proposed to create an International Consortium which will consolidate the efforts of the main scientific institutions of the participating countries.
“This structure will develop new technologies for the production, storage and transport of hydrogen. Thanks to the consortium, our scientists will be able to bring together and share their experience and knowledge. “
Tokayev called for finding cooperative solutions to problems as important as global warming, water and food security, and the efficient and equitable use of transboundary water resources. As these problems exist in all neighboring countries, Kazakhstan will support the joint construction of hydraulic works.
The president defined the development of green capital market for the implementation of projects regarding green technologies as the fourth task.
“The volume of green bonds has multiplied by 20 and reached $ 2 trillion in the last ten years. Kazakhstan has also started to develop the bond market, and its volume has exceeded $ 100 million this year. This work is carried out by the Astana International Financial Center and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange, ”Tokayev said, stressing that the country is willing to place green bonds of Turkish countries on these platforms.
He also marked the increase in the urban population as a significant problem, which requires the attention of Turkish countries. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the proportion of the world’s urban population will reach 68 percent, which will require an improvement in the quality of services provided in cities.
Board members also made decisions about the functioning and future of the organization. The most important of these were the change of the name of the Council to the Organization of Turkish States and the adoption of a “vision document” for the next two decades.