UNDP Kazakhstan and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan sign Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the new stage of national development
25 November 2009, Astana – UNDP Kazakhstan and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed Memorandum of Understanding (2010-2014) on cooperation in the new stage of national development. Strong fifteen-years-cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and UNDP based on Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) as of 4 October 1994 and the established strategic dialogue will now continue in a new format.
Kazakhstan is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Kazakhstan 2030 development strategy and has entered a new stage of national development, in which it is no longer a traditional grant recipient and its demand for cooperation has also changed in nature. UNDP works with partners to promote sustainable development, poverty reduction, advancement of women, good governance and the rule of law. Both the Government and UNDP have adopted as founding principle the concept of national ownership, demand-driven activity, results-orientation and a strong spirit of partnership.
According to the memorandum the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the main counterpart of UNDP for UNDP’s operations in Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning coordinates the development of main directions for Government’s social and economic policies, including on aspects of international financial and economic cooperation of Kazakhstan.
The Parties are to form a Strategic Advisory Council chaired by MEBP. The Council includes representatives of MFA and UNDP and representatives of other state bodies can be invited to take part in the Council. The Council shall meet periodically to review the directions of UNDP cooperation with Kazakhstan, scrutinize all requests for cooperation with UNDP, agree the list of priority projects to be developed and implemented, and conduct annual ex-post review of the results.