The delegation of Kazakhstan headed by Chairman of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev took part in the plenary session of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly. The participants of the event discussed the issues of legislative regulation of migration processes during the pandemic and the role of the Parliaments of the CIS member states in this direction.
Speaking to the participants of the plenary session, Maulen Ashimbayev outlined his vision of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on migration processes and informed his colleagues about the measures taken by Kazakhstan to solve problems in this area.
He noted that global measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have limited international migration. Most of the countries of the modern world had a difficult task to solve. On the one hand, to protect the population and prevent the spread of the virus, which required a sharp and radical restriction of the mobility of citizens. On the other hand, to minimize the economic damage from such measures.
“To prevent the spread of COVID-19, following generally accepted approaches, Kazakhstan has also taken a number of restrictive measures on crossing the state border by Kazakh citizens, as well as foreigners and stateless persons. However, meeting the needs of foreign citizens staying in our territory, measures were taken to exempt them from administrative liability for violation of the terms of stay and untimely departure from the country. Together with our partners in the CIS – Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the International Organization for Migration, about 35 thousand foreigners have been provided transit passage through our country,” Maulen Ashimbayev said.
The Speaker of the Senate also informed his colleagues about the anti-crisis measures being taken by Kazakhstan. The head of the Kazakh delegation called on his colleagues to work even more closely and respond to new challenges, emphasizing that consistency in actions will help reduce the negative social and economic consequences of the pandemic.
During the 52nd plenary session, its participants also considered a number of model laws for the CIS member states.
On the same day, Maulen Ashimbayev held a bilateral meeting with Talant Mamytov, the Toraga of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic. The parties discussed topical issues on the bilateral agenda and prospects for inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.
“Relations between our countries are developing dynamically. This is the great merit of the First President of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is making every effort to develop and strengthen fraternal and good-neighborly relations between our countries. The President of our country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, pays priority attention to strengthening cooperation with Kyrgyzstan. We are interested in expanding contacts across the entire spectrum of relations between our countries, including on the inter-parliamentary line,” the Speaker of the Senate said.
Maulen Ashimbayev also met with Zinaida Greceanîi, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. The interlocutors exchanged views on topical issues of the bilateral agenda. The parties discussed issues of further implementation of the capacity of inter-parliamentary cooperation, economic partnership, and strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties.
(Press Service of the Senate, 74-72-27. Photo: Y. Ukibayev)