Kazakhstan's cooperation with the OECD has been carried out since 2008 within the framework of the Eurasian Competitiveness Program (ECP), which is attended by 13 countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe.
The main event of OECD within the framework of the ECP is the final annual event – the Eurasian Week, where representatives of 35 OECD countries meet with partner countries of the Eurasian continent to discuss ways to strengthen relations. As a result of last year's Eurasian Week in Paris, Kazakhstan was chosen as the country for holding the session in 2017.
Today the event is attended by ambassadors and ministers of OECD countries, members of governments and representatives of state bodies of 13 ECP countries. Also, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, who has been heading the organization since 2006 and has been re-elected for the third term until 2021, has arrived to participate in the forum.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the forum, Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that Kazakhstan supports the integration processes for the development of the economy and trade throughout the Eurasian space. In this regard, the republic intends to continue contributing to the enhancement of the sustainability of social and economic development in Eurasia, building up a modern export policy and stimulating innovative entrepreneurial activity with direct cooperation with the OECD.
OECD is an international economic association of the most competitive countries, interacting on the principles of democracy and a free market economy. In accordance with N. Nazarbayev's instruction, within the framework of the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan's economy, to implement the best practices and recommendations of the OECD, which was received following the implementation of the Country Program of Cooperation, a draft national Roadmap was developed and approved.
This year, the OECD approved the extension of the Country Program until the end of 2018, which provides for the implementation of 13 new projects in such areas as public procurement, budget management, PPP, critical risks, regional business development, taxation, etc.