08ASTANA497, KAZAKHSTAN PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR DUSHANBE TIFA MEETING,

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08ASTANA497 2008-03-13 00:44 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO3356
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DE RUEHTA #0497 0730044
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 130044Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1978
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0436
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0303

UNCLAS ASTANA 000497 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN - O'MARA 
STATE PASS USTR FOR EHAFNER 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: ETRD EFIN ECON PREL KZ
SUBJECT:   KAZAKHSTAN PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR DUSHANBE TIFA MEETING, 
SUPPORTS DRAFT AGENDA IN PRINCIPLE 
 
REF: (A) 03/08 Hafner email to Central Asian posts 
      (B) Astana 00128 
 
1.  (SBU) Damigul Kabiyeva, Head of the Ministry of Industry and 
Trade's WTO Accession Department, told econoff on March 11 that 
while Kazakhstan has no preference as to the location of 2008 TIFA 
Council Meeting, the GOK welcomes Tajikistan's invitation to host 
the event in Dushanbe in early June, and is willing to assist in 
coordinating the gathering. 
 
2. (SBU) Per ref A, econoff shared with Kabieyeva our preliminary 
draft TIFA agenda.  She said she supported the agenda in principle, 
noting that streamlining customs procedures and facilitating 
regional trade provide an appropriate focus for the meeting. 
Kabieyeva did, however, express doubts as to the ability of 
participating TIFA member states to establish effective working 
groups prior to June. 
 
3. (SBU) Kabiyeva reiterated Kazakhstani concerns that after three 
years of participation in TIFA, there are few demonstrated results. 
Kazakhstan remains anxious to see TIFA and the Council Meetings "go 
from dialogue to practical measures" (see ref B).  She said that 
TIFA would greatly benefit from having a governance structure, 
perhaps similar to that of Eurasian Economic Community, which could 
establish a schedule for future Council Meetings based on a rotating 
roster of hosts and agenda items.  Kabiyeva contended that this 
would facilitate the preparation done by experts and working groups 
in advance of future Council Meetings, thereby allowing for more 
results-oriented annual gatherings.  Finally, Kabiyeva repeated her 
Ministry's recommendation that representatives of international 
trade organizations be encouraged to attend as well, as they could 
offer relevant and valuable perspectives on the challenges to 
regional trade. 
 
4. (U) Kabiyeva and her deputy, Saadat Assanseiteva, remain the 
principal working level contacts in the GOK for TIFA issues. 
 
ORDWAY

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