Visit to Nur-Sultan of the Special Water Envoy of Switzerland

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Local news, 09.09.2019

Ambassador Guy Bonvin, Swiss Special Water Envoy, took part at the Second Central Asian Expert Forum (II CAEF) on the topic “Dialogue on water and energy issues in Central Asia: through the national to the regional” organized by the Institute for Strategic Studies of Kazakhstan in cooperation with the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and Friedrich Ebert Fund on September 5, 2019, in Nur-Sultan.

Visit of Swiss Special Water Envoy
Swiss Special Water Envoy © FDFA

Ambassador Bonvin focused on the Blue Peace Initiative of Switzerland in Central Asia and presented the water sharing map of Fergana Valley developed by the Zurich University. He also expressed the readiness of Switzerland to continue contributing to the dialogue on transboundary water management in the region. 

In addition, the Swiss Water Envoy profited on this visit to meet Mr. Sergei Gromov, new Vice-Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan responsible for water resources, representatives of the World Bank, the European Commission and IWAC as well as Mr. Roman Vassilenko, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Aiymdos Bozzhigitov, Ambassador at large for water issues of the Kazakh MFA. 

Ambassador Bonvin updated the Kazakh side on Swiss strategy on water, followed-up on the Astana Economic Forum high level round table and the participation of the Kazakh delegation to Stockholm World Water Week and informed on Blue Peace Index.