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Cablegate: Kazakhstan Enthusiastic About Tifa

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SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT TIFA

REF: State 117583

1. (U) Econoff delivered reftel points on September 28 to Damigul
Kabiyeva, Head of the WTO accession Department. Kabiyeva stated
that she thought this summer's Trade and Investment Framework
Agreement (TIFA) Council events in Washington were a success and
reiterated Kazakhstan's commitment to developing the TIFA framework
as a means of facilitating regional economic development.

2. (U) Kabiyeva was quite supportive of the idea of holding
expert-level preparatory events before next year's plenary session.
Such an approach, she stated, would help make the political-level
discussions more focused and fruitful. She also suggested the
possibility of launching concrete investment projects at future TIFA
meetings.

3. (U) Kabiyeva reacted favorably to the idea of holding next year's
TIFA events in Central Asia, stating that holding them in the region
may help attract business participation. She noted that Dushanbe
has recently hosted a number of multilateral meetings, adding that
Kazakhstani officials go there "with pleasure." Kabiyeva was
somewhat less enthusiastic about Asghabat as a possible venue, but
said that holding TIFA events there "may help bring Turkmenistan
into the fold a little more." She also suggested the possibility of
determining meeting locations on a rotating basis (an approach, she
noted, used by other regional organizations). This, Kabiyeva said,
would give each country a greater stake in the TIFA framework.

4. (SBU) Still, Kabiyeva emphasized the importance of a continuing
strong role of the U.S. in the TIFA process. Initiatives, she
noted, are received better if they come from the United States.
Other Central Asian countries, she continued, are wary of the notion
of Kazakhstan's "regional leadership."

MILAS

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