Prague, 8 October 1996 (RFE/RK) -- Kazakhstan's Prime Minister, Akezhan Kazhegeldin, is in Prague and is accompanied by the ministers of oil and gas, economics, transport and trade.
Kazhegeldin today held talks with the Czech Republic's Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, and the two signed an agreement on investors avoiding double taxation.
Kazhegeldin told reporters the Czech Republic has risen to the level of being able to invest in the economies of the countries of the former U.S.S.R. And he said Prague has agreed to participate in construction of a special facility to produce oil containers in Uralsk, in western Kazakhstan. Kazhegeldin said the Czech Republic also will participate in other construction projects in Kazakhstan.
Kazegeldin was asked about the status of ethnic Czechs in Kazakhstan. He said the number of ethnic Czechs in Kazakhstan is not high, and because of that, the matter had not been discussed during the meeting with Prime Minister Klaus.
Kazhegeldin was also received by President Vaclav Havel, and will tour Prague's historic Charles Bridge.