Kazakhstan's Ambassador to Jordan Aidarabek Tumatov on Monday emphasized Jordan's critical role in maintaining regional security and stability, as well as its efforts to bring about peace.
The Ambassador's comments were made during a press conference held to discuss the state-of-the-nation address given by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on September 1 at the start of the ordinary session of the Kazakh parliament.
"Trade exchange between Jordan and Kazakhstan remains modest due to several logistical difficulties, most notably the distance and [Kazakhstan's] lack of sea ports," he said, adding that efforts by both countries will be bolstered by the upcoming Joint Higher Committee meeting.
Regarding the reform process in his country, the envoy stated that it was decided to hold early elections for the President this autumn and for the Parliament in 2023, as well as to further liberalize the political party legislation, demonopolize the economy, support small and medium-sized businesses, foster competition in the utilities and energy sector, create a flexible tax policy, expand transit potential, and enhance health care.
According to the ambassador, additional reforms include raising salaries and pensions and giving the president of the republic a one-time 7-year presidential term to allow him to carry out his agenda.