Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong, who is on an official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan, met with Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev on 26 September 2016. During the meeting, ESM Goh reaffirmed Singapore's commitment to strengthening bilateral and economic cooperation between both countries. ESM thanked Prime Minister Sagintayev for Kazakhstan's proactive support for the proposed Singapore-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement. ESM also received a briefing on Kazakhstan's EXPO 2017 with the theme of "Future Energy", of which Singapore will be participating in Astana from 10 June to 10 September 2017.

ESM met with, and was hosted to lunch by Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kassym-Jomart Tokayev today. ESM Goh discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between Singapore and Kazakhstan, particularly in the areas of education, the economy and public administration. ESM also addressed members of the Kazakh Senate. A transcript of ESM's speech, titled "Turning Vulnerabilities Into Strengths, Turning Resources Into Wealth" is appended. ESM Goh will meet with the Chairman of the National Security Committee Karim Massimov later today.