Ambassador of Kazakhstan Erzhan Kazykhanov, mayor of Lone Tree Jackie Millet and South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce EVP Doug Tisdale
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce was honored to host a private visit of Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States, his wife Danara and a team of colleagues. The reception was held at The Hub in Lone Tree and included light refreshments complemented, of course, by vodka and champagne. (South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Golden was bartender!) The chamber’s EVP Doug Tisdale was master of ceremonies and warmly welcomed the very important international diplomat as the chamber’s guest as well as many other dignitaries in the room including former and current elected officials. The cities of Lone Tree, Littleton, Sheridan, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village and Aurora were included in representation as well as Arapahoe County.
The ambassador, Dr. Deborah Palmieri – Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation of the State of Colorado and Doug Tisdale
Tisdale reminded the audience of the close friendship of South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Consular Corps of Colorado. That relationship is part of the chamber’s Global Commerce Initiative. That association has been made all the more special because the Dean of the Consular Corps – Dr. Deborah Palmieri asked Doug Tisdale to join her for a celebration in Washington, D.C. last November. The occasion was the 27th anniversary of Kazakhstan independence. Doug, Deb and Charles Hopton had the pleasure of taking tea with Ambassador Kazykhanov at the Embassy – the historic Sherman House. The ambassador expressed interest in Colorado and paying a visit to Denver that reminds him of the beauty of his own hometown. Before his appointment as ambassador to the U.S., Erzhan Kazykhanov was Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He had held the position of assistant to the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2012 and minister of foreign affairs of the country since 2011 and numerous other titles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Oriental studies from Saint Petersburg State University in the Russian Federation and a Ph.D. in history from Al-Farabi National University. He is the author of numerous articles on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy issues, multilateral diplomacy and the role of the United Nations. Although he speaks Russian, Arabic and English, his presentation for this reception was in English!
Danara Kazykhanov, wife of the Ambassador and Robert Golden
“The United States was the first country to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan,” he said and “The U.S. is the No. 1 investor.” He emphasized the importance of human resources and students studying abroad with subsidized tuition. The country has launched an ambitious financial center copying the model of Dubai. It has purchased three Dream Liners from Boeing and plans to offer three direct, 12-hour flights from its Capitol to New York City. Another focus is on digital economy and improvement of the trade wars. In addition, the landlocked country with neighbors Russia and China – puts meeting with agricultural companies and fascinating infrastructure plans as priorities. It welcomes medical tourism. “What’s special about Kazakhstan is the beautiful mountains and land,” he said. “Please visit friendly, peaceful Kazakhstan. No visa required. It’s predominantly a young population.” What was the perfect finale to the ambassador’s whirlwind visit? A day of skiing in Vail, of course!
City of Lone Tree Economic Development director Jeff Holwell, Daulet Saudabayev of Kazakh Invest and Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet
Chamber board members Cathlyn DePaiva, Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti and Krista Simonson
City of Aurora Council member/Mayor Pro Tem Bob Roth, Deb Hunter-Holen, secretary of United Veterans Coalition and Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen
Denver Regional Council of Government’s Dr. Florine Raitano, RTD District N director and vice chair Peggy Caitlin and Lone Tree City Council member Wynne Shaw
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