Vucic recalled that it is now difficult to get investments from Turkey because of the high inflation rate and the minimum wage of 210 euros in that country - much lower than in Serbia. "Why should somebody come to us from Turkey, when they can pay their workers less in their own country, and find as well-trained a workforce as we have.
The ceremony took place after the two leaders met at the presidential palace in Astana.
Nazarbayev pointed to the friendship between the two countries and the contribution of the president of Serbia to the strengthening of ties between them.
Vucic then presented Nazarbayev with the Order of the Republic of Serbia 1st Degree.
Kazakhstan further loosened cultural ties with its former political masters in Moscow yesterday when a ban on speaking Russian in cabinet meetings took effect - despite many ministers favouring that language over their native Kazakh.
Central and Eastern European countries have become stuck in a "middle-income trap" and need new growth strategies and infrastructure to kick off again, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said on Wednesday, adding that Greece, Slovenia and Kazakhstan have made progress with privatizations. [Reuters]
ASTANA - Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic met with the chairman of Kazakhstan's Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in Astana on Tuesday.
They noted Gojkovic's trip to Kazakhstan was exceptionally significant as the first-ever visit by a parliament speaker, and also the first inter-parliamentary visit, in the history of the relations between the two countries.
BELGRADE - Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic will on Tuesday begin an official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan at the invitation of the country's parliament during which she will meet with Kazakh officials.
Gojkovic will kick off the visit with meetings with Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and top officials of the Mazhilis.