Kazakhstan - Britain relations




January 19, 1992 diplomatic relations were established.

Since October 1992, the British Embassy works in Kazakhstan.

Since February 1996 the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan operates in the UK.

From September 2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom is E.Kazyhanov.

Since January 2013, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in the Republic of Kazakhstan is C.Braun.

Political relations

Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom has established a constructive dialogue that promotes the regular exchange of visits at all levels.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, eight visits of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the UK took place (in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2013).

The members of the royal family who visited Kazakhstan are the heir to the British throne Prince Charles of Wales (1996), Princess Anne (1993), Duke of Gloucester (2000), Prince Andrew - the Duke of York, who was the UK's Special Representative for Trade and Investment ( 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2010) and Prince Michael of Kent (2009).

June 30 - July 1, 2013, for the first in the history of bilateral relations, the state visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Kazakhstan took place. A Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership between two countries was signed as a result of this visit.

Kazakh-British trade and economic relations

The United Kingdom is one of the largest contributors of FDI to Kazakhstan predominantly in the oil and gas sector. United Kingdom investments to Kazakhstan from 2005 to 2014 totalled$-11 billion.

According to Kazakh statistics, trade between the two countries in the period from January-October of last year totalled$ 1.05 billion.  (Export –$-0.55 billion, Import –$-0.5 billion). In 2013, the volume for the same period was $-1.9 bln. (Export –$-1.4 billion, Import –$-0.5 billion).

British companies represented in the Kazakh market include: BG, Shell, AMEC, Invensys, BAE Systems, RioTinto, Petrofac, Sun Group, Rolls Royce, HSBC, RBS, Ernst & Young, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, SNR Denton, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca.Many of these are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which also lists two dozen Kazakh companies(JSC KazMunaiGas E.P., JSC Kazkommertsbank, JSC Halyk Bank, JSC Kcell (market of the Fund), Orsu Metals Corp., W Resources, Steppe Cement, Max Petroleum, Tau Capital, Roxi Petroleum, Central Asia Metals, Frontier Mining, Jupiter Energy, Kemin Resources (Alternative market).

In November 2012, United Kingdom included Kazakhstan (along with Mexico, Indonesia, Morocco, Vietnam, South Africa) in a list of 14 priority countries with which to enhance bilateral trade and investment.

In October 2013, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan included the United Kingdom in the list of six priority countries to attract investment. On June 12, 2014, new investment legislation was announced for that purpose. In addition, a pilot project to allow visa-free travel for the citizens of 10 countries including the United Kingdom, for the period between 15 July 2014 and 15 July 2015, was launched.

On October 30, 2013, the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Co-operation was established. The first meeting of the new Commission took place on November 5 of the same year in Astana.

There are a number of other bilateral structures On February 24, 2015, the Business Council of JSC Samruk-Kazyna and UKTI and the British Chamber of Commerce Representative Office in Kazakhstan were successfully launched in London.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

An important area of ​​bilateral cooperation is the cooperation in the field of education. British universities and companies actively cooperate with Kazakhstani universities and take part in their development. In 2001, Kazakh-British Technical University was established in Almaty. Its partners are four leading UK universities in the petroleum sector: Aberdeen, Robert Gordon, Herriot-Watt and Westminster.

In "Nazarbayev University", the implementation of a program for preparation to university education and the project on establishment of the School of Engineering are supported by «University College London». With the assistance of the «BG» company, in 2012, a scientific library was opened at the NU Centre for Energy Research, and the scholarships for training the staff of the NU Research and Innovation System are provided.

British universities take the leading place in training the students of the "Bolashak" scholarship program (more than 2 thousand scholarship holders has graduated from the UK universities). According to the Ministry of Education and Science of the RK, about 4 thousand students are studying in the UK.

Military and military-technical cooperation

On an annual basis, the Plan of bilateral military cooperation between the Ministries of Defence of Kazakhstan and Great Britain are coordinated and approved. In order to implement this plan, the Kazakhstan-British Working Group was established (meets annually in Astana and London in turn). The main areas of cooperation: peacekeeping training, training Kazakh servicemen in military educational institutions of the UK; cooperation in the field of language training in the military-technical sphere.


The Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom



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