Kazakhstan- Romania

General information

The diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Romania have been established on July 15, 1992.

The Embassy of Romania in the Republic of Kazakhstan has been opened in November 1993.

The Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Romania has been opened in September 2003. In March 2012 by the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan, the representation level has been enhanced into the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Romania.

September 2014 – Mr. Daulet Batrashev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Romania.

May 2012 – Mr. Nicolae Ureche, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Political relations

Kazakhstan pays a special attention to development of relations with Romania as a key partner in Eastern Europe and on the Balkans.

During short historical period, two states have achieved significant progress in all spheres of bilateral cooperation, including political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian areas, as well as in multilateral collaboration.

Kazakhstan and Romania enjoy the regular political dialogue, Groups of friendship function in parliaments of both countries. Meetings of MPs of the two countries held annually.

Countries coordinate efforts within the United Nations, OSCE and other international fora. Romania supports all Kazakhstan's international initiatives, including OSCE Chairmanship and Astana Summit 2010, Astana to host EXPO-2017 and participate it, Kazakhstan's candidature for non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, accession to ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting).

Political consultations at the level of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania are held annually. On 13th of May 2015, the sides have signed the Joint Action Plan between foreign ministries of two countries for 2015-2016.

High level visits

September, 1998 – official visit of H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Romania.

November, 1999 – official visit of H.E. Mr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania to Kazakhstan.

September 2003 – official visit of H.E. Mr. Ion Iliescu, President of Romania to Kazakhstan.

November, 2007 – official visit of H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Romania.

March, 2010 – the State visit of H.E. Mr. Traian Băsescu, President of Romania to Kazakhstan.

December, 2010 – visit of H.E. Mr. Traian Băsescu, President of Romania to Kazakhstan for participation in the OSCE Summit in Astana.

Visits at the level of the Heads of the Governments

June, 2013 – official visit of the Prime Minister of Romania H.E. Mr. Victor Ponta to Kazakhstan.

Foreign Ministers' Visits

July, 1992 – official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania H.E. Mr. Adrian Năstase to Kazakhstan, the Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Romania was signed.

November, 2008 – visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania H.E. Mr. LazărComănescu to Kazakhstan.

Legal framework

The legal framework between Kazakhstan and Romania consists of 19 bilateral agreements. The first bilateral document - the Protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations signed in 1992 - which became a legal ground for other bilateral agreements.

Economic cooperation

The favorable background of the political dialogue between two countries gives a positive impact to economic cooperation.

The volume of the Kazakhstan-Romanian trade turnover in January-October 2015 reached almost 1.26 bln. US dollars (export: 1.19 billion USD, import: 66.71 mln.). In 2014 – 3,27 bln. US dollars (export: 3,15 bln., import: 119,5 mln.).

Romanian investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan as of July 2015 amounted to 887.7 mln USD. Kazakhstan, in its turn, is one of the largest investors in Romania.

The main directions of bilateral economic cooperation are energy, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, transport, logistics etc. There are 16 Romanian-Kazakhstan enterprises functioning in Romania, specializing in trade, furniture manufacturing, tailoring and health industry. There are 35 joint ventures registered in Kazakhstan.

One of the most important and effective tool for development of the trade and economic cooperation is the Kazakhstan-Romanian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation. The 11th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission was held on 27-28 May 2015 in Bucharest.

Enhancement of relations between business communities, SMEs of two countries and to the development of interregional collaboration are important priorities of bilateral cooperation.

In order to develop and strengthen cooperation between business communities of two countries, as well as to assist, support and provide consultancy for joint economic projects bilateral Romanian-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce and Industry reestablished with its first meeting which was held on January 13th 2016 in Bucharest.

The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan opened on July 4, 2013 in Galați.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

Romanian national cultural societies such as «Stephen the Great» (Almaty), «Dachia» (Karaganda) and «Bucovina» (Pavlodar) successfully function in Kazakhstan. Romanian language courses, various cultural events are held within these centers regularly.

An agreement has been reached in launching a Kazakh cultural, language and history center at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania (Cluj-Napoca).

A Kazakh preschool was launched in September 2015, allowing children in Bucharest to learn Kazakh language.

One of the largest Kazakh film festivals in Europe organized with the assistance of the "Kazakhfilm" film studio and the Union of Romanian filmmakers, was held in November 2015. During the event, 9 movies of famous Kazakh filmmakers were shown.

Kazakh musicians annually take part in the festival of classical music named after George Enescu in Bucharest. On December 5th, 2015 Kazakh violinist Arman Murzagaliev performed with the Orchestra of Princess Margaret.

Created at : 4.09.2015, 18:18, Updated at : 15.03.2016, 18:24