Kazakhstan - Greece

General Information

1 October 1992 establishment of diplomatic relations.

Since April 2016 the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Greece has been Aleksey Volkov.

Since 10 October 2016 the Ambassador of Greece to Kazakhstan has been Alexandros Catranis.

Political Relations

The main events on the bilateral relations agenda have been the state visits of the President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to Greece in July 2001 and the President of Greece K.Stephanopoulos to Kazakhstan in June 2002, which facilitated the development of constructive dialogue between the two nations.

The President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev paid a visit to Athens in August 2004 to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Interparliamentary relations. The parliaments of the two countries have formed parliamentary friendship groups. The chair of the Kazakh-Greek friendship group in the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan is A.Tasbulatov. His counterpart in the Greek Parliament is L.Grigorakos.

On 1 June 2016 M.Voridis, a Deputy of Greek Parliament, visited Astana to participate in the international conference "Religions against Terrorism".

On 19-20 October 2017 the Co-chairman of the "Kazakh-Greek" interparliamentary friendship group A.Tasbulatov visited Greece.

Trade and Economic Relations

In 2016 trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Greece amounted to $886 mln. (exports - $872.8 mln., imports - $13.2 mln.), in January-November 2017 – $885.8 mln. (exports$870.7 mln., imports$15,1 mln.).

A priority area of Kazakh-Greek relations is cooperation in the fields of energy, telecommunications, transport logistics, tourism, agriculture and construction.

The Kazakh-Greek Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation is functioning fruitfully. The 3rd session of the IGC took place on 26 September 2016 in Astana within the framework of the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic D.Mardas to Kazakhstan.

Furthermore, on 26 September 2016 Astana hosted the first Kazakh-Greek Business Forum with the participation of more than 60 companies of the two countries.

On 21 July 2017 the Minister of Economy and Development of the Hellenic Republic D.Papadimitriou took part in the National Day of Greece held within the framework of the international exhibition "EXPO-2017".

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

On 27-30 August 2017 the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of the Hellenic Republic G.Vassiliadis visited Astana to sign a Declaration of Cooperation in sport between the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Greece and a modern Olympic Truce Declaration.

On 4 October 2017 the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zh.Aubakirova held a solo concert in Athens.

Created at : 8.09.2014, 12:12, Updated at : 13.02.2019, 12:05