Kazakhstan - Bulgaria Relations

Overview

June 5th, 1992 – the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relationsbetween the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Bulgaria was signed.

January, 1994 –the opening of the Embassy of the Republic ofBulgaria in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

December, 2004 – the Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Bulgaria has started to work.

Since 2009 the Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Bulgaria is Temirtay Izbastin.

Since 2015 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Kazakhstan is Vasil Petkov.

Political relations

The initial impetus to the development of Kazakh-Bulgarian relations was given by the official visit of the President of Bulgaria Zh.Zhelevto Kazakhstan in July, 1993. In September, 1999 the President N.Nazarbayev made the reciprocal state visit to Sofia. On September 25th, 2003 President of Bulgaria G.Pyrvanovpaid the official visit to Kazakhstan and on December 1st, 2010 took part in the OSCE Summit in Astana.

The official visit of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan D.AkhmetovtoBulgaria was held on July 23-24, 2006.

On November 7-10th, 2015 the Chairperson of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria T.Tsacheva officially visited Kazakhstan. During the visit T.Tsachevaheld meetings with the Prime Minister K.Massimov, the Chairman of the Senate K.Tokayev, the Chairman of MajilisK.Zhakypov,theMinister of Foreign AffairsE.Idrissov, the Deputy Head of the Assembly of the people of Kazakhstan E.Tugzhanov, the Chairman of the Board of JSC NC “Astana EXPO-2017"A.Essimov. The Memorandum of cooperation between the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan and the National Assembly of Bulgaria and the Cooperation Agreement in the field of culture were signed as a result of this visit.

Trade and economic relations

The bilateral trade turnover for 2017(January-October) was $193,7million, export – $164,3 million, import – $29,4 million.

There are about 80 businesses with Bulgarian shares in Kazakhstan. In Bulgariathere are about 35 companies with Kazakh participation. The biggest of them isthe RompetrolBulgaria,which have a nationwide network of gas stations.

Since April, 2015in Sofia operates the Bulgarian-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce (BKCC) and since November of the same year the BKCC local office operates in Astana.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

The total ethnic Bulgarian populationof Kazakhstan is about 4,500. Having the goal of reviving the national language, culture and traditions of Bulgariansin Kazakhstan in 1995 was established theBulgarian ethnic and cultural center, which is actively involved in cultural activities.

On March 18th, 2015 the Center of Kazakh language, history and culture was officially openedin the Center for Eastern Languages and Studies of the Sofia University.

Created at : 8.09.2014, 12:04, Updated at : 13.02.2019, 13:20