Kazakhstan - India

Diplomatic relations between India and Kazakhstan were established on February 22, 1992.

In November 1993, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan was opened in New Delhi.

In May 1992, India has opened its Embassy in Almaty and then relocated it to Astana in November 2007. Since that time Consulate of India has started operating in Almaty.

Since December 2014, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India o the Republic of Kazakhstan is Bulat Sarsenbayev.

Since October 2018 Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan is Prabhat Kumar.

Top-level visits:

The President of Kazakhstan has visited India within the scope of the official visits in February 1992, December 1996 and February 2002, as well as participated in the celebration of the Republic Day of India as the Guest of Honor in January 23-26 2008. During this state visit, the bilateral relations of two countries went to the level of strategic partnership.

Several Senior Indian officials have visited Kazakhstan in following years: Prime-Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in May 1993, Vice-President K. R. Narayanan in September 1996, Prime-Minister A.B. Vajpayee in July 2002 for participation in the 1st Summit of CICA, Vice-President M.H. Ansari in April 2008 and Prime-Minister M.Singh in April 2011.

On July 7-8, 2015 the official visit of the Prime-Minister N.Modi took place. Prime-Minister was accompanied by the high-level delegation and the group of businessmen and industrialists. During this visit N.Modimet the President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev as well as the Prime-Minister K.Masimov.Discussions were held in the warm and friendly atmosphere, in the spirit of mutual understanding.

During the visit, the Business Forum with the participation of leading businessmen of the both countries was held in Astana. The outcomes of the forum were establishment of the Joint Business Council and signing of the joint "Road Map". N.Modi attended the ceremony dedicated to the opening of the Kazakh-Indian Research IT Center allocated in the Eurasian National University by the name of L.Gumileva in Astana.

On June 14, 2016 a telephone conversation took place between President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev and Prime-Minister of India N.Modi. During the conversation the heads of states discussed the condition and prospects of bilateral relations, as well as a number of actual regional and international issues.

Head of the state has also met N.Modi in June 23-24, 2016 during SCO Summit in Tashkent.

High-level visits

Several Senior Kazakhstan officials have visited India in following years like: Chairman of the Supreme Court K.Mami in October 2008, Assistant to the President-Secretary of Security CouncilM.Tazhin in February 2012, Chairman of the Accounts Committee O.Oksikbaev in March 2012, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications A.Bekturov in June 2012, Chairman of the Election Commission K.Turgankulov in July 2012 and October 2014, Chairman of the Agency for combating Economic and Corruption Crimes (Financial Police) R.Tusupbekov in April 2013, Chairman of the Agency for competition protection B.Kuandykov in November 2013, The Human Rights Commissioner A.Shakirov in September 2014.

Mutual visits

On January 15-16, 2015 talks were held in Mumbai on the establishment of the Asian Bank of Infrastructure and Investment, which was attended by representatives of financial institutions of Kazakhstan, China and India. Representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan were First Vice-Minister of the National Economy M. Kusainov and Head of the Finance Department of the Ministry of National Economy M. Turlybaev.

In June 10-11, 2015 a delegation of "National Company" Kazakhstan TemirZholy "(KTZ) has visited India. During the visit, the President of KTZ A. Mamin met with the Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping of India N.Gadkari and the Minister of Railways S.Prabhu. The meeting resulted in an agreement designed to facilitate the movement of goods with the use of the huge potential of the railway corridor Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran, as part of transport corridor "North-South" and enable access to the Indian market. The parties agreed to prepare and sign the relevant memorandum of understanding in this sphere.

In addition, the delegation made a presentation of logistics opportunities for export-import operations in the region for the business circles in the office of Federation of Chambers of Commerce of India. KTZ delegates has visited the seaport of Mundra, where they got acquainted with the development projects and had held talks with the major logistics companies. Kazakhstan intends to invest in terminal capacity in the western Indian ports such as Mundra and Mumbai.

In June 15-17, 2015 Minister of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan A.Isekeshev paid a visit to India, where he met with the Minister of Steel and Mines N.Tomar, Minister of Communications and Information Technology R.Prasad, Minister of Oil and Gas D.Pradhan, Deputy Ministers of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers specialized on the fertilizers and pharmaceuticalsissues, leaders of the Federation Chamber of Commerce, the leadership of the state company "Solar energy Corporation", MMTC Ltd. A.Isekeshev also had a meeting with the heads of more than 25 largest companies in India, where the parties discussed the possibility of investing in the economy of Kazakhstan. The parties agreed to develop a "roadmap" for trade-economic and investment cooperation with a view to signing during the visit of Prime-Minister of India in the Republic of Kazakhstan on July 7-8, 2015.

In the period from 15 to 18 June, 2015 visit of the Kazakh government delegation headed by the Minister of Energy V.Shkolnik was held to India. The aim of the visit was to hold the 12th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission and the meeting resulted in signing a protocol. During the visit, V.Shkolnik held bilateral meetings with the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India D.Pradhan and Minister of Energy, Coal, New and Renewable Energy of India P.Goyal. During these meetings, the sides discussed prospects of cooperation in some industrial sectors.

In August 7-19, 2015 the Kazakhstan delegation headed by the Commissioner of the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan R. Zhoshybayev visited India.

During the visit R. Zhoshybayev held meetings with the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Tourism in India, Indian Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), the Association of Tour Operators, as well as high representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry and the leading Indian companies in the field of renewable energy in Bangalore.

In the scope of the visit, the special thematic presentation of the EXPO-2017 was made for the management of the organization for the promotion of trade and industry, the responsible authority for India's participation in the forthcoming exhibition in Astana, the members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Indian Industry. During the meeting with the leading travel agencies was signed a memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of tourism between the leading Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and JSC "NC" Astana EXPO-2017 ".

The Attorney General of India M. Rohatgi visitedKazakhstan in August 25, 2015, where he met with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Daulbaev within 13 attorneys general meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

In September 16-17, 2015 the Nobel Peace Prize and Director General of the Institute of Energy Research, Former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations - RajendraPachauri paid a visit to Astana. R.Pachauri joined the so-called "Nobel Group" invited for a meeting with President of Kazakhstan NursultanNazarbayev.

In order to explore the possibilities of IT-technology cooperation the managing Director of the Innovative Development A.Doskaliev and Director of the Department of Education and Science of the National ICT Holding ZerdeD.Muhatov visited India in 14-18 September 2015. In this regard, with the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India were organized meetings of Kazakh delegates with the leadership of the Department of Electronic Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of India, as well as with the heads of the largest Indian IT-centres of NIC (National Informatics Centre), CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), India e-Gov (structural subdivision of the Indian Ministry of IT responsible for e-government), CERT-In (computer Emergency response Team on the scene), NASSCOM (National Association of software and service companies), NIELIT (National Institute of electronics and computer Science), STQC (Centre of standardization and certification testing and quality), and others.

The trip of the Zerde representatives was also organized in the so-called "Indian Silicon Valley" of Bangalore and Mumbai, where they visited IT-park STPI (Software technology parks of India) and SAMEER (Centre for electromagnetics).

In 29-31 January 2016. Kazakh delegation headed by representatives of the tourism management Division of Almaty took part in a tourism exhibition SATTE Travel Mart-2016 (New Delhi). The visitors were acquainted with the tourist potential of Kazakhstan and Almaty in particular. Also Deputy Director of the marketing unit of Universiade-2017 D.Seytkazin gave a presentation on the upcoming sporting event.

In February 11, 2016 EKR in cooperation with the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, and with the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India conducted a "Road Show", where were presented investment projects and signed a memorandum of cooperation between Government of East Kazakhstan region and the Chamber of Commerce of India.

In February 12, 2016 the visit of the Kazakh delegation headed by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Commissioner of "EXPO-2017" R.Zhoshybaev was initiated to India. As the result of the meeting, R.Zhoshybaev and S. Goyal signed an agreement on India's participation in the "EXPO-2017". In the period of February 24-25, 2016 the second meeting of international participants of EXPO-2017 was held in Astana, where the Indian side was represented by the Executive Director of ITPO Sh.Singh and Deputy General Manager R.Dhusiya.

In March 17-18 2016 Kazakh delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of JSC "MC SEZ" HimparkTaraz "D.Orazbaeva participated in the 9th Annual International Conference of the chemical industry in Mumbai.

As part of participation, the conference was attended by around 250 Indian businessmen who were representing 108 of the largest chemical companies in India. Kazakh delegation has shown presentation of FEZ "HimparkTaraz" as well as conducted business negotiations with potential foreign investors.

On May 19, 2016 Astana hosted meeting of the Kazakh-Indian Business Council, conducted by the Foreign Trade Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (FICCI). The meeting was attended by about 30 Indian companies operating in the field of engineering, construction, logistics, IT-technologies, agricultural equipment, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Llaureat Nobel Peace Prize, Director General of Research Institute in the field of energy, RajendraPachauri attended the AEF, which took place in Astana on May 27, 2016. He was the Speaker of the session: "Energy for the future: global trends and technologies."

Director of «SomaiyaBharatiyaSanskritiPeetham» Linguistic Institute K.Achariya participated in the fifteenth session of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which was held on June 1, 2016 in Astana.

In July 10, 2016 Governor of Astana A. Issekeshev met with the delegation of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh under the leadership of Chief-Minister of N.Naidu. Representatives of Andhra Pradesh on behalf of the Prime-Minister of India N.Modi learn Kazakh experience in the transfer of capital in connection with the implementation of a similar project in the region.

In August 29-30, 2016. President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union S.Chaudhary and Vice President of the ruling party "Bharatiya Janata Party" V.Sahasrabudhe participated in the international conference "Building a world without nuclear weapons", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. About 200 participants from 50 countries in the plenary session and four panel sessions discussed a number of key issues related to global security.

On November 01, 2016 Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Yu.Ilin tool part in the Asian Ministerial Conference on reducing the risk of accidents (AMCDRR). During the visit he met with the State Minister of Internal Affairs of India K.Rijiju. They discussed a number of important issues related to bilateral cooperation, such as the preparation and signing of a cooperation agreement between the two ministries in various fields.

In November 2-4 2016 Kazakh delegation headed by the Chairman of the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan B.Kaneshev participated in the Annual Joint Meeting of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Organization for Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC). Within the framework of the above-mentioned event, a ceremony of signing the Agreement on technical cooperation between the National Accreditation Centre of Kazakhstan and the Council on the quality of India.

In the period of 8-10 November 2016 the delegation of JSC "NC" Kazakhstan TemirZholy" took part in the 22nd session of the Regional Assembly of the Asia-Pacific region, the International Union of Railways (UIC ATRA) in New Delhi, India. From Kazakh party, the Deputy Director of the Directorate of backbone network of JSC "NC" Kazakhstan TemirZholy"B.Kotyrev gave a speech.

In January 6, 2017 the Governments of Kazakhstan and India have signed a Protocol on the amendments and additions to the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital (9 December 1996). The document was signed in New Delhi by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India Mr. BulatSarsenbayev and the head of the Central Board of Direct Taxes of the Ministry of Finance of India Sushil Chandra. As part of the event the parties also discussed the prospects of mutually beneficial relations in such spheres as trade, energy, investment promotion, development of industry, transport and logistics, mining, and the development of cooperation in tourism, including within the framework of "EXPO-2017 ".

Inter-parliamentary cooperation. In October 13, 2011 the friendship group between the Parliaments of Kazakhstan and India was established, composed of members of the lower and upper chambers of the parliaments of the two countries.

In May 2013 the visit of the Chairman of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Safety of Majilis Parliament of Kazakhstan M.Ashimbaev was held.

Contacts at the level of foreign ministries.

Senior official of Kazakhstan paid official visits to India, like: Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev in August 1999, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan E.Idrisov in March 3-5 2013, during which meetings were held with Vice President - Chairman Upper House of the Parliament of the Republic of India M.H.Ansari and Minister of Foreign Affairs of India S.Hurshid.

In May 11-13, 2010 Foreign Minister of India SM Krishna paid an official visit to Kazakhsta. In April 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India S.Hurshid took part in the ministerial meeting of the Istanbul Process in Almaty.

Within the framework of international forums on 16-17 January 2012 Deputy Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan K.Omarov and the Chairman of Nuclear Industry Committee MINT T.Zhantikin visited Delhi and took part in the meeting of National Coordinators of the participating countries of the Nuclear Security Summit.

4 rounds of ministerial talks were conducted: in August 2007 held in New Delhi, 22 September 2009 held in Astana and 7 March 2012 in New Delhi, 16 March 2015 held in Astana. The Indian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India N.Sarna. In November 5-6, 2009 Astana hosted the 1st round of Kazakh-Indian consultations on consular issues.

Trade and economic cooperation.

Trade turnover between the two countries, on the basis of 2016 amounted to about US $ 500 million (the exact figure will be in March). This figure exceeds the total turnover of India with other countries of Central Asia. Kazakhstan exports to India uranium concentrate, oil, asbestos, steel, salt, sulphur, lime, cement, hides and skins and ferrous metals. The main imports are coffee, tea, spices, tobacco, organic chemicals, pharmaceutical products, plastics, rubber, rubber products, electrical machinery and mechanical equipment.

Gross inflow of direct Indian investments in Kazakhstan from 2005 to 2017 amounted to 245 million US dollars, the Kazakh investment in India - 83 million US dollars. Kazakhstan currently registered about 400 companies with Indian participation, including more than 100 Indian companies have opened an account in the joint Kazakhstan-Indian "Tengri-bank" in Almaty.

Currently, Intergovernmental Kazakh-Indian Joint Commission functions on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological, Industrial and Cultural Cooperation. Twelve Commission meetings were held, the last was held on 16-18 June 2015 in New Delhi and 13th will take place in the 4th quarter of 2017 in Astana.

As well as the Joint Working Group (JWG) functions on trade and economic cooperation. 1st meeting of the AWG was held on January 13-14, 2011 in New Delhi, 2nd Session - July 19-20, 2012 in Astana, 3rd Meeting - February 20-21, 2014 in New Delhi, 4th November 20, 2015 in Astana and 5th will be held in New Delhi during the second half of 2016.

Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. During the visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of India N.Modi in Astana on July 7-8, 2015. JSC "NAC" Kazatomprom" and “Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd." signed a contract for the supply of uranium to India.

Military-technical cooperation. In the period from 7 to 12 December 2014, First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan S.Zhasuzakov visited India. During the visit he met with the Advisor on National Security A.Doval, Defence Minister M.Parrikar, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Air Force Commander in Chief of India A.Raha, Commander in Chief of the Sea, ground troops R.Dovan, Head of the National Defence College D.Suhag, Chief of the National Defence college N.Ghe and representatives of the Indian defence industry (Tata Power, Larsen & Turbo, Zen Technologies Ltd).

Also, visits to military infrastructure were made in Jaipur (Headquarters of the South-Western Command DM) and Mumbai (Headquarters of the Western Naval Command and the frigate "Tag").

4 JWG meetings on military-technical cooperation were held. 1st meeting - September 4-5, 2006 in Astana, 2nd - September 6-7, 2011 in New Delhi, 3rd - 25-27 November 2012 in Astana, 4th - April 28th 2015 in New Delhi and 5th will be held on September 5-6 in Astana.

During the visit of the Prime Minister of India N.Modi in Kazakhstan on July 7-8, 2015 the Agreement on military and military-technical cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Republic of India was signed.

From 2 to 5 June 2016 the IV International exhibition of arms and military equipment «KADEX-2016" took place in Astana at the air base of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. India was represented at the exhibition by companies such as Tata, Larsen &Tubro and BrahMos Aerospace.

Scientific-technical and cultural cooperation. According to technical and economic cooperation between India Programme (ITEC) Kazakh specialists do advanced training courses in Indian universities in the field of management, economics, finance, agriculture, industry, energy, water management, media and computer technology.

In March 20, 2015 a delegation of KNU named after Al-Farabi headed by the rector G.Mutanovym visited Delhi, where he met with the rectors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi University, and a private university "Amity". During the negotiations, the parties reached some agreements, in which the emphasis was placed on scientific and technical cooperation. As a result of the meetings bilateral documents on cooperation were signed.

Also, an agreement was reached on the basis of representation of the KNU University named after Al-Farabi on the basis of "Amity," and the university "Amity" on the basis of KNU University. During the visit, Rector KNU met with representatives of the Asian branch of the "Britannica" world encyclopaedia, where it was agreed to grant exclusive rights for the KNU University to fill an encyclopedia on the history and the present of Kazakhstan and its people content development through the creation of advisory council.

The interaction between analytical circles. KISR and the Indo-Central Asian Fund issued 3 information and analytical publication about the prospects of cooperation between Kazakhstan and India.

Two books "Critical Decade" and "Kazakhstan's way" written by the President NursultanNazarbayev were published in Hindi language.

Created at : 4.12.2013, 11:06, Updated at : 12.02.2019, 17:00