Cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Canada

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Canada were established on April 10, 1992.

Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan was established in 1995. The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Canada was opened in 2008.

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Canada is Kamaldinov Akylbek (since April 2018).

Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan is Nicholas Brousseau (since October 2017).

Kazakhstan is deepening political dialogue, intergovernmental contacts, trade, economic and cultural ties with Canada. In addition to the traditional spheres of partnership that include agriculture and uranium industry, Kazakhstan and Canada promote diversification of bilateral cooperation. An important part of the dialogue is the exchange and learning of the Canadian experience in such areas as vocational education, budgetary management and public service.

Kazakhstan and Canada are developing cooperation on the international arena. Both countries share views on many pressing issues related to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, combating international terrorism and efforts towards stability and rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Official visit of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Canada in 2013 provided an important impulse to the development of bilateral relations. High level meetings are also held on the sidelines of international events. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper within the framework of participation in the NATO Summit in 2010 in Lisbon and on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Saint-Petersburg in 2013 as well as with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Guangzhou in 2016.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada John Baird visited Kazakhstan in 2013. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Stephane Dion on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Meeting in Belgrade in 2015 and UN General Assembly in New York in 2016.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation is an important component of Kazakhstan-Canadian relations. Its development is facilitated by the work of parliamentary friendship groups in the parliaments of both countries and also by the exchange of visits of parliamentary delegations. Delegation of the Parliament of Kazakhstan headed by Speaker of Majilis Nurlan Nugmatulin visited Canada in 2012 to take part in the 127th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Delegations of the Parliament of Canada visited Kazakhstan in 2014 and 2017.

Legal framework of Kazakhstan-Canadian cooperation includes declarations on Economic Cooperation and Principles of Relations, Agreement on Mutual Trade, Treaty for the Avoidance of Double Taxation, Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation and interagency memorandums of understanding.

Business partnership is an important driver of bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Canada. Kazakhstan is designated as a priority country in the Global Markets Action Plan of the Government of Canada. The bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Canada during January-November 2017 amounted to 340.1 million US dollars, including 220 million in export and 120 million in import. According to the National Bank of Kazakhstan, 69.5 million US dollars in direct foreign investment were attracted from Canada to Kazakhstan during the nine months of 2017. Kazakhstan-Canadian Business Council was established in 2016 to strengthen bilateral business relations.

Created at : 27.05.2015, 12:39, Updated at : 8.06.2018, 12:00