Cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Canada

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

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

Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan is Nicholas Brousseau (since 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 fruitful 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. Governor General of Canada Julie Payette paid her first working visit to Kazakhstan on December 3-5, 2018.

Meetings at the highest and high level 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 the NATO Summit in Lisbon in 2010 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. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Canada also met on the sidelines of the OSCE, OIC ministerial meetings and UN General Assembly in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation is an important part of Kazakhstan-Canadian relations. It is facilitated by the work of parliamentary friendship groups in the parliaments of both countries and by exchange of visits of parliamentary delegations. Delegation of the Parliament of Kazakhstan headed by Speaker of Majilis Nurlan Nigmatullin visited Canada in 2012 to attend 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. Bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Canada in 2018 was 255.4 million US dollars, including 145.8 million in export and 109.6 million in import. Since 2005 the volume of Canadian Foreign Direct Investment to Kazakhstan had exceeded 182 million US dollars. Over 182 million US dollars in Foreign Direct Investment from Canada was attracted to Kazakhstan in 2018. Kazakhstan-Canadian Business Council was established in 2016 in order to strengthen bilateral business partnership.

Created at : 27.05.2015, 12:39, Updated at : 25.07.2019, 16:20