According to Nurlan Zhalgasbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India, Khstan and India are strong partners in the fight against terrorism to ensure that both countries remain safe from terrorist acts, fundamentalism and extremism.

“This has become all the more urgent given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. It is in the interests of Kazakhstan and India to work together to defeat the forces of terrorism wherever they exist,” Zhalgasbayev told ET. “Kazakhstan believes that providing support, using terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism, terrorist financing, arms and drug trafficking, spreading radical ideology and misusing cyberspace to spread disinformation and incite violence, runs counter to fundamental principles of humanity and international human relations.”

There is a fruitful cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries on the basis of regular joint exercises “KazInd” as well as the participation of the military troop of Kazakhstan in UNIFIL as part of the Indian battalion, according to Zhalgasbayev.

India and Kazakhstan are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and India this year. “On October 12-13, we are expecting to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the CICA summit in Kazakhstan,” Zhalgasbayev informed.

“Based on the 2009 Strategic Partnership Statement, the two states have built a truly multidimensional comprehensive dialogue, and we have established it on a practical basis. We have five joint working groups in areas such as trade and economic cooperation; on the textile industry, informatics, military-technical cooperation and the scientific and technological committee. Our countries are working on setting up a joint transport and logistics, space and medical-pharmaceutical working group. I consider it important to pay particular attention to priority projects, which include energy, space, military-technical cooperation, FinTech, IT, tourism, health and pharmacology,” underlined the envoy with reference to the key areas of bilateral cooperation.

Kazakhstan is India’s largest trading partner in Central Asia with a turnover of around $2.3 billion. As of 2021, about 700 legal entities and branches with the participation of Indian capital are registered in Kazakhstan. Medical universities in Kazakhstan are popular among Indian students. More than 5,000 Indians have studied at universities in Kazakhstan, almost all of them in medicine. Universities in Kazakhstan have a special department for Indian students. Kazakh nationals have the opportunity to study in India under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation which offer full scholarships.

Kazakhstan has always supported the policy of New Delhi in its aspiration to obtain a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, as well as in the question of full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) , the envoy said, adding, “India has supported Kazakhstan’s candidacy for the post of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018.

Surrounded by the Caspian Sea to the west, Russia to the north and China to the east, Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia and the ninth largest country in the world, has great strategic importance.

Kazakhstan serves as a land bridge straddling the two huge landmasses of Europe and Asia, providing a vital link between the civilizations that have flourished and prospered on these two continents. Kazakhstan is the largest economy in Central Asia and the second largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“Kazakhstan offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. After a series of reforms, Kazakhstan is now among the top 25 countries in the World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business Index. We provide access to some of the most dynamic markets on the continent, including the Eurasian Economic Union with nearly 200 million potential consumers, Western China with 300 million consumers, the Caspian Sea countries (150 million) and the Central Asian market (50 million),” Zhalgasbayev said, adding, “As a one-stop shop, Kazakh Invest, a national investment promotion and facilitation company, opened a representative office in New Delhi in May 2019.”

Kazakhstan offers impressive investment incentives. There are currently 13 special economic zones and 24 industrial zones in Kazakhstan, which provide investors with 0% rate for corporate tax, land tax, land tax, as well as exemption from customs duties . In addition, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) offer a free plot of land, a simplified procedure for employing foreign labor, and access to established infrastructure and digital networks.

India and Central Asian States held their 1st summit on January 27. During the summit, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev mentioned that such platforms have great practical benefit for the progressive development of both countries, as well as for the development of effective responses to new challenges and risks. ; it is a unique format for a productive exchange of views that will help bring cooperation between our states to a qualitatively new level. In particular, the Kazakh President focused on expanding cooperation in the transport and logistics sector, in which Central Asia has great potential.

Kazakhstan is of the view that the key element of the Central and South Asian interconnection architecture should be the creation of a reliable, efficient and secure transit infrastructure. “To this end, we have proposed studying the possibility of creating an interregional transport and logistics consortium. This structure could ensure effective coordination of national policies regarding full and mutually beneficial loading of transport routes to India and ports in the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf,” Zhalgasbayev said.

Kazakhstan aims to train at least 100,000 highly skilled IT professionals by 2025. “In this regard, we are also interested in India’s rich experience in IT and engineering education. As a practical step, we proposed to open an engineering office and an information technology school for Central Asia on the basis of the Astana Hub international IT startup technopark, in collaboration with the technology park and other Indian IT giants,” according to the Kazakh envoy.

On March 16, the Kazakh President delivered his address to the nation, “New Kazakhstan: The Path of Renewal and Modernization.” He outlined significant policy reforms and initiatives aimed at further transforming and modernizing the country