Turkey – Kazakhstan Political Relations
Turkey is the first country to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan. The common history between Turkey and Kazakhstan, cultural and spiritual bonds of our relationships have formed the basis to develop rapidly. Following its independence, many of the agreements and protocols signed with Kazakhstan set out the basics of our relations and cooperation in various fields. Parallel to the level of political relations between our country and Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan has become one of the most important political and economic partners in the region of our country.
Our relations with the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed during the visit of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to my country in October 2009 have been moved to a new dimension.
On the other hand, the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (YDSK) was established on the official visit to Kazakhstan in May 2012 as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and the first meeting of the YDSK was held during the official visit of President Nazarbayev to our country on 11-12 October 2012. The second meeting of the YDSK was held during the visit of Kazakhstan President Ahmet on 15-17 April 2015. Together with the YDSK mechanism, our strategic relationship with Kazakhstan is institutionalized. The follow-up meeting is scheduled to take place in our country in 2018.
Prime Minister made a study visit to Astana on 5 February 2016.
Our bilateral trade volume reached 1,96 billion Dollars in 2016 with 625 million Dollars exports and 1.33 billion Dollars imports. Our common goal is to increase our bilateral trade volume to $ 10 billion.
In Kazakhstan, it is observed that Turkish entrepreneurs are especially prominent in the food sector, pharmaceutical-chemical industry, construction, hospitality and manufacturing fields. The activities of Turkish companies in the contracting sector in Kazakhstan are increasing day by day. As of 2017, the total value of projects undertaken by Turkish contracting firms in Kazakhstan has exceeded USD 21 billion.
Turkey, Kazakhstan in terms of the amount of capital Although the 17th largest investor in terms of investments in the energy sector is located at # 4 position. Turkish firms are employing more than 15 people in Kazakhstan with a total investment of USD 2 billion.
According to data from 2017, the amount of foreign direct investment from Kazakhstan to Turkey is over 700 million dollars
Kazakhstan cooperation in regional and international plans and Turkey are also developing rapidly. Turkish Language in the leadership of the two countries as a concrete result of the cooperation they maintain in the direction of Turkey and the establishment of peace and stability in the Eurasian geography of Kazakhstan Speaking Countries Summit has been institutionalized; in this framework played an important role with our country in the establishment of Kazakhstan Turkish Council and TURKPA. Kazakhstan is also hosted by the International Turkish Academy, which was established within the Turkish Council.
The ongoing cooperation in the field of education and culture is another important aspect of the relationship between the two countries. Approximately 8,000 students are studying in the settlements of four different cities of Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Turkish-Kazakh University in Central Turkistan.