Both India and Kazakhstan share common perceptions about the need to have friendship and mutually advantageous bilateral relations. India recognised the independence of Kazakhstan in 1992 and visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh marks the 20th anniversary of friendship of both the countries. In order to strengthen their diplomatic ties several high level visits between India and Kazakhstan have been exchanged on a regular basis. India-Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Commission established in 1992 has been instrumental in developing bilateral trade, economic, scientific, technological, industrial and cultural cooperation.
India was the first country outside Commonwealth Independent States CIS region visited by President Nazarbayev after independence of Kazakhstan. This visit in 1992 followed by visit of Prime Minister of India Narsimha Rao in 1993, which gave impetus to India- Kazakhstan relations.
In pursuance of the State Visit of President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev to New Delhi in January 2009 and the adopted Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of India and Republic of Kazakhstan, it was agreed to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Discussions are currently underway for cooperation in fields of fertilizers production, setting up of petrochemical complex, thermal power plants, Entrepreneurship Development center etc. Agreements in the fields of Agriculture, Health, Culture, Science and Technology and Education etc are currently under consideration by both sides. As many as 50 delegations from India mostly in the business sector visited Kazakhstan during in 2009 including CII and FICCI led delegations. The 4th Joint Business Council between FICCI and Kazakh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) was held in Almaty in October 2009.