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Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in April 1992, cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Canada has been growing to mutual benefit.

Kazakhstan is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ottawa and the Consulate in Toronto. Canada is represented in Kazakhstan by the Embassy of Canada in Astana.

The legal framework of bilateral cooperation includes the Declaration on Economic Cooperation (1992); Declaration on Principles of Relations (1995); Agreement on Trade (1997); Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1998); Kazakhstan – Canadian Joint Action Plan to Strengthen Economic Partnership (2003); Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of economic cooperation, trade and investment between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada (2009); Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada (2012); Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy (2013).

The visit of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Canada in June 2003 became an important event in the history of bilateral relations and provided a new impetus to Kazakhstan-Canadian cooperation. In November 2010, President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper within the framework of the NATO Summit in Lisbon. The latest unofficial meeting between President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took place within the framework of the G20 Summit in Russia in 2013. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov met with Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper in Kiev in 2014.

Bilateral contacts between Kazakhstan and Canada has been intensified over the recent years.

In 2012, a number of high level delegations from Kazakhstan visited Canada including Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Nurlan Nigmatulin, two Deputy Prime Ministers – Kairat Kelimbetov and Yerbol Orynbayev, Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov, Chairman of the Civil Service Agency Alikhan Baimenov, President of the JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom Vladimir Shkolnik. The Kazakhstan-Canadian investment forum was organized in Vancouver during which Kazakhstan’s delegation was headed by Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies Nurlan Sauranbayev.

Kazakhstan was visited by Canada’s Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies, Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Paul Dewar and delegations from Alberta and Ontario.

In 2013 Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz made a return visit to Kazakhstan. He held talks with Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Asylzhan Mamytbekov and also delivered a speech at the annual Astana Economic Forum. During the visit the parties noted significant opportunities to further strengthen cooperation and welcomed the development of bilateral business ties.

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