The Deputy Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan, Kairat Torebayev spoke at the country session of the 10th Global Summit, “Vibrant Gujarat”, which is taking place from January 10th to the 12th. The Gujarat Summit has been held in Gandhinagar since 2003 on the initiative of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Within the platform, participating countries discuss issues of socioeconomic development and promising projects for foreign investment.
In February, Kazakhstan and India will celebrate their 32nd anniversary of cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Trade relations between Kazakhstan and India continue to develop: in 2022 mutual trade turnover reached $2.5 billion, though from January-October 2023, this figure decreased to $811.2 million.
“Kazakhstan is the main trading partner of India among the Central Asian nations and is ready to further increase trade turnover in the amount of $148.1 million,” Torebayev stated. “Having significant natural resources in the energy sector, our country is a reliable partner for India in ensuring the supply of oil, gas, and other energy resources. In turn, the capacious Indian market is interesting to Kazakhstan’s exporters of goods and services.”
Torebayev went on to say that enterprises can increase the supply of products from the metallurgical, chemical, food, construction, and machine-building industries. The Deputy Minister also spoke about deepening cooperation between the two countries, as well as increasing mutual investments and implementing joint projects in areas with great potential, such as digitization, innovation, healthcare, education, and tourism.
Today, approximately 400 legal entities backed by Indian capital are registered in Kazakhstan. The inflow of foreign direct investment from India to Kazakhstan over the past 25 years totals $414 million.