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Welcome message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom.
Diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the UK have flourished significantly since their establishment on 19th January 1992, just one month after Kazakhstan became an independent nation.
Since that time, the advancement of our close bilateral relations has reflected the widespread progress of Kazakhstan. Our GDP has increased 16-fold since independence, due in part to the interest and investment of British businesses in Central Asia's largest economy.
In less than three decades, Kazakhstan has become an outward-looking, thriving market economy, with a highly-skilled, multilingual workforce. We are one of the world's largest wheat and agricultural exporters, as well as a leading exporter of major extractives.
As our economy and workforce continues to modernise, so too does our national identity. Kazakhstan is proud to celebrate the unifying Kazakh identity of all of our people, while also honouring the rich and varied history of more than 130 ethnicities who call Kazakhstan home.
Modern Kazakhstan has been in existence for less than three decades, but our history and our culture date back millennia. The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe will help global audiences to learn more about this diverse region of the world, whose culture and identity is built upon a remarkable history.
Our new capital is a major centre for Kazakh culture and the arts, as well as business and finance. Over 800 British businesses also call Kazakhstan home. Britain is the sixth largest investor in Kazakhstan, and over the past 13 years has invested more than £9 billion into our economy.
The Silk Road, a complex network of ancient trade routes which ran across Europe and Asia is now being reborn through the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Its revival means that trade in Eurasia, of which Kazakhstan is the heart, will become increasingly fruitful and easy to navigate. Goods travelling between China and the UK via Kazakhstan will now take just 15 days, three times faster than traditional sea routes.
The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), which was opened in 2018, is quickly becoming the preeminent financial hub in Central Asia. Many UK companies are already working with the AIFC to launch or expand their operations in Central Asia and beyond. These numbers are expected to grow significantly over the coming years, as more and more British and other Western businesses recognise the increasing importance of Kazakhstan as a strategic hub linking Europe and Asia.
As a relatively young nation, we believe that we can learn much from the experience and expertise of our international partners. This is why the Astana International Financial Centre's commercial court is based on English Common Law, and is led by the UK's former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf.
Alongside our thriving commercial court, Kazakh students are also benefitting from the UK's expertise. Currently, about 2,000 Kazakh students are studying at British universities and colleges, promoting close relations between our countries for decades to come.
The UK has been an important partner and friend to Kazakhstan throughout our history. As we look towards the future, I am confident that the deep and enduring friendship between our two great nations will only grow.
With best wishes,
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom
Born on 28th April 1959 in Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan.
In 1981 and in 1992 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR respectively.
In 1992-1995 - 1st Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN.
In 1995-1996 - Head of the Department of America, Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In 1996-1997 - Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan.
In 1997-1999 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In 1999-2002 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
Between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Erlan Idrissov served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Sweden, The Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Ireland.
Since July 2007, he served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Federal Republic of Brazil.
In 2012-2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In February 2017, Mr. Erlan Idrissov was appointed the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
He is the author of numerous articles on Kazakhstan's foreign policy issues and multilateral diplomacy.
He speaks English, French, Urdu and Hindi.