On 6th of April, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Poland mark the 27th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations

Kazakhstan regards Poland as a key political and economic partner in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in the European Union as a whole. Furthermore, the two our States are united by commonality of the historic past and Kazakhstan's 34-thousand-strong Polish diaspora.

In March 1994 – the Embassy of Poland to Kazakhstan was opened.

In October 2000 – the Embassy of Kazakhstan to Poland was opened.

Since 2017, Margulan Baimukhan is the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Poland, while Selim Chazbijewicz serves as the Ambassador of Poland to Kazakhstan.

The mutual visits at the top and high levels have contributed strongly to the expansion of cooperation between the two States.

The First President of Kazakhstan – Yelbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev paid three visits to Poland – in November 1997, in May 2002, and in August 2016.

In October 1999, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski visited Kazakhstan, followed by President Lech Kaczynski in March 2007 and the State visit by President Andrzej Duda in September 2017.

The dominant vector of bilateral cooperation is the sphere of trade and investments. In 2018, the volume of bilateral trade with Poland achieved 1.175 billion USD, including export from Kazakhstan at 891.2 million USD and export from Poland at 283.2 million USD.

The Polish capital is represented in various sectors of the Kazakhstan's economy. Polpharma SA stands as a flagship investor being an owner of the largest pharmaceutical producer of Kazakhstan – JSC “Chimpharm".

Kazakhstan and Poland are working together to improve transit and transportation connectivity across the Eurasian landmass, including in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

In 2018, a country office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) was launched in Nur-Sultan City.

The Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation is yet another successful endeavour.

Interesting facts:

During the period of Stalinist repressions, Kazakhstan adopted around 190 thousand exiled Poles, the majority of whom survived thanks to unselfish help from the local population.

In 2001, the outstanding son of Poland, Pope John Paul II paid a visit to Kazakhstan.

The territory of Kazakhstan formed an important part of the battle route of national hero of Poland, general Wladyslaw Anders during the World War II.

Polish writers and ethnographers Adolf Januszkiewicz and Gustaw Zielinski authored a number of important historical, ethnographical and poetical works on Kazakhs.

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Aleksander Zatajewicz – People's Artist of Kazakhstan, musician, ethnographer and composer of Polish origin, who recorded and categorized more than 2,300 pieces of Kazakh musical folklore.

Since 1st of January 2017 Kazakhstan introduced a visa-free regime for incoming Polish citizens.

Since May 2017, a direct air flight connection between Astana and Warsaw is functioning.

The Polish pavilion at the International specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 in Nur-Sultan City was awarded a gold medal in the “best design" category.

Above 1,000 students from Kazakhstan are studying at Polish universities.

Kazakh and Polish military personnel served shoulder to shoulder in UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from 2003 to 2008.

In 2018, Kazakhstan and Poland both sat as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Nur-Sultan is a twin city of Warsaw and Gdansk.

Created at : 5.04.2019, 18:30, Updated at : 5.04.2019, 18:30