India and Kazakhstan further strengthen civil nuclear ties

Diplomacy Today Bureau

Astana (Kazakhstan).

Kazakhstan and India agreed to explore the possibility of cooperation in the field of delivery of nuclear fuel and its components. The parties agreed to identify joint projects on the application of nuclear science in the fields of medicine, industry and agriculture with a view to further developing bilateral relations in the peaceful use of atomic energy.

The agreement reached in 13th meeting of the Kazakh-Indian Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on trade and economic, scientific, technical, industrial and cultural cooperation. The meeting was held in Kazakhstan capital Astana.

Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev signed the protocol while on the Indian side the agreement was inked by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Oil and Natural Gas. This document defines the strategy for the development of cooperation between the two countries for 2017-2019.

The sides noted the progress in the agreements reached at the 12th IGC meeting held in New Delhi on 16-17 JuneĀ  2015. The sides discussed various ideas and both sides also agreed to expand trade, economic and investment cooperation.

Also, opportunities for expanding cooperation in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons and ensuring the participation of Indian companies in the oil and gas sector of Kazakhstan were considered. The Indian side will also explore the possibility of implementing a petrochemical project in Kazakhstan. In response, Kazakhstan expressed interest in gas supplies to India.

In addition, the parties expressed interest in cooperation in the field of renewable energy. In particular, India invited Kazakhstan to join the International Solar Alliance.

It was decided to deepen cooperation in the coal, mining and mineral sectors of the economy. In particular, the Indian side proposed to organize training and capacity building programs with the help of the Geological Survey of India and the Indian Bureau in the field of exploration and mining regulation for the staff from Kazakhstan.

The two sides will continue to actively cooperate in the space sector in the development of communication satellites; the launch site and launch vehicles; Earth observation satellites, terrestrial segments and applications.

The possibilities of implementing joint projects to build / lease or purchase of terminal facilities in the western ports of India (Mundra and Mumbai) and the creation of optimal transport schemes between Kazakhstan and India.

Kazakhstan and India agreed to develop cooperation in the field of physical culture and sports, including yoga, as well as in the field of health. The Kazakh side expressed interest in sending Kazakhstan patients to clinics / hospitals in India. In turn, the Indian side will provide the necessary support to simplify the visa regime for patients and their accompanying persons. Also, an agreement on the creation of a telemedicine network node of Central Asia in Kazakhstan was reached.

The Indian side also invited companies from Kazakhstan to take part in international exhibitions “World Food India” in November 2017 and “EIMA Agri March India 2017” on 7-9 December in New Delhi.

Photo Caption: Signaturing MOU in The 13th India-Kazakhstan Inter Governmental Commission Meeting was held in Astana on September 19-20, 2017. The meeting was co-chaired by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship from the Indian side and Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy, from the Kazakhstan side. Photo Courtesy: Embassy of India in Kazakhstan