Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs visited Kyrgyzstan on 16-17 April, 2017. During his visit he called on Kyrgyz President Atambayev, met with Foreign Minister and interacted with State Commission on Religious Affairs and National Institute of Strategic Studies.

Second India-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum was held in New Delhi on 29 March. 18 entrepreneurs from Kyrgyzstan and more than 100 from India attended the forum which was hosted by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kyrgyz delegation made presentations on investment climate, economy, tourism and investment opportunities in Kyrgyz Republic. 

Concrete investment projects in sectors as mining, industry, energy, tourism, construction and logistics were presented by Kyrgyz delegation. A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed which will help establish direct contacts between Kyrgyz businessmen and Indian entrepreneurs. 

Fourth meeting of Joint Working Group on Textiles took place in Shymkent, Kazakhstan on 20-21 April, 2017.  The two sides discussed status and prospects of further development of cooperation between the two countries in textiles. They exchanged views on possibility of Indian capital's participation in strengthening and development of light industry in the region, as well as export of raw cotton produced in South Kazakhstan for processing at Indian enterprises.

Dr. Laura Yerekesheva, Deputy Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty received ICCR’s “Distinguished Alumni Award 2016” from Gen VK Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs for her outstanding contribution to promotion of understanding, goodwill and friendship between India and Kazakhstan, at a ceremony held in New Delhi on 20 March, 2017.

Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan inaugurated a seminar on Yoga Therapy on 26 March, 2017 in Astana.  Similar seminars were conducted in Almaty.

Tengri Bank, an associate of Punjab National Bank signed a memorandum of intent with Capital Bank of Kazakhstan for amalgamation of the two banks.  The united bank has a consolidated capital of US$ 135 million and is placed at 17th place among second-tier banks in Kazakhstan.

Ms. L. Savithri presented credentials as the new Ambassador of India to Kyrgyzstan in mid-March, 2017.

Performances of Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam and Kazakh folk dances were organised in Delhi, at Kalakshetra, Chennai and in Almaty, Kazakhstan to celebrate 25 years of India-Kazakhstan diplomatic relations. Events were organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indian Embassy in Kazakhstan, Kalakshetra and Akmaral Kainazarova, Director, Centre of Indian Classical Dances in Almaty.


April 30, 2017 

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Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar

Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia; President, Institute of Global Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre

Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and has acquitted his responsibilities in the diplomatic service for 34 years. He was Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia and has worked in senior diplomatic positions in Indian Embassies/Missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Geneva, Tehran, Dhaka and Bangkok and also at Headquarters in India. He negotiated for India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and in negotiations for India-EU, India-ASEAN and India-Thailand Free Trade Agreements.

He contributed significantly to strengthening strategic ties and promoting cultural cooperation between India and USA, EU, Russia and other countries.Ambassador Sajjanhar worked as head of National Foundation for Communal Harmony to promote amity and understanding between different religions, faiths and beliefs. Ambassador Sajjanhar has been decorated by Governments of Kazakhstan and Latvia with their National Awards and by Universal Peace Federation with Title of ''Ambassador of Peace.'' Currently Ambassador Sajjanhar is President of Institute of Global Studies, New Delhi. He writes, travels and speaks extensively on issues relating to international relations, foreign policy and themes of contemporary relevance and significance. He appears widely on TV panel discussions. Ambassador Sajjanhar is interested in reading, music and travelling. His wife Madhu is an economist and an educationist. They have a son and a daughter both of who are accomplished singers. Their son passed out of Yale University and their daughter is pursuing her PhD at University of Minnesota.