Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission due in Baku

Baku will host the 12th session of the Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation on December 3-4.

The sides will sign a protocol on amendments to the agreement between the Azerbaijani and Kazakh governments on cooperation in the field of protection of industrial property.

Energy Minister Natig Aliyev is a co-chair of the commission on behalf of Azerbaijan, while his counterpart Vladimir Shkolnik on behalf of Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijanis and Kazakhs are both Turkic-speaking people and share close historical, religious, and cultural ties. Both are littoral states of the Caspian Sea and possess a common maritime border. Currently, over 80,000 Azerbaijani people live in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan view each other as major allies and partners in Central Asia and Transcaucasia.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 27, 1992. Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Economic Cooperation Organization, the Turkic Council, the Joint Administration of Turkic Arts and Culture, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan totaled $76.9 million in January-September 2015, or 2.5 times less than in the same period of 2014, according to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee.