Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Kazakhstan were established on 27 May 1992. The Estonian Embassy in Nur-Sultan (former Astana) was opened in 2011. The Estonian Ambassador to Kazakhstan is Heiti Mäemees who presented his credentials to President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 18 October 2017. The Consulate of Kazakhstan in Tallinn was upgraded into an Embassy in autumn 2019. The first Kazakh Ambassador residing in Tallinn, Nurlan Seitimov, presented his credentials to President Kersti Kaljulaid on 5 March 2020.
Relations between Estonia and Kazakhstan are warm and productive, both at the political and technical level. The development of relations between Estonia and Kazakhstan has been significantly influenced by the Agreement on economic, research and technical co-operation that came into force in 2010.
The development of relations between Estonia and Kazakhstan has been significantly influenced by the Agreement on economic, research and technical co-operation that came into force in 2010. Based on the agreement, the Estonia and Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Commission came together for the first time in 2010, and has now convened a total of six times. The sixth session of the Commission convened on 29 May 2019 in Nur-Sultan. The Estonian delegation was led by Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas and the delegation of Kazakhstan by Askar Zhumagaliyev, Minister of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry. The agenda of the Commission’s plenary meeting included general economic relations between Estonia and Kazakshtan, including trade, transport, digitalisation, agriculture, education and science, as well as cooperation in the fields of tourism, social sphere and between start-ups.
In addition to transport and transit, several other economy-related areas are of particular interest to Estonia, such as IT, agriculture, education and environment. Kazakhstan is interested in Estonia’s experience in e-governance and the use of IT solutions in various fields.