This is the sixth visit of President Nursultan Nazarbaev of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the USA, while the first visit took place in May 1992. In the framework of the first visit meetings with President George Bush, State Secretary Baker were held and a treaty on the establishment of a joint venture enterprise TengisChevroil with the Chevron Company and other documents were signed. The second visit took place in 1994 and one of its results was the signing of a foundation document, the Charter about democratic partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United States of America. During the third official visit of the Head of State to Washington in 1997, President Nursultan Nazarbaev met with President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, officials of the Presidential Administration. An agreement on common exploitation of Caspian oil fields, Program for promoting economic partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United States of America and a number of other important documents were signed on the basis of the visit’s outcomes. During the visit President Bill Clinton proclaimed Kazakhstan “to be a strategic partner of the USA in Central Asia”. The next official visit by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the USA took place in 1999, a Memorandum on mutual understanding and collaboration in the area of consul matters and a variety of other important documents were signed between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the United States of America. During that visit President Nursultan Nazarbaev received the diploma “For the outstanding contribution to the promotion of democracy” of the International Fund of electoral systems. Nursultan Nazarbaev’s working visit to the USA took place in December 2001. The Head of State met with President George Bush of the USA. The Presidents of the two countries signed a joint statement on collaboration, in which they noted their intention to strengthen long-term strategic partnership.
The United States of America was one of the first countries recognized the state independence of Kazakhstan and has played an important role in the “history of success” of our state. Also the USA is the largest investor into the economy of Kazakhstan and one of the most important trade partners. The total amount of American investments has exceeded 12 billion dollars, what is a one third of the total foreign direct investments. Together with the investments, American companies have brought new knowledge, innovations and technologies into Kazakhstan. The commodity turnover between Kazakhstan and USA was doubled in 2005 in comparison with 2004 and reached almost two billion dollars (1.87 billion dollars). In 2005 the USA recognized Kazakhstan as a pattern for successful development in the Central Asian region. Washington sees Kazakhstan as the key factor of regional peace and security. Today relations between Kazakhstan and USA are taking a new quality. Kazakhstan is a prospective strategic partner for the USA in the Central Asian region.