The EU and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement in Brussels Thursday, forging closer economic and political ties.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev also met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Brussels and Almaty will enhance cooperation on 29 key sectors- including economic, financial, energy, transport, environment, climate change, employment, education and research.
Kazakhstan is the biggest economy in Central Asia, and has large oil reserves, and is the world’s largest producer of uranium. It is also closely politically aligned with Russia, and along with Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, which comes into force on January 1, 2015.