British Kazakh Society
Dedicated to
promoting relations
between the
United Kingdom
and Kazakhstan

The Inaugural Reception of The British - Kazakh Society

(The Duke of York having a discussion with theCo-Chairman Lord Fraser during the reception)

The Inaugural Reception of The British - Kazakh Society was held on Thursday, 11th December at St. James’s Palace. The reception was in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who had kindly permitted the Society the use of the Royal Palace’s rooms. The Society is honoured to have His Royal Highness as a Joint Patron with the President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. The President was represented at the reception by His Excellency Mr Erlan Idrissov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Court of St. James. Also present at the reception was Chairman of the Society, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie. The honoured guests from Kazakhstan were the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Kazakhstan, Mr Kairat Mami and his colleague Mr. Salyaubek Jakishev.

Membership of the Society in the UK includes individuals and bodies drawn from business, academic and cultural backgrounds committed to developing the relationship between the United Kingdom and Kazakhstan. This includes a number of international oil and gas and oil service companies. Members were joined by guests of the Society who were active in building the daily contacts between the UK and Kazakhstan in many fields to the advantage of the peoples from both countries.

In his speech to the reception, the Duke of York made reference to the importance of building the relationship between the two countries still further. He stressed the role of the Society in this mission, and advised members that he had made a five year commitment to the Society to get it up and running. He also said how welcome he had been made to feel on his recent trip to Kazakhstan.

The acclaimed Kazakh violinist, Marat Bisengaliev, played a brief musical piece for the entertainment of guests.