45. Tourism is another area with immense opportunities. Today, there are 5 flights a week between Almaty and New Delhi and several others connect the two countries through the Gulf, Western Asia, Turkey, etc. India has a rich and enterprising middle class of 350 to 400 million people. These people are rich and want to travel to other countries and experience different cultures and cuisines. Kazakhstan offers an excellent location in the vicinity of the country which, in addition to its unique steppes, lakes and hills, also offers snow-capped mountains and ski slopes. In addition, India also offers a rich and diverse culture, music, dance and varied cuisine, as well as immense opportunities for health and religious tourism. A large number of tourists are already visiting India to seek Darshan and blessings from Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Anandmayee Maa and others. Similarly, Goa and Kodaikanal are important tourist attractions for Kazakhs. The increase in the number of direct flights from Delhi to Almaty, which has increased from 2 to 5 per week in recent times, testifies to the growing interest of Indian tourists and businessmen in travelling to Kazakhstan to work and relax. It is a great honor for me, as a diplomat representing Kazakhstan in India, a country that has one-sixth of the world`s population and deep historical roots and a rich culture, to work and live with hard-working, sincere and caring people, and to develop friendship and cooperation between our countries. 20.
During this visit, the long-awaited Energy Cooperation Agreement was also concluded. A set of three agreements – participation agreement, carry agreement and joint exploitation agreement – concerning the Satpayev exploration block has been concluded between ONGC Videsh Ltd. and the national company “Kazmunaigas” (KMG). India and Kazakhstan have developed close cooperation in combating terrorism and religious extremism, as well as in promoting regional security.  A joint memorandum signed in December 2002 enabled joint projects such as the training of military officers, the development of joint military and industrial projects and the creation of a partnership between the defence industry of India and Kazakhstan.  India has also provided assistance and partner in Kazakhstan`s attempt to develop a naval fleet in the Caspian Sea, despite opposition from Russia, Kazakhstan`s neighbor.  Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited India in January 2009 and a civil nuclear pact was concluded with India, under which the uranium-rich Central Asian country will supply fuel to nuclear power plants in India.  4. . .