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Tajik capital hosts the Children’s Water Forum

Tajikistan will host a global, high-level international conference from 20 – 22 June 2018, to launch the second decade of a global focus on water and sanitation (2018 to 2028), linked to Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable ma
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Tajik capital hosts the Children’s Water Forum

Tajikistan will host a global, high-level international conference from 20 – 22 June 2018, to launch the second decade of a global focus on water and sanitation (2018 to 2028), linked to Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Within the framework of this international meeting, the Government of Tajikistan and UNICEF are jointly organizing a day-long pre-conference event today -- the Children´s Water Forum - to ensure that all children everywhere have access to safe water and sanitation. According to UNICEF’s Tajikistan Country Office, the Forum, organized in the National Library of Tajikistan, has three main components and will be attended by hundreds of national and international partners, children and adolescents interested in issues pertaining to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and its relation to a better future for every child. One of the core components of the Forum is an exhibition showcasing the 14 best projects of the Youth Innovation Challenge, a competition organized in Tajikistan to bring together the most innovative WASH solutions designed by adolescent girls and boys. The exhibition will take place at the venue of the Forum. The Forum will also provide space for the voices of children, and adolescent girls and boys from across Tajikistan on WASH issues. The Children’s Water Flag, composed of dozens of paintings from children in every district of Tajikistan, will be used as a symbol of the Conference. The participants are also having the opportunity to explore the link between WASH and Early Childhood Development (ECD) in a panel discussion with global experts from the UN and international organizations, as well as national ECD champions and parents. The day is planned to culminate with an awards ceremony for the best three projects of the Youth Innovation Challenge. https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/society/20180619/tajik-capital-hosts-the-childrens-water-forum

Export of Kazakhstan’s liquefied gas to Ukraine up

The supplies of Kazakhstan’s liquefied gas to Ukraine increased by 11.5 times and amounted to almost 87,700 tons in January-May 2018, UPECO consulting company said in a message June 19. Ukraine imported 8,000 tons of Kazakh gas in January-May 2017. «
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Export of Kazakhstan’s liquefied gas to Ukraine up

The supplies of Kazakhstan’s liquefied gas to Ukraine increased by 11.5 times and amounted to almost 87,700 tons in January-May 2018, UPECO consulting company said in a message June 19. Ukraine imported 8,000 tons of Kazakh gas in January-May 2017. «Almost 87,700 tons of Kazakhstan’s LPG (including re-export through Belarus) were supplied to Ukraine in January-May 2018 compared to 8,000 tons in the same period of 2017,” the message said. “About 17 percent of supplies accounted for Kazakhstan’s gas in Ukrainian imports in the reporting period.» The main exporter of Kazakhstan’s LPG to Ukraine is Tengizchevroil. The company exports propane and butane fractions directly in accordance with long-term and spot contracts.

Largest meat-processing plant to be build in Balykchy

Balykchy, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. The largest meat processing plant in the country will be built in Balykchy town of Issyk-Kul oblast, director general of the meat processing plant Marat Zarypbek uulu told Kabar Agency. He said that the meat-processing plan
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Largest meat-processing plant to be build in Balykchy

Balykchy, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. The largest meat processing plant in the country will be built in Balykchy town of Issyk-Kul oblast, director general of the meat processing plant Marat Zarypbek uulu told Kabar Agency. He said that the meat-processing plant will be built in the industrial zone of Balykchy. The total area is 4 hectares. «Previously, a concrete plant was located here, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it stopped working, and this territory was for a long time in an abandoned state,» said Marat Zarypbek uulu. The investors in the construction of this plant are the Chinese investment company Central Asia International Development in conjunction with the Dordoi Association. Representative of Central Asia International Development said that, this facility will produce halal products and have a laboratory of the European standard. "The total cost of the facility is $ 20 million. At least 150 local residents will work here. The products will be exported to the Arab countries, Russia, China and Central Asia,” he said. Equipment for the plant will be purchased from Qingdao, China. For one shift the plant will be able to process 200 cows and 500 rams. In addition, the plant will have a new water treatment facility. The approximate construction period of the plant is 8 months, but investors hope to put it into operation before the end of this year.

Former Prime Minister Satybaldiev detained charging in corruption

Bishkek, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. On June 18, as part of an investigation into the corruption case during the modernization of Bishkek Thermal and Power Plant, former Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev was detained on suspicion of committing a crime under th
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Former Prime Minister Satybaldiev detained charging in corruption

Bishkek, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. On June 18, as part of an investigation into the corruption case during the modernization of Bishkek Thermal and Power Plant, former Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev was detained on suspicion of committing a crime under the article «Complicity in Crime» and «Corruption». Jantoro Satybaldiev was placed in the jail of the State Committee for National Security. The investigation is under way. Earlier, within the framework of the criminal case on corruption in the modernization of the Bishkek TPP former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, MP Osmonbek Artykbayev and former chairman of the board of the National Energy Holding Company Aibek Kaliyev were detained.

International Bike Fest will take place in Issyk-Kul

Bishkek, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. The international Bike Fest «Pearl of Kyrgyzstan» will take place in Issyk-Kul, the Secretariat of the Third World Nomad Games reported. The festival will be held from June 22 to June 24. Bikers from Kazakhstan
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International Bike Fest will take place in Issyk-Kul

Bishkek, June 19, 2018 / Kabar /. The international Bike Fest «Pearl of Kyrgyzstan» will take place in Issyk-Kul, the Secretariat of the Third World Nomad Games reported. The festival will be held from June 22 to June 24. Bikers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, as well as from Russia and Belarus will take part in the festival.

Bishkek and Chelyabinsk became sister cities

Bishkek, June 17, 2018. / Kabar /. An agreement on the establishment of sister-city relations between the cities of Bishkek and Chelyabinsk has been signed, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. On June 15, 2018, withi
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Bishkek and Chelyabinsk became sister cities

Bishkek, June 17, 2018. / Kabar /. An agreement on the establishment of sister-city relations between the cities of Bishkek and Chelyabinsk has been signed, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. On June 15, 2018, within the framework of the 7th Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference in Chelyabinsk on the topic «The Role of Digital Transformation in the Economic Integration of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation,» an Agreement was signed on the establishment of sister cities between Bishkek and Chelyabinsk. Also, a contract was signed for the supply of products between Master Frost LLC (Kyrgyz Republic) and X5Retail Group (Russian Federation). The exchange of contacts for representatives of business circles of the two countries is organized. In order to strengthen trade and economic relations,, between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation, the intensification of contacts in many sectors of the economy, 5 round tables were held within the framework of the Conference on the development of transport and logistics infrastructure; traceability of goods; digital technologies in the agro-industrial complex; the development of the tourism industry in the conditions of the development of the digital economy. Representatives of the Presidents’ Offices, heads of regions of Kyrgyzstan and Russia, representatives of government bodies, business circles, non-governmental organizations, expert community, mass media of the two countries took part in the event. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic with the support of the Roskongress Foundation.

Former PM of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik will support rights of disabled people in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 16, 2018 / Kabar/. Kjell Magne Bondevik, member of the World Leadership Alliance -Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) and former PM of Norway, will lead a mission to Kyrgyzstan aimed at improving the access of disabled people to the labour market. PM Bonde
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Former PM of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik will support rights of disabled people in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 16, 2018 / Kabar/. Kjell Magne Bondevik, member of the World Leadership Alliance -Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) and former PM of Norway, will lead a mission to Kyrgyzstan aimed at improving the access of disabled people to the labour market. PM Bondevik will support the efforts of local organization Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), which promotes democratic reform in Kyrgyzstan and meet with several governmental ministers, WLA-CdM reported. The member of the WLA-CdM will participate in the National Conference on the Implementation of the Economic Rights of Disabled People, where a consensus-based Roadmap for Reform will be presented and discussed among the different stakeholders. Prime Minister Bondevik’s mission is organized within the framework of INSPIRED+, a policy dialogue initiative that is funded by the European Union. This shared effort seeks to raise awareness on the shortcomings of the current regulatory framework in relation to the economic rights of persons with disabilities and will gather different actors, including the Kyrgyz authorities, into a dialogue process that expands on the rights of the collective. There are approximately 178,000 disabled persons officially registered in Kyrgyzstan, who feel isolated from society due to insufficient legislation protecting their rights and ensuring their effective exercise. While the Kyrgyz legal code already targets people with disabilities, the law is not implemented effectively enough as to have a meaningful impact on their economic inclusion. PM Bondevik and the CPI will also advocate for the importance of ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. On Wednesday 20, PM Bondevik will participate in the National Conference on the Implementation of the Economic Rights of Disabled People and on Thursday 21 he will meet with Prime Minister Mukhammetkaliy Abylgaziev, some Members of Parliament and have dinner with the Rotary Club; among other activities. This is not the first time that the WLA-Club de Madrid supports democratic development in Kyrgyzstan. We have offered advice on the conception of the current Kyrgyz Constitution. Roza Otunbayeva, who served as President during 2010-2011 is currently a member of the organization, the report said. INSPIRED+ is an action that is funded by the EU through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The objective is to contribute through participatory and inclusive dialogue processes, to the effective implementation of the core UN and ILO conventions in eight (8) beneficiary countries of the EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+). GSP+ provides an ideal framework to mobilize the key actors in each of the beneficiary countries and overcome the reluctance of governments to turn their processes of policy-making and adoption into participatory and inclusive processes. The beneficiary countries of the action are: Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Paraguay. The World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid is the largest forum of former democratic presidents and prime ministers who foster a democracy that delivers. Its membership, more than 100 democratically elected former Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 68 countries, share with no financial compensation, their experience, contacts, knowledge to strengthen democracy and its values across the globe. CPI is a non-profit organization established in 2004. Its mission is to support policy initiatives aimed at democratic reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic through the promotion of cooperative dialogue and the interaction of a variety of stakeholders for the development of society and the country.

Kyrgyzstan's economic week JUne 11-16, 2018

GDP slightly grew. The GDP of Kyrgyzstan in the period from January to May of this year, according to preliminary estimates, amounted to about 171 billion soms. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, the growth was 0.7
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Kyrgyzstan's economic week JUne 11-16, 2018

GDP slightly grew. The GDP of Kyrgyzstan in the period from January to May of this year, according to preliminary estimates, amounted to about 171 billion soms. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, the growth was 0.7% compared to the same period last year. Without taking into account the enterprises for the development of the Kumtor field, the GDP for five months of 2018 made more than 153 billion soms and increased by 2.5%. At the same time, the volume of industrial output for the first five months of 2018 amounted to 91 billion soms, which means a decrease of 3.3% compared to the same period last year. According to experts, the reason for this was a reduction in volumes in heavy industry. Price rice for fuel and lubricants. The growth of tariffs for fuel and lubricants is associated with the impact of external factors in the world and the increase in selling prices in Russian oil refineries. According to data of the Association of Oil Traders of Kyrgyzstan, during May 2018, wholesale prices were raised by 10%, in June by 2-4%. On average, for 5 months of 2018, the increase in prices for consumers for gasoline was 5%, for diesel fuel 9%. In June, further price increases are expected. The reason for the increase in prices for petroleum products was the rise in price in Russian refineries, as world oil prices rose, including in European countries, to which Russia exports. Foreign trade has grown. The volume of foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan for the period from January to April of this year amounted to $ 2 billion. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, the available indicator shows an increase by 19.6% compared to the figures for the same period last year. The decrease in exports was registered at 3.2%, while imports increased by 29.6%. The decline in exports is due to a reduction in the supply of non-monetary gold, ore and concentrate of precious metals. Gas pipeline in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan signed a protocol with China to extend the construction of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China. According to data of the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic, a protocol on amending the agreement was signed during the state visit of President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov to China in early June this year. The original agreement was signed in 2013, according to which it was planned that construction will begin in 2014 and will be completed in 2017. Chinese grant. Grant funds from China to Kyrgyzstan for the implementation of the Taza Suu project will be received after the signing of the relevant document. For this purpose, the two sides prepare all necessary procedures. Kyrgyzstan sent a request for grant assistance to provide regions of the country with clean drinking water. This proposal was supported by the People's Republic of China. Assistance will be provided in the preliminary amount of $ 100 million. Trade with China. In 2013-2017, trade with China increased by 8.6%. According to data of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, over the past 26 years of Kyrgyzstan's independence China has become one of the country's largest partners in the sphere of trade and economic cooperation, and the principles of strategic partnership between Kyrgyzstan and China are being actively implemented in the sphere of economic cooperation. With a view to resolving trade and economic issues on a bilateral level, more than 200 interstate, intergovernmental, interdepartmental and other bilateral documents have been signed between the two countries. Villagers began to live better than townspeople. According to data for 2017, poverty in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan decreased by 0.6%, and in cities, by contrast, increased by 1.8%. The National Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic announced that 1 million 601 thousand people lived in the country in 2017 under the poverty line, of which 72% were rural residents. The main sources of money incomes of the population of Kyrgyzstan were income from labor activity. In 2017, their share in the structure of disposable income was 69%. The share of social transfers and benefits accounted for 16.4%, while the proceeds from the sale of agricultural products produced in the personal part-time farm amounted to 10.3%. At the same time, 8.5% of the incomes of Kyrgyzstanis are due to the labor activity of citizens working outside the republic. In UN Committee. Head of the representative office of Kyrgyzstan on the World Trade Organization in Geneva Nurbek Maksutov was elected chairman of the WTO Committee on Specific Obligations in the sphere of services. The Committee on Specific Obligations is one of the working bodies regulating the activities of the WTO in the field of specific obligations on access to the services market adopted by a WTO member country (or acceding country) in certain service sectors according to the classification list. The purpose of the work of this committee is to optimize and implement commitments in the field of types of supply of services, elaborate questions on the provision of preferences and monitoring the implementation of WTO rules. Exhibition in Chelyabinsk. Within the framework of the Seventh Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference, an exhibition of Kyrgyz products was held in Russia’s Chelyabinsk city. It was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Zhenish Razakov, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Boris Dubrovsky and Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov. Sewing products and products of Kyrgyz producers were presented there. The exhibition is a continuation of activities to promote Kyrgyz exports on the territory of the Russian Federation. During the exhibition, 7 agreements were signed for a total amount of $ 100 million. Kabar News Agency

Prime Minister Abylgaziev to visit Batken oblast

Bishkek, June 18, 2018. / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziev will pay a two-day working visit to Batken oblast today, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. The head of government will visit the villages of Chimgen an
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Prime Minister Abylgaziev to visit Batken oblast

Bishkek, June 18, 2018. / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziev will pay a two-day working visit to Batken oblast today, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. The head of government will visit the villages of Chimgen and Katran in Leilek oblast, the village of Kara-Bak in Batken region, where the landslide occured and will also get acquainted with the condition of the houses and the bridge. In addition, the Prime Minister will get acquainted with the state of the Isfana-Kairagach road on the Kyzyl-Bel site in the city of Suluktu and with the construction of the bridge on the Kulundu-Batys section. During the trip Abylgaziev will get acquainted with the course of spring field work, conducted on the Kairagach area and the village of Kulundu in the Leilek region. It is also planned to hold a meeting with the residents of the border village of Maksat. At the end of the working trip in Batken city the Prime Minister will get acquainted with the state of a number of social facilities and processing enterprises.

United Nations system in Kyrgyzstan refuses single-use plastic

On June 14, 2018, the United Nations Country Team in Kyrgyzstan made a decision to stop using single-use plastics at meetings and events supported by the United Nations. We will work with hotels, service providers, and partners to urge them to follow our gree
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United Nations system in Kyrgyzstan refuses single-use plastic

On June 14, 2018, the United Nations Country Team in Kyrgyzstan made a decision to stop using single-use plastics at meetings and events supported by the United Nations. We will work with hotels, service providers, and partners to urge them to follow our green policy. It is aimed at deepening environmental awareness about the major environmental challenges created by omnipresent global products, especially plastic bottles and plastic shopping bags. On June 5, as the world marked the World Environment Day with the slogan “Beat Plastic Pollution”: Refuse what you cannot re-use, UN Resident Coordinator Ozonnia Ojielo called in his video address on all the supermarkets and shops in Kyrgyzstan to sign MoU with the United Nations system that before the end of this year we collectively stop the use of single-use plastics in the country. Plastic shopping bags, which were rarity about 40 years ago, are now produced at a rate of one trillion a year globally. They are appearing in the darkest depths of the oceans to the summit of Mount Everest to the polar ice caps, posing serious environmental challenges. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Every year, more than 8 million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish. Since 2004 the UN Agencies in Kyrgyzstan implemented more than 50 projects worth 45mln USD, some of which are still continuing to develop and implement innovative approaches to preserve the unique natural assets of the country. However, Kyrgyzstan remains vulnerable to climate change. Extremes in weather and climate and unsustainable natural resources management are resulting in processes which cause natural disasters and make the socio-economic situation even more fragile, putting additional pressure upon local communities. The annual direct economic losses alone incurred from natural disasters are estimated in the range of 1.0 - 1.5% of GDP. The Kyrgyz Republic has a full potential to become a champion in the region in collectively protecting its beautiful nature, alpine lakes and mountains, which are major tourist attractions, from the plastic waste. The United Nations Country Team therefore also calls on its counterparts in the government, civil society, and development partners to stop using single-use plastics at their events and conferences in order to contribute to this important effort to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. Echoing Secretary-General António Guterres’ words, the UN Country Team in Kyrgyzstan states that we all have a role to play in protecting our environment, but it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That is why this year’s World Environment Day had just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use.

Exhibition of Kyrgyz products held in Chelyabinsk

Bishkek, June 16, 2018 / Kabar /. An exhibition of Kyrgyz products was held in the city of Chelyabinsk of the Russian Federation on June 15, within the framework of the Seventh Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference. This exhibition was visited by Deputy Pr
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Exhibition of Kyrgyz products held in Chelyabinsk

Bishkek, June 16, 2018 / Kabar /. An exhibition of Kyrgyz products was held in the city of Chelyabinsk of the Russian Federation on June 15, within the framework of the Seventh Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference. This exhibition was visited by Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Zhenish Razakov, Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Boris Dubrovsky and Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov. Garments and products of domestic producers were presented at the exhibition. It is a continuation of measures to promote Kyrgyz exports on the territory of the Russian Federation. In addition, within the framework of the Conference, an agreement on the establishment of sister cities between Bishkek and Chelyabinsk was signed.

Looking for digital solutions to combat child labour

A group of young digital specialists – supported by the ILO in Kyrgyzstan – was among the prize winners in a ‘Hackathon’ aimed at promoting children’s rights. Following a marathon 48-hour event involving 18 teams of information technology experts a
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Looking for digital solutions to combat child labour

A group of young digital specialists – supported by the ILO in Kyrgyzstan – was among the prize winners in a ‘Hackathon’ aimed at promoting children’s rights. Following a marathon 48-hour event involving 18 teams of information technology experts and their mentors, they designed an innovative application that has the potential to monitor the incidence of child labour in communities. The ILO Child Labour Project in Kyrgyzstan provided general guidance and mentoring to the team to ensure the conformity of the software to the operational mechanisms of the national child protection system in Kyrgyzstan. Their design came second in the competition, “Central Asian Hackathon, Generation Z: Wellbeing of Children”, which was organized by the Central Asian Coalition on Promotion of the Rights of Women and Children and the “League on protection of Children Rights” Public Fund, in partnership with the ILO, UNICEF, UNODC, the Embassy of Netherlands, and public and business companies. ‘The application helps to conduct interviews with children, formulate recommendations and determine their status,’ said Victoria Petrova, business processes analyst of the ILO-supported IT team. ‘It will help officials to assess the situation of the child, determine whether the child is being exploited and what needs to be done to resolve the situation.’ “We are on constant search of new solutions and new partnerships,” explained Amina Kurbanova, ILO National Project Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan. “The Hackathon gave us a unique opportunity to establish partnership with a new group – young highly qualified IT professionals, and to develop an application that may greatly facilitate child labour monitoring process.” The IT team, “Testovoe nazvanie”, collected USD 1,500 in prize money. The ILO now plans to support pilot testing of the new software by the line ministries. “We are grateful to the ILO for this support. It is obvious that the proposed technologies could be applied in the daily work of social workers, police inspectors, labour inspectors and social pedagogues. The Ministry will carefully study the results of the pilot testing and will closely work with the IT Team specialists during fine-tuning of the application,” says Jyldyz Polotova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic. https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/06/15/kyrgyzstan-looking-for-digital-solutions-to-combat-child-labour/

Kazakhstan’s northern region opens tourism season

The Ayrtausk district of the North Kazakhstan region has announced the opening of the tourism season. The regional service of communications said that more than 30,000 Kazakh and Russian tourists visit the district every year, Kazakh media outlets reported.
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Kazakhstan’s northern region opens tourism season

The Ayrtausk district of the North Kazakhstan region has announced the opening of the tourism season. The regional service of communications said that more than 30,000 Kazakh and Russian tourists visit the district every year, Kazakh media outlets reported. The regional authorities also state that the list of facilities and places, attracting tourists to the district, includes 37 recreation centers and 3 children's health camps on the territory of the Shalkar and Imantau lakes. This year the district plans to implement 10 projects worth 14 billion tenge within the program of improvement of tourism environment of the North Kazakhstan region, according to the chief specialist of the business department of the district Saule Mazheyeva. «Our region is visited by many tourists every year. Thanks to the beautiful nature and historical and cultural sights, located on its territory, Ayrtausk district has a great potential in the development of tourism,» said the head of the district Beibut Ismanov.

Turkmenistan increasing electricity export to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan is increasing the volume of electricity supply to Afghanistan, the state news agency Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary reported June 15. The construction of new power transmission lines is being completed in the Afghan territory, which will further incr
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Turkmenistan increasing electricity export to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan is increasing the volume of electricity supply to Afghanistan, the state news agency Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary reported June 15. The construction of new power transmission lines is being completed in the Afghan territory, which will further increase the volume of Turkmen electricity supply to various regions of the neighboring state, the message says. Preparations are underway for the participation of a delegation of Turkmenistan in the commissioning ceremony of the power lines. Turkmenistan is a traditional supplier of electricity to Afghanistan. The 700 million kilowatt hours of electricity is sent to the neighboring state annually in two directions - along the Imamnazar-Andkhoy and Serkhetabat-Herat-Turgunda power lines.

SCO University of tourism to be opened in Uzbekistan

It is planned to open the «Silk Road» International University of Tourism in Samarkand in 2018-2019 academic year, the press service of the State Committee for Tourism Development announced, the Uzbek media reported. The initiative to open the Un
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SCO University of tourism to be opened in Uzbekistan

It is planned to open the «Silk Road» International University of Tourism in Samarkand in 2018-2019 academic year, the press service of the State Committee for Tourism Development announced, the Uzbek media reported. The initiative to open the University by joint efforts of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states was put forward by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on June 10 at the SCO summit in Qingdao. «The best specialists in the field of tourism and students from all our countries could teach and study here,» the head of state noted. Initially, 100 people, mainly citizens of Uzbekistan, will study at the University. In the future, students from the SCO states will be admitted for study, the State Tourism Committee noted.

Jeenbekov at FIFA World Cup in Russia

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov paid one-day working visit to Moscow on June 14 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jeenbekov took part in the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, where leaders of severa
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Jeenbekov at FIFA World Cup in Russia

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov paid one-day working visit to Moscow on June 14 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jeenbekov took part in the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, where leaders of several countries also took part. In the first match, the Russian team defeated the Saudi team with a score of 5: 0. The world championship will be held in 11 cities of Russia and ends on July 15. Kyrgyzstan’s KTRK Sport TV channel will broadcast all the matches of the championship.

Kyrgyz and Uzbek delegations hold regular meeting in Andijan on state border issues

Tashkent, June 15, 2018. / Kabar /. A regular meeting of working groups of governmental delegations of the two countries on the delimitation and demarcation of the state border between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan was held in Andijan on
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Kyrgyz and Uzbek delegations hold regular meeting in Andijan on state border issues

Tashkent, June 15, 2018. / Kabar /. A regular meeting of working groups of governmental delegations of the two countries on the delimitation and demarcation of the state border between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan was held in Andijan on June 8-14, the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported. Within the framework of the meeting, the sides continued the work to describe the line of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border through the sections that remained outside the framework of the Treaty on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border of September 5, 2017. The joint work was held on a constructive basis and in a friendly atmosphere, the report said.

Jeenbekov visits one of the mosques in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on the day of Orozo Ayt visited one of the mosques in Bishkek on the occasion of the holy feast.
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Jeenbekov visits one of the mosques in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on the day of Orozo Ayt visited one of the mosques in Bishkek on the occasion of the holy feast.

Turkmenistan to help the UN resolve international economic problems

Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry reports that on 13 June 2018 at the 72th session of the UN General Assembly Turkmenistan was elected as a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2019-2021. The scope of ECOSOC activities includes promotin
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Turkmenistan to help the UN resolve international economic problems

Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry reports that on 13 June 2018 at the 72th session of the UN General Assembly Turkmenistan was elected as a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2019-2021. The scope of ECOSOC activities includes promoting economic and social progress, including improving the standard of living and full employment, identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems, facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. ECOSOC, established by the UN Charter in 1946, is the principal body for addressing international economic and social problems and working out policy recommendations for member states and the UN agencies based on reports submitted by 11 foundations and the UN programs. ECOSOC has 54 member Governments which are elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly. Eighteen countries are annually elected from regional groups, replacing on 1 January the countries with the expired term of office.

Thousands of believers gathered to Ait Namaz in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. After the end of the holy month of Ramadan, thousands of Muslims gathered to Ait Namaz in Bishkek’s center. Believers began to gather in the Old Square Bishkek from about 6:00 to read together the festive namaz. Mufti of
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Thousands of believers gathered to Ait Namaz in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 15, 2018 / Kabar /. After the end of the holy month of Ramadan, thousands of Muslims gathered to Ait Namaz in Bishkek’s center. Believers began to gather in the Old Square Bishkek from about 6:00 to read together the festive namaz. Mufti of Kyrgyzstan Maksatbek azhy Toktomushev and representatives of the government delivered congratulation speeches.

New fruit processing facility opened in Batken oblast

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. On June 12, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Interfruit LLC, a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture, inaugurated a new fruit processing facility in Uch Korgon rayon of Batken Oblast. USAID co-fi
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New fruit processing facility opened in Batken oblast

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. On June 12, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Interfruit LLC, a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture, inaugurated a new fruit processing facility in Uch Korgon rayon of Batken Oblast. USAID co-financed new drying, processing and packaging equipment that will enable the facility to process apricot, apple, peach, cherry, rose hips, apple, plum, prunes, and walnuts. The new facility is expected to employ 50 full-time workers year-round. The new facility’s processing capacity is 2400 tons per year. The modern drying equipment enables the company to maintain the humidity level as required by buyers. In the first year, the company plans to procure over 950 tons of fresh and dried fruits and consequently benefit at least 470 local farmers. The new facility will increase market demand and exports of locally grown fruits in Batken, Jalal-Abad, and Osh Oblasts, resulting in increased sales and incomes of local farmers. During the inauguration event, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Alan Meltzer highlighted the importance and long-term impact of partnering with commercially viable businesses to grow the country’s agricultural sector. “This project involved foreign partners and capital who are helping to bring more value-added processing to the Kyrgyz Republic thus increasing the competitiveness of Kyrgyzstani farmers and exporters.” The new Interfruit facility was launched as part of the USAID Agro Horizon Project, a four-year program which focuses broadly on increasing productivity, sales, and jobs in agricultural producers and processors across the Kyrgyz Republic.

President discussed with CEC chairwoman progress of electoral system reform

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov received today chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan Nurzhan Shaildabekova to discuss the course of the reform of the electoral system and the tasks of furthe
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President discussed with CEC chairwoman progress of electoral system reform

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov received today chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan Nurzhan Shaildabekova to discuss the course of the reform of the electoral system and the tasks of further improving the electoral legislation of the country. The Kyrgyz President's press service reported that Shaildabekova told about the intermediate results of the work of the Working Group on improving the electoral system of the Kyrgyz Republic. «The mission, vision, problems and strategic goals of the draft Strategy for improving the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic on elections for 2018-2020 have been worked out at the end of the meetings of the subgroups of the Working Group,» the head of the CEC said. She noted that the draft of the Strategy was discussed in all regions and will be submitted for public discussion by the end of June. After this, the project will be submitted to the National Council for Sustainable Development of the country. Jeenbekov emphasized the intensification of work on improving the electoral legislation, noting the need to introduce changes that would reduce the risk of voter bribery and increase people's confidence in the elections. «Changes to the electoral legislation must be made well in advance of the next elections and explained to the participants so that parties and voters have the opportunity to study it thoroughly and start preparing for elections systematically, which will help to build people's confidence in the electoral system,» the president said.

Qatar Charitable Foundation held Iftar in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. Qatar Charity Foundation with the support of the Embassy of Qatar in the Kyrgyz Republic organized Iftar for representatives of vulnerable segments of the population. 150 children from incomplete families, 40 people with di
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Qatar Charitable Foundation held Iftar in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. Qatar Charity Foundation with the support of the Embassy of Qatar in the Kyrgyz Republic organized Iftar for representatives of vulnerable segments of the population. 150 children from incomplete families, 40 people with disabilities and 40 elderly people were invited to the iftar. Guests of the evening were met by Ambassador of Qatar to Kyrgyzstan Muhammad Bin Arar Anaaimi. The Qatar Charity Foundation regularly conducts various actions to provide material assistance to those in need. Thus, together with the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan, the Foundation implemented projects for a total amount of $ 200 thousand. In addition, the charitable organization provided support to the Presidential Foundation «Yiman», b allocating $ 500 thousand for the construction of a large-format printing house. The Qatar Charitable Foundation has been active in Kyrgyzstan for six years. For the years of its work, the organization has opened eight feldsher-midwife stations on the territory of the republic and built 4 dwelling houses for needy families. In addition, the Foundation regularly pays allowances in the amount of 2 thousand soms to children from incomplete families.

Bishkek to host Kyrgyzstan Tourism Expo 2018

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. A one-day exhibition of tourism services Kyrgyzstan Tourism Expo 2018 will be held in Supara ethnical complex for the first time on June 23, the organizers told Kabar Agency. Specialists from the regions will conduct maste
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Bishkek to host Kyrgyzstan Tourism Expo 2018

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. A one-day exhibition of tourism services Kyrgyzstan Tourism Expo 2018 will be held in Supara ethnical complex for the first time on June 23, the organizers told Kabar Agency. Specialists from the regions will conduct master classes on the manufacture of felt products, winding up the national headgear - elechek. A professional berkutchi clearly shows the art of hunting a bird of prey. It is expected that the exhibition will be visited by about 1,000 residents of the capital, over 80 companies will be able to present their services. In addition, international organizations and foreigners are invited to the forum through embassies. It should be noted that one of the main features of the event is the orientation towards suppliers of tourist services in remote regions of the country, which are the main and most significant players in the industry. «Within the framework of the Year of Regional Development, delegations from 7 oblasts of Kyrgyzstan were invited, interested in a quality partnership with tourism operators. We made emphasis not only on domestic tourism, as Kyrgyzstanis are increasingly visit other countries - Turkey, Goa (India), Uzbekistan, etc., more recently. We invited embassies of these states,» the organizers said. The purpose of the event is to gather all the representatives of tourism, to create a single platform for cooperation, to search for new partners and customers, to present innovations in the tourism sector of the Kyrgyz Republic, and to support new market players in launching their business by quickly and conveniently creating a partner base. The exhibition will be held annually.

Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan and Deutsche Welle sign memorandum of cooperation

Bishkek, June 13, 2018 / Kabar /. The Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan and the Deutsche Welle German television and radio company signed a memorandum of cooperation. The document was signed in the city of Bonn on the fields Global Me
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Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan and Deutsche Welle sign memorandum of cooperation

Bishkek, June 13, 2018 / Kabar /. The Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan and the Deutsche Welle German television and radio company signed a memorandum of cooperation. The document was signed in the city of Bonn on the fields Global Media Forum. The document was signed by acting head of the DW Akademie Ute Schaeffer from the German side and by Deputy Minister of Culture of Information and Tourism Ainura Temirbekova from the Kyrgyz side. The parties agreed to cooperate in the field of media development. Specific projects include the development of community media in Kyrgyzstan, as well as the support of the Kyrgyz-Tajik network of journalists. Temirbekova said that the result of cooperation with Deutche Welle Akademie was the inclusion in the Law «On Television and Radio Broadcasting» a section on community media, which allowed to legitimize their activities in Kyrgyzstan. Ute Sheffer stressed that DW Akademie intends to continue to increase the potential of media representatives from Kyrgyzstan by inviting them to events like the Global Media Forum where they will be able to learn about the current agenda of world journalism issues and get a lot of practical knowledge. The Global Media Forum has been supported by Deutche Welle for many years. The current forum has a record number of 2,300 media experts. The main theme of this year is global inequality, and what are the opportunities for the media to combat this phenomenon.

Kazakhstan hits record in road construction

Kazakhstan will put into operation record 4,500 kilometers of roads in 2018, the Minister for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kasymbek said at a press conference. «On average, we put 2,500 kilometers of roads into operation per year. T
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Kazakhstan hits record in road construction

Kazakhstan will put into operation record 4,500 kilometers of roads in 2018, the Minister for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kasymbek said at a press conference. «On average, we put 2,500 kilometers of roads into operation per year. This year we could increase this indicator to 4,500 kilometers,» said Kasymbek. The minister added that the funds, allocated for the construction of roads, are being fully used. “The schedules for the corresponding objects that were not adopted in the first half of 2018 will be adopted in the second half of 2018. These are such objects as Uzunagash-Otar, Burylbaytal-Balkhash roads, which are being constructed with the support of the World Bank, as well as two projects in the Western Kazakhstan - Aktobe-Kandyagash and Atyrau-Astrakhan. We hold negotiations with the Islamic Development Bank on the latter two projects," Kasymbek said.

Townspeople become poorer, well-being of villagers is growing in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. According to the research for 2017, poverty in Kyrgyzstan, in rural areas decreased by 0.6%, and in cities, by contrast, increased by 1.8%, the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. Thu, in 2017, 1
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Townspeople become poorer, well-being of villagers is growing in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 13, 2018. / Kabar /. According to the research for 2017, poverty in Kyrgyzstan, in rural areas decreased by 0.6%, and in cities, by contrast, increased by 1.8%, the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. Thu, in 2017, 1 million 601 thousand people lived in the country below the poverty line, of which 72% were rural residents. According to data of the Statistics Commitee, poverty reduction was registered in Naryn oblast by 8.6%, Osh - by 7.8%, and Issyk-Kul - by 0.6%. In other regions, the growth rate was observed: with the largest of its growth was recorded in the north and south of the capital - Bishkek by 6.1%, while in Osh 8.9%. «The level of extreme poverty was 0.8% and remained at the level of the previous year. Above the poverty line 47 thousand people lived, of which 85% were residents of rural settlements,» the committee reports. The extreme poverty was observed in Talas oblast and in Bishkek, while the figure was almost reduced to zero in Osh and Jalal-Abad oblasts. At the same time, in Chui oblast the level of extreme poverty decreased by 1.4%, in Osh - by 0.8%, in Naryn - by 0.6%. The growth of extreme poverty was registered in Batken oblast by 3.1% and in the city of Osh by 1.2%.

Duishenbiev and Azizov discuss cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in field of defense

Tashkent, June 10, 2018. / Kabar /. Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan Rayimberdi Duishenbiev and Defense Minister of Uzbekistan Abdusalom Azizov discussed today in Tashkent the current state and prospects of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek cooperatio
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Duishenbiev and Azizov discuss cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in field of defense

Tashkent, June 10, 2018. / Kabar /. Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan Rayimberdi Duishenbiev and Defense Minister of Uzbekistan Abdusalom Azizov discussed today in Tashkent the current state and prospects of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek cooperation in the defense sector, and exchanged views on strengthening mutually beneficial relations in the military direction. The focus was on the issues of security in Central Asian region, the press service of the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan told Kabar Agency. Duishenbiev emphasized that official visit of President of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan in September and December 2017 was an important event in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. Azizov said that Uzbekistan since the early days of independence, attaches special importance to strengthening friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan, appreciates and cherishes the traditional friendly brotherly relationships between the states. The issues of cooperation between the two countries are also of great importance for ensuring the security and sustainable development of the entire Central Asian region. At the meeting, a cooperation plan for 2018 between the defense departments of the two countries was signed, aimed at further strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of defense. The Kyrgyz delegation also visited the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan, where they got acquainted with the newest approaches in the training of military personnel command and staff level.

Trump says Kim is 'very smart', that North Korea to denuclearize 'very, very quickly'

By Steve Holland, Jack Kim and Soyoung Kim SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a «comprehensive» document on Tuesday following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization o
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Trump says Kim is 'very smart', that North Korea to denuclearize 'very, very quickly'

By Steve Holland, Jack Kim and Soyoung Kim SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a «comprehensive» document on Tuesday following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. There were no immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start «very, very quickly». Although the breakthrough made at the summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former U.S. President Richard Nixon visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China. Before signing what Trump described as a «comprehensive letter», Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting “and decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.” Trump said he had formed a «very special bond» with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different. «People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world,» Trump said. Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: «Absolutely, I will.» He called Kim «very smart» and a «very worthy, very hard negotiator.» «I learned he's a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.» During a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, Trump said the summit had gone «better than anybody could have expected». Kim stood silently alongside, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as a «a good prelude to peace». Both men walked to Trump's bullet-proof limousine, nicknamed «The Beast», and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk. They had appeared cautious and serious when they first arrived for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, manmade beaches and a Universal Studios theme park. But, with cameras of the world's press trained on them, they displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie as they met on the verandah of the Capella, a refurbished 19th century British regimental officers' mess. After a handshake, they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters. Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Kim whether he would reach a deal. MARKETS RISE Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the U.S. president gave him a thumbs up. The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce. After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials. Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: «I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie.» Asked by a reporter how the meeting was going, Trump said: «Very good. Very, very good. Good relationship.» Kim also sounded positive about the prospects of peace. «We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace,» he said. «I believe this is a good prelude for peace.» The dollar jumped to a 3-week top on Tuesday and Asian shares rose on the news. Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, for the expanded talks, while Kim's team included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party. As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and an Gulfstream 550 early warning aircraft circled. Body language expert said both men tried to project command as they met, but also displayed signs of nerves. After the meetings, the two teams and other senior officials met for a working lunch, where beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and «Daegu Jormin», or Korean braised cod, were served for the main course, according to the menu. That was to be followed by dark chocolate tarts, pastries and vanilla ice cream for dessert. The North Korean leader's sister and close confidante Kim Yo Jong was among the lunch party. As the cameras captured the moment, Trump quipped: «Very nice. Getting a good picture everyone, so we all look nice and handsome and thin...perfect». In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be sincere about his willingness to denuclearize. Pompeo said the summit should set the framework for «the hard work that will follow», insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule. Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that happened, Pompeo said on Monday. «If diplomacy does not move in the right direction ... those measures will increase.» The White House said later that discussions with North Korea had moved «more quickly than expected» and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night after the summit, rather than Wednesday, as scheduled earlier. Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit has said. Trump spoke to Moon and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both key allies of Washington in the region, to discuss developments ahead of the summit. «I too, got little sleep last night,» Moon told his cabinet in Seoul as the summit began in Singapore. «I truly hope it will be a successful summit that will open a new age for the two Koreas and the United States and bring us complete denuclearization and peace.» (Additional reporting by Dewey Sim, Aradhana Aravindan, Himani Sarkar, Miral Fahmy, John Geddie, Joyce Lee, Grace Lee, Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom in Singapore and Christine Kim in Seoul; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Raju Gopalakrishnan).

Jeenbekov to attend opening ceremony of World Cup 2018 in Russia

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov will visit Moscow, Russia, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 14, 2018, the Kyrgyz President's press service reported. Within the framework of the visit
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Jeenbekov to attend opening ceremony of World Cup 2018 in Russia

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov will visit Moscow, Russia, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 14, 2018, the Kyrgyz President's press service reported. Within the framework of the visit, the Kyrgyz President will participate in the opening ceremony of the World Football Championship, which is held on June 14 in Moscow. A bilateral meeting between Jeenbekov and Putin is expected, where they will discuss issues of bilateral cooperation.

Abdyldaev comments on talks on China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Negotiations on construction of a railway from China to Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan are still underway, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev told today at a press conference at Kabar News Agency. Answer
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Abdyldaev comments on talks on China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Negotiations on construction of a railway from China to Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan are still underway, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev told today at a press conference at Kabar News Agency. Answering journalists' questions on the results of the state visit of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov to China and his participation in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the minister said that negotiations in this direction are continuing. He said that a meeting of the ministers of transport of the three states was held on the margins of the SCO Summit in Qingdao, and before that the experts discussed the optimal route. Abdyldaev noted that the Kyrgyz side defends its interests, because the railway will pass through the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan will create free zone from foot and mouth disease to export meat products to China

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan is preparing to create a free zone from foot and mouth disease, head of the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security Kalysbek Zhumakanov told reporters at Kabar News Agency. He said that withi
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Kyrgyzstan will create free zone from foot and mouth disease to export meat products to China

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan is preparing to create a free zone from foot and mouth disease, head of the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security Kalysbek Zhumakanov told reporters at Kabar News Agency. He said that within the framework of the state visit of President of Kyrgyzstan Soorobay Jeenbekov, an agreement was signed regarding this issue. «This agreement is important and meaningful. Because after that we have the opportunity to sign a protocol for the export of livestock products to the territory of China. This protocol includes the export of beef, lamb, dry foods, milk powder and honey. We have already developed a plan and sent it to the Chinese side,» he said. Now the agency is working to create a clean zone from the foot and mouth disease, since without it the protocols will not be signed. President Jeenbekov visited China with a state visit on June 6-8, 2018.

Presidents and ministers of several countries visit Kyrgyzstan this summer

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. A number of high-level foreign policy events will be held in the near future in Kyrgyzstan, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Erlan Abdyldaev told reporters at Kabar Agency. He said that foreign ministers of the Cent
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Presidents and ministers of several countries visit Kyrgyzstan this summer

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. A number of high-level foreign policy events will be held in the near future in Kyrgyzstan, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Erlan Abdyldaev told reporters at Kabar Agency. He said that foreign ministers of the Central Asian countries are expected to arrive in Kyrgyzstan in summer and heads of state of the Turkic-speaking countries will visit the country in the fall. «Summer will be very active in the foreign policy. We have planned a number of events at the level of both the president and the government, the ministry of foreign affairs and other departments,» said Abdyldaev. According to preliminary data, the Minister said that a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Central Asian countries will take place in June this year, and by the beginning of August the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Svaraj is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan. The summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking countries will be held in early September after the opening of the Third World Nomad Games. In addition, as the Foreign Minister said, an invitation was sent from President Sooronbay Jeenbekov to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to visit Kyrgyzstan, and a positive response was received. However, the date is not known yet, Abdyldaev said.

Xi clarifies SCO direction, outlines future goals

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will expand international interactions and cooperation as nations face common threats and challenges, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday. SCO members will uphold the authority and efficacy of WTO rules, stren
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Xi clarifies SCO direction, outlines future goals

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will expand international interactions and cooperation as nations face common threats and challenges, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday. SCO members will uphold the authority and efficacy of WTO rules, strengthen an open, inclusive, transparent, non-discriminatory and rules-based multilateral trading system, and oppose trade protectionism of any form, said Xi. Xi made the remarks at a joint press conference of the 18th SCO summit in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province. Several documents were issued during the summit, including the Qingdao Declaration of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO, and the Joint Statement of the Heads of Member States of the SCO on Promoting Trade Facilitation. Pointing out that unilateralism, trade protectionism and backlash against globalization are taking new forms, Xi said the pursuit of cooperation for mutual benefit represents a surging trend when countries' interests and future are interconnected. Xi's remarks have renewed the Shanghai Spirit as the bloc enters a new phase after 17 years of development, Deng Hao, secretary general of the China Center for SCO Studies, told the Global Times on Sunday. «The president has clarified the future of the bloc with specific undertakings outlined in security, economics, people-to-people exchanges and other sectors. The summit also helped build confidence among member states in a world full of challenges and uncertainties,» said Deng. New beginning, greater mission Though SCO is not the only multilateral platform that stresses respect for diversity and joint development, it is the best practitioner of uplifting spirits, Pan Guang, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday. During the summit, China announced the future establishment of a 30-billion-yuan ($4.7 billion) special lending facility within the framework of the Inter-Bank Consortium of the SCO. «The summit is also a great chance to enhance multilateral cooperation among Belt and Road initiative member nations and organizations,» said Pan. In the first quarter of 2018, trade between China and other SCO members jumped 20.7 percent year-on-year. China's combined investment in other SCO member countries reached $84 billion by the first quarter of 2018, and many large energy, mining and industrial projects are progressing smoothly, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. The organization will also promote counter-terrorism intelligence exchanges and joint actions, strengthen legal foundation and capacity building, effectively combat terrorism, separatism, extremism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and cyber crime, and leverage the role of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, Xi added. Regional security is crucial for the smooth implementation of the Belt and Road initiative and other strategies, while people-to-people exchanges, especially among younger generations, is the foundation for the bloc's future vitality, said Pan. As SCO's influence grows beyond the member states, other countries that have expressed interest in joining the organization, such as Syria and Israel, could also join future dialogues in flexible manners, such as being guest countries in summits, said Pan. The bloc is now responsible for a grander mission of promoting a fair and just global order, Deng noted. This is the fourth time the summit has been held in China, a founding member and the cradle of the bloc. The event attracted over 400 foreign and domestic reporters. Among the over 300 mostly university student volunteers at the media center of the summit, many have expressed a feeling of pride for the organization. «I have never had such a strong feeling that China's soft power is winning the country more and more influence, and I feel so proud,» Luan Kaili, a junior at Qingdao University and a volunteer of the summit, told the Global Times on Sunday. Enthusiasm is also easily found on Chinese social media, as #SCOsummit has attracted over 380 million page views as of press time. Source: People’s Daily/Global Times

Kyrgyzstan establishes diplomatic relations with Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan established diplomatic relations with the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported. On June 8, 2018 in London (Great Britain), Kyrgyzstan's Ambassador to
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Kyrgyzstan establishes diplomatic relations with Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis

Bishkek, June 12, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan established diplomatic relations with the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported. On June 8, 2018 in London (Great Britain), Kyrgyzstan's Ambassador to Great Britain Gulnara Iskakova and High Commissioner of the Saint Christopher and Nevis Federation Kevin M. Aizak signed the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two states. In the document, the sides confirm their intention to build bilateral relations in accordance with the UN Charter, the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961 and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of April 24, 1963. After the signing ceremony, Iskakov and Aizak expressed their confidence that the establishment of diplomatic relations will promote the development of bilateral cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, including within the framework of international organizations. The Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis state in the eastern Caribbean. The country's area is 261 km ², the population is just over 50 thousand (2016). The capital is Basseterre, the official language is English; the currency is the East Caribbean Dollar. The traditional branches of the economy of St. Christopher and Nevis are agriculture and tourism. GDP per capita is $ 16 thousand per year (2018). It is a member of the UN and WTO.

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