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Foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan in 2017 exceeded $ 6 bln

Bishkek, Feb. 13, 2018. / Kabar /. The volume of foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan according to the preliminary results of 2017 exceeded $ 6 billion and increased by 12.5%, press secretary of the National Statistics Committee Boris Arabaev told today at a

Bomb threats sent to locations throughout Southern California

Many locations in Southern California Thursday received bomb threats which is hoax and identified by the authority as a part of nationwide wave of threats, Xinhua reported. According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as bomb threats being made thr
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Bomb threats sent to locations throughout Southern California

Many locations in Southern California Thursday received bomb threats which is hoax and identified by the authority as a part of nationwide wave of threats, Xinhua reported. According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as bomb threats being made throughout the nation, «several of those threats have been received in the Los Angeles area» as well. «We are working diligently to determine the source & credibility of these threats. We will provide more information as it becomes available,» the LAPD said via its official Twitter account. Riverside County Sheriff's Office (RSO) released a statement Thursday noon, saying RSO is one of several Southern California agencies «experiencing an influx of email threats.» «RSO takes these threats very seriously and is conducting an investigation into each threat. At this time no threat has been substantiated. We will provide an update when additional info is available.» the statement said. Meanwhile, police in Garden Grove, a city in Orange County located 60 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles downtown, tweeted that bomb threats by email were reported in cities across the county and all of these threats are unfounded. «At 1114 AM today we received several calls from local businesses reporting a bomb threat by email. The threat demanded cash in #Bitcoin or they would blow up the business.» In San Bernardino County, Chino City's Police Department, said in a statement, «along with agencies nationwide are working bomb threats received via email at businesses, schools, government offices, and private residences. The email has been traced out of the country and does not appear to be credible.» The FBI's Los Angeles field office issued a statement saying it was «aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.»

2 Killed, 6 injured in blast at PDVSA facility in North Venezuela – Reports

A powerful explosion at an LPG dispensing station belonging to the Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA energy company and located in the state of Miranda in the north of the country left two people killed and six others injured, Sputnikreported. El National newspap
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2 Killed, 6 injured in blast at PDVSA facility in North Venezuela – Reports

A powerful explosion at an LPG dispensing station belonging to the Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA energy company and located in the state of Miranda in the north of the country left two people killed and six others injured, Sputnikreported. El National newspaper reported on Thursday that firefighters were working to extinguish the fire at the site of the blast. The outlet also published the photos showing a plume of black smoke at the scene. Employees of the facility have reportedly been evacuated. According to local residents, cited by the outlet, the incident is not the first case of explosion there. The residents said that in October, a fuel explosion took place at the station.

Best films about Central Asia announced in Almaty. Kyrgyz film among them

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Central Asian Documentary Film Festival (CADF) has ended in Almaty. The competition of documentary films about Central Asia was held by the Clique Film Festival, BNews reported citing the official page of the film festiva
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Best films about Central Asia announced in Almaty. Kyrgyz film among them

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Central Asian Documentary Film Festival (CADF) has ended in Almaty. The competition of documentary films about Central Asia was held by the Clique Film Festival, BNews reported citing the official page of the film festival on Facebook. 24 works from over 60 applications had been selected for the competition. Among them are short and full-length films by directors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Germany, the Netherlans and other countries. The main topics are ecology, labor migration, independence, human rights, deportation and the search for identity. Documentary film entitled “Harvest Moon” became the best at the festival. This work directed by Zaheed Mawani is his debut full-length film. In addition to the Grand Prix, «Harvest Moon» received another prize - the work of camera operator Sebastian Hiriart was named the best. Denis Shabaev was named the best director for the documentary film “Not My Job”, which narrates about a young Tajik guy. Moreover, the jury took note of short films «The Hermit» by Kyrgyz director Aizada Aliyeva and «The Botanist» by Canadians Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis. A special jury prize was awarded for film “I am not sick, I am gay” by Alexej Getmann, which narrates the story of Denis - an openly gay guy from Temirtau.

Germany to allocate 40 mln euros to Kyrgyzstan within bilateral technical and financial cooperation

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Germany will allocate 40 million euros to Kyrgyzstan in the framework of bilateral technical and financial cooperation, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. As reported, a meeting was
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Germany to allocate 40 mln euros to Kyrgyzstan within bilateral technical and financial cooperation

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Germany will allocate 40 million euros to Kyrgyzstan in the framework of bilateral technical and financial cooperation, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. As reported, a meeting was held on Thursday between Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Oleg Pankratov and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kyrgyz Republic Monika Iversen, during which agreements were signed between the governments of the Kyrgyz Republic and Germany on financial and technical cooperation for 2017-2018. Under these agreements, the German side will provide a grant of 40.1 million euros to Kyrgyzstan for technical and financial cooperation. Of this amount, 21.1 million euros is provided for technical cooperation projects. The meeting was also attended by Head of GIZ in Kyrgyzstan Thomas Laban and Director of KfW Office in Kyrgyzstan Ylva Renner-Häberle. Pankratov thanked the German partners for effective cooperation and support of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in the implementation of projects and reforms aimed at improving the living conditions of the population of the republic. The Minister noted that the Government of Germany is one of the main partners of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, along with various countries and international donor organizations, with whom development cooperation is carried out. “If we are to get a look at the figures, it is necessary to emphasize that the amount of grant funds allocated through bilateral financial and technical cooperation following the last 2017 intergovernmental talks in Berlin amounts to 40.1 million euros. In addition, the total amount of provided aid since the beginning of the cooperation is 340 million euros,” Pankratov said. In turn, the Ambassador of Germany to Kyrgyzstan stressed that the signing of the agreements on financial and technical cooperation for 2017-2018. is another step in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two states. “Our cooperation has continued for many years. The main areas which we are trying to provide more aid in are health care and sustainable economic development,” Iversen said.

Gift from Qatar: Hearing devices granted to hearing-impaired children in Bishkek

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Hearing devices were granted to hearing-impaired children in Bishkek. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Qatar to the Kyrgyz Republic Abdullah Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Director of Qatar Charity in the Kyrgyz Republic Os
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Gift from Qatar: Hearing devices granted to hearing-impaired children in Bishkek

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Hearing devices were granted to hearing-impaired children in Bishkek. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Qatar to the Kyrgyz Republic Abdullah Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Director of Qatar Charity in the Kyrgyz Republic Osama Turabi, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic Kanybek Adiyev and Specialist of Preschool School and Out-of-School Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic Saltanat Omurkanova attend the ceremony for handing over the devices. Qatar Charity, along with the Ambassador and the Ministry of Social Development distributed 50 hearing aids for hearing-impaired children last month. Considering the acute shortage and financial insufficiency of the special school, another 40 devices were provided on Wednesday on the initiative of the Ambassador and the Director of Qatar Charity. The aid was distributed according to the lists that include those whose devices needed to be replaced. As of today, 330 children with disabilities are enrolled at the educational institution, some of whom have begun to hear for the first time thanks to the new devices. Children were presented with Swiss-made Bernafon digital hearing aid. Today it is widely used by leading medical clinics around the world.

Azerbaijan, FAO eye to implement 4 new projects

Azerbaijan intends to implement four new projects with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Trend reports citing Head of the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Agric
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Azerbaijan, FAO eye to implement 4 new projects

Azerbaijan intends to implement four new projects with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Trend reports citing Head of the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Agriculture Mirza Aliyev as saying. Aliyev made the remarks at the workshop in Baku on Dec. 13 dedicated to the presentation of two projects on the development of sheep farming and improvement of cattle breeding. He stressed that Azerbaijan successfully cooperates with FAO in the field of agriculture. “Azerbaijan conducts comprehensive measures for the development of cattle breeding and also successfully cooperates with FAO in this sphere,” he said. «We are already implementing a number of projects with FAO,” Aliyev said. “We intend to launch four more joint projects in the future.» “One of the challenges facing Azerbaijan in the agricultural sector is an increase in productivity,” he said. In this context, Aliyev stressed the importance of projects for the development of sheep farming and the improvement of cattle breeding, the presentation of which was held today. These projects will help increase productivity in the field of small and medium-sized farming, simplify farmers' access to the markets and increase their income.

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, Trend reports citing The Associated Press. The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet ejected safely fro
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Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, Trend reports citing The Associated Press. The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet ejected safely from the plane, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said in a statement. He was initially rescued by a private sailboat and then transferred to the US Coast Guard. Honolulu Emergency Services spokesman Dustin Malama said the 47-year-old appeared to have traumatic injuries and was taken to a hospital. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said a Hawker Hunter jet went down in the ocean around 2:25 p.m. after taking off from Honolulu's airport. The pilot was rescued about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of Oahu near Honolulu's Sand Island, the US Coast Guard said. The pilot had been participating in a military exercise called Sentry Aloha, which was temporarily suspended after the crash. The Hawaii Air National Guard was hosting the exercise, which involved about 800 personnel and 30 aircraft from nine states. The cause of the crash was under investigation, the military said. Departing flights from the Honolulu airport were held as a precaution for about 20 minutes, said Tim Sakahara, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. The Hawker Hunter is a British jet developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, said the website of defense contractor BAE Systems. Initially, a single-seat version was used as a maneuverable fighter aircraft. It was later used as both a fighter and bomber and for reconnaissance missions. The British navy and air force continued to use a two-seat version into the early 1990s.

Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan to UN organizes event timed to International Mountain Day

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan to the UN, with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Austria, Andorra, Canada, as well as the offices of FAO and UNDP in New York, held an event entitled “Tackling Climate Chang
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Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan to UN organizes event timed to International Mountain Day

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Permanent Mission of Kyrgyzstan to the UN, with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Austria, Andorra, Canada, as well as the offices of FAO and UNDP in New York, held an event entitled “Tackling Climate Change and Building Resilience for Mountain and Rural Communities”, dedicated to the International Mountain Day. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that in her welcoming speech, Moldoisayeva noted that the initiative of 2002 to declare December 11, 2018 the International Mountain Day belongs to Kyrgyzstan, which indicates the desire of the Kyrgyz side to actively promote sustainable mountain development. Moldoisayeva also noted that the leadership of the Kyrgyz Republic pays attention to the development of the country's regions, including mountainous areas. In particular, the announcement of 2018 by President of the Kyrgyz Republic Jeenbekov the Year of Regional Development and the Concept of Regional Development for 2018-2022 was noted. Additionally, during the event, presentations were made by invited experts from Andorra, FAO and UNDP, the University of Utah. During the presentations, information was provided on the development of international cooperation on the development of mountain communities and the preservation of mountain ecosystems, as well as the experience of individual countries in implementing national plans and programs of FAO and UNDP on strengthening the resilience of mountain communities and improving the environmental situation in mountain areas was described. The invited experts and participants of the event also noted the leading role of Kyrgyzstan in promoting cooperation in the field of sustainable mountain development. This event attracted great attention of the missions of the member states to the UN and the Secretariat of the Organization.

New concept of civil integration discussed at SALGIR

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Director the State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations (SALGIR) Bakhtiyar Saliyev met with Senior Political Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Andrei Khanzhin. During the meeting, t
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New concept of civil integration discussed at SALGIR

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Director the State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations (SALGIR) Bakhtiyar Saliyev met with Senior Political Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Andrei Khanzhin. During the meeting, the sides discussed the draft of the newly developed Civil Integration Concept “Kyrgyz Jarany” (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз жараны, lit.: Kyrgyz citizen) and expressed their views on its main points, as well as on the current state of affairs in the sphere of interethnic relations in the Kyrgyz Republic. The draft of the concept of civil integration «Kyrgyz Jarany» has been discussed in all the regions of the republic and non-governmental organizations, as well as public associations that are part of the Assembly of the People of Kyrgyzstan. At present, incoming proposals from the participants in the discussion on the aforementioned draft document are being collected.

90th anniversary of Aitmatov celebrated in Islamabad

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Kyrgyz Embassy in Islamabad, together with the Russian Embassy, ​​held a screening of a documentary film, a photo exhibition and recital of passages from Aitmatov’s works dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the writ
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90th anniversary of Aitmatov celebrated in Islamabad

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Kyrgyz Embassy in Islamabad, together with the Russian Embassy, ​​held a screening of a documentary film, a photo exhibition and recital of passages from Aitmatov’s works dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the writer, in one of the leading higher educational institutions of Pakistan - the National University of Modern Languages. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that during a meeting with Rector of the University Major General (R) Zia Uddin Najam, issues of cooperation with universities of Kyrgyzstan, organization of exchanges between teachers and students, and joint research were discussed. On December 7, 2018, a screening of the film “The White Steamboat”, a documentary film, a photo exhibition, and dishes of the Kyrgyz national cuisine were presented at the Russian Embassy. During the past meetings, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic Beishembiyev spoke about the life and work of Aitmatov, about the celebration of his 90th birthday in Kyrgyzstan and abroad, about the significance of his literary legacy for the world community.

Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan hold telephone conversation

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziyev and Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Sagintayev held a telephone conversation, the press service of the Government’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. During the telephon
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Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan hold telephone conversation

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziyev and Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Sagintayev held a telephone conversation, the press service of the Government’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. During the telephone conversation, topical issues of the bilateral cooperation, as well as prospects for further enhancement of the cooperation on a wide range of issues, including within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union were discussed. Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziyev and Bakhytzhan Sagintayev stressed the need to further maintain close bilateral cooperation to effectively address emerging issues that are also associated with the timely elimination of barriers to mutual trade.

Flash mob on Aitmatov's work held in Bishkek - “90 Questions about the Writer”

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Students and schoolchildren in the city proved that Chyngyz Aitmatov’s work is popular among the current generation. In Bishkek, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports had organized a flashmob “90 Quest
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Flash mob on Aitmatov's work held in Bishkek - “90 Questions about the Writer”

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. Students and schoolchildren in the city proved that Chyngyz Aitmatov’s work is popular among the current generation. In Bishkek, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports had organized a flashmob “90 Questions about Aitmatov”, which started with a video about the writer. The event was attended by Director of the State Agency Kanat Amankulov. He noted that not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in many countries of the world, yesterday, December 12, the birthday of Aitmatov was celebrated. University students, schoolchildren and visitors the shopping center took part in the quiz. They were active, answering all questions quickly and easily. “It was gratifying to see that the younger generation not only reads the works of Aitmatov, but is also interested in his biography. After the quiz, participants enthusiastically recited poems dedicated to the national writer and monologues from his works,” the agency stressed. The hosts were the Jarayt City (TV show) residents Nursultan Kursanali uulu and Myktybek Mukayev.

Pavilion of Kyrgyzstan opened at exhibition “The Legacy of the Great Silk Road” in Ashgabat

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Kyrgyz Embassy in Turkmenistan arranged a pavilion of Kyrgyzstan at the exhibition “The Legacy of the Great Silk Road” in Ashgabat, dedicated to the International Day of Neutrality. The press service of the Ministry o
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Pavilion of Kyrgyzstan opened at exhibition “The Legacy of the Great Silk Road” in Ashgabat

Bishkek, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. The Kyrgyz Embassy in Turkmenistan arranged a pavilion of Kyrgyzstan at the exhibition “The Legacy of the Great Silk Road” in Ashgabat, dedicated to the International Day of Neutrality. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported for the purposes of popularizing the culture and tourist potential of the country, handicraft products, paintings, materials about the culture, history and nature of Kyrgyzstan, as well as photographs of historical and cultural monuments located in the republic along the Great Silk Road were displayed. At the same time, videos about Kyrgyzstan were shown. In connection with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov this year, a separate corner of the Kyrgyz pavilion was dedicated to the world-famous writer, where his books were exhibited. Visitors to the exhibition showed a lively interest in the pavilion of Kyrgyzstan, in particular, the books of Chyngyz Aitmatov.

90th anniversary of Aitmatov celebrated in Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. A literary and artistic evening dedicated to the 90th anniversary of great writer Chyngyz Aitmatov was held at a specialized boarding school with advanced study of the native language and literature named after Abdulla Aripo
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90th anniversary of Aitmatov celebrated in Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Dec. 13, 2018. /Kabar/. A literary and artistic evening dedicated to the 90th anniversary of great writer Chyngyz Aitmatov was held at a specialized boarding school with advanced study of the native language and literature named after Abdulla Aripov of Qarshi, the UzA News Agency reported. Head of Kashkadarya regional branch of the Writers Union Uroz Haydarov told that Chyngyz Aitmatov is a great writer of Turkic peoples who made an invaluable contribution to the popularization of the Turkic world, its epochs and events, and also left a bright mark in fiction thanks to his new literary views, wide use of myths and legends of Turkic peoples. “Today jubilee evenings of the writer are held in all educational institutions, mahallas, organizations and departments. These days we are planning on holding a scientific-theoretical conference based on the selection of the best articles with the involvement of intellectuals, writers and poets, scholars and students of schools in the region. At the same time, publication of the best works in the form of separate publications is expected,” he noted. At the evening, students excitedly talked about the work of the famous writer, the ideas put forward in his works, as well as the plots they liked. The participants were greatly impressed by the performances based on the works of the great writer The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years and The White Ship.

France signs contract to join Russia’s Bion-M2 bio-satellite project

The French space agency, CNES, has signed an official contract to take part in Russia’s Bion-M2 bio-satellite project, a spokesperson for the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences told on Tuesday, Trend reports refe
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France signs contract to join Russia’s Bion-M2 bio-satellite project

The French space agency, CNES, has signed an official contract to take part in Russia’s Bion-M2 bio-satellite project, a spokesperson for the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences told on Tuesday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «Our American, German, Japanese and French colleagues applied for joining the Bion-M2 project. Besides, scientists from Hungary and Bulgaria also plan to take part. An official contract has already been signed with one of the applicants - France,» the spokesperson said. According to the official, Ukrainian scientists refused to participate in Bion-M2 due to a complicated political situation. Research carried out as part of the Bion-M2 project would help scientists in their preparations for a spaceflight beyond the Earth’s magnetic field, to the Moon and even further. Unlike its predecessors, which looked mainly into aspects of physiology, Bion-M2 will focus on effects that space radiation may have on a living organism. «The main task is to investigate the risks that may occur during a human spaceflight beyond the lower earth orbit,» said Vladimir Sychev, who heads the project. «The experiment will be carried out mostly on mice, there will be 65 of them in total. Cameras will be installed in their cage, and the video will be regularly transmitted to the earth.» Besides, fruit flies will also be sent to the orbit. According to Sychev, the timeframe of the launch remains unchanged and it is scheduled for 2022. The Bion-M2 spacecraft, designed and manufactured by the Progress Rocket Space Center, is expected to be launched from Baikonur atop the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket. For 30 days, the spacecraft will stay at the altitude of about 800-1,000 kilometers. The animals on board are expected to receive a dose of space radiation comparable to a three-year-long flight aboard the International Space Station. Bion-M2 predecessor, Bion-M1, was launched in 2013. Its flight continued for 30 days, at the altitude of 580 kilometers.

Kyrgyz archeresses become best at international tournament in Kazakhstan

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. An international archery tournament ended in Shymkent (Kazakhstan) on Tuesday, where athletes from the Kyrgyz Republic won 2 medals, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports reported. More than 180 sportsmen
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Kyrgyz archeresses become best at international tournament in Kazakhstan

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. An international archery tournament ended in Shymkent (Kazakhstan) on Tuesday, where athletes from the Kyrgyz Republic won 2 medals, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports reported. More than 180 sportsmen from 10 countries took part in Amirbek Shyrtai competitions. Kyrgyzstan was successfully represented by two archeresses - Diana Kanatbek kyzy won the silver medal in the Juniors category, Ayturgan Mamatkulova won the gold medal in the Cadets.

Killer sentenced in high-profile ‘bride kidnapping’ case

A man in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and murdering a woman he planned to marry, in a case that sparked public fury. The murder of 20-year-old Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy inside a provincial police station in May cau
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Killer sentenced in high-profile ‘bride kidnapping’ case

A man in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and murdering a woman he planned to marry, in a case that sparked public fury. The murder of 20-year-old Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy inside a provincial police station in May caused uproar in Kyrgyzstan, sparking street demonstrations and the dismissals of several police officers. Ms Turdaaly Kyzy’s kidnapper Mars Bodoshev, 29, was given a 20-year sentence on charges of murder and kidnap for marriage, a spokesman for the Sverdlovskiy District Court in the capital Bishkek told AFP. Kyrgyzstan is known internationally for its custom of bride kidnapping, which sees thousands of girls abducted for forced marriage every year. An accomplice who helped in the kidnapping was handed a seven-year sentence, the court spokesman said. More than 20 police officers were removed from their positions over accusations of negligence after the murder. Ms Turdaaly Kyzy was fatally stabbed by her kidnapper while waiting to file a complaint against him after he was apprehended by police. Bodoshev then turned the knife on himself, according to police, but recovered in hospital. The UN says 13.8 per cent of women in the ex-Soviet republic younger than 24 are forced into marriage with their abductors. https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/killer-sentenced-in-highprofile-bride-kidnapping-case/news-story/d754ca1fb74a720f0e517dc00a10f686

Tajikistan’s nationals now can stay in Kazakhstan for 30 days without registration

The Mazhilis (Kazakhstan’s lower house of parliament) today endorsed a number of draft laws on ratification of several agreements signed between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, including the agreement on the rules of stay of Tajik nationals in Kazakhstan and Kaz
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Tajikistan’s nationals now can stay in Kazakhstan for 30 days without registration

The Mazhilis (Kazakhstan’s lower house of parliament) today endorsed a number of draft laws on ratification of several agreements signed between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, including the agreement on the rules of stay of Tajik nationals in Kazakhstan and Kazakh nationals in Tajikistan. The document provides for increasing the period of stay of Tajik and Kazakh citizens in each other’s countries without registration to 30 day, 24.kz reports. Similar rules will be applied to citizens of Kazakhstan intending to visit Tajikistan for a short period. Besides, Kazakh lawmakers today endorsed the draft law on ratification of a government-to-government agreement between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan on cooperation in the field of migration, which was signed on March 14, 2018. The Mazhilis also endorsed the draft law on a government-to-government agreement between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan on readmission. https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/politics/20181212/tajikistans-nationals-now-can-stay-in-kazakhstan-for-30-days-without-registration

Turkmenistan imposes vehicle tax for motorway use

Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that starting from October a vehicle tax for the use of motorways was imposed in Turkmenistan. A monthly tax fee of 96 manats applies to trucks and heavy vehicles and 16 manats are charged from passen
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Turkmenistan imposes vehicle tax for motorway use

Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that starting from October a vehicle tax for the use of motorways was imposed in Turkmenistan. A monthly tax fee of 96 manats applies to trucks and heavy vehicles and 16 manats are charged from passenger cars. The vehicles are denied technical inspection without the fee payment. Those vehicles, which failed to undergo the inspection in due time, are barred from being operated. At the same time, a decision was made for heavy vehicles to undergo technical inspection twice a year. A passenger vehicle is still obliged to be inspected once a year. Let us recall that in August 2018 the fees charged for the annual inspection of passenger vehicles in Ashgabat increased over tenfold. Apart from imposing a vehicle tax, on 1 December the excise duties for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were increased in Turkmenistan.

Meeting of FMs of Kyrgyzstan and Belgium takes place in Brussels

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reinders took place in Brussels on Tuesday. During the meeting, th
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Meeting of FMs of Kyrgyzstan and Belgium takes place in Brussels

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reinders took place in Brussels on Tuesday. During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues on the bilateral agenda, organization of reciprocal visits, trade and economic cooperation, as well as cultural and humanitarian interaction, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. For the purposes of studying the possibilities of investment and development of economic cooperation, the Belgian side informed about its intention to send a group of businessmen from three regions of Belgium to Kyrgyzstan in 2019. Aidarbekov, speaking on the planned establishment of a Council on Economic Diplomacy by the foreign affairs ministry, expressed hope for the further development of the full range of bilateral relations between the countries, as well as within the EU and other international institutions, and expressed readiness to organize a business forum with the participation of the business circles of the two countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic informed the Belgian side about the results of the 16th meeting of Kyrgyzstan-EU Cooperation Council, which took place in Brussels on 10 December 2018, noting is productivity and effectiveness. The sides also exchanged views on topical issues of regional and international policy.

Pentagon sets up observation posts in Syria, to coordinate efforts with Turkey

The United States has finalized the establishment of observation posts in northeast Syria and will be coordinating with Turkey its security efforts in the border region, Department of Defence spokesperson Col. Rob Manning said in a press release, Trend report
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Pentagon sets up observation posts in Syria, to coordinate efforts with Turkey

The United States has finalized the establishment of observation posts in northeast Syria and will be coordinating with Turkey its security efforts in the border region, Department of Defence spokesperson Col. Rob Manning said in a press release, Trend reports citing Sputnik. «At the direction of Secretary Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey,» the release said on Tuesday. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has earlier said Ankara expressed its concerns about US plans to establish several observation posts in Syria. Akar explained that it could lead to a perception that the United States is «somehow protecting terrorist YPG members.» «We take Turkish security concerns seriously and we are committed to coordinating our efforts with Turkey to bring stability to northeastern Syria,» Manning said in the release.

Literary evening dedicated to Aitmatov’s 90th birthday held in Minsk

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A literary evening dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov was held at the Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ky
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Literary evening dedicated to Aitmatov’s 90th birthday held in Minsk

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A literary evening dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov was held at the Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. The event was attended by representatives of ministries and institutions of Belarus, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Minsk, representatives of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan Friendship Society, the creative community and intellectuals, cultural figures and the media, as well as students of Belarus’s higher education institutions. During the event, First Deputy Minister of Culture of Belarus Natalia Krachevskaya delivered a congratulatory speech, noting the work of Kyrgyz and Soviet writer Aitmatova. Moreover, Chairman of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan Friendship Society Nikolay Cherginets told about the writer's work and shared stories from the life of the writer. In turn, Turkish Ambassador to Belarus Kezban Darama, as well as students from universities in Belarus, in their speeches, quoted excerpts from the works of Aitmatov, accompanied by clips from the movies of these works. In his speech, Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan Kubanychbek Omuraliev noted that Aitmatov, as an artist, thinker and outstanding literary figure, is one of the greatest writers of our time, who introduced completely new reflections and ideas to literature, substantiated the highest spiritual values ​​as the basis of human essence, identified them as the main and determining in personality. Guests were presented a clip from a documentary film dedicated to the life and work of the writer, a photo exhibition entitled «Aitmatov - Diplomat.»

Chingiz Aidarbekov meets Senior Diplomatic Advisor to President of EC Shostak

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov met with Richard Shostak, Deputy Cabinet Head, Senior Diplomatic Advisor to President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, in th
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Chingiz Aidarbekov meets Senior Diplomatic Advisor to President of EC Shostak

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov met with Richard Shostak, Deputy Cabinet Head, Senior Diplomatic Advisor to President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, in the framework of his visit to participate in the 16th meeting of Kyrgyzstan-EU Cooperation Council. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that during the meeting, the sides exchanged views on topical issues on the bilateral Kyrgyzstan-EU agenda, as well as the implementation of agreements reached following the visit of President of the Kyrgyz Republic Jeenbekov to the EU institutions on April 11-12, 2018. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic drew attention generally to the positive results of the 16th meeting of Kyrgyzstan-EU Cooperation Council, which took place in Brussels on December 10 of this year. The sides discussed the implementation of EU programs and projects in the Kyrgyz Republic under the EU's Multi-annual Indicative Programme 2014-2020 Kyrgyzstan, as well as the priorities of the Kyrgyz Republic for inclusion in the new EU strategy for Central Asia that is being developed.

Every girl has a dream! – Meeting in UN talks format held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A meeting entitled “Every Girl Has a Dream!” was held in the UN talks format in Bishkek. It was timed to the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence international campaign in Kyrgyzstan. This year, th
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Every girl has a dream! – Meeting in UN talks format held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Dec. 12, 2018. /Kabar/. A meeting entitled “Every Girl Has a Dream!” was held in the UN talks format in Bishkek. It was timed to the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence international campaign in Kyrgyzstan. This year, the campaign was held under the slogan «#HearMeToo, end violence against women and girls.» The event had been organized by UN-Women, WFP, FAO, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNDP. The event became a platform for exchanging views, motivational speeches and success stories for girls from residential areas and schools in Bishkek and Chuy oblast. Successful individuals shared their stories and skills with girls who would like to change their lives for the better, realize their potential and believe in themselves. “Today we are witnessing the fact that girls and women can fulfill themselves in any field of activity, profession and make their contribution to the development of their community. Every year, the UN system organizes such platforms, where we can see many interesting individuals that inspire us to move further in this direction - in the empowerment of women and girls,” the organizers told. UN Talks aim to ensure that girls meet successful women and girls who have been able to achieve success in various fields of activity: rescue operations, football, satellite building, entrepreneurship, education, and more. “I have always wanted to be strong and help people. There were 5 children in our family, I am the eldest and always had to stand up for the younger ones. And, probably, that is the reason why I have chosen such a profession - rescuer of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. When mom found out what profession I had chosen, she first said: ‘El emne deyt?’ (Kyrgyz: Эл эмне дейт?, lit.: what will people say?). But now she is proud of me, my family - my husband also serves for the Ministry of Emergency Situations; and we have five children. And people, on the contrary, turn to me for help and only with gratitude,” medical rescuer of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Makhabat Nazarbekova told at the meeting. “I was very happy when I entered KSUCTA (Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture) and began studying with my peers to become an interior designer. I was told: ‘Not only are you a woman, you are also with a disability. It is going to be difficult for you.’ I think this is double discrimination. But I did not give up. I dreamed of becoming a mother, getting married and opening my own dance school. And my dream came true - I have a family and a child now. We have recently opened a dance school for people with disabilities. I decided to help girls and women who find themselves in the same position as I do - to believe in themselves,” founder of the first dance school for people with disabilities of the Love Life Foundation Ainura Teleusheva shared. After hearing the stories at the UN Talks, the participants wrote their dream on a specially prepared stand “Every Girl Has a Dream!”. According to the organizers, this stand will be installed in the UN House and will serve as a reminder of the importance of being able to listen and be heard.

Representatives of the General Prosecutors Office of Kyrgyzstan visit the Council of Europe

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. / Kabar /. On 10-11 December 2018, a delegation of the General Prosecutors Office of Kyrgyzstan visited the Council of Europe for an exchange of views on the prospects of cooperation in the area of combating corruption and economic cr
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Representatives of the General Prosecutors Office of Kyrgyzstan visit the Council of Europe

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. / Kabar /. On 10-11 December 2018, a delegation of the General Prosecutors Office of Kyrgyzstan visited the Council of Europe for an exchange of views on the prospects of cooperation in the area of combating corruption and economic crime. The Kyrgyz delegation met number of other Council of Europe services, including GRECO, Venice Commission Secretariat, the Office of Director General of Programs, Directorate of External Relations. On the occasion of the visit, the deputy General Prosecutor of Kyrgyzstan, Ms Djamambaeva Djamilea presented an honorary medal of the General Prosecutor’s Office to Mr Ivan Koedjikov, the Head of the Action against Crime Department, in acknowledgement of the support provided in the course of the implementation of the CoE/EU “Strengthening Prevention and Combating of corruption” project.

Prime Minister Abylgaziev meets with head of AKDN representation office in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev met with head of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) representation office in the Kyrgyz Republic Shamsh Kassim-Lakha. During the meeting Ablygaziev expressed gratitude fo
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Prime Minister Abylgaziev meets with head of AKDN representation office in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev met with head of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) representation office in the Kyrgyz Republic Shamsh Kassim-Lakha. During the meeting Ablygaziev expressed gratitude for the participation of the Aga Khan Foundation in projects of social, economic and educational direction, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. “I would like to note with satisfaction the activities of the Aga Khan organization in Kyrgyzstan in addressing the current issues of the country. One of the clearest examples of mutually beneficial cooperation is the functioning of the University of Central Asia in Naryn. I will note that we have outlined ambitious plans within the framework of the implementation of the National Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018–2040 approved by the President of the country and the Government Programs aimed at the development of the country's regions,” said Abylgaziev. The prime minister focused on the fact that the government intends to improve the situation in the regions, in particular, to create new jobs, launch enterprises, develop industrial production and more. In turn, the head of the AKDN representation office in Kyrgyzstan conveyed to the prime minister welcoming words on behalf of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. He noted that the priority activity of the Fund is investment in the educational sphere. However, they intend to provide full support in other spheres too, covering other areas of the country. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha spoke briefly about the activities of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan and the implementation of projects aimed at improving the social and economic situation of citizens.

Kyrgyzstan’s GDP grows by 3.1% since early 2018

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. The gross domestic product in Kyrgyzstan increased by 3.1% within11 months of this year, the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic reported on the preliminary estimates of the country's economic indicators. Th
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Kyrgyzstan’s GDP grows by 3.1% since early 2018

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. The gross domestic product in Kyrgyzstan increased by 3.1% within11 months of this year, the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic reported on the preliminary estimates of the country's economic indicators. Thus, from January to November, the total GDP indicator amounted to 474.5 billion soms. Kumtor mining company exclcuded, the volume of GDP in the specified period amounted to 428.8 billion soms and increased by 3.2%. The positive trend of economic growth, as specified in the National Statistical Committee, was achieved through the increase in the volume of production in the industrial and agricultural sectors. The volume of industrial products released in Kyrgyzstan from January to November amounted to 221.1 billion soms, which indicates its increase by 4.9%. Such indicators were achieved through the growth of mineral extraction by 7.8%, as well as the production of precious metals - by 2.2%. “Without regard for Kumtor mining company, production increased by 8.4%. At the same time, growth was achieved in the production of petroleum products (by 12.5%), textile production (by 10.2%), clothing production (by 20%), rubber and plastic products (by 23.4%), as well as building materials (by 10.1%),” the committee’s specialists added. Growth in agriculture constituted 2.4%, in construction - 8.4%, and in wholesale and retail trade - 5.1%. In addition, in January-November of the current year (compared to December of the previous year), the consumer prices in the republic as a whole decreased by 0.2%, while in January-November 2017 the inflation rate in the consumer sector reached 2, 9 percent. The increase in consumer prices and tariffs since the beginning of the year was observed in Naryn (by 2.6%), Osh (by 1.7%), Issyk-Kul (by 0.9%) and Jalal-Abad (by 0.4%) oblasts as well as the city of Osh (by 0.3%).

IMF warns storms clouds gathering for global economy

One of the International Monetary Fund’s top officials warned on Tuesday that storm clouds were gathering over the global economy and that governments and central banks might not be well equipped to cope, Trend reports referring to Reuters. IMF First Deput
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IMF warns storms clouds gathering for global economy

One of the International Monetary Fund’s top officials warned on Tuesday that storm clouds were gathering over the global economy and that governments and central banks might not be well equipped to cope, Trend reports referring to Reuters. IMF First Deputy Managing Director, David Lipton, said the fund had been urging governments to “fix the roof” during a sunny last two years for the world economy. “But like many of you, I see storm clouds building, and fear the work on crisis prevention is incomplete,” he said at banking conference hosted by Bloomberg. He also warned that strains could leave policymakers under pressure and in uncharted water. “Central banks would likely end up exploring ever more unconventional measures. But with their effectiveness uncertain, we ought to be concerned about the potency of monetary policy.”

Kyrgyzstan in EAEU - products delivered to partner markets

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. The volume of mutual trade of Kyrgyzstan with the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in January-October 2018 reached $ 1.9 billion and decreased by 4% compared with January-October 2017. At the same time, exp
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Kyrgyzstan in EAEU - products delivered to partner markets

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. The volume of mutual trade of Kyrgyzstan with the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in January-October 2018 reached $ 1.9 billion and decreased by 4% compared with January-October 2017. At the same time, exports of goods increased by 1.2%, while import deliveries decreased by 5.5%. The largest share of the republic’s mutual trade with the EAEU member states involves Russia (65.6%) and Kazakhstan (32.6%). The main share in the import of goods from Russia in January-October 2018 was accounted for by oil products (36.9%), ferrous metals and products made of them (8.3%), as well as natural gas (2.9%). The export of goods to Russia was dominated by supply of clothing (38.3%), vegetables and fruits (8.2%), milk and dairy products (4.4%), waste and scrap of precious metals (3.6%). The imports of goods from Kazakhstan were dominated by deliveries of ferrous metals and products made of them (11.9%), tobacco products (11%), petroleum products (8.2%), mineral and carbonated water with sugar (5%), wheat (4, 1%), coal (3.1%), and also cement (2.3%). Exports of goods to Kazakhstan were dominated by ores and concentrates of precious metals (39.3%), clothing (6.3%), milk and dairy products (6.1%), float glass (5.4%), sugar ( 4.9%), bread and flour products (3.8%), as well as parts and accessories for cars and tractors (2.9%). The total volume of foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan for 10 months of the current year amounted to $ 5.4 billion. The achieved figure indicates its growth by 6.7% compared to the same period last year.

Two more flights canceled at Manas Airport

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. Two more flights have been canceled at Manas Airport, the press service of the airport reported. As reported, one of them is a domestic flight to Batken, the other is an international flight to China, Urumqi. The situation r
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Two more flights canceled at Manas Airport

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. Two more flights have been canceled at Manas Airport, the press service of the airport reported. As reported, one of them is a domestic flight to Batken, the other is an international flight to China, Urumqi. The situation remains the same - the fog is too thick. This morning, 4 aircrafts landed at the alternate airfields in Osh and Almaty due to the thick fog.

Jeenbekov receives EBRD Regional Director for Central Asia Neil McCain

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov today received Regional Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for Central Asia Neil McCain. An exchange of views on EBRD projects implemented in Kyrgyzsta
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Jeenbekov receives EBRD Regional Director for Central Asia Neil McCain

Bishkek, Dec. 11, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov today received Regional Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for Central Asia Neil McCain. An exchange of views on EBRD projects implemented in Kyrgyzstan took place. The President thanked the EBRD for the support provided in the implementation of projects aimed at the country's socio-economic development. The EBRD Regional Director for Central Asia expressed gratitude to the President for his personal support in the implementation of projects and activities of the bank in Kyrgyzstan. Neil McCain told about the intention of the EBRD to launch a number of new projects in Kyrgyzstan in 2019 on development of irrigation and provision of clean drinking water to the population in the regions and cities of the republic. In addition, over $ 129 million are to be allocated for these infrastructure projects. Jeenbekov emphasized that all joint projects with the EBRD are very important for the further development of the country's economy, creation of jobs in the regions, improvement of the welfare of the population, and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation.

Kyrgyz FM meets compatriots in Brussels

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov, during his working visit to Brussels, met with representatives of the Kyrgyz diaspora living in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Forei
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Kyrgyz FM meets compatriots in Brussels

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov, during his working visit to Brussels, met with representatives of the Kyrgyz diaspora living in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. The Minister spoke about the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as about the planned changes in the structure of the institution, in particular concerning strengthening of interaction with compatriots. In this context, he also informed about the recent creation of the Council on Relations with Compatriots under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Minister stressed that the main goal of the Council is to strengthen interaction and ensure effective cooperation between the state and compatriots on the issues of support and protection of the rights and interests of Kyrgyz people abroad. Representatives of the diaspora addressed their questions to Aidarbekov. The Minister answered each question, taking control of their further development. Chingiz Aidarbekov also told that one of the priorities of the work of the overseas institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic, depending on the potential of the host country, will be, in particular, attracting investments, protecting citizens' rights and promoting information about Kyrgyzstan and the benefits of its tourism potential. Following the meeting, compatriots representing various associations and unions of several countries expressed their gratitude to the Minister for an open and informative meeting.

Aidarbekov: Kyrgyzstan attaches great importance to its participation in the CASA-1000 project

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov met with Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák in Brussels, within the visit to participate in the 16th meeting of the Kyrgyzstan-EU Cooperation Co
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Aidarbekov: Kyrgyzstan attaches great importance to its participation in the CASA-1000 project

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Chingiz Aidarbekov met with Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák in Brussels, within the visit to participate in the 16th meeting of the Kyrgyzstan-EU Cooperation Council. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that during the meeting, the sides discussed expansion of the cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Energy Charter. In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic expressed interest in exploring best practices in reform of the energy sector, development of markets, introduction of energy efficient technologies and alternative energy sources. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic told that the development of hydropower industry is one of the priorities of sustainable development of the Kyrgyz Republic. In addition, Kyrgyzstan attaches great importance to its participation in the CASA-1000 project. In turn, Rusnák told about the process of modernization of the Energy Charter in the context of changing global relations in the energy sector. The sides discussed the initiative of the Energy Charter Secretariat to expand the EU4Energy project with the practical application of the program in the countries of Central Asia. As a promising area of ​​cooperation, the sides identified development of renewable energy sources in the Kyrgyz Republic, increasing energy efficiency and introducing energy saving measures. The sides noted the importance of the EU’s planned adoption of a new strategy for Central Asia in 2019, within which it is also planned to consider energy issues.

Chingiz Aidarbekov meets compatriots in Italy

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov met with representatives of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Italy as part of his working visit to Naples, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. This meeting ha
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Chingiz Aidarbekov meets compatriots in Italy

Bishkek, Dec. 10, 2018. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov met with representatives of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Italy as part of his working visit to Naples, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. This meeting has been held in Naples at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic for the first time. Expressing his gratitude to compatriots who arrived for the meeting with the diaspora from all the regions of Italy, the Minister spoke about the current state of bilateral Kyrgyz-Italian relations and the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to activate them. Representatives of the diaspora were able to address their issues to Aidarbekov, and also spoke about their initiatives aimed at protecting the rights of compatriots. In addition, representatives of the diaspora provided some insight to the Minister into the activities of their social associations. Having listened to the wishes of the diaspora, the Foreign Minister answered the questions voiced and assured that all the questions raised would be taken under control. In this context, he also informed about the recent establishment of the Council for Relations with Compatriots under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Minister stressed that the main goal of the Council is to strengthen interaction and ensure effective cooperation between the state and its citizens on the issues of support and protection of the rights and interests of compatriots abroad. On the same day, Chingiz Aidarbekov met with representatives of the administration of the city of Naples and discussed with them ways of solving the problematic issues of his compatriots. In addition, Aidarbekov informed compatriots about his meeting on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan with OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Italian Foreign Minister Milanesi, where the sides discussed support for compatriots living in the country.

Prime Minister visits USAID-supported Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture in Batken

On December 8, 2018, Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev visited Interfruit LLC, a dried fruit processing facility in Uch-Korgon, Batken oblast. Joined by USAID Mission Director Gary Linden, Prime Minister Abylgaziev familiarized himself with the facilit
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Prime Minister visits USAID-supported Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture in Batken

On December 8, 2018, Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev visited Interfruit LLC, a dried fruit processing facility in Uch-Korgon, Batken oblast. Joined by USAID Mission Director Gary Linden, Prime Minister Abylgaziev familiarized himself with the facility and how it sources locally grown fruits to supply global markets. Interfruit LLC is a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture established in 2017 in partnership with the U.S. Government’s Agency for International Development (USAID). This partnership was designed to support the local value chains for apricots, plums, apples, walnuts, and various other dried fruits produced in Southern Kyrgyzstan. USAID’s support includes the procurement of new equipment to improve quality control and consistency. This allowed for increased production, enabling Interfruit to process up to 2,400 tons per year. During the tour, Prime Minister expressed strong appreciation to USAID for its support, stressing that such enterprises create permanent jobs and benefit farmers enabling them to sell their fresh produce. “We will provide all possible assistance to enterprises whose activities are aimed at the development of the country's agriculture,” said Muhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev. The Interfruit partnership is one of 58 that was created by the USAID Agro-Horizon Project. This five-year, $22 million endeavor contributes to the growth of the Kyrgyz economy by increasing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector in partnership with the private sector. It is being implemented in the Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, and Osh oblasts. Beyond job creation, these partnerships support thousands of smallholder farmers and contribute to growing exports of Kyrgyz products.

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