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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

Tiny Asian Nation Hoards Gold as Shield Against Trade War

What do you do when your two biggest trading partners are embroiled in economic standoffs with the U.S.? You buy as much gold as you possibly can. At least that’s what Kyrgyzstan’s central bank is doing in a bid to protect itself from currency volatilit
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Tiny Asian Nation Hoards Gold as Shield Against Trade War

What do you do when your two biggest trading partners are embroiled in economic standoffs with the U.S.? You buy as much gold as you possibly can. At least that’s what Kyrgyzstan’s central bank is doing in a bid to protect itself from currency volatility in China and Russia. The central Asian nation hopes to grow the share of gold in its $2 billion international reserves to 50 percent from around 16 percent now. “The rules of the game are changing,” Kyrgyz central bank Governor Tolkunbek Abdygulov, 42, said in an interview in the capital, Bishkek. “It doesn’t matter what currencies we have in our reserves; dollars, yuan or rubles all make us vulnerable.” Having watched the Kyrgyz currency slump to a record low in 2015 during Russia’s currency crisis and standoff with the West, the mountainous nation of 6 million people isn’t risking its luck with a brewing trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Kyrgyzstan is heavily reliant on China and Russia for imports and on Moscow for remittances from the army of migrant workers who go there in search of work. The policy has put Kyrgyzstan’s gold holdings as a percentage of total reserves close to the level held by Russia, and above emerging-market economies such as India and Turkey, according to data from the World Gold Council. The U.S. and Germany have more than 70 percent of their reserves in gold. After surging during the past decade, bullion has been stuck in the doldrums for most of this year as the outlook for higher borrowing costs dimmed prospects for the metal, which doesn’t pay interest. The commodity was trading near a six-month low on Wednesday as the escalating standoff between the world’s two biggest economies over trade tariffs strengthened the dollar. Kyrgyzstan is well placed to build up stockpiles, because the precious metal is its biggest export. Since 2014 the central bank has had a policy of buying up about as much of the country’s gold as possible, Abdygulov said. Kyrgyzstan’s biggest mine is operated by Canada’s Centerra Gold Inc. with production sold outside of the country. Total industrial output was $3.4 billion in 2017, according to central bank data. Having watched the Kyrgyz currency slump to a record low in 2015 during Russia’s currency crisis and standoff with the West, the mountainous nation of 6 million people isn’t risking its luck with a brewing trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Kyrgyzstan is heavily reliant on China and Russia for imports and on Moscow for remittances from the army of migrant workers who go there in search of work. The policy has put Kyrgyzstan’s gold holdings as a percentage of total reserves close to the level held by Russia, and above emerging-market economies such as India and Turkey, according to data from the World Gold Council. The U.S. and Germany have more than 70 percent of their reserves in gold. After surging during the past decade, bullion has been stuck in the doldrums for most of this year as the outlook for higher borrowing costs dimmed prospects for the metal, which doesn’t pay interest. The commodity was trading near a six-month low on Wednesday as the escalating standoff between the world’s two biggest economies over trade tariffs strengthened the dollar. Kyrgyzstan is well placed to build up stockpiles, because the precious metal is its biggest export. Since 2014 the central bank has had a policy of buying up about as much of the country’s gold as possible, Abdygulov said. Kyrgyzstan’s biggest mine is operated by Canada’s Centerra Gold Inc. with production sold outside of the country. Total industrial output was $3.4 billion in 2017, according to central bank data. By Evgenia Pismennaya and Anna Andrianova https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-20/tiny-asian-nation-hoards-gold-as-protection-against-trade-war

Cafe at Kyrgyzstan embassy chosen by Guardian as one of the best restaurants of Moscow

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. Cafe at the Kyrgyzstan embassy in Moscow is included into 10 of the best Moscow restaurants chosen by the experts. “For a taste of modern (and old Soviet) Russia, World Cup visitors should try these restaurants, markets,
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Cafe at Kyrgyzstan embassy chosen by Guardian as one of the best restaurants of Moscow

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. Cafe at the Kyrgyzstan embassy in Moscow is included into 10 of the best Moscow restaurants chosen by the experts. “For a taste of modern (and old Soviet) Russia, World Cup visitors should try these restaurants, markets, cafes and canteens, offering new twists on traditional Slavic cuisine – at affordable prices,” the Guardian writes. Arusya Gukasyan, chef and owner of seafood restaurant Rico, recommended Cafe at Kyrgyzstan embassy. Some of the best are manti, dished up in the canteen of the embassy of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian country on the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. These parcels have wrinkly dough and are filled with juicy minced lamb. “The meat comes from animals normally fed on grass and wild thyme,” Arusya says. The filling must have a generous amount of lamb fat, so best if you have them with a mildly sparkling ayran yoghurt drink or hot tea. The somewhat outdated interior of the restaurant and waitresses in colourful traditional headscarfs make the setting all the more authentic. “Like sitting in a cafe somewhere in the Near East,” adds Arusya.

Tajik, Turkmen presidents hold talks in Dushanbe to discuss cooperation

On Wednesday June 20, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met here with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov on the sidelines of the International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-20
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Tajik, Turkmen presidents hold talks in Dushanbe to discuss cooperation

On Wednesday June 20, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met here with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov on the sidelines of the International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028.” According to the Tajik president’s official website, Rahmon and Berdimuhammedov discussed a broad range of issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. In the course of the talks, they reportedly also exchanged views on the problems of using water and power resources in the region, providing regional security and jointly addressing modern challenges and threats. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the current level of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and outlined sectors like transportation, light industry, agriculture, and tourism as areas, which could drive the bilateral trade between the two countries. They also noted that establishment of commercial missions and the Tajik-Turkmen Council of Entrepreneurs could promote further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries. After gaining independence, the political basis of the Tajik-Turkmen relations was formed on January 27, 1993 by signing of the Protocol «On the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.» On November 2, 2017, an agreement on strategic partnership between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan was signed in Dushanbe, The Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan has functioned in Ashgabat since February 1993. The Embassy of Turkmenistan operates in Dushanbe as well. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Tajik-Turkmen bilateral relations have traditionally been built on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation. Generally, Tajik-Turkmen relations successfully develop in political, trade-economic, scientific-technical, cultural and other spheres. Read more: https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/politics/20180620/tajik-turkmen-presidents-hold-talks-in-dushanbe-to-discuss-cooperation

Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

Washington (CNN) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended a celebratory visit to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday with tea, praise, handshakes -- and a message for the US. Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearize and an esc
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Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

Washington (CNN) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended a celebratory visit to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday with tea, praise, handshakes -- and a message for the US. Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearize and an escalating trade war between the US and China, Kim's trip reinforced the idea that Beijing remains a key player -- a variable that President Donald Trump needs and yet one that remains outside his control. Administration officials have said that they will maintain sanctions on North Korea even as talks continue, and stand ready to intensify that economic pressure should Pyongyang fail to cooperate. But China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, ultimately has power over whether sanctions on Pyongyang truly bite. With tensions climbing between Beijing and Washington over trade, some analysts point to the warmth on display during Kim's visit to Beijing as a warning from Xi that Trump's moves on trade could undermine the most ambitious goal -- peace with North Korea -- on his foreign policy agenda. «I think China is sending a message to Trump: You want to put trade tariffs on us and have our cooperation with North Korea? You can't have both,» Bill Richardson, the former US energy secretary, ambassador and repeat US envoy to North Korea, told CNN. Complex relationships Kim's visit was his third pilgrimage to Beijing in as many months and came just days after the North Korean dictator's high-profile June 12 summit with Trump in Singapore. Publicly, Xi has vowed to maintain a constructive role in facilitating efforts toward denuclearization and supported North Korea's commitment to that goal despite issues with the US over trade. But tensions are rising. On Monday, Trump ordered the US trade representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump was reacting angrily to Beijing's decision to match $50 billion in tariffs he placed on Chinese goods on June 15 to protest China's «unfair trade practices.» «Again and again the US has been provoking a trade war,» China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday. He said China does not wish to fight a trade war, «but is not scared of one.» «We advise the US side to return to reason, and stop words and actions that harm itself and others,» Geng said. On Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert cautioned against conflating disagreements over trade with China's cooperation in talks with North Korea, noting that the US maintains complex relationships with many countries. «We have areas where we work with China and have -- and we have strong relations, but there are also areas where we're not always in agreement with China, and we will certainly bring those to light,» she said, highlighting the «good work that President Xi and the Chinese government have done in helping to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.» «We want to have a constructive relationship with the government of China. In order to do that, we need to repair, make some progress on some issues related to trade,» Nauert said. According to Mintaro Oba, a former Korea desk officer at the State Department under President Barack Obama, it is not yet clear whether trade tensions between the US and China are having an impact on negotiations with North Korea, but he warned that Xi could temper his cooperation if tensions continue to rise. «The Chinese are still trying to preserve the space to climb down from this,» he told CNN. «But if the Trump administration continues to escalate the fight on trade so far that relations sour in a major way, it's possible the Chinese will feel less and less inclined to cooperate on enforcing and generating pressure on the North Korean regime.» China has helped make the Trump administration's «maximum pressure» campaign against North Korea effective, US officials say, but historically Beijing has been slow to apply sanctions against Pyongyang or has looked the other way on Chinese companies doing business with Pyongyang and on North Korean smuggling. Beijing fears a regime collapse next door that could send desperate refugees flooding across its borders and even worse, the prospect of US troops moving into North Korea as a stabilizing force, bringing them right to Chinese borders. Looking for leverage Xi feted Kim during his visit, underscoring the newly warm ties by sending crowds of jubilant children to greet Kim waving Chinese flags and jumping up and down. The Chinese leader praised Kim for his handling of the US meeting last week in Singapore and conveyed his satisfaction with the results of the summit as well as Pyongyang's goal of economic development, according to Chinese state media CCTV. As Trump continues to demand credit for his role in making «initial steps toward a deal» with North Korea by establishing a personal rapport with the young dictator, Kim is pulling all the levers available to strengthen his own negotiating position. His relationship with China is one of them, according to Richardson, who said Xi holds the power to loosen sanctions that are biting the North Korean economy by looking the other way on cross-border smuggling and energy restrictions imposed by the US and United Nations. «I believe Kim Jong Un is trying to delay denuclearization and do it at his own pace,» he said, noting that can be accomplished only with sanctions relief from China -- a step the North Korean leader views as an apt reward for rapprochement with Trump. While Trump has publicly claimed to have «solved» the North Korea issue during his made-for-television meeting with Kim, the reality of the situation remains more complex as Kim continues to seek negotiating leverage. «Kim's logic is pretty simple: more options, more leverage,» said Oba. «Without engagement with the United States, Kim going to Beijing would make him look desperate and highlight North Korea's dependence on China. »And without China clearly backing North Korea, the United States might feel more free to abandon diplomacy and ramp up pressure. Now he gets to look independent and strong while playing both sides to get the best possible situation for North Korea.« Critics argue that Kim has only been emboldened by Trump's failure to demand specific concessions when the two met face-to-face. Sources have told CNN that there is nothing to suggest that North Korea has begun destroying its missile launch sites, despite Trump's repeated claims to the contrary and his declaration last week that the country is no longer a nuclear threat. Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies nuclear proliferation, told CNN that Trump's decision to suspend August's joint military drills with South Korea, without demanding North Korea take concrete steps toward disarmament, concedes strategic flexibility to both Kim and Xi. North Korea and China have long pushed for an end to US military exercises with Japan and South Korea, suggesting that Pyongyang would stop military exercises in return, known as a »freeze for a freeze.« »Now that Trump seems intent on escalating the trade war with China, if Kim Jong Un decides to skirt the margins of 'freeze for freeze,' there isn't a snowflake's chance in hell that China sees that as a violation justifying putting any screws on North Korea,« Narang said. He referenced a recent headline to further illustrate his point. »The Economist may have said 'Kim Jong Won,' « Narang said, referring to a pun on the magazine's cover about the summit, »but it really should've been Xi Jinping winning," he said. CNN's Steven Jiang and Joshua Berlinger contributed to this report

GM Uzbekistan’s car sales in Russia down

GM Uzbekistan JSC sold more than 5,180 Ravon cars in Russia in January-May 2018, which is 40 percent more compared to the same period of 2017, the Automobile Manufacturers Committee of the Association of European Businesses said June 20, Trend reported. Sale
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GM Uzbekistan’s car sales in Russia down

GM Uzbekistan JSC sold more than 5,180 Ravon cars in Russia in January-May 2018, which is 40 percent more compared to the same period of 2017, the Automobile Manufacturers Committee of the Association of European Businesses said June 20, Trend reported. Sales volume of the company decreased to 508 cars in May 2018, which is 58 percent less compared to May 2017. Share of GM Uzbekistan in the Russian car market reached 0.7 percent in January-May 2018 compared to 0.6 percent in January-May 2017. At the end of May 2018, GM Uzbekistan ranked 28th in car sale volume in Russia. None of the company's car models were included in the top-25 bestselling cars during that period. In January-May 2018, 64,190 cars were produced in Uzbekistan, which is 22.4 percent more compared to the same period of 2017.

Turkmen president to attend UN conference in Dushanbe

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has paid a working visit to Tajikistan, Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) state news agency reported. The president will participate in the International High-level Conference on International Decade for Acti
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Turkmen president to attend UN conference in Dushanbe

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has paid a working visit to Tajikistan, Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) state news agency reported. The president will participate in the International High-level Conference on International Decade for Action «Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028» announced by the UN, to be held in Dushanbe. The bilateral meetings are planned to be held during the visit. The forum is designed to continue the dialogue of all interested sides on water issues, promote the expansion and strengthening of partnership in this important area and develop practical recommendations for the achievement of water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Turkmenistan once proposed to open a regional center for technologies in Ashgabat related to climate change in Central Asia and develop the UN Aral Sea Program and the UN Water Strategy. Turkmenistan borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Afghanistan and uses water resources coming in accordance with agreed quotas from four trans-boundary rivers, namely, Amu Darya, Tejen, Atrek and Murgab. Turkmenistan has a problem of the Aral Sea ecology, which is most noticeable in the northern region. In the Dashoguz region there were problems with the provision of drinking water and the fight against salinization of cultivation lands.

Park named after Chyngyz Aitmatov appeares in Minsk

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. The park named after Chyngyz Aitmatov appeared in Minsk, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported. As part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov, at the initiative of the Embassy o
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Park named after Chyngyz Aitmatov appeares in Minsk

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. The park named after Chyngyz Aitmatov appeared in Minsk, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported. As part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov, at the initiative of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Belarus, on May 29, 2018, by the decision of the Minsk City Council of Deputies the park # 49 is named Chyngyz Aitmatov Park. The park area is 19.6 hectares, of which 2.7 is the water surface.

Turkmenistan ranks 4th in the suicide rate in Central Asia 20 June 2018

Pursuant to the survey carried out by the World Health Organization in June, Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the suicide rate in Central Asia. Kazakhstan has the highest rate in the region with the suicide indicator of 22,5 per 100 thousand people in 2016. Kyr
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Turkmenistan ranks 4th in the suicide rate in Central Asia 20 June 2018

Pursuant to the survey carried out by the World Health Organization in June, Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the suicide rate in Central Asia. Kazakhstan has the highest rate in the region with the suicide indicator of 22,5 per 100 thousand people in 2016. Kyrgyzstan has a score of 8,3 and Uzbekistan – 7,4. Turkmenistan and Tajikistan rank 4th and 5th respectively with the indicators of 6,7 and 2,5, Stanradar reports. The largest number of suicides is committed in Lithuania, Russia and Guyana, whereas the lowest level of suicide attempts are recorded in Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados and the Bahamas. One of the suicide cases reported by media outlets occurred in late April. According to Radio “Azatlyk”, a Dashoguz resident failed to depart to Turkey three times in search of a job and borrowed money for the airline ticket he could not pay back, which resulted in a suicide. https://en.hronikatm.com/2018/06/turkmenistan-ranks-4th-in-the-suicide-rate-in-central-asia/

Dancers from US and Europe will come to Kyrgyzstan for World Dance Contest

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. The World Dance Contest for modern dances Movement Dance Battle Kyrgyzstan 2018 (MDB) will be held in Bishkek. The organizer of the event is the MDA dance academy under the direction of dancer Zhan Voyinov. For the first t
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Dancers from US and Europe will come to Kyrgyzstan for World Dance Contest

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. The World Dance Contest for modern dances Movement Dance Battle Kyrgyzstan 2018 (MDB) will be held in Bishkek. The organizer of the event is the MDA dance academy under the direction of dancer Zhan Voyinov. For the first time in the history of the country eminent dancers from the United States, Europe and Asia will gather in Bishkek. Special guests of the event are world-class dancers, professionals like the Swiss dancer Popping C-Anissa from France, choreographer «Dancing on TNT» Elena Fraules from Russia and many others. Zhan Voyinov said that the MBD 2018 will become one of the brightest events not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in the CIS countries. «We receive a lot of requests from dancers from CIS countries to participate in the championship and actively invite them to Kyrgyzstan. Such events increase the prestige of our country in the international arena, it is very inspiring to go further and develop the cultures of our beloved Kyrgyzstan,» he said. The event will be held on June 23-24 in Bishkek.

Center for Chinese traditional medicine to be built in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. A medical center for Chinese traditional medicine is planned to be open in Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Health Kosmosbek Cholponbaev told at a press conference at Kabar Agency. He said that a document on cooperation in the fiel
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Center for Chinese traditional medicine to be built in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. A medical center for Chinese traditional medicine is planned to be open in Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Health Kosmosbek Cholponbaev told at a press conference at Kabar Agency. He said that a document on cooperation in the field of medicine was signed during the joint trip with President of the country Sooronbay Jeenbekov to China. «As part of the trip, I met with Minister of Health of China, we discussed the possibilities of cooperation. It is planned to build a rehabilitation center of Chinese traditional medicine in Issyk-Kul, or in Bishkek. At this time, the work is under way to prepare documents,» Cholponbaev said.

Turkish TV channels ready to broadcast nomad games

Bishkek, June 20, 2018 / Kabar /. Turkish TV channels are ready to broadcast live the opening and closing ceremony of the Third World Nomad Games, as well as provide information support, Ambassador of Turkey in the Kyrgyz Republic Cengiz Kamil Firat said duri
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Turkish TV channels ready to broadcast nomad games

Bishkek, June 20, 2018 / Kabar /. Turkish TV channels are ready to broadcast live the opening and closing ceremony of the Third World Nomad Games, as well as provide information support, Ambassador of Turkey in the Kyrgyz Republic Cengiz Kamil Firat said during the meeting with First Vice Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov. The meeting was attended by entrepreneurs and representatives of leading Turkish television companies. «Turkish news agencies are ready for cooperation,» the ambassador said. - So, the correspondent network of the Anadolu News Agency is represented practically all over the world. Our news is published in 13 languages. We want as much inhabitants of the various countries know about the World Nomad Games”. Cengis Kamil Firat said that the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Turkey is engaged in the selection of athletes to participate in the Third World Nomad Games. «Simultaneously, the artists from the Republic of Turkey will perform at the games. In order to support the nomadic games, the Turkish Cooperation and Development Office under the Prime Minister's Office of the Republic of Turkey (TIKA) financed the production of 600 pieces of clothing for the participants of the competition. In addition, Turkish airlines are ready to broadcast promotional video about the upcoming games on board and place the logo of the Third World Nomad Games on the sides of their planes,» the diplomat said. From his part, Kubatbek Boronov noted that the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Turkey are close to each other, the relations between which are characterized by a high level of bilateral cooperation. «As you know, 2018 was declared the Year of Regional Development by the decree of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Considering this, I consider it expedient to consider the possibility of holding a business forum with the participation of representatives of business communities of the two countries,» said Boronov. The World Nomad Games will be held in September 2018 in Issyk-Kul. The mission of the Games is the revival and preservation of the historical cultural heritage of the civilization of the nomadic peoples of the world.

Kyrgyzstan invited Russia to business forum in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan invited Russia to a business forum in Bishkek, Oleg Kudyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund told. During his speech at the eighth meeting of the interparliamentary commissio
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Kyrgyzstan invited Russia to business forum in Bishkek

Bishkek, June 20, 2018. / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan invited Russia to a business forum in Bishkek, Oleg Kudyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund told. During his speech at the eighth meeting of the interparliamentary commission on cooperation between the Kyrgyz Parliament and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Kudyakov stressed several successful Russian projects in business, and noted that Bishkek will host a business forum, in which it is necessary to participate. «The business forum will be held on September 14, it is planned to discuss the projects of all parties for business development. From the side of Russia, many businessmen will be present there,» Oleg Kudyakov said.

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.

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