Bishkek, Jan. 20, 2018 / Kabar /. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will assist in increasing the investment attractiveness of Kyrgyzstan in Japan, Chief Resident Representative of JICA in Kyrgyzstan Kazuhiko Kikuchi said during a meeting with Prime Minister Sapar Isakov.
Kazuhiko Kikuchi believes that Kyrgyzstan’s Taza Koom program is a promising project. He also called it an excellent balance between the economy and the social sector.
Kazuhiko Kikuchi said that the management of JICA expresses great interest in further developing the relationship with Kyrgyzstan, as evidenced by the implementation of various projects in the country.
Kikuchi specifically noted that in 2018 a new strategy for cooperation with Kyrgyzstan will be launched for a five-year period, the main goal of which is to enter a new level of economic interaction.
He also assured Isakov of the readiness to provide maximum assistance in increasing the investment attractiveness of Kyrgyzstan to citizens and the business community of Japan.
Sapar Isakov said that at present the Kyrgyz-Japanese relations are at a high level. The prime minister expressed his gratitude to JICA for active participation in the joint implementation of development projects.
Sapar Isakov stressed that in the modern world, the development of national economies is impossible without the introduction of advanced technologies, and therefore stressed the importance of studying the Japanese experience in this direction, as well as attracting investors from Japan, including the promotion and implementation of projects related to ICT.
"We expect that the digital transformation within the framework of the national Taza Koom program will help eradicate corruption in the country, increase the revenues of the republican budget, reduce the volume of the shadow economy and increase spending on improving social infrastructure," Sapar Isakov said.
As a short-term task, Sapar Isakov noted the implementation of the Smart City project, the fiscalization of tax procedures, the optimization of the activities of state bodies, the improvement of weight control systems and government procurement in the country.
Then the sides discussed in detail the directions of joint work, as well as priority projects within the framework of JICA development strategy for the next five years.
Sapar Isakov noted the special importance of joint efforts to introduce electronic medicine in the country.
"E-health should become a priority area of cooperation with JICA. The state will direct all efforts to modernize the infrastructure in the health sector. However, we need Japanese know-how, knowledge and technology for the introduction of electronic medicine,” the prime minister said.
At the same time, during the meeting, the sides discussed the possibility of joint implementation of the Single Window Project, within which representatives of the business will have the opportunity to obtain the necessary permits in one place.
In addition, Isakov suggested the Japanese side to consider the possibility of rendering assistance in the reconstruction