Kyrgyz prime minister to visit Switzerland to attract investments

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Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister Sapar Isakov has planned a working visit to Switzerland, where he intends to hold a number of meetings to attract additional investments to Kyrgyzstan. This became known during a meeting of the prime minister with Ambassador of Switzerland to Kyrgyzstan Veronika Ullman.

"We are making every effort to ensure that the country not only does not descend from the right path of development, but also makes a qualitative leap in improving the lives of citizens. One of the main tasks of the state in this direction is to attract investments to the country," he said.

Speaking about the intention to hold a series of meetings in order to attract investments, Sapar Isakov said that "we should not wait for investors, we need to look for them ourselves, creating the most favorable conditions for them."

The Kyrgyz prime minister also told about the government's plans for the near future, in particular about the reforms launched in the sphere of taxation, the system of state purchases and public administration.

Ambassador Veronika Ullman, expressing Switzerland's readiness for further expansion and strengthening of bilateral relations with Kyrgyzstan, noted the established cooperation in many sectors.

She said that more than 20 million Swiss francs are allocated annually within the framework of the Strategy of Cooperation of Switzerland with Kyrgyzstan for 2017-2020. Switzerland also supports the regional water management program in Kyrgyzstan.

"Switzerland remains committed to supporting Kyrgyzstan in the framework of multilateral cooperation, in particular economic development. We thoroughly studied the 40 Steps to a New Era program and noted the great degree of conjugation with the existing Kyrgyz-Swiss projects, which we are very pleased with,” she said.

Veronika Ullman expressed readiness to support and assist in the implementation of the planned activities within the framework of the Government Program, especially focusing on Taza Koom project aimed at building an open and transparent state.

During the meeting, the sides also discussed trade and economic cooperation, joint work to reform the public sector, develop the private sector, manage water resources, build peace and democratize society.

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