Bishkek, 27 May / Kabar /. Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament Chynybai Tursunbekov discussed the strengthening of trade and economic relations with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reported.
Tursunbekov, noting that the first visit to the Czech Republic is taking place on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Kyrgyz-Czech diplomatic relations, stressed that all these years bilateral relations developed in the interests of friendship and mutual development.
The Speaker said that, the Czech Republic is Kyrgyzstan's one of the priority partners in strengthening parliamentary democracy, developing civil society and social and economic reforms. "To this day, the activity of the cooperative" Intergelpo, which laid the foundation for the industry of Kyrgyzstan, is bearing fruit," Tursunbekov said.
He reminded that this cooperative in its time produced 45 percent of the country's industrial output. "In order to continue cooperation and strengthen the friendship of the peoples of Kyrgyzstan and the Czech Republic, it is necessary to open a new chapter of our bilateral partnership by creating a new project Intergelpo," the Speaker said.
Noting the importance of Kyrgyz-Czech business forum in Prague on May 15-19 of this year, he stressed the need to create a working group between the Ministries of Economy of the two countries.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed interest in expanding cooperation with Kyrgyzstan. "Your proposal for the Intergelpo project is also very important for us. In order to carry out relevant activities, it is necessary to determine the ways of implementing this project," he said.
Sobotka expressed the interest of Czech businessmen in connection to cooperate with Kyrgyzstan in all areas with the established stability in Kyrgyzstan over the past six years.
Also at the meeting, the sides discussed the cooperation within the framework of international organizations. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka asked to support the candidacy of the Czech Republic for the post of Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
According to data of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, trade turnover with the Czech Republic for 2016 amounted to 7.5 million US dollars, for similar periods in 2015 - 7.3 million US dollars.