UN system supports Kyrgyz President’s initiative to declare 2018 Year of Regional Development

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Bishkek, Feb. 16, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov received today UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative to Kyrgyzstan Ozonnia Ojielo on the occasion of the beginning of his diplomatic mission in the country.

The Kyrgyz President's press service reported that during the meeting Ozonnia Ojielo presented Jeenbekov the credentials of UN Secretary General António Guterres.

The President congratulated him on his appointment and stressed the readiness of Kyrgyzstan to continue active and fruitful work with the UN system.

"I am confident that your activities will contribute to the further expansion and deepening of our cooperation. In 2017, Kyrgyzstan celebrated the 25th anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's membership in the UN, and we held several important events. The visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Kyrgyzstan was held," Jeenbekov said.

The head of state stressed that Kyrgyzstan had chosen the path of parliamentary democracy, and expressed gratitude to UNDP for the support provided to Kyrgyzstan's efforts in strengthening the principles of democracy and improving the electoral system.

Ozonnia Ojielo said that he is ready to do his best to assist in the promotion of programs and projects of national importance, announced by the President of the country.

"The UN system supports your initiative to declare 2018 the Year of Regional Development. This decree will unite the efforts of all forces in the country aimed at the development of Kyrgyzstan. In the regions of Kyrgyzstan there are many UN programs and agencies, and we would like to implement our projects in accordance with the programs indicated in the Decree," he said.

He also expressed his opinion on the items voiced by the president at the last meeting of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic on combating and eradicating corruption.

"The goals and objectives of the Security Council to combat corruption are in tune with the directions of our programs. We also believe that corruption destroys resources aimed at the development of the country. We are also ready to support the implementation of the Taza Koom program aimed at promoting the principles of e-government, the development of digital public services and the open community in our country," Ozonnia said.

He also stressed the readiness of the UN system to support Kyrgyzstan's efforts to protect the environment, counteract the natural elements, fight against radicalism and extremism.


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