World Bank will consider possibility of increasing funding for Taza Koom project

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Bishkek, May 29 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov met today with World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia Lilia Burunchuk, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported.

At the meeting the sides discussed the current state and prospects for joint cooperation, as well as the results of the country's socio-economic development for 4 months of 2017.

The Kyrgyz prime minister said that currently the Government of the country is developing a draft Strategy 2040, on the basis of which the medium-term Development Program of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018-2022 will be developed.

The Head of Government urged the World Bank to take an active part in the development of the above strategies and to consider the possibility of providing technical support and assistance in financing projects that will be reflected in the country's medium-term and long-term development strategy.

In addition, Zheenbekov stressed that in order to improve the quality of life of citizens and improve business conditions in the country, the government launched the national, high-tech project "Taza Koom."

"The main core of the Taza Coom project is the Digital CASA project aimed at creating a regional cross-border broadband telecommunications network to improve connectivity to the Internet in Central Asia and parts of South Asia," said Zheenbekov.

At the same time, the head of the government offered the World Bank to consider the possibility of increasing the previously approved amount for funding activities under the Digital CASA project from 20 to 50 million US dollars.

Regional Director of the World Bank for Central Asia Lilia Burunchuk said that the bank will necessarily consider the possibility of expanding funding for activities within the framework of the Taza Koom project.

She also introduced the new head of the World Bank office in Kyrgyzstan Bolormaa Amgaabagazar.

The prime minister thanked the current head of the office, Jean-Michel Happy, for his personal contribution to strengthening cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the World Bank and expressed his hope for further fruitful cooperation with the new head of the World Bank office.

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