Breaking news Fri, 26 May 2017 07:14:10 +0600 60 Zheenbekov to attend sessions of CIS Council of Heads of Government and Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov flew to Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation to attend regular meetings of the Council of CIS Heads of Governments and the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, the press service of the government reported.

The meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council will be held tomorrow, May 26 under the chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The meetings will consider interrogations of cooperation between the CIS member states and the Eurasian Economic Union.

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:15:15 +0600
Kyrgyz Prime Minister and head of President’s Office registered in social networks Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov and head of the presidential administration Sapar Isakov registered in social networks.

The prime minister in his post wrote that he opened his account on Facebook to exchange views on the situation in the country and the problems that exist. Also, the head of government wrote that due to the lack of time his press secretary Chyngyz Esengulov will be in contact with citizens through social networks, .

The head of the Cabinet also registered in Twitter and Instagram.

Earlier, Sapar Isakov also announced about his Facebook account.

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:07:26 +0600
AzerNews: Tajikistan's external debt increases by $10.2 million The amount of the external debt of Tajikistan since the beginning of this year increased by $10.2 million. As of April 1, the total amount of the external debt of the republic amounted to $2.28 billion. At the beginning of the year, this figure was $2.27 billion.

According to preliminary data of the Ministry of Finance, the structure of the external debt includes $2.1 billion of direct public debt, which ensures the performance of services of the country’s government. Debt with the state guarantee amounts to $23.3 million.

Debts of state-owned enterprises that do not have a government guarantee amounted to $31.5 million.

The debt of the National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) is $121.6 million. In particular, the banks owes $108 million to the International Monetary Fund, $9 million to China, and another $4.6 million to the Islamic Development Bank.

At the end of last year, the country's finance minister Abdusalom Kurbonien said that these funds will be used to implement 98 investment projects that are of priority importance for the republic. In particular, these projects cover such areas as energy, transport communications, agriculture and education.

Tajikistan intends to attract $215 million from external sources of financing till the end of this year.

At the same time, about $140 million will be spent on servicing the external debt.

The main creditor of Tajikistan at the moment is China, which accounts for more than half of the total external debt that is $1.2 billion.

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:27:16 +0600
Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be temporarily closed Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. The Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be temporarily closed, the Public Relations and Media Department of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reports.

At the initiative of the Chinese side, in connection with the "Rice Festival", the checkpoints Torugart and Irkeshtam at the Kyrgyz-Chinese section of the state border will be temporarily closed on May 27 - 30, 2017.

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:17:43 +0600
AsiaPlus: Will new Uzbek president kick-start cooperation in Central Asia? An article “Is this the Start of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia?” by Bruce Pannier posted on Radio Liberty’s website on May 24 notes that it looks like the new president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is keeping at least one of his promises.

Recall, Mirziyoyev said one of his priorities would be better relations with neighboring Central Asian nations.

Mirziyoyev met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov in Turkmenistan on May 19-20, and among the many agreements they reached was one on Turkmen electricity exports to Kazakhstan and to Kyrgyzstan via Uzbekistan's territory.

That doesn't sound like much, but it reverses a nearly 15-year trend of decoupling in Central Asia, according to the article.

In the Soviet-era, a Central Asian unified grid was established, drawing on power sources such as oil in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, gas in Turkmenistan, hydropower from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and coal from all but Turkmenistan. All five then-Soviet republics were interconnected; so, for example, southern Kazakhstan received gas from Uzbekistan.

In 2003, “neutral” Turkmenistan withdrew from the grid. In 2009, Uzbekistan withdrew, causing severe power shortages in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Some believe that this was response to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan very publicly forging ahead with massive hydropower plant projects on the upper reaches of rivers that flowed into Uzbekistan.

It was only one aspect of a process that saw the five countries sever many of the road, rail, and air links that had connected them for decades before independence, and devote significant funds to building up infrastructure that avoided neighbors' territories.

For the last several years, Turkmenistan has wanted to sell electricity to Tajikistan, the latter being habitually short of power in the winter due to a reliance on hydropower, and the former having gas-fired electrical power stations that operate throughout the year.

Berdymuhammedov and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon have agreed to such a deal, but that power would be most easily transferred using lines that cross some 200 kilometers of Uzbekistan's territory.

Uzbek President Karimov was reportedly unwilling to agree to that, so the Turkmen-Tajik deal never moved forward.

Tajikistan was not mentioned in reports about Berdymuhammedov and Mirziyoyev's meeting in Turkmenistan. But judging by the chummy pictures of Mirziyoyev and Rahmon at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21, it probably won't be difficult now to reach a deal for the Turkmen-Tajik power transmission lines, the article says.

So Mirziyoyev's agreement on Turkmen electricity exports represents progress in regional integration, though admittedly, he might be simply removing obstacles he inherited from the previous administration.

It is not a bold new initiative for regional cooperation but it is a hopeful sign.

Mirziyoyev's trip to Awaza was the second trip to Turkmenistan in less than three months; his first state visit as Uzbekistan's president was to Turkmenistan on March 6-7. Mirziyoyev has also visited Kazakhstan twice -- on March 22-23 and again on April 29.

While he was generally trying to improve Uzbekistan's relations with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and hopefully find new markets particularly for Uzbekistan's agricultural products, Mirziyoyev was looking for supplies of oil from both countries.

Gasoline shortages have been a huge problem in Uzbekistan for many years. Uzbekistan's domestic oil production has fallen by more than 40 percent in the last 10 years, and its three operating refineries are currently functioning below capacity due to lack of oil.

According to the article, Mirziyoyev may well deserve credit for acting on his promise to improve ties with the neighbors. Six months into his tenure, Uzbekistan's relations with its neighboring states are reportedly already better than they were during the last 10 or 15 years under Karimov.

Most of the agreements Mirziyoyev has reached with his neighbors represent efforts to address short-term political necessities; there is not much so far that suggests long-term policy changes are coming.

The Turkmen electricity exports to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are therefore something of a litmus test, because Uzbekistan does not receive much (only transit fees) for its part in this arrangement, and it promises to be a long-term deal.

The article notes that allowing this electricity agreement to go through and operate unhindered would demonstrate an interest in regional cooperation that Tashkent has not shown in a long time.

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:45:47 +0600
"Last bell" in Kyrgyzstan schools Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. “Last bell” is held today in all the schools in Kyrgyzstan.

According to data of the Ministry of Education and Science, 62 thousand 11-graders and 92 thousand 9-graders graduate this year in Kyrgyzstan.

"The last bell" was heard in more than 2220 schools in the country.

This year the Ministry of Education forbade to hold solemn events in cafes, restaurants and other places of entertainment. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that this day they will strengthen security measures.

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:33:55 +0600
Bishkek hosts the 26th meeting of the EAG Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. Bishkek hosts the 26th Plenary Session of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (EAG), a regional group of the FATF type.

The EAG includes 9 states: Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It also includes 15 observer states and 19 international and regional organizations.

A number of important issues are planned to be discussed at the plenary session. In particular, mutual assessments and legal issues, typologies and counteraction to the financing of terrorism and crime, technical assistance, the exchange of experience in identifying foreign terrorist fighters.

As a result of the meeting, a number of documents are planned to be signed.

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:01:20 +0600
Trend: Uzbekistan creates Ministry of Employment & Labor Relations Under Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s decree “On measures to further improve the state policy in the sphere of employment and radically increase the efficiency of labor agencies”, the Ministry of Labor has been changed to the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations.

The document is aimed at the introduction of new approaches to the implementation of state employment policy, development of labor market infrastructure, including on the basis of public-private partnership, implementation of effective measures for the employment of unemployed people, especially young people.

Under the decree, the main tasks of the newly formed ministry are, in particular, the development of state orders for the creation of new jobs, coordination of territorial and sectoral employment programs, measures to ensure the employment of graduates of universities and colleges.

A public works fund is being formed under the Ministry, the main tasks of which will be to ensure the participation of temporarily unemployed people in works carried out as part of implementation of large investment projects, construction, repair and reconstruction of road and housing infrastructure, development of cities and regions, as well as seasonal agricultural work.

According to official statistics, the number of permanent residents of Uzbekistan was 32 million people in early 2017. The employment level of the economically active population was 94.8 percent and the unemployment rate – 5.2 percent.

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:57:04 +0600
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan to boost cooperation in agriculture Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurbek Murashev met with Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan Komil Rashidov.

The press service of the Ministry of Agriculture reported that during the meeting the sides discussed the bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector.

In particular, the participants of the meeting noted the successful holding of the V National Agrarian Forum and agricultural exhibition "Aiyl Agro – 2017” in Bishkek.

Such sites will significantly improve the development of bilateral trade and economic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

In addition, the sides discussed the development and use of bilateral opportunities in setting up joint ventures.

The sides also touched upon the fighting locusts in the border areas. The Uzbek Ambassador, taking this opportunity, expressed his gratitude for his active assistance in this matter.

Nurbek Murashev expressed readiness for cooperation and strengthening of relations between the two countries in the agricultural area, and also noted the interest of Kyrgyz agricultural producers in fruit seedlings, in seeds of cotton and mineral fertilizers.

The sides agreed on the possibility of meeting the ministers of the two republics for signing an agreement on cooperation.

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:53:09 +0600
This robot parks your car for you Thu, 25 May 2017 12:36:41 +0600 Kyrgyz Health Minister and Director of WHO / Europe discuss health issues in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. On the margins of the 70th session of the World Health Assembly, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Talantbek Batyraliev met in Geneva with Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab.

The press service of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that at the meeting the sides discussed the possibilities of introducing the electronic health system in the country, including the creation of databases on medicines and WHO projects in Kyrgyzstan.

They also touched upon the development of country strategic documents affecting health issues and reflecting the respective tasks of Agenda 2030, the prospects for the adoption and implementation of the law on tobacco smoking, the need for an intersectoral approach to road safety and its medical part.

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:44:24 +0600
Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Tianhe District of Guangzhou discussed in China Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. Opportunities for cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Tianhe District of Guangzhou were discussed during the meeting of Consul General of Kyrgyzstan Maksat Tentimishov with Head of Tianhe District Administration in Guangzhou Chen Jiamen.

Consul General Tentimishov spoke about the main sectors of the economy and the advantages of doing business in Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz consul noting the great potential for cooperation, expressed his readiness to hold a presentation on the investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic for representatives of the business community of the Tianhe District.

At the end of the meeting, Tentimishov invited Chen Jiamen to visit Kyrgyzstan to explore opportunities for cooperation. The head of the Tianhe District accepted the invitation to visit Kyrgyzstan next year and assured that it would help in holding various events.

Tianhe District is the most developed district of Guangzhou. In 2016, the region's GDP was 380 billion 100 million yuan (about 56 billion US dollars). The population is 1 million 630 thousand people. The region is home to 220 of the world's 500 largest corporations. Tianhe District is also the financial center of Guangzhouy, 70% of financial institutions are located in this area.

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:17:25 +0600
Saudi Arabia to build World’s first entertainment city Saudi Arabia has revealed plans for an entertainment city on the outer skirts of Riyadh, boasting that it will be 50x the size of Gibraltar, or roughly the same size as Las Vegas.

As well as entertainment, the city complex will feature cultural and sport activities, including a Six Flags park and a safari park. The city comes as part of the Vision 2030 plan that was presented in 2016 by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The Vision outline plans to diversify the economy and reduce Arabia’s reliance on oil over the next ten years and more.

Authorities say they city will hopefully help city dwellers and visitors to “achieve a healthy and harmonious life, and provide more entertainment, joy and fun.” It will be an estimated 334 sq km (129 sq mile) and is set to be complete by 2022, with no estimates yet on how much it will cost the oil giant nation to finance.

The city, which will be the first of its kind, will see Saudi Arabia strengthen its position as one of the Middle East’s unique and indulgent countries, adding to attractions such as Riyadh, and helping it to rival the United Arab Emirates in terms of cultural commodities.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 09:43:12 +0600
Сreation of favorable conditions for trucking discussed in Beijing Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. The Kyrgyz delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic Gulmira Abdralieva took part in the organizational meeting of the Joint Commission for Creating Favorable Conditions for International Road Transport, the press service of the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The meeting was held in Beijing on May 23-24, 2017.

During the meeting the sides discussed the readiness of the SCO member states to implement the Agreement between the governments of the SCO member states on creating favorable conditions for international road transport. Other issues related to the functioning of the routes within the framework of this Agreement were also discussed.

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:30:17 +0600
FMs of Kyrgyzstan and UAE sign Memorandum of Understanding on conducting political consultations Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. A Memorandum of Understanding on conducting political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates is signed today in Bishkek as a result of bilateral talks between Kyrgyz Minister Erlan Abdyldaev and UAE Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The foreign ministers of the two countries discussed topical issues of bilateral relations, international issues, cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of security, as well as issues of cooperation within the framework of international organizations.

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:27:15 +0600
President Atambayev received UAE Foreign Minister Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev received Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan who arrived in the country for official visit, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the meeting, topical issues of the Kyrgyz-Emirate cooperation and practical implementation of the agreements reached at the highest level were discussed. It was noted the importance of intensifying joint work on key areas, in particular, in the trade and economic sphere.

Atambayev expressed confidence that the official visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Kyrgyzstan will give impetus to the further development of relations and allow to deepen the interaction between the countries.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan thanked the President for the meeting and the opportunity to discuss important issues of bilateral relations. He assured that relevant departments of the UAE will step up work on implementing concrete plans for cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the UAE.

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:39:08 +0600
Handshake between Rahmon and Trump is gaining popularity on Internet Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. The video of handshake of Tajik and the US Presidents Emomali Rahmon and Donald Trump is gaining popularity on the Internet.

Rakhmon met with Trump as part of his participation in the first Arab-Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 22.

President of Tajikistan seems to have well prepared for the handshake with Trump.

“President Donald Trump has become infamous for his handshaking technique, but finally, he may have met his match,” the reports said.

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:29:18 +0600
Kyrgyz and UAE foreign ministers discuss trade and economic cooperation in Bishkek Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. The main topic of discussion between foreign ministers of Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the trade and economic relations, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev told reporters after the talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

He said that today they discussed the issues that were reached within the framework of the visit of the Kyrgyz President to the UAE in 2014.

"During the talks, we noted the increased dynamics of contacts between our countries. First of all, we associate this with the opening our embassy in the UAE last year. The main topic of discussion was the trade and economic issues. I think that this topic will be also discussed during UAE Foreign Minister’s meeting with the President and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan," he said.

Erlan Abdyldaev also added that today there will be a business forum between the two countries.

In turn, the UAE Foreign Minister said that he would try to make every effort to establish cooperation between the two countries in the investment and tourism sphere.

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:46:14 +0600
Kyrgyzstan to participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan will take part in Expo 2020 in Dubai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev told journalists after the talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"In order to further activate and exchange visits at different levels, we attached great importance to two important events. We invited representatives of the UAE to participate in Global Summit on Snow Leopard Conservation and confirmed our active participation in the 2020 Expo 2020,"Abdyldaev said.

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:47:59 +0600
Bishkek hosts the 42nd meeting of heads of security agencies of CIS special services Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. The 42nd meeting of the Council of Heads of Security Agencies of the Special Services of the CIS member states has been held today in Bishkek.

The heads of the special services of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, participate in it as observers.

The participants of the meeting will focus on improving cooperation of CIS special services in the field of combating terrorism and cross-border organized crime.

They also will discuss ways to further improve the quality of information exchange with regard to persons involved in the functioning of transit channels for illegal migration through the territories of CIS members, as well departure of citizens of these countries to Syria and Iraq to participate in combat operations as part of international terrorist organizations.

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:24:15 +0600
Atambayev receives heads of security agencies and special services of CIS countries Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev received today leaders of security agencies and special services of the CIS countries who arrived in the country to participate in the 42nd meeting of the Council of heads of security agencies and special services of the CIS countries, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the meeting, President Atambayev warmly welcomed leaders of the special services of the CIS countries in Kyrgyzstan and thanked them for their work in the field of security.

President Atambayev stressed that security and stability in CIS countries largely depend on the quality of the joint activities of special services, and only through joint efforts it will be possible to effectively counter modern challenges and threats.

The Head of State wished the heads of security agencies a successful holding of the meeting of the Council of Heads of Security and Special Services of the CIS countries and fruitful work.

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:47:01 +0600
AzerNews: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan agreed on electricity transit Uzbekistan will provide its energy networks for the transit of Turkmen electricity to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

This follows from the memorandum on cooperation signed on May 20 between Uzbekenergo Company and Turkmen Energy Ministry.

The document was signed within the framework of the visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Turkmen Avaza on May 19-20 where he held talks with Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The Memorandum envisages the development of cooperation on the transit of electricity from Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan through the energy system of Uzbekistan.

Under the terms of the memorandum, Turkmenistan will deliver electricity to Uzbekistan in exchange for the cancellation of outstanding debts to Uzbekenergo.

Uzbekistan’s willingness to be cooperative on electricity is meaningful as Turkmenistan has to date found itself stymied in its designs to export power to countries like Kyrgyzstan.

At the same time, Kyrgyzstan suffers from seasonal power supply problems, so importing from Turkmenistan is an optimal solution.

Earlier, Turkmenistan expressed readiness to deliver up to 1 billion kWh of electricity to Kyrgyzstan, after the issue of transit through the territory of Uzbekistan will be resolved.

During the USSR period, a single Central Asian energy ring, supplying electricity to all the republics of Central Asia, was created. Turkmenistan left the ring in 2003 and Tajikistan followed its example in 2009.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have also repeatedly stated their readiness to withdraw from the unified energy structure. Kazakhstan’s and Uzbekistan’s withdrawal from the Central Asian electricity grid may deprive almost all the countries in the region of access to the common power system uniting all the energy resources.

This may lead to a severe energy crisis in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, to failures in the work of separate energy systems, to a revision of agreements on sharing of water and consequently to political, social and economic instability in the region.

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:22:23 +0600
Kyrgyz trekking guides learn international best practices Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar/. The U.S. Government, through USAID, partnered with the Kyrgyz Mountain Guides Association to train 75 trekking guides from May 10 through 24. Trekking guides from across the country were trained on customer care, international safety, and geographical orientation. The five-day training included a mix of classroom studies and a two-day mountain trek at an altitude of 2,300 meters in the Jyrgalan Valley. This was the first large-scale trekking guide training in Kyrgyzstan—an event which the KyrgyzMountainGuidesAssociationintends to continue in the future.

Trekking is one of the leading activities for tourists in Kyrgyzstan, especially among Europeans, who are drawn to Kyrgyzstan’s beauty and natural environment. Until now, local guides have lacked access to high-quality mountaineering training and professional certification courses. Good training results in a positive tourism experience, thus encouraging growth in the sector. To address this issue, USAID’s Business Growth Initiative and the Kyrgyz Mountain Guides Association are working with trekking guides to enhance their skills, deliver better services, and improve the quality and safety of backcountry tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

“We had training programs for guides in the past, but this was the first time we had such an interesting and useful training program. Usually, participants are given only theory in the classroom. Here the trainer explained the practice in detail and shared his valuable experience,” said TalantToksonbayev, coordinator of Visit Alay Center and a member of the Osh Destination Management NGO.

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:17:36 +0600
Bishkek to host Business Forum "Kyrgyz Republic - United Arab Emirates" Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. The Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, represented by the State Agency for Promotion of Investments and Export, will hold the Business Forum "Kyrgyz Republic - United Arab Emirates" in Bishkek on May 24, the press service of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The UAE business delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Economic Affairs and Trade of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representatives of state bodies and business structures of Kyrgyzstan and the UAE will participate in the work of the Business Forum.

The purpose of this forum is to expand trade, economic and investment relations, as well as to establish business contacts between representatives of the business community of the two countries.

During the forum presentations will be held on investment opportunities and legislative aspects of the country, as well as projects of several companies will be presented.

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:18:12 +0600
Kyrgyz and Kazakh ministers meet on margins of 70th session of World Health Assembly Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. On the margins of the 70th session of the World Health Assembly, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Talantbek Batyraliev met with Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Elzhan Birtanov, the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the issues of health of migrants, exchange of information, regulation of prices of medicines, medical products, as well as cooperation on the exchange of experience in the introduction of high technologies in medicine.

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:13:21 +0600
Sappers destroy mock improvised explosive device in Bishkek Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. The State Committee for National Security discovered a mock improvised explosive device.

The press service of the State Committee for National Security reported that on May 24, the duty service received a call about the suspicious object in the Philharmonic building in Bishkek.

"The State Committee for National Security and the Ministry of Internal Affairs cordoned off the territory. During the inspection of the territory, a suspicious box was discovered. Sappers with the device of neutralization destroyed the mock improvised explosive device," the report said.

At present, the State Committee for National Security and the operative-investigative group of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are working on the spot.

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:19:49 +0600
Kyrgyz Health Minister meets with Deputy Minister of Health of Qatar Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. On the 70th session of the World Health Assembly margin, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Talantbek Batyraliev met with Deputy Minister of Health of Qatar Saleh bin Ali Al Marri, the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of healthcare, including the conclusion of an agreement between Kyrgyzstan and Qatar on cooperation between health ministries on the development of medical infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan and training of national specialists.

Batyraliev asked the Qatari side to assist in the urgent restoration of medical facilities in Kyrgyzstan’s Alai region, recently affected by the earthquake. In this regard, the sides agreed to study the specific needs of Kyrgyzstan and the opportunities for Qatar to support them.

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:58:57 +0600
Kyrgyzstan to decrease sowing of grain crop and increase cotton and beets Bishkek, May 24 / Kabar /. This year, due to weather conditions, spring-field work is delayed to 20-25 days, Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration Nurbek Murashev told on Tuesday.

He said that changing the weather affects the farmer's work and crops. “We have had a lot of precipitation this year and therefore we offered such seeds that are resistant to weather conditions," he said.

Also the Minister informed that this year the grain crop was cut.

"Because, we are changing the direction of the country's agriculture and switching to the sowing of technical cultures. For example, we increased the sowing of cotton and sugar beet," he said.

Murashev also added that active work is being done to combat pests, in particular locusts.

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:23:51 +0600
AsiaPlus: Tajikistan refuses to attend OSCE-wide counter-terrorism conference in Vienna Representatives of Tajikistan’s Prosecutor-General’s Office, Interior Ministry, State Committee for National Security (SCNS) and some public associations have reportedly refused to attend the annual OSCE-wide counter-terrorism conference formally titled “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” that is going on in Vienna, Austria without an explanation of the reasons.

Asia-Plus has failed to get any clarification from these agencies about the reason for refusal to attend the conference.

According to OSCE’s website, more than 500 experts from across the OSCE region have gathered for the two-day conference that kicked off in Vienna on May 23.

Organized by Austria's 2017 OSCE Chairmanship, the conference is reportedly discussing national experiences and international co-operation in countering terrorism, good practices from the OSCE region on rehabilitation and reintegration strategies, as well as prevention of radicalization to terrorism.

The conference participants are noting that violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT) is a threat faced by both OSCE participating States and their Partners for Cooperation and is high on the OSCE agenda.

The conference is also addressing youth empowerment in preventing and countering VERLT, which is one of the priorities of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship. It will provide a platform for youth representatives to present in front of the policy makers their recommendations, which were drafted throughout the past year during the OSCE Chairmanship's in Office workshops on youth and the prevention of violent extremism organized in Western Europe, the Black Sea region, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

All political parties officially functioning in Tajikistan, except the Social-Democratic Party (SDP), last year accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe of double standards.

In a joint statement released on October 10, the People’s Democratic Party, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Democratic Party, the Agrarian Party and the Party of Economic Reforms condemn an incident that took place during the OSCE conference in Warsaw on September 19.

Leaders of the mentioned parties, in particular, consider that tribunes of such important events should not be given to supporters of extremist and terrorist organizations, noting that Group 24 and the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan have been designated in Tajikistan as terrorist organizations.

Tajikistan’s political parties called on the OSCE to expand cooperation with the country’s civil society.

Recall, some 20 Tajik opposition and rights activists residing in Europe on September 19 entered the OSCE conference in Warsaw when the human rights situation in Tajikistan was being discussed. They held a silent protest. The protesters wore T-shirts with portraits of Tajik opposition politicians and lawyers who were jailed in the country in recent months. Human rights groups have called the cases politically motivated.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 09:12:24 +0600
Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".

The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," they said in a Twitter post.

The actor took the character of James Bond in a more humorous direction than his predecessor Sean Connery.

The veteran star, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said.Sir Roger's Bond was calm and suave - a smooth operator who could seemingly get himself out of a tricky situation with ease.

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

"Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time."

The statement added: "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.

Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for TV series The Persuaders and The Saint.

Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work - he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.


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