Breaking news http://kabar.kg/eng/rss/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:12:18 +0600 Kabar.kg 60 EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian completes his visit to Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, April 26 / Kabar/. The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian, visited Kyrgyzstan on 24-25 April.

During the visit he met with Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, senior representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Members of Parliament as well as with representatives of civil society.

Additionally, Ambassador Peter Burian met with heads of foreign diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations.

"My visit to Bishkek was timely and served the purpose of reiterating the EU interest in fair and transparent elections, a strong civil society and free media and to reconfirm the EU's commitment to support the Kyrgyz government in respective reforms," stated EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian at the conclusion of the visit.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:20:37 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/eu-special-representative-for-central-asia-peter-burian-completed-his-visit-to-kyrgyzstan/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/eu-special-representative-for-central-asia-peter-burian-completed-his-visit-to-kyrgyzstan/
CAREN project brings Gigabit-speed connectivity to Central Asia Bishkek, 26 April /Kabar/. Researchers, academics and students in Central Asia and Europe are already starting to benefit from the recent deployment of a ring of 1 Gbps circuits for research and education (R&E) across the regions, officially inaugurated today at the start of the 2nd CAREN Regional Networking Conference (CRNC 2017) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The new connectivity is a key component of the EU-funded Central Asia Research and Education Network (CAREN) project which – now in its 3rd phase - sets out to create a sustainable, high-capacity data network serving higher education and research institutions across the region.
Initially, CAREN3 connects the Kyrgyz and Tajik R&E communities to their peers in Europe and the rest of the world via links from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan) to the CAREN network hub in Frankfurt, where they interconnect with the pan-European GÉANT network. In addition, for the first time, direct connectivity within the region has also been deployed between the Bishkek and Dushanbe sites, paving the way for a truly regional high-speed R&E backbone in Central Asia.

Steve Cotter, CEO GÉANT, said:

GÉANT has been given the mandate by the European Union to help build digital bridges between Europe and other world regions to strengthen existing and catalyse new collaborative research and education activities. EU funding, combined with the expertise of GÉANT and its national research and education network (NREN) partners in Central Asia, puts CAREN in a unique position to turn the ancient Silk Road into a high-speed digital highway.

With €10M EU funding up to 2019, the third project phase started in June 2016, initially with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as beneficiaries following the signing ofco-funding agreements between their governments and the European Commission. Work is underway to also re-establish project participation for Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan is also eligible to join.

Ambassador Cesare De Montis, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic commented:

The development of a high-capacity, yet cost-effective data-communications infrastructure for research and education is high on the EU agenda as it is key to bringing the best minds together. In this context, we welcome the CAREN project that has recently entered its third phase and, for the first time, brings connectivity at Gigabit speed to Central Asia. In partnership with the NRENs, we look forward to extending CAREN’s benefits to the research and education communities across the whole region.

Themed “Empowering the Central Asian research and education communities through global high-speed networking” and jointly hosted by KRENA, the Kyrgyz Research and Education Network Association and Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University, CRNC2017 brings together practitioners from the Central Asian research and higher education community, policy makers, connectivity providers, ICT vendors and will also draw on the expertise of representatives from other regional networks and
organisations, such as GÉANT, TEIN*CC (Asia-Pacific) and the Ubuntu Net Allliance (Southern Africa).

Over the next two days, participants will hear and see first-hand from scientists and academics how CAREN’s high-speed links make a real difference in advancing collaborative research in areas such as environmental studies, seismology, telemedicine and preservation of natural and cultural heritage. In addition, presentations will outline how e-learning and remote training opportunities make education and knowledge transfer more accessible.

“We are involved in international programmes to identify and study hazardous asteroids,” said Dr Gulchehra Kohirova, speaker at the conference and Director of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan which has recently been connected to TARENA, the Tajik NREN.

We transfer and receive large datasets to and from the Minor Planet Center in the US, which is the global focus for all information about the positions of the threats we monitor. Without TARENA’s and CAREN’s secure high-speed connectivity, we simply couldn’t participate in the work of the centre,

she concluded.

CRNC 2017 will also celebrate the official launch of the CAREN Cooperation Center (CAREN*CC) which was established by the CAREN partners as a not-for-profit organisation, based in Bishkek, to promote R&E networking throughout the Central Asian region and to maximise the impact of CAREN.

Prof. Askar Kutanov, CEO of CAREN*CC, said:

We are delighted to celebrate with the wider R&E networking community the establishment of this powerful CAREN Gigabit-ring. CAREN*CC will do its utmost do promote its benefits to the user communities, to support their collaboration endeavours and help gain the necessary traction to connect other partners in our region.

About CAREN

Launched in 2009, the EU-funded Central Asia Research and Education Network (CAREN) project sets out to provide a high-capacity internet network for the research and education (R&E) communities in Central Asia. A new project phase (CAREN3) started in 2016, which currently interconnects the R&E communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Links to other regional networks, such as the pan-European GÉANT backbone, give CAREN global reach, allowing seamless data exchange and collaboration between researchers and educationalists in Central Asia and the rest of the world.

Up to August 2019, CAREN is co-funded with €10M by the European Union via the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (Grant Contract DCI-ASIE/2016/372-47). Additional contributions are being provided by the participating countries.

The project is operated and managed by research networking organisation GÉANT, in partnership with the national research and education networks (NRENs) of the participating partner countries.

Website:https://caren.geant.orghttps://icaren.org
Facebook:@I-CAREN

About GÉANT

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related e-infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.
Website: www.geant.org
Twitter: @GEANTnews
Facebook: @GEANTcommunity

About CRNC
CRNC is the research and education networking conference for Central Asia and was held for the first time in October 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. CRNC brings together academia, scientists, decision makers, ICT specialists and industry representatives that have as common interest in the provision of advanced ICT services for research and higher education institutions across the Central Asian region and internationally. CRNC2017 is jointly hosted by KRENA, the Kyrgyz Research and Education Network Association and the Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University and is organised as part of the CAREN3 project.
Website: https://crnc2017.icaren.org/en/

Contact:

Helga Spitaler

Senior Communications Officer

GÉANT
Mob: 44 (0)771 3117540

helga.spitaler@geant.org

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:01:49 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/caren-project-brings-gigabit-speed-connectivity-to-central-asia/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/caren-project-brings-gigabit-speed-connectivity-to-central-asia/
Week of Kyrgyz cuisine in New Delhi Bishkek, April 26 / Kabar /. A week of Kyrgyz cuisine is completed in New Delhi, timed to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and India, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The celebration of the Week of Kyrgyz Cuisine with the presentation of national dishes of Kyrgyzstan was held in New Delhi with great success.

The purpose of the event is to promote domestic products in the Indian market, familiarize with the culture and traditions of the Kyrgyz people.

In the five-star Pullman Hotel, for about ten days, visitors and guests of the restaurant at the famous hotel were treated and delighted with various delicacies of Kyrgyz cuisine prepared from products from Kyrgyzstan.

In the lunch menu of the restaurant, along with the standard Indian menu, there were dishes prepared according to traditional Kyrgyz recipes offered and cooked by the chefs with the support of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in India.

Particularly they prepared besh barmak, kuurdak, manty, pilaf, boorsok, chak-chak.

The week of Kyrgyz cuisine was accompanied by an exhibition of handicrafts, concerts, a presentation of Kyrgyz national clothes.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:42:17 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/week-of-kyrgyz-cuisine-in-new-delhi/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/week-of-kyrgyz-cuisine-in-new-delhi/
Trend: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan ink documents worth over $50M Memorandums, agreements and contracts worth more than $50 million were signed at an exhibition of products of Uzbekistan’s industrial enterprises and a business forum, both held last week in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, the Uzbek national news agency UzA reported.

More than 160 Uzbek companies presented around 1,500 kinds of products at the exhibition. Chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and other products were presented there.

Agricultural machinery, in particular cars, trucks and specialized vehicles, as well as buses, bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, etc. were also presented in an open-air exhibition area.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:04:34 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/uzbekistan-tajikistan-ink-documents-worth-over-50m/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/uzbekistan-tajikistan-ink-documents-worth-over-50m/
Forum "Development of Silk Road Economic Belt - Intensification of Cooperation" in Bishkek Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. The international economic forum "Development of the Economic Belt of the Silk Road - Intensification of Cooperation" took place in Bishkek today.

The main goal of the event, organized by the Kyrgyz Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (KSPP) with the support of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and in conjunction with the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (Hong Kong, China), is the search for opportunities and prospects for linking the two largest integration projects - the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt.

The issue of interaction of these two projects has been discussing at different levels for about two years, since 2015. And within the framework of the agreements reached earlier, the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE), as the main supranational executive body of the EEU, is already preparing an Agreement on trade and economic cooperation between the EEU and China.

Today, the People's Republic of China, being one of the largest economies in the world, not only actively initiates, but also invests trillions of dollars in the development of the infrastructure project One Belt, One Road. Its participants are about 70 countries in the world, in which more than 60 percent of the world's population lives.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:55:37 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/forum-development-of-silk-road-economic-belt-intensification-of-cooperation-in-bishkek/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/forum-development-of-silk-road-economic-belt-intensification-of-cooperation-in-bishkek/
Kyrgyz Speaker meets with President of CCI of Iran Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Within the framework of the official visit of the parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan to Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Chynybai Tursunbekov met with President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Golam Hossein Shafei, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reports.

During the meeting, the Kyrgyz Speaker and the President of the CCI discussed a wide range of issues and noted the need to implement a number of projects in the field of hydropower, agriculture, tourism, trade and economic partnership.

At the meeting, Tursunbekov said that Jogorku Kenesh welcomes the intensification of bilateral relations in all spheres and directions along the lines of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries. "Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic is ready to make every effort for their further development," he said.

The sides also stressed the importance of establishing cooperation between the regions of the two countries.

The parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan led by Speaker of Jogorku Kenesh Chynybai Tursunbekov is visiting Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran) from 23 to 27 April this year.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:29:20 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-speaker-meets-with-president-of-cci-of-iran/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-speaker-meets-with-president-of-cci-of-iran/
Kyrgyzstan has all competitive advantages in order to attract Chinese businessmen, deputy economy minister Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan has all the competitive advantages to attract Chinese businessmen here and localize production in the country, Deputy Minister of Economy Almaz Sazbakov said today during the international economic forum "Development of the Silk Road Economic Belt - Intensification of Cooperation" in Bishkek.

He said that such a large-scale forum in Bishkek will definitely bring its results. "For our country, such forums are interesting primarily in the exchange of views. The forum in Bishkek is a unique platform that allows business to exchange opinions," Sazbakov said.

The deputy minister added that it is very important that the forum is attended by business associations of China. "Participation of the Chinese business in this forum will give an introduction to the businessmen about countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, where to invest, how to invest. The answers to all these questions can be obtained at today's forum," he said.

Also, the deputy head of the Ministry of Economy stressed that Kyrgyzstan is becoming interesting, because the market is already large - 180 million people, as well as liberal legislation of Kyrgyzstan in the sphere of business and taxation. He said that Kyrgyzstan has all the competitive advantages in order to attract them here, to localize production.

"Now Kyrgyzstan and China have a big imbalance. Kyrgyzstan imports from China more, than it exports. And at the moment, the task is to localize this production here in Kyrgyzstan, and then deliver it to the markets of the EEU. This is a mutually beneficial interest of Kyrgyzstan and China," he concluded.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:22:04 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-has-all-competitive-advantages-in-order-to-attract-chinese-businessmen-deputy-economy-minister/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-has-all-competitive-advantages-in-order-to-attract-chinese-businessmen-deputy-economy-minister/
Kyrgyzstan, Iran to open air communication in June Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. The parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan led by Speaker Chynybai Tursunbekov met today with Minister of Roads and Urban Development of the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-chairman of the Kyrgyz-Iranian IPC Abbas Akhmad Akhundi, the press service of the Kyrgyz parliament reports.

At the meeting, Chynybai Tursunbekov said that currently Kyrgyz Air Manas air company, Iranian agencies and Mahan Air and Jan Air airlines conduct talks on launching a direct air service. "Kyrgyzstan's inclusion of Iran in the list of countries with a simplified visa regime and the opening of direct flights will allow businessmen of Kyrgyzstan and Iran to closely interact and attract a large number of tourists from Iran to Kyrgyzstan," he said.

The sides stressed the importance of speedy implementation of the project on construction of the railway China-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran. Tursunbekov emphasized that the implementation of this project has an important strategic importance in the economic spectrum, both for Kyrgyzstan and Iran.

In turn, Minister Abbas Ahmad Akhundi said that the Iranian side plans to hold a meeting of all five parties to discuss the implementation of the project for the construction of the above-mentioned railway.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:27:25 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-iran-to-open-air-communication-in-june/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-iran-to-open-air-communication-in-june/
Kyrgyz Speaker: Silk Road Economic Belt to create good conditions for countries located along it Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Silk Road Economic Belt will create good conditions for all countries along the Great Silk Road, says in the speech of Parliament Speaker Chynybai Turusbekov, who was read today by head of the Kyrgyz Parliament’s Office Samatbek Ibraev at the International Economic Forum "Development of the Economic Belt of the Silk Road - Intensification of Cooperation".

Speaker Tursunbekov said that today's event is an opportunity to meet with those who are close in spirit. "Our ancestors traded on the Silk Road and this is a very important point in our history. And the implementation of Silk Road Economic Belt will create good conditions for all countries along the Silk Road," Tursunbekov said.

On behalf of the speaker, the head of the Parliament's Office wished all participants of the forum productive work and success.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:18:03 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-speaker-silk-road-economic-belt-to-create-good-conditions-for-countries-located-along-it/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-speaker-silk-road-economic-belt-to-create-good-conditions-for-countries-located-along-it/
EU ready to support Kyrgyzstan’s Taza Koom project Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Chief of the President’s Office of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov met today with the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on joint work to further strengthen the entire range of priority areas of Kyrgyz-European cooperation, which are of mutual interest.

In particular, they discussed the topical issues to implement the agreements reached after the visit of the Kyrgyz President Atambayev to institutions of the European Union in Brussels in February this year.

Isakov told about reforms in Kyrgyzstan and measures taken to strengthen stability and sustainable development in the country, fight against corruption and improvement of the electoral process, he also expressed interest of the Kyrgyz side in the participation of EU representatives in promoting the initiative of the Kyrgyz Republic to build a high-tech national project "Taza Koom."

EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian said that Kyrgyzstan is a good example in the Central Asian region for holding fair and transparent elections and stressed the importance of continuing the ongoing reforms in Kyrgyzstan for the democratic development of the country.

He also noted the readiness of the European side to render all possible assistance in Taza Koom project, which is aimed at increasing the transparency of the public administration system and will become a powerful tool for preventing corruption.

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Czech Republic Cesare De Montis also took part in the meeting.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:04:38 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/eu-ready-support-kyrgyzstans-taza-koom-project/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/eu-ready-support-kyrgyzstans-taza-koom-project/
Speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament and Chairman of Mejlis of Iran discuss cooperation issues Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Within the framework of the official visit of the parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Chynybai Tursunbekov met with chairman of the Mejlis of the Islamic Council of Iran Ali Larijani, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reports.

The meeting exchanged views on the state and prospects for further development of cooperation in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as deepening inter-parliamentary ties.

The Kyrgyz Speaker noted the symbolism of this visit, which is being carried out on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two states. "I am confident that the current visit of the parliamentary delegation will open a new page not only in inter-parliamentary cooperation, but will also become a great impetus for the development of the entire range of bilateral relations between Kyrgyzstan and Iran," he said.

The Speaker also said that the development of interparliamentary cooperation with Iran is a priority in the agenda of the bilateral partnership.

At the meeting, the sides thoroughly discussed the issues of inter-parliamentary cooperation. In particular, they emphasized that the legislative bodies of the two states make a huge contribution to deepening and expanding cooperation between the states.

The Kyrgyz Speaker said that the opening of direct flights in the near future and simplified procedure of visa issuance to Iranian citizens will allow to increase trade turnover rapidly, as well as to create necessary conditions for deepening cooperation in agriculture, trade, hydropower, tourism etc.

Tursunbekov stressed that Kyrgyzstan and Iran cooperate not only within the framework of bilateral cooperation, but also within the framework of various international and regional organizations. In this context, the Speaker mentioned the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OIC), in which the construction of the railway "China-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran" is being considered.

In his turn, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Larijani expressed interest in building up closer interparliamentary relations with Kyrgyzstan. "We are interested in developing fruitful relations with the countries that are on the way in building parliamentary democracy," Larijani added. The Iranian Speaker highly appreciated the efforts of the Kyrgyz side in building parliamentary democracy in the region.

The Chairman of the Mejlis of Iran also touched upon the cooperation in the sphere of agriculture, in particular, Larijani expressed a high interest in the export of meat from Kyrgyzstan and suggested the Kyrgyz side to send a list of companies ready to export this product to Iran.

At the end of the meeting, Tursunbekov invited Chairman of the Mejlis A.Larijani to pay an official visit to Kyrgyzstan.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:45:42 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/speaker-of-kyrgyz-parliament-and-chairman-of-mejlis-of-iran-discuss-cooperation-issues/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/speaker-of-kyrgyz-parliament-and-chairman-of-mejlis-of-iran-discuss-cooperation-issues/
Tourist Industry of Kyrgyzstan presents its service at KITF-2017 Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. The tourism industry of Kyrgyzstan presented its tourist services at the Kazakhstan International Exhibition "Tourism and Travel" KITF-2017 in Almaty from 19 to 21 April 2017.

For this purpose, the Kyrgyz national stand was organized and presented by the Department of Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Association of Resorts of Kyrgyzstan together with the domestic representatives of the tourism business.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors and participants from other countries showed an active interest in the stand of Kyrgyzstan.

More than 100 countries, state delegations, corporate clients and private visitors took part in the international tour.

This event is one of the leading business platforms in the field of tourism to find new partners, as well as a platform for concluding agreements with tour operators / airlines for the upcoming tourist season.

International Exhibition "Tourism and Travel" KITF is one of the largest tourist exhibitions in the CIS.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:57:28 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/tourist-industry-of-kyrgyzstan-presents-its-service-at-kitf-2017/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/tourist-industry-of-kyrgyzstan-presents-its-service-at-kitf-2017/
Bishkek hosts economic forum on the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. The International Economic Forum "Development of the Silk Road Economic Belt - Intensification of Cooperation with EEU" has started at Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek.

The agenda of the forum includes items: "The Silk Road Economic Belt: past, present and foreseeable future", intensive development zones, financial institutions, common energy markets, development of electronic commerce and logistics markets, transport and commodity corridors. And also the formation of a consolidated position of business circles on issues related to the conjugation of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Representatives of the government, parliament, state bodies, international organizations, experts and guests from abroad take part in the event.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:49:06 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/bishkek-hosts-economic-forum-on-the-development-of-the-silk-road-economic-belt/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/bishkek-hosts-economic-forum-on-the-development-of-the-silk-road-economic-belt/
Atambayev held phone conversation with Putin Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev held a telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the conversation, the presidents of two countries discussed promising issues of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation and exchanged views on the most pressing issues of bilateral cooperation, including within the framework of integration in the Eurasian space.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:39:17 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/atambayev-held-phone-conversation-with-putin/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/atambayev-held-phone-conversation-with-putin/
Kyrgyz and Uzbek working groups discuss border issues in Namangan Bishkek, April 25 / Kabar /. Governmental delegation headed by special representative of the Government of Kyrgyzstan on border issues Kurbanbai Iskandarov took part in a meeting of the working groups of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to discuss border issues, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported.

The participants of the meeting discussed current issues and prospects for coordinating positions on the delimitation and demarcation of the joint section of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek state border.

The sides stressed the importance of strengthening good-neighborly relations between countries and intensifying joint work in this direction.

Following the meeting, an agreement was reached to continue joint work on cross-border issues and to hold a regular meeting of working groups in Kyrgyzstan on the delimitation and demarcation of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek state border.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:02:46 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-and-uzbek-working-groups-discuss-border-issues-in-namangan/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-and-uzbek-working-groups-discuss-border-issues-in-namangan/
Azernews: ADB OKs $80M loan for Uzbek railway electrification The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an $80 million loan for the electrification of 145 kilometers (km) of railway in Uzbekistan, linking the cities of Pap, Namangan, and Andijan.

The Bank reported that the electrified track is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2, a critical transport link in the region.

The project will facilitate direct and efficient operation of both freight and passenger train services linking major cities in the Fergana Valley - home to nearly a third of Uzbekistan’s population - with Tashkent, the country’s capital, the message said.

The project will help improve transport connectivity and encourage growth and job creation in the Fergana Valley.

The total project cost is estimated at $177.45 million, with O’zbekiston Temir Yo’llari (UTY) - the public railway company - and the Uzbek government contributing $97.45 million.

ADB’s investment will finance supervision consultants, procurement of plant, procurement of maintenance equipment and machinery, and procurement of materials for external power supply.

Uzbekistan joined the ADB in 1995.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:35:18 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/azernews-adb-oks-80m-loan-for-uzbek-railway-electrification/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/azernews-adb-oks-80m-loan-for-uzbek-railway-electrification/
Bishkek hosts the first Kyrgyz-Kuwait ministerial consultations
Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. Bishkek hosted the first inter-ministerial Kyrgyz-Kuwaiti political consultations with the participation of Deputy Foreign Msinisters of Kyrgyzstan Emil Kaikiyev and the State of Kuwait Ali Suleiman Al-Said, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.
During the consultations, the sides discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, namely, the prospects for expanding cooperation in the political, trade-economic, investment and cultural-humanitarian spheres. The sides also discussed a wide range of issues of the progressive development of the traditionally friendly Kyrgyz-Kuwaiti relations, including regular political contacts, including within the framework of the United Nations, OIC and other international organizations, further steps to build business cooperation and humanitarian ties, intensify cooperation in energy, transport and other areas. The sides also discussed in detail the issues of regional security, and exchanged views on topical international issues of mutual interest.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:38:37 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/bishkek-hosts-the-first-kyrgyz-kuwait-ministerial-consultations/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/bishkek-hosts-the-first-kyrgyz-kuwait-ministerial-consultations/
Kyrgyz FM and EU Special Representative discuss topical issues of cooperation Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev met with European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, who arrived in Kyrgyzstan to hold bilateral consultations with Kyrgyz officials, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation, implementation of agreements reached after the visit of President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev to the EU institutions on February 15-17, 2017.

Particular attention was paid to the forthcoming high-level dialogue on policy and security issues in the EU-CA, as well as the priority areas for cooperation between the CD and the EU in the regional format in the context of the EU Strategy for Central Asia.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:57:06 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-fm-and-eu-special-representative-discuss-topical-issues-of-cooperation/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-fm-and-eu-special-representative-discuss-topical-issues-of-cooperation/
Championship of Kyrgyzstan on Traditional Wushu completed Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. The Championship of Kyrgyzstan on Traditional Wushu is completed in Chui oblast, the press service of the Federation of Traditional Wushu of Kyrgyzstan reported.

The tournament was organized and conducted by the Federation of Traditional Wushu of the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Center for Children and Youth, the House of Culture of Leninsky village under the auspices of the Directorate for Non-Olympic Sports under the State Agency for Physical Culture and Sports of Kyrgyzstan.

The purpose of the Championship was the development and dissemination of the traditional martial art of Wushu in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Based on the results of the Championship, the combined team of Kyrgyzstan will be formed to participate in the 29th Summer Universiade (Taipei, Taiwan), the 14th World Wushu Championship (Kazan, Russia) and the 7th World Championship in Traditional Wushu (Emeishan, China).

Traditional Wushu is an ancient Chinese martial art that harmoniously combines the practice of combat techniques with training the person's personality: physical, intellectual, mental and moral qualities.

This year in the Championship of Kyrgyzstan on Traditional Wushu was attended by athletes aged from 11 years and older and who passed the preliminary selection.

In total, 30 types of the program were presented at the Championship.

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EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian arrives in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian, is visiting Kyrgyzstan on 24-25 April.

During the visit he will meet with Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, senior representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Members of Parliament as well as with representatives of civil society. Additionally, Ambassador Peter Burian will meet with heads of foreign diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations.

The purpose of the visit is to continue the dialogue on strengthening cooperation between the EU and Kyrgyzstan.

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Kyrgyz President checks progress of highway reconstruction in Issyk-Kul Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev became acquanited with the progress of the Balykchy-Cholpon-Ata-Corumdu highway reconstruction, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

During the familiarization, Minister of Transport and Roads of Kyrgyzstan Zhamshutbek Kalilov reported on the construction work.

President Atambayev emphasized that, taking into account the funds required to continue the reconstruction of the highway, road builders must ensure the quality of all construction works and finish them in time.

The President stressed that it is necessary to improve the infrastructure of the Balykchy-Corumdu highway so that it meets all the requirements, was safe and convenient for tourists and residents of towns and villages along it.

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Speaker Tursunbekov arrives in Iran for official visit Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. The parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan led by Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Chynybai Tursunbekov has arrived in Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran) for official visit, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reported.

Within the framework of the official visit, a number of meetings are planned, in particular, the Kyrgyz Speaker will hold talks with chairman of the Mejlis of the Islamic Council of Iran Ali Larijani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, tMinister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhundi, President of Chanber of Commerce and Industry Gholam-Hossein Shafei.

During the visit, it is planned to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and inter-parliamentary cooperation between the parliaments of Kyrgyzstan and Iran.

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Kyrgyz and Chinese FMs highly appreaciate bilateral relations Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev and China Wang Yi met in Astana on April 21, 2017 on the sideliness of the SCO ministerial meeting, the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on topical issues of bilateral relations, international issues, cooperation in the field of security, trade and economic sphere and promotion of bilateral projects.

In connection with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and China in 2017, the foreign ministers gave a high assessment of the dynamics of bilateral relations, summed up the results, and outlined plans for the future.

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Topical issues of Kyrgyz-Kazakh cooperation discussed in Astana Bishkek, April 24 / Kabar /. Within the framework of a meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers, a bilateral meeting of Kyrgyz Foreign Ministers Erlan Abdyldaev and Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov was held, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the topical issues of Kyrgyz-Kazakh cooperation, in particular, the issues of expanding cross-border cooperation, facilitating travel of citizens of the two countries. The sides also stressed the importance of promoting common levels, contributing to further strengthening of relations between the two countries, the interests of Central Asia at the international level. An exchange of views took place on a number of regional and international issues, interaction within the framework of international organizations and integration associations like the EEU, CSTO and the SCO.

The foreign ministers noted the actively supported Kyrgyz-Kazakh political-economic dialogue contributing to the further strengthening of relations between the two countries.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:20:57 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/topical-issues-of-kyrgyz-kazakh-cooperation-discussed-in-astana/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/topical-issues-of-kyrgyz-kazakh-cooperation-discussed-in-astana/
GMA: France's choice: European globalism or populist nationalism Good Morning America: Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen appear to have won the first round of France’s presidential election.

They now advance to a second round vote that will held on May 7.

And the choice for France could be one of the most consequential in decades, analysts say.

At stake, analysts say, is nothing short of the direction of Europe and the European Union, with the two candidates offering starkly different visions for the future of France and its role on the world stage.

Here's a look at the two candidates who will almost certainly be on the ballot.

Le Pen: The Donald Trump of France?

Le Pen leads France's far-right Front National (FN) party, and was seen as a front-runner during the lead-up to the first round vote.

She has been propelled by similar political forces that saw the British vote to "Brexit" -– or leave the European Union -– and Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency this November.

Trump hinted before the first-round vote that he favored her candidacy over the others.

Ethnic and religious tensions have been stoked by repeated terror attacks. Unemployment has been stuck at around 10 percent for nearly five years. France's economic growth was meek in 2016 -– estimates put it just above 1 percent. These factors are driving frustration and anger in large parts of the country.

She has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration and championed anti-globalist sentiments. Le Pen has also proposed a referendum on France's membership in the E.U. Many have dubbed the hypothetical vote "Frexit."

Analysts have said that Le Pen being elected would pose an existential threat to the European Union –- the bloc of European democratic states that grouped together after World War II with the aim of preventing future strife.

"A Len Pen win would call into question the future of the entire European project," Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Europe Program, told ABC News. "Her anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-globalization stance would put her starkly at odds with whoever is elected the next chancellor of Germany, France's most important partner in Europe."

It could also be damaging to U.S. interests, Brattberg said: "Le Pen would seek to reorient French foreign policy away from the U.S. and NATO and towards Putin's Russia."

An anti-establish candidate but not an outsider, Le Pen comes from a family that has enjoyed the political spotlight for decades –- if not very successfully. Her father ran for the presidency five times.

The elder Le Pen led the Front National party before his daughter and his reputation continues to haunt her candidacy. He was widely rebuked for calling Nazi concentration camps "a detail of history." Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks.

Even if she doesn't pull off a victory in two weeks time, Le Pen "would be well positioned to make another run next time around," Brattberg said.

Macron: France's own Justin Trudeau?

French voters have another choice: centrist and political newcomer Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte who has been likened by some to Justin Trudeau of Canada..

Macron was the country's economy minister up until he quit in 2016 -- the same year he formed the En Marche! party. He has never held an elected office.

Unlike Le Pen, Macron is pro-Europe and made that clear in his victory speech after the first round vote.

"Macron would pursue a centrist approach, working closely with Germany to reform the Eurozone and the EU," Brattberg said.

His political platform earned him the tacit support of former President Obama, who called Macron to wish him well ahead of the first round vote. Obama's spokesman was quick to note that this was not a formal endorsement; however, the two are seen as political allies.

Populism remains ... popular

Heading into the second round of voting Macron is seen as the favorite to win. But similar predictions were made ahead of the Brexit vote and U.S. election this Fall.

Populism appears to be a driving force propelling far-right and far-left candidates and their ideas in major elections around the Western world over the past few years.

"The fact that some 40 percent of French voters opted for far-right or far-left candidates with anti-EU and anti-globalization agendas means that populism is alive and well in Europe," Brattberg said.

"Given the strong dissatisfaction with the status quo across Europe, there is no reason to think we have seen a 'peak populism' moment yet," he said.

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OilPrice.com: Putin and Erdogan drifting away from the West OilPrice.com: Political and economic developments in the European Union, Turkey and Russia are cumulatively aiding Russian President Vladimir Putin to become an ascending star in the international firmament. In an unexpected twist, the supporting actor in this dramatic ascent is Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former staunch critic of the Kremlin in the Syrian civil war who is now aligned with Putin in hostility towards the EU.

The rise of right-wing populism in the EU – Brexit, improved performance by Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom in the 15 March Dutch general election, and the lead position of the National Front’s Marine Le Pen in French opinion polls – is a contributory element. Another is the refugee crisis which has widened the base of Europe’s rightwing parties. Though less severe now than in 2015, the present quiescent state of the refugee crisis depends on Erdogan’s good will. By closing Turkish borders with neighboring Greece, he drastically reduced the refugee influx into the EU. Equally, he could reverse his decision and revive the crisis.

At home, Erdogan is keen to turn himself into a modern-day sultan. After aborting an attempted military coup on 15 July, he declared a state of emergency and unleashed a massive crackdown on political opponents. This led to the purging of almost 100,000 employees in state institutions and the arrest of 40,000, including judges, senior civil servants, academics, journalists, and police and military officers.

After corralling the parliament to amend the constitution to replace parliamentary democracy with an executive presidency, he has urged voters to endorse the radical change in the April 16 referendum, arguing it is needed to avoid fragile coalition governments of the past and to give Turkey stability in order to meet security challenges in the future. His opponents fear an authoritarian, one-man rule by Erdogan.

His actions have unnerved Western leaders. By contrast, the Kremlin welcomes these in the context of an astonishing turnaround in relations with Ankara.

Following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet fighter in its airspace on November 15, 2015, Moscow imposed stiff economic sanctions on Ankara. As a result, annual bilateral trade plummeted from $38 billion to about $17 billion.

But in the aftermath of the attempted coup, Putin made a congratulatory call to Erdogan. Three weeks later, Erdogan met Putin in St. Petersburg and thanked him publicly, saying that his call “meant a lot psychologically.” Putin announced that Russian trade sanctions on Turkey would be lifted step by step.

Conversely, Erdogan was angered by EU and U.S. criticism over his crackdown on educational institutions, the judiciary and the media, including the jailing of 152 journalists. His Russia visit in August alarmed Western capitals. Since then, from the Western viewpoint, a stream of negative news, including two more meetings for the Turkish and Russian presidents, has continued.

After his talks with Putin in the Kremlin on March 10, Erdogan declared that alliances like NATO or allies that ignore Turkey’s interests did not have the right to question what Turkey does to protect itself. He added that no one has the right to object to Ankara’s measures in Syria or current negotiations with Russia on the purchase of an advanced S-400 anti-missile defense system. Erdogan indicated that his latest meeting with Putin had created an environment for facilitating further security cooperation with Moscow as well as in economic and military sectors.

During his first presidency, 2000 to 2004, Putin urged the United States and other leading Western nations not to expand NATO eastward. His plea fell on deaf ears. In March 2004, NATO membership increased by seven, including the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania which abut the Russian border. In contrast, during the Cold War, a wide belt of socialist republics of Eastern and Central Europe existed between NATO and the Soviet Union.

Having regained the presidency in 2012, Putin embarked on a dual policy of active resistance to NATO expansion and weakening the alliance. Given this, Erdogan’s defiant tone would have been music to his ears. With 620,500 strong armed forces, Turkey ranks second in NATO after the Pentagon’s 1.379 million armed personnel.

On October 10, 2016, on the sidelines of a global energy conference in Istanbul, Erdogan advised Putin to resubmit a Russian bid long-range air missile defense systems for which Ankara had received bids from the United States and Europe. An earlier Russian bid had been rejected as too expensive. But after his March visit to Moscow, Erdogan revealed that Russia was offering a considerable discount.

The latest development disappointed Ankara’s NATO allies, intent on containing the Kremlin’s influence. But Turkey was unmoved. “In this field, we have three criteria which are price, technology transfer and time of delivery,” explained Turkish Defense Minister Fikri I??k. “As a sovereign state, we can cooperate with any country that fulfills these requirements.”

It was his emphasis on Turkey’s sovereignty that led Erdogan to cooperate with Putin to help consolidate a January ceasefire in Syria. The subsequent conference in the Kazakh capital of Astana saw Turkey abandoning the United States and bonding with Russia diplomatically to end the Syrian conflict.

This event enabled Putin, a proud nationalist, to rebut robustly U.S. President Barack Obama’s disdain for Russia voiced after Moscow’s February 2014 annexation of Crimea: “Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of weakness.” By taking center stage at the Astana conference, with a NATO member as its ally, Russia showed that it was a superpower. Putin’s popularity at home soared to 82 percent in September even though the economy was expected to shrink by 1 percent in 2016 due to continued low prices for oil and gas, Russia’s main exports.

Erdogan’s recent spats with Germany and the Netherlands on the issue of Turkish ministers being allowed to persuade gatherings of Turkish voters settled in these countries to vote “yes” in the referendum have also gone down well with the Kremlin.

The Turkish president continues to highlight his republic’s sovereignty if only to bolster his chance of winning the referendum. Opinion polls in Turkey are on the razor’s edge, with aye and nay voters tied at 43 percent. Hence, each of the EU’s nearly 3 million Turkish voters counts.

By accusing German and Dutch governments of acting like Nazis by banning Turkish ministers’ addresses to fellow Turks in their cities on the grounds of security, Erdogan has destroyed much of the goodwill needed for Ankara’s successful application to become a full EU member.

In 1963 Turkey became an associate member of the European Economic Community, the predecessor to the EU. Turkey signed a Customs Union agreement with the EU in 1995 and four years later was recognized as a candidate for full EU membership. Subsequent negotiations had run into periodic roadblocks even before Ankara’s latest tensions with Berlin and Amsterdam.

As an adversary of EU expansion, Putin was pleased to see Turkey’s chance of acquiring full EU membership rapidly diminish.

A lot depends on the result of the 16 April referendum. A yes vote would put 63-year-old Erdogan in virtual control of Turkish politics for the next decade or longer. Conversely, a no vote would be the most serious setback to his authority since he took power in 2003 and could trigger political rebellion against him – thus abruptly ending the recent Russian-Turkish honeymoon.

By Yale Global Online

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/putin-erdogan-drifting-away-west-160000310.html

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Xinhua: China to push for common prosperity with Kyrgyzstan via Belt &Road: Chinese FM China is ready to work together with Kyrgyzstan to achieve common prosperity by buildingthe Silk Road Economic Belt, as agreed by the leaders of both sides, Chinese ForeignMinister Wang Yi said here Friday.

Wang made the remarks while meeting his Kyrgyz counterpart, Erlan Abdyldayev, on thesidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting.

Since the establishment of their diplomatic ties 25 years ago, the two countries havewitnessed the stable and healthy development of their bilateral relations, said Wang.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's successful visit to China earlier this year hasfurther consolidated the friendship and trust between the leaders of the two countries, andduring the visit they have also mapped out the future development of bilateral ties, saidWang.

Kyrgyzstan is an important partner in building the Silk Road Economic Belt and China iswilling to work with the Kyrgyz side in this regard so as to bring about development forboth countries, said Wang.

For his part, Abdyldayev said Kyrgyzstan cherishes its relations with China and thecountry firmly supports China's efforts to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The country is also willing to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of theChinese diplomatic mission in Kyrgyzstan, he added.

The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was hit by a suicide attacker in August, with the loneassailant killed and five others injured.

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Kyrgyzstan's economic week Several important events occurred in Kyrgyzstan last week.

One of the potential investors in the Kyrgyz economy are the Arab states. Since Almazbek Atambayev’s presidency, Kyrgyzstan is making attempts to attract private businesses and large companies from the countries of the Persian Gulf. Embassies of Kyrgyzstan were opened in a number of Gulf countries to boost economic relations, in particular, in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and recently in the United Arab Emirates. Although about 90% of all trade and economic relations accrue to the Emirates, the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Abu Dhabi has been opened recently, but the Consulate of Kyrgyzstan in Dubai had been operating very successfully. There is a direct air flight, which works in full. At the same time it is well known the great financial potential of other Gulf countries that can invest a lot of credit funds in case of meeting their requirements. Merely the Qatar Investment Fund has a potential of $ 800 billion. However, they are not yet represented in Kyrgyzstan.

Taking into account the enormous potential in the relations, the ambassadors of Kyrgyzstan in these countries do not stop trying to attract the Arab business to Kyrgyzstan and hold many meetings with local companies. Earlier this week, Kyrgyz Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Abdilatif Zhumabaev held a meeting in Riyadh with local entrepreneurs. More than 30 representatives of business circles from Saudi Arabia took part in it. The Embassy provided the business structures with the information on the legislation, investment and tourism opportunities of Kyrgyzstan and distributed booklets entitled «Kyrgyzstan: So much to discover», CD drives, brochures about the tourist attractiveness of Kyrgyzstan.

The businessmen of Saudi Arabia expressed interest in close cooperation with Kyrgyzstan in the field of trade and investment and said that they would necessarily consider potential projects for further investing in the economy of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz diplomats also actively work in the eastern direction. Ambassadors of Kyrgyzstan are especially active in China, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. This week, Consul General of Kyrgyzstan in Guangzhou (China) Maksat Tentimishov held a meeting with the leadership of the Association of Garment Manufacturers in Guangdong Province. At the meeting, the sides discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the field of opening sewing enterprises in Kyrgyzstan. The Chinese were invited to open sewing enterprises for the production of fabrics and garments with further export to the market of the Eurasian Economic Union and within the framework of Kyrgyzstan’s GSP + status to the countries of the European Union.

Participants of the meeting of the Interparliamentary Commission for Cooperation between the Federal Assembly of Russia and the Kyrgyz Parliament, which was held in Moscow with the participation of representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE) stressed that Kyrgyzstan gradually receives fruits from the membership in the EEU.

Rimma Kiseleva, Deputy Director of the Department for the Integration Development of ECE said that, the growth of the economy of Kyrgyzstan in 2016 was the highest among the countries of the EEU. According to her forecasts such rates of development should remain this year too. This is due to the fact that Kyrgyz business is gaining new opportunities in a single union market. Experts say that participation in the Eurasian integration project led Kyrgyzstan to a new level of trade and economic development: in January-February this year the volume of trade with the partners in the EEU grew by 7.5% and made $ 331 million. In addition, there are obvious benefits for ordinary citizens. Labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan received a simplified procedure of employment in the EEU countries and social rights guaranteed by the union’s law.

On the other hand, Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbai Zheenbekov recently said that GDP growth in 2016 made 3.8%. And at the same time he stressed that Kyrgyzstan needs additional investment flows. One of the main tasks of the Kyrgyz Government is to increase production capacity. And for this it is necessary to strengthen the country's energy potential. After Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the EEU there is a real opportunity to receive tangible financial support from financial institutions of the union. This week, negotiations between the ECE and the Government of Kyrgyzstan is resulted in reaching agreement to allocate $ 110 million by the Eurasian Development Bank, which is planned to be used to update the second turbine at Kambarata hydropower plant -2.

Having chosen the course for integration with friendly countries, Kyrgyzstan is actively participating in a number of major projects. In particular, Bishkek shows great interest in participating in the China’s One Belt, One Road project on the Great Silk Road. To increase the involvement in this project, participating countries, primarily China, intend to create two Project Support Funds. According to the founders, the first Fund will be with a capital of $ 5 billion. The financial capacity of the second Fund will be only $ 300 million. It’s work will be aimed at creating electronic wholesale trade of the countries along the Great Silk Road. Kyrgyzstan plans to become one of their creators. They will be created to support countries in industrialization and infrastructure projects on the Great Silk Road. During the public discussion of the creation of the Funds, experts emphasized positive moments of Kyrgyzstan's participation in these projects. It is planned that one of the Funds will work in all EEU countries with further expansion of its geography.

China is a good example of expanding ties within the framework of economic cooperation. The Chinese shoe manufacturing corporation from Guangzhou, which showed interest in investing in Kyrgyzstan plans to open production in Kyrgyzstan. An agreement has already been reached on arranging the study tour for delegation of the Xinhaopan Group to Kyrgyzstan in July this year.

The economy of any country develops only under stable conditions. And the statement of the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic that it does not intend to terminate the contract with China’s Long High company, which is engaged in the construction of the Balykchy-Korumdu highway in Issyk-Kul region, is an example of the desire for stable production relations with foreign companies operating in the country.

In the regional context, after the lifting of international sanctions, Iran is becoming more active in Central Asia. Tehran, in particular, is interested in investing in Kyrgyzstan. Foreign Minister of this country Mohammad Zarif, who visited Kyrgyztan this week, expressed Iran's readiness to invest in the construction of small and large hydroelectric power stations in Kyrgyzstan. Iran is making every effort to enhance mutual cooperation in all areas. "In particular, we are ready to work in the construction of small and large hydropower plants, in construction, pharmaceuticals, new technologies and so on. I want to emphasize that there are no restrictions in cooperation with Kyrgyzstan," Zarif said.

The relations of the Land of the Rising Sun with countries of Central Asia have always been of general interest because of the enormous potential. On April 20, a meeting of the official delegation of Japan took place in Bishkek with head of the President’s Office of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov. The meeting was held within the framework of the recently approved Taza Koom project. The meeting was prompted by a great desire of the Kyrgyz side to attract Japanese advanced technologies to the implementation of infrastructure projects, in particular, the Taza Koom project. In addition, the Japanese delegation held talks with representatives of relevant ministries and departments of Kyrgyzstan.

Kabar News Agency

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Th Billion Dollar: High Ambitions Of Kyrgyz Man From Small Town That Has Brought Him Where He Is Today The Billion Dollar: Radik Srazhidinov is Kyrgyz born in Russia. He has spent most of his time out of his home pursuing knowledge and education. Achievements in National and International Math Olympiad proves his passion to education. His educational, cultural and social experience in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Malaysia will be differently help him to go through any challenge. He got accepted for full scholarship at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. One of the world`s greatest universities ranked as number 1 in Asia and number 28 in the world. His hobby is playing chess and he was 3 times consecutive champion at UPM (University Putra Malaysia). As a kid, he has seen the hardship of his family which inspired him to have high ambitions in life. He graduated from Master’s Degree with the CGPA of 4.0. Moreover his prototype of Active Noise Control got international patent.

Journey of Radik to Malaysia

“I was born in Vorkuta City. It is a very small and cold place in the north of Russia. My father used to work as a monorail driver in the mine and my mother used to do business. In a family of 5 kids, I am the eldest. Right after I finished my primary school, my parents sent me to private school “Sebat” in Kyrgyzstan to complete my studies. I was keen on math at school and I participated in various National Mathematical Olympiad in Kyrgyzstan with achievements of silver and bronze. For International Olympiad in Germany I was selected among others, my interest for Engineering started from there. I got admission at UPM University in Malaysia at Engineering Faculty. At the age of 23, I have graduated from my Masters in Control System Engineering.”

Malaysia as a Study Destination for Bachelors

“In order to work overseas, it is better to study overseas as well. Malaysia is very calm place and most of the time, you will not have issues with locals. When it comes to the education level at UPM, it is really great. I had a great experience while doing my degree and Masters at UPM. First year of my Bachelor Degree, I underestimated the level of education at UPM and I was thinking that I could pass easily. However, I realized that my grades were going down. From that moment onwards, I picked up myself and motivated to study harder. In the end of 7th semester, I was the 2nd at my Faculty with the GPA of 3.95 and got included in the dean’s list.”

Experience of Master Degree in Malaysia

“After I graduated from my Bachelors, the lecturer of UPM offered me to pursue my Masters with the support of partial tuition fees and monthly income. The system of education at Master’s Degree varies from Bachelor’s Degree. The main concentration of Master’s Degree is on the speed of your thesis and subjects. I carried out my thesis by building prototype on “Active Noise Control”. The project was funded by the University whereby I was paid my salary from it. We have built a company together with Innohub organization whereby even If I leave the university, the progress of the company will go on. The dream of my lecturer and other team members is to bring up the company to international level.”

Active Noise Control Prototype

“Active Noise Control is a prototype of blocking the unnecessary noise. Let`s say you want to cancel the noise at the place you sleep and study. For that, two microphones must be placed near the bed and study table to detect the unwanted noise, and at the same place there must be 2 loudspeakers to generate anti-noise. Anti-noise has same amplitude with noise but opposite in phase. By hitting each other, they cancel each other. The novelty in our prototype is in its control algorithm that allows cancelling nonlinear noise as well. The prototype can cancel up to 80% of the noise. There are few methods to block the noise, however our idea is unique and it is patented internationally now by UPM.”

Education in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

“Russia is very strong in terms of Math and it even can be considered as top 3 countries in the world. Kyrgyzstan`s strength in education is linguistic which is English Language. One year I have studied English at International Ataturk Alatoo University, where I got confidence in speaking. Malaysia is trying to follow European System of Education and they are quite succeeding in that.”

I always had high ambition at school and I was sure that I could study at the top Universities of the world


Biggest Impact

“During our childhood in Vorkuta, we were very poor people. My parents migrated to Vorkuta 1 year before my birth. When I was 6-7 years old, we still could not afford anything, even furniture. We used to take the future that Russians had thrown away. Regardless of that, my parents always encourage me to study. They were able to send me to private school and best universities. If I wanted I could go back, find a job and stay happy either in Russian or Kyrgyzstan. But, I want to achieve something more in my life.”

His Dream

“I want to help my siblings to study at top universities, but biggest dream of mine is to open my own school. Kyrgyzstan is a country with full of talents. Somebody like me who lived and studied in Kyrgyzstan for many years could contribute to education system. I hope Kyrgyz students who achieved success overseas will come back soon or later and guide others as well. Right now, I want to complete my PHD successfully without facing financial challenges. I have been preparing for this moment for many years. Except my full time jobs in UPM and Hitachi, I used to take also part-time jobs during weekends.”

I want to be that transition between normal school to high level universities.

Wise Advise

“For those students who want to pursue their education in Malaysia, I must say that you should not underestimate the education level here. Even though, Malaysia is not at the same level as USA or UK, but the study here is not as easy as you think. Before you start your education, students should focus at English Language and the subject of their choice. Moreover, planning ahead your future is crucial. If you want to work after graduation, you must do your research on the job market and which companies hire international students or if you are planning to pursue your Masters or PhD, then you definitely need to find out which universities provide scholarships and study opportunities.”

http://thebillion-dollar.com/radik-srazhidinov/

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:42:58 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/th-billion-dollar-high-ambitions-of-kyrgyz-man-from-small-town-that-has-brought-him-where-he-is-today/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/th-billion-dollar-high-ambitions-of-kyrgyz-man-from-small-town-that-has-brought-him-where-he-is-today/
Kyrgyzstan’s opportunities presented in Guangzhou Bishkek, April 22 / Kabar /. The Consulate General of the Kyrgyz Republic in Guangzhou presented the country's investment and tourism opportunities. The presentation was held at the Logistics Association Guangdong province of China. According to the Consulate, about 30 entrepreneurs took part in it, among them representatives of the tourism industry of the province. Participants were shown videos about Kyrgyzstan.

Consul General Tentimishov told about the measures to attract foreign investments and tourists.

Further, Vice-Consul Kochkorov presented to entrepreneurs the information on investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic in various spheres of the economy, including tourism, production of leather goods, services, etc.

The presentation aroused keen interest among the audience, many questions were asked about the conditions of doing business, taxation, tourism, visas, cooperation between specialized educational institutions, etc.

As a result of the presentation, an agreement was reached to organize a study tour for Chinese entrepreneurs to Kyrgyzstan in late June - early July this year.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:46:53 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstans-opportunities-presented-in-guangzhou/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstans-opportunities-presented-in-guangzhou/