Rebels Lead Resurgence in China’s Bitcoin Mining Activity

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By Tony Owusu Last August, data suggested that China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency was absolutely working, but new data suggests that it’s not breaking the country’s appetite for bitcoin. Sometimes the more one tries to control something the more uncontrollable that thing gets. Last September, China raised the stakes of its crackdown on cryptocurrency, announcing a blanket ban on all crypto transactions and mining. The country’s largest financial entities, including the People’s Bank of China (the central bank), announced a coordinated effort to stamp out crypto activity that the central gover… Continue reading “Rebels Lead Resurgence in China’s Bitcoin Mining Activity”

Deputy speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament meets with chair of Azerbaijan’s National Assembly

Deputy Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Ulan Primov met with Chair of the Milli Majlis (National Assembly) of Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova as part of his participation in the 3rd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO PA) in Baku.

The press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reported that during the meeting, the sides discussed issues in the spheres of political, economic and cultural-humanitarian cooperation and inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

“Kyrgyzstan is interested in deepening comprehensive relations with Azerbaijan, especially in developing inter-parliamentary cooperation and expanding the dialogue between the friendship groups of the two parliaments,” Ulan Primov said, referring to the interaction within TurkPA and IPA CIS.

Besides, he noted that the ECO Parliamentary Assembly is a platform for inter-parliamentary cooperation. The deputy speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament outlined issues related to strengthening trade and economic cooperation and talked about Kyrgyzstan’s investment opportunities.

The chair of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan stressed the important role of the parliament in the successful implementation of agreements, reached during the meetings of heads of state of the two countries.

Sahiba Gafarova invited the Jogorku Kenesh delegation to participate in the first meeting of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement to be held in June 2022.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyz Cabinet chairman meets with reps of Korea Telecom Corporation

Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov met with representatives of Korea Telecom Corporation, the press service of the Cabinet reported Wednesday.

“The leadership of the country is interested in building an open, transparent and fair government. One of the important steps to achieve this goal is the creation of a digital government. The National Development Program of the country until 2026 prioritizes the development of “green” economy and digital transformation,” Akylbek Zhaparov said, expressing gratitude to the company for supporting the initiative to develop a national strategy for the digital development of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The head of the Cabinet expressed readiness to further strengthen and develop cooperation with the telecommunications company, to introduce best practices in the economic and financial sectors, and in the field of information and communication technologies.

During the meeting, the results of research on the development of the National Strategy for Digital Transformation of the Kyrgyz Republic were presented.

President of KT Corporation Yun Kyoung-Lim expressed interest in further fruitful cooperation.

KT Corruption is a diversified investment holding company that combines media, Internet banking, real estate, finance and energy, as well as other businesses (there are 45 subsidiaries).

The company provides mobile (22.3 mln subscribers) and fixed-line communication services (13.4 mln subscribers), fixed broadband internet (9.2 mln subscribers), pay TV (10.7 mln subscribers).

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Sadyr Zhaparov congratulates Viktor Orban on his re-election as PM of Hungary

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov congratulated Viktor Orban on his re-election as Prime Minister of Hungary, the press service of the head of state reported.

“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your re-election as prime minister of Hungary. I wish you every success and good luck in this responsible state post! This year, Kyrgyzstan and Hungary are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. I want to assure you that the Kyrgyz Republic is in favor of strengthening interstate relations with Hungary in the spirit of strategic partnership. Kyrgyzstan is interested in further expansion of cooperation in all areas of mutual interest,” The Kyrgyz president said in his congratulatory message.

Sadyr Zhaparov wished Viktor Orban good health and prosperity, and peace and prosperity to the fraternal people of Hungary.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

UN human rights expert to visit Kyrgyzstan to assess poverty

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, will visit Kyrgyzstan from 23 May to 3 June 2022 to examine the Government’s efforts to eradicate poverty, the UN in the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

“The rate of poverty in Kyrgyzstan has fallen gradually in recent decades. However, the last two years have seen an increase in the number of people affected by poverty,” said De Schutter, an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report, and advise on poverty and human rights. “The Government is committed to reducing poverty and my visit will be an opportunity to provide recommendations to improve these efforts.”

Kyrgyzstan has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased unemployment and rising food prices. In 2020, over one quarter of the population, or 1.68 million people, lived under the national poverty line.

Poverty in Kyrgyzstan is also expected to be exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The conflict and resulting sanctions are likely to affect the Kyrgyz economy, which depends on imports and remittances from migrants working in Russia.

“A fall in remittances, combined with growing inflation, threatens the livelihoods of people already struggling to make ends meet in Kyrgyzstan,” De Schutter said.

During his visit, the Special Rapporteur will examine the adequacy of social protection benefits and the quality of the healthcare, housing and education systems. He will also assess the situation of groups disproportionately impacted by poverty, including children, people with disabilities and older persons.

De Schutter will hold meetings in Bishkek, as well as in the regions of Naryn, Osh and Batken. He will meet with national and local government officials, individuals and communities affected by poverty, as well as international and civil society organizations.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Turkmen leader congratulated compatriots on Day of Constitution and State Flag

President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov congratulated compatriots on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution and the establishment of the State Flag, ORIENT reported citing the official Turkmen press.

In a short historical period, the constitutional structure has been improved in Turkmenistan and laws have been adopted that ensure the harmonious and sustainable development of society, the head of state emphasized in his message.

A new system of state authorities and administration was formed in the country, a new bicameral legislative body was created – the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan. All this increased the international prestige of the country as a state with a developed political and legal system, the Turkmen leader emphasized.

Day of the Constitution and the State Flag is celebrated in Turkmenistan on May 18, which is declared a day off in the country.

On the eve of the holiday, a scientific-practical conference “30 years of the Constitution of Turkmenistan: a new historical era and modern experience in legislative activity” was held in Ashgabat.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kulubaev receives Russian Ambassador Udovichenko

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbek Kulubaev received Ambassador of Russia to the Kyrgyz Republic Nikolai Udovichenko.

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic said that during the meeting, key issues of the Kyrgyz-Russian trade, economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian, interregional cooperation, the implementation of previously reached agreements in these areas, as well as urgent problems of working citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Russian Federation were discussed.

Expressing satisfaction with the high level of the Kyrgyz-Russian political dialogue, Kulubaev stressed the importance of further development of mutually beneficial cooperation in all priority areas in order to consistently strengthen allied relations and strategic partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation.

The sides also exchanged views on upcoming foreign policy events, including the regular meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and the First Eurasian Economic Forum, which will be held in Bishkek on May 26-27, 2022.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Tashkent to host an international conference on combating human trafficking

As part of the visit of the delegation headed by the First Deputy Minister of Employment and Labor Relations of Uzbekistan Erkin Mukhitdinov to Vienna, a meeting was held with the Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Combating Human Trafficking Valiant Ritchie, KunUz reported.

According to the Embassy of Uzbekistan, during the meeting, issues of establishing bilateral relations with the Office of the OSCE Special Representative on Combating Human Trafficking, as well as implementing joint projects in the areas of external labor migration, preventing forced labor and providing assistance to victims of human trafficking were discussed.

Erkin Mukhitdinov informed in detail about the work carried out in the republic to combat human trafficking and forced labor, the introduction of a system of safe, orderly and legal labor migration, as well as the reintegration of persons returning from labor migration.

The OSCE Special Representative welcomed the complete elimination of the practice of child and forced labor in Uzbekistan and highly appreciated the ongoing efforts in the country to identify, protect and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, provide medical, psychological and other assistance to citizens who have become victims of such crimes, as well as the results achieved.

During the conversation, an agreement was reached to organize in October in Tashkent, together with the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations and other interested ministries and departments of Uzbekistan, an international conference on the topic “Prevention of human trafficking for the purpose of exploiting their labor in the supply chains” and attracting experts from foreign countries and international organizations.

Following the meeting, the parties identified further plans and directions for future cooperation.

The Office of the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking is a special structure within the organization’s secretariat. It was established in 2003 as a high-level mechanism to assist in the implementation of OSCE member states’ commitments to combat human trafficking.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency