Military personnel of Kyrgyzstan take part in multinational exercise “Efes-2022” in Turkey

Since May 8, 2022, the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan have been participating in the multinational exercise “Efes-2022” in Turkey, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The first stage of the exercises took place in the city of Izmir, which was held in a command-staff format using computer simulation.

The practical actions with live firing are planned as part of the combined multinational units from May 28 to June 9, at the Doganbey training ground in Izmir.

The purpose of the exercise is to increase the level of combat training, the skill of special forces.

Also, the participation of military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic in maneuvers allows to gain experience in organizing interaction as part of a multinational group of troops.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Eurasian Economic Forum is most significant forum in last 5 years, Kyrgyz expert

This is the most significant and expected forum over the past 5 years, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS)Rustam Asizbaev told commenting on the upcoming Eurasian Economic Forum scheduled for May 26.

Speaking about the expectations from the forum, Asizbaev noted that these are the main areas of development with the EAEU countries. “It is necessary to resolve the issues that exist with the countries of the Union,” he said.

The head of the NISS believes that for Kyrgyzstan, the EAEU is the future of the country. He explained that any country should be integrated into any economic community. “Because these countries are countries of the post-Soviet space, where we have a single language, a single culture, a single Soviet education. And if, as some politicians say, that the EAEU has no right to exist, then they are deeply mistaken,” Asizbaev noted, adding that the Union countries have developed a strategy for the development of the EAEU until 2025, where the main messages are: the main directions of development in the field of education, health care, culture, tourism, as well as cross-border problems that exist with individual countries.

He also believes that the Eurasian Economic Forum will show the problems and gaps that we must solve in the future. He also believes that these points can be resolved. The reason, according to Asizbaev, is that Kyrgyzstan will make efforts to do so.

The Eurasian Economic Union is an economic union of post-Soviet states located in Eurasia. Member countries are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Union passed to Kyrgyzstan in 2022. The Eurasian Economic Forum is held in the state that chairs the EAEU agencies. The event is scheduled for May 26 in Bishkek.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

What to expect from upcoming Eurasian Economic Forum?

The Eurasian Economic Forum will be held in Bishkek this week. The event will bring together participants from all over the region, the sides will discuss current problems and ways out of the current situation. The situation is really not simple. Countries had barely begun to recover from the consequences of the coronavirus, when they faced sanctions caused by the situation in Ukraine. You need to understand that the effect of sanctions against Russia will sooner or later reach neighboring countries, including the members of the EAEU.

The member countries of the EAEU are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The event covers a wide range of issues and deals with topics related to the economy, logistics, digitalization. In total, there will be 6 panel discussions during which a total of 20 sessions will be held. In addition, the event will be attended by the heads of state of the EAEU member states in an online format.

The forum is important because the participants in all processes themselves will be able to discuss the accumulated problems, disagreements and find solutions. President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov spoke about the importance of the forum during his visit to Moscow.

“The Kyrgyz economy has not yet recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, and the sanctions situation is already threatening food and energy security, macroeconomic stability and social stability,” said President Sadyr Zhaparov then.

The head of state stressed that in these conditions there is a need to discuss and develop common approaches to mitigate the consequences of the sanctions and prevent the deterioration of the socio-economic situation during the upcoming meetings of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and the first Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek.

During the forum, the main directions of the development of the Eurasian space will be touched upon. In total there will be 6 discussion zones:

? Prospects for the strategic development of Eurasian integration in the era of global change

? Financial markets and development institutions (development banks): opportunities for macroeconomic stability and growth points for the economies of the EAEU countries

? Industry and agro-industrial complex as drivers of economic growth of the Union and ensuring economic security

? Energy and transport infrastructure to promote economic development and integration

? EAEU Digital Agenda 2.0

? New areas of cooperation in the EAEU

In addition, the forum will host an exhibition of agro-industrial products of the Eurasian Economic Union member states.

“Within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Forum, it is planned to organize and hold an Exhibition of the best agro-industrial products of the Eurasian Economic Union member states. The holding of the agro-industrial exhibition will allow using the Forum platform for presentation of achievements and information support of domestic producers, create additional incentives to increase the competitiveness of the Union’s goods, and will contribute to the development of mutual trade and export of goods of the EAEU,” the organizers say.

The experience of recent years shows that it is much easier to solve problems with partners, this has been excellently demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic. Strengthening partnerships for Kyrgyzstan is an important task, because it will not only help find solutions to current problems, but also open up new horizons for development, markets, and growth for business. In general, the development of the economies of each country and the region as a whole is the main agenda of the upcoming forum.

“It is no coincidence that the main topic of the Eurasian Economic Forum in the capital of Kyrgyzstan is declared as “Eurasian economic integration in an era of global change. New opportunities for investment activity”. In an era of change and global upheaval, Eurasian integration creates a successful foundation for economic growth and development. And the Eurasian Economic Forum should once again demonstrate this,” the organizers say.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

In most EAEU countries, budget was executed with surplus in first quarter of 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, the republican budget was executed with a surplus in all states of the Eurasian Economic Union, except for Kazakhstan.

According to data of the EEC, budget revenues showed an increase compared to the same period last year in all EAEU countries, including due to an increase in income tax and VAT. Expenditures on national activities and financing of the social sphere were the most significant in the expenditure part of the budget.

The growth rate of public debt in the EAEU as a whole slowed down. External debt prevailed in Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, while domestic debt prevailed in Kazakhstan and Russia.

The member countries of the EAEU are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan discuss the possibility of launching joint oil refinery

Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have discussed the possibility of launching a joint oil processing facility, according to ASIA-Plus.

This issue was reportedly discussed at a meeting of Tajikistan Ambassador to Turkmenistan Farrukh Sharifzoda with Director-General of the Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC) Turkmen National Oil and Gas Company (NAPECO) Maksat Pirliyev that took place in Ashgabat on May 20.

The two discussed the bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and exchanged views on launching the joint venture to process petroleum and produce petroleum products as well as on supplying petroleum products to Tajikistan, the Tajik MFA information department says.

In 2021, Turkmenistan established the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Tajikistan, and during the last year, Turkmenistan delivered up to 5,000 tons of LNG to Tajikistan. Official Dushanbe has announced its intention to increase purchases of LNG from Turkmenistan.

Established in 2016, CJSC NAPECO reportedly aims to develop the structure of Turkmenistan’s industry and protect its interests in world markets

Currently, Turkmenistan’s total geological reserves are reportedly estimated at 71.21 billion metric tons of fuel equivalent. Possible reserves of Turkmenistan’s largest and the world’s second deposit, Galkynysh, are estimated at 26.2 trillion cubic meters ranking the country fourth in gas deposits.

Turkmenistan currently delivers its natural gas through export pipelines to Russia, China and Iran, with plans to increase gas output to 230 million cubic meters by 2030.

The diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were officially established on January 27, 1993 by signing of the Protocol “On the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.”

The Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan has functioned in Ashgabat since February 1993. The Embassy of Turkmenistan operates in Dushanbe as well.

In general, the current state of the Tajik-Turkmen relations has a tendency of phased expansion. The process of practical implementation of the mutual desire of the two countries to work more closely in multi-dimensional cooperation in accordance with the potential and needs of the people reportedly can be seen in bilateral relations.

Thus, during Tajik president’s state visit to Turkmenistan in August last year, 19 cooperation documents, according to the Tajik president’s official website. The countries, in particular, signed government-to-government cooperation agreements on transportation, transit of goods and passengers, transportation of petroleum products and liquefied natural gas (LNG), tourism, railway transport, production, culture and art.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Leukemia diagnosed in 32 children in Kyrgyzstan since beginning of year

Since the beginning of the year, 32 children have been diagnosed with leukemia in Kyrgyzstan, head of the department of pediatric oncology and oncohematology of the National Center for Maternal and Child Health Sultan Stambekov told during a press conference at the Kabar News Agency.

He said that this indicator is not final and soon the growth of children with acute hematological and oncological diseases is possible.

“Last year, due to the epidemiological situation with COVID-19, statistics on children with cancer improved. So, in 2021, leukemia was diagnosed in 48 children, this is due to the fact that many simply did not realize that the child had an oncological disease and simply did not reach the hospital,” he said.

A low mortality rate of 11 children was registered in 2021 and 26-28 people in 2020.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyzstan approves State Program for Development of Intellectual Property and Innovation for 2022-2026

The State Program for the Development of Intellectual Property and Innovation in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2022-2026 has been approved. The corresponding decision was signed by Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov, the press service of the Cabinet reported.

The decision to approve this program was made in order to implement the National Development Program of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2026, approved by Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic dated October 12, 2021, as well as to create conditions for the formation of a balanced and efficient ecosystem of intellectual property and innovation in the Kyrgyz Republic by 2026.

As of January 1, 2022, 74,053 intellectual property objects are protected on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Tajikistan and UN discuss preparations for upcoming water conference

Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to UN Jonibek Hikmat met with the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin, NIAT Khovar reported.

The meeting focused on the preparation for the Second International Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” to be held from June 6 through June 9 in Dushanbe and the participation of Zhenmin as the co-chair of the Conference at the event.

The parties also exchanged views on the importance of the Dushanbe Second Water Conference for the UN 2023 Water Conference.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency