Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic Akylbek Zhaparov met with the World Bank delegation headed by Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Anna Bjerde.
The head of the Cabinet expressed gratitude to the World Bank for the support provided in the development of the Kyrgyz Republic, adding that the financial institution is an important partner of the state.
Akylbek Zhaparov noted the priority areas of activity of the Cabinet of Ministers, adding that in 2022, as a result of the implementation of the Country Development Program, economic activity is recovering, and in January-August 2022, there is a positive trend of economic growth at the level of 8%.
He said that the efficiency of tax administration has increased, including through the use of digital technologies, and along with efforts to improve tax administration, the Cabinet of Ministers pays serious attention to the issue of supporting the private sector and plans to allocate funding through four development banking institutions.
Zhaparov continued that one of the priority tasks is the comprehensive economic development of the country’s regions, especially the Batken region.
During the meeting, issues of developing a Five-Year Framework Partnership Program between the World Bank Group and the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as other issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed.
World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Anna Bjerde expressed her readiness for further development and strengthening of cooperation and noted the importance of a high-quality development of the Five-Year Partnership Framework.
Akylbek Zhaparov noted that the document should focus on such areas of cooperation as the agro-industrial complex, tourism, support for the private sector, transport and energy, including renewable energy projects.
“At the same time, I would like to see digitalization, a green economy, the development of human capital – healthcare and education as cross-cutting goals in the framework of cooperation with the World Bank,” he said.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency