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President Jeenbekov decorates chairman of Mir ITRC with state award

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov received Radik Batyrshin, Chairman of Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company (ITRC). Dinara Suimaliyeva, Director of the National Branch of MIR ITRC in Kyrgyzstan also took part in th
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President Jeenbekov decorates chairman of Mir ITRC with state award

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov received Radik Batyrshin, Chairman of Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company (ITRC). Dinara Suimaliyeva, Director of the National Branch of MIR ITRC in Kyrgyzstan also took part in the meeting. Jeenbekov presented the Order of Danaker to the Chairman of MIR ITRC for his great services and personal contribution to strengthening cultural ties and friendship between the peoples of the CIS countries. The President noted with satisfaction the activity of MIR ITRC on coverage of actual problems and events not only in the CIS, but also in the world space. He also noted the national branch of MIR in Kyrgyzstan daily covers the most important events in the country, tells about the life of ordinary Kyrgyz citizens. The ITRC chairman thanked President Jeenbekov for his high appreciation of the TV channel's activities. He stressed that he perceives the state award as an award for the entire multinational team and the entire TV and Radio Company. Radik Batyrshin added that in recent years he has always felt the support of the Kyrgyz leadership. “We see Kyrgyzstan as one of the growth and success drivers for our television and radio company. The single information space, for which our television and radio company was created, is developing thanks to the leadership, including leadership of Kyrgyzstan,” Batyrshin said. Mir ITRC is an interstate TV and radio company broadcasting in Russian language. It was established in 1992 by the Agreement of the Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the purpose of covering political, economic and humanitarian cooperation, forming a common information space and facilitating international exchange of information. The Company is an international organization with headquarters in Moscow and national branches and representative offices in 9 countries.

Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300

The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas, reports Trend referring to Reuters. H
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Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300

The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas, reports Trend referring to Reuters. Heavy rains and overflowing rivers swamped vast swathes of eastern India more than week ago, and officials on Monday said so far 102 people have died in Bihar state, 35 more than what the state government had estimated on Thursday. Torrential rains in Bangladesh killed more than 47 people in the last two weeks and at least 120 are missing and feared dead following severe floods and landslides in mostly mountainous Nepal, authorities from the two countries said. Parts of Pakistan have also been flooded. In Bangladesh, at least 700,000 people have been displaced. Deaths due to flooding in the region more than doubled in the last five days. At least five districts in central Bangladesh are at the risk of being flooded, as water levels of two rivers are still rising, an official at the Bangladesh Water Development Board told Reuters. Authorities are struggling to deliver relief supplies to marooned people. “We have enough relief materials but the main problem is to reach out to the people,” Foyez Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Bangladesh’s Bogra district, said. “We don’t have adequate transport facilities to move to the areas that are deep under water.” In India’s tea-growing state of Assam, close to the border of Bangladesh, severe flooding has displaced millions of people and killed more than 60, officials have said. Separately, at least 32 people were killed on Sunday in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state in the north. India’s weather office on Monday forecast “extremely heavy” rain in four of the 14 districts of the southern state of Kerala. Kerala last year faced its worst floods in about a century, with heavy rain and landslides killing nearly 500 people, destroying houses and wiping out farmlands. Monsoon rains, which deliver 75% of India’s annual rain, have not been evenly distributed. The Himalayan region has received substantially more rain than some of the areas in the plains, where rainfall deficiency has widened to 60%, according to the state-run India Meteorological Department.

President meets with Saudi Arabia’s Parliament speaker

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov met with Speaker of the Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, who has arrived in Kyrgyzstan for an off
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President meets with Saudi Arabia’s Parliament speaker

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov met with Speaker of the Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, who has arrived in Kyrgyzstan for an official visit. Topical issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed, including further prospects of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, the pres service of the Kyrgyz President reported. Jeenbekov noted that the development of cooperation with Saudi Arabia is one of the priorities for Kyrgyzstan. The evidence of friendly relations is the mutual visits of various levels over the past six months. The President stressed that efforts will be continued to deepen joint interaction. He added that there is great potential in the development of trade and economic and cultural-humanitarian relations, agriculture and interregional cooperation. The Kyrgyz President conveyed greetings to King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Speaker of the Consultative Assembly Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh noted that fruitful negotiations with Parliament Speaker Dastanbek Dzhumabekov were held, during which the sides discussed not only measures to intensify inter-parliamentary cooperation, but also the whole range of issues of bilateral cooperation. He expressed readiness for further cooperation and identification of the most promising areas of cooperation. Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh emphasized that leadership of Saudi Arabia is waiting for the President of Kyrgyzstan for an official visit.

Turkmenistan to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan will donate certain products chosen by the Turkmen leader to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid, Trendreports referring to the local Altyn Asyr TV channel. The corresponding order has been addressed to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Hea
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Turkmenistan to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan will donate certain products chosen by the Turkmen leader to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid, Trendreports referring to the local Altyn Asyr TV channel. The corresponding order has been addressed to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Medical Industry, the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, the Ministry of Textile Industry, and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET). Turkmenistan provides electricity and diesel fuel for Afghanistan on preferential terms, and allocated funds for the construction of a mosque in the Afghan village of Aqina last year. The Turkmens of Afghanistan, comprising the population of the regions adjacent to the borders of Turkmenistan, are the second largest group of ethnic Turkmens (after Iranian Turkmens) located outside the historical Turkmen homeland. It is worth mentioning that Turkmen specialists commissioned a railway line from the Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghanistan’s Aqina in 2016. The railway leading to the Afghan station of Torghundi was also reconstructed through their efforts. The implementation of this project helped increase the station’s capacity, as well as its value in the commodity turnover of Afghanistan, and has opened up the possibility of bringing Afghan products to international markets and supplying the country with imported goods in an optimal way, including through the Caspian Sea. By connecting Afghanistan with the international seaport of Turkmenbashi, this transport corridor will allow for reaching Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and European countries across the sea, the Turkmen government said earlier. Turkmenistan is lobbying for the implementation of a number of regional infrastructure projects with the participation of Afghanistan. In particular, Turkmenistan is working on the implementation of such projects through the Afghan territory as the construction of a railway to Tajikistan and a gas pipeline to Pakistan and India. Projects on the use of Afghan transit for the supply of Turkmen electricity are also being assessed. Turkmenistan has previously declared its readiness to provide its political space for conducting peace talks on Afghanistan.

7.6 mln tourists expected to visit Kyrgyzstan by end of 2019

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. By the end of 2019, 600 thousand more tourists are expected to visit Kyrgyzstan than in 2018, Maksat Damir uulu, Department of Tourism Director told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. He noted that 7.6 million
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7.6 mln tourists expected to visit Kyrgyzstan by end of 2019

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. By the end of 2019, 600 thousand more tourists are expected to visit Kyrgyzstan than in 2018, Maksat Damir uulu, Department of Tourism Director told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. He noted that 7.6 million tourists are expected to visit the country by the end of the year, in 2018 this figure was 7 million people. “It is possible this year to break records for visiting Kyrgyzstan, because according to the first quarter of 2019, the number of foreign visitors increased by 27% or by 433 thousand people,” he explained. Maksat Damir uulu said Kyrgyzstan is creating favorable conditions for attracting tourists, in particular, adopted a strategic program, which created a marketing plan. “A visa-free regime has also been introduced for another 7 countries, and now tourists from 52 countries can visit Kyrgyzstan without a visa. We also took part in various tourism exhibitions and were represented in Dubai for the first time,” he said.

New chairman of State Tax Service appointed in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Kabyl Abdaliyev was appointed Chairman of the State Tax Service under the Government, the relevant decree was signed by Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, the press service of the Government said. Note, that in 2012 (f
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New chairman of State Tax Service appointed in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Kabyl Abdaliyev was appointed Chairman of the State Tax Service under the Government, the relevant decree was signed by Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, the press service of the Government said. Note, that in 2012 (from January 16 to September 12) Abdaliyev was already the Chairman of the Tax Service. Former Chairman Tenizbek Abdzhaparov was appointed Head of the Tax Service on May 22, 2018 and resigned today, July 22.

Four killed, one serious injured in traffic accident in Gorno Badakhshan

Four persons were killed and one other was seriously injured as a vehicle fell into a river in the Ishkashim district of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). According to the Interior Ministry’ website, the fatal accident took place on July 20 a
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Four killed, one serious injured in traffic accident in Gorno Badakhshan

Four persons were killed and one other was seriously injured as a vehicle fell into a river in the Ishkashim district of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). According to the Interior Ministry’ website, the fatal accident took place on July 20 at 12:30 on the Ishkashim-Langar-Tuskul road between the villages of Vrang and Nizhgar. The 28-year-old resident of the village of Yamg, Nozim Malikmamadov, lost control of his Hyundai-Galloper and it fell into the Panj River. As a result of the accident, four persons – Gulmamad Savlatov, 65, his son Sanavbar Savlatov, 37, Abdulammad Savlatov, 59, and Gulbogh Saibekova, 59 – died in hospital from injuries they sustained in the accident. Another passenger – Alovat Soliyev, 45 – also sustained serious injuries and he is currently in hospital in critical condition. The driver was not injured, the Interior Ministry’s website says. Criminal proceedings have been instituted and an investigation is under way. Source: https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/incidents/20190722/four-killed-one-serious-injured-in-traffic-accident-in-gorno-badakhshan

Uzbekistan has population of 33.52 mln

Tashkent, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Since the beginning of the year, the population of Uzbekistan has grown by 268 thousand people, or 0.8 %, and as of July made 33.52 million people, the report of the Uzbek State Committee on Statistics said. The urban popula
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Uzbekistan has population of 33.52 mln

Tashkent, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Since the beginning of the year, the population of Uzbekistan has grown by 268 thousand people, or 0.8 %, and as of July made 33.52 million people, the report of the Uzbek State Committee on Statistics said. The urban population is 16.9 million (50.5% of the total), the rural population is 16.58 million. (49,5%). During the six months of the year, 347,400 children born were registered, so the birth rate per 1,000 populations was 21 ppm and increased by 1 ppm compared to the same period last year. During this period, 75.8 thousand deaths were registered and the mortality rate was 4.6 ppm, as in the same period of 2018. Natural population growth amounted to 271.6 thousand people and increased by 22.9 thousand people compared to the same period in 2018. 104.2 marriages were registered for the first six months of the year and the marriage rate per 1000 people was 6.3 ppm. 16 thousand divorces were registered, the divorce rate per 1000 people was 1 ppm. The number of people who arrived in the country amounted to 78.9 thousand (internal - 77.5 thousand and people, external - 1400 people), and the number of departures - 82.4 thousand people (internal - 77.5 thousand people, external - 4900). The migration balance reached 3500 people. In the first half of 2018, this figure was 6200. The number of the permanent population in Tashkent in the first half of the year amounted to 2.54 million people, and since the beginning of the year it has increased by 28.5 thousand people, or 1.1%. The natural growth of the capital's population amounted to 15.6 thousand people and increased by 3200 people compared to the same period in 2018. There are 8200 marriages and 2200 divorces registered.

Kyrgyz Parliament speaker meets with speaker of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz Parliament) Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Speaker of the Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, the press service of
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Kyrgyz Parliament speaker meets with speaker of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz Parliament) Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Speaker of the Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament said. Dzhumabekov welcomed the delegation of Saudi Arabia led by Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh and said that in recent years, there are intensification of political contacts at high levels and summits between the two countries, as well as within the framework of inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Kyrgyz speaker expressed confidence that this visit will be very fruitful and gives an additional impetus to the further development and strengthening of bilateral relations. He noted that a positive factor, contributing to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries was the participation of Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov in the OIC Summit in Mecca on May 31 of this year and the working visit of Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziyev to Saudi Arabia. “Kyrgyz-Saudi political, as well as economic relations received new impetus for further development during the high-level meetings held in the first half of this year. Saudi Arabia is showing interest in intensifying cooperation with Kyrgyzstan, which will allow us to build positive relations in the future,” the speaker said. In the course of the meeting, Speaker Dzhumabekov also noted that due to the lack of direct transport connections, the trade and economic potential of both countries is not fully used. He proposed to fill this gap by expanding trade and economic relations. The Kyrgyz official recalled that the second meeting of the joint Kyrgyz-Saudi Cooperation Committee is scheduled for September 2019 in Bishkek, during which there is need to discuss the most important areas of bilateral cooperation, in particular, the strengthening of trade, economic and investment cooperation. In turn, Speaker of Consultative Assembly of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh thanked Dzhumabekov for a warm welcome. “This visit was particularly interesting for us because we have great respect for your country. The leaders of our countries have developed friendly relations. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia also makes a significant contribution to the development of cooperation in many areas, as well as actively developing our parliamentary cooperation,” he said. The Speaker of the Consultative Assembly noted that they support at a high level charitable actions for Muslims, solve the issue of providing scholarships for Kyrgyz students studying in Saudi Arabia. The meeting was held in a friendly and trusting atmosphere.

Branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Kyrgyzstan planned to be opened in 2020

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Minister of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan Gulmira Kudaiberdiyeva and Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichiy discussed the opening of a branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Kyrgyzstan. The pre
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Branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Kyrgyzstan planned to be opened in 2020

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. Minister of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan Gulmira Kudaiberdiyeva and Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichiy discussed the opening of a branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Kyrgyzstan. The press service of the Education Ministry said that Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Russia Alikbek Dzhekshenkulov also took part in the discussion of the roadmap for the University’s opening. “Taking into account that Presidents of the two countries declared 2020 the Year of Kyrgyz-Russian Cooperation, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science has started to include this issue in the agenda of intergovernmental meetings,” Minister Kudaiberdiyeva said. As part of the roadmap's discussion, the University’s branch is planned to be opened in 2020. Moscow State University is a coeducational and public research university located in Moscow, Russia. It was founded on 23 Jan.1755 by Mikhail Lomonosov. MSU was renamed after Lomonosov in 1940 and was then known as Lomonosov University. Its current rector is Viktor Sadovnichiy. According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, it is the highest-ranking Russian educational institution and is widely considered the most prestigious university in the former Soviet Union.

Hollywood plans to film in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM On July 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, Deputy Chairman of the Board for strategic development of the State Center for Support of National Cinema (Kazakhstan Film Commission) Igor Tsai met with American producers who recently visited Kazakhstan
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Hollywood plans to film in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM On July 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, Deputy Chairman of the Board for strategic development of the State Center for Support of National Cinema (Kazakhstan Film Commission) Igor Tsai met with American producers who recently visited Kazakhstan. The meeting was attended by managers and representatives of LIONSGATE, NBC Universal, Warner Horizon, The Discovery, Global Film Solutions, etc., a press release of the State Center for Support of National Cinema reads. «This is the next step to the agreements reached during the 15th international film festival «Eurasia». Producers were interested in detailed production issues in Kazakhstan and pointed out the urgent need for close cooperation of American filmmakers with a single operator in Kazakhstan – our center. The next meeting is scheduled for the end of August, the subject of discussion will be the prospects of filming several American projects in Kazakhstan,» said Igor Tsai. The FAM tour, organized by the State Center for Support of the National Cinema of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan Film Commission), fully showed the whole potential of the country, which is interesting for Hollywood. Before starting large projects, which are associated with great responsibility, we always choose reliable and professional partners. Such business partner in Kazakhstan for Hollywood producers is Andrey Khazbulatov. We learned a lot about the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Mangystau, as well as history and culture. We are already planning several projects! Of course, it will take time to study all the issues, but we are interested in filming in Kazakhstan! Moreover, the new law of cinematography in Kazakhstan is one of the important aspects that will become the base for large-scale projects. We continue to work with the film support center to clarify the specifications of subsidies in the field of cinematography. As soon as it will be completed, we organize a briefing with the American Association of cinematographers (MPAA), underscores the President of the American company «Global Policy Initiatives» Jay Footlik. The main point during the negotiations was made on the development of Hollywood production in Kazakhstan on historical, cultural and scientific topics, the establishment of the film industry in Kazakhstan, training of local crew through the exchange of experience with Hollywood film companies, the integration of Kazakh culture on world screens. Questions related to organization of «Kazakhstan week» in Hollywood were also discussed on the meeting. Source: https://www.inform.kz/en/hollywood-plans-to-film-in-kazakhstan_a3549670

UNDP assistance in improving electoral process corresponds to course for development of democratic institutions

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. / Kabar /. UNDP's assistance in improving the electoral process, in order to increase its transparency, corresponds to the policy chosen by the Kyrgyz Republic towards the development of democratic institutions, Deputy Prime Minister o
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UNDP assistance in improving electoral process corresponds to course for development of democratic institutions

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. / Kabar /. UNDP's assistance in improving the electoral process, in order to increase its transparency, corresponds to the policy chosen by the Kyrgyz Republic towards the development of democratic institutions, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Zamirbek Askarov told at a meeting with the United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner. During the meeting, the sides, noting the high level of cooperation, discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and UNDP, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. Askarov informed about the intention of our country to submit a Voluntary National Review of the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2020. At the same time, he stressed that the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018–2040 was approved and actively implemented in the country, and also spoke about the measures taken in the Year of Regional Development and Digitalization of the country announced by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic as an important condition for the effective implementation of policies to achieve sustainable development of the republic. For his part, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said that his intention to continue developing cooperation with the Kyrgyz side. At the same time, he noted that one of the promising areas is cooperation in the framework of projects and activities on the digitization of public administration and the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic. The vice prime minister informed about the plans to conduct the High-level Forum on Development. The forum will discuss issues of enhancing cooperation with partners in such priority areas as regional development, digitalization, climate change and disaster management, water issues, human development, investment and financing development programs. Askarov invited Achim Steiner to visit Kyrgyzstan. In turn, Achim Steiner noted that the issues discussed cover all the most priority areas of development issues. In this regard, he expressed the readiness of UNDP, together with other development partners, to cooperate in these areas.

Food security in Kyrgyzstan provided by 75%

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. / Kabar /. Today, Kyrgyzstan’s food security is provided by 75%, deputy chairman of the State Material Reserves Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic Rustam Karakulov told at Kabar Agency. He noted that by the end of the year, the food securi
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Food security in Kyrgyzstan provided by 75%

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. / Kabar /. Today, Kyrgyzstan’s food security is provided by 75%, deputy chairman of the State Material Reserves Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic Rustam Karakulov told at Kabar Agency. He noted that by the end of the year, the food security will be provided up to 100%. In addition, Karakulov added that this year the State Material Reserves plans to purchase 40 thousand tons of grain. Today, 11 thousand tons of grain have been purchased from Kazakhstan, and 15 thousand tons are planned to be bought from domestic farmers. “In 2018, we purchased 6 thousand tons of grain from farmers,” he said.

Newspapers and television to be abolished in regions of Kyrgyzstan-culture minister

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. In the regions of Kyrgyzstan it is planned to create media center, which will unite local television and newspapers, Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Azamat Jamankulov told during the press conference at Kabar New
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Newspapers and television to be abolished in regions of Kyrgyzstan-culture minister

Bishkek, July 22, 2019. /Kabar/. In the regions of Kyrgyzstan it is planned to create media center, which will unite local television and newspapers, Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Azamat Jamankulov told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. He said that regional newspapers and oblast TV channels will be abolished and united. “Now this initiative is supported and being considered by the Government,” Jamankulov said. The minister added that the media center will become a source of information for the region.

Economic week of Kyrgyzstan – July 15 – 21, 2019

Shadow economy. The size of the shadow economy of Kyrgyzstan makes 23% of the country's GDP. According to unofficial data, the size of the shadow economy is about 30-40%, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Avtandil Alybayev said. At the sam
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Economic week of Kyrgyzstan – July 15 – 21, 2019

Shadow economy. The size of the shadow economy of Kyrgyzstan makes 23% of the country's GDP. According to unofficial data, the size of the shadow economy is about 30-40%, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Avtandil Alybayev said. At the same time, he said that digital technologies are being introduced to remove the economy from the shadows. “For example, the electronic tax fiscalization system removes a certain part of the shadow. There is also a state program to increase non-cash payments implemented by the National Bank and the government,” he explained. New businesses. 108 enterprises have been commissioned in Kyrgyzstan since the beginning of 2019. This allowed the creation of almost 1.5 thousand jobs. According to data of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, the largest part of the enterprises created is in Osh oblast - 30, Batken oblast - 23, Naryn - 15. Among the 108 enterprises in almost all areas there are large ones. Thus, one of the largest enterprises in Chui Oblast is a paper mill in Shopokov, a sewing knitwear factory and a plant for the manufacture of concrete products. In Naryn oblast, enterprises for the production of ready-mixed concrete, for the production of food products, and for the processing of food products have been opened. In Issyk-Kul Oblast, a cemetery factory, a workshop for the production of felt products, has been created. Business with Korea. This week, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon paid the first official visit Kyrgyzstan in the history of bilateral relations. Together with him, representatives of South Korean business arrived in Kyrgyzstan, who held a joint forum with Kyrgyz businessmen with the participation of Heads of Government of the two countries. “I believe that the result of the Kyrgyz-Korean business forum will be mutually beneficial long-term agreements in the future,” said Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev at the Kyrgyzstan-South Korea forum organized during the first official visit of the South Korean Prime Minister to Bishkek. He noted that, this forum is a significant event in strengthening the trade and economic relations between the two countries. “The President of the Kyrgyz Republic declared this year the Year of Regional Development and Digitalization, in this regard, we are interested in adopting from Korea a successful model of agricultural development, regional development, digitalization, green economy and public health,” he said. Abylgaziev expressed confidence that My Village project, which is launched in Kyrgyzstan will be a great impetus to the development of Kyrgyz villages. “I believe that within the framework of this forum productive negotiations between the business of the two countries will take place today. I also believe that as a result of these negotiations in the future we will reach mutually beneficial agreements,” he said. The prime minister noted that the participation of the heads of government of the two countries in this forum shows the commitment of the two governments to strengthening trade and economic ties between them. In conclusion, Abylgaziyev expressed the hope that Kyrgyz-Korean relations in the future will develop dynamically and progress. Two agreements with the Koreans. This week, two documents were signed at the Kyrgyz-Korean business forum. “This business forum and the first official visit of Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon to Kyrgyzstan and an impressive delegation of more than 120 representatives of the company are inspiring. We hope for practical results of the visit. Only today, two documents were signed: the construction of an enterprise for the production of fiber-optic cables, which is a good basis for the development of Internet communications and computer technologies in Kyrgyzstan and the development of resort services (SPA tourism). We know what achievements Korea has achieved in medicine. Now we already have good examples in Issyk-Kul. Ophthalmologists and other areas work there. This document will contribute to the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan,” said VicePresident of the Chamber of Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic Amangeldy Davletaliev. To Kuwait market. The Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the State of Kuwait, in the framework of promoting domestic products, held a festival of fresh fruits and berries grown in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation and tasting of fruits and berries were organized in the embassy building. The fragrant aroma of melon and raspberry, bean salads, sweet apricots and dried apricots, herbal tea and apple and pear sherbet, as well as Kyrgyz cheese decorated the table. The specified products were delivered fresh from Kyrgyzstan. During the fruit demonstration, Kuwaiti importers showed interest in Kyrgyz products. A number of heads of diplomatic missions, fruit importing companies, management of the Lulu hypermarket shopping center network and B2B Foodstuff Company WLL, wholesalers, airlines (Jazeera airways, AirArabia), mass media representatives and famous bloggers were invited to the festival. KOICA and projects. In the near future, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) intends to launch another 4 projects in Kyrgyzstan worth USD 20.5 million. Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev,following talks with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, said that they discussed issues related to the support of the Korean side in the implementation of digital technologies and support for the regions of Kyrgyzstan. “In this regard, I would like to thank the Korean side, including the Korean agency KOICA, for their intention to allocate a grant for the modernization of electronic public services through the system of interdepartmental electronic interaction “Tunduk”. In addition, today we are planning to officially open another important joint project for the development of regions of Kyrgyzstan through KOICA. This is the project “My Village”, which at one time gave a significant impetus to the development and was the mainstay of all of South Korea,” said Abylgaziev. Trade with Kazakhstan. This week a scheme was announced that on electricity trade between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. According to this scheme, the supply of electricity from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan is made in the period from July to August 2019 in a total volume of up to 270 million kWh, and then the received amount of electricity from Kazakhstan is returned to Kyrgyzstan from September 1 to November 30, 2019. Such a scheme of relations between the countries is due to the high demand of water in the southern regions of Kazakhstan in the hottest period of the year, when agricultural producers are in dire need of irrigation water. Electricity supplies in the framework of the exchange of goods began on July 6, 2019 as part of the 8th Kyrgyz-Kazakh Intergovernmental Council. Kabar News Agency

Kyrgyzstan bags 4 medals at Belarus Open Athletics Cup

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won 4 medals at Belarus Open Athletics Cup. The press service of the Kyrgyz Athletics Federation said that the competition is held in Brest city. On the first day of the tournament the national team
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Kyrgyzstan bags 4 medals at Belarus Open Athletics Cup

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won 4 medals at Belarus Open Athletics Cup. The press service of the Kyrgyz Athletics Federation said that the competition is held in Brest city. On the first day of the tournament the national team won three awards, one of which was a gold one-Darya Maslova won the 5000 meters race. Nursultan Keneshbekov finished third in the men's 5000 meters race, with a bronze medal. Musulman Dzholomanov became a silver medalist in 1500 meters race. Today Nursultan Keneshbekov successfully competed in the 3000 meters race and became silver medalist. His result was 8:16:21.

Meeting of headquarters for Concept of Digital Transformation implementation held

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the national headquarters for the coordination of the Roadmap on the implementation of the Digital Kyrgyzstan Concept of Digital Transformation was held under the chairmanship of First Deputy Prime Minister of th
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Meeting of headquarters for Concept of Digital Transformation implementation held

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the national headquarters for the coordination of the Roadmap on the implementation of the Digital Kyrgyzstan Concept of Digital Transformation was held under the chairmanship of First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Boronov. A number of issues, related to the implementation of the second stage of the Safe City project, connection of social objects and regional subdivisions of public authorities to the Internet, development and implementation of projects in digital transformation were discussed at the meeting with the participation of representatives of public authorities and local self-government bodies, the press service of the Government said. Kubatbek Boronov noted that the national headquarters was created to speed up the issues of digital transformation and coordination of projects implementation. “Residents of remote areas, rural areas should feel the simplification of public services. One of the serious issues is the provision of Internet access to the regions. Our main requirement is that every government agency providing services at the district and city levels should be connected to the network,” Kubatbek Boronov said, instructing representatives of local authorities to work out issues, related to the provision of the regions with the Internet in cooperation with Kyrgyztelecom OJSC. Participants of the meeting noted that the city and district digitalization headquarters will be formed, the district heads and mayors of the cities become their heads. As a result of the meeting, state and local authorities were instructed to start preparing the road infrastructure for the installation and implementation of the second phase of the Safe City project, as well as to begin outreach work in the regions on the implementation of the second phase of the Safe City project. At present, Kyrgyztelecom OJSC has connected 556 general education institutions, 288 rural districts, 580 medical institutions (hospitals, polyclinics, fuel and lubricants) to the Internet, and started to connect post offices. By the end of 2019, Kyrgyztelecom OJSC plans to connect 104 additional rural educational institutions, 102 rural districts, 600 medical institutions and 700 post offices.

Ala-Archa - most favorite place of Kyrgyz citizens and tourists

Ala-Archa natural park is the most favorite place of townspeople during hot summer days. It is located 30 km south of Kyrgyzstan’s capital city of Bishkek, on the slopes of the Kyrgyz Range. This place is very popular among the citizens primarily because
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Ala-Archa - most favorite place of Kyrgyz citizens and tourists

Ala-Archa natural park is the most favorite place of townspeople during hot summer days. It is located 30 km south of Kyrgyzstan’s capital city of Bishkek, on the slopes of the Kyrgyz Range. This place is very popular among the citizens primarily because of its accessibility and proximity to Bishkek, as well as the magnificent nature, the cold rivers, where one can hide from the exhausting summer heat. Ala-Archa natural park is a small valley inside the gorge, the ridges of which are covered with eternal ice, and the slopes with the most beautiful fir forests. The streams of melt water flow on the slopes of the glaciers, which then turn into the Ala-Archa river. The Ala-Archa river, with a total length of 76 km, originates from glaciers on the northern slope of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too and flows through the territory of the gorge. “Ala” is translated as “stripe” or “varicolored” and “archa" is juniper - a coniferous plant of the cypress family. The gorge, park and river all got their names because of the numerous juniper trees that cover the mountain slopes of the gorge. A great diversity of juniper trees and shrubs in the gorge, with different colors and shapes, gives a feeling that the gorge is varicolored. Kyrgyz people used to burn archa twigs in homes as they believe that the smoke helps to get rid of bad smells (especially during flu epidemic) and to chase away evil spirits. However, people do not plant junipers near houses, because it is believed that they gradually sap energy from human beings living close-by. Ala-Archa natural park, as the most beautiful place, is the favorite place of tourists too. The high guests are also often brought here during their official visits to our republic. And for lovers of hiking this place is a paradise. The park’s plants continue to interest for many years not only local but also foreign dendrologists. Ala-Archa alpine camp is located at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The alpine camp was once something of a Mecca for Soviet climbers, who organized here ascents in large numbers. The park has laid many routes, both for climbers and for trekking. There are a lot of peaks around: the Korona peak, the Semenov Tien-Shansky peak and others. The park is divided into four zones: a recreation area, an area for feeding and tracking animals, a sport climbing area and a recovery area. Ala-Archa natural park has the status of a national and is protected by the state.

Agreement on additional financing for CAREC projects ratified

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov signed the Law “On ratification of the Loan Agreement (Standard Operations (on preferential terms) (Connection road project, 1 and 3 CAREC Corridors, Phase 2 - Additional
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Agreement on additional financing for CAREC projects ratified

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov signed the Law “On ratification of the Loan Agreement (Standard Operations (on preferential terms) (Connection road project, 1 and 3 CAREC Corridors, Phase 2 - Additional Financing) between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), signed on 28 Dec., 2018 in Bishkek and the Grant Agreement (Special Operations) (Connection road project, 1 and 3 CAREC Corridors, Phase 2 - Additional Financing) between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Asian Development Bank signed on 28 Dec., 2018 in Bishkek", the press service of the Kyrgyz President reported. The law was adopted by the Parliament on 27 June 2019. In accordance with this Law, the Ministry of Finance shall duly notify the ADB of the completion of the domestic procedures, necessary for the entry into force of the above agreements. The law comes into force after 10 days from the date of official publication.

Bishkek to host Save Snow Leopard charity race

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. The Save the Snow Leopard first international charity race will take place in Bishkek on September 15. The Save the Snow Leopard international race is one of the international charitable organizations and part of the funds
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Bishkek to host Save Snow Leopard charity race

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. The Save the Snow Leopard first international charity race will take place in Bishkek on September 15. The Save the Snow Leopard international race is one of the international charitable organizations and part of the funds will be donated to the Global Program for the Conversation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystem (GSLEP). The route of the race will run along the central streets of Bishkek, past monuments and historical buildings, the race includes three distances of 1 km, 14 km and 21 km. Registration for the race will last until September 8. The total prize fund of the race is KGS 4 500 000. The Save the Snow Leopard international charity race is supported by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Agency for Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports. Organizers are Nomad Sport public association and Global Program for the Conservation of Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems (GSLEP).

More than 500 convicts released in 2019- SSPE

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. More than 500 convicts were already released in 2019, Cholpon Omurakunova, the Chairwoman of the Social Council of the Kyrgyz State Service for Execution of Punishments told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. A
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More than 500 convicts released in 2019- SSPE

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. More than 500 convicts were already released in 2019, Cholpon Omurakunova, the Chairwoman of the Social Council of the Kyrgyz State Service for Execution of Punishments told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. According to her data, since the beginning of this year, the courts have been sent submissions on the revision of criminal cases regarding 8 thousand 590 convicted prisoners, who are serving sentences of imprisonment. “To date, the courts have considered 7 thousand 92 submissions. As a result, 570 people were released from prison, while 3 thousand 100 people were left without change in their sentences, 721 people were denied a review of criminal cases, while previously imposed sentences of 2 thousand 701 prisoners were changed, of whom 421 were previously granted amnesty,” the chairwoman said. She also added that to date, the results of the criminal case reviews of 1 thousand 498 convicted persons had not yet been received.

Kyrgyzstan to launch key innovative digital solution within one month

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /KIabar/. A key innovative digital solution under the working title Government as a Platform will be launched in Kyrgyzstan at the end of August, Chairman of the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communications of the Ky
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Kyrgyzstan to launch key innovative digital solution within one month

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /KIabar/. A key innovative digital solution under the working title Government as a Platform will be launched in Kyrgyzstan at the end of August, Chairman of the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic Dastan Dogoyev told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. He said that, it is a virtual space (smart solution) for citizens to receive a wide range of services (public and private) through the interaction of government and business at one point using digital technologies. “The innovation is of a social nature and allows for quicker, easier, more convenient, time-saving, contactless interaction and receiving various kinds of information. The concept of Government as a Platform is expected to become a successful case of partnership between the state and the business sector in the face of the banking and telecommunications sectors. The launch of the solution should result in the automated receipt of 189 services by Kyrgyz citizens, reduction of queues by 30% in the Public Service Centers, transfer within the framework of the initiative of about 0.5 million people for digital interaction and, as a consequence, increase in the level of satisfaction of the population with digital services,” Dogoyev said. Chairman Dogoyev said digital transformation is not just a mechanical process of automation and conversion into an electronic format of interaction. “This is a new philosophy and ideology for digital nomads. It is an opportunity for Kyrgyzstan to find its niche in the global digital economy and not to lose its national identity in the age of globalization,” he said.

Sixty public bodies in Kyrgyzstan connect to e-interaction system

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Sixty public bodies have already been connected to Tunduk electronic interaction system, Nuriya Kutnayeva, the Director of the Electronic Interaction Center under the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communica
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Sixty public bodies in Kyrgyzstan connect to e-interaction system

Bishkek, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Sixty public bodies have already been connected to Tunduk electronic interaction system, Nuriya Kutnayeva, the Director of the Electronic Interaction Center under the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communications of Kyrgyzstan told during the press conference at Kabar News Agency. According to her data, number of public bodies that exchange data with each other through the Tunduk system has increased from 5 in 2018 to 24 at present. As of July this year, 24 public bodies exchange data, and the number of data exchanges has reached 1.9 million transactions, Kutnayeva said. She also noted that the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Finance, the State Registration Service use electronic data exchange most of all. Deputy Director of the Electronic Interaction Center Azamat Bourzhuyev said that through the Tunduk system obtaining of 11 certificates will be automated by the end of 2019 i.e. the public body that requests a certificate, can obtain data online from the relevant authority. Besides, Director Kutnayeva noted that the Tunduk system has improved the traceability of transport and reduces the accountability of entrepreneurs to public bodies, because this process will be automated. Note, that in May this year, Estonia’s E-Governance Academy awarded Kyrgyzstan for the best implementation of the Tunduk electronic governance system.

Uzbekistan's GDP grows by 5.8% in H1 2019

Tashkent, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Uzbekistan's GDP in the first half of the year grew by 5.8% compared to the same period in 2018, First Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry Ravshan Gulyamov said during the first meeting of the Economic Council on the impl
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Uzbekistan's GDP grows by 5.8% in H1 2019

Tashkent, July 19, 2019. /Kabar/. Uzbekistan's GDP in the first half of the year grew by 5.8% compared to the same period in 2018, First Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry Ravshan Gulyamov said during the first meeting of the Economic Council on the implementation of the road map of the main directions of structural reforms in Uzbekistan in 2019-2021. According to his data, GDP growth in the first half of the year amounted to 5.8% per annum, which is higher than predictions, and inflation in Uzbekistan's consumer market was 5.6%. “The current monetary policy shows that everything is under control,” Ravshan Gulyamov said. In early March, the International Monetary Fund reported on the forecast of GDP growth in Uzbekistan in 2019 at the level of 5.5% due to the inflow of investment into the country. According to the Fund's experts, inflation in Uzbekistan in 2019 will remain at last year's level of 15%. Earlier, the Uzbek Government announced GDP growth in 2018 by 5.1%, in 2019 the economy is expected to grow by 5.4% and inflation by 15.5%.

World Bank appoints new Country Manager for Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - Jean-Francois Marteau, a French national, with over 20 years of experience in economic policy implementation and project management, has been appointed the World Bank's new Country Manager in Kazakhstan, Kazinform has learnt from the W
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World Bank appoints new Country Manager for Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - Jean-Francois Marteau, a French national, with over 20 years of experience in economic policy implementation and project management, has been appointed the World Bank's new Country Manager in Kazakhstan, Kazinform has learnt from the WB’s press service. Mr. Marteau will lead the World Bank policy dialogue with counterparts in Kazakhstan and manage the country program and country team based in Nur-Sultan. Mr. Marteau succeeds Mr. Ato Brown who led World Bank operations in Kazakhstan from February 2016 to June 2019. Under Mr. Marteau’s leadership, the World Bank will continue to support Kazakhstan’s development priorities, working closely with government and development partners, civil society, and the private sector. «I am very happy to start working with the Government on the implementation of the Kazakhstan 2025 strategy and the government’s reforms», said Jean-Francois Marteau, World Bank Country Manager for Kazakhstan. Jean-Francois brings to his new role deep knowledge of Bank operations and a track record in designing and leading a broad range of projects. He also brings a unique combination of experiences working in the world’s most fragile countries as well as high-income countries. Before this assignment, he held leadership positions in the World Bank’s infrastructure and sustainable development sectors, including as a Transport Global Lead for infrastructure financing. Mr. Marteau also coordinated the World Bank’s activities related to sustainable development in the European Union (EU) member states, including advisory services to the European Commission and several EU member states in transport policy, water sector reform, regional development and urban development, as well as investment in all infrastructure and environment sectors. Jean-Francois Marteau was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process. Kazakhstan joined the World Bank Group in July 1992. Over 27 years, the World Bank has become a major development partner for Kazakhstan by supporting a diverse range of policy areas – from finances and social services to critical infrastructure for a total of more than US$8 billion for 47 projects. Source: https://www.inform.kz/en/world-bank-appoints-new-country-manager-for-kazakhstan_a3548973

Official visit of South Korean PM to Kyrgyzstan - photo report

Bishkek, July 19, 2019 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan on July 17 - 19, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. Within the framework of the official visit, several events took plac
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Official visit of South Korean PM to Kyrgyzstan - photo report

Bishkek, July 19, 2019 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan on July 17 - 19, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported. Within the framework of the official visit, several events took place, including two Kyrgyz-Korean business forums with the participation of more than 50 Korean companies, meetings in the B2B format and a number of bilateral meetings. During the talks, the sides discussed issues of further development of cooperation in trade, agriculture, health care, the mining industry, tourism, energy, transport, textile industry, information technologies, as well as strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties. Also the prime minister of the Republic of Korea was received by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Following the official visit, a number of bilateral documents were signed.

Chinese researchers design smart energy harvester on human knee

WASHINGTON. KAZINFORM - Chinese researchers have developed a device that can harvest energy from its wearer's knee and generate 1.6 microwatts of power while the wearer walks at a normal speed without any increase in effort, Xinhua reports. The study publish
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Chinese researchers design smart energy harvester on human knee

WASHINGTON. KAZINFORM - Chinese researchers have developed a device that can harvest energy from its wearer's knee and generate 1.6 microwatts of power while the wearer walks at a normal speed without any increase in effort, Xinhua reports. The study published in the latest edition of Applied Physics Letters described the device that can power gadgets like health monitoring equipment and GPS devices. A group of researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) used a smart macro-fiber material, generating energy from any sort of bending to create a mechanism similar to the slider-crank used to drive a motor. They attached the device to the knee since the knee joint has larger range of motion than most other human joints. Every time the knee flexes, the device bends and captures the biomechanical energy through the natural motion of the human knee, according to the study. The prototype device weighs only 307 grams and was tested on human subjects walking at speeds from two to 6.5 kilometers per hour. It can be used by climbers and mountaineers. The wearers' breathing patterns with and without the device indicated that the energy required to walk was unchanged, meaning that the device is generating power at no cost to the human. «Self-powered equipment can enable users to get rid of the inconvenient daily charge,» said Liao Wei-Hsin, professor of engineering at CUHK and the paper's corresponding author. This energy harvester would promote the development of self-powered smart wearable devices, according to Liao. Source: https://www.inform.kz/en/chinese-researchers-design-smart-energy-harvester-on-human-knee_a3548958

Regular meeting of Road Traffic Safety Commission held in Bishkek

Bishkek, July 19, 2019 /Kabar/. A regular meeting of the Commission on Road Traffic Safety under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov, the press service of the Government reported. The
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Regular meeting of Road Traffic Safety Commission held in Bishkek

Bishkek, July 19, 2019 /Kabar/. A regular meeting of the Commission on Road Traffic Safety under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov, the press service of the Government reported. The meeting participants noted negative trend of increasing the number of traffic accidents in almost all regions of the country, except for the sections of roads where the Safe City project is implemented. The members of the Commission noted the need for full and timely implementation of the measures provided for in the Action Plan for the implementation of a set of measures to reform the road safety system. Deputy PM Razakov stressed that the heads of specialized state structures bear personal responsibility for the implementation of the Plan and the state of emergency on the roads. In addition, at the meeting the issue of the advisability of changing fines for certain types of violations of traffic rules was considered. However, the members of the Commission decided that it would not be appropriate to establish liability for driving under the influence of alcohol within the Code of Violations. The liability in the form of a fine in the amount of KGS 17,500 (about USD 251) established by the Code of Violations has already had a preventive effect, as a result of which the number of traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol has decreased, and the number of registered violations of this category at the end of the six-month period decreased by a factor of three and amounted to 2,211 facts (5,911 for the same period in 2018). At the meeting the sides touched upon the issues of certification of the republic's highways, toughening the control over the activity of driving schools, as well as the necessity of liquidation of the dangerous road sections. Following the meeting, a number of relevant instructions were given to the relevant public authorities.

Recognition of best companies in the textile and clothing sector of Tajikistan

For the first time in Tajikistan, the textile and clothing companies and entrepreneurs with best achievements in 2019 received recognition and awards. On Thursday July 18, the Union of Private Sector Development of Tajikistan (UPSDT) in cooperation with the
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Recognition of best companies in the textile and clothing sector of Tajikistan

For the first time in Tajikistan, the textile and clothing companies and entrepreneurs with best achievements in 2019 received recognition and awards. On Thursday July 18, the Union of Private Sector Development of Tajikistan (UPSDT) in cooperation with the International Trade Center (ITC)’s Global Textile and Clothing Program, which is funded by the Swiss Government, organized the National Forum on the Textile and Clothing Sector of Tajikistan in Dushanbe. According to ITC Tajikistan, representatives of the textile and clothing companies, trade and business associations, consulting companies, related state agencies, and international organizations gathered together to discuss development issues of the textile and clothing sector in the country. Mr. Fayzali Rajabov, who was elected yesterday as Chairman of Board of the Union of Private Sector Development of Tajikistan (UPSDT) for another three years term, said: “Our neighbors pay close attention to their textile and clothing sector and provide incentives and support them to enter regional and global markets in addition to dominating own internal clothing markets. We shouldn’t be off the trend and we have to think on how we can increase full processing of cotton fiber to the final product within the country. Only by improving the capacity of local textile and clothing companies and provision of favorable legal, intellectual, and financial environment we can reach the strategic goal of full cotton processing to the final product within the country, be competitive in the regional and international markets and not to lose our positions in the domestic market”. A representative of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Tajikistan introduced the Forum participants with current situation in the sector and state programs on developing the full processing of the cotton fiber to the final product, as well as spinning, yarn weaving, knitting, and garment production. A study on the current status of Tajikistan’s apparel market conducted by Professor Azizullo Avezov and consulting company “Business Consulting” with ITC support has been presented in this event. Also, the Forum participants were familiarized with activities and programs of the UPSDT, the textile and clothing companies, the ITC GTEX program, and the Tajikistan’s Light Industry Sector Labor Union. During the Forum, for the first time in Tajikistan the best companies and entrepreneurs of the clothing and textile sector of the country in 2019 were recognized in five categories and awarded: best company in full processing of cotton finer: 1) “Giavoni” (Khujand); 2) “CATH” (Khujand); best spinning company: “Fayzi Istiqlol – 2011” (Hisor); Best knitting company: “Vahdat” (Yovon); best garment factory: 1) “Lider” (Khujand); 2) “Gulistoni Dushanbe” (Dushanbe); and best sector young entrepreneur: Mr. Ilhom Mirzoyev, owner and director, “Vahdat” (Yovon). Tajikistan’s textile and clothing sector veterans and heads of the active UPSDT members were also been recognized for their role and efforts in development of the country’s industry. At the end, new members of the UPSDT Board, the UPSDT Steering Committee, as well as the new UPSDT Board Chairman were elected. The International Trade Center, supported by the Government of Switzerland, aims to increase the export competitiveness of the Tajik textile and clothing sector by supporting sector companies, and relevant trade support institutions from both public and private sectors. Source: https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/economic/20190719/recognition-of-best-companies-in-the-textile-and-clothing-sector-of-tajikistan

Government Tolerance Exhibition to take place on sidelines of World Tolerance Summit

DUBAI, 17th July, 2019 (WAM) -- An exhibition titled 'Government Tolerance Exhibition' will be held on the sidelines of World Tolerance Summit, WTS, taking place on 13th and 14th November under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makto
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Government Tolerance Exhibition to take place on sidelines of World Tolerance Summit

DUBAI, 17th July, 2019 (WAM) -- An exhibition titled 'Government Tolerance Exhibition' will be held on the sidelines of World Tolerance Summit, WTS, taking place on 13th and 14th November under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This year’s summit is themed Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving the Social, Economic and Humane Benefits of a Tolerant World. The exhibition is aimed at highlighting initiatives and innovative projects implemented by government agencies in promoting coexistence and respect for diversity and pluralism at workplaces in line with the values of the Founding Father, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Khalifa Mohammed Al Suwaidi, General Coordinator of the WTS, said, "The committee decided to organise a special exhibition out of its keenness to provide all means that will ensure healthy and stable workplaces that does not differentiate between the colour, religion or race, and instils values of accepting and respecting views of others, thereby establishing the rules of tolerance and spreading its values and principles among individuals and society. Al Suwaidi urged government institutions and departments to participate in the two-day event, which would outline a set of practices and programmes, that are being used in the dissemination of the values of tolerance, justice and equality in the society. The summit hosts more than 2,000 high-profile figures. The list includes government leaders, peace experts, academics, specialists, social workers, envoys from the international diplomatic community, International and local associations, organisations and representatives of the public and private sectors within an intensive and qualitative programme focused on promoting the values of tolerance and multiculturalism and accepting others to build a tolerant world in a multicultural society.

21st Central Asia Media Conference concludes in Bishkek

BISHKEK, 18 July 2019 – The 21st Central Asia Media Conference organized by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, concluded today in Bishkek. During the two-day conference, journalists and representatives from the media and NGOs,
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21st Central Asia Media Conference concludes in Bishkek

BISHKEK, 18 July 2019 – The 21st Central Asia Media Conference organized by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, concluded today in Bishkek. During the two-day conference, journalists and representatives from the media and NGOs, together with international experts and state representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, discussed issues and challenges arising in the context of new media technologies in Central Asia. Topics included the conditions for establishing an open and secure internet, media for minorities and self-regulation. The conference was also an opportunity to discuss the most recent media freedom developments across the region.The conference was opened by Désir, together with the Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic, Azamat Zhamankulov, the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nuran Niyazaliev, and the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Ambassador Pierre von Arx. “Since our last meeting in Nur-Sultan last year, there have been many developments in media freedom. In some countries we have seen improvements, but journalists still face threats to their safety and restrictions on their activities,” said Désir, “In the past year, I had to intervene with State authorities on different cases of blocking of websites, prosecution of journalists, detentions and fines.” “At the same time, steps taken by some States show that improvement is indeed possible. This is why we are particularly pleased to have organized this conference in Kyrgyzstan, where in recent years we have seen important progress in the field of media freedom,” said the Representative. “In the face of many challenges linked to digitalization, it is necessary to open the media landscape, and to allow more space for diverse views in the entire region.” The conference participants also discussed the main challenges to media development and media freedom at a time of digital transformation, including its impact on the financial sustainability of media, moderating online content as well as terrorist propaganda, hate speech and so-called ‘fake news’. The Representative insisted that any model of national online regulation must adhere to international human rights standards, in particular, those pertaining to freedom of expression. Concluding the conference, a new set of recommendations were presented by the Representative that provide guidelines for future policies which will support media pluralism, a legal regulatory framework supportive of media freedom, and self-regulation in the new digital environment. On the occasion of the conference, the Representative also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chingiz Aidarbekov, and Minister Zhamankulov to discuss media freedom in the country as well as future co-operation. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. He provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments.

Abylgaziev asks Lee Nak-yon to protect strong friendship bridge in Korea

Bishkek, July 18, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev asked South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon to protect strong friendship bridge in Korea. Abylgaziev noted that the Republic of Korea is a great friend of Kyrgyzstan. “We h
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Abylgaziev asks Lee Nak-yon to protect strong friendship bridge in Korea

Bishkek, July 18, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev asked South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon to protect strong friendship bridge in Korea. Abylgaziev noted that the Republic of Korea is a great friend of Kyrgyzstan. “We have a long history in common. Today we have more than 17 thousand ethnic Koreans - citizens of Kyrgyzstan. Among them are many successful entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes and public figures, of whom Kyrgyzstan is proud. As you noted yesterday, local young people are very actively interested in the culture of the Korean people, studying the Korean language, more than ever before pop music and Korean serials are very popular in our country,” Abylgaziev said. He noted that there are more than six Kyrgyz citizens in Korea, including 400 students who study in advanced universities of Korea. “I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to protect our strong bridge of friendship in Korea,” the Kyrgyz prime minister said.

Sheikh Mohamed’s visit to China: Another milestone in UAE-China comprehensive strategic partnership

ABU DHABI, 18th July, 2019 -- The UAE-China bilateral relations have progressed steadily since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1984. The strong economic, political, cultural, and people-to-people relations were elevated to a comprehensive strategic p
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Sheikh Mohamed’s visit to China: Another milestone in UAE-China comprehensive strategic partnership

ABU DHABI, 18th July, 2019 -- The UAE-China bilateral relations have progressed steadily since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1984. The strong economic, political, cultural, and people-to-people relations were elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day state visit to the UAE in July 2018. Now with the official announcement of the state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China next week, another milestone in the relations between the two country will be witnessed. Although relations flourished in almost all sectors, an impressive growth in bilateral trade during the past 35 years was remarkable. Now, China is the UAE’s second largest trading partners, with almost US$60 billion bilateral trade in 2017, which is expected to reach up to US$70 billion by 2020. The UAE provides Chinese businesses a platform to access vast emerging markets surrounding it with a total population of over 2 billion. Over 4,000 Chinese companies are operating in the UAE. The UAE accounted for 30 percent of Chinese exports to Arab countries, and 22 percent of the Sino-Arab trade in 2017. Among Arab countries, the UAE, with a total investment of over US$2.1 billion, has the largest number of investment projects in China as of 2017. The total value of the Foreign Direct Investments, FDIs, from China in the UAE reached US$9.1 billion (AED33.42 billion) in 2017, according to the Chinese Business Council in the UAE. Since Emiratis and Chinese travellers started getting visa on arrival at each other’s countries, tourism and people-to-people ties have developed further. The UAE is the first Middle East country whose nationals with ordinary passports enjoy visa-free entry to China. In 2017, the number of Chinese tourist visiting the UAE exceeded one million for the first time and about 3.5 million Chinese tourists transited through the UAE. The UAE hosts an estimated 200,000 Chinese nationals who constitute the largest Chinese diaspora in the Middle East. Most of them are living in Dubai and there is a small community of around 2,000 in Abu Dhabi. The growing relations have reflected in cultural and educational domains as well. An initiative to teach Chinese language in 100 UAE schools is underway. The first batch of 20 Chinese teachers have already started teaching in 11 schools across the UAE. Since the 2015 state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Force, the high-level bilateral interactions have become more frequent. The state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to China in April 2019 witnessed announcements of two mega projects worth a total of US$3.4 billion investments. The first one was a megaproject to build a 'traders market' that would be built along Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road opposite to Expo Dubai, over an initial area of 20 million square feet, which could go up to 60 million square feet. The Chinese company Yiwu will invest US$2.4 billion in the project that includes large logistics warehouses and wholesale retail outlets, which will strengthen Jebel Ali Free Zone’s role in supporting regional and global trade movement. The second agreement was signed with the China-Arab investment Fund, which would invest US$1 billion to implement a 'vegetable basket' project in Dubai comprising huge complexes and cold storage warehouses for importing, processing, packaging, storage and re-export of agricultural, livestock and fish products. The two agreements were signed during Sheikh Mohammed’s visit to China, leading the UAE’s delegation to the ‘Second Belt and Road Conference for International Cooperation’ held in Beijing. The Conference was attended by 40 world leaders and over 150 delegates. The previous high-level visit - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UAE in July 2018 - was a historic occasion for many reasons. After the high-level talks, the two sides issued a joint declaration on establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership. Leaders from both sides witnessed the signing of the cooperative document on the China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. President Xi was conferred with the Order of Zayed, the UAE's highest civil decoration. Both sides also signed 13 strategic deals, including agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, MoUs. The deals were on construction of embassies and cultural centres, energy cooperation, e-commerce, agriculture, cooperation on the ‘Silk Road’ Initiative and the 21st Century ‘Maritime Silk Road Initiative’, cooperation between state-owned oil companies, mutual cooperation in the customs issues, creating a platform for financial services and innovation on industrial capacity cooperation within the framework of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiatives, and partnership and investment in ‘Noor Abu Dhabi’, the world's largest single solar energy project.

Kyrgyz, Korean PMs take part in KOICA project presentation

Bishkek, July 18, 2019. /Kabar/. The presentation of the My village project of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) took place in Bishkek. The event was attended by Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and South Korea Lee Nak
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Kyrgyz, Korean PMs take part in KOICA project presentation

Bishkek, July 18, 2019. /Kabar/. The presentation of the My village project of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) took place in Bishkek. The event was attended by Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and South Korea Lee Nak-yon, members of the Korean delegation, entrepreneurs and agricultural producers. The Kyrgyz prime minister in his speech noted that Korea was able to successfully implement the model of agricultural development, regional development, digitalization and green economy. “Today, South Korea is one of the leading countries with developed economies, and this is a great achievement of the My Village project. This project has become a great support in the development of the whole South Korea. And today we are present at the launch of this project in Kyrgyzstan. We believe that this project will be a big boost to the development of our villages,” Abylgaziev said. His Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon said today South Korea's economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Villages are the driving force behind the country's economic movement. Lee Nak-yeon is confident that this project will also raise the level of Kyrgyzstan's villages, and that agriculture becomes one of the most advanced and developed areas. The My Village is a pilot project. It will last three years. The project will cover 30 villages of Chui, Batken and Osh Oblasts.

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