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In Kyrgyzstan, Omurbek Tekebaev, the leader of the Ata-Meken Socialist Party and the parliamentary opposition of the country, has been presented the final charges. As reported by the State Committee for National Security of the republic, on February 25, 2017, a case has been initiated against Tekebayev and a number of other persons under the articles “fraud” and “corruption.” The investigation was entrusted to the SCNS, and the next day Tekebayev and former Minister for Emergency Situations D. Chotonov were detained on suspicion of committing the above crimes.


Last year, the volume of trade between Kyrgyzstan and Iran amounted to $14.8 million, exceeding the 2015 indicator almost twofold. Minister of Economy of Kyrgyzstan Arzybek Kozhoshev reported this figure while delivering a speech at the Kyrgyz-Iranian business forum. He informed the Iranian businessmen and government representatives, “As of today, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan offers the most liberal tax regime in the entire region of Central Asia. Thus the income tax rate is only 10 percent, while the value added tax is 12 percent.”



On April 18, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov presented the 2016 report on the government's activity for consideration of the parliamentary majority coalition. In accordance with the effective legislation, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers shall submit a report on the government's activities to the national parliament every year, no later than May 15. Once submitted, the document shall be discussed by the parliamentary committees and factions; after that, it shall be put forward at a plenary session.



On April 14, Bishkek hosted the summit of the heads of the EEU countries, which resulted in the signing of a total of 11 documents. The heads of the EEU states that gathered in the capital of Kyrgyzstan decided to grant Moldova the status of an observer country in the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition, they also approved the main guidelines of the EEU macroeconomic policy in the period 2017-2018, and the rotation of two members of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission with simultaneous introduction of a number of changes into its rules of procedure.



The government of Kyrgyzstan plans to consider the possibility of phasing out orphan asylums in the republic, transforming them into social support institutions. Deputy Prime Minister Cholpon Sultanbekova made this statement on April 12. In her words, the conditions in orphanages “leave much to be desired.” Besides, all institutions have “ghost kids” on their balance, which has become a system. “In addition, 94 percent of children who are brought up in residential care institutions have both parents or one of them, as well as other relatives or guardians.


According to the results of the first quarter of 2017, the economy of Kyrgyzstan demonstrated an increase of 7.8 percent as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Deputy Chairperson of the National Statistics Committee Lyuksina Tekeeva made such a statement during the press conference held in Bishkek on April 11. In her words, the volume of the country's gross domestic product reached KGS86 billion.



There is nearing completion the second phase of construction of the main gas pipeline connecting the Bukhara gas-bearing region of Uzbekistan with the capital, Tashkent; further, it will go to Bishkek and Almaty. As reported by the press office of “Gazprom Kyrgyzstan,” reconstruction and construction of this main gas pipeline began in 2016. A total of 300 high-class specialists and 150 units of various equipment were involved in the work.



Since its establishment, the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund has approved the financing for projects totaling over UZS15 billion, or almost $22 million. Member of the board of this structure Erkin Asrandiyev reported this information, adding that these funds were invested in the economy of Kyrgyzstan through the provision of financing for large, medium and small businesses. “Over the 19 months of its work, the Fund has approved a total of 690 projects worth $221.6 million. In the national currency, this sum is equivalent to over UZS15 billion,” Asrandiyev said.


President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev instructed the muftis and state bodies of the country to closely monitor the religious situation in the republic. According to the press service of the head of state, this happened during a meeting between Mufti of the Kyrgyz Muslims Maksat Azhy Toktomushev and director of the State Commission for Religious Affairs Zayyrbek Ergeshov.


On April 3, the leaders of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan and Russia, Erlan Abdyldaev and Sergei Lavrov, held talks in Moscow and discussed prospects for further deepening of cooperation within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. According to the press release of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Abdyldaev will stay in Russia on his working visit for three days, April 2-4.