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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.



A new logistics center has started its work in the territory of Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. Its structure includes a modern specialized storage of frozen and fresh fruit with a capacity of up to 2,400 tons. The project was implemented with the participation of the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund, which allocated more than $1.5 million. The founder of the company says, “In our premises, apples can be safely stored for up to a year, without losing their appearance and quality. The maximum shelf life for apricots is 60 days, and cherries can be stored for 30 to 45 days.”


On March 30, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, hosted a press conference on the topic “Members of Public Supervisory Boards Reporting on Corruption Schemes in State Bodies.” A representative of the public council under the Ministry of Health of the Republic, Aybar Sultangaziev, spoke at the multimedia center “Sputnik Kyrgyzstan” and said that the anti-corruption plan of the government did not bring any results. He also added that the PSB staff under the Ministry of Health had developed a new plan to combat corruption, but its implementation had not yet begun.


In Bishkek, a briefing was held on the topic “Problems of veterinary and border control at the Kyrgyz-Kazakh and their solution within the priorities of the Address of the President of the Republic.” The event was participated by experts, political scientists and public figures of the two countries, representatives of the Kazakh Embassy in Bishkek, as well as journalists. The briefing discussed not only border problems, but also the ways to strengthen cooperation between the states of the region.



Approximately $600,000 dollars were allocated by the government of Kyrgyzstan for the process of identification of livestock animals in the republic and the subsequent creation of a corresponding electronic database. Chairman of the State Inspection for Phytosanitary and Veterinary Control under the Cabinet of Ministers Kalysbek Zhumakanov reported this news on March 28. “The government of Kyrgyzstan has allocated KGS40 million (about 600,000 dollars) for the project on identification of livestock animals.


On March 29, Bishkek saw a rally of supporters of Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of the opposition parliamentary party “Ata-Meken,” who had been taken into custody for two months on charges of corruption and fraud. Worth recalling, Tekebaev was detained by officers of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan on February 26, after his return from Vienna, where he took part in a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.