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After his resignation from the post of head of state, the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev will not occupy any high state post. He made such a statement on March 24, in an interview for the media. “It is not necessary to occupy any position in order to stay in politics, so I'm not going to claim the post of prime minister or parliament speaker,” he stressed. The Kyrgyz president also added that if he really planned to occupy a position, he “would have initiated a completely different referendum.”



Last year, a total of about $25 million were invested in the tourism sector of Kyrgyzstan. Head of the Department of Tourism Azamat Zhamankulov reported this figure while delivering a speech at the conference “Preparation for the opening of the tourist season. How to attract tourists.” According to him, in 2016, about 4 million foreign tourists visited the country, while the exports of tourist services totaled $5 million.



This year, Kyrgyzstan plans to increase the acreage of a number of crops, such as vegetables, melons, sugar beets, tobacco and cotton. The Ministry of Economy of the Republic reported the news, noting that this measure was approved for the purpose of expedient and effective use of the areas allocated for agricultural production.



In 2016, Kyrgyzstan increased the volume of its exports to the countries that are members of the Eurasian Economic Union. This occurred despite the decline in the trade volume with these countries during the same period. Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Pankratov reported the news in a recent interview.



Kyrgyzstan will receive 100 million yuan from the Chinese government (at the current rate, it's about $14.5 million) as part of the gratuitous military assistance to the Kyrgyz army. The press service of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces reported the news on March 22. The corresponding agreement was signed following the official visit to China made by Chief of the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan, Major-General Raimberdi Duishenbiev. Within the framework of this visit, he held talks with Minister of Defense of the PRC, Colonel-General Chiang Wanquan.



Kyrgyzstan has every chance to join the Council of the International Telecommunication Union at the plenipotentiary conference of this organization, which will be held in summer 2018. The press service of the State Committee for Communications and Information Technology of the republic reported the news on March 21, referring to the results of the meeting of Bakyt Sharshembiev, the head of this structure, and Farida Dzhi Chakharini, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Indonesia.


On March 21, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev congratulated the residents of the republic with the traditional holiday of Navruz, or the day of the vernal equinox. As reported by the press-service of the President, Atambayev's greetings were read out on the central square of Bishkek by chief of the presidential apparatus Sapar Isakov. Worth recalling, Navruz is celebrated in all the Central Asian countries as the actual onset of astronomical spring.



All the 13 airlines of Kyrgyzstan have been once again included in the “black list” of air carriers, for which the access to the airspace of the EU member countries is prohibited. This is stated in the text of the agreement published on the official site of the European Commission. It also indicates that the reason for this decision was the discrepancy of the aircraft operated by these companies with the EU environmental requirements and safety standards. In addition, Kyrgyzstan's air carriers are again the only airlines of the CIS countries to appear on this list.


On March 15, Kyrgyz parliamentarians approved the draft law “On ratification of the agreement between the Asian Development Bank and Kyrgyzstan on financing the project of the connecting road: the CAREC corridors No.1 and No.3,” which was signed in Bishkek on December 2, 2016. Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads of the Republic Azimkan Zhusubaliev reported the news, adding that the project will link Batken, Jalal-Abad, Osh and Talas provinces with Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Chui provinces.



The unforeseen expenses during the first phase of construction of the alternative highway connecting the north and south of Kyrgyzstan exceeded $55 million. The Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Republic reported this information on March 14. The main reasons of the overspending included the complex relief at the work sites and the need to lay a new tunnel through the Kok-Art Pass.