Kyrgyz Prime Minister Appreciates Development Work of AKDN in Kyrgyzstan
On 20 February, Prime Minister Sapar Isakov met with Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Head of AKDN Representation Office in the Kyrgyz Republic. The two sides engaged in discussion of current issues and priority areas for further joint cooperation. The Head of Government noted that the Kyrgyz side places great importance to the cooperation with AKDN and expressed his appreciation for the Network’s assistance in addressing the current socio-economic issues of the country.
The Prime Minister underlined that the University of Central Asia in Naryn Oblast with modern facilities and educational resources serves as one of the shining examples of mutually beneficial cooperation. Additionally, Sapar Isakov thanked AKDN for regular humanitarian support extended by the Network to the ethnic Kyrgyz living in the Small Pamirs.
As noted by the Head of Government, the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), one of the major shareholders of which is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, makes an important contribution to the development of small and medium business in the country.
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Head of AKDN Representation Office in the Kyrgyz Republic conveyed warm regards of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV to the Prime Minister. He also noted positive changes in the country brought by implementation of the government programmes "40 Steps to a New Era" and "Taza Koom" (Smart Society).
"These government programmes are very powerful and effective. We are also happy to see a new team with high-level competencies," – noted Shamsh Kassim-Lakha.
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha underlined that implementation of projects to digitise the work of state bodies, provide population with clean drinking water and develop irrigation systems concur with AKDN priorities. He expressed readiness for further constructive cooperation in various directions.
Thereafter, the two sides engaged in detailed discussion of the Network’s investment plans, particularly construction of a new hotel, a school and residential apartments in Naryn town.
The two sides also discussed the possibilities for joint reconstruction of the Botanical Garden in Bishkek. As confirmed by Sapar Isakov, a Working Group has been established on this project, an Action Plan has been approved, within the framework of which it is planned to develop a project and cost estimate for the reconstruction of the Garden.
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha noted that AKDN has vast international experience in construction and reconstruction of parks in different countries of the world and expressed readiness for cooperation on this issue.