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  • ORASAM November 2019 / Number 7

    SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF CENTRAL ASIAN STATES HELD IN TASHKENT.

    MONTHLY NEWS BULLETIN FROM CENTRAL ASIA

    On 29 November 2019, the second Consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian States was held in Tashkent. The summit was attended by: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, President Emomali Rahmonof Tajikistan, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov of Turkmenistan. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev noted the necessitate the strengthening partnership based on mutual trust and coordination”. The next important direction is strengthening transport between the region. The necessity of accelerating the creation of a regional Council for Transport Communications, the harmonization of the Program and Agreement on the joint development of the Central Asian transport system. Third, expanding cooperation in the energy sector, Consider the possibility of implementing joint projects to create a modern energy infrastructure in the region, paying particular attention to increasing the share of renewable energy sources. Mirziyoyev noted the need to create a single, recognizable tourism brand in Central Asia with attractive regional tourism

    products.To this end, Mirziyoyev proposed holding the International Travel Conference “Traveling in Central Asia”. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said that “Climatic changes in the world are manifesting themselves more and more every year,” “Forty-five percent of the region’s water resources are formed in our mountains. Accordingly, in the near future we will face the real problem of lowering the water level in rivers. “As a result, it will inevitably affect the ecology of Central Asia, significantly reduce the potential of large hydropower plants,” the president of Kyrgyzstan warned. In this regard, he proposed to introduce in Central Asia mutual compensation mechanisms for the accumulation of water resources. “We expect that the costs of storage, management and delivery of water will be reimbursed accordingly. We urge the resumption of cooperation under the 1998 Agreement on the Use of Water and Energy Resources of the Naryn-Syr Darya River between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which provides for a compensation mechanism. “I am convinced that this will allow us to move forward in

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    resolving water and energy issues in the region for the sustainable development of our countries, ”he said. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the need to pay special attention to cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian field, So, in this area, Nazarbayev offers to allocate 10 grants for students from each country in the region, providing the right to study in the best universities in Kazakhstan. During his remarks, Nazarbayev proposed to conclude a five-sided Treaty on good neighborliness and cooperation for the development of Central Asia in the 21st century. “It is necessary to achieve the barrier-free Central Asia by removing obstacles to the movement of goods, services and capital,” he said. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited the heads of Central Asian countries to think about creating

    9TH MEETING OF KYRGYZ-TURKISH INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION WAS

    HELD IN ANKARA important points were included on the modernization of customs checkpoints, the creation of laboratories in the Kyrgyz Republic for complete genomic DNA analysis, as well as on the tissue compatibility of HLA, Cross Match and PRA, necessary for transplantology. Representatives of both sides noted the importance of holding the Commission on an annual basis, within which strategically important decisions are made to strengthen and strengthen relations between the two states. Issues such as science and education, healthcare, industry and subsoil use, labor and social protection, finance and banking, culture and tourism, transport and communications, were discussed. First Deputy Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov noted the need to take measures to implement agreements on the achievement of trade between both countries up to $ 1 billion. According to him, the holding of the Kyrgyz-Turkish business forum on November 1 this year will certainly give an additional momentum to the development of cooperation in the field of trade and investment. The sides outlined a plan to organize a large Kyrgyz- Turkish business forum on the shore of Lake Issyk Kul in the summer of 2020. At the end of the event, in order to effectively implement the decisions taken, an agreement was reached on the exchange of information on the progress in the implementation of the signed Action Plan on a quarterly basis.

    a five-sided Business Council,“The business council can make appropriate recommendations to governments, develop specific proposals on the investment agenda for cooperation with foreign business circles,” the President of Turkmenistan added. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon expressed the idea of creating an Investment Fund of Central Asia to fund the most promising regional projects. The relevant multilateral agreement on developing a regional mechanism for transport and transit cooperation could be concluding, said Tajik leader.The sharing of water resources was one of topics touched upon by the president of Tajikistan. Following the meeting, a joint statement was signed by the heads of state of Central Asia and a work plan for organizing a consultative meeting was adopted.

    The 9th meeting of the Intergovernmental Kyrgyz-Turkish Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, was held In the city of Ankara (Turkish Republic). Co-Chairmen of the Intergovernmental Kyrgyz-Turkish Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation were First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Boronov and Vice President of the Republic of Turkey Fuat Oktay. Following the meeting, the final Protocol of the meeting of the Commission and the Action Plan for Economic Cooperation, consisting of 76 points, aimed at solving specific problems in the field of trade, healthcare, education and veterinary medicine were signed. During additional negotiations with the Turkish side,

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    14 TON GOLD PRODUCTION IN KUMTOR MINE

    Asian Development Bank will allocate $ 100 million budget for the renovation of the Uch-Kurgansk Hydroelectric Power Plant in Kyrgyzstan’s Jalal-Abad region. To this end, the Kyrgyz Government and the Asian Development Bank signed a loan and grant agreement on 02.11.19 for the renovation project of the Uch-Kurgansk HPP. Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Finance press service reported that the total cost of the project will be around $ 160 million, according to the agreement. The Asian Development Bank allocated $ 100 million for the project. It is reported that 60 million dollars of this budget will be a loan and 40 million dollars will be a grant. The loan, the first 8 years grace period will be given for 32 years. The Government of Kyrgyzstan also plans to borrow another $ 45 million from the Eurasian Development Bank. Kyrgyzstan is planning to contribute $ 15 million to the project. The budget will be used to replace the electromechanical

    equipment and hydraulic units in the plant, reconstruction of the hydraulic structures, cleaning the plant base from siltation and strengthening the plant.

    100 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FROM ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK FOR UCH-KURGANSK HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT

    Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor gold mine produced 14 tons of 48.8 kilograms (451 thousand 679 ounces) of gold in the first nine months of 2019. Canada-based Kumtor Gold Company, which holds the operating rights of the mine, in the first nine months of 2019, it was announced to the public that the tax and compulsory payments of 10.79 billion Kyrgyz

    som were transferred to the Kyrgyz state treasury. According to information received from the 24.kg news site, total gold production volume in the third quarter of 2019 was 4 tons 675.01 kilograms, while this rate was 3 tons 808.47 kilograms in the same period of 2018. In the same period of 2019, 4 tons of 979.3 kilograms of gold were exported, generating 234.4 million dollars in revenue. It is reported that gold production increased in this period due to the excavations in the 18th and 19th regions with high reserves. In the same period of this year, 67 wells were drilled with a total depth of 18 thousand 215 meters and activities are continuing to extend the life of the mine. From 1997 to 30 September 2019, when production began at the Kumtor mine, the largest gold mine in Central Asia, approximately 12.5 million ounces of gold was produced. Canada-based Kumtor Gold Company, has held the operating rights of Kumor mine since 1997 when production started.

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    PRIME MINISTERS OF KYRGYZSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN MET IN TASHKENT

    TURKEY AND KAZAKHSTAN SIGNED 3 AGREEMENT

    Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Muhammedkaliy Abilgaziyev met with Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov in Uzbekistan on his official visit. According to the Government Press Service of Kyrgyzstan, the meeting held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, focused on the development and consolidation of bilateral cooperation in many areas. The Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov expressed his happiness for the meeting, which allowed the two

    countries to discuss issues of the same importance and said, “The dynamism of our meetings started to give the results. The relations between our heads of state based on mutual trust and friendship relations opened a new page of mutual efforts between the two neighboring c

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