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Akylbek Japarov and Askar Mamin hold talks in Kazakhstan

Following the talks between Askar Mamin and Akylbek Japarov, an intergovernmental agreement was signed on the provision of gratuitous military and technical assistance to Kyrgyzstan as part of ensuring security in Central Asian region. Press service of the government of Kazakhstan reported.

During the talks, the heads of government of the two countries discussed topical issues of cooperation in trade and economic, investment, water and energy, transit and transport, military-technical spheres, agro-industrial complex, industrial cooperation and healthcare. They noted a great potential for further expansion of cooperation in industry, agriculture, education and tourism.

Cooperation within the EAEU and with other integrative unions was also considered. The bilateral trade turnover exceeded $680 million in the first nine months of 2021. This is 8.8 percent higher than in the same period of 2020 and 1.2 percent higher than for nine months of the pre-pandemic 2019.

The parties intend to bring trade to $1 billion and expand the range of traded goods and services.

«Kazakhstan is among the largest investors in Kyrgyzstan’s economy. The accumulated volume of direct investments from Kazakhstan into Kyrgyzstan exceeds $1 billion since 2005. This year, the number of Kyrgyz companies in Kazakhstan has increased from 1,273 to 1,983, or 55 percent,» the statement says.

The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin noted the positive dynamics of cooperation in the transit and transport sector. There are seven automobile checkpoints on the border between the two countries. Starting from November 17, 2021, a regular flight Nur-Sultan — Bishkek with a frequency of two flights a week was resumed. To date, there are 11 flights per week between the countries.

For 10 months of 2021 the volume of transit of goods from China to Kyrgyzstan through the territory of Kazakhstan increased 1.5 times — from 178,000 to 265,700 tons.

The head of Kazakhstan’s government praised cooperation between the two countries in the water and energy sector, including the joint adoption of operational measures to regulate water resources of transboundary rivers Syr Darya, Shu and Talas. It was noted that additional discharge of water from the Toktogul reservoir allowed to meet the needs of farmers in the southern regions of Kazakhstan in irrigation water in the low water period.

An action plan for the development of reference laboratories in the health sector for 2021-2023 was signed as a result of negotiations between the Ministries of Health of the two countries. The Ministry of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic adopted joint action plans for the establishment and operation of an industrial trade and logistics complex at Kara-Suu and Ak-Tilek checkpoints, as well as three wholesale and distribution centers in Kyrgyzstan.

As part of the visit to Nur-Sultan, Akylbek Japarov is also scheduled to meet with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the first president of the republic Nursultan Nazarbayev, visit the Astana International Financial Centre, the digital government office and other facilities.