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Kyrgyz officials to be banned from receiving high priced gifts

Kyrgyz officials will be banned from receiving gifts that cost more than 1,000 soms. The government has developed the procedure for registering, evaluating, storing, using and redeeming gifts by persons, covered by the Law on Conflict of Interest.

The law applies to:

  • Persons holding public and municipal positions;
  • Heads of institutions, organizations or enterprises whose activities are financed from the state or local budget, or the authorized capital of which has state share;
  • Persons who do not have the status of a state or municipal employee, but who work in state bodies;
  • Employees of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Persons temporarily replacing an absent civil servant or a municipal employee.

Diplomatic gifts are state property and must be transferred to the balance of the state body. Officials will be forbidden to receive gifts, except for ordinary gifts, the cost of which does not exceed ten calculated rates (1,000 soms).

They are allowed to receive diplomatic gifts only in the framework of official protocol events. Officials are required to notify the employer of all gifts received within three days. They are given the right to redeem a gift.

Engraved gifts with inscriptions, items of women’s and men’s wardrobe remain the property of the donee.