President Jeenbekov and U.S. Ambassador Lu Inaugurate New Milk Processing Facility in Osh

On November 2, 2018, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Donald Lu inaugurated the Alaiku Organics milk processing facility in Osh city. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the establishment of the new facility, which will become the largest active dairy processing facility in southern Kyrgyzstan. USAID saw ...
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Forum of Aimaks: Opportunities for Local Economic Development

On November 5, 2018, representatives of 50 municipalities from Issyk-Kul, Jalal-Abad, Naryn and Osh regions will convene in Bishkek for the fourth Forum of Aimaks, organized with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Local leaders, state officials, representatives of businesses and international organizations will discuss opportunities for local economic development. The event ...
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U.S. Acting Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Scott Ticknor Visits the Kyrgyz Republic

October 31, 2018 (Bishkek) – The U.S. Acting Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) Scott Ticknor met with a variety of leaders from the government, private sector, and international financial institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic during his visit to Bishkek on ...
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U.S. Government Donates State-of-the-Art Equipment to Kyrgyz Prosecutor General’s Office Training Center

On October 30, First Deputy Prosecutor General Nurlan Dardanov, Director of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) Training Center Gulmira Davletbaeva and Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek Sandeep Paul will participate in an official handover ceremony of approximately $20,000 of state-of-the-art classroom and office computers, ...
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EducationUSA organizes first-ever international education fair; Representatives of U.S. Universities to Participate

October 14, 2018 (Bishkek) – Representatives of U.S. universities and colleges; scholarship and grant programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department; and other foreign undergraduate, graduate, and exchange programs will introduce their institutions and study opportunities at the EducationUSA Resource Center at Bishkek’s Bayalinov Library on Sunday, October 14 from 14:00 to 18:00. Students, parents ...
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The United States Hosts the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum In Tashkent

On October 17-18, more than 35 businesses and government officials from Kyrgyzstan will participate in the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum in Tashkent. USAID is sponsoring several businesses to exhibit their products at the Forum, which is co-hosted by USAID and the Government of Uzbekistan. The trade exhibition will showcase businesses from a variety ...
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THE US EMBASSY BISHKEK IS CONDUCTING AN ONLINE AUCTION ON 19-23 OCTOBER 2018

Items available include used household furniture, appliances and office equipment. All who are interested are invited to participate in the auction. TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AUCTION: Look through the links LIST OF ITEMS FOR SALE and LOTS GALLERY , which will be activated on October 19, 2018. In the link BIDDING FORM , submit auction participant information. Put your bids in KGS (som) in ...
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U.S. Embassy and OSCE Help Fight Cash Smuggling in the Kyrgyz Republic

On September 26, U.S. Embassy Bishkek’s Deputy Chief of Mission Brian Stimmler participated in a ceremony at the Training Center of the State Customs Service of the Kyrgyz Republic to highlight U.S. support for a multilateral security training initiative. Implemented through the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the program will enhance the ability ...
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USAID Launches the Enterprise Competitiveness Project in Kyrgyzstan

On September 25, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a five-year $22.7 million initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic called the Enterprise Competitiveness Project. The launch event in the capital Bishkek was attended by Mr. Dastanbek Dzhumabekov, Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Erkinbek Choduev, Deputy Minister of ...
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Prevention of Diversity Visa Fraud

Many internet websites in the Kyrgyz Republic are currently advertising services for assistance with submission of Diversity Visa Diversity Visa program entries, and various visa facilitators, visa agents, or visa coordinators have been claiming to offer legitimate assistance with the Diversity Visa process.  Although these services and businesses may be available, none of them represent ...
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U.S. Government Seeks to Improve the Nutrition of At-Risk Populations through a Food Donation to Talas Oblast Health and Social Institutions

Talas, Kyrgyzstan – On September 20, 2018, Gary Linden, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Kyrgyz Republic, officially handed over 3,600 kilograms of lentils and vegetable mix to the Deputy Governor of Talas oblast, Aziyat Niyazalieva, and the Talas oblast Health Coordinator, Attokur Shadiev. In 2018 the U.S. ...
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Young Leaders Trained to Contribute to Community Development

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of USAID, completed the first Election Schools held in the country. During the month of August, a total of 140 youth aged between 18 and 28 participated in a series of activities designed to increase civic responsibility and community involvement among ...
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U.S. Delegation to Compete at the Third World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that a U.S. delegation comprised of American cowboys, Country Western-style entertainers, and Peace Corps Volunteers will participate in the Third World Nomad Games on September 2-8, 2018 in Cholpon Ata. In recognition of the enduring friendship between the Kyrgyz Republic and the United States of America, Chargé d’Affaires ...
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Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo: On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I extend our congratulations and best wishes to the people of the Kyrgyz Republic in celebration of your 27th anniversary of independence on August 31st. Today, we celebrate our 27 years of partnership with the Kyrgyz Republic based on trust, equality, and ...
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President Jeenbekov Tours the New Oil and Garlic Processing Facility in Uzgen

On August 15, 2018, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov toured the new edible oil and garlic processing facility in Uzgen as part of his visit to Osh and Jalal-Abad oblasts. The new facility, a joint investment of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ElDan Atalyk, will employ 73 full-time workers and purchase large quantities ...
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USTR Assistant Secretary Edward Gresser and Deputy Assistant Zeba Reyazuddin to meet with Kyrgyz Entrepreneurs and Government Officials

On August 17, Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Trade Policy and Economics Edward Gresser and Deputy Assistant USTR for South and Central Asian Affairs Zeba Reyazuddin will provide an overview of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to Kyrgyz entrepreneurs and government officials.  The GSP program provides preferential duty‐free treatment for over 3,500 ...
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Democracy Camps Empower Youth in the Kyrgyz Republic

Two Democracy Camps concluded which united 120 high school students, including 12 children with disabilities, from across Kyrgyzstan’s various regions. The young citizens left the camps carrying new lessons on leadership, human rights and civic participation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided support for the ten-day camps, which took place in Issyk ...
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C5+1 Working Group Meetings a Success in Almaty, Tashkent

From July 20-23, U.S. Department of State officials met with senior delegations from the five Central Asian republics in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to discuss progress under the three C5+1 Working Groups — Environment, Economic Connectivity, and Security.  The C5+1 is the primary regional diplomatic platform through which the United States and the five ...
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New Treatment Gives Hope to Patients with Hardest Forms of TB

In the final week of June, USAID and the Kyrgyz Republic shared a tremendous achievement in the battle against Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Doctors pronounced the first two XDR-TB patients undergoing new individualized treatment regimens to be cured. This exciting victory stands in contrast to the stark reality of the 90% treatment failure rate ...
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Ministry of Internal Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek Inaugurate Local Crime Prevention Center in Osh City

On July 10, First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Suiun Omurzakov and the Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek Sandeep Paul inaugurated the Local Crime Prevention Center (LCPC) in Amir-Temur, a neighborhood in Osh City with a population of 52,000 facing ...
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Kyrgyz Youth Participate in Wheelchair Basketball Sports Visitor Program

From June 21 to July 5, five Kyrgyz students with disabilities and one coach traveled to the United States to experience American culture and polish their basketball skills.  The Wheelchair Basketball program is part of the Sports Visitor Program, a U.S. Department of State initiative to empower emerging youth leaders, support disability rights and inclusion, ...
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Jazz Bernstein Musicians to Perform Concerts in Bishkek

June 30 – July 2, 2018 (Bishkek-Kyrgyz Republic) – In celebration of the 242nd Independence Day of the United States of America and the 100th birthday of the famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic has invited American Voices to present Jazz Bernstein, featuring Bernstein’s most famous jazz and Broadway songs ...
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Break into International Markets

On June 28, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a business forum to create a networking platform for Kyrgyzstani garment manufacturers and foreign brands and buyers.  The “Technologies, Investments and Opportunities for the Textile and Garment Industry of Kyrgyzstan” forum brought together over 20 European and Russian brands and fashion retailers, international ...
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USAID and Altyn Aimak LLC Launch New Dried Fruit Processing Facility

On June 19, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Altyn Aimak LLC, a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture, inaugurated a new dried fruit processing facility in Kara-Bak village in Batken Oblast. The Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Muhammetkaliy Abulgaziyev, toured the facility which is expected to employ 35 full-time workers and benefit ...
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The Kyrgyz Republic’s Investment Promotion and Protection Agency Honors the United States in June 2018

As part of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Investment Promotion and Protection Agency observance of “the Month of United States Trade and Investment” in June 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek opened an exhibition of American companies that operate in the Kyrgyz Republic and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic programs and investments in the ...
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USAID and Interfruit LLC Launch New Fruit Processing Facility in Uch Korgon, Batken Region

On June 12, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Interfruit LLC, a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture, inaugurated a new fruit processing facility in Uch Korgon rayon of Batken Oblast. USAID co-financed new drying, processing and packaging equipment that will enable the facility to process apricot, apple, peach, cherry, rose hips, apple, plum, ...
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Prime Minister Tours USAID-Supported Dairy Processing Facility in Naryn

On June 8, as part of his official trip to Naryn oblast, Prime Minister Muhammedkaly Abylgaziyev visited the May Bulak dairy processing facility in Kochkor to observe improvements supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The facility, led by Bolot Akmatov and Jenishgul Akmatova, produces four kinds of cheese under the brand ...
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Buyers and Investors Discuss New Opportunities in Agriculture

On June 5-6, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted an Agriculture Trade and Investment Forum, bringing together around 200 international and domestic investors, buyers and agribusinesses. The forum featured business-to-business meetings, discussions, presentations and product exhibitions designed to link Kyrgyzstani producers with produce buyers, and to generate investor interest in agriculture. During ...
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Agriculture Forum Explores New Trade and Investment Opportunities

Bishkek – On June 5 and 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host an Agriculture Trade and Investment Forum to bring together 200 agricultural producers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and investors to help them build market linkages, explore investment opportunities and learn new ways to finance agricultural production. We welcome media attendance at the opening ...
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Bishkek Hosts Central Asian Tourism Forum

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – On April 27 and 28, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will host a two day forum to introduce Kyrgyzstan’s tourism destinations and new tourism products to tour operators from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The forum “Discover Kyrgyzstan: Trends, Opportunities, and Innovations” will bring together over 200 representatives of tour operators and ...
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USAID Installs 125 Signs for Tourists Across Kyrgyzstan

Osh, Kyrgyzstan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is installing 125 new road signs and street maps to improve the tourism experience in Kyrgyzstan. The tourist signs will help visitors to navigate through cities and trekking routes, and show directions to major tourist attractions. This initiative is a part of USAID’s Business ...
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American and Multi-Ethnic Latin Pop Songstress Gina Chavez to Give Concerts in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

April 11 – April 18, 2018 (Bishkek-Kyrgyz Republic, Fergana-Uzbekistan) – The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is conducting a series of concerts featuring the Gina Chavez. This tour is dedicated to celebrating spring and partnership between the American and Kyrgyzstani people. With the exception of the Gina Chavez’s performance at the Bishkek Jazz Festival, ...
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Year of Regional Development: Forum of Aimaks Promotes National Dialogue on Strengthening Municipalities

On March 30, 2018, representatives of municipalities, state officials, and representatives of international organizations will convene at the Forum of Aimaks in Bishkek to discuss challenges and strategies to improve regional development in the Kyrgyz Republic. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized the forum to facilitate a dialogue between national stakeholders and ...
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Kyrgyzstan Continues to Adopt Innovations in the Fight against Tuberculosis

Bishkek – Each year, we recognize World Tuberculosis Day on March 24. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to fight this deadly infectious disease. Following a new roadmap on improving prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) developed with USAID’s support, the Kyrgyz Republic is adopting new treatment ...
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STATEMENT BY DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN

On the Occasion of Nowruz As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, ...
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USAID Supports Kyrgyzstan at Berlin Tourism Exhibition

Berlin, Germany – Fifteen Kyrgyzstani tour operators participated in Kyrgyzstan’s exhibition at ITB in Berlin, one of the world’s largest travel and tourism fair from March 7-11, 2018. More than 10,000 companies and organizations from 186 countries and regions exhibited their products to trade visitors and consumers over the five-day event. The U.S. Agency for ...
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Women in Agriculture Share Their Success Stories

In light  of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is organizing a special event to highlight the successes of women in agriculture. During the event, successful women agricultural producers in Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, and Osh will share their stories. These women work with USAID’s Agro Horizon project, which, among other initiatives, ...
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U.S. Government supports National Conference on Community Policing and Crime Prevention

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic:  Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Mission to the Kyrgyz Republic Alan Meltzer delivered concluding remarks at a two-day Community Policing and Crime Prevention Conference on Thursday, March 2.  The Conference was sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and organized by its implementing ...
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Made in Kyrgyzstan: USAID Partners Secure Export Contracts for $6 million in 2017

Over the last year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) facilitated more than $6 million in exports for local Kyrgyz businesses in the garment industry and agricultural sectors. These export opportunities expanded production, introduced international quality control standards, and improved business processes. The Director of USAID’s Economic Development Office, Luis Hernandez highlighted the ...
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C5+1 Youth Council organized debate tournament Network Cup 2018 with participation of youth from Central Asian countries and Afghanistan

  February 10-11 – (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) –Youth from Central Asian countries and Afghanistan participated in the Network Cup 2018 debate tournament at the American University of Central Asia, organized by the C5+1 Youth Council with support of U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, on February 10 – 11, 2018. Network Cup 2018 debate teams ...
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McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program for 2018-2021 Launches

Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Central Asian Affairs Scotty Reid; Prime Minister’s Office Education, Culture and Sports Department head Almazbek Beishenaliev; Education and Science Ministry’s Preschool and School Education Department chief specialist Nazgul Musaeva; hundreds of teachers and administrators of Kyrgyzstani educational institutions; representatives of implementing organizations; and members of the ...
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U.S. EMBASSY BISHKEK IS CONDUCTING A SEALED BID AUCTION FOR USED VEHICLES (NOT CUSTOMS CLEARED)

Vehicles for sale and the starting bid prices can be seen at the following link: Vehicles for sale and the starting bid prices which will be activated on February 9, 2018. The vehicles will be available for viewing and inspection from February 12 – 16, 2018 from 1500 – 1630 in the embassy parking lot.  Sealed bids (with a copy of the bidders passport) ...
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American English Live: Teacher Development Series

American English Live: Teacher Development Series American English Live: Teacher Development sessions are 60-minute web-based seminars on a variety of topics on English language teaching techniques & methodologies presented by U.S. TESOL professionals. Sessions include visual presentations, videos, and discussions and the courses are grouped in sets of 6 seminars that take place every other ...
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Patients with Drug-Resistant TB across Kyrgyzstan Start More Effective Treatment

The Ministry of Health and USAID’s Challenge TB project started to enroll patients with drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) in new, more effective and shorter treatments nationwide. The new treatments are cheaper with fewer side effects than the previously-used standard treatment. Patients with multidrug-resistant TB will be enrolled in a shorter treatment that takes only ...
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2018 Book Translation Program

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2018 Book Translation Program. PAS is soliciting proposals from publishing houses, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to publish books by American authors in the Kyrgyz language.  The program provides funding for copyright acquisition (if needed), translation, and printing. We expect to ...
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Maker Space Science Lab Fair Inspires Kyrgyz Youth to Choose Science and Technology Education and Careers

On September 26, 2017 at 11.00 a.m. the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan together with the Bayalinov Youth and Children’s Library will launch the Maker Space Science Lab at the Bishkek American Center.  The Maker Space Movement is the intersection of science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM), technology, innovation, creativity and do-it-yourself production through robotics, experiments, technology, crafts and 3D ...
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United States Donates Over 13,000 Books to Libraries in Talas

On September 15, Alan Meltzer, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, handed over 13,560 Kyrgyz language books to eight public libraries in Talas oblast. Each public library received a set of 1,695 books featuring tales, stories, riddles, and poetry for young readers. The books were donated under USAID’s Reading Together project, which works to ...
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In Partnership with the Kyrgyz Private Sector USAID Expands Export Markets for Meat Production

In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, Adal Azyk, one of the largest meat processing companies in the country, opened a new slaughterhouse in Kochkor district of Naryn. The facility is one of only two in Kyrgyzstan that are compliant with international food safety standards, and which hold the Hazard Analysis and ...
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Visa Appointment Wait Times

The Consular Section at Embassy Bishkek is currently experiencing both high demand and a staffing shortage, which are affecting the processing of non-immigrant visa appointments.  We urge all Kyrgyz travelers to the United States to apply for their non-immigrant visas at least six weeks prior to their planned departure, to minimize the possibility that their travel ...
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Karakol River Park Will Improve Tourism Experience

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan – On Saturday, September 9, Alan Meltzer, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, with Damir Monoldorov, First Deputy of the Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul Oblast, and Daniyar Arpachiev, Mayor of Karakol, announced the opening of the new River Park in Karakol city. The park will provide ...
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USAID Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week by Supporting Kyrgyzstani Mothers

The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, celebrated World Breastfeeding Week by making it easier for new mothers to provide for the health and nourishment of their babies. From August 1-7, the USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project, together with the Republican Center for Health Promotion and other ...
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Kyrgyz Trekking Guides Learn International Best Practices

The U.S. Government, through USAID, partnered with the Kyrgyz Mountain Guides Association to train 75 trekking guides from May 10 through 24. Trekking guides from across the country were trained on customer care, international safety, and geographical orientation. The five-day training included a mix of classroom studies and a two-day mountain trek at an altitude ...
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The United States Donates Over 130,000 Books to Children’s Libraries in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek – On April 21, during the World Book Day celebration at Kurmanjan Datka Square in Bishkek, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney announced a donation of over 130,000 books to 80 children’s libraries across the country. The United States will contribute the books through its USAID Reading Together project, which improves the ...
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USAID Dignity and Rights Project Informs Migrant Workers

Bishkek – On April 10, 2017, the U.S. Government through USAID launched two information terminals at Manas International Airport to prevent human trafficking and protect the rights of Kyrgyzstani migrants traveling abroad. Ten additional kiosks will be installed across the country. The kiosks will inform travelers about their rights and steps they can take to ...
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Kyrgyz Yurt Draws Large Crowds at Major International Tourism Exhibitions

Bishkek – From March 8-12, the U.S. Government through USAID partnered with Kyrgyzstani tour operators to represent the Kyrgyz Republic at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel and tourism exhibition held annually in the German capital.  A fully operational traditional Kyrgyz yurt drew in more than 10,000 visitors eager to glimpse authentic nomad culture and ...
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AMERICAN SONG CONTEST 2017

The American Song Contest Gala Performance will take place on March 30, 2017 at 15:00 p.m. at the Abdylas Maldybaev Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater. The Contest is supported by the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Gala Performance is the culmination of months of school, city, and regional level competitions. Over 600 students ...
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World TB Day: The United States and the Kyrgyz Republic Will Defeat TB Together

Bishkek – Today, March 24, the U.S. Government commemorates World TB Day by reaffirming its commitment to eradicating tuberculosis (TB) with the Kyrgyz Republic. Through the USAID Defeat TB project , the U.S. is investing over $12 million over five years in the health and future of the Kyrgyzstani people. Since 2014, this project has trained nearly 3,200 doctors, ...
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American Social Entrepreneur Leads Seminars for Young Entrepreneurs of Kyrgyzstan

March 18- 22, 2017 (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) – Social entrepreneur Rahama Wright is presenting seminars on successful entrepreneurship for entrepreneurs and university and business school students with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.  Ms. Wright is a social entrepreneur, and is working to innovate the shea butter supply chain in West ...
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The Montana National Guard Adjutant General Visits Bishkek

Major General Matthew T. Quinn, the Adjutant General for the State of Montana, serving as the Commander of the Montana National Guard, is visiting Bishkek from March 8-11, 2017 within the framework of an ongoing exchange program between the Montana National Guard and the Kyrgyz Armed Forces. This year also marks the twenty-second anniversary of ...
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U.S. Mentors Representing Silicon Valley Travel to Kyrgyzstan for TechWomen Delegation Program

From February 26 to March 3, 2017 Sixteen business and technology leaders from the United States traveled to Kyrgyzstan as a delegation of the TechWoman program.  The delegation will include senior tech executives from the Silicon Valley and professionals who promote STEM education and technology in the United States.  The delegation will work with Kyrgyzstani ...
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Ministry of Education and USAID Start Distribution of 264,000 Books to Kyrgyz Schools

Bishkek – On February 28, the U.S. Government, through USAID, will deliver over 600 Kyrgyz language books to five primary schools in Alamedin district, Chui oblast. These schools will be the first of 2,150 schools across Kyrgyzstan to will receive the books. Overall, USAID will deliver over 264,000 books to schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. ...
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U.S. Snowboard Paralympian Visits Kyrgyz Republic

“I am chasing a dream” says Dustin Fleming February 23, 2017 (Karakol, Kyrgyz Republic) – The snowboard Paralympian Dustin Fleming will hold winter sports classes for 30 local orphans and needy children in Karakol and surrounding villages at Karakol ski resort. Dustin will demonstrate skills and techniques to the children — who will be provided ...
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USAID Promotes Tourism to the Kyrgyz Republic in Madrid

Madrid, Spain – From January 18-22, USAID supported the Kyrgyz Tourism Department’s participation in the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) Madrid exhibition. FITUR is a leading European tourism fair and a total 9,500 tourism companies from 165 countries participated in this year’s event. During the fair, the USAID Business Growth Initiative project organized a meeting ...
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U.S. Government Supports Opening of the State Forensics Center under the Ministry of Justice

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – On January 25, U.S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney made remarks at the official opening of the State Forensics Center under the Ministry of Justice.  The remodeled facility was financed through donations from the United States and carried out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Ambassador in her remarks ...
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Assessment Shows USAID Project Helps to Improve Children’s Reading

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – According to an assessment of the USAID Reading Together project presented on Tuesday, January 17, primary grade students who participate in the project demonstrate significantly improved reading skills. Teachers trained through USAID Reading Together have also increased their use of effective teaching methods, and more parents are reading with their children as ...
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USAID Trains Teachers of Blind and Low Vision Children on Innovative Classroom Methods

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 24 teachers from two primary schools for blind and visually impaired children in Bishkek and Osh received training on innovative methods for teaching reading and writing to children. The teachers gained new skills and practice on using teaching technologies like specialized software and smartphones alongside traditional Braille methods (reading and writing by ...
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The United States Donates Over a Quarter Million Kyrgyz Language Early Grade Reading Books

Bishkek – On December 12, National Literature Day, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney announced USAID’s donation of over 264,000 books that will be distributed among all Kyrgyz-language public primary schools. Each Kyrgyz-language public primary school will receive a set of 123 Kyrgyz language books featuring tales, stories, riddles, and poetry tailored to ...
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New Road Signs and Maps Improve the Tourism Experience in Issyk-Kul

Karakol – On December 8, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Alan Meltzer presented a copy of pedestrian street map signs that were installed in Karakol to the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government in Issyk-Kul oblast, Askhat Akibaev, and to Mayor of Karakol Daniyar Arpachiev. The U.S. Government, through USAID, installed 46 tourist signs across ...
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New State Service on Drug Control Building in Karakol Opens with U.S. Government Co-Funding

Bishkek – On December 8, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Alan Meltzer made remarks at a handover ceremony in Karakol to present to officials from the Kyrgyz State Service on Drug Control (SSDC) a new administrative building equipped with ten new computers.  The new facility was jointly financed through donations from the United States ...
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The United States Partners with the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations to Fight HIV/AIDS

Bishkek – The U.S. Government, the United Nations (UN), and the Ministry of Health commemorated World AIDS Day through a joint event that reaffirmed their shared commitment to partner in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. “USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implement the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities ...
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Dostuk Music Fest: Concerts and Master Classes with Members of the American Musical Group “Henhouse Prowlers”

November 28 – December 4, 2016 (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) – The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is sponsoring a one-week tour of the American bluegrass group, “Henhouse Prowlers.” This tour, called the “Dostuk Music Fest,” is taking place in celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Kyrgyz ...
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Kyrgyz Museums Develop New Projects to Attract Visitors

November 15, 2016 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan’s 17 leading museums will present project concepts aimed at improving exhibition quality and broadening the program variety to potential private sector partners and international donor communities on November 16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek. The presentation is the culmination of an intensive four-part training program conducted over ...
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Ministry of Health and USAID Recognize Journalists for Outstanding Coverage of Tuberculosis Issues

Bishkek – On November 25, the Ministry of Health and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will present awards to journalists who provided the best coverage of tuberculosis (TB) related issues in the Kyrgyz Republic. The award ceremony will start at 13:00 at the Republican Scientific Medical Library in Bishkek (Togolok Moldo, 1, ...
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USAID Partners with a Private Company to Boost Milk Production in South Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK – On November 22, the USAID Agro Horizon project and Oasis Agro, LLC, signed a memorandum of understanding to boost diary production in Osh and Jalal-Abad. This partnership will leverage private sector investment and expertise to increase the efficiency and quality of milk production, which will improve competitiveness of Kyrgyz farmers. Under this partnership, ...
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Jyrgalan Festival Kicks Off New Ski Season

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – On November 18-19, Jyrgalan Valley is hosting a festival to kick off the 2016-2017 ski season, featuring concerts, games and other activities showcasing winter sports, local handicrafts, and guest houses in the burgeoning Tian Shan backcountry ski destination located 60 kilometers east of Karakol. The festival is being organized with support from ...
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Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney Presents First U.S. Immigrant Visa in Bishkek

On November 17, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney presented the first immigrant visa issued at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek to Kyrgyz citizen Aidana Bekturova.  Ms. Bekturova acknowledged receiving her immigrant visa through the U.S. Diversity Visa Program, which makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DV) each year to persons ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

November 10, 2016 On November 9, the people of the United States of America elected Donald J. Trump as our forty-fifth President. President-Elect Trump will take office on January 20, 2017.  President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are committed to, and have already begun preparing for, a well-coordinated and effective transition to ...
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Kyrgyz Police Learn Investigation Techniques to Help Victims of Gender Based Violence

Two Serbian experts will teach 20 officers from the Kyrgyz Forensic center on domestic violence crime scene forensic examination techniques on November 9-10, in Kara-Bulak Eco Resort, Arashan village.  UNDP is organizing the two-day seminar within the framework of the UNDP Regional Security Sector Reform platform, with support from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for ...
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Immigrant Visa Processing Begins in Bishkek

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that as of November 14, 2016 the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek will process immigrant visa cases for residents of the Kyrgyz Republic. Beneficiaries of immigrant visa petitions and winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery who reside in the Kyrgyz Republic will no longer need to travel to Almaty ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney at the U.S. Department of State International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Anticorruption Roundtable

October 31, 2016 I am happy to be here today to open the roundtable on anticorruption. I thank the representatives from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Prosecutors from the Kyrgyz Republic for their work to organize the event. We look forward to hearing as well from Latvian and Ukrainian experts, who ...
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USAID Road Signs and Maps Improve the Tourism Experience in Osh

Osh, Kyrgyzstan – The U.S. Government, through USAID’s Business Growth Initiative, installed easy-to-read pedestrian maps and road signs in the city of Osh and throughout the oblast to help tourists better navigate the area. On October 21, USAID presented a copy of the map to the Mayor of Osh, Mr. Kadyrbaev, during a ceremony commemorating ...
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USAID Improves Guest House Services in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Osh, Kyrgyzstan – From October 11-20, USAID trained representatives of 20 small hotels and guest houses in Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh on hospitality, marketing, and promotion. The U.S. Government, through USAID’s Business Growth Initiative project, provided these results oriented trainings that will help to strengthen the Kyrgyz Republic’s tourism sector and businesses. The training, led ...
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USAID Helps to Connect Kyrgyzstani Agricultural Producers with Buyers

BISHKEK – From July through September, 2016 , the United States, through the USAID Agro Horizon project, sponsored a series of business growth events to connect Kyrgyzstani agricultural producers with local and international buyers. Food processors from Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn and Osh oblasts met with potential buyers during three large forums in Almaty, Bishkek, and Osh and through ...
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USAID Partners with Naryn to Improve Health

Bishkek – On October 14, 2016, The United States through USAID in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Naryn State Administration, the Naryn Mayor’s Office, the town of Kok Jangak and local family medical centers, organized a youth run and concert to celebrate the Global Handwashing Day and World Food Day. Both events highlighted the ...
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U.S. Book Translation Program and Local Publishers Continue to Bring Classic American Stories to the Kyrgyz Language

The Embassy is pleased to announce the release of the Kyrgyz-language translation of the beloved American children’s stories What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka; Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey; and for young adults, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. ...
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Playing Together: Celebrating 25 Years of U.S.-Central Asian Cooperation

In honor of 25 years of independence among Central Asian countries, Central Asian and American musicians will take part in a concert as part of the Playing Together: Celebrating U.S.-Central Asian Collaboration project at the Kyrgyz National Philharmonic Theater in Bishkek on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  CEC ArtsLink in cooperation ...
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USAID Celebrates World Tourism Day

Bishkek – USAID joins the Kyrgyz Republic in celebrating World Tourism Day today, recognizing that tourism is a powerful driver of economic growth. The country’s unique culture and natural beauty draw travelers from around the world. USAID is proud to be actively engaged with its Kyrgyz partners to find new ways to attract more tourists ...
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Business Forum in Batken to Bring Together Apricot Farmers and International Buyers

BATKEN – On September 27th, 2016, USAID will organize a business forum in Batken to establish direct links between Batken farmers producing dried apricots and buyers from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and other countries. Participating farmers will learn about requirements of apricot buyers, present samples of their products and negotiate prices with potential buyers. The event ...
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United States Brings Kyrgyz Tourism to International Travel Media

Prominent English and Turkish language bloggers visited Kyrgyz Republic from August 30 – September 9 on a tour organized by the United States through USAID’s Business Growth Initiative in order to promote Kyrgyz tourism. Fourteen bloggers travelled throughout the country to on tours that highlight the country’s potential in culture and adventure tourism. Three-day excursions included cultural tours ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions
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Kyrgyz Schools Celebrate International Literacy Day

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – To celebrate International Literacy Day, on September 8th the USAID Reading Together project launched a series of events at hundreds of libraries and schools across the Kyrgyz Republic highlighting the importance of literacy and knowledge. Throughout the month of September, students, teachers and parents will participate in reading and drawing contests, book fairs, round tables, quizzes, ...
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U.S. Delegation to Compete at the Second World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that a U.S. delegation comprised of rodeo cowboys, Native American dancers, Peace Corps Volunteers, and an American Indian carpet weaver will participate in the Second World Nomad Games on September 3-8, 2016 in Cholpon Ata. In celebration of the 25thanniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and ...
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USAID Assists Farmers to Explore Business Opportunities with Frunze Supermarkets

BISHKEK – From August 9-10, USAID’s Agro Horizon Project (through Public Association “Agro Lead”) sponsored business-to-business meetings in Bishkek and Osh for agricultural producers. The meetings enabled 58 farmers and small and medium enterprises to explore commercial opportunities for the supply of fresh and processed agricultural products to Frunze, one of the country’s largest chains of supermarkets. Nine participants ...
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Over 2,500 Teachers Receive Government Certificates for Completing Reading Instruction Training

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – On August 23-24, over 900 primary school teachers in Naryn oblast received certificates from the Kyrgyz Academy of Education, recognizing their proficiency in new approaches for reading instruction. These teachers are now equipped with innovative techniques to improve the reading skills of students in grades one through four. Another 1600 teachers from ...
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Summer Camps Promote Reading Among Early Grade Students

Bishkek – In August, more than 1,500 primary school students from 73 schools of Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Talas, Osh, and Batken oblasts will take part in summer reading camps organized by USAID in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science. The main goal of the camps is to refresh the knowledge gained during the school ...
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USAID Improves Childhood and Adolescent TB Diagnosis and Treatment

Bishkek – USAID partners with the Kyrgyz Republic to overcome the challenges of diagnosing and managing childhood and adolescent tuberculosis (TB).  While many advances have been made in a fight against adult TB, children and adolescents remain very vulnerable to TB and significant challenges remain. In response to these challenges, the USAID Defeat TB Project , in partnership with ...
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U.S.-Central Asia (C5+1) Joint Projects

The C5+1 is a platform that brings together the five states of Central Asia and the United States to discuss and work on issues of common concern.  At the first C5+1 ministerial, held in Samarkand in November 2015, the six ministers agreed to develop regional projects to improve security, promote economic connectivity, and increase resilience ...
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Aravan Potato Farmers Achieve Record Profits

Aravan – The Aravan Agro Service more than doubled its potato yield and profits in 2016 by partnering with the United States through the USAID Agro Horizon project. Moving to early potato production with high quality seeds and training on effective sales and marketing techniques allowed this cooperative of 217 farmers to increase production from ...
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Silk Road Ultra Marathon: Celebrating 25 Years of Partnership with American Sports Legend Dean Karnazes

World famous American ultra-long-distance runner Dean Karnazes will run the Silk Road Ultra Marathon across Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan June 29 to July 10.  This ultramarathon is sponsored by the United States and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the nations of Central Asia. Karnazes will ...
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1,000 Primary School Teachers Learn Latest Methods of Teaching Reading

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – As a part of nation-wide efforts to enhance education, The United States through USAID is providing training for 1,000 primary school teachers from 80 schools in Chui, Jalal-Abad, Naryn and Issyk-Kul oblasts to improve students’ reading skills. The teachers will receive 72 hours of training in the latest reading instruction methods recognized ...
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Enthusiasm for Creating a Women Judges’ Association

On December 27, twenty-seven women judges gathered to discuss the creation of a Women Judges’ Association. USAID’s International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) sponsored the program. Deputy Head of the Supreme Court Kalieva opened the event, and underlined the importance of the role ...
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USAID and Prime Minister Inaugurate Streamlined Citizen Service Centers.

On December 23, CDA Michael Greene joined Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbayev and the leadership of the State Tax Service (STS) to open a Citizen Service Center at Bishkek’s Dordoi Bazaar, the busiest wholesale market in Central Asia. The newly-refurbished facility will help improve customer service for more than 7,000 businesses and traders working at the market. USAID, ...
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7000 Businesses at Dordoi Market to Benefit from Renovated Tax Service Center

On December 23, 2014, the State Tax Service of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will open a new Citizen Service Center at Dordoi market in Bishkek. The newly refurbished facility will help improve customer service for more than 7000 businesses as well as traders working at the market. Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev, Mayor Kubanychbek ...
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Modern Transport and Logistics Workshop in Bishkek Brings Together Experts from Eight Countries

A Modern Transport and Logistics Workshop will take place in Bishkek on December 18-20. The workshop, to be held at the Ak – Keme Hotel, will be attended by carriers, truck operators, freight forwarders, logistics service providers, warehouse and storage operators from Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Workshop participants will discuss ...
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Police and Residents Cooperate to Lower Crime in Batken province

December 16, 2014, Ak-Say, Batken province: Today local authorities in Ak-Say (Batken province) presented their crime prevention Action Plan for 2015 – 2017 to the public.  Twenty-nine local residents took part in writing the plan. The community expressed confidence that the plan’s implementation will decrease crime in neighboring villages. Local police officers supported the initiative, ...
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Police and Residents Cooperate to Lower Crime in Batken province

December 16, 2014, Ak-Say, Batken province: Today local authorities in Ak-Say (Batken province) presented their crime prevention Action Plan for 2015 – 2017 to the public.  Twenty-nine local residents took part in writing the plan. The community expressed confidence that the plan’s implementation will decrease crime in neighboring villages. Local police officers supported the initiative, ...
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Police and Communities Working Together for Safer Communities

On December 15, residents of Mirmahmudov ail-okmotu, Osh Oblast, will celebrate the opening of their Local Crime Prevention Center (LCPC). The center, built collaboratively between the community, local government authorities and police, is a place where they will all come together to discuss and resolve neighborhood safety and security issues. It is important to note ...
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Two New Border Posts in Batken Opened with U.S. Central Command Support

U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic Defense Attaché Suzanne Henderson, First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Service Colonel Iskender Mambetaliyev and Taliberdi Aripov, Akim of Leilek District jointly opened two border posts with ribbon cutting ceremonies at Aikol and Kulundu in the southern region of Batken. The two new border posts were funded by the USCENTCOM Counter Narcotics ...
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Celebration of the National Literature Day in the Kyrgyz Republic

USAID Reading Together Project will celebrate National Literature Day in the Kyrgyz Republic. The purpose of the holiday is to celebrate Chingiz Aitmatov’s achievements, familiarize students with his work and increase public interest in reading books. National Literature Day will be celebrated in Bishkek and Chui, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Osh oblasts via a series ...
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American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Releases Volume II of the Legal Profession Reform Index for the Kyrgyz Republic

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) released its 2014 Legal Profession Reform Index (LPRI) for the Kyrgyz Republic Volume II during an event today at the Ak-Keme Hotel in Bishkek. The Kyrgyzstan LPRI, based on an innovative tool created by ABA ROLI, assesses the development of the legal profession in emerging ...
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USAID helps combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance

On December 10th at 9 a.m., representatives from the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic will discuss the results of an initiative to promote rational use of antibiotics coordinated by the USAID-funded Quality Health Care Project (QHCP). The discussion will highlight significant improvements in physicians’ prescription of antibiotics for common illnesses.  The event will ...
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Press Conference with USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein

Mark Feierstein , Associate Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the third highest ranking official in the agency worldwide, gave a press conference on his impressions from the visit and discuss USAID’s development partnership with Kyrgyz Republic on December 9, 2014 at the Internews Office Conference Room. U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic ...
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Kyrgyz Republic to Improve Early Grade Reading Quality

USAID Reading Together project in partnership with the National Testing Center at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic held a round table to discuss the results of the early grade reading assessment (EGRA), conducted in 130 schools of the Kyrgyz Republic. EGRA, held in April 2014, is a practical tool for ...
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Export Control and related Border Security Assistance (EXBS) Donates Border Tower Observation Equipment to the Kyrgyz State Border Guard Services

On November 25, the Embassy of the United States, through the office of Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) presented the State Border Guard Service of the Kyrgyz Republic with enhancements to the Border Observation Towers previously built/donated by the EXBS Program. A total of forty two sets of high powered, tripod mounted observation ...
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U.S. Government Donates Equipment to the Kyrgyz State Service on Drug Control

On November 20th, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) handed equipment and vehicles over to the State Service on Drug Control of the Kyrgyz Republic. INL, via the UNODC administered K-50 project, donated lab equipment, computers and printers, as well as 5 off-road vehicles (Ford Ranger pickups) totaling about $500,000 to the Kyrgyz State ...
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USAID Launches New Tuberculosis Program in Kyrgyz Republic

On November 12th, at 10 am, the launch of the new Defeat TB program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) took place at the Republican Scientific Medical Library in Bishkek. Representatives from the Ministry of Health and other branches of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the U.S. Embassy and international organizations ...
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Passport to Success® training helps Kyrgyz youth succeed

This November two youth forums will highlight the ways the USAID Jasa.kg program, which incorporates life skills training through the Passport to Success® (PTS) curriculum, has enriched the lives of Kyrgyz youth. The events will bring together representatives from the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Education and Science and local partner organizations, as well as life ...
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U.S. Announces $400K to tackle Explosive Hazards and Small Arms challenges in Central Asia

The United States is pleased to announce $402,000 in assistance to the OSCE towards training and proper storage of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Central Asia region. The funds will support two projects based in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. One grant of $120,000 will support an OSCE project in Tajikistan focused ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Tours New AUCA Campus

American University of Central Asia President Andrew Wachtel led a hard hat tour of the new campus under construction.  The project, located two miles south of downtown Bishkek, is designed to be environmentally sustainable.  The main academic building will be the first private construction project in Central Asia built with geothermal heating and cooling and ...
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Annual Review of Police Reforms Forum

On October 30, Joye Davis-Kirchner, Director, and Mark Paresi, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, both from the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section, attended the Annual Review of Police Reforms, organized by INL implementer, Civic Union. The forum brought together donors and international organizations to gauge progress on police reform.  Davis-Kirchner’s remarks focused on U.S. ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program Opening Ceremony in Novo Pokrovka

Chui Oblast Library hеld opening ceremony of English Access Microscholarship Program for 30 children from Novo Pokrovka’s “Altyn Uya” Mercy House on October 30, 2014. Cultural Affairs Officer Ray Nayler delivered certificates of award to 30 first class of English Access Microscholarship students for their successful acceptance into the intensive, two-year program. Ten Access alumni who ...
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DAS Daniel Rosenblum Visits the Kyrgyz Republic

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum visited the Kyrgyz Republic October 14-18, 2014 to discuss a range of bilateral issues with senior Kyrgyz government officials and civil society leaders, and to participate in a USAID project closing ceremony.  In addition to Bishkek, he traveled to Osh and Jalalabad to meet with local government ...
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Statement on Legislation that Threatens Human Rights

The U.S. Embassy notes with deep concern the advancement in the Jogorku Kenesh of legislation that fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan’s democratic gains and constitutional guarantees.  We particularly note the October 9 passage of legislation on non-traditional relations on its first reading, and the scheduling of committee hearings on the foreign agents bill.  People everywhere deserve ...
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USAID continues to support economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch the new USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI) and close out its economic policy reform project, REFORMA.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel N. Rosenblum [1] at the U.S. Department of State, Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Valery Dil and U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen ...
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Government, Mining Companies, and Local Communities Seek Cooperation, Understanding

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, – A two-day conference on “Building cooperation and reducing conflicts between stakeholders in the mining industry” started today on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The goal of the conference is to develop ideas to prevent conflicts and strengthen cooperation among authorities, mining companies, and local communities. Representatives of national and local government, ...
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American Judge Shares Jury Trial Experience

Judge Matthew Williams visited the Kyrgyz Republic September 21–27, 2014 to share his experience conducting jury trials in the United States with Kyrgyz judges and court officials, law students, law professors, and the Ministry of Justice.  He met with key members of the legal community, gave presentations to student groups and legal professionals, and conducted ...
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Ministry of Health Reviews Health Survey, Policy Recommendations

Seminar to review the results of the 2012 Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) took place in in Bishkek on September 23, 2014.  Experts from the National Statistical Committee and the Ministry of Health discussed DHS and other national findings in four areas – ...
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U.S. supports pioneering tuberculosis treatment initiatives

On September 19 at 9:30 a.m., representatives from the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic will join a round table discussion on the results of a pilot initiative on ambulatory treatment of tuberculosis (TB) coordinated by the USAID-funded Quality Health Care Project (QHCP).  The discussion will highlight significant improvements in TB care brought forth ...
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USAID Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Project Celebrates Achievements in Agriculture

On September 18, 2014, the USAID Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Project (KAED) will host a close out ceremony to highlight achievements in the Kyrgyz Republic’s agricultural sector since the project began in 2001.  With the goal of improving food security for the country, the project has helped tens of thousands of Kyrgyz farmers increase yields ...
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USAID launches HIV React Project in Kyrgyzstan to reduce HIV in prisons

On September 17, 2014, the AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and USAID launched the HIV React Project in Bishkek.  The HIV React Project is a two-year regional program that seeks to expand the services available to strengthen prison-based HIV prevention, treatment, and care services, with a special focus on people who use intravenous drugs and those ...
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Texas Barbecue Meets Kyrgyz Shashlyk

Acclaimed American chefs Tim Byres and Ian Beach visited the Kyrgyz Republic September 9 – 15 to share experiences with Kyrgyz chefs, restaurateurs, students, and food aficionados. Byres and Beach specialize in American barbeque, and were excited to have an opportunity to visit a country where meat plays such central role in the traditional cuisine.  ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Visits Osh, Jalalabad and Batken

On September 3-5, Chargé d’Affaires Laura Griesmer visited the cities of Osh, Jalalabad, Uzgen, Kyzyl-Kiya, and Kara-Suu to meet with government officials and civil society activists in the three provinces of Batken, Osh, and Jalalabad. Chargé Griesmer appreciated hearing from the many local officials, journalists, and representatives from NGOs and international organizations who shared their ...
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Peace Сorps’ Dream Team to Compete at the 1st World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, September 9, 2014 – A team of five Peace Corps Volunteers,  currently serving in the Kyrgyz Republic, are competing at the 1st World Nomad Games currently taking place on the northern shore of the beautiful alpine lake of Issyk-Kul. Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic’s Team represents the United States and includes Maryn Lewallen, Edward ...
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Celebrating New Support for the Disabled

On August 27, 2014, The Embassy participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Chui Oblast Young Disabled People Civic Association to mark the opening of newly renovated facilities for the disabled. Through a $15,000 activity funded by the U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International fully repaired a large previously non-functional bathroom and three large workshops, with ...
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USAID’s KAED Project to Host Event on Best Practices in Corn Cultivation

USAID’s Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Project (KAED), jointly with the Tim Agro agricultural cooperative will host a field day for local farmers and other agricultural specialists August 20, 2014.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the fields of Tim Agro agricultural cooperative in Luxembourg village, Issyk-Ata rayon, Chui oblast. Farmers, seed importers, local ...
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U.S. Government Supports Criminal Justice Reform

A three-day training course for police officers took place June 6-8, 2014 in Jalal-Abad as part of the U.S. Government-funded United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) project “Support to Criminal Justice Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic.” The aim of this project is to strengthen cooperation between police and local communities on crime prevention ...
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Public Events will Commemorate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

On June 26, the Dialogue on HIV and TB Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will organize a series of public events to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Bishkek city, Chui, Osh and Jalalabad oblasts. The drug trade and drug abuse in the Kyrgyz Republic ...
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U.S. Government Donates over $1.9 million in Medical Supplies

On June 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. a handover ceremony of a humanitarian donation valued at over $1.9 million USD will take place at the Bishkek City Clinical Hospital #6. The humanitarian donation is delivered through the American charitable organization Project HOPE under the United States Department of State “Operation Provide Hope” program and contains ...
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Kyrgyzstan Marks International Day against Drug Abuse with Release of First Comprehensive Drug Action Plan

On June 26, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Griesmer delivered opening remarks at the joint United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Kyrgyz Drug Control Service (DCS) event to commemorate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.  The event also served as the launch of a comprehensive new drug action ...
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Presentation of a Transboundary Water Measuring System on the Aspara River

An official handover ceremony of a water measurement system will take place on June 23 along the Aspara River in the village of Cholok-Aryk. The ceremony is part of a U.S. Government program fostering transboundary water cooperation funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Regional Center for Central ...
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U.S. Government Provides Support to Customs Service

On June 19, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Laura Griesmer and Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service Mr. Taalaibek Masabirov cut the ribbon on a new administrative building and vehicle pre-clearance lot at the Alamedin Rail Inspection facility.  The building will assist the Customs Service with the detection and interdiction of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Deputy Minister Kaliev Marat Temirbekovich open Demographic and Health Surveys Seminar in Osh

U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Deputy Minister of Health Marat Kaliev opened a seminar in Osh today to review the findings of the 2012 Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey (2012 DHS) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Senior medical and public health professionals from Batken, Osh, and Jalal-Abad oblasts attended ...
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Consortium of Universities to Host First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference

Kyrgyz National University, as leader of a University Consortium on Nonprofit Management, will host the first annual Nonprofit Management Conference on “The Kyrgyz Civil Society Sector in Theory and Practice” on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Conference Hall “Chon Azem Zaly” on the second floor of Kyrgyz National ...
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U.S. Building of National Capacity in Mother and Child Health in Kyrgyzstan

On June 3, 2014 at 9 a.m., representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic will take part in close out meeting of Mother and Child Health (MCH) Component of USAID funded Quality health care project at the Bishkek Park Hotel in Bishkek. The objective of the ...
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Reward for Information on Kamchybek Kolbayev’s Criminal Network

The U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of the criminal network of Kamchybek Kolbayev. Kolbayev’s criminal network is based in Central Asia, and is involved in drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

May 17 marks the 2014 commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  The UN celebrates IDAHO every May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  The month of June was originally celebrated as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride ...
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Adoptions from Kyrgyzstan to Begin with Approval of U.S. ASPs

Kyrgyzstan’s adoption authority, the Ministry of Social Development, has authorized six U.S. accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) to provide adoption services in Kyrgyzstan in accordance with its new adoption service provider regulations which were implemented on January 10, 2014. Kyrgyzstan has indicated that this is the final step in reopening Kyrgyzstan to intercountry adoptions under ...
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Embassy Statement on Libel Legislation

We are concerned by the passage of legislation that makes libel a criminal offense.  This legislation purports to counter false media information, but instead may have a chilling effect on free speech in Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. Embassy urges that this amendment not be signed into law. Instead, we urge the President, government and Parliament to ...
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Meeting with American University of Central Asia Students

Assistant Secretary Biswal:  Let me start by saying how much I’ve looked forward to this all day.  I think this is such a tremendous opportunity to be able to not only share with you my thoughts and ideas, but really to hear from you about what are the challenges and concerns that you’re facing, and ...
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Travel of Assistant Secretary Frantz to Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, South Africa, and Turkey

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz will travel to Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, South Africa, and Turkey from April 8 to April 18, 2014. In Tbilisi, Assistant Secretary Frantz will visit the Multimedia Education Center and the S.A.F.E. regional security training hub for journalists.  He will also meet with journalism students and media ...
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Embassy Statement on Formation of New Coalition Government

The United States congratulates the Kyrgyz Republic on the formation of a new coalition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbayev.  The orderly and transparent formation of the new coalition government is a testament to the four years of progress made in building the Kyrgyz democratic institutions enshrined in its 2010 constitution.  We ...
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Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel March 31-April 2 to Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan and April 2-4 to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In both countries, Assistant Secretary Biswal will re-affirm the U.S. commitment to continued engagement and partnership with the countries of the region for stability and prosperity. In Kazakhstan, Assistant ...
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Press Conference by President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy, and European Commission President Barroso

PRESIDENT VAN ROMPUY: Good afternoon. It has been a great pleasure to welcome President Obama to this EU-U.S. Summit in Brussels. We meet at a hugely important moment, certainly for peace and security on the European continent. Events in Ukraine and elsewhere go to show that there are many unsettling uncertainties, and that’s why the ...
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United States and Public Fund “Ergene” Donate Food to Vulnerable Citizens of Kyrgyz Republic

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American non-governmental organization Resource & Policy Exchange (RPX) will deliver four containers of food donated by the American people to the Kyrgyz Republic as part of the USAID Food for Peace Program.  The Public Foundation “Ergene” will coordinate and administer the ...
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Letter — Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Mr. President:) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) further expanding the scope of the national emergency I declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, and expanded in Executive Order 13661 ...
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Statement by the President on Ukraine

The President: Good morning, everybody. I wanted to provide an update on the situation in Ukraine and the steps that the United States is taking in response. Over the last several days, we’ve continued to be deeply concerned by events in Ukraine. We’ve seen an illegal referendum in Crimea; an illegitimate move by the Russians ...
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U.S. Government Presents Emergency Care Equipment to Ministry of Health

On March 18, 2014, the Transit Center at Manas presented seven sets of ventilation and anesthesia equipment worth $351,000 to the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic at a ceremony held at the National Hospital in Bishkek.  This final donation marks the end of the longstanding cooperation between the Transit Center and the Ministry ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Kyrgyz Government’s Position on Ukraine

The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic commends the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its strong statement recognizing the new Ukrainian government.  By condemning all acts that would lead to further destabilization in Crimea and elsewhere, and affirming that the legitimate source of power in any country is the will of its people, the Government ...
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U.S. Government transfers disaster package to FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance

On March 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM, the handing-over of the disaster package will celebrate the transfer of the Counterpart-administered U.S. Department of State pre-positioned disaster package to FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network. The disaster package is reserved for use in responding to natural or man-made disasters in Kyrgyz ...
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Op Ed from Secretary of State Kerry on International Women’s Day 2014

Women Key to Peace and Security International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place — but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the ...
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Secretary Kerry on the Situation in Ukraine

Situation in Ukraine The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory, and its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in full contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. This action is a ...
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President Obama’s Remarks on Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2014   Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with ...
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U.S. Government Supports UNODC Counter-Narcotics Program

On February 28, a ceremony was held to recognize the adoption of the counter narcotics strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic and to officially handover six all-terrain Toyota land cruisers along with crime scene equipment to the Kyrgyz Drug Control Service.  The equipment and vehicles were provided through a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime ...
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Press Statement on Protest in Front of the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek respects the right of the people to peaceably assemble and the right to freedom of speech and expression.  We would like to underscore that human rights are the cornerstone of freedom and the basis for open and democratic societies worldwide.  We affirm our commitment to advancing and protecting the rights ...
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Second Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey Shows Major Improvements in Child Survival

The Chairman of the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic and Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic released the results for the 2012 Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey (KgDHS). Demographic and Health Surveys are known as the gold standard in measuring national health, population, and nutrition status. At the launch of the ...
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Embassy Celebrates Martin Luther King Day at American Corners around the Country

Ambassador Spratlen spoke at the headline event in Bishkek, and presented prizes to the winners of the joint PAS/Radio Azattyk essay and speech contest commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The winner of the speech contest in English, Nikita Menshov, delivered an excerpt of Dr. King’s speech, which brought the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Attacks on Defense Attorneys

The U.S. Embassy remains deeply concerned about continued reports of courtroom disruptions and attacks on defense attorneys and defendants during trials related to the June 2010 violence in the Kyrgyz Republic. The most recent attack on lawyer Dinara Medetova occurred on January 9, 2014 in Bishkek.  Such disruptions erode public confidence in the judicial system ...
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