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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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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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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Chargé d’Affaires Alan Meltzer’s New Year Greeting

Kyrgyz Republic and the United States:  Reflecting on our Partnership The holiday season is for slowing down, taking a break, and enjoying precious time with one’s nearest and dearest.  I think that many of us, Kyrgyz and Americans alike, are now taking stock of the past 12 months, celebrating accomplishments, appreciating friendships, and seizing the ...
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Kyrgyzstan Tour Guides Receive International Certification

Guides from the Kyrgyz Republic received certification from the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA), an organization that unites over 200,000 tour guides from 70 countries. Thirty-one tour guides received certificates after completing a series of training courses organized by the Association, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). WFTGA ...
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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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USAID and AgroProduct Asia Launch the Most Advanced Fruit Logistics Center in Southern Kyrgyzstan

On November 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and AgroProduct Asia inaugurated a world-class fresh fruit consolidation and packing center in Kadamjai rayon of Batken oblast. The facility is capable of storing 6,435 cubic meters of fresh fruits. The advanced technology enables the center to pack and sort up to 500 tons ...
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Kyrgyzstanis Join the Global World AIDS Day Campaign

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), jointly with the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republican AIDS Center, and community partners, is hosting a number of events to mark World AIDS Day. These events bring a public focus to the right to health. The right to health is universal to everyone, including ...
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USAID Connects Guest Houses and Yurt Camps to International Booking Systems

In November, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a series of hands-on training for Kyrgyzstani guest houses and yurt camps on registering and promoting their businesses on international booking sites. As a result, 39 new guest houses and yurt camps in Naryn and Issyk-Kul are now listed on Booking.com. Opening this electronic ...
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On the Occasion of the Inauguration of the New President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 24, 2017 The United States government congratulates the Kyrgyz Republic’s newly elected President, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, on his inauguration, which took place today in Bishkek. The United States commends President Jeenbekov and the Kyrgyz people on their commitment to democracy, the orderly election process, and a peaceful transfer of ...
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USAID and Farmers Organic Garden Launch the Largest Fruit and Vegetable Processing Facility in Jalal-Abad Oblast

On November 16, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Farmer’s Organic Garden LLC (FOG) inaugurated a new fruit and vegetable processing facility in Suzak rayon of Jalal-Abad oblast. The upgraded processing facility expands FOG’s juice, dried fruit, pickled vegetable, jam and tomato paste production, making it the largest processing facility in ...
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USAID Presents Results And Way Forward To Improve Nutrition Of Women And Children

Bishkek — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the achievements from the most recent evaluation surveys of its nutrition project in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING). The Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, development partners, international organizations, practitioners, academia, and other stakeholders attended the ...
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New Fruit Processing Facilities Will Expand Agriculture Production in Osh

New fruit drying and cold storage facilities have begun purchasing produce from farmers in and around Osh. Together, the two fruit drying facilities will process over 1,000 tons of produce per year, while the storage facility can store up to 40 tons of apples. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with several ...
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USAID Builds Capacity of Tour Guides in Kyrgyzstan

On October 29, 2017, 39 tour guides completed a training course on international standards for tour guides. Members of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) trained them on the best techniques to plan and conduct guided tours, as well as ways to better research, document, and relay facts about cultural and historical sites. ...
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New Shorter Treatment for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

On October 26, 2017, the National Tuberculosis Center confirmed that the first six people completed a new, shorter treatment regimen for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with local partners to bring this new regimen, recommended by the World Health Organization, to all TB patients in the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on 2017 Kyrgyz Presidential Elections

The United States congratulates President-elect Jeenbekov on his election to the office of President of the Kyrgyz Republic during the historic elections held on October 15.  The peaceful conduct and high voter turnout clearly reaffirmed the Kyrgyz people’s commitment to pursuing the democratic path.  We commend the Kyrgyz Republic for its commitment to ensuring a ...
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Tourism Companies of Kyrgyzstan Sign 141 Agreements at the Tashkent Tourism Fair

Ten hotels and tour operators from the Kyrgyz Republic promoted their services at the 23rd Tashkent International Tourism Fair from October 3-5. The trip was organized with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A Kyrgyz yurt, traditional music, and a handicrafts exhibition allowed visitors to get a glimpse of Kyrgyzstan as ...
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Women Farmers Boost Incomes with New Greenhouses

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) assisted fifteen women farmers from mountainous areas of Osh and Naryn Oblasts to launch greenhouse vegetable production. In 1800 m2 of greenhouses they plan to grow cucumbers and tomatoes to sell during the off-season. These partnerships promote women’s entrepreneurship in agriculture and provides much needed additional income ...
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USAID Supports Kyrgyzstan’s Apparel Industry Debut in Paris

From September 18-21, Kyrgyz apparel factories participated in the Apparel Sourcing Paris exposition for the first time, one of the largest international textile industry events. The trip was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its effort to expand export markets for Kyrgyzstan’s garment industry. Representatives from fourteen Kyrgyz ...
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USAID Promotes Dialogue on Developing Capacity of Local Government and Enhancing Service Delivery

On September 29, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will organize a forum to discuss capacity development and enhancement of service delivery for local government bodies in the Kyrgyz Republic. Over 120 representatives of municipalities, local councils and civil society organizations from Jalal-Abad, Issyk-Kul, Osh, and Naryn provinces, national government, and international ...
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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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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON

Kyrgyz Independence Day On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations and best wishes to the government and people of the Kyrgyz Republic in celebration of the Kyrgyz Republic’s 26th anniversary of independence on August 31st. Today, the United States joins the people of the Kyrgyz Republic in celebrating both this ...
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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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Democracy Camps Empower Young Civic Activists in the Kyrgyz Republic

August 2, 2017 – In June and July, 120 secondary school students from around the country participated in Democracy Camps in Issyk-Kul and Jalal-Abad. The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), organizes these camps annually. During ten-day summer camps, the young citizens ...
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77 Tons of Food Supplies from the United States Reach Kyrgyzstanis in Need

The U.S. Government has delivered 77 tons of food to 94 social and healthcare institutions across the Kyrgyz Republic as part of the USAID Food for Peace Program . These supplies, valued at over $200,000, will provide 3.9 million vitamin-rich meals to patients with tuberculosis, disadvantaged elderly people, and orphans. U.S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney participated in one of the final ...
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Mem Shannon and the Membership Band Bring American Blues to the Kyrgyz Republic

June 27 – July 3, 2017 (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) – The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is conducting a series of concerts featuring the American blues band “Mem Shannon and the Membership Band.” This tour celebrates the 241st Independence Day of the United States of America. All events are free to the public. On ...
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Sewing Shops in Osh Now Have Access to Modern Pattern Making Equipment

The U.S. Government through USAID’s Business Growth Initiative partnered with a local Kyrgyzstani apparel firm to open a new service center in Osh that will provide printing and cutting services for sewing shops in Osh city and the entire south. The service center will save local garment producers significant amounts of money and time. The center was established in ...
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USAID Expands Markets for Farmers in the South of Kyrgyzstan

On June 14, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney attended the opening ceremony of a vegetable consolidation center in Aravan that will directly benefit thousands of farmers in the south of the country. This Aravan-based facility is a result of a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the private entrepreneur Mr. Avaz Abdurahimov. The consolidation center is ...
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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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Kyrgyzstan Wins Award for Most Authentic Booth at Tourism Exhibition in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey – From January 26-29, seven tour operators from the Kyrgyz Republic participated in the Eastern Mediterranean Travel and Tourism (EMITT) (PDF 461 KB) fair in Istanbul, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In partnership with the Turkish travel and media firm, Gezimanya, USAID also hosted several promotional events at the exhibition to generate additional ...
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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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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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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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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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Joint Statement for C5+1 Ministerial of August 3, 2016

The Secretary of State of the United States of America and the foreign ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, following the second ministerial level meeting in the C5+1 format, held August 3, 2016 in Washington DC, together issue this Second Joint Declaration ...
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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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Better Understanding for a Better World: Promoting Tolerance through Dialogue and Partnership

More than 100 young leaders from 16 countries and 17 ethnicities will come together in Bishkek July 13-17 for Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW), a conference on leadership, interfaith, and intercultural tolerance.  The participants will work together to find ways to encourage constructive dialogue, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding in their communities and around ...
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Museum and Travel Agencies Join Efforts to Improve Tourism Experience

Bishkek – Representatives of 25 tourism businesses and museums from across the Kyrgyz Republic gathered in Bishkek on July 12 to highlight the rich heritage of museums throughout the country and to discuss the important role these museums can play in the tourist industry. The Center for Museum Initiatives organized the event in partnership with ...
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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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Promoting Kyrgyz Heritage through Stronger Museums: USAID Museum Capacity Development Program

Osh – On June 20, the United States (USAID) launched the second module of a training program to strengthen Kyrgyz museums’ exhibitions and services. Experts in museum management from the Republic of Georgia will lead sessions for museum and tourism professionals on organizing museum exhibitions, educational programs, and special events. The training is taking place ...
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Promoting Sales of Kyrgyz Decorative Stone in International Markets

Bishkek – Three leading stone processing companies from the Kyrgyz Republic attended one of the largest industry events dedicated to stone, marble and ceramics – Middle East Stone 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  More than 230 companies showcased their products and 12,000 visitors attended for live demonstrations and networking opportunities.  The United States through ...
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European Brands Seek Opportunities with Kyrgyz Apparel Manufacturers

Bishkek – On June 9, major German retailer KiK met with Kyrgyz apparel companies to discuss opportunities with European buyers. The meeting was part of the Apparel Innovation Club supported by the United States through USAID’s Business Growth Initiative to strengthen the Kyrgyz textile industry. KiK International Sourcing Director Stefanie Artmann presented the firm’s global sourcing strategy ...
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House Democracy Partnership: Building Ties between U.S. Congress and the Jogorku Kenesh

On June 1-2, a delegation representing the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. Congress will visit the Kyrgyz Republic to meet with their counterparts in the Jogorku Kenesh and with senior officials in the Kyrgyz Government.  The delegation will also visit a number of cooperative programs between the United States and the Kyrgyz Republic to ...
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Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Women in Kyrgyz Republic

In partnership with the Women’s Democratic Network, the United States will sponsor a national women’s conference, “Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Women,” at the Jannat Hotel in Bishkek on June 2-3.  This initiative is supported by USAID in cooperation with the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. The  conference will bring national and local ...
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Strengthening Museums to Promote Kyrgyz Heritage

Cholpon-Ata – The United States through USAID is working with 20 museums across the Kyrgyz Republic on management in practices to boost their appeal as tourist sites. Local and international experts in museum management will lead sessions for museum and tourism professionals on building networks and strengthening productive cooperation. The first of four training sessions ...
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Promoting Awareness of the Importance of Traffic Safety

On April 25, the Bishkek-based civil society organization Urban Initiatives held a press conference highlighting the importance of traffic safety for drivers and pedestrians. Urban Initiatives’ Road Triangle outreach campaign, supported by the United States through USAID, emphasized the critical roles that traffic police, drivers, and pedestrians play in ensuring road safety.  As part of ...
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Kyrgyz Tourism Companies, United States Work Together to Attract New Business at International Exhibitions

Bishkek – In March, Kyrgyz tourism companies presented at two leading international travel exhibitions: Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB Berlin) and the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT).  In partnership with the United States through the USAID Business Growth Initiative, they promoted tourist destinations in the Kyrgyz Republic and signed several contracts for the 2016 ...
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U.S. Experts Team With Kyrgyzstan’s Law Enforcement Investigators on Methods to Counter Illicit Drug Trafficking

On April 11-15 U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) experts of the U.S. Department of Justice will share their best practices in investigating drug cases with counterparts from Kyrgyzstan’s Drug Control Service, Customs, and State Penitentiary Service.  Over five days, participants will discuss theoretical and practical aspects of these investigations and the benefits of interagency cooperation. ...
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U.S. and Kyrgyzstani Experts Share Experience in Combatting New Illicit Drugs

On April 4-5, experts from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shared their experiences in intercepting synthetic drugs and the challenges investigating and prosecuting criminals who sell them. Synthetic drugs, also known as “spice,” are a growing phenomenon across the world, and users show many of the same classic symptoms as hardcore drug users.  Last ...
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Anthony Stanco and The Crucial Elements to Perform in Bishkek

American jazz musician Anthony Stanco and his jazz band The Crucial Elements will be in Kyrgyzstan April 6-10 as part of the U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy cultural exchange program. Anthony and his band will perform an open-air concert on April 8 near the Kurmanjan Datka monument in Oak Park along with some of the best ...
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TIFA and C5+1: Prosperity through Partnership

On April 4-6, representatives of the five Central Asian nations and the United States will meet to promote jobs, prosperity, and stability for the people of Central Asia.  We will work together to enhance a spirit of cooperation and foster an open environment for international trade and investment through two efforts: the U.S. – Central ...
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United States Supports Tourism Development in Karakol

Karakol – On March 31, the newly created destination management organization, Destination Karakol, unveiled plans to develop and promote the greater Karakol area as an appealing, year-round tourism destination.  This initiative is supported by the United States through the USAID Business Growth Initiative. “Creating Destination Karakol to build and improve year-round tourism services is a ...
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Youth and Women in Community Policing: Engaged Communities Are Safe Communities

Osh – On April 5, the American Corner in Osh city will host the opening of a photo exhibition on “Youth in Community Policing.” The event is part of the Saferworld Community Policing Initiative funded by the United States. The exhibition will showcase the contributions of youth and women to improving partnership between police and ...
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World TB Day: USAID and Kyrgyzstan Continue to Partner in the Fight against TB

Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan, in partnership with the United States and other international donors, has made significant progress in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).  Programs have limited the spread of TB, decreased the mortality rate for those infected, and increased the overall success rate of treatment programs. Remarkably, since 2001, the mortality rate has fallen from ...
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American Song Contest

The American Song Contest Gala Performance, supported by the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, will take place on March 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at the Abdylas Maldybaev Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater. This performance is the culmination of months of school, city, and regional level competitions. Over 600 students from 61 secondary ...
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Logo Contest – Celebration of 25 Years of U.S.-Kyrgyz Bilateral Relations

The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is pleased to announce a contest to design a logo celebrating the 25th anniversary of U.S.- Kyrgyz relations.  Eligible contestants are invited to design a captivating and story-telling graphic logo, which will reflect the long-standing friendship and partnership between Kyrgyzstan and the United States.  The winning design could be used ...
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USAID-funded Campaign Helps Kyrgyz Homeowners Save Money on Electricity and Heating

On March 15, the non-governmental organization UNISON convened an event with leading energy-sector policy-makers  to formally close the nationwide public outreach campaign “Be Warm, Kyrgyzstan!”  UNISON’s five-month campaign, supported by the United States through USAID, conducted 575 workshops across the country, teaching over 25,000 households low-cost techniques to lower their electricity and heating bills and keep their homes ...
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United States Partners with Kyrgyz Garment Industry to Boost Exports to Major International Retailers

The United States through  USAID’s Business Growth Initiative has been working with Kyrgyz apparel manufacturers since 2014 to optimize production and marketing in order to tap into multi-billion dollar export markets by targeting major retail chains and branded stores in Europe and CIS. In February 2015, USAID hosted a business-to-business presentation of the production capabilities of the Kyrgyz apparel ...
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USAID’s Support Open Innovative Ways to Prepare for National Testing

Bishkek – The website www.testing.kg for the first time ever now offers free online practice tests to help school children in Kyrgyzstan prepare for the national university admission test. The innovative test that expands opportunity for Kyrgyz students to obtain a higher education was introduced with support from the United States through USAID. The online practice ...
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USAID Supports Expanding Outpatient Treatment of Tuberculosis in Jalal-Abad Oblast

Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan – The United States, through the “ USAID Defeat TB Project ,” partners with the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Health to provide tuberculosis treatment to patients on an outpatient basis in Jalal-Abad oblast. This approach, which does not require patients to stay for months in TB hospitals, and instead allows them to access treatment at local hospitals ...
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USAID Supports 12th International Agro Expo “Silk Road 2016”

Osh, Kyrgyzstan – The 12th Annual International Agriculture Expo, Silk Road 2016, will be held February 25-27 at the Osh National Drama Theater.  The Jer Azygy Association of Agro Businessmen of Kyrgyzstan organized the expo with support from the United States through USAID to boost agricultural production and promote trade through exchange of ideas and ...
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Celebrating Youth and Women Working to Make Communities Safer

Bishkek – On February 19, Saferworld and Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI) will host the second annual “Best Campaign of Women and Youth” award ceremony under the Community Policing Initiative funded by the United States at the Bishkek City Hotel. The ceremony will honor the contributions of youth and women to improving the social partnership ...
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I Love English Video Contest 2016 Awards Ceremony

The U.S. Embassy will hold an awards ceremony for the I Love English Video Contest 2016 on February 12, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the American Corner in Baiyalinov Youth and Children’s Library, Bishkek.  U.S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, school directors, English teachers, and alumni of U.S. exchange ...
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Doctors Working to Improve Care for People Living with HIV

Bishkek – On February 8-9, physicians who work with people living with HIV are participating in a two-day training on ways to work effectively and compassionately with this vulnerable group.  The 31 participants from Bishkek, Osh, and Chui oblast will discuss approaches to reducing discrimination against and improving services for their patients with HIV.  This ...
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Government, Civil Society, Business Working Together to Address Corruption Risks

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The Anticorruption Business Council of the Kyrgyz Republic will begin a review of laws that may impact effective protection of property rights of businesses and citizens.  The primary goal of the initiative is to reduce the risk of corruption within judicial, fiscal, and law enforcement bodies that affect citizens and business. The ...
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Free Mobile Application Encourages Children to Read in the Kyrgyz Language

With support from the United States through USAID, the Aga Khan Foundation has launched “Fun Kitep 2” a mobile application with 15 new interactive storybooks in the Kyrgyz language.  This free application allows children to read stories and complete fun exercises to encourage reading comprehension. These interactive games motivate children to read more, and quizzes ...
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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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Enhancing Safety Procedures in Prisons

On January 12-15, the staff of Pre-Trial Detention Center №1 in Bishkek are receiving training on new x-ray screening equipment at detention center checkpoints.  This training will strengthen the ability of prison staff to prevent the spread of drugs and other prohibited items inside prisons.  The United States provided this equipment through a United Nations ...
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U.S. Book Translation Program and Local Publishers 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 story Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien.  This effort was a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Kyrgyz Association of Publishers.  With U.S. support, Mara Publishing House also recently published the Kyrgyz-language ...
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Police, Local Government, and Residents Create Safer Communities

Jalal-Abad – On 15 December, Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney will open a newly renovated Local Crime Prevention Center in Suzak ail-okmotu (Jalal-Abad oblast.)  The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the project to establish a Community Policing Forum (a group of community members, local self-governance and police which identify ...
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World AIDS Day: USAID Continues to Work with the Most Vulnerable Groups

To commemorate World AIDS Day, the USAID funded HIV React Project will sponsor a series of events to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. The USAID-funded HIV React Project works to prevent new cases of HIV in detention facilities and will provide a series of awareness-raising events to draw public attention to the problem. This project works with ...
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U.S. State Department Sponsors Conference on preventing radicalisation and violent extremism in Central Asia

November 24-25, 2015, the U.S. State Department Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) will sponsor a regional conference in Bishkek on “Radicalisation and violent extremism in Central Asia.” Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney will provide opening remarks on the first day of the event.  Kyrgyzstan’s National Academy of Sciences in conjunction with Saferworld and the ...
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Jyrgalan Tourism Fest Highlights Global Potential of Local Attractions

Ski season in Jyrgalan will start with a Tourism Fest on November 21-22 at the free ride ski base near Karakol. The Tourism Fest will bring together tour agencies, sports associations, and young professional travel bloggers and photographers from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States to experience all the destination has to offer for ...
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Celebrating International Education Week, November 16-20, 2015

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by promoting programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a ...
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Kyrgyz tour operators sign contracts with European travel firms at global exhibition in London

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Representatives of four tourism companies exhibited at the World Travel Market (WTM), one of the world’s largest tourism shows that takes place annually in London.  From November 2-5, members of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO) met with potential partners, discussed foreign tourist expectations, scouted global competitors, and signed contracts with ...
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JashtarCamp 2015: Promoting Youth Engagement the Tourism Industry

Participants of the upcoming JashtarCamp 2015 for youth will learn about employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the tourism industry in Kyrgyzstan. During the event, prominent tourism professionals will share their experience in starting tourism businesses and conduct tours around Bishkek, Osh and Karakol to demonstrate ways to develop interesting and engaging tours.  These events are ...
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Police of the Kyrgyz Republic Show Their Interest in Helping Victims

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Criminal Justice Program with generous support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (U.S. State Department)is organizing two three-day workshops for police officers on trafficking in persons (TIP). The training is designed to train police on how to identify and assist victims. Local, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Meets Access English Language Students and the Parents’ Association of Disabled Children

On November 4, Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney visited the Parents’ Association of Disabled Children (ARDI) in Bishkek to meet with young people with disabilities who are learning English on the U.S. Embassy-financed Access Microscholarship Program.  The students welcomed the Ambassador with English-language songs, poems, games, and dancing.  Ambassador Gwaltney was impressed with the students’ excellent English ...
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Ministry of Health and USAID Recognize Journalists for Outstanding Coverage of Tuberculosis Issues

An award ceremony for the best journalism on issues related to tuberculosis (TB) will take place on November 6, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Republican Scientific Medical Library in Bishkek (Togolok Moldo, 1, int. Moskovskaya). The ceremony will conclude a seven-month competition among the media organized by the Ministry of Health and the National ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Speech at AUCA Commemorative Ceremony (excerpts)

Minister Sarieva, President Wachtel, Faculty and Students:  Good afternoon, and welcome to you all. I am delighted to be here in Bishkek and to be the first U.S. Secretary of State to travel to all five Central Asian countries on a single trip. Today, we inaugurate a new facility at a flagship institution that is ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Press Availability in Bishkek

Mr. Foreign Minister, I thank you very much for your very, very generous welcome, to all of your delegations and President Atambaev. And it’s a pleasure for me to be here, and I would say to the people of Kyrgyzstan that I wish I was able to stay longer. I know what a beautiful country ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks at the Dedication of the New Embassy Compound in Bishkek

Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you very much. Salamatsyzdarby. I’m happy to be here. Thank you very, very much. I want to express my appreciation to everybody. Thank you for sitting out here for a little while. Mr. Foreign Minister, Erlan, my friend, I’m happy to be here with you. And we had a chance just to ...
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United States Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring friendship with the Kyrgyz Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney alongside local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Bishkek today. The new $163 million campus is situated on an 11-acre site in the Leninsky District.  Sustainable features to conserve resources ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Austria, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan from October 28 to November 3. While in Vienna, Secretary Kerry will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. The Secretary will then travel to Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat ...
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Ambassador Gwaltney Presents Credentials to President Atambaev

Today, I presented my credentials as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kyrgyz Republic.  I am grateful to President Obama and Secretary Kerry for entrusting me with this important duty.  I am also grateful to President Atambaev for granting agrément and receiving me today to fulfill the last step of my appointment. ...
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The People of Naryn and the U.S. Embassy Stand Together Against Bride Kidnapping and Forced Marriages

On October 13 at 12:00, in Tattybubu Tursunbaeva (Chaek village, Jumgal district, Naryn) high school students and graduates, teachers, police, local government, media, and NGO representatives will discuss the laws against bride kidnapping and the consequences of this terrible crime against young women.  An information campaign will raise awareness among young people about their rights ...
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Ambassador Gwaltney Visits Cattle Farm Growing with U.S. Cooperation

U. S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney visited the Chabrets cattle farm in Chui oblast, one of the farms that received purebred Angus cattle imported in 2013 under the USAID Economic Development Fund Program. The program, administered in close cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, provided Chabrets with 50 heads of Angus cattle and modern ...
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Statement on Parliamentary Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic

Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson The United States congratulates the people of the Kyrgyz Republic for exercising their democratic rights during the recent parliamentary elections.  President Atambaev, the Jogorku Kenesh, the Central Election Commission, and many governmental and civil society groups contributed to an election that ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney Arrives in the Kyrgyz Republic

Sheila Gwaltney arrived in Bishkek on September 5 to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic. President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Sheila Gwaltney, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, on August 28, 2014, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on August 5, 2015. Ms. Gwaltney previously served ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal Travel to Kyrgyzstan

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 8-9.  There, she will meet with government officials, entrepreneurs, and students to discuss increased engagement and ongoing cooperation in South and Central Asia, including support for the business community. For information on this trip please follow ...
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Students Discover Their Potential at Civic Leadership Camps

120 secondary school students from all over Kyrgyzstan participated in summer camps in Osh and Issyk-Kul in August to learn critical thinking, leadership skills, teamwork, civic values, and community engagement.  The camps included innovative, interactive activities such as educational games, role plays, and multimedia training to provide youth opportunities to learn both how to lead ...
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Kyrgyzstan: Expanded Tangible Benefits of U.S. Assistance in Response to Termination of the 1993 Bilateral Agreement

In addition to examples provided in our statement of Friday, July 25, the list below provides further examples of how U.S. assistance has directly benefited the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyzstani people: Democracy, Rule of Law and Civil Society: U.S. assistance led the creation of the first-ever Russian-Kyrgyz Dictionary of Legislative Terms to improve ...
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Conservation of XI-XII Century Karakhanid Mausoluem in Uzgen to be conducted by U.S. architect William Remsen

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State has announced the results of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Competition. Out of 148 proposals submitted by U.S. Ambassadors in 2015, AFCP has chosen 28. The United States Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic is happy to communicate ...
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Kyrgyzstan: Tangible Benefits of U.S. Assistance in Response to Termination of the 1993 Bilateral Agreement

We are disappointed to see the government’s statement renouncing the 1993 Bilateral Agreement despite our long, deep, and mutually beneficial partnership with Kyrgyzstan.  The United States was one of the first countries to recognize Kyrgyzstan’s independence. We have provided nearly $2 billion in assistance since then, in the spirit of partnership and to support and ...
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US/UK Parliamentary Strengthening Program Shares Five Years of Results

On July 9, 2015, the Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Strengthening Program (KPSP) funded jointly by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), held its program closure conference at the Jannat Hotel in Bishkek.  The conference was attended by MPs and staff of the Kyrgyz Parliament (Jogorku Kenesh), ...
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The Opening Ceremony of a new Challenge TB Project

Bishkek – the Opening Ceremony of a new Challenge TB Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will take place on June 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Conference Hall of the Republican Scientific Medical Library at the following address: 1, Togolok Moldo street. Representatives of the Ministry of Health, National TB ...
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USAID Supports Development of Tourist Destinations in the Kyrgyz Republic

Four tourist destinations across the Kyrgyz Republic will receive assistance from the USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI). In February 2015, BGI invited teams of tourism service providers, local administrations, and other interested parties from all over the country to submit applications with tourism development strategies for their location. Proposals included activities such as tourism product ...
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Ministry of Agriculture hosts National Field Day for farmers with USAID support

On May 26, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture will host a National Field Day on advanced technologies for cultivation of early maturing fruits and vegetables in Aravan Rayon, Osh Oblast.  First Deputy Prime Minister Taiyrbek Sarpashev, Minister of Agriculture Taalaibek Aidaraliev, and Deputy Governor of Osh Oblast Ahmadjan Mahammadov are expected to attend.  Farmers, members ...
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Kyrgyz-American Hip-Hop Fest 2015

The Kyrgyz-American Hip-Hop Fest 2015 will take place May 28 to June 5 in five cities in Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Kyzyl-Kija, and Osh. Artists from the United States will conduct workshops and classes for youth in hip hop dance, music, and graffiti art. They will also take part in festival events with Kyrgyzstani ...
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USAID presents results of Quality Health Care Project

On May 12 at 10 a.m., USAID will present the results of its five-year Quality Health Care Project (QHCP). Since September 2010, the QHCP has provided training, equipment, and supplies to improve management, financing, and provision of health services related to tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health services, and other public health threats in ...
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Interagency Team Travels to Central Asia for Afghan Consultations

Recognizing the important contributions of the five Central Asian republics to broader regional stability, an interagency team will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan for bilateral consultations on Afghanistan, April 20–24.  This group, led by State Department officials including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Daniel Rosenblum and Deputy ...
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Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-Kyrgyz Republic Annual Bilateral Consultations

Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the accompanying Kyrgyz delegation to Washington for the third round of United States – Kyrgyz Republic Annual Bilateral Consultations on April 8-10, 2015.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister acknowledged that the consultations were an important opportunity to renew ...
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Business Development Assistance for Women Entrepreneurs in Osh and Batken

On April 13 in Batken, women entrepreneurs and officials from the State Tax Service, the head of Kyrgyzpatent, and tax experts met to exchange information to help grow business in the region. The meeting was sponsored by USAID’s Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises Program (WLSME) together with International Financial Corporation’s (IFC) Project on ...
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Doctors to learn chemical dependence treatment

A start-up workshop for a distance education course, “Practical aspects of psycho-social support for patients with chemical dependence,” will take place April 14-15 in Bishkek. 33 medical staff from prisons and healthcare facilities will take the course delivered by the Kyrgyz State Medical Institute for Training and Advanced Education (KSMI) in cooperation with the USAID ...
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Nonprofit Management Resource Center opens in Osh State University

Osh, Kyrgyz Republic – On Friday, April 10, 2015 Osh State University will inaugurate a Nonprofit Management (NPM) Resource Center, which will support universities in Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken Oblasts.  Rector of Osh State University Kanybek Isakov, the Ministry of Education and Science, university professors, USAID, the East-West Management Institute, and civil society organizations will ...
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Assistant Administrator Jonathan Stivers of the USAID Asia Bureau visits the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – Jonathan Stivers, Assistant Administrator of the Asia Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is visiting the Kyrgyz Republic April 4-7, 2015.  Stivers oversees USAID assistance in 32 countries in Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific Islands, and manages a bureau and overseas staff of ...
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Regional Training Dialogue Strengthens Nuclear Smuggling Prosecutions

Law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges from throughout Central Asia gathered in Bishkek, April 1-3, for a U.S. Department of State-sponsored regional training dialogue on nuclear smuggling to share experiences and discuss best practices for investigating and prosecuting these very serious criminal cases. The participants – representing Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan – ...
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American Song Contest 2015

The final stage of American Song Contest for students of secondary schools, supported by the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, will take place on April 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Abdymomunov Kyrgyz National Drama Theater. Over 400 students from 46 secondary schools of Talas and Chui oblasts, Osh, and Bishkek took part ...
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Best Healthcare Facilities Receive Equipment from USAID to Fight Tuberculosis

On April 1, 2015, the National Tuberculosis Partners of the Kyrgyz Republic organized a conference at City Hotel to discuss the results of Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Month and to celebrate the work of the staff of TB care facilities.  Bishkek’s top TB experts received awards, and the best primary healthcare organizations of Bishkek received $200,000 ...
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American Song Contest 2015

The final stage of American Song Contest for students of secondary schools, supported by the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, will take place on April 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Abdymomunov Kyrgyz National Drama Theater. Over 400 students from 46 secondary schools of Talas and Chui oblasts, Osh, and Bishkek took part ...
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Kyrgyz Republic improves the quality of tuberculosis laboratories and the TB drug management practices

Bishkek. On March 26 and 27, the National Tuberculosis (TB) Center is organizing two round tables to discuss the results of USAID Quality Health Care Project supported work to improve the Kyrgyz Republic’s TB Laboratory services and TB Drug Management practices. Representatives of the Ministry of Health, the National TB Program, primary health care facilities, ...
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U.S. and Public Fund “Ergene” Donate Food to Vulnerable Citizens of Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American non-governmental organization Resource & Policy Exchange (RPX) delivered 75,000kg of food products to the Kyrgyz Republic as part of the USAID Food for Peace Program. The program aims to enrich the diets of women and children in long-term treatment and care facilities, including ...
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USAID Helps Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. On March 19, 2015 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching its new SPRING Project, aimed at improving maternal and child nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic. The launch brings representatives of the Ministry of Health together with national health organizations, the Ministries of Education and Agriculture, oblasts and local government ...
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USAID Supports Women Entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The 9th National Garment Trade Fair “Fashion Industry 2015. Manufacturers and Equipment” will take place on 11-16 March 2015 at the Kojomkul Sports Palace in Bishkek. The trade fair is hosted by the Association of Light Manufacturing Enterprises “LEGRPOM” and is supported by the USAID Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises ...
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Together we can defeat TB!

On March 12, 2015 from 12.00 to 14.00 the National TB Center with the support of USAID Quality Health Care Project and Defeat TB Project organizes a press café on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in the Kyrgyz Republic. The press café will take place in the conference hall of the business center «Maximum» ...
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Presentation of funding opportunities for tourism sector developers

The USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI) would like to invite media representatives to a presentation of its Tourism Destination Management Program, with the participation of representatives of the private sector, sector associations and government authorities.  The presentation will take place on February 25, 2015, at 13:30 pm, in the Jannat Regency Hotel, located at Aaly ...
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USAID Agro Horizon Project to boost agricultural development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Agro Horizon Project to promote agricultural productivity and diversification in the Kyrgyz Republic.  The inaugural event for the project brings together representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management; the governors of Osh, Batken, Jalalabad, and Naryn oblasts; and local governments, agricultural associations, entrepreneurs, ...
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Saferworld Awards Event: “The Best Youth and Women Campaigns of 2014”

Place: Bishkek, City Hotel Date: 24 February 2015, 17:00 -19:30 Participants: Total Anticipated:  80 people, to include youth and women campaign teams;  and representatives from the following organizations: Saferworld, FTI, Civic Union; media outlets; local and international NGOs; U.N. agencies; Ministry of Internal Affairs and the MIA Academy; Ministry of Labor, Migration, and Youth; and ...
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Festival for primary school students boosts interest in reading

To improve reading skills and boost interest in reading among primary school students, the USAID “Reading Together” Project will hold a ten-day reading festival with the City Board of Education February 20 to March 4, 2015 at educational complex № 66 in Bishkek (Vostok-5B, Mambetova St.).  Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, the ...
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American Snowboarders in Kyrgyzstan for Sports Camp for Children from Orphanages

U.S. Olympic Snowboarders Faye Gulini and Justin Reiter will spend an unforgettable week February 15-22 with children from Kyrgyz orphanages to introduce them to the fascinating world of snowboarding.  These sports camps will be implemented by the Public Fund Protecting the Right of Orphans with the financial support of the U.S. Embassy. The American guests ...
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Training social workers to prevent HIV in prisons

Bishkek –The AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) in the Kyrgyz Republic will hold a workshop on February 10-13, 2015 for 20 social workers from prisons and non-governmental organizations working in HIV prevention in detainment settings and post-release. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is financing the workshop under the HIV React Project. During the ...
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Trafficking in persons training for prosecutors and police officers

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) welcomes Professor Susan Kreston, U.S. expert on trafficking in persons (TIP), to Kyrgyzstan February 4-6 to conduct training for prosecutors and police in Bishkek.  The three-day training, which includes both lectures and case studies, focuses on forensic interviewing and the identification, referral, and protection of ...
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Bringing the police closer to the people

With the opening today of a newly constructed police station in Jalal-Abad, the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of the United States of America marked the results of a two-year project aimed at strengthening cooperation between police and local communities on ...
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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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