U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Criminal Boss Raimbek Matraimov 

The United States expresses its disappointment at the release of organized crime boss Raimbek Matraimov.  We would note that Matraimov is the subject of U.S. State Department and Treasury Department Global Magnitsky and visa sanctions for his participation in a corrupt customs scheme in which at least $700 million was laundered from the Kyrgyz Republic, funds which could have been used by the …

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Statement on Recent Events Threatening Freedom of Speech and Regarding Gender-Based Violence 

Yesterday’s events at the Ministry of the Interior headquarters are cause for deep concern.  We echo the statement by President Japarov’s spokesperson that opinions should not be expressed in a threatening way, and even more so, should not be accompanied by the use of force. The threat of mob violence and intimidation tactics against demonstrators exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly is unacceptable.  The United States calls on the Kyrgyz government …

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U.S. State Department’s 2020 Human Rights Report for the Kyrgyz Republic Details Concerning Trends

BISHKEK [March 31, 2021] – The U.S. Department of State has released the 2020 Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Report .  This year the report highlights troubling backsliding in the Kyrgyz government’s efforts to defend human rights. Significant areas of concern include: the death of high-profile political prisoner Azimzhan Askarov, despite calls from the UN for his release; the alleged torture and subsequent extradition …

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USAID Partners with Locally Owned Apparel Factory Create Jobs in Jalal-Abad

Ala-Buka district, Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyz Republic – On March 25, 2021, Ms. Pardakan Tomueva organized an official opening ceremony of the expansion of her Sedep Apparel Factory in Tengi village of Jalal-Abad region. The new shop was opened in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID’s Enterprise Competitiveness Project’s support enabled …

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USAID Time to Read Provides 1.5 million books to more than 200,000 Kyrgyz Children

On March 18, 2021 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the results of the Time to Read project implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Culture. This five-year initiative instilled innovative methods of teaching reading in primary schools across the country. The project also provided …

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USAID Partners with Parents to Fight Junk Food and Improve Nutrition for Children

USAID’s Advancing Nutrition project recently conducted a study on nutritional challenges that negatively affect the health of mothers and children in Batken and Jalal-Abad. The data indicate that children under two are not getting enough vitamins and nutrients due to unhealthy practices like eating “junk food.” The project is using these data to inform parents …

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CONNECT.KG – Inaugural Kyrgyz Virtual IT Expo Receives Support from International Partners

From March 15-19, international diplomatic missions from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Republic of Korea and European Union will partner with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs and High Technology Park to conduct the virtual international IT Expo, CONNECT.KG. This will be the first virtual IT Expo to showcase the Kyrgyz …

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The United States Welcomes the Kyrgyz Government’s Repatriation of Children from Iraq

The United States applauds the Kyrgyz government’s repatriation of 79 children from Iraq, which will give these young people a chance to live a normal life in their home country.  The Kyrgyz government deserves praise for its commitment to help the returned children and to carry out all measures for their early rehabilitation, reintegration, and return to a safe and peaceful life. We also recognize the significant …

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Department of State Offers Reward Increase for Information to Bring Transnational Criminal to Justice

Today the U.S. Department of State announces a reward increase of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of  Kamchybek Kolbaev  and/or for information leading to the disruption of financial mechanisms of Kolbaev’s criminal organization. In 2000, Kolbaev was convicted for the attempted murder of his one-time criminal boss and murder of …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kamchybek Kolbaev’s Release

The United States is deeply concerned by the release of transnational organized crime boss Kamchybek Kolbaev, a convicted murderer whose criminal network engages in drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking and other dangerous criminal activity.  “Kamchybek Kolbaev’s drug trafficking network poisons children across Central Asia, Russia, and Europe, which is why the U.S. Department of State has offered a reward of up to $1 million for …

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Honoring Anticorruption Champions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 23, 2021 Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources.  The Biden Administration recognizes that …

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Factcheck.kg’s Bolot Temirov Receives U.S. State Department’s Inaugural Anticorruption Champion Award

February 23, 2021– Bishkek – Today in Washington D.C., the U.S. State Department announced Mr. Bolot Temirov, the editor-in-chief of Facheck.kg, as a recipient of the inaugural Anticorruption Champion award, given to 12 individuals combatting corruption and fighting for transparency and accountability around the world.  In competition with many other compelling candidates, Mr. Temirov won …

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Fact Sheet: President Biden to Take Action on Global Health through Support of COVAX and Calling for Health Security Financing

As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, and with new variants emerging, the facts are clear that it is critical that we vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Tomorrow at the G7, the President will announce that he is taking concrete steps to improve the health and the safety …

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Paris Climate Agreement

January 21, 2021 ACCEPTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United …

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Letter to His Excellency António Guterres

January 21, 2021 His Excellency Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York Excellency: This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021.  …

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President Biden Removes Presidential Proclamation 9983 Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce that on January 20 President Biden signed an executive order to remove immigrant and diversity visa restrictions that had suspended the entry of Kyrgyz immigrants. We commend the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for the significant travel-related security improvements they have made over the past 12 months.  Kyrgyz electronic passports containing biometric identification chips have been developed and are in the final stages of preparation. These passports will guarantee secure and convenient travel …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on 2021 Kyrgyz Presidential Elections

The United States congratulates the Kyrgyz people for their active engagement in the Presidential Elections on January 10.  We commend the Central Election Commission for holding a well-organized election despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) conducted …

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CDC Provides Equipment to the Kyrgyz Republic, Increasing Its Monthly COVID Testing Capacity by More than 80,000

Last week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began delivering $652,000 worth of laboratory supplies and equipment to healthcare facilities in Bishkek, Naryn, and Osh cities and the At-Bashy district of the Kyrgyz Republic. The donated supplies will be used to conduct tests for COVID-19. This contribution is expected to raise …

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United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 10, 2020 Yesterday and today the United States imposed sanctions under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program on corrupt actors and human rights abusers worldwide.  These actions target actors across the globe who disregard individuals’ human rights and international standards to prevent and combat corruption. As we …

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On the occasion of the International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day

On the occasion of the International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations and visa restrictions on corrupt actors and human rights abusers.  Below is a summary of these actions taken pursuant to “Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 and Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. G, P.L. 116-94), as carried forward by …

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U.S. Department of Treasury Sanctions Raimbek Matraimov

Link to original U.S. Department of Treasury press release –  https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1206 December 9, 2020 – Washington D.C. – Global Magnitsky designations target corrupt actors and their networks on International Anticorruption Day Washington – Today, on International Anticorruption Day, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is targeting corrupt actors and their …

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Readout of U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu’s Meeting with Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev

At a virtual meeting today, Ambassador Lu met with Foreign Minister Kazakbaev and discussed political and economic cooperation.  Ambassador Lu noted progress in negotiations towards a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement, and both sides expressed hope of resolving the remaining issues quickly.  He also offered the assistance of U.S. law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting major organized crime figures, and U.S. support in the …

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Central Asian Government Experts Meet with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Discuss Air Quality Management

On December 2-3, 2020 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), with support from the U.S. Embassies in Nur-Sultan and Bishkek, convened a regional workshop on air quality monitoring network development. Participants from the C5+1 countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the United States joined the virtual workshop, which included government …

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U.S. Support for Kyrgyzstan’s COVID Response – More than Masks

The United States is providing more than masks to Kyrgyzstan as we fight the coronavirus together.  From high capacity oxygen concentrators to cutting edge epidemiological analysis software, we are providing more than $5 Million USD in support from USAID, CDC and the U.S. State Department. Providing Kyrgyz Health Workers on the Front Lines the Tools …

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U.S. Government Equips Hospitals With Oxygen Concentrators to Fight COVID-19

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – In continued efforts by the U.S. government to assist the Kyrgyz Republic in the fight against COVID-19, on November 25 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over six high-capacity oxygen concentrators to five hospitals in Bishkek, Chui, and Osh. These state-of-the-art, lifesaving devices will supply the hospitals’ intensive care …

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U.S. Embassy Provides IT Job Skills for 300 Unemployed Young People and People with Disabilities

November 24, 2020 (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) – On November 25, the Academy of Creative Professions will launch free virtual courses to provide job skills for 300 unemployed young people and people with disabilities who have limited job and educational opportunities ages living in Talas, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, and Chui regions.  The Academy of Creative Professions …

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Winners of the 2020 American Song Contest Announced During Live YouTube Broadcast

Winners of the 2020 American Song Contest, who competed against over 700 students from throughout Kyrgyzstan, were announced by an expert jury featuring a Ministry of Education official, professional singer Mirbek Atabekov, American performer Ben Wright from the musical group “Henhouse Prowlers,” and a U.S. Embassy official during a live broadcast on YouTube Friday, November 20. …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Henick Sends Letter of Thanks to the Kyrgyz Embassy on the Occasion of National Adoption Day

Dear Ambassador Otunbaev, On the occasion of National Adoption Month in the United States, I wish to extend my warm gratitude to the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the United States for your continued partnership with our country and the Department of State on intercountry adoptions.  The State Department takes great pride and care in the exercise of our responsibilities for intercountry adoption and …

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USAID’s Tenth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum Kicks Off Virtually

November 16, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the tenth annual Central Asia Trade Forum , an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond. This year’s five-day virtual event includes 100 speakers and 4,000 registered participants representing 39 countries including the USA, Afghanistan, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, …

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United States announces funding to support upcoming elections in the Kyrgyz Republic

November 12, 2020 — Today, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic announces the intention of the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide timely assistance for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic in support of the Kyrgyz people as they choose their next representatives in government. …

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Kyrgyz Health Care Workers Receive Vital Equipment and Training for COVID-19 Response from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delivered a vital shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) and computer equipment for Kyrgyz health care workers serving at the front lines of the COVID-19 response.  The PPE, consisting of medical gowns, masks, N95 respirators, gloves, medical caps, shoe covers, and face shields, as well as supplies …

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THE TENTH ANNUAL CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM GOES ONLINE

November 02, 2020 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will virtually host the tenth annual Central Asia Trade Forum, an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia, on November 16 – 20, 2020. This year’s theme Central Asia – Growth and Prosperity will explore new trends and market reactions in …

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U.S. Provides the Kyrgyz Republic’s Counternarcotics Service New Tools to Fight Drug Trafficking

October 29 marked the opening of a newly refurbished analytical center for Kyrgyz Republic’s Counternarcotics Service (CNS). As part of a larger $200,000 initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the refurbishment project upgraded the physical facility to modern standards and provided a dedicated …

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USAID Raises the Profile of Central Asian Horticulture Exporters

October 27, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a detailed Directory of Central Asian Horticulture Exporters to provide key information on local producers to potential buyers around the world, in order to help Central Asian agricultural products reach new markets. The directory is intended for use by horticulture importers, distributors, retail buyers, and international …

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Statement on the Detention of Kamchy Kolbaev

The United States welcomes the actions of the Kyrgyz Government to capture major organized crime figure Kamchybek Kolbaev.  The U.S. expresses the hope that the Kyrgyz Government will prosecute and continue to detain this dangerous criminal leader in the interest of public safety. The U.S. Department of State has offered a reward of up to …

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Statement on Threats to the Kyrgyz Constitutional Order

The United States supports a peaceful and democratic transition in the Kyrgyz Republic.  It is clear that one of the obstacles towards democratic progress is the attempt by organized crime groups to exert influence over politics and elections.  This was evident with vote-buying during the October 4 elections, violence and intimidation in Ala-Too Square on …

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Statement on the Parliamentary Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic

The United States congratulates the people of the Kyrgyz Republic for casting their vote during the recent parliamentary elections.  We also commend the Jogorku Kenesh, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health, and civil society groups which supported the Central Election Commission’s (CEC’s) efforts to organize a safe election process despite the challenges of organizing elections during the …

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USAID donates 285,000 children’s books to schools and libraries in the Kyrgyz Republic

On September 23, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated 285,000 children’s books to more than 1,000 public schools and libraries across the Kyrgyz Republic. These books include 45 new and adapted titles in Kyrgyz and Russian languages appropriate for primary grade students. The official handover ceremony took place today at the …

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U.S. Embassy Provides Free English Language Training to Government, Media, and Civil Society

On September 23, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic together with Lingua Foundation for Innovative Education will launch the third cohort of the English for Young Professionals Program in Bishkek and all regions throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. The program will provide one-year English language courses free of charge for over 1,500 government employees, press, …

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Statement on arrest, detention, and extradition of Bobomurad Abdullaev

The United States remains concerned about the arrest, detention, and extradition of Mr. Bobomurad Abdullaev, an Uzbekistani journalist who had been enrolled in a journalism program at the American University of Central Asia in the Kyrgyz Republic. Kyrgyz authorities extradited Mr. Abdullaev at the request of the Government of Uzbekistan, based on vague and unsubstantiated …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 30, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I send best wishes to the people of the Kyrgyz Republic as you celebrate the 29th anniversary of your independence. The United States values the Kyrgyz Republic as a partner in advancing our mutual goals in the …

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USAID Takes Action to Protect and Support Kyrgyz Victims Of Domestic Violence

August 27, 2020 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $230,000 in grants to eleven civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Kyrgyz Republic to protect and support survivors of gender-based and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be used to expand shelters, provide psychological and legal support to …

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USAID Mobilizes Additional 190 Million Soms to Combat COVID-19 in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than 190 million soms ($2,500,000) to support the Kyrgyz Republic’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will improve infection control in health care facilities, testing, diagnosis, and help inform the public about risks of COVID-19. …

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USAID Project Identifies Over 1,200 New HIV Cases in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, August 5, 2020 – In the last five years, the  USAID Central Asia HIV Flagship Activity  helped conduct over 57,000 HIV tests in Kyrgyzstan, identifying more than 1,200 previously undetected cases of HIV infection. Through this project’s support, more than 2,000 people living with HIV started or restarted their life-saving treatment. The project held its online closeout conference today, announcing …

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U.S. Government Recognizes Kyrgyz Progress on Efforts to Counter Trafficking in Persons

On June 25, the U.S. Department of State released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report , an annual report that highlights progress and setbacks in addressing human trafficking across the globe. This year’s report acknowledges key achievements in 2019 by the Kyrgyz government to address human trafficking, including: the adoption of the National Referral Mechanism, establishing formal policies on victim …

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A Message from U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu on the Death of George Floyd

Dear friends, The murder of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department was a national tragedy. Prosecutors in America have charged one police officer with murder and three officers with aiding murder. I am confident in the strength of the judicial system to hold accountable those responsible. But more importantly, George Floyd’s …

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CDC Provides $1.38 Million for COVID-19 Response in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pledged $6.8 million to support the governments in Central Asia in managing the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including $1.38 million for the Kyrgyz Republic. CDC’s offices in Central Asia will use these new funds to address the most urgent needs and gaps in response that …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Department of State – Embassy of the United States, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Notice of Funding Opportunity Program Office:                               Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Bishkek Funding Opportunity Title:             Media Small Grants Program Announcement Type:                     Grant or Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Number:       STATE-BISHKEK-PAS-20-0005 Deadline for Applications:             May 6, 2020 (11:59 p.m. Bishkek Time) …

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Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov of the Kyrgyz Republic

April 17, 2020  Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke with Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov of the Kyrgyz Republic April 17 via phone from Washington, D.C.  The Under Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed joint cooperative efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the public health, economy, and food security of the …

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2020 Book Translation Program

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2020 Book Translation Program.  PAS is soliciting proposals from publishing houses, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to publish books by American authors and/or books reflecting U.S. values, translated into the Kyrgyz language or …

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MEDIA ADVISORY: April 3 Briefing on COVID-19

MEDIA ADVISORY April 3 Briefing on COVID-19 with Dr. Daniel Singer, Regional Director for Central Asia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Joshua Karnes, Director of Central Asia Health and Education Office, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) EVENT: Please join us on Friday, April 3, for an press briefing with Dr. Daniel Singer, …

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COVID-19: USAID Mobilizes 64 Million Soms to Combat COVID-19 in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is granting more than 66 million soms ($913,000) to three specialized organizations to increase the Kyrgyz Republic’s ability to respond to the ongoing COVID-19  pandemic. The focus will be on infection control, disease prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and public information. …

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U.S. Embassy temporarily suspends nonimmigrant visa appointments

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is suspending nonimmigrant visa appointments in many countries around the world.  As a result, as of March 17, 2020, the United States Embassy in Kyrgyzstan is temporarily suspending routine nonimmigrant visa appointments.  This action does not apply to diplomatic/official visa applications or to immigrant visa applications.  We …

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Kyrgyz Republic 2019 Human Rights Report Recognizes Trends in Human Rights

BISHKEK – On March 11, the U.S. Department of State released the 2019 Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Report.  This year the report highlights ongoing achievements of the Kyrgyz Republic as a leader in human rights in the region, while also recognizing worsening trends in freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This year’s report recognizes …

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U.S. Donates Equipment to the Kyrgyz Republic in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic — In an official ceremony today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic. This donation is part of the United States’ early assistance to prepare for any potential spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease, within the Kyrgyz …

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Press Statement by the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic in response to the disruption of a peaceful International Women’s Day march

The Kyrgyz Republic has long been a leader in its support for the constitutional right of its citizens to assemble peacefully. Yesterday’s actions of the police and cowardly men in masks are an affront to the peaceful women who gathered in Victory Square on International Women’s Day. We stand in solidarity with these women in …

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The U.S. Embassy Promotes Environmental Awareness Among Kyrgyz Kids Through Book Translation Program

On March 4, 2020 at 11.00 a.m. the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan together with the Capacity Building Foundation and the Bayalinov Republican Youth and Children’s Library, will present a book release of the award-winning book “The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth” for primary school children. This book was written by American landscape photographer Chris …

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Crimea Is Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 26, 2020 February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine.  As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty over the peninsula.  We call …

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Kyrgyz Republic Designated for U.S. Immigrant and Diversity Visa Restrictions

On January 31, the United States imposed immigrant and diversity visa restrictions that suspend the entry of Kyrgyz immigrants in order to protect the security and welfare of the United States.The U.S. Government continues to issue nonimmigrant visas for other purposes, such as tourism, business, students and exchanges. The visa restrictions, as designated in Presidential …

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Statement on FactCheck.kg editor-in-chief Bolot Temirov Attack

U.S. Embassy Bishkek condemns the January 9 attack on FactCheck.kg editor-in-chief Bolot Temirov.  We join the Office of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov in denouncing the attack and calling for a prompt investigation. Press can only be free when journalists are able to work without intimidation and threats.  Conducting a thorough investigation and promptly bringing attackers to …

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Statement on Iranian-backed Attacks on U.S. Embassy Baghdad

January 3, 2020 On December 31, 2019, Iranian-backed terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo noted the terrorists posed a risk to American diplomats and personnel inside the embassy.  “This is state-sponsored terror. This is Iranian-backed terrorism that took place that threatened American interests.” Secretary Pompeo stated.  He …

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U.S. Embassy Air Quality Monitor Officially Registered by Kyrgyz Standard

On October 28, the Center for Standardization and Metrology under the Ministry of Economy (Kyrgyz Standard) officially registered the U.S. Embassy’s Air Quality Monitor (AQM) in the State Registry of Official Measuring Devices of the Kyrgyz Republic.  Having received accreditation, the U.S. Embassy Air Quality Monitor can be officially referenced by all state agencies, including …

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U.S. Marines Deliver Toys to Bishkek’s SOS Children’s Village

U.S. Marines delivered toys and other donations from the U.S. Embassy Community in Bishkek to children of the SOS Children’s Village, a nongovernmental charitable organization providing services for children in Kyrgyzstan without parental care. The donations were made on December 14, 2019 through the Marine “Toys for Tots” Program which occurs every year around the …

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Kyrgyz Medical Laboratory Becomes First in Central Asia to Receive International ISO/IEC Accreditation

Kyrgyz Republican Center for Quality Control of Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases (RCQCLDID) will receive ISO/IEC 17043 international accreditation certificate during an official ceremony at the “Preventive Medicine” Research and Production Association. The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health and the U.S. Embassy and the will jointly award the certificate, issued by the American Association for Laboratory …

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New Kamkor Center for Inclusive Education to Host Programming for All

On December 3, 2019, at 11.00 a.m., the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, together with the Republican Youth and Children’s Library named after Bayalinov, will formally launch a new Center for Inclusive Education. The Center is named Kamkor (“caring” in Kyrgyz language) to reflect the desire to include people of various ages, backgrounds and …

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Kyrgyz Honey at the Conquest of Global Markets

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 20 November 2019 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated new and modern equipment to the Aman GreenFood LLC company, a Kyrgyzstani business specialized in the production of natural honey and honey-based products. The donation will allow the company to automate and increase its production, improve safety standards, …

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Maker Space Lab and Fair Ignites Kyrgyz Youth’s Interest to STEM Education and Careers

On November 15, 2019 at 11.00 a.m. the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan together with the Republican Youth and Children’s Library named after Bayalinov will cut the ribbon for an upgraded and renovated Maker Space Science Lab and Fair at the Bishkek American Center. The initial Maker Space lab was opened on September 26, 2017 at …

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Joint Statement on Xinjiang

Joint Statement on Xinjiang delivered by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN during the Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Chair of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination   October 29, 2019 Mr. President, I have the honour to read this statement on Xinjiang on behalf of a group 23 …

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The U.S. Government Supports Kyrgyz Culture with Important Uzgen Karakhanid-Era Mausoleum Roof Restoration

October 29, 2019 (Bishkek-Kyrgyz Republic) – The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, with representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the KR, Government in Osh province, and Sulayman-Too National Historical and Archeological Museum Complex will present the completed conservation of a twelfth century Karakhanid mausoleum roof in Uzgen on October 29, …

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The U.S. Government launches new effort to end drug-resistant tuberculosis in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – At an official ceremony held today in Bishkek, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new five-year, $18.5 million investment to support the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to end drug-resistant tuberculosis in the country. During his speech, USAID Mission Director Gary Linden said that the new USAID …

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International Franchise and Trade Expo Turns the Spotlight on Bishkek for U.S. and International Investors

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (October 11, 2019) – Over a thousand entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government officials participated in the first ever International Franchise and Trade Expo (IFTE), held at Ethno-Cultural Complex “Dasmia,” seeking to partner with international exhibitors from the United States, Europe, and South Korea.  The event was co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in the …

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion …

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Ten U.S. colleges and universities to visit Kyrgyz Republic on EducationUSA Eurasia and Central Asia Tour

EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host the first-ever combined EducationUSA Eurasia and Central Asia Tour, with the tour launching in the Kyrgyz Republic on October 11. Ten U.S. colleges and universities will participate in the tour to share information about education …

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U.S. Embassy to Co-Organize First-Ever ‘International Franchise and Trade Expo’ in Bishkek

On October 10, the Embassy of the United States of America, in partnership with Business Association JIA and with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and local business partners, will organize the first ever International Franchise and Trade Expo (IFTE) at Ethno-Cultural Complex “Dasmia” from 09.00-17.00. Dozens of international companies, including …

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USAID donates 385,000 books to 900 schools

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – The United States Government, through USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), is giving 385,000 children storybooks to the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES). These books will be delivered to 900 public primary schools across the country. The delivery of books was made official on September 26, 2019, at an event organized by …

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American Documentary Filmmaker Frank Popper Presents “Gentlemen of Vision” Across Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, in partnership with the American Film Showcase (AFS), will host documentary filmmaker and director, Frank Popper, for a series of screenings and discussions about his documentary film, Gentlemen of Vision.  From September 16-21, 2019, screenings will be held at the American University of Central Asia and American Spaces …

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Joint Statement on the C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on the occasion of a C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 21, 2019. Begin text: The Governments of the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, today …

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Leading travel bloggers to promote tourism in Central Asia

Almaty, Kazakhstan, August 9, 2019 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting ten popular international travel bloggers from August 8-18, 2019 to promote tourism in Central Asia. Supported by the USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia, two concurrent travel tours to Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan-Tajikistan will highlight the region’s tourism …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells on the Situation in the Kyrgyz Republic

August 9, 2019 Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G. Wells made a statement on the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic on Twitter: “In light of recent events in Kyrgyzstan, we reiterate our consistent support for elected, democratic institutions and adherence to the rule of law. We urge all parties to restore …

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USAID SUPPORTS A PHOTO EXHIBITION ON HIV CONTROL EFFORTS AMONG VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Bishkek – August 8, 2019 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  launched a photo exhibition entitled “On the Edge,” in partnership with the USAID HIV React Project. The exhibition is being held from August 8 to 14 in the Exhibition Hall of the Artists’ Union at Dubovyi (Oak) Park. It is open …

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USAID Supports Soybean Production With Machinery Contribution

The U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) procured and handed over soybean harvesting machinery to the Engels Farm company in Chui Oblast. Approximately 400 soybean farmers will use the machinery to reap larger, higher quality harvests. The farmers will then be able to sell more of their crops at higher …

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Successful U.S.-Kyrgyz Annual Bilateral Consultations: Building Our Partnership

July 31 (Bishkek) – Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Azizbek Madmarov and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Jonathan Henick led a successful session of Annual Bilateral Consultations. This was the fourth round of Annual Bilateral Consultations and the first since 2015. At the consultations, the two governments agreed to deepen cooperation …

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New Horse Trekking Route to Draw Adventure Tourists Kyrgyzstan

On July 26, Kyrgyz Tourism LLC launched a new horse trekking tour in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The tour runs between two picturesque and popular destinations in Kyrgyzstan: the Suusamyr Valley and Son Kul lake. The tour lasts up to five days and follows expansive and picturesque Kyrgyz pastures  …

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USAID and the Ministry of Health Sign an Agreement on Further Cooperation in TB Control

On July 10, Minister of Health Kosmosbek Cholponbaev and USAID Mission Director Gary Linden cemented collaboration between the United States and the Kyrgyz Republic in combating Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that kills about 500 Kyrgystanis annually. A newly-signed Statement of Partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) …

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NASA Engineer and Space Scientist Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne Visits Kyrgyzstan

July 9-10, 2019 (Bishkek-Kyrgyz Republic) – To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Space Mission, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is supporting NASA Engineer Dr. Alleyne Wardrop Alleyne’s trip to Bishkek to engage with youth, young inventors, women in STEM and Kyrgyzstani researchers. All events are free to the public. Dr. …

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The First Tashkent–Tamchy Flight Brings Tourists from Uzbekistan to Issyk-Kul

On June 27, Kyrgyzstan welcomed the first tourists from Uzbekistan to Issyk-Kul Lake on an inaugural flight from Tashkent to Tamchy. During the 2019 summer holiday season this international charter flight is expected to bring nearly 3,000 tourists. The flight marketing is provided thanks to assistance from the U.S. Government through the United States Agency …

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U.S. EMBASSY SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF TEACHERS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Over 150 teachers of English from all regions of the Kyrgyz Republic will get acquainted with innovative teaching methods and network with one another for future collaboration at the 14th Annual National Conference of English Teachers. The Conference, which the Association of Young Teachers is organizing with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, …

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Popular U.S. Dance Stars to Judge U.S. Embassy “IndepenDANCE: Red, White, and Blue” Dance Battle

June 26, 2019 (Bishkek) – In commemoration of the 243rd Independence Day of the United States of America, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic has invited pop dancers John Austin (Poppin’ John), Marquese Scott (Marquese “NonStop” Scott), and Jacob Lyons (Jacob “Kujo” Lyons) to travel from the United States to judge the “IndepenDANCE: Red, …

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U.S. Government Recognizes Kyrgyz Progress in Efforts to Counter Trafficking in Persons

On June 20, the U.S. Department of State released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report ( https://kg.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/190/Kyrgyz-Republic-2019-TIP-Report-Country-Narrative.pdf ), an annual report that highlights progress and setbacks in addressing human trafficking across the globe.  This year’s report acknowledges key achievements by the Kyrgyz government in addressing human trafficking, including: increased training of law enforcement and judicial officials; …

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Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert R. Redfield, MD Visits the Kyrgyz Republic

May 29 (Bishkek) – On May 29, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert R. Redfield, MD visited the Kyrgyz Republic to learn more about CDC activities and partnerships in Central Asia, including those that are supported through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  Minister of Health …

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Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019

I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from …

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U.S. Embassy Publishes Bishkek Air Quality Data

In observation of the United States’ Air Quality Awareness Week and in cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Embassy of the United States installed a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved air quality monitor at the Embassy complex. The EPA currently posts real-time data from the monitor on its AirNow website: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.global_summary . “This air …

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USAID Representative Visits the Kyrgyz Republic to Advance Bilateral Cooperation Agreement

April 22 (Bishkek) – On April 22-23, Resident Legal Officer for USAID Central Asia James Kelleher visited the Kyrgyz Republic to advance efforts to conclude a new Bilateral Cooperation Agreement.  Accompanied by USAID Mission Director Gary Linden and U.S. Embassy Political/Economic Counselor Thomas Selinger, Kelleher discussed the major goals of the agreement with a delegation …

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U.S. Speaker on Economic Prosperity – Entrepreneurship brings best business practices

April 22, 2019 (Bishkek-Kyrgyz Republic) – The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is supporting U.S. speaker Victoria Silchenko to conduct sessions during the April 22-26 week in Bishkek as part of the Economic Prosperity – Entrepreneurship speaker program aiming to improve entrepreneurship practices and expand commercial partnership between Kyrgyzstani and international firms. Silchenko will …

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U.S. Embassy To Host Business Facilitation Seminar

On April 25, the Embassy of the United States of America, in partnership with local entrepreneurs and businesses associations and with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will host the first ever Business Facilitation Seminar: Preparing for Global Partnerships at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek Shayr Room from 0830-1700. Through presentations on …

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Vice Prime Minister and U.S. Ambassador Visit USAID-Supported Modern Apparel Factory

BISHKEK – On April 19, Vice-Prime Minister Zamirbek Askarov, Chui Oblast Governor Tuigunaly Abdraimov, and U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Donald Lu visited a new apparel factory in Chui Oblast. The new factory creates 350 new jobs for supporting its production expansion and for meeting international quality standards. This was made possible through …

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Kyrgyz Republic 2018 Human Rights Report Highlights Positive Developments in the Human Rights Sphere

BISHKEK – On April 16, the U.S. Department of State released the Kyrgyz (PDF 497KB) and Russian (PDF 509KB) language translations of the 2018 Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Report (PDF 263KB).  This year the report highlights significant achievements by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and civil society in the human rights sphere. Kyrgyz (PDF 497KB) and Russian (PDF 509KB) translations of the Kyrgyz Republic …

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Press Statement On the Occasion of Nowruz

March 25, 2019 I would like to wish a Happy Nowruz to the people of Iran, and to everyone who celebrates this ancient tradition that marks the arrival of spring and a New Year, including people in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Kurdish …

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U.S. Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE For Immediate Release On March 13, the United States co-hosted an event with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to raise awareness regarding ongoing and egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where more than one million …

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Ministry of Health Announces Major Advancements in the Fight against Tuberculosis

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and USAID announced major advancements in the fight against the ongoing tuberculosis epidemic in the country, as new life-saving treatments are showing promising results only two years following the introduction of new drugs and treatment courses for patients with severe forms of tuberculosis. The Director of the National TB …

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USAID and Oasis Agro LLC Inaugurates First Modern Feed Mill in Osh

Today, the United States’ government Agency for International Development (USAID) and Oasis Agro LLC inaugurated a new animal feed mill in Osh city. Osh Vice Mayor Mr Saibjan Turduev and USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Economic Development Office Director Mr Gary Shu took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility. Oasis Agro is a leading producer of …

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Central and South Asian countries Chiefs of Defense (CASA CHOD) Conference took place in Tashkent

CASA CHOD Conference was held on February 20-21, 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At the beginning of the Central and South Asian countries defense leader’s conference, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Kurbanov welcomed and congratulated the participants of the event. The conference was focused on stabilizing the situation in …

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U.S. EMBASSY SUPPORTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING THROUGH NATIONWIDE CONTESTS

March 1, 2019—In support of English language learning, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic sponsored a series of nationwide contests.  The capstone event, an awards ceremony for the I Love English Video Contest 2019, took place on February 28, 2019 at the American Center in Bayalinov Library, Bishkek. The annual video contest, held between …

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U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael E. Langley Visits the Kyrgyz Republic

February 28, 2019 (Bishkek) – On February 27-28, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael E. Langley, Director of Plans and Policy for United States Central Command, visited the Kyrgyz Republic to meet with senior officials of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces following the Central and South Asia Chief of Defense Conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  During his …

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Justice Department Repatriates Forfeited Funds to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

The U.S. Department of Justice repatriated stolen assets to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic arising from the corruption and theft of government funds by the prior regime of Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his son Maxim Bakiyev.  The return of the funds was celebrated yesterday in a ceremony in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic attended by Ambassador Alice …

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JOINT STATEMENT

The Governments of the United States of America and the Kyrgyz Republic are pleased to announce the repatriation of stolen assets to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic arising from the corruption and theft of government funds by the prior regime of Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his son Maxim Bakiyev. These funds were identified in the …

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U.S. Department of State Senior Bureau Official Announces Repatriation of Stolen Assets to the Kyrgyz Republic

February 25, 2019 (Bishkek) – On February 25, the Senior Bureau Official in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice G. Wells, and the Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, Baktygul Jeenbaeva, announced the repatriation of stolen assets to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic arising from …

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Why the United States May Suspend Its Obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Since 2013, the United States repeatedly has raised its concerns with Russia regarding its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).  In spite of these efforts, Russian officials have refused to engage in any serious discussion of the U.S. concerns.  As a consequence of Russia’s material breach, the United States will suspend its obligations …

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Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good evening, everyone. I want to begin this evening by expressing my condolences to the Bush family on the passing of a great man, President George H. W. Bush. He embodied literally the best of America in his devotion to …

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Russia’s Violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 4, 2018 Since 2013, the United States has raised its concerns with Russia regarding Russian development of a ground-launched cruise missile (NATO designator: SSC-8, Russian designator: 9M729) with a range capability between 500 and 5,500 kilometers on repeated occasions. These include more than 30 engagements at …

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U.S. Government Donates State-of-the-Art Equipment to Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior

On December 19, Head of the Criminal Police Service of the Ministry of Interior Colonel Nurbek Abdiev and Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek Sandeep Paul participated in an official handover ceremony of approximately $20,000 of state-of-the-art computers, laptops, printers and other equipment.  This equipment …

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Senior White House Representative and USAID Official Conclude High Level Meetings on Strengthening Relations with the Kyrgyz Republic

Eric Rudenshiold, the White House National Security Council Director for Central Asia, along with Javier Piedra, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, concluded a series of high-level meetings with officials from the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on December 13-14, 2018. This was the latest in a series of visits by senior U.S. government officials …

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Prime Minister visits USAID-supported Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture in Batken

On December 8, 2018, Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev visited Interfruit LLC, a dried fruit processing facility in Uch-Korgon, Batken oblast. Joined by USAID Mission Director Gary Linden, Prime Minister Abylgaziev familiarized himself with the facility and how it sources locally grown fruits to supply global markets. Interfruit LLC is a Kyrgyz-Tajik joint venture established in …

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New Study Sheds Light on Primary School Literacy

The United States government and the Ministry of Education and Science will present the results of a joint Early Grade Reading Assessment, which recently measured student performance in literacy. This nationwide snapshot of reading skills among primary grade students in Kyrgyz and Russian language schools uncovers how reading outcomes have changed over time. The event …

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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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