Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov met with Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in the Kyrgyz Republic, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University of Central Asia, the press service of the Kyrgyz Government reported.
At the meeting the sides discussed topical issues and priority areas of joint cooperation for the near future.
Prime Minister Isakov said that the Kyrgyz side attaches great importance to cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and expressed gratitude for the assistance provided in solving current socio-economic problems of the country.
The Prime Minister stressed that one of the most striking examples of mutually beneficial cooperation is the functioning of the University of Central Asia in Naryn, which has a modern material and technical resources.
In addition, Sapar Isakov expressed gratitude to the AKDN for the systematic humanitarian support of ethnic Kyrgyz living in Pamir.
Isakov also said that the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) plays an important role in the development of small and medium-sized businesses in the country, one of the major shareholders of which is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.
Diplomatic Representative of the AKDN Shamsh Kassim-Lakha extended greetings of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. He also said that today there are a number of positive changes in Kyrgyzstan in the implementation of the governmental 40 Steps to a New Era program and the national Taza Koom project.
"Governmental programs, which are being implemented at the moment are very strong and effective. We are also happy to see a new team with high-level competencies," Shamsh Kassim-Lakha said.
He also stressed that the implementation of projects to digitize the activities of state bodies, provide the population with clean drinking water and develop irrigation systems coincides with the priorities of the AKDN. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha expressed readiness for further constructive cooperation in different directions.
Then the sides dwelled in detail on the investment plans of the Organization, in particular the construction of a new hotel, a school and apartment buildings in Naryn.
The sides also discussed the possibility of joint reconstruction of the Botanical Garden in Bishkek.
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha said that the AKDN has great international experience in construction and reconstruction of park areas in various countries and expressed readiness in cooperation on this issue.