Month: June 2014

Kyrgyz government agrees on human rights reforms – implementation stumbling block: HRW

In contrast to many (though not all) former Soviet republics the governments of which remain critical and taking a distance to reports by international organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW), thegovernment of Kyrgyzstan ever since the country adopted a parliamentary democracy back in 2010 has so far declared itself committed to the improvement of human rights in the republic while respecting globally accepted principles and standards for the purpose. Imposing the necessary discipline on all levels, from police on the street, wards in the prisons, judicial powers and legislators themselves, proves a more difficult task,...

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Hot water returns to Bishkek on June 19; changes in system management proposed

After more than three weeks of (literally) cold showers, a hot bath and warm water to wash dishes will be once more at the disposition of the population of Bishkek, the local news agency 24.kg quoted director General of Bishkekteploset OJSC, the municipal public company responsible for water and heating provisions Erkin Abdykalykov as stating in the preceding weekend. All repairs on the tubes’ malfunctioning spots due to the freezing and subsequent warming up of the soil have been carried out, and after a few tests early in the week the system will be put to work again as...

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Insurance in Kyrgyzstan: much style, little substance noted

Officially, Kyrgyzstan has a modern-looking insurance sector, and the country’s insurance companies stress that in glossy brochures to lure clients. In practice, though, style largely exceeds substance. Obtaining a policy and paying one’s premiums is easy enough but when it comes to collecting the hassles and frustrations experienced by clients are more frequent and often more serious than in more “developed” countries.   Following a collision, in particular if no one has been hurt, car owners still very often decide not to involve police and the party res ponsible for the accident will prefer to pay the victimised party...

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Important milestone in Kyrgyz metal midstream sector

With more than half a decade delay, construction of Kyrgyzstan’s first ferroalloy plant at Tash-Kumyr in the west of the country has taken off. The main investor is the POSCO concern of South Korea. An agreement between the South-Korean government and that of Kyrgyzstan for the project was signed back in summer 2007. Partner in the project is the state enterprise National Center on Complex Processing of Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan under the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan.   The town of Tash-Kumyr is situated north of the western city of Osh on...

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Kyrgyz national economy shows signs of rationalisation

If the current trend persists, Kyrgyzstan’s gross national product is set to increase by hardly more than 5 per cent year-on-year for the current calendar year, figures over the first five months published in mid-June by the National Statistics Committee indicate. The drop is far from exceptional, and roughly in line with the overall trend in so-called emerging ecomonies, which include former Soviet republics and numerous countries in Asia and Latin America.   “Kyrgyzstan GDP rate amounted to 120,855 billion som for the first 5 months of 2014,” the local news agency 24.kg reported referring to the Committee. “According...

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