Sochi hosted a few days ago the prime ministers of two organizations operating in the post-Soviet space at the same time. They gathered in the resort capital of the Russian Federation for meetings of the CIS Council of Heads of Government and the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. Mikhail Mishustin and Akylbek Zhaparov took the opportunity to discuss the development of bilateral cooperation.
Russia, according to the head of government of the Russian Federation, remains Kyrgyzstan’s main trading partner. With his help, the republic implements projects that are significant for the Kyrgyz Republic in various fields: geological exploration, manufacturing, digital economy and other industries.
– The task of our governments is to ensure the implementation of the agreements reached by our leaders during the official visit of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Russian Federation on May 7-9 this year, Mikhail Mishustin emphasized, adding that the level of economic cooperation between countries is growing. The volume of mutual trade increased, and in January-April this year it increased by 16 percent and exceeded 92 billion soms (about 85 billion rubles). A similar trend is observed in the transition to settlement in national currencies. Most transactions between countries are made in rubles or soms.
“We will continue to raise this level,” said Mikhail Mishustin.
According to the head of government of Kyrgyzstan, the development of mutually beneficial relations between the countries is largely due to the strengthening of cooperation between the republic and the regions of Russia and industrial cooperation. At the same time, the so-called humanitarian leadership also plays an important role.
“The Kyrgyz Parliament approved an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of nine schools in the republic with the support of Russia,” Akylbek Zhaparov told his colleague. – The document has been sent for the signature of the head of state. But I would like to suggest that we start work on a practical study of such a topic as the creation in Kyrgyzstan of branches of some of the leading Russian universities or joint scientific institutions. These issues have already been resolved at the specialist level and are waiting in the wings.
It is, according to official sources, the opening of branches of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Higher School of Economics of the republic. In addition, the Kyrgyz side offered Russia to open a joint Institute of Agricultural Technologies and Biomedicine on the basis of KNAU (Kyrgyz National Agrarian University named after Skryabin) in Bishkek. Mikhail Mishustin, in turn, announced the possibility of opening a branch of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in the republic. After the meeting, the relevant ministries of the two countries were instructed to work on this issue as soon as possible.
The First Deputy Head of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Adylbek Kasymaliev, participated in a working breakfast with young representatives of the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The meeting took place in Sochi. Parallel to the summits of the heads of government, the II Youth Forum of the CIS and the EAEU was held on the Black Sea coast.
– The youth of our countries, as the most mobile and active social force, today has an important mission, – he said. – Young people must become providers of integration processes in the Eurasian space. I suggest that the CIS Executive Committee and the Eurasian Economic Commission consider hosting a Commonwealth and EAEU Young Entrepreneurs and Startups Forum next year.
Adylbek Kasymaliev recalled that the first CIS-EAEU Youth Forum was held in Kyrgyzstan a year earlier. “Then I expressed my hope that the youth forum will become an annual platform for an open dialogue between young specialists from our states, as well as a good tradition,” emphasized the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. “I am very pleased to witness the implementation of our initiative.”