Despite Challenges, Kyrgyzstan Showed Steady Economic Growth in 2023

Despite global uncertainties, Kyrgyzstan’s economic development in 2023 showed good results, the country’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce said on January 16th. Economic growth over the past three years averaged 6.9% — 5.5% in 2021, 9% in 2022, and 6.2% in 2023, indicating the stability of the economy and its gradual adaptation to the post-Covid world and current geopolitical uncertainty, the ministry said in a statement.

According to preliminary estimates from the National Statistical Committee, in 2023 Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product amounted to $13.7 billion. In construction, growth was at 10.3%, in the services sector 6.2%, in industry 2.7%, and in agriculture 0.6%. Industries producing goods accounted for 32.3% of GDP, and industries providing services 50.8%.

The volume of foreign trade from January-November 2023 amounted to $13.9 billion, an increase of 29% compared to January-November 2022. Kyrgyzstan’s exports amounted to $2.8 billion and increased by 36.7%, and imports amounted to $11.1 billion, up 27.2%. In the structure of trade turnover, exports accounted for 20.2%, and imports 79.8%.

Kyrgyzstan’s trade with fellow member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia – amounted to $3.9 billion, a decrease of 11% compared to January-November 2022. Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partners were Russia (65.9%) and Kazakhstan (31.7%). Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan’s trade with countries outside the EEU from January-November 2023 amounted to $10 billion, a 1.6-fold increase compared to January-November 2022.