Germany gives 54 million euros in grants to Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Agreements on financial and technical cooperation between the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Germany were signed in Bishkek on March 24.

The documents were signed by Kyrgyzstan Economy Minister Arzybek Kojoshev and German Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Peter Rudolf Scholz, the press service of the Economy Ministry said.   

The sides confirmed their adherence to the main directions of bilateral cooperation — promotion of Kyrgyzstan’s sustainable economic development and support of healthcare-sector reforms.

In accordance with the agreements, the government of Germany will provide to the government of Kyrgyzstan, on a grant basis, 53.95 million euros for technical and financial cooperation programs in 2015-2016.  

Of that amount, 21 million euros will be provided for technical cooperation projects within the Promotion of Sustainable Economic Development Program, in particular for projects to support employment and vocational education, to support Kyrgyzstan’s youth, and to support development in rural areas.     

The remaining 32.95 million euros will be provided for financial cooperation projects to fund housing construction, to support the sectoral healthcare program, and to protect maternal and children’s health.   

Germany provides assistance to Kyrgyzstan in the context of its international cooperation through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). GIZ has been implementing projects in Kyrgyzstan, mainly on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, since the early 1990s.

GIZ’s projects contribute to sustainable economic development by promoting the private sector, supporting the abolition of trade barriers and providing advisory services for the microfinance and resource sectors in Kyrgyzstan.

Cooperation in the health system focuses on reproductive health and rights, the introduction of development partnerships with the private sector, and quality improvements in health services, particularly in the country’s regions.

Sergey Kwan

TCA