Swiss finance minister visits Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Swiss Federal Councillor and Minister of Finance, Ueli Maurer, visited Kyrgyzstan from 9 to 10 July on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the joint voting group in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The visit included meetings with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Minister of Finance Adylbek Kasymaliev, Governor of the National Bank Tolkunbek Abdygulov, as well as with local entrepreneurs and opinion leaders, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic said.

Swiss Federal Councillor and Minister of Finance, Ueli Maurer visits several countries in Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan. The visit has taken place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the joint voting group with Switzerland in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

During his visit to Kyrgyzstan, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer met President Almazbek Atambayev and the Minister of Finance Adylbek Kasymaliev, as well as the Governor of the National Bank Tolkunbek Abdygulov. In addition, he visited local companies and exchanged with local entrepreneurs and opinion leaders, including on export promotion and the “Taza Koom” (Clean society) project foreseeing the digitalisation of the society.

The joint voting group in the IMF and the World Bank was founded in 1992. Next to Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan it today also includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan Poland, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (the latter only in the World Bank). On behalf of this voting group, Switzerland represents the constituency and its interests with one of the 24 seats in both the Board of Directors of the IMF and World Bank.

Sergey Kwan

TCA