Switzerland supports optimization of local services in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK (TCA) — On February 14, the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan invited representatives of relevant state bodies, expert community and international organizations to discuss specific measures for the optimization of services provided at the local level. The discussion was based on a draft “Plan of measures for optimization of the system of municipal services provided at the local level for 2018-2023”. The elaboration of this plan was supported by the “Public Service Improvement” project, which is financed by the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and the Development Policy Institute, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

In recent years various efforts have been made to optimize the system of public service provision in terms of legislative and regulatory improvements, however the area of municipal service provision has been lagging behind. The implementation of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State and Municipal Services” has revealed some issues making it necessary to revise the existing system of service provision at the local level. As it turns out, local self-governments are actually responsible for delivering different types of services that are not reflected in the existing legal framework.

“The elaboration of the Plan and its further implementation are an important step toward improving the quality and accessibility of services provided to people at the local level,” said Danielle Meuwly Monteleone, Deputy head of the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic.

After receiving feedback from various stakeholders, the Plan will be submitted to the Interagency Commission under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for optimization of the system of state and municipal service provision for further actions for its implementation.


Times of Central Asia