On 15 March, Jurijs Pogrebņaks, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev. Upon the presentation of his credentials, the Ambassador started to fulfil his duties as a non-resident Ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic residing in Astana, Kazakhstan.
During the conversation, the Ambassador noted that Latvia is interested in developing and strengthening the relations with Kyrgyzstan. Latvia sees the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission to be conducted this year as an opportunity for enabling the bilateral dialogue. It would also be important to promote the inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Ambassador confirmed that Latvia is ready to share its experience in the fields significant to Kyrgyzstan.
Simultaneously, Jurijs Pogrebņaks expressed willingness to work on improving the economic relations between both countries. “Although the volume of trade and investments between both countries is not large, trade figures for last year show positive trends and the total trade turnover has increased by 20 percent. We see prospects for cooperation in the fields of transport, transit, food, pharmacy, education and green technologies.” The President of Kyrgyzstan highlighted the unrealised potential in trade, education and culture.
The Ambassador stated that a crucial role in the bilateral relations is played by development cooperation, in which Kyrgyzstan is one of priority partners to Latvia. Several development cooperation projects have been implemented in the areas of strengthening municipalities and of gender equality, and under the programme in European law and economics at the Riga Graduate School of Law.
Jurijs Pogrebņaks also stressed that Latvia as an EU member state builds a multilateral dialogue with the Central Asian countries. Continuing the activities started during the EU presidency, Latvia remains the leading partner in the EU BOMCA (Border Management in Central Asia) programme and is actively engaged in cooperation under the EU-Central Asia Education and Rule of Law platforms.
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