On April 4, 2022, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev held following regular meeting with the Heads of the Embassies of the Kyrgyz Republic, Permanent Representations of the Kyrgyz Republic to International Organizations and Consulates General of the Kyrgyz Republic in the format of a videoconference with the participation of Heads of structural divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.
During the meeting, Minister Kazakbaev summed up the activities of the foreign missions of the Kyrgyz Republic for the first quarter of 2022 with an emphasis on economic diplomacy.
In his speech, Minister Kazakbaev highlighted the importance of holding events within the framework of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the relevant countries and the implementation of joint cooperation programs in priority areas.
Minister Kazakbaev called on all the heads of foreign missions of the Kyrgyz Republic for a proactive work in the field of economic diplomacy and implementation of the Work Plan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and foreign agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2022, the Plan of anti-crisis measures and the Action Plan of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic within the framework of the National Development Program of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2026, as well as the tasks set during the videoconference of the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic Akylbek Zhaparov with the heads of foreign missions of the Kyrgyz Republic in January 2022.
Minister Kazakbaev noted that the activities of diplomatic institutions should be focused on promoting national interests in foreign policy and foreign economic spheres, especially in terms of assistance in attracting foreign investment, technology and knowledge, expanding cultural, humanitarian and trade and economic ties, exporting domestic products to foreign markets.
The issues of organizing visits at the highest and high levels, expanding the international legal framework, certain aspects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, as well as promoting projects in promising industries were considered.
Minister Kazakbaev emphasized requirement to carry on establishment of investment and development funds with Turkmenistan, the KSA, the UAE, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Italy and the Organization of Turkic States. He highlighted the need for a proactive approach to holding business forums, presentations and exhibitions on the investment and tourism opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic and active engagement in conferences, round tables on current international issues.
Current international agenda issues, including the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan, were also discussed by the participants of the meeting. The issues of the impact of sanctions on the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and ways to minimize the negative consequences on the country and on our compatriots abroad were given special attention. The possibilities of diversifying the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, increasing the volume of export products, the problems of ensuring food and energy security, and cross-border peacebuilding were discussed in detail.