On December 22, 2020, a meeting of the Board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic was held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbayev, with the participation of the heads of the profile departments of the Presidential Administration, the Jogorku Kenesh and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the Public Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.
During the meeting, the results of the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2020 and the main tasks of the Ministry for 2021 were considered, the reports of the heads of structural divisions, subordinate organizations and the authorized representative were heard.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic noted the most important results of the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic in the current year, including the activities of the Ministry to counter the spread of COVID-19. In particular, the work on attracting humanitarian and technical assistance to support the health care system and other sectors of the economy most affected by the pandemic was noted. Since the beginning of the pandemic, only to overcome the shortage of essential medicines in the country and appropriate personal protective equipment, according to preliminary calculations, external humanitarian assistance totaling $ 95,425,735 has been attracted. Assistance from foreign partners consisted in the provision of ventilators, oxygen concentrators, test systems, reagents for laboratory tests, PCR tests, PPE and other medical equipment.
At the same time, the Ministry provided assistance to the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic on attracting external assistance not only to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to support the budget. As of the current moment, in general, an agreement has been reached with donors in the amount of $ 774.4 million, of which $ 343.3 million of external financial assistance has been attracted, of which loans amount to $ 271.3 million and grants - US $ 72.0 million.
In addition, Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev informed about the most important functional component of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to protect the interests of the state and its citizens, in particular, he noted the assistance in the return of Kyrgyz citizens from abroad, the maintenance of food security, efforts to restructure the external debt and delay payments on it. In general, in recent months an agreement has been reached on the temporary suspension of servicing foreign debt to foreign states.
R. Kazakbayev outlined the key directions of the foreign policy of the Kyrgyz Republic for the implementation of the tasks of economic and environmental diplomacy, assistance to the development of the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic, the expansion of integration processes in the Central Asian region, the strengthening of strategic partnership, and the solution of pressing foreign policy problems.
At the collegium, special attention was paid to the events planned for the next year, including the work of the Ministry of preparation of foreign missions of the Kyrgyz Republic for the upcoming presidential elections in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Referendum, as well as the 100th anniversary of the prominent statesman and diplomat S. Begmatova, who for many years headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz SSR.