IMF: Manas centre’s closure to bring complicacy to Kyrgyz budget
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 3 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
The closure of Manas transit centre in Kyrgyzstan in 2014 will cause definite difficulties for Kyrgyz budget, the International Monetary Fund's mission director Christian Beddis said, Tazabek agency reported on Wednesday.
It is expected that in 2014 Kyrgyz state budget deficit will decrease to 4.1 percent of the country's GDP.
Manas transit centre annually pays $60 million to Kyrgyz budget for the lease of the territory.
Over 1,000 people work for the centre, nearly 1,000 companies in Kyrgyzstan are connected to Manas.
The agreement on the lease of Manas with the U.S. expires in 2014.
The Transit Centre at the airport, formerly called military base, was opened in late 2001 after the U.S launched its operation in Afghanistan. At present, it accommodates about 1,200 U.S soldiers.
According to Pentagon statistics, the base handles up to 15,000 coalition servicemen and 500 tons of cargoes a month.