Kyrgyzstan, RF seek to deepen economic partnership-PM
Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan told Itar-Tass in an interview here on Thursday that he believes that the implementation of agreements with the Russian Federation was delayed through the fault of the republic's leadership.
Atambayev said, "It must be acknowledged that it is primarily the Kyrgyz side to take the blame for the fact that the projects 'did not move'. Because, unfortunately, there were instances that previous authorities conducted themselves dishonorably, putting it simply, and did not fulfil promises and the understandings that had been reached". He said Kyrgyzstan and Russia currently prepare several "real agreements" and shape "realistic plans" with a view to deepening economic partnership.
"I'll tell openly and honestly, their implementation will, naturally, begin only after the October 30 presidential elections in our country. Because all of them envisage participation of investors, including those from Russia", the Head of Government pointed out. Investors, he said, like stability and calm. "This is why everyone will be awaiting the conclusion of the elections. Nevertheless, work to determine promising areas for cooperation with Russia is being done continuously," Atambayev said.
The Premier is also convinced that cooperation with Russia will enable Kyrgyzstan not only to create additional job opportunities resultant of implementation of some joint projects but also resolve the problem of providing the republic with hydrocarbon fuel.
"As one of former heads of the Soviet-era Oil and Gas Ministry told us, the territory of our republic affords sufficient reserves of these types of hydrocarbon fuel. According to previous estimates, we could produce up to one million tonnes of oil a year," the Prime Minister said. With such a reality, Kyrgyzstan is capable of providing the entire southern part of the republic with petrol and straw oil. "And again, as
the Soviet ex-minister maintains, the reserves of hydrocarbon fuel in our territory in actual fact may be far greater than the scope of the already prospected deposits. Therefore, I hope, we shall produce far more than the planned amount," Atambayev pointed out.
Besides, a project is being worked out in conjunction with Russian investors to establish a number of sewing enterprises in the republic. "A highly qualified personnel, real 'golden hands', are available on our side. I think that in future we, in general, may develop into a kind of clothing establishment for the Eurasian Economic Community," he emphasized, adding that the two countries also have good prospects for mutually beneficial partnership in the sphere of tourism.
"There are a good deal of such possibilities for joint activities. Nothing must be invented in this respect. Suffice it to recall the recent past when we were a single country. I mean machine building and agriculture. Prospects for joint work are great. Kyrgyzstan and Russia can work successfully, complementing each other". Atambayev is confident that the main thing is that "both sides have political will" for that.