President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov met with World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller, Kabar with reference to the press service of the President reported.
Jeenbekov and Muller discussed prospects for cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the World Bank for the coming years, exchanged views on priority areas of partnership, the report said.
The Kyrgyz President specified that the World Bank is one of the main partners for the development of Kyrgyzstan and expressed gratitude for the support provided in the socio-economic development of the country.
He mentioned that within the framework of joint cooperation, projects were implemented to strengthen such important sectors as transport, agriculture, energy, health, education, public administration, social protection of the population.
Cyril Muller stressed with satisfaction that the level of poverty has decreased by half in Kyrgyzstan during the years of independence, which is in line with the tasks of the World Bank to improve the well-being of the population.
"The results of a comprehensive research of Kyrgyzstan’s economy conducted by the World Bank showed that the country's poverty reduction efforts have been successful and further measures should focus on developing the private sector and improving the quality of services provided to achieve overall well-being. Kyrgyzstan citizens have access to education, medicine, energy, now it is necessary to improve the quality of services," Cyril Muller recommended.
The Head of State and the WB Vice President also discussed the priorities for further work under the Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic "On the Announcement of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development".
Muller emphasized that the World Bank supports an integrated and systematic approach to the development of regions, specified in the framework of the Decree. "We plan to implement our own programs and projects on infrastructure development in the regions together in order to ensure their greater effectiveness," he said.
Jeenbekov specified that the country's policy will be aimed at developing small and medium-sized businesses, creating jobs in the regions, taking into account the peculiarity of each region and the cluster approach to reduce the imbalance in the development of regions and population migration. "To implement our plans, the Decree "On the Announcement of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development" will be a good start and help. A single integrated program will be developed for several years ahead, taking into account the specifics of each region," the President stressed.
In conclusion, Jeenbekov stated that support of the World Bank and other development partners in implementing strategic goals and forthcoming tasks to ensure economic growth and welfare of citizens is very important for Kyrgyzstan.