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News: December 2007

K.BAKIYEV: 100 MILLION SOMS THAT ALLOCATED BY KAFC SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO NEEDY FARMERS IN THE KIND OF CREDITS

President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev received acting first deputy premier, acting premier of Kyrgyzstan Iskender Aidaraeliv, the presidential press service reported.

I.Aidaraliev informed the head of state about expecting socio-economic figures for the last month of 2007. The growth of GDP is expected to amount 8% (without taking into account of Kumtor).

I.Aidaraliev said the main works on preparation for winter are concluded, including sowing of winter crops. As for the issue on execution of presidential decree on rendering state support to rural commodity producers in carrying out spring-field works in 2008, the head of state emphasized the necessity of presenting 100 million soms that allocated by the Kyrgyz Agriculture Finance Corporation (KAFC) to needy farmers.

Besides, the head of state noted the necessity of paying attention to condition of road services’ readiness for possible blockages of roads, running through high-mountainous passes.

Source: KABAR, 5.12.2007

EXPERT WORKING GROUP TO IMPLEMENT AGREEMENTS IN THE FRAME OF SCO TO BE SET UP AT AGRICULTURE MINISTRY

The ministry of agriculture, waster resources and processing industry of Kyrgyzstan will set up an expert working group for implementation of agreements that reached at the meeting of the SCO Prime Ministers’ Council in Tashkent in November 2007. The ministry’s spokesperson Kymbatbek Musaev told “Kabar” News Agency.

The agreements that reached at the meeting of SCO Prime Ministers’ Council became the subject of discussion at first meeting of agriculture ministers, which took place last week in Beijing with the participation of SCO Secretary General B.Nurgaliev.

Participants of the meeting considered initiatives and suggestions on mechanisms, priority directions, forms and methods of future cooperation of the member-states of SCO in the field of agriculture and perspectives of further development and deepening cooperation in this field.

The working group within the framework of achieved agreements will assist in establishing cooperation of Kyrgyzstan with other member-states of the Organization in the field of agriculture.

Source: KABAR, 5.12.2007

SHORTAGE OF DRINKING WATER IS A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF WARS AND CONFLICTS, UN SECRETARY GENERAL

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for solutions to urgent water problems which threaten to roll back economic and social gains.

“Throughout the world, water resources continue to be spoiled, wasted and degraded,” Mr. Ban said in a video address to the first-ever Asia-Pacific Water Summit being held in Beppu, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu.

The water situation in the Asia-Pacific region is especially worrisome, he said, due to high population growth, unsustainable consumption, pollution and poor management of clean water sources.

Climate change – manifested in receding glaciers, worsening floods and increasingly severe droughts – is exacerbating the problem, but “despite these warning signs, water care remains an underserved and underappreciated field,” Mr. Ban observed.

“The consequences for humanity are grave,” he cautioned.

Water scarcity undercuts environmental sustainability, impedes efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight targets to slash poverty, hunger and other ills by 2015 – and could set off wars and conflict, the Secretary-General said.

Solving the crucial problem promises tremendous gains, he noted, as up to $34 can be saved on health, education and social and economic development for every dollar spent.

“Of course, the benefits of clean water cannot be measured in dollars and cents alone,” he said. “There is no price tag on transforming lives, or on giving every child a real chance for a healthy, productive future.”

The two-day summit is expected to be attended by leaders of nearly 50 Asian-Pacific countries and regions, as well as by government representatives, members of the private sector, academic, civil society representatives and journalists.

Source: CARNet press-service, 5.12.2007