Kyrgyzstan interested in implementation of Smart Customs projects with PRC

Another meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Committee was held. The Ministry of Economy and Commerce of Kyrgyzstan reported.

It is noted that at the initiative of China proposals were made to implement a WTO agreement on trade facilitation through the digital revolution and smart technology. Earlier, China announced its assistance in this process.

Nurbek Maksutov, head of Kyrgyzstan’s representative office for WTO issues, said that trade facilitation, simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import procedures is a vital issue for the Kyrgyz Republic as a landlocked country with a small economy. Previously, this issue has been repeatedly discussed at the WTO platform.

Kyrgyzstan has high hopes for the viability of a free trade agreement. It provides mechanisms to facilitate and increase trade in the world, offering effective provisions to speed up the movement, release and clearance of goods, including in transit. The document also outlines measures for effective cooperation between customs and other relevant authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance.

Therefore, Kyrgyzstan fully supported China’s proposal. The latter voiced timely suggestions on introducing smart technologies, such as achieving greater transparency through publication and accessibility of information, release of goods and customs clearance, cooperation among border agencies, freedom of transit, and customs partnerships.

Kyrgyzstan is interested in implementation together with China of Smart Customs, Smart Borders and Smart Connectivity (3S) project on use of high technologies at the checkpoints between the Kyrgyz Republic and PRC, which is implemented by the Chinese side based on the experience with Mongolia and other countries.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Talantbek Kushchubekov appointed Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Slovenia

Talantbek Kushchubekov has been appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Slovenia concurrently with his residence in Budapest. Press service of the President reported.

It should be noted that Talantbek Kushchubekov is the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Hungary.

Talantbek Kushchubekov was born on February 11, 1958. He graduated from the Tashkent State University.

He was an advisor-envoy of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Turkey, then Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Jalal-Abad City Hall to buy 10 electric buses

Jalal-Abad will buy 10 electric buses. The public procurement portal reports.

The tender was announced by the City Hall of the regional center. It plans to spend 100 million soms on these purposes. In addition to 10 electric buses, the City Hall will also purchase three charging stations for them.

The technical specifications state that the buses must be at least 8 meters long and designed for at least 50 people, while there must be at least 17 seats.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Heroin worth $1.1 million confiscated from organizer of drug syndicate

Law enforcement officers of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan neutralized an international drug trafficking group that supplied heroin in especially large quantities. Press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.

«As a result of a long multi-stage special operation, officers of the State Service on Drug Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Committee for National Security and the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan stopped the activities of the international drug syndicate, which specialized in the transportation through Kyrgyzstan and sale of large quantities of drugs of Afghan origin. While transporting and storing more than 100 kilograms of heroin in Almaty, the organizer of the drug channel, a 36-year-old citizen of Tajikistan, was detained,» the statement says.

The approximate cost of the seized drug on the black market is $1,190 million. The investigation is ongoing. All people involved in the crime are being identified.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Charles Michel: EU continues its comprehensive support for Moldova

“EU continues its comprehensive support for Moldova,” said the President of the European Council Charles Michel following his meeting with President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, APA reports citing official website of the European Council.

“At last week’s European Council, we also sent a strong message of solidarity to the people of Moldova. And we asked the European Commission to present a support package for Moldova before the summer. We reaffirmed our unwavering support for Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In recent months, you have mentioned it, Russia and its proxies have stepped up their efforts to destabilise the country. Weaponsing energy, conducting cyber-attacks, staging protests, and other subversive activities. We strongly condemn these attempts to destabilise Moldova. They must stop immediately.

We continue our comprehensive support for Moldova. To bolster its security, stability, and resilience. It’s important that we launch the new Common Security and Defence Policy mission in Moldova as soon as possible. I will be indeed in Chisinau tomorrow, where I will reaffirm our steadfast support. As a candidate for EU membership, the people of Moldova begin a journey towards our European family. And we will be right by their side. I’m grateful to the government — and the people of Romania — for their solidarity with Moldova,” he said.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

N. Korea fires ballistic missile toward East Sea: S. Korean military

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the East Sea on Monday, Seoul’s military said, Trend reports citing Yonhap.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military is analyzing related details, including the missile’s flight distance and apogee.

The North has strongly protested the Ssangyong amphibious landing exercise of South Korea and the United States that started last week. The drills are scheduled to end next Monday.

Source: Trend News Agency