The first meeting of Naryn Area-Based Development Programme's steering committee took place in Naryn
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan – Development of agricultural business in the Naryn oblast was the focus of the first meeting of the steering committee of the UNDP Naryn Area-Based Development Programme which took place in Naryn city. Committee members noted the importance of developing agricultural processing, creating distribution channels as well as improved marketing systems. In addition, participants discussed the work plan of the programme, which was launched in February 2014.
Minister of Economy Temir Sariyev, Advisor to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Kyrgyzstan Alexei Mzareulova, UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan Alexander Avanessov, Director of the State Agency for Local Government and the Interethnic Relations Nakena Kasiev, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as local authorities participated in the meeting.
The programme supports national and local institutions in 30 villages in three districts of Naryn oblast: At-Bashy, Ak-Talin and Jumgal to help create an enabling environment for business, as well as in the development and implementation of projects for socio-economic development of the region.
The main components of the programme are:
- Development of agribusiness.
- Improving vocational education.
- Support for local initiatives through funding from the small grants fund.
According to programme manager Bakyt Sheripbaev currently they are undertaking research studies of the situation in the oblast and selecting projects from all pilot villages. "The selection of projects is carried out in three stages: at the level of villages, districts and regions. At this point, 75 project proposals made it to the oblast level. Now they have to be evaluated by the oblast committee", he added.
It is planned that during two years of implementation, the programme will cover about 30,000 people from poorest population groups of Naryn oblast, with special emphasis on women and youth. The programme is implemented with the financial support of the Russian Federation and its total budget is $3.5 million.
"This was a very fruitful discussion. All opinions expressed and recommendations will be taken into account in the further implementation of the programme. It is planned that such meetings will be held regularly every three months, "- said Alexander Avanessov concluding the meeting.