Switzerland to Support a 10-year Project on Enhancing Parliamentarism

May 3, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Arslan Sabyrbekov

28 April 2017 UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic informed about the launch of a new project “Strong and Inclusive Parliamentary Democracy” aimed at strengthening parliamentary democracy in the Kyrgyz Republic, ensuring its transparency and accountability to citizens.

The project will be implemented by UNDP KR and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The total budget of the project for 10 years is 9,8 million Swiss francs.

In words of Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, the project is long-term, was developed in close cooperation with all the stakeholders, and meets the needs of national partners. “To date, Kyrgyz Republic is the only parliamentary democracy in the region and this strive of the country shall be supported. This is the main essence of the project being launched today,” - said Alexander Avanessov during the official project presentation with participation of project partners.

It was also reported that project activities are designed and will be carried out in line with the 2021 Development Strategy of Jogorku Kenesh. According to this strategy, the parliament takes a lead in shaping the future strategic vision of the country on behalf of citizens, identifies its directions and generates new ideas and development concepts.

Already 1 May the project will start implementation of its first 4-year phase with a total budget of 3,8 million Swiss francs. “In the first phase, we will closely collaborate and provide expert support to the activities of three parliamentary committees, namely the committee on constitutional legislation, state structure and judicial legal affairs, the committee on social affairs, education, science, culture and healthcare as well as the committee on finance and budget,” - stated Lucio V. Sarandrea, UNDP Chief Technical Adviser on Rule of Law.

In addition, the project will closely work on enhancing capacity of Public Councils and will run a special Civic Action Fund to support various civil society initiatives that promote inclusiveness of the parliament.

During the meeting, the Head of the Parliament Office Samat Ibraev has expressed his gratitude for launching this timely project and readiness to work together.

Contact information

Lucio V. Sarandrea, UNDP in the KR Chief Technical Adviser on Rule of Law, email: lucio.sarandrea@undp.org