Kyrgyz devise sustainable development programme

By Asker Sultanov

2013-03-01

BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz Economy Ministry, acting on President Almazabek Atambayev's orders, is moving toward a model of sustainable development for Kyrgyzstan, Deputy Economy Minister Sanzhar Mukanbetov said February 28.

"On January 21 the president approved the National Strategy for Sustainable Development until 2017," he said. "In it the president designated the strategic direction of a new sustainable development model ... and launched 76 major investment projects. ... The government decided to devise a programme and a specific five-year plan for implementing this strategy."

Transitioning to sustainable development will mean relying on human values, reasonable use of natural resources and a more enlightened attitude to using nature, Mukanbetov said.

The government has created an inter-departmental group to devise the programme and the five-year plan, Mukanbetov said. Priorities include organic farming and "green" agricultural production, energy-efficient construction, and use of non-traditional energy sources, he said.

The Economy Ministry also plans to devise about 10 indicators of human development and to track Kyrgyz progress on those indicators through 2017, he said. At the same time, officials have begun working on a longer-term development strategy extending to 2030, he added.

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