Kyrgyzstan’s industry is underdeveloped and dominated by raw material extraction, food production and machine manufacturing. Almost a quarter of the workforce is found in industry.
In the country there are also factories that produce clothes, textiles and leather, among other things. The glass industry has attracted many investments. The factories are mainly located around the capital Bishkek in the north and in the city of Osh in southwestern Kyrgyzstan.
- COUNTRYAAH: List of top trading partners of Kyrgyzstan. Includes countries that imported most shipments from and exported most goods to the country.
Eleven years in prison for Atambayev
President Almazbek Atambayev is sentenced to just over eleven years in prison for illegally releasing the criminal leader Aziz Batukajev in 2013. The documents that formed the basis of the mafia boss’s reduced sentence later proved to be counterfeit. The court deprives Atambayev of his state honors and seizes his housing and business. After the verdict has passed, Atambayev’s defense lawyer says that the Bishkek court did just what the authorities ordered it to do. Atambayev denies the crime and says he did not know the documents were false. He becomes the first President of Kyrgyzstan’s history to be convicted of a crime.
Kyrgyzstan gets new government
The country’s acting prime minister Boronov appoints a government that is broadly the same as the recently resigned. Together with its ministers, Boronov’s main task will be to prepare the country for parliamentary elections in October 2020.
Prime Minister Abulgazyev resigns
Prime Minister Abulgazyev resigns as a result of suspected corruption in the communications sector. The corruption suspicions concern the distribution of radio frequencies and include a leading cable TV company and a large telecom company. Abulgazyev emphasizes that he is not heard or suspected by the police, but that rumors of his involvement are interfering with government work. A former head of the government office’s press office and the CEO of the cable TV company are arrested. New acting prime minister becomes Kubatbek Boronov.
Support money from the IMF
The IMF contributes $ 120.9 million to Kyrgyzstan to strengthen the country in the fight against the corona pandemic.
Two ministers are dismissed in the wake of the pandemic
President Jeenbekov dismisses Deputy Prime Minister Altynai Omurbekova and Minister of Health Kosmosbek Cholponbajev on the grounds that their work against the spread of the corona virus in the country has been “unsatisfactory”. The two ministers have been part of a special group that has to lead the work against the pandemic. At the moment, Kyrgyzstan has 111 confirmed cases of coronary infection in the country as well as a death. The infection spread into the country with Kyrgyz who had been on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Kyrgyzstan has received a $ 121 million support package from the IMF in the fight against the pandemic.
State of emergency throughout the country
The government is introducing a state of emergency in an attempt to slow the spread of the new corona virus, which has caused a pandemic. The state of emergency involves, among other things, travel restrictions and closed “unnecessary” stores (examples of necessary stores are grocery stores and pharmacies). People are encouraged to stay at home and not attend public gatherings. When the decision is made, Kyrgyzstan has 14 confirmed cases of coronary infection.
Chinese company leaves the country
A Chinese company intending to invest $ 280 million in a business center in Naryn in central Kyrgyzstan is withdrawing from the country because of Chinese hostile protests from local people in the area. Protests and attacks against Chinese interests have increased recently.
US facing entry restrictions
US President Donald Trump imposes restrictions on entry into the United States for nationals from six countries: Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania. In the past, Trump has done the same for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea as well as Venezuelan political officials. The decision, according to US authorities, is because these countries have been unwilling or unable to follow certain basic rules for, among other things, identity control, information exchange and public safety. The rules begin to apply on February 22 and the focus is on people who want to settle in the US, not just visit the country.