UCA holds regional roundtables to promote effective local development in the Kyrgyz Republic

Date: 04 December 2012
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UCA holds regional roundtables to promote effective local development in the Kyrgyz Republic
In September and October 2012, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the State Agency for Construction and Regional Development under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic held a series of roundtables for representatives of bodies of local self-government (Aiyl Okmotu) around the theme “Regional Development:  Foundation of Reforms”. The roundtables - led by K. Narbayev, Head of SACRD, and attended by members of Parliament, representatives of the government, and deputy Governors of Oblasts - provided a unique forum to discuss the many issues relating to the socio-economic development of rural areas and the administrative-territorial reforms.

The rate of participation by representatives of local self-government was an impressive 100 per cent with each of the 459 Aiyl Okmotus in the country attending a roundtable. The first roundtable took place in Bulan Sogotuu village on 7 September 2012 for the heads of local self-governments from Issyk - Kul and Naryn oblasts. The second, held on 14 September in Osh city, was for the heads from the southern oblasts of Batken, Jalalabad and Osh. On 23 October, the final event in Bishkek brought together representatives from Chui and Talas oblasts. There are 459 Heads of Aiyl Okmotu and in total 150 officials from different levels of government and SACRD participated.

Mr Esengul Isakov, Member of the Kyrgyz Parliament addressing the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

  


Organized by UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), roundtable participants debated administrative-territorial reforms, cross-border  development, the introduction of a  two-level budget system, latest changes in legislation,  the delivery of services, analysis of significant projects implemented, training for municipal civil servants and capacity building requirements. Participants also heard about the government’s plans for regional economic development. Small focus groups that were part of the event allowed participants to delve into greater details of issues. A focus group report and a needs assessment based on the results of a questionnaire are being prepared for all of the country’s village councils. This report will be presented to the National Roundtable scheduled for December 2012, in Bishkek. 


Shukhrat Sabirov, Deputy Director, State Agency for Construction and Regional Development under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, underscored the importance of these roundtables in facilitating dialogue on local self-governance issues. He noted, “The roundtables highlighted key areas which require more effective government support systems. We are convinced these roundtables will positively impact the work of local self-governments. SACRD looks forward to working with UCA for the benefit of our country.”

The three regional roundtables are part of the Promoting Stability and Economic Opportunity in Kyrgyzstan project, implemented by the University of Central Asia, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by the Aga Khan Foundation. The project aims to build the capacity of local government representatives in some of the country’s most rural areas. The project has trained aiyl okmotu personnel and the State Agency’s staff through SPCE’s Local Economic and Community Development Certificate programme.

Mr Esengul Isakov, Member of the Kyrgyz Parliament addressing the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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