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AKDN and Kyrgyz Cabinet to Extend Cooperation

14 December 2021

On 9 December 2021, the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Akylbek Japarov, met with Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Kyrgyzstan. During the meeting, Mr Japarov expressed gratitude for AKDN’s assistance and support in the implementation of important projects in healthcare, education, and economic sectors benefitting the population of mountain communities.

A special topic of the conversation was the successful operation of the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Naryn, which Akylbek Japarov called an exemplary scientific and educational institution that provides affordable and quality education to the youth of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

"It would be wonderful, if AKDN and the Aga Khan Foundation would consider developing Naryn State University following the example of UCA. It would make Naryn the scientific, educational, and cultural center of the Republic," said the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha thanked the chairman of the Cabinet for his warm welcome, and noting that the establishment of UCA would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support of the government. The meeting ended with both parties agreeing to continue multifaceted cooperation in priority areas for Kyrgyzstan.

Originally published here.

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Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (left centre) with Mr Akylbek Japarov (right) and Mr Jeenbek Kulubaev (2nd from right). Also in the picture are: Mr Adylbek Ismailov (AKDN, left) and Mr Altaaf Hasham.