As Kyrgyzstan’s tumultuous 2010 came to a close, President Roza Otunbayeva travelled to Astana for the OSCE Summit in December. I was able to sit in on her interesting discussion with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as she outlined some of the priorities for 2011. Kyrgyzstan’s friends will be wishing the country a more peaceful and settled year, but there is no denying that real challenges remain.
TAJIK-KYRGYZ BORDER – Tensions along the Tajik-Kyrgyz border have led two local governments to explore ways to promote peace between the neighbouring countries.
Conflicts over land ownership, delineation of the border, water resources and the behaviour of border guards have caused tension between villagers on both sides of the border.
DUSHANBE – German and Tajik law enforcement agencies shared counterterrorism experience at a seminar organised by the Tajik Interior Ministry (MVD) and the German Embassy in Dushanbe April 14-17.
ASTANA – Kazakhstan will consider a Russian proposal to turn the Baikonur Space Centre into a mostly Russian-owned joint stock company, Talgat Musabayev, chief of the Kazakhstani space agency Kazcosmos, said April 19, according to RIA Novosti.
KHUDZHAND – Tajikistan’s first agency to train fashion models and sewing machine operators has opened to give women in the area new career prospects.
ASHGABAT – Turkmenistan will mark Racehorse Day April 22-24 to honour the Akhal-Teke, a horse considered a national symbol.
KHUJAND, Asia-Plus — Ambassador of France to Tajikistan, Mr. Henry Zipper de Fabiani, and his spouse visited Khujand, the capital of Sughd province.
The Little Soldier
To celebrate the work of one of the greatest Kyrgyz writers, Chyngyz Aitmatov, Friendship Society and Aitmatov Academy present this family event for Museums at Night. Storyteller Ghislaine Walker will read one of Aitmatov’s most well-known stories The Little Soldier, following which families will design book covers for the story.
The Little Soldier is about a five-year-old boy who, through the illusion of silver screen, gets to know his father who had perished in the Great Patriotic War. Aitmatov describes in his beautiful, poetic language the mentality and the atmosphere of a community of shepherds living in a small village. A touching and moving story, short and concise, but full of insight and depth.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The event will take place in English but there will be a translator present if required.
1. CNPC International announced a tender for the management of the project on developing Block B at the contractual territory Bagtyyarlyk in the Lebap Region of Turkmenistan. The tender includes the following aspects: gas processing facility with capacity of 9bcm per year, gathering and transporting facilities for 7 gas fields with capacity for 9-10bcm per year. Necessary documents for submission are: information about the company, registration certificate, and experience of implementing similar projects during the last 3 years. Deadline for submission of documents is May 2nd, 2011. Contact details: Narine Simonyan; Address: 37 Hotel Dayanch, Archabil Str., Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Phone numbers: +99312 445434; Fax: +99312 445044; Email: email@example.com Submission can be made via email, fax or mail.
Ecotourism Society Pakistan through its initiative The Region and UNWTO Silk Road office held 2-days workshop on Tailoring e.tourism for Silk Road destinations on April 10-11 for capacity building of stakeholders of Samarkand Uzbekistan at Hotel Caravan Serai. The workshop was attended by trainers of hospitality and tourism industry. First day of workshop covered issues relating Communication skills development, dealing with No Show issue, Branding the product, Tourism Management. e.tourism development techniques, Website hosting. While second day covered Tourism management during low seasons, development of festivals, International Networking and practical training of E.tourism including usage of different softwares of website development, hosting, movie making and Co-branding of products. Mr. Hasnain of Ecotourism Society Pakistan presented Branding and management of co-branding issue and inform participants how they could develop their product as Brand.