Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Asylbek Jeenbekov received yesterday Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Diplomatic Representative for Kyrgyzstan and Executive Chairman, the Board Executive Committee of the University of Central Asia (UCA), who briefed him on current and planned AKDN initiatives in the country.
“The AKDN’s long-term and trusted partnership with Kyrgyzstan has made a significant contribution to development of the country, especially to its rural and mountainous regions. The Parliament highly values its partnership with the AKDN and remains supportive of its programs in the country,” underlined the Speaker during the meeting.
Kassim-Lakha briefed the Speaker on the current progress of major AKDN initiatives in the country, including the construction of the UCA Naryn Campus which is progressing on schedule to admit its first cohort of undergraduate students in September 2016. He also touched upon the AKDN multi-input area development initiative for Naryn. Both sides agreed that these strategic investments along with other national projects would serve as a springboard for the development of Naryn into an economically vibrant region.