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07BISHKEK1367
2007-11-15 10:59:00
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Embassy Bishkek
Cable title:  

KYRGYZ FEEDBACK ON PAST AND FUTURE TIFA MEETINGS

Tags:   ECON  EFIN  ETRD  PREL  KG 
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EFIN ETRD PREL KG
SUBJECT: KYRGYZ FEEDBACK ON PAST AND FUTURE TIFA MEETINGS




1. (SBU) Summary: A Kyrgyz MFA official pledged to begin
preparations within the Kyrgyz government for next summer's
U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
meeting. While endorsing greater private sector activity
under TIFA, he lamented that Kyrgyz firms were not prepared
to compete internationally. In addition, he raised an
investors symposium for the Kyrgyz Republic, which was
apparently discussed during the Kyrgyz foreign minister's
recent visit to Washington. End summary.

TIFA Recap


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2. (SBU) During a meeting with visiting SCA Regional Advisor
on Integration Issues Robert Deutsch, Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry
International Economic Cooperation Department chief Jeenbek
Kulubayev reviewed the results of the July U.S.-Central Asia
Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) meeting in
Washington. Kulubayev, who represented the Kyrgyz Republic
at the TIFA meeting, endorsed the need for more private
sector activity under TIFA, but lamented that Kyrgyz firms
were not ready to compete internationally. Specifically, he
highlighted shortcomings in advertising and packaging
capabilities. Kulubayev believed U.S. investment in the
Kyrgyz Republic to be just a small percentage of the overall
$4 billion in U.S. investment in Central Asia outlined at the
TIFA meeting.



3. (SBU) In preparation for next year's TIFA meeting,
Kulubayev said he would contact relevant Kyrgyz agencies to
identify topics for possible discussion. After learning of
the candidates for hosting the next meeting, Kulubayev noted
that he would discuss this issue with the incoming (as yet
unnamed) Minister of Economic Development and Trade and
inform us of the Kyrgyz position.

Investors Symposium


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4. (SBU) Kulubayev raised a point arising from Foreign
Minister Karabayev's recent visit to Washington. He said
that Kulubayev and U.S. officials discussed holding an
investors symposium for the Kyrgyz Republic. Kulubayev added
that the Kyrgyz government, in preparation for this event,
had already solicited business proposals from Kyrgyz firms.

Comment


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5. (SBU) Kulubayev seemed pleased with the outcome of the
Washington event and, although he will likely already be
posted to Kuala Lumpur prior to the next meeting, he
indicated his plans to help prepare the Kyrgyz side for the
next TIFA session. On the symposium, his comment appeared to
signal Kyrgyz interest in promoting investment opportunities
with U.S. government assistance.



6. (U) SCA Senior Advisor Robert Deutsch has cleared this
cable.

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