Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev will visit Moscow on January 20-22 to discuss bilateral cooperation.
Tanayev will meet with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, UES CEO Anatoly Chubais, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, Moscow region governor Boris Gromov, and Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, sources in the Kyrgyz prime minister's staff told Interfax on Monday.
"Bilateral trade and economic relations fall short of their potential so far, and both sides should work on their development," Tanayev told Interfax.
"Russia ranks fifth among the leading investors in Kyrgyzstan, after the United States, Canada, Turkey and Kazakhstan," he said.
Russian-Kyrgyz trade reached $245.3 million in 2003, Tanayev said.
"This shows 24.7% growth since 2002. Exports to Russia reached $68.3 million, and imports amounted to $163.3 million," he noted.
Russian tourism in Kyrgyzstan is a promising sphere of cooperation, Tanayev said.
The Moscow negotiations will focus on trade and economic cooperation, Russian investments, and labor migration from Kyrgyzstan to Russia, the Kyrgyz government's press service said.
Interfax, January 19, 2004