Kyrgyzstan's visible foreign trade deficit (including informal trade) widened 60% year-on-year to $112.8 million in the first nine months of 2003, the national statistics committee reported.
The visible trade turnover grew 12.6% to $861.6 million, as exports increased 7.5% to $374.4 million and imports rose 16.9% to $487.2 million.
Trade with fellow CIS countries grew 17.9% to $404.2 million, with the trade deficit widening to $151.2 million from $110.8 million in January-September last year.
Trade with countries outside the CIS increased 8.3% to $457.4 million. There was a trade surplus of $38.4 million in trade with non- CIS members, compared to $42.3 million in the same period of 2002.
Interfax, November 27, 2003