The foreign trade deficit in Kyrgyzstan in the first quarter this year increased 420% year-on-year to amount to $39.8 million, the republic's National Statistics Committee said.
Kyrgyz foreign trade increased 43.8% to $353.4 million, with exports up 30.8% to $156.8 million and imports up 56.2% to $196.6 million. Not including the gold company Kumtor, exports were up 35.1% to $89.5 million.
Trade with the CIS in January-March amounted to $174.3 million, with a trade deficit of $65.1 million. Over a half of the republic's CIS trade was with Russia. Russia's share in the republic's foreign trade increased from 47.2% in January-March 2003 to 52.2% in January- March 2004.
Foreign trade with countries outside the CIS in the first quarter amounted to $179.1 million, with a trade surplus of $25.3 million.
Interfax, June 26, 2004