President Askar Akaev met in Bishkek on 9 March with Jerzy Skuratowicz, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) resident representative for Kyrgyzstan, and Ercan Murat, UNDP resident representative for Afghanistan. They discussed the possibility of holding in Bishkek a UNDP-sponsored conference on regional cooperation in Afghanistan, Central Asia, Iran, and Pakistan. The UN House in Bishkek hosted a meeting the same day between Kyrgyz ministers, representatives of international organizations, and NGOs. The participants discussed the implementation of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Comprehensive Development Framework. Skuratowicz praised the discussion as a means of facilitating dialogue between all interested parties.
Akipress.org, March 09, 2004