Canada-Kyrgyz Republic Relations

Canada has had diplomatic relations with the Kyrgyz Republic since 1992. Canada is represented in the Kyrgyz Republic by the Canadian Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Canada also has an Honorary Consul in Bishkek. The Kyrgyz Republic is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Washington, DC, USA. The Kyrgyz Republic has also appointed a former Canadian diplomat, Mr. Rodney Irwin, Honorary Consul in Ottawa.

As part of its efforts to prevent terrorists and states that raise proliferation concerns to acquire deadly biological pathogens, the Global Partnership Program of Canada has helped the Kyrgyz Republic to strengthen its capacity in biosafety and biosecurity.

The Global Partnership Program of Canada supported a comprehensive review of biosafety standards and practices of biological non-proliferation of Kyrgyzstan. The PPM also funds training in biosafety for the benefit of Kyrgyz scientists and technicians to enable them to participate in such workshops and international conferences.

Canada has provided humanitarian aid of roughly two million dollars to help the people affected by ethnic conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan in 2010. This assistance includes a pledge of $ 500,000 for the International Committee of the Red Cross which was announced in June 2010, the Minister of International Cooperation, Beverly Oda and an additional $ 1.5 million for UN agencies that provide emergency food assistance, welfare services and basic necessities and to ensure coordination of humanitarian intervention. CIDA also approved an additional $ 350,000 U.S. dollars to support recovery initiatives in Kyrgyzstan. Canada has made statements about the situation in Kyrgyzstan expressing  concern about the violence taking place and called for a peaceful resolution of problems at the national level.

Canadian merchandise exports to Kyrgyzstan in 2010 totaled $ 6,600,000.

Canada-Kyrgyzstan trade relations have mainly focused on the operation of the Kumtor gold mine. The annual contribution of the Kumtor gold mine is 10% of GDP of the Kyrgyz Republic. Several small Canadian mining companies are also active including Stans Energy conducting the redevelopment of a rare earth mine previously operated by the Soviets.

Multilateral cooperation is an important part of the Canada-Kyrgyz relationship. Canada cooperates with the Kyrgyz Republic in multilateral organizations such as EBRD, ADB, World Bank, International Development Agency, and UNDP as well as his involvement with NGOs like Aga Khan Development Network.

The Canadian Embassy in Astana manages a small fund programs to encourage local initiatives especially bustling Kyrgyz NGOs in community development and focuses on the area of promoting ethnic tolerance.

April 2012

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