21 March, 2022
A meeting of international donor organizations operating in the EAG region was held in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) on March 17-18, 2022. The purpose of the event was to coordinate the efforts of the partners in providing technical assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic, which in turn should contribute to the country's progress in improving the national AML/CFT system. The event is organised within the framework of the Technical Assistance Coordination Project for the Kyrgyz Republic which started in September 2021 and is aimed at the practical implementation of one of the focus areas of the EAG Strategy 2019-2023.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Adilet Dzhanuzakov, Director of the Situation Centre of the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic noted that issues of combating money laundering and terrorist financing are a priority for the country and assured the donor community of the high-level political commitment of the state. Mr. Kanatbek Turgunbekov - Chairman of the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Sergey Teterukov - Executive Secretary of the EAG and Mr. Andrey Seleznev - Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic also gave welcome speeches at the opening ceremony.
Representatives of state agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic and representatives of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, International Monetary Fund, International Training and Methodological Centre for Financial Monitoring of the Russian Federation, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, US Embassy in Bishkek, Council of Europe, Financial intelligence unit of Iran and Financial intelligence unit of Serbia took part in discussion of possibilities for providing technical assistance activities, which are contained in the Project Plan developed by the EAG Secretariat.
The event resulted in identification of donors in the areas of highest priority for the country as well as agreeing on further steps.