Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Promotion of sustainable Economic Development in Kyrgyzstan

Print Friendly
Project Status: Closed
Project at-a-glance
Project Name Promotion of sustainable Economic Development in Kyrgyzstan
Project Number 2013.2150.4
Sector/Subsector Economy
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Opening Date 27 Nov 2014
Project Closing Date 31 Dec 2019
Responsible Institution
Responsible International Financial Institution German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Responsible Executive Agencies

Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic

Strategic Agenda

Promoting sustainable economic development


Since gaining independence in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has set a clear course towards market economy reforms. In the private sector, however, only a few industries and a small number of efficient companies are able to compete at regional and international level.

As a result of political instability and a lack of legal security, the country currently remains relatively unattractive to foreign investors. Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in 2015 will bring further challenges as well as new opportunities.

In addition, Kyrgyzstan is facing increasing environmental and climate problems. Pressure is mounting on the already fragile natural ecosystems. Neither the private sector nor society has done enough to introduce environmental protection and climate change mitigation measures.

Source of Funding

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Amount of Funding

11 288 716  Euro

Project Outcome

The national export strategy was developed using a participatory approach and is now being implemented. The Investment Promotion Agency has been set up, a brochure entitled ‘Invest in the Kyrgyz Republic’ has been published and a website has been created.
In the supported value chains, over 5,000 farmers – almost half of them women – have increased their income by on average 42 per cent. 500 enterprises that received support from the project in the clothing, processing and mineral water sectors have increased profits by an average of 24 per cent. Various companies have successfully developed export markets, for example around 550 farmers supplied 20 tonnes of dried valerian to the German pharmaceutical manufacturer Schwabe. A cooperative of walnut collectors and the processing company Vega Plus have been awarded a Fairtrade certificate, and the first delivery of walnuts has been dispatched to Intersnack in the Netherlands.

In the regions, the project has contributed to local economic promotion. Over 600 young people took part in short-term training courses on topics such as clothing, veterinary medicine and car repairs. Over 100 people set up small businesses as a result.

Kyrgyz advisors have been trained in international quality standards, including HACCP and ISO 22000. The first wave of companies they advised have already been awarded the certification needed to export food and can now tap into global markets.

Contact Information of International Financial Institution
Organization/Department Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Name Ellen Kramer
Address 105 Isanova Str., Bishkek
Postal Code 720001
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone + 996 (312) 906 550


Contact Information of Project Implementer
Organization/Department Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic
Address 106 Chui Prospect, Bishkek
Postal Code 720002
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 625 241