Thursday, April 12, 2012 -
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov on Thursday charged the country’s ambassadors to each convince at least five companies to invest in Kyrgyzstan.
Aside from their diplomatic duties of representing the Kyrgyz government abroad, the ambassadors must now actively works to attract investments, the premier told a government session in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
"Each ambassador must bring at least five investors, to implement projects in our country. This is how ambassadors will be assessed, other than their foreign policy work," the KyrTAG news agency reported Babanov as saying.
He noted that until now public officials abroad only talk about the beauty of Kyrgyzstan, but lacked solid materials to show investment videos and related publications.
“Therefore, specifically the National Institute for Strategic Studies has prepared seven presentations and all who are leaving can take them," Babanov said.
He did not specify if the target was annual or for the ambassador’s entire mission in a foreign country.
The foreign affairs minister was also tasked to establish a set of criteria by which to evaluate the envoys.