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Partnering for Progress - new Palladium programme in Kyrgyzstan links parliament and business

S2JK treats economic failure as a political issue and prioritises good Parliamentary practice and platforms that amplify the economic needs of the community.

Signing of the Letter of Intent by the Head of the Kyrgyz Parliament`s Apparatus Mr. Samat Ibraev and British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Mr. Robin Ord-Smith.

On April 21, Palladium launched the Support to Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz Parliament) programme in the Kyrgyz Republic to support the national parliament in fostering inclusive economic growth. The programme is funded by DFID and its motto is ‘Partnership for Progress’. It is helping MPs and business associations work together to address important economic challenges in the country through parliamentary mechanisms and platforms.

The launch ceremony was attended by British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Mr. Robin Ord-Smith, Vice-speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament Ms. Altynai Omurbekova and the Head of the Parliament's Apparatus Mr. Samat Ibraev.

In his welcoming speech, Ambassador Ord-Smith acknowledged the impressive progress made by Kyrgyzstan within the last six years in building democratic institutions and expressed the commitment of the UK government, as one of the oldest parliamentary systems, to supporting Kyrgyzstan’s nascent parliamentary democracy. He remarked on an early success of the S2JK programme in supporting a platform for regular dialogue between parliament and the business community.

A Letter of Intent was signed officially between the British Embassy in Kyrgyzstan and the Apparatus of the Kyrgyz Parliament committing both parties to cooperate in carrying out the programme.

The S2JK project is of particular value due to its integration of three key policy agendas: governance for economic development, Parliamentary reform, and citizens’ voice. Projects tend to fail in this integration challenge because of just how difficult a task it is. S2JK is using an innovative approach to relationship mapping and advocacy to integrate these policy agendas into a single, effective project.