Isakov discusses cooperation in digital development and health care with Japanese delegation

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Bishkek, Sept. 20, 2017 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sapar Isakov discussed today a wide range of issues of cooperation with deputy of the upper house of Japan, chairman of the Asian Forum on Population and Development Keizo Takemi, including holding fair and transparent elections, public health services, as well as implementing of programs "Forty steps to a new era" and “Taza Koom", the government’s press service reported.

Sapar Isakov said that the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic highly appreciates the effectiveness of cooperation with Japan, including as partners in democracy and development.

"Japan's assistance is efficient and timely. We are grateful for the provision of technical assistance in 2015 for holding parliamentary elections using modern technologies. We also intend to hold fair and transparent presidential elections in October this year," the Prime Minister said.

Isakov also told about plans for the implementation of the Government's programs " Forty steps to a new era" and "Taza Koom".

"The government is working hard on projects of digitalization of the state and society, improving the provision of public services online, reducing the human factor in relations between state bodies and citizens, which in the future. At the end of 2018, the government will become fully electronic (digital), paper workflow will decrease, and the speed of decision-making will increase. Our steps will lead to greater openness and transparency in the work of state bodies," Sapar Isakov said.

He also said that the Government will work closely with development partners to attract technical assistance on various aspects of implementation of above-mentioned programs.

Keizo Takemi, in turn, said that the Government of Japan has also chosen the construction of an information system of the state and the development of the IT sector as one of the priorities.

"We believe that the Government has chosen a very important direction of work. We are ready to support its implementation at all stages, including planning, implementation and provision of financial support," Keizo Takemi said. He further noted the importance of cooperation in the field of health, in particular, increasing the budget for improving the health of citizens.

Sapar Isakov confirmed the intention of the Government to pay special attention to health care.

"At present, on the instructions of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, under my personal control, the Oncology Center in Bishkek is fully modernized, including the renovation of infrastructure and equipment. We intend to implement the same projects in cardiology. The renewed infrastructure and advanced training of doctors, along with the improvement of their working conditions, should lead to an increase in the population's access to complex, costly and high-quality operations, and the provision of quality services in the field of diagnostics and treatment. We hope that these priority measures will positively affect the health of citizens, "the Prime Minister concluded.

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