On April 23, Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev met with Deputy Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Vladimir Rakhmanin. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, the issue of launching a joint project with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) FAO "Carbon sequestration through investments in forests and pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic" with a total budget of $ 49.9 million was discussed.
Rakhmanin said that, FAO and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic have done a great job and a number of legal issues remain to be resolved to launch the project. Kazakbayev noted that both sides reached an understanding of each other's positions and capabilities on this issue. In this context, the importance of finding a mutually acceptable option for resolving the issue in accordance with the national legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic has noted.
The Kyrgyz side informed FAO of its intention to promote the initiative on declaring 2022 the International Year of Mountains at the UN and holding the second Bishkek Global Mountain Summit within its framework. Kazakbayev asked to support the Kyrgyz Republic in promoting this initiative.
In addition, during the meeting, a number of general issues of cooperation between FAO and Kyrgyzstan have discussed. In particular, the minister proposed to consider the possibility of promoting, within the framework of FAO's project activities, the concept of the uniqueness of Kyrgyz products with their inclusion in the international register of geographical indicators as representing Kyrgyzstan.