Kazakhstan Will Build Schools in Osh and Bishkek

Kazakhstan-KyrgyzstanASTANA – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a number of bills into law on Jan. 14, including a bill ratifying an agreement authorizing the construction of a school in Kyrgyzstan dated Aug. 22, 2012 and the minutes of amendments made to it.

The agreement covered the construction of a school for 900 schoolchildren in the Osh region and the development of the territory adjacent to it. The amendments set the number of schools to two. Each school will be capable of handling 500 students each.

According to the minutes, Kyrgyzstan will provide building lots of 2.49 hectares in Bishkek and 2.5 hectares in Osh.

Kazakhstan’s Samruk Kazyna Welfare Fund will foot the 1.2 billion tenge (US$7.72 million) bill for the project.

Earlier on Nov. 20, 2013 at the plenary session of the Mazhilis (the lower chamber of parliament) chaired by Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin, the final bill, including all of its amendments, was discussed.

“The agreement encompasses the construction of a school for 900 schoolchildren and the development of land adjacent to it in the village of Ishkavan in the Karasu district of the Osh region. In the treaty, President Nazarbayev instructed that two schools be built,” Deputy Minister of Education and Science Takir Balykbayev said then.

During the discussion of the bill, members of the Mazhilis underlined that the construction will not be funded by state funds. They noted that Kazakh funds should be spent solely for their intended purposes.

“In this regard, we need to mention in the agreement that Kyrgyzstan shall not have the right to use the funds for other purposes,” Irina Aronova, member of the Mazhilis, stated.

According to the procedure, after the approval of the bill in the Mazhilis, it was forwarded to the Senate (upper chamber of Parliament) and was approved. The document was considered adopted and submitted to the President for his signature.

Kyrgyzstan is hiring a general contractor for construction of the facilities and is working on providing design and cost details, issuing all necessary documents for connection of the facilities to engineering networks and carrying out other tasks.

The agreement was signed during the official visit of President Nazarbayev to the Kyrgyz Republic in August 2012.

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