19/03 11:36

Local governance reform will be discussed in Bishkek in the framework of the Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia

Bishkek, March 19 / Kabar/. In the framework of the Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia established by the EU and led by France and Germany, the project «Rule of Law Platform – Central Asia» will hold a “Seminar on local governance” on 20 March 2014, in Bishkek, in partnership with the “Voice of Citizens” project funded by the Government of Switzerland, under the high patronage of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Agency for Local Self-Governance and Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The seminar will provide the opportunity to establish a public dialogue on the planned local governance reform associating representatives of the local councils (aiyk okmotu), urban and rural municipalities and of the civil society. Experts from France, Germany, the Kyrgyz Republic and Swizerland will discuss the possible consequences of the reform and will introduce best legislation and practices of local self-governance and finances, demonstrating the benefits of decentralisation and the local democratic process. Recommendations to the policy maker will be developed in furtherance of the Kyrgyz constitutional principles aiming at devoluting more powers to the local constituencies, contributing to strengthening the rule of law.

As underscored by Mr. Almambet Shykmamatov, Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, ”The involvement of citizens in deciding on issues of local importance will enable Kyrgyzstan to consolidate the fundaments of its democracy”.

A key element of the EU-Central Asia Strategy for a New Partnership, the “Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia” project constitutes the overarching regional framework for enhanced cooperation in the Rule of Law area, aimed at supporting legal reforms in Central Asia and the sharing of EU experience. Under the auspices of the Rule of Law Initiative, the Rule of Law Platform regional project acts as a support mechanism to facilitate policy dialogue and promote the measures contributing to legal reforms in each of the Central Asian countries.


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