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is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

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The study tour of Mongolian public urban services specialists to Kyrgyzstan

The study tour of Mongolian public urban services specialists to Kyrgyzstan took place from March 26 to April 2, 2008.  The group of visitors consisted of 15 people - representatives of public urban services organizations (PUSO) from provincial towns, the ADB-funded Integrated Development of Basic Urban Services in Provincial Towns Project, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development of Mongolia.  Overall, the group spent eight days in Kyrgyzstan and visited the public utilities' sites both in the north and the south of Kyrgyzstan.

 

Major objective of the study tour was to obtain information on experiences of Kyrgyzstan in management of basic infrastructure services in small urban settlements as well as in rural areas, learn about various investments and projects in that area and exchange opinions on current challenges and future reforms in both countries.

 

The study tour consisted of a two-day workshop in Bishkek and four days of field trips to Chui, Issyk-Kul and Osh provinces.  The study tour program included the expert reviews, presentations, roundtable discussions, meetings with municipal bodies and project staff, and guided study visits to public utility facilities.  The group members have acquainted themselves with Kyrgyzstan's experiences in management of basic infrastructure services in small urban settlements as well as in rural areas, learned about various projects and investment programs in that area, and exchanged opinions on current challenges and future reforms in both countries. 

 

The study tour has started on March 26th, 2008 with a 1,5-day workshop "Reforming Public Utilities in Kyrgyzstan: Challenges, Achievements, Lessons and Prospects".

 

These are some topics that were presented at the first workshop session:

- State Policy and Issues in Transferring Municipal Property to Local Self-Governance Bodies;

- Current State and Prospects of Public Urban Utility Enterprises in Kyrgyzstan;

- Reforming Management of Public Utilities: Achievements and Next Steps;

- Local Services Delivery Performance Assessment.

 

The Kyrgyz side, represented by Deputy Director of the National Agency on Local Self-Governance Affairs, Executive Director of the Association of Cities and Towns of the Kyrgyz Republic, chief project staff of the Community Development and Investment Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic (ARIS), shared generously with their experiences and provided a comprehensive picture of situation with public utilities in Kyrgyzstan from various angles.  Despite tiredness after a long trip, the members of visiting group have demonstrated their sincere interest to the presented topics and asked many questions to the point.  At the beginning of the first session they were offered to fill out cards with their expectations and priorities regarding the study tour.  Actually, it was an interactive discussion of common issues by specialists of both countries.

 

The second session which took place on March 27, 2008 was wholly devoted to presentation of donor-funded projects on urban public services rehabilitation as well as rural water supply and sanitation, implemented in Kyrgyzstan by ARIS and Rural Water Supply Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Processing Industry (MAWRPI).  The following projects were presented to the attention of Mongolian specialists by the Kyrgyz project coordinators and experts:

- Small Towns Infrastructure and Capacity Building Project (ARIS);

- Village Investment Project (ARIS);

- Self-Governance Infrastructure Financing Project (ARIS);

- Community Based Infrastructure Services Sector Project, ADB (Rural Water Supply Department, MAWRPI).

 

The presentations have aroused keen interest among Mongolian specialists and provoked a lot their questions.

During the field stage of the study tour the study tour members met with mayors of two towns: Kant (in the north) and Uzgen (in the south). 

Besides, they made site visits to the following public utility facilities:

- Bishkek city water supply and sewage company;

- Wastewater treatment enterprise (Bishkek);

- Water distribution billing system office (Kant town);

- Solid waste disposal private venture (Kant town);

- Rural water reservoir, water pipe, water chlorination facility, ADB project (Chyrpykty village, Issyk-Kul province);

- Water pump station and reservoir (Balykchi town, Issyk-Kul province);

- Water pump station (Uzgen town, Osh province);

- Water reservoir under construction (Uzgen town, Osh province).

 

All site visits were arranged with the assistance of ARIS and Rural Water Supply Department staff.  Their core and regional staff accompanied the group during all site visiting and provided technical orientation and explanations.  The study tour participants were given an opportunity to see public utility facilities in actual practice, compare them with those in Mongolia, and gain certain experience. According to them, the site visits have provoked a lot of ideas on ways of applying Kyrgyz experience in Mongolian context.  Especially, they were impressed by the water supply projects implemented in rural areas. 

 

The study tour completed with a roundtable discussion in Bishkek.  This time, the Mongolian specialists briefed their Kyrgyz counterparts about the situation with public utilities in their country and answered to numerous questions of the roundtable participants.  At the end of the roundtable members of the visiting group shared with their impressions of the study tour and presented lessons and findings from the field visits.

 

Rural Development Fund with a major focus on high quality policy, action and evaluation research on issues of rural development, organized the study tour, including all logistics, workshop, and field visits.  While preparing this study tour, RDF had meetings and consultations with the ADB and WB country offices, with the Rural Potable Water Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Processing Industry, and with ARIS (Community Development and Investment Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic).  Their suggestions were taken into consideration while developing the program for the study tour.  RDF has gained an invaluable experience and enjoyed much working with the study tour group from Mongolia.

 

The visit of the Mongolian study tour group got into the news of the Kyrgyz mass media.  The day before leaving Kyrgyzstan, heads of the study tour group gave a press conference at AKI Press Information Agency.  The press conference was headlined by several television and radio channels.

Rural Development Fund

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Bishkek, 720033, Kyrgyz Republic

Mob. phone: +996 (770)330106 

Email: general@rdf.in.kg

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