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Kyrgyzstan: Akayev Orders 30 Percent Reduction In Staff

Bishkek, 22 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akayev has ordered a sweeping reduction in the number of the country's bureaucrats. Akayev yesterday decreed a reduction of his own staff by 30 percent, and he proposed that each house of Parliament reduce its staff by 30 percent, as well.

Akayev also ordered the government to make a plan for its own staff reduction, to cut its central bodies and territorial branches by no less than 20 percent and local government bodies by at least 10 percent. Akayev said the action was designed to foster greater efficiency and to save money.

Kyrgyz Firms To Get International Management

Kyrgyzstan's Privatization Minister Askar Sarygulov says experts have developed a special program for improving the management of the country's firms. Sarygulov told reporters in Bishkek yesterday that about 100 firms will be run jointly by managers invited from abroad and Kyrgyz directors. The program is expected to start in about a month.