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Kyrgyzstan 'Frustrated' By International Development Agencies

Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev
WASHINGTON -- Kyrgyzstan’s deputy prime minister says his government is 'frustrated' and 'dissatisfied' with its relations with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund because the agencies have been slow to respond to requests for expertise and investment.

Djoomart Otorbaev made the comments April 18 at the National Democratic Institute, a pro-democracy NGO in Washington, where he and a delegation of Kyrgyz officials are attending this week’s World Bank and IMF spring meetings.

Djoomart said the two agencies have delayed providing guidance and expertise to the country on economic modernization and resource development, particularly in its mining sector.

Speaking to RFE/RL, Djoomart said his country has looked to China for speedier help. He also vowed to raise Bishkek's concerns with "top management" at the development agencies and push for increased investment in the country's infrastructure.