CHOLPON-ATA, 1 September 2018 – UNIDO’s project focusing of linking the tourism industry to productive activities in the Issyk-Kul region of the Kyrgyz Republic held its third Steering Committee meeting today to review the progress made in its implementation and plan future activities.
Tourism is a key driver of economic development, which is a catalyzing force for the growth of other sectors, especially agriculture and handicrafts. This is in line with the Programme for Country Partnership in the country, naming the tourism sector development a priority area for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The objective of this three-year Russia-funded project, launched in 2016, is to promote linkages between the tourism sector and targeted productive sectors – the fruit and vegetable processing sector as well as the herbal teas and remedies sector, for example – to stimulate economic growth and employment. In particular, the project aims to strengthen the processing capacities and access to markets of selected agro-industries.
At the meeting, the results of the UNIDO project – which focus on capacity-building interventions on sectoral and shop-floor level, and enterprise modernization and upgrading interventions – were presented. In particular, the national project team described successful activities including: food safety seminars and trainings focusing on sanitary and hygienic norms and international HACCP standards and ISO 22000 and 9001; study tours on tourism conducted in Spain and Russia; and participation in exhibitions.
UNIDO project manager Olga Memedovic noted that the positive results of the project have garnered much interest and that UNIDO has received requests for the development of similar projects in other countries and regions.
Almasbek Akmatov, MP, member of the Committee on Agrarian Policy of the Jogorku Kenesh, thanked UNIDO and highlighted the importance of this project for the region.
UNIDO representatives also attended the World Nomad Games 2018, an international sport competition held for the third time in the Kyrgyz Republic dedicated to reviving and preserving the culture of nomadic civilization. UNIDO attended the opening ceremony in Cholpon-Ata; built a yurt in Kyrchyn valley to host guests; and organized an exhibition for 7 agro-processors who were able to showcase new tourist-oriented products developed in the context of the project.
This project contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth as well as SDGs 1, 5, 6, 10 and 12.
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