Discover the second interview of 2024 featuring people that have collaborated with PAGE at a given time. The purpose is to voice experiences, opinions, and insights on how the green economy is evolving and how the green economic transformation is being implemented around the world.
In this interview, meet Mr. Ermek Ashirov, head of strategic planning department, Ministry of economy and commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic, chair of the Inter-agency working group for Green economy development (IGE). He has been involved with PAGE since 2017 and has actively engaged into all the projects and activities implemented by 5 PAGE UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan.
Unlocking the green economy in Kyrgyzstan
Landlocked, mountainous and rich in natural resources, the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic is mainly driven by agriculture (approx. 40 percent of employment), extractive industries, hydropower energy, and service and construction sectors. However, over time, this dependency on natural resources has resulted in land degradation and desertification, posing threats to the population, environment and ultimately, the sustainability of the economy.
PAGE has been supporting the Kyrgyz Republic since 2016, namely assisting the government in its efforts to integrate Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) goals into national planning processes. With evidence-based analysis, PAGE also worked with the government on sectoral reforms in green industry, sustainable agriculture and jobs and strengthening institutional capacities around IGE diagnostics, coordination, finance and public procurement. Additionally, Kyrgyzstan has strengthened regional collaboration to promote he Green Economy in Central Asia through major events such as the Bishkek Investment Forum (BIF) and the Green Economy Forum (GEF). The country is now a Graduating Country.