Overview of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kyrgyzstan

PM Modi arrived in Bishkek for SCO summit 2019
On June 13, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit 2019. It was the first multilateral engagement after his re-election. He discussed the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and topical issues of international and regional importance. The SCO Summit was followed by the bilateral component on the visit to the Kyrgyz Republic.

Narendra Modi's visit to KyrgyzstanPrime Minister Modi, Kyrgyzstan President Jeenbekov jointly inaugurated India-Kyrgyz Business Forum
On June 14, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbey Jeenbekov. They jointly inaugurated India-Kyrgyz  Business forum and asked their business communities to explore the untapped potential for deepening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Key Points:
i. Both countries gave a final nod to the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the bilateral investment treaty. It will help in creating a proper atmosphere for the bilateral trade.
ii. The three catalysts for the growth of bilateral trade and investment opportunities are proper atmosphere, connectivity and business-to-business exchanges.

India And Kyrgyzstan signed 15 Agreements
15 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were signed between India And Kyrgyzstan in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbey Jeenbekov. They agreed to celebrate 2021 as the year of cultural and friendship between the Kyrgyz Republic and India.
The following agreements were signed:
i. Joint declaration between India and the Kyrgyz Republic on strategic partnership.
ii. Road map on trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of India and the Kyrgyz Republic for the five-year period (2019-2024).
iii. Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between India and the Kyrgyz Republic.
iv. Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between National Security Council Secretariat of India and Office of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic.
v. Protocol to amend Article 26 of India-Kyrgyzstan Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).
vi. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of health.
vii. MoU between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Kyrgyz-India Mountain Biomedical Research Centre.
viii. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between National Security Guards of India and National Guards of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.
ix. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between National Defence Academy of India and Kyrgyz Military Institute of the Kyrgyz Republic.
x. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between High Altitude Warfare School (Gulmarg), Indian Armed Forces and Joint Mountain training Centre of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.
xi. Memorandum of Cooperation between Export-Import Bank of India and the Investment Promotion and Protection Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic.
xii. MoU between India and the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation on Information and Communication Technology.
xiii. Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Consumer Affairs of India and Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in the field of Legal Metrology.
xiv. Memorandum of Understanding between Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) of India and National Institute of Strategic Studies (NISS) of the Kyrgyz Republic.
xv. Memorandum of Understanding between YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Himachal Pradesh and Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (KNAU).

India granted 200 million dollar line of credit to Kyrgyzstan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi granted 200 million dollar line of Credit (LoC) to Kyrgyzstan. It will ensure India’s increasing participation in business, development and economy of Kyrgyzstan. He invited Kyrgyz businesses to invest in India as the country has a huge market and is determined to become a five trillion dollar economy in the next five years.

PM called for global efforts to eliminate terrorism
Addressing the Plenary Session of SCO Summit at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, PM Modi called for global conferrence to eliminate terrorism from its root. He also called for International Conference Against Terrorism. Through the Bishkek Declaration, the member States urged the international community to strengthen global cooperation to tackle terrorism without politicization and double standards.

India, Kyrgyzstan prepared 5-year road map to increase bilateral trade
India and Kyrgyzstan prepared a 5-year road map to increase bilateral trade apart from DTAA and bilateral investment treaty. Both countries urged the business communities from both countries to explore the untapped potential in various fields. Kyrgyzstan provides good opportunities for Indian businessmen in the field of textiles, railways, hydro power, mining and mineral explorations.

Kyrgyzstan President gifted Traditional Hat and Coat to PM Modi
During the visit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov gifted a Kalpak, a traditional Kyrgyz hat and a Chapan, a traditional coat from Kyrgyzstan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also presented him a Samovar, a traditional container to heat or boil water.

India and Uzbekistan explored joint economic projects ahead of SCO Summit
Uzbekistan, Central Asian State besides Kazakhstan, visited Gujarat on June 13-14, 2019 and a delegation from Gujarat visited Uzbekistan’s Andijan region which is being developed as a business hub, on June 10, 2019. It consisted of the officials of the Ministry of Tourism of Gujarat, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Industries Commissionerate, representatives of pharmaceutical, energy, innovation industries, as well as start-up companies to study the areas for developing mutually beneficial cooperation. Andijan region and Gujarat State are partner regions. The Partnership Agreement between them was signed in October 2018. The purpose of the visit of the Indian delegation was to further expand cooperation between Andijan and Gujarat.

Meetings with other delegation
Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping and discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. They vowed to work together to improve the economic and cultural ties.

Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
PM Modi held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and they reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations to further boost the strategic relationship between India and Russia. Various subjects pertaining to India-Russia relations were discussed and the key focus was given to defence and energy. They also reviewed trade and investment ties. Modi thanked the Russian President for his support for the AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles manufacturing unit in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh which is a joint venture between India and Russia.

Meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani
PM Modi met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO summit. They discussed the role being played by India towards an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan and shared their perspectives on the situation.

About SCO:
Headquarters: Beijing, China
Founded: 26 April 1996
Secretary-General: Vladimir Imamovich Norov

About Kyrgyzstan:
Capital: Bishkek
Currency: Kyrgyzstani som