Several times investors at Djerui had been changed without tenders held; works at Andash deposit have been started without large-format public consultations, without independent ecological assessment's recommendations consideration, despite protests of local population. Information on beginning of uranium deposits' development in Issyk-Kul oblast has appeared in mass media, which causes anxiety about the future of our blue pearl.

In 2004 Kyrgyzstan joined to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). According to this initiative the government and large extractive companies and industries of the republic took on responsibility to publish data on funds allocation to the budget and to conduct an independent audit on these reports. Since that time, reports for two years on extracting industry in general were published and only one audit was held. In our mind, this initiative has a rather narrow format and touches upon only the revenues of the extracting industries, when social and ecological aspects were not reflected there as well as legal issues of contracts' and agreements' transparency; generally, as a result of what conflicts in extracting areas arise.

Taking into consideration criticality of current situation, taking place in extracting industry of the republic, we suggest as follows:

  • 1. Restart work of multiparty state commission on Kumtor, which was established in 2005 based on Issyk-Kul oblast inhabitants' appeal. (Resolution of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic as of August 1, 2005, # 342- р and as of August 4, 2005, # 348- р ) Work of this commission was successful because representatives of state bodies, KOK Company, Jogorku Kenesh, NGOs, local population, and independent experts were involved in it. Members of this commission have to be informed about negotiations on General Agreement with Centerra Gold being conducted and to have an opportunity to present their recommendations to the government. State Commission on Kumtor with inclusion of Talas oblast inhabitants in it can be a tool in conflicts resolution in Talas oblast.
  • 2. Publish special report on allocations to the budget of 6 extracting companies of the Kyrgyz Republic , joined the Initiative, and to conduct an independent audit of reports.
  • 3. Introduce a moratorium on prospecting and exploitation of mining deposits on the territory of reserves, biospheric territories, and national parks, cultural and natural memorials of the republic.
  • 4. Start working on deposits' exploitation in the regions without preliminary voluntarily informed agreement of inhabitants and without reviewing alternative variants of regions' development (without extracting industry).

We hope that while considering issues of the state development strategies and attracting investors, our Government, President and Jogorku Kenesh will in the first place be guided by national interests of the state, sustainable development, and preservation of our natural resources for contemporary and future generations of Kyrgyzstan .

Members of NGOs Consortium of KR on promotion of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

  • Kalia Moldogazieva, HDC “Tree of Life”
  • Tolekan Ismailova, “Citizens against Corruption”
  • Zulfiya Marat , Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law
  • Anara Dautalieva, PU “Taza Tabigat”
  • Erkingul Imankojoeva, NGO “Karek”
  • Inhabitants of Kssyk-Kul oblast
  • Bubukan Ormonova, Kichi-Jyrgykchad village
  • Nazgul Asanova, Kichi-Jyrgylchak village

Other regions:

  • Nurjamal Amatova”Agrotechnologia”
  • Rysbay Sarybaev “Altyn Bulak”