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From Design Thinking to the new entrepreneurs’ club in Kyrgyzstan

A networking event for the new graduates from Kyrgyzstan took place on 13 and 14 December in Bishkek. The varied programme included a review of the successful collaborations between the Programme participants and German companies. Based on their experiences, initial ideas were also developed for the further networking of the Kyrgyz former Programme participants.

In his virtual welcome speech, Ulrich Niemann, who is responsible for the programme in the Foreign Trade and Investment Policy Department of the BMWK, emphasised that the new look of the Programme with a new name and logo should help to reach even more companies in the partner countries and Germany. The Programme also wants to open up even more than before to new industries of the future, such as green technologies, and jointly promote networking.


Participants of the panel discussion: Constantin Zelenty, Begimai Toktorbaeva, Temir Sariev ©GIZ/Askat Chynaly

On the panel discussion, Constantin Zelenty from the German Embassy talked about the benefits of the programme for both countries together with Begimai Toktorbaeva, Head of Department at the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy and Trade, and Temir Sariev from the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The three panellists shed light on the development of German-Kyrgyz economic relations from different perspectives and agreed that bilateral economic relations have developed well in recent years, but that the potential is far from exhausted. The Partnering in Business with Germany Programme offers very good opportunities for business contacts and cooperation between German and Kyrgyz companies, particularly in the food industry, light industry, construction and healthcare sectors.

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