$70m for Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan power link

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is funding $70 million (£44.1m) to build a transmission line between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The 500kV interconnector will be 447km long. The cash will also be used to finance the extension of three exiting power substations – two in Tajikistan and one in Kyrgyzstan – as well as the construction of […]

Blackout forces surgeons to use phone lights

Surgeons in Kyrgyzstan resorted to using torches and mobile phone lights to see while carrying out open heart surgery after a blackout. A video published on Youtube earlier this month claims to show Dr Kaldarbek Abdramanov, director of Kyrgyzstan’s Southern Regional Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery, performing an operation while assistants hold up lights. The doctor put […]

Kyrgyzstan gets €2m aid to improve wastewater services

A London-based bank is providing part of a €2 million (£1.6m) loan to help a city in the Kyrgyz Republic improve its wastewater facilities. The cash from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the EU will enable Talas, which has a population of over 45,000, to modernise its water […]