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11 Jul 2018

Belarus, Kyrgyzstan sign agreement on cooperation in information sphere

MINSK, 11 July (BelTA) – Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have signed an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of information. The document was signed by Belarusian Information Minister Alexander Karlyukevich and Kyrgyz Deputy Culture, Information, and Tourism Minister Ainura Temirbekova on 11 July, BelTA has learned.

The agreement is supposed to encourage regular exchange of news about political, economic, social, and cultural life of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. It will also promote cooperation between news agencies and the exchange of delegations.

Alexander Karlyukevich said: “We would like to saturate the agreement between the ministries with concrete deeds. To begin with, we would like to get content about Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyzstan would like to get content about Belarus. We would like readers to see what our countries are concerned about, what projects are being implemented. It is the key purpose of the agreement. There is no doubt that media tours will be arranged within the framework of the agreement. Kyrgyz reporters are expected to participate in our events and Belarusian reporters will participate in Kyrgyz creative and media projects.”

In turn, Ainura Temirbekova underlined that long-standing arrangements between the ministries had been finally legislated. “We’ve worked with the Belarusian Information Ministry for a long time. Today we have signed an agreement, which allows putting all the previously discussed ideas into practice. First of all, we would like to establish direct interaction between professional organizations – television and radio companies of the two countries. Agreement between the Belarusian National State TV and Radio Company and the Kyrgyz Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation was reached yesterday. I’d like to mention the high level of existing cooperation between BelTA and our news agency Kabar,” she said.

The Kyrgyz side also suggested a new avenue of cooperation in the sphere of information. In particular, cooperation at the level of regional journalism was mentioned. Alexander Karlyukevich backed the proposal. He specified: “Today there are hundreds of regional media in Belarus. We would like Eurasian matters – life and events in Eurasian countries – to be topical for our mass media and respectively their readers. We’ve decided that the Soyuz-Eurasia supplement to the Zvyazda newspaper will be used for it.”

Cooperation will begin by covering the main events in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Among important events the information minister mentioned the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. In turn, Ainura Temirbekova invited Belarusian reporters to attend the 3rd World Nomad Games, which will take place on the picturesque shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan on 2-8 September.

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