Kyrgyzstan

Agricultural products from Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan offers a range of top-grade natural ingredients for the food and cosmetics industry. The Central Asian country profits from a long-established agriculture and optimum cultivation conditions for many products that are in great demand in Europe.

Many Kyrgyz companies have no direct access to the German market, mostly because of a lack of product certification and documentation. Up to now they have been forced to sell to middlemen (usually from Turkey) who refine the products and export them into the EU. 

The IPD gives direct market access to Kyrgyz exporters to achieve a higher value creation in the processing of food ingredients on-site. The Import Promotion Desk has chosen Kyrgyzstan as one of its partner countries and will set you up with carefully selected and tested suppliers.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM KYRGYZSTAN:

Natural ingredients for food and cosmetics:

  • processed fruit, apricot kernel oil, walnuts, capers, dried mushrooms, etc.

Get in touch with us. We connect you to the right exporters. 

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BULLETIN BOARD "KYRGYZSTAN"

Events

 
Trade fair in Paris // 21.10. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018: High quality products from emerging and developing countries

Matchmaking in Paris

In 2018 the IPD will again present new, carefully selected and tested export companies from different partner countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Kyrgystan and Tunisia at SIAL, the world’s leading food innovation exhibition.

The range of products from the IPD partner countries is extensive: freeze-dried fruit, pulps and tea from Colombia, dried fruits and berries from Kyrgyzsan, or dates, herbs and spices from Egypt. Ethiopian companies offer an exceptional range of oils made of black cumin, sesame or eucalyptus.

Detailed information on the IPD exporters and their specialities will be available in September.

If you have any questions beforehand, please contact:

Tabea Mack (Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgystan, Tunisia)
Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ Cooperation Serbia)

News

 
Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries will present their diverse range of organic produce at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the respective national pavilions. The products include herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

 
Bonn/Cologne // 12.09.2017

Anuga 2017: Fresh impulses from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk brings a broad range of specialities to Anuga

Bonn, 12.09.2017 – At Anuga, the world’s largest food industry exhibition, to be held in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be attending with 18 producers from 7 countries. Exporters from Ethiopia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru will be supported by the IPD in presenting their products at the exhibition. The companies offer high quality natural ingredients from their regions.

Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16
 
Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16

Market potential for Kyrgyz goods

“Natural products from Central Asia” – this was the topic of the Kyrgyzstan Forum, to which invitations were issued by the IPD together with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the context of Health Ingredients Europe.
The podium discussion focused on the potential of Kyrgyz goods and the outlook for trade relations with local companies. After the opening speech by Kyrgyz ambassador Erines Otorbaev, representatives of the German business community and Kyrgyz companies had an animated discussion on the opportunities for Kyrgyz products on the German and European markets. The natural origin of many Kyrgyz agricultural products was considered to be a positive distinction by the participants, since it brings major opportunities in the organic sector. However, many Kyrgyz producers still lack knowledge on how agricultural goods are certified and correctly documented – and this is exactly where the IPD provides support to the producers in the form of training courses and seminars. The Kyrgyz producers particularly appreciated the fact that since the beginning of 2016 the EU has accepted Kyrgyzstan into the EU GSP+ preferences system – a regulatory instrument granting preferential customs conditions for goods from developing countries. This means a complete suspension of customs duties for Kyrgyz goods, which will facilitate exports considerably.

 
Bonn // 04.12.16

Country pavilions from Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia for the first time

Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia attracted considerable attention at the Health Ingredients Europe exhibition in Frankfurt.
For the first time they were represented with their own country pavilions which the IPD had organised in collaboration with the export promotion organisations Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Kyrgyzstan, the Exports Department of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy and Agence de Promotion des Investissements Agricoles (APIA) in Tunisia. At Europe’s most important exhibition for natural and health ingredients, the Kyrgyz producers presented their high-quality products, such as beans, nuts, dried fruit, and berries. The Tunisians impressed buyers with organic quality vegetable oils and many products based on dates and prickly pears. Besides Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia, the IPD also brought three exporters from Nepal to the exhibition and the European buyers were particularly interested in Nepalese organic ginger and medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalayas. The exporters proved very satisfied with the around 350 contacts which the IPD was able to broker over the course of the exhibition.

 
Bonn // 22.02.2016

BioFach: Organic walnuts from the jungle

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion service provider in Germany, presented organic walnuts  from Kyrgyzstan in Germany for the first time. The products presented at the BIOFACH trade fair in Nuremberg come from the largest natural walnut forest in the world. Due to the intensive insolation in the high-altitude forests the nuts have a richer taste than the Turkish walnuts usually available. The provider, the cooperative Bio Farmer, is Fairtrade and organicquality certified, i.e. uses neither fertiliser nor pesticides on their produce.

At the BIOFACH German importers were able to try out the nuts and convince themselves of their extraordinary characteristics. Of particular interest were the so-called butterflies – undamaged walnut halves that are, for instance, used for nut mixes. German chocolate manufacturers, too, were impressed by the taste and quality of the Kyrgyz walnuts. „With this kind of structured import promotion the IPD wants to facilitate access to the German market especially for sustainably producing suppliers“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the IPD.

In addition to the walnuts from Kyrgyzstan the IPD showcased exhibitors of prickly pear seed oil from Tunisia, coconut sugar from Indonesia, essential oils, herbs and tea from Nepal, honey from Ethiopia and superfood powders made from quinoa, chia and maca from Peru.

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Sustainable and aromatic: Organic walnuts from Kyrgyzstan

IMPORT PROMOTION DESK OPENS THE DOOR TO THE EU MARKET FOR KYRGYZ EXPORTERS

The Kyrgyz export company Vega Plus has made the leap into the European market. In February 2017 the  company exhibited at the BIOFACH Exhibition in Nuremberg and introduced its sustainable farming products to the international specialists at the event. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) prepared Vega Plus intensely for the trade fair and also supported the company through the “last mile” with match-making. The success of the exhibition was quickly followed by the first business deal with Swiss importer Tinibaev Waldgeschenke KlG.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name: Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgys Respublikasy )
Government type: Republic
Head of state: Sooronbaj Jeenbekov (president)
Commercial languages:
Kyrgyz, Russian
Time difference:
CET +4
Currency: Kyrgyz SOM (KGS)
Prefix number:
+996
Area: 198,500 km²
Population: 6,1 million (2016, estimation)
Capital: Bishkek
Largest cities and agglomerations:
Bishkek (854,000 inhabitants), Osh (207,000 inhabitants), Jalalabad 70,000 inhabitants)
Most important exhibition centres: Bishkek
Largest Airport:
Bishkek
 

Economic Data

GDP 2015: 6.6 billion US$
2016: 6.9 billion US$ (forecast)
2017: 7.2 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita
2015: 1,072.7 US$
2016: 1,106.2 US$ (forecast)
2017: 1,144.1 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth
2015: 3.8 %
2016: 3.4 % (forecast)
2017: 3.8 % (forecast)
Inflation rate
2015: 0.4 %
2016: 3.6 % (forecast) 
2017: 5.2 % (forecast)
Exchange rate
1 US$ = 68.8 KGS
1 Euro = 84.5 KGS
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional Organizations
EBWE, EAWU, GUS, IMF,ADB, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Islam Development Bank, Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Country creditworthiness rating (Institutional Investor) September 2016: Rank 121
Creditworthiness index: 28,8
Most important industries
Processing industry / Wholeselling and Retailing / Agriculture and Forestry / Construction
 

Trade Data

Export

 
Volumes 2014: 1,884.7 million US$ 
2015: 1,482.9 million US$
2016: 1,544.6 million US$
Most important trade partners Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan
Products und merchandise group Gold, food, natural resources, textiles


Import

 
Volumes 2014: 5,732.5 million. US$ 
2015: 4,153.9 million US$
2016: 3,919.1 million US$
Most important trade partners China, Russia, Kazakhstan
Products und merchandise group Textiles, machines, food
 

 

Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee.

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