[Correspondent] The agreement was signed following talks between a delegation, led by Aga Khan, and the Kyrgyz leadership. Askar Akayev said that the agreement would promote the country's economic development because it has been aimed at strengthening the financial sector and developing services and the tourism sector. The Aga Khan foundation will fund the private businesses and small and medium-size businesses.
[Akayev] We are making every effort to attract direct foreign investment. However, we have not achieved great success over the past few years. According to this agreement, the Aga Khan foundation may become a catalyst for the influx of direct foreign investment and a driving force behind it.
[Correspondent] Prince Aga Khan spoke about the Global Mountain Summit. In his opinion, the main result was the fact that the summit managed to attract the entire world's attention to problems of highlands.
[Aga Khan in English overlaid by correspondent] If we remember clearly where all the investment is channelled to, we find that they are channelled into developing all the regions, except the mountainous regions. The mountains have been forgotten for some reason.
[Passage omitted: further on mountains and visit]
Source: Public Educational Radio and TV, Bishkek, in Russian 1530 gmt 31 Oct 02
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom;
Nov 01, 2002
Kasiyev hailed the initiative and on behalf of the region and the government thanked Aga Khan for his attention to the most acute needs experienced by the poorest communities in the region.
Source: Kabar news agency, Bishkek, in Russian 1520 gmt 31 Oct 02