UK Sanctions Delegation visits Kyrgyzstan to boost cooperation on managing sanctioned goods

A high-profile delegation from the Sanctions Directorate of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is scheduled to embark on a significant visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on January 24-25, as announced by the British Embassy.

A high-profile delegation from the Sanctions Directorate of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is scheduled to embark on a significant visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on January 24-25, as announced by the British Embassy.

Comprising six experts, the delegation’s primary objective is to engage with key representatives from various Kyrgyz ministries, including Foreign Affairs, Economy and Commerce, Finance, Customs and Tax Services, and the National Bank.

The focus of the visit is to provide crucial technical assistance and advisory services, underscoring the UK’s commitment to collaborative efforts in managing sanctioned goods, particularly those included in the general list of dual-use products.

The delegation’s goal is to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of sanctions-related insights and best practices, in line with the changing global landscape. This is the second visit of the British Foreign Office’s Sanctions Directorate to Bishkek, following the first in April 2023, when David Reed, the Ministry’s Director of Sanctions, visited the Kyrgyz capital.

A pivotal aspect of this mission is the UK’s commitment to supporting Kyrgyzstan’s understanding and management of sanctioned goods. The delegation is set to highlight the UK’s specific emphasis on the list of sanctioned goods, particularly those categorized as dual-use products. By engaging with ministries responsible for foreign affairs, economy, finance, and other critical sectors, the UK aims to contribute technical expertise and advice to enhance Kyrgyzstan’s capacity to navigate the complexities of international sanctions.

In a move that underscores the depth of collaboration, the UK has also committed to funding a visit from the esteemed British law firm Fieldfisher. This legal entity specializes in commodities, finance, and other areas related to sanctions. During their visit, Fieldfisher experts will share their knowledge and experience with both the Kyrgyz government and the private sector.