Promoting Anti-Corruption and Transparency in Government

The Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia 鈥 a small country of strategic importance to several of the world鈥檚 major powers 鈥 has come far in building a democratic form of government since declaring its independence in 1991, despite the disruptions of a revolution in 2005 and a second revolution in 2010 followed by significant ethnic conflict in June 2010.听 A new constitution and a newly-elected president and parliament are now in place after a peaceful transfer of power from a post-revolution interim government. However, the country and all levels of government and society are plagued by corruption which, as in so many places in the world, destabilizes development. Kyrgyzstan is rated 164 out of 182 countries in Transparency International鈥檚 Corruption Perception Index: widespread corruption undermines trust in government, reduces the ability to raise tax revenues for infrastructure projects, cuts the potential for domestic and foreign investment, and most importantly curtails the nation鈥檚 ability to progress towards a society based on fair transactions and the rule of law.听

It is essential that the public officials be, and be seen as, free from corruption and self-dealing. Procedures that reduce corruption in the public sphere can do much to restore trust in government, set a standard, and an ethic that may be encouraged and replicated throughout society. Such procedures begin with a comprehensive system requiring the regular reporting by public officials of assets, income, gifts, and loans and by a setting forth a rigorous conflict-of-interest code accompanied by an efficient enforcement regime. Unfortunately, the Kyrgyz Republic has an ethics code for public officials that is very general and weak, a conflict-of-interest code that lacks specifics and has numerous loopholes, and an enforcement regime that lacks a mechanism for operation.

The Tian Shan Policy Center is collaborating with local NGOs and citizens鈥 activist groups to explore strategies to reduce corruption and to increase accountability and transparency in national government.听 It is seeking to advance a research-backed public education program and multi-group endeavor to demonstrate the need for a comprehensive conflict-of-interest code and asset-reporting system for elected officials and high-level government appointees.听

Democratic Governance and Development

Tian Shan Policy Center closely works with the Coalition for Democracy and Civic Society and Union of Taxpayers for Parliamentarism in the framework of Democratic Governance and Development project. With the help of such cooperation TSPC is attempting to improve Parliament鈥檚 transparency.

About the Union of Taxpayers for Parliamentarism

Twenty-three public and business organizations and twenty-four civic activists interested in monitoring the Parliament鈥檚 work in order to increase the transparency and citizen鈥檚 involvement in Parliament鈥檚 work, decided to unite their efforts on the voluntary basis and created Union of Taxpayers for Parliamentarism (UTP).

The main goal of the union is to assist the work of Jogorku Kenesh in terms of effective implementation of legislative, executive and control functions on the basis of principles of Parliamentarism by increasing transparency, citizen鈥檚 involvement in Parliament鈥檚 work, creating access to the Parliament鈥檚 information, strengthening citizen鈥檚 potential for taking part in parliamentary processes, and improving parliamentary accountability.

听UTP implements the following steps for achieving its goals:听

  1. Monitors legislative function of JK KR in terms of compliance with the procedures and adoption of laws;
  2. Holds public expertise of law drafts;
  3. Monitors compliance with ethical standards of deputies of JK KR while exercising power;
  4. Monitors implementation of control functions of JK KR;
  5. Evaluates effectiveness of JK鈥檚 work;
  6. Monitors compliance of JK apparatus with the provisions of Rules and Procedures;
  7. Promotes culture of openness;
  8. Promotes transparency of information;
  9. Promotes easy access to parliamentary information;
  10. Promotes electronic dissemination of parliamentary information.

Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 326, 327

Email: tspc@auca.kg

Address: 7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060



7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + 袝xt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028

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