Akylbek Zhaparov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyrgyzstan, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, with officials during the signing of the agreements. Image Credit: Supplied

AD Ports Group has signed two agreements with the government of Kyrgyzstan to promote trade and strengthen economic ties with the Central Asian nation, it said on Wednesday.

Under the first agreement, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has entered negotiations with AD Ports Group to secure more than 300,000 sqm of land within the Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) to develop and operate a logistics hub and customs area. Based within KEZAD’s Free Zone, the project will facilitate the import and export of cargo to and from the Kyrgyz Republic.

Under the second agreement, Maqta Gateway will initiate a strategy for the Ministry of Finance for developing a customs and border management solution, infrastructure, and national single window, among other digital services, for deployment in Kyrgyzstan.

The agreements build upon AD Ports Group’s ongoing strategy to expand its presence in Central Asia. In 2020, Kyrgyzstan’s exports to the UAE stood at $70.9 million, with key exports being gold, aircraft parts, and refined petroleum, while the UAE recorded $174 million in trade to Kyrgyzstan.

Akylbek Zhaparov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, said: “Today is a historic day. The Kyrgyz Republic, which is one of the remotest landlocked countries, gets access to the sea. This is a big leap forward. The signed agreements will not only give a great impetus to the development of bilateral Kyrgyz-Emirati relations, but will also help our country make a powerful economic breakthrough.”

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “These dual preliminary agreements – which highlight AD Ports Group’s leadership in free zones and digital services – are an opportunity to advance relations between our two nations. We thank the Government of Kyrgyzstan for the trust they have placed in us, and we look forward to working with them to promote modernisation, digitalisation and connectivity.”