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Kyrgyzstan: Energy-Sector Reforms Show Promise, If Sustained

There’s a presidential election in Kyrgyzstan in a few days, but with winter approaching, the troubled energy sector is in the back of many Kyrgyz minds. Some are worrying about a “catastrophic breakdown.” A transparency initiative, though, is generating hope that the troubled energy sector can be reformed.

The Fuel and Energy Sector Transparency Initiative, or FESTI, came into being during the summer of 2010, under a decree issued by provisional president Roza Otunbayeva. The decree itself was an outgrowth of funny business in the sector in late 2009 and early 2010, specifically the introduction of tariffs and privatization efforts -- moves that played a major role in former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s downfall.

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Nate Schenkkan is a Bishkek-based journalist.

Kyrgyzstan: Energy-Sector Reforms Show Promise, If Sustained

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