The Kyrgyz government is moving forward with plans to privatize the Central Asian nation's electricity industry, despite strong public disapproval.
Prime Minister Igor Chudinov announced in late March that the government will sell off several state-run electricity enterprises, or grant concessionary rights to private owners by the end of August. Among the state-run enterprises that stand to be privatized is Severelektro, which serves more than 50 percent of the country's consumers, along with Oshelektro and Jalalabadelektro, companies that supply electricity to southern regions. Authorities are also selling Bishkek-TEZ and Bishkekteploset, state run power stations that provide heating to Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.
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Alisher Khamidov is a doctoral candidate at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.