BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN — Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov is leveraging a visit to Tokyo this week to strengthen cooperation with Japan on information technology (IT).
During a meeting with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chairman Norihiko Ishiguro, Zhaparov emphasized the strategic importance of IT advancement for Kyrgyzstan’s development.
He aims to tap Japan’s technical know-how to grow the country’s digital economy and upgrade core infrastructure.
Zhaparov also encouraged Japanese investment in Kyrgyz IT projects and noted ongoing improvements to the country’s business climate.
For its part, Japan has provided aid for healthcare digitization, disaster preparedness systems, and IT training in Kyrgyzstan. The country also expressed interest in further partnerships, particularly in cybersecurity, e-governance, smart city applications, and other emerging fields.
Zhaparov’s visit comes as Kyrgyzstan prioritizes the adoption of technology to drive growth in its economy. The country’s IT industry remains small but has significant potential, with skilled developers and growing tech hubs.
Closer collaboration with Japan can accelerate the development of Kyrgyzstan’s IT ecosystem. Joint ventures, skills transfer, and digital infrastructure upgrades can position the country as a regional IT leader.