BISHKEK -- The US embassy in Bishkek donated state-of-the-art computers, laptops, printers and other equipment to the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry Wednesday (December 19), the embassy said in a statement.
This equipment, worth about $20,000 (1.4 million KGS), will help improve efficiency in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking-in-persons offences, according to the statement.
Col. Nurbek Abdiyev, chief of the ministry's Criminal Police Service, and Sandeep Paul, director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) at the embassy, participated in a handover ceremony on Wednesday.
The State Department's INL programme has provided more than $25 million (1.7 billion KGS) in technical assistance and material support to Kyrgyzstan since 2001.
The aid has led to "significant achievements in five key areas: counter narcotics, rule of law, police reform and community policing, anti-corruption and trafficking-in-persons", the statement said.