On 26 November 2020 ADB Country Director Ms. Candice McDeigan for the Kyrgyz Republic discussed with the newly appointed Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Mr. Nurjygyt Kadyrbekov, the latest Almaty Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC) and CAREC activities in the tourism sector, and the status of implementation of the ABEC Tourism Master Plan, which was published in December 2019. The discussion focused on ABEC tourism project proposals that were conceptualized with support of ADB, next steps for their implementation, and the government's plans to promoting tourism in the country. The meeting was also attended by ABEC team members Mr. Kylychbek Djakypov and Ms. Aidana Berdybekova.