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On 20th January the presentation of the international telecommunication project "the Virtual Silk Highway " was held. This project was developed via the support of the Scientific Committee of NATO, and has become one more practical step towards the realization of doctrine: "Diplomacy of the Silk Road;" the implied region includes Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan) and three states of the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan); the joint program allows for the academic communities of this region to get effective access to the Internet via recent advancements in satellite technology and thereby opening a new chapter in international cooperation for NATO.

The aims of this project will be achieved through both a scientific and humanitarian partnership as emphasised by Z.Zheenbaev, president of a National Academy of Sciences, during the opening ceremony of the project.

The Virtual Silk Highway, represents a singlular line of satellite communication served via the Operations Center in Hamburg, Germany from which a satelite uplink routes high-speed scientific networks of Europe and the Internet to the satelite serving the parcipating countries. A.Kutanov, the coordinator of the project from Kyrgyzstan and its representative in Scientific Committee of NATO, has proposed to use this channel to increase the speed of transfer and reception of information up to 10 Mbs/s, and by the end of the project up to 20 Mbs/s. Thus, the effeciency of use for frequencies will increase by 40 percent and subsequently a significant deprecication in the use of liaison channels will occur; thereby provising the necessary preconditions for overcoming the participating countries digital inequality and their full participation in the global information community.

"The Virtual Silk Highway " was assessed as having an exclusive value not only in restoration of uniform educational space in the Caucases and Central Asia but also as a powerful stimulus of development via high-tech information technology which is hindered without a modern network infrastructure and access to global information resources.

The opening ceremony for the project was the first videoconference online with the German research and electrnoic syncronising center in Hamburg, Germany.

Finally an exciting moment was the delivery of a government award - the Certificate of Honour of the Kyrgyz Republic - to the director of the program of computer networks for the Scientific Committee of NATO and to the doctor of Century Kaffenberger (Germany) the diploma of the Honourable Doctor of the National Academy of Sciences to doctor R.Jants (Netherlands). In this way the merits of these scientists in development and realizations of the project are noted.

L. Pavlovich