17 September 2004
New Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan Presents Credentials
VIENNA, 17 September (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Zejnep Shaimergenova, presented her credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.
Ms. Shaimergenova will also be concurrently serving as the Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and as Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic with residence in Vienna.
Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Shaimergenova served as Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Liechtenstein and Switzerland and as Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the World Trade Organization (WTO). She also served as Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Shaimergenova served as Deputy Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Israel with residence in Vienna, as Deputy Head of the Delegation of Kyrgyzstan to the OSCE and as Deputy Head of the Kyrgyz Mission to the international organizations in Vienna. Between 1996 and 1998, she progressively held the posts of Counsellor, Senior Counsellor, Deputy Director and Director at the Political Department of Western countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan. From 1994 to 1996, she served as Counsellor of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan to Austria, besides serving as Deputy Head of Kyrgyzstans Delegation to the OSCE and Deputy Head of Mission to the international organizations in Vienna. She has also served in the capacity of University Professor and Chief of the Department at the State University of Kyrgyzstan (1982 to 1992).
Ms. Shaimergenova studied at the State University of Kyrgyzstan and earned a Ph.D. degree in Philology at the State University in Leningrad.
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