Leaders of Uzbekistan and Belarus set a new agenda for mutually beneficial cooperation

17:35 08 February 2024 Politcs
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The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held talks in a contracted format accompanied by official delegations’ representatives from both countries.

Opening the meeting, the Head of our state emphasized that over the past years, Uzbek-Belarusian multifaceted relations have reached a new high level.

As part of preparations for the current visit of the President of Belarus, several events were successfully held, including the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission, forums of regions, rectors, medical workers, and others.

The parties noted the importance of continuing active contacts at the level of heads of government, parliamentarians, ministries, and regions.

The sides pledged to continue political dialogue and mutual support within international organizations like the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation were noted with satisfaction. Trade turnover last year increased by 15 percent.

Governments aim to surpass the figure of 1 billion USD in trade volume in the coming years. 

In this regard, agreements were reached to establish a joint foreign trade company and introduce mechanisms to support export-import supplies and an electronic system for the certification of goods.

In addition, the parties agreed to create favorable conditions for cargo transportation, train international road carriers, and effectively use multimodal corridors to access large markets in South Asia.

Particular attention was paid to the development of cooperative ties. This is evidenced by the fourfold increase in the number of joint ventures in recent years. 

During the talks, the heads of state identified priority areas of cooperation: agriculture, light industry, food and electrical industries, pharmaceuticals, urban planning, communications, and others. They agreed to form separate working groups in each sector.

The leaders welcomed the intensification of interregional exchanges. The contracts and agreements worth over 1 billion USD signed at the second Uzbekistan-Belarus interregional forum, held the day before, were emphasized by both sides. 

The parties agreed to continue active cultural and humanitarian exchange. Partnership development programs will be adopted in higher and professional education, healthcare, culture, sports, and tourism.

The reports from members of official delegations with specific proposals on the agenda were presented at the meeting. 

Following the meetings, an agreement was reached on preparing and adopting a joint action plan for the implementation of the decisions made and signed contracts.

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