Shavkat Mirziyoyev put forward new initiatives for the development of the Central Asian region
Uzbekistan proposed the establishment of the Association of Heads of Regions of Central Asia. Shavkat Mirziyoyev put forward an initiative on this at an international conference: "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity."
An international conference on the theme "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity" began in Samarkand.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev gives a speech at the conference.
This forum, under the aegis of the United Nations, is aimed at ensuring security and sustainable development in Central Asia.
The ministers of foreign affairs of the states of the region, leaders of such authoritative organizations as the United Nations, the European Union, the OSCE, the SCO, the CIS, the EBRD, representatives of the diplomatic corps, famous experts, media workers - total more than 500 participants take part in the conference.
The forum, which will last two days, will discuss specific areas for enhancing cooperation in the political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, water-energy, environmental and cultural-humanitarian spheres, as well as issues of joint struggle against modern threats and challenges.
"Today, priority should be given to interregional cooperation. In this regard,
I propose to establish an Association of leaders, that is hokims of regions and business communities of the states of Central Asia. When we conduct direct dialogue with regions, with their leaders and business communities, we have a result, as they say, in person. When we are not helping them, but not hindering them, we have more results," he said.
In his opinion, this mechanism will allow directly using the industrial, investment and intellectual potential of the regions of our countries, ensuring the sustainable development of the whole of Central Asia.
In addition, Mirziyoyev noted that since the beginning of the year the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the countries of the region has increased by an average of more than 20%, and with individual states by almost 70%. At the same time, according to UN experts, effective cooperation of Central Asian countries could increase regional GDP at least twice in 10 years.