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03 March 2021, 14:14

Tashkent to host Belarus-Uzbekistan intergovernmental commission on cooperation on 3-5 March

MINSK, 3 March (BelTA) - Chairman of the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization Valentin Tataritsky will take part in the eighth meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation between Belarus and Uzbekistan, which will be held in Tashkent on 3-5 March, BelTA learned from the press service of the State Committee for Standardization.

The issues on the agenda of the meeting include the development of cooperation between the two countries in standardization, compliance assessment, metrology and accreditation.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Belarus' State Committee for Standardization and the Uzstandard agency are planning to sign a program of cooperation for 2021-2023. The Belarusian State Institute of Meteorology and the Uzbek National Institute of Meteorology at the Uzstandard agency will ink an agreement on cooperation in metrology.

During the visit, the delegation of the State Committee for Standardization is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the Uzstandard agency and its subordinate organizations.

The eighth meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission will be chaired by Belarus Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Subbotin (chairman of the Belarusian part of the commission) and by Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov (chairman of the Uzbek part of the commission).

The meeting will discuss ways to develop trade, economic and investment cooperation, to strengthen scientific, educational and humanitarian ties, to promote interregional cooperation, information technology, and tourism.

The Belarusian delegation is set to hold negotiations with officials of the Uzbekistan government, ministries and departments; to attend a meeting of the Belarusian-Uzbek Business Council; to visit to joint Belarusian-Uzbek enterprises and Uzbek companies actively cooperating with partners from Belarus.

The Belarusian official delegation includes the heads of the ministries of industry, agriculture and food, education, foreign affairs, transport and communications, healthcare, the State Committee for Standardization, the National Academy of Sciences, and other departments.

The business delegation is comprised of the heads of the largest Belarusian enterprises working in the engineering, light, food and pharmaceutical industries, rectors of Belarus' major universities.

According to the Belarusian Embassy in Uzbekistan, in 2020 the trade between the two countries totaled $280.1 million (up by 17.1% over 2019), with Belarusian export amounting to $237.5 million, imports - $42.6 million.

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