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27 May 2022, 17:31

Uzbekistan suggests expanding cooperation in agriculture in Eurasian Economic Union

MINSK, 27 May (BelTA) - Uzbekistan suggests expanding cooperation in agriculture in the EAEU, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on 27 May, BelTA has learned.

"Today the task of creating favorable conditions for building up trade and economic cooperation is more important than ever," he said. “Further removal of technical barriers and recognition of certification in mutual trade between Uzbekistan and the EAEU countries will significantly ease the access to our markets. In this context, we hope that the restrictions on the export of food and raw materials will not apply to Uzbekistan.”

Shavkat Mirziyoyev also emphasized: "We also consider it important to expand cooperation in agriculture through the joint production of crops and food. To increase the effectiveness of this work, we suggest developing an agriculture cooperation program."

According to the Uzbek leader, such a program could cover the production of grain crops and oilseeds in the EAEU countries, and also fruits and vegetables, including early varieties in Uzbekistan, to make sure the markets are saturated.

The president of Uzbekistan noted that when implementing such a program it would make sense to use the regional potential of the EAEU countries.

In addition, the Uzbek leader spoke about the need for further development of alternative transport corridors, strengthening transport interconnections in the southern and eastern directions. "We are planning to launch the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China railway project, which will provide additional opportunities for entering the markets of the Asia-Pacific region. This route will complement the existing railways on the East-West route."

He also spoke about the willingness to cooperate with the EAEU countries in terms of building a trans-Afghan railway, from Uzbekistan's Termez to Pakistan's Peshawar, which should provide the shortest access to South Asia with a common market of 2 billion consumers.

The Uzbek leader spoke in favor of more effective use of innovative potential and developing new forms of industrial cooperation of the EAEU states.

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