Belarus and Uzbekistan have great opportunities for the development of industrial cooperation, Ilkhom Abdullayev, Chairperson of the Committee on Innovative Development, Information Policy and Information Technologies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis told the media on the margins of the 1st Forum of Regions of Belarus and Uzbekistan in Minsk on 29 July, BelTA has learned.
The lawmaker noted that the economies of the two countries are not competing. For example, agricultural industries make different products. “We have a very great potential for cooperation,” Ilkhom Abdullayev noted. Belarus and Uzbekistan, according to him, have great prospects for joint work.
He drew attention to the fact that Uzbekistan is one of the key states of Central Asia. “We could be a gateway for Belarusian goods to the entire region,” the MP noted. In turn, Uzbekistan is interested in transport and logistics infrastructure of Belarus.
Uzbekistan would like to develop cooperation with Belarus in agriculture, education, and culture.
The decision to hold the Forum of Regions is evidence of great bilateral agenda, Andrei Rybak, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industry, Fuel and Energy Complex, Transport and Communications of the House of Representatives, said at the panel discussion. “I am sure that the agenda will grow bigger giving valid reasons for new friendly meetings and joint activities,” he said.
The concept of the forum suggests that the key factor of the development of interstate relations is cooperation of regions. “This is the point of view that helps to understand that every successfully implemented investment project, a joint commercial contract brings specific benefits to citizens of Belarus and Uzbekistan. These are new jobs, higher income, prosperity of the regions, which means people's confidence in the future,” Andrei Rybak said. Therefore, it is essential to give full support to the interregional relations, including trade and economic cooperation, he concluded.
The First Forum of Regions of Belarus and Uzbekistan opened in Minsk on 29 July. Three panel discussions focus on industrial cooperation, agro-industrial complex and cooperation in humanitarian matters, ICT, science.
The plenary on 30 July will be headlined as “Cooperation of Regions as the Key Factor in the Development of Interstate Relations”. Some 15 interregional agreements on cooperation and also commercial contracts will be signed during the forum.
Guests and participants of the forum will get familiar with the exhibition of Uzbek goods. Themed expositions will be on show on the sidelines of the panel discussions. A monument to Uzbek poet Alisher Navoi will be unveiled in Minsk during the forum.
Taking part in the event will be representatives of regions, ministries and agencies, MPs, and businessmen of the two countries. The delegation of Uzbekistan will be led by First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis (Parliament) Sadiq Safaev. The Uzbekistan delegation will include representatives of Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzakh, Namangan, Samarkand, Xorazm, Fergana and Tashkent regions.
The forum takes place as part of the official visit of Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Belarus.