27 September 2022

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are aimed at developing multifaceted cooperation

On September 26 this year, negotiations were held in an expanded format between the delegations of Uzbekistan, headed by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Jamshid Khodjaev and Kazakhstan, headed by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin. The meeting was also attended by responsible heads of relevant ministries and departments, industry associations of the two countries.

During the conversation, the current agenda of bilateral cooperation was discussed, as well as concrete further steps to expand it. The parties noted the existence of real opportunities for the breakthrough development of multifaceted bilateral cooperation, and also expressed their readiness to take all measures to use them.

In particular, questions of development of industrial cooperation are considered. An agreement was reached in the shortest possible time to develop design and estimate documentation for the organization of external and internal infrastructure of the International Center for Industrial Cooperation (ICPC), as well as the relevant Intergovernmental Agreement on the regulation of the activities of the ICPC.

At the same time, the parties considered the possibility of implementing joint projects in the automotive industry, the production of phosphate and complex mineral fertilizers, and the electrical industry in the territories of the two states.

Issues of building up cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical production and agriculture were discussed. The parties agreed to simplify the registration of medicines and organize joint production of agricultural products with the conclusion of forward contracts for their supply.

The prospects for the development of transport and logistics cooperation are analyzed, bearing in mind the diversification of rail and road routes and an increase in the number of flights between the two countries.

The issues of organizing the next 20th meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and the 4th Joint Interregional Forum within its framework in Tashkent were also considered.

Following the talks, the parties expressed their mutual commitment to continue close joint work in all the discussed areas of cooperation.