10 May 2024

The President of Uzbekistan took part in the anniversary summit of the EAEU

On May 8, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Moscow took part in the anniversary meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council as the head of an observer state, the press service of the head of our state reports.

The current meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, was also attended by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, as the head of the observer state, the President Republic of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Bakytzhan Sagintayev. The CIS Secretary General Sergei Lebedev took part as a guest.

In accordance with the agenda, current issues of further expansion of multilateral trade and economic cooperation, support for industrial cooperation projects, and implementation of joint programs in priority areas of interaction were considered.

At the beginning of his speech, the head of our state congratulated Vladimir Putin on taking office as President of the Russian Federation.

He also congratulated all meeting participants on the 79th anniversary of Victory in World War II and the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The leader of Uzbekistan noted that in the current realities, supporting and stimulating trade and economic relations between our countries, promoting cooperation projects and creating conditions for the growth of mutual investments is of paramount importance.

An example of such cooperation is the traditional International Exhibition “Innoprom”, which was successfully held last month in Tashkent.

“Today, this forum has become an effective platform for the development of business dialogue between Uzbekistan and Russia and other states of the Eurasian Economic Union”, – the President noted.

The intention was expressed to expand this platform and attract an increasing number of companies, including from other partner countries, including Cuba, Iran, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Speaking about cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EAEU in observer status, the head of our state emphasized the growth in the volume of mutual trade turnover, primarily due to an increase in the supply of industrial products. At the same time, the share of payments in national currencies is increasing.

Over 1 thousand joint ventures and projects have been launched. Cargo transportation volumes are growing, and the frequency of regular flights has doubled.

Together with the Eurasian Economic Commission, three meetings of the High-Level Working Group were held, and the activities of the joint Plan were fully implemented.

Uzbekistan has joined industry projects and programs in the field of digitalization of trade and cargo transportation, in the field of e-commerce, and the climate agenda.

The head of our state specifically focused on the priorities of mutually beneficial cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union.

Interest was expressed in expanding practical partnerships and more active participation in the implementation of multilateral industry cooperation projects within the framework of the strategic directions of development of the EAEU.

In this regard, it was proposed to prepare a new comprehensive Plan of joint activities between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Eurasian Economic Commission for the medium term.

“We are confident that the effective implementation of this document will be facilitated by the early adoption of a mechanism regulating the issues of full participation of observer states in projects”, – the head of Uzbekistan emphasized.

The readiness to mutually eliminate barriers and restrictions in trade with the EAEU countries was confirmed. Uzbekistan has launched a procedure for accession to the 2009 Rules for Determining the Country of Origin of Goods.

As the leader of our country noted, specific practical steps in this direction could be the organization of electronic exchange of data on goods and vehicles moved across our customs borders, the integration of information systems for sanitary, phytosanitary and veterinary control, the adoption of a Plan for the convergence of technical regulation measures and the use of electronic certification.

The importance of continuing close dialogue on the development of the North-South transport corridor with access to the markets of South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East was emphasized.

In this context, the fruitful results of the first meeting of heads of transport departments on the development of the multimodal route Belarus – Russia – Kazakhstan – Uzbekistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan, held at the end of April in the city of Termez, were noted with satisfaction.

In order to simplify transit procedures, it was proposed to develop a Set of measures for digital interaction with the implemented Unified Customs Transit System of the EAEU.

The head of our state paid special attention to supporting industrial cooperation projects and localization programs for the production of in-demand products.

It was proposed to develop a separate “road map” in this direction, providing for the placement of new capacities in industrial zones and technology parks jointly created in the regions of our countries.

“Issues of broadly attracting business to such projects can be considered during the first meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and the EAEU Business Council, which will be held this year in Samarkand”, – the President suggested.

Interest was also expressed in using the capabilities of a special mechanism for supporting industrial cooperation programs within the Association.

In addition, the head of our state noted the need to expand cooperation with the bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union in such important areas as:

– development of the Eurasian Agroexpress, introduction of “green” and water-saving technologies, support for the creation of joint agro-industrial clusters and logistics centers;

– development of common approaches and close cooperation in overcoming the consequences of climate change;

– creating favorable conditions and social guarantees for the activities of migrant workers in our countries, with connection to digital platforms;

– development of joint tourism programs and products aimed at dramatically increasing tourist exchange.