Meetings in New York
While at the UN Headquarters in New York, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met 19 September 2017 with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres,
The leader of our country warmly recalled the conversation with the Secretary-General in Samarkand this past June and reiterated the similarity of views and assessments on the most pressing issues in developments in both international and regional agenda.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his gratitude to António Guterres for his support of the Strategy of Actions of the development of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 which is the roadmap for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The President of our country informed about the ongoing large-scale reforms within the framework of the Strategy of Actions. In particular, the adoption of Concept of administrative reform, the main purpose of which is to implement the idea “it is not the people who must serve the government bodies, but rather the government bodies that must serve for the people”. In practice liberalization of monetary policy is carried out.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev shared with António Guterres the vision of Uzbekistan on the prospects of cooperation between our country and the UN, as well as the views on issues of the regional agenda. The Head of our state emphasized that “The main priority in foreign policy is the Central Asian region”.
The President of Uzbekistan invited the UN Secretary-General to participate personally at the International conference on pressing issues of security and sustainable development in Central Asia due November 10-11, 2017, in Samarkand.
António Guterres sincerely thanked Shavkat Mirziyoyev for his hospitality and warm welcome during his visit to Uzbekistan. He highly appraised the outcomes of the negotiations taken places in Samarkand. Particular attention was drawn to the adoption of the Plan of practical measures for further development of cooperation with the UN for 2017-2020, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The UN Secretary-General noted the profound content of the Statement of the President of Uzbekistan at the 72nd session of the General Assembly. According to António Guterres, the initiatives forwarded by the Leader of our country from the high rostrum of the United Nations are essential and timely. He assured of his readiness to promote their advancement in the international arena.
In addition, the Secretary-General once again supported the ongoing reforms in Uzbekistan within the framework of the Development Strategy which are of great importance in improving the well-being of people and prosperity of the country.
António Guterres welcomed the concrete steps taken by Uzbekistan on expanding and deepening the regional cooperation, as well as the country’s assistance in reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The United Nations Secretary-General assured to undertake further efforts on promotion of the convention on the use of water resources of Amudarya and Syrdarya, drawing attention of the international community to the issue of mitigating the consequences of the ecological catastrophe in the Aral Sea area.
A detailed exchange of views on promising areas of cooperation took place at the meeting.
Later on the same day, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met also with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The President of Uzbekistan expressed strong commitment of our country to further development of civil society and building of a truly democratic state.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his gratitude to the High Commissioner for his support of profound transformations in Uzbekistan within the framework of the Strategy of Actions of the development of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021.
The High Commissioner confirmed his support for the reforms being realized in Uzbekistan. He underlined that the Development Strategy of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 provides an impressive basis for fundamental transformations.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein highly appraised the outcomes of his visit to Uzbekistan in May 2017, which gave a new impetus to further expansion and deepening of constructive and open dialogue between our country and the OHCHR. In June, the Parliament adopted the Action Plan on cooperation with the Office of High Commissioner, containing more than 90 activities. Intensive interaction with the OHCHR Regional Office in Bishkek is developing. In early September, the Head of this Office visited Uzbekistan. The visit of Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief to Uzbekistan is scheduled at the end of September.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed his gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the invitation to the international conference on ensuring security and sustainable development in Central Asia, scheduled for 10-11 November 2017 in Samarkand.
In New York, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received September 19 the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.
The head of our state expressing his satisfaction with the meeting noted that the International Monetary Fund plays a significant role in improving the situation in the world economy.
The Fund supports economic reforms in our country. In May this year, the delegation of Uzbekistan conducted a meeting at the International Monetary Fund on monetary policy reforms. In July and September, experts of the fund visited Uzbekistan and exchanged views on economic reforms with the heads of ministries and departments.
The Managing Director of the Fund congratulated the head of our state on successful implementation of economic and structural reforms in accordance with the Strategy of Actions of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan along five priority areas in 2017-2021.
Market mechanisms were introduced into currency circulation by the decree of the President of our country “On priority measures for liberalization of monetary policy” of September 2, 2017, which eliminated administrative barriers in the sphere and created equal opportunities for business entities.
Christine Lagarde noted that particular importance attached to ensuring the stability of the economy and social life in the process of large-scale reforms implemented in Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev deserves high attention.
At the meeting it was considered the measures taken on supporting the state bodies and commercial banks in the process of currency reform, reducing tariffs in trade, protecting socially vulnerable segments of the population. Special attention was placed on such further tasks as securing surplus execution of the State budget, radical improvement of tax administration and state statistics, ensuring stability of the banking system, liberalization of foreign trade policy.
It was exchanged views on expanding cooperation between Uzbekistan and the International Monetary Fund, enhancing the business environment and investment climate in our country.
Christine Lagarde expressed readiness of the International Monetary Fund to support the measures implemented in the financial system of Uzbekistan by providing technical assistance and recommendations on issues of economic policy.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in New York received the chiefs of America’s leading companies. The meeting was attended by the Chairwoman of the AmericaUzbekistan Chamber of Commerce Carolyn Lamm, President of General Electric Ron Pollett, President and CEO of Honeywell Rajeev Gautam, Vice President of CNH Industrial Naderni Steve, President of Deere & Company James Field.
The head of our state, warmly greeting the business people, noted that the tradeeconomic and investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United States is consistently developing, the AmericaUzbekistan Chamber of Commerce has become an important mechanism for supporting and realizing joint projects.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his conversation with Carolyn Lamm noted that the Concept of administrative reform was adopted in our country in accordance with the Strategy of Actions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan along five priority areas in 2017-2021. This document will serve the establishment of a new, efficient and qualitatively functioning system of public administration, organization of well-coordinated activities of the state governing bodies and executive authorities in places.
There were noted introduction of market mechanisms of currency circulation in our country, elimination of various obstacles in the sphere of trade, further improvement of business environment and the investment climate.
During the conversation with Ron Pollett, it was proposed to expand cooperation between Uzbekistan and General Electric Company, in particular, to implement the program of technical renewal, modernization and development of gas transportation system of Uzbekistan in 2018-2025. Issues of construction of hydroelectric power stations, organization of production of modern medical equipment and lighting devices in our country were discussed.
At the meeting with Naderni Steve, it was discussed the organization of production of harvesting, meliorative and road-building machinery, as well as agricultural machinery working on gas in Uzbekistan together with CNH Industrial.
During the conversation with the President and CEO of Honeywell, Rajeev Gautam, views were exchanged on issues of implementation of high-tech joint projects in petrochemical and energy sectors, supply of aviation equipment.
At the meeting with James Field, issues of further development of cooperation with Deere & Company, in particular, organization of tractors and special equipment production used in fruit and vegetable growing and viticulture in our country, localization of their spare parts, organization of a specialized training center, were discussed.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the forthcoming Uzbekistan – US business forum, which will be carried out on September 20, will become a great event and will promote further strengthening of relations between the businessmen of the two countries, discussing promising joint projects and achieving mutually beneficial agreements.
Representatives of the American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce confirmed their readiness to actively participate in implementation of joint programs and projects with Uzbekistan.
REGISTAN SQUARE MAQUETTE IN THE UN BUILDING
The United Nations received a gift from the Republic of Uzbekistan – a miniature of the Registan Square.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part and delivered a speech at the event organized in this connection.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Jan Beagle, diplomats who arrived at the session of the General Assembly, employees of the UN information center attended the event.
In our country – one of the cradles of human civilization – science, culture, trade, architecture and craftsmanship have been developed since ancient times. In Samarkand, located in the center of the Great Silk Road, people from all over the world lived in peace and harmony, Registan became a unique symbol of this ancient world-famous city. In 2001 the complex was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Registan is still the center of attraction for tourists from all over the world. The Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival that is held there further enhances the glory of the city and its role in strengthening friendship of peoples.
The maquette of Registan Square is made by craftsmen of our country, decorated with precious metals and stones.
The layout of the Registan Square has now been installed in the UN building.
There is deep meaning in installing the maquette of the Registan complex, symbolizing visit card of Uzbekistan in the UN building - in one of the most prominent places of the UN Headquarters – at the foyer between the halls of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly, said head our state.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Jan Beagle expressed her deep gratitude to the President of our country for such a wonderful and valuable gift.
The ceremony was covered by the UN media channels.