From Proposals to Action
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has received the President of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) Rustam Minnikhanov, who arrived in our country to develop interregional cooperation.
Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions of Russia. It has rich natural resources, a powerful and diversified industry, high intellectual potential and a skilled workforce. Using 2.2% of Russian farmland, Tatarstan produces about 5% of the country’s agricultural output.
In the structure of the gross regional product of Tatarstan, the share of industry is 44.1%, construction is 8.6%, transport and communications - 7.7%, agriculture - 7.1%.
The network of technoparks is actively developing in the Republic of Tatarstan. CJSC “Innovation and production technopark “Idea””, industrial site of KIP “Master”, an IT park, technopolis “Khimgrad” have been successfully functioning in Tatarstan.
Welcoming the guest, the head of our state emphasized the intensification of cooperation with Tatarstan and other entities of Russia within the framework of the agreements at the highest level and the Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation between the regions of the two countries, signed during the visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation in early April this year.
It was emphasized that the existing huge industrial potential, traditionally close relations and centuries-old cultural and historical ties form a reliable foundation for a radical expansion of bilateral multifaceted partnership.
At the meeting, issues of further development of practical cooperation and filling it with concrete content were discussed in detail.
Particular attention was paid to the effective use of broad opportunities for increasing the trade turnover, implementation of investment projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical industries, automotive and mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, sphere of information technologies and other areas.
The importance of intensification of contacts and implementation of joint programs in the sphere of education, science, healthcare, cultural and humanitarian exchange and tourism was noted.
President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov expressed sincere gratitude to the head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and confirmed his readiness to expand and deepen the multifaceted cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Trade, healthcare, tourism and information technology are now legally envisaged areas of cooperation between Uzbek and Tatar business circles.
Representatives of about 50 economy-forming enterprises of Tatarstan arrived in Uzbekistan to conduct a direct dialogue with Uzbek business circles.
Businesspeople, as always, were not as talkative and immediately switched from words to deeds. Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Gulomjon Ibragimov announced plans to increase the volume of trade with Tatarstan by 2-3 times. To this end, he said, it is necessary to pay attention to such priority areas as electrotechnical, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, textile, leather and footwear industry, engineering and processing of agricultural products.
The delegation of Tatarstan was headed by President Rustam Minnikhanov. He fully supported the Uzbek side on the inconsistency of the level of economic relations and stressed the interest in expanding supplies of automotive products, compressor, petrochemical, refrigeration and medical equipment, developing contacts in the field of public health and oil and gas chemistry. He also said that Tatarstan is considering participation in the construction and modernization of electricity and hydropower facilities in Uzbekistan.
Among the documents signed by the parties during the business forum is an agreement on cooperation between the health ministries of Uzbekistan and Tatarstan on the project to create a simulation training center and Uzbek-Tatarstan production of robot simulators. The agreement on cooperation was also concluded by the state tourist agencies of the two countries. The Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Informatization and Communications of Tatarstan signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation. The company Uzfarmsanoat and the plant named after Sergo inked a memorandum of intentions.