Uzbekistan, S.Korea Set for New Stage of Strategic Partnership Relations
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on the invitation of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-In, began his state visit to that country on November 22.
The main events of the visit took place on November 23.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in the South Korean-Uzbek business forum with the participation of heads of economic and financial institutions, leading business people of the two countries.
At the opening ceremony of the forum with the participation of more than 700 people, a welcome message was received from the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-In.
The leader of our country noted in his speech the dynamic development of trade and economic relations between the two countries, the modern conditions and opportunities for business created in Uzbekistan, the interest of our country in further development of cooperation with South Korean entrepreneurs.
The head of our state proposed to create a Korean business center in Uzbekistan.
Representatives of financial and business circles of South Korea highly appreciated the conditions created in Uzbekistan for active business and expressed their readiness to further develop trade and economic cooperation.
The presentation of the book “The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev” in Korean, published in 50,000 copies and dedicated to the first anniversary of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s activity as the President of Uzbekistan, also took place there.
Our country’s leader visited the National Memorial Complex, where almost 170 thousand people were buried, who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the Republic of Korea, honored the memory of the fallen and laid a wreath at the Memorial Column.
Then, in the residence of the President of the Republic of Korea, Chong Wade (Blue Palace), the official ceremony of meeting the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held. The guard of honor lined up in honor of the high-ranking guest. State anthems of the two countries were performed. The two leaders went around the guard of honor.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Moon Jae-In exchanged views on the priority areas for further development of bilateral cooperation in the long term, as well as current regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The peoples of Uzbekistan and South Korea are linked by long-standing ties of friendship; they have a similar culture and mentality. Koreans, who by fate's fate found themselves in our country, have become full and active members of our society. Our compatriots of Korean nationality sit in the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, local Kengashes of People’s Deputies, and work in government bodies, in all branches of social and economic life.
The large Korean Diaspora plays an important role in supporting friendly relations between our states and further rapprochement of our peoples. This Diaspora is the largest in the CIS (more than 180 thousand people), in number is on the fourth place in the world. This year, our country widely celebrated the 80th anniversary of the residing of Koreans in Uzbekistan.
Relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea are consistently developing on the basis of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership signed in 2006, the Joint Declaration on the Further Development and Enhancement of the Strategic Partnership adopted in 2014. These relations contribute to the development of bilateral relations in the political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres to a qualitatively new level.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and noted that the friendly relations between our peoples are consistently strengthening.
The Republic of Korea and the Republic of Uzbekistan are strategic partners. South Korea is well known throughout the world as a highly developed state with high economic, scientific, technical, innovative and intellectual potential. We highly value our cooperation based on openness, mutual understanding and respect for interests, the head of our state said.
Moon Jae-In warmly greeted Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who arrived on a state visit, and expressed his readiness to continue and further develop traditional contacts at the highest level.
We are pleased that Uzbekistan is one of our leading partners, and our ties in various fields are consistently developing. South Korea is now pursuing a new course aimed at strengthening peace and prosperity throughout Eurasia. Uzbekistan, which occupies a key place in Central Asia, plays an important role in this regard, the President of the Republic of Korea noted.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries, 14 meetings have been held at the level of heads of state. In recent years, these contacts have become even more active, which finds expression in the most important branches of the economy and the humanitarian sphere.
Political relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea are developing in the spirit of mutual support in the international arena. The positions of the parties on issues of global and regional importance are similar or close.
The Presidents continued the dialogue at the talks with the participation of the official delegations of the two countries. The sides discussed issues of expanding cooperation in trade, economic, investment and culturalhumanitarian spheres.
Today, close contacts between governments, ministries, departments, financial, banking institutions and business structures of our countries are constantly strengthening. Inter-parliamentary relations are developing, consultations are regularly held between the foreign ministries.
The Republic of Korea is one of the leading trade, economic and investment partners of Uzbekistan in the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of 2016, the volume of trade between our countries exceeded one billion US dollars. The share of Uzbekistan in South Korea's trade with the countries of Central Asia is almost 50 percent.
At the summit it was noted that the existing potential and opportunities for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation are not fully utilized, and in the coming years new steps will be taken to further improve the indicators in this direction.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the successive reforms implemented in Uzbekistan are based on the noble idea that not the people serve state bodies, but state bodies should serve the people, drawing attention to the fact that it is consonant with the main idea in South Korea - the people are the true master of the state.
The President of the Republic of Korea noted that Uzbekistan pursues a wise policy oriented to the people, their interests, which is an important factor in the country’s dynamic development.
The cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea has acquired a wide scale. The volume of investments in the economy of Uzbekistan, South Korean investment exceeded 7 billion dollars. In our country there are 461 enterprises with the participation of South Korean investments, including 386 joint ventures and 75 enterprises with 100% South Korean capital. These enterprises successfully operate in the oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical, machine-building, electrical and textile industries, information and communication technologies, transport, logistics and tourism.
The ties in the energy sphere are developing dynamically. In 2016, in cooperation with South Korea, the Ustyurt gas chemical complex was built. 4 billion dollars were invested in this large project, which is a striking example of the trade, economic and investment partnership of our countries.
South Korea has highly developed and investment-attractive free economic zones. This country helps in the organization and development of such zones in Uzbekistan. In the FEZ Navoi operates 20 enterprises with the participation of South Korea, China, Italy, Singapore, India, the UAE and other countries. In addition, since 2008, Korean Air has been carrying out cargo transportation through the Navoi airport, introducing advanced technologies and effective control systems in this air harbor.
In May this year, the plant for the production of cosmetic products was launched in the Navoi FEZ jointly with CNP Dream, which is currently exported to the countries of Central Asia.
A wide-ranging cooperation has been established to use South Korea's best practices in city management, the development of the transport system and housing and communal services based on the widespread use of modern technologies.
The delegation, led by the Minister of Land Resources, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea, Kim Hyun Mi, made up of representatives of such large companies as Korea Eximbank, Korea Expressway, Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd, POSCO Engineering and Construction, HSnK Architects Group, on October 24 of this year visited our country to get acquainted with the project of the international business center Tashkent City. Investors, having given priority to modern technologies and the construction of smart cities, noted the favorable conditions created in our country for doing business, especially the measures taken to liberalize foreign exchange policy.
Korean Agency for International Cooperation and Export-Import Bank of South Korea are implementing a number of projects, such large corporations as Samsung and LG are creating joint ventures in our country. In particular, Samsung in conjunction with the company Artel has established the production of household appliances.
Cultural and humanitarian ties further strengthen cooperation between our countries. Days of Culture of the Republic of Korea were held in Uzbekistan.
Relations are developing dynamically in the sphere of education. The universities of our country cooperate with more than 30 research institutions of South Korea. In a number of educational institutions, centers of Korean language and culture are open. In 2014, Inha University opened in Tashkent, which brought cooperation in this direction to a new level. This higher educational institution is the first foreign university that prepares highly qualified IT specialists at the level of international standards. Today, more than 1,000 students are trained in information technology, engineering and logistics at the university.
During the talks, the parties expressed their readiness to consistently continue the dialogue at the highest level, to further intensify cooperation in such areas as economy, energy, finance, investment, high technologies, increase the volume of mutual trade, expand humanitarian ties.
Following the talks, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Republic of Korea Mun Zhe Ying signed a joint statement on the comprehensive deepening of strategic partnership relations.
More than 60 documents have been signed, such as the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea, the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of the two countries, the Agreement on Cooperation in the Implementation of the National Electronic Commerce Platform between the Ministry of Foreign Trade Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, the Intergovernmental Memorandum of the Cooperation Program for 2018-2020 between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, the Memorandum of Understanding on the Knowledge Sharing Program between the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, the Intergovernmental Framework Agreement on the Credits of the Economic development and cooperation for 2018-2020 and the Agreement on financial cooperation between the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and Export-import bank of South Korea.
The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea continues.