Uzbek­istan, S.Korea Set for New Stage of Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Re­la­tions

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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.

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