Lapis Lazuli Seen Pos­i­tively

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

Uzbek ex­perts be­lieve that the con­struc­tion of the Lapis Lazuli Cor­ri­dor in the fu­ture will not cre­ate any se­ri­ous prob­lems or se­ri­ous chal­lenges for Uzbek­istan.

The agree­ment on the project Lapis Lazuli Cor­ri­dor is the main re­sult of the Ash­ga­bat Re­gional Con­fer­ence RECCA-VII. Along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 30 na­tions, of­fi­cials from the coun­tries of the Cen­tral Asian re­gion took part in it.

Afghanistan, Turk­menistan, Azer­bai­jan, Turkey and Ge­or­gia signed an agree­ment on the cre­ation of the Lapis Lazuli Cor­ri­dor, which will al­low Afghanistan to get the short­est ac­cess to the Black and Mediter­ranean Seas. The Cor­ri­dor is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the idea of the Great Silk Road, con­nect­ing the coun­tries of South and Cen­tral Asia with Europe.

Ex­perts quite highly as­sess the ef­fec­tive­ness of this project. Firstly, a sig­nif­i­cant part of the in­fra­struc­ture along the way of the Lapis Lazuli Cor­ri­dor is al­ready ready. The in­vest­ments re­quired for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project will mainly be used to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture and op­ti­mize cus­toms pro­ce­dures. The project profitabil­ity stan­dard and its net present value have yet to be de­ter­mined, but ex­perts es­ti­mate the to­tal profitabil­ity as pos­i­tive.

Afghanistan’s Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani re­peat­edly stressed the im­por­tance of this project, which will al­low Afghan goods to gain ac­cess to new mar­kets.

The im­por­tance of re­gional in­ter­ac­tion for adress­ing the prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try was noted at the con­fer­ence by the head of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Afghanistan, Salahud­din Rab­bani. Afghanistan needs sta­bil­ity more than any­thing, and the con­fer­ence can be a pos­i­tive re­sponse to this prob­lem, we can more ef­fec­tively carry out our tasks and grad­u­ally de­velop re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, the for­eign min­is­ter sug­gested.

As for the eco­nomic strat­egy, at the cur­rent stage, ac­cord­ing to the Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try of Afghanistan, Ra­saw Hu­mayon, it en­vis­ages a tran­si­tion to its own model. In this re­gard, he in­formed the guests about the key vec­tors of govern­ment pol­icy in the ar­eas of trade, in­vest­ment, taxes and in­dus­try. Much at­ten­tion is paid to the de­vel­op­ment of small and medium-sized busi­ness in the coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar, the cre­ation of con­di­tions for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in var­i­ous sec­tors of the econ­omy, which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in the light of the high level of un­em­ploy­ment in the na­tion.

The name Lapis Lazuli Cor­ri­dor comes the fact that for many cen­turies the Afghans car­ried lapis lazuli and other semi­precious stones to the Cau­ca­sus, Rus­sia, Europe and North Africa. And then on the Great Silk Road there was a site called lapis lazuli.

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