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Uzbekistan Today (English) - - VISIT -

Vi­o­laine de VILLEMEUR, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of France to Uzbek­istan:

“The heads of our states have had many top­ics to dis­cuss, since, thanks to the ef­forts of Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, France also launched a pro­gram of trans­for­ma­tion and mod­ern­iza­tion in the field of in­no­va­tions, new tech­nolo­gies, in­crease the at­trac­tive­ness of Paris as an in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial cen­ter, as well as higher ed­u­ca­tion and sci­ence.

For ex­am­ple, France is one of the few coun­tries in the world ca­pa­ble of of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive part­ner­ship in the space field, which in­cludes all as­pects: re­search, in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors for the or­ga­ni­za­tion of an in­te­grated com­plex, its reg­u­la­tion and train­ing. We are ready to sup­port Uzbek­istan in its strate­gic think­ing about space.”

Em­manuel DUPUY, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Per­spec­tive and Se­cu­rity Stud­ies:

“The first of­fi­cial visit of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan to France is a his­toric event. It is also sig­nif­i­cant in that it con­trib­utes to the ex­pan­sion of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Uzbek­istan’s for­eign pol­icy is based on the prin­ci­ples of open­ness, friend­ship and the de­vel­op­ment of mu­tu­ally ad­van­ta­geous re­la­tions, which strength­ens the po­si­tion of Tashkent in the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In the Uzbek-French ties, a new stage be­gins. This is man­i­fest not only in trade and eco­nomic, but also in other direc­tions.

In the frame­work of the of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev to France, an ex­hi­bi­tion of the cul­ture of states on the Great Silk Road took place. This event con­trib­uted to get­ting the East and the West even closer, the for­ma­tion of com­pletely new re­la­tions be­tween Uzbek­istan and France.”

Christoph FON­TAINE, Chair­man of the UzbekFrench Busi­ness Coun­cil:

“Sig­nif­i­cant growth in the in­ter­est of French busi­ness in the rapidly de­vel­op­ing econ­omy of Uzbek­istan is im­pos­si­ble not to no­tice. In mak­ing de­ci­sions on es­tab­lish­ing co­op­er­a­tion with Uzbek part­ners, the eco­nomic pol­icy pur­sued in your coun­try and the re­forms im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and the in­vest­ment cli­mate, are of great im­por­tance.

For us, Uzbek­istan is the largest cus­tomer in the world, and we are com­mit­ted to the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial tech­no­log­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion. The pres­ence in the coun­try of huge re­serves of nat­u­ral re­sources, de­vel­oped in­dus­trial in­fras­truc­ture, rich in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tial and other fac­tors create good op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing part­ner­ships.”

Fer­gal GOLD­ING, Ter­ri­to­rial direc­tor of Or­ange Group:

“The other day I re­turned from Tashkent, we took part in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy week or­ga­nized in your coun­try. To­day in Uzbek­istan, the prospects for NFC (short-range wire­less high-fre­quency com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy) are enor­mous. First of all, it is thanks to the rather dy­namic de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices and the open­ness of so­ci­ety to new tech­nolo­gies. At the mo­ment, the level of in­fras­truc­ture in the coun­try is high enough, and all the pre­req­ui­sites for the smooth and easy im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy ex­ist. NFC will be a nat­u­ral step in progress and will help sim­plify many trans­ac­tions and ser­vices.

I be­lieve Uzbek­istan can be an il­lus­tra­tive ex­am­ple of NFC im­ple­men­ta­tion for other coun­tries of the Cen­tral Asian re­gion and the CIS.

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