Moon Jae-In: A Wise Policy Focused on the People
East Asian political realities are breathing new energy into Uzbekistan and South Korea’s already strong relationship, believes the American journalist Catherine Putz.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a four-day state visit to Seoul last week. That was his first visit to South Korea as the leader of the country and, according to experts, it turned out to be comprehensively fruitful.
The first outcomes have already been summed up and they seem staggering: a Joint Statement on the comprehensive enhancement of strategic partnership relations, over 60 documents worth more than $ 10 billion in trade, economic, investment, financial and technical and other fields. Of these, $ 4.5 billion is direct investment. Financing will affect large investment projects in many areas, including energy and high technology.
The signed documents will serve to the consistent development of strategic partnership relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea and, as a result, further enhancement of the welfare of our countries and peoples.
But in Seoul it was not just about economic interaction, high officials of South Korea stressed the role of Uzbekistan in transforming Central Asia into a stable and economically developed region.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Moon Jae-In during the talks in a contracted format focused on the long-term prospects of bilateral relations.
Moon Jae-In, expressing readiness to continue and further develop traditional contacts at the highest level, noted that 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, 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 summit noted that the existing potential and opportunities are not fully utilized, and in the coming years new steps will be taken to improve 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.
Already today, wide cooperation has been established between the countries in order 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.
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.
This is a case when the words of the political scientist can not be disputed, since the peoples of Uzbekistan and South Korea really have long-standing ties, a similar culture and mentality. In addition, it is necessary to take into account such an important factor as the factor of the diaspora. Koreans, who by fate's fate found themselves in our country, have become full and active members of our society. Compatriots of Korean nationality sit in the Legislative Chamber and Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, local Kengashes of People's Deputies, work in government bodies, in all branches of social and economic life.
Numerous diaspora plays an important role in supporting friendly relations between our states and further rapprochement of the two 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 we have widely celebrated the 80th anniversary of their residence in Uzbekistan.
Catherine Putz: Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s foray to South Korea fits into the expansion of his engagement initiative
The American political scientist S. Ramani: The relations between South Korea and Uzbekistan can be explained by two principal factors: joint economic interests and significant normative and cultural synergy as a product of South Korean respect for the economic sovereignty of Uzbekistan, support for the non-nuclear status of the Korean peninsula by Uzbekistan and the presence of a large Korean Diaspora in Uzbekistan.