Moon Jae-In: A Wise Pol­icy Fo­cused on the Peo­ple

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

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.

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