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.