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800 documents worth $ 27 billion were signed on the Forum’s fields. The regional enterprises of Uzbekistan and Russia signed 242 agreements on trade and economic cooperation in the amount of $ 1.2 billion and 137 agreements on the implementation of joint investment projects in the amount of $ 1.4 billion. The agreements will create 79 Uzbek-Russian joint ventures, 23 new trading houses and 20 wholesale distribution centers in Uzbekistan.
“Interregional cooperation is both a useful and very promising area of cooperation,” said Vladimir Putin. “Extensive relations at the regional level are an important component of the complex bilateral contacts. Such inter-regional formats, indeed, have proven themselves very well in practice. This is a working, lively format.
We expect that the RussianUzbek Forum of the Regions will become annual, and will make a significant contribution to the promotion of cooperation among various parts of the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan. First of all, of course, I mean the trade and economic sphere, but not confining to this area. Within the framework of interregional cooperation, any kind of communication can be developed, including, of course, humanitarian ones.” “NEW SPECIALISTS FOR THE NEW ECONOMY”
For millennia, Russia has been a center of spirituality and culture, the most important bridge between the Western and Eastern civilizations, so the priority importance attached by Uzbekistan to the development and strengthening of cultural and humanitarian ties with the Russian Federation is quite explicable.
Training highly qualified specialists in line with international standards, sending professors and teachers for internships, conducting research and innovation forums – all these topics were discussed during the first Uzbek-Russian educational forum “New Specialists for the New Economy”. More than 140 higher educational institutions of the two countries took part in it.
“Such a solid list of participants confirms the mutual interest in solving the problems of higher education of the two countries,” said Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia. “The experience of organizing joint educational activities of universities and the creation of branches are taken into account in the portfolio of intergovernmental agreements. The results of cooperation of our universities provide practical interest and characterize quantitative and qualitative indicators of success in training for various areas of cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan.”
According to Vladimir Chernov, head of department at the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation for interregional and cultural relations with foreign countries, “an important aspect is the preservation and use for the benefit of our peoples of the best that gives us a common history, a language of communication, a rich tradition of science in this noble mission between Russia and Uzbekistan. I am sure that the leading representatives of the rector’s community will contribute to the solution of this urgent task.”
Four branches of higher educational institutions have already been opened in Uzbekistan, soon there will be more. I am convinced that today’s meeting may further deepen partnership contacts between universities, as well as lay the foundation for their enhanced, continuous dialogue.”
Today, by the number of foreign students in Russian universities, Uzbekistan occupies one of the first places among the CIS countries. To obtain high-quality Russian education from this academic year, a branch of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys was opened in the city of Almalyk in Uzbekistan. It is also planned to create branches of MGIMO, National Research Nuclear University MEPI, All-Russia State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russian University of Chemical Technology. And such cooperation will continue.
Vladimir Putin noted that further assistance will be provided in the training of specialists, in particular for the Uzbek agro-industrial complex. Currently, about 800 Uzbek students are studying in Russian agricultural colleges. In the next academic year, it is planned to establish in Tashkent a branch of the Aquaculture faculty of the Astrakhan University.
By the way, on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Uzbekistan, the grand ceremony of opening the branch of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS took place in Almalyk. The main directions of its activities will be the training of highly qualified engineering and technical personnel of the mining and metallurgical industry to solve the most important scientific and technological tasks for the industry of Uzbekistan. In general, according to the results of the educational forum, about 150 contracts were signed in the field of education, among them an agreement between the Council of Rectors of higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan and the All-Russia public organization “Russian Union of Rectors”. Its president, rector of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Sadovnichy noted: “The universities have the task of training talented specialists. It is possible to organize summer schools for teachers, disciplinary congresses. We are still insistently offering the Vernadsky program – the creation of scientific and educational consortia of Russian universities, joint laboratories. We need to do so that leading universities help the formation of personnel, the creation of scientific schools in the regions.”
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“I would like to touch upon another important topic for all of us,” said President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. “In order to commemorate in 2020 the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, we are developing a special program in Uzbekistan. Within its framework, we plan to create a Victory Park complex in Tashkent. It will become a symbol of our common struggle against fascism, will serve to enlighten the young generation in the spirit of respect for history, patriotism and friendship of peoples.
The great Russian culture has always been and will always be an integral part of the spiritual life of the Uzbek society. In order to broader familiarize the population, first of all the young people, with the best works of Russian literature, we plan to publish a 100-volume collection “Masterpieces of Russian classics” in Uzbek.
I am confident that the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation, the esteemed Vladimir Putin, will give a powerful impetus to the further development of fullscale cooperation between our countries.”