Uzbekistan Advocates Formation of Mutual Markets
Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States gathered to Saint Petersburg last week to sum up the year.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was met by Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Within the framework of the informal summit meeting, the leader of our country held bilateral talks with several of his colleagues, where the counterparts discussed the major outcomes of fruitful partnership in 2018 and promising areas of cooperation for the coming period.
The assembly of CIS leaders took place as a friendly dinner on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation without a preapproved agenda. The informal format allowed each participant to discuss any issues at their disposal.
Uzbekistan’s interaction with Commonwealth member nations has been advancing steadily on diverse fronts.
Earlier this year, on September 28, Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended a session of the CIS Council of the Heads of State in Dushanbe.
Over the recent period, Uzbekistan has joined 10 sectorbased cooperation bodies of the Commonwealth. In particular, our country became a full-fledged member of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly, acceded, among other bodies, to the Coordinating Council on Plant Quarantine, the Interstate Council for Cooperation in Scientific, Technical and Innovation Spheres, the Council on Agro-Industrial Issues, the Commission on Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes, Council of the Heads of Security Agencies and Special Services of CIS Member States, a high-level working group on the elaboration of an agreement on CIS free trade zone.
Uzbekistan supports the formation of mutual markets, the simplification of customs procedures, the effective use of international and regional transport corridors in the CIS space.
This year, the country hosted a number of important events within the Commonwealth, including meetings of the Council of Ministers of Defense, Coordination Council on Seed Production, Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification, Interstate Council on Geodesy, Cartography, Cadastre and Remote Sensing of the Earth, as well as many other sessions. This made it possible to significantly intensify mutually advantageous, multifaceted cooperation in various fields, consolidate economic and investment ties, and enhance industry-based interaction.
At the meeting in Saint Petersburg, leaders of member nations attached significance on boosting the trade and economic cooperation, building up common trade, effectively use the transport and communications potential of the Commonwealth states, and also bolster security, prevent and counter new challenges and contemporary threats.
The informal summit participants stressed the need for a consistent continuation of humanitarian, educational and tourist exchanges.
Uzbekistan will be jointly residing in the Commonwealth next year, and in 2020 the country is to host a CIS summit