Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan: two neighbors, two strategic companions: 22 December 2022, 19:01

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan: two neighbors, two strategic partners: 22 December 2022, 19:01

ASTANA. KAZINFORM – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in Tashkent for a state go to on December 21 to fulfill with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and focus on the present dynamics of bilateral cooperation. Extra about the important thing highlights of the go to is within the newest article of Kazinform.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan aren’t simply neighbours, however two strategic companions and the most important commerce companions in Central Asia. Uzbekistan’s significance in Kazakhstan’s overseas commerce is obvious in all main areas of cooperation – commerce in items, commerce in providers, investments and joint ventures.

The info from Kazakhstan’s Bureau of Nationwide Statistics reveals a major development in bilateral commerce through the years. For example, commerce grew in only a 12 months from $1.9 billion in 2017 (exports – $1.2 billion, imports – $736,181) to $2.79 billion (exports – $1.6 billion, imports – $1.2) in 2018. As of 10 months of 2022, bilateral commerce grew by 35 p.c reaching $4.1 billion, together with $3 billion in exports and $1.1 billion in imports.

Greater than 1,400 enterprises with the participation of Uzbek capital at the moment are working in Kazakhstan and greater than 400 joint Kazakh-Uzbek firms. To this point, industrial cooperation between the international locations exceeds 38 initiatives value US$2.2 billion, creating about 11,000 jobs.

The important thing message voiced repeatedly by the 2 leaders, who met on a number of events this 12 months, together with for Central Asian leaders’ consultative assembly, and Commonwealth of Impartial States (CIS) leaders’ assembly, was that there’s nonetheless a room for development throughout all areas.

Assembly Mirziyoyev, Tokayev thanked him for the hospitality and famous the significance of state go to to Uzbekistan. He highlighted the fraternal relations between the 2 international locations stemming from «unbreakable friendship and mutual respect.»

«We’re certain by the commonality of cultures, traditions, languages and faith. Our international locations with a standard historical past and future have frequent objectives and prospects for improvement. That is why I connect explicit significance to at present’s go to. I’m assured that we’ll elevate our relationships to a qualitatively new degree. The stronger and extra profitable the cooperation between our international locations, the extra steady the scenario in Central Asia will likely be,«mentioned the President.

The 2 leaders mentioned key problems with the Kazakh-Uzbek strategic partnership, paying explicit consideration to the enlargement of cooperation within the political, commerce and financial, cultural and humanitarian spheres.

Mirziyoyev mentioned he’s additionally positive the present go to will give a brand new impetus to the event of relations between the 2 international locations, and the signed paperwork will turn into a stable foundation for the implementation of set duties.

Throughout an expanded format assembly, Tokayev and Mirziyoyev centered on the methods to strengthen commerce and financial cooperation, together with growing mutual commerce turnover, attracting funding, and creating cooperation in business, prescribed drugs, agriculture, development, transit potential and transport logistics.

Enterprise discussion board

On December 21, Tashkent additionally hosted the fourth Interregional Kazakh-Uzbek Enterprise Discussion board ensuing within the signing of 40 paperwork value about $2.5 billion on funding, commerce and financial cooperation.

Kazakh and Uzbek firms plan to launch initiatives for the availability of machine units and elements for Chevrolet automobiles, manufacturing of ceramic tiles and infusion options, in addition to to determine manufacturing of yarn, gypsum, and polypropylene luggage, amongst different initiatives.

Talking on the plenary session, Kazakh Vice Minister of Business and Infrastructure Growth Marat Karabayev advised concerning the alternatives for enterprise improvement in Kazakhstan.

»In recent times the world costs for metals have elevated considerably. In flip, we have now analyzed the present state of the metallurgical business and recognized essentially the most promising options for improvement of the business. This evaluation allowed us to work out the problem of offering uncooked supplies to Kazakhstan’s enterprises of the manufacturing business at a aggressive value under the London Metallic Alternate,«mentioned Karabayev.

He additionally spoke concerning the alternatives that Kazakhstan offers within the development business, gentle business in addition to oil and fuel engineering.

In line with Uzbek Minister of Investments and Overseas Commerce Jamshid Khodjaev, cooperation in high-tech industries is of explicit significance.

»Of explicit significance is the becoming a member of of efforts to create high-tech industries based mostly on our comparative benefits, the event of commercial cooperation for the manufacturing of merchandise with excessive added worth to additional the joint improvement of worldwide markets,«mentioned Khojaev in speech on the discussion board.

«We have now an enormous potential to multiply joint mutually helpful initiatives. For this we have already got every part needed – manufacturing, technological, human and pure assets. I’m assured that with the coordinated, diligent joint work we will deliver the Uzbek-Kazakh partnership to a qualitatively new degree,» he added.

Vital paperwork signed

The 2 leaders signed a number of paperwork and agreements, together with the treaty on allied relations and settlement on state border demarcation.

Different paperwork signed on the degree of governments, ministries and companies, and main firms of the 2 international locations, embody agreements on creation of the Central Asia Worldwide Heart for Industrial Cooperation, on cooperation within the discipline of environmental safety, and on cooperation within the discipline of upper and post-graduate training.

Memorandums have been signed on strategic reforms, improvement of digital commerce, forestry, civil service, in addition to agreements on implementing initiatives within the vitality, chemical business, transport and logistics sectors.

Through the talks, the 2 leaders additionally agreed to determine the Supreme Interstate Council and the Interparliamentary Council, which is able to additional strengthen the political platform for bilateral cooperation.

In line with Tokayev, the signing of the treaty of allied relations will «affirm the exemplary nature of interstate relations.»

«If we name the treaty a doc of historic significance, I believe it will not be an exaggeration. This groundbreaking doc opens up new horizons for us and totally displays the mutual need of the 2 international locations for additional rapprochement. As well as, the treaty on the demarcation of the Kazakh-Uzbek state border will likely be signed at present. This historic settlement completes the worldwide authorized institution of Kazakhstan’s state border on its southern borders,» mentioned Tokayev.

Mirziyoyev additionally emphasised the importance of the paperwork signed throughout the go to.

«I notably be aware the treaty of alliance, which meets the real pursuits of each fraternal nations and marks a brand new stage within the historical past of Uzbek-Kazakh relations. Unionism is the very best and most reliable degree of interstate partnership. Thus, we have now confirmed that we intend to construct a standard future,» mentioned Mirziyoyev.

Because the 12 months is coming to an finish, so does Tokayev’s packed diplomatic schedule with high-level visits to Kazakhstan and his official visits to different international locations, as soon as once more reaffirming the nation’s constructive multi-vector overseas coverage.

Written by Assel Satubaldina