Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Enhance Strategic Partnership

On April 5th, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met in Khiva to discuss further strengthening of the Kazakh-Uzbek strategic partnership and allied relations.

The presidents exchanged views on a wide range of economic interactions, including increasing mutual trade, cooperation in the fields of energy, transport, water management, and the IT industry.
It was reported that last year, bilateral trade turnover amounted to $4.4 billion, and joint projects are now being implemented in the fields of industry, energy, transport and logistics, and agriculture.

The Kazakh-Uzbek portfolio currently includes 60 collaborative projects with investment exceeding $2.5 billion and the creation of more than 13 thousand jobs. Progress is also forging ahead on the construction of an International Centre for Industrial Cooperation between the two countries.

The Kazakh president stated that Kazakh-Uzbek collaboration is a vital necessity, and only by working together can sustainable development be ensured. In this regard, Tokayev supported plans to adopt and implement a Program of Strategic Partnership and Allied Relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan until 2034.

The leaders also welcomed mutually beneficial initiatives between their countries’ railway administrations. Once in operation, the proposed joint venture will provide cargo terminals on the Kazakh-Chinese border and cargo transportation along the China-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan route, as well as developments of the Trans-Afghan route.


Times of Central Asia