Uzbekistan hosts second summit of Central Asia states

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for more regional cooperation at the second Consultative Meeting of the Heads of Central Asian States held in Tashkent on November 29, the Uzbek president’s press service said.

The meeting was also attended by the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

At the summit, Mirziyoyev spoke for closer cooperation of Central Asian countries in trade, transport, energy, and tourism sectors. He also proposed to organize a regional investment forum and speed up the joint development of a regional transport system.

Speaking at the summit, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov initiated establishment of a five-country Business Council, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

This institution will serve as a “brain trust” to develop a joint strategy of the states in the region on priority areas of economic partnership.

“The Business Council can elaborate relevant recommendations to governments, develop specific proposals on the investment agenda of cooperation with foreign business circles,” the Turkmen president said.

The initiative to hold regular consultative meetings of the heads of state of the Central Asian countries was put forward by President Mirziyoyev during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017.

The first summit of the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan took place in March 2018 in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan.