Uzbekistan president visits India

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TASHKENT (TCA) — During his state visit to India on October 1, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

During the visit, 20 Uzbekistan-India documents were signed on development of cooperation in tourism, pharmaceuticals, science, technologies and innovations, justice, healthcare and medical science, agriculture, and using outer space for peaceful purposes, the official Uzbek information agency Jahon reported.

Agreements were signed on establishing the Uzbekistan–India Business Council, cooperation between Uzbekistan’s Andijan region and India’s Gujarat state, between the cities of Samarkand and Agra, and organization of a free pharmaceutical zone in Andijan city (Uzbekistan).

At the meeting with the media after the talks, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Narendra Modi noted that the negotiations were held in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect, concrete results have been achieved on the discussed issues, and the reached agreements will help bring cooperation between Uzbekistan and India to a new, historic level.

On the eve of the visit, the Ministry for Foreign Trade, the State Investment Committee of Uzbekistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, the country’s Embassy in Delhi and the Confederation of Indian Industry held an Uzbekistan–India business forum in New Delhi.

Uzbekistan’s delegation was represented by heads of ministries and state agencies, regional and city administrations, large companies, as well as private business representatives. More than 150 representatives of large industrial enterprises, small and medium-sized business entities of India attended the event.

It was said that there are 145 enterprises with Indian capital in Uzbekistan today.

Bilateral trade in 2017 amounted to more than 320 million USD. Metal, mineral fertilizers, balms, silk, beans and other goods are exported from Uzbekistan to India. Pharmaceutical and medical products, as well as black metal, technological equipment, spare parts for cars are exported from India to Uzbekistan.

At the forum, agreements were reached on implementation of 30 export contracts worth more than 95 million USD, as well as over 50 investment projects worth 3 billion USD.

Sergey Kwan

TCA