Uzbekistan’s Tashkent Oblast, Belarus’ Minsk Oblast to cooperate in agriculture, other spheres

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan’s Tashkent Oblast and Belarus’ Minsk Oblast intend to step up mutual trade and expand cooperation in agriculture, civil engineering, and personnel training. The governors of the two oblasts — Gulomzhon Ibragimov and Anatoly Isachenko — reached the relevant agreement during their meeting in Minsk on August 8, Belarus’ BelTA news agency reported.

A Tashkent Oblast delegation led by the governor arrived in Minsk to hold meetings and invigorate cooperation in trade, economy, and investment. The visit was also supposed to establish and enhance direct ties with Minsk Oblast.

Gulomzhon Ibragimov explained that cooperation between Minsk Oblast and Tashkent Oblast can be productive in a large number of matters. Both have strong manufacturing sector and agriculture.

“We would like to explore cooperation avenues in agricultural processing industry (dairy and meat), confectionery industry, the establishment of an agricultural cluster and joint enterprises to make furniture, electric appliances,” said the Tashkent Oblast governor.

Minsk Oblast Governor Anatoly Isachenko believes that cooperation in agriculture has a lot of promise, including supplies of agricultural products, technological equipment, and Belarusian pedigree products. The provision of designing services and civil engineering services for building dairy farms in Uzbekistan was mentioned as well as personnel training.

“There are several facilities in Minsk Oblast which offer hands-on training in crop farming and animal husbandry. There is a basic agricultural enterprise. There is every opportunity for learning new skills by practicing them,” explained Isachenko.

Minsk Oblast Vice Governor Nikolai Rogashchuk told the media that the list of cooperation avenues can be expanded with civil engineering (including cooperation between design agencies), utilities industry, fish farming, animal husbandry, the possibility of setting up joint ventures and providing aftersales service to Belarusian vehicles in Tashkent Oblast.

The sides agreed to work out a draft agreement on establishing long-term partnership with the Tashkent Oblast administration. The document will be signed when the Belarusian head of state visits Uzbekistan on 13-14 September 2018.

A Made in Belarus expo is scheduled to take place in Tashkent on 14-19 September. It will feature products made by a number of Belarusian food companies.

Sergey Kwan

Sergey Kwan

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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