Uzbekistan to host conference on interconnectedness in Central Asia

TASHKENT (TCA) — An international conference, “Interconnectedness in Central Asia: challenges and new opportunities,” will be held on February 19 and 20 in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov told journalists on February 8, the Jahon information agency reported.

It is expected that the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will deliver a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony of the conference.

The conference will be held within the framework of implementation of the main priorities of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy, determined by the head of state, the foreign minister said.

The conference is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

Over 100 leading experts of analytical centers from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, Denmark, Egypt, Israel, India, Iran, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Canada, China, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Sweden, and Japan will attend the conference. They will discuss the current state of regional cooperation and deepening cooperation in security, trade, transport, water use, education and science.

Regional structures — the European Union, the Nordic Council, the Organization of American States, the Arctic Advisory Board, as well as international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the WTO, and the European Investment Bank — will also be present at the event.

Sergey Kwan