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A delegation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction of Uzbekistan, headed by First Deputy Minister Ilkhom Norkulov, met at the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. On the part of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Minister Andrei Ivanov and Deputy Ministers Dmitry Volvach and Polina Kryuchkova took part in the meetings. The talks were held on the eve of the meeting of the intergovernmental commission of Russia and Uzbekistan.

Dmitry Volvach proposed to speed up the preparation of a memorandum on the creation of a green transport railway corridor between Russia and Uzbekistan, which will significantly intensify mutual trade. “We need to fill the bilateral agenda with specific projects, including in the production sphere, logistics, as well as in agriculture, taking into account its role in the economy of Uzbekistan,” he explained.

Opportunities for building up interregional cooperation were also discussed. “Uzbekistan fruitfully interacts with individual regions of the Russian Federation, companies cooperate, agreements are concluded, joint events are held. This practice should be continued, ”the Deputy Minister noted. In addition, we reviewed the preparations for the 2nd forum of interregional cooperation with the participation of heads of state.

The Uzbek side showed interest in the Russian experience of participation in cross-border cooperation programs. In this context, Dmitry Volvach drew attention to the successful experience of implementing these programs with the EU countries. “Despite different periods of relations with the European Union, the projects did not stop and were implemented on time,” he said, adding that a new package of cross-border programs until 2027 is currently being prepared.

Andrey Ivanov came up with an initiative to create a roadmap to intensify bilateral cooperation in the field of investment policy and implement projects to increase labor productivity.

He also drew the attention of his colleagues from Uzbekistan to the fact that soon the Ministry of Economic Development plans to launch digital ecosystems in these two areas of work.

In particular, the services of the digital ecosystem of the national project “Labor Productivity” will allow participating enterprises to carry out business diagnostics in real time, identifying problem areas, as well as simulate development scenarios associated with the introduction of new products, the implementation of strategic orders and even with the reengineering of the entire production system.

“We are ready to share our experience in increasing labor productivity, therefore, we offer Uzbek enterprises to connect to the new ecosystem after its launch,” the deputy minister concluded.

During the meeting of the Uzbek delegation with Polina Kryuchkova, the organization of advanced training for employees of the Ministry of Economy of Uzbekistan in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation was discussed. The deputy minister expressed her readiness to share her experience with her colleagues, including in the field of preparing a forecast of the country’s socio-economic development. For this, it was decided to hold videoconferences with the participation of specialists from the relevant department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

“In the conditions of deepening Uzbek-Russian friendly relations, we are faced with the task of bringing cooperation between our ministries to a qualitatively new level,” Ilkhom Norkulov commented on the results of the meetings.

Economic cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan is developing dynamically. Bilateral trade in 2020 grew despite restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. In January-March 2021, mutual trade remained at the level of the previous year.

The development of bilateral ties is facilitated by the implementation of the intergovernmental Program for Economic Cooperation until 2024, as well as the Action Plan for it, which includes more than 50 projects in industry, energy, agriculture, financial and banking, infrastructure, information and communication spheres, etc.

A source:Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

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