At the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade was held a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan S. Umurzakov and the Ambassador Extraordinary, Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Uzbekistan Manish Prabhat.
The agenda of bilateral cooperation was considered with a focus on interaction in the investment, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. They noted the significant untapped potential in the economic partnership of the two countries and a number of priority areas in which to effectively build up mutually beneficial cooperation.
So, in particular, the parties emphasized the urgency of accelerating the elaboration of the Agreement on Preferential Trade and the Agreement on the Encouragement and Mutual Protection of Investments between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of India, in order to reach their signing as soon as possible.
The Uzbek side welcomed the initiative to create a joint Working Group on trade and economic issues. Proposals on the agenda and issues of organizing the first meeting of the Working Group in the near future were considered.
The parties also discussed the preparation for the 13th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of India in the 1st quarter of 2022, aiming to fill the upcoming event with practical content as much as possible.
The sides reached an agreement to intensify joint work on the development of new promising investment projects and the establishment of trade relations between entrepreneurs of the two countries and the development of a comprehensive program of economic cooperation between Uzbekistan and India.
Measures to intensify interregional cooperation were studied separately, in particular, between the Andijan region of Uzbekistan and the Gujarat state of India. In addition, opportunities were considered for establishing direct interaction between the Ferghana region and the state of Haryana, the cities of Bukhara and Hyderabad, as well as Tashkent and New Delhi, bearing in mind the implementation of joint projects and programs in the investment, trade, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
The dialogue also touched upon the sphere of financial and technical cooperation: the parties welcomed the allocation of USD 448 million by Eximbank of India to finance the implementation of priority projects in Uzbekistan in the areas of infrastructure development and education, and agreed to work together on the practical implementation of these projects. It was also agreed that work on the development of new promising socially-oriented projects in the areas of IT, healthcare and education will be accelerated, for which it is planned to attract grant funding from the Indian side.
As a result of the meeting, concrete tasks were set for the further promotion of all cooperation areas discussed during the dialogue.
Also, Memoranda (Memorandums) of Understanding were signed between the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan on grant funding for the projects: "Establishment and equipping of new metrological laboratory at the Republican Scientific Specialized Allergology Center" and "Equipping secondary schools in Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan with computer equipment".