Ways of improving competitiveness of local producers and stimulating foreign trade
Tashkent hosted an international scientific practical workshop on the issues of ensuring competitiveness of Uzbekistan producers in foreign and domestic markets for goods and services. Following the event, recommendations were prepared on improving the system of customs administration and activities of the created free economic zones in Uzbekistan.
As reported by the Press Service of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, the workshop brought together about a hundred specialists representing relevant ministries, agencies, the educational sector, NGOs, scientific research institutes and the mass media. Along with leading domestic experts, speakers from Hungary, Germany, the United States, Russia, and international organizations addressed the event.
During the first session, issues of applying the best practices of the European Union and CIS countries in development of international trade, as well as prospects for Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO, were discussed. The second session was devoted to issues of increasing the export potential of Uzbekistan and increasing the export of products of domestic agricultural producers.
The workshop ended with a session on the issues of development of free economic zones, formation of sectoral clusters and technology parks. Today, there are 21 free economic zones in the country, of which 9 are industrial, 7 are pharmaceutical, 2 are agricultural, as well as tourism, transport and logistics, and on production of sports equipment.
The workshop was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Center for Economic Research, UNDP, as well as the British Embassy in Uzbekistan.