The First Meeting of the Central Asian Experts Forum
On October 29, the First Meeting of the Central Asian Experts Forum was held in Tashkent.
The event is organized jointly by the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
The current state and cooperation prospects between the countries of the region were discussed at the meeting. Issues of enhancing mutually beneficial trade and economic relations between the countries of the region, introduction of advanced technologies and innovations, the digital economy, expansion of transport and transit potential were considered.
Views were exchanged on such issues as the use of water and energy resources, increasing food production, development of industrial cooperation and the processing industry.
– Central Asian countries are acting in the name of a common goal – building a stable future, – said Abdulloh Rahnamo, Head of the Foreign Policy Analysis Department of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. – The parties have political will to unite opportunities on this path, exchange experience and opinions, unite around a common goal. Today, representatives of think tanks, research institutes involved in development of policy and integration concept of their countries have gathered here for realization of common aspirations. I am sure that this meeting of the new format will play an important role in establishing regular political consultations between our countries, developing and implementing a specific strategy.
Experts recognized that in conditions of globalization, for ensuring stable economic growth in the region, achieving peace in neighboring Afghanistan is important. The necessity for continuing political and economic assistance to this country, which helps the long-suffering Afghan people to achieve stability and realize their goodwill was noted.
Reports on cooperation in the spheres of economy, investment, trade, accelerating integration process, joint struggle against religious extremism and radicalism, terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime were heard at the forum.
Feasibility of developing common strategic approaches to regional cooperation for the medium and long term was noted at the event. The sides expressed readiness to define specific tasks in the field of ensuring peace and sustainable development in Central Asia, to provide mutual support on the way to their implementation.
Ulugbek Shonazarov, UzA