Vladimir Norov: “New Northern Policy” is an important contribution to the revival of the Great Silk Road
On November 7, Seoul hosted an international conference “Forum Korea – Asia 2018” dedicated to “Peace on the Korean Peninsula: The Possibilities of Asia for development”.
Director of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov attended the conference.
The goal of the event is to discuss further economic cooperation, problems and factors hindering the development of relations between countries, as well as developing recommendations for governments of the Central Asian states.
In his speech, Vladimir Norov noted that Uzbekistan, as an initiator of the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia, fully supports the process of denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula, which will definitely further develop comprehensive inter-Korean relations and promote integration in the region. At the same time, our country supports the efforts of Seoul and the entire world community, aimed at resolving the situation in the peninsula only by political and diplomatic means.
“We consider the “New Northern Policy” initiated by the Republic of Korea as a very relevant and as an important contribution to the revival of the Great Silk Road in the new modern realities, – said Vladimir Norov. – The restoration of rail and road communications envisioned in the framework of the “New Northern Policy” will undoubtedly open up new prospects for broadening cooperation between the Korean Peninsula and the countries of the vast Eurasia region, including Central Asia, its transformation into a continent with a common transport and logistics system and intensive trade and economic ties”.
He also noted that in the context of the development of regional cooperation in Central Asia, thanks to the new regional policy of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev the past two years have truly become historical and breakthrough.
In less than two years, mutually beneficial solutions have been reached on the basis of reasonable compromises on a number of critical problems relating to water use, demarcation and delimitation of borders, the resumption and expansion of transport links and mutual electricity supply.
As a result of the intensification of regional cooperation, the trade turnover of Uzbekistan with the countries of the region from January to August of this year grew by an average of 38%, and with individual states by 52%.
In order to prepare for the visit of the President of the Republic of Korea to Uzbekistan in Tashkent on November 29-30 this year the Institute jointly with the Committee for Northern Economic Policy and the University of Hanyang are organizing the Uzbek-Korean conference on the theme “Uzbekistan-Korea: Vision for the Future”.