Addressing Aral Issues as Pressing Challenge
An international conference is due October 28-29 in Urgench to discuss cooperation in the region of the Aral Sea basin in order to weather the impact of an environmental catastrophe. UzA reporters have had a conversation with some of its participants.An international conference is due October 28-29 in Urgench to discuss cooperation in the region of the Aral Sea basin in order to weather the impact of an environmental catastrophe. UzA reporters have had a conversation with some of its participants.
Neno Kukuric, Director of the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Center (IGRAC), the Netherlands:
“The Aral problem is a pressing challenge that concerns not only a certain country or a region, but also the entire world community. The conference to take place in Urgench will facilitate the further consolidation of cooperation directed at smoothing the consequences of the environmental catastrophe in the region, implementing effective programs and projects designed to improve the ecological situation.
“The most acceptable way of preventing water shortage is its rational and effective use. Noteworthy is a set of measures to promote economical, targeted and rational use of water in Uzbekistan. We have been working on this front with ministries and other government agencies of Uzbekistan to elaborate and implement joint projects.”
Ismail Mahbob, Director of the Export-Import Bank, Malaysia:
“I am glad that on the eve of the international conference my dream has come true – I have arrived in so beautiful a country like Uzbekistan. Happy to have had an opportunity to visit unique architectural, historical monuments, shrines in such ancient and at the same time modern cities as Tashkent and Samarkand. I have come to be convinced that Uzbekistan has a vast potential in tourism. It is no accident that the majority of Malaysians demonstrate a keen interest in your country. After all, every inch of land and every corner of it is sacred in this splendid and paradise-like country.
“I have inquired into the activities of a few banks in Tashkent and got confident that a stable and reliable banking system in Uzbekistan.
We believe that the conference in Urgench will have an important significance in addressing the problems in the Aral region.”
Juan Alberti, Director of Oproler, Spain:
“Our company produces advanced machinery and technologies for water cleaning and the energy sector. We are glad to offer our products and services to Uzbek specialists, and establish close and active cooperation ties in this direction.
“Minimization of the negative impact of the Aral catastrophe to the environment and for the lives of people is regarded as an important task of these days. I think during the international conference effective projects on this front will be worked out jointly with the world community.
“At the conference we intend to study the expertise of Uzbekistan and other countries in the rational use of water resources, exchange views, attain information and hold negotiations for the implementation of joint schemes.”