Experts from Central Asia took part in a Round table discussion on the development of trade and economic relations in the region. The meeting was implemented within the framework of the signed Memorandum between the Library of Elbassy and the Central Asian Bureau of Analytical Reporting (CABAR.asia), Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
The interaction between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan can and should be deeper and more versatile. This opinion was the refrain of the meeting, which took place in the historic place – in the hall of the Security Council of the former residence of the First President of Kazakhstan.
The Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Library of Elbassy Yerlan Uskenbayev noted the special relevance of the Round table against the background of the first consultative meeting of the Heads of the Central Asian states held in March 2018 in Nur-Sultan and the continuation of negotiations in Tashkent scheduled for this year.
- Good neighborliness and mutually beneficial partnership are the main priorities in the foreign policy of the neighboring states. And, nevertheless, there are still certain issues, the solution of which is possible only in an open and constructive dialogue, by means of such dialogue platforms, said Y. Uskenbayev.
According to Director of Center for Economic Development Yuli Yusupov, in recent years Uzbekistan has taken a course towards reforms and liberalization of the economy. The greatest results were achieved in the foreign economic sphere. In particular, the foreign exchange market was liberalized, borders with neighbors were opened, the list of countries with the visa-free regime was expanded, customs payments were reduced, and a number of non-tariff barriers were eliminated. Positive changes are typical for all states of the region, the expert noted.
- The countries of Central Asia are already actively trading among themselves, and it is a trade of non-commodity goods. There are many forms of mutually beneficial regional cooperation at the business level. According to research, there is a deep potential in this direction, starting from franchising, ending with the creation of regional clusters, Y.Yusupov said.
In the course of the meeting, Denis Berdakov, Head of the Analytical Center “Cross-border Research Network of Central Eurasia”, expert on economics and regional relations Nurgul Akimova, Dean of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Tajikistan Uktam Dzhumaev, editor of analytical materials CABAR.asia Ermek Baysalov and others shared their vision of further development of cooperation in the region.
The parties expressed confidence that their expert work will help to organize future meetings, as well as contribute to the further cooperation of the Central Asian countries.
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