President of Uzbekistan receives Russian Premier Victor Zubkov
|President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received head of the Russian government Victor Zubkov on 2 November in Tashkent. The latter arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in the session of the council of heads of governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states. |
Welcoming the Russian official, President Karimov expressed satisfaction with the development of relations in the framework of the Allied relations treaty and within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, UzA reported.
The sides considered issues of development of cooperation and other matters of mutual interest.
Victor Zubkov said Russia highly valued cooperation with Uzbekistan, which is expanding in all fields.
It was noted that leaders of Uzbekistan and Russia have similar views on the issues of cooperation, security and stability, as well as international problems.
Today Russia accounts for more than 30% of Uzbekistan's foreign trade. In 2006, trade turnover between the two states comprised over US$3 billion. Russia purchased more than 1 million tonnes of agricultural products from Uzbekistan last year.
More than 450 joint ventures created with participation of Russian investors operate in Uzbekistan. Russia, in turn, hosts about 285 joint ventures with Uzbekistan.
The cooperation covers spheres like trade, energy, metallurgy, insurance, finance, food, pharmaceutics, machine and aircraft building and other industries. The countries have a huge potential for cooperation in telecom and software industries, chemical production, construction materials, textile and tourism.
The intergovernmental commission for bilateral cooperation holds regular sessions, which consider new opportunities for expansion of ties and identifies priority sectors for that. The ninth session of the commission was held in March 2007 in Moscow.
Cooperation in humanitarian sphere covers fields like education, culture, arts, healthcare and science. Prestigious Russian higher educational establishments have branches in Uzbekistan, including the Plekhanov Economic Academy, Moscow State University and the Russian State Oil and Gas University (opening this year).
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