The RISS Director took part in the round table devoted to the message of the President of Uzbekistan

RISS Director M.E. Fradkov, at the invitation of the executive management of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies (ISRS) under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, spoke at the round table "Message of President Sh. Mirziyoev to the Parliament: the programme of the further transformation of Uzbekistan.

The event was organised by the ISRS together with the representative office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Tashkent and took place on 20 January 2021 in an online format, with the participation of prominent experts from Russia, India, China, Pakistan, and the Central Asian countries.

In his speech, M.E. Fradkov underlined that, despite a difficult international situation, the pandemic and the global crisis, the mobilisation of all segments of the population of Uzbekistan will ensure the consistent implementation of plans outlined by President Sh. Mirziyoev for creation of a modern, socially oriented and prosperous society, as well as for strengthening the global stature of the republic.

The RISS Director pointed out a significant improvement of the macroeconomic stability of Uzbekistan, the focus of its leadership on accelerating structural reforms in the industry and the agro-industrial complex, building new production chains, ensuring the food safety, improving the quality of the human potential and improving the public administration system.

M.E. Fradkov welcomed the efforts of Sh. Mirziyoev for the development of comprehensive and friendly relations with Russia, China, the Central Asian and other countries. It was noted that Uzbekistan is focused on further strengthening of the bilateral trade and economic cooperation, implementing important joint projects such as construction of the first nuclear power plant in the region, deepening interaction in the area of the culture, education and study of the Russian language.

It was emphasised that Russia intends to continue providing the fraternal practical aid to Uzbekistan in the health sector, which is especially important in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. The readiness of the RISS was expressed to continue a fruitful and intensive exchange of views with the Uzbek colleagues.

The speech by M.E. Fradkov on the message of the President of Uzbekistan Sh. Mirziyoev

Dear colleagues, dear Uzbek friends!

First of all, I would like to congratulate the participants of the round table and the friendly people of Uzbekistan with the New Year and wish everyone happiness, peace, health, well-being and prosperity!

Having carefully read the message of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev to the Oliy Majlis and the people of Uzbekistan dated 29 December 2020, we are pleased to note that the new presented large-scale tasks consistently complement and expand the previously adopted strategic programmes of fundamental transformations in all areas of the state's activities.

The message lays down the key areas of the further development of the economy, financial and banking sectors, improvement of social and domestic policies. Most importantly, this is made with the focus on improvement of the well-being of the people, a closer attention of the authorities to the problems of various population segments, the care of health and education of the nation, upbringing of the youth.

We have every confidence that, despite the current difficult international situation, the pandemic and the global crisis, the implementation of the outlined plans and thoughtfulness innovative approaches will ensure the further successful movement of the people of Uzbekistan towards creation of a modern, open, free, socially oriented and prosperous society and strengthen the weight and stature of the republic worldwide.

Achievement of these ambitious goals directly depends on the mobilisation of the efforts of all citizens of the country in support of the bright and well-thought-out initiatives of the head of state, the efficient continuation of demanding political and economic reforms that have been started over recent years. A lot has already been done, and there is a lot to do; this work required the consolidation and unity of all social groups.

In this context, one can't help but note a substantial increase in the macroeconomic stability of the republic and such positive aspects as preserving the positive GDP growth rates by the end of 2020, setting the goal for this indicators by the leadership of Uzbekistan to reach at least 5% in 2021, developing the public-private partnership, attracting significant investments in several sectors of economy and reducing the budget deficit.

The President decisively aims the government at accelerating structural reforms in the industry and the agro-industrial complex, building new production chains, ensuring the food safety, improving the quality of the human potential and improving the entire public administration system. The Cabinet of Ministers and the Parliament of the country will have to effectively apply adopted laws and regulations in practice, to revise five thousand of statutory regulations with respect to the entrepreneurial activities within a short time.

We are confident that the reform of large enterprises in the electric power, metallurgical and petrochemical industries, as well as mechanical engineering, initiated at the initiative of the President of the republic, will turn them into drivers of the national economy, along with efficiently operating pharmaceutical, construction, textile, leather and footwear industries. The plans for the utilisation of the investments equal to USD 23 billion in 2021, the commissioning of 226 large industrial and infrastructure facilities, with a further decrease in the state participation in the investment policy, are impressive.

In addition to that, the head of state set ambitious tasks to increase the export of goods and services by at least 20% in 2021 and promote national products on foreign markets, including the EU and the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, the status of the observer in which Uzbekistan has acquired recently. We expect that the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan will work intensively, with the support of the Eurasian Economic Commission, on bringing national technical regulations in compliance with the requirements of the EEU.

We hope for further strengthening of our comprehensive bilateral trade and economic cooperation, implementing important joint projects such as construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Central Asia, deepening interaction in the area of the culture, education and study of the Russian language. Russia intends to continue providing the fraternal practical aid to Uzbekistan in the health sector, which is especially important in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We are pleased to note the consistent enhancement of the status of Uzbekistan on the global stage, the growth of its stature in leading international organisations, in Central Asia. We are confident that the experience of the first and, truth be told, successful presidency of the republic in the Commonwealth of Independent States last year will allow it to energetically and constructively take the lead on the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in 2021–2022.

To implement the tasks set in the message, the Republic of Uzbekistan needs peace, a favourable external environment, and internal stability.

Uzbekistan Fradkov