Negotiations with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
and Uzbekistan have renewed the bilateral relations in the past two
years, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with his
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev one-on-one at the Palace of Independence in Minsk
on 1 August.
are happy to welcome you here. Over the past two years we have fully
renewed our relations. Actually we have created them anew. Over the past
two years we have achieved much more than we did over the last 25 years
of our relations,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
to the President, the trade between the two countries (almost $160
million in 2018) does not meet the potential. He is confident that
Belarus and Uzbekistan have big opportunities in the area.
the eve the heads of state held a meeting at the Zaslavl state
residence. Aleksandr Lukashenko revealed some details about the informal
negotiations: “We were planning to dine at my home yesterday but
instead devoted more than half of the time to our relations and
particularly to the role of Uzbekistan and Belarus in the modern world,
the developments happening around our states. To our surprise, we found
absolutely similar trends: you are in the heart of Central Asia, we are
at the center of Europe. Hence our advantages and our problems. We paid
great attention to them yesterday.”
Lukashenko noted that interregional cooperation is the major item on
the agenda of the Uzbekistan President’s visit to Belarus. The parties
have exchanged many visits at the regional level, organized a forum, an
exhibition of Uzbek products, and the Culture Days of Uzbekistan. A
monument to Uzbek poet Alisher Navaiy was unveiled in Minsk.
this creates serious content in our relations. It is important that the
regional governors met each other and already signed a lot of
agreements. Our job is to give a green light to business, which we did.
Now the focus is on the implementation of the roadmap which was adopted
by the governments of Uzbekistan and Belarus,” the President said.
the meeting, the heads of state are set to discuss not only the
advances in bilateral cooperation but also the shortcomings. “There are
no closed topics in Belarus. There are no issues that we cannot solve.
We can solve any matters together. Our economies do not compete with
each other. They are complementary. The goods that we manufacture will
find their customers in Uzbekistan. Everything that you produce will be
in demand here. I think, we will have our place in the industrial and
agricultural revolution that you have started in Uzbekistan,” Aleksandr
Mirziyoyev noted that this is the first visit of the Uzbekistan resident to Belarus in the history of bilateral relations. Its
preparation was thorough by both countries. “All agencies show a serious
mutual desire to cooperate. Now we need to talk over the points of
growth where we can interact long term. They are many,” he said.
Mirziyoyev said that the talks with the Belarusian leader on 31 July
were very informative, friendly. “We discussed the challenges and all
that is happening in the world,” he said. In his view, decisions and
agreements reached during the 25 years of bilateral relations are
enforced and yield positive results. However, the potential has not been
used to the full. “We should amp up the trade many times because there
are all prerequisites for this,” the President said.
direct contacts between regions is one of the most important results of
the visit, he believes. “The main achievement is that our regions
started to cooperate. We should not hinder them but provide assistance
instead. We have paved the way for their interaction,” Shavkat
President emphasized Uzbekistan’s interest in establishing contacts
with Belarusian companies. “We need cooperation. Over the years of its
independence Belarus has made great headway in many areas. I always tell
the government, the intergovernmental commission that we need to meet more often to create less paperwork and produce more results,” he added.
the leaders of the two states have a good opportunity to share views on
a wide range of issues, including the international agenda, Shavkat
Mirziyoyev said. It is of great importance for the two states as
Uzbekistan lies in Central Asia and Belarus is located in the center of
Europe. “The issues we are dealing today are similar,” the Uzbekistan
President Aleksandr Lukashenko said that Belarus and Uzbekistan are
both interested in promoting a comprehensive dialogue.
and Uzbekistan have always been bound by something bigger than just
friendly relations. This is fellow feeling based on the values shared by
our peoples, like hard work, love for land, striving for peace and
creation. We have a packed agenda, many events related to the ongoing
visit: the first ever Forum of Regions initiated by the Uzbekistan President, the Days of Uzbekistan Culture, a national expo of Uzbekistan
products. Such a versatile program is a good testimony to our
determination to promote a comprehensive dialogue,” Aleksandr Lukashenko
President emphasized that more vibrant economic and humanitarian
contacts between regions, companies and people will help deepen
bilateral ties. Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that his last year’s visit
to Tashkent resulted in adopting a roadmap to promote cooperation
between the two states. This document features over 150 events covering
the manufacturing industry,
pharmaceutics, construction, transport, and education. According to
him, the agreements signed during the visit (19 documents in total)
entered into force and are being implemented.
am convinced that today’s meeting will give an additional impetus to
bilateral relations and will flesh out the bilateral agenda,” the head
of state said.
trade and economic ties is the number one goal in Belarus-Uzbekistan
relations, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with
his Uzbekistan counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
main goal is to strengthen trade and economic ties. Over the years of
its independence, Uzbekistan has made considerable progress in
diversifying national economy, developing new sectors such as mechanical
engineering, petrochemistry, manufacturing of farm machinery. Belarus
is ready to expand economic cooperation with Uzbekistan, including
through joint investment projects,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
to the Belarusian head of state, the trade has increased significantly
in the recent years. The countries’ potential in the area, however, is
still hugely untapped. “We can considerably increase mutual trade.
Moreover, we think that our trade is some $200 million. However, if we
count mediators, it will be almost $500 million, up more than two times.
We need to bring order into the issue. This pertains both to Belarusian
sales and supplies from your country. The demand for Uzbekistan’s
cotton fiber, yarn, fruit and other countries is very high in our
country,” he stressed.
the Belarusian President’s visit to Uzbekistan in 2018, the parties
agreed to set up several dairies with the help of Belarusian design and
construction companies. There are plans to fit them with Belarusian
equipment. So far, only one joint company has been set up in Tashkent
Oblast, cofounded with Zdravushka Milk.
need to complete these three projects and build milk processing
companies to sell not only within Uzbekistan but also to its neighbors,
including Afghanistan. Perhaps we have some problems with financing
these projects. Here, we also need to take a look at these projects. I
think Shavkat Miromonovich [Mirziyoyev] you will also discuss these
issues after the visit. We have already prepared the schedule plan for
the delivery of 1,500 head of cattle to Uzbekistan in 2019-2020. We will
depend neither on Hungary nor Europe. We will build these complexes and
deliver cattle so that you knew whom to hold accountable,” Aleksandr
The President hailed vibrant cooperation in pharmaceutics. The parties are
implementing three joint projects in Uzbekistan to produce dialysis sets
to treat patients with renal insufficiencies, antibiotics and also
antiseptic and sterilizing agents. Talks are underway to set up a united
production platform of Belpharmprom Holding Company in Uzbekistan.
industry is another promising venue of cooperation. Belarus purchases
large amounts of cotton yarn, knit fabric and apparel from Uzbekistan.
“Belarusian companies can also export artificial fabric, knitwear,
lingerie and hosiery. Our factories supply the law-enforcement bodies of
the CIS member states with fabric and haberdashery. We seek closer
cooperation with Uzbekistan,” the President said. He cited the
production of footwear and sheepskin by Marko Holding Company in
Uzbekistan as a good example.
Lukashenko named IT sector as a promising area of cooperation. He said
that Belarus has been successfully developing information systems in
areas such as public management, transport, financing and credit.
Domestic companies have proved their competitive worth on the world
market. “We suggest implementing projects in Uzbekistan to introduce an
automated gas recording system with the Belarusian software and utility
meters, upgrade and automate gas distribution and gas transportation
networks. If these projects are okayed, we are ready to start working on
them,” the head of state said.
“We suggest implementing an ambitiousproject
to set up a complex to produce trucks, special-purpose vehicles,
trailers, gas-powered buses in Uzbekistan. This production will have a
high level of localization. MAZ is ready to join this project,”
Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He added that gas-powered combine harvesters
already passed trials in Belarus and showed great performance, for
example, their maintenance costs are 40% lower. “We will go for it in
Belarus. We would like our friends in Uzbekistan to follow suit,” the
his words, it is important to ensure effective implementation of
Belarus-Uzbekistan projects. Not all the projects that had been
discussed earlier have been implemented. “Maybe, there is nothing
extraordinary about it. Therefore, we hold talks every year,” the head
of state said.
example, a factory to produce road construction vehicles,
Amkodor-Agrotekhmash, was commissioned in Tashkent in 2018. However, it
has turned out that there are issues with selling the products and
including them into government programs. The presidents discussed this
matter at a one-on-one meeting. “We need to team up to find solutions
that will enable the factory to operate at its full capacity. Both
countries are interested in it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
into consideration the production of MTZ tractors at Tashkent
Agricultural Machinery Plant, Belarus suggests drafting a long-term
cooperation project and setting up a joint venture. “We would ask you to
allocate a land plot in Zangiata District, Tashkent Oblast, for setting
up a service and maintenance center for tractors sold by MTZ dealer in
Uzbekistan,” the President said.
Automobile Plant has embarked on a project to open assembly factories
in Uzbekistan. The plant cooperates with two private companies from
Uzbekistan. “We would like to have the chassis certification issue
resolved. I believe there will be no big problems,” Aleksandr Lukashenko
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the relations between the countries have been gaining pace especially rapidly in recent years.
“Certainly regular dialogue at the highest level and our firm political
will have played a decisive role in this. The results of your,
Aleksandr Grigorievich, visit to Uzbekistan last year became truly
groundbreaking in all avenues. New guidelines have been set for further
practical cooperation. Most importantly is that we have created a
favorable environment for the development of comprehensive trust-based
mutually beneficial relations,” he said. “We have done a lot over the
past few years. However, the potential and opportunities for our future
work are huge,” he added.
parties will shortly update the roadmap for cooperation between the two
countries to formalize the specific assignments aimed at addressing the
issues that were discussed during this visit, the Uzbekistan President
said. In particular, this applies to the allocation of a land plot for
an MTZ maintenance center, timely payments and financing of joint
to him, Belarus' industrial giants such as BelAZ, MAZ, MTZ are well
known in Uzbekistan. The produce high-quality and marketable vehicles.
“We also have something to offer you. The intergovernmental commission
should analyze thoroughly the trade flows and prepare specific proposals
on ways of increasing the trade in the coming years. For the past two
years, the trade has almost quadrupled. The pace is, of course,
impressive. However, it is important to tap all reserves and balance the
mutual trade,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
the near-term priorities for cooperation is trade, uniform statistics
standards in mutual trade. There is an interest in setting up joint
clusters in agriculture and textile industry for joint development of
the markets of third countries.
the talks, the presidents discussed the prospects for cooperation
within the Eurasian Economic Union, industrial cooperation, technology
exchange. “We can offer you a large domestic market, and gateway to the
most promising market of Afghanistan. Combining the efforts, Belarus
and Uzbekistan might make a worthy contribution to the reconstruction of
this long-suffering country.
and Uzbekistan have agreed to contribute in every way to the further
development of bilateral relations, reads a joint declaration signed by
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Uzbekistan President Shavkat
Mirziyoyev in Minsk.
heads of state noted that the two countries shall develop multifaceted
cooperation on the basis of long-term partnership, mutual benefit and
respect for the interests of each other. They agreed to continue using
the mechanism of regular meetings at the high and highest levels,
constantly exchanging views and coordinating positions on key issues of
regional and international agenda.
parties are set to consolidate the practice of providing mutual support
to initiatives and candidates within the UN and other organizations,
continue to improve the activities within the framework of the CIS and
presidents welcomed the dialogue between the parliaments of the two
countries, the fruitful activities of the joint intergovernmental
commission and the positive trends in bilateral trade. They also
highlighted the potential to increase the trade turnover. The parties
expressed their interest in strengthening direct interregional relations
and agreed to step up cooperation in various fields.
cooperation and joint ventures are the priority areas of the
Belarus-Uzbek interaction, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told
the media after the talks with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
“Our countries have good prospects for increasing
cooperation in engineering, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, transport
industry, and IT sector. We should prioritize deepening industrial
cooperation, setting up joint ventures, and providing the most favorable
conditions for the exchange of goods and services,” the President
to him, the existing agreements were discussed and the prospects for
further cooperation were outlined during the talks with Shavkat
the incomplete year since my visit to Uzbekistan, significant progress
has been made in the relations between our countries. This was
facilitated by a systemic interstate dialogue, including at the highest
level. As my colleague suggested, the negotiations and meetings at the
regional level will significantly revitalize our trade and will help
increase its volume several times,” the President said.
Lukashenko believes that the 1st Forum of Regions of Belarus and
Uzbekistan will become an effective platform for trade and investment
sincerely welcome the successes of Uzbekistan. I absolutely understand
the actions undertaken by the President to develop the country. The
authorities are revolutionizing the industry, agriculture. It is not
just upgrade of the country and the economy. These are new areas of life
of the Uzbekistan society. Of course, this requires technologies,” the
Belarusian leader stated.
head of state noted that the technologies proposed by Belarus are
available in other countries too. However quality, price, and
responsible investors are as important. Addressing the Belarusian
delegation Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I promised the President (who did
not choose Americans, Germans, Russians or Chinese but Belarusians)
that we will never let him down and that he will never regret that he
made a choice in our favor. Belarusian technologies are sufficient to
upgrade and create a foundation for development of Uzbekistan. They are
available in other countries too but we have offered good
‘price-quality’ ratio and highest responsibility for this cooperation.
We must make good on our word.”
“We have discussed topical issues of the regional and global agenda.
have outlined cooperation plans as part of our work in the Commonwealth
of Independent States. We have confirmed our determination to
strengthen cooperation in order to fight terrorism, extremism, drug
smuggling, other challenges and threats of our time, " said Aleksandr
his words, humanitarian contacts between the two countries are getting
more vibrant. In 2018 Uzbekistan hosted the Days of Belarusian Culture,
while in the run-up to the visit of Shavkat Mirziyoyev Uzbekistan
artists presented their culture and traditions in Minsk. “As far as
science and education are concerned, we have great potential for sharing
expertise and knowledge, arranging academic exchanges and running
training programs, implementing joint projects,” the President said.
head of state added that a solid package of documents signed following
the talks is aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation, first of all,
business contacts and interregional ties, and at generating cooperation
opportunities in investment, information, education and environmental protection.
Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus and Uzbekistan are strategic
partners committed to strengthening bilateral relations. He also thanked
the Uzbekistan President for his personal contribution to bilateral
cooperation. “If not for your determination, we would have run around in
circles for 25 years. Your will and resolution to make Uzbekistan a
prosperous country not only by standards of Central Asia, but also the
world, have encouraged us to go on with our cooperation,” the Belarusian
having talks, attending a ceremony to sign international agreements,
making a joint statement for the media and planting a tree in the Alley
of Distinguished Guests, the two presidents headed for the exposition of
Lukashenko studied the exposition, and Shavkat Mirziyoyev told him
about the products that are on display. Uzbekistan producers had an
opportunity to talk to the two presidents. They said that the first
Forum of Regions gave an impetus to bilateral contacts and helped find
of the IT sector noted that Uzbekistan has an IT park that is similar
to the Belarusian Hi-Tech Park as far as preferences are concerned. This
is believed to facilitate bilateral cooperation in the IT sector.
the exhibition of Uzbekistan products, the two heads of state continued
discussing bilateral ties, including cooperation in the manufacturing