On August 2 this year, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khodjaev met with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Uzbekistan Roli Astkhana.
During the conversation, cooperation was discussed within the framework of the implementation of approved projects to improve the standard of living in the Aral Sea region, as well as prospects for developing cooperation within the framework of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea Region.
In particular, the parties considered the implementation of the multilateral “Roadmap” to ensure the ecological balance and socio-economic development of the Aral Sea region, adopted to implement the UN General Assembly Resolution “On declaring the Aral Sea region a zone of environmental innovations and technologies.” The document includes 14 priority areas and 230 project proposals totalling $210 million.
The parties discussed the importance of further mobilization of investments in the region and the prospects for expanding the activities of the Trust Fund. So, up to now, within the framework of the Fund’s strategy, about 244 million dollars have been mobilized to finance various projects in accordance with the priorities of the socio-economic development of the Aral Sea region. In addition, the Fund has already financed 5 joint programs, which, in turn, has affected the improvement of the quality of life of 48,000 residents of Karakalpakstan.
The parties expressed their commitment to the implementation of the next cycle of the Fund’s activities for 2024-2030, in connection with which a new strategy of the Fund will be developed and work to attract donors will be intensified.
Following the meeting, the parties agreed on further steps for interaction within the discussed areas of cooperation
and agreed to maintain close contact for the prompt development of priority issues.
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