On July 16, the international conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectedness. Challenges and Opportunities”.
The conference, organized at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is attended by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the ministers of foreign affairs of the countries of Central and South Asia, delegations from 44 countries and about 30 international organizations, heads of authoritative research and analytical centers.
In his welcoming speech, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized the historical closeness of the regions of Central and South Asia, and the importance of further strengthening the interrelations based on mutual trust, and consideration of interests.
In his speech, the President put forward important initiatives aimed at achieving these goals.
The significance of trade and economic cooperation was noted, and a proposal to hold the interregional forum annually to discuss the issues of expanding the economic agenda of collaboration, deepening cooperation, and investment interaction between the countries of the two regions was made.
The head of state paid special attention to the issue of building transport and logistics infrastructure that will effectively and safely connect Central Asia and South Asia. The Termez- Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway is to become a key element of the entire architecture of the interconnectedness of the regions. The construction project has already received wide support, from leading international financial institutions. The railway will make it possible to fully realize the transit potential of the two regions, form the shortest route, and significantly reduce the time and costs for the transportation of goods.
Furthermore, the need to adopt a Joint Action Strategy and to develop specific measures to implement digital connectivity in the field of trade, transit, and border crossing was noted.
The conference is ongoing. The plenary and breakout sessions of the forum will discuss opportunities and initiatives aimed at further strengthening regional connectivity in the trade, economic, transport, communication, cultural, and humanitarian spheres, and during the conference, a plan is made to develop a special draft resolution, which will be submitted to the UN General Assembly.
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