On March 10 of this year, a conference was held in Tashkent dedicated to the launch of a new Multi-Year Indicative Program for 2021-2027. European Union for Uzbekistan. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov and EU Commissioner for International Partnership Jutta Urpilainen addressed the participants. The event was also attended by: the leadership of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, Ambassador of the European Union Charlotte Adrian, heads of key ministries and departments of Uzbekistan, as well as diplomatic missions of EU countries and international organizations in Uzbekistan.
In his address, S. Umurzakov emphasized the long-term, multifaceted and dynamically developing nature of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU member states and expressed gratitude for the support provided by the European Union in the implementation of large-scale structural reforms, as well as socio-economic projects in the country. He also announced the commitment of the Government to the accelerated promotion of joint initiatives and programs, close cooperation with the EU countries, aimed at finding new promising areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.
During the event, key areas for further bilateral financial and technical cooperation with the European Commission were discussed as part of the next program cycle for 2021-2027. It was announced that the new Multi-Year Indicative Program will initially allocate 83 million euros for 2021-2024, including 76 million euros for the implementation of jointly developed projects, technical assistance programs and budgetary support, as well as 7 million euros to support activities for the development of civil society and human rights. It was noted that the priorities of the Program are fully consistent with the key tasks outlined in the Development Strategy of Uzbekistan for 2022-2026.
On the sidelines of the discussion, the parties comprehensively considered aspects of the implementation of projects and activities in the areas of supporting agriculture and green growth, improving the system of land and water management, introducing innovations, improving the efficiency of public administration and digitalization, including judicial and transport and logistics systems, improving the investment climate, as well as the socio-economic development of the Aral Sea region.
During the event, the parties answered the questions of the participants regarding the practical implementation of the cooperation program, and also spoke about the priorities in this direction.
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