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Belarus fully committed to roadmap of cooperation with Uzbekistan

MINSK (BelTA) - Belarus is fully committed to the implementation of a bilateral cooperation roadmap, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Ambassador of Uzbekistan Nasirjan Yusupov on 29 November, BelTA informs.

“We have recently approved a roadmap, which is a plan of our activities for the future. The prime ministers have signed this plan. Tell [Uzbekistan President] Shavkat Miromonovich [Mirziyoyev] that I will keep an eye on the implementation of this plan and that we are fully committed to it,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Belarus and Uzbekistan maintain constructive cooperation. In September 2018, the Belarusian president paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. As a result, the sides have reached a number of concrete agreements on expanding interaction in trade, economy, education, culture and other fields. Belarus and Uzbekistan signed 17 agreements. An action plan (a roadmap) to develop cooperation has been approved. On the whole, the legal framework of bilateral relations includes more than 60 agreements.

In 2017, the bilateral trade made up $130.9 million (205.4% from the level of 2016). Export reached $96.1 million (up 2.7 times), import was $34.8 million (up 24.7%). A positive trade surplus made up $61.3 million.

Such positive trends remain in 2018. In January-September 2018, the trade turnover made up $121 million (up 47.2% over the same period of 2017), the export of goods was $91.5 million (up 56.3%), import was $29.5 million (up 24.7%). A positive trade surplus was $62 million.

Twenty-four organizations founded by Belarusian legal entities or individuals have been registered in Uzbekistan. These include two subjects of the commodity distribution network owned by Belarusian holding companies - Amkodor-Tashkent and MAZ-Tashkent. Two assembly plants for Belarusian equipment were opened in Uzbekistan in 2017. The co-founders are OAO Amkodor and OAO Bobruiskagromash. Forty-seven organizations have been founded by Uzbekistani legal entities and individuals in Belarus.