• Uzbekistan and Malaysia Agree to Expand Multifaceted Cooperation
  • President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim hold talks in Tashkent
  • Uzbekistan and Malaysia to expand cooperation in political, trade, economic, agriculture transportation interconnectivity, innovation, industry, green energy domains besides, and certification of “halal” products.

Tashkent: Top leaders of Uzbekistan and Malaysia on Friday agreed to strengthen their multifaceted cooperation after President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim met in Tashkent to discuss expanding cooperation in political, trade, economic, agriculture transportation interconnectivity, innovation, industry, green energy, and certification of “halal” products.

According to official sources, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is in the country on an official visit on 17 May. This is the first visit of the Malaysian leader to Uzbekistan in the last 16 years.

Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim welcomed in Tashkent, May 18, 2024
Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim welcomed in Tashkent, May 18, 2024

To expand bilateral cooperation, discussions focused on elevating Uzbek-Malaysian relations to a qualitatively new level, strengthening political dialogue, implementing humanitarian and educational programs, and intensifying tourist and cultural exchange, as reported by the press service of the president.

To foster trade and economic cooperation, the parties noted the need to transform the existing joint Committee on Trade into an Intergovernmental Commission and hold its first meeting this year. They also agreed to establish an Uzbek-Malaysian industrial zone in Uzbekistan.

The volume of trade turnover has more than doubled by the end of 2023. According to the Malaysian side, it amounted to $94.03 million, including $93.6 million in exports to Uzbekistan and $414,500 in imports.

To strengthen cooperation in agriculture, discussions focused on the introduction of water-saving technologies, the cultivation and processing of horticultural products, and certification according to “halal” standards.

Bilateral talks included expansion of cooperation in information technologies, transportation interconnectivity, and poverty reduction.

To develop cooperation in the training and professional development of personnel in energy, Islamic finance, ecology, artificial intelligence, and tourism, plans were discussed too. Additionally, efforts will be made to strengthen scientific and practical ties in health care.

Joint pilgrimage tourism programs were also discussed to facilitate the people, including promoting the Umrah Plus project, and enhancing dialogue between the youth of the two countries.

Uzbekistan and Malaysia agree to expand multifaceted cooperation May 18, 2024
Uzbekistan and Malaysia agree to expand multifaceted cooperation May 18, 2024

During the talks, the president of Uzbekistan and prime minister of Malaysia also exchanged views on regional interaction in Central and Southeast Asia and Afghan matters.

A proposal was made to establish a dialogue platform for foreign ministers in the format of “Central Asia + ASEAN”.

Both sides expressed confidence that the Uzbek-Malaysian business forum, scheduled for the second day of the visit, would serve to expand investment partnerships and foster cooperation among leading companies in innovation, industry, green energy, petrochemicals, electrical and electronics, pharmaceuticals, and other sectors.

Following the talks, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Anwar Ibrahim signed a Joint Statement on deepening multifaceted cooperation.

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