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Uzbekistan delegation held talks in the World Bank

Within the framework of visit to USA Uzbekistan delegation including  the Deputy Prime Minister Tanzilya Narbayeva, the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Sherzod Kudbiev and Uztextileprom Association Chairman  Ilhom Haydarov met with Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia.  

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed, the delegation presented results of Country Program for Decent Work in Uzbekistan, implemented jointly with the International Labor Organization (ILO). Cyril Muller commended the results of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visit to Uzbekistan, which testified to the significant progress achieved in protecting workers’ rights.

“It is hard not to notice the incredible success achieved in the past two years. Frankly speaking, none of the outside observers, even those who are a partner of Uzbekistan in a number of areas, did not expect such amazing results as in solving the problems of child and forced labor  ” - Cyril Muller noted.

The Vice President mentioned steady decline in the number of forced labor cases and the introduction of effective mechanisms for monitoring, feedback and response as two fundamental achievements of Uzbekistan in this field.

The sides agreed that “public consciousness has reached a level at which not only child labor, but also forced labor is perceived as a morally unacceptable phenomenon.”

Cyril Muller pointed out the possibility of further cooperation of Uzbekistan and WB in three main areas. The first is tripartite format between Uzbekistan, the World Bank and the ILO. The second is the promotion of employment and the creation of favorable working conditions. The third direction is the implementation of projects related to gender equality, infrastructure development, energy efficiency, modernizing agriculture and ensuring food security, promoting the country's trade and export potential.

The World Bank Vice President intends to visit Uzbekistan in March to discuss the most promising projects that the bank could contribute.

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