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Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Shavkat Mirziyoyev unveils vital initiatives to enhance practical cooperation in the SCO

The Bishkek Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization continued with an extended meeting of the heads of state. The talks were attended, along with leaders of member countries, also by chiefs of delegstions of observer nations and international organizations.

In his speech the President of Uzbekistan drew attention to pressing issues in the region and voiced practical proposals to address them. According to Shavkat Mirziyoyev, competition in world markets has been mounting, so has the environmental and demographic disbalance. The threats of terrorism, extremism and transnational crime have proved enduring.

"Today, it is important that we adhere to concerted action to provide for security and promote an environment conducive for the sustainable development of our countries," the head of our state insisted.

The President of Uzbekistan stressed that Central Asia's stability and openness open up immense opportunities for extensive cooperation and the realization of important regional projects. One of those schemes is the construction of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China railroad that is to afford a potent impetus to trade and investments.

Expounding on regional security issues, Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested that the stability in our part of the world is determined by and large by the situation in Afghanistan. Crucial is the roadmap being adopted today for the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group as well as the vigorous engagement of that country in the regional cooperation.

The President of our country proposed also to devise a concept for the introduction of "smart" agriculture and agro-innovations, to approve the SCO program "Green Belt" for wide introduction of resource-saving and ecologically clean technologies.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev underscored the importance of the more energetic promotion of historical and cultural heritage of our peoples, of the full realization of tourism potential and proposed to annually announce one of the cities of participant nations the tourism and cultural capital of the SCO.

The head of our state came up with proposals to shore up economic ties within the SCO, counter the climate change, introduce green technologies, bolster cooperation in the development of information technologies.

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