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News ID: 4974
Publish Date: 27 February 2019 - 16:07
Experts from the Central Asian countries, and beyond, agreed at a Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent to continue supporting cooperation in security, connectivity and environmental issues at the Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent.
ECO-IEST:  Experts from the Central Asian countries, and beyond, agreed at a Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent to continue supporting cooperation in security, connectivity and environmental issues at the Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent.
The conference titled Interconnection in Central Asia: Challenges and New Opportunities brought together more than 100 experts from 30 countries and nine international and regional organisations; representatives of more than 70 analytical institutions and 18 governmental organisations and parliaments participated in the conference.

The conference was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

The conference also addressed helping Afghanistan in strengthening security and economic development.

It was emphasised that a political agreement on the management of transboundary water resources has yet to be reached, including strengthening the cooperation on the Aral Sea issue.

Issues related to the observance of human rights, youth policies, the role of women, cultural, humanitarian and scientific cooperation, sports and tourism were also discussed.

The important strategic location of the countries of Central Asia requires the rational use of the possibilities of international transport corridors. The establishment of interregional rail, air, sea and road links and freight traffic provides many opportunities for the implementation of transport and communication projects in the East-West and North-South directions. It is planned to implement the Silk Road Visa project for the development of regional tourism.

Along with it, new opportunities to establish cooperation between research and expert-analytical centres of the Central Asian countries were discussed.


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