Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Russia visits Chelyabinsk region
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The head of the Chelyabinsk region, Alexei Teksler, met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to Russia Botirjon Asadov. This was reported by the press service of the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region.
The parties discussed the prospects for socio-economic and humanitarian cooperation.
“Our region has long-standing, multifaceted ties with the Republic of Uzbekistan. I am sure that our common desire is to make them closer and mutually beneficial. For this, we closely cooperate in a number of areas, including humanitarian contacts, actively go to the regions of Uzbekistan, and meetings of representatives of the Chelyabinsk region with Uzbek colleagues have become almost regular. Over the past three years, 15 joint events have been held with the participation of authorities of the Chelyabinsk region, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Uzbek regions. This gave the result: now the Chelyabinsk region takes first place in non-resource non-energy exports to Uzbekistan among all regions of Russia. In 2018, trade with Uzbek companies exceeded US$370 million, with an increase of 27 percent over the year. Now we have official data for the first half of this year. The growth rates have not just been preserved - they have grown; in total, the mutual turnover reached almost US$200 million. This, of course, makes us happy, these rates need to be maintained,” Alexey Teksler emphasized.
The leadership of Chelyabinsk region sees a promising direction in further work in the participation of enterprises in the region in the implementation of large infrastructure projects in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The region is ready to take part in the construction of gas pipelines, supply construction equipment, possibly products of engineering enterprises.
In his response, Botirjon Asadov congratulated the head of the region on being elected governor of the Chelyabinsk region: “I am convinced that with your arrival our bilateral relations will become even more productive. The cooperation of our countries is multifaceted. Russia is a time-tested strategic partner of Uzbekistan. We are successfully cooperating in almost all areas, and today we are talking more about the activation of lagging areas. Chelyabinsk region is one of the leading trade and economic partners of the Republic. I would like to ask for your assistance in enhancing the exchange of visits by business circles. Experience shows that this contributes to the growth of trade. ”
According to the Ministry of Economic Development of Chelyabinsk Region, trade with Uzbekistan in 2018 made up US$370.2 million (127% compared to the same period in 2017), including: export - US$349.0 million (127.7%), import - US$21.2 million (increased by more than 2 times).
In the first half of 2019, trade with Uzbekistan reached US$195.3 million (128.5% compared to the same period in 2018), including: export - US$187.8 million (133.5%), import - US$7.5 million (66 ,four%).
The main export items: ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy products, land vehicles, equipment, nuclear reactors, boilers, construction equipment, food products.
The main imports: zinc and articles thereof, food, consumer goods.