The First Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum was held in Seoul on 15 November at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with about 150 participants including government officials, corporate representatives, people from academic and cultural circles from Korea, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Foreign Minister of South Korea Song Min-soon says Korea is Central Asian countries’ best partner for development cooperation, noting that Seoul has injected funds and resources into the region and will continue to do so.
Korea’s Foreign Minister Song Min-soon has pledged to cooperate with Central Asia, saying that Korea’s past experience of having achieved remarkable economic development in such a short time will be helpful for Central Asian countries looking to leap into the global economy.
UNESCO Regional Conference on Global Literacy is being organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education & Literacy with UNESCO on 29-30 November, 2007 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Smt. Sonia Gandhi will be the Chief Guest of the inaugural session whereas Smt. Mahashweta Devi, Jnanapeeth award winner and recipient of Saraswathi Samman, will be the keynote speaker.
Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent will host the next conference of Russian expatriates living in Central Asia not later than September 2008, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said on the results of the conference of Russian compatriots held in Bishkek last week.
Zautbek Turisbekov has been appointed ambassador of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan.
The fight against drug smuggling remains to be one of the priority areas of the activities of the Uzbek law-enforcement agencies.
A candidate for the Uzbek presidency, Asliddin Rustamov, has urged joining efforts with other countries in the fight against international terrorism, extremism and drugs. Rustamov is nominated from the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU - former Uzbek Communist Party).