Kazakh, Uzbek PMs discuss water and industrial cooperation

Photo: Kazakh government

Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov of Kazakhstan held talks with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulla Aripov in Almaty before the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting, Kazinform News Agency cites primminister.kz.

The talks focused on the issues of strengthening of trade and economic cooperation, interaction in agriculture, transit and transport and gas spheres. In particular, the realization of the roadmap aimed at increasing bilateral trade turnover and the outcomes of the cooperative industrial projects were discussed.

Special attention was attached to the expansion of interstate water relations. The sides stressed the high level of the current partnership, confirmed the readiness to fulfill the agreements reached earlier and strengthen further cooperation, including joint management and use of transboundary water facilities.

Smailov noted that Kazakhstan pays great attention to the development of strategic partnership with Uzbekistan.

Photo: Kazakh government press service


Thanks to the efforts of the Heads of State, our cooperation now is the example for the entire region, he said.

According to the Kazakh premier, Uzbekistan is among major trade partners of Kazakhstan, with the trade turnover surpassing the $5bn target in 2022. In 11 months of last year, the mutual trade between the countries stood at $4.1bn.

We have the task to bring the trade turnover to $10bn. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt systemic measures to expand trade and economic ties. The Kazakh government is ready for active joint work to achieve the goals set, said Smailov.

For his part, Aripov pointed out that the strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is growing rapidly in a spirit of friendship, good-neighborliness, and mutual respect.

The Heads of our States outlined concrete tasks to further promote multifaceted relations between the countries. We’re ready to take all measures necessary to achieve these tasks, he said.

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