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On May 25, a number of companies and enterprises of Uzbekistan and Turkey signed agreements providing for implementation of projects totaling over $2 billion. According to Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov (the co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation), this was done during the regular meeting of this structure in Tashkent and the simultaneously held business forum.


On May 24, a delegation of the Australian Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs led by the head of the Department of Western and Southern Asia, James Hall, discussed the development of bilateral relations with the representatives of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. According to the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, the talks were held within the framework of regular inter-MFA bilateral consultations.


The Ministry of Labor of Uzbekistan will be transformed into the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations. This will be done in accordance with the decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On measures aimed at further improvement of the state policy in the field of employment and a radical increase in the effectiveness of the activities of bodies related to labor activities.” According to the press service of the Uzbek president, the text of the decree also defines the area of activity and tasks of the new ministry, as well as its territorial divisions.



By the end of 2018, Uzbekistan will acquire 24 electric locomotives from Chinese manufacturers for operation on Uzbek railways. According to a representative of “Uzbekiston Temir Yullari,” such large volumes of locomotive purchases are primarily related to the currently implemented program of electrification of railways. Over the past three years, slightly less than 1,100 kilometers of railways have been electrified in the republic. According to the plans, the level of electrification should be brought to 51 percent by the end of 2019.



In Uzbekistan, plans are afoot to implement a unique project for reconstruction and restoration of buildings that are part of the historical complex “Nurillaboi” located in the city of Khiva. The resolution on the main parameters of this project was recently approved by the government of the republic. According to experts, its primary purpose is the further development of the tourist, historical and architectural potential of Khiva.


By 2018, plans are afoot in Uzbekistan to establish the universal interbank retail payment system GlobUzCard, which will be integrated with international payment systems. According to local media, the new payment system will establish relations with international payment systems, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express and a number of others. This will ensure that GlobUz bank cards can be used to perform various types of foreign currency transactions.


On May 23, Russian Interior Minister and General of Police Vladimir Kolokoltsev paid a working visit to Uzbekistan to meet the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic, Major-General Abdusalom Azizov. During the meeting, the 2017-2018 Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the two states was signed. “This Protocol is a program that will determine the further development of cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan in the law enforcement sphere.


In Uzbekistan, the Committee on Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries and Inter-Ethnic Relations was established under the Cabinet of Ministers in accordance with the decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. According to the document, this structure was created on the basis of the Council of Societies of Friendship and Cultural and Educational Relations with Foreign Countries and the Republican International Cultural Center.


The Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC) will be engaged in geological exploration in the territory of two oil and gas investment blocks located in southern Uzbekistan. This will be done in the framework of the relevant agreement signed by the corporation with the Uzbek national holding company “Uzbekneftegaz.” According to a representative of the latter, exploration works will be carried out at the Tashkurgan and Dekhkanabad investment blocks in the territory of Kashkadarya Province.


Uzbekistan will provide its energy network for the transit of electricity produced in Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Uzbek media reported the news on May 20. According to the reports, Uzbekenergo and the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of electricity transit. This event took place within the framework of the visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyev to Turkmenistan on May 19-20.