On 21 August, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk travelled to Tashkent, the Republic of Uzbekistan, on a working visit.
As part of the visit, Alexei Overchuk had a working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov.
The parties discussed bilateral trade as well as cooperation in the economy, investment, transport and logistics. They paid particular attention to expanding region-to-region interaction, cooperation ties and logistics corridors.
The signing of an Action Plan (road map) for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan as it applies to expanding Russia–Uzbekistan logistics corridors was among the most important issues under discussion. This document outlines priority actions aimed at creating the necessary infrastructure and putting in place logistics services. The roadmap sets out the bilateral interaction format to improve customs, sanitary and phytosanitary procedures, to fast-track the procedure for moving goods between the two countries, and to expand interaction between the two countries’ state agencies in the sphere of digitalisation. It also contains specific practical actions for implementing infrastructure projects.
The parties agreed to step up their activities in an effort to implement the agreed-upon investment projects included in the Economic Cooperation Programme. They also discussed preparations for the Second Russia–Uzbekistan Interregional Cooperation Forum and the industry-specific exhibition Made in Uzbekistan in Moscow.
Alexei Overchuk and Sardor Umurzakov reaffirmed their commitment to continue the constructive dialogue across all areas of interaction between the countries.