Uzbekistan, China Step Up Cooperation
The 4th China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum is underway these days in the city of Jinan (PRC) on ‘Building a One Belt, One Road, Sharing the Results of Cooperation’. A delegation of the Development Strategy Center, headed by the Executive Director Eldor Tulyakov, is taking part at the event.
The China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum is a multilateral international conference initiated by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in cooperation with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and other organizations concerned, as well as with regional administrations building upon friendly relations and regional cooperation.
As emphasized at the event, regional cooperation is an important component in the development of relations between countries, as well as an important channel and a key driving force for enhancing practical cooperation in various fields, so the contacts between twin cities play an important and active role in regional cooperation.
The Forum’s objective not just coincides with the goals of the 2nd Belt and Road high-level Summit for International Cooperation, but is also seen as an important step in pursuance of the Summit outcomes and the consensus reached by the leaders of China and Central Asian states.
The forum is advantageous is terms of promoting cooperation between China and the five countries of Central Asia in many areas, including regional and sectoral cooperation, education and youth exchanges, people's exchanges and sharing of the media platform. In addition, the Forum has a positive effect on strengthening mutual understanding and mutual trust between the peoples of China and the five countries of Central Asia, and on raising the level of friendly cooperation between peoples and regions.
The Forum agenda included an opening ceremony, a plenary session, as well as panel discussions on ‘Education and Youth’, ‘Exchange between the Media’, ‘The Economy of Jinan and Central Asia’, and a welcome reception.
Representatives of the Development Strategy Center held bilateral talks with the leadership of the Academy of Social Sciences of Gansu Province on the prospects of cooperation in project implementation, scientific conferences, etc.
As part of the forum, the Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center Eldor Tulyakov made a presentation ‘On the Youth Policy in Uzbekistan’. In his report, he outlined the basic principles of state youth policy in terms of openness and transparency, youth engagement in the implementation of state youth policy, support and encouragement of youth initiatives, priority of spiritual, moral and cultural values, as well as non-discrimination of youth.
As emphasized at the Forum, Uzbekistan has been paying close attention to youth issues, actively initiating all-round support for young people, ensuring their vocational guidance and employment, and stimulating their initiatives. It was noted that President Shavkat Mirziyoev relies on youth. Tashkent is regularly hosting all sorts of events to improve the state youth policy. Youth issues are an indelible part of the agenda of high-level events.
The speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly was the key event in the agenda of the President’s visit to New York in September 2017. In his speech, the country's leader introduced the world community into the modern realities of new Uzbekistan, and came up with global initiatives, including the development of a Convention on the Rights of Young People. That personified the conscious attitude of the President of Uzbekistan in his strategy regarding the development prospects of the state.
At the Forum, the Development Strategy Center and the Academy of Social Sciences of the Gansu Province of the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document opens up broad prospects in the implementation of joint projects and research toward the further strengthening of bilateral cooperation.
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