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Acting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev outlines priority tasks of Uzbekistan

Acting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev outlined priorities of Uzbekistan at the joint session of the Legislative Chamber and Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.
Shavkat Mirziyayev said that Uzbekistan should ensure further strengthening of macroeconomic stability and keep high pace of economic growth.
He said that Uzbekistan should realize complex of additional measures to ensure sustainability of national currency, further strengthen banking system and balanced budget at republican and regional level. He noted that Uzbekistan will continue policy of conservative and rational approach to external loans and avoid excessive debt load.
Mr Mirziyayev said that it is important to realize approved programmes on deepening processing of rare and non-ferrous metals, developing food and chemical industry.
Uzbek official said the country should expand production of competitive products and improve export potential both industries of real economy and regions of Uzbekistan. He said that it is necessary to further stimulate export of small and private businesses, as well as farms. This should be key locomotive of economic growth, development of industries and regions.
Mr Mirziyayev noted that it is necessary to ensure reliable protection of interests of private and small businesses, as well as eliminate red tape and unfounded inspections.
Important social-economic task is to execute the programme of population employment, he said. Uzbekistan will continue to create modern integrated road-transport and engineering infrastructure, as well as development of national information-communication system.
Shavkat Mirziyayev said that it is necessary widely introduce advanced information-communication technologies, including develop E-Government.
According to him, the country will realize decisions of President Karimov on improvement of Tashkent, Qarshi, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Namangan and Urgench.
He said that Uzbekistan should develop and reform agriculture sector and ensure financial stability of farms. He added that this will serve national food security.
Mr Mirziyayev noted that the country should reform and develop education, science, healthcare, culture and art, sport, etc.
Acting President stated Uzbekistan will continue constructive cooperation with foreign countries and international community.
Mr Mirziyayev said that Uzbekistan will actively realize the Concept of foreign policy of Uzbekistan to further strengthen position and authority of the country at international arena.
Uzbek Acting President said that Uzbekistan will not join any military-political block and place military base and objects of foreign countries in the territory of Uzbekistan. He added that Uzbek troops will not be sent to foreign states.
Central Asia is main priority of foreign political activity of Uzbekistan, he said. Uzbekistan will carry out open, friendly and pragmatic policy in relation of neighbours – Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, he said.
Acting President said that priority direction of foreign policy of Uzbekistan is to develop relations with the CIS states, including with Russia, which meets interest of both countries and serves strengthening of stability and security in the region.
He said that Uzbekistan will develop mutual beneficial and constructive cooperation with the United States of America.
He said that Uzbekistan is interested in further strengthening strategic partnership with China as close regional neighbour and state.
In Asian-Pacific region, Uzbekistan will pay attention to development of relations with Japan, South Korea and other states in the sphere of economy, investments, science and technologies, education, healthcare and tourism.
Uzbekistan pays important attention to development of mutual beneficial cooperation with leading states of Europe, first of all with Germany, France and Great Britain, as well as states of Central and Eastern Europe.
“We are interested in further developing cooperation with India, Pakistan and other countries of South Asia in political, trade-economic, transport-communication and cultural-humanitarian spheres. Uzbekistan traditionally will carry out friendly neighborhood and friendly policy in relation with Afghanistan,” Mr Mirziyayev said.
Uzbekistan will develop and strengthen mutual beneficial cooperation with Middle and Near East. Uzbekistan will expand and strengthen relations with the state of Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as Africa, he said.
Contacts, active participation and cooperation with the UN, SCO, CIS, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international organizations meet with national interests of Uzbekistan, he said.
The country will develop cooperation with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and other international financial and economic institutes, which are supporting structural reforms in the economy of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyayev said.
Any attempts of internal and external forces to encroach on the sovereignty and independence of Uzbekistan will be firmly suppressed.
“We should strengthen security of the country, ensure peace and tranquillity for each citizen. It is no secret that there are forces, which want to destabilize situation and create conflict.” Mr Mirziyayev said.
He noted: “We are living in turbulent times and in the troubled region. In this connection, we need to continue to realize complex system measures, ensuring and guaranteeing reliable protection of our Motherland, strengthening its defence capability and security of the state border.”
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