In the framework of strengthening Belarusian-Uzbek expert cooperation, the BISR Director Oleg Makarov and Deputy Director Vitaly Stakhovsky on July 15-16, 2021 will take part in the high-level International Conference "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities" in Tashkent, organized by the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.
The initiative to hold this large-scale event belongs to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The main goal of the Forum is to enhance historically close and friendly ties, trust and good-neighborliness between the Central and South Asia in the interests of all peoples and countries of both regions.
The conference will be attended by President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, foreign ministers and high representatives of Central and South Asian countries, China, other foreign countries, heads of reputable international and regional agencies, global financial institutions and companies, leading research and analytical centers. The Belarusian delegation is headed by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov.
Experts of the world's leading "think tanks" will consider key factors of interregional importance, as well as regional and national character, ways to build a belt of security, stability and good-neighborliness in the region.
The conference will result in elaboration of proposals to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, transport, energy, innovation, green technologies, ensuring stability and security in the countries of the region, reaching agreements on implementating specific initiatives and cooperation programs.
The BISR delegation has attended the plenary session of the conference, the work of sections "Trade and transport connection for sustainable growth", "Revitalizing cultural and humanitarian ties as a way to strengthen friendship and mutual trust", "Regional security. Challenges and threats". On the sidelines of the event, the BISR leaders discussed promising areas of BISR cooperation with foreign analytical centers.
Inside the conference, a MOU was signed between BISR and the International Institute of Central Asia that was an important step in strengthening the mechanism of expert cooperation between Belarus and Uzbekistan.