Parliamentary cooperation strengthening
A meeting with the chairman of the UK-Uzbekistan All-Party Group of the British Parliament Lord V. Waverley was held at the foreign policy committee of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
During the conversation it was noted that the relations between Uzbekistan and the UK is consistently growing in many areas, including in parliamentary cooperation, where both parties are interested in enhancing and strengthening interaction.
The agreements between the countries on avoiding double taxation and preventing fiscal evasion, mutual investment stimulus and protection, on cooperation in economy, education, science, culture and air transport as well as in tourism serve as an important legal base to develop bilateral cooperation.
Meetings of Uzbek-British trade and industry council, tasked to strengthen cooperative relations between the business circles of the two countries, are held regularly. In 2011 mutual trade volume constituted 177,5 million US dollars. 437 enterprises with British capital and 86 representative offices of Britsh companies operate in Uzbekistan.
Cultural-humanitarian links are also on the rise between our countries. In particular, Westminister International University in Tashkent, which was founded in 2002, is a vivid demonstration of such cooperation.
The issues of further developing parliamentary ties were discussed in detail during the meeting at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
– We are pleased with consistent development of parliamentary ties, – said Lord Waverley. – I would like to highlight that the Memorandum of Understanding between the Group of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation with the UK Parliament and UK-Uzbekistan All-Party group of the British Parliament, signed in 2010, has greatly contributed to widening and strengthening of parliamentary relations, rapid development of political, economic and social relations. We are willing to further develop widescale cooperation between our countries.
On this day Lord V.Waverley visited the Public Administration Academy under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, where a presentation of the “Open Parliament” documentary, dedicated to the activity of the British Parliament, was held.