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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov on February 26 took part in the II Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the city of Urgench of Uzbekistan’s Khorezm region.

“Thanks to the political will of our leaders, the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan has reached a qualitatively new level,” said Mamin, as quoted by his press service.

During their talks on the same day, the two prime ministers discussed further development of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, investment, agricultural, transit-transport, water-energy, textile, engineering, tourism, and environmental spheres, as well as in the field of financial technologies and inter-regional cooperation.

Mamin and Aripov took part in the final meeting of the II Forum of Interregional Cooperation of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on the theme “Cooperation of regional business in the agro-industrial, industry and tourism areas,” which brought together more than 300 heads of government agencies, regions, as well as representatives of business circles of the two countries.

The prime minister of Kazakhstan put forward initiatives to create a Kazakh-Uzbek cluster of light industry on the basis of the Ontustik SEZ in Shymkent (Kazakhstan), to open a joint tourist route to tourist sites in Turkistan, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khorezm regions, to jointly develop wholesale distribution and agricultural logistic centers, the press service of the Kazakh prime minister reported.

Mamin made a special emphasis on the potential of cooperation between the two countries in transit, transport and logistics.

“For Kazakhstan, your country is access to South Asia, for Uzbekistan, our territory is access to the markets of the EEU and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus and Europe,” Mamin said.

At the end of the forum, 52 documents on the development of economic cooperation were signed, including the Forum’s Final Declaration, as well as interdepartmental, interregional and commercial agreements in mechanical engineering, agricultural, financial, banking, industrial, infrastructural, pharmaceutical and other fields totaling about $500 million.

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