A briefing on Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO in 2022 was held in Ashgabat, a Dunyo correspondent reports.
The event, organized by the Embassy of our country in Turkmenistan, was attended by heads of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations, representatives of state structures, public organizations and the media of Turkmenistan.
During the briefing, the participants were familiarized with the main priorities of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO in 2022 and new initiatives of the republic’s leadership aimed at further building up multifaceted cooperation within the framework of the “SCO Family”.
It was stressed that Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO falls at a very important stage in the development of this organization, both taking into account the peculiarities of its internal dynamics, and in the light of fundamental changes in the region and the world as a whole.
In this regard, Uzbekistan carefully and with a high degree of responsibility implements the intended goals within the framework of its honorable mission.
It was noted that based on its constructive domestic policy, the peaceful and constructive nature of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy aspirations, official Tashkent prioritized in the SCO the issues of using the capabilities of this organization to comprehensively promote international cooperation for the sake of world peace, while strictly adhering to the principles of maintaining openness against third states and other structures.
Separate attention within the framework of the Uzbekistan’s chairmanship is paid to the comprehensive expansion of constructive interaction with the UN.
The participants were informed that the SCO leadership highly appreciates the role of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in building confidence and mutually beneficial cooperation in Central Asia, which is in line with the goals and values of our organization.
In this regard, the participants were familiarized with the decision adopted by the heads of the SCO member states to award the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman with the anniversary medal “20 years of the SCO” in recognition of her special merits in strengthening peace, stability, security and common prosperity in Central Asia, as well as deepening cooperation between the SCO and the UN.
The above-mentioned medal and certificate were presented to the head of the UNRCCA, Natalia Gherman, in a solemn ceremony.
In her speech, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General highly appreciated the chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the SCO, as well as the ongoing work on the comprehensive development and expansion of good neighborly relations in the Central Asian region.
Focusing on the prospects for cooperation between the UN and the SCO, she stressed that the Regional Center would continue to involve SCO partners, including representatives of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure, in activities aimed at implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia on the basis of the Joint Action Plan adopted at the high-level meeting in Tashkent in March 2022.
Natalia Gherman expressed confidence that cooperation will be further strengthened during the current chairmanship of Uzbekistan.
As part of the briefing, a presentation was also made of the results of the first Tashkent International Investment Forum (TIIF), which took place on March 24-26 this year.
It was noted that TIIF was the first event of its kind in Central Asia and in the world as a whole, which took place in difficult conditions of an unprecedented increase in geopolitical tensions in the international arena.
Confidence was expressed that TIIF would become a permanent platform for attracting foreign investment and modern technologies to the economy of both Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asian region, as well as identifying areas of mutual interest to establish direct links between entrepreneurs in the region and foreign business circles.
The event received wide coverage in the media of Turkmenistan.