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17 May , 19:42

Bashkortostan and Karakalpakstan will strengthen trade, economic and humanitarian ties

On May 17, as part of the visit of the official delegation of Bashkortostan to Uzbekistan, the Head of the Republic Radiy Khabirov met with the chairman of the Jokargy Kenes (Supreme Council) of Karakalpakstan Murat Kamalov. The parties discussed the prospects for the development and strengthening of bilateral relations. Before the meeting, the leaders of the regions got acquainted with the reconstruction project for the center of the capital of Karakalpakstan - Nukus City. Here they plan to create all conditions for business development and attract investors.

At the beginning of the negotiations, the Head of Bashkortostan, Radiy Khabirov, expressed gratitude to his colleagues from Uzbekistan for their warm welcome.

Radiy Khabirov spoke about the purposes of the visit of the official delegation of Bashkortostan.

“Tomorrow in Tashkent we will hold a presentation of the investment and economic potential of Bashkortostan, we plan to conclude a number of agreements and contracts. I propose to prepare a roadmap between Bashkortostan and Karakalpakstan for the development of bilateral trade, economic and humanitarian ties, the development of engineering, communication, production and service infrastructure, the construction, reconstruction and repair of social facilities,” the Head of the Republic stated.

The Head of Bashkortostan invited the chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan Murat Kamalov to the celebration of the 450th anniversary of Ufa in 2024.

The Chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan supported the initiative of the Bashkortostan side to create a permanent interregional working group that would contribute to the expansion of business contacts between the republics.

During the talks, the parties discussed expanding cooperation in industry, agriculture, tourism and culture. In particular, they discussed the prospects for joint activities in the production of soda ash and copper processing. Karakalpakstan is considering the possibility of supplying cotton yarn, garments and knitwear, fruits and vegetables, food salt and other goods to Bashkortostan.

Following the meeting, the  Prime Minister of the Government of Bashkortostan Andrey Nazarov and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Karakalpakstan Kahraman Sariev signed a protocol on promising areas of interregional cooperation.

“We want to open the opportunities of Karakalpakstan for the economy and business of our republic. They are very interesting to us. This includes cooperation in the field of agricultural production: the purchase of products, and the exchange of scientific achievements in the agricultural industry. We are interested in the achievements of Uzbekistan in the production of textiles since we are developing the light industry in Bashkortostan and are extremely interested in high-quality raw materials. We are also ready to strengthen cooperation between universities and scientific institutions, and humanitarian and cultural relations. Our meeting today is the first step. We agreed to create a permanent working group that will resolve all organizational issues. It will prepare an appropriate roadmap for specific areas of cooperation,” Radiy Khabirov said, answering questions from journalists following the meeting.

Murat Kamalov stressed that Bashkortostan is one of the most economically developed regions of Russia, a locomotive and cementing beginning for the entire Russian economy.

Author: Azat Gizzatullin

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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