Uzbekistan, 2 November 2023 (TDI): The presidents of Uzbekistan and France have announced the creation of the Uzbek-French Chamber of Commerce.

The announcement came during a meeting between President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

However, official delegations from both countries also took part, including officials, heads of leading companies and well-known figures in French culture and science.

Moreover, the president also stated that the office of the Business France agency in Tashkent will be opened soon.

Further, both parties recognized that regular high-level meetings added complexity to Uzbekistan-France relations and committed to strong political engagement.

Albeit, they rely on regular parliamentary and government discussions to ensure continuous exchange between the foreign and economic policy departments.

Additionally, they supported the Samarkand French Alliance branch and committed to advancing the Uzbek-French cooperation university.

Moreover, the sides also exchanged views on issues on the international agenda and continued cooperation in combating common challenges and threats to security.

Earlier this year, French companies from various sectors, including transport, energy, agriculture, digital, textile and industrial, expressed interest in exploring business opportunities in Uzbekistan.

Furthermore, this happened during a visit to Tashkent by a French business delegation of almost 40 companies, which took part in the Franco-Uzbek Business Council of MEDEF International.

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The Franco-Uzbek Business Council of MEDEF International noted that it has recently been very active in maintaining the dynamic growth of bilateral relations between the two countries.

However, it organized its previous delegation in Tashkent only in July 2022 and organized an important Franco-Uzbek economic forum in Paris last November with around 200 participants during President Mirziyoyev’s official visit to France.

Uzbekistan is the second leg of Macron’s Central Asia tour following his visit to Kazakhstan earlier this week.

President Macron’s visit underscores Europe’s efforts to counter Chinese and Russian influence in Central Asia through the Global Gateway project.