Samarkand, 18 November 2022 (TDI): EU-Central Asia Connectivity Conference: Global Gateway happened on 18 November 2022 at Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Speaking at the conference in Samarkand were Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Josep Borrell, the Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell stated, “Borders are historical scars. Through connections and infrastructure, the veins enable us to sustain life on our planet.

We must overcome them—bringing people together and closer together. With EU, GlobalGateway, and TeamEurope, we are dedicated to it in a real-world, long-lasting way.”

Under the Global Gateway project, the EU created two unique Team Europe programs for Central Asia. The initiatives include “digital connection” and “water, energy, and climate change.”

EU and Central Asia will connect two areas through tangible projects and shared commitment. Participants in the event are invited to be specialists and experts from the private sector, government organizations, researchers, and media representatives.

Digitalization, logistics and transportation, energy, and water resources were all topics that were tackled throughout the three main thematic panel discussions.

The first regional conference on connectivity since the EU’s new Global Gateway Strategy was adopted on December 1, 2021, was the Samarkand Conference on Connectivity between the European Union (EU) and the countries of Central Asia.

The event, which was organized with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, provided a forum for intra- and interregional dialogue on common solutions.

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Aiding in the realization of the resilience, prosperity, and regional cooperation objectives outlined in the EU Strategy on Central Asia of 2019.

Together, the EU and Central Asian nations are supporting their efforts to modernize, increase investment, digitalize, and facilitate trade within and outside of the region.

Likewise, they are diversifying their transport routes as part of global efforts to lessen the socioeconomic effects of the new geopolitical context.

Global Gateway

The Global Gateway represents dependable, trustworthy links that benefit both people and the environment.

The most urgent global issues will be addressed, such as combating climate change, enhancing healthcare systems, and enhancing the competitiveness and security of global supply chains.

The EU’s contribution to closing the global investment gap is the Global Gateway. It is consistent with the G7 leaders’ pledge to start a values-based, transparent, high-standard infrastructure partnership in June 2021.

The partnership aims to address the world’s infrastructure development requirements. The Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 of the UN, as well as the Paris Agreement, are likewise perfectly in line with The Global Gateway.