Tashkent/Abu Dhabi, 23 February 2023 (TDI): Bakhtiyor Saidov, the acting Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan spoke on the phone with Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The parties talked over the current state and future prospects of our two countries’ relations, the calendar and agenda of joint events scheduled for 2023, and strategies for fostering even closer trade, economic, and investment cooperation.

In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding signed in the previous years to encourage the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and successful experiences, the two introduced ten crucial sectors.

These sectors were introduced as part of a new phase of their strategic partnership for government modernization last year.

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Over the past few years, the UAE and Uzbekistan’s relations have advanced gradually to a strategic level.

The cordial ties between the leaders of the UAE and Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan serve as a positive force for the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The UAE leaders are Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Both countries will collaborate in the domains of smart applications, government services, government accelerators, capacity-building, strategy, national planning, and government performance

Likewise, government quality, business incubators, competitiveness, statistics, tourism, economy, and industry are some of the new areas of collaboration.

The UAE’s newest private businesses are keen on breaking into the Uzbek market. In this setting, the chemical, mining, metallurgical, and textile industries were identified as the most promising sectors.

The possibility of Emirati firms taking part in the privatization processes occurring in Uzbekistan has been taken into consideration.

Also, the acquisition of state stakes in businesses has been taken into account with a focus on tourism, chemistry, agriculture, construction, and other industries.

Lastly, the Emirati side stressed that the UAE’s and the Republic of Uzbekistan’s collaboration is a concretely successful illustration of bilateral cooperation.