October 10). Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the RT, met with the
delegation of Uzbekistan, headed by Gulomzhon Ibragimov, the deputy prime
minister of Uzbekistan. The meeting took place at the residence of the
President of the RT in the Kazan Kremlin.
Minnikhanov welcomed the participants and expressed confidence that the visit
of the Uzbekistan delegation to Kazan would contribute to the further
development of cooperation between Tatarstan and Uzbekistan aimed at
strengthening Russian-Uzbek relations. The President reminded his visit to
Uzbekistan in September this year and thanked Gulomzhon Ibragimov for the
hospitality and organized extensive business and cultural program.
Minnikhanov marked that the volume of mutual trade between Tatarstan and
Uzbekistan still doesn’t reflect all available opportunities. “We see great
prospects for cooperation. This is facilitated by our similar languages,
culture, and customs. But most importantly, there is a will of the top
leadership of both countries”. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, and
Shavkat Mirziyeev, the President of Uzbekistan, defined the strengthening of
interregional cooperation as a priority in the development of Russian-Uzbek
relations, said Rustam Minnikhanov.
He said that
Tatarstan has extensive experience in the development of the oil and
petrochemical industry. The main enterprises in this industry are the “Tatneft”
and the “TAIF”. Rustam Minnikhanov proposed to consider all possible options
for cooperation in this area: from the supply of finished products to
Uzbekistan and the implementation of joint projects to the cooperation in the
training of industry specialists.
has a developed branch of light industry. “I am confident that we will be able
to establish contacts in this area. We should invite Uzbek business to the
republic, offer them all the necessary conditions, and provide appropriate
support”, said Rustam Minnikhanov to Taliya Minullina, the head of the Agency
for Investment Development of the RT.
President of the RT also noted the need to intensify tourism links, cooperation
in the field of engineering, construction, housing and communal services,
health, agriculture, information, culture, and a number of other areas. Rustam
Minnikhanov suggested Gulomzhon Ibrahimov organize additional mutual visits of
business representatives and to determine main business projects by the end of
Ibragimov thanked the President of the RT for the reception and noted that the
leadership of Uzbekistan is interested in increasing cooperation with the
republic. “Tatarstan has extensive experience in a number of areas. We can
learn a lot from you, and also solve problems jointly. Today we have serious
intentions to cooperate with the “KAMAZ”, the “Tatneft”, and other large
enterprises of the republic. The main thing is that we decided on the
mechanisms for further work. I think we will be able to start certain projects
this year”, added the deputy prime minister of Uzbekistan.
Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, Albert Karimov, the deputy prime minister of the
RT and the minister of Industry and Trade of the RT, Roman Shaikhutdinov, the
deputy prime minister of the RT and the minister of Information and
Communication of the RT, Radik Gimatdinov, an assistant to the President of the
RT, Irek Fayzullin, the minister of Construction, Architecture and Housing and
communal services of the RT, Adel Vafin, the minister of Health of the RT,
Taliya Minullina, the head of the Agency for Investment Development of the RT,
Shamil Ageev, the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the RT,
heads of industrial enterprises of the Republic, and others took part in the
meeting on the part of Tatarstan, reports the Tatarstan Government Portal.