On December 26, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev participated in an informal meeting of the Heads of the CIS member states, held on the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in the city of Saint Petersburg.
The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdymukhamedov and the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan also took part at the summit.
The partakers of the summit have summed up the results of interactions this year and discussed the priorities for the coming year 2023. The views were exchanged on pressing issues of regional and international agenda.
It should be noted that Uzbekistan is currently developing cooperation with its CIS partners in three dimensions: in politics and security, economic and humanitarian spheres.
The importance of establishing a full-fledged free trade zone and strengthening transport connectivity in the CIS space was noted.
A strong emphasis is placed on uniting efforts in implementing the national programs and strategies, aimed at increasing industrial cooperation and ensuring food, energy and ecological security.
Uzbekistan has intensified its participation in the activities of the Commonwealth in recent years, signed more than 40 multilateral agreements and joined 23 sectoral bodies of the CIS.
The trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the Commonwealth has increased by third, as well as more than one thousand joint ventures were created in 2022.