As part of the program of stay in Samarkand city, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Odile Renaud-Basso.
At the beginning of the meeting, the President of our state sincerely congratulated the management and team of the Bank on a successful holding of annual meeting of the Board of Governors in Uzbekistan, which is attended by over 2.5 thousand delegates from more than 70 countries.
The confidence was expressed that the ongoing event will become an important platform for a broad discussion and in-depth analysis of the prospects for the global economy, and the development of recommendations for its sustainable development.
The highest level of fruitful cooperation achieved in recent years between Uzbekistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was satisfactorily noted.
Since 2017, the Bank has invested €3.3 billion in our country, 55 % of the portfolio is in private sector projects. Uzbekistan is the EBRD’s leading partner in the region and is among the top five in terms of transaction volume.
With the assistance and active participation of the Bank, the first meeting of the Council of Foreign Investors was successfully held. The major transactions were implemented in the investment, banking and financial sectors. The experts from a leading financial institution support reforms in the field of the “green” economy, modernization of the public utilities and transport infrastructure, ecology and other priority areas.
The focus is on the preparation and implementation of a new long-term Partnership Strategy.
The programs and projects to develop small and medium-sized businesses, support women’s entrepreneurship, privatize and increase the share of the private sector in the economy, introduce public-private partnership mechanisms, “green” and innovative technologies, as well as expand participation in the Green cities were determined as priority areas of cooperation.
The excessive opportunities for supporting projects to deepen regional integration in Central Asia were noted.
The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Odile Renaud-Basso, expressed her deep gratitude for the support and assistance in organizing and successfully holding the annual meeting of governors in Samarkand city.
As part of the program of irreversible reforms in our country, the readiness for joint implementing a new agenda of strategic cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EBRD was emphasized.