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Uzbekistan Ambassdor Said Rustamov says modernising Uzbekistan
is the key to deepening relations with the UK
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has radically changed the
lives of people, has had a significant impact on sociopolitical and economic processes, and is changing the
course of how nations develop.
Like other countries, Uzbekistan has also felt the
negative impacts of the pandemic. The country’s rate of
economic growth has noticeably slowed down, there have
been disruptions in supply chains and interruptions in
foreign trade operations. The economic wellbeing of the
population has been affected too.
There are still challenges ahead, but as a result of
comprehensive measures adopted in a timely manner,
Uzbekistan has been able to quickly minimise the negative
impacts and adapt to the new reality. State support
for entrepreneurship, an employment programme and
targeted work to find new markets for export products
have contributed to the employment of the population and
the flow of necessary funds. Although economic growth
slowed, it remained positive for 2020, a rarity around the
world. The World Bank recently improved its forecasts for
Uzbekistan, with GDP set to grow 4.8 per cent in 2021 and
5.5 per cent in 2022.
Success, however, inspires hope and confidence.
Uzbekistan remains committed to the large-scale and rapid
reforms that have been underway since 2017, for which The
Economist magazine named it Country of the Year 2019.
These transformations are supported by the population
and have become irreversible.
In its development strategy, today’s Uzbekistan adheres
to a number of priorities.
First, it pursues a responsible regional policy aimed
at strengthening long-term development and the
prosperity of the Central Asian region, and active
participation in solving common human problems
and challenges worldwide, such as pandemics and
environmental issues. Uzbekistan strongly promotes
regional security and stability, is a leading supporter
of the process aimed at a peaceful settlement in
Afghanistan, and is actively participating in the
reconstruction of the country. The regional water
shortage and food security challenges relating to
the Aral Sea disaster, have meant that Uzbekistan is
increasingly embracing the climate change agenda.
REGISTAN SQUARE IN SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN,
ONE OF THE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS OF THE
ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE IN THE CENTRAL ASIA REGION
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