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Uzbekistan President Meets with OIC Head, IsDB President

Uzbekistan President Meets with OIC Head, IsDB President

Friday, 19 August, 2022 - 05:00

The president of Uzbekistan met with the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during an official trip to the Kingdom on Thursday.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev hailed Hissein Brahim Taha for leading the OIC’s efforts to promote joint Islamic action and consolidate the spirit of Islamic solidarity.

The president stressed that the organization receives special attention from his country’s government which is looking forward to strengthening cooperation with the OIC.

Taha praised Uzbekistan’s role in the OIC and its efforts to support the activities of the organization and promote joint Islamic action through various initiatives.

He stressed OIC’s keenness to boost cooperation with Uzbekistan in all areas of common interest.

The two officials also discussed issues of common concern, including supporting peace and security in the region and the world.

Mirziyoyev later met with President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IsDB Group Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser.

Mirziyoyev stressed that his government has implemented comprehensive reforms aimed at improving the business and investment environment, enhancing regional cooperation, improving the agricultural sector, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship to reach the goal of achieving dignity for all people by 2026.

IsDB Chairman Al-Jasser valued the valuable ties between the two sides and Uzbekistan's continuous support for the Islamic Development Bank group, in addition to the bank's current portfolio, which includes sectors in line with the priorities and needs of development in Uzbekistan, adding that the bank supports rural development and access to an affordable rural housing, the agricultural sector, and rebuilding water supply and sanitation facilities, health, education and transportation sectors, and energy sector. He reiterated the keenness of IsDB to enhance cooperation between the Bank and the Government of Uzbekistan.

The two parties exchanged views on the National Development Strategy of Uzbekistan (2026) and agreed on the need to align the Bank's country strategy with the national charter, a task that will be worked on as a priority, according to IsDB President.

The meeting witnessed the signing of a letter of intent between the two sides, signed by IsDB President, and the Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khojayev, to provide a framework for facilitating cooperation between the two parties, promote rapid processing and approval of projects and operations that are part of the work program of IsDB for Uzbekistan in 2022.

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