In preparation for the Consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian States, the first Central Asian economic forum with the participation of official government delegations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan and the Kyrgyz Republic was organised in Tashkent on March 15 this year. Also for the business communities of countries, organised a cooperation exchange and “Uzexpocentre” was held the exhibition of commodity producers, which were presented to the products of countries under national brands.
The initiative to hold the Central Asian economic forum was put forward by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the Samarkand conference on Central Asia in November 2017.
The purpose of the five-sided meeting between the Deputy Prime Ministers of the Central Asian countries was to discuss the further development of regional cooperation, increase the volume of mutual trade, investigate the possibilities of transportation and communication complex and increase tourism attractiveness.
Central Asian States are United not only by common borders, but also by a number of characteristics related to the peculiarities of socio-economic development, geographical location, as well as, in part, the similarity of the export structure, reflecting the specifics of national economies.
Within the framework of the CAEF forum, sessions on thematic areas and presentations from participants were held, demonstrating the potential and capabilities of the countries of the Central Asian region.
Following the first Central Asian economic forum, a Joint communique was adopted.