Tashkent hosted the Regional Conference ‘Production Potential, Commerce and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Central Asia’

On November 25 this year, Tashkent hosted the Regional Conference ‘Production Potential, Commerce and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Central Asia’ arranged by the UNDP supported by the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the German Society for International Cooperation.

The Conference was the platform to discuss the production potential and commerce as an engine to achieve the SDGs in Central Asia.

Multipartite dialogue touched upon economic growth and commerce in the region, as well as other aspects affecting decent employment, the economic growth, sustainable consumption and production.

Regional and national partners from state institutions of Central Asia, private sector and business entities, scientific and research representatives, as well as international partners promoting economic growth, developing production potential and commerce attended the event.

The Conference included plenary sessions on several major topics:

  • commerce and sustainable development: commercial policy enabling economic growth and decent employment;
  • commerce and SDGs: building of promising production potential, development of commerce and increase of competitiveness;
  • standards of sustainable (regional) agricultural commerce and implementation of SDGs;
  • commerce facilitation: progress and challenges.

The meeting involved brief topical survey for commerce policy aimed at sustainable and inclusive development in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The representatives of the UNDP, the Asian Development Bank and UNCTAD spoke about the support to the Central Asian countries in moving to more inclusive and sustainable growth models through improved productive potential, diversification of exports, and commerce promotion.

They separately considered opportunities to increase sustainable food production and consumption through international agricultural standards and recommendations on measures to simplify commerce procedures and their influence on increase of commercial competitiveness and goals achieving by the Central Asian countries within the commerce and development.

In turn, the management of the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade proposed to discuss some suggestions bringing regional cooperation to a new level and enabling additional investments and greater integration of the Central Asian countries into the global supply system.

These measures may include harmonization of standards and technical regulations, reduction of non-tariff commerce regulation measures, accelerated modernization of regional infrastructure and a joint approach to develop transportation corridors and manage customs and border control, stimulation of regional value chains and the strengthening of industrial cooperation.

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