under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Address of the President to the people of Kazakhstan
Third Modernization of Kazakhstan
"Only those nations who manage to set the future goals and proceed resolutely facing the challenges,
instead of sitting on the hedge and waiting, are the winners."
An international conference on "Central Asia: Foreign Policy Priority of Uzbekistan" held in Tashkent on August 11, 2017 gathered more than 100 delegates from Central Asia and beyond. The forum was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Information and Analytical Center for International Relations, UNDP, and OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan.
The focus of the discussion was on the development of the regional cooperation on the basis of good-neighborly, friendly, and mutually beneficial relations, where trust, mutual understanding, and pragmatism as well as the need for prompt resolutions of the acute problems may become the key driver of the process.
The forum was attended by a number of top-level officials, namely the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, Acting OSCE Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Senators and Deputies of the Oliy Majlis as well as the officers of ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan, diplomats from all Central Asian countries and reputable experts.
The KazISS Chief Research Fellow Irina Chernykh gave a talk on the need to have a conceptual basis for a stronger agency of the Central Asian region that would involve all five countries. Dr. Chernykh pointed out that for more 25 years of independent development, the countries of Central Asia have consolidated their statehood and demonstrated their actors’ abilities; being recognized by the international community as independent states they exercise their sovereignty within their territories and control their borders; they defined their national interests and implement structural political, economic, and social reforms. Thus, the modern states of Central Asia, arguably, have gained their due place as actors of international politics. New factors of global politics, as well as the transformations taking place in the countries of Central Asia actualize the search for a new regional subject-ness. It requires new formats and mechanisms for regional cooperation through a multilateral superstructure.
The participants expressed their confidence that their ideas and proposals will find their practical implementation during the international conference on Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia, which is scheduled on November 2017 in Samarkand under the auspices of the UN.