29-30 October 2018 was held First meeting of the Central Asian expert forum in the cities of Tashkent and Bukhara of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The event was organized jointly by the Institute of strategic and regional studies (ISRS) under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).
The First meeting was attended by the heads and representatives of analytical centers from Central Asia countries, the leadership and representatives of the UNRCCA.
Kazakhstan Institute for strategic studies under the President of Kazakhstan was represented by the Director Zarema Shaukenova, Deputy Director, Sanat Kushkumbaev, Head of the Department of Information-Analytical work Asel Nazarbetova and Head of Almaty Office of KazISS Asara Mukanova .
Also, the Kazakh delegation included representatives of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan - Elbasy – leading researcher Aida Shaikova and senior researcher Osman Dosov.
At the opening of the First meeting of the Central Asian expert forum were greeted by: Director of the Institute of strategic and interregional studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of the UN Regional centre for preventive diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia German, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Dilshod Akhatov, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for strategic studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zarema Shaukenova, Director of the National Institute for strategic studies of the Kyrgyz Republic Kuvanychbek Shadybekov, Director of the Center for strategic studies under the President of Tajikistan Hudoberdi Kholiknazar, Director of the Institute of strategic and sustainable development of the Ministry of Finance and economy of Turkmenistan Orazmuhamet Ashirov.
Opening the First meeting of the Central Asian expert forum, Director and media Vladimir Norov said: "in the context of the development of regional cooperation, the past two years have truly become historic and breakthrough. During this period, we have achieved unprecedented high results in all areas of cooperation. The countries of the region demonstrate a strong commitment and huge potential in the development of constructive cooperation in all areas on the basis of the principles of good-neighborliness, mutual benefit and respect, taking into account mutual interests."
In her welcoming speech, the Director of KISI under the President of Kazakhstan Zarema Shaukenova said that Kazakhstan has always sought to deepen mutually beneficial regional cooperation, to ensure safe and sustainable development of Central Asia, stressing that the Kazakh leader in his Address to the people of October 5, 2018, emphasized that "a new page of cooperation in the region of Central Asia".
Within the framework of the Central Asian expert forum, they discussed the current state and prospects of expanding cooperation in the fields of politics, trade and investment, transport communications and infrastructure development between the Central Asian States; intensification and expansion of cooperation in the fight against religious extremism, terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime in the countries of Central Asia; development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the countries of the region.
On October 30, the Forum was continued in Bukhara, where issues of cultural and humanitarian cooperation and cooperation in the field of tourism were discussed.
As a result of the Forum, the Minutes of the First meeting of the Central Asian expert forum were signed by the heads of analytical centers of Central Asian countries and the Head of the UN Regional center for preventive diplomacy for Central Asia.
The document reflects the willingness and desire of Central Asian countries to cooperate on the basis of the principles of good-neighbourliness and mutually beneficial partnership in order to transform Central Asia into an economically sustainable and comprehensively prosperous region.
Regular meetings of the heads and experts of the leading analytical centers of Central Asia in each of the States participating in the Central Asian forum are expected, in order to develop recommendations for the leaders of the countries of the region to further deepen and strengthen regional cooperation.