The Central Asian International Scientific-Practical Conference
The 25 years of Water Cooperation in Central Asia:
Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Future Outlook

23-24 November 2017, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Welcoming on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan

At the opening ceremony, Deputy Premier of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Mr. Z. Mirzaev welcomed the participants on behalf of the Government of Uzbekistan.

He mentioned that the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.M.Mirziyoyev put the region of Central Asia as the key priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan. In this context, with reference to the speech of Sh.Mirziyoyev at the 72nd UN General Assembly, he underlined that Peaceful, economically prosperous Central Asia is our critical goal and key objective. Uzbekistan is determined to keep dialogue, interact in a constructive way, and strengthen good neighborly relations. We are ready to fair trade-offs with the Central Asian countries on every matter.

Mr. Mirzaev congratulated all participants and guests of the event with such a remarkable date, particularly noting and respecting the founders and veterans of the ICWC, who were at the onset of the Commission, and also all water professionals from the Central Asia, who worked through the years towards rapprochement of their respective nations. He also addressed key actions of Uzbekistan, at both international and national levels, directed towards achievement of efficient water use and mitigation of consequences of the Aral Sea catastrophe.