Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug.30 / Trend, D. Azizov /
Ukraine plans to intensify economic cooperation with Uzbekistan in the near future.
Ukrainian Charge d'Affaires to Uzbekistan Stanislav Nebrat stressed the need to develop ties with the country at a press conference dedicated to Ukraine's Independence Day last week. He also noted that the Ukrainian and Uzbek prime ministers will meet this year to discuss plans to increase Ukrainian-Uzbek trade and economic cooperation in 2010-2012.
Ukraine is particularly interested in establishing a Ukrainian-Uzbek bank to support Ukrainian business, Nebrat said.
According to the Uzbek State Statistics Committee, Ukrainian-Uzbek trade turnover in 2009 increased by 1.5 times to $1.53 billion. Some 1.952 joint ventures are registered in Uzbekistan in the trade, pharmaceutical and medicine, and chemical industries.
Ukraine declared independence on Aug. 24, 1991.
According Nebrat, Ukraine recently managed to develop balanced relations with strategic partners, such as the EU, Russia, the United States and Central Asia, thanks to the foreign policies of the current government.