Uzbekistan, Japan sign ICT memorandum

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan.16
By Demir Azizov- Trend:

The State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunication Technologies of Uzbekistan and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of information and communication technologies (ICT), the state committee told Trend.

The memorandum was signed during the visit of a Japanese delegation headed by Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and MP of the House of Representatives of the Japanese Parliament Yoko Kamikawa, according to the state committee.

The document envisages cooperation in areas such as promoting the development of joint projects, exchange of views and experiences in ICT and expansion of business contacts between companies and organisations of the two countries in this field.

During the meeting at the State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunication Technologies of Uzbekistan, the parities highlighted the successful experience of cooperation with Japanese companies in the telecommunications sphere.

A number of large projects were implemented last year on the modernisation and development of Uzbekistan's telecommunications network, including projects financed by the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Japanese corporations as part of the long-term cooperation with Uzbekistan have made a great contribution to the digitization of the country's telecommunications network. At present, they are actively involved in the development of digital TV broadcasting in Uzbekistan.

It was previously reported that Uzbekistan has adopted a comprehensive programme for the development of the national information and communication system of the country until 2020, including targets for developing the telecommunications infrastructure and e-government system.

The Japanese delegation also held talks on bilateral cooperation development at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, the Ministry of Health, as well as in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (lower house of the Uzbek parliament) as part of the visit to Uzbekistan.

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications oversees the administrative system, manages the country's local authorities and regulates telecommunications standards and the postal service.

Translated by L.Z., N.H.

Edited by S.M.

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