Uzbekistan, WB discuss priorities of cooperation

Uzbekistan, WB discuss priorities of cooperation

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Feb.10

By Demir Azizov- Trend:

Vice-President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Laura Tuck and the government of Uzbekistan discussed the process of implementation of joint projects and priorities of future cooperation, the World Bank's Tashkent office said.

The WB vice-president visited Uzbekistan on Feb.7-8 and this was her first visit to the country after taking office in September 2013.

During the discussions, Tuck and the representatives of the republic's government pointed out that the partnership strategy of the WB group with Uzbekistan for 2012-2015 financial years is being implemented in accordance to the laid down plans both in the preparation of analytical and consultative activity and in the sphere of implementation of the projects, according to the bank's Tashkent office.

The parties also discussed the issues of cooperation under the preparation of a long-term national "Concept of structural transformation of the economy of Uzbekistan by 2030" and issues related to water and energy resources in Central Asia.

"We are pleased to stress that in the past few years, Uzbekistan has demonstrated strong economic growth and the standard of living of its population has clearly improved. We appreciate our long-term cooperation with Uzbekistan, aiming at sustainable growth and distribution of the results of this growth to all strata of population," vice-president of the World Bank said.

Recognizing the success of the Uzbek government in supporting sustainable economic growth, stable fiscal management and low level of external debt, the WB vice- president believes that there are spheres where further progress is needed, and this is in greater openness and transparency, including improvement of access to economic data, the bank's Tashkent office said.

During the visit the WB vice-president visited one of the family health clinics in Tashkent which participated in the Health-2 project financed with WB funds, according to the Tashkent office of the bank.

The project was designed to assist in the supply of new medical equipment for more than 2,000 rural medical centers and training of almost 4,000 general practitioners. One of the important achievements of the project is its contribution to the introduction of per capita funding in the field of primary health care.

Uzbekistan joined the World Bank in 1992. The World Bank mission in the country aims to improve people's livelihoods by supporting the implementation of economic reforms, modernization of infrastructure and social sectors, as well as providing knowledge and experience for the government and people of Uzbekistan.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by C.N.

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