European Institute for Asian Studies
Uzbekistan: Advancing Reforms for Investment and Regional Cooperation
  • Start03:30 PM - Feb 12 2020
  • End06:00 PM - Feb 12 2020
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Introductory Speeches

Mr Axel Goethals, CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies

H.E. Mr Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the European Union and the Benelux Countries

Session 1: Tashkent International Investment Forum 2020

Mr Marat Terterov, Head of Unit – Expansion, Energy Charter

Mr Oybek Shaykhov, General Secretary, Europe-Uzbekistan Association for Economic Cooperation

Mr Peter van der Veeken, Managing Director, CJ ICM Logistics

Mr William Flemming, Senior Adviser, Qantara Capital 

Moderator: Mr Erik Famaey, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Session 2: EU-Uzbekistan: potentials for regional economic cooperation in Central Asia

Mr Ravshan Mamatov, Embassy of Uzbekistan to Benelux countries and the EU

Mr Pierre Emmanuel Thomann, Director, Eurocontinent

Mr Maciej Madalinski, Cooperation Officer for Uzbekistan, DG DEVCO, European Commission 

Mr Jocelyn Guitton, Policy Coordinator for Central Asia and Russia, DG TRADE, European Commission

Moderator: Mr Alberto Turkstra, Programme Director, European Institute for Asian Studies

Commencing in 2017, the Uzbek government has introduced an ambitious series of economic reforms and liberalisation measures, laying a promising foundation towards diversification and positioning the country as a potential generational investment and growth opportunity. The first results are already visible, and Uzbekistan was even named country of the year in 2019 by The Economist. To consolidate and expand on this success, the 2020 Tashkent International Investment Forum will further support the realisation of Uzbekistan’s new growth agenda and attract foreign investors; focusing on three key themes of “open for business”, “deepening regional connectivity” and “harnessing technological innovations”. What are the critical next steps that Uzbekistan needs to take in order to keep building trust and maintain momentum with international investors?

Uzbekistan is increasingly pursuing an active policy of regional cooperation. In the second session, Uzbekistan’s entry in to the World Trade Organisation and its cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union will be discussed. The EU is committed to supporting Uzbek efforts to integrate regionally and globally, as highlighted in the new EU Central Asia Strategy. Last November the EU allocated EUR 5 million for a technical assistance project to help Uzbekistan in the WTO accession process.


Commencing in 2017, the Uzbek government has introduced an ambitious series of economic reforms and liberalisation measures, laying a promising foundation towards diversification and positioning the country as a potential generational investment and growth opportunity.

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