Wed 10 2016 03:18:49
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Interim President and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev held a meeting with the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Bandar Al-Hajjar in Tashkent on 18 October 2016. At the meeting, Shavkat Mirziyayev congratulated the guest with his election to the post of the IDB President and expressed hope that the bank will continue to contribute to strengthening of the unity of the Islamic world and development of all the member countries of the OIC. It was noted that IDB allocated over US$1.4 billion to realization of 26 projects in Uzbekistan in such spheres as healthcare, education, irrigation and land-reclamation, power, water supply, utility, road infrastructure, support of small businesses. The sides noted that there is huge potential for development of cooperation and lifting them to new level. The sides reached agreement to exchange delegations of various levels to study and use untapped opportunities, create new project and expand scale of partnership. It was said that Uzbekistan is for development of strategic cooperation with IDB. The Uzbek side expressed readiness to develop and adopt cooperation strategy for 2017-2017 within this year. Currently, some 21 projects with total cost of US$1.4 billion were prepared for inclusion to this programme. IDB President expressed gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyayev for invitation to Tashkent forum of the OIC and high evaluation to the IDB activities. He said that he supports all proposals of Uzbekistan to develop mutual relations and expressed his readiness to implement agreements to real projects. The sides exchanged opinion on realization of the initiative of the Uzbek leadership on creation of International Scientific-Research center on studying rich religious-spiritual heritage of the Uzbek ancestors, who contributed to development of Islam culture, in Samarkand. Bandar Al-Hajjar highly rated this initiative and said that such ideas serve to further strengthening of the unity of Muslim world and achieving common goals. At the meeting, the sides also discussed issues of further development of mutual beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and IDB.