NEWS AND EVENTS
June 9, 2009
Brazilian Media on the Visit of President of Uzbekistan
The official visit of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the Federative Republic of Brazil on the invitation of President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva received a broad coverage in the Brazilian mass media.
Taking into account that Uzbekistan and Brazil occupy an important place in their respective regions, the Brazilian media note that President Islam Karimov unambiguously stood for comprehensive development of cooperation with Brazil – the leading country of Latin America. In his turn, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been quoted as saying that Uzbekistan is a leading country of Central Asia and reliable partner of Brazil.
Brazilian media reports that during their talks the Presidents shared their views on the issues of Uzbek-Brazilian relations, strengthening security in Central Asia, situation in Afghanistan, processes which are undergoing in Latin America. Presidents also discussed the global financial and economic crisis, ways of decreasing its impact, mitigating the consequences.
Media also notes the similarities in the ways of development of two the countries, which for a historically short period of time have turned from the countries with raw material orientation into the countries which export the finished products to the world markets.
Highly assessing the outcomes of the visit of President Islam Karimov, media reported that both countries have a significant potential for developing and deepening the cooperation, particularly in such areas as aircraft building, mechanical engineering, petrochemical production, textile, processing of agricultural products, tourism and transport.
The media noted that a significant package of documents aimed at enhancing trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation have been signed in the course of the visit. On the outcomes of talks the sides adopted a Joint Statement between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Federative Republic of Brazil.
On the eve of the visit, one of the largest daily newspapers of Brazil Î\' Globo published a series of articles under general title of “Uzbekistan – the Country of Great Opportunities”.
“Territory of contemporary Uzbekistan is one of the ancient cradles of the world civilization,” the newspaper wrote. “From the ancient times it was the land where powerful states rose – one replacing another.”
“Uzbekistan is a leading industrial state in the region of Central Asia, which maintains stability and economic development of the region as a whole.”
“Uzbekistan has successfully overcome the so-called “transition period.” For over the last years the country’s economy grew at 7-9%. The GDP of Uzbekistan reached 9% in 2008, making it one of the highest in the world, while foreign trade increased by 22%.”
“Thanks to the favorable investment climate, more than USD 100 billion has been invested in the economy during the years of independence. Of them more than USD 27 billion is foreign investments.”
The paper also wrote that “the Republic of Uzbekistan has been confidently implementing the reforms aimed at creating a powerful and diversified economy. At present, the country has elaborated measures on accelerating the implementation of Anti-crisis Action Program, which was developed in November 2008 and aims preventing and neutralizing the consequences of economic crisis on the economy of the country.”
The report also noted that “among the advantages of modern economy of Uzbekistan are the political and macroeconomic stability, the unique investment climate, favorable natural and climatic conditions, hospitable and diligent people, and still many others.”
“The most important advantage of Uzbekistan in the conditions of energy shortage which impacts many developed and developing countries is that Uzbekistan is one of the few countries in the world whose economy enjoys total energy independence,” the newspaper also wrote. “Uzbekistan is among the top ten countries for its reserves of natural gas and oil, coal and uranium, and is their net-exporter. The total energy reserves of Uzbekistan are sufficient to provide for the needs of the country at least for 100 years,” Î\' Globo reported.
The paper has also underscored that “proximity to large markets and developed transport infrastructure of Uzbekistan, integrated in multimodal communication system of Eurasia also predetermines prospects of investment and trade economic cooperation.”
Î\' Globo also featured a broad comments on the outcomes of the visit of President Islam Karimov. As paper wrote, “the visit opens up the new pages in the relations between the two countries and offers potential opportunities of extending the bilateral interaction on broad spectrum of issues of international politics.” The paper cited President of Brazil as saying “I am confident that with the visit of President Islam Karimov we will start taking concrete steps to shorten the distances between our countries and start to better know each other.”
The Agenda Estado News Agency wrote that President Islam Karimov has highly assessed the measures taken by the Brazilian leadership to overcome the consequences of the global financial crisis and expressed confidence that the two countries with developing economies can quickly address the crisis.
The leading Brazilian news agencies - ABN and Agency Brazil broadly commented on remarks of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during the Uzbek-Brazilian talks and his assessments of cultural-civilization and geopolitical significance of Uzbekistan, as well as the prospects of bilateral interaction in trade-economic and investment spheres.
The agencies have made an emphasis on the remarks by the Brazilian President that “while Asia is becoming the center of dynamic and innovative development, Uzbekistan and Brazil, which enjoy the large natural riches, develop their economies on the basis of diversification of industry”.
The agencies also quoted the President of Brazil as saying that Uzbekistan is committed to its historical heritage and traditional role in maintaining and enhancing the dialogue between various nations and cultures. “Uzbekistan is the most densely populated country of Central Asia and secures a strategic place in the nexus of Asia,” President said. “This state is the cradle of thousands-years-old civilization. Those, who want to discover the new horizons, must take ancient traders and entrepreneurs as an example. Thanks to them, Samarkand and Bukhara became the venue of intersection of the West and the East,” President Lula da Silva said.
Brazilian media noted that President Lula da Silva compared the position of Uzbekistan in Central Asia to that of Brazil in Latin America and named Uzbekistan “as multinational country, rich with natural resources and powerful economy.” It is underscored that agreements on political, economic, technical and cultural cooperation, which have been inked during the visit “would lay a foundation for a long-term mutually beneficial partnership.”
The commentators noted that in the course of talks the sides defined the prospects of bilateral cooperation taking into account the trends of modern global development. President Lula da Silva of Brazil is quoted as saying that “in the conditions of global financial crisis our countries have already demonstrated the signs that they can contribute to the construction of the new economic geography and promote the reforms in international financial architecture. I join President Karimov in his confidence that the time has come to undertake drastic changes in the world banking and financial system. I am absolutely confident that Uzbekistan and Brazil are better prepared for the new world order which will be formed after the crisis.”
The Brazilian media note the fact that the positions of two countries stood close and coincided on the most important issues of international politics of security. In particular, it concerns the prospects of reforming the United Nations and its bodies. The media underscored the fact that President Islam Karimov supported the candidacy of Brazil for a permanent place at the UN Security Council. At the same time, the media noted the common approaches of the two countries towards the problems of nuclear nonproliferation: both Uzbekistan and Brazil are the initiators and staunch supporters of the need to establish the nuclear free zones in Central Asia and Latin America.
According to Agencia Safras News Agency, one of the outcomes of the visit has become strengthening of cooperation in the sphere of agriculture. In this regard the agency underlined that in the city of Brasilia the Ministry of agriculture, cattle-breeding and stockpiling and the Ministry for foreign economic relations, investments and trade of Uzbekistan signed an agreement on cooperation in agriculture for the period of five years.
The Agreement encompasses such spheres as cattle-breeding and veterinary. It also includes the issues of raw-material for bio-fuel production, dairy products, vegetable-growing, sustainable preservation of soils, issues of genetic and bio-technologies, processing agricultural products, issues of security of cattle-breeding.
The joint researches in the sphere of agriculture, exchange of genetic materials, developing the technology of bio-fuel production and food preserving, as well as the exchange of specialists, scientists and conducting training courses for them are defined as examples of different forms of cooperation between the two countries.
Yet another news agency - Agencia Komara de Notisias - reported that at the meeting with Chairman of the Chamber Michelle Temer President of Uzbekistan supported Brazil’s candidacy for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
The Prensa Latina reported that the official visit was preceded by bilateral forum of representatives of business circles, which was held by Industrial Fund of San Paolo State, Center for Industry of San Paolo State from the Brazilian side and the Ministry for foreign economic relations, investments and trade of Uzbekistan, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from the Uzbek side. The forum offered various opportunities for defining the opportunities for investing, trade and cooperation between two countries.
“At the end of the meeting the Industrial Fund of San Paolo State and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of food and leather processing, shoe production, petrochemical, chemical and textile industry,” Prensa Latina reported.