PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
October 27, 2016
ON THE UZBEK-FINNISH POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS
On October 25, 2016 Helsinki hosted the seventh round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and Finland. The delegation of Finland was headed by the Director General of the Department Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Maimo Henriksson.
The Uzbek side expressed gratitude on behalf of the government of Uzbekistan to the Finnish side for the condolences message directed by the President of Finland Sauli Niynist¸ to the people of Uzbekistan on the death of the First President I.A.Karimov.
During the consultations the sides discussed the condition and prospects for development of cooperation in political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres, as well as in the format of Uzbekistan-the European Union, within the UN and other international organizations.
The parties confirmed their interest in intensifying contacts both at the interstate level and between business, science institutions, education and culture.
The Finnish delegation also got acquainted with the basic provisions of the signed October 21 Decree of the President of Uzbekistan "On measures to further reform the judicial system, strengthening guarantees protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens", which marks the transition of the state policy in this sphere to a qualitatively new level.
At the meeting, special attention was paid to the prospects of expansion of mutual trade, investment cooperation. The Finnish side expressed high interest to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On additional measures to ensure the accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and substantial improvement of business climate" signed on October 5, 2016. The documents aims to ensure the accelerated development of small business and private entrepreneurship, strengthening legal protection and guarantees of inviolability of private property mechanisms, elimination of bureaucratic obstacles to the development of entrepreneurship, improving the investment climate and business environment in the country.
During the consultation other issues of Uzbek-Finnish agenda were also considered.
The Ambassador of Finland to Uzbekistan Niklas Lindqvist attended the talks.
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On 25-26 October, 2016 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, arrived in Helsinki to participate in the next round of the Uzbek-Finnish inter-ministerial consultations, held meetings and talks with the Deputy Chairman of the Friendship Group Eduskunta (Parliament) of Finland with the Central Asian countrys’ parliaments Eero Heinäluoma, the Ambassador to Uzbekistan with the residence in Helsinki Niklas Lindqvist.
During the meetings the sides discussed practical issues of strengthening and development of the Uzbek-Finnish cooperation.
The Uzbek delegation also acquainted with the activities of the Association of Finnish Travel Agents (AFTA) and presented to heads of leading tour operators promising areas of cooperation.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)