Roundtable entitled Strategy on Five Priority Directions of Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021
Strategy for the Development of Uzbekistan to 2021 presented at SCO headquarters

On 10 April, 2017, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) headquarters in Beijing hosted a roundtable entitled Strategy on Five Priority Directions of Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

In his address at the roundtable, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov said that Uzbekistan has reached an entirely new level of development under the wise and far-sighted leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. He added that the Strategy on Five Priority Directions of Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which had been initiated by the President of Uzbekistan, touches upon conceptual issues of social, political, economic, cultural and humanitarian development of the country for 2017-2021.

The Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the People's Republic of China Daniyar Kurbanov spoke in detail about the practical stages of implementing the Strategy, which has evoked a wide response both in the country and abroad. Special attention was devoted to measures taken in Uzbekistan to improve state and public construction, ensure the rule of law, further reform the judicial system, develop the social sphere and liberalise the economy.

In their speeches, Chinese experts highly praised the measures taken by the leaders of Uzbekistan to increase the efficiency of reforms carried out in all areas, in particular, in reforming the state governance system, the practical implementation of the public control mechanism, and increasing the role of civil society institutions and the media in these processes. Researchers and experts also made a thorough analysis of the Strategy in their remarks and highlighted its practical importance for multilateral cooperation in all areas of life.

The roundtable participants expressed confidence that the implementation of the Action Strategy will fill large-scale reforms in Uzbekistan with brand new content, facilitate the resolution of social and economic issues, and enhance the country's prestige on the international stage.

Taking part in the roundtable were SCO member-states' diplomats accredited in Beijing, representatives of China's government agencies, public, political and research organisations, as well as members of the media.

The roundtable was held as part of a cycle of events entitled The SCO — Our Common Home.