Central Asia: Strengthened ties
Experts say that the state visits of the Kazakh President to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan will remain in history. Astana and Tashkent have approved 10 major contracts in trade, economy, culture and others. Since the beginning of the year, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan has exceeded US$1.5 billion. By 2020, it will reach US$5 billion. Experts believe, the agreements that have been recently signed will contribute greatly to the achievement of this target.
SAYAT ZHOKENULY, EXPERT IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS:
- The total trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan increased by 35%. This speaks volumes. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are the main players in Central Asia, so integration has real results and the most important agreement between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is the achievement of a strategic vision for managing transboundary rivers. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan’s visions on this issue are similar and of greatest importance for the future.
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visits to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan should give an impetus to the development of the region's economy and contribute to solving common challenges for all Central Asian states starting from security to water use.
ASKAR NURSHA, HEAD OF ALMATY OFFICE, INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND POLITICS:
- We see that both Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have sincere interest in developing the relations. In fact, we shouldn’t be surprised since this is exactly how our relations should develop. I think these are agreements that break the ice and lay the foundation for the flourishing of the ties between our states. Therefore, the next step is not only about conducting meetings at the highest official level, but also maintaining common human contacts. These relations have long existed. I think that now we need to create a climate where the citizens of Kazakhstan feel comfortable in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and vice versa.