Republic of Bashkortostan
May 24-26, 2024
Zauralye-2024: Bashkortostan and Uzbekistan Sign Roadmap on Cooperation for 278 Points
During the 6th Zauralye-2024 All-Russia Investment Sabantuy, the first meeting of the working group on interaction between Bashkortostan and Uzbekistan was held, which ended with the signing of a roadmap for trade and economic cooperation between the two regions. Andrey Nazarov, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan emphasized that Bashkortostan believes it to be exceptionally important.

“Modern Uzbekistan is one of the most reliable and important partners of our Republic. Over the past year, the volume of mutual trade has grown by over 13%, and the demand for products from Bashkortostan has increased by 17%. We have reached agreements on over 30 joint products with our colleagues from Uzbekistan. We already have a portfolio of sites to choose from, now we are analyzing their resource capabilities, and calculating financial parameters of the projects,” the Prime Minister said.

Rustam Muratov, Chairperson of the Working Group, First Depuuty Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Minister of Economic Development and Investment Policy listed joint projects with Uzbekistan.

Thus, it is planned to build a plant of oriented strand board in Sibay with a planned capacity of 250 thousand cubic meters per year. Chirchik Chemical and Industrial Technopark (Uzbekistan) and Eco-Progress LLC have signed an agreement of intent to locate the production of fuel additives there. Moreover, a memorandum on expanding cooperation in the light industry was signed with the Uztekstilprom Association. A number of other agreements have been reached in metallurgy, mining, machine building, construction materials, perfume and textile products industries.

“In today's reality, the logistics is extremely important. Preliminary agreements have been reached on the construction of a new stage of the Eurasia logistics complex. We plan to sign a cooperation agreement with investors from the Tashkent and Fergana regions on the construction of a 25,000 square meter Agropark in the Ufimsky district. Along with this, an investment project to build a logistics centre for goods from the Fergana region is already underway. In this regard, Bashkortostan is opening access to the market of the entire Volga Federal District. The second project is the opening of a branch of the Central Asian Commodity Exchange, which will exclude numerous intermediaries in deliveries between our countries and provide a high level of guarantees,” explained the First Deputy Prime Minister.

Margarita Bolycheva, Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Congress Activity of the Republic of Bashkortostan, emphasized the high potential of development of foreign trade relations with Uzbekistan, and spoke about the current state of cooperation and plans to strengthen it.

“This year Uzbekistan became a partner country of Zauralye-2024. A large delegation from Karakalpakstan is taking part in the event. This indicates a certain interest of Uzbek colleagues in cooperation with Bashkortostan. The results of 3 months of this year show that Uzbekistan entered the top 10 of our main partners in terms of foreign trade turnover, taking the 8th place in this rating with a share of 4.3%. At the same time, during this period we have recorded an 85.5% increase in trade turnover with Uzbekistan compared to last year. In the future, we intend to increase supplies of timber, sunflower, safflower and cotton oils, ferrous metal structures to Uzbekistan. I am sure that today's agreements contribute to the development of our cooperation,” Margarita Balycheva said.

Bashkortostan is among the top 3 in Russia in terms of cattle population, and the region is ready to supply cattle to Uzbekistan. “In general, the mutual exchange of products of Bashkortostan and Uzbekistan can be increased tenfold,” says Ilshat Fazrakhmanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan and Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

“Last year, Bashkortostan's enterprises supplied 10 thousand tons of agricultural products and foodstuffs to Uzbekistan, while 750 thousand tons of goods were exported in total. Therefore, we could increase mutual supplies of meat, dairy products, honey and horse meat tenfold. We are moving in this direction, and this week we have been actively cooperating with delegations from different regions of Uzbekistan. We have worked productively with the Director of the Agency for Quarantine Protection of Plants. There is a good flow of fruit and vegetable products from your side,” the Minister of Agriculture said.

The speaker said that Bashkortostan is ready to provide land for milk production, its further processing and delivery to Uzbekistan, to help with the breeding of Bashkir bees on the territory of Uzbekistan, which has more favorable climate for insects, as well as to process bacteria on cotton plantations into biofertilizers for sale.

“You are aware that Uzbekistan has a water issue. 70% of the country's territory is mountainous and desert terrain, where it is very difficult to cultivate any crops. In this regard, I believe that we should focus on agriculture and develop this area. With the proper regulations and your rich experience applied on the territory of Uzbekistan, this will be a success,” said Dilshod Akhmedov, Deputy Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The participants also discussed joint projects in healthcare, education, culture and tourism. In particular, Bashkortostan is interested in supplies of disposable infusion systems, injection syringes, licorice root extract from Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is in urgent need of its own pharmaceutical production.

“I know that you have a well-developed pharmaceutical industry in Bashkortostan. In Uzbekistan, 65% of medicines are imported. This is a very good point where we can develop and grow. If your pharmacy industry comes and build plants here, we will create all conditions, and these conditions will be discussed,” Deputy Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Dilshod Akhmedov noted.

The first meeting of the working group ended with the signing of the roadmap (action plan) of trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of Bashkortostan of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The document includes 278 points on 92 projects in the sphere of industrial cooperation and investment, social policy, healthcare, education, tourism, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

General information:
6th Zauralye-2024 All-Russia Investment Sabantuy began in Sibay. The Forum is participated by delegations from various countries, such as China, Iran, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Türkiye, India and Italy.
The event is organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan. General partner of the Investment Sabantuy is Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company. The partners also include Bashkir Ice Cream, Krasny Klyuch, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Field-specific sessions and the plenary session have the participants discussing issues of attracting investments, boosting export activities, developing monotowns, domestic tourism, digitization of city environment and natural environment.
All the key events and meetings of Investment Sabantuy are streamed live on the forum's official website. Web-site:
OC contacts: +7 (800) 101-10-12,, +7 (347) 215-11-11 (for overseas participants).
Traditionally, the grand forum will conclude with the Sabantuy folk festival. This year it takes place in Abzelilovsky District.

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