Interview of Ambassador of Malaysia to Uzbekistan
Abdul Aziz Harun, Ambassador of Malaysia in Tashkent, gave an interview to the National News Agency on the eve of the Independence Day of Uzbekistan.
– Your Excellency, how would you evaluate the existing cooperation between our countries?
– Bilateral diplomatic relations were established in 1992. Malaysia opened its embassy in Tashkent in 1993. Our cooperation has been developing rapidly in political, economic, trade and investment, cultural, people to people contacts and other spheres. The relations are based on friendship, mutual respect, trust and interest.
The exchange of visits between the leaders of the two countries has further cemented the bilateral relations between the two countries. During these visits, numerous documents were signed, which serve to further strengthening of bilateral relations and open new cooperation perspectives.
Besides, regular contacts have been established between various ministries and departments of our countries.
– In the last years, the bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and Malaysia has been developing very positively in various areas. In this regard, how do you evaluate the future of the bilateral cooperation?
– I think our countries share so many similarities. The traditions and customs of our peoples are very close. The territories and the populations of our countries are virtually the same.
Malaysia and Uzbekistan are dynamically developing ties in the areas of economic and investment cooperation, oil and gas, education and tourism. Favorable investment climate created in Uzbekistan for foreign companies attracts Malaysian investors to the country.
The Malaysian government highly appreciates the cooperation of the government of Uzbekistan in providing an opportunity to Petronas, national oil and gas company, to participate in the development of the rich oil and gas reserves of Uzbekistan.
Tourism is another prospective area of Uzbek-Malaysian cooperation. Both countries possess a huge potential in this sphere. The existing direct twice a week air link between Tashkent and Kuala Lumpur has been contributing to the growth of the flow of tourists both to Uzbekistan and Malaysia.
I am confident that the existing close bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Uzbekistan will be further enhanced in the future for the benefit of our peoples.
– How do you assess the reforms, especially in the economic sector, that have been implemented in Uzbekistan during the years of its independence?
– Uzbekistan is considered as a young country and this year it will be celebrating the 19th anniversary of its independence. At the same time, your country has achieved many successes, and its economic potential is increasing. The gradual reforms are serving to the growth of prosperity of the people.
Uzbekistan has been able to achieve promising economic results, more than 8% GDP growth in 2009, at a time when many countries in the world were grappling with the crisis. This is a clear manifestation of the success of the Anti-crisis program and of the “Uzbek model” of economic development.
While many countries in the world were grappling with the negative consequences of the international economic and financial crisis, the pragmatic approach of the government of Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Islam Karimov has ensured stable and dynamic growth of the country.
I hope that existing bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Uzbekistan in trade, investment cooperation, science, educations and tourism will continue enhancing.
– What do you think about the efforts and initiatives of Uzbekistan in maintaining and preserving peace and stability in Central Asia?
– Malaysia highly evaluates the policy of Uzbekistan aimed at preserving and maintaining peace and stability in the region, which is an important factor of economic development.
Unfortunately, the developments in some countries of the region in recent years and long war in Afghanistan have negatively influenced the development of Central Asia. Uzbekistan is a country that takes real measures and promotes important initiatives in preserving peace and stability in the region, and stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan.
I am confident that the consistent policy of the leadership of Uzbekistan will continue to contribute to further growth of the people’s prosperity and the progress of the whole region.