Gandhinagar: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani might be in Delhi to campaign for the party candidates contesting Delhi Assembly elections, but he put his visit to effective use on Tuesday meeting Ambassadors of Czech Republic and Uzbekistan and discussed mutual business interests for Gujarat.
Czech Republic’s envoy to India Milan Hovorka and Uzbekistan’s Ambassador Farhod Arziev called on the Chief Minister on Tuesday.
During his meeting with the Uzbekistan Ambassador, they discussed about trade and industry promotion and how the country could work on various projects in Gujarat. Even tourism promotion partnership was discussed at the meeting.
Rupani had visited Uzbekistan in October and participated in the first investment summit organised by that country on the lines of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit. Several Central Asian diplomats had meetings with Rupani and they expressed their interest in trade relations with India.
The summit was organised at Andijan. Andijan and Gujarat have decided to develop mutual cooperation in trade and industry. In the beginning of 2019, Uzbekistan delegates had participated in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit when they had signed memorandum for partnership. Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was the guest at the event
and he had signed the MoU.
The Uzbekistan Government had requested the State Government to help in planning and organising summits like Vibrant Summit. Later, State officials went to Uzbekistan and guided them on planning and execution of such a summit.
From Gujarat side, industrialists are interested in investing in pharmaceuticals, textiles, education, information technology and tourism in Uzbekistan.
Interestingly after first round of meeting and signing of MoU, the Uzbekistan Government has planned Uzbek India Free Pharmaceuticals Zone at Andijan. This is the first project to take off among as many as 17 agreements signed between India and Uzbekistan.
Sources said like a pharmaceuticals zone, Uzbekistan has also planned a textile zone and this will prove a big boost for the textile industry of Gujarat.
Tourism is one sector where very few players are interested but if there is an opportunity and good returns, many industrialists and entrepreneurs may get interested if there is political stability and high volume of foreign tourists visiting.