A delegation of Uzbekistan meets with World Bank Vice President

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- A delegation of Uzbekistan, consisting of the Deputy Prime Minister Tanzila Narbayeva, the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Sherzod Kudbiyev and the Chairman of the Association Uztekstilprom Ilhom Haydarov met with the Vice President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller on 4 February 2019.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the sides discussed both issues of bilateral cooperation and within the framework of the Country Program for Decent Work in Uzbekistan, implemented jointly with the International Labor Organization (ILO).

In this context, the head of the World Bank commended the results of the visit of the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to Uzbekistan, which testified to the significant progress achieved in the country in the field of protecting the rights of workers.

“I cannot fail to note the incredible success that has been achieved in the past two years. Frankly speaking, none of the outside observers, even those who are a partner of Uzbekistan in a number of areas, did not expect such amazing results as in the issue of child and forced labor, and in general in the development of civil society,” Cyril Muller said.

The Vice President attributed to the two fundamental achievements of Uzbekistan in this area a steady decline in the number of forced labor cases and the introduction of effective mechanisms for monitoring, feedback and response.

As emphasized, “public consciousness has reached a level at which not only child labor, but also forced labor is perceived as a morally unacceptable phenomenon.”

The head of the WB noted the possibility of further cooperation in three main areas. The first is the continuation of the tripartite format between Uzbekistan, the World Bank and the ILO. The second is the promotion of employment and the creation of favorable working conditions. The third direction is the implementation of projects related to infrastructure development, increasing energy efficiency, modernizing agriculture and ensuring food security, increasing the country’s trade and export potential.

The World Bank Vice President intends to visit Uzbekistan in March 2019 to discuss the most promising projects that the bank could participate in financing.

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