The fourth meeting of the China-Uzbekistan Agricultural Cooperation Subcommittee was held via video conference on Sept. 29. Ma Youxiang, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, and Maksud Ruzmetov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan, co-chaired the meeting and shared views on further China-Uzbekistan cooperation in agriculture and rural affairs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ma pointed out that with the support and impetus of the leaders of both countries, China has actively implemented the Belt and Road Initiative and synergized the Initiative with the development strategies and needs of Uzbekistan. Bilateral cooperation in agriculture—featuring policy-sharing, interconnected markets, and people-to-people exchanges—is running smoothly and has become a model of cooperation between China and Central Asian countries. During the 14th Five-year Plan period, China is focusing on promoting a new development pattern involving both domestic and international circulation, which will generate more opportunities for China-Uzbekistan agricultural cooperation. Ma put forward the proposal that the two sides should expand the scope and scale of agricultural trade, strengthen exchanges in agricultural technology and personnel, and continuously raise the level of cooperation, so as to better enrich the strategic partnership between China and Uzbekistan.
Ruzmetov fully agreed with the Chinese side on the above views and suggestions, saying that Uzbekistan is ready to further step up practical exchanges and cooperation with China in various fields under the mechanism of the Agricultural Cooperation Subcommittee, in a bid to push forward agricultural development in both countries.
The two sides also exchanged views in the areas of animal husbandry and veterinary, fishery, agricultural trade and investment, as well as S&T and education.