Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 16 May 2019, Project Coordinator of the OSCE in Uzbekistan, Ambassador John MacGregor presented a report on the the activities of his office in Tashkent from April 2018 to May 2019 during the regular meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
The event was attended by the heads of permanent missions of all 57 participating countries and 11 partner countries of the organization, as well as heads and representatives of OSCE bodies.
John MacGregor spoke positively about the positive changes and effective reforms in Uzbekistan in recent years, which also affects the success of his field mission. He familiarized those present in detail with the course of the project portfolio implementation and the current priorities of the mission. The high efficiency of projects implemented in the republic was noted.
The Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the OSCE, Sherzod Asadov, in his response, supported the activities of the coordinator John McGregor in the implementation of projects that meet the main provisions of the Strategy for Uzbekistan’s actions in the five priority development areas for 2017-2021.
It was indicated that in February of this year, the head of our state initiated five social initiatives with a special focus on youth development and strengthening the role of women in society.
Detailed information on the effectiveness of large-scale reforms implemented in the country, affecting all aspects of the country’s life, was presented.
Attention of the participants was attracted to the main initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the international, regional and national levels, which, as was emphasized, fully comply with the goals and main objectives of the OSCE.
In addition, the participants received information on efforts of Uzbekistan to create favourable conditions for free media and strengthening the status of journalists, development of citizen journalism, etc.
It was underlined that Uzbekistan restored full access to some media outlets and accredited journalists of several foreign media.
The heads of the Permanent Missions of the EU, the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan who commented on the progress of large-scale reforms implemented in Uzbekistan and welcomed the level of interaction of the republic with the OSCE.