04/28/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/29/2021 14:30
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ingrid Brocková, opened the conference on green recovery and technologies in Central Asia, which was held under her auspices, on 28 April 2021. The main objective of the online conference was to invite relevant institutions from the public and private sector of Slovakia and the countries of Central Asia to a discussion on the possibilities of sharing their experiences in management of water economy, together with international organizations engaged in the region such as the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. With the organization of this event Slovakia has contributed to a more concrete definition of topics for the Economic Forum between the European Union and the Central Asian countries, which is now under preparation and planned for this autumn in Bishkek.
The European Union's Special Representative for Central Asia, Peter Burian, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Oľga Algayerová, and other representatives of international institutions discussed together the needs and development of water economy in the region of Central Asia. 'Irrigation in agriculture, water power plants energy production, and supplying the population and industry with water all depend on modern and quality management of water resources. The development of water economy with the objective of an integrated management and a sustainable use of water is very important for the cooperation with the countries of Central Asia and contributes to their preparedness for climate change,' emphasized Brocková.
The attending representatives of the Central Asian countries presented their plans for the development of water economy and exchanged views on international cooperation in this area. The ambition to deepen economic cooperation between the EU member countries and Uzbekistan was also expressed by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Farhod Arziev. The conference made it possible to make more visible Slovak entities from state and private spheres with long-term expertise in the management of water resources.
The outcomes from the conference provide a necessary impulse to other preparatory activities of the Economic Forum between the European Union and Central Asia, especially the transition to a green economy via regional programs co-funded by the European Union. It is expected that in the future the engagement of European financial institutions will be increased in this region. This should represent an instrument for investment support and private sector development.