Uzbekistan and Malaysia – destined strategic partners in Asia
Uzbekistan is the most heart-shaping state in Central Asia with population more than 32 million people. On December 2016, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had determined the large-scale tasks for further realization of the economic potential of Uzbekistan. The head of the state makes special emphasis on the unique natural and climatic conditions, mineral and raw material bases, rich cultural and historical heritage and hardworking people of the country.
Uzbekistan is one of the leading exporters of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products within the Commonwealth of Independent States. Thanks to favourable natural and climatic conditions, the country produces about 18.7 million tons of fruit and vegetable per year.
It had achieved the grain independence and produces more than 7.5 million tons of grain per year. More than 1 million ton of grains are exported to foreign countries, turning the country into a net wheat exporter.
Uzbekistan is the only manufacturer of a full range of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Central Asia. Currently, more than 200 enterprises work in the automobile industry, providing more than 20 thousand job positions. They are passenger cars, trucks and buses under the world brands Chevrolet, MAN and ISUZU.
The Republic is the largest trade and economic partner of Malaysia in Central Asia. As of the end of 2016, our trade reached more than $ 108.3 million. A complementary economic structure of Uzbekistan and Malaysia successfully unites both counties
The growth of mutual trade is also facilitated by the presence of two regular weekly flights of the national company “Uzbekistan Havo Yullari” Tashkent – Kuala Lumpur – Tashkent. Since 31March 2017, Uzbek airlines operate flights on modern aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Over the recent time, cooperation in the sphere of tourism between Uzbekistan and Malaysia has been successfully developing. Indeed, one can say that today Malaysians show great interest in visiting shrines of great Imams of Islamic religion, especially to the shrine of Imam Al Bukhariy in village of Chelak near of Samarkand.
Imam Al-Bukhariy was born in Bukhara in 810 year. He is one of the famous theologian, the hadith collector and the author of the second most important book of the Muslims after the Koran “Al-Jomiy al-Saheeh”. Imam collected and recorded about 600 thousand hadith.
Annually about 250 thousand Malaysian Muslims pay pilgrimage Hajj and Umrah. In this connection, one can add that one of the most important places for every Muslim to visit, after the hajj to sacred Makkah and Madinah, is pay hommage to the shrine of Great Imam Al-Bukhariy. Commonly it is know, that Hajj to Holy Mecca and Medina is very much blessed if it is combined with visiting beforehand the Shrine of Imam Al-Bukhariy. In this regard, during this year it is planned to organize the first flight for the citizens of Malaysia in order to make a small Umrau to Uzbekistan.
Relations between Uzbekistan and Malaysia are developing dynamically. Soon, the Uzbek-Malaysian relations will be further developed.
Malaysia was one of the first countries in the world to recognize the independence of Uzbekistan. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established in 1992. Uzbekistan and Malaysia provide support for their positions in the international arena within the UN, OIC and other international structures.
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