The Head of Ukrainian Government disclosed this while opening the Seventh sitting of Joint Ukrainian-Uzbek Commission on all-round cooperation, according to the government’s press-office.

Unfortunately, the last sitting of the Commission took place almost 3 years ago in June 2004 when the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Uzbekistan negotiated in Tashkent, Viktor Yanukovych noted. According to the Ukrainian PM, the adopted at that time decisions have become a new step towards strengthening the Ukrainian-Uzbek strategy partnership. First of all, due to the ratified Protocol on amendments and supplements to the Agreement on free trade the free trade regime without withdrawals and restrictions has been established, Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that many unsolved problems have been accumulated during the recent years. In this connection, the PM of Ukraine proposed to promptly consider trade-economic cooperation and its components during the sitting.

“We must assess the bars which impede dynamic development of bilateral trade and determine practical measures to let them down”, Viktor Yanukovych noted.

According to the Head of Government, at the sitting it is necessary to define the propositions for increasing trade dynamics between the countries and then submit them during the visit of the Ukrainian government delegation headed by the Prime Minister to Uzbekistan, scheduled for the first quarter of 2007. “The Commission shall conduct an inspection and draft propositions for adopting serious decisions”, Viktor Yanukovych emphasized.

As the Head of Government said, the sides intend to discuss and endorse a decision on cooperation in fuel-energy and transport spheres as well as between the regions of Ukraine and Uzbekistan. According to the Prime Minister, there are burning issues in agricultural mechanical engineering, military-technical and scientific and technical spheres as well as in cultural-humanitarian cooperation.

Viktor Yanukovych is confident that adopted during the sitting decisions will promote further deepening and broadening of bilateral Ukrainian-Uzbek relations.

In his turn, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Myrziyoyev noted that today it is necessary to analyze problems of cooperation and draw conclusions. As the Uzbek PM noted “the current level of cooperation, in spite of growth dynamics, is not a limit and does not suit us”. According to him, during 2006 the commodity turnover between the states increased twofold. At the same time, according to the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, these showings could be even better. As the PM of Uzbekistan stressed, the current commodity turnover between the countries does not conform to the economic potential of two countries and must amount to 1-1,5 billion USD per year.

Shavkat Myrziyoyev said that Uzbekistan is interested in implementing joint with Ukraine projects in agriculture, chemical industry, oil and gas sector, machine-building, cattle breeding, and tourism. Besides, it is necessary to stir up cooperation in the spheres of communications, transit, in particular, increase in cargo transportation through the ports of Ukraine, air communications between the countries.