Turkish - Uzbek Civil Thought Congress was Held

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - Read: 821
Turkish - Uzbek Civil Thought Congress was Held

The meeting, which was organized by ANKASAM from Turkey and DSC from Uzbekistan on new phases and multidimensional relations after the official visit of the President of Turkey to Uzbekistan, started with the speeches of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Seyfettin Erol and Eldor Tulyakov.


Dr. Akkan Suver, Chairman of the Marmara Group Foundation, and Abuzer Sarı, a member of the Board of Trustees, also gave speeches at the meeting.

At the meeting, Akramfon Nematov, Muhsin Kholmukhamedov, Doniyor Kurbanov, Timur Rakhimov, Zulfiya Kostyuchenko from Uzbekistan; Mesut Emre Karaköse from Turkey, Prof.Dr.Hilmi Demir, Dr. Cenk Pala took the floor separately and explained their views on Turkish-Uzbek relations.
After the official visit of the President of Turkey to Uzbekistan, at the meeting held on new phases and multidimensional relations, Dr. Akkan Suver's speech is below.
"The existing relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey are admirable.
As the Marmara Group Foundation, we are proud to maintain our relations with Uzbekistan at the highest level over the past years and to maintain it successfully with our civil society identity from past to present.
In Uzbekistan, which has developed under the leadership of President Mr. Şevket Mirziyoyev and attracts attention with its expansions day by day, non-governmental think tanks establish close relations with existing non-governmental organizations in the international arena and carry out activities together.
The event we are doing here today is the best example of our word.
The Marmara Group Foundation, of which I am the chairman, is a think tank that has undertaken and continues to cooperate with two important organizations of Uzbekistan every six months.
Our Foundation, which signed the first agreement with the Strategic and Interregional Research Institute before the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2018, has also created a joint working area with the Uzbekistan Strategic Development Center, headed by the Honorable Eldor Tulyakov, in 2021.
The latest example of this is the Uzbek-Turkish Civil Thought Workshop, which started with the opening speech of Turkey's Ambassador to Tashkent, Honorable Olgan Bekar, which we organized in Tashkent on 14 December 2021.
I hereby owe a debt of gratitude to Ambassador Olgan Bekar, Mr. Cafer Okray, Mr. Abuzer Sarı, Mr. Kazım Çelik, Mr. Oğuzhan Ceylan, Mr. Ümidjon Alimov for their speeches that made the meeting meaningful with us. .
Our cooperation, which we formed with the idea of ​​helping our economic and social relations not only in the cultural dimension, but also in the global and regional dimension with our civil society identity, will set an example for other non-governmental organizations in the future.
First of all, I would like to state that 48 agreements signed between Turkey and Uzbekistan in 2017 and 2018 opened the doors of trust and stability to us.
With the abolition of visas, the people of the two brotherly peoples had the opportunity to get to know each other better.
While the trade volume between Turkey and Uzbekistan is increasing day by day, the trade volume between the two countries is on its way towards the target of 5 billion dollars, as predicted by the two Presidents. Today, Turkey has become one of the four most important trade partners of Uzbekistan.
In particular, we in Turkey attached great importance to Uzbekistan's membership to the Council of Turkic Speaking States in 2019. Because this membership has given a new aspect to Turkey-Uzbekistan relations.
Even though the last two years have passed with the pandemic, in thirty years, the number of Turkish companies in Uzbekistan has been around 1700 and the investment amount of these companies has reached to 1 billion dollars.
Again, I would like to state in your high presence that the number of people employed by 1700 companies with Turkish capital is around 50,000.
As you can see, economic diplomacy is working between Turkey and Uzbekistan.
Our duty will be to accelerate and develop the diplomacy of cultural and social relations.
On the other hand, the presence of Uzbekistan, which has been participating in the Eurasian Economic Summit since 1998, allows us to reopen the Asian window in our relations.
Of course, the relations of the states are important, but the contact of the people with the people is much more important.
People's approach to each other on their own, other than protocol contacts, eliminates differences, religions, languages, languages, cultures recognize cultures.
That is why, as the Marmara Group Foundation, we attach great importance to the Belt and Road Project. We, the two important partners of this project, can meet a Buddhist monk or a Christian clergyman on a train that we will take tomorrow morning and find out what we have in common. Such riches and such opportunities can only be created and maintained through non-governmental think tanks or platforms.
Uzbekistan is both willing and determined in this regard.
Turkish-Uzbek relations not only develop, but also enable the formation of new ideas as an example in our region, in terms of the activities they put forward and the results of those activities.
With these thoughts in mind, I attach great importance to this event organized today, I congratulate  my friend Prof. Dr. Mehmet Seyfettin Erol and my dear friend Eldor Tulyakov, who drew the roadmap, separately.
I would also like to thank the participants for their high attention, and I respectfully greet you all on behalf of the Marmara Group Foundation.
I invite you to the 25th Eurasian Economic Summit, which we will hold in Istanbul on 7, 8, 9 June 2022 from today."