LAHORE: Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Pakistan Aybek Arif Usmanov said on Tuesday that connectivity projects between the two countries are having a positive impact.

While delivering a speech on “Pakistan-Uzbekistan Economic Cooperation and Prospect” at a Roundtable on Regional Connectivity in Central and South Asia: Great Initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “organized by the Department of Pakistani History and Studies from the University of Punjab and the Center for Global and Strategic Studies.

He said that not only Punjab but KPK is also well connected with Uzbekistan. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister Imran Khan are the primary drivers and promoters of connectivity.

He also said that for more than three years, the Pakistani leadership has been working for peace and development in Afghanistan. He said that all countries are interested in using Pakistan as a central Asian transit hub. He also said that we are currently working on high tech cooperation with Pakistan. He said that experts from Uzbekistan had helped formulate solutions to improve cotton production in Pakistan.

Uzbek Ambassador Aybek Arif Usmanov also called UP Vice-Chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmad to his office. The Vice-Chancellor stressed the need to improve collaboration between academic institutions in two countries and to strengthen people-to-people contacts.

The roundtable aimed to highlight the importance of regional connectivity between Central Asia and South Asia vis-à-vis socio-economic and cultural cooperation. The event started with the opening remarks by Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mazhar.

Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad gave a detailed presentation on “Analyzing the concept of Central-South Asian Connectivity: Ten-point agenda by Shavkat Mirziyoyev”.

Brigadier Mansoor Saeed Sheikh SI (M) (retired), Vice President (Punjab region), Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad in his welcome speech said that Pakistan is located at the convergence of three regions of geo-economic importance and it offers the shortest route to the sea for all the landlocked countries of Central Asia alongside Western China and Afghanistan.

Professor Dr. Mahboob Hussain, Chairman of the Department of History and Pakistan Studies, delivered a speech on “Historical and Cultural Links between Central and South Asia: An Overview of Major Models of Civilization”.

Prof. Dr. Iram Khalid, Chairman, Department of Political Science and International Relations, PU delivered a speech on “Reviving the Phenomena of University Cooperation in Regionalism: A Case Study of Central and South Asia”.

Teacher. Dr. Rukhsana Iftikhar, Department of History, PU gave a talk on “The Economic Potential between Central Asia and South Asia”.

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