Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov of Uzbekistan to the United States took part in a virtual event on Post COVID-19: Building Resilience in Central Asia.
The event was organized by Central Asia Program at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian studies at the George Washington University in cooperation with the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC).
Daniel A. Witt, President of the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow at the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Javier Piedra, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia, USAID and Eric Livny, Lead Regional Economist for Central Asia in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development addressed the virtual event. Officials, representatives of think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, the media and American businesspeople also took part in the event.
Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov informed his participants about the efforts being undertaken in Uzbekistan to counter the pandemic and measures to ensure financial and economic stability in the current conditions, support small and medium-sized businesses, as well as promote employment of the population. Sequential steps on development of the country’s digital economy and e-government, diversifying foreign trade and expanding investment were identified.
The experts noted that despite the challenges arising from the pandemic, the Central Asian countries have unique opportunities for restoring the healthcare system and the economy as a whole.