Saudi Arabia & Uzbekistan sign several deals for energy and labor cooperation

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have agreed to cooperate in the sectors of energy and employment of labors.

The energy and employment cooperation agreements are included among a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) that were signed during the official visit of Uzbekistan President Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Kingdom.

The signing ceremony was held following the official talks between Mr. Mirziyoyev and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier, and minister of defense, at the Royal Court of Al-Salam Palace.

The agreement for cooperation in the field of energy was signed by the Saudi Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet for Shoura Council Affairs, and acting Minister of Energy Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed and Uzbek First Deputy Minister of Energy Mr. Azim Ahmed Khodjayev.

A cooperation agreement for the employment of labors was inked by Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi, and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Mr. Jamshid Khodjaev.

According to the statement, “Uzbekistan has proven reserves of natural gas equivalent to 42.7 times its annual consumption and the country ranked 19th in the world with one percent of the world’s total natural gas reserves.” In recent years, Uzbekistan has emerged as a new labor exporting market in the world.

The two countries also signed an agreement for cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters. Several MoUs covering wide-ranging fields were also signed by ministers and senior officials of both countries. “These included cooperation in the field of Islamic affairs, cooperation and exchange of news between the news agencies of the two countries, cooperation in the field of veterinary and livestock development, cooperation in the field of agriculture, cooperation in the health field, and so on,” as per the reports.

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