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Upon the invitation of the Government to Uzbekistan SG Dr Urban Rusnak visited Tashkent and Samarkand

On 23 October 2021 he met with Mr Furkat Sidikov Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Broad range of topics were discussed with Uzbek hosts: road to decarbonisation of energy sector, deployment of renewables and investment conditions in Uzbekistan, prospects for hydrogen economy, regional cooperation including transit of energy resources and power interconnections.

Regionalism in Central Asia and role of parliaments in promoting mutually beneficial cooperation was topic of a round table discussion between postgraduate students, faculty members and foreign guests at the Tashkent Jean Monet Centre of Excellence in European studies. Ms Gulnoza Ismailova, Vice-rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy opened the event. SG Rusnak intervened in the roundtable discussion focused on energy related cooperation in Central Asia and experiences of the International Energy Charter.

On 25 October Mr Sherzod Khojaev Deputy Minister of Energy invited SG U.Rusnak to visit the Data Centre collecting all billing and technical information from more than 7 Mio smartmeters in households and small enterprises in Uzbekistan. With 99,9% coverage of retail consumers connected to the grid; Uzbekistan is one of the most advanced users of smartmeters in the world.