ALMATY Feb 6 A delegation of the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) visited
Uzbekistan on Monday to discuss cooperation following the change
of leadership in Tashkent, the country's foreign ministry said.
The EBRD, which has invested billions of dollars in other
former Soviet republics, has not signed any projects in
Uzbekistan for almost a decade and does not have an office in
Monday's visit by the EBRD team was the first one since the
death last September of President Islam Karimov who had run the
country since 1989 and was succeeded by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a
former prime minister.
Mirziyoyev has pledged to liberalise Uzbekistan's
notoriously tightly-controlled economic policy, but the Tashkent
government has yet to take any concrete steps in that direction.
The Uzbek foreign ministry said in a statement that minister
Abdulaziz Kamilov has met Natalia Khanjenkova, managing director
for Turkey and Central Asia at the EBRD, to discuss the agenda
for a visit by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti.
A spokeswoman for the EBRD said: "EBRD President is
interested in visiting Uzbekistan at a suitable point in the
next few months. When we know more, we will announce it."
(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov, editing by Pritha Sarkar)