April 25, 1998
  1. Belgian Prime Minister Jean Luc-Dehaene in Uzbekistan

  2. OSCE Acting President visits Uzbekistan

  3. Counselor to U.S. Department Commerce on his tour across Central Asia

  Belgian Prime Minister visits Uzbekistan
  On April 17 the Prime Minister of Belgium Jean-Luc Dehaene paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. Belgium is an important partner for Uzbekistan, because headquarters of large international organizations are located in Brussels. Following a private talk between Prime Minister Dehaene and President Karimov, the government delegations of both countries held negotiations to discuss economic interests of Belgium and Uzbekistan which are carpet-making, banking, tourism, oil and gas, machine building industries. They also discussed possible partnership in science, technology and agriculture. The negotiations resulted in signing of a Joint Statement, agreement between the governments of Uzbekistan and the Belgian-Luxemburgian Eonomic Union on mutual encouragement and protection of investments. Both sides made amendments to the Convention signed between Uzbekistan and Belgium on avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion for capital and income signed in November 14, 1996. Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene also met with Uzbek Prime Minister Utkir Sultonov and Chairman of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) Erkin Khalilov and visited Samarkand for sight-seeing. Uzbekistan and Belgium established diplomatic relations in 1992. Last year, the trade turnover between the two countries surpassed 150 million dollars. Four joint ventures with Belgian capitals operate in Uzbekistan.
  OSCE Acting President meets President Karimov
  President Islam Karimov met with visiting Acting President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and foreign minister of Poland, Bronislaw Geremek, April 20 in Tashkent. Uzbekistan is the member of OSCE since February 26, 1992. In 1994 OSCE opened its regional bureau for Central Asia in Tashkent. Since then Tashkent hosted two OSCE seminars on human rights. Mr. Geremek said that Uzbekistan fully complies with OSCE membership requirements. Mr. Geremek visited the National Center for Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Oliy Majlis (Parliament).
  Clinton Administration Ombudsman in Uzbekistan
  Counselor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jan Kalicki, visited Uzbekistan this week. Jan Kalicki was on his tour across Central Asia and the Caucasus to meet high-ranking government officials and discuss energy, oil and gas issues. On April 20 he was in Uzbekistan to discuss the ways to implement agreements achieved at the U.S.-Uzbek Joint Commission held in Washington on February. Mr. Kalicki met with Prime Minister Utkir Sultonov and Deputy Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Uzbek Oil and Gas Corporation Kayum Hakkulov. He also visited the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations and the National Bank. Jan Kalicki is also the Clinton Administration's Ombudsman for Energy and Commercial Cooperation with the N.I.S. states.

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