10 Jan 2018 14:13

Uzbekistan wants to create aerospace industry

TASHKENT. Jan 10 (Interfax) - The draft program of Uzbekistan's Year of Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas, and Technology, which was submitted for discussion on Wednesday, calls for the elaboration of a strategy to form a national aerospace industry in 2018-2035.

"There are plans to draft norms and legal documents aimed at restoring the aircraft industry and creating an aerospace industry by November 10, 2018," the program says.

The strategy will be elaborated by relevant ministries and departments, and a government agency will be established to supervise aerospace activity, it says.

There will also be an action plan to promote the creation of physical assets and research facilities, the training of personnel, and the attraction of foreign investment to the aerospace industry.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said in his address to parliament in late December that the country has not been paying enough attention to the implementation of aerospace technology in leading sectors of the national economy in recent years. He called for foreign investment in public-private partnership projects to create ground stations and industrial aerospace facilities.

Aerospace cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia was discussed during Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's visit to Tashkent in October 2017.