The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Aripov. It was attended by representatives of IFI, members of the International Expert Group under the Council. Among them are Cyril Muller, Vice-President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia region, Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business and International affairs at George Washington University and managing Director at Growth Dialogue (USA). Previously, he worked for many years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State and the World Bank. He is an expert in emerging economies and finance, industrial policy, banks and globalization. Also, Professor at the University of Adolfo Ibáñez and the Institute for the Support of Corporate Innovation (Chile) Eduardo Bitran along with Marcelo Tokman, who from 2015-2018 served as CEO of the National Petroleum Company (Chile), former Minister of Energy of this country. Also, the meeting was attended by representatives of a number of ministries and departments, international financial institutions, including the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the United Nations Development Program.
During the event, participants defined and discussed in detail the priority areas of reforms for implementation in 2019-2021:
- Strengthening macroeconomic stability;
- Improving the energy sector;
- Human capital development and social protection;
- Development of agriculture;
- Increase access to finance for the development of the private sector;
- Development of competition and entrepreneurship;
- The development of foreign and domestic trade and transport;
- Accelerating sustainable urbanization and urban development;
Representatives of the responsible ministries and departments, prominent foreign scientists and specialists shared their views on these issues. In particular, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan - Minister of Finance D. Kuchkarov and Professor of the American University of George Washington D. Leipziger discussed the priorities of structural reforms, First Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry R. Gulyamov and the Head of the National Oil Company of Chile M Tokman considered the Energy Strategy, the Chairman of the Central Bank M. Nurmuratov along with the representatives of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank deliberated on the development of microfinance.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council decided to hold such meetings quarterly to discuss the progress of the reforms being implemented, in order to identify and resolve the most important issues.