Galina Karelova: The 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament will give a new boost to international cooperation

Opportunities for developing joint projects with the participation of women were discussed during an engagement with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Federation Council Deputy Speaker said.

A meeting with President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as a number of bilateral meetings, was held as part of the 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and head of the Russian delegation Galina Karelova said.

During the meeting with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the very high level of Uzbek-Russian relations and strategic partnership was noted, as was the dynamic development of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries over the past years.

According to Galina Karelova, the President of the Republic was interested in the projects to support women that had been implemented with the Federation Council’s involvement. He was particularly interested in the mechanisms and programmes to support women exporters and expressed readiness to implement joint initiatives in order to expand cooperation between female entrepreneurs from Uzbekistan and Russia.

The Federation Council Deputy Speaker also held a bilateral meeting with IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong to discuss women from different countries willing to join forces in order to overcome the pandemic’s aftermath in all spheres of social life.

The senator noted the importance of the summit’s main topic and stressed that it remains important since the pandemic is not over yet. “The main takeaway is that global challenges can only be met with the efforts of the entire international community,” she said.

During Galina Karelova’s working meeting with Speaker of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbayeva, the sides reviewed items at the top of international agenda and issues of bilateral relations and inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Touching upon the 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, the Federation Council Deputy Speaker noted that Uzbekistan was hosting an event of this level on the women's agenda for the first time ever. The senator thanked the Uzbek side for the hospitality and excellent organisation.

“I think that holding this international discussion in Tashkent was the right choice. Upper parliament chamber speakers in Uzbekistan and in Russia are women. Our countries are paying special attention to empowering women and creating dignified conditions for them to realise their potential in all spheres of life,” Galina Karelova said.

At the end of the second day of the summit, Deputy Federation Council Speaker and Chair of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on Economy, Budget and Finance Tatyana Runets held a bilateral meeting to discuss cooperation between the youth chambers of parliaments and the future of the women's agenda.

The Belarusian side was interested in cooperation on the women's agenda and working jointly to advance the EWF Council’s projects.

On the sidelines of the summit, Galina Karelova also met with Chair of the People's Representative Council of the People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia Puan Maharani. The parties discussed the outcomes of the Women 20 meeting held in Indonesia. The senator noted how well organised the event was.

Following the 14th Summit of Women Parliament Speakers, the participants adopted the Tashkent Declaration, which reflects the aspiration to jointly recover from the effects of the pandemic in order to achieve sustainable development for their countries.

Commenting on the outcomes of the event, the Federation Council Deputy Speaker expressed confidence that the open exchange of opinions during the summit would provide more incentives for expanding international cooperation.