Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) was proud to host two high-level international roundtable discussions on economy and development in Uzbekistan, with senior participants from the Belarusian State University and the UK Department for International Development (DfID). The roundtables took place on 3 December 2019.
The first roundtable, the Economy of Belarus: Prospects, Priorities and Challenges, was attended by Dr Catherine Gospodarik, professor of X at the Belarusian State University. Alongside both students and faculty members, Dr Gospodarik discussed global economic trends with a specific focus on the Eurasian region, economic growth and outlook in Belarus and Uzbekistan, and current and future collaborative projects between the two. Dr Gospodarik also noted the fast-growing economy of Uzbekistan and highlighted the new economic opportunities awaiting the country and its existing and prospective trading partners. Herself an economist with a strong background in mathematics & econometrics, Dr Gospodarik advised students to pursue maths and econometrics as these were foundational skills for qualified analysts and economists.
The second roundtable on Environmental Issues in Central Asia was attended by Ms Honor Flanagan, Head of Office, DfID Central Asia, and Mr Shantany Mitra, Senior Climate & Environmental Adviser at the DfID Asia Regional Team. Mr Mitra and his colleagues from DfID met with students and faculty members to discuss DfID projects in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, as well as to listen to existing and emerging environmental issues in Central Asia. Among the most notable questions was Aral Sea environmental disaster and lessons learnt, as well as questions surrounding pollution issues.