Uzbekistan and Japan exchange experience in the development of civil society

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June 11, 2018

Uzbekistan and Japan exchange experience in the development of civil society

The Uzbek delegation led by Golibzhon Abdukarimov, the director of the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society (IIMFCS), visited Japan.

Within the framework of the visit, meetings were held in the parliament, leading non-governmental organizations, universities of the Land of the Rising Sun, during which an exchange of views took place on the trends in the development of civil society in Uzbekistan and Japan, the legislative, material and technical base and mechanisms for the activities of NGOs and citizens’.

Thus, the Tsukuba University organized a joint “round table” on the topic “The role of citizens’ self-government in the implementation of public control: the experience of Uzbekistan and Japan”, as well as meetings with the director of the Institute for Comparative Social Research M.Kaigo and dean of the Faculty of Humanities Y.Takenaka.

Director of the Center for Central Asia Studies of the University of Tsukuba M.Ono, director of the Foreign Languages ​​Department T.Usuyama, Professor A.Shiyoya, OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan J. McGregor, Japanese researchers and students took part in the discussions at the round table.

The participants of the event were informed in detail about the social and political changes implemented in our country within the framework of the Strategy of Action.

At the same time, special attention was paid to the activities of the Consultative Council for the Development of Civil Society of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, set up in early May this year. It is noted that the organizational support of this council is carried out by IIMFCS.

The Japanese side presented reports on the development of citizens ‘self-government bodies in the Land of the Rising Sun, the results of Central Asian studies at Tsukuba University, the formation of a multicultural community (migration issues, social adaptation of newcomers, the role of citizens’ self-government bodies).

Within the framework of the event, a number of participants gave an interview to the correspondent of the IA “Dunyo”.

Director of the Center for Central Asia Studies at Tsukuba University, Professor Masaki Ono:

– We are glad to sincerely welcome the Uzbek delegation. The organization of the “round table” is relevant both for Uzbekistan and for Japan. Presentations and active exchanges of views between the participants of the event showed the special importance of the issues of civil society development in the modern period and the growing interest in a deeper study of the experience of our countries.

Our university is ready to continue mutually beneficial research and educational cooperation in this direction.

Professor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsukuba University Akifumi Shioi:

– Japanese researchers are watching with great interest the reforms in Uzbekistan in the socio-political, economic and cultural spheres. In this regard, the holding of the Uzbek-Japanese “round table” is of special interest for researchers and students of our university.

Participation in the event of more than 60 people shows the great attractiveness of Uzbekistan, its history and culture, growing interest in the current dynamic stage of the country’s development, close bilateral cooperation.

Our specialists are ready to study the development of civil society institutions in Uzbekistan and to share experience in this important direction.

OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan John McGregor:

“We are honored to support the holding of such a remarkable joint event on the activities of citizens’ self-government bodies, the relationship of civil society institutions with state bodies and the expansion of NGO relations between Japan and Uzbekistan.

The OSCE considers it an important task to support the efforts of Uzbekistan to further promote dialogue in Central Asia and international exchanges in this area. I believe that the country has achieved significant results in this direction, which are of great scientific and practical interest for other states.

As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted, it is necessary to thoroughly study the best world experience in the sphere of civil society development and apply the best achievements in this direction. At the same time, such an approach does not mean copying the experience of foreign countries, but a thorough and thorough analysis, taking into account the developmental features of each society. And the OSCE supports such constructive steps of Uzbekistan and is ready for further cooperation.


IA “Dunyo”