RD Visits Uzbekistan to Strengthen Mutual Cooperation
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Regional Director Argentina Szabados visited the Uzbek capital Tashkent last week to meet with high-level counterparts from Parliament, Ministries, the National Human Rights Centre, the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan, Deputy Prime Minister Ms Tanzila Narbaeva, and the heads of the other UN agencies including the Resident Coordinator.
Ms Szabados and counterparts discussed joint activities on labour mobility in the context of the Global Compact of Migration, looking at contemporary migration challenges and ways of overcoming them, whilst the national partners presented the country's efforts to enhance the rights of labour migrants, and securing safe and orderly migration.
“It was of key importance to have these top-level discussions in Tashkent this week”, said Ms Szabados. “Uzbekistan plays an important role in the Central Asia region. The mutual partnership between IOM and Uzbekistan has been steadily progressing in recent years, with several national and regional joint activities, which we greatly welcome”.
IOM provides rescue, return, rehabilitation and reintegration assistance to trafficking victims from Uzbekistan and to other vulnerable migrants. Since 2015, IOM has been engaged in joint activities with the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Human Rights Centre, the National Rehabilitation Centre of Victims of Trafficking and others.
“We continue to work with the Uzbek authorities on the expected accession to full IOM membership in the nearest future,” concluded Ms Szabados. “We are confident this will consolidate and advance our already diverse portfolio of activities on behalf of vulnerable migrants not only in Uzbekistan itself but across Central Asia and further afield.”