Agroexport and MGIMO Held a Round Table in Tashkent on Education in the Agriculture

On April 27, the MGIMO branch in Tashkent hosted a round table “MGIMO and Agroexport competencies in the development of agricultural international trade”. The conference continued the business mission conducted these days in Uzbekistan by Agroexport and aimed at establishing business contacts between Russian and Uzbek representatives of the agro-industrial complex.

At the beginning of the event, the director of MGIMO-Tashkent, Abdujabar Abduvakhitov, made opening remarks. “For Uzbekistan, agriculture is one of the key sectors of the economy,” he said. The main driver of industry development is business, which provides jobs and investment. However, there are a number of problems in the local agricultural sector, for example, limited water resources. To solve them, it’s necessary to have not only additional investments, but also new personnel. So, by the end of 2030, we look forward to train more than 10 thousand specialists who will develop the industry. We hope that the experience of MGIMO and IWAN will be able to help us to achieve our aim.”

Artem Malgin, MGIMO's Vice-Rector for Development, joined the words of his colleague. “Over the past 10 years, it became clear that there was the need for agricultural education. Agricultural products remain one of the bridges that connect the markets of various countries, despite the geopolitical crisis and instability. We noticed this and, with the support of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Agroexport, established the Institute of World Agricultural Markets.” He also gave a brief overview of the history of IWAM and announced launching a new master's program dedicated to legal support of agricultural trade.

Director of the Federal Center Dmitry Krasnov spoke about the role played by Agroexport in the project’s development. “We are striving to create a separate institution that will help us transfer the knowledge and competencies accumulated over the years to diverse audience: from students to agricultural companies,” he highlighted. “We are ready to share our experience with Uzbek colleagues, as we are interested in the development of Uzbekistan, a country that is one of the most reliable Russian partners. Our desire is to help the young people of Uzbekistan become efficient personnel for Uzbek growing companies.”

Georgy Semenov, IWAM and Agroexport employee, also addressed at the conference. He clarified the Institute's projects: “Today, IWAM develops and implements educational programs at various levels, forms an educational and methodological base for training specialists, and also conducts research and communication projects. Over the past year, about 1.5 thousand people took part in advanced training programs and seminars of the Institute. We have completed the preparation of a basic textbook on world agricultural markets, as well as a number of language and specialized manuals. This year, we plan a series of new advanced training programs, as well as two miners to our master's program. All of this creates a basis for successful collaborations with business and other scientific and educational institutions. Now we see interest in our work and its demand both from universities and from business.”

The event ended up with an appearance of Konstantin Korneev who gave a lecture on the prospects for the development of the agricultural sector in the country. “Currently, the export and production potentials are high in Uzbekistan. However, it is extremely necessary to create conditions for attracting both domestic and foreign investors. Solving these problems will fill the market with cheap and high-quality products and integrate into the international market, supplying value-added products abroad or under a single brand.”

As a result of the event, the speakers agreed to maintain a format of meetings to exchange views on agrarian issues. The Uzbek side expressed also interest in cooperation with Russian colleagues and made a proposal to translate a textbook on world agricultural markets into Uzbek.