A round-table meeting was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Seoul on Dec. 3, 2015 with the attendance of Ambassador , Chairman Chung Tae-ik of Korea Council on Foreign Relations, Director Eom Gu-ho of Asia-Pacific Research Center and a number of experts on international relations.
Speaking to the meeting on the topic of “Role of Constitution in Strengthening the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan,” Ambassador Asadov said, “Thanks to the coherent implementation of its own model, Uzbekistan has achieved (1) macro-economic stability, (2) steady economic growth and (3) creation of solid foundation for a strong civil society, among other accomplishments. Gist of his speech follows:
On August 31, 1991, the Republic of Uzbekistan gained its independence. At that time, many of us could not even imagine what kind of complex and difficult challenges the newly independent state was facing.
During that difficult time, it was essential to show endurance and strong political will, and to develop a comprehensive and well-calibrated strategy for pulling the country out of the deep crisis and mobilizing constructive power of the society for that purpose. The strategy of political and economic development as well as of construction of the nation and society, which had been developed under the guidelines of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, based on the historical and cultural features of our people taking into account huge natural resources, economic and human potential of the nation.
In a historically short period of time, the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, has been developed and adopted, which clearly sets out the basic principles of state and nation-building of the country. The Constitution has been as product of fruitful and laborious work of the Constitutional Commission headed by the President of Uzbekistan. It was approved on Dec. 8, 1992 and leans on the advanced ideas of constitutional construction, democratic principles and historical experience of development of the Uzbek statehood.
In addition, Uzbekistan has developed its own strategy of transition to a market economy and building a vibrant civil society on five key principles developed by President Islam Karimov: the priority of economics over politics; the state is the main reformer; the rule of law; strong social policy; a step-by-step transition to market relations.
All-in-all, one should acknowledge the fact that the Constitution predestined the future of Uzbekistan. Incorporating the fundamental provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other fundamental international documents, our Constitution made the rights, interests and freedoms of people pre-eminent over state interest.