On June 13, 2020, the first session of the Discussion Club was held on the topic “External Debt: Discussion and Analysis”. The event gathered around the table independent experts, leading economists, media representatives and bloggers.

At the beginning of the session, the Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Jamshid Kuchkarov, Minister of Finance Timur Ishmetov, Chairman of the Central Bank Mamarizo Nurmuratov made an introductory speech.

As independent experts participated: Abdulla Abdukadirov, Nishonboy Sirojiddinov, Nodir Jumaev, Dilshodkhon Rakhmonov, Rauf Salokhojaev, Omonjon Ganiev, Zokhidjon Askarov, Jamshid Muslimov, as well as economist-blogger Otabek Bakirov.

Among the participants, there are also international experts: Danny Leipziger, Jeniffer Murtazashvili

Representatives of International Financial Institutions:

Hideki Mori – Head of WB Representative Office in Uzbekistan, Ron van Rooden, IMF Mission Chief for Uzbekistan, Cindy Malvichini – Head of ADB Representative Office in Uzbekistan, Eric Livni – EBRD Regional Director.

Representatives of international rating agencies:

Eric Arispe- Senior Director of the sovereign group of the international rating agency Fitch Ratings Maximilian Makgrov- Chief analyst of the sovereign rating group of the international rating agency “S&P Global Ratings and others.

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