International Scientific Conference "Islam Karimov - the founder of the independent state of the Republic of Uzbekistan" was held on April 13, 2018 in Samarkand. The conference is organized, taking into account the great historical merits of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, outstanding state and political figure of Islam Abduganievich Karimov in gaining independence of Uzbekistan, ensuring the country's sustainable development, and also in order to continue work on perpetuating his memory.
The conference was organized by Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Writers’ Union of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Scientific and Enlightenment Memorial Complex named after Islam Karimov, Republican Center of Spirituality and Enlightenment, Islam Karimov Foundation, Samarkand State University, as well as the Khokimiyat of the Samarkand region.
At the plenary session, such prominent scientific and public figures as academician B.S. Yuldashev (President of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences), T.Karimova (Founder of the I.Karimov Foundation), head of the Department at the Kazakh-German University Raushan Serik (Kazakhstan), head of Scientific and Enlightenment Memorial Complex T.Sh. Shirinov, chairman of Writers’ Union of Uzbekistan Muhammad Ali Ahmadov made their speeches.
The work of the conference was divided into two sections. The first one was devoted to the role of Islam Karimov in gaining and strengthening the independence of Uzbekistan. During the work of this section, such topics as the role of I.A.Karimov in the development of socio-economic (N.Zhuraev, S.Rizayev), political (H.Yunusova, S.Salimov), cultural (V.Kuchkorov, M.M. Kuronov) spheres of independent Uzbekistan were considered. Also, prominent researchers took part in the work of the section: B.A. Abdukhalimov (vice-president of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences), Liu Tao (Director of the Confucius Institute), Ch.U. Koychumanova (Kyrgyzstan) and others.
The second section was called "The contribution of Islam Karimov to the development of international relations of Uzbekistan." The participants discussed the formation and strengthening of cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the Republic of Korea (Song Dong Guy, Lee Yu Mi), Tajikistan (A. Gafurov), France (Y. Kushanova), Islam Karimov's contribution to the preservation of peace, security and stability in Central Asia (S.Adilkhodjaeva, M.Rahimov) and other reports on international relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Within the framework of the event, laying flowers to the memorial of Islam Karimov, as well as an excursion to the historical sites of ancient Samarkand.