Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) on behalf of Director Dr. Voyakin D.A. and a consulting organization based in Belgium Business and Strategies in Europe S.A. (B&S Europe) was signed on May 24, 2022 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Vincent Curie, Managing Director of B&S Europe, and Dmitriy Voyakin, Director of IICAS, discussed further steps of cooperation in the field of cultural heritage protection in Uzbekistan, with a special focus on fighting illicit trafficking of cultural property. B&S Europe's experience in combating illicit trafficking, as well as in project management might contribute to the successful implementation of projects for the benefit of Uzbekistan and its World Heritage Sites.
Discussions at this point focused on understanding how the two organizations can complement each other's expertise in this particular area, as well as a deeper understanding of the field of heritage protection and the phenomenon of trafficking in cultural property in Uzbekistan.
During their visit to Tashkent, Dmitry Voyakin, Vincent Curie, and Paulo Roquete Vitorino participated in working meetings with Mr. Shahrier Nurulloyev, head of the Agency for Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Mr. Alexandros Makarigakis, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan.