The Uzbek-Turkish cluster for the production of shoes and leather is scheduled to be launched in by the end of this year. The head of the economic planning department of the Uzcharmsanoat Association, Dilobar Zufarova, said that the project to create the cluster is in the active stage of its development.

"The company has already received the necessary loans, and construction is now under way. By the end of 2019, leather production will be launched with shoe production to be adjusted afterwards. The plan is to master the production of leather goods once those stages are complete," Zufarova said.

The investment cooperation agreement was signed in Istanbul in 2017 by representatives of the Turkish Leather Industrialists Association and the Uzbekcharmpoyabzali Association of Leather and Shoe Enterprises.

Within the cluster, the plans are to set up three industrial complexes including factories for leather processing, shoe manufacturing, and leather goods. This will create a complete chain, from the processing of raw materials to the sending of finished products to customers. A significant part of the goods produced will be exported to the CIS countries and Europe.