Information Digest of Press of Uzbekistan

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 42

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 42

February 28, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs. 1

A monument to Abdulla Oripov will be erected in Karshi 1

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: mahalla should embody the principles of justice in our society. 1

investments. 2

Asl Oyna company in Sergeli district of the capital has commissioned a new Italian production line  2

free industrial economic zone.. 2

Free economic zones “Urgut”, “Gijduvan”, “Qoqand” and “Hazarasp”. 2

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3

Present pace of small economy. 3

reform... 5

Scientific Advancement 5

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

A monument to Abdulla Oripov will be erected in Karshi

The Head of State reviewed the designs of a monument to the people’s poet, Hero of Uzbekistan Abdulla Oripov and reconstruction of the mausoleum of Abul-Muin-Nasafi.

Abdulla Oripov was a person of a unique talent, who has made a great contribution to the development of Uzbek national literature with his dramatic and non-fiction works, poems and translations. His highly artistic, philosophical poetry captured the heart of our people.

In the years of independence, the poet dedicated his talent to chanting the freedom of our homeland, the honor and dignity of our people. For many years as the head of the Union of Writers of Uzbekistan, he was engaged in education and support of young poets and writers. Besides, he worked successfully as a member of the parliament and member of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.

Abdulla Oripov, who wrote the lyrics of the National Anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan, will live forever in the memory of our people.

The monument to the poet will be erected on a street in Karshi and will be a symbol of pride and inspiration to young people.

The President underlined the need to improve the design, to establish a school named after Abdulla Oripov and a museum, dedicated to his life and work.

Abul-Muin Nasafi was a great scholar of the XI century, who made a great contribution to the development of Islamic culture. Today his works have a high scientific value.

The President gave his recommendations for further improving the mausoleum, creating necessary conditions for the pilgrims, organizing a library and translations of the works of the scientist.

(Source: UzA)

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: mahalla should embody the principles of justice in our society

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited “Gulshan” mahalla (community) in Karshi and inspected the conditions for effective interaction of workers of the citizens’ assembly and a prevention inspector.

Nowadays, the role and influence of mahalla in society is increasing. On the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoev a special attention is attached to improving the institutional framework of mahalla activities, expansion of its tasks and powers, strengthening its role in civil society.

Sustained measures to increase the efficiency of the work of mahalla citizens’ assemblies with the public, create conditions for them, are taken in Karshi. A new building of the citizens’ assembly of "Gulshan" mahalla.

All conditions are created in the contemporary building. Separate rooms with furniture, a computer and necessary literature have been allocated to the chairman of the mahalla, secretary, advisors, prevention inspectors. The room of prevention inspector is equipped with a system of video surveillance over the entire territory of mahalla.

Mahalla should embody the principles of justice in our society, the President said. It should be a place where people can express their views, present proposals, talk about their problems. The chairman of mahalla and the prevention inspector must know the situation and everyday concerns of each family. The main purpose of ongoing reforms in this area is the transformation of mahalla into an effective structure that the takes care of every resident day and night.

The officials were instructed to link together all the police stations in Karshi via broadband connection.

A house for the prevention inspector and his family is built next to the building of the citizens’ assembly of “Gulshan” mahalla. The head of state familiarized with the conditions in this house.

(Source: UzA)

investments

Asl Oyna company in Sergeli district of the capital has commissioned a new Italian production line

Today, the company produces 130 types of glass products to the German technology. The goods are manufactured from local raw materials - sand, dolomite, lime, calcium soda and others. Automated process control helps to ensure high quality of products.

The new production line will increase the production volumes of glass containers of various designs.

“Crucially, we will provide 150 boys and girls with jobs. Prior to handling sophisticated technologies, which envisage heating of the raw material to 1,450 degrees, the workers had undergone three-month training. The line will allow producing 120 tons of glass mass per day. The containers will be used for packaging processed fruit and vegetable products, as well as packaging and canning of oil and fat products,” said Husniddin Nurmuhamedov, CEO at Asl Oyna.

The 11 million euros technology was purchased through a Kapitalbank loan. Its main advantages include a ten percent higher energy efficiency against the existing ones. Experts say that the new line will increase the quality of glass making, grading and shaping. It is distinguished by high productivity and efficiency.

Today, Asl Oyna is considering the opportunity of expanding its presence in foreign markets. Last year, the company exported goods for $2.5 million, and is planning to scale up the index to $4 million in the current year. It is planned to produce a total of 120 million items of glass containers of various sizes in the current year.

“Previously, our company covered a certain part of the needs in glass by imports. There is no longer need in that. We are satisfied with the Asl Oyna products for their high quality and cheap price,” said Toshkentvino quality manager Dinora Kosimkhujayeva.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

free industrial economic zone

Free economic zones “Urgut”, “Gijduvan”, “Qoqand” and “Hazarasp”

Free economic zones “Urgut”, “Gijduvan”, “Qoqand” and “Hazarasp” have been established by President Decree dated 12 January 2017.

According to the decree, Uzbekistan plans to create free economic zone “Urgut” (Samarkand region), free economic zone “Gijduvan” (Bukhara region), free economic zone “Qoqand” (Ferghana region) and free economic zone “Hazarasp” (Khorezm region).

The main tasks and directions of the activities of the new zones will be attraction of foreign direct investments of foreign and local investors to create modern capacities on production of demanded goods in foreign markets and import-replacing products with high added value.

New zones also ensure complex and efficient use of production and resource potentials of Samarkand, Bukhara, Ferghana and Khorezm regions.

The zones will also create modern production capacities in the sphere of deep processing, storage and packaging of fruits, vegetables and agriculture goods, textile, carpet, footwear and leather products, ecologic secure chemical, pharmaceutical, foods, electrotechnical industry, machinery and automobile, construction materials, and other directions.

Among the tasks of the zone is also deepening processing of localized production of high technological goods on the base of local raw materials and products via establishing close cooperation relations and development of industrial cooperation.

The document said that new SEZs will function during 30 years with opportunity to prolong. The special tax and custom preferences will be in force during this time.

State Committee of Uzbekistan on land resources, geodesy, cartography and state cadastre in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and regional administrations will determine concrete borders of the new zones.

(Source: “Uzbekistan profile” - Information bulletin of Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belgium)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Present pace of small economy

Having embarked on the path to independence and adhering to own model of economic development, Uzbekistan for historically short term has achieved great success which cause admiration and never ceases to amaze the world community. It became an integral part of world community and the global financial and economic market, the member of the UN, cooperates successfully with many international institutes and the organizations, it has on its territory of the embassy, diplomatic and other representative offices of many countries. takes necessary measures for improving level and quality of population's life.

Official statistics shows that over the years of independence the population of Uzbekistan has increased by almost 11 million, maternal and child mortality has decreased more than by 3 times, average life expectancy of the population has grown from 68 to 75 years. Such fatal changes as not the statistics, but international experience testifies now, occur or can occur only in those countries where everything is being done to grow economy and for the human benefit, but not vice versa in any way. Uzbekistan, fortunately, is among such countries where interests of people are put in the first place.

Important result of economic reforms and institutional transformations is reinstating and transferring property to its true owners in the order established by the legislation, strengthening of non-state sector, developing the sphere of small business and private entrepreneurship which is called "small" economy today. The main production subjects of this sphere are small enterprises and micro firms. They are considered to be maneuverable, rather manageable, less capital-intensive and reacting quickly to market condition. Showing very productive work, small enterprises and micro firms often and to some extent act as competitors for the large enterprises. It is especially noticeable in such spheres as processing of agricultural production, secondary resources, manufacturing of furniture, various types of construction materials, footwear, clothe and other products.

Another remarkable feature of small enterprises is ability to adapt quickly to local conditions, customs and traditions. This quality allows them to find the wide field of activity in the sphere of goods and services the local population has traditionally got used. These are, for example, such spheres as handicraft, decorative art production, production of knives, stamping products, articles of needlework and embroidery, agricultural and house tools, as well as manufacturing of national food products. Subjects of "small" economy can be created and function on the basis of all existing forms of ownership, such as state, private, collective and other forms, and their founders may be not one, but several legal entities and individuals. They have the right to establish independently volumes and the range of production, to sell it at their discretion, to price goods, works and services, to define forms and size of hired workers salary,   profit (income) allocation, etc.  The "small" economy forming powerful layer of owners in the country and being the main source of growth of the income and employment of the population, increases the pace year by year. So, the share of small business has increased over the period from 2000 to 2015  in the industry from 12,9 to 40,6%,   construction from 38,4 to 66,7, investments from 15,4 to 35,8, export from 10,2 to 27,8%.

 Nowdays the enterprises of "small" economy make up to 45% industrial products, 98% of agricultural products and about 57% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. The number of the employees in this sphere has reached about 78% of the general employment in economy. If in the early 90-s of the previous century the share of the income from business activity in structure of the population income  made about 10%, nowadays its specific weight has increased up to 52% that considerably exceeds a similar indicator in the CIS countries. Great opportunities for development of business and entrepreneurship are opened by transfer of the state objects at "zero" value to private owners provided they undertake certain investment commitments. In 2015 the state-owned assets invested in the private sector exceeded 3 times assets allocated in 2014. For 570 state-owned assets realized at "zero" redemption value, investors have taken commitments worth 971,5 billion Soums (currency rates of CB RU from 28.02.2017, 1$= 3404.35 soums) and $49,3 million . Thanks to it the production potential of economy has increased to a certain extent, on the basis of the idle facilities advanced hi-tech productions appeared, new jobs were created.           This positive process continued to occur in past 2016. Within nine months the private sector has purchased 373 state-owned assets with investment commitments for almost 314 billion Soums. 45 joint-stock companies (JSC) have sold state shares of over 15% of authorized capital of these companies to foreign investors that, among other things, has significantly reduced the number of the joint-stock companies with the state share in authorized capitals. It demonstrates another not less important change which happens in the republic today: the state really seeks to reduce its presence at economy, to develop and bring democratic foundations and the vital principles of society to new level, to joint faster the ranks of high developed countries of the world.  The sphere of business and entrepreneurship is supported by many institutes, in particular, commercial banks. So, for example, last year only Ipoteka-bank of the country has allocated the credits worth over 993 billion Soums to small business and private entrepreneurship, and total volume of micro credits made 241,2 billion Soums. The bank has financed projects of 76 enterprises producing construction materials and tools worth  30,1 billion Soums. As a result, the enterprises of "small" economy, besides progress in production of goods and services, their sale, have increased the potential due to creating 17 thousand new jobs. Other banks also grant the similar support to small business. Thus, the "Microcreditbank" Joint stock bank this year intends to allocate the credits worth 1 trillion and 260  billion Soums for development of small business and private entrepreneurship , creation of new jobs, granting the bigger volume of banking services to population , especially to women and college graduates. At the same time the bank assumes to bring the volume of the loan portfolio up to 1 trillion and 370 billion Soums.

The first President of the republic Islam Karimov paid much attention to small business and private entrepreneurship and considered that neither society nor the state could successfully develop without them. One of his books "Strengthening spirit of Business in Society is the Guarantee of Progress" stresses: "We have to consider small business, private entrepreneurship as the factor providing the accelerated economic development of our republic. With the private, non-state sector manufacturing the main part of the production output, we can say safely that the economy became originally free and had found its future".           The present country leadership, continuing and improving the chosen economic course, gives to development of "small" economy not less but more attention. The evidence is  the Decree of the current President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev of October 5, 2016 "On additional measures to ensure the accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and substantial improvement of business climate". The measures provided in this document open the new horizons for business and entrepreneurship, counteract manifestation of any kind of bureaucracy and obstacles in this sphere, provide various privileges and preferences. It means that the state supports any positive aspirations of the existing and especially beginning businessmen if they don't contradict the current legislation and are aimed not only at the personal benefit, but also wellbeing of a family, society and state.

In conclusion, today, especially the context of the goals set by the President Shavkat Mirziyoev at the enlarged meeting of the government dedicated to the socio-economic development of the country in 2016 and the most important priority directions of the economic program for 2017 requires, first of all, high-quality shifts in economy including in "small" one. For this purpose it is important to enhance a role of local authorities, first of all, the hokimiyat which are responsible for developing economy in regions, including for developing small business and private entrepreneurship. Business has to develop in regions not by the residual principle, but on an equal basis with development of the industry, construction, transport and other branches and industries or in the context of the latter.

 Both large manufacturing enterprises and associations which shouldn't become isolated within the departmental or corporate interests have to tell "word" here, and open the wide road to creation of small enterprises, including those in form of branches, subsidiaries and other acceptable structures as it is widely practiced in many developed countries. Undoubtedly, there are other opportunities for our domestic business to gain a civilized basis, to develop and increase the pace successfully. A framework of article doesn't allow to cover and describe all opportunities. But, it would be desirable to tell about one aspect of this important issue which the President at the above meeting of the government has paid special attention to. It is firstly, personal responsibility of leaders of all ranks for the end results of work, secondly, general providing an accurate order and strong discipline and, thirdly eradiation of negative effects in the work. Implementation of these requirements is an important condition not only for increasing potential of "small" business, but also realizing tasks defined for 2017 and the subsequent periods.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

reform

Scientific Advancement

Last week, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a number of decrees aimed at the development of science management system in Uzbekistan, as well as the perfection of the structure and activities of the Academy of Sciences. Read more in the review of our correspondent.

It was kick started as the improvement in the performance of the Academy of Sciences, followed by the establishment of a state commission and agency for science and technology as well as a foundation to support and advance scientific and technological activities.

Agency in the Lead

In accordance with the Decree, the State Commission for Science and Technology headed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been set up, tasked with elaborating and introducing for consideration an integrated government policy in the field of scientific and technical activity, in the identification of priority directions for innovation programs.

As the working body of the Commission, the Agency for Science and Technology of the Republic of Uzbekistan is being established on the basis of the terminated Coordinating Committee for Science and Technology Development under the Cabinet of Ministers. The agency is entrusted with forming a government mission for the provision of scientific and technical services in terms of the implementation of fundamental, applied and innovative research for sectors of the economy and social sphere.

These measures will contribute to elevate the organization system of scientific research activities to a new level which will consolidate the existing intellectual potential, eliminate narrow subjects and inefficient themes of research, as well as avoid duplication.

Another important issue to be resolved by this decree is the creation of Fund for support and development of scientific and technological activities in the form of a legal entity under the State Committee for Science and Technology.

Academy of Sciences Gains Momentum

The Decree on measures to further improve the activity of the Academy of Sciences, the organization, management and financing of research activities, signed by the President of the country, defines the main goals and priorities of its activity on the basis of modern requirements. In addition, to further bolster up the research infrastructure as part of the Academy of Sciences it is created a number of research institutions, as well as individual institutions will be back in its management. These measures will allow carrying out wide-range studies, concentrating the available scientific potential in various fields of science and forwarding it to the solution of actual problems of the socio-economic sphere.

The document focuses on the further betterment of the organizational structure of the Academy of Sciences via forming of branches of physical and mathematical and technical, chemical and biological, social and human sciences in it, as well as the creation of a new department of Navoi. This will allow for providing the systemic coordination of scientific researches in these areas, and will contribute to the efficient use of capacities of academic science in the comprehensive advancement of the Navoi region’s industry.

In addition, equating the chairmen’s status of Karakalpakstan and Navoi departments of the Academy of Sciences, as well as the Khorezm Academy of Mamun with the status of vice-president of the Academy of Sciences is a clear confirmation of the importance for the revival of the potential and status enhancement of the science in the regions.

A number of institutions were returned to the structure of the Academy of Sciences that were previously transferred to the system of institutions of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education. Thus, under the Academy there will be created the Vladimir Romanovsky Institute of Mathematics, the Institute of Nuclear Physics, the Institute of Ion-plasma and Laser Technologies named after U. Arifov, among others.

In the Decree special significance was also placed on the promotion of effective science. To this end, the government is to create a fund of material incentives for scientific workers of the Academy of Sciences who have achieved considerable results in scientific research.

Back to the Two-Level System

Less than four years ago Uzbekistan abandoned a two-tier system for training scientific and scientific-pedagogical specialists, but a recent decision envisages its return, admittedly with new notions and rules.

It follows from the 16 February Decree of the President of the country which stresses that the pace of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan necessitates rethinking of experience accumulated as part of single-stage system of postgraduate education, taking into consideration the best practices of some foreign countries in this sphere.

From July 1 this year, Uzbekistan will introduce a two-level system of postgraduate education. The new scheme is to include basic doctorate (with defending of a dissertation and conferment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in various branches of sciences) and doctorate (with with defending of a dissertation and conferment of the degree of Doctor of Science, ScD).

In accordance with the Decree, the PhD degree can be awarded to individuals who have a master's degree or higher education (a degree program) or have completed clinical residency (for medical sciences), and have defended the thesis. ScD degree will be awarded to individuals who have a degree of candidate of science or a PhD, or other equivalent degrees obtained in foreign countries, and have defended the thesis.

To the basic doctoral candidacy institution it shall be accepted the persons who have a master's degree or higher education or completed clinical studies (residency), and a doctorate - persons with a degree of candidate of science or PhD or other equivalent degrees obtained abroad.

Persons who have attained aforementioned degrees and were assigned as an independent researcher shall also be permitted to defend doctoral theses for the degree of PhD and ScD.

A Separate Program

Another Decree of the head of state was dedicated to the creation of the eponymous Center on the basis of the current Genomics and Bioinformatics Center of the Academy of Sciences in the form of a government institution, as well as the approval of the program of measures for the advancement of this field in 2017-2020.

The activity of the center will be based on the program of measures for the development of fundamental and applied researches, as well as innovative works in the field of genomics and bioinformatics, bolstering scientific potential and material-technical base for the conduct of relevant researches for the period 2017-2020.

It is also planned to equip the center with modern scientific, technological and laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables required for scientific researches.

Scientific center employees will regularly participate in international conferences and seminars with the aim of further training and learning of scientific knowledge and technologies, and four young specialists will be sent annually to the six-month training at leading US research laboratories.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 41

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 41

February 27, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs. 1

President of Uzbekistan received First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. 1

Ensuring people's interests, further improvement of welfare of the people - the foundation of all our aspirations  1

investments. 7

Uzbekistan to channel 690.5mn into coal industry. 7

free industrial economic zone.. 7

Free Economic Zone “Angren”. 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

President of Uzbekistan received First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

On 23 February President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, who arrived in our country to take part at the scheduled meeting of the Joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

The Head of our state, welcoming the guest, mentioned with satisfaction the positive dynamics in developing and strengthening Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan relations of a strategic partnership, including in trade-economic spheres.

In correspondence with the agreements, reached during the meeting of the leaders of our countries in Samarkand in September 2016, the parties are working together on a solid package of prospective projects, aimed at radical increase of the volume and enhancing the assortment of mutual trade, as well as strengthening industrial cooperation between the leading enterprises of the two countries.

In 2016 the trade turnover between our two countries exceeded 2 billion US dollars. Over 230 enterprises with Kazakh capital operate in our country. The interactions in the sphere of automobile and railway as well as air transportation are maintained in traditionally active mode.

The President of Uzbekistan underlined the importance of further expanding the productive and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, primarily through promoting and supporting concrete cooperation projects in trade, investment, technological and transport-communications spheres.

The need to establish and strengthen close contacts between the regions of the two countries was particularly stressed, which opens wide opportunities for development of commercial ties and cultural exchange.

Askar Mamin sincerely thanked President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev for a warm reception and reaffirmed the willingness of Kazakhstan to enhance full-scale practical cooperation with Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

Ensuring people's interests, further improvement of welfare of the people - the foundation of all our aspirations

On 24 February President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Kashkadarya region to review the pace of creative and beautification works, social-economic reforms and a for a dialogue with people.

Kashkadarya region has a huge economic potential. At present 70 per cent of the extracted natural gas, around 78 per cent of petroleum, 80 per cent of gas condensate, over 13 per cent of grain and over 14 per cent of cotton is accounted for this region.

The region has a dynamic industry, which comprise 38 per cent of the gross regional product. Such large industrial enterprises as “Shurtan neftegaz”, “Muborak neftegaz”, Shurtan gas-chemical complex, Mubarek gas-processing plant, Dehkanabad potash fertilizers plant, Talimarjan thermal power station, “Hisor neftegaz” are locomotives of the domestic industry.

Small business and private entrepreneurship is also dynamically developing. At present 51,6 per cent of gross regional product is manufactured by them. Over 80 per cent of total workforce work in this sector.

Rich crops are harvested in the agricultural sphere, where structural reforms are underway. In the last five years, cotton fields have been reduced by 3200 ha, where potatoes, vegetables and melons are being cultivated. In the last three years, over 22 per cent of farming units have been transformed to diversified units.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in his pre-election manifesto, outlined big goals and tasks on steady continuation of these activities, to elevate the development of Kashkadarya region to a new level along with other regions of the country. The President of Uzbekistan is expected to review the pace of implementation of the plans and tasks, ongoing creative works and prospective projects during the tour of Kashkadarya region.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has inspected promising projects being implemented in Karshi District’s agricultural sector.

The Nishan kuzgu multi-functional farm in Karshi is setting up a mechanized complex for meat packaging and storage. Foreign-made modern equipment has been installed there.

This project gives not only economic but also big social effect. Its modern facilities, including a cold storage facility, will ensure meat products’ abundance and safety. More than 100 jobs will be created.

The Head of state said that it was necessary to create such enterprises also in other regions of the country, to improve the work of veterinary and public health services and to strengthen the country’s food self-sufficiency.

The Qorabayir otchilik majmuasi pedigree (horses) farm being established in Yakkabogh District will specialise in breeding horses of the Qorabayir type. In this farm, up to 200 horses will be bred for sale on internal and external markets. More than 40 people will be provided with jobs here.

The President of the country looked at a project of a stock-raising complex which will be built in Koson District.

In Qashqadaryo Region, agriculture is developing consistently, and high results are being achieved in stock raising, poultry and fish farming. The creation of multi-functional farms and wide opportunities for private entrepreneurs help to raise the prosperity of the people and to provide quality food products for the population.

This modern stock-raising complex for two thousand cattle will be of important significance in providing meat and milk not only for the region’s inhabitants but also for people of other regions of the country. This complex being built under a 14 billion som project is to start working at full capacity in the first quarter of next year.

12 hectares of land will be allocated for the construction of the complex, and 750 hectares for growing fodder crops. It is envisaged to produce 4280 tonnes of milk and 210 tonnes of meat a year. 140 jobs will be created there.

The President paid special attention to the purchase of pedigree cattle for the stock-raising complex, to the introduction of modern technologies for stock raising and the initiation of the processing of milk and meat right there.

In Kamashi District, a complex will be built for keeping 5 thousand turkeys. On the basis of use of modern technologies, the complex is to raise and supply 20 thousand young turkeys a year. 30 jobs will be created here. The launch of the project is set for December this year.

It was emphasized that this project was of important significance to giving rural families 100 turkey chicks each and thus creating a source of income for them.

The Head of state also examined a project of fish farming in the Tolimarjon water reservoir.

Fish farming is developing dynamically in Qashqadaryo Region. Last year 4.4 thousand tonnes of fish was produced in the region. This year, 10.2 billion soms worth of credits are to be allocated for fish farms there so that fish production reaches 5.2 thousand tonnes.

A new agro-firm will provide machine-mechanized services for fish farms, and it will also supply young fish and food for fish.

Young fish raised at the agro-firm will then be released into the reservoir. A 600-tonne cold storage facility, an enterprise for fish processing and a special compound feed production workshop will also be set up there. The agro-firm will process 500 tonnes of fish a year. 90 people will be provided with jobs there.

It was said that Qashqadaryo Region could raise fish all year round, supply the local population with fish and also start exporting fish. It was emphasized that such agro-firms would help to further develop this sector and create new jobs and also help in implementing the country’s food programme.

A rabbit farm is being created in Kamashi District. It will also be processing rabbit meat and fur. This project being implemented by the Kamashi momiq quyonlari agro-firm will make it possible to raise 8 thousand rabbits and produce 120 tonnes of dietary meat a year.

30 people will be working at the farm. Moreover, rabbits will be given to 500 families. This will make it possible to provide dietary meat for locals and create an additional source of income for them.

The Head of state inspected the project of restoration of the Karshi – III phase unit of pump stations. It was said that this project would help in the efficient use of the region’s water resources.

As a result of the implementation of the project, water supplies to 402 hectares of irrigated land will improve.

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Large-scale reforms are being implemented in Qashqadaryo Region, too, as in all the other regions of the country. Improvement work and modernization projects have been carried out in its towns and villages. New enterprises, educational and medical establishments, gardens and avenues and wide and smooth roads are being built.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev is inspecting new facilities being built and projects of construction of production enterprises in Qashqadaryo Region in the course of today’s visit to that region. These projects will serve to raise the prosperity of the population.

The Head of state looked at new projects for the development of Karshi District’s light industry.

The fist project to be looked at is a programme for the establishment of modern light industry enterprises in the region in 2017-2019 and for the modernization of existing light industry enterprises there. This programme envisages the establishment of 17 enterprises.

Under the programme that is being worked out, nearly 3000 new jobs are to be created by the Ozbekyengilsanoat joint-stock company in cooperation with a number of commercial banks. Today there are 7 textile factories working in the region. Their capacity can process 10 per cent of the cotton fibre produced in Qashqadaryo Region.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev inspected the LT Textile International Uzbek-Chinese-Dutch joint project and said that Qashqadaryo Region is one of the country’s largest cotton fibre producing regions and that it is necessary to effectively use this potential and process cotton fibre.

This joint venture will make it possible to process locally-prodeced cotton fibre in the region itself and to raise the local population’s real incomes.

This enterprise will be producing 22 thousand tonnes of blended yarn and 50 million square metres of fabric a year, and 80 per cent of its products will be for export.

Right there, the President examined an additional investment project of the Universal Taraqqiyot Tesktil joint venture being formed from the former enterprise Yakkabogh Teks in Yakkabogh District.

The creation of 400 jobs is envisaged at the enterprise which specializes in processing cotton fibre into textile products. When this enterprise starts working at full capacity it will produce 6 million square metres of fabric and 2 million sets of bed linen a year.

Today modern energy-saving technologies are being introduced into many production facilities. The Wood Decor Production joint venture being formed from Karshi town’s former cotton gin plant is also being equipped with such technologies.

At this enterprise, where highly efficient tools made by well-known companies are being installed, competitive products on the world market ranging from high quality yarn to manufactured goods will be produced.

The President gave officials instructions to raise the project’s effectiveness.

In this country, special attention is paid to processing raw cotton and silk and to attracting foreign investment to expand the production and assortment of manufactured goods for which there is demand on external markets.

While inspecting an investment project envisaging the production of fabrics at Guzar District’s former cotton processing enterprise, the Head of state concentrated attention on the creation of new jobs.

Today people require specific jobs. The satisfaction of this requirement very much depends on enterprises. That project makes it possible to provided jobs for 600 people.

Taking into account the optimization of areas sown with cotton and the seasonal nature of this work, Uzpakhtasanoateksport is implementing new investment projects in vacant areas of oil and butter factories in Qashqadaryo Region for the purpose of ensuring workers’ employment and additional income. One of them is a workshop being created in Koson District to dry fruits and vegetables.

At the enterprise where more than 100 jobs will be created it will be possible to process 10 thousand tonnes of fruits and vegetables. A cold storage facility for 500 tonnes of agricultural products is being built in Karshi District. 10 jobs will be created there. The storage facility will be put into use this year.

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The Head of State examined projects on “Production of liquid synthetic fuel on gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology from the separated methane of the Shurtan gas-chemical complex” and “Expansion of production capacity of the Shurtan gas-chemical complex”.

The project “Production of liquid synthetic fuel on gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology from the separated methane of the Shurtan gas-chemical complex” reflects the most advanced technological solutions in gas-chemical industry in the world. This is one of biggest mega-projects in the CIS.

Implementation of the project by Uzbekneftegaz company demonstrates rapid development of the sphere along with its huge significance in ensuring energy security of our country.

The project envisages processing 3,6 billion cubic meters of natural gas and production of 1,5 million tons of quality synthetic fuel, i.e. 743 000 tons of diesel fuel, 311 000 tons of jet kerosene, 431 000 tons of naphtha and 21 000 tons of liquefied gas.

The commissioning of the new plant will bring about reduction of foreign currency spending, development of real sectors of the economy, upsurge of the transit potential of our country, as well as meeting the demand for petroleum products and diminishing the oil imports.

Construction and installation works are expected to be finished at the 2nd quarter of 2020 and 682 people will be employed at the plant.

On the instructions of the Head of our state, the concept of the project ‘Expansion of production capacity of the Shurtan gas-chemical complex” has been revised and the issue of introducing synthetic naphtha to the production process was studied. After completion of the project, the plant’s polyethylene production capacity will increase from the current level of 125 000 tons/year to 450 000 tons/year, or by 3,6 times. As a result, wide opportunities for developing petrochemicals will arise. In the first phase, through processing the high-value synthetic naphtha, new types of polyethylene and polypropylene as well as distillation products will be manufactured.

The opportunity to use distillation products in manufacturing new types of products will create a basis for establishing a technological cluster, and serve as a significant factor in development of chemical, automobile, pharmaceuticals, construction and textile industries.

The project will be implemented in the existing territory of the plant and will not interfere with production processes of the complex.

It should be underlined that the using the available intellectual and technological potential of the plant will lead to significant reduction of the production cost of the product and efficiency of investments.

The construction and installation works will be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 250 new jobs will be created.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev provided instructions on financing these projects, which have a significant role in the economic development of our country, procuring the equipment on time, drafting a roadmap for construction works, timely commissioning of the enterprises and employing the population.

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The Head of State inspected new houses, built on a renewed standard design in the Yakka-yog'och housing estate of the Nukrobod community in Karshi district.

Affordable and comfortable houses, based on new designs, are under construction in all regions of our country to further increase the prosperity of population. The resolution of the President of the country «On programme of construction of affordable houses on renewed standard designs in rural areas for 2017-2021» on 21 October 2016 has elevated these efforts to a new level.

In line with the resolution, three-room houses with a 200 sq meters land plot have been built in the Yakka-yog'och housing estate. The houses have 63,5 square meters of usable floor space and comprises two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a boiler room.

Also, two-storey houses with 16 two and three-room apartments have been built here. The houses have been built considering the climate conditions of the region, particularities of the way of life of our people, in line with the sanitary and safety requirements.

We all know well to what degree having an own house is important for a man, the President remarked. Therefore, the principles of justice and impartiality should be observed in allocating these houses.

The instructions have been given to lower the price of houses through reducing the cost of construction materials, to connect houses to external engineering networks- water, electricity, gas supply systems, building internal roads, beautification of the housing estate.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev called on the new house of the family of Alisher Ahmedov, reviewed the created conditions for living, talked to the new house owners. The young family sincerely thanked the Head of state for the attention and care.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev inspected the design of the greenhouse, which might be used by the residents of the houses, built on a renewed standard design in Mirmiron housing estate.

25 ha greenhouse is built with local construction materials. Here it is possible to grow lemons, papaya, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower and other vegetables – in total for 3 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 27.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums) annually. A part of the harvest will be sent to a domestic market and a part will be exported. 229 new jobs are expected to be created here, which will serve in raising the well-being of the population.

The President of our country provided instructions on using modern technologies in constructing such greenhouses, attracting to work not only qualified specialists, but also recent college graduates.

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President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited «Karshi leather» joint venture in Karshi, familiarized with the program of further development of the leather industry in the region, promising projects for cultivation of horticultural products, creation of a new logistics center, as well as vineyards in Yakkabog’, Kitob, Shakhrisabz districts.

Development of the leather and footwear industry in Kashkadarya region plays an important role in high-quality processing of raw hides, harvested in the region. A targeted program for 2017-2018 years on the implementation of 18 investment projects worth 12.9 million US dollars has been developed in the region.

In accordance with the program, 5 projects on footwear industry in Karshi, Dehqononod, Kitob and Nishon districts, a project on manufacturing leather accessories in Kitob district, and a project on manufacturing finished leather at “Karshi leather” enterprise will be realized. This will allow to process 1 million astrakhans annually, manufacture 460 thousand pairs of footwear and 100 thousand leather accessories and generate employment for over 200 people.

The project for 9,1 million US dollars under implementation at “Karshi leather” enterprise was presented. As a result of realization of this project, high-quality and competitive finished leather products will be manufactured with annual exports for 45 million US dollars. The enterprise, which will be commissioned gradually, will employ over 300 people, mainly recent college graduates.

In a conversation with the founders of the joint venture and foreign investors, the President of Uzbekistan highlighted the need to effectively organize production process, close cooperation with relevant agencies and regional khokimiyat in this regard, analysing the foreign markets, constant expansion of the geography of exports.

Kashkadarya region has huge opportunities in processing and exporting fruit and vegetable products. «Shakhrisabz» logistics centre will serve these purposes. The logistics centre, to be organized on the base of former sericulture factory, will specialise in receiving, sorting and processing fruits and vegetables, carrying out laboratory analysis on the level of world standards, packaging as well as exporting them fresh, cooled and dried forms.

With commissioning of the centre in full capacity, annually over 25 thousand tons of products will be exported to the countries of Europe, CIS, China, India, South Korea and other countries. One thousand people will be employed here. Farmers and rural population will be able to sell grown products for 80 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 27.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums) per year.

«Big agro export» LLC, specialised in growing, storing and processing 8 thousand tons of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and other agricultural products annually, is founded in Chiroqchi district. The enterprise with 194 ha land and 14 million US dollars investments will include a greenhouse in 2 ha for growing seedlings, a cooling storage with a capacity of 4000 tons. As a result of implementing the project, annual export of products for 6,8 million US dollars and creation of 90 permanent and 500 seasonal jobs is expected.

New vineyards on 5 thousand ha land will be created in Yakkabog', Kitob and Shakhrisabz districts in 2017-2019. A project on processing 4 thousand tons of grapes per annum will be realized in Yakkabog’ district.

The Head of our state stressed that these projects have an important significance in further increasing the cultivation of agricultural products in the region and expanding their processing, uninterrupted supply of products to the domestic market and increasing their exports and consequently raising the quality of life of people.

The scientists of our country presented a project on cultivating medicinal plants in the forest land. In accordance with the project, from this year on saffron plantations will start to appear in the mountain and foothill areas of Kashkadarya region. This plant is widely used in medicine and food industry. Its cultivation in local conditions will widen its use as a raw material in pharmaceuticals and its exports as a food spice.

The President of our country underlined that the flora of Uzbekistan is rich in medicinal plants and saffron has been widely used in folk medicine since ancient times. The specialists of the sphere were given recommendations on increasing the types of such plants and expanding their plantations.

(Source: UzA)

investments

Uzbekistan to channel 690.5mn into coal industry

Uzbekugol held on February 20 a press conference titled ‘Levels of perspective specialty development’ to inform media on the work done under the Cabinet Resolution ‘On Additional Measures for Improvement of Coal Production Supply to the Population and Budget Organisations of the Republic.’

Uzbekugol, a part of Uzbekenergo, has mined and sold coal for over 69 years. Of 5.7b tonnes of coal, only 1,9b tonnes have been explored. 

Uzbekugol’s agencies mine 4m tonnes of coal per year, with 85% supplied to the energy sector. The population and budget and municipal sectors are the main consumers.

The Resolution provides for 84 coal warehouses to be built in the regions and equipped with briquette-building machines.

The project, costing 45.4bn soums (currency rates of CB RU from 27.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums), will be financed by a 2-year 7% credit by the People’s Bank.

Apart from pushing briquette production up 800,000 tonnes, retail price slumped 13% to 126,400 soums per 1 tonne, as Uzbekistan Railways slashed 50% of its transportation price until March 1. 

Under the newly-adopted draft Coal Industry Development and Modernisation Programme 2017-2021, $690.5bn will be invested into 6 projects. The funds are as follows:

$87.5mn – the capital of coal companies;

$155.6mn – credits by regional commercial banks;

$68.7mn – credits from the Reconstruction and Development Fund;

$378.7mn – China’s soft loans to SCO member states.

The investment projects include:

Shargunkumir Modernisation, a $105.5mn project with a Cabinet-approved feasibility report;

Angren Mine Construction, an estimated $165mn project with the feasibility study in progress;

Nishbash Mine Construction, an estimated $175.2mn project currently under examination;

Equipment Upgrade, an estimated $170.2mn project involving the purchase of mining equipment;

Uzbekugol Production Capacity Support, a $15mn project to buy details for mining equipment;

Railway Transport Modernisation, a $59.6mn project to buy locomotives, dumpcarts and others.

Thanks to the projects, the stripping works in 2017 are expected to reach 22.3mn cubic metres, with 26.8mn expected in 2019 and 27.8mn in 2021.

If in 2016 surface mining brought in 3.6mn tonnes of coal, then 2017 will bring 3.72 tonnes. Up to 3.97 tonnes of coal are expected in 2019 and 4.14 in 2021.

The total of coal produced will rise from 3.87mn tonnes in 2016 to 3.92mn tonnes in 2017, 4.78mn tonnes in 2019, and 11.67mn tonnes in 2021.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

free industrial economic zone

Free Economic Zone “Angren”

Free economic zone “Angren” has been established by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. 4436 dated April 13, 2012.

One of the primary factors in the selection of Tashkent region for the creation of new zone is that, there, in the beginning of 2010 on the basis of the railway station “Ablyk” the logistics center “Angren” started its work. Its main task was the acceptance and handling of goods from three regions of the Fergana valley. This center will be able to provide the companies of SIZ with the services of cargo transportation in any direction of the Republic.

Currently in FEZ “Angren” the production of high-tech products have been organized in the framework of 10 projects with the total amount of investments 181 million USD, in particular, energy-saving LED lamps, copper pipes of different diameters, gypsum wall boards, briquette coal, sugar, etc.

“EGL-NUR” Joint Venture established in 2013 with the participation of OJSC “New Angren CHP” and South Korean Company “EG Lightings Co. Ltd” carries out the production of energy-saving LED lamps for street lighting. The total cost of the project made up 1.0 million USD with the annual production capacity of 48 thousand lamps. Currently 23 workers work at the enterprise.

“Angren Shakar” Foreign Enterprise established in 2014 with the participation of Singapore companies “Welton International Enterprises” and “Kio Investment Pte. Ltd” and Austrian company “SEID Handelsgesellschaftm. b.H.” carries out the production of sugar. The total cost of the project made up 108.5 million USD with the production capacity of 1000 tons of sugar per day. Currently 100 workers work at the enterprise.

“Uz-Shindong Silicon” Joint Venture established in 2014 with the participation of State Committee of Geology, JSC “Uzmetcombinat” and South Korean company “ShindongEnercomInc” carries out the production of technical silicon. The total cost of the project made up 5.9 million USD with the annual production capacity of 5 thousand tons of technical silicon. Currently 90 workers work at the enterprise.

“Original Gold Ceramic” Foreign Enterprise established in 2014 with the participation of  British company “Euro Ceramic Trade LLP” carries out the production of architectural lining bricks. The total cost of the project made up 3.4 million USD with the annual production capacity of 25 million pieces. Currently 80 workers work at the enterprise.

“Angren kumir bricket” Joint Venture established in 2012 with the participation of Khokimiyat (City Administration) of Tashkent area and British company “Bradmax Ltd.” carries out the production of coal bricks. The total cost of the project made up 3,1 million USD with the annual production capacity of 45.4 thousand tons. Currently 50 workers work at the enterprise.

Bulgarian motor oils and industrial lubricants producer Prista Oil and Uzbekistan state owned company Uzneftmahsulot opened in 2016 a $19 million plant «Uz-Prista Recycling» in FEZ “Angren” for recycling 40 000 tons of waste oil annually. 40% of the product will be directed to export.

 (Source: “Uzbekistan profile” - Information bulletin of Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belgium)

  

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 40

February 24, 2017

 

 

 

investments. 1

The construction of an industrial park at the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, and fitting it out with necessary scientific and laboratory equipment will be completed in 2018. 1

free industrial economic zone.. 1

Free Economic Zone “Navoi”. 1

International cooperation.. 3

Uzbek and Russian cancer centres sign memorandum.. 3

The Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan intergovernmental joint commission session. 3

Society.. 4

Uzbekistan Development Strategy: Mobilizing Creative Potential 4

Tourism... 6

Bukhara to host Silk and Species May 26-28. 6

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

investments

The construction of an industrial park at the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, and fitting it out with necessary scientific and laboratory equipment will be completed in 2018

As previously reported, the funds of technical assistance (grant) of the government of the Republic of Korea in the amount of $ 15 million are allocated to the establishment of industrial park. Construction of a new teaching and research institution is conducted at 30, Bobur Street, Tashkent. Foreign experts will be involved in the organization of the technopark.

On the territory of the industrial park it will be organized a training for students and young scientists on the methodology and practice of applied research in the textile, sewing and knitting, dyeing and finishing, design fields. Lectures, seminars and workshops will be conducted with the participation of foreign professors and research scientists.

The technopark will be a platform on the basis of national and international educational and research programs with the involvement of young scientists of the republic, scientific researches in the relevant areas of technopark’s activity on the basis of demands of domestic and foreign organizations, including scientific and educational institutions. The material science, dyeing and finishing of textiles, creating a new design of fabrics and garments, including the use of advanced information and communication, energy and resource-saving technologies will be the main areas of the research.

The technopark will become the center for the preparation of scientific and scientific-pedagogical personnel with high qualifications under the supervision of foreign professional and teaching staff.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

free industrial economic zone

Free Economic Zone “Navoi”

Free economic zone “Navoi” was created according to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No.4059 dated December 2, 2008 in Navoi region. The area makes up 564 hectares.

Priority in FEZ “Navoi” is given to the establishment of high-tech wide range productions of products competitive in the world markets in the following areas:

- electric engineering and production of telecommunication equipment;

- mechanic engineering, instrument engineering and production of component parts;

- pharmaceuticals and medical equipment production;

- food products production;

- production of plastic and polymer products.

Intermodal logistics centre (ILC), established on the basis of Navoi airport and regulated by South Korean airline company "Korean air" is one of the primary factors of free industrial economic zone. Today on the airport territory the cargo terminal is built, which is able to cover the whole range of services on reception of goods, their temporary storage and shipment using different types of transport. This construction is favorably located for implementation of balk transportation – directly in front of the cargo apron of the airport.

Moreover, the presence of convenient access roads and parking lots for heavy vehicles and connection with rail transport can reduce work on intermediate delivery of goods. Cargo terminal is able to process 300 tons of cargo per day, has 6 working stations for loading and unloading works, balances for 20 tons and 5 tons, refrigeration and freezing chambers, heating chamber, areas for storage of dangerous goods, perishable foodstuffs and animals. Its administrative building the required services are located – customs clearance, sanitary control, declaring, freight, etc.

The airport operates twenty-four-hours. It is equipped with the runway having length of 4 km, is able to receive all types of aircrafts, with the advanced air traffic control that meets the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization – ICAO. At present time from the airport of Navoi city there are regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai, Hanoi, Moscow, Bishkek, Seoul, Milan, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Paris, Zaragoza, Vienna and Basel. The cargo terminal of Navoi airport is able to serve 100 thousand tons of cargo per year.

In FEZ “Navoi” 24 productions have been put into operation with total amount of investments – 124 million USD. In particular, the production of such products as modems and TV-tuners, electronic power meters, power cables, heating and hot-water boilers, mobile and landline telephones, finished medicines, etc. has been arranged.

Information about some of the implemented projects in FEZ “Navoi”:

“O’zErae Alternator” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of JSC “Uzavtosanoat” and the South Korean company “EraeCs Limited”, carries out the production of generators and compressors for vehicles. The total cost of the project made up 12.2 million USD, with the annual production capacity of 360.0 thousand units of generators and compressors. At present the company employs for about 56 workers.

O’zMinda” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of JSC “Uzavtosanoat” and Indian company “Minda Capital Ltd.” carries out the production of components for vehicles. The total cost of the project made up 7.3 million USD with the annual production capacity of 495,0 thousand pieces of components for vehicles. At present the company employs for 101 workers.

“Uzavtosanoat – Landi Renzo” Joint Venture established in 2014 with the participation of  JSC “Uzavtosanoat” and Italian company компании “Landi Renzo S.p.A.” carries out the production of engine space equipment for transition of vehicle into compressed natural gas. The total cost of the project made up 0,6 million USD with the annual production capacity of 25 thousand pieces. The enterprise has created 15 workplaces.

Navoi Hunan Pulp” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of JSC “Navoiazot” and Chinese company “Hunan Aloft Imp.&Exp. Co.Ltd.” carries out the production of hygienic products and baby diapers. The total cost of the project made up 4.2 million USD with the annual production capacity of 120.0 million pieces of articles. The enterprise has created 54 workplaces.

“Navoi Beauty Cosmetics” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of JSC “Navoiazot” and South Korean company “DK Cosmetics” carries out the production of cosmetic products. The total cost of the project made up 2.2 million USD with the annual production capacity of 2.6 million pieces of finished products. The enterprise has created 22 workplaces.

“Ariston Thermo-UTG” Joint Venture established in 2013 with the participation of JSC “Uztransgas” and Italian company “Ariston international srl” carries out the production of heating and water heating boilers. The total cost of the project made up 4,0 million USD with the annual production capacity of 10,0 thousand units of boilers. The enterprise has created 12 workplaces.

“Agrofresh” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of SJSC “Markazsanoatexport” and “Kefayat General Trading Co. Ltd.” (UAE), constructed modern refrigerating chambers with the controlled atmosphere (CA) for the amount of 4.0 million USD for storage of vegetables and fruits with the simultaneous storage of 3,0 thousand tons. The enterprise has created for 15 workplaces.

“Telecom Innovations” Joint Venture established in 2010 with the participation of JSC “Uzbektelecom”, “TelmaxElektronix” LLC and “ZTE International Ltd.” (China), “Servetechno PTE Ltd.” (Singapore) companies carries out the production of TV tuners, ADSL modems and DSLAM ports. Total cost of the project made up 5.4 million USD with the annual production capacity of 250.0 million pieces of articles. The enterprise has created 38 workplaces.

“KO-UNG Cylinder” Joint Venture established in 2011 with the participation of NHC “Uzbekneftegas” and South Korean company “KorUz Cylinder Investment Co.Ltd” carries out the production of gas balloons. The total cost of the project made up 13.4 million USD with the annual production capacity of 41.0 thousand pieces of gas balloons for The enterprise has created 61 workplaces.

“CFM ProEnergies” Joint Venture established in 2011 with the participation of SJSC “Uzprommashimpex” and Singapore company “Cheong FattMetall Factory PTE Ltd.” carries out the production of power saving LED light bulbs. The total cost of the project made up 0,5 million USD with the annual production capacity of 220 thousand pieces of products with the opportunity of production capacity increase. The enterprise has created 26 workplaces.

“Hayat Power Cable Systems” Joint Venture established in 2012 with the participation of OJSC “AGMK”, JV “Uzcable” and Chinese company “Gulf Cable Trading Company” carries out the production of high-voltage cables. The total cost of the project made up 20,45 million USD with the annual production capacity of 4000 km of cable products. The enterprise has created 50 workplaces.

“Olive Telecom” Joint Venture established in 2013 with the participation of Indian company “Olive Telecommunication Ltd.” and JSC “Uzbektelecom” carries out the production of stationary and mobile telephones as well as tablet PCs. The total cost of the project made up 2.0 million USD with the annual production capacity of 99.5 thousand pieces. The enterprise has created 27 workplaces.

(Source: “Uzbekistan profile” - Information bulletin of Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belgium)

International cooperation

Uzbek and Russian cancer centres sign memorandum

At an event promoting cooperation between Uzbekistan’s Republic and Russia’s Blokhin cancer research centres, Deputy Health Minister Khojiboev said Uzbekistan has built and is developing a modern cancer-treatment system, according to UzA.

The sessions on January 5 and 7, presided by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, set objectives to reform healthcare, provide medical assistance, and develop medicine. 

Acting on the objectives, medical centres work on cancer treatment.

Existing cancer centres have been modernised, and new clinics have been built in Sirdarya, Djiazzak, and Navoi Regions. Radiology departments have been opened in Fergana, Navoi and Djizzak’s cancer clinics.

New technologies and easier access to medical care help prevent the disease at its earliest stages.

Stepping up the work, the government is devising a Cancer Prevention and Treatment Development Programme for 2017-2021, to add to existing resources and expand cooperation with international research centres.

One of such centres, Russia’s Blokhin Cancer Research Centre signed a memorandum of understanding with Uzbekistan’s centre to promote scientific and practical cooperation, train good doctors, and advance medical care.

The scientific and resource potential of Uzbekistan’s cancer service conforms to international requirements. Today’s event is an important step on the path to expand cooperation. We intend to strengthen our scientific and practical ties, to realise exchange projects, train doctors and develop medical care. This will help develop medicine and protect the population’s health.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

The Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan intergovernmental joint commission session

At Tashkent’s international cooperation centre, a scheduled session of the Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan intergovernmental joint commission for bilateral cooperation has taken place.

The session was attended by leaders and representatives of the two countries’ ministries and departments working in such areas as external economic relations, trade, the economic sphere, investment, energy, oil and gas, customs, transport and transportation links, railways, air transportation, machine-building, electrical engineering, agriculture, food and pharmaceuticals production.

Ochilboy Ramatov, a co-chairman of the commission and first deputy prime minister of Uzbekistan, has said specifically that the two countries’ cooperation in such areas as trade, transport, energy and the economic area is developing consistently and that agreements reached at meetings of the two states’ leaders are a law-based foundation for this cooperation between the two countries.

Uzbekistan exports electrical energy, fruits and vegetables, oil products and mineral fertilizers to Kazakhstan. Enterprises established with the participation of investors from Kazakhstan are working in such spheres in Uzbekistan as trade, services and building materials production.

Askar Mamin, a co-chairman of the commission and first deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan, has said that there are a lot of untapped potential for the further development of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation in various economic spheres.

Uzbekistan is one of the most important partners of Kazakhstan. We are interested in bilateral cooperation in the development of tourism relations along with a number of other areas between our countries, especially tourism to Uzbekistan’s ancient cities such as Tashkent, Samarqand, Bukhara, Khiva and Shahrizabz. This session of the commission was a good opportunity to discuss the issues of further stepping up the two countries’ cooperation and implementing promising joint projects,” says Marat Igaliyev, director of the tourism department of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.

The members of Kazakhstan’s delegation were acquainted with the results of economic reforms being implemented in Uzbekistan, conditions being created for the attraction of foreign investments to the country’s economy, the country’s export potential and possibilities in its industrial zones. It is necessary to make complete use of the existing possibilities for the further intensification of the bilateral relations, the sides’ said. It was also said that further raising the volume of bilateral trade and expanding cooperation in such areas as trade, the economic sphere, transport and energy were of benefit to both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

“In the year 2016, the Uzagroexport joint-stock company and its partners in Kazakhstan established Central Asia’s Trading House in the city of Astana,” says the director general of the trading house, Alisher Mahmudov.

During the session, there was discussion about further raising the volume of bilateral trade and expanding its scope and about issues of developing relations in such spheres as customs, oil and gas, the cultural and humanitarian area and environmental protection and drawing up and implementing mutually advantageous projects together.

During the intergovernmental commission’s session, documents were signed on further developing the two countries’ cooperation in various areas.

The members of Kazakhstan’s delegation familiarized themselves with the work of a number of industrial enterprises in this country.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Uzbekistan Development Strategy: Mobilizing Creative Potential

In accordance with the resolution of the head of state for the realization of the Strategy for Actions on five priority areas for the development of Uzbekistan in the years 2017-2021, the Center of Strategy Development has been created at the initiative of public and state organizations in Tashkent.

The adoption of the Strategy for Actions is one of the most significant events in the political life of the country. Uzbekistan reached to all-new level of advancement, as the only developed countries can afford a long-term strategic planning. Such instruments are not available to countries that have serious problems in the national economy, ensuring the security where there is no effective dialogue between different social groups. Our republic confidently entered into the number of the leaders of regional development and is moving rapidly towards the developed democratic states. The achievements of Uzbekistan caused the urgent need for the adoption of a document that defines medium-term development strategy.

It should be noted that the public, expert community, academia, civil society organizations were actively involved in the process on a broad discussion of the Strategy for Actions on five priority areas of the development of the Republic Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 initiated by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The provisions related to securing of human interests which were stated in the pre-election program, as well as the keynote speech of the head of state at the festive meeting dedicated to the 24th anniversary of the Constitution, addresses at the joint sessions of the Oliy Majlis, the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers consisted the basis of this policy document.

The discussion of the unique document in the history of the independent Republic was organized with the use of mechanisms to ensure the genuine will of the people, and was conducted under the unprecedented activity of the general public, representatives of ministries and departments, as well as international organizations and foreign experts.

The Strategy for Actions was actively discussed at the media week organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (NAEMM) together with the parliament, ministries and other government agencies, non-government media. It was widely covered on the pages of 25 national periodicals and in regional newspapers, 40 domestic and foreign Internet resources, more than 40 TV channels of the country, about 20 radio channels, as well as in social networks.

It should be highlighted that the media week of the NAEMM which caused a wide public response, was the continuation of the ongoing work of the Press Club that acquired reputation during last year's presidential elections.

The text of the document was posted on the internet for the view of all interested persons. At the same time everyone can give their comments and suggestions as a means of electronic appeals, and also directly participating in the numerous events on its discussion.

More than 1.3 thousand views and suggestions received on the state portal, as well as many others sent to the public authorities allowed revealing citizens' opinions on the situation in different spheres of social life, finding rational solutions for topical issues and supplementing additions to the provisions of the Strategy fully meeting the people's actual needs.

The results of the conducted events and the proposals received from the public were taken into account and included in the Strategy for Actions on five priority areas of the development of the Republic Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 and the State program for its realization in the Year of dialogue with the people and human interests. This document, in fact, became a "road map" of reforming and modernizing the country for the next five years.

The creation of the Development Strategy Center provides the following objectives: consolidation of efforts for the effective organization of expert and public discussion, and a comprehensive elaboration and realization of measures stipulated by the Strategy for Actions on the five priority areas of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, as well as the active involvement of representatives of civil society, experts and scientists in the  democratization and modernization processes of the country.

Having the status of non-governmental non-profit organization, the Center has been founded by the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society, the Institute for Monitoring the Current Legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Lawyers of Uzbekistan, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Association of Electronic Mass Media , the National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan.

Akmal Burkhanov was assigned as an executive director of the Development Strategy Center (as a volunteer). He is a deputy of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, has considerable experience in the legal and educational fields, as well as international projects. He is a graduate of a Japanese university, and had served as an executive director of the representative office of Nagoya University in Uzbekistan for some time.

The mission of the center is to support information-analytical maintenance for measures provided by the Strategy, study foreign experience, assessments of international organizations and experts for the events carried out within the framework of this document, organize a broad expert and public discussion on them.

The study of foreign experience is very significant, because each of the five areas has several aspects, including international. And it will be difficult to execute them without international cooperation. No coincidence that many international organizations have expressed willingness to support our country in this.

The center also puts forward reasonable proposals for the effective realization of the Strategy for Actions, including preparation of draft laws, regulations and other acts stipulated by the State Program, establishes cooperation with international organizations, research, information-analytical and educational institutions.

Its function includes assisting in the drafting of the annual program on the Strategy for Actions, implementation of a systemic public monitoring over the course of its realization and widespread informing this, study of the opinions and suggestions of the population, development of proposals on them.

Technical assistance funds, grants of international and domestic organizations allocated to NGOs, funds of ministries and departments for carrying out studies and analyzes, and others are the financing sources of the center.

It was approved the Coordinating Council on assisting the activities of the center which will ensure its effective interaction with state bodies and provide all-round support in the execution of its tasks.

... The Strategy for Actions is a tool for building our future. It is necessary to stimulate a permanent and sustainable development of the state and society. There were taken into account all the opportunities, offered national and local aims and objectives up to the level of local communities. It is important that it is able to mobilize national creative potential and increase the responsibility of the people to achieve their goals, motivate and coordinate personal and collective efforts.

Reaching a national consensus on the adoption of the Strategy determining long-term priorities, ways and methods of their implementation, will allow Uzbekistan to achieve new heights in its advancement, to create the best conditions for the life quality of the people.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

Bukhara to host Silk and Species May 26-28

Bukhara will host 16th Silk and Species, an annual food fair, on May 26-28, for local and foreign businessmen and specialists to exhibit their products.

Craftsmen will hold workshops and exhibit Uzbek trades, including rug weaving, pottery, and smithing.

The fair will also include national games: sheep and cockfights, ropewalking, and others.

The pilaf festival will bring together the best cooks from across the country to compete in the art of pilaf-making.

Kamolot, a public youth movement, and Khunarmand, the Craftsmen Association, plan to organise an atlas and adras fashion show by leading young designers.

The fair will include various concerts, among them a gala concert featuring famous and emerging artists.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

 

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN #39

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN #39

February 23, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs. 1

President of Uzbekistan signed the Resolution to boost Academy of Sciences. 1

free industrial economic zone.. 2

Special economic and industrial zones of Uzbekistan. 2

INFRASTRUCTURE.. 3

Uzbekiston Temir Yullari carries 68 million tons of cargo in 2016. 3

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3

A pilot micro loaning scheme for small businesses is being launched in Tashkent 3

Tourism... 3

Bukhara: Center for Training Tourism Personnel 3

sport.. 4

Will our 12-year-old Uzbek chess player Nodirbek Abdusattarov become the youngest grandmaster in chess history?. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

President of Uzbekistan signed the Resolution to boost Academy of Sciences

Having built a stable science management and financing system, Uzbekistan has a wide scholarly network of schools, laboratories, institutes, research centres, ministries, and councils.

The government has recently fuelled research resources and opened a batch of complexes, among them the Genomics and Bioinformatics Centre, the International Solar Energy Institute, and the Cambridge-affiliated High Technology Centre.

The scientific fleet is swayed by the Academy of Sciences, a flagship centre connecting research pioneers and demanding close governmental attention.

As a proof of this close attention, Shavkat Mirziyoyev held his first meeting as President with the scientific community.

From January 1, scholars are paid tax-exempt salaries of 10 minimum wages and are eligible to free-of-charge treatment in sanatoriums.

Steps have been taken to encourage academic progress.

But modern-day resources fail to match Uzbekistan’s socio-economic development, as scientific competitiveness lags behind international rates.

As research financing stumbles and talent pool dries up, a major overhaul is in order to restore scientific prestige, implement state programmes, and provide scientists with necessary conditions.

The Action Strategy 2017-2021 has it as priority to boost scientific activity and open laboratories and research centres.

Following his dialogue with the people in regions, the President set objectives to restore the scientific potential and attract talented youth by mobilising scientific research and merging science and production.

The Presidential Resolution ‘On Measures for Further Development of the Academy of Sciences and Scientific and Research Activity Organisation, Governance and Financing’ aims to address the issues.

The Resolution reorders the Academy’s activities and provides for a number of scientific establishments to be opened or returned under the Academy’s aegis.

Apart from forming exact science, natural science and humanitarian departments, the Resolution provides for a new office to be opened in Navoi, to quarterback research and development in Navoi Region.

The heads of the Karakalpak and Navoi departments, as well as the chief of Khorezm’s Ma’mun Academy are now placed on the academy’s vice-presidential footing.

A Financial Stimulus Fund will be opened to encourage scientific breakthroughs. The fund will receive 10% of profits by the Academy’s research centres.

The State Science and Technology Commission headed by the Prime Minister will shape state policy on science and innovation.

A science and technology commission, replacing the Science and Technology Coordination Committee, will formulate state tasks in implementing scientific innovation.

These steps will stoke up scientific activity and prune ineffective research areas.

A Scientific and Technical Activity Support and Development Fund, established as a legal entity under the Resolution, will:

- create new university laboratories;

- fund patents filed by local scientists;

- supply laboratories with equipment;

- fund access to international scientific databases; and

- finance internships in international scientific centres.

The Resolution follows in the footsteps of Uzbekistan’s science policy and serves to fulfil the Action Strategy for 2017-2021. It will raise academia’s prestige, improve organisation, and attract talented youth, among others. 

(Source: NA «Uzbekistan Today»)

free industrial economic zone

Special economic and industrial zones of Uzbekistan

For the purposes of formation of favorable conditions for attracting foreign and local investments for creation of modern high-tech productions, providing for the production of competitive products with high added value, as well as for complex and effective use of production and resource potential of the country’s regions, 7 Free Economic Zones (FEZ) have been established by the Decrees of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, such as “Navoi” (Navoi region), “Angren” (Tashkent region), “Jizzakh” (Jizzakh region), “Urgut” (Samarkand region), “Gijduvan” (Bukhara region), “Qoqand” (Ferghana region) and “Hazarasp” (Khorezm region).

The period of functioning of Free Economic Zones makes up 30 years with the possibility of subsequent extension.

The participants of the FEZ will be exempt from paying a number of taxes, customs duties and mandatory payments for imported equipment and raw materials for production needs.

Special tax regime. Enterprises in Free economic zones are exempted from land tax, property tax, profit tax, tax on improvement and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment (for small businesses), as well as obligatory deductions to non-budget funds.

The above-mentioned privileges are granted for the period of 3 - 10 years depending on the amount of investments made, including those equivalent to:

- from 300 thousand US Dollars to 3 million US Dollars – for 3 years;

- from 3 million US Dollars to 5 million US Dollars – for 5 years;

- from 5 million US Dollars to 10 million US Dollars – for 7 years;

- over 10 million US Dollars – for 10 years, while profit and uniform tax rates for the next five years are established at 50 percent below the current rates.

In respect of business entities registered in Free economic zones the acts of tax legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, worsening the situation of the taxpayer do not apply, with the exception of acts regulating the taxation of excisable goods.

Special customs regime. Enterprises registered in Free economic zones are exempted from customs payments for imported equipment as well as raw materials, materials and component products for production of products for export for the entire period of free industrial economic zone functioning.

Equipment, raw materials, materials and component products for production of products for export, imported to the territory by its participants, regardless of the country of origin are executed according to the customs regime of free customs zone. For goods imported for production needs, customs duties do not apply (except for fees for customs registration) and measures of economic policy.

Special currency regime. Business entities registered in FIEZ “Navoi” are allowed to carry out the settlements and payments in foreign currency according to the agreements and contracts concluded between them as well as to pay in freely convertible currency for supply of goods, works and services by other business entities-residents of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: “Uzbekistan profile” - Information bulletin of Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belgium)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Uzbekiston Temir Yullari carries 68 million tons of cargo in 2016

The National press center of Uzbekistan held a press-conference devoted to the results of social-economic activity of JSC Uzbekiston Temir Yullari in 2016 and the development plans for 2017. The event brought together the representatives of governing joint-stock companies, organizations and enterprises of the industry, heads of relevant departments and media representatives.

In the reporting period, Uzbekiston Temir Yullari has fulfilled all its main tasks in the railway sector. In particular, in 2016 the railway stations carried 68 million tons of cargo. The expected results were achieved also in passenger traffic, which made up 104.4%. Some 21.1 million people have arrived in their destinations.

The company paid particular attention to export of services, which in the reporting period were provided for a total amount of $369 million

Since the beginning of the year, industrial enterprises of the company produced goods at comparable prices for the sum of 422.5 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 23.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums).

In order to ensure employment of the population of our country and job creation, Uzbekiston Temir Yullari for the last period created 2277 new jobs. To date, the number of railway workers across the whole company is approximately 70 thousand.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

A pilot micro loaning scheme for small businesses is being launched in Tashkent

Graduates of secondary specialized, vocational and higher educational institutions, the Tashkent residents who returned from the army, the unemployed residents of the capital who are registered at job agencies, as well as the people engaged in family and private enterprise are a priority cohort for microcrediting under the project.

In 2017, it is planned to allocate a total of 277 billion soums of microloans through 126 branches of commercial banks in the city. President of Uzbekistan has approved the list of major activities to be subject to micro loaning. There are a total of fifteen activities. Meanwhile, other family businesses may be offered at the request of citizens' self-government bodies (currency rates of CB RU from 23.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums).

The amount of micro-credit can be up to 200 times the minimum wage for the maximum of three years with a six-month grace period. There are benefits for interest payments, related to the performance of job creation. For example, the creation of one workplace provides the annual interest rate of 9%, two jobs - 8%, from three to four jobs - 7%, five or more jobs - 6%.

Last year, the total amount of bank loans to the real sector increased by 1.3 times, and has exceeded 53.4 trillion soums in the beginning of 2017. As of January 1, the volume of loans to small businesses has increased by 1.3 times and reached 15.9 trillion soums against 2015, including more than 3.3 trillion soums of microloans with an increase of 1.3 times.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

Bukhara: Center for Training Tourism Personnel

Bukhara is one of the major and renowned tourist centers in Uzbekistan with a developed hospitality industry. However, the existing training system of specialists with higher education for travel organizations in the city hardly meets modern requirements. The faculty of tourism set up at Bukhara State University is expected to tackle the situation.

The new structural department of one of the oldest institutions of higher education of the country was opened as part of the Decree of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to ensure the accelerated development of the tourism industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan", signed December 2, 2016.

“We focus on training undergraduate and graduate students in the field of tourist services and hospitality industry,” said Abror Juraev, dean of the faculty. “We have enough material and technical capacity for this. Experts will be prepared in accordance with the demand of travel companies and hotel complexes in the region.”

Creation of the faculty will allow to significantly raise the training proficiency of specialists for the tourism industry in the region. In particular, in the coming days, five of our students go to the relevant universities of Italy, Spain, Romania to continue their studies and a group of teachers – to further training.

The faculty will be a successor in the field of scientific researches in tourism which were conducted at the university. For the practical application of scientific developments the department plans to work closely with the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Development of Tourism and its regional offices. One of the innovations offered by the faculty’s scientists is an initiative to establish a free Bukhara tourism economic zone.

At the faculty there is also provided an advanced training and retraining of workers operating in the tourism sector entities.

Faculty specialists set a goal to develop not only traditional cultural and historical tourism, but also other kinds of it. In particular, the region has great potential for the advancement of environmental, sports and medical-therapeutic tourism.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

sport

Will our 12-year-old Uzbek chess player Nodirbek Abdusattarov become the youngest grandmaster in chess history?

The answer to this question will come in the next three months, during which he must take part in five major international tournaments.

In particular, his coach – the International Grandmaster, FIDE coach Dmitry Kayumov, who has brought up not one grandmaster, is convinced that his disciple Nodirbek has all the chances to break the world record of Sergey Karyakin. As argument the trainer refers to his pupil’s achievements and personal qualities: "Nodirbek became the champion at the World Cup among chess players under 8, and later at a similar competition among players under 10 he came second. The youngster became a two-time world champion among students and an international master, and has already managed to earn a grandmaster score. In 40 years of coaching, I nurtured a lot of international grandmasters, but must admit that I have not met such a talented young chess player as Nodirbek. He is very athletic, hard-working, has an excellent memory; he well remembers the game positions and crucially, he is not afraid of the opponent."

And Nodirbek himself, answering questions from Uzbekistan Today, has admitted that he is preparing for victories only and a ‘hot’ spring.

“Nodirbek, what does one need to become a leading player by 12 years of age?”

“Labor much and work hard on oneself. One needs to constantly be in search of errors and work to fix them. "No victories without losses", "learning from mistakes" - it's all about how you can become a successful chess player. No defeat should remain out of scrutiny and study, and one should always, at least after the competitions, to try to figure out one’s own errors and drawbacks. I had a lot of defeats, but it is they that I owe my victories.

“And also you need to love ardently what you're doing to succeed. I, for example, take pleasure in the game of chess. I like to play it not only in the chess school. Such an attitude towards the game has been in me ever since when my father went on to tell about this ancient sport and teach basic skills.”

“Can you name the saddest defeat in your career?”

“The finals of Uzbekistan League 2016, when I performed very badly. I did not know what was happening, but I lost many times, did not understand the positions and eventually failed.”

“Tell me about the most a remembered event, the brightest victory.”

“It is the tournament in memory of M. Chigorin in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2016: there I was able to earn my first grandmaster score. At that competition I fought with three grandmasters: in one game I came out as the winner, another was reduced to a draw, and the third one I lost.”

“You have to travel much around the world: what country, what city did you like best and remember much?”

St. Petersburg, because in the competition in that city I first fulfilled the standard international master norms, and later earned my first grandmaster score.

“Throughout my career, I have already visited 15 countries, and it has been always interesting everywhere as each country is unique in its own way, and each trip brings in familiarization with a new one, it is associated with the opening of new frontiers.

“Still, I can perhaps highlight Hungary. She captivated me with her unusual beauty and amazing architectural monuments.”

“How do you cope with school? Do you manage to combine studies with chess, after all, because of trips to tournaments you probably have to miss classes?”

“I am a sixth-grader in the Tashkent school number 152. I can’t say the combination of studies and sport is hard for me. Teachers treat me with understanding. I always make up the material missed due to travel to tournaments. When I come across a difficult subject matter, which is rare, the teachers have always come to the rescue.”

“Do you have any other hobbies?”

“Chess and school spare almost all of my time. But I also find time to play football with friends in the backyard, do athletics, and we are lucky have a stadium close to home. Sports help to balance many hours of sitting at a chessboard.”

“And finally, what can you advise to your peers who want to achieve results in chess, but so long as they do not make for it?”

“It is essential to set a goal and persevere in achieving it. It is important that its achievement brings you pleasure. Working through the principles of "I don’t want", "it does not work", "I will do it because parents want it to be done” do not bestow great results.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 38

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 38

February 22, 2017

 

 

 

investments. 1

There are plans afoot to launch a new major project on the establishment of confectionery and pasta manufacturing in Uzbekistan. 1

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 1

Factors of Business Attractiveness of Uzbekistan. 1

TECHNOLOGIES. 4

Interbank Payment System UZCARD intends to develop a system of goods and services payment via QR-code  4

2017 year - the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests. 4

Human Interests in Priority. 4

Theater.. 8

The Return of Le Corsaire. 8

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

investments

There are plans afoot to launch a new major project on the establishment of confectionery and pasta manufacturing in Uzbekistan

Negotiations are currently underway with the headmost equipment manufacturers of Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. That would not just ensure the highest quality on the domestic market, but also allow competing with international manufacturers.

All equipment and technologies will be procured in Europe. Over a thousand new jobs will be created. To date, Uzbekistan has reached an agreement with the Kommunarka Company of Belarus. It is known for considerable experience and a long history in the production of chocolate and candy products, and has a strong commitment to provide technological support in the organization of confectionery production, where the whole range of goods will be purely an organic product that meets the consumer demand.

Representatives of companies are currently staying in Europe, conducting negotiations and presentations, seeking and involving foreign partners in the project on the establishment of a joint venture and drawing investments into the country's economy. They are also negotiating with the leading banks of the republic on their possible participation in the project.

The new facility is anticipated to be the largest not only in Central Asia, but also on the CIS space. The first batch is expected for 2018.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Factors of Business Attractiveness of Uzbekistan

Implementation of five basic principles of transition to a socially-oriented free market economy during the years of independence has enabled the country to achieve desired results, provide sustainable economic growth and improve national welfare in a short historical period.

As a result of reforms, the structure of the economy was radically changed, a reliable legal framework for dynamic economic development and favourable investment climate were created.

This is supported by such macroeconomic indicators as annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of Uzbekistan exceeds 8% over the last 11 years, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The gross domestic product of the country increased by 7,8% in 2016. Generally, the GDP has increased by 5.5 times during the years of independence, while GDP per capita (PPP) has risen by 4 times. Since 2005, state budget execution reached annual surplus contributing to the strengthening of macroeconomic stability.

Based on deep analysis of trends in global economy and realistic assessment of our resources and capabilities, Uzbekistan had set a target by 2030 to increase GDP of the country by at least 2-fold. Due to drastic structural reforms the country intends to achieve accelerated growth of industry by bringing its share in GDP to 40% against 34% in 2016. Since 2005, Uzbekistan maintains a positive trade balance, government budget surplus and balance of payments.

From early days of independence, leadership of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted a policy on attracting the most advanced technologies and foreign investments in the country. To this end, regular and systemic work is carried out to improve business environment and enhance the country’s investment attractiveness.

Effective from 1 October 2001, a new simplified procedure that provides a one-window registration of enterprises for state registration applies in respect to enterprises operating in the Republic of Uzbekistan. On the other words, all correspondence by newly established enterprises is carried out within the framework of one instance that registers enterprises in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It also should be noted that the authorized state bodies come to a decision on the state registration of a business entity as a legal entity or refusal in registration within 3 working days.

Favourable investment climate and stimulating measures, as well as guaranteed protection of the rights of investors, contributed to the increase in the volume of accumulated investments to $190 billion, including almost $70 billion of foreign investments. Only in 2016 the volume of attracted foreign capital has exceeded 3.7 billion US dollars.

Today, Uzbekistan’s most promising areas for foreign direct investment are oil and gas sector, first and foremost it is in-depth processing of hydrocarbon raw materials and production of high value added products; chemical industry, in particular, the production of polyvinyl chloride, plastics, new types of chemical fertilizers; mechanical engineering; electro-technical field; production of construction materials; textile industry; mastering of mineral resources, including search and joint development of new deposits of natural resources; introduction of alternative energy sources; information technologies.

What attracts foreign investors to Uzbekistan?

First, an important advantage of our country is that Uzbekistan is one of the few countries in the world economy with absolute energy independence.

Uzbekistan possesses huge reserves of minerals and natural resources. The country occupies leading positions in the world in terms of gold, uranium, copper, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, rare metals and other resources.

The country is among the top ten countries on reserves of oil and gas, coal and uranium. The electricity price is 4 times lower than the average price paid by industrial customers in developed countries.

Second, the country has the most diversified economy in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian state producing a wide range of modern cars with General Motors, trucks with MAN, high-quality agricultural machinery from the mini-tractors to harvesters jointly with German CLAAS and LEMKEN, South Korean LS Mtron, the region's largest producer of chemical, textile, food, building materials, electronics and electrical engineering products.

Third, the presence of significant human and intellectual potential meets modern international standards of education. More than half of the population of our country is young people who take the mandatory 12-year education and receive in-depth knowledge of at least 2 modern professions, information technologies, and learn at least two foreign languages.

Uzbekistan created a number of branches of leading European, Asian and Russian universities, in particular the British Westminster University and Singapore Institute of Management and Development, Turin Polytechnic University, Inha University in Tashkent and others.

Fourth, the advantageous geographical location and proximity to major markets is another attractive factor of Uzbekistan for foreign investors. The country possesses the largest consumer market in the region with more than 32 million people. It is about half of the total population of Central Asia.

Thanks to well-developed transport infrastructure, enterprises of Uzbekistan have the opportunity to enter the largest and fastest-growing markets in Central Asia and Afghanistan (with a population of over 90 million people), CIS countries (with a population of over 300 million people), West and East Asia, as well as Europe.

Free trade agreements on with 11 CIS countries provide duty-free importation of Uzbek producers’ goods to these markets. Uzbekistan also has agreements with 45 countries on providing Most Favored Nation treatment, which improves the competitiveness of Uzbek products on foreign markets.

Fifth, transport and communication sector and foreign trade cargo routes diversification are of primary importance for Uzbekistan, which is a land lock country.

Uzbek railways, whose international goods transportation share is 93% are playing special role in transport sector in Uzbekistan. Total developed railways length is 6 479.65 km, including operational length of 229.7 km, station tracks of 1 883.05 km. Railways average density in Uzbekistan is 13.5 km per 1000 sq. km. of country’s area. In the total cargo turnover by all types of transport modes the share of rail transport reaches 53.0% (excluding pipelines), and in passenger traffic – 3.8%.

123.1 km «Angren-Pap» railway line has completed the formation of a unified network of railways in Uzbekistan, creation of a new international transit railway corridor China-Central Asia to Europe.

Road transport is a key element in the country’s transport system, connecting major industrial centers, cities, regions and rural areas. The roads total length in Uzbekistan is over 180 thousand kilometers including 3.2 thousand kilometers of roads of international importance.

The Uzbekistan Airways National Airline is the flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan that meets the demand of the national economy and population for air transportation services (cargo, passenger and special aviation tasks). The airline regularly flies to over 40 cities of the world in Europe and Asia, the US and Japan. It has its representative offices in 25 countries of the world. Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet consists of Boeing 757 and 767, Airbus 320, and Airbus 300-600 cargo aircrafts.

Sixth, Implementation of structural transformation and diversification of the economy is supported by steady growth of banks' resource base, expansion of the share of long-term funding sources and increase of commercial banks role in these processes. If in 1990 loans exceeding three years constituted about 24% of the total loan portfolio, now their share is 80%.

Thanks to the sustainable growth of aggregated capital of the commercial banks in Uzbekistan and balanced management policy of assets portfolio, current capital adequacy ratio is ensured and three times higher than international standards of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

For the fifth consecutive year, Moody's international rating agency assesses the prospects of the banking system of Uzbekistan as “stable”. Now, all commercial banks of the Republic are rated with a stable outlook from leading international rating companies, as Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch Ratings.

Seventh, Uzbekistan Fund for Reconstruction and Development (UFRD), created in 2006, plays an important role in the implementation of modernization and effective investment policy in the Republic. Its assets reached $25 billion this year.

The active participation of the UFRD in implementation of new infrastructure projects has been served to attract more than $10 billion of foreign investment and loans in the form of co-financing from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, financial institutions of Japan, South Korea, China and other foreign banks and investors.

Eights, Uzbekistan’s achievements and milestones are widely recognized by the world community. In particular, our country occupies the 5th place in the Fast Growing Economies ranking of the World Economic Forum. According to the “World Happiness Report” conducted by sociologists at the Columbia University (USA), with the assistance of the United Nations, Uzbekistan took 44th place out of 158 countries and the first place among the CIS countries.

Last October the World Bank published the rating of «Doing Business 2017», with the fact that Uzbekistan has risen to 16 positions from 2015 and ranked as 87th. According to the report, Uzbekistan improved its position in ranking on such criteria as property registration (75th place, +6 positions), protecting minority investors (70th place, +8 positions), paying taxes (138 place, +1) and trading across border (165th place, +1 position).

The report added that four procedures required in Uzbekistan to register enterprise, which is lower than average in the Europe and Central Asia (4.8) and OECD member states (4.9). The registration term is 5.5 days in Uzbekistan against 10.2 days in Europe and Central Asia and 8.3 days in the OECD countries.

(Source: “Uzbekistan profile” - Information bulletin of Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belgium)

TECHNOLOGIES

Interbank Payment System UZCARD intends to develop a system of goods and services payment via QR-code

As reported by specialists of the Unified National Processing Center, the innovation can already be tested in trade and service enterprises that have introduced the QR-code payment mechanism.

QR-code is a black and white image of a square with inconsistent figures of rectangles and squares inside. The small squares can be found on the labels of goods, utility payment receipts, or on web pages. This is a two-dimensional bar code to encode visual information, which is increasingly used in various fields.

QR-code images can facilitate the process of choosing a product or service, because a small square on the package or promotional poster may contain up to 4,296 characters that provide the information that is inconvenient or expensive to place in text form. They optimize the communication process too. For example, the icon on the business card often encrypts a phone number, which can be added to the contact list just by click. QR-code also helps to follow a link, send an e-mail, SMS, find a location, and much more.

The idea of the QR-project in Uzbekistan comes to binding a bank payment card to the app on a smartphone, and then using the application for payments in stores. This payment method is more convenient for sellers and customers rather than the usual plastic card.

For example, a seller does not need a trading terminal for receiving cards. And the customer will have the opportunity to give up the purse with cards, and replace it with the smartphone. The innovation would also increase the level of security of card data: there is no need to pass the card to the seller or register it in websites. The use of QR-codes in everyday life opens up new opportunities, creating another link between the virtual world and reality.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

2017 year - the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests

Human Interests in Priority

A national program on the implementation of Strategy of Actions on Five Priority Areas of the Development of Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 in the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests has been approved. 37.7 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 22.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums) and 8.3 billion US dollars will be allocated to its implementation.

As previously reported, the Actions Strategy on Five Priority Areas for 2017-2021 was developed and approved in Uzbekistan. The roadmap of the country's development for the next five years envisages a package of large-scale measures to streamline the state and public construction, ensure the rule of law and further reform the judicial system. The priorities also include the development and liberalization of the economy and social sector. Provision of security, inter-ethnic harmony and religious tolerance, implementation of balanced, mutually beneficial and constructive foreign policy are among the pivotal tracks of development of Uzbekistan.

A commission on the implementation of the Action Strategy is headed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. It incorporates sub-commissions on each direction of the Strategy. They are entrusted with the fulfillment of the objectives, as well as with direct development of the drafts relating to annual state programs.

The Action Strategy will be implemented in five stages, each of which will imply a certain annual national program in accordance with a title of the year. The adoption of the Year of the Dialogue with the People and Human Interests has become the first step of the Strategy.

The Action Strategy and the National Program are built on conceptual issues of socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and humanitarian development of the country, as decflared by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the election campaign, numerous meetings with the public, business community and government agencies.

Entitled as ‘Streamlining State and Public Construction’, the first direction of the national program envisages strengthening of the role of the Oliy Majlis in the state power system, radical improvement of legislative activity, and scale up of the role of political parties in public life.

In 2017, it is planned to develop important bills on parliamentary control and business ombudsman, and discuss them in the Oliy Majlis. That would significantly strengthen the role of the Oliy Majlis in the system of state power, expand its powers in addressing urgent problems of internal and foreign policy, as well as in the implementation of parliamentary control over the executive power. Amendments and additions to the Law on Ombudsman will be the follow-up of this work. There are plans to streamline the Law ‘On political parties’. The changes are called to further improve the performance of their regional, municipal and district branches, thereby enabling them to be deeper involved in addressing pressing problems of the electorate and in public life.

The reforms will introduce some new posts. The Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan will appoint its permanent representative in the Oliy Majlis, and factions of political parties will delegate secretaries to the Legislative Chamber to enforce the decisions made.

An E-Parliament will further intensify the communication of the population with senators and members of the Oliy Majlis.

 It is planned to improve state governance, primarily reform the civil service, reduce state regulation of the economy, develop modern forms of mutually beneficial cooperation between the public and private sector, and the Electronic Government system.

Ensuring of effective dialogue with the people is one of the primary and urgent objectives of the national program. It envisages the improvement of public control, further development of NGOs, the media, as well as strengthening of the role of local communities in the society.

Important steps were made in this direction last week - the President approved a Decree ‘On further improvement of the institution of mahalla’. It aims at making the performance of self-government bodies more effective, at the transformation of the institution of mahalla into the people's structure that would be optimally close to the population, exercising the right for incorporating into an association that would represent the common interests of citizens' assemblies, strengthening their logistical capacity, as well as at the further expansion of their interaction with state authorities and civil society institutions.

The second direction of the national program is aimed at ensuring the rule of law and true independence of courts. It is planned to establish a Supreme Judicial Council to ensure the independence of judicial decision-making, establishment of a professional judiciary corps, and take measures to protect the rights and lawful interests of judges.

In this context, it is planned to implement a range of measures to raise the status, the level of financial incentives and social security for judges and court staff, strengthen the logistical capacity of courts. Under specific regulations, the judges will be elected for five years at the first appointment, with the possibility of re-election for another ten years in case of impeccable performance.

There is a need to take effective measures to prevent improper influence on judges through the institution of specialist rotation.

Certain attention will be paid to the full implementation of the principles of independence and impartiality of the court, adversarial and equal trial. Expansion of application of the institution of Habeas Corpus will be continued, and judicial control over the investigation will be enforced.

It is planned to further differentiate courts and strengthen their administration by establishing administrative courts, regional appellate courts in the system of economic courts, and institute a post of assistant judge.

There are plans to streamline the procedural legislation in order to avoid red tape and unjustified delays in consideration of court cases, expand powers of higher courts in terms of elimination of shortcomings and making a final decision for subordinate courts.

In this context, it is envisaged to take measures and build a direct dialogue between the people and executives of all law enforcement and regulatory agencies, state and economic management bodies, local authorities, ensure their availability to the public, timely reception of complaints and appeals on violations of rights and freedoms of individuals and legal entities.

Special attention will be paid to the crime prevention system, fundamental improvement of work of internal affairs agencies to combat crime and maintain public order. The authorities rank the enhancement of effectiveness of cordination of combating crime and crime prevention among key priorities. Much needs to be done to improve the performance of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its territorial divisions. It is planned to adopt a target program on the improvement of the ministry.

An action plan to combat extremism, terrorism and criminal offenses will also be a guide to action.

Improvement of organizational and legal mechanisms for combating corruption and enhancement of effectiveness of anti-corruption measures is considered as an independent direction. It is planned to adopt the whole range of regulations to streamline this sector.

The improvement of the legal culture and legal awareness of the population, organization of effective interaction between state structures, civil society institutions, and the media was defined as a separate area of action.

There is a need to develop a concept of further improvement of criminal and criminal procedural law for 2018-2021, streamline the education system, select and arrange the staff at judiciary and law enforcement supervisory bodies, constantly analyze complaints and regularly publish the results of the monitoring, develop barrister system, and reform notary and registry office system.

Development and liberalization of the economy is a pivotal section of the national program. It is envisaged to ensure stability of the national currency and prices, gradually introduce modern market of currency regulation mechanisms, expand the revenue capacity of local budgets, expand foreign economic relations, introduce advanced technologies of production of export-oriented products, develop transport and logistics infrastructure, increase the investment appeal of entrepreneurship, improve tax administration, introduce modern principles and mechanisms of regulation of banking, develop diversified farms, as well as rapidly develop the tourism industry.

In pursuance of the objectives that have been set, the banking sector was assigned to seek for the ways to introduce various loan products with the use of plastic cards in purchasing goods (works, services) for consumer needs.

Banks will also be engaged in expanding the practice of introduction of a variety of bonus, discount and promotional programs jointly with trade and service organizations in order to promote and catalyze interest among plastic cards holders.

The President has already issued several regulations aiming at protecting the interests of private property and entrepreneurship. The acts introduce a new form of business registration through the ‘single window’ system, allowing document processing within few minutes. Meanwhile, there are new solutions to come to strengthen the protection of private property, financial market, to modernize agriculture, develop the jewelry industry, and prepare certain national companies for initial public offering (IPO) on reputable foreign stock exchanges.

 In 2017-2021, it is planned to implement sectoral programs that envisage 649 investment projects totaling $40 billion. As a result, the production of industrial goods will increase 1.5 times, its share in GDP will grow from 33.6% to 36% , and share of processing industry - from 80% to 85% over the next five years.

Development of the social sector provides for the increase in employment, improvement of social protection and public health protection system, development and modernization of road transport, engineering, communications and social infrastructure, improvement of electricity and gas supply, quality of social assistance to vulnerable groups, rise of the status of women in public and political life, healthcare reformation, provision of availability of pre-school educational institutions, improvement of quality of secondary, specialized and higher education.

Employment programs should be unconditionally implemented through the creation of 256,400 jobs under 25,000 investment projects on integrated development of territories. It is planned to create 46,800 jobs and allocate loans to 10,000 graduates of educational institutions for starting a business in the regions with the highest unemployment rate.

The document provides for support of the older generation, and streamlining the procedure of allocation of social allowances. The priority will be given to the improvement of health of veterans. Previous privileges will be supplemented with new ones.

In particular, the veterans of the war of 1941-1945 will have a right for compensation for unused opportunity of resort therapy once a year. A network of health resorts providing service to the elderly will be expanded for their convenience: it is planned to build three new resorts.

 The reformation of the health sector will be continued. It is planned to revamp 78 regional medical associations, seven municipal and two regional diversified medical centers. Development of emergency medical services will be of special focus. The service will be supplied with 1,200 specialized vehicles, and each district will receive two reanimobiles.

15,000 affordable houses, 415 km of water ways, 316 km of gas pipelines, and 291 km of internal roads will be built in rural areas. 86 new bus routes will be introduced, and 537 modern buses will be purchased as part of improvement of quality of public transport services.

Education sector also expects a broad range of activities on reconstruction, refurbishment and equipping of all educational institutions. The emphasis will be placed on the development of pre-school education, which is a focus of the recent national program.

 From now and on, construction and installation works will be funded by the Fund for Reconstruction, Overhaul and Equipping of Schools, Colleges, Lyceums and Medical Facilities. A new five-year program will be the follow-up of the completed program on higher education development.

The fifth direction comes to ‘Ensuring Security, Inter-Ethnic Concord and Religious Tolerance’, and pursuance of balanced, mutually beneficial and constructive foreign policy. It envisages measures on protecting constitutional system, sovereignty, territorial integrity, improvement of information systems, legal and regulatory framework in the field of cyber-safety. A large range of measures is aimed at the organization and development of the public emergency alert system, and mitigation of the Aral Sea disaster.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved the national program ‘On the development of the Aral Sea region for 2017-2021’, which envisages measures on improvement of environmental and socio-economic situation, living conditions of the population, and effective implementation of investment projects on mitigating the environmental disaster. In particular, more than 8.4 trillion soums has been allocated for the recently adopted national program ‘On the development of the Aral Sea region’.

In addition to the tax benefits, residents of the Aral Sea area have been provided with a new kind of social allowance in the form of one-time financial assistance from two to five times the minimum wage. It is appointed by the decision of the Commission of Rural (Mahalla) of Citizens' Assemblies to needy families, especially lonely citizens, pensioners, families with disabled breadwinner and other low-income categories of the population.

There are plans afoot to develop a concept of policy priorities in the field of international relations, and a concept of public policy in religious sector. It is also planned to draft road maps for the development of cooperation with foreign partners in politics and diplomacy, drastic development and expansion of trade, economic, investment, technological, financial and technical cooperation with foreign partners of Uzbekistan for 2017.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Theater

The Return of Le Corsaire

Successful completion of the last week was the grand return of the beloved ballet Le Corsaire to the stage of the Alisher Navoi State Academic Grand Theater. The last performance of this production took place in 2010. And now, seven years later, the theater troupe presented to the audience this extraordinary and passionate love story.

The first performance of the ballet Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam took place in 1968. Then the famous production choreographer Ibragim Yusupov took as a basis the choreography by Marius Petipa, who prepared the premiere of this ballet in the late 19th century. Even then, the play had a great success. Production directors of the Grand Theater retained Ibragim Yusupov’s version, only updating the costumes and stage decorations. Of course, after so many years the cast got changed as well - now it is promising young pe

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 37

February 21, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs.. 1

25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the USA   1

ENERGETICS.. 1

In independence years, Uzbekistan's power plant capacity has scaled up by 1.9 million kilowatt-hours and power production has grown by nearly 10 billion kilowatt-hours. 1

INFRASTRUCTURE. 2

Uzbekistan establishes State Highway Committee. 2

REGIONS.. 2

New measures have been approved in Uzbekistan to create favorable conditions for the further development of non-cash payment systems through bank cards. 2

Art.. 3

In Recognition of the Best 3

sport.. 4

Pentathlon to Be Developed in Uzbekistan. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the USA

US President Donald Trump sent a congratulatory message to Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in connection with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America.

On 19 February, the United States and Uzbekistan mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. We may be proud of many accomplishments in our bilateral relations, the message said.

“In the coming years, I hope to work with you on promoting our common goals in the sphere of regional security and stability. The United States support the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Uzbekistan and its neighbors, as well as your endeavor, aimed at building more interrelated and prosperous Central Asia.”

A congratulatory message of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to US President Donald Trump notes that over the past period the countries have managed to significantly reinforce the foundations of friendship and partnership, and our multifaceted cooperation has acquired intensive and comprehensive character.

The Head of our state particularly underscored that the fundamental principles and conceptual foundations of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy remain inviolable. Uzbekistan is firmly committed to maintaining continuity, continual expansion and dynamic development of comprehensive relations with the United States.

An interest in a long-term presence of the American businesses and enhancing investment and technological cooperation with the leading US corporations and companies was underlined.

The President of Uzbekistan highlighted that further deepening interactions in the spirit of strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual understanding, respect and shared benefit meets the fundamental interests of the peoples of Uzbekistan and the United States of America.

(Source: UzA)

ENERGETICS

In independence years, Uzbekistan's power plant capacity has scaled up by 1.9 million kilowatt-hours and power production has grown by nearly 10 billion kilowatt-hours

Introduction of a 800-MW power unit at Talimarjan Thermal Power Plant in 2004 ranks among the largest projects in the country’s energy sector in the years of independence. The Central Asia’s largest facility of this kind still ranks among the most advanced in the region. The first unit was launched there in August 2013, the second one in December.

“The launch of two power units allows our station to annually produce additional 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) made a great contribution to the implementation of such a big project. Its $293 million loan empowered the installation of two gas turbines with the capacity of 314 MW of electricity per hour by Mitsubishi, and a steam turbine by Fuji. The capacity allows supplying customers with nearly 13 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year,” said Abdusami Normuminov, Director of Talimarjan Thermal Power Plant.

Based on advanced technologies, combined-cycle turbines are very efficient. For example, the 800 MW unit, launched in 2004, requires 315 grams of fuel equivalent for the production of 1 kWh of electricity, while new units consume 219 grams of fuel for the production of 1 kWh of electricity, thereby saving 96 grams of natural gas. The economic effect of dramatic reduction of costs and losses associated with the delivery of gas and electricity over long distances makes up hundreds of billions of soums (currency rates of CB RU from 21.02.2017, 1$= 3356.87 soums) today.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Uzbekistan establishes State Highway Committee

The road sector has a great social and economic importance, as the quality of life of the population and the economy as a whole depends on the effective functioning of this system.

Over the years of independence, the Republic has carried out extensive work on the development of road transport infrastructure, which provides safe interstate transportation, as well as an extensive transport link between the administrative centers of regions and districts.

However, there are still a number of unresolved problems associated with the control system of highways for general use, raising the efficiency of use of funds allocated towards maintenance, repair, reconstruction and construction of roads.

The current state and the level of development of the road network in the Republic require specific and effective interventions in all areas of road management, the adoption of additional measures for the management of roads and the qualitative change of the state of the road network of the country in accordance with the demand of economy and the population.

Taking into mention all above, the Head of State has adopted a new Decree "On measures on further improving road management system". It provides for the establishment of the State Highway Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the basis of the abolished State joint-stock company for the construction and operation of highways (SAC "Uzavtoyol").

The main tasks and directions of activity of the State Committee are:

- conducting unified technical, investment and foreign economic policy for the development and improvement of the road network;

- development and implementation of a strategy for the development of automobile roads;

- formation of international transit corridor roads;

- providing comprehensive solutions in financing, design, construction, repair and maintenance of roads taking into account the interests of their users, with regard to modern transport flows and effective organisation of customer service;

- coordination of works on the preservation of existing network of inter-farm rural roads, city streets, urban villages, kishlaks and auls, while maintaining high transport and operational level;

- organisation of scientific research works, introduction of innovative technologies and modern standards in the field of design, construction and operation of highways;

- conducting control over observance of town-planning norms and rules, state quality standards when carrying out construction and repair works on roads;

- organisation of training, retraining and advanced training of relevant personnel, including conducting training courses and seminars abroad.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

REGIONS

New measures have been approved in Uzbekistan to create favorable conditions for the further development of non-cash payment systems through bank cards

In particular, the measures extend by 2020 customs privileges for producers of bank microprocessor plastic cards and payment terminals in the form of exemption from customs duties on import of raw materials, consumables and components, materials, software, and licenses that are needed for their production.

Processing centers of retail payment systems are exempt from customs duties on importation of software, ATM machines and other hardware for plastic card operations for the same period.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Art

In Recognition of the Best

In Tashkent, the Istiqlol Palace of Arts in the capital Tashkent hosted February 14 a ceremony of awarding the winners of Etirof (Recognition) Award. By tradition, the awarding ritual was accompanied by an enchanting and grandiose concert program and the excitement of winners did not leave anyone indifferent.

“Everyone is waiting for the ceremony reverently, because the definition of the best is always interesting for spectators and nominees themselves,” shared his opinion before the opening of the ceremony Ravshan Irmatov, one of the world’s top football referees. “To me, as a member of the jury, this year has been particularly difficult to make a choice, because the year 2016 was the most successful for the athletes of Uzbekistan. Our compatriots won 13 medals at the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, demonstrating to the whole world that they are in no way inferior to anyone. There were many worthy candidates, and only three of whom were nominated. I know how nice to receive these awards, because athlete faces enormous efforts and great work to gain any achievement. Such awards as Etirof motivate and inspire to achieve better results.”

At the opening of the show program the jury members were announced who included Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Murod Aliyev, the Honored Worker of Culture, production-director Khaydarali Kasymov, Rector of the Higher School of National Dance and Choreography Shuhrat Tokhtasimov, founder of the Union of Writers Usmon Azim, the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Ramiz Usmanov and others. After that, the experts went to a special room, where they selected out the winners in various categories.

“I think that not only me, but also the spectators want to see the most deserving candidates receive the Etirof Award. Today in the arts, especially in the field of fine arts, there are many talented people of all ages. This year a new category has been added for art theorists. I think that eventually more different nominations will be added as there are many trends in the art,” says chairman of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, the People’s Artist Akmal Nuritdinov. “Choosing is always difficult, because all the nominees deserve this award. I would like to see in the future more young candidates.”

The wonderful voices of charming beauties of Durdona band, delicate dance of exquisite ballet dancers, and excellent music of the Symphonic Orchestra - all this was a really worthy of the opening of the concert program.

The first winners in the arts category were announced by Akmal Nuritdinov. Hakim Mirzaahmedov won in the category ‘The Best Artist’, Rahmatilla Zakirov was named best in the nomination ‘The Best Outstanding Hunarmand’, and ‘The Best Art Historian’ prize went to Kamola Akilova.

In the field of sports the prizes went to Hasanboy Dustmatov as the athlete of the year, Bahrom Abdumalikov was named the best coach, while Khusnutdin Norbekov – the best Paralympian.

Besides, the winners on other more categories were announced. Those included the best television journalist, poet, writer, journalist, theater actor and actress, director, playwright and stage designer of the year. According to the jury, the best performance in 2016 was ‘Mirzo Ulughbek’ of the Samarkand Musical Drama Theater. The names of the best in cinema and circus were also determined. The film ‘Baron’ that enjoyed great popularity in Uzbekistan won in the best film of the year category. By the way, the director of the film was found the best film director. In total, this year the winners in 49 categories for the award have been determined.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

sport

Pentathlon to Be Developed in Uzbekistan

The country’s Ministry of Justice has registered the Federation of Modern Pentathlon.

Modern pentathlon is a type of sports of all-round class where participants compete in five disciplines: show jumping, fencing, shooting, running and swimming. In March and April, it is planned to hold the championship of Uzbekistan in modern pentathlon, as a result of which the national team will be formed.

Federation intends to become member of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon for participation in international competitions and tournaments.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN #36

February 20, 2017

 

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE. 1

Uzbekistan Airways national company has been implementing an investment project on the construction of a new international passenger terminal at the Tashkent airport 1

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a Decree defining measures to further improve the road management system   1

BUSINESS CLIMATE. 2

Uzbekistan establishes Guarantee Fund for small business development 2

International cooperation.. 2

Message of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. 2

Society.. 3

Presidential Resolution to boost Academy of Sciences. 3

sport.. 4

World Champs Licenses to Be Played out in Tashkent 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Uzbekistan Airways national company has been implementing an investment project on the construction of a new international passenger terminal at the Tashkent airport

The initiative constitutes a success story in the bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea, and is seen as a priority for Uzbekistan Airways and the country in general.

It is primarily aimed at the improvement of quality of passenger service and bringing it up to the latest international requirements and standards. It will also help to meet the growing demand for air travel, improve airport infrastructure, as well as increase the tourist flow.

Feasibility study of the project was developed with the assistance of grant funds of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in January-July 2016. In the course of this work, experts of Uzbekistan Airways and the Korean side did much to assess the current state of the infrastructure of the capital's air harbor and aviation industry of Uzbekistan, development prospects, and develop a concept of construction of the international passenger terminal Tashkent-4.

When developing the feasibility study, KOICA selected organizations with pool of relevant experience. They are the five companies of the Republic of Korea: Incheon airport - the project manager, Heerim, Yooshin, EY Hanyoung and Transport Institute of Korea.

In December 2016, the government of Uzbekistan and the Eximbank of the Republic of Korea signed a loan agreement on allocation of borrowing funds of EDCF Fund of Korea for the project. As a result, its total cost exceeded $430 million.

According to the feasibility study, the area of Tashkent-4 will make up nearly 87,000 square meters, capacity – 1,500 passengers an hour, or 5.7 million a year. From a bird's-eye, the terminal will resemble outstretched wings of the Humo bird of happiness. The terminal will have four floors, a platform for 36 planes, and a driveway with parking. The construction of the terminal will take three years. Construction and installation works are scheduled for this year.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a Decree defining measures to further improve the road management system

The document envisages the implementation of a package of measures aimed at the formation of an effective road management system based on comprehensive approach to the design, construction and maintenance of roads and buildings, improving their financing system, creating a complete service of the customer, contributing to improve the quality of design and road construction works.

The abolished State Joint-Stock Company for the construction and operation of roads (SJC "Uzavtoyul") has been replaced by the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Motor Roads. It will serve as the specially authorized body of the state for road management.

The State Inspectorate for Quality Control of Road Construction Works under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan is to be set up.

The Decree provides for the subordination of the Republican Road Fund under the Ministry of Finance to the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan.

The new system of public administration in the field of road construction should ensure effective implementation of the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to implement the Program of development of regional roads in 2017-2018”.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan establishes Guarantee Fund for small business development

Uzbekistan has established a Guarantee Fund for small business development. The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed the corresponding Decree on February 10.

The State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for privatization, demonopolization and development of competition acts as the main founder of the Fund, while the Association of Banks of Uzbekistan, Chamber of Commerce, as well as a number of large banks and insurance companies act as its shareholders.

The Fund is established in order to further improve the business climate and accelerate the development of entrepreneurship.

Lack of collateral is one of the main obstacles in obtaining bank credit by small businesses. Meantime, it is the most common reason for refusing a credit.

The Guarantee Fund is intended to provide security to banks for loans granted to small businesses, to the extent not covered by the pledge of up to 50% of the loan amount, but not more than $100 thousand.

The Guarantee Fund also provides advice to small businesses, assists them in creating high-tech and innovative industries.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Message of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan

To the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

It gives me a great pleasure to congratulate You on the occasion of the landmark date – the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Uzbekistan considers Great Britain as an important international partner and one of the leading world powers with enormous political, economic, technological and intellectual potential.

We highly value the dynamic and equal relations with Your country, which have been established in the past period. The roots of these relations trace back into the centuries. Over 40 British delegations visited Uzbekistan in recent years. We believe that this fact speaks for the commitment of the two states to further develop equally beneficial and constructive cooperation.

I would like to note that at present, when our countries are going through the crucial social and political events in their modern history, in Uzbekistan we look with optimism at the prospects of our interaction with the United Kingdom.

We highly appreciate the support of the British Government and the people during this very important period for our country and consider the recent visit of the Minister of State Sir Alan Duncan as confirmation of a keen interest of the UK in further strengthening our bilateral relations.

We are committed to the continuation of the practice of mutual visits and further consistent strengthening of partnership with Great Britain in the spheres of political dialogue, inter-parliamentary cooperation, economy and industry, advanced technologies, culture and arts, ensuring regional security and stability.

I am confident that the Uzbek-British relations based on the principles of mutual respect and equal consideration of interests will continue to strengthen for the benefit and in the interests of our nations.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Respectfully Yours,

Abdulaziz Kamilov,

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Society

Presidential Resolution to boost Academy of Sciences

Having built a stable science management and financing system, Uzbekistan has a wide scholarly network of schools, laboratories, institutes, research centres, ministries, and councils.

The government has recently fuelled research resources and opened a batch of complexes, among them the Genomics and Bioinformatics Centre, the International Solar Energy Institute, and the Cambridge-affiliated High Technology Centre.

The scientific fleet is swayed by the Academy of Sciences, a flagship centre connecting research pioneers and demanding close governmental attention.

As a proof of this close attention, Shavkat Mirziyoyev held his first meeting as President with the scientific community.

From January 1, scholars are paid tax-exempt salaries of 10 minimum wages and are eligible to free-of-charge treatment in sanatoriums.

Steps have been taken to encourage academic progress. 

But modern-day resources fail to match Uzbekistan’s socio-economic development, as scientific competitiveness lags behind international rates.

As research financing stumbles and talent pool dries up, a major overhaul is in order to restore scientific prestige, implement state programmes, and provide scientists with necessary conditions.

The Action Strategy 2017-2021 has it as priority to boost scientific activity and open laboratories and research centres. 

Following his dialogue with the people in regions, the President set objectives to restore the scientific potential and attract talented youth by mobilising scientific research and merging science and production.

The Presidential Resolution ‘On Measures for Further Development of the Academy of Sciences and Scientific and Research Activity Organisation, Governance and Financing’ aims to address the issues.

The Resolution reorders the Academy’s activities and provides for a number of scientific establishments to be opened or returned under the Academy’s aegis.

Apart from forming exact science, natural science and humanitarian departments, the Resolution provides for a new office to be opened in Navoi, to quarterback research and development in Navoi Region.

The heads of the Karakalpak and Navoi departments, as well as the chief of Khorezm’s Ma’mun Academy are now placed on the academy’s vice-presidential footing.

A Financial Stimulus Fund will be opened to encourage scientific breakthroughs. The fund will receive 10% of profits by the Academy’s research centres.

The State Science and Technology Commission headed by the Prime Minister will shape state policy on science and innovation.

A science and technology commission, replacing the Science and Technology Coordination Committee, will formulate state tasks in implementing scientific innovation.

These steps will stoke up scientific activity and prune ineffective research areas.

A Scientific and Technical Activity Support and Development Fund, established as a legal entity under the Resolution, will:

create new university laboratories;

fund patents filed by local scientists;

supply laboratories with equipment;

fund access to international scientific databases; and finance internships in international scientific centres.

The Resolution follows in the footsteps of Uzbekistan’s science policy and serves to fulfil the Action Strategy for 2017-2021. It will raise academia’s prestige, improve organisation, and attract talented youth, among others.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

sport

World Champs Licenses to Be Played out in Tashkent

AIBA is to hold the Asian Boxing Championship 2017 for men in the Uzbek capital.

Asian Boxing Championship 2017 is due in Tashkent from 30 April to 7 May. In the weight category from 49 to over 91 kg, in addition to the medals, there will be awarded licenses for the World Cup, which, in turn, will take place in Germany from 25 August to 4 September.

The composition of the national team of Uzbekistan to participate in the Asian Championship awaits to be determined.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 35

February 17, 2017

 

 

 

economy.. 1

Uzbekistan establishes "Development strategy" Center 1

FINANCE. 1

Microcredit project introduced in Tashkent 1

International cooperation.. 2

Uzbekistan – Russia intergovernmental commission’s scheduled session takes place in Tashkent 2

Medicine. 3

Ceiling prices for imported drugs and medical devices approved. 3

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

economy

Uzbekistan establishes "Development strategy" Center

Several public and state organizations have initiated the establishment of the "Development strategy" center, intended to coordinate the implementation of the Strategy on five priority directions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, as well as the State program "Year of dialogue with people and human interests". The establishment of the Centre was approved by the presidential decree.

The Independent Institute for monitoring the formation of civil society, Institute for monitoring the current legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of lawyers of Uzbekistan, Academy of public administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, National Association of electronic mass media, National Association of nongovernmental nonprofit organizations of Uzbekistan act as the founders of newly established nongovernmental nonprofit “Development strategy” Center. .

The Centre aims to consolidate efforts for effective organization of expert and public discussions, in-depth study and implementation of measures stipulated by the Strategy, as well as the active involvement of representatives of civil society institutions, experts and scientists in the processes of democratization and modernization of the country.

Its tasks include information and analytical support activities under the Strategy, studying the best foreign experience, etc.

The center will also put forward sound proposals for effective implementation of the Action Strategy, including the preparation of drafts and other acts, stipulated by the State program and establish cooperation with international organizations, scientific-research, informational-analytical and educational institutions.

The funding sources of the Center are funds of technical support, grants from international and domestic organizations, NGOs, funds of ministries and agencies to conduct studies and analyses, and others.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

FINANCE

Microcredit project introduced in Tashkent

A presidential resolution approved steps to expand and streamline small and private business microcredit system.

The document seeks to help such classes as college and university graduates to get access to microfinancing. It also aims to galvanise small businesses that provide new jobs.

The resolution approves a suggestion by the economy and finance ministries and the Central and commercial banks to introduce a new microcredit project for small and private businesses.

Under the resolution, the purpose of soft microcredits is to:

Generate more jobs in small family and private business sector;

ensure maximum access to microfinancing;

raise income for the socially vulnerable and strengthen the role of self-governance bodies in employment activities.

The document approved forecasts on soft loans by commercial banks in Tashkent. It also set out a list of business activities cleared for soft loans.

Soft loans conditions are now represented as follows:

a soft loan sum of up to 200 minimal wages;

a period of up to three years with a 6-month grace to repay the debt; and

a yearly rate of 9% for one job created, 8% for two jobs, 7% for 3-4 jobs, and 6% for five and more jobs.

If an applicant cannot repay the debt, commercial banks can accept:

the property and self-governance bodies’ securities for sums of up to 100 minimal wages;

third party securities, insurance policies and other lawful types of payment for sums exceeding 100 minimal wages.

When giving loans, commercial banks can take into account expenses incurred during the application.

Commercial banks and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry were tasked with assisting applicants.

The Central Bank and commercial banks were tasked with finalising the experiment in 2017 and making suggestions on how to expand the project in other regions.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Uzbekistan – Russia intergovernmental commission’s scheduled session takes place in Tashkent

A scheduled session of the UzbekistanRussia intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation has taken place in Tashkent’s international cooperation centre.

The session was attended by representatives of the two countries’ ministries and departments working in such areas as external economic relations, trade and industry, investment, energy, oil and gas, customs, transport and communications, railways, air transportation, machine building, electrical engineering, construction, agriculture, food and pharmaceuticals production.

R.Azimov, a co-chairman of the commission and deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, said that the two countries’ cooperation in such spheres as trade, transport, energy and the economic sphere was developing consistently and that an agreement that had been reached at a meeting of the two states’ leaders was a law-based foundation for this cooperation.

It was said that in future, it would be necessary to expand investment projects and to step up the cooperation in tourism, education and labour migration.

Uzbekistan’s cooperation with Russia is developing consistently on the basis of an agreement on strategic partnership, signed on 16 June 2004, and an agreement on allied relations, signed on 14 November 2005.

The intergovernmental programme for economic cooperation for the years 2013-2017, adopted within the framework of an official visit of Uzbekistan’s First President Islam Karimov to the Russian Federation on 14-15 April 2013, is an important basis for the maintenance of fruitful economic partnership between the two states.

Trade-economic relations between Uzbekistan and Russia are developing at a rapid rate. The Russian Federation is one of the biggest trading partners of Uzbekistan. In the year 2016, bilateral trade between the two countries exceeded 4.2 billion US dollars.

“Large-scale reforms being implemented in Uzbekistan for the purpose of economic diversification and industrial modernization are noteworthy. This commission’s session was a good opportunity to discuss issues of implementing promising joint projects and further intensifying the two countries’ cooperation. We are interested in the further development of cooperation with Uzbekistan in such spheres as trade, energy, agriculture, transport and communications, environmental protection and science,” says D.Kozak, a co-chairman of the commission and deputy chairman of the government of the Russian Federation.

The Russian delegation was acquainted with the results of socio-economic reforms being conducted in Uzbekistan, favourable conditions created for attracting foreign investments to this country’s economy, the country’s export potential and possibilities in its free industrial zones. It was said that the existing opportunities for the further intensification of the bilateral cooperation should be put into use completely.

During the session, there was discussion about raising bilateral trade and expanding its range and about issues of developing relations in such areas as trade, energy, transport and supply lines, transit and agriculture and jointly drawing up and implementing mutually advantageous projects.

(Source: UzA)

Medicine

Ceiling prices for imported drugs and medical devices approved

In accordance with the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated October 31, 2016 # ПП-2647 "On measures for the further improvement of providing the population with medicines and medical products", in order to further improve the provision of population and medical facilities with in demand and affordable medicines and products of medical appointment, the Republican Commission has made a decision to approve ceiling fixed contract, wholesale and retail prices, as well as the volume of deliveries of imported drugs and medical products.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 33

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 33

February 15, 2017

 

 

 

investments.. 1

Fayz Company will build a modern production of particleboard from cotton stalks in Syrdarya region by the end of the current year 1

free economic zone Khazarasp.. 1

Uzbekistan has developed 53 project proposals on siting new production facilities worth $152 million in the territory of the new Khazarasp Free Economic Zone. 1

International cooperation.. 2

On telephone conversation with the President of Turkmenistan. 2

Ecology.. 2

An integrated waste disposal program for the coming years has been elaborated in Uzbekistan. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

investments

Fayz Company will build a modern production of particleboard from cotton stalks in Syrdarya region by the end of the current year

The capacity of the new enterprise will make up 30,000 cubic meters of products per year. The project cost is $3.5 million.

Previously, a government resolution envisaged the establishment of similar facilities in three regions of Uzbekistan. The production of import substituting and marketable product will be established at the facilities of Jizzah Qurilish Ziynati enterprises (10,000 cubic meters per year), Termiz-Ta’minot (10,000) and Seowon Kiup (30,000).

The total estimated cost of the four projects is $10.8 million. The facilities should be launched by the end of 2017. The project will be funded by own funds of enterprises, loans of domestic and foreign banks, as well as direct foreign investment of Seowon Kiup company.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

free economic zone Khazarasp

Uzbekistan has developed 53 project proposals on siting new production facilities worth $152 million in the territory of the new Khazarasp Free Economic Zone

The industrial precinct will house modern production facilities in processing agricultural goods, their storage and packaging, along with textile businesses, manufacturers of footwear and leather haberdashery products, companies in pharmaceuticals, food and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and automotive industry, construction industry.

“More than 325 hectares have been already allocated for Khazarasp FEZ. In the future, its area is to expand to 600 hectares. Works are currently underway on the establishment of the border zone, customs post, attraction of foreign and local investors,” says the deputy hokim (governor) of Khazarasp district Maksud Rahimov.

Engineering and communication infrastructure, including gas pipelines, water pipes and mains, sewerage, roads and railways, communications, are currently laid in an accelerated mode to provide modern production enterprises on the territory of the zone with appropriate working conditions.

Many foreign investors already show interest in the projects. An Uzbek-Chinese joint venture Pitnak Panel has come forward with a proposal.

“In cooperation with the Chinese company Hinjiang Zaman Import and Export Trade Co LTD, we are drafting a project for $3.5 million for the construction of a facility to manufacture 200,000 polystyrene blocks and sandwich panels per year. The project envisages employment of about 40 young specialists – graduates of vocational colleges,” said the head of the enterprise Hushnud Jumaniyozov.

There are prospects of even greater interest of foreign investors ahead, because FEZ participants are exempt from customs duties, certain taxes and mandatory contributions to state funds. For example, investments from $300,000 to $3 million earn a privilege of three years of exemptions, from $3 million to $5 million – five years, and $5-10 million investments invite seven years of tax and duty exemptions.

If a party invests more than $10 million, he will get exemption on tax and duty payments for 10 years, and in the next five years, he will pay income tax and single tax payments with a 50 percent discount of the current rates.

In addition, the government released FEZ participants from customs duties on imported raw materials and components for the whole period of its operation.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

On telephone conversation with the President of Turkmenistan

On 14 February 2017 President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov .

The Head of our state cordially congratulated Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on his confident victory in the presidential elections and wished him great successes in this high public post.

It has been underlined that the results of the elections have been a new demonstration of the highest trust and full support by the Turkmen people of the deeply thought-out political and socio-economic reforms, being implemented in Turkmenistan and aimed at ensuring the growth of the well-being of the people, dynamic development and prosperity of the country.

During a conversation, the Heads of the two countries discussed the current state and prospective spheres of the bilateral cooperation, as well as exchanged views on key aspects of regional and international politics. Active promotion of the foreign policy course of Turkmeinistan and successful implementation of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s initiatives on the international arena has been particularly highlighted.

The Presidents have expressed satisfaction with significant intensification of inter-governmental contacts on different levels and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation. The parties have positively appraised the results of the working visits of high-level governmental delegations of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as well as the interactions among regions of the two countries.

The Heads of state reaffirmed a mutual interest in dynamic development of a constructive and open dialogue between the two fraternal nations and expressed readiness to tap the existing substantial potential in order to foster productive ties in trade-economic, transport-communications and cultural-humanitarian spheres.

Concluding the conversation, Shavkat Mirziyoyev wished Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov a strong health, well-being and new successes in his public post and peace and further prosperity to the people of Turkmenistan-.

The conversation was held in a traditionally warm and friendly atmosphere, characteristic of the dialogue of the leaders of our countries.

(Source: UzA)

Ecology

An integrated waste disposal program for the coming years has been elaborated in Uzbekistan

It was defined well before that: the country will gradually abandon burning and long-term storage of waste at landfills, introducing modern and environmentally friendly technologies of its separate collection and recycling.

Huge amounts of waste that keeps accumulating in landfills, poisoning the life of surroundings, rank among the main challenges of modern society. Most of the states in the world lose in this combat, simply avoiding the worsening of the situation. They prefer using the old, proven, but extremely ineffective mechanisms of waste disposal by expanding landfills, delaying a solution on the back burner, or, even worse, cause enormous damage to the environment, partly burning garbage.

It is no secret that Uzbekistan could not avoid this problem, because huge amounts of industrial waste were accumulated in the country in the years of extensive development in Soviet times, which were thoughtlessly dumped into huge pits and then buried. It was not fashionable to care about the environment or population; the ball was ruled by industrial mega giants and economic projects.

Independence changed the situation; however, the game was still ‘one-sided’. Despite the purchase of new equipment, creation of a network of modern garbage collection points throughout the country, the amount of waste continued to rise, threatening to entail even bigger quandaries. The solution was eventually found. Expert community and the government developed a uniform and phased treatment strategy for production and consumption waste for the whole country with the main focus on the introduction of innovative technologies and attraction of investments, including foreign funds.

It is based on the creation of a network of standard design ultramodern waste sorting and recycling plants. According to expert estimates, even one year of operation of such a plant in every region of the country would significantly change the situation. They would not just address operational problems, but allow being proactive, moving toward complete resolution of the problem.

The initiative was built on the concept of expansion of the scope of application of municipal solid waste while minimizing their negative impact on the environment. Today, millions of tons of garbage are stored in landfills throughout the country and remain unused, while in the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, they have long been in demand as a feedstock for the production of a wide range of goods, bringing billions of dollars in revenue.

The first conceptually new and ultra-modern waste sorting and recycling plant will be built in Urgench district of Khorezm region through loan resources of the National Bank of Uzbekistan. The industrial complex will be equipped by the Chinese Beston Group Machinery Co LTD.

The industrial facility, which is scheduled for commissioning by the end of the current year, will consist of two process steps - a specialized waste sorting station, and a complex for processing various types of waste. Annually, the facility will process almost 900 tons of municipal solid waste, and produce six types of finished products.

For example, fuel for boilers will be produced of rubber, tires, cellophane and plastic, and briquettes for heating will be obtained from pruning waste. Plastic bottles of soft drinks will go for the production of padding polyester for textile and construction industry.

It is planned to establish the production of walling blocks out of construction waste. A separate line will process waste paper into packaging material for industrial enterprises. Fruit and vegetable waste and spoiled food will go for the production of biogas and plant fertilizers.

A question arises: what will be the effect of one, or even 15 plants? This initiative should be assessed from a different angle. Plants just imply modern technologies, while triggering as much important system of separated waste collection nationwide, which is now regarded by all international experts without exception as one of the main mechanisms to address waste disposal problems. In this context, Uzbekistan will pioneer the introduction of a full-scale system of separate waste collection and recycling not only in Central Asia and the CIS, but among the most advanced nations of the world.

The scheme is simple: people will carry trash to specialized collection points equipped with modern containers, each of which is intended for a specific type of waste - glass, paper, plastic and so on. Specially procured vehicles of domestic production will deliver waste to factories for processing, which then will supply ready products to the market. The introduction of this system was supposed to start in the country long ago with Tashkent as a pilot project. However, the lack of a network of processing plants and full funding impeded the project. Now it is time for a full-scale launch.

Uzbekistan relies on the European experience. For example, a project on the modernization of solid waste management in Samarkand is partnered by the French Development Agency, which invests €23.5 million, and the EU that allocates €8 million from a special fund.

The project provides for the construction and repair of 200 garbage collection points, purchase of 70 specialized vehicles, construction of a municipal solid waste sorting center and a waste disposal center, as well as the installation of a bioreactor for recycling biogas in landfills.

It is unique for the fact that the waste technical dumping center will be used as a bioreactor to maximize the extraction of biogas as a basis for obtaining fuel for refueling containment machines. The complex will be the first of its kind in Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asia.

This all suggests that with the right approach, Uzbekistan is likely to turn into one of the cleanest countries in the region in a couple of years, earning on seemingly useless waste. The project has been launched, and the results are anticipated.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 32

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 32

February 14, 2017

 

 

 

investments.. 1

Navoi Pryaja is getting prepared to commission a new workshop by the end of the first quarter of 2017  1

International cooperation.. 1

Effective Counter-Measures. 1

Society.. 2

Mahalla: Capacity Building, Credibility Boosting, Perfection. 2

Nature of Uzbekistan.. 6

The Dragon of the Kyzylkum desert 6

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

investments

Navoi Pryaja is getting prepared to commission a new workshop by the end of the first quarter of 2017

“We produce yarn by processing local raw material – a synthetic fiber of nitron, which is manufactured by Navoiazot Company. We produce colored yarn for hand knitting. The demand for our products is growing both domestically and in the foreign markets. Last year, we signed an export contract for $33,000 with Russian partners. As of today, we supplied the partners with a half of the contracted volume of production,” said the company's director Valentina Zhukova.

Employing more than a dozen of people, Navoi Pryaja seeks for the opportunities for new projects. In view of the requirements of time, the company is expecting a delivery of advanced spinning equipment valued at $350,000 from China. The launch of a new workshop and creation of ten additional jobs is scheduled for the first quarter of this year.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Effective Counter-Measures

Poorly secured nuclear materiel remains a matter of concern around the world. US and Uzbek officials have shared their views about the threat of the acquisition of radioactive substances by malefactors.

Background:

The Nuclear Security Summit that took place last year in Washington put at the forefront the question as to how to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear materials. Back then, dozens of heads of state and delegations from around the world discussed ways to prevent ingress of potentially hazardous substances into the wrong hands.

The pressing topic has recently been addressed in Tashkent, as well. In the center of attention were the issues of cooperation between the Uzbek and the US governments in countering that threat.

The meeting was a continuation of the dialogue in the framework of a joint action plan to combat nuclear smuggling elaborated by the parties in March 2012. The action plan defines the steps of governments for cooperation in preventing, detecting and combating nuclear and radioactive trafficking.

Radioactive substances are present not only in nuclear power plants and military bases, but also in the diagnostic devices of medical institutions and are used for cancer treatment facilities, as well as mining and mechanical equipment, household smoke detectors.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, from 1993 to 2014 it was recorded about 1,150 cases of loss, theft and illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials. In general, about 100 cases of disappearances take place every year around the world. The James Martin Research Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California recorded in the period between 2013 and 2014 alone 325 incidents of theft, loss of nuclear or radioactive materials, illegal actions with them in 38 different countries.

Participants of the Tashkent meeting noted the overall progress in the implementation of the objectives and identified further ways of cooperation on this front. They stressed that the regular contacts in this direction will help to prevent attempts at smuggling, to ensure successful detection and prosecution of potential nuclear trafficking, to address the security of the United States, Uzbekistan and the international community as a whole.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

Mahalla: Capacity Building, Credibility Boosting, Perfection

The institution of mahalla, or local community, in Uzbekistan has been instrumental in the preservation and multiplication of national traditions and values, improvement of the legal culture of population, enhancement of civic involvement in government and society management.

Mahalla ranks among the key features of the national way of life of the Uzbek people. From ancient times, communities contributed to the establishment of ideas of kindness, creativity, generosity, compassion, mutual support and solidarity as a form of residence of people within one or more blocks or streets. A unique system of self-government, which is also a civil society institution, it has no parallels in the world. It has been shaped over centuries, absorbing the best national traditions and values.

In the years of independence, the issues of raising the authority of local communities were prioritized due to social, economic, political, educational and huge spiritual significance. Gradual and scaled measures created appropriate conditions for the transformation of this institution into a reliable support and effective force for the formation of civil society in our country.

Citizens’ assemblies in villages, settlements and local communities were enshrined in Article 105 of the Constitution of the Republic as territorial self-government entities for the first time in the history of national statehood. More than a hundred legal acts regulate the involvement of citizens’ self-government bodies in particular areas of ​​social life.

There are nearly 10,000 such entities across Uzbekistan. More than 30 functions, which were previously within the powers of local government bodies, were gradually transferred to local communities in the process of transition from a strong state to a robust civil society.

The legal framework that regulates the relations of self-government bodies is enshrined in the Constitution of Uzbekistan, the Law ‘On citizens’ self-government bodies’, ‘On elections of chairpersons of citizens' assemblies and their advisors’.

Each of citizens’ assemblies has regular budget posts of chairman, advisor on religious, spiritual and moral education, executive secretary and head of a social structure ‘Mahalla Posboni’ (community order volunteer) – a total of 40,000 people. In addition, on a voluntary basis, this work involves the advisors who are elected from among reputable and respected people to chair a commission on basic directions of activity. Their number totals 100,000 people. Chairpersons of citizens' assemblies and their advisors are not appointed but elected by the population every 2.5 years, based on the principles of transparency and alternative choice.

During elections to the representative bodies of government in 2014, citizens’ assemblies effectively exercised the right to nominate candidates to local councils of people's deputies, as stipulated by the legislation. In particular, they nominated 433 candidates for deputies of municipal and regional councils, 115 of whom were elected.

The ‘Mahalla’ Republican Charity Foundation, the establishment of which was supported by the decrees of the President and a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers in 1992, plays a special role in the improvement of the system of citizens' self-government bodies.

The documents have contributed to strengthening of logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, defined the ways and principles of their development, created institutional and legal framework for the full functioning of local communities. They clearly reflect the role of communities as an important tool for building the civil society in the country, protection of democratic values, human rights and freedoms, and legitimate interests of people.

Today, based on the principles of legality, transparency, social justice, and humanity, the Mahalla Foundation operates in all regions of the country to disseminate the best practices of the best citizens’ assemblies, develop civil society through the promotion of further expansion of public control over the activity of state bodies, as well as render social support of the population, transform local communities in centers of development of private entrepreneurship and family business. Generally, built on the ideas of humanism, local communities promote the further development of Uzbekistan and welfare of people.

In furtherance of strengthening of logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, nearly 1,600 office buildings of citizens’ assemblies were repaired in the past five years, 367 were overhauled, and more than 350 buildings of citizens' assemblies were reconstructed to standard design projects, and 216 new buildings were put into operation.

As a result of large-scale organizational and legal measures, a system of local communities has turned into a unique structure that has no counterparts in the world. Strong foundations have been built to ensure strenuous involvement of citizens' self-government bodies in the process of enhancement of socio-political and socio-economic reforms.

Meanwhile, in view of the current requirements for the construction of civil society in our country, there is a need to further streamline citizens' self-government bodies. The Decree of the President of Uzbekistan ‘On measures to further streamline the institution of mahalla’ of February 3, 2017, settles the organizational and legal measures on enhancing the role of citizens’ self-government bodies to ensure effective solution of the issues of local importance, exercise the right for merging into an association that would represent the common interests of citizens' assemblies, strengthen their logistical capacity, as well as ensure interaction with state authorities and civil society institutions.

The document defines the following priority directions of further improvement of the institution of mahalla: strengthening the role of citizens' self-government bodies in society, turning them into local offices of real assistance to people; further enhancement of the credibility of mahallas in creation of an atmosphere of mutual respect and social cohesion, preservation and development of national and universal values; strengthening of interaction with governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the education of young people, social support of vulnerable strata and representatives of the older generation; expansion of their involvement in ensuring public order and safety, early warning of offenses, strengthening of respect for the law in citizens; introduction of effective mechanisms to protect the rights and legitimate interests of citizens.

The document also enshrines the Republican Council on Coordination of Citizens’ Self-Government Bodies as a legal entity in the form of an association of citizens' assemblies, as well as provincial councils in regions, districts and municipalities as its structural divisions.

A separate regulation assigns the first deputy chairmen of the Republican Council and regional councils also as chairmen of the Republican Board, territorial divisions and branches of Mahalla Foundation respectively, in order to ensure the effective fulfillment of the tasks entrusted to councils, strengthen logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, and make the funding of socio-economic programs effective.

It is envisaged integrate representatives of state authorities and officials of the ministries of finance, internal affairs, labor, public education, health, public youth movement Kamolot, Nuroniy Foundation, Women's Committee, other governmental and nongovernmental organizations and their territorial structures in collegiate bodies of councils on a voluntary basis, in order to enhance the interaction of citizens' self-government bodies with the state and social structures in addressing social issues.

To ensure the effective implementation of the tasks entrusted to self-government bodies, the Council of Citizens' Assemblies will engage deputy chairmen of citizens’ assemblies (advisors to the chairman of citizens’ assemblies on the elderly and veterans, and on youth affairs), local prevention inspectors, heads of educational institutions and rural health units (family polyclinics). It is also envisaged that they will present quarterly performance reports to citizens’ assemblies.

The Decree has approved a program of integrated measures, which provides for the implementation of 37 specific measures to further streamline the activity of the councils and support citizens’ self-government bodies.

Ministries and agencies are assigned with drafting regulatory legal acts that envisage the interaction of citizens' assemblies with district (municipal) employment promotion centers, law enforcement agencies and financial institutions, educational institutions and health authorities.

In order to ensure the independence of citizens’ assemblies in addressing local problems and elimination of unnecessary links in the self-government system, it is planned to transform citizens’ assemblies of the villages and settlements, which incorporate communities, into citizens’ assemblies of communities through their incorporation and separation.

Territorial programs for 2017-2021 will focus on strengthening the logistical capacity of the self-government bodies, establishment of children's playgrounds, public service facilities. Also, measures The buildings of ‘Community Center’ complexes in the regions and cities will have a standard design.

It is envisaged to institute a badge ‘Mahalla Iftihori’, which will be awarded to enterprising citizens and representatives of public organizations for a worthy contribution to the implementation of the tasks entrusted to self-government bodies.

The measures under the Decree and the Program of Integrated Measures will contribute to the effective implementation of the tasks entrusted to citizens’ self-government bodies, coordination of their activities, and further strengthening of their interaction with government agencies and civil society institutions.

Citizens’ self-government bodies have an important mission of educating the youth, helping them to acquire modern knowledge and professions, prevention of early marriages and family conflicts. They do a big job in ensuring stable social and spiritual atmosphere, formation of healthy and harmoniously developed generation, education in the spirit of respect for national traditions and values, organization of interesting leisure.

Parent Universities under citizens' assemblies regularly conduct training workshops and awareness-raising activities to raise legal, moral and spiritual knowledge of parents, contributing to the timely solution of urgent problems. Establishment of various interest clubs, including sports and professional ones, in the communities, colleges and educational institutions, provides the meaningful leisure for the younger generation. Youth centers of social services in all regions of the republic provide computer literacy, English language, music, dance, knitting and cooking classes mainly to children from low-income families, young persons with disabilities, as well as maladjusted youth.

Jointly with the Ministry of Public Education, children's music and art schools open ensembles for talented students.

‘Diligent Girls’ clubs are organized in all communities. They are chiefly aimed at cultivation of healthy lifestyles in girls, drawing their interest in beautification of their homes, communities, clean environment, promoting environmental and health culture. The clubs are also aimed at the prevention of early marriages among underage youths. It is noteworthy that they cover girls from each street, each high-rise house. The girls get prepared for family life, enhance their legal and medical culture. Family doctors, teachers, psychologists of local schools, colleges and high schools, women with a great life experience and skills help advisors of citizens’ assemblies with the organization of the clubs and work with young people.

These days, the ‘Mahalla’ Public Charity Foundation is holding regional stages of the competition ‘Mahalla in My Life’.

The competition is held among the ninth graders of general education schools, vocational colleges and academic lyceums, located on the territory of citizens' assemblies. The creative competition plays an important role in enhancing the spirituality of our young people, in bringing up the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and respect for national values. This year, the district and city stages of the competition covered more than 8,600 teams, or over 34,000 boys and girls.

17 teams competed in the Andijan regional stage of the competition. The participants demonstrated their knowledge of the history of the mahalla, talked about its role in the education of young people, in strengthening of cooperation on ‘Family-Community-Educational Institution’ strategy, answered the questions about the legal acts with regard to citizens' assemblies, but most importantly, they wrote essays on ‘Mahalla in My Life’.

A Yuksalish team of Buloqboshi district won the first prize.

The Kashkadarya regional stage of the competition brought together 14 teams. Boys and girls demonstrated their skills and knowledge about the history of the institution of mahalla in Uzbekistan, the national idea, the foundations of spirituality.

“The competition has become not just a knowledge and skills test for young people, but it is also a platform for free expression of ideas, a celebration of friendship,” said the chief specialist of the Kashkadarya regional branch of the Mahalla Foundation Ms. Ravshanova. “The interest in it is huge. 665 teams of 2,660 boys and girls participated in the qualifying rounds of the competition.”

A team of citizens’ assembly of Bogibahor mahalla of Shahrisabz district won the competition.

All Uzbekistanis are residents of local communities. There are obvious changes and specific practical content in their activities. They bring up such noble qualities as mutual respect, peace and patriotism.

Today, they perform such functions as targeted social support of the population, promotion of small business and private entrepreneurship with the focus on family business, home-based work and handicrafts, implementation of public control over the activities of government.

These are not just words, enshrined in the law. For example, the O’rikzor Mahalla of Uchtepa district of the capital incorporates 50 small businesses, including sewing shops, hairdressers, clothes and food shops, cafeterias, pharmacies, shoe shops, leisure places for older people. The citizens’ assembly provides good services to meet the everyday needs of the people.

The citizens’s assembly carries out public control over the implementation of laws and other acts of legislation of the respective territory, including the provision of quality public services, compliance with construction and maintenance regulations for yards and adjoining areas, land use and protection. Mahalla provides recommendations for weddings and other family events, organizes financial aid to low-income families jointly with state and economic management bodies, banks, NGOs.

Such powers help to cover with social assistance all population strata,  each person. This is a unique system, which is inherent in our mentality and statehood. No one is left neglected.

International experts repeatedly recognized the outcomes of the strong social policy, which is one of the principles of the ‘Uzbek development model’, the importance and the role of the institution of mahalla in its implementation.

In 2015, the Mahalla Foundation helped persons with disabilities and orphans to obtain hundreds of millions of soums (currency rates of CB RU from 14.02.2017, 1$= 3309.35 soums) to pay for study contracts. The ward of Angren ‘Mehribonlik’ mercy home № 34 Sardora Saidahmedova is among them. Today, she studies at the Tashkent State Law University. Sardora sets high goals and reaches them, as an example of excellent study and initiative for her peers.

During national holidays, local communities organize distribution of gifts to poor and socially vulnerable persons, free holidays in summer camps for children from low-income families.

There are the people in each community, who experienced care and attention of mahalla in difficult moments of their life, which aroused their confidence in the future. A healthy spiritual atmosphere reigns in citizens' assemblies. Every family, every citizen is committed to contribute to the improvement of the native community.

It is strengthened by regular events that are aimed at the establishment of the values that are passed on from generation to generation - respect for the elderly, care for the young, maintenance of vigilance as an important factor for peace, protection of youths from the impact of various negative phenomena.

Mahalla is a sacred abode. It is the place where we share joys and sorrows. Peace and tranquility in a community gives safely to our lives, fills them with joyful moments. It is an important factor for the consent, unity and generosity in the community, the further prosperity of the country. There is a big sense behind the saying “Homeland begins with mahalla”.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Nature of Uzbekistan

The Dragon of the Kyzylkum desert

The Central Asian desert monitor is a beautiful and noble lizard, a true adornment of deserts and their essential component. This is the largest of the lizards inhabiting Central Asia. This monitor has a thick body, long and strong tail and powerful legs and can be up to 1.5 m in length and 3.5 kg in weight.

THE FATAL BEAUTY

The desert monitor is a very beautiful lizard. Its back varies in colour from grayish-brown or yellowish-brown to reddish-brown and is covered with numerous dark dots and speckles. There are two to three longitudinal brown strips on the neck. Behind the neck they meet to form a horseshoe pattern. The back and tail are crossed by semi-circular bands along the whole length of the body.

Because of its beautiful coloration and fine texture the animal’s skin began to be used widely in the production of various leather accessories in the 1930s-40s. In certain periods up to 20 thousand monitors were killed annually for the purpose, which led to the decrease of the lizard’s population and, in some areas, to its total extinction.

SOME FACTS FROM THE LIFE OF THE DESERT CROCODILES

The desert monitor inhabits mostly flat terrains, but sometimes can be found in foothills, at altitudes up to 1,000 m above sea level. This lizard prefers fixed and semi-fixed sands and clay and stony soils, but sometimes lives on salt marshes, takirs, low, barren hills and loess bluffs.

The desert monitor displays a territorial behaviour and is characterized by an extensive home range. In spring, when nature awakens after the winter sleep, males begin to fight for females, where ritual postures and demonstration of strength play key roles. Some scars left by the large and sharp claws remain on the body for the rest of a lizard’s life.

Baby monitors hatch three months later, staying in the burrow during the rest of the summer and the whole of the winter and leaving it only in spring next year. In the wild monitors live for up to seven years, but some individuals can reach the age of 17.

The monitor’s nostrils are an interesting anatomic feature, distinguishing this lizard from its kinds. Bending at a certain angle and located near the eyes, they do not allow sand to get into the nose when the animal broadens rodents’ burrows, in which it often shelters.

THE IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE DESERT BIOCOENOSIS

The monitor is a valuable element in the desert biocoenosis. It acts as a natural regulator of rodent and insect populations. Living near colonies of gerbils, monitors control their populations.

According to latest research, the monitor population has decreased considerably for the last two years. The animal is listed in the Red Book of Uzbekistan as a vulnerable declining species, which is to be protected throughout the country.

Young individuals face a number of threats, such as fox, corsac, wolf, wild cats and raptors. However, as the monitor grows, it becomes increasingly harder to scare it: the animal does not withdraw at the sight of a human or car, but, instead, assumes a threatening pose, inflating and stretching the body, producing loud hissing, sticking out the tongue and beating the tail in the direction of its enemy. Thus, thanks to their size, adult monitors know but a few threats in the wild – mostly raptors, such as the golden and steppe eagles. But there are some factors, which present a far more serious danger for the animal.

TO PROTECT THE DESERT DRAGON

The main threat to the survival of this rare species is the human activity – primarily the transformation of the monitor’s natural habitats into farmlands. A large portion of deaths are caused by vehicles. There are a number of features about roads that attract lizards to them. First, areas near roads are often inhabited by colonies of the great gerbil, the monitor’s main food. Moreover, asphalt is heated faster and better, which makes it a good place for the animals to ‘have sunbaths.’

The desert monitor is a highly valuable species. Apart from being a natural regulator of rodent populations and it is a true symbol of the Kyzylkum desert which needs be protected.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Airways” magazine)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 31

February 13, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs.. 1

Development of regions - the basis of the prosperity of the whole country. 1

Protection of human rights and freedoms, peaceful and prosperous life is necessary ensure the human interests  6

economy.. 8

In Uzbekistan, the estimated effect of import substitution reached $2.1 billion in 2016. 8

investments.. 9

The joint venture Moderna Ceramic Industries Ferghana intends to implement an integrated program to increase its capacity and enter new markets. 9

sport.. 9

In Tashkent construction of a multifunctional ice palace has started. 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Development of regions - the basis of the prosperity of the whole country

On February 10-11, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Surkhandarya region in order to get acquainted with the socio-economic reforms and improvement work, implemented large-scale projects in the field of dialogue with the people.

Today President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has arrived in Surkhandarya region to review the progress of social-economic reforms in the region and creative and improvements works as well as to uphold a dialogue with people.

Surkhandarya region with its economic prospects, natural resources and potential has a particular significance in our country’s development. During the years of independence, colossal works on harnessing this potential and opportunities in the interests of the inhabitants of the oasis and all our people have been carried out. The region's economy is dynamically developing. The growth of the gross regional product by 8 percent in 2016 may validate this statement.

Large companies such as Tupalang hydropower station, Jarkurgan refinery, "Shargun kumir", "Hujaikon tuz" JSCs, "Honjiza" mining complex play a leading role in the region’s industry.

The sphere of small business and private entrepreneurship is also improving with dynamism. The share of this sector in the gross regional product is 75.3 percent. Over 80 percent of the employed population work in this sphere.

During the visit to Surkhandarya region, President Shavkat Mirziyoev in expected to assess execution of tasks, announced in the pre-election program of the Head of state on social-economic development of the region, as well as the creative works, being carried out in towns and districts.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has familiarized himself with the work of the Gold Agro Fresh agricultural firm in Termiz District.

Farmers and agricultural workers of Surkhondaryo Region make a worthy contribution to the people’s prosperity and plenty of agricultural produce being on the country’s markets all year round. This region accounts for 7 per cent of the country’s agricultural fields. The region’s agricultural producers supply 8-9 per cent of cotton and grain and more than 11 per cent of fruits and vegetables produced in this country.

In recent years, areas under cotton were reduced somewhat, and the freed up fields are being used for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. The processing industry is also developing.

The Gold Agro Fresh agricultural firm is a promising project on the production and export of vegetables. This 35-million dollar enterprise has modern greenhouses, and it is to export 30 million dollars worth of products a year and to create 1000 jobs. Today tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, arugula and mint grow in 15 blocks of 20 hectares there. Once all its 70 blocks come into operation, its greenhouse area will exceed 100 hectares. Apart from that, seasonal crops grow in 434 hectares of land, and 23 million dollars worth of products are to be exported, providing jobs for 2 thousand 100 people.

The President said that it was necessary to increase the types of products there, to start growing pomegranates in 5 thousand hectares and lemons in 5 thousand hectares and to increase people’s income.

Right there, the Head of State inspected promising projects in such areas as fruit and vegetable production, poultry and stock raising.

The Angor Gold Fruits LLC project on fruit and vegetable production, storage and processing in Angor District envisages the creation of intensive gardens in 530 hectares and the construction of a cold storage facility for three thousand tonnes of fruits and vegetables.

The Fabullo Stroy Service LLC being built in Jarqorqhon District is also to specialize in the production, storage and processing of fruits and vegetables.

As a result of the implementation of this project, 150 new jobs will be created. In its modern greenhouse, 600 tonnes of fruits, vegetables and melons will be produced and exported. Its modern 2 thousand-tonne freezer will be used for 6 thousand tonnes of produce a year.

The President gave instructions to raise the efficiency of work in this area, to grow and process more non-traditional fruits and vegetables and to increase their export.

In Qiziriq District, a modern stock raising complex for 2000 cattle is being built by Khalq Banki. This 11.5 billion som complex in 762 hectares of land is to produce four thousand tonnes of milk, two hundred tonnes of meat, it will be provided with modern equipment, and more than 100 people will be working there.

The President said that it was necessary to establish agricultural firms near stock raising complexes to process milk and meat, to produce and export competitive products.

A poultry complex is being built in Muzrobot District. This 5.5 million dollar project envisages the production of 59.1 million eggs, 1.4 million chickens and 198 tonnes of hens’ meat a year, and 100 jobs are to be created. This poultry complex is to come into operation in September this year. Its entire area is 15 hectares, with production facilities located in 2.5 hectares of the area.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Sherobod Pakhta Tozalash joint-stock company to look at its fine-stapled raw cotton processing project.

The Head of State also visited the Hakim at – Termiziy shrine to inspect reconstruction and improvement work being carried out there.

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During his trip to Surkhandarya region, President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev reviewed the construction and embossing works, being carried out at the Abu Iso Mukhammad at-Termiziy (Tirmidhi) worship place in Sherobod district.

Our great compatriot wrote numerous masterpieces in the field of law, natural sciences, medicine, astrology, linguistics, ethics and others. A priceless heritage of our great ancestor, known in the Muslim world as a prominent Hadith scholar, is widely studied up to now.

In October 2016 Shavkat Mirziyoyev, having been in this holy place, got acquainted with the ongoing construction and improvement works, gave corresponding instructions to builders.

At present large-scale construction works are underway. A cemetery next to the complex has been landscaped, new asphalt has been laid down on the road with a length of 4.5 kilometers, the complex has been connected to water, electricity and gas networks.

The Head of state, getting acquainted with the creative works, made recommendations to turn the complex into a landscaped scenic area, creating favourable conditions for visitors.

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President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev familiarized with a project of a fishing industry complex in Termiz district.

A great attention is paid to developing animal husbandry, fish and poultry farming and other agricultural industries in our country in order to further improve the welfare of the population, providing quality food. New enterprises in this sphere are established in all regions.

Currently, there are 186 fish complexes in Surkhandarya region. Their rank will be joined by "Termiz agro export fish "agricultural company soon.

Along with the fish farming, production of fish feed will also be launched here. Fishery products will be shipped abroad as well.

The company plans to raise African catfish, carp, and other species of fish on the Vietnamese technology. This technology allows to grow five times more fish than other technologies. The complex is expected to process 500 tons of fish annually and will employ 105 workers.

Surkhandarya region has favourable climatic conditions and sufficient water resources to engage in fish farming, Shavkat Mirziyoyev remarked. It is necessary to effectively use this opportunity, to develop a special program for the development of the industry. It is advisable to train specialists, knowledgeable in matters of the fishing industry.

The Head of state inspected an efficient water resources management project in Surkhandarya region.

The project worth 122.7 million US dollars envisages implementation of measures, aimed at reconstruction of existing and construction of new waterworks, canals and other water systems. The Islamic Development Bank will provide 89.5 million US dollars as a loan. As a result, water supply to 103.5 thousand hectares of land in Sherobod, Sariosiyo, Denov, Oltinsoy, Shurchi, Boysun and Kumkurgan districts will be improved.

President Mirziyoyev also reviewed the progress in reconstruction of the "Termiz Marvaridi" sanatorium of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan.

The resort, located by the Uchqizil reservoir, may accommodate 140 people and carries out treatment of patients with physiotherapy, mineral waters, sand and sunbathing.

To this day, reconstruction of the building for 80 people is accomplished. In the next phase a new building for 60 patients will be constructed and provided with modern medical equipment, boilers will be upgraded, a children’s playground, football stadium, playgrounds for volleyball, basketball, handball and other sports will be built in the territory of the resort.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave recommendations to accountable managers on construction of an entertainment complex here.

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The President acquainted himself with the Huashen Silkworm Pro LLC joint venture project to be implemented in Angor District in cooperation with China.

This new enterprise is to be put into operation this year, specializing in silkworm growing. More than 3 thousand 700 jobs will be created there.

Surkhondaryo Region has extensive experience in the country’s silk production sector. In the year 2016, 3 thousand 394 farms there produced 1 thousand 553 tonnes of cocoons.

The Head of State looked at this project and said that the Surkhon valley’s natural climate and convenient conditions are good enough for productive silkworms to grow.

The new enterprise is of important significance to the provision of quality raw material for the country’s silk industry and to the creation of new jobs for the region’s people.

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In a tour of Surkhondaryo Region, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Shodi bobo Hushboqov’s home in the village of Zang Gilambob of Angor District.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a conversation with Shodi bobo and his wife Salomat momo about their family’s everyday life and about the upbringing of their children and grandchildren.

The President said: Dignified and experienced elders and mothers like you represent our society’s firm foundation and our country’s blessings.

It was said that if land was used efficiently, it would be possible to obtain three harvests a year in Surkhondaryo Region’s conditions and that enterprising and hardworking people could get rich and enrich the nation. There was discussion about changes taking place in the country and about promising projects and noble aspirations.

Shodi bobo and Salomat momo said that the country’s people were very glad that the Head of State visited common people and learned about their views. They expressed gratitude to the President for the great deal of work on alleviating people’s difficulties and further raising their living standards.

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President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited modern houses, built on renewed designs in Gurjak-1 housing estate in Sherobod district and assessed the conditions, created for its residents.

Wide-scale creative works, carried out in our country, are targeted towards creating conditions for our people, primarily to all of our growing generation. The resolution of the Head of state “On the program of construction of affordable houses on renewed standard designs in rural areas in 2017-2021” dated 21 October 2016 serves as an important guide to action in elevating the works in this sphere to a new level.

In accordance with the resolution, 1009 affordable and modern houses will be built in Surkhandarya region in the Year of dialogue with people and human interests. 2 two-storey houses for 32 apartments, 10 single-storey houses with outbuildings and private courtyard have been constructed and commissioned in a short period in Gurjak-1 housing estate in Sherobod district.

The new housing estate, uniting contemporary architectural solutions and national traditions, boasts social infrastructure facilities and service points as well. The estate is connected to gas and water pipes as well as power.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the house of a young family of Uktam Abdullaev and Malohat Jumaeva, congratulated them with a new home. The three-room house also has an adjoining small lot for growing plants and trees.

The President of our country took an interest in the conditions and conveniences for a happy and comfortable life of a young family in a new house. A grandmother of the house-owner Karomot-momo Abdullaeva, talking about the wide opportunities for acquiring modern, comfortable houses, underlined that this is aimed at ensuring the interests of young families and sincerely thanked the Head of state.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev also talked to new owners of the two-storey house for 16 apartments. He particularly highlighted that meeting the growing demands of the population, creating for them deserving conditions is one of the main tasks now. The Head of our state gave relevant recommendations to the officials on creating conditions for rural people, in no way inferior to urban conditions, further widening the scale of individual housing in rural areas.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was presented a project of a cement plant, being constructed in Sherobod district by “Almalik mining-metallurgical complex” JSC.

Numerous prospective projects are underway in Surkhandarya region on modernization and diversification of leading spheres of the region’s economy, technical and technological renovation of industrial enterprises, construction of new industrial capacities. Enhancement of scales of construction in the region, further demand increase in this sphere of the economy requires launch of new enterprises, manufacturing construction materials.

The cement plant, which will be built at the territory of “Vandob” village of this district, will have an important significance in the development of the construction sphere in the oasis on the level of contemporary standards.

This industrial enterprise with a project cost of 212,8 million US dollars is expected to produce 1,5 million tons of Portland cement annually. With commissioning of the enterprise, over a thousand new jobs will be created. The main portion of the production will be directed towards meeting the domestic demand.

The Head of State underlined that the new plant will have an important place in the economy of not only Surkhandarya region, but also the whole country. During the conversation with project designers and builders, the need to accelerate construction pace, while attaching a particular attention to the quality of works and timely commissioning of the plant, was accentuated.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has visited the construction sites of the Adib Sobir Termiziy regional information-library centre and a grand art palace complex.

The raising of people’s culture, especially the younger generation’s culture, and the enriching of their morality are priority areas of large-scale reforms being implemented in the country.

The President’s decree dated 12 January 2017 “On establishing a commission for the popularization of reading and the raising of book-reading culture and for the development of the system of the publication and distribution of books” is a programme document for stepping up work in this sphere.

This modern information-library centre being built under a 7 billion 600 million-som project will have more than 223 thousand books. Special rooms and reading halls are being built there. Its commissioning will serve to raise regional young people’s intellectual potential and their book-reading culture and also satisfy the requirements of students there for scientific, popular, historical and educational literature.

The art palace is being constructed in accordance with the 22 May 2015 resolution of the country’s First President Islam Karimov.

This palace will incorporate Uzbek national and modern styles of architecture. It will have a seating capacity of 700. An amphitheatre also under construction there will have a seating capacity of 1,500. Now decoration work is in progress there. This complex is to be commissioned by the Nowruz holiday.

The Head of State inspected the construction site of this complex and gave instructions to create conveniences for people’s cultural recreation and to install modern equipment in the building.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has inspected projects for the construction of affordable modern apartment houses, a marketplace, a trade complex and a modern park in Termiz.

Under the leadership of the country’s First President, a great deal of work was carried out in Termiz on the construction of many modern buildings and apartment houses.

In accordance with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s resolution dated 22 November 2016, 34 seven-storey affordable apartment houses are to be built in Termiz. This will make it possible to improve housing provision for the town’s population, especially its socially-vulnerable section.

Five apartment houses consisting of 210 two-, three- and four-room apartments are being built on Sulton Saodat Street. These apartments will be provided on the basis of privileged mortgage loans. 10 hectares of land was allocated for the residential area. Under this project, two pre-school day care establishments, trade and services facilities and a neighbourhood centre will also be built there.

The President gave instructions to complete the construction of the new apartment houses by the greatest and dearest holiday – the 26th anniversary of the independence of the Motherland and to create decent living conditions in them.

The construction of a marketplace and a trade complex on Alisher Navoiy Street in Termiz is a 40 billion som project. This complex will consist of a marketplace, two modern multi-storey supermarkets and a car park. These facilities are to be commissioned by the end of this year.

The purpose of construction of such big facilities is to raise the prosperity of our people and to further develop the trade and services culture, the President said. Modern standards of architecture and Uzbek national building art traditions need to be used in the construction work, and conveniences should be created for people.

In Termiz, a youth park will also be constructed.

The country’s President inspected the new park project and said that it should be a place for complete recreational use by town dwellers, and so the project should be scrutinized once more.

The Head of State also visited the construction site of the “Amudaryo” children’s health improvement centre and inspected a project of construction of infrastructure facilities there.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has inspected a project for the production of particleboards from cotton plant stems and cane at Termiz.

Creation and improvement are signs of development and prosperity in our country, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said. Therefore, it is necessary to pay special attention to the production of affordable and quality building materials and to the provision of comprehensive support for relevant entrepreneurial entities.

At the enterprise being formed from the Termiz Taminot LLC, 30 thousand cubic metres particleboards a year will be produced. At this new complex in an area of 4.2 hectares, into the construction of which 2.9 million dollars has been channelled, 160 new jobs will be created.

Right there, the Head of State inspected a joint project of the Uzkurilishmateriallari joint-stock company and the Komfort servis LLC for the production of facing slabs from granite and gabbro, and also a project of expansion of the Termiz mechanical plant.

At the new enterprise for the production of facing slabs, 80 thousand square metres of granite products will be produced annually, and 205 new jobs will be created.

The expansion of the Termiz mechanical plant will make it possible to produce quality equipment for enterprises that process agricultural produce and spare parts for it. 80 new jobs will be created at the enterprise.

The President said that it was necessary to equip the new enterprises with technologies conforming to modern requirements and to supply products not only to the domestic market but also for export.

(Source: UzA)

Protection of human rights and freedoms, peaceful and prosperous life is necessary ensure the human interests

On 9 February a meeting through videoconferencing was held under the chairmanship of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, devoted to the activity of the internal affairs bodies, existing problems and shortcomings as well as tasks for the future.

It was attended by the leadership of the Ministry of internal affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, corresponding ministries and agencies, chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions, Tashkent city, towns and districts.

The President of our country particularly highlighted that from the first days of independence a priority significance has been attached to ensuring security and stability in the country, protection of public order. The is demonstrated by adopted measures on reorganization of preventive, operational search, investigative, road and fire safety, security, patrol, mobile special services, as well as gradual strengthening of material-technical base of internal affairs bodies.

In order to reinforce mutual trust and ensure transparency in the relations of internal affairs staff with the public, new institutions such as prevention inspectors, local police stations, community (mahalla) guards have been established, which serves to maintain the atmosphere of peace and tranquility in our country.

The Head of state underlined that in recent times the works on prevention and fight against crime, protection of public order and the rights and interests of people, further strengthening relations with the public have been elevated to a new level.

The legislation on the activity of internal affairs bodies has been improved. In the last five years the Laws “On operational-search activity”, “On crime prevention” have been adopted, amendments to the Law “On citizenship of the Republic of Uzbekistan” have been made.

The adoption of the Law “On internal affairs bodies” in 2016 especially reinforced the legislative base of this sphere.

Increasing the effectiveness of the bodies of internal affairs, further improving their interaction with local khokimiyats, citizens’ self-governing bodies remains a crucial task.

The President of our country drew attention to what degree the internal affairs bodies are meeting the contemporary requirements. At present, when the issues of protecting human interests require urgent solutions, there are still cases of old-fashioned thinking, organizing work on outmoded methods or based on the principles of personal interest, not on principles of serving the public.

The internal affairs bodies should organize their work in a manner so that the people are content with the state. However, in some places their work causes dissatisfaction of people. Particularly, such negative phenomena as criminal encroachment to property are not fully eliminated. The instances of intentional bodily harm, fraud, traffic accidents have not reduced.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev also paid attention to existing shortcomings in crime detection. In particular, every fifth crime, related to theft and fraud, has not been disclosed.

Serious weaknesses are observed in the criminal investigation activity, in some places, law enforcement cooperation does not meet the standard requirements. The fact that majority of criminals under the “wanted” list is undetained, allows them to continue their criminal acts, and this is a very worrying fact.

As the President of our country underlined, a fair and qualitative investigation of criminal cases, impartial legal assessment of criminal acts has an essential significance in the activity of internal affairs bodies. However, despite the fact that the investigating authorities have the capacity to adopt operational legal decisions in a short period, there is still a negative practice of unjustified extension, delaying the timing for materials that do not require further investigation, as well as red tape in relation to citizens.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed the need to comprehensively study the causes of crime, underlying factors and conditions, not limiting with the investigation and prosecution measures, with the participation of heads of law-enforcement bodies, prevention inspectors and mahalla representatives.

Another disturbing fact is that some of our citizens, who went abroad to work, fall under the influence of various extremist religious currents there. The works on identifying and returning citizens, who went abroad in search of work, interaction of heads of mahallas and spiritual-enlightenment centres, imam khatibs, consultants on religious enlightenment and spiritual and moral education to raise awareness among the negative effects of population religious extremism are not conducted on a sufficient level.

The President offered to announce every Thursday of the week a crime prevention day. On these days, prosecutors and heads of departments of internal affairs will be appear on local television stations and provide information about committed crimes for the week, their causes, ongoing activities on crime prevention.

Crime rates among youth and women also cause disturbance. Regrettably, in 2016 a sixth of all crimes were committed by women, and students of academic high schools and professional colleges committed over thousand crimes. One of the main reasons for this negative phenomenon is low attendance rates of college students, the lack of an effective system of monitoring and analysing attendance patterns.

The meeting addressed the issues of improving the infrastructure of local police stations, increasing living conditions of prevention inspectors, comprehensive reform of the system of internal affairs bodies, optimization of their structural units.

In our country, a special attention is paid to protection of the rights of entrepreneurs. Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized the need to totally eradicate unlawful interference or obstruction on entrepreneurial activity by employees of internal affairs bodies.

A fundamental change of the system of working with people’s applications and complaints is one of the most urgent tasks of the internal affairs bodies. Therefore, it is necessary to fundamentally review relations of police staff with citizens, to establish a permanent dialogue with the people, to live with concerns of the people and work in the interests of people, Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

The reports of minister of internal affairs A.Azizov, khokims, heads of departments of internal affairs of Tashkent city and regions were heard during the meeting.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized that a critical analysis, strict discipline and personal responsibility should become the norm in the daily activities of every manager, the problems should be resolved not in the office, and but among the people. The priorities of the internal affairs bodies should be to strengthen personal accountability of managers for the final result, rapid solution of citizens’ complaints and applications, ensuring strict discipline and order, professional personnel staffing, preventing negative manifestations.

The officials were given appropriate instructions to create a system in which none of the citizens' complaints will be ignored, to radically change attitude to performance of duty, to develop a crime discussion mechanism, to strengthen public oversight over law-enforcement bodies activities by establishing their accountability to the public.

President Mirziyoyev gave recommendations on improving the effectiveness of grass-roots units of internal affairs bodies, local police stations and prevention inspectors, introducing a rating system for assessing performance of the internal affairs departments, the need for in-depth analysis of crime, committed by the youth, on identifying the causes, attaching prevention inspectors to educational institutions, adopting practices of daily morning inspection of educational institutions by prevention inspectors.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev accentuated the need to create a professional capacity development system for prevention inspectors. It was noted that to this end it is necessary to arrange special courses in cooperation with the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and institutions of higher education.

The Head of state gave concrete instructions to the officials on the fight against extremism, terrorism and organized crime.

The meeting noted that every employee of the internal affairs bodies has to draw conclusions from the expressed views, should exert all their strength and knowledge in the name of further strengthening of peace and tranquility, prevailing in our country, protection of public order, fulfillment of such complex and honorable tasks as ensuring security of every citizen, family, mahalla and the country as a whole in good faith.

(Source: UzA)

economy

In Uzbekistan, the estimated effect of import substitution reached $2.1 billion in 2016

"Last year, national enterprises mastered the manufacturing of more than 80 new types of industrial products. They produced localized goods to a total of 6.14 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 13.02.2017, 1$= 3294.74 soums) in 2016, with 1.5 times increase YOY," the Ministry of Economy reported.

Industrial production across diverse sectors, with gradual enhancement of the level of processing of local raw materials and expanded range of finished consumer products showed the highest rates.

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POLItiCs.. 1

Actions Strategy Approved by the President 1

economy.. 3

Ministry of economy of Uzbekistan: cotton fiber processing goes up 40%.. 3

investments.. 3

Syrdarya region implements production of particleboard from cotton stalks. 3

BUSINESS CLIMATE. 4

Business ombudsman: service to the interests of businessmen. 4

International cooperation.. 5

Meeting of representatives of business of Uzbekistan and Kuwait 5

Society.. 6

President approves antigraft programme. 6

Art.. 7

The Embroidered Wonders of Shakhrisabz. 7

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Actions Strategy Approved by the President

The Presidential Decree signed 7 February 2017 approved the Strategy for Actions for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan along Five Priority Areas in 2017-2021, worked out on the basis of a comprehensive study of pressing issues оf the population.

Drafts of this document as well as the state program for its realization were placed on different information platforms for broad public discussion, which received numerous proposals. Citizens expressed interest and involvement in the reforms, demonstrated high political activity.

In particular, according to the results of public discussion of the drafts, the portal «Impact assessment system of legislative acts» received 1,310 recommendations and feedbacks on the basis of which 41 paragraphs of the state program were revised.

The Strategy for Actions outlined the issues of socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and humanitarian development of the country announced by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his electoral campaigning, numerous meetings with the electorate, business community and government bodies.

The aim of the Actions Strategy is cardinal advancement in the effectiveness of reforms, creation of conditions for securing comprehensive and rapid development of the state and society, modernization of the country and liberalization of all walks of life.

Five priority areas were identified for the country's development, each of which containing specific sections on the enhancement of reforms and transformation.

The Strategy for Actions envisages implementation of it in five stages, each having a separate annual state program to be approved1 every year in accordance with the declared slogan of that year.

The realization of the first track of the state program, Improving the state and society building, provides for the consolidation of the role of the Oliy Majlis in the system of government, a radical perfection of the quality of legislative activity, cementing the role of political parties in public life.

It is planned to introduce measures to improve public administration, especially reform the civil service, reduce state regulation in the economy, develop modern forms of mutually beneficial cooperation between the public and private sector and the e-government system.

Securing effective dialogue with the people is one of the critical and pressing tasks of the state program, in connection with which it was expected to raise public control, further the advancement of NGOs, the media, and step up the role of mahalla in society.

The second track of the national program provides for measures on securing the rule of law and genuine independence of the judiciary. It envisages the establishment of the Supreme Judicial Council designed to ensure the independence of judicial decision-making, the formation of a professional judiciary, realization of measures to protect the rights and legitimate interests of judges.

It contemplates for the further specialization of courts and strengthen their apparatus by setting up administrative courts, regional appellate courts in the system of economic courts, and improve the procedural legislation in order to avoid bureaucracy and unjustified delaying of cases, the expansion of the powers of superior courts on self elimination of the weaknesses of lower courts and making the final decision.

Within this framework of this direction it was provided the realization of measures on establishing a direct dialogue with the people by the heads of all law enforcement and regulatory bodies, state and economic administration, government authorities in places, securing their accessibility to the public, timely receipt of complaints about violations of rights and freedoms of individuals and business entities. It also contains reforming of the system of notary and registry offices.

The realization of the measures mentioned in the third direction, «The development and liberalization of the economy» provides ensuring the stability of the national currency and prices, the gradual introduction of modern market mechanisms of currency regulation, expanding the revenue base of local budgets, developing foreign economic relations, introduction of modern technologies for the production of export-oriented products and materials, the evolvement of transport and logistics infrastructure, improvement of investment attractiveness for the development of business and foreign investors, betterment of tax administration, introduction of modern principles and mechanisms of regulation of banking activities, the advancement of diversified farms, as well as accelerated development of the tourism industry.

In 2017-2021, it is planned to realize sector-based programs providing for a total of 649 investment projects worth $40 billion. As a result, over the next five years, the production of industrial goods will increase 1.5 times, its share in GDP is to grow from 33.6% to 36%, the share of processing industry - from 80% to 85%.

The fourth track, «Development of the social sphere» provides for the introduction of measures to bolster employment, improve the system of social and citizens' health protection, the advancement and modernization of road transport, engineering, communications and social infrastructure, improving the provision of electricity, gas, and quality of social care for vulnerable segments of the population, enhancing the status of women in public and political life, reforming the healthcare system, securing the availability of pre-school educational institutions, improving the quality and development of general secondary education, specialized secondary and higher education.

In particular, it provided the execution of employment programs through the creation of 256.4 thousand jobs by the realization of about 25 thousand investment projects for integrated advancement of the territories. In the regions with the highest unemployment rate it is projected to create 46.8 thousand jobs and to allocate loans for 10 thousand graduates of educational institutions to start a business.

There were also included measures on the support of the older generation, improvement of the issuance order of social benefits, reforming the healthcare sector. Thus, it is planned reconstruction of 78 regional medical associations, 7 urban and 2 regional diversified medical centers, provision of emergency medical services with 1,200 units of special vehicles.

In rural areas it is scheduled to build 15 thousand affordable houses, 415 km of water supply ways, 316 km of gas supply ways, 291 km of internal roads. In order to improve the quality of transport services to the public it is planned to introduce 86 new bus lines and to buy 537 modern buses.

The fifth track, «Ensuring the security, interethnic harmony and religious tolerance, balanced, mutually beneficial and constructive foreign policy» provides for the realization of measures on the protection of the constitutional order, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the republic, bettering the system of information and legal base in the field of cyber security, organization and development of the public warning system for emergencies, mitigation of the Aral Sea disaster, as well as development of the concept for priority policy directions in the field of interethnic relations and the concept of public policy in religious sphere.

There will be allocated 37.7 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 10.02.2017, 1$= 3294.74 soums) and 8.3 billion US dollars for the realization of aforementioned measures of the state program.

Introduction of the Strategy for Actions will come to be a potent impetus for reforming and modernization of the country, building a democratic state ruled by law, with a developed market economy a robust civil society.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

economy

Ministry of economy of Uzbekistan: cotton fiber processing goes up 40%

According to the Ministry of economy of Uzbekistan, cotton fiber processing volume reached 40% in 2016, while in 1991 it was 7% only.

Today, the industry exports textile products to more than 50 countries. In recent years, the export has been expanded to Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Nigeria and other countries.

The Presidential Decree dated 21 December 2016 “On measures for further development of the textile, garment and knitwear industry in 2017-2019” has opened even more possibilities for improvement of the sector.

According to the document, by 2020 all available capacities of the cotton fiber are to be processed within the Republic.

The analysis shows that today, the yarn constitutes nearly 50% of exports. Priority is to increase exports of products with high added value due to the gradual reduction of yarn export. Currently, the share of finished products in the total volume of production amounts to 47%, in the future it is planned to increase this figure to 65.5%, as well as to increase the share of finished products in the export from 41 to 70%.

Some $2.2b. of investments (nearly half foreign) are to be involved into the industry in 2017-2020. Special textile complexes shall operate on the basis of a four-phase system that includes all processes, starting from processing ending with the production of finished products. More than 27 thousand new jobs will be created. It is also planned to organize 120 new and upgrade more than 10 enterprises.

The allocation of credits for projects will be implemented based on a completely new mechanism. Commercial banks will co-Finance the projects and to open a credit line for the purchase of modern spinning, weaving and painting equipment. In projects implemented at the expense of attracted funds of commercial banks, the banks or investment companies can participate with a share up to 100 percent in the share capital of the company. Banks have the right to engage in loans capitalization of interest accrued in the investment period, and not to apply restrictions on equity participation in the authorized capitals of the enterprises.

One of the key features of the program is the development and implementation of new industry standards for design and construction of textile enterprises on the basis of foreign experience. These standards will ensure lower costs of construction and installation works and pre-emptive use of local building materials. The terms for tax and customs incentives provided to encourage the processing of raw cotton, have been extended until January 1, 2020.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

investments

Syrdarya region implements production of particleboard from cotton stalks

Syrdarya region is implementing a project for the production of particle boards from cotton stalks. The decision was approved by the Decree of the Government of Uzbekistan "On introducing amendments and additions to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of September 22, 2016 № 319" On measures for creation a modern production of particle boards from cotton stalks".

The plant, whose capacity will be 30 thousand m3 per year, will provide 150 people with job places. The project’s cost is $3.5 million. It is expected that the enterprise will be put into operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Business ombudsman: service to the interests of businessmen

Comprehensive support and protection of business are one of priorities of state policy in Uzbekistan. To improve the business environment and accelerate development of economy in our country protection of the rights of businessmen consistently becomes stronger, liberalization of the legislation is carried out. At the same time responsibility of officials for illegal interference in business activity is enhanced, modern principles of regulating tax administration and bank activity are introduced, procedure of issue of permits and licenses is simplified.

State's guarantee of freedom of economic activity and entrepreneurship, the equality and legal protection of all forms of ownership enshrined in our Constitution is a basis for ensuring the rights of business, effective realization of the undertaken economic reforms. The adopted laws along with legal regulation of the sphere of business serve to ensuring the rights and interests of businessmen.

However, as the head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoev noted in the report at the solemn meeting devoted to the 24th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, unfortunately, at present there are a lack of impact of the laws on the efficiency of reforms and low level of their role in immediate regulation of social relations.

We should keep in mind that this state of affairs may lead to distrust in the system of laws of our country on the part of our citizens, businessmen, and let alone, the foreign investors.

In this regard the Decree of the President adopted on October 5 this year "On additional measures to ensure the accelerated development of entrepreneurship, all-round protection of private property and the qualitative improvement of business climate» has defined the further steps aimed at further strengthening of legal protection of businessmen, improvements of investment climate and a business environment.

During the current period of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan need for creation of institutes of business support, development and protection is more and more obvious. The state continues to improve system of interaction between business and authorities according to the international standards, including in strengthening of institutes of protection of the rights and legitimate interests of businessmen.

Therefore the decision on creation of institute of the Representative for protection of the rights and legitimate interests of entrepreneurs under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, or, in other words, the business ombudsman within implementation of the above-mentioned decree is obvious need for additional support, development and protection of business community.

The business ombudsman is the official entrusted with functions of control of observance of  justice and interests of businessmen in activity of executive authorities and officials. This human rights protection institute functions in many countries now.

For example, in Australia the institute of small business commissioners functions at both state and federal levels. The purpose of their activity is creation of the favorable environment for development of this sphere. Commissioners perform two main functions. The first one is ensuring alternative settlement of commercial disputes between business and public authorities. The second function consists in assistance to settlement of disputes by means of consulting small business and negotiations with each party. Also in Australia the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is established which power include upholding and protection of interests of these subjects, assisting businesses to resolve disputes without resorting to costly litigation.

The post of the National small business ombudsman exist at U.S. Small Business Administration. The first law regulating activity of the American business ombudsman provided flexible application of measures of regulation concerning small business: authorities were ordered to assess the volume of the regulating impact upon small business and to find alternatives to decrease the regulating burden without prejudice to business. The main task of the business ombudsman in the USA is  assisting small enterprises in cases of excessive or unfair administrative pressure, for example, at the repeated audit inspections or investigations, applying overestimated penalties, threats and other unfair actions of the authorities.

American Ombudsman receives complaints from small businesses, and acts as an intermedium between them and federal agencies. The ombudsman submits these complaints to the appropriate public authorities to get comments on justice of some kind of actions they undertook concerning small enterprise. In some cases the amount of penalties decreases or the penalty is cancelled in all, and decisions are revised in favor of the owner of business that testifies to efficiency of introduction of this institute.

The business ombudsman publishes the annual ratings of the American federal executive authorities which are formed proceeding from assessment of assistance they rendered to small business of the country, including level of cooperation with ombudsman office on conflictual issues. National ombudsman submits the Activity report annually to the Congress of the USA.

In Russia the institute of the business ombudsman is presented by Commissioner under the President of the Russian Federation on protection of the rights of businessmen.

It should be noted that the law in Russia has established not a single position of federal level but the whole system of representatives of both federal and regional levels.

Among the main tasks of the Russian business ombudsman it should be noted protection of the rights and legitimate interests of the Russian and foreign businesses in the territory of the Russian Federation and domestic businessmen abroad, control of observance of rights and legitimate interests of businessmen by executive authority of all levels and local government. He also promotes development of the public institutes focused on protection of the rights and legitimate interests of businesses, participates in formation and realization of state policy in the sphere of their development, protection of the rights and legitimate interests of business. Considering that in most cases activity of the national business ombudsman will be associated with control of observance of the rights and legitimate interests of businesses by executive authorities, representative and an executive authority at the local level, decision about ombudsman referral to jurisdiction of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan demonstrates the democratic approach in formation of this institute.

One of important functions of the business ombudsman is submitting proposals on protection of the rights of businesses as well as recommendations about suspension of subordinate regulations to public authorities.

According to the above mentioned Decree of the President of Uzbekistan the national business ombudsman will take part in formation and realization of state policy in the sphere of development of business activity, protection of the rights and legitimate interests of businesses, render them legal support when inspecting their activity. He will also study the practical implementation of the norms and requirements of the legislation on guarantees of freedom of entrepreneurship, evaluate the effectiveness of the adopted normative legal acts on the implementation of entrepreneurial activity. He will control the observance of rights and legitimate interests of business entities of the state, regulatory and law enforcement agencies and government authorities in the field.

Certainly, establishment of institute of the Ombudsman for protection of the rights and legitimate interests of businesses will be an additional guarantee and a measure of protection, both for domestic businessmen and for foreign investors.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

International cooperation

Meeting of representatives of business of Uzbekistan and Kuwait

On February 8, 2017 Uzbek-Kuwaiti Business Forum was held in Kuwait city. The governmental delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which is in the State of Kuwait on an official visit, attended the forum.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov in his speech at the opening ceremony expressed deep appreciation of the event at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuwait, which is aimed at jointly identifying promising areas of cooperation between the two countries in trade-economic, financial-investment and other fields.

The Minister paid special attention to the existence of enormous opportunities for further consistent development of the Uzbek-Kuwaiti links and actively using the untapped potential between our states. It was underlined that the trade-economic and financial-investment direction of cooperation are considered as the most priority and perspective ones in bilateral relations with Kuwait.

It was hoped that on the outcomes of the Business Forum business circles of Kuwait would learn more about Uzbekistan, its current social-economic development and priorities for the future, as well as the enormous opportunities for business offered by the Uzbekistan’s economy.

It was noted that today all necessary conditions are created for expansion and deepening of interaction in business area: the close and trustworthy political dialogue between the two countries is established; the necessary treaty and law basis of bilateral cooperation is created; the favorable investment climate for foreign investors is put in place in Uzbekistan.

During his speech the Minister pointed out that several meetings with the leadership of Kuwait, including the conversation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev with the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in Tashkent in October of 2016 demonstrated the political will of the two sides to actively develop and expand the trade-economic and investment cooperation, encourage the businesses of their countries to establish contacts and implement the joint projects.

As underlined during the years of Independence in Uzbekistan we have created the favorable investment climate, introduced the broad system of legal guarantees and preferences for foreign investors and elaborated the system of measures on stimulating the activity of enterprises with foreign investments.

The members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuwait, representatives of leading Kuwaiti companies, including “KIPCO”, “KAMCO”, Kuwait Investment Company, the Kuwait Investment Agency, the company “Thuwany Trading Company”, the bank “Burgan Bank” and others attended the business forum.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Society

President approves antigraft programme

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed on February 2 the Resolution ‘On Measures for Implementation of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On Combatting Corruption’.’

The Resolution sets out the State Programme on Combatting Corruption 2017-2018.

State authorities, public unions and other organisations have been tasked with enforcing the Programme.

The Resolution established the Republican Interministerial Commission for Combatting Corruption, whose tasks include:

organising and enforcing antigraft programmes;

coordinating authorities involved in antigraft operations;

working out projects to make corruption socially unacceptable;

stepping up efforts to prevent, expose, and stamp out corruption, its causes and consequences;

getting and studying corruption-specific data;

keeping an eye on and assessing antigraft projects;

making proposals to improve antigraft laws and associated work;

Assisting interministerial antigraft commissions.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Art

The Embroidered Wonders of Shakhrisabz

Majestic Shakhrisabz.Rome’s peer.A wonderful town, sunlit and peaceful. The walls of the Ok Saray (White Palace) propping the sky. The shade of century-old plane trees and the cool of curative springs in the courts of old mosques. This land is so majestic and unfathomable that even for us living in Uzbekistan each visit to Shakhrisabz turns out an unending series of discoveries.

If you have already observed the city from the top of the Ok Saray’s walls, had a tour of the mysterious mausoleums, enjoyed the beauty of the Kuk Gumboz mosque and tasted the diverse local cuisine, then it is just time to walk across the palace square. We invite you into the absolutely new and up-to-date two-story building. ‘What’s in there?’ you may ask, surprised, and, after hearing the answer, sigh in disappointment ‘Ah, shops, souvenirs…’

It is not mere souvenirs that fill the numerous cool rooms. Most of what awaits you in the craftsmen’s shops in the Ok Saray square resembles, rather, exhibits from a museum of traditional applied arts, in which everything is for sale. A firework of silk and velvet and a luster of gold threads – wonderful! And embroidery all around. Traditional clothes, dresses, jackets, waistcoats, ties, belts, headwear and thousands of bags of different size, each millimeter of which is covered with fabulously beautiful handmade embroidered ornaments. There even footwear is embroidered from heels to tops.

All you can see around you does not comprise ‘exotic local’ clothing, which is bought just to be put in a wardrobe and shown to friends as elements of some overseas life. Most of the embroidered wonders from Shakhrisabz’s workshops can be defined as ethno-style. The articles are quite modern in appearance and design and can and should be worn right now. Authentic high-quality handmade items with a unique style.

What is so unique about them? Certainly, it is all about embroidery! Shakhrisabz is a town, which has since ancient times been famous for its masters in embroidery. Local embroideresses boast a unique embroidering manner. They rigorously observe their ancient traditions, so that each element of their embroideries remains unchanged for hundreds and even thousands of years. Masters in embroidery know each symbol by its name, as well as the meaning it contains. Kuchkarak – a sheep’s horns – symbolizes wealth. Bodom (an almond flower) and panjara (grid) perform the function of ancient talismans. Symbols of water, the sun, a wheat sprout and many, many other things have been preserved in the local embroideresses’ wonderful works.

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POLItiCs.. 1

President chairs a meeting on healthcare issues. 1

investments.. 2

In the next three years, Uzbekistan plans to implement 1,100 projects on localization of production, 600 of which will be completely new.. 2

International cooperation.. 2

Meeting with Head of Government of Kuwait 2

Meeting with Chairman of National Assembly of Kuwait 3

Meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait 3

Art.. 4

Uzbek Circus Artists Triumph in Monaco. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

President chairs a meeting on healthcare issues

During the meeting with the healthcare professionals on January 5 this year, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had instructed to adopt measures on further improving healthcare services, eliminating existing problems and shortages. It was underlined that the sphere concerning the health of the population, future of our people, in particular, of a younger generation will be at the centre of attention of the President of the country.

During his visits to the regions, the Head of State calls on rural medical centers and clinics, talks to doctors and patients. This demonstrates a constant attention of the President of our country to this sphere- the health of the nation.

A videoconference meeting was held on 7 February under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, dedicated to implementing the tasks, envisaged at the 5 January meeting, solving the problems in the sphere of healthcare and prospects of its development.

Heads of relevant ministries and agencies, rectors of higher medical educational institutions, directors of specialized medical centers, chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions and Tashkent city, districts and towns, heads of medical institutions attended the meeting.

The Head of our state, deeply analyzing the problems in the healthcare sphere, spoke in detail about the need to effectively work on their elimination, personal responsibility of managers.

As underlined by the President, despite adopted measures, the works on changing the state of affairs in healthcare are inadequate. This is corroborated by the sheer quantity of applications and complaints by the public to the People’s reception and the Virtual reception of the President.

The activity of primary medical institutions, in particular of the rural medical centers, family polyclinics, patronage and ambulance services are not on a satisfactory level. It was underlined that the instructions on provision of hospitals and the public with medicines and medical goods, including on establishing social pharmacies, are executed inadequately.

Staffing of medical units with qualified personnel, improving the activity of the republican specialized medical centers are done inefficiently. Insufficient attention is paid to development of the private sector in the healthcare system.

Medical services are one of the important factors to ensure the interests of the person. Healthcare professionals should visit homes, take measures to prevent disease, and people should feel their care. For this we need to raise the culture, ethics, the responsibility of healthcare professionals to change their attitude to work and patients, the President said.

The need to review the deployment of rural medical centers (RMC), optimizing inefficient RMC, re-allocating saved funds to material and technical strengthening of the heavily visited RMC, if necessary, converting some of them into a clinic, stimulation of work of qualified doctors was underlined. A particular attention was paid to create conditions for round the clock operation of rural medical centers.

Over the years, considerable works on improving the public healthcare provision system have been accomplished. Rural medical centers have been built and equipped with modern facilities. However, people come here not for the sake of a modern building, but for a specialist. Therefore, the best specialists should work at rural medical centers and clinics. Qualified doctors of the specialized medical centers, national and regional clinics are to hold scheduled receptions in rural medical centers and family polyclinics, Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed. In this case, people will be satisfied with the medical services.

The need to further improve the activity of the Ministry of Health and its regional offices, to strengthen cooperation of specialized centers with medical associations in the districts, and of these associations with the rural medical centers and clinics was underlined at the meeting. It is mandatory to identify the types of health services provided free of charge, and those provided for a fee. This information should be available to everyone.

The decree of the Head of our state "On measures to further improve the provision of population with medicines and medical devices" from October 31, 2016 significantly reduced their prices. The sales of medicines at fixed prices are constantly monitored by representatives of the department of the General Prosecutor’s office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, relevant ministries and khokimiyats.

The President of our country entrusted to open a telephone hotline at the department of the General Prosecutor’s office in order to prevent illegal overpriced sales of medicines. These phone numbers will be on display at every pharmacy and will be announced on television.

Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Minister of Health A.Ikramov, First Deputy Minister of Health A.Hojiboev, Deputy Minister of Health E.Basithanova, head of the Department of the General Prosecutor’s office of the Republic of Uzbekistan Z.Dusanov, chairman of Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan M .Erniyazov, khokims of Tashkent city, Andijan, Surkhondaryo, Samarkand, Khorezm, Tashkent, Fergana, Bukhara, Jizzakh regions, and Bekabad, Oltiariq, Vobkent districts reported about the progress in this area during the meeting.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions to officials to further improve the efficiency of medical services, quality implementation of priority targets in this area. The meeting, held in a spirit of critical analysis, demonstrated that the works on further improvement of a medical sphere, improving the quality and level of medical services in accordance with modern requirements, are conducted in a systematic manner and under strict control.

(Source: UzA)

investments

In the next three years, Uzbekistan plans to implement 1,100 projects on localization of production, 600 of which will be completely new

Last December, Uzbekistan updated its localization program for three years ahead. It draws a new approach to investment projects, giving priority to initiatives in remote areas and areas with subventions.

In recent years, Uzbekistan has approved eight five-year programs on mineral resources processing. They cover ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, light and food industries, and some other areas. Over 600 investment projects total $40 billion.

Their implementation will allow increasing industrial production by half, and bringing the share of the manufacturing industry in gross domestic product from 33.6% to 36% by 2021. It is also expected that the share of processing industries in GDP will increase from 80% to 85%.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Meeting with Head of Government of Kuwait

On February 8, 2017 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, who arrived in Kuwait on an official visit, was received by the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The Minister conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the leadership of Kuwait.

During the conversation the sides discussed the state and prospects of further development of bilateral relations, especially in trade-economic and investment fields.

At the meeting it was emphasized that the process of activating the Uzbek-Kuwaiti dialogue opens real opportunities to bring cooperation to a new qualitative level, giving it a long-term nature.

During the talks sides also exchanged views on other bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with Chairman of National Assembly of Kuwait

On February 8, 2017, in Kuwait City, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov met with Chairman of the National Assembly of State of Kuwait Marzouq Ali Muhammad Al-Ghanim.

The sides discussed topical issues of Uzbek-Kuwaiti relations, prospects of strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation.

In the conversation it was noted that inter-parliamentary friendship subgroup “Kuwait-Uzbekistan”, which is functioning in the National Assembly, promotes the intensification of contacts between the two countries.

The partie also considered other issues of further development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kuwait.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

 

Meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait

On February 8, 2017 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is in Kuwait on an official visit, held talks with the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

At the talks within the first round of political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Uzbekistan and Kuwait the sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues of bilateral and international agenda.

The Ministers confirmed their readiness to expand practical cooperation between the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Kuwait, to conduct regular consultations to work out the ways of progressive development of Uzbek-Kuwaiti relations in various fields, especially in trade, investment, joint implementation of projects in promising directions.

The Uzbek side thanked the Kuwaiti side for the support of the priorities of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the 43rd session of which was held in Tashkent under the motto “The education and enlightenment – path to peace and creativity”.

A.Kamilov invited the Head of the MFA of Kuwait to pay visit to Uzbekistan t a convenient time.

Following the meeting, the sides signed intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Agreement on Visa-Free Travel for Diplomatic Passport Holders, as well as Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), providing KFAED co-financing social projects totaling 226 million US dollars in the coming years.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

 

Art

Uzbek Circus Artists Triumph in Monaco

The duo of trapeze artists, Kristianna Vorobyova and Rustem Osmanov, from Uzbekistan performing under the name Sky Angels has participated in the International Circus Festival in Monaco. They performed to the song ‘Show Must Go On’ of the world popular band Queen and won the highest award of the festival. Watching the act of this duo one will really want the show to never end.

The best 120 artists from 16 countries performed on the stage of the famous Chapiteau (circus tent) de Fontvieille. One of the most prestigious Circus Festival was founded in 1974 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco. As an ardent fan of the circus, he timed the opening of the festival for the 25th anniversary of his reign. This festival was established the first, and it always remains the most important event of the circus performers in the world. The people visit Fontvieille to enjoy the enchanting presentation, and sometimes they exceed the number of population of Monaco several times. The festival runs for 10 days. The world’s best circus teams consider it an honor to perform at the circus tent, which seats almost 4 thousand spectators. Today this important circus show is organized under the chairmanship of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, who heads the jury. And it is her honor to announce the winners.

The Sky Angels staged their performance five years ago, and they still today continue to improve it. Planned thoroughly and performed perfectly this number of the duo makes the heart stand still. Awesome, but very dangerous number the duo performed without any helping. At some moment, whirling around under the dome, Rustem supported his partner with only one hand. The elements of the performance with the use of iron-jaw apparatus were very impressive and spectacular. By the way, Sky Angels are the only in Uzbekistan, who perform using these special devices. Graceful Kristianna Vorobyova in dazzling costume added a charm to the performance and at the same time demonstrated the remarkable strength. The performance when she hung in the air holding her partner on iron-jaw apparatus while he made various twists was rather jaw-dropping. The audience presented the artists with a storm of sincere and rapturous applause.

Rustem Osmanov and Kristianna Vorobyova received the highest award of the festival – ‘The Golden Clown’, which is considered the Oscars of the circus world. They also were honored with two other special awards, including for the best background music.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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Society.. 1

Comprehensive Strategy for the Near Future. 1

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Technoparks are projected to be set up under the universities in Uzbekistan. 5

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

economy

By 2020, Uzbekistan intends to switch to the full processing of cotton fiber harvested in the country

These objectives are envisaged in the program of measures for the further development of the textile, garment and knitwear industry in the years 2017-2019, approved by the head of state.

In 1991, the volume of cotton fiber processing in Uzbekistan was no more than 7%, the figure reached 40% in 2016. Today the enterprises of the sector export textile products to more than 50 countries. In recent years, export supplies were launched to Brazil, Nigeria, Croatia, Chile and other countries.

“The program provides for the transition by 2020 to complete processing of cotton fiber harvested in our country, increase industrial production more than 2.7 times, the supply of products to the domestic and foreign markets. This will create the reflection of a competitive domestic textile industry and confidently enter the world trading floors,” said Sanjar Tukhtayev, deputy head of department at Uzbekyengilsanoat.

Analysis shows that the yarn accounts now for almost 50% of exports. Priority is boosting the exports of products with higher added value due to the gradual reduction of yarn exports. Currently, the share of finished products in the total production is 47%, in the future it is planned to increase this figure to 65.5%, enhance the share of ready-made goods in the structure of exports from 41 to 70%.

As part of the program, in the 2017-2020 period, more than $ 2.2 billion of investments will be attracted to the sector, almost half of them foreign. This will help set up special textile complexes, acting on the basis of the four-stage system that includes all procedures from processing to production of finished products, as well as more than 27 thousand new jobs. It is also planned to organize 120 new and upgrade more than 10 existing enterprises.

One of the key features of the program is the development and introduction of new industry standards for design and construction of textile enterprises on the basis of foreign experience. These norms will ensure lower costs for construction and assembly works and the preferential use of local-origin building materials.

Another important point: the validity of the tax and customs incentives provided to encourage the processing of raw cotton has been extended till 1 January 2020.

Experts estimate that by 2020, cotton yarn will be fully processed at domestic enterprises. As a result, significant reduction will be achieved in exports of textile semi-finished and finished products and 2.1 times growth in exports.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

Society

Comprehensive Strategy for the Near Future

The five-day Media Week to discuss the draft Action Strategy for Five Priority Areas in Uzbekistan for 2017-2021, initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has wrapped up in Tashkent.

Nation Building: Objectives and Prospects

The draft Action Strategy clearly defines the most relevant tasks on streamlining the state building and judicial system, economic liberalization and development of the social sector, consolidation of international and interethnic friendship and harmony. These are the five priority areas for Uzbekistan for the next five years.

After the opening ceremony, the work of the media forum began with a presentation and discussion of the first priority of the Action Strategy, which comes to streamlining of state and social construction. It was delivered by the speaker of the presentation, Minister of Justice Muzraf Ikramov, Chairman of the Legislative Chamber Committee of Oliy Majlis Ilhom Abdullayev, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee Tolibjon Madumarov and others. They emphasized that the priority is aimed at further strengthening the role of the parliament in the government system, reformation of state administration through its decentralization, reduction of state regulation of the economy, improvement of public management system and boosting the role of civil society institutions and the media.

“Legislative work will be of special importance in this process: there is a need to develop and approve the Law ‘On public control’, ‘On regulatory acts’, introduce amendments and addenda to the laws ‘On social partnership’, ‘On mass media’, and others,” said Ilhom Abdullayev. “They will contribute to the development of modern ways of public scrutiny, and make social partnership more effective. The new regulations will provide for steady and gradual development of civil society institutions, catalyzing their social and political activity.”

Main thrusts of reforming the public administration will focus on optimization of the e-government system, raising effectiveness and improvement of quality and affordability of public services for the population and businesses. About a dozen of projects are aimed at the improvement of e-government services, meanwhile contributing to the development of existing information systems in the notary, tax and other services.

The introduction of effective mechanisms of dialogue with the people would be the core of reforms in this direction. Much attention will be paid to the improvement of performance of people's reception offices.

Ensuring the rule of law

During the presentation of the second line of the Action Strategy, which aims at ensuring the rule of law and further reformation of the judicial system, experts drew a full picture of measures on ensuring the independence of the judiciary, reliable protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, intensification of first against crime, and other aspects.

For example, the crime combating system in Uzbekistan will develop in four directions in the next five years, with enhancement of effectiveness of the fight against crime and crime prevention as key pillars. It is planned to approve a specific program on improving the performance of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its territorial divisions.

A plan of countering extremism, terrorism and criminal offenses will become a guide to action. Streamlining of organizational and legal mechanisms for combating corruption and enhancement of effectiveness of anti-corruption measures is regarded as an independent direction. There are plans to adopt several regulations that would intensify the work in this direction.

Improvement of the legal culture and legal awareness of the population, organization of effective interaction between state structures, civil society institutions and the media is separated as an independent thrust.

Development and liberalization of economy

Development and liberalization of the economy - another direction of the Action Strategy - involves enhancement of its competitiveness and openness, freedom of economic activity, macroeconomic stability and preservation of economic growth, fundamental reformation of the financial and banking sector, all-round protection of private property and entrepreneurship, effective development of tourism, structural reforms in agriculture.

Among main objectives, experts accentuated the integrated work on cooperation with international partners, channeling of foreign investments, scale up of rating of Uzbek companies, with the focus on the development and support of agriculture.

The Plan assigns a big part to the upgrade of industry by bringing it to a new level with advanced development of high-tech manufacturing industries that are primarily engaged in the production of finished products with high added value on the basis of enhanced processing of local raw materials.

It is envisaged to cut energy consumption and resource intensity of the economy, broadly introduce energy saving technologies, expand the application of renewable energy sources, increase productivity in all sectors.

The Action Strategy empowers the measures on ensuring the government budget balance at all levels and maintaining social focus of expenditures, streamlining of the inter-budgetary relations that are aimed at strengthening the revenue part of local budgets.

A broad range of measures are aimed at further improvement of the monetary policy in accordance with best international practices, as well as at ensuring stability of the national currency and prices in the domestic market. Innovative market-based mechanisms of currency regulation, formation of the national currency, will gradually be introduced to ensure its free convertibility.

The policy of cutting tax burden and simplification the tax system, improvement of tax administration and expansion of incentives will be continued.

Enhancement of reformation and stability of the banking system, capitalization level and deposit base of banks, strengthening of their financial stability and reliability, further expansion of crediting promising investment projects, as well as small businesses and private enterprises will remain priorities for the next five years.

Experts predict an increase in insurance, leasing and other financial services through the introduction of new kinds of services and improvement of their quality, as well as the development of the stock market as an alternative source of capital attraction and placement of available resources of enterprises, financial institutions and the population.

There are plans to create new and enhance effectiveness of existing free economic zones, industrial parks, small industrial zones.

Experts pointed out to the intension of Uzbekistan to scale up international economic cooperation, namely, expand ties with the forefront international financial institutions, pursue a balanced policy of foreign borrowing, efficiently use foreign investments and loans.

The discussion aroused many questions. Some of them related to the operation of plastic cards, improvement of foreign exchange for individuals, the increase of cash reserves.

Priorities for social sector

The fourth day of the media forum was particularly interesting for the participants, as it spotlighted priority directions for the social sector.

The speakers highlighted such issues as increase of real incomes of the population, the size of public sector wages, pensions, stipends and social allowances in advance of inflation, improvement of education and health care, the state youth policy.

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Economy Dilmurod Turdiyev, provided the general outlook on the development of social sector, dwelled upon on the implementation of targeted programs on the construction of affordable housing, development and modernization of road transport, engineering, communications and social infrastructure, which, in turn, provide better living conditions. He mentioned the currently developing project on uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas to remote rural areas.

The draft Action Strategy envisages the further improvement of living conditions of the population, especially young families, residents of dilapidated houses, and other categories of citizens who need better housing conditions, through the provision of preferential mortgage loans and construction of affordable housing in urban and rural areas. It was proposed to renew the architectural appearance of standard design houses that have already been built in the regions, to diversify the overall appearance and facade.

The document pays particular attention to the issues of employment, especially young people. As noted by the representative of the Ministry of Labor B. Alimuhammedov in his speech, nearly million jobs is annually created in Uzbekistan in accordance with the employment program, approved by the Oliy Majlis. Meanwhile, the existing problems entail the need for search and implementation of new approaches.

Deputy Minister of Health Elmira Basitkhanova presented the profile of priority measures on the improvement of health care system. She pointed out to a vital need to reform this sector, since, despite a strong legal framework, which is aimed at ensuring the provision of quality health care to citizens, the mechanism of performance remains weak. The list of problems includes insufficient patronage in women, pregnant women, an acute shortage of medical personnel, including neonatologists, surgeons, adolescent gynecologists in regions.

The event touched upon the issues of further improvement of the system of continuous education, expanded access to quality educational services, training of qualified staff in accordance with modern requirements, creation of conditions for that.

In the next five years, it is planned to build 50 new state preschool educational institutions, reconstruct and overhaul about 2,200 existing preschools.

This direction caused a storm of questions and suggestions from those who were present in the International Hotel Tashkent, the venue of the Media Week, and by the Internet.

Will pensioners travel for free? Why are buildings commissioned while inaccessible for wheelchair users? Have experts considered the possibility for a 100% pension for working pensioners?

Experts gave detailed answers to the questions. It was said that no issue, no proposal remains neglected. They noted that a resolution on free travel for pensioners and full pension for working pensioners is currently under consideration. The question from persons with disabilities that most of the buildings are not provided with ramps looked sensible. The speakers said that the problem is highly relevant, and that it will soon be resolved in accordance with the Action Strategy, which envisages mandatory social guarantees for the population, strengthening of social protection of vulnerable strata, and other issues.

Along the path of sustainable development

The last, the fifth day of the media forum was very eventful. The presentation of the Action Strategy’s fifth area on ensuring safety, religious tolerance and inter-ethnic harmony, as well as pursuance of a balanced and constructive foreign policy was the central event.

As noted by speakers of the event, the ongoing related measures are aimed at strengthening the independence and sovereignty of the state, creation of a security belt around Uzbekistan, ensuring stability and good neighborly relations, promotion of a positive image of the country abroad.

Speaking on the priorities in this field, the experts emphasized that Uzbekistan is committed to friendly relations with the international community, and particularly with its closest neighbors - Central Asian states. Building the dialogue on mutual interests promotes cooperation in various fields.

Uzbekistan remains committed to the principles of non-alignment to military-political blocs, will not allow the deployment of military bases and facilities of other states on its territory, as well as the stay of our troops outside the republic. Foreign policy will be primarily based on national interests.

Being the most densely populated and multi-ethnic country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan maintains inter-religious and inter-ethnic harmony. The principles of equality go through all laws of the country, primarily the Constitution. 137 cultural centers and 16 religious confessions function across the country today.

The presentation was followed by a round-table discussion of the draft Action Strategy by representatives of ministries and agencies, diplomatic corps and international organizations.

As emphasized at the discussion, developed at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the draft Action Strategy will contribute to the growth of economic potential of Uzbekistan, improve people’s welfare, and scale up the country's prestige in the international arena.

The participants pointed out to the atmosphere of interethnic consent, friendship and mutual respect in our country. Successive reforms have been pushing the dynamic development of national economy, international cooperation. Joint projects produce good outcomes.

Foreign experts and representatives of international organizations highly commended the Draft Action Strategy for consistent implementation of scaled reforms on the basis of liberalization and modernization of all sectors, further enhancement of effectiveness of the measures taken, efforts on bringing the development of the state and society to a new level. They also mentioned the public discussion of the important policy document, as lively exemplified by the Media Week.

The final press conference underscored the results of the intense and eventful Week. In five days, the Media Forum was attended by more than a thousand people, including over 50 experts - representatives of ministries and departments.

The event was covered by more than 400 media workers of print media, TV and radio channels, news agencies and online outlets, as well as representatives of the foreign press accredited in Uzbekistan.

More than 50 representatives of regional crews produced and broadcasted more than 50 information products of different formats. They produced five original talk shows on each area of action of the draft Strategy. More than 60 news sites have published about 160 stories about the event.

During the discussion, the experts received more than 150 questions and proposals on the draft Action Strategy.

As noted by the forum participants, its main organizer - the National Association of Electronic Mass Media - was the driving force for the nationwide discussion of the draft Action Strategy in the country.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

Reforms: Education

Technoparks are projected to be set up under the universities in Uzbekistan

By the end of the year a comprehensive program for the advancement of the integration of science and education will be approved in the country.

The development team includes specialists from the ministries of Economy, Finance, Higher and Secondary Special Education, the Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology, the Academy of Sciences and the Higher Attestation Commission.

It is planned that the program will be approved by the Presidential Decree.

The basis of the program contains a set of measures for the elaboration of innovation infrastructure in universities. Priority will be attached to the development of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food processing, electronics, robotics, metallurgy, nanotechnology.

At the same time great significance will be placed on the implementation of scientific development, as well as the improvement of copyright protection mechanisms.

To date, for the integration of education and science there were created innovative groups with the participation of leading representatives of the teaching staff, production specialists and young people interested in science. Studies conducted by many of these groups are supported by the State Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology, and funded through government research grants. However, further development of science in higher education requires equipping of university laboratories with modern equipment and further stimulation the work of scientists.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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February 7, 2017

 

 

 

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Green Week-2017: Uzbekistan signs export contracts for US$151.2m.. 1

FINANCE. 1

Uzbekistan's Central Bank keeps refinance rate at 9%.. 1

International cooperation.. 2

Uzbek-Russian inter-ministerial consultations. 2

Tourism... 2

Tourism: Economy, Ecology, Recreation. 2

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Denis Istomin in the Top Hundred. 5

 

 

 

 

 


 

Export

Green Week-2017: Uzbekistan signs export contracts for US$151.2m

Representatives of Uzbekistan signed export contracts for US$151.2 million within international agriculture fair “Green Week-2017”, the press service of Uzagroexport said.

Annual international agriculture fair “Green Week-2017” is taking place in Berlin, Germany.

This year, the Uzbek delegation included entrepreneurs and farmers, khokims of regions and districts, representatives of the processing and export companies of Uzbekistan and headed by Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Zoyirov Mirzaev.

Agri-industrial potential of Uzbekistan at the fair was presented by foreign trade companies such as Uzbekoziqovqatholding, Uzvinsanoat-holding, Uzagroexport, as well as farms from various regions of Uzbekistan.

National stand of Uzbekistan with total area of 200 square meters presented wide-range of fresh fruits, vegetables and melons, dried fruits, oil and fat products, as well as wine products, spices, processed fruits and vegetables – juices, jams, tinned products.

During the seven days of the fair, representatives of Uzbekistan signed the mid and long term agreements, as well as export contracts worth US$151.2 million for supply of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products to the European and other countries.

The agreements on export of fruits and vegetables were signed with representatives of over 10 countries of the world, including Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, South Korea, India, China, UAE and Turkey.

The visitors to national stand of Uzbekistan familiarized with potential of Uzbekistan on production of fruits, vegetables, offers and demands of agriculture industry. The guests positively underlined quality and diversity of agriculture products, manufactured in Uzbekistan.

In particular, the Danish businesses, who tasted fresh and dry products, highly rated tasty Uzbek fruits and expressed readiness to further cooperation.

The Uzbek delegation held talks with officials of ministries and departments, agri-industrial companies, association of Germany and other states.

During negotiations, representatives of foreign companies received information on economic development of Uzbekistan, measures, adopted by the Government, on modernization and re-equipment of industrial enterprises, including agriculture sector, further improving investment climate, as well as state programme of infrastructure development of the country.

The Uzbek delegation visited German firms and companies, which process agriculture products, produce equipment and packaging materials.

During the exhibition, the Uzbek companies held talks with representatives of foreign companies, including the Same Deutz-Fahr, Euro Asia, Abgeordnetenhaus, Tampico Trading Gmbh (Germany), GlobusMax (Poland), Better International Trade, Florry Business LP (UK), Leonard -Service (Russia), Urumqi Tongyale International Trade, Xinjiang Bari Import & Export Trading Co Ltd (China), Go Nuts & Fruits FZE (UAE), Avietes (Lithuania), Befresh (Israel), Greenfield Agro, SHRI NIWAS dALL & BESAN MILL (India), Seolim Trading Co LTD (South Korea), etc.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

FINANCE

Uzbekistan's Central Bank keeps refinance rate at 9%

The Board of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan has adopted a decision to maintain its benchmark refinance rate unchanged at 9% per annum.

This refinancing rate is consistent with the tasks of conducting effective monetary policy to keep inflation within its target forecast parameters, and the stimulation of investment activity and maintaining high rates of economic growth, the press service of the Ministry said.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Uzbek-Russian inter-ministerial consultations

On February 6, 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted the regular Uzbek-Russian inter-ministerial consultations.

The delegation headed by the Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Alexander Bikantov represented the Russian side.

During the consultations the sides exchanged views on issues of foreign policy communications and working with mass-media and discussed the possibilities of widening cooperation in this sphere.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Tourism

Tourism: Economy, Ecology, Recreation

The whole world knows Uzbekistan as one of the oldest and greatest cradles of human civilization. Many dream to at least once see our ancient cities, touch the beautiful and unique nature of the country.

Registan Complex, Ulugbek’s observatory, Imam Bukhari Mausoleum in Samarkand, Ichankala in Khiva, the Ark in Bukhara, the Oksaroy in Shahrisabz, and Urda in Kokand are unique monuments of culture and art of the Uzbek people. Is it possible that the rock carvings in Sarmyshsay of Navoi region, ‘stone forest’ in Uchkuduk, Osman's Koran in Tashkent avoid the interest of guests and domestic travelers? Can any creature stay indifferent to our diverse nature - the snowy peaks of Chimgan, or vast spaces of Kyzylkum Desert, the waterfalls rushing down the mountain slopes, the lakes that are home to dozens species of birds, the amazing flora of the republic?

There are a total of over 7,000 unique historical monuments in our country. What a huge number of natural monuments have been preserved in nature reserves and parks, thousands of rare exhibits in the museums, relished by splendid national dishes and typical hospitality and kindness of Uzbek people!

There are over 600 tourism companies, more than 660 hotels and campsites in Uzbekistan. Tourists are offered 110 international tourism routes on historical sites, natural attractions and recreational facilities. Ecotourism, geotourism, gastronomic, ethnographic, extreme, health and fitness tourism, climbing, fishing, rafting has been developing along with the traditional cultural and historical tourism.

Flights to more than 50 cities in the world are performed from 11 international airports of the republic. Revamped airports of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgench, Navoi and Ferghana are ready to take passengers from any country of the world. The high-speed train Afrosiyob quickly and comfortably delivers passengers to the destination.

The measures taken have been expanding the flow of tourists to our country year by year. Last year Uzbekistan was visited by over 2 million tourists.

This is a fairly good indicator, but it does not fully comply with the tourism potential of our country, which is now engaged by only 15% -20%.

What it takes to increase the industry capacity

The answer to this question lies in the Presidential Decree ‘On measures to ensure the accelerated development of the tourism industry in the Republic of Uzbekistan’, which was approved in early December last year and is aimed at effective application of existing capacities, strengthening of institutional framework of the sector, and creation of amenities for tourists and preferences for tourism organizations.

The document envisages the establishment of the State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic Uzbekistan on the basis of the National Company Uzbektourism.

The committee will focus not on control and administrative functions, but primarily on overall assistance to tourism-related entrepreneurial activities, elimination of all obstacles and barriers to its effective operation, and development of competition on the tourist services market.

Peace, security and economic stability in the country are seen as pivotal factors for the development and effectiveness of international tourism. Peace and tranquility prevail in Uzbekistan. However, apart from safety, tourists need modern and comfortable conditions. Therefore, the Decree sets a goal to develop this industry in line with current international standards, needs and requirements of tourists. Hotels, catering facilities, transport and logistics structures, information centers, cultural institutions and sports, road infrastructure will be built or renovated for the same purpose.

Once involved in abovementioned activities, foreign investors will be granted privileges. For example, legal entities are exempt for a period of five years from income tax, land tax and property tax, as well as unified tax payments associated with commissioning  hotels and motels of at least ‘four stars’ level. Tour operators are exempt from the mandatory sale of foreign currency proceeds received from the provision of services.

For example, there are a decent number of modern hotels and new tourist routes. They need to be promoted, they need customers. The Decree highlights these issues as well. In particular, it defines the tasks on the development of strategies to promote products and services of the tourism industry on the domestic and international markets, on the creation and development of comfortable information environment for tourists, broad promotional activities, opening of tourist information centers in the regions of the country and tourism representative offices abroad, active use of Internet.

As proved by international practices, tourists prefer the countries that provide easy and convenient visa procedure. This is a tough issue. For this purpose, Uzbekistan will completely abolish since 2021 the visa procedure for citizens of 15 countries, and partly - for citizens of 12 countries, who have reached the age of 55, and who come to Uzbekistan for tourist purposes for a period under 30 days.

The Decree also sets scaled objectives for the development of cooperation with international organizations, licensing and certification of tourist services, staff training and advanced training, and other issues. In short, the important policy document covers all related areas of activity. This integrated approach is expected to promote the further development of tourism in Uzbekistan.

Samarkand should be visited

The Presidential Decree on accelerated development of the tourism industry should bring the ongoing work on the development of tourism, effective use of its opportunities and enhancement of its role in the economy to a new level. This is proved by the example of Samarkand.

Uzbekistan ranks among the top ten countries in the world in the number of historical and cultural monuments. The bulk of this rich heritage falls on Samarkand. In 2001, the historical monuments located on the territory of the city were included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Samarkand is recognized among the 50 must-visit cities in the world.

The Samarkand region developed and successfully implemented a targeted program of tourism development for 2016, which implied system-based initiatives on rational use of tourist resources in the region, expansion of the range of services and bringing their quality to the level of modern requirements. Large shopping malls, restaurants and tea-houses, various entertainment facilities were built.

Aiming to develop environmental, health, agriculture, and active tourism, and support the domestic tourism the authorities opened new tourist routes in Urgut, Samarkand, Jambay, Pakhtachi and Nurobod districts. The issues of staff training, retraining and advanced training have been of special importance. New disciplines and subjects were launched in Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service, Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages ​​and Sartepa Vocational College of Tourism and Consumer Services.

More than 100 hotels and 84 travel agencies are currently functional in Samarkand. Their logistical capacity, opportunities for high-quality service in line with modern requirements have been expanding year by year.

Local tourism industry employees were enthusiastic about the Presidential Decree, which, for example, abolishes operating license for hotels and similar accommodation facilities.

The document stipulates measures on the creation and development of comfortable tourist information environment in airports and railway stations, including tourist information points. Now tourists can get information about local tour operators, hotels, and other issues directly in an airport or train station.

These amenities and features would promote the accelerated development of tourism as a strategic sector of the economy, further raise of Uzbekistan's image as an attractive tourist destination.

Nature, Food, Crafts

Ongoing reforms on the development of tourism have been having a positive impact on the improvement of the sector, increase of the tourist flow to not just renowned centers of tourism industry like Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, but also to other regions of the country.

They can be exemplified by Andijan region. Its authorities established cooperation with more than 50 domestic and foreign tourism organizations.

Particular attention has been paid to expansion of tourism products range, development of infrastructure, the offer of national tourist services in the domestic and foreign markets, repair and improvement of tourist facilities, improvement of infrastructure and services. For instance, tourist companies post information about tourism capacity of certain regions on their websites for foreign tourist organizations, provide information in Russian and English languages ​​on ancient sites with rich history, unique cultural monuments, recreation areas in unique and picturesque places.

Booklets and manuals on tourist sites have been broadly distributed. There are almost 400 of them in the region. Most of them – museums, monuments – embody the history of the people, recreation areas, places of worship. Hiking trails have been developed for 22 sites.

Tourists actively visit recreation areas Shirmonbulok in Bulakbashi district, Hontog in Khanabad, archaeological sites Mirpustin-ota in Andijan, Sarvontepa in Jalakuduk district, Imam-ota in Khodjabad district, Uchbulok, Tuzluk momo in Balykchi district, Mingtepa in Marhamat district.

The quality of services for guests and travelers have been constantly improved, the holy places of worship and recreation areas have been landscaped.

The region’s museums of local history, literature and art are also attractive for tourists. The Literature and Art Museum displays ancient history of Andijan through more than 20,000 ancient artifacts, documents and manuscripts. Visitors take interest in madrassahs Hojar Noib, Kal’a architectural monument, exhibits of the Gallery of Fine Arts, documents of past eras.

Andijan is changing and getting a modern look day by day. Hotels and service points improve their performance. Foreign tourists enjoy high-level service in 20 modern hotels of the regional center.

Much attention has been paid to the development of domestic tourism and improvement of services in rural areas, as well as organization of additional hiking trails. Certain efforts have been taken on the development of ecotourism in Pakhtaobod and Ulugnor districts, opening of tourist destinations ‘Fishing’ in the fish farm of Ulugnor district, ‘Thermal Waters’ in Jalakuduk district, ‘Wellness Tourism’ in medicinal sands of Khodjabad and Shahrikhan districts.

Known for its beautiful nature, hospitable people, original cuisine and handicrafts, Andijan welcomes travelers from around the world.

Qualified specialists for tourism industry

Year by year, Uzbekistan has been increasing its tourist potential, the role of the tourism sector in the economy. The qualified professionals – graduates of educational institutions of the republic – have been contributing to this process.

For example, the Tashkent Vocational College of Hotel Management and Service has been training specialists in hotel business and tourism since 2010. Currently, it provides education to nearly 1,000 boys and girls. They acquire bоth theory and practical skills. The Vocational Subjects Department provides teaching of the disciplines that are related to the organization of tourist and hotel services, restaurant business.

Students are offered to secure the theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills at classes in training and production workshops of tourism and hotel economy, catering, studios of national dishes, cooks, confectioners and bakers, hotel room laboratory. They are equipped with the latest equipment, furniture, training hardware, dummies and working models.

Information and resource center under the college provides facilities for self-education. It offers literature on socio-humanitarian and vocational disciplines, natural sciences, works of foreign and Uzbek writers. The IRC stock is constantly updated with specialized literature in Uzbek, Russian and English languages.

The college provides a profound learning of English language, including professional terminology, as knowledge of the English language is one of the key requirements for tourism sector staff.

Students master all the subtleties of their profession under the guidance of 42 teachers and 14 production masters. In addition to the professional knowledge and skills, teachers lay emphasis on teaching national and international tourism-related legislation.

“Compliance with the requirements of the legislation has a direct impact on the development of tourism and working conditions of travel agencies and hotels,” says the vocational disciplines teacher Vazira Umarova. “At management, marketing and tourism services classes we draw attention to profound study of the current tourism related legal instruments. During practical training, where students learn drawing tours, creating or promoting their tourist products, they need to consider legislation.”

The college has established close cooperation with travel companies, hotels and large restaurants of the capital, thereby facilitating its graduates to find work by vocation. Most of them continue working in the companies, agencies and hotels, where they had undergone practical training, under quadripartite agreements.

Education of highly qualified specialists for travel agencies is an important factor for the development of the tourism industry of the country.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

sport

Denis Istomin in the Top Hundred

The Association of Tennis Professionals has published an updated ranking of athletes. Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin climbed by 37 positions and, rated 80th, returned to the list of hundred strongest tennis players of the planet.

Our athlete has achieved these results following his performance in the Australian Open Grand Slam. On January 23, Istomin yielded to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (13) in a match of the fourth round of the tournament, which was won in the end by the Swiss Roger Federer (10). However, earlier on, our 30-year-old player was able to make a sensation by beating the second-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia. He also defeated the Croat Ivan Dodig (158) and the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta (26).

With his triumphant performance Denis earned the prize of $220 thousand and rose by 37 positions in the ATP ranking, ending up 80th.

We should remind that Istomin’s best result in the ATP rankings for his entire career has thus far been the 36th position.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 26

February 6, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs.. 1

On 3 February President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev surveyed the ongoing construction and creative works in Tashkent 1

President’s Book Published. 5

28 JANUARY, 1992 – THE DAY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS NATIONAL AIRLINE. 5

25 Years on the Fly. 5

International cooperation.. 6

Delegation of Uzbekistan to pay official visit to Kuwait 6

Message to US Secretary of State. 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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On 3 February President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev surveyed the ongoing construction and creative works in Tashkent

Construction of new industrial enterprises, culture and sports facilities, educational and medical institutions, shopping centres, residential houses, roads and bridges,as well as fundamental reconstruction of the existing ones, based on the modern requirements, have been steadily continuing in our country. Today our capital is undergoing a dynamic renovation, maintaining its historical attractiveness and is developing based on the prospective plan.

The Head of our state paid a visit to the construction site of an overpass at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Muqimiy streets in Chilonzor district.

Our construction engineers have a large experience of creativity. Currently, traffic congestions may be frequently observed at the intersection of Muqimiy and Bunyodkor streets, which result in the loss of time for drivers and passengers, excessive fuel consumption and air pollution.

The new six-lane overpass with a total length of 900 meters, height of 6 meters and width of 24 meters creates comfortable conditions not only for drivers and pedestrians, but also the residents of surrounding areas.

Two pedestrian footbridges with a total length of 131,6 meters are also being constructed on both sides of the overpass. A particular attention is paid to installing relevant protection structures for bad weather conditions.

The President of our country, inspecting the construction process, particularly highlighted that the level and quality of life, welfare of our compatriots and correspondingly, the quantity of cars on the road are increasing day by day. This mandates construction of additional roads and bridges.

During the visit the construction workers were given appropriate recommendations on rapid and quality execution of works.

The overpass is expected to be opened on the eve of the Navruz holiday.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev acquainted himself on 3 February with the pace of construction of modern multi-storey apartment houses in Sergeli district of Tashkent.

Thanks to peace and calm reigning in Uzbekistan and people’s conscientious work, this country is developing comprehensively. Large-scale construction and improvement work is being carried out in all its towns and villages, and the population’s quality of life is rising with every passing year.

At the initiative of the country’s First President Islam Karimov, improvement work has been carried out in many towns. Today the results of this work can be seen in Tashkent, Nukus, Urgench, Bukhara, Andijon, Farghona, Namangan, Samarqand, Karshi, Termiz and other towns.

In accordance with a plan for construction work in the years 2016-2017, 102 modern multi-storey houses consisting of 4284 apartments are being built in Sergeli district of the capital city. This big project will make it possible to satisfy the requirements of thousands of families for housing. Most importantly, the housing will be provided on the basis of privileged mortgage loans.

In the eve of the 26th anniversary of the Motherland’s independence, 66 such houses are to be commissioned. There will be educational establishments, small business and private entrepreneurship entities and services facilities near them.

Our main goal is to create conveniences for people and to raise their wellbeing, the president of the country said. When allocating these houses, it is necessary to strictly observe principles of fairness. Only then will the country’s people be contented and will look to tomorrow with greater confidence. Considering people’s requirements, 10 such houses are to be built in every district of Tashkent.

The head of state gave officials and specialists recommendations on the construction of such houses in complete conformity with modern requirements and on the provision of the most developed infrastructure for them.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has met a number of literators on Poets Avenue in the Alisher Navoiy national park of Uzbekistan.

In the years of independence, special attention is paid to augmenting the younger generation’s intellectual potential, to popularizing reading and to forming book-reading culture among young people and to stepping up the provision of educational, enlightening and scientific literature to educational establishments.

The President’s decree dated 12 January 2017 “On establishing a commission for the popularization of reading and the raising of book-reading culture and for the development of the system of the publication and distribution of books” was an important step towards raising the scale of work in this sphere to a new level.

During the meeting, there was discussion about further improving this place, raising the morality of people, especially young people, making them interested in book reading and ensuring that they regularly visit this place to closely familiarize themselves with the works of famous poets and writers.

As the country’s First President said, Alisher Navoiy’s works not only laid the foundations for the development of the literary Uzbek language and Uzbek national literature but also were of importance to the formation of the Uzbek people’s morality. The study of Navoiy’s heritage gives inspiration to everyone, develops their intellect and leads to serenity of mind.

Poets Avenue should be such a place where poems are read out regularly, the President said.

It is necessary to conduct poetry evenings at all cultural establishments and to ensure young people’s active participation in these.

Those interested in poetry will never be unhappy, the Head of state said.

During the meeting, poets and writes expressed gratitude to the President for the great attention to the literature sphere and the popularization of book reading.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev inspected the construction process of the Sergeli line of the Tashkent metro.

At the initiative of the President of our country a special attention is paid to further development of the transportation sphere, in particular, the metro. The Tashkent metro, playing an important role in the system of providing transportation services for residents and guests of the capital, carries out a large volume of works in ensuring the security of passenger transportation, providing them more comfortable conditions. Today the Tashkent metro includes Chilonzor, Uzbekiston and Yunusobod lines.

Soon the Sergeli line will join their rank, which, in contrast to the existing ones, will be an overground metro. The length of this line, the construction of which is planned for 2017-2020, will be 7,1 km. The line will serve over 14 million passengers annually.

The Head of our state, inspecting the construction process, particularly highlighted that this project is the first of its kind in the history of Uzbekistan. In order to create conveniences for the public, the President underlined the need to construct roofed stations, strictly following the trains schedule and disallowing delays.

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President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev examined the project of construction of “Tashkent metallurgical plant” foreign enterprise in metropolitan Sergeli district.

A British company "Quality Trade Supplies L.P." is a founder this enterprise with the project cost of 278,2 million euros.

The construction of the enterprise on 100 ha is planned be carried out within 24 months. The plant will be equipped with modern technologies from Italy, Germany, Austria and other countries. It will manufacture metal sheets for car bodies, home appliances, metal tiles, corrugated boards. In full capacity, the plant is expected to employ over 1000 workers.

The President of our country examined the start of construction works in this plant. Underlining the role of this metallurgical plant in the economic development of our country, he noted the need to attach a particular attention to training specialists, talked to contractors and builders, wished them successes in their significant work.

The training of specialists for this enterprise will be carried out at the Turin polytechnic university in Tashkent, Tashkent state technical university named after Islam Karimov and corresponding professional colleges.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited “Yakkasaroy small industrial zone” state unitary enterprise in Yakkasaroy district during his tour of Tashkent on 3 February.

The capital, as all over the the country, has faced wide-scale works on dynamic development of small businesses and private entrepreneurship, supporting free enterprise of businesspeople. The decree of the Head of state “On additional measures to ensure accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and quality improvement of the business climate” on 5 October 2016 has opened new opportunities in this regard.

Today on the base of the existing enterprises, three technoparks have been established in Yunosobod, Sergeli and Yakkasaroy districts of Tashkent, in which favourable conditions are created for entrepreneurs, so that they could use the available opportunities, increase the output of finished products with high value added, competitive in the domestic and foreign markets, create new jobs.

The total area of the “Yakkasaroy small industrial zone” state unitary enterprise, organized in the territory of the former textile factory, is 61,2 ha with the area of buildings 338 thousand square meters. At present, 284 businesses operate here in the chemicals, food, machine building, paper, furniture, metal processing, production of construction materials industries. In 2016 they manufactured products worth 630 billion soums and exported goods for 48,5 million dollars. (currency rates of CB RU from 06.02.2017, 1$= 3280.25 soums)

A bank branch and a notary office function in the territory of the technopark for the convenience of entrepreneurs, a railway link is available. Over 6,6 thousand people work here.

The Head of state, acquainting with the technopark facilities, underlined the need to organize such small industrial zones in all districts of the capital, creating wide opportunities for small business representatives, highlighted the importance of supporting enterprises in the search for foreign partners, their introduction to external markets, expansion of the exports.

During a conversation with entrepreneurs, running a business in the territory of the technopark, Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for efficient use of favourable business conditions, created in the country, increasing the quality of goods, developing export activity, active participating at the exhibitions abroad. The officials, responsible in this regard, were given instructions to widely support businesses, localization of goods, provision of investments to import raw materials and to produce finished products in our country.

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On 3 February President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev went to the construction site of a multipurpose Ice Palace, to be built at the intersection of Olmazor and Beshyogoch streets of Tashkent.

A particular attention is paid in our country to upbringing the younger generation as healthy and harmonically developed individuals, development of sports as a key factor in raising the international authority of the Motherland.

The Ice Palace, being constructed at the initiative of the Head of state, combines modern architectural solutions, advanced technologies and traditions of national architecture. In particular, the buildings of the complex will be constructed in the form of the bird Humo- a symbol of happiness and freedom.

This four-storey palace with a total area of 74 thousand square meters will have two complexes: a training complex and a main ice arena with an area of 60x30 meters each.

The arena, with a retractable seating system, will have a capacity of 14 thousand spectators for sports events, and 10 thousand spectators for a concert. The main corps will also have training arena with 300 seats.

A large ice rink will host hockey matches, competitions on short-track, figure skating, curling. Besides, tournaments on basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal, boxing, taekwondo and other sports, as well as concerts, exhibitions and fora may be held here.

In line with the general concept, a sports museum, an indoor children’s playground, gyms, a fitness centre, contemporary catering facilities, a sports inventory shop and other amenities will be located in the territory of the complex.

The engineering networks, firefighting, lightning, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be fully automated, using energy saving technologies.

Furthermore, a four-storey car park is planned to be built next to the palace. The complex is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a special attention to the importance of such sports facilities in upbringing a harmonically developed generation and instructed the officials in charge to ensure quality of construction works.

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The Head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a visit on 3 February to the People’s reception of the President of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

On Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s proposal, 2017 is announced in our country a Year of dialogue with people and human interests. The tasks of communicating with people, realization of their requests and wishes have become a priority state policy. The decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures to fundamentally improve the system of working with applications of legal and physical persons” was adopted on 28 December 2016.

In accordance with the decree, People’s receptions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan are opening in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, in regional centres and Tashkent, as well as in each district and town.

The people’s reception in Tashkent also has all conveniences for ensuring the constitutional rights of citizens to submit an application (claim, request) to a state body.

The inscription with the words of President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev "Living with concerns of people is the most important criterion of humanity" at the entrance to the reception immediately catches the eye. The activities of the reception are organized on the basis of this benchmark. Modern conveniences for a direct dialogue with the population, considering, recording and filing of applications have been created. The needs of mothers with young children, people with disabilities are taken into account.

Given the large number of the population of Tashkent, sectors are organized by spheres. Reception is located at the address: Amir Temur street, 14.

The Head of State, getting acquainted with the work of the People's reception, praised the high level of its activities. Now there is a need to fill the work with content, strengthen the internal culture.

Compared with other regions, Tashkent has a higher potential, respectively, requirements of metropolitan residents are also high. It is necessary to organize the reception work, taking into account these aspects. It should be a place where the interests of the person are safeguarded, the people's trust is strengthened on the basis of the principles of justice.

(Source: UzA)

President’s Book Published

Publishing and polygraphic creative house "Uzbekistan" has published the book of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev “Critical analysis, strict discipline and personal liability must be the daily principles of every leader’s activity”.

It is a keynote speech by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers on January 14 of this year.

The book which was based on a thorough analysis and critical approach, gave a detailed assessment for the socio-economic development pace of Uzbekistan in 2016. In addition, the shortcomings and mistakes made in recent years by various ministries and agencies in managing the economy, its modernization and diversification were criticized openly and objectively, practical proposals to address them were put forward. There was attached serious notice on the full and effective utilization of existing of enormous potential and reserves in various areas.

The speech highlighted in detail the important tasks on priority areas of socio-economic development for 2017, attracting foreign investment, the introduction of modern technologies in the country's economy in these difficult times when there are more and more intensified competition in the global market. In the book a special place was given to large-scale problems on the realization of the State program "Year of a dialogue with the people and human interests", the improvement of conditions and quality of life, in particular, the construction of affordable and comfortable housing in urban and rural areas, the elaboration and modernization of road transport, engineering-communication and social infrastructure, the network of preschool educational institutions.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

28 JANUARY, 1992 – THE DAY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS NATIONAL AIRLINE

25 Years on the Fly

The national airline of Uzbekistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of its establishment this year. Over the years, the domestic civil aviation has assayed the impossible: it has not just built the state-of-the-art fleet from scratch, but has ensured comfort and safety of passengers on the level of the highest international standards.

One could hardly dream of that in the early 90es of the last century.  The landmark of independence, Uzbekistan Airways possessed a fleet of old aircrafts, which did not stand up to criticism, bоth in terms of safety and effectiveness.

The situation on the ground was equally poor. Airports and infrastructure required urgent modernization. The production base for repair and maintenance of flight equipment was completely absent. All of the challenges had to be addressed immediately, because aircrafts of the national air carrier were to connect the young republic with the world.

Despite the complicated situation, the domestic air carrier headed for the gradual renewal of the flight and ground equipment and upgrade of airport infrastructure from the first years of independence. Modern Airbus and Boeing aircrafts appeared in the country after a couple of years after the launch.

The first transcontinental flight to New York on March 31, 1995 was a milestone in the company’s chronicle. The event will forever remain in the history of the country as a unique achievement of Uzbek aviators, who opened a direct and safe way to the US for our passengers. It is noteworthy that the first aircraft to the United States was piloted by the current NAC Uzbekistan Airways CEO Valeriy Tyan.

This event can hardly be overestimated, because Moscow remained the closest point to fly to the United States from Tashkent until 2014. A direct flight to New York was opened from Baku only in 2014. There are now several dozens of airlines in Russia and the CIS, but only a few of them, in addition to Uzbekistan Airways (NAC), have a right to perform commercial passenger flights with the North American region.

Today, the civil aviation fleet of Uzbekistan is equipped with solely new aircrafts by the leading manufacturers. Uzbek air harbors meet all international safety requirements.

Passenger safety and comfort have always been the company’s key priority for all these years. These factors have allowed Uzbekistan Airways winning not just the deserved love of customers, but also the recognition of its partners. Uzbek airports have been repeatedly acknowledged the CIS’s best in quality of service. NAC was ranked the most punctual among the world's leading air harbors.

Most importantly, the air company has great plans ahead, including expansion of the route network, opening of new routes, and replenishment with advanced aircrafts. The carrier has recently announced of signing a contract for the delivery of four cutting edge machines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, bringing their total number to six after 2020.

Meanwhile, the launch of a new international terminal at the Tashkent airport, which is capable of making it the best harbor in Central Asia, is seen as the main project. It is anticipated by the whole country without exaggeration. Its construction will be completed within three years. The territory of ​​the terminal will be twice bigger the size of the present one, and the capacity of the passenger service building will be three times larger.

As planned by the designers, with a bird's-eye the terminal will resemble outstretched wings of a bird Humo. The project is based on the experience and technologies of one of the world’s leading airports - Incheon International Airport (Korea), which was repeatedly rated as the highest ‘Five Star’ according to the British research company Skytrax.

The terminal will have a platform for 36 aircrafts and a parking for 1,700 places. After commissioning, it will be able to serve 1,500 passengers per hour.

There is no doubt that all the plans will be fulfilled perfectly and in time. The national airline of Uzbekistan has long proved that our country has the highest level experts. The domestic civil aviation is not just the best in the region, but is inferior to many of the world's leading carriers.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Delegation of Uzbekistan to pay official visit to Kuwait

On February 7-10, 2017 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait.

The program of the visit includes meetings and talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Chairman of the National Assembly Marzouq Ali Muhammad Al-Ghanim.

The Uzbek delegation will also participate in the Uzbek-Kuwaiti Business Forum and other joint events.

During the visit it is planned to sign a number of documents aimed at further development of bilateral cooperation in the areas of investment, education and research.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Message to US Secretary of State

he Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov congratulated Rex Wayne Tillerson on the occasion of his official assumption of the post of the United States Secretary of State.

In the message the Minister was convinced that multifaceted activity of R.W.Tillerson in the new tenure will comprehensively serve for strengthening the global peace and security, sustainable development and deepening of mutual understanding among the peoples of the world.

“Uzbekistan firmly intends to continue developing the comprehensive cooperation with the United States and promote in every possible way of solidifying partnership in trade-economic, investment, technological and humanitarian spheres, entirely support the constructive dialogue on the issues of building a civil society based on the principles of mutual understanding, mutual respect and benefit, consideration of interests of both sides”, - stated in the message.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 25

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 25

February 3, 2017

 

 

 

economy.. 1

The volumes of agricultural, forestry and fishery production increased by 6.6% in Uzbekistan last year 1

BUSINESS CLIMATE. 1

System of crediting: important factor of business development 1

INNOVATIONS.. 3

Specialized innovative technoparks will be built in Yashnobod and Olmazor districts of Tashkent in the near future  3

Tourism... 4

The Bukharian cuisine Taste Test 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

economy

The volumes of agricultural, forestry and fishery production increased by 6.6% in Uzbekistan last year

“The share of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the structure of gross value added in the republic has reached 17.6%. In January-December 2016, Uzbekistan produced 8.26 million tons of cereals, which is 87,200 tons or 1.1% more YOY,” reported the State Statistics Committee.

Potato production amounted to 2.95 million tons (up 9.7%), vegetables - 11.2 million tons (11.3%), melons - more than 2 million tons (10.4%), fruits and berries - 3 million tons (10.8%), 1.7 million tons of grapes (9.9%).

Consistent measures on further strengthening the capacity of the livestock industry, as well as a system-based state support have contributed to the growth of livestock, and saturation of the domestic consumer market of with livestock products.

In 2016, all categories of farms of the republic produced 2.1 million tons of meat (6.8% growth), 9.7 million tons of milk (7.5%), and 6.1 billion eggs (10.6% growth).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

System of crediting: important factor of business development

Dynamic development of small business and private entrepreneurship were and continue to be one of the most important conditions of stable growth of economy of Uzbekistan.

The country leaders understanding importance of this sector for ensuring sustainable social and economic stability of the republic, since the first days of independence  pay much attention to creating favorable conditions for its development, realization of the complex measures covering different spheres of activity from consulting services in a wide range of issues, simplification of registration procedures, reduction of the regulating norms to providing necessary financial resources and assistance in promotion to foreign markets.

 As practice shows, the significant role in creation of the favorable business environment for development of small business and private entrepreneurship is played by extent which access for subjects of business to financial resources is provided to. It is important also for those who just begin own business and often needs the starting capital, and for those who expect the credits of commercial banks when implementing the business plans.  At that availability of financial resources to businessmen defines not just an opportunity to receive proceeds of credit, but also special terms at their allocation.

It should be mentioned at this point that for years of independence in the republic the comprehensive system of the privileges and preferences aimed at providing availability of financial resources to subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship, their sustainable development and increase in competitiveness both on internal and in foreign market was created.

In this regard the complex of the regulatory documents aimed to comprehensive support and stimulation of development of the financial sector segment focused on rendering services to small business had been adopted. An integrated approach promoted achievement of positive results in increase in availability and expansion of coverage with financial services of subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship.

Having formed in the republic two-level system banks actively grant the loans to subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship. At an initial stage creation of necessary regulatory base was an important task. One of the first legal act on regulation of this sector became that developed in 1998 Order of crediting small and medium business by off-budget funds by means of opening of credit lines in commercial banks of the republic. Considering the needs of small business for different volumes of crediting, the Order of microcrediting subjects of small and medium business, Dehkan and farmers, individual entrepreneurs through commercial banks at the expense of all sources of financing in national and foreign currency was approved in 1999.

In the conditions of increasing demand from small business for the credit resources necessary for its strengthening and increase in competitiveness of the made production, funds of preferential crediting were created in 2000 in all commercial banks to provide available credit resources. Resources of funds are provided at preferential interest rates of no more than 50 percent of the established base rate of the Central bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Through above funds financing of high-tech and innovative projects in the sphere of the small business and private entrepreneurship, industrial microfirms, small enterprises, dehkans, farms, located in remote areas, regions and cities with excessive labour resources is carried out.  For further build up of means of the above funds earnings of commercial banks received from extending the loans at the expense of resources of the special crediting fund, are exempted from corporate profits tax provided that the released funds are used for the increase of the resource base of the mentioned fund from April 1, 2011 until 1 January 2016. In 2006 as a result of increasing demand of subjects of economy for microfinance services the complex of the standard and legal documents aimed at comprehensive support and promotion of development of microfinancing sector in the republic has been adopted. In particular, the laws "About Microfinancing", "About Microcredit Institutions" have been adopted. Also in 2006 specialized Microcreditbank which now is one of the leading financial credit institutions of the country and is guided by support and stimulation of small business enterprises and private enterprises has been created. Besides, since 2008 interest rates were decreased for the preferential microcredits provided by Microcreditbank for the organization of business activity  from 5% to 3% per annum, for the microcredits for expansion of activity and replenishment of current assets from 100% to 50 % of a refinancing rate, for preferential microleasing — from 7%  percent to 5% per annum.

The flexible and forward-looking policy of the country leaders considering changes of a world environment in the period of instability in the world market had been focused on expansion of access of small business enterprises to credit resources due to increase in the maximum credit period to replenish current assets, doubling of sums directed by commercial banks to expansion of resource base of preferential crediting fund. In the next years, when solving the priority tasks set by the leaders of the republic, in particular, to develop small business and private entrepreneurship, commercial banks have increased volumes of the credits to subjects of this sector of economy, first of all long-term, investment credits, as well as for start-up capital formation. To cover with financial services the various categories of subjects of small business, involvement of larger number of the population in business activity, creation of conditions for realization of the business ideas of a wide strata of the population, commercial banks of the country pay special attention to financial support of businesswomen, graduates from professional colleges, as well as development of family business and workmanship. The special attention should be given to banks activity for accumulation of additional resources in a segment of small business financing. Work on involvement of the international financial institutions in cooperation in the sphere of support of small business development is actively carried out, joint projects with Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic development bank, the German development bank and others are implemented. As a result of the purposeful complex measures the volume  credits allocated by  commercial banks to small business and private entrepreneurship   during 2000-2015 has increased 118 times, and the microcredits  204 times respectively. System and large-scale work on improvement of the mechanism of crediting  subjects of economy was also highly appreciated on an international scale. So, according to the report of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation "Doing Business-2016", on the System of Crediting indicator only in 2015 Uzbekistan improved its position by 63 points having moved from the 105th place to the 42nd place. With a further deepening of economic transformations, solution of tasks of maintenance of high rates of economic growth the importance of further sustainable development of small business and private entrepreneurship, upsurge in its contribution to social and economic development of the country increases in the long run. In this process commercial banks of the country continue to play essential role. During 2015-2019 it is planned to expand 2,5 times volumes of the credits allocated by commercial banks to subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship, including the long-term investment credits, in particular, for modernization, technical and technological updating of production, organization of modern hi-tech, innovative productions. At the same time it should be noted the measures undertaken by the country leaders for improvement of system of crediting. For example, in the adopted Decree of the President "On additional measures to ensure the accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and substantial improvement of business climate" introduction of the modern principles and mechanisms of regulation of bank activity, as well as eradication and prevention of administrative interference of public authorities in activity of commercial banks, first of all in credit policy is provided. As experts believe, development during the period of the system in parallel with development of small business, its modification and transformation according to its changing requirements are distinctive feature of system of financing small business and private entrepreneurship in the republic. The flexible approach to formation of system of small business financing aimed at the consideration of different aspects of borrowers activity at different stages of development provides efficiency of the developed mechanism of financial support of small business and promotes achievement of sustainable results and increase in its role in social and economic development of the country.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

INNOVATIONS

Specialized innovative technoparks will be built in Yashnobod and Olmazor districts of Tashkent in the near future

A draft regulation on their establishment was developed by the Ministry of Economy of Uzbekistan at the initiative of Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the election campaign and meetings with voters in the capital last November.

The technopark in Yashnobod district is created for research and establishment of small innovative enterprises in the field of materials science, electronic devices and controllers, food and dietary supplements, medicines. The technopark in Olmazor district will be responsible for the development of metal processing technologies, energy saving, alternative energy sources and electronic instrumentation, robotics, mechanical engineering and electronics.

Its key objectives include the conduct of innovative research, establishment of pilot industrial and small innovative enterprises for the production of high-tech, competitive, domestically and internationally marketable products. They will also deal with transfer of advanced foreign technologies and their introduction in domestic producers, involving domestic and foreign investors capable of establishing high-tech and innovative manufactures.

Among other things, the technoparks are entrusted with building close cooperation between higher education institutions, academia and industry to make research and innovative projects more effective, and involve researchers, highly qualified professionals, practitioners and students in this process.

At the same time, members of technoparks will be exempt from land tax, income tax, legal entity property tax, tax for improvement and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment for microfirms and small enterprises, as well as mandatory contributions to specialized government funds.

It is also planned to provide them with benefits in paying customs duties for equipment, raw materials, reagents and components if they are imported for own production and construction needs. A privilege on allocation of soft loans for a period of at least seven years and a grace period of two years at an interest rate not exceeding the refinancing rate of the Central Bank is another incentive for technopark members.

A status of a technopark member will be provided for up to 10 years.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

The Bukharian cuisine Taste Test

The traditional cuisine of any nation has its own peculiarities and includes dishes you will find nowhere else. Even one and the same food can be absolutely different in different regions. For that reason expressions like the Bavarian cuisine, the cuisine of Lyons or the cuisine of Valencia sound quite naturally to us. Every region of Uzbekistan also features its specialities. The Bukharian cuisine is rather a combination of several traditional cuisines. It has absorbed a number of culinary traditions from other cultures, and now the region boasts a number of unique dishes, some of which can only been found in areas quite remote from the region under discussion. Here we selected the most original dishes in order to demonstrate the richness and diversity of the cuisine of Bukhara.

OSH-I-SOFI 

When we talk about the Uzbek food, the first thing that comes into our minds is pilaf. It is presented by thousands of versions and can adorn any table. The people of Bukhara familiarized themselves with pilaf quite long ago. Traditional Bukharian pilaf osh-i-sofi, which translates as ‘clean pilaf,’ is cooked only in Bukhara in a special copper cauldron, deg-i-mis. In Bukhara the pilaf cooking technology differs from the traditional method, according to which all the ingredients are put into the cauldron one after another. In osh-i-sofi all the components are cooked in separate containers to a semi-prepared condition and then put in layers into the copper cauldron, where they are finished and then treated by boiling oil. The main spices used are zeera and saffron. The saffron solution is added in the very end, endowing the dish with a special flavour.    

Abu Ali ibn Sino (Avicenna) regarded pilaf as a health-giving dish, which he noted in his work The Canon of Medicine. He believed that of all the multiple types of pilaf the Bukharian pilaf was particularly dietetic. In his works the scientist provided a number of recommendations, in which he advised that this pilaf should be taken to treat various diseases. It was quite reasonable, as the pilaf’s nutritive value is very high, while the classical recipe includes no animal fats.

KHALISA  

Ask a Bukharian about khalisa to hear how wonderful this dish is. Khalisa consists of ground wheat and mutton, all boiled to a homogeneous mass. The only components added while cooking are onions and salt. The food is quite simple, its main secret lying in the cooking duration: the dish is cooked for at least five hours. The meat fibres are boiled to a porridge-like state, mixing with wheat. The meal is ready, when it becomes thick as good sour cream.

BALAZA  

The dish has several names, but there is only one recipe. Sometimes it is called balazashurpa, other people call it bamazanakhyod. The second name reveals somewhat the dish’s mystery: ‘bamaza’ translates as ‘tasty’ or ‘savoury,’ while ‘nakhyod’ is the local name for chickpeas. Bukharians use this secret ingredient to cook this type of food, which resembles slightly the shurpa soup. The principal difference between the shurpa soup and balazashurpa is that the former consists of carrots and potatoes cut into large pieces and added to meat broth with sheep’s bones, while the latter’s ingredients are mutton (always with bones), sliced onions and chickpeas with the addition of spices – salt and zeera. In the end we obtain thick, nourishing, aromatic and incredibly delicious soup.

KAYMAK  

Kaymak is a local type of cream. However, kaymak in Bukhara differs from kaymak in all other Central Asian regions. It is made of milk that is boiled on a slow fire. During this process the cream gradually accumulates on the surface, and when it becomes elastic, the fire is turned off. The milk cooled, the cream is skimmed and put into a large bowl – kosa. The best kaymak, which resembles friable curds in structure and butter in taste, is never sold at Bukhara’s bazaars, although you can come across some good cream there. You can find the best cream in stalls, in a special place, which the locals call ‘uglovoy’ (‘a market at the corner’) among themselves. On any day of the week, in any weather, since a very early hour you can see there a few women trading in bowls with kaymak, these bowls (kosa) serving as a unit of volume.

CHAKKA 

Tashkenters eat suzma, and Bukharians like chakka. Although quite similar in appearance, these appetizers differ somewhat in taste and cooking technology. In both cases milk is boiled on a slow fire, but the Tashkent suzma is made with salt, while chakka is prepared with the addition of a fermenting agent, for which purpose a tablespoonful of yoghurt may also be used. The milk with the fermenting agent added to it is covered tight with a lid and left in a cool place for a night. As the chakka maker opens the lid on the next morning, he can see a snow-white resilient mass resembling galantine.

ATALA 

This very healthy and nourishing flour stew is a very ancient dish, which is often undeservedly neglected. Traditionally, it was the food of women, who had just given birth to a child, so that they could recover and regain strength. It is also recommended to those suffering from cold and those with a weakened immune system. Atala is made of flour and the fat of sheep’s tail, which are stewed in a cauldron with onions, eggs and salt.

THE CONTINUITY OF TRADITION 

There is a tradition still maintained in Bukhara: an apprentice (shogird) learns a trade from his master (usto) for several years, until the latter blesses the former and allows him to create for himself. Since that moment the apprentice becomes responsible for his teacher’s reputation. In Bukhara, honesty and cleanliness in the coo-king business have always been the determining parameters, when people are deciding which cook to choose for the coming wedding party or some other holiday.      

When you are in Bukhara, try and find out where you can eat those tasty dishes. And be sure to taste them all.  

(Source: “Uzbekistan Airways” magazine)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 24

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 24

February 2, 2017

 

 

 

POLItiCs.. 1

Shavkat Mirziyoyev received chairperson of American-Uzbekistan chamber of commerce. 1

REGIONS.. 1

Investment and export potential of the Surkhandarya region. 1

FINANCE. 4

Uzbekistan to open new bank – Uzagroeksportbank. 4

International cooperation.. 4

Uzbekistan – USA trade forum takes place in Tashkent 4

GREAT NAMES OF UZBEKISTAN.. 5

Tamara Khanum: The Beauty of the Great Dancer 5

Society.. 6

Books to Read in Uzbekistan. 6

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLItiCs

Shavkat Mirziyoyev received chairperson of American-Uzbekistan chamber of commerce

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Carolyn Lamm, Chairperson of the Board of the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, on 1 February.

The head of our state, warmly greeting the guest, underlined that the visit of a large delegation of leading US companies and holding of a joint business forum is a confirmation of a growing mutual interest and endeavour to develop a beneficial trade-economic and investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and the US.

The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, established over twenty years ago, is an important mechanism for supporting and pushing forward joint programs and projects in different spheres of the economy and has turned into a reliable bridge between the business circles of the two countries.

At present, world-known American companies such as Boeing, General Motors, General Electric, CNH Industrial, Hyatt, Hilton and many other others have successful businesses in Uzbekistan.

Only last year, the mutual trade turnover increased by 70 per cent and reached 454 million US dollars thanks to development and implementation of joint projects with the mentioned companies.

Nowadays, 164 enterprises with American capital operate in Uzbekistan, the volume of US investments into the economy of Uzbekistan has exceeded 1 bln. US dollars.

During the negotiations between the Head of our state and the Chair of the American-Uzbekistan chamber of commerce, the issues of further enhancing the long-term and full-scale cooperation in trade-economic, investment, technological, innovation and educational spheres were reviewed.

The parties discussed prospective projects in different spheres of the economy- agro-industrial complex, electrical engineering, pharmaceuticals and other spheres through attracting advanced experience, direct investments and modern technological achievements of leading American organizations and companies.

A particular attention was paid to the issues of organizing systemic interaction in the sphere of training highly qualified specialists in line with international standards.

The issues of creating new mechanisms of cooperation, targeted at strengthening bilateral relations, primarily, in the economic sphere were considered.

Carolyn Lamm expressed a sincere gratitude to the Head of our state for the warm welcome and the support in developing partnership relations between the business circles of the two countries, as well as created favourable conditions to enhance presence of American companies in the Uzbek market.

Carolyn Lamm also corroborated the willingness of all representatives of the American-Uzbekistan chamber of commerce to actively participate in implementing joint cooperation programs and projects with Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

REGIONS

Investment and export potential of the Surkhandarya region

The great success and targets reached in various spheres are a clear demonstration of that. Production of gross regional production of Surkhandarya region made up 977.2 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 02.02.2017, 1$= 3280.25 soums) in the first half of 2016, which grew by 9.8% . At the same time the share of the industry has increased by 5,6 %, the cultivation of agricultural products by 6,8%, installation and construction works by 17,3%, retail commodity turnover by 14,5%, services by 16,2%. Thanks to technical and technological updating of production, formation of modern infrastructure growth of the mastered investments by 16,7%, including foreign investments growth by 12,6 percent was provided.

Within the investment program of the region for 2016, Surkhandarya region realized 89 projects for 215 billion soums, including 8 projects with foreign investments, 1345 new jobs have been created. Within 894 projects worth 106,3 billion soums realized on the basis of the program of social and economic development of the region 5300 new jobs have been created.

In the first half of the current year 883 new subjects of small business which share in a gross regional product makes 62,7% have been formed. To support small business and private entrepreneurship the credit worth 388 billion soums has been allocated.

Fruit, grapes, vegetables, potatoes and melon, rice, a peanut and other  are cultivated on 125 thousand 646,8 hectares of various farms lands. Due to optimum climatic conditions, fertile acreage, extensive experience and the state support volumes of production cultivation increase from year to year. For example, 1426,3 thousand tons of agricultural production have been grown up in 2014  while in 2015 this indicator has made 1584,6 thousand tons. The resolution of the President of our country "About measures on reforming and development of agriculture for 2016-2020" of December 29, 2015 is the important guidelines in this sphere. This document schedules a number of tasks of decrease of unproductive, low-profitable acreage with difficult water supply and cultivation of potatoes, oilseeds, fruit and vegetable and other cultures on this acreage. 14,3 thousand hectares of cotton fields, 5 thousand hectares of wheat fields totaling 19,3 thousand hectares of the irrigated areas will decreased by 2020 in this region. Cultivation of vegetables on 8,7 thousand hectares  oilseeds on 1,2 thousand hectares and forage crops on 4 thousand hectares  is planned. It is also planned to lay intensive gardens on 1,8 thousand hectares. Widespread establishment of the farmer movement in the agricultural sphere plays an important role in increase in volume of cultivation of fruit and vegetable and melon products, increase in fertility. Of 12209 enterprises farming in our region 7878 specializes in gardening, fruit-and-vegetable growing and wine growing. Special attention is paid to creation of intensive gardens, cultivation of agricultural production in greenhouses. Now on 5,7 thousand hectares of intensive gardens selected fruit are grown up. On 2,1 thousand hectares greenhouses which provide abundance in the markets throughout the year are located. The consecutive reforms realized in agriculture, including those in gardening have created great opportunities also for owners of personal subsidiary farms. They grow up a rich harvest of fruit and vegetable and melon products on 13,3 thousand hectares of acreage which are at their disposal.

The Stevia plant is widely used for the prevention of diabetes, diseases of a liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, stabilization of blood pressure and currently in confectionery production. In particular, this plant is grown in the experimental farm “Ollohyor Ohunov” in Shurchi district. Now in order to increase a harvest of this plant, its value in the pharmaceutical and food industry foreign investors to organize processing of production are attracted.

In 2015 according to the program for creation of multisectoral farms and their development in the region 1448 farms have implemented 1704 projects worth 57 billion 604 million soum. With implementation of projects at farms new intensive gardens, vineyards, greenhouses, refrigerating warehouses are created, processing of fruit and vegetables is arranged. The resolution of the President "About measures for improvement of system of purchases and use of fruit and vegetable products, potatoes and melon cultures" of April 12 of this year plays an important role in further development of the branch. In the region 39 refrigerating warehouses with a capacity of 17,3 thousand tons exist now. On the basis of address programs work on processing and drying of fruit is carried out. Now in the territory 12 such enterprises do business and it is planned to increase its number to 57 by 2020

Comprehensive support of the export enterprises, the opportunities and privileges created for them promote increase in export volumes of agricultural production. For example, in January-May of last year export of agricultural production made 4,1 million dollars, and this year this indicator has already grown by 6 times and has made 24,5 million dollars. It is notable that in recent years number of the farmers exporting production which is grown up on a personal household plots increases.

Large-scale work on restoration and reconstruction of historical monuments, improvement of their territories, creation of favorable conditions for local and foreign tourists is carried out. Within such actions Kirkkyz fortresses, Sulton Saodat and Fayoz - tepa complexes, a defensive wall of Hakim al-Termezi are reconstructed. Based on the resolution of the President on the program of  measures on the further development of road-transport, engineering-communication and social infrastructure of the Surkhandarya region for the period of 2015-2017 d.d. May 22, 2015 this year it is planned to allocate 1,5 trillion sum for this work.

Such achievements in economy allow to create various conveniences for the population. It can visually be seen on the example of activity of the centers of culture and leisure of the population in the remote districts and villages of our region. Capital repairs in the centers of Zharkurgan, Sariasiyo, Shurchi, Sherabad, Uzun, Baysun and Kyzyryk districts has been completed. 45 billion 250 million soums are allocated for construction and capital repairs of 8 recreation parks in Altynsay, Denau, Baysun, Angora, Zharkurgan and Kyzyryk districts. Special attention is paid to increase of authority of mahalla, improvement of its organizational and legal basis, strengthening of material and technical resources.   833 mahalla citizens' assemblies successfully function in the region.  For the expired period of this year buildings of 43 mahalla citizens' assemblies have been repaired, 31 buildings have reconstructed and 2 those have been  built In cooperation with the partner organizations about 2,5 thousand events devoted to an explanation of an essence of the  "The Year of healthy mother and child" State program, more than 3270 spiritual and educational events have been held. Sports competitions with participation of about 600 families and covering about 8000 boys and girls have been organized. At the same time is important that fact that positions of the chairman of a mahalla citizens' assemblies and his advisers are hold by the persons having organizational skills, experience in work with the public.

 In days of independence with a view of further improvement of living conditions of the population the priority attention is paid to social problems, including laying of water supply systems, gas pipelines, construction of roads and bridges, modern educational institutions. The resolution of the President "About the Investment program of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2016" of December 25, 2015 has included construction, reconstruction and capital repairs of 168 projects in the Surkhandarya region.

Strengthening of reproductive health of the population, first of all, protection of motherhood and the childhood, cardinal improvement of quality of medical services also in the remote and remote villages is one of the priority tasks of reforms . The number of the budgetary funds allocated for further improvement of quality of medical services increases from year to year. For example, last year this indicator has made 27,5 billion soums that in comparison with 2014 is 5,5 billion soums more. The funds allocated this year create even more opportunities for ensuring health of the population, health protection of mother and child.

Termez, the center of the region   has turned today into the huge building site. Now small ring road and the "To Amu Darya sport soglomlashtirish"center are under construction. In buildings of regional museum of local lore, 700-seats palace of arts, the Termez archaeological museum construction and repair work is carried out.

The population of the region which successfully uses the opportunities given by independence works tirelessly on the way to further development of our country and increase in welfare of the people, for inclusion of high-developed countries.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

FINANCE

Uzbekistan to open new bank – Uzagroeksportbank

On 24 January, the President of Uzbekistan signed a decree on the establishment of a new Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Uzagroeksportbank.

The Bank is to be established to create favorable conditions for producers of agricultural products and the population, to render financial support for exporters and develop the export potential of fruits and vegetables.

Initial authorized capital will amount to EUR 10m. equivalent.

The Fund for reconstruction and development of Uzbekistan (75%), Uzbekinvest (10%), Uzbekoziqovqatholding (5%), Uzagrosugurta (5%) and Insurance company Kafolat (5%) will act as its founders.

According to the document, residents and non-residents of Uzbekistan, including international financial institutions can act as shareholders of the new Bank.

By 2020, Uzagroeksportbank will have to attract a strategic foreign investor with a share not less than 15%.

For five years from the date of registration, the new Bank and its branches will be exempt from all types of taxes and obligatory deductions to state funds, while channeling those funds to strengthen the resource and logistical base of the Bank.

International cooperation

Uzbekistan – USA trade forum takes place in Tashkent

A scheduled forum of the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce has taken place at the international cooperation centre of the capital city Tashkent.

The forum was attended by officials of relevant ministries and departments and managers of companies in such spheres of the two countries as external economic relations, banking and finance, oil and gas, machine building, commerce and industry, transport and supply lines, logistics, geology and mineral resources, metals, chemicals, food production, tourism, agriculture, water management, electronics, high technology, education and information technology.

Elyor Ghaniyev, the minister of external economic relations, investments and trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, emphasized that Uzbekistan’s relations with the USA were developing consistently in all the areas, including commerce and industry and that this forum would serve to make use of new possibilities of the bilateral cooperation.

Uzbekistan’s economy and privileges created for foreign investment draw the attention of the most developed states today. Specifically, this country’s cooperation with the USA is developing steadily.

Trade between the two countries is increasing with every passing year. In the year 2016, the bilateral trade amounted to 454 million dollars. There are Uzbek-American joint ventures working in Uzbekistan. US firms and companies opened representative offices in this country. They specialize in such spheres as car manufacturing, petro-chemical, textile and light industries, food production, construction materials and services.

Trade-economic and investment cooperation is of priority importance in the bilateral relations. Many American companies such as Coca-Cola International, General Electric and Honeywell are implementing big investment projects in Uzbekistan.

In Uzbekistan, a favourable climate has been created for foreign investment, as have wide possibilities and privileges, which are important factors.

The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce has an important role in the extension of mutually advantageous trade-economic relations between Uzbekistan and the USA. This chamber, which was founded in 1993, is an independent organization that promotes trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Carolyn Lamm, chairperson of the board of the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, said specifically that macroeconomic stability and high GDP growth rates were ensured in Uzbekistan.

“The bilateral cooperation with Uzbekistan serves the interests of the peoples of our countries. The stable situation in Uzbekistan, its great macroeconomic indicators and highly qualified personnel further increase its foreign investment attractiveness and investment opportunities. This forum’s results serve to further strengthen the active and forward-looking bilateral cooperation,” Carolyn Lamm said.

During the forum, there was a detailed exchange of views on the current state of and prospects for trade-economic relations between Uzbekistan and the USA and on the development of a wide range of areas of cooperation. Specifically, there was discussion about the development of cooperation in attracting US investment and technologies for investment projects in such areas as oil and gas, the chemical sphere, car manufacturing, aircraft servicing, energy and energy efficiency, pharmaceuticals production, electro-technics, food production, and on the establishment of joint ventures for the production of goods for which there is demand on domestic and external markets.

American businessmen highly evaluated the results of economic reforms being implemented in this country. It was said that Uzbekistan’s achievement of high economic growth rates and the growing number and scope of free economic zones in this country were further increasing the country’s foreign investment attractiveness.

Representatives of more than 30 big American companies attended the forum, which indicates that the USA is very much interested in the development of cooperation with Uzbekistan.

The US delegation also held talks at various ministries and departments on stepping up trade-economic and investment cooperation.

(Source: UzA)

GREAT NAMES OF UZBEKISTAN

Tamara Khanum: The Beauty of the Great Dancer

At the heart of the capital, close to the busy road, behind the houses and business centers, hidden is a museum of one of the most prominent women of Uzbekistan – Tamara Khanum. The House Museum is located on the street named in honor of this great singer and dancer, and this is the house where she spent the last years of her life.

Tamara Khanum is the artistic pseudonym of Tamara Artyomovna Petrosyan. She was born in 1906 in the Ferghana Valley. As early as at the age 13, she realized that her love for the national music and dance was not a ‘disease’ from which she had to recover, but a worthy feeling of love for the creativity of the people, who brought up her. And her life was filled with this absolute love.

As the Museum Director Gularo Abdullayeva told, Tamara Khanum lived in Chilonzor district. Composers, musicians, and artists frequently visited her. She madly loved dancing: in every spare moment, in any place, even in her small apartment. So soon she was offered to move to a more spacious apartment, where she was able to not only dance, but also to display her collection of amazing costumes.

Thus, in her lifetime Tamara Khanum already had the first exhibition of the museum, which included her collection of costumes of the peoples of the world.

Paranja (the Orient veil) opens the exhibition. In childhood of the future artist the Central Asian women wore such veil. Although Tamara Khanum never worn such veil, but her repertoire has a dance with this attire. In contrast to the gray closed attire the other costumes are of bright national color: rich fabrics of silk and Bukhara gold-embroidery. At that time only the rich married women could afford these outfits. In the dress made of nomoshom atlas fabric Tamara Khanum performed the most favorite national dances.

Here is the Khorezm dress in which the artist first took to the stage with one of the most stirring national dances - lazgi. Bright scarlet dress perfectly combined with mursak, the robe of deep green color, perfectly demonstrated her natural beauty. Golden shoes and colorful skullcap with numerous large sequins harmoniously completed the image of the Uzbek beauty.

Perhaps, the pride of the outstanding dancer was the Nagorno-Karabakh costume demonstrating the ethnic roots of Tamara Khanum. The museum archive stores photos, on which the grandmothers and aunts of Tamara Petrosyan were in the same dresses as these attires were considered the national costume of the Armenians.

“When I start understanding the people, I began to grasp the features of dialect, intonations, melodies and movements very quickly. This meant I not only I understood the people, but also opened my heart to it - fell in love,” Tamara Khanum told about herself.

Design of each costume she carefully thought over and put her soul into their creation. And only then dressmakers started sewing the costumes, in which the dancer traveled to more than 50 countries.

Her repertoire included more than 80 songs and dances of the peoples of the world. Therefore, the House Museum displays the Turkmen, Georgian, Japanese, Korean, Azerbaijani, Gypsy, Afghan, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and other costumes.

In addition to the personal collection of costumes which occupies a large part of the exhibition hall, in the House Museum visitors can see the interior of living rooms, the collection of photographs and posters, sound recordings and manuscripts of poems of the singer, portraits of Tamara Khanum created by Uzbek artists.

The creative path of Tamara Khanum lasted more than 60 years. Devoting her life to the arts, she became a true symbol of the Uzbek national dance.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

Books to Read in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan could become one of the most bibliophile countries: the program for the development of comprehensive measures on the elaboration of the system for publication and distribution of books, improving and promoting the reading culture has been launched.

A commission established by the Decree of the President will develop a set of measures that will systematically set up the work on the publication and distribution of artistic, spiritual, non-fiction, educational literature aimed at increasing the intellectual potential of young people. The program touches a delivery system of published books at affordable prices in the regions, online ordering of publications and electronic versions of books. Particular attention will be paid to improving the reading culture of the population.

The working group is engaged in-depth study of the situation in this sphere. By now, it is clear that there is need to establish the study of demand on the books raising the intellectual level among the population in the country, especially the youth. Social polls will be conducted in the formation of a common list of applications for published literature.

The results showed the need to improve the management system for the publication and delivery of books to the population. It is necessary to organize the work of translating the best works of world literature in the Uzbek language and selected works of Uzbek literature into foreign languages on a regular basis.

Particular significance will be attached to children's literature. It is essential to improve the system of encouragement for publishers and writers, creation of the conditions of granting financial privileges and material support to publishers, improving the orders for the purchase of quality paper and printing materials from abroad to publish books by printing enterprises and publishing houses.

Experts say about the need to review issues of allocation or lease of places for specialized bookstores in regional and district centers and cities. It is proposed to introduce preferences to businesses, in which the share of the book trade in commodity turnover is more than 70%.

One of the priority tasks of the program will be a review of the formation of the funds of information and library institutions, especially information and resource centers in the field of education, along with educational literature and a list of artistic, educational, scientific and popular literature, as well as estimates for the costs of its purchase.

The propaganda of published books among the public will gain momentum through the media, in particular, the TV channel Madaniyat va Marifat. Moreover the systemic organization of creative meetings with authors of books in educational institutions, libraries and mahallas, the formation of culture and skills of reading in them will also gain traction. There is due to improve the organizing system for festivals and fairs of the book in the regions with the participation of writers, poets, enhance the propaganda of highly artistic works of national and world classical literature among the population, conduct the competitions in the such nominations, as "The best book of the year", "The best bibliophile family", "The best children's book", "The best audiobook", "Best e-book" among readers, producers of printed and electronic books, booksellers and librarians and educators.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 23

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 23

February 1, 2017

 

 

 

FINANCE. 1

Banks of Uzbekistan have embarked on implementation of one of primary tasks for today - broad crediting and involvement of the population in entrepreneurial activity. 1

ENERGETICS.. 1

Last year, Uzbekistan produced about 59 billion kilowatt/hours of electricity, which is 4% more YOY.. 1

Export.. 2

The Uzbek Republican Commodity Exchange (UZEX) has launched exports of cotton lint for the first time since 2010  2

Exhibiton.. 2

On April 5-7, the metropolitan Uzexpocentre will host the country’s first specialized event exhibition Event Expo 2017  2

Art.. 2

The Eastern Tale of Uzbek Miniature. 2

sport.. 4

Tough to Play with Men on an Equal?. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FINANCE

Banks of Uzbekistan have embarked on implementation of one of primary tasks for today - broad crediting and involvement of the population in entrepreneurial activity

Last December, speaking at a joint meeting of both chambers of Parliament, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that commercial banks now have to change their way of working. The state’s leader set a specific goal before the financial institutions: they should create optimal conditions for citizens to get down to entrepreneurship through the dialogue with each family.

To fulfill the task, the workers of the country's largest credit institution - Agrobank – intend to visit some 1.3 million homes in 813 settlements. The bank even opened a special division for this purpose. Similar divisions were opened in bank offices in Karakalpakstan, regions and 176 branches.

Visiting families, bank representatives conduct interviews, provide details on the opportunities to start a business, take measures on short term loaning. To date, new departments and divisions of Agrobank have already hired 576 qualified specialists. In order to improve the quality of the ongoing program, the bank additionally employed over two thousand skilled workers.

The availability of such an army of officers has contributed to the first results of the large-scale campaign. The bank's associates have already visited nearly 360,000 houses, informed about the credits allocated for starting business, and the terms of obtaining. Those who took interest in getting the funds were offered standard business projects. Besides, experts provide assistance in processing all papers.

Mailout of registered letters with specific questionnaires is another common way of banks to draw citizens' interest to entrepreneurship. Virtually all financial institutions of the country have resorted to this method today. Over 890,000 families have already received such letters from Agrobank alone.

Given its specifics, the bank offers favorable loans for horticulture, greenhouse farming, crafts, service development in rural areas.

Numbers:

In 2016, Agrobank provided diversified farmers with 294.7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.02.2017, 1$= 3280.25 soums) of loans. Of these, 14.9 billion soums was allocated for the establishment of livestock farms, 856 million soums – for poultry, 381 million soums – for fish farming, 6.1 billion soums – for greenhouses.  Consumer loans amounted to 82.2 billion soums.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

ENERGETICS

Last year, Uzbekistan produced about 59 billion kilowatt/hours of electricity, which is 4% more YOY

Meanwhile, domestic power plants supplied 7.5 million Gcal of thermal energy. To ensure the smooth and uninterrupted electricity supply, Uzbekenergo company continued the development and upgrade of low-voltage networks and power supply facilities, built and reconstructed 840.6 km of transmission lines, installed 602 package transformer substations.

In order to reduce losses in the power supply, the company did much to introduce modern electronic electricity meters. During the year, it installed more than 419,000 three-phase and single-phase meters in legal entities, and more than 4.3 million electronic electricity meters in household consumers.

Implementation of projects on expansion of the use of alternative energy sources was another focus of the company in the past year. Work is underway on the project of construction of 100 MW solar power plant in the Samarkand region. The company has held international tender bids for the general contractor. The tender was won by a Chinese company Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Export

The Uzbek Republican Commodity Exchange (UZEX) has launched exports of cotton lint for the first time since 2010

The products are put up for sale in the foreign exchange marketplace by O’zpahtasanoat and its regional branches. 21 standard contracts with 1 ton and 50 tons lots are currently opened for exporting various varieties of cotton lint of 2016 yield through exchange trading.

EXW and FCA are terms of delivery through the territorial terminals of O’zpahtasanoat. Stock prices for first grade cotton lint (type A) are $440 per ton, and $355.4 for second grade cotton lint (Type B).

Over three weeks since the opening of trading, Uzbekistan has exported more than three million tons of cotton lint for more than $1.2 million. Territorial branches Buhoropahtasanoat and Khorazmpahtasanoat were the sellers.

Cotton lint is short cotton fibers that remain on a cotton seed after separation of normal fibers. In fact, it is a waste product of the cotton industry and is used as a raw material for obtaining cotton wool, batting, stuffing and absorbing materials, synthetic fibers, films, coatings, paper and other products. In recent years, it has been actively used in the production of strategic industrial raw materials - high-quality pulp.

In the last five years, Uzbekistan has been the world’s sixth largest producer, and the fifth exporter of cotton fiber. Every year, nearly 100 ginneries shall harvest more than 3.4 million tons of raw cotton, the processing of which results in about 1.1 million tons of fiber, more than 1.6 million tons of seeds, lint, and other products.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Exhibiton

On April 5-7, the metropolitan Uzexpocentre will host the country’s first specialized event exhibition Event Expo 2017

Fashion Expo 2017, Wedding Expo 2017, Mass Media&Advertising Expo, Leisure and Entertainment, Tashkent Flora Expo 2017 rank among the registered directions of the exhibition.

“At the exhibition, participants will have the opportunity to present their potential in the event-market and provide complete information about the services they render. The exhibitors will also get acquainted with modern trends in these areas, professionals and contractors, organizers of various multipurpose events,” noted the project organizers.

The exhibition will also become a platform for creation of a database of event-agencies to be involved in the implementation of various projects, for advice on juridical, tax, banking and other legal issues with representatives of the committees, associations and relevant departments.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Art

The Eastern Tale of Uzbek Miniature

It is a real pleasure to watch how the heroes of Uzbek love poems and legends return to life in the hands of miniature painters. One of the workshops is located at the Centre for Applied Arts in Tashkent, in a madrasah, the construction of which was donated by Sheikh AbulKasim, one of the most enlightened and respectable people of the city.

QUALITY FOR CENTURIES

Crouching over his table, the master is making a fine drawing with light and confident movements. Rice paper is normally used to make a picture or a book cover. According to KamoliddinAbdullayev, a prizewinner at a number of international folk trade festivals and exhibitions, the older the paper the more valuable it is.

‘When I was just beginning to master the art of painting miniature, my teachers trained me to use only high-quality paper in my work,’ tells the master, whose background includes study at the Republican Painting College and KamoliddinBekhzod National Institute of Painting and Design. Since then, in order to achieve high quality in my paintings, I have always used only the handmade paper manufactured by the best craftsmen, who have inherited the ancient paper production technologies from their fathers and grandfathers. The layer of special enamel such paper is covered with makes it particularly strong and resistant to external actions. These qualities allow miniatures to remain for centuries.’

FINEST WORK

The work of a miniature painter is labourious and requires much concentration. To perform it, the painter must be talented, experienced, industrious and educated. Several centuries ago, in order to illustrate a manuscript the painter had to make a miniature on a separate piece of thin paper, after which he pierced all the lines of the drawing with a needle. Then the piece of paper was put on the manuscript’s page and covered with black powder. As a result, the page now had contours of the future miniature on it.

‘Nowadays we use a pencil instead of the needle, which is faster and more convenient,’ explains Kamoliddin. ‘Step by step, we create a definite composition consisting of traditional ornaments. The ornaments are then gilded and polished manually, with the use of an authentic wolf’s fang.’

The work is revived with bright contours and colours, for which the pigments are prepared in advance. Traditionally, oxides of various metals were used in the production of the pigments. These technologies are used nowadays too.

Miniature painters attend to the preferences of contemporary connoisseurs of manual arts, particularly women. The items sold from craftsmen’s stalls include fine necklaces, bracelets and earrings decorated with miniatures.

THE MOST VIVID ART

It is hard to believe that miniature painters use only a dozen of colours, so bright and colourful are their works. The Uzbek miniature is characterized by two principal styles of the Islamic ornamentation – girikhi and islimi. According to art historian Elmira Gul, ‘geometric pattern girikhi reflected the ideas of the absolute cosmic organization. Plant ornaments islimi were associated with the Garden of Eden, the abode of God.’ Some other traditional ornaments, such as madokhil (medallions of different forms), tumor (talismans) and others are also quite common.

Continuing the traditions of the eastern miniature, contemporary painters create great murals and pictures on book covers, tables made of rare woods, pencil boxes, chessboards and caskets. However, according to another painter, KarimjonRasulov, this is another type of miniature, varnish miniature, which is highly popular today.

The materials widely used by contemporary miniature painters are suede, wood, papier-mache and… tiny dried pumpkins.

Karimjon-aka’s workshop, for instance, features a huge number of diverse caskets, pencil boxes and spectacle cases. In their decoration he uses one of his favourite motifs – the pomegranate, which is a symbol of love and fertility. This is why people buy readily such items, which they tend to present to their friends and relatives.

Often, the works of miniature painters present the plots of well-known poems by AlisherNavoi, Omar Khayam and Firdousi and scenes from The Thousand And One Nights, as well as depict the popular heroes of Uzbek fairytales, epic stories, legends and beliefs.

Perhaps, it is the bright colours and oriental fairytales that make the miniature painting one of the most vivid types of Uzbekistan’s traditional graphic art.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Airways” magazine)

sport

Tough to Play with Men on an Equal?

In the Indian city of Chennai, an international competition – the 9th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess Tournament has taken place, which was attended by more than 300 players from 17 countries, including 19 international grandmasters.

The tournament was open, thus women have played on a par with men, including two representatives of Uzbekistan – the female grandmaster Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova and Sarvinoz Kurbanbaeva.

The start brought Gulruhbegim a success, who in the first three games scored three victories. Before the last round of chess throughout the race, it was a chance to a high place. But in the last game the Uzbek chess player lost to the international grandmaster from India S. Grover and, gaining 6.5 points out of 10, ranked only 37th.

Worse performance than the other indicators was by our chess player Sarvinoz Kurbanbaeva - she scored 5.5 points, having suffered three defeats, and was ... outside the top hundred players. And she did not compete with international grandmasters, but players whose rating was even lower than hers.

The Ukrainian grandmaster Adam Tukhaev was victoriuos who collected 8.5 points out of ten.

By the way, according to the site chess.pw, Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova was recognized "most beautiful chess player of the CIS." The winner was determined by the online vote. It seems that this victory of our 19-year-old compatriot was as prestigious as winning any other tournament. But no doubt Gulruhbegim dreams of victories on 64 cells, but in world-class tournaments.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 22

INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 22  

January 31, 2017

 

 

 

the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat.. 1

Islam Karimov’s birthday celebrated all over the country. 1

free economic zone. 1

Investors Get Settled in Jizzakh. 1

28 January, 1992 – The Day OF foundation of Uzbekistan Airways National Airline. 1

Ozbekiston Havo Yollari: reliable wings of independent country. 1

International cooperation.. 1

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Acting President of the Republic of Korea exchanged congratulatory messages. 1

Congratulations to Foreign Minister of Germany. 1

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 1

Legislative chamber sums up 2016 results. 1

Society.. 1

Today, representatives of more than 130 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups, and 16 religious confessions live in Uzbekistan in peace and harmony. 1

 

 

 

 

 


 

the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat

Islam Karimov’s birthday celebrated all over the country

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Samarkand on 30 January on the occasion of the birthday of First President of our country Islam Karimov.

The Head of our state paid a tribute of respect to the memory of Islam Karimov at his burial place. The Quran verses were recited.

Currently, Samarkand is being acknowledged as the city, where, along with world-famous, must-see Registan, Bibikhonim, Shakhi zinda, Khazrati Khirzr sites, the eternal resting place of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the founder of our independence Islam Karimov is located.

Nowadays this place is turned into a revered site with non-stop flow of visitors. Our compatriots, arriving from different parts of the country, are paying a tribute of respect to the memory of Islam Karimov and remembering his noble deeds for the sake of the Motherland and the people.

Under the initiative of the First President, wide-scale works were accomplished in our country. Samarkand region, having undergone remarkable restoration and improvements, is attracting the interest of guests and tourists from all over the world. The creative efforts at the Imam Bukhari complex has received favorable feedback, attention and respect of many statespersons and public figures of the Islamic countries, thousands of visitors.

These noble deeds are continued steadily under the guidance President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

In this regard, the resolution of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On perpetuation of the memory of First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov” on 25 January 2017 was a vivid demonstration of the wish of our people. The resolution envisages naming different sites in our country after our Great Leader, installing his monuments in Tashkent, Samarkand and Karshi cities. On the occasion of 30 January- the birthday of Islam Karimov, commemoration events are being held at educational institutions, military units, labor collectives and communities.

On the same day, the capital Tashkent, the Republic of Karakalpakstan and all regions have hosted charitable plov ceremonies. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the events in Samarkand and Tashkent.

(Source: UzA)

free economic zone

Investors Get Settled in Jizzakh

Jizzakh Free Economic Zone (SIZ) produced goods to 255.2 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 31.01.2017, 1$= 3280.25 soums) and exported to $11.9 million last year.

Today, FIZ companies manufacture brake pads for passenger and freight vehicles, television sets, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, microwave ovens, LED lamps, polypropylene thread, video and IP-phones, telecommunication equipment, Internet modems.

Chinese investors show particular interest to the FEZ. Within the business forum in December 2016, the Chinese and Jizzakh businessmen reached agreements and signed memorandums on 10 projects.

FEZ administrative board together with foreign and local investors is currently working on the implementation of 25 projects of the initial cost of $213.3 million. There are plans to commission the first stage of a foreign enterprise Mingyuan Si Lu Industry in the second quarter of the current year, which is capable of annual production of 24 million square meters of glass.

Established through $109.7 million of Chinese entrepreneurs, the new company will offer 391 new jobs after reaching full capacity.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

28 January, 1992 – The Day OF foundation of Uzbekistan Airways National Airline

Ozbekiston Havo Yollari: reliable wings of independent country

A ceremonial event took place in Tashkent on 28 January on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline.

The event was attended by members of the Senate, deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (parliament) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, members of the government, representatives of state and public organizations and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, officials and veterans of the airline.

A congratulatory message from President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the staff of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline was read out by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, A.Aripov.

Presidential decrees were issued to give the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline a certificate of merit of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and high state awards of the Motherland to a number of workers of this airline. During the event, these awards were presented to them ceremonially.

In accordance with a decree dated 28 January 1992 of the country’s First President, Islam Karimov, “On establishing Uzbekistan’s national airline”, this national airline was created. This was an important step towards the economic development of the country and towards strengthening its independence.

This document set the company tasks relating to the stable development of the civil aviation sector, which is of strategic significance, to ensuring flight safety and to providing services for passengers to international standards.

In Uzbekistan, the state constantly pays attention to improving the work of the national airline. As a result, in a short space of time, the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline took up a worthy position in the world air services market. At the same time, safety, comfort and high quality became hallmarks of the airline.

The civil aviation sector is one of the important sectors that promote the country’s good image and strengthen international ties. Modern and comfortable airliners bearing the state flag’s image and the writing “Ozbekiston” carry out regular air flights to more than 50 countries of the world and charter flights to destinations ranging from Alaska to New Zealand. In the year 2016, Uzbekistan’s national airline provided services for 2.5 million passengers and transported 43 thousand tonnes of cargo.

Over the past period, the air fleet of the national airline was completely modernized with new and comfortable aeroplanes, including those of the latest generation. As a result, the national airline of Uzbekistan took up a firm position in the world air transportation market and ensured a high level of aviation safety.

All these not only show the dynamic augmentation of the country’s economic potential but also help the development of international tourism. After all, tourists prefer to visit countries where a wide range of good and affordable transportation services are provided. Pilots of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline learned to fly such aeroplanes as A-320, Boeing-757/767 and Il-114-100 and began to carry out air flights with new generation aeroplanes such as Dreamliner.

Large-scale work has been carried out to reconstruct airports and reform the system of air traffic control in conformity with modern requirements. Major repairs were made at all the 11 airports of the country. These were modernized and obtained the status of international airport. As a result, the flow of foreign tourists to the country increased, and the level of services provided for them rose. “Tashkent”. “Samarqand”, “Bukhara”, “Urgench” and other international airports won at a number of international contests.

The international logistical centre created at the “Navoi” airport is one of the region’s largest high technology air transportation hubs. Today this centre links our country with such big logistical centres of the world as Frankfurt, Milan, Brussels, Vienna, Dubai, Delhi, Tehran and Shanhgai.

Together with South Korean partners, a big project is being implemented to build a new passenger terminal called “Tashkent 4” to be the most modern in Central Asia. Its throughput capacity will be 1500 passengers an hour. This facility is to be commissioned in 2019.

The conscientious work of the staff of the air fleet of Uzbekistan is properly rewarded by the state. Dozens of specialists of this sphere were awarded titles of honour and medals. Zarkhoja Saidazimov, a pilot-instructor of the national airline, was awarded the high title of hero of Uzbekistan.

The director general of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline, V.Tyan; a pilot instructor, D.Muhammedjanov, the commander of air crew No 2, D.Marufov; and others expressed profound gratitude to the country’s President for the constant support and great attention to the work of the national airline and the high evaluation of the labour of its staff.

The ceremonial event concluded with a concert programme.

(Source: UzA)

International cooperation

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Acting President of the Republic of Korea exchanged congratulatory messages

29 January 2017 - 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea

To His Excellency

Mr Hwang Kyo-ahn,

Acting President of the Republic of Korea

Your Excellency!

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you and the entire people of South Korea cordially on behalf of the Uzbek people on a significant date in the history of our cooperation – the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea.

We highly appreciate that our countries’ mutual relations, which have reached the level of genuine strategic partnership at the modern stage, have a thousand years of history, when through caravan paths of the Great Silk Road our peoples had intensive trade, diplomatic and cultural exchanges.

Today the Uzbek-Korean relations, founded on firm traditions of friendship, mutual understanding and respect thanks primarily to both sides’ political will, are of a mature and mutually advantageous nature.

The Republic of Korea, which has great economic, intellectual and industrial-technical potential and which plays an increasingly prestigious role in world economics and politics, has become one of the most reliable and long-term partners for our country since Uzbekistan obtained state independence.

I would like to note with satisfaction that in recent years our countries were able to achieve significant progress in strengthening the foundations of their cooperation, maintaining a high level of an open and trust-based dialogue, broad interaction and support within international organizations.

Uzbekistan consistently supports the peace-loving and considered foreign policy of the Republic of Korea and its efforts to ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula and to turn it into a nuclear-free zone.

I remember with great warmth your official visit to Uzbekistan in May 2016 and the joint participation in the launch ceremony of the Ustyurt gas chemical complex at the Surgil field, which we view as a bright symbol of our fruitful cooperation and an example to further equally big and significant projects.

During our recent telephone conversation, I was very glad about the reaffirmation of the readiness of the government and business circles of the Republic of Korea to increase Uzbek-Korean cooperation in a very wide range of areas and to search for new ways and possibilities for strengthening the strategic partnership comprehensively.

For my part, I would like to assure you again that the Republic of Uzbekistan and I personally are determined to further step up the trade-economic, financial-investment and technological cooperation with the Republic of Korea. In precisely these areas our countries’ relations had unprecedented development over the past 25 years. This is evident in large-scale joint high-tech investment projects in the energy, chemical, textile and car manufacturing spheres, infrastructure, transport, electronic government and telecommunications.

A session of the intergovernmental commission for trade-economic cooperation that took place in Seoul in 2016 and a meeting of the finance ministers of the two countries made it possible to agree new areas of cooperation in a number of promising sectors.

The dynamically developing cultural-humanitarian ties deserve to be evaluated highly as these help to extend the two peoples’ mutual understanding. In maintaining our countries’ friendly and close relations the large ethnic Korean diaspora, which this year will be celebrating 80 years of living in the generous Uzbek land, play a special role.

I am sure that we will continue our trust-based constructive dialogue and cooperation for the purpose of strengthening the existing firm foundation for our countries’ relations and identifying new promising areas for effective partnership as part of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea.

Making use of this pleasant opportunity, I wish you, esteemed Hwang Kyo-ahn, robust health, wellbeing and success, and wish the friendly South Korean people happiness and further prosperity.

 

With deep respect,

 

Shavkat Mirziyoyev,

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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To His Excellency

Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev,

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Your Excellency,

I attach important significance to the fact that during the 5 January 2017 telephone conversation, You and I mutually confirmed adherence to principles of trust and the development of cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Uzbekistan, and also our personal friendly relations.

The 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries is in this year. In 2006 the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Uzbekistan signed a joint declaration on strategic partnership. And since then the two countries’ mutually advantageous and forward-looking cooperation has been developing consistently in the political, economic, cultural-humanitarian and many other spheres.

Last year, the project of construction of the Ustyurt gas chemical complex at the Surgil field was successfully completed. That is a bright example of our countries’ fruitful cooperation. I hope that other projects being implemented jointly in the petro-chemical sphere and also new future projects will be further examples of effective cooperation between the two countries.

The 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations and the 80th anniversary of Koreans living in Central Asia are important factors in the further strengthening of the relations of friendship and mutual understanding between the Republic of Korea and Uzbekistan. I am sure that the Korean Culture an Art House, the construction of which is being carried out as part of the bilateral cooperation, will bring the peoples of our countries even closer together.

I wish Your Excellency robust health, and wish the people of Uzbekistan eternal prosperity.

 

With respect,

 

Hwang Kyo-ahn,

Acting President of the Republic of Korea

 

Congratulations to Foreign Minister of Germany

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov congratulated Sigmar Gabriel on his appointment to the position of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the letter of congratulations he expressed confidence in further strengthening and developing of the traditionally friendly, multifaceted and mutually beneficial Uzbek-German relations.

“Given your extensive experience as Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, we look forward to qualitative expansion and increasing of the trade-economic, investment and technological, financial and technical cooperation between our countries”, - stated in the message.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Legislative chamber sums up 2016 results