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September 1 - the 26 years of Independence of Uzbekistan


International cooperation

Uzbekistan plans to become full member of ISESCO

“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

The music festival has won hearts

 

International cooperation

Uzbekistan plans to become full member of ISESCO

Uzbekistan plans to become a full member of the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO).

Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, on behalf of Uzbekistan, handed over a written notification on intention of Uzbekistan to joint ISESCO as full member and officially signed the charter of the organization.

The ceremony was held after the meeting between Abdulaziz Kamilov and ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

During the meeting, the general director of ISESCO shared his impressions on his trip to Uzbekistan and participation in the international conference “Central Asian Renaissance in the History of World Civilization” and opening ceremony of the music festival “Sharq Taronalari” in Samarkand.

The parties discussed promising areas of relations between Uzbekistan and ISESCO.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

The music festival has won hearts

On August 30, the XI “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival has come to the end.

Music, song – powerful force that can awaken the deepest feelings in a human soul, inspiring, invoking noble and good deeds. Music does not choose a language and a nation, it is capable of penetrating deeply into the hearts of people without any translator. It brings people closer together, promotes peace, culture, spirituality, exalts the highest human qualities.

“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival has been serving for such noble purposes for twenty years. This festival of art, organized on the initiative of the First President of our country Islam Karimov, over the past time has turned into one of the largest music forums held under the auspices of UNESCO and aimed at preserving and promoting traditions of the national musical culture of people of the world, their rapprochement and unity through art.

This year, artists from 58 countries have presented their own traditions of musical and song art, culture in “Sharq taronalari”. Honored guests – leaders of several authoritative international organizations, who attended the festival, emphasized the role and significance of this festival of art in strengthening friendly relations between people of different nationalities, promoting peace and tolerance, noted that Uzbekistan conducts great preparation for this international forum every time, and events within its framework are always held at the highest level.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in the opening ceremony of the festival and congratulated participants and guests of the forum. This encouraged domestic and foreign artists and musicologists.

As the head of our state noted, at present extremely difficult time, when various challenges, threats and confrontations are intensifying in the world, the role and importance of musical art, which unites millions of people of different nationalities, languages and religions is increasing, the ties of friendship, cooperation and harmony is further strengthening. In this regard, “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival acquires a special meaning.

Participants of the international forum became well aware of this during the events held within the framework of the festival. Songs and melodies of people of the world were heard almost for a week on the main stage in Registan square, as well as in the parks of culture of Samarkand, Akdarya, Pastdargom, Jambay, Samarkand districts, music and art schools, national dances were performed.

Friendship between nations, kindness and mercy, unity and solidarity, peace and harmony were glorified in concert programs organized jointly with artists and young performers of our country. The guests also took part in the festive events under the motto “My love and devotion to you, my dear Uzbekistan!” in honor of the 26th anniversary of the independence of our Motherland.

Exhibitions dedicated to the history of the festival, products of national craftsmanship, musical instruments were organized in museums, handicraft centers and hotels of Samarkand. Excursions were organized around historical monuments, complexes associated with the names of our great scientists, educational institutions, modern manufacturing enterprises.

The international scientific and theoretical conference on “Formation and development of national traditions in a musical culture of people of the East” was held within the framework of the forum. It was devoted to the discussion of important and actual issues in this sphere. At the event, scientists and specialists from more than 20 countries made reports and presentations.

On August 30, participants and guests of the festival, cultural and art figures, representatives of the public of our country gathered at the amphitheater on the majestic Registan square for the solemn closing ceremony of the international music festival.

Speakers at the closing ceremony of the festival – participants and members of the jury emphasized that the festival was organized at a high level. They expressed gratitude to the leadership of our country and the organizers of the forum, as well as to the people of Uzbekistan for their sincere hospitality. It was noted that the opinions and wishes expressed by the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his welcoming speech to the festival participants were reflected in all the events organized within the forum, inspired participants.

The ceremony of awarding winners and prize winners of the XI “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival was held in the amphitheater of Registan square.

Special prizes of UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the directorate of “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival, the khokimiyats of Samarkand region and the city of Samarkand, and other organizations were awarded in a number of nominations.

Representatives of teams from Iran, Indonesia and Turkey came on the stage. They were awarded diplomas of the third degree of the festival.

The second place was taken by artists from Kyrgyzstan and Latvia.

The first place was awarded to the team of Goseong Folk-song Preservation Foundation (South Korea) and the representative of our country Mokhichekhra Shomurodova.

According to the decision of the authoritative jury, the Grand Prix of the XI “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival was awarded to the honored artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan Sahib Pashazade.

The festival ended with a concert program of local masters of arts and young artists, as well as “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan – property of all mankind” musical and light show in 3D format.

(Source: UzA)

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“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

Address by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the Opening Ceremony of the Eleventh «Sharq Taronalari» International Music Festival

Assalomu alaykum, dear guests!

Dear participants of the festival!

Ladies and gentlemen!

Above all, allow me to sincerely welcome you on the ancient and beautiful land of Uzbekistan, in the sublime city of Samarkand.

I congratulate all of you from the bottom of my heart on the solemn opening of «Sharq Taronalari» International Music Festival.

We are especially pleased that such high-ranking guests as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the Organization of Islamic Conference - ISESCO Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri are participating at today’s ceremony.

I am also happy to welcome the Director- General of the Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture - IRCICA Halit Eren, Regional Executive Secretary for East Asia of the International Organization of Folk Art Moon Hyung Suk, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Nikolayevich Lebedev, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Cultural Ties Mikhail Efimovich Shydkoy, President of the Bukharian Jewish Congress of the USA and Canada Boris Kandov and other distinguished guests and representatives of the diplomatic corps who by showing respect to our people regularly participate in such forums.

Taking this opportunity, allow me to express my profound respect and esteem to all participants of the festival by saying «Welcome to Samarkand! Welcome to our dear Uzbekistan!»

Dear friends!

In today’s extremely complex time, when confrontation and conflicts are aggravating, the role and influence of music art, which is capable of turning millions of people of different languages and religions into friends without any interpreter and strengthening cooperation and accord among them is ever growing.

In this regard, this year’s festival is of special essence and significance and it is being held in the historical period of the twentieth anniversary since its establishment.

On this joyous occasion, with profound gratitude we acknowledge the people who have laid the festival’s foundation, enormously contributed to its prestige on the global level and their unforgettable services.

Speaking about this, above all, we pay homage to the bright memory of the prominent political and state figure, the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov. Islam Abduganievich dearly loved and valued «Sharq Taronalari» as much as his native city of Samarkand and its heart - the Registan Square.

In a short period of time the festival gained profound authority for its unique spirit and look, such noble goals and aspirations as strengthening the bonds of friendship among nations, preserving the traditions of music art and developing cultural dialogue.

In this regard, we know well and highly value the commendable contribution of such devoted organizers and participants as you, my dears.

We can speak a lot about a big path traversed by «Sharq Taronalari» festival since 1997, the history of its unique formation and development.

However, in this context I would like to draw your attention to the following figure. If 56 performing artists from 31 countries participated in the festival in 1997, this year 241 skilled singers and musicians from 58 countries are attending the event.

The fact that today «Sharq Taronalari» music festival is recognized as a large international forum of the music world and this name resounds across the world, testifies about the growing prestige and significance of the festival.

Dear participants of the festival!

Standing on this beautiful and unique Registan Square, we are witnessing that Samarkand, which during its 2750 year-long history saw the whole variety of events, is becoming yet more beautiful these days and is turning into the center of the world music art and the real heart of Earth.

It is well-known from historical sources that even six hundred years ago in the time of Amir Temur the skillful musicians and singers from across the globe gathered and held beautiful forums on the land of Samarkand.

And now years and centuries later, the world’s outstanding musicians are gathering in Samarkand again and calling on the world to the unique celebration of art.

We welcome you, our dear guests, as ambassadors of peace and friendship, who express the spiritual world of various nations through music and convey their greetings and kind wishes. We highly value the noble effort of thousands of people of art on the way of countering ignorance with enlightenment, preserving and strengthening high human ideals.

In the course of the festival, my dears, you will be able to showcase the musical heritage of your Motherland and visit our cities and villages, have sincere conversations with our compatriots, make a close acquaintance with the life of Uzbek people, their dreams and aspirations, as well as hospitality.

I am confident that it will widen your impressions about our country and people and be a good source of inspiration for you.

Dear participants of the festival!

I once again congratulate you on today’s festival of art and grace. I wish you a sound health, happiness, best of luck and success to the forum.

Dear friends, today standing on the blessed and generous land of Samarkand, where noble dreams come true, all of us wish for one goal:

Let enlivening melodies resound in all countries of the world!

Let all people in this world always live in harmony and accord!

Let always peace and tranquility be on Earth!

Thank you for your attention.

national airline company Uzbekistan Airways

Training in Real Conditions

Uzbekistan Airways national airline company has launched a new device, a full-flight-simulator (FFS) for Boeing 767.

The presentation of the new equipment took place in the NAC training center. According to the Director General Valery Tian, FFS Boeing 767 is the latest product of the Canadian Aviation Electronics (SAE), equipped with the cutting edge computer software, visualization and mobility systems.

“The new simulator allows going through specific flight situations both in the air and on the ground. Developed in line with international industry standards for high-quality imaging, the visualization system allows calculating complicated and effective visual scenes in nonstandard situations, and the embedded airport database allows flying to anywhere in the world,” noted Tian.

The new simulator is the exact copy of the Boeing 767 cabin. Weighting almost 13 tons, it is installed on a mobile platform with six freedom degrees. It was supplied by SAE this April. Installation, adjustment of software and training equipment was provided by the manufacturer. Testing and acceptance of the simulator by NAC instructor pilots was followed by certification of the State Avia Surveillance of Uzbekistan. An operation certificate was issued based on the results of the qualification assessment.

As a technical support for the new simulator, the Canadian specialists trained 11 Uzbekistan Airways engineers at the NAC Training Center. They received permits for its self-service.

According to experts, the technical outfit of the NAC simulator complex allows training not just its own flight crew, but also offer training services for pilots of foreign airlines.

Presently, the NAC simulator complex operates full-flight simulators Il-114-100 and A320, allowing the flight crew training in optimally real conditions. The commissioning of the FFS Boeing 767 has created a platform for training and retraining pilots for Boeing 767 aircraft without involving foreign training centers.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

Programmed Development

The President of Uzbekistan has approved a Program of Priority Measures on Tourism Development for 2018-2019.

The key objectives of the document include streamlining of regulatory and legal documents, development of international cooperation, ensuring of affordability of traveling to Uzbekistan, development of appropriate infrastructure in all regions, creation of new facilities in this area, as well as promotion of national tourism products in the domestic and foreign markets.

For example, the program provides for the construction of recreation areas in Khanabad of Andijan region, five new modern recreation areas on the shores of the Aidar-Arnasoy lakes in the Farish and Arnasay districts of the Jizzakh region, four-star hotels in Shahrisabz and Karshi, and a hotel complex in the Chimgan mountain range.

Perhaps, for the first time ever, it is planned to pay attention to the organization of a full-fledged beach holiday in Navoi region on the southern shores of the Tudakul Lake for domestic tourism, and on the shores of the Aidarkul Lake for foreign tourists.

The creation of tourist cluster zones similar to those that are currently being built in Samarkand and Bukhara promises to turn massive. Such tourist zones will appear in Tashkent, Urgench and Ferghana, as well as in the Bostanlyk district of the metropolitan region.

It is also planned to raise the level of the proposed tourist product. For this purpose, there are plans afoot to intensify drawing of foreign investments in the future tourist zones and mountain tourist clusters, as well as leading hotel brands in the construction of new hotels, or transfer certain domestic hotel facilities to their management.

Certain preferences are granted to the industry players. For instance, it is envisaged to introduce a practice of allocating loans to entrepreneurs for up to 15 years for the construction of new and upgrade of existing hotels and other objects of tourist infrastructure. At the same time, banks will have to provide businesses with flexible loan and interest repayment terms, taking into account the capital intensity and seasonal congestion of hotels.

In addition, the head of state released hotels from single social payment, and the income of qualified foreign specialists who are invited as hotel management personnel will be released from personal income tax by January 1, 2022.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev also assigned to take the measures needed to dramatically increase the number of ATMs in airports, railway stations, hotels and other tourist facilities that are connected to international payment systems, as well as create additional amenities for business entities when accepting payments in foreign currency, including the introduction of electronic contactless payments.

In addition, Uzbekistan intends to simplify visa procedures for certain foreign states as of January 1, 2018. To implement this task, it is envisaged to create a permanent working group that would be responsible for the development of measures on gradual simplification of visa and registration procedures for foreign citizens with an eye to the dynamics of development of bilateral relations with those countries, and structure of the world tourism market.

In particular, by the end of September, the working group should prepare a list of the countries, whose citizens are subject to simplified visa regime as of January 1, 2018, as well as a list of the states whose residents will be offered targeted pilgrimage (ziyorat) programs.

Concerned ministries and departments should also intensify work to attract tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in pilgrimage tourism to holy places in Uzbekistan, hold advertising campaigns and address logistics issues, including the organization of charter flights.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CULTURE

Uzbekistan: The Palette of Changes

The history of development of culture and art knows no such precedent: in less than a month, the President approved the whole range of decrees and resolutions that address pressing problems in the development of music, cinema, fine and applied arts.

The meeting of the head of state Shavkat Mirziyoyev with representatives of the country's creative intelligentsia on August 3 in Tashkent was the launching pad of all the processes. It was a detailed exchange of views on relevant issues of the development of national culture, literature and art, ways to address important challenges of creative unions and state organizations.

Summing up results, setting priorities

A range of big ongoing projects are called to revive and study the rich cultural heritage of our people. In particular, the establishment of a Center of Islamic Culture in Uzbekistan is currently underway in Tashkent, and Imam Bukhari International Research Center is being built in Samarkand. The Cultural Heritage Research Center of Uzbekistan abroad and the Center for New History of Uzbekistan are currently in the process of establishment. Many initiatives are aimed at raising the culture of reading, development of culture and art centers, establishment of creative schools and centers in the regions, which will be named after our prominent figures of literature and art.

It is worth to mention that the first Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s resolutions were also connected with the development of culture: the ministry that managed two different sectors was divided into two departments: the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, and the Ministry of Culture. The separation was caused by the need to pay more attention to the development of each of the sectors.

The resolution of allocation of a separate building for the Ministry of Culture was an important step. Very soon the major cultural agency will move to a historic building in the heart of the capital. Neighboring the Central Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Trade, it will be a think-tank for the development of one of the most diverse areas of our society's life.

The meeting was the starting point for a new stage in the development of the cultural sector of society. In his report, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, along with development processes of our culture and art and positive trends in this field, critically and impartially assessed some negative phenomena, their impact on the life of society, pointing out to the urgent problems and ways of their solution, deeply analyzed the performance of creative unions, the Ministry of Culture and its subordinate associations and organizations, expressed important and relevant views on their role and mission.

The President criticized the inefficient role and influence of creative unions and government agencies in this area, as they should coordinate creative processes, fully support artists, while the activity of cultural organizations lags behind the requirements of the time, demonstrating the come-and-go style, show-off performance, inertia and indifference.

Crucially, all the decisions mentioned at the meeting were not procrastinated.

Source of inspiration

One of the key and painful points in the development of cultural sector comes to the creation of material conditions for creativity, a worthy reward for the work of representatives of creative professions. Assignment of sponsors for creativity organizations from among the leading banks and industrial organizations was an important step. Meanwhile, on behalf of the newly created public fund with a very symbolic name ‘Ilhom’ (Inspiration), which will accumulate and channel funds for the development of culture, art and journalism in Uzbekistan, it is planned to carry out large-scale programs and projects. It is noteworthy that main revenues of the fund will come from budgetary funds (subsidies) allocated to finance labor costs for employees of the territorial branches of the Composers' Union, the Creative Association of Artists, the Union of Theater Workers and the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan.

It is expected that the revenues will come from leasing of houses of creativity that are transferred to the fund, and temporary accommodation of free funds. The inflows of charitable funds of legal entities and individuals, as well as from other sources not prohibited by law, are also expected.

The fund will finance the expenses related to the content and activities of the Union of Composers, the Creative Association of Artists, the Union of Theatrical Figures and the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan, provide targeted financial assistance to veterans of culture for their contribution in the development. Its pivotal missions include the consistent strengthening of logistical capacity of the institutions it is financing, management of real estate in its charge, targeted and effective use of private funds in the implementation of statutory tasks.

Task number one

Meanwhile, the upbringing of a new generation of representatives of the creative intelligentsia remains among the key objectives. In this context, the development of a system of staff training for the cultural sector remains the most important direction.

The campus of the State Institute of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan was built in the capital several years ago. This year, it was decided to expand the network of its branches. A Fergana branch will now work in Kokand along with the Nukus branch. That would contribute to the preservation and development of the entire diversity of national art.

These days have marked the launch of large-scale transformations in the State Conservatory. According to its Rector Bakhtiyor Sayfullaev, it is planned to take scaled and integrated measures to further improve the quality of educating musicians.

It is symbolic that the State Conservatoire will move to the building of the Republican Commodity Exchange, which was originally a concert hall. After reconstruction, the building will again serve its initial purposes. This suggests that the dream of musicians about a modern concert hall will come true.

Creative associations will actively assist universities in education and training of young specialists.

Music will play

The establishment of the People's Artist's Club, headed by the legendary Farrukh Zakirov, is widely discussed these days. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came up with this initiative at a meeting with representatives of the creative intelligentsia.

"We are to work with creative youth, that is, to advise on how to behave on the stage, how to dress, how to talk, what songs to perform," said Farrukh Zakirov. “In a word, we must preserve the spirit of high-moral art inherent in our performance culture.”

A few days earlier, the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree ‘On organization of activity of the Union of Composers and Bastakors (Melodists) of Uzbekistan’.

“With an eye to aesthetic needs of our people, it is sensible to pay close attention to expansion of opportunities and conditions for effective work of young composers, bastakors, music historians, and all performers in creation of highly artistic works in the contemporary spirit, big musical works, in the development of classical genres like opera, symphony, concert and oratorio,” noted the Chairman of the Union of Composers and Bastakors Rustam Abdullayev. “The Union should focus on the issues of active involvement in the cultural and public life of the country, preservation of national and universal values, the improvement of education, establishment of close cooperation with government bodies, NGOs, creative unions and others.”

The head of the union pointed out to the fact that the resolution stressed the need to expand international cultural and musical cooperation, build mutual exchange of experience with well-known foreign composers and musicologists in order to regularly advance the skills of young composers, melodists and music historians, organize concerts and festivals at a high level, creative evenings and other cultural, educational mass events aimed at stimulation of creativity of composers and bastakors.

The fact that the Decree provides for the creation of conditions for creative activity, recreation and health improvement of Union members is another important aspect. It is planned to locate the territorial branches of the Union by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent municipalities, as well as to provide active composers, melodists and musicologists, Union members, with affordable housing on the basis of preferential mortgage loans.

The initiative of the joint-stock commercial bank Asakabank on the management of the Friends Club of the Union of Composers and Bastakors (Melodists) of Uzbekistan was approved. It provides for sponsorship in repairing the UCB building in Tashkent, strengthening its logistical, creation of an electronic archive and specialized music library of outstanding works, records studio and a Musiqa Ijodkorlari Museum.

Rustam Abdullayev called the need to pay close attention to the broad advocacy of the creativity of composers and bastakors (melodists), strengthen cooperation with known foreign figures of art, hold international and republican music festivals, stimulate young creative workers, and organize competitions in various genres of musical art among the key development thrusts at the present stage.

Focus on artists

By the Decree, the head of state approved the ‘Program of Measures on the Development and Further Improvement of the Activity of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021’, and the composition of the republican commission for its implementation.

“The issues that are important for the cultural life of the country will be assigned a special part. In particular, aiming at the further development of fine and applied arts of Uzbekistan, it is planned to build the integrated creative cooperation and exchange best practices with the world’s foremost art academies, educational institutions and related organizations, cultural figures and art masters," said Akmal Nuritdinov, Chairman of the Academy of Arts . “In particular, it is envisaged to build the building of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan on the territory of the Kamoliddin Behzod National Institute of Arts and Design.”

The measures on coordination of activities of the Creative Union of Artists envisage strengthening of the logistical capacity of the organizations within the system of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, development of rich cultural heritage of our people, and traditions of fine and applied arts and design.

The intention to stimulate the figures of fine and applied art, design, develop children's art, organize primary art education for specialized boarding schools of arts and secondary specialized educational institutions of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan is another important aspect of the document.

The Decree also focuses toward streamlining the activities of educational institutions of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan system in line with foreign practices in an effort to educate highly qualified specialists in fine and applied art, design and folk handicrafts, strengthen international creative and scientific ties, and bring the progress of national art to the world community through active initiation of exhibitions in Uzbekistan and abroad, conduct of conferences, biennale and other activities.

Akmal Nuritdinov pointed out to the acceptance of the proposal of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Culture and Academy of Sciences on the constant replenishment of the country’s museum stock with works of fine and applied art that have been created in the years of independence and are of high artistic value, assessment of their cost based on their material value, as one of key moments of the new program. According to him, that would allow depicting the contemporary state of fine and applied art in museum collections.

Akmal Nuritdinov drew attention to the introduction as of January 1, 2018 of a system of monthly allowance of four times the minimum wage to active members of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan that is not taxed on personal income, as a significant state support for artists.

The domestic cinema

Another resolution of the head of state is aimed at renovation of the structure of the central board of Uzbekkino National Agency and its regional branches (including Korakalpokkino Agency), as well as the Creative Union of Cinematographers of Uzbekistan under Uzbekkino.

Uzbekkino Agency Director Furkat Zakirov singles out an increase in the film production among the most anticipated outcomes. Uzbekkino is assigned with estimated indicators of national film production are established by the state order. In particular, as of 2020, Uzbekistan will produce 30 full-length feature films, 30 parts of documentary, popular science, educational and methodical films, anthology films and film magazines out of 60, 50 cartoons. The production of short films created by young filmmakers in a total volume of ten hours and children's humorous film magazines, as well as rehabilitation, restoration and copying of the best works of national cinematography in modern format will be brought to the proper level.

As part of promotion of the films produced on the basis of state orders in the global market and their demonstration at festivals, they will be provided with subtitles and duplicated in foreign languages.

“The National Cinematography Development Fund is being established for the development of the national cinema and support of young cinematographers at Uzbekkino,” emphasized Furkat Zakirov. “It will be funded through the distribution of films released under state orders and through the private assets of the Fund, mandatory ten percent deductions of the funds coming from commercial ads shown during the screening of such films, income from the placement of temporary free funds in the form of bank deposits and other forms, from the conduct of film and other cultural and social events, as well as charity funds, and others.”

The resolution approves the opening of regional cultural and entertainment complexes under Uzbekkino, which run small film studios and new format cinemas in Karakalpakstan and regions on the platform of youth centers, cultural and leisure facilities of the country, lyceum and college buildings.

As of next year, it is planned to invest the Fund’s assets in the conduct of staff training and retraining courses in cinematography at Uzbekkino, as well as skill academies involving famous filmmakers. Besides, there are plans afoot to organize training of young, talented and promising filmmakers in foreign educational institutions.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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POLITICS

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: who does not want to maintain his army, will maintain someone else’s

International scientific conference “Central Asian Renaissance in the history of world civilization”

The heritage of our great ancestors – a priceless treasure

“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

“Sharq taronalari” brings people and cultures together

CINEMA

22-year-old director Anvar Madraimov from Uzbekistan has won the first prize among young filmmakers at the HollyShorts Film Festival 2017 in Los Angeles, USA

  

POLItiCs

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: who does not want to maintain his army, will maintain someone else’s

A videoconference was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Samarkand.

The Chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of the regions and the city of Tashkent presented reports on activities carried out in the system of defense in the regions.

The President of our country drew particular attention to issues of further improving activities of military educational institutions, strengthening their material and technical base, radically improving the system of training youth for admission to higher military schools.

We must train highly educated, comprehensively mature military specialists, beginning with the lower level, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. For this purpose, activities of 29 academic lyceums will be established. These lyceums must radically differ from other lyceums. It is necessary to educate students of these educational institutions as physically strong, intellectually developed personalities with a broad worldview. We will not spare funds for this sphere. Who does not want to maintain his army, will maintain someone else’s.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions to officials on revising the procedure of celebrating the Day of Defenders of the Motherland, developing a system of its wide celebration as a national holiday.

(Source: UzA)

International scientific conference “Central Asian Renaissance in the history of world civilization”

The heritage of our great ancestors – a priceless treasure

International scientific conference on “Central Asian Renaissance in the history of world civilization” was held in Samarkand.

It was attended by leaders of such authoritative international organizations as the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture – UNESCO, the World Tourism Organization – UNWTO, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – OIC, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – ISESCO, the International Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture – IRCICA, as well as by scientists and specialists from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Japan and other countries, representatives of the leading scientific and educational institutions of the world.

It was noted that this conference, organized under the auspices of UNESCO, as a logical continuation of the international conference on “Historical heritage of scientists and thinkers of the medieval East, its role and significance for modern civilization”, held in Samarkand in 2014, serves to deep study and research of the historical heritage of scientists and thinkers of Central Asia, wide familiarization of the international community with their contribution to the development of exact and natural sciences, Islamic culture, strengthening of cooperation between scientific centers and scientists.

At the opening ceremony of the conference, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai, Head of UNESCO Office in our country Badarch Dendev, Director General of ISESCO Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Chairman of the Executive Committee – the CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev, Director General of IRCICA Halit Eren and others noted the important role of scientists of Central Asia in the world civilization, their contribution to the development of science and culture. It was noted that merits of Imam Bukhari, Imam Termizi and others who authored the hadith collections are particularly significant in the development of Islamic culture, the study and wide propaganda of their heritage is of very actual importance in the present era of globalization. The work carried out under the leadership of the President of our country in this direction, which, as noted, serves as an important factor in uniting people of the world, countering various extremist currents acting under the guise of Islam, was highly appreciated.

At the plenary session of the international conference, reports were heard on peculiarities of Central Asian Renaissance, scientists of this period, scientific work conducted on the study of their heritage, international cooperation in this direction.

Particular attention was paid to various aspects of scientific and cultural revival that occurred in Central Asia in the IХ-ХII and ХIV-ХV centuries, the analysis of contribution of Muhammad Khorezmi, Ahmad Farghani, Abu Rayhan Beruni, Ibn Sino, Mahmud Zamakhshari, Mirzo Ulugbek, Alisher Navoi and other scientists in development of science, into the spiritual heritage of such thinkers as Imam Bukhari, Burkhoniddin Marginoni, Imam Termizi, Abu Mansur Moturidi.

Over 50 reports were heard during the international conference, which has become a convenient platform for the exchange of views and strengthening of scientific and practical relations between domestic and foreign scientists in the sphere of studying the heritage of great scientists and thinkers that played an important role in Central Asian Renaissance. The participants developed recommendations on the discussed themes and determined further tasks in this direction.

The Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan N.Yuldoshev delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the international conference.

(Source: UzA)

“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

 “Sharq taronalari” brings people and cultures together

On August 28, the opening ceremony of the XI “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival was held in Samarkand.

These days the atmosphere of a double holiday reigns in Samarkand – a place of binding different cultures and people. The thorough preparation held for the 26th anniversary of independence of our country and “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival gave a very special look to the city. The enchanting parks and alleys, well-maintained streets, fragrant flower beds are pleasing eyes and cheering up. Guests of the city from around the world, the joy on their faces say one thing – Samarkand is on the eve of a big holiday.

...The Bibi-Khanym mosque as always is full of guests from abroad – India, Australia, Ecuador, Germany and other countries. They look different, speak different languages, but they are united by a common mood of joy, tranquility and sincere enthusiasm.

Art – a means of expressing aspirations, joys and cares, inner experiences of a human being. Music is especially strong in this, the language of which is understandable for everyone. Music acquaints and brings people and cultures together, establishes a strong spiritual connection between them.

Anyone who visits Samarkand today can feel the festive, friendly atmosphere reigning here. “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival, established on the initiative of the First President of our country Islam Karimov 20 years ago, is held for the eleventh time.

The festival, organized every two years, serves as a reliable means of ensuring the needs of people of the world in cultural dialogue.

Madrasah Sherdor, Tilla-Kori, Mirzo Ulugbek seem even more beautiful and majestic in the rays of the sunset. These historical monuments, which together form a unique ensemble, give the event a special comfort and high spirit. The square is filled with spectators gathered for the opening ceremony of the “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival. Among them – participants and guests of the festival, fans of art, musicologists, domestic and foreign journalists, tourists.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the festival.

The head of our state, welcoming the participants and guests of “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival, emphasized the deep humanistic spirit and philosophy, the important role of this festival in strengthening friendship among people, developing cultural dialogue, preserving the traditions of classical music, wished success to the festival.

...A large theatrical concert program begins in honor of the opening of the international music festival. Enchanting melody flows above the square. Penetrating into the heart and mind, it evokes bright memories, gives birth to magical images, carries to the beautiful distance. This is the power of music.

Why is the festival uniting people of the world held in Samarkand? A convincing answer to this question we find in the history itself.

Since ancient times, trade between people of the West and the East has been conducted through Samarkand, different cultures have been touched and mutually enriched here. This city was considered a bridge between two parts of the world, the center of the Great Silk Road. Merchants from Samarkand drove caravans to China, Iran, Egypt, India and Byzantium. “Rome in the West, Samarkand in the East” expression became very popular, because these cities for the colossal role in the fate of mankind became famous as “eternal cities”.

During the reign of the great Amir Temur, new pages were opened in the history of Samarkand. In the era of Amir Temur and Temurids, Samarkand was not only the capital of the state, but also the most beautiful city, a major economic, political and cultural center of the whole East.

Kuksaroy and Bustonsaroy palaces were constructed inside the city walls, craft workshops, markets, caravanserais, hospitals, other cultural and public buildings operated. The gardens of Bagh-e Behesht, Bagh-e Dilkusha, Bagh-e Shamol, Bagh-e Baland and others have become famous all over the world. The Bibi-Khanym mosque, the mausoleum of Amir Temur, the Shakhi-Zinda complex, Mirzo Ulugbek madrasah and many other famous architectural monuments still attract travelers from all over the world.

In Samarkand – one of the major scientific centers of our time, traces of our great ancestors, such as Mirzo Ulugbek, Khoja Ahror Vali, Kozizoda Rumi, Ali Kushchi, Sharafiddin Ali Yazdi, Davlatshah Samarkandi, Alisher Navoi, Abdurahmon Jami and others, remain.

...Uzbek classical songs and incendiary dances are giving a real pleasure to all spectators.

The musical art in our sacred land was developed from ancient times. The well-known historian Sharafiddin Ali Yazdi in his book “Zafarnoma” wrote about musical evenings at the court of Amir Temur: “Sweet voice singers sang different ghazals and compositions. The Turks and the Uighurs, the Mongol and the Chinese, the Arab and the Persian – each sang in their own way”.

And today it is difficult to find a village or a makhalla in our country in which there would not be a singer or a musician. Almost every Uzbek family has musical instruments – dutar, dombra, doira, which also speaks of the boundless love of our people for art.

In the years of independence, a great work was conducted on studying and further developing the national musical art. Shashmakom, Katta ashula, Askiya are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as masterpieces of world culture. The State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, dozens of theaters and palaces of culture, colleges and lyceums, children’s schools of music and art have been erected. Many contests and festivals contribute to the discovery of young talents, inspire the achievement of new milestones.

“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival is a vivid example of special attention paid to music and art in our country.

The authority of the festival is growing, the geography of its participants is expanding. The interest of countries, international organizations and prominent artists of participating in it is increasing from year to year. If the first festival, held in 1997, involved representatives of 31 countries, then this year, artists from almost 60 countries came to the forum. The festival is held under the auspices of UNESCO, which testifies to its high authority.

There are many other famous and recognized music festivals in the world. But “Sharq taronalari” has a special place among them, because it combines all kinds of art – music, songs, and dances. The uniqueness of this festival is widely celebrated by its participants, representing all the continents of the world.

...The performance is becoming more and more fervent. Classical songs, folkloric melodies and national dances are exciting hearts. The audience is singing along to the artists.

Tourists traveling to ancient Samarkand are looking reverently at Registan. They are spending hours in front of this beautiful and majestic complex, fascinatedly listening to the magic melodies spreading around...

“Sharq taronalari” serves to preservation and development of achievements of the world’s people in the field of music, strengthens friendship and cultural ties between people, bring people together around noble ideas, promote talented youth and further strengthen international creative ties through art.

Participants of the international music festival, in addition to performances on the main stage in the Registan square, are also presenting their concert programs in Akdarya, Samarkand, Pastdargom and Jambay districts. Meetings are held in parks and alleys, theaters, makhalla guzars, children’s music and art schools.

Participants and guests of the music festival are visiting the unique historical monuments of Samarkand, abundant markets with products grown in our country. They are getting acquainted with the great success achieved by the selfless labor of our people in the years of independence, with large-scale creative work conducted in Samarkand.

(Source: UzA)

CINEMA

22-year-old director Anvar Madraimov from Uzbekistan has won the first prize among young filmmakers at the HollyShorts Film Festival 2017 in Los Angeles, USA

The childhood of the young filmmaker passed in Yunusabad district of Tashkent, Shahriston Street in particular. He studied at the high school under the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, and then enrolled in the academic lyceum at the Turin Polytechnic University. After graduating from the lyceum, three years later, he continued his studies in Los Angeles, then at the New York Film Academy.

From an early age, he was engaged in painting. He was a movie fan; he watched a lot of films and always wanted to understand what the director wanted to bring to the viewer. He studied at the music school at the Conservatory in Tashkent.

Anvar has not yet made a feature film, he is on the way to this. As the director he has created many short films, several clips and advertisements. He participated in the filming of full-length and documentary films.

Hollyshorts Film Festival is designed only for short films, and it is one of the best festivals in California State. This year about 4 thousand films from 65 countries took part in it. As a result, 400 movies were selected for screening in the cinema, including Anvar Madraimov’s ‘A Birthday Card.’

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 


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POLITICS

Shavkat Mirziyoyev began his trip to Samarkand from visiting the final resting place of Islam Karimov  1

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the mausoleum of Imam Bukhari 1

President of Uzbekistan received Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization. 2

OFFICIALLY.. 2

President signs law “On establishment of the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. 2

Mirziyoyev signs law “On establishment of the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan”  2

International cooperation.. 3

Mosud Mannan: We have complete mutual understanding and expertise of fruitful cooperation. 3

Abdulaziz Kamilov receives Chairman of CIS Executive Committee. 5

Uzbek FM, UNWTO chief discus development of cooperation. 5

Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov receives new Ambassador of Latvia. 5

Israel appoints new Ambassador to Uzbekistan. 5

the eleventh plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan   6

On August 24-25, 2017, the eleventh plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held. 6


POLItiCs

Shavkat Mirziyoyev began his trip to Samarkand from visiting the final resting place of Islam Karimov

On August 27, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Samarkand. The head of our state began his trip to the region from visiting the final resting place of the First President of our country Islam Karimov.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid flowers at the grave of Islam Karimov.

The President of our country inspected activities that have been carried out in the complex.

A memorial complex is being built in the city of Samarkand in accordance with the resolution of the head of our state “On perpetuating the memory of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov” of January 25, 2017.

On April 14, 2017 the President of our country during the trip to Samarkand region got acquainted with the project of this complex and gave instructions on its improvement. In accordance with them, a large-scale construction and landscaping activities were carried out here. The mausoleum is erected from marble and granite, decorated with inscriptions of ayats from the sacred Koran. Wise sayings of Islam Karimov are written on the portals under the arch in Uzbek, English and Arabic. The territory adjoining the complex is expanded, all conditions are created for visitors. The mausoleum of the First President of our country is harmoniously combined with the mosque of Hazrati Khizr.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave recommendations on completion of construction and landscaping work in the complex, further improvement of conditions for visitors, improvement of the cemetery.

(Source: UzA)

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the mausoleum of Imam Bukhari

An international scientific research center of Imam Bukhari is being created at this complex at the initiative of the head of our state.

The initiative of the head of our state on establishment of the international scientific research center under the memorial complex of Imam Bukhari, the activity of which will be aimed at studying of the rich and multifaceted heritage of our great ancestors, who had made a huge contribution to the development of Islamic culture and human civilization, was widely supported by the public of our country and the international community.

A large-scale creative work is being conducted here. The President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his trip to Samarkand region on April 14, 2017, got acquainted with the construction of this center.

During the visit of the head of our state to Saudi Arabia on May 21 of this year, a Memorandum of understanding was signed between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Development Bank on the establishment of an international scientific research center named after Imam Bukhari.

Currently, the construction of the center is actively continuing. The head of our state noted the need to build this center in accordance with modern requirements, enrich its activities with spiritual content, establish scientifically sound work on promoting the rich heritage of our great ancestors.

The President of our country is provided with information on projects for the improvement of Nurafshon street connecting the Dakhbed street of the city of Samarkand and the Imam Bukhari complex in Payarik district, the construction of modern houses, trade and service facilities along the street.

(Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan received Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization

On August 27, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai in Samarkand, who is in our country to participate in “Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival and the international conference on “Central Asian Renaissance in the history of world civilization”.

The head of our state, welcoming the guest, noted with deep satisfaction the dynamic and fruitful cooperation with the specialized UN institute in the sphere of tourism.

Uzbekistan joined the World Tourism Organization in 1993, since 2004, its Regional office for the Great Silk Road is operating in Samarkand. During the years of partnership, dozens of significant joint projects aimed at revealing the rich tourism potential of Uzbekistan, as well as its promotion in the global tourism market have been implemented.

In October 2014, the 99th session of the Executive Council of the Organization was successfully held in Uzbekistan, during which the Agreement on further expansion of cooperation in the sphere of tourism and development of the “The Great Silk Road” brand was adopted.

At the meeting, perspective directions of further expansion of practical cooperation in the sphere of tourism were discussed.

The main attention was paid to issues of implementation of coordinated measures on popularizing the tourism destination in Uzbekistan and the Central Asian region, development of new types of tourism and popular tourism products, creation of modern infrastructure that meets international standards.

Taleb Rifai expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and highly appreciated the ongoing reforms on development of tourism as a strategic branch of the state economy in our country.

He emphasized that the World Tourism Organization intends to actively support and participate in programs and projects on development of tourism in Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY

President signs law “On establishment of the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a law “On establishment of the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan” on 25 August 2017.

The law was passed by the Legislative Chamber on 14 August 2017 and approved by the Senate on 24 August 2017.

According to the law, the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan will be celebrated on 30 June.

It should be recalled that at the IV congress of the Civic Youth Movement “Kamolot”, held on 30 June 2017, a decision was adopted to organize Uzbekistan Youth Movement on the basis of Kamolot. At the congress, it was proposed to announce 30 June as the Day of Youth of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Mirziyoyev signs law “On establishment of the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan”

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a law “On establishment of the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan” on 25 August 2017.

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted the law on 1 August 2017 and the Senate approved the document on 24 August 2017.

“Establish the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the second Sunday of December,” the law reads.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International cooperation

Mosud Mannan: We have complete mutual understanding and expertise of fruitful cooperation

In Bangladesh, a universal yarn made from Uzbek cotton is used for the production of ready-made garments. These goods are distributed all over the world, and interestingly, it can be found in Uzbek stores. But why should it come here from third countries? This question during an interview with UT was raised by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bangladesh Mosud Mannan.

- Mr. Ambassador, you recently attended the Tashkent International Conference “Central Asia is the main priority of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy”. What do you think about Tashkent’s new regional vector?

- Uzbekistan has always demonstrated a clear commitment to cooperation between fraternal countries while preserving its sovereign interests. It should be noted that the republic has made a great contribution to strengthening political, cultural and economic relations with other countries. Stability in neighboring nations increases the level of security in Uzbekistan. The international community highly appreciates Tashkent’s foreign policy aimed at preserving and cementing peace throughout Central Asia.

In general, it can be stressed that Uzbekistan forms its relations with neighboring countries on the basis of a multilateral system of partnership, and the government makes every effort to maintain the geopolitical balance in the region. Such a strategy and a favorable social environment allow for creating new prospects and opportunities for enhancing the cooperation between states and peoples. In practice, we have seen a number of projects that have already been successfully implemented. One of them dealt with improving the transport system between Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Oman. Another brilliant case in mind is the construction of road bridges across the Amudarya River. Such schemes have the potential to expand business opportunities and can be seen as an example of consolidating partnership among bordering nations.

In addition, similar joint projects stimulate closeness between fraternal countries. And, to be sure, such a positive trend will benefit both Uzbekistan and the entire world community as a whole.

- It is the fourth year you are in charge of the diplomatic mission in Uzbekistan. Probably, you’ve had opportunity to visit many regions of our country and explore the potential for cooperation there. Please share your experience.

- During my four years as head of the diplomatic mission in Uzbekistan, I have visited almost all the cities of the republic and enjoyed their beauty. It was an excellent chance not only to get acquainted with the rich historical past, but also to study the current state of the regions, outline new directions for wider cooperation. And I must stress that our countries have very extensive opportunities for developing ties and intensifying existing friendly bonds. This perspective concerns especially the bilateral trade and business relations. For example, in Bangladesh, a universal yarn made from Uzbek cotton is used for the production of ready-made garments. This product is distributed all over the world, and interestingly, it can be found in Uzbek stores, where it gets through third countries. Certainly, it would be more profitable if mass-produced clothing were acquired without intermediaries, directly in Bangladesh.

Uzbek textile manufacturers can learn from the rich experience of Bangladesh, drawing on our skilled workers and specialists. At the same time, Uzbekistan can use the vast emerging markets, which in recent years have been specially created for the growth of the middle class.

I should note that in my country there is a growing demand for manufactured goods, such as cars, as well as fresh and dried fruits, processed fruit juices.

- What can Uzbekistan be interested in?

- Uzbekistan may be interested in pharmaceutical products manufactured in Bangladesh, frozen seafood, jute products, furniture, which, by the way, meet world standards.

There are also many opportunities in the tourism sector. Everyone knows, and Bangladeshis are no exception, that Samarkand and Bukhara have a unique history and culture. Among our travelers there are many who wish to visit the land of the Temurids, because they have deep cultural roots connected with the Uzbek people.

In addition to the majestic minarets and turquoise domes of Uzbek mosques, what also fascinates the eye is the diverse landscape of your country: lakes, rivers, deserts, deep picturesque canyons and breathtaking mountains. Such environmental data themselves determine the development of eco- and sports tourism, which will attract visitors not only from Bangladesh, but also from around the world.

And, of course, we must not forget about the cultural and educational spheres. Therefore, the Embassy, ​​setting its own goals, pays special attention to the exchange among scientists, artists, teachers, journalists and athletes of the two countries.

- A visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Tashkent was planned for this month, but it has not taken place...

- Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, has had to postpone his visit for an indefinite period.

You know that there was a flood in Bangladesh, which is considered the most destructive in the last 50 years. Many infrastructure facilities have been destroyed, farms, crops and animals have been washed away. We hope that the water will recede and people will return to their old life, start rebuilding their homes and farms.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made every effort to provide assistance to people affected by the disaster. The state quickly developed extensive rehabilitation programs to make the economy work after flood water recedes. The entire Cabinet, together with Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam, is involved in supporting the affected people.

I cannot help saying a few words about the visit itself. It was organized to bolster the already existing and successfully operating bilateral relations between our countries. But we are not going to stop there and plan to enhance trade relations, focusing on the cotton industry and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, we have big plans to improve interaction in education, which involves an expanded exchange of students and academic staff to participate in a variety of educational programs. We do not lose hope that, after the situation is stabilized, the Foreign Minister will visit Tashkent and hold scheduled meetings.

- We are just a few days away from the significant event – the 26th anniversary of our country’s independence. What will you wish the Uzbek people on this date?

- On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on behalf of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, I am happy to congratulate the Uzbek people on this remarkable event. Important reforms implemented in this country under the First President Islam Karimov and under the auspices of the current President, His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the great achievements of the people themselves in building a new democratic state and civil society are truly fantastic. We hope that your country will continue to prosper and achieve success in all areas.

If we follow the dynamics of our relations, from the moment of establishment of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, we can observe significant progress. Today we have complete mutual understanding and experience of fruitful cooperation. It is sincerely believed that these fraternal relations will continue to grow. I wish the people of Uzbekistan eternal peace, happiness and every success in all endeavors for the prosperity of this great nation!

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Abdulaziz Kamilov receives Chairman of CIS Executive Committee

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergei Lebedev.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Lebedev arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in international events in Samarkand - the conference “Central Asian Renaissance in the History of World Civilization” and the music festival “Shark Taronalari”.

The parties discussed topical issues on the agenda of the CIS, preparations for forthcoming meetings of the Council of Heads of State (Sochi), the Council of Heads of Government (Tashkent) and the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth.

The sides exchanged views on promising areas of further development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the CIS.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Uzbek FM, UNWTO chief discus development of cooperation

On 27 August 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov held talks with the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai.

On 26 August, the head of the UNWTO arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in an international conference "Central Asian Renaissance in the History of World Civilization" in Samarkand.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on state and prospects of deepening relations between Uzbekistan and the UNWTO, in which Uzbekistan has been involved since 1993.

Abdulaziz Kamilov and Taleb Rifai noted mutual interest in consistent realization of existing potential of cooperation, based on rich historical, architectural, cultural heritage of the Uzbek people.

The parties discussed issues of establishment of the Regional Commission for Central Asia under UNWTO and other issues of mutual interest.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov receives new Ambassador of Latvia

On 25 August, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia Michaels Popovc.

The Ambassador handed the Minister a copy of his credentials.

During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on topical issues of Uzbek-Latvian agenda, the perspective directions of further development of cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres and the interaction in the format of "Uzbekistan – European Union".

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Israel appoints new Ambassador to Uzbekistan

On 25 August, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel Eduard Shapira.

The Ambassador handed the Minister a copy of his credentials.

The parties during the conversation discussed the state and prospects of development of Uzbek-Israeli relations, especially in trade-economic and investment spheres.

The sides also exchanged views on some regional and international issues.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

the eleventh plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

On August 24-25, 2017, the eleventh plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held

It was attended by members of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of ministries and departments, representatives of other organizations, the mass media. 

The session was chaired by the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis N.Yuldoshev. 

The senators considered the Laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On dissemination of legal information and ensuring access to it”, On protection of children from information that is harmful to their health”, “On the Commissioner under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the protection of the rights and legal interests of business entities”, “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the appeals of individuals and legal entities”, “On elections to the district Kengashes of people’s deputies of the city of Tashkent”, “On establishment of the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, envisaging the establishment of the Day of Youth of the Republic of Uzbekistan on June 30, “On establishment of the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan” envisaging the establishment of the second Sunday of December each year as the Day of Agricultural Workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic Uzbekistan on human rights (Ombudsman)”, “On introducing amendments and addenda to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with the improvement of the institute of inquiry”, “On introducing amendments and addenda, as well as on invalidation of certain legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. 

The senators noted the importance of amendments and addenda that are being introduced to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On operative-search activity”. 

In accordance with the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of March 14, 2017 “On measures of further improving the system of preventing and combating crime”, amendments and additions are being introduced to the laws “On the Prosecutor’s Office”, “On openness of activities of the state governing bodies and administration”, “On prevention of neglect and delinquency among minors”, “On prevention of offenses”, as well as to the Criminal, Criminal Procedural, Labor, Tax, Family Codes and the Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan on administrative responsibility. 

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of February 3, 2017 “On measures of further improving of the makhalla institute”, a number of amendments and additions are being introduced to the Tax Code and the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On civil society institutions”. 

Amendments and additions are being introduced to the laws “On guarantees of activity of nongovernmental nonprofit organizations” and “On social partnership” in accordance with the State program on implementation of the Strategy of action. 

According to the senators, further democratization of state governance system, enhancing the role of public, deputy control over the activities of government will contribute to amendments and additions introduced in accordance with the Strategy of action to the laws “On Prosecutor’s Office” and “On state governance at places”. The senators paid special attention to discussing amendments and additions introduced to the Laws “On Nature Protection” and “On Subsoil”. 

The senators considered the issue of changing the boundaries of the city of Toytepa (the name of the city has been changed to Nurafshon) and Urtachirchik district of Tashkent region and classifying the city of Toytepa to the category of cities of regional subordination, as well as determination of the city of Toytepa as an administrative center of Tashkent region, on changing the borders of the city of Yangiul and Yangiyul district of Tashkent region, as well as classifying the city of Yangiyul to the category of cities of regional subordination, and on changing the boundaries of the city of Akhangaran and Akhangaran district of Tashkent region, as well as classifying the city of Akhangaran to the category of cities of regional subordination. The approval of these proposals of the Government will contribute to the improvement of administrative and territorial structure of Tashkent region, the effective management of territories, further improvement of the environment for residents, will provide dynamics for development of tourism sphere. 

The senators considered the issue of changing the name of the city of Toytepa of Tashkent region. The name “city of Toytepa” has been replaced by “the city of Nurafshon”. 

The senators also considered the issue of introducing amendments to the composition of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan. As well as the issues of introducing amendments and additions to the Ethical Rules of the Senate members of the Oliy Majlis, election of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Budget and Economic Reforms and other issues related to the competence of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

The senators approved the appointment of A.Azamkhujayev as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Turkey. M.Jumagaldiyev was elected as chairman of the Committee of the Senate on Budget and Economic Reforms. 

(Source: UzA)


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OFFICIALLY

Uzbekistan to celebrate Kurban Hayit on 1 September

Economy

What Is Advantageous about Tashkent Transformers?

the eleventh general session of Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Senators Approve Vital Bills

Society

To Khashar on the Call of Heart

The experience of the Uzbek mahalla as mechanism of providing human interests was presented to other countries

HISTORY

From the Treasury of World Civilization


 

OFFICIALLY

Uzbekistan to celebrate Kurban Hayit on 1 September

On 24 August the President of Uzbekistan signed a Resolution "On celebrating Kurban Hayit".

Taking into account the appeal of administration of Muslims of Uzbekistan on the coincidence of the first day of Eid al-Adha with September 1 (Friday), September 1 was declared a holiday.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

economy

What Is Advantageous about Tashkent Transformers?

Upgrade and renovation of low-voltage electric grids, as well as implementation of measures to reduce energy intensity, introduction of energy-saving technologies in the economic and social sectors, has motivated the country’s leading manufacturer of electrical equipment Toshelectroapparat FE LLC to establish the production of energy-efficient power oil-tight transformers of TMG type with a capacity ranging from 25 to 2,500 kVA.

The Chief Design Engineer for Transformers Enver Vililyaev has introduced us into details:

“Transformers of TMG type, developed and manufactured by Toshelectroapparat, have no counterparts in Central Asia in their technical parameters. They have a small-sized design and advanced characteristics, particularly reduced losses and off-load current, optimal indicators of short-circuit losses, significantly reduced acoustic (noise) characteristics (by 50%).

They are designed with the latest technical solutions that increase reliability, reduce operating costs, and are available owing to advanced technological equipment, particularly oil filling equipment by AMC company (Italy). It makes it possible to completely avoid the contact of oil with the environment, thereby excluding its hydration, oxidation and slagging. Before pouring, the oil is degassed, and is poured into the tank under a deep vacuum, ensuring removal of air particles from the insulation, thereby preventing oxidation of the oil, and providing high electrical strength of transformer insulation.

The oil-filling equipment by AMC is unique and has no counterparts in our country. Transformers by other manufacturers do not degas the oil. Degassing of transformer oil produced by our company allows avoiding its testing both during storage, commissioning and during operation. The thing is that the degassed oil does not change its properties during the whole service life of the transformer. Most importantly, the service life of the transformer increases to 30 years, it does not require any preventive maintenance, ongoing and major repairs during the entire lifetime.

Our transformer production also includes a drying chamber and a testing laboratory by AMC. In our country, such equipment is available only at Toshelectroapparat. The drying mode is carried out according to the approved technological processes.

The testing laboratory allows conducting a full-fledged acceptance testing, as recommended by GOST 11677-85 ‘Power transformers. General specifications’.

The introduction of TMG type transformers produced by Toshelectroapparat LLC has allowed reducing idling losses up to 40%, off-load current to 500%, short circuit losses to 20%, and total losses have been reduced by 25% compared to transformers of the Russian Federation and CIS countries. The reduction of transformer losses saves nine million kWh of electricity per year, and thereby, the payback period of our products ranges between one and one and a half years.

The plant is currently localizing imported components (from Turkey or the Russian Federation), including a switching device of NLTC type, plugs, float oil indicator, brass inputs LV and HV, safety valve, contact clamps. Full localization of imported components is scheduled for late 2017.

It is worth to mention that the manufacturing cost of transformers has been reduced by assembling a magnetic system with a minimum number of stages in line with European standards, application of a new scheme of regulation of the higher voltage winding, and reduced consumption of active materials (electrical steel, metal windings, transformer oil, insulating materials).

As assigned by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the electrical equipment supplied to customers has an optimized price due to product localization and application of innovative, constructive, technological solutions that allow reducing the product cost.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

the eleventh general session of Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Senators Approve Vital Bills

Yesterday, August 24, the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan began its eleventh general session in Tashkent, to be continued today.

The members of the upper house of parliament started their work with consideration of the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the dissemination of legal information and ensuring access to it. The bill provides for the normative regulation of the dissemination of regulatory and legal acts adopted in our country, the introduction of effective mechanisms to communicate their essence and significance to executors and the general population.

Afterwards, the senators approved the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on protecting children from information that is harmful to their health. It was noted that the act will ensure the protection of the younger generation from destructive information traumatizing their psyche, and also restrict children’s access to information that is damaging to their health.

The session participants considered the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the Commissioner under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Protection of Rights and Legitimate Interests of Entrepreneurs. The bill will help protect the rights and legitimate interests of business entities, build up effective dialogue between the government and bodies corporate, and stimulate the activities of the business community.

During the plenary session, the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan on appeals of individuals and corporate entities in a new edition, on the Establishment of the Day of Youth in the Republic of Uzbekistan, were also discussed and approved by senators.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

To Khashar on the Call of Heart

In preparation for the celebration of the Independence Day, a nationwide khashar (collective improvement works) was carried out across the country on 19-20 August, in which over 18 million of our compatriots took part. 12.4 million of them was the youth.

This event was conducted in all regions of the country, the most distant kishlaks (villages) and auls (remote residential area), in all organizations, institutions and enterprises, as well as gatherings of citizens. Within two days more than 40 thousand hectares of lands were landscaped, 27.4 thousand kilometers of irrigation-drainage system were cleaned, 734 sacred places and more than 9 thousand cemeteries were put in order.

In many mahallas of the republic, construction works to erect hundreds of household and retail outlets, sports facilities, beauty salons, mahalla guzars (centers) were completed. In addition, new offices of mahallas, children's sports grounds were commissioned.

Khashar, which is the age-old traditional value of our people, is an invaluable educational event, a lesson of mercy and kindness. It strengthens the feelings of love and devotion to the Motherland in the hearts and minds of youth.

Exactly on the days of its conduct, the traces of kindness, humanism, good-neighborliness, rendering assistance to those in need formed in the atmosphere of the mahalla and the development of the tradition inherent in our people are filled with new content.

In the days of the khashar, elderly and disabled people, single old people who lost their bread-winners, poor families were helped to repair 615 thousand square meters of living space. Needy families, disabled people and lone old people were provided with material assistance amounting to 5.5 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 25.08.2017, 1$= 4182.30 soums), of which by the fund "Mahalla" - 900 million soums.

Those noble acts that united our people fanned the whole country and contributed to the implementation of another thousand such cases, which will become a solid basis for their continuation.

"I am grateful to all my compatriots for repairing my house during the khashar", says a disabled person from the second group of the "Oltin vody" mahalla in the Arnasay district of Jizzakh region, Negmat Soliyev. "The fence was tidied up by, the leaking roof was repaired, the kitchen was cleaned up. Now I will celebrate the holiday with a great mood”.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

The experience of the Uzbek mahalla as mechanism of providing human interests was presented to other countries

Analytical material "The mahalla— a unique civil society institution in Uzbekistan" was presented by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations (New York city) and distributed as an official document on item 68 ("Promotion and protection of human rights") of the agenda of the 71st session of General Assembly of the United Nations.

The document has been translated into all official languages of the organization - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, and it is available in the Official Document System of the United Nations.

The full text of the document is given below.

 

The mahalla— a unique civil society institution in Uzbekistan

 

In Uzbekistan, the mahalla dates back to ancient times as a powerful seat of culture, an effective citizens’ self-governing body, the entity closest to the people and a unique civil society institution. The role and significance of mahallas has always been invaluable in carefully preserving the multi-ethnic Uzbek people’s national and universal human values, culture, way of life, thoughts and spirituality that have been passed down for generations.

It was during the years of independence that, for the first time in the history of the nation State, citizens’ assemblies were enshrined in article 105 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan as territorial self-government units. The participation of self-governing bodies in specific areas of public life has been regulated in over 100 laws and regulations, as part of implementing the concept “from a strong State to a strong civil society”.

Over the past five years alone, laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan have been adopted and implemented on citizens’ self-governing bodies and on elections of the chairman (aqsaqal) of a citizens’ assembly and his advisers, as well as some 20 provisions relating to the work of mahallas and their public bodies. Skills development training courses have been held for workers in this sector. A popular educational television channel called Mahalla has been produced and a popular mass-circulated newspaper Mahalla has also been published.

In order to establish the organizational and legal framework for mahallas and to enhance the legal culture and skills of employees within citizens’ self-governing bodies, the Mahalla public charity foundation was established in 1992. It has an extensive network of subdivisions operating in each district and town of Uzbekistan. Over the past 25 years, the foundation has been performing a range of tasks aimed at integrating mahallas into modern democratic society, specifically helping to improve the organizational framework of mahallas, expanding their functions and ensuring their close cooperation with the public and administrative authorities.

Today, some 10 thousand citizens’ assemblies operating in our country are successfully performing over 30 socially and economically significant tasks that had previously been carried out by the local government authorities.

As noted by the President of Uzbekistan, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the State attaches particular importance to effectively harnessing the opportunities provided by mahallas, enhancing the legal culture in society and strengthening respect for the law among citizens. The mahalla is set to become an even more efficient body offering real assistance to the people, a “window of justice” and a place where people can express their views and outline their proposals and problems, which undoubtedly will further strengthen the people’s trust in the State.

The decree of the President of Uzbekistan on measures for the further improvement of the mahalla institution, dated 3 February 2017, marked the beginning of a new phase in the development of this system. The mahalla institution is being successfully improved to meet modern needs.

In accordance with this decree, the following five priority areas have been identified to further improve the mahalla institution:

Strengthening the place and role of citizens’ self-governing bodies in society and transforming them into local entities that provide real assistance to people;

Further improving the relevance and authority of mahallas in creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, kindness and charity, fostering social cohesion and preserving and developing national and universal human values;

Bolstering cooperation between citizens’ self-governing bodies and governmental and non-governmental organizations in raising young people who are physically and mentally healthy;

Expanding the direct involvement of mahallas in ensuring public order and safety, the early reporting of offences and increased respect for the law among citizens;

Introducing effective mechanisms in order to protect rights and legitimate interests, coordinate the work of citizens’ self-governing bodies and ensure common law enforcement practice within the mahalla system.

In accordance with the above decree, the national coordination council of citizens’ self-governing bodies has been granted legal personality. Its subdivisions are formed by councils in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and in the city of Tashkent, as well as provincial, district and municipal councils.

In order to implement the main tasks and new norms approved by the decree, a programme of comprehensive measures is being implemented that includes specific activities to further improve the work of the councils and provide support for citizens’ self-governing bodies.

In order to upgrade the facilities of citizens’ self-governing bodies, children’s playgrounds have been built and lifestyle amenities developed for mahallas under territorial programmes for the period 2017-2021. By 1 December 2018, measures will be taken to build “mahalla centre” model projects in districts and towns.

A modern “mahalla centre” complex has separate rooms with furniture, computers and relevant reading materials for the mahalla chairman, secretary, consultants, advisers and crime prevention officer. “Mahalla centre” projects also include facilities that shape the lives of modern citizens such as tea rooms, bakeries, beauty salons, shops, sports grounds and children’s playgrounds.

Today the kengash [committee] of citizens’ assemblies is a fine-tuned mechanism that includes the chairman, advisers to the chairman on elderly, veteran and youth affairs, consultants, the executive secretary, the adviser to the citizens’ assembly on questions of religious education and spiritual and moral upbringing, the head of the “Mahalla posobni” public organization, the local crime prevention inspectors, and also the heads of educational institutions and rural health centres (family clinics) located in the territories of citizens’ assemblies.

Citizens’ self-governing bodies have commissions that successfully cover the following main areas of work of the citizens’ assemblies: reconciliation; education and spirituality; social support; work with women; children, youth and sports; the development of entrepreneurship and family businesses; the environment, nature conservation, landscaping and greening; and public oversight and consumer protection. Depending on the urgency of the issues in the territory concerned, a citizens’ assembly may also set up other commissions pertaining to its main areas of activity.

In the context of the “Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests” initiated by the President of Uzbekistan, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, mahalla leaders and activists are engaged in law making and in work related to preventing offences, enhancing legal awareness among the public, especially youth and women, assisting socially vulnerable segments of the population, promoting physical culture, sport and healthy living, organizing recreation for boys and girls and protecting the environment. The teaching of entrepreneurship skills and the use of e-Government services are particular areas of focus.

Public oversight by citizens’ self-governing bodies, concerning enforcement and effective implementation by government authorities of their duties to resolve urgent public issues, plays an important role in providing meaningful feedback between society and the State and in further improving the social and spiritual atmosphere in families and mahallas.

In all of this work, citizens’ self-governing bodies and the Mahalla public charity foundation cooperate actively with Youth Union of Uzbekistan, the Women’s Committee, the Nuronii Foundation for the public support of veterans and other civic organizations.

Uzbekistan has put into practice the principle that the entire mahalla is responsible for each child. All the strengths and capabilities of the State and society are mobilized to educate young people in a spirit of national and universal values. In this task, government bodies rely on mahallas, whose assets include veterans and mothers with tremendous life experience, knowledge and spiritual capacity. The numerous sporting events organized by mahallas help boys and girls to grow physically strong and healthy.

The mahallaiftihori badge was established in July 2017 and will be awarded to proactive citizens and representatives of civic institutions that have made a worthy contribution to implementing the tasks entrusted to the citizens’ self-governing bodies.

Today the Uzbek mahalla is a seat of learning. Libraries are gradually being organized in buildings of citizens’ assemblies, for example, with mahalla bibliophile weeks held on site. Mahalla centres have libraries that are well stocked with books, including e-books, as well as computers with Internet access. This is important in organizing substantive leisure activities for people and enhancing a culture of reading among young people.

Community councils dealing with relations between families, mahallas and schools and “parents’ universities”, whereby parents assume their responsibility for protecting their child, help teachers in the education of children, increase the role of parents in the child development process, and bring together schools and families in preventing pupils from developing harmful habits. Parents, health-care professionals and educators systematically discuss and develop collective solutions to problems of concern to young people and young families.

The modern Uzbek mahalla functions like a genuine school of democracy and lives as one family. Mahalla leaders and activists are informed about the status, successes and challenges of each family. They spread the message of cohesion and harmony. That is why people join citizens’ assemblies, share their views and proposals, and discuss and find solutions to their concerns.

Ancient and forever young, the Uzbek mahalla is the common home of ethnically diverse representatives. Inter-ethnic harmony within citizens’ assemblies and the further strengthening of friendship, cohesion and mutual respect are important for enhancing the independence and development of the nation and the well-being of its people.

The 2017-2021 strategy of action on five priority areas for the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, adopted in February 2017, seeks to strengthen the role of non-governmental, community-based organizations and local self-governing bodies, including the relevance and effectiveness of the mahalla institution in public administration. That task has been carried out successfully.

The current experience of Uzbekistan reaffirms the validity of this unique institution for independent action whereby citizens address issues of local significance based on their interests, historical development characteristics, national and spiritual values, and local customs and traditions. Mahallas are successfully engaged in democratic transformations based on the following principles: the rule of law; the precedence of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of individuals; democracy; openness; social justice; autonomy in local decision-making; public recourse; social partnership; and respect for local customs and traditions.

Thanks to the mahalla Uzbekistan has, for centuries, developed and maintained specific principles for the population governing their social and economic behaviour, respect for community values and ethical relationships, which guarantees that they unconditionally fulfil their commitments and responsibilities to society. All of this, alongside high levels of trust between citizens in mahallas, is a prerequisite for the formation of civil society.

Today the experience of the mahalla, as a unique institution for building a democratic State and forming a strong civil society, can be used effectively in other countries that are moving towards democracy.

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

HISTORY

From the Treasury of World Civilization

Samarkand will host August 28 an international conference ‘Central Asian Renaissance in the History of World Civilization.’ In this connection, we offer you to get acquainted with the view of Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Mirzohid Rahimov on this academic issue. He is deeply convinced that the historical heritage of the thinkers of Uzbekistan and Central Asia is a factor in strengthening the modern inter-civilization dialogue.

The modern world system represents a variety of processes of interaction and mutual influence. There are different opinions about the development of world processes. Thus the concept of inter-civilization dialogue has a whole complex of relations - from political-economic to cultural aspects and is aimed at expanding cooperation. Without a doubt, the adoption of a civilization distinction is a prerequisite in the modern development of relations between different countries and regions of the world. In the context of complex globalization processes, historical legacy and international humanitarian cooperation - a key aspect of national, regional and global dialogue and sustainable development, are of great importance.

Uzbekistan and Central Asia have the richest and unique cultural heritage that is part of the treasury of world civilization. Thinkers of our region played a huge role in the development of mutual exchange by the achievements of the material and spiritual culture of the peoples of the East and Europe. An important condition for the spiritual revival of Uzbekistan turned the use of the legacy of outstanding educators who lived in the period of the Eastern Renaissance. The whole world knows the outstanding discoveries in the field of mathematics, astronomy, geodesy, mineralogy, pharmacology, medicine, social science of our great ancestors including Muhammad Al-Khorazmiy, Abu Rayhon Beruniy, Abu Ali ibn Sino - Avicenna, Mirzo Ulughbek and many others. Thus, with the name of Khorazmiy, the invention of the concepts of the ‘algorithm’ of the decimal system and ‘zero’ is connected. The work of Abu Ali ibn Sino ‘Canon of Medical Science’ for 500 years was used in the most famous European universities as a textbook for all students. Mirzo Ulughbek is the astronomer who, in the 15th century, built an observatory in Samarqand and created a celestial map.

Possessing encyclopedic knowledge, Abu Rayhon Beruniy could conduct a deeply scientific discussion with a specialist in any branch of science - from mathematics and astronomy to poetry and history. He even predicted the existence of the American continent 500 years before its discovery. Beruniy perfectly spoke in Arabic, Persian, Sogdian, Sanskrit, Syrian, Hebrew, Greek and other languages. All his works about the traditions, culture and history of other peoples are permeated with the spirit of the highest respect for them. The famous modern American scientist Professor S. Frederick Starr notes that Beruniy was a bridge between the ancient world and European researchers; he made his discoveries through the systematic and rigorous application of logical reasoning, being not limited to religious dogmas and secular concepts.

Further, Frederick Starr says that for several centuries Central Asia was the intellectual hub of the world. The thinkers of the Central Asian region played a huge role in the development of mutual exchange of achievements in the material and spiritual culture of the peoples of the East and Europe. The works of Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Socrates, and Hippocrates were translated into Arabic. In turn, the works of Muhammad Khorazmiy, Ahmad Farghoniy, Farobiy, Abu Ali ibn Sino who hugely contributed in the medieval achievements of the West - mathematics, astronomy, medicine - were translated into Latin. According to the well-known economics historian Professor Andre Gunder Frank, Central Asia has for many centuries been an important link between different parts of Asia, as well as between this continent and Europe, which defines the region as Centrality of Central Asia. German scientist Adam Metz notes that the humanism of the medieval European Renaissance would not have been possible without an early ‘outbreak’ of philosophy in Central Asia. All this, of course, proves the inconsistency of various one-sidedly oriented concepts of the development of East and West and confirms the unity and interconnectedness of historical processes in various regions of the world.

It should be noted that the theory and practice of the state and society was also the subject of discussion among many thinkers and statesmen of Central Asia. So, Al-Farobiy was the first of the medieval thinkers to develop the doctrine of the features and structure of social life. In his work ‘Treatise on the views of the residents of virtuous city’, he noted that the art of government presupposes both theoretical knowledge of general laws of government and practical activity in this sphere. Governance of the state, in his opinion, is of two types: the first leads the citizens of the state to true happiness, the second - to the illusory, the false. The great statesman of the Seljuk state, Nizomulmulk, described in detail the principles of state government, the rules of upbringing, the moral qualities of rulers and officials, and the outstanding medieval poet Alisher Navoi, the qualities of ‘perfect man and ruler.’ Many historical sources report on the need to educate the high spirituality and education of diplomats, their devotion to the service of their state, which testifies to the high requirements in those days for the training of personnel in the field of diplomacy and interstate relations. The views of Farobiy, Nizomulmulk, Navoi and other thinkers of Central Asia had an important influence on the creativity and views of a number of European statesmen and scholars, such as Machiavelli, Vambery, Hegel, Dante, Nietzsche and others.

The great Indian statesman and thinker Jawaharlal Nehru notes that the dynasty founded by Bobur played a huge role in the history of India’s development. Indeed, the Boburids made a great contribution not only to the development of statehood, but also to the strengthening of inter-ethnic and inter-confessional tolerance in India. The commonality of historical processes is an important factor in the development of international relations between Uzbekistan and many Asian countries.

It is also important to note that for many centuries the ancient land of Uzbekistan remained the focus of education and science, one of the centers of world civilization, and the desire for knowledge has always been an integral part of the mentality of our people.

It should also be noted the outstanding achievements and skillful diplomacy of Amir Temur, which contributed to the unification of a number of European and Asian states in a single space of civilizational dialogue, which was a unique phenomenon for medieval times. The words of Amir Temur, “The counsel, prudence, deliberation are ten times more useful in politics than the force of weapons”, are not only the quintessence of all his activities, but also relevant for the present, since they contain the principle of preventive diplomacy, when disputes and conflicts are resolved through political dialogue. These principles are taken as the basis for the activities of UN and other international and regional organizations, and their subsequent implementation on a global scale will be of great importance in international relations.

Modern Uzbekistan continues the tradition of developing intercultural and inter-civilization dialogue. For many centuries of coexistence by representatives of different faiths, traditions of mutual respect and tolerance were established here.

Uzbekistan and other countries have become active participants in various projects for the revival of the Great Silk Road, which stimulate economic and political cooperation of young states in Central Asia among themselves and the developed states of Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Thus, for many centuries Uzbekistan and Central Asia have been the most important focus of education and science. The greatest merit of the great thinkers of the Medieval is that they promoted the ideas of humanism, enlightenment and mutual respect. Scientists from the Central Asian region were distinguished by high academic mobility, playing a huge role in world civilization.

Modern complex world and regional processes require the search and deepening of dialogue and cooperation and in this process the role of the historical heritage is enormous.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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POLITICS

President of Uzbekistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. 1

OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO INDIA.. 2

Abdulaziz Kamilov and Vice-President of India held talks. 2

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with his Indian counterpart 2

Uzbek FM meets with Advisor to Prime Minister of India. 2

Society.. 2

Uzbekistan: More Than 32 Million. 2

 

POLItiCs

President of Uzbekistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

On August 23, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov, who is in our country on a working visit.

The head of our state warmly welcomed the guest and sincerely congratulated I.Shuvalov on the appointment as a chairman of the Russian part of the joint Intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.

The important role of this commission was particularly noted in ensuring full-scale implementation of the agreements reached during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation on April 4-5, 2017, as well as the effective promotion of new programs and projects of mutually beneficial cooperation in various sectors of the economy.

It was emphasized that dynamic development of bilateral relations is being observed.

The volume of mutual trade is steadily growing: in the first seven months of this year, the trade turnover has increased by 14 percent and exceeded 2,6 billion US dollars. At the same time, growth is observed in all major export and import positions. Since July, the “green corridor” for the supply of Uzbek fruit and vegetable products to the Russian market has begun its full-fledged activity.

Joint work is being conducted on implementation of priority investment projects with involvement of the leading Russian companies and banks.

Among them, there are major projects in the oil and gas complex on conducting geological exploration and development of promising fields with increasing hydrocarbon production, construction of Kandym gas processing and Djizzak refineries, modernization of the industry, as well as in the sphere of supplying gas and oil.

Implementation of projects on development of Yoshlik-1 field with the construction of a copper-concentrating complex and a metallurgical plant in Tashkent has begun in the sphere of metallurgy.

Cooperation in machine-building, automotive, electrical, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, food industries, tourism and many other areas is expanding, including at the level of the regions of the two countries with active involvement of small businesses.

In general, today there are about 1 thousand enterprises with participation of Russian capital in Uzbekistan. Representative offices of 60 Russian companies are accredited in our country.

Humanitarian relations continue to develop, joint projects are being implemented in the spheres of healthcare, education, sports, culture and art.

During the meeting, issues of further development of practical cooperation between the two countries, as well as accelerating implementation of investment projects and preparing new promising programs in high-tech industries were considered in detail.

The guest expressed sincere gratitude to the head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The First Deputy Prime Minister confirmed the readiness of the Russian Federation to develop and strengthen full-scale cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan in the spirit of strategic partnership and alliance.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO INDIA

Abdulaziz Kamilov and Vice-President of India held talks

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting in Delhi.

The meeting was held within the framework of the official visit of the Uzbek delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov to India.

Venkaiah Naidu noted that Uzbekistan and India should increase mutual trade up to US$1 billion by March 2018.

He noted that Uzbekistan and India have close cultural and historical ties. He expressed his satisfaction with the fact that a number of cultural events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries were held in Uzbekistan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, in his turn, expressed hope that this visit of the Uzbek delegation to India will help to identify new areas of cooperation and will bring relations between the countries to a new level.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with his Indian counterpart

On 22 August, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.

The parties exchanged views on the Uzbek-Indian agenda, prospects for development of political, investment, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres.

The ministers confirmed mutual interest in interaction within the SCO.

Abdulaziz Kamilov invited Sushma Swaraj to the international conference, set to be held in November this year in Samarkand under the auspices of the UN.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Uzbek FM meets with Advisor to Prime Minister of India

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov held a meeting with Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India on National Security, Ajit Kumar Doval.

The meeting was held on 22 August within the framework of the official visit of the Uzbek delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov to India.

During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues of cooperation between Uzbekistan and India.

The sides noted the positive dynamics of the Uzbek-Indian dialogue aimed at further developing relations in all areas of mutual interest.

The sides also exchanged views on situation in the region, including changes in the situation in Afghanistan and other international problems.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Society

Uzbekistan: More Than 32 Million

As of July 1, the population of Uzbekistan was 32.345 million people, having increased by 224.5 thousand since the end of 2016 or by 0.7%. The urban population totals 16.353 million (50.6% of the total population), and the rural population - 15.9 million (49.4%). Preliminary data are published by the press-service of the State Statistics Committee.

In the first six months of 2017, a total of 311.9 thousand children were born, which is 6 thousand less than in the corresponding period of 2016. The birth rate was 19.5 per thousand.

The most significant decline in the birth rate observed in Tashkent, Kashkadarya, Ferghana, Khorezm, Jizzakh, Namangan, Bukhara, Samarkand regions and Karakalpakstan.

The number of deaths for January - June was amounted to 78.8 thousand people, compared with the corresponding period in 2016 increased by 4.9 thousand. The mortality rate was 4.9 per mille (in January - June 2016 - 4.7 per mille).The mortality rate significantly increased in Andijan, Jizzakh, Kashkadarya, Namangan, Surkhandarya, Ferghana, Khorezm and Karakalpakstan. The decline of the mortality rate was observed in Tashkent, and its lowest level was registered in Kashkadarya, Bukhara, Jizzakh and Samarkand regions.

62.1% of total mortality is cardiovascular diseases is, 8.8% - neoplasms, 5.5% - digestive diseases, 5.4% - accidents, poisoning, trauma, 5.1% - respiratory diseases, 1.7% from infectious and parasitic diseases, 11.4% from other diseases.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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Investments

The President of Uzbekistan has signed a decree on the establishment of small industrial zones (SIZ) on the basis of idle production areas and land plots in the Tashkent region

International cooperation

Delegation of Uzbekistan to participate in International Forum in Bishkek

OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO INDIA

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with Minister of State for External Affairs of India

Foreign Minister meets with representatives of analytical centers of India

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with representatives of science and culture of India

India hands over copies of Babur`s manuscript to Uzbekistan

 

investments

The President of Uzbekistan has signed a decree on the establishment of small industrial zones (SIZ) on the basis of idle production areas and land plots in the Tashkent region

The real state property on the territory of the zones will be allocated to business entities for long-term lease for a period of ten years, with subsequent transfer of ownership, subject to the fulfillment of business plans, creation and retention of jobs, timely payment of all taxes and other mandatory payments.

At the same time, entrepreneurs will be provided with unique terms - a zero rent rate for the use of immovable state property located in the territory of SIZ.

The land plots on the territory of SIZ will be allotted by governors of respective districts and towns. It is planned to establish interagency working groups, headed by district prosecutors, in each district and city, where small industrial zones are located, in order to ensure their smooth operation, and provide practical assistance to economic entities on SIZ territory.

The companies operating on the territory of the zones will be exempted from legal entity property and profit tax, as well as single tax payment for a period of two years. The benefits can be extended for another two years, provided that no less than 30% of the total output is exported.

All these opportunities will be available under the condition of investing at least 3,000 times the minimum wage (one minimum wage is 149,775 soums) (currency rates of CB RU from 23.08.2017, 1$= 4182.30 soums). In case if the annual revenue of a company is less than 2,000 times the minimum wage, the benefits will be canceled.

The Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan is getting prepared to open a $50 million credit line to co-finance projects in SIZ in the Tashkent region in October. In this case, the funds can be used solely for the purchase of imported equipment and components. It is important that entrepreneurs are now entitled to repay loans in national currency at the rate of the Central Bank.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Delegation of Uzbekistan to participate in International Forum in Bishkek

On August 25, 2017, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis Boriy Alikhanov will participate in the work of the International Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems in Bishkek.

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

OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO INDIA

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with Minister of State for External Affairs of India

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov held a meeting with the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Mubashir Javed Akbar.

The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Abdulaziz Kamilov is in Delhi on an official visit.

The sides discussed the state and prospects of the Uzbek-Indian dialogue, current international and regional problems, the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

The sides noted the positive dynamics of interstate relations, a new tempo and tonality, which was set by the bilateral meeting within the session of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in June.

It was noted that Uzbekistan and India prioritize strengthening of mutually beneficial relations in trade, economic and investment spheres.

The parties noted that on 22 August a business forum will be held with participation of representatives of leading companies and companies of Uzbekistan and India. The business forum presents a real opportunity for entering into joint projects in various fields of the economy.

The sides also exchanged views on development of cooperation within the UN, the SCO and other international organizations.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Foreign Minister meets with representatives of analytical centers of India

On 21 August, the delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met with leaders and experts of the Institute for defence studies and analysis under the Ministry of defence of India, Vivekananda International Foundation and Observer Research Foundation of India.

Reputable Indian analysts and experts with a special interest saw the presentation made by the Minister, followed by details of the Action Strategy, approved by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Abdulaziz Kamilov answered all questions raised by the Indian participants, including on specific issues in the field of international security and stability, some problems of a regional nature.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Abdulaziz Kamilov meets with representatives of science and culture of India

On 21 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with representatives of the academic and cultural circles of India in Delhi.

The meeting saw leading scientists of the University named after J.Nehru, University named after Jamia Milliya Islamia, socio-cultural organization "Unity Foundation Delhi", Indian Council for cultural relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, activists of the International Foundation named after Babur.

The parties exchanged views on issues of expanding and strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties, contacts between scientific and educational institutions of Uzbekistan and India.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

India hands over copies of Babur`s manuscript to Uzbekistan

In accordance with the program of the official visit, the delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov visited the National Museum of India, which is the main historical and artistic treasury of the country that has the richest collection of antiquities, archaeological treasures of ancient civilizations, as well as exhibits of culture and ethnic diversity.

Currently, the Museum houses more than 200 thousand artworks of Indian and foreign origin.

Guests were also presented a special gallery dedicated to the subjects of Central Asia, mostly related to the era of the baburids.

In the framework of the presidential order on the repatriation of artifacts of historical and cultural heritage of the Uzbek people, the Embassy of Uzbekistan agreed with the Indian side regarding the official transfer of the copies of the manuscript of Babur, stored in the National Museum.  Those manuscripts include “Diwan-I-Babur", which dates back to the 1528 year and contains Rubaiyat written by the poet, as well as miniatures "Wedding ceremony of Prince Darra Shikoh" of 1640.

After meeting with the exposition, the Director General of the National Museum of India, Buddha Rashmi Mani formally handed over the Uzbek delegation copies of the manuscript and miniatures that will be transferred to the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

 

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INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 164 August 22, 2017

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OFFICIALLY

The President of Uzbekistan has approved a program of measures to develop the jewelry industry

CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF THE ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION

Enlightenment Key to Security

 

OFFICIALLY

The President of Uzbekistan has approved a program of measures to develop the jewelry industry

The cancellation of the excise tax on jewelry sold in the retail trade network since January 1, 2018 will be the strongest incentive for the industry.

In addition, jewelry manufacturers are exempt from excise tax and value added tax on jewelry sales, as well as export tax by January 1, 2020. At the same time, all released funds should be invested in the reconstruction and modernization of production, and replenishment of current assets.

Meanwhile, there are some new requirements. As of October 1, 2017, the production of jewelry and other precious metal products will legal solely by a license of the Precious Metals Agency at the Central Bank with the cancellation of the previously issued registration certificate of the State Assay Chamber.

The procedure of sales of precious metals to manufacturers of jewelry products will face significant changes as well. They will now have to apply to authorized commercial banks specifying the amount needed for production. In turn, the commercial banks will form a general order and forward it to the Central Bank.

The central bank will allocate precious metals in the form of plates weighing from 100 grams, for the national currency on a full prepayment basis, based on the price of the morning fixing of the London Stock Exchange of precious metals in terms of net weight of precious metals. The State Research and Production Enterprise ‘Phonon’ will embark on the production of such plates since October 1, 2017.

Commercial banks sell precious metal plates to jewelry manufacturers without the right of subsequent resale with a margin of no more than 1%.

By October 1 of 2017, the Central Bank will open branches of the State Assay Chamber in the regions of the republic. They will deal with determination of the jewelry sample and branding. The regulator is currently preparing proposals to revise the established size of the assay collection, envisaging the allocation of a part of the incoming funds for strengthening of the logistical capacity.

The head of state entrusted the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and the Association of Jewelers to develop a program of measures on the follow up development of the jewelry industry for 2017-2021, and submit it to the government by October 1, 2017.

Banks have received their share of benefits too. They are released from the value added tax and mandatory contributions to state trust funds for the sale of precious metals by January 1, 2020.

The leader of Uzbekistan has initiated the first major project in the country's jewelry industry. In particular, it is planned to establish a n up-to-date jewelry production on the basis of the state enterprise ‘1-Zargarlik Korhonasi’ in Tashkent by the end of 2018. Asaka Joint-Stock Commercial Bank is entrusted with this initiative.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF THE ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION

Enlightenment Key to Security

The leadership of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its members today highly appreciate the efforts undertaken by Uzbekistan during its chairmanship in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the organization in 2016-2017.

With what has enriched Uzbekistan the OIC agenda during its presidency? We have approached with this question the chief research fellow of the Institute of Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Utkir Kodirov.

Outcomes palpable

On October 18-19, Tashkent hosted the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, and Uzbekistan assumed presidency in the institution. The head of our state in his speech announced the main priorities of the then forthcoming work. One of the widely discussed was Shavkat Mirziyoyev's initiative to set up Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand. The idea has found full support of Muslim countries, and the organization adopted a special resolution on this.

The creation of such a center in Samarkand is quite logical. The work Al-Jami'a al-Sahih of the great hadith scholar and famous theologian Imam Bukhari has served as the second most important written source of Islam for nearly twelve centuries since the advent of the Holy Koran. And every year Muslims from many countries of the world aspire to visit the native land of the scientist - in Bukhara and visit his grave in Samarkand. Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Termez are widely known throughout the Muslim world as centers of Islamic science and spiritual values. Here, the traditions of scientific schools were formed, which made an invaluable contribution to the development of enlightened Islam.

Comprehensive and in-depth studies of the works of these scientists will be conducted at the center being created.

Islam is a very peaceful and tolerant religion. But in some regions of the world it is associated with violence and terror. One of the reasons is insufficient knowledge about Islam.

The center is tasked with spreading the true values of enlightened Islam not only in the Muslim world, but throughout the international community. This, in turn, will prevent young people from falling under the influence of religious extremism and terrorism and to develop immunity in the younger generation against destructive ideas.

In this context, it is worth noting that at the summit of the Arab-Muslim countries and the USA, which took place in May this year, the Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Islamic Development Bank President Dr. Bandar Hajjar. The latter highly appreciated the efforts of our country and the endeavors spearheaded under the leadership of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to communicate the true values ​​of enlightened Islam. Commenting on the signed Memorandum between the IDB and Uzbekistan on the construction of the Imam Bukhari International Research Center, Dr. Hajjar stressed that the Islamic Development Bank is also considered a bank of Uzbekistan. These words are a vivid proof of the attitude of the Islamic world towards the homeland of Imam Bukhari and his descendants.

The Center for Islamic Culture has been opened in Tashkent. Speaking about its objectives, the head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev said at the conference devoted to ensuring social stability, preserving the true essence and substance of the sacred religion Islam, that the center will act under the general motto “Enlightenment against ignorance”. The venue is to practice comprehensive study of the rich historical, scientific and spiritual heritage of our people, as well as its wide dissemination in the world community.

Inconvisible facts

From the first days of its chairmanship in the OIC, Uzbekistan put forward the slogan “Education and enlightenment is the path to peace and creation”. Recent studies of the UN Counter-Terrorism Center show that today terrorist groups are targeting young people.

The number of young people aged 18 to 24 years in the world is 1.8 billion

The head of the center, Mr. Khan, notes that a young man with access to the internet quickly absorbs radical ideas. However, at present, emphasis is mainly placed on the fight against terrorism, and not on countering the spread of radical ideologies. About 80% of internet users trust the information from social networks, which creates fertile ground for manipulating the consciousness of young people.

The leitmotif of the speech of the head of our state at the session of the Foreign Ministers Council was the thesis about preventing the involvement of the younger generation in the activities of various terrorist and radical structures. “We need to focus on the education, spiritual and moral enlightenment of youth, the formation in them of the desire for knowledge and self-development, explanation of the genuine values ​​of Islam, which have always called for us to kindness, peace and tolerance,” stressed Mirziyoyev. The President raised these pressing issues both at the Astana Summit of the SCO in June 2017, and at meetings with imams and the youth of Uzbekistan.

In the context of globalization, there is barely any country not concerned with new challenges and threats. The motto advanced by Uzbekistan has been acknowledged by the leaders of many nations as a timely proposal to raise the international community’s attention to the issues of spiritual and moral enlightenment of the growing generation.

In particular, at the summit of Arab-Muslim countries and the US, the Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud said that in combating extremism, it is essential to spread the principles of moderation and tolerance. The US President Donald Trump also put forward his constructive proposals. We will wage an uncompromising struggle against terrorism and extremism. We must unite along this path, Trump said.

It was decided at the summit to establish a Global Center to Combat Extremist Ideology in the capital of Saudi Arabia. Uzbekistan wholeheartedly supported that initiative.

Outside ideology

It is known that the Islamic world has a huge economic, human and investment potential. Their rational use, enhancement of international trade and financial cooperation of OIC member states will allow for achieving high development rates. The population of the Muslim world is 1.6 billion people. From the economic point of view, this is a huge market for business.

Thanks to the efforts of Uzbekistan, a five-year OIC program for the countries of Central Asia was adopted, which, inter alia, envisages provision of financial and technical support from the IDB in the expansion of transport, energy systems, as well as the improvement of agriculture and trade in the countries of the region. The total amount of the project is $ 6 billion.

Strategic objectives

Counteraction to religious extremism, terrorism, creation of a security belt around Uzbekistan, of an atmosphere of civil peace, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony within the country, the formation of conditions for the development of enlightened Islam are the priorities that are being consistently implemented in our country today. They are included in the Strategy of Actions along five priority development areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

The OIC Secretary General and representatives of other international organizations have highly appreciated the adopted Strategy. The international community recognizes our country’s achievements in the field of human rights. Thanks to this, Uzbekistan’s standing in the world has been rising, the image of the state playing an important role in ensuring regional security, peace, stability and prosperity is being affirmed.

Proceeding from the outcomes of the practical works carried out during chairmanship in the OIC Foreign Ministers Council, Director of the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Akmal Saidov, was elected member of the Standing Committee on Human Rights of the OIC.

On July 10-11 this year, in the city of Abidjan, in the framework of the regular 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, OIC officially handed over the chairmanship to Côte d’Ivoire. The efforts to deliver strategic goals are set to continue.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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POLITICS

Creation of modern conditions for the population – today’s requirement 1

OFFICIALLY.. 3

Institute of Arts and Culture to open branch in Ferghana region. 3

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3

Uzbekistan sets up Fund for support of entrepreneurship development 3

International cooperation.. 4

Abdulaziz Kamilov: Central Asia a Key Priority. Not a Declaration, But a Conscious Choice. 4

On official visit of delegation of Uzbekistan to India. 6

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 7

Constructive Suggestions Taken into Account 7

POLItiCs

Creation of modern conditions for the population – today’s requirement

On August 18, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Bekabad.

The head of our state got acquainted with the activity of “Uzbek metallurgical combine” JSC.

This combine is one of the largest production facilities of our country. The enterprise processes scrap and waste of ferrous metals, produces finished rolled products, enamelware and other consumer goods.

The President of our country got acquainted with the activities of special workshops of the enterprise.

The enterprise is working on six large-scale economic projects with a total cost of about 635 million dollars.

One of the projects – processing of scrap and waste of ferrous metals. With its launch at full capacity, an opportunity will be created for the production of 138,2 thousand tons of ferrous metal products, as well as enamelware and other consumer goods. As a result, about 3 thousand workplaces will be organized.

In accordance with another ongoing projects, a steelmaking and foundry complex will be built, production of hot rolled steel sheets will be organized. This project is planned to be implemented in two stages.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev talked with workers and employees of the plant, got acquainted with created conditions for their productive activities and recreation.

Recently we have visited the city of Almalyk. Almalyk and Bekabad are the cities of metallurgists, regions with developed industry. Therefore, we must develop two cities in parallel, make sure that people living there are satisfied with their lives. In this regard, we announce a competition on development between the two cities. Fr om September 1, 2017 to September 2018, we will trace the development trends of both cities. This will be a healthy competition between the cities, and not between metallurgical plants, wh ere the prices in markets, conditions that are being created for the lives of citizens will be taken into account. Involvement of new enterprises, creation of additional workplaces – everything will be taken into account. Such healthy competitiveness will play an important role in the dynamic development of the two cities, said the head of our state.

The head of our state paid special attention to such actual issues as training of personnel, provision of youth employment and training.

We have to give a modern education to our young people, to bring up a worthy youth, starting from preschool age, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of our country visited “Shudring” (“Dew”) preschool educational institution No.5, subordinated to Bekabad city department of methodological support and organization of activity of public educational institutions, got acquainted with conditions created for children here.

Information on the current state of pre-school educational institutions in Tashkent region was provided. Currently, there are 406 pre-school educational institutions in the region. They cover 61 thousand 755 children.

The head of our state, on the example of the city of Bekabad, noted the need to develop a program for the full coverage of preschool children by educational institutions. At the same time, he emphasized the necessity of assigning a broad role to private kindergartens.

The head of our state, during trips to the regions of the country, regularly conducts dialogues with the population, gets interested in people’s living conditions, pays special attention to issues and problems concerning them. This was also reflected during the meeting with residents of multi-storey houses belonging to the “Metallurg-madad” private homeowners association in the territory of “Pakhtakor” makhalla in the city of Bekabad. More than 750 people are living in 234 apartments of 8 multi-storey houses of this association. The roofs of the houses are repaired, old pipes in the cellars are completely replaced, modern doors with code locks, security surveillance cameras are installed in the houses. This serves to ensure peace and tranquility in the territory. Modern playgrounds are built around the houses.

However, there are also problems worrying residents. In particular, the heating system is not working in the houses. This state of affairs is observed not only in this association, but also in almost the entire city of Bekabad. Providing drinking water is also one of the problems concerning the population. Although there is drinking water, its quality does not meet the requirements.

The President of our country noted the need to install gas-fired boilers in houses that are produced in “ARISTON THERMO-UTG” joint venture in Navoi region on the basis of preferential credit.

All our activities are aimed at meeting the needs of people, raising the level and quality of their life, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Therefore, we will provide all multi-storey houses that do not have heating in Bekabad with individual gas-fired boilers, allocate necessary funds for this. Gas-fired boilers installed in apartments will be provided to the population on the basis of preferential loans.

Achievements we have achieved today are the result of diligence of our people, noted the President of our country. If we will work hard together with dedication, then we will reach even higher levels.

Creating an enabling environment for people’s lives, full satisfaction of their vital needs, providing workplaces – are some of the actual tasks facing countries with high demographic rates. According to statistics, the population of our country has exceeded 32 million 345 thousand people, and this figure is increasing every year.

This can also be seen in the city of Bekabad. Currently, the number of its residents exceeds 90 thousand. Forecasts show that by 2035 this figure will reach 110 thousand. This, in turn, requires consideration of demographic growth.

So, how will this task be accomplished?

President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the presentation of the master plan of the city of Bekabad until 2035, paid main attention to these issues.

As it was noted, the well-being of the population is ensured through the implementation of such important socio-economic projects as stabilization of the labor market situation, improvement of public services provided in the sphere of employment, radical improvement of urban infrastructure, establishment of small industrial zones.

In particular, in 2017-2018, 179 projects with a total cost of 3,8 trillion sums will be implemented, about 5 thousand people will be employed.

At the expense of commercial banks, new multi-storey buildings will be built for workers of “Uzbek metallurgical combine” JSC and Bekabad cement plant with an annual commissioning of about 1200 apartments. The first houses will be put into operation in a year – on the eve of Independence Day of our country.

The head of our state gave instructions on creation of parks around these houses and construction of social facilities for serving the population, in short, creation of a small town. He noted the need for its construction in a short time and suggested calling it “Mustakillikning 27 yilligi massivi” – massif of the 27th anniversary of Independence.

Two seven-storey houses with 42 apartments are being built in the city of Bekabad this year. In 2018, it is planned to erect another 10 such multi-storey buildings. The city’s central hospital was built in 1964, so it needs repairs. In 2017-2018, activities on construction and reconstruction at the amount of more than 12 billion sums will be held here. The import of medical equipment for 1 million dollars is envisaged.

The President of our country instructed to establish an electric train traffic between Tashkent and Bekabad in order to create even greater convenience for the population.

At the Palace of culture “Metallurg”, a meeting under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held. It was attended by activists of Tashkent region and the city of Bekabad, heads of relevant ministries and departments.

At the meeting it was noted that the Virtual reception of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the People’s receptions at places became an important system for dialogue with the population. Various issues are solved there in a timely manner, people are finding support and understanding. It was emphasized that the Strategy of actions on five priority directions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 is aimed at raising the development of our country to a new level. Special attention was paid to issues of creation of all necessary conditions for the population, renewal of communication systems, improvement of territories, further development of entrepreneurship.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY

Institute of Arts and Culture to open branch in Ferghana region

The State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan will open its branch in the Ferghana region.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On organization of the Ferghana regional branch of the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan”.

In line with the resolution, Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved a proposal on organization of the Ferghana regional branch of the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan.

The branch will train specialists with higher education in the field of culture and art.

The university branch will also increase knowledge and experience, scientific and creative potential and pedagogical skills of professors and teachers.

According to the document, the branch will accept 25 students for bachelor’s degree in direction Acting arts in 2017/2018 academic year, including 10 of them will be accepted on state grants and 15 on contract basis.

Admission to the Branch for 2017/2018 academic year is carried out at the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan.

The branch will be located in the main building of the Kokand professional college of tourism and service in Kokand.

(Source: UzDaily.uz)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan sets up Fund for support of entrepreneurship development

The President of Uzbekistan adopted a Decree "On establishment of State Fund for support of entrepreneurship". The document is aimed at further strengthening the financial support of private entrepreneurship, especially micro and small enterprises, creating favorable conditions and opportunities for accelerated development.

The President of Uzbekistan adopted a Decree "On establishment of State Fund for support of entrepreneurship". The document is aimed at further strengthening the financial support of private entrepreneurship, especially micro and small enterprises, creating favorable conditions and opportunities for accelerated development.

The regulation provides that the proposed Public Fund for support of entrepreneurship will render small businesses and entrepreneurs financial support in the form of:

- providing resources by commercial banks in national and foreign currency, including at the expense of attracted foreign credit lines;

- guarantees on loans of commercial banks in the amount of up to 50 percent of the loan amount but not exceeding $500 thousand or its equivalent;

- compensation to cover part of interest expenses on loans from commercial banks.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Abdulaziz Kamilov: Central Asia a Key Priority. Not a Declaration, But a Conscious Choice

Uzbekistan abidingly remains committed to an open, benevolent and pragmatic policy towards its closest neighbors. It was a leitmotif of the last week’s international conference ‘Central Asia Is a Key Priority of Uzbekistan's Foreign Policy’ in Tashkent. It brought together experts and analysts from Central Asian countries, heads of diplomatic missions, as well as ambassadors of Uzbekistan working in neighboring states.

The very name of the conference underscores the ‘doctrinal focus’ of Uzbekistan's foreign policy towards a comprehensive deepening of relations and integrated intensification of interaction with Central Asian states. The relevance of the forum is proved by the fact that its conduct was fully supported by such authoritative international institutions as the UN, OSCE, and all the states of Central Asia.

A presentation of the video, which clearly demonstrated the regional vector of cooperation, was a promising start toward the success of the conference.

The identity of each state of Central Asia has region-wide roots that emerged during the times of the Silk Road.

The agenda included panel discussions of experts in two areas: new opportunities for regional cooperation, prospects for interaction in the political, diplomatic and trade and economic areas.

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov underscored the relevance and timeliness of the meeting in his speech: "New trends are gaining momentum in Central Asia today, suggesting favorable environment for addressing long-overdue regional problems, expanding trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties."

In this regard, the Minister pointed out to the need to scrutinize the emerging realities, identify priority areas for mutually beneficial cooperation, and achieve specific results that would make the region safer, stable and prosperous. His concept that the solution of all vital issues of development of Uzbekistan, ranging from border security to equitable distribution of water resources, is inextricably linked with the region was undeniable.

The economically prosperous and safe Central Asia is an absolute imperative for Uzbekistan.

Tashkent is open to a constructive dialogue, search for solutions to the most pressing problems on the basis of reasonable compromises. Those are not just words! They have been confirmed by specific political and diplomatic steps taken by Uzbekistan in the Central Asian direction. As the Minister emphasized: "We have truly managed to create a new political environment in the region, remarkably raise the level of political trust with our neighbors, and reach breakthrough results in many areas of cooperation."

Enthusiasm of the conference participants significantly enriched the dialogue, allowing looking at the issues discussed from different points of view. They paid close attention to the state, which historically, geographically and geopolitically adjoins the region. The transition of Afghanistan to peaceful tracks, according to their common opinion, largely depends on economic development, in which Central Asian each state should be involved. Analyzing their contribution apart, they noted that Uzbekistan has recently expanded its bilateral relations with Afghanistan, and actively joined multilateral synergies to settle the Afghan problem. The Uzbek side will continue to further promote the economic rehabilitation of the neighbor, and its accelerated ‘transition to the path of peaceful development’.

Afghanistan is the pivotal and organic component of a region-wide security system.

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Uzbekistan Helen Fraser noted that the Action Strategy, adopted in Uzbekistan for 2017-2021, and its foreign policy on strengthening ties with neighboring countries, is a guarantee of future prosperity and stable development of not just Uzbekistan but the whole of Central Asia. In this regard, the United Nations fully supports the course of Uzbekistan on strengthening of regional cooperation.

Chairman of the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations, Foreign Economic Ties, Foreign Investments and Tourism Alisher Kurmanov explained that "in the rapidly changing world and Central Asia in particular, consolidation of efforts and search for solutions to all the problematic aspects of cooperation in the region is an objective requirement of time. All the abovementioned initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan are carried out not in pursuit of immediate benefits, but are built on a conscious and long-term choice of our people."

Trade and economic relations are undoubtedly the key pillar of ​​cooperation. How can we develop them quickly and efficiently? According to the Director of the Information and Analytical Center for International Relations Eldor Aripov, "it's time to consider the establishment of a regional economic forum for direct dialogue between business communities and substantive discussion of specific cooperation projects. We believe that this initiative will help to raise the level of awareness among business circles of our countries about proposed initiatives and projects in the region, integration and enhancement of practical interaction of business representatives."

Meanwhile, trade is inextricably linked with the transport sector. What specific steps are being taken for the development of transport and communication links? As analysts emphasized, the transformation of Central Asia into a key logistical hub of Eurasia should become the central point of transport strategies of its states.

Construction of transport corridors vital for the further development of states, such as Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman, China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan, Trans-Afghan corridor, would afford a powerful impetus to accelerate the integration process in Central Asia. The ‘Eurasian Transport Bridge’ would be an alternative to the sea arteries. As a result, the region will strengthen its geo-strategic importance for traditional trading partners in both the West and the East.

According to Julia Nevskaya, head of department at the Information and Analytical Center for International Relations, Uzbekistan, for its part, has already taken certain measures aimed at expanding intraregional transport communications. For example, the high-speed rail service between has been established Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan since early 2017. The air connection between Tashkent and Dushanbe was resumed for the first time for 25 years. The flights between Tashkent and Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan have been launched. The road through the M-39 highway section between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was opened.

Apparently, the active regional policy of rapprochement with absolutely all the Central Asian states, and intensification of the political dialogue at the highest level has allowed achieving considerable results.

The cultural and humanitarian relations have received a new impetus as well. According to experts, the institutions of ‘people's diplomacy’ have turned into an integral part of the process of strengthening of mutual trust, good-neighborliness and friendship between states and peoples, creating the environment for deepening regional ties on a wide range of interactions.

The experts stated that direct human communication, free from official formalism, will allow them to get to know each other better, dispel potential phobias and stigma, and will contribute to the formation of harmonious relations as a platform for the future strong multifaceted ties in various areas.

Even such sensitive issues as delimitation and demarcation of state borders and rational use of water resources have shifted from a dead point in a new political atmosphere, and are gradually being addressed. All this, experts say, lays a strong foundation for the integration and transformation of Central Asia into a region of cooperation and development.

The Central Asian policy of Tashkent has become an effective response to the long-overdue request for regional rapprochement, the rehabilitation of trust and mutual understanding, as well as prompt resolution of the accumulated problematic issues. That was the summary of participants of the Tashkent conference.

A Samarkand forum on Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia will be the next platform, a follow up of the Tashkent International Conference, which the Uzbek has scheduled for this November under the auspices of the UN. It will be held under the motto ‘Central Asia: a Common Past and Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity’. Taking the opportunity, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited all participants to Samarkand and expressed confidence that "we are able to make an unambiguous choice in favor of mutually beneficial cooperation."

(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions)

Petko Draganov, head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA):

The efforts of the new leadership of the republic on the accelerated process of political modernization in Uzbekistan undoubtedly deserve attention and support.

This year, the Center for Preventive Diplomacy celebrates its tenth anniversary. As our experience shows, the political will of countries ranks among the key prerequisites and conditions for strengthening regional cooperation and achievement of significant progress in problem settlement, creation of an environment conducive for integrated and sustainable development.

Sodiq Imomi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan to Uzbekistan:

We are interested in developing our common home - Central Asia, in an atmosphere of friendship and good-neighborliness, which facilitates not just addressing all existing problems, but also building platforms for our common prosperity. Regarding the pressing issue of water and energy resources, I am convinced that our countries are able to find a mutually acceptable formula for its solution without intermediaries, without external mediators.

Farhad Abdukhalikov, Chargé d'Affaires of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan:

Uzbekistan is the closest friend and the nearest neighbor of Kazakhstan. Naturally, we have many common interests and, accordingly, common plans. We see today's conference as the next step in the rapprochement of our peoples. Notwithstanding different opinions that have been expressed here, they had the only common point that the dialogue should be continued.

Daniyar Sydykov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan:

The role of the region as a player on the world arena is destined to grow stronger year by year. The sustainable and stable development of the region is undoubtedly the key priority for each Central Asian country. Therefore, today, I would like to express my special gratitude to the conference organizers for such an open dialogue on all topical issues.

Irina Chernykh, chief research fellow at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies:

Today, Kazakhstan keenly tracks the ongoing processes in the neighboring Uzbekistan. The republic is getting more open, carries out structural reforms, strives toward Central Asian business, and, most importantly, it has a serious potential for internal development. Our business circles and the expert community expect great positive changes in Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

On official visit of delegation of Uzbekistan to India

On August 21-23, 2017, the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay an official visit to the Republic of India.

The program of the visit includes meetings and negotiations with the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and other leaders of India.

The delegation of Uzbekistan will also attend Uzbek-Indian business forum and other joint events.

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

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Constructive Suggestions Taken into Account

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis taken place on August 14-15, 2017, the deputies have considered a number of draft laws developed within the framework of the realization of the Strategy for Actions.

Legal acts that were included in the agenda were discussed earlier at meetings of political party factions, a group of deputies from the eco-movement, committees and expert groups working with them.

During the meeting, the people's deputies stressed that today there is an increase in the political activity of citizens which is manifested in the growth of their interest in the activities of representative bodies of power. And one of the main principles of the activity of the parliament is the consideration of public opinion which is achieved by establishing and maintaining constant feedback with the voters and population.

Therefore, new, more effective mechanisms are being introduced. So, following the results of the previous meeting, the most relevant draft laws were posted for discussion on the official web site of the lower house of the parliament. As a result, proposals were received that were taken into account in improving the draft laws.

The deputies began their work with an paragraph-by- paragraph discussion of the draft law "On the authorized representative to protect the rights and legitimate interests of business entities under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ". As part of its preparation for the second reading, about 1,400 opinions, proposals and recommendations were received from entrepreneurs, experts, specialists, representatives of civil society institutions, ordinary citizens in the process of public discussion. All of them were discussed in detail by the expert commission acting under the Committee on democratic institutions, non-governmental organizations and self-governing bodies of citizens, as well as at the meeting of the Legislative Chamber.

The main objective of this bill is to strengthen the guarantees of protecting the rights and legitimate interests of business entities, to prevent unjustified interference of state bodies and other organizations in their work, to determine the legal mechanisms for the business ombudsman.

Then the parliamentarians discussed the draft law "On protecting children from information that is harmful to their health". Member of the Committee on information and communication technologies R. Kusherbayev noted that during the finalization of the draft law, the deputies analyzed proposals received, many of which were constructive. In particular, the proposal of the citizen G.Bobokulova concerning the inclusion of healthcare institutions in the system of bodies and institutions that protect children from information that is harmful to their health is taken into account. The deputies stressed that this document was elaborated taking into account the experience of developed democratic countries and international treaties in the field of protecting the morality and well-being of children in need of special protection, keeping the younger generation from harmful information. Also there was taken into account the experience of the countries of the European Union, in particular, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Lithuania, as well as the US, Japan and other states.

Constructive proposals and recommendations were also received on the bill "On the dissemination of legal information and access to it". It should be noted that all proposals were carefully studied by deputies in preparation for the meeting.

The people's representatives discussed in the second reading the draft law "On amendments and additions to the law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On applications of individuals and legal entities". It was noted that in the Year of dialogue with the people and of human interests under the leadership of the head of state, tremendous work was carried out to improve the procedure for the consideration of citizens' appeals by public authorities and management. The amendments and additions are designed to strengthen the legal framework in the sphere and ensure quality work in this direction in the following years.

Also in the second reading, the draft law "On elections to the District Kengashes of People's Deputies of the City of Tashkent" was considered. The deputies noted that it was developed in order to create the legislative basis for the forthcoming elections to the district Kengashes of People's Deputies of the city of Tashkent which will be conducted in the third decade of December this year. In turn, the restoration of the once abolished regional Kengashes of people's deputies of the capital promotes a more rational, targeted implementation of the budget policy, taking into account the specifics of each district of Tashkent.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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POLITICS

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan: People should see their defender in every employee of internal affairs bodies

OFFICIALLY

AMMC set to channel $420mn towards development of "Yoshlik II" deposit

Economy

Following the way of creation and well-being

INFRASTRUCTURE

Achievements in development of motor transport for years of independence

International cooperation

Meeting at the Ministry of Defense
Society

Strategy of Actions: Results and Prospects

Exhibiton

Photographs and Portraits Expose the Great Statesman

 

POLItiCs

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On August 17, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan Saken Jasuzakov, who is in our country on an official visit.

The head of our state, greeting the guest, noted with deep satisfaction the dynamically developing fruitful cooperation between our two countries.

It was emphasized that an intensification of interaction in all directions is being observed due to regular contacts at the highest level.

The volume of trade is growing at a steady pace, large joint projects are being implemented in various sectors of the economy, practical cooperation in the sphere of road, rail and air communication has been significantly expanded, partnership between the regions is being strengthened, joint cultural and humanitarian events are being conducted in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Development of military and military-technical cooperation is indicated as an important and promising direction of bilateral relations.

In particular, during the conversation, issues of effective cooperation between the defense departments of our states, including in the sphere of industrial cooperation and training of military personnel, were considered.

S.Jasuzakov expressed deep gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The guest emphasized the interest and readiness of his country to further expand the Kazakhstan – Uzbekistan mutually beneficial partnership in the military and military-technical spheres.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan: People should see their defender in every employee of internal affairs bodies

On August 17, a video-selector meeting dedicated to the state of affairs, problems and further tasks in the system of internal affairs bodies was held in Tashkent under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

It was attended by the heads of the Oliy Majlis chambers, the Prime Minister and his deputies, state advisers to the President, heads of several ministries and departments. Chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of the regions and the city of Tashkent, their deputies on issues of youth and women, officials of public organizations, structural divisions of the internal affairs bodies attended the meeting through a videoconference.

Issues of ensuring a peaceful and tranquil life of the population, combating crime and delinquency, ensuring public order and security occupy the most important and priority place in the state policy pursued by the President of our country. Indeed, this issue is the most important condition and guarantee of successful implementation of all socio-economic reforms, modernization and renovation of our country. Therefore, the head of our state constantly forwards this extremely difficult task on radical reforming the system of internal affairs bodies, increasing the effectiveness of its activities at the modern level.

Large-scale activities have been carried out in the sphere over the past short period, especially on prevention of crime. New methods of work have been introduced in activities of law enforcement agencies, complete legal system has been formed.

Position of deputy khokims of various levels and heads of city departments of internal affairs on the issues of youth is introduced for increasing the effectiveness of preventive measures at places.

Parliamentary and public control in the sphere is strengthened. A new system has been created on critical discussion of reports of responsible persons and evaluation of their activities in the Senate and local Kengashes.

Republican interdepartmental commissions are organized on crime prevention and crime counteracting, on affairs of minors.

The most important thing is that every Thursday of the week is declared as the Day of prevention of offenses, systemic, targeted and unconditional fulfillment of events scheduled for this day is ensured.

As a result, crime is declining. So, for the past 7 months of this year the number of crimes decreased by 4600 compared to the same period of the last year. In particular, the number of cases of premeditated murder decreased by 72, intentional infliction of heavy bodily harm – by 75, robbery – by 81, hooliganism – by 401.

It is also very important that the number of crimes committed by minors and women is reduced by 12,8 and 3,84 percent, respectively.

No crimes were committed in 1765 makhallas as a result of large-scale preventive measures carried out in makhallas together with public institutions.

Information and communication technologies are widely used in the sphere. Nearly 10 thousand crimes have been solved in the city of Tashkent, Andijan, Namangan, Fergana, Kashkadarya and Tashkent regions with the use of over 114 thousand video surveillance facilities installed in public places.

At the same time, the analysis shows that work in this direction in some regions is carried out “for a tick”, whereupon the situation does not change in a positive way. The effectiveness of preventive measures is provided not in all regions.

The head of our state noted that the leadership of the Ministry of internal affairs is limited only to reports on committed crimes and indicators of their disclosure, does not pay serious attention to the collection and continuous analysis of information on preventive measures carried out in the regions and their effectiveness, daily coordination of activities of internal affairs bodies at places.

There are also other problems awaiting solution in the ministry’s system.

The President of our country noted that the work carried out in some regions on prevention of crime and early prevention of crimes is unsatisfactory. For example, crime rates across the country have declined, but had risen in Samarkand region. The number of crimes committed by women in Bukhara, Navoi, Fergana regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan has increased.

At the same time, despite repeated discussion of this issue, not enough attention is paid at places to prevention. So, there were all possibilities to prevent 14 out of 49 murders committed in Samarkand region, 4 out of 10 murders in Djizak, 3 out of 10 murders in Navoi, 6 out of 30 murders in Kashkadarya regions. Activists of the makhalla and prevention inspectors, despite suspicions and indications of likelihood of committing these crimes, did not take necessary measures.

Another important issue – people still haven’t weaned fr om outdated notion that prevention of crime is only the task of internal affairs bodies. So, every fifth serious crime is committed on family and household motives. Makhallas, women’s committees with due diligence and study of family disagreements, could prevent these cases, said the head of our state.

In this regard, the leadership of “Makhalla” and “Nuroniy” funds, the Women’s committee, the Union of Youth are instructed to draw appropriate conclusions and jointly take necessary measures on identifying and eliminating causes of family conflicts, disagreements between neighbors and other similar cases, reconciliation of the parties.

It was noted at the meeting that preventive activities with persons released from places of execution of punishment, implementation of administrative supervision over them, are also of great importance. There are also certain shortcomings in this sphere. About 12 thousand persons of this category are subject to administrative supervision, but these measures were not taken in respect of 6377 of them. Although this kind of supervision serves as a guarantee that they will not re-enter the path of crime and delinquency. Through social support of every convicted person, it is necessary to ensure that he sees not an enemy but a friend in the state and society. It was noted that special attention should be paid to the employment of persons of this category.

The head of our state noted that modern threats and challenges in the form of international terrorism, religious extremism, the spread of destructive ideas in society, especially among youth, require responsible departments to take decisive measures on their timely prevention and suppression.

Many measures, programs have been taken at places, but a significant part of them remains on paper.

We must pay special attention to working with persons who have been abroad for a long time. It was revealed that in 2017 more than 67 thousand of our compatriots returned from abroad. Leaders at places should give all kinds of assistance to such persons, create decent conditions so that they could work in their home country, live in their homes, with their families, so that such people would not wander in a foreign country in searching for a job. However, many of our citizens, who have returned from abroad, are not provided with work, which indicates a lack of attention paid to this issue on the part of responsible organizations.

The head of our state pointed to the weak activity aimed at preventing inappropriate and criminal acts among minors, protecting their rights, freedoms and legitimate interests, forming law-abiding and legal culture.

The bodies that carry out supervisory and preventive activities in this sphere are working in an inconsistent manner. There is still an out-of-date notion: the school is responsible for the child at school, at home – parents, in the makhalla – activists.

In the regions, the issue of working with unorganized youth is out of the sight of managers. Crime rates among unorganized youth remain high in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the city of Tashkent, Djizak, Namangan, Andijan, Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions.

With this in mind, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of internal affairs have been instructed to critically analyze activities of deputy khokims and heads of internal affairs bodies at all levels on youth issues and make relevant proposals.

At the meeting, the work on disclosure of crimes, capture and detention of criminals was criticized. To date, 3186 crimes have not been solved, only 5250 people have been detained out of 15958 persons declared wanted. No one can guarantee that they, while still at loose, do not continue to commit crimes. Therefore, the Prosecutor general’s office, the Ministry of internal affairs, the National security service, the Supreme court, together with relevant organizations, are charged with critically analyzing activities carried out by the internal affairs bodies in this direction and providing relevant information.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that at the heart of all shortcomings there is unsatisfactory state of work on selection, placement and retraining of personnel in the internal affairs bodies. This is evidenced by the fact that in the current year, 223 criminal cases have been opened against employees of internal affairs bodies, 462 employees have been brought to disciplinary responsibility.

At the same time, there are cases of concealment of crimes committed by members of the internal affairs bodies. This is nothing more than the desire to artificially lower crime rates, protect their employees.

A new procedure for admission to the Academy of the Ministry of internal sffairs with the abolition of tests was introduced for effective solution of personnel issue in the sphere on the initiative of the head of our state. In accordance with this, academic lyceums will be organized, which will be engaged in targeted training of candidates for training in higher educational institutions of the Ministry of internal affairs. Since 2020, listeners will be accepted from among graduates of these lyceums and employees of internal affairs bodies on the basis of interview and professional competition.

There should be appropriate conditions for effective activity. Ongoing large-scale activities on improvement of conditions of service and residence of employees of internal affairs bodies, especially prevention inspectors, providing them with houses wh ere they serve should be noted. However, there are shortcomings at places in implementation of these instructions.

The head of our state gave instructions to relevant responsible persons on intensification of activities carried out in this direction.

It was noted that, to some extent, it is fault of prosecutors of districts and cities in emergence and lack of attention for a long time to problems solving in the activities of internal affairs bodies. One of the main tasks of the prosecutor’s office is to supervise implementation of legislation by internal affairs bodies, coordinate their activities on counteracting crime. However, some employees of the prosecutor’s office, guided by nepotism, are not performing their duties conscientiously. In a word, the prosecutor’s supervision over the activities of the internal affairs bodies is not carried out at the proper level.

In this regard, the leadership of the Prosecutor general’s office is instructed to establish effective prosecutor’s supervision over the activities of internal affairs bodies and to increase personal responsibility of prosecutors.

The head of our state noted that in improvement of activities of internal affairs bodies, it is important to involve the general public in reforming the system.

The Senate of the Oliy Majlis must work even more actively in the process of reforming the internal affairs bodies. Deficiencies discussed at the meeting indicate that the Senate should raise this work to a new level.

Deputy heads of district and city internal affairs bodies were tasked with carrying out activities, dividing territories for which they would be responsible. But this division at places was carried out “for a tick”.

The Senate should increase the effectiveness of this work, take, along with relevant ministries, necessary measures on turning the system of internal affairs into an exemplary sphere. In particular, it is necessary to take seriously the hearing of reports of the minister of internal affairs and his deputies, adoption of decisions on them. And at the lower level, it is necessary to promote an even more effective organization of reports in local Kengashes of people’s deputies of reports of the heads of local internal affairs bodies.

The head of our state noted that people should confidently go with the problems that concern them, first of all, to the internal affairs bodies, to prevention inspectors, to see their defender in every employee of the system. Only in this way the internal affairs bodies will deserve authority among people.

At the meeting, reports of responsible persons of the Ministry of internal affairs and the Prosecutor general’s office were heard.

Heads of the Ministry of internal affairs and its territorial divisions noted that they will draw conclusions from the discussion, make every effort to eliminate shortcomings in the sphere that were indicated at the meeting.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY

AMMC set to channel $420mn towards development of "Yoshlik II" deposit

On 15 August 2017, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed a Decree "On additional measures on further development of JSC "Almalyk MMC".

The document was adopted in order to accelerate the sustainable development of production facilities of JSC "Almalyk MMC", expanding the raw material base of the plant, attracting the advanced technologies in the development of deposits and deep processing of mineral resources, increasing export potential, creating new jobs and on this basis further socio-economic development of the city of Almalyk.

In accordance with Presidential Decree dated March 1, 2017 # ПП-2807 "On measures on expansion of production facilities of JSC "Almalyk MMC", the deposit "Dalnee" is undergoing stripping, construction and installation work with parallel development of design and estimate documentation.

In addition, the State Committee of Uzbekistan on Geology and Mineral Resources jointly with JSC "Almalyk MMC" prepared proposals to accelerate the attraction of the deposit "Kizata" to the development process.

The document provides for the implementation of investment project "Development of "Yoshlik II" deposit with a total estimated cost equivalent to $420mn. Thousands of new jobs are set to be created due to the project.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

economy

Following the way of creation and well-being

A little more than a quarter century Uzbekistan follows the way of market economy, undertakes the reforms and institutional transformations aimed not only at further strengthening of the economic power, but also increase in level and quality of life, formation of the modern civilized harmoniously developed society. For this rather small, historically, period the republic has achieved huge successes which some, even advanced in hindsight states have been gaining on hundreds and more years.

Unfortunately, things didn't go well as they should, and the way chosen by the republic hasn't been poved with flowers. It was not only due the heritage of ideological tunnel vision and totalitarianism, but also starting state of the economy. By estimates, by 1990 Uzbekistan  had one of the lowest indicators of the  living standard among the republics of the former Union. The size of average per capita income, retail commodity turnover and paid services didn't exceed 55-60% from the average Soviet Union's indicators. About 70% of the population of the republic had a total return below the subsistence level  while in Russia and Ukraine only about 30% of inhabitants had such income. The problem of employment of the population was also prevailing though the USSR, including all federal republics being its part, differed from other countries in lack of unemployment during this period. However, the high employment rate of able-bodied population was formed almost artificially and was guided by so-called principle of obligation and generality of labor, mandatory participation of the individual in social production. The state independence gained by the republic has changed a lot of things in the structure of economy and life. One of the main achievements is that Uzbekistan has stopped being constant and the obligatory "supplier of cotton" of the former Union, has eliminated the former one-sided raw-material orientation of its economy, and has achieved fuel and energy and grain independence..  Uzbekistan doesn't get mistaken for Afghanistan or Pakistan anymore; it has taken the worthy place not only in world space, but also in many international markets. Production created in the republic from vegetables and fruit to cars, carpet, ceramic and other products, has found wide recognition abroad. It is also important that Uzbekistan became the full and authorized member of the UN, it cooperates with many international financial institutions and organizations, places in the territory embassies, diplomatic and other official missions of many states. 

As the analysis shows, behind all these achievements there is, first of all, comprehensively verified internal and external economic course, refusal of the former, obsolete  system of control and management, strategy of reforms and transformations using  own (national) model of economic development. Radical administrative reform – creation of essentially new industrial and territorial structure of public administration, reorganization of local authorities with establishment of institute of hokim in the respective territories, including "Makhalla" institutes being today the major local self-government institutions of citizens played an important role in noted progress. Obviously, it also may include formation of absolutely new financial and dual banking system, creation of modern market infrastructure, development of small business and entrepreneurship, the farmer’s movement, strengthening of the status of a private property and many other things may be referred to above said.

One more factor which has provided success of transition to market economy and other positivities in economy is counting not on "shock therapy", revolutionary transformations, but on consecutive and phased reforms implementation, supporting on priorities when determining the annual directions of social and economic development of the country. It may be concluded  that through all these courageous and really innovative decisions of the management it was succeeded, firstly, to improve  placement and use of productive forces, secondly, to correct the level of economic and industrial development of regions, thirdly, to reach high rates of economic growth and, fourthly, to increase investment attractiveness of the country. Therefore, probably, the "Uzbek" market attracts many foreign investors and businessmen today, and a flow of foreign investments, especially direct ones, has rather noticeable high dynamics.

It is known that any country develops more or less successfully and has or can have high rating when it possesses sufficient production resources and natural wealth. Uzbekistan, fortunately, is such country. According to reports, stocks of mineral raw material resources of the republic  are estimated in terms of money at approximately $3,5 trillion, of which only a half of these stocks is being developed today, the others represent a national wealth which can be included in economic circulation, if necessary. Natural wealth and resources in combination with the chosen course have allowed the republic to achieve essential economic breakthrough: for years of independence the economy has grown almost by 6 times, and the industrial output has increased by 4,5 times. About $200 bln. of which about $70 bln. being foreign investments and the credits have been invested in  creation of new branches, modernization, technical and technological modernization of the existing enterprises and productions Today over 60% of the industrial output made in the country are production of the branches created for years of independence, almost from scratch.

Not only the economy, but also life of people improves. According to official statistics, the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita has increased for years of independence from $1,6 thousand to more than $6 thousand, and real income per the same amount, i.e. per capita have increased by more than 12 times. Average life expectancy of people has considerably increased, maternal and child mortality has reduced by more than 3 times. According to the rating of World Economic Forum, Uzbekistan enters five countries with fasts developing economy in the world by results of 2014 – 2015 and forecast of growth for 2016 - 2017.

it should be mentioned  that not only the "large", but also "small" economy which is presented today by subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship develops successfully. If quarter of century ago the private business and entrepreneurship, practically, didn't exist in there public, today about 90% of all economic entities are small business enterprises. They became a source of not only market saturation by necessary goods and services, but also growth in incomes and employment of the population. The state in every possible way supports development of this sphere what the Decree of the President of the country 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" confirms.

It is impossible to list all things that have been made in the republic for all years of independence, but we think that above said is enough to seize, feel and understand transformations the republic has achieved having chosen the way of independent development, solving many problems of managing by own forces. Only the blind person cannot see these achievements, the deaf cannot understand and hear, but anyone with an impartial outlook, it appears, will give them a due assessment.

But it is important we don't become complacent. The first President of the republic Islam Karimov said: "Everything what we reached for the expired period, shouldn't bring us to a state of euphoria and self-complacency at all. We have to remember always that life is an evolving process and that country which doesn’t slip into complacency, estimates really and self-critically the place in the current cardinal changes in the world, goes in step with the growing requirements of time and the amplifying competition in the world market wins first".

The achieved success not only remains today, but also is increased greatly, the country aspires to new frontiers, to new fulfillments. At the same time the country leaders persistently nominate respect for the rights and the interests of the person to the first place, and consider the satisfaction of the people with life as criterion of activity at all levels and links of economy. Such country, in our opinion, has not only the good present, but also the great future, we can be proud of and rejoice at.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Achievements in development of motor transport for years of independence

Transport ways since ancient times were considered as one of the main sources of income of the state. Over time transport became an integral part of our life.

Essential institutional and legal transformations in the transport sphere occurred in Uzbekistan for years of independence. In this case also the motor transport is not an exception. So, the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On de-monopolization and improvement of management of Automobile Transport Sector” dated from June 4, 2001 became the fundamental document in reforming of the sector. According to the document stage-by-stage measures to improve a management system, reduce excess structures are realized, works on privatization of the state objects are finished.

The Uzbek agency of motor and river transport is a special representative public authority of management in the sphere of the motor transport. The agency carries out forward work on carrying out the state transport policy, development of the market of services and also assistance to safety of automobile and river transportations.

In days of independence a number of laws of the republic, the decrees of the head of state and governmental resolutions (in total over 130 standard and legal documents) aimed at the development of the sphere of the motor transport, further improvement of quality and culture of service of passengers is adopted. Among them there are Laws "About the Motor Transport", "About City Passenger Transport", "About Traffic Safety".

Today Uzbekistan, along with the countries of the European conference of Ministers of Transport, completely adheres to qualification requirements of the European Union for automobile transportations.

As a result of creating favorable conditions in the republic and development of the healthy competitive environment in the market of motor transportation services the number of passengers and volume of the freights transported by the motor transport increases from year to year. So, if in 2000 there were 2032 passenger routes in the country, for January 1, 2017 their quantity made 4351.

The Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted on January 10 the current year ""On measures for further improvement of transport service system and passenger bus service in cities and villages." became an important new incentive for development of the sector. The document has provided acquisition within 5 years of 2912 buses, opening of 3 new bus traffics, construction and reconstruction of 74 bus stations. Stage-by-stage introduction till July 1, 2018 cashless fare collection system in city passenger transport and bus and minibus GPS tracking system in Nukus and the regional centers is also planned.

To date according to the resolution 41 new bus routes are already launched, 285 buses are acquired, and works on construction of 7 new bus stations and reconstruction of 6 existing stations are begun. In Andijan, Gulistan and Fergana the GPS tracking system is already introduced. And since May 1 in all bus routes of Andijan city the cashless fare collection system in passenger transport is introduced.

In Uzbekistan special attention is paid also to development of transport communications on the international direction. To date over 320 carriers of the republic have licenses for transportations outside the country. It, in turn, improves possibility of delivery of production of Uzbekistan to the world markets.

In order to create favorable and legal conditions for domestic road carriers the republic has signed a number of international contracts and bilateral interstate agreements. In particular, Uzbekistan is a participant of 9 international conventions and 2 agreements. Bilateral interstate agreements about automobile are signed with 26 countries of Europe, Asia and the CIS.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

International cooperation

Meeting at the Ministry of Defense

On August 17, a meeting with the delegation headed by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan Saken Jasuzakov was held at the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Our country pays special attention to the development of mutually beneficial relations and highly appreciates friendly relationship with Kazakhstan. Today, this cooperation is of great importance for ensuring security and sustainable development of Central Asia.

At the meeting, the current state of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the military, military-technical spheres and in military education was discussed. The sides exchanged views on the military-political situation in the region.

At the event, a cooperation plan between the defense ministries of the two countries, which envisages further development of cooperation in the defense sphere was approved.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Strategy of Actions: Results and Prospects

The President of Uzbekistan has determined the measures for the further realization of the Strategy of Actions.

The Strategy of Actions for the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan along five priority areas in 2017-2021 marked a qualitatively new approach to the system of strategic planning of state and social development of the country.

As the starting mechanism for the practical implementation of the priority areas of strategic development, the state program "Year of dialogue with the people and of human interest" was approved.

Preliminary results show the effective implementation of the state program, including with the active involvement of foreign and international experts.

To date, as a part of the Strategy for Actions there were adopted 15 laws and more than 700 other regulatory and legal acts aimed at the development of all spheres of state and public life.

In particular, in the field of improving the system of state and public construction taking into account modern requirements, the structures, tasks and functions of 16 ministries, departments and other organizations, 20 state and economic management bodies, and other organizations were transformed.

The judicial and legal system was radically revised. A unified supreme body of the judiciary, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as administrative courts, which are subordinated to the consideration of administrative disputes arising from public law relations, as well as cases of administrative offenses, were created.

The system of internal affairs bodies was reformed, the main activity of which is aimed at securing the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens.

In the field of development and liberalization of the economy, tax system reforms were carried out, including the provision of tax holidays to taxpayers in good faith.

Within the framework of the regional programs of social and economic development, 13,339 projects were realized, loans for 2.1 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 18.08.2017, 1$= 4154.36 soums) were taken, 10 free economic zones and five small industrial zones were created, a factory for the production of light commercial vehicles under the brands Peugeot and Citroen is constructed.

In the social sphere, over 2,700 km of roads were built and repaired in the first half of this year alone, over 84,000 jobs were created.

The Program on construction and reconstruction of energy-efficient affordable apartment buildings in cities for 2017-2020 is being implemented, within which it is planned to erect 1,136 multi-storey buildings, consisting of 50,286 apartments, as well as 75 thousand dwellings in rural areas on the basis of standard projects.

In the field of ensuring interethnic harmony, the conduct of a balanced, mutually beneficial and constructive foreign policy, a Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries was established under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

There were approved 22 roadmaps in trade, economic, investment, technological and financial-technical spheres with the European Union and 21 foreign countries.

The Center for Development Strategy jointly with other interested agencies organized a broad informing of the population, civil society institutions and the international community on the implementation of the Strategy of Actions. About 6 thousand meetings were organized in the field, TV programs and speeches in the media.

However, for a qualitative and advance planning of further reforms, an in-depth study of the results achieved in 2017 and planning of further reforms in 2018 is necessary.

In this regard, the commissions for the implementation of the priority areas of the development of the republic, as envisaged in the Strategy for Actions, together with the Center for Development Strategy, need to systematically analyze the results of the realization of the Strategy through August-September 2017 by collecting statistical and other data, by the study of regulatory acts and results of activity of state bodies of all levels, as well as organization of meetings, "round-tables”, polls, public discussions with wide involvement of representatives of civil society institutions, mass media, academia and foreign specialists.

Until December 1, 2017 to publish and disseminate the information and analytical review "Fulfillment of the state program for the implementation of the Strategy for Actions of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan along five priority areas in 2017-2021 in the Year of dialogue with the people and human interests".

It is necessary to prepare and summarize the current proposals for inclusion in the draft of the state program for the realization of the Strategy of Actions in 2018 which before November 10, 2017, it will be submitted to the National Commission for the Implementation of the Strategy. Moreover, these proposals will be considered only after their preliminary discussion with the general public.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Exhibiton

Photographs and Portraits Expose the Great Statesman

A photo exhibition dedicated to the life and activities of the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has taken place at the Tashkent House of Photography of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, as well as an art exhibition following the results of a creative contest to create his portrait.

The event, organized in accordance with the decree of the head of state on perpetuating the memory of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov, signed on 25 January 2017, was attended by representatives of the general public, art historians, artists and journalists.

“The perpetuation of the memory of Islam Karimov, who left an indelible mark on the history of the country with his multifaceted political activity, is an important factor in nurturing a harmoniously developed generation, raising and stimulating artists, including photographers and artists,” said A. Nuriddinov, chairman of the Academy of Arts. “Creating an image of an outstanding statesman Islam Karimov, his political talent and noble human qualities won authority not only in Uzbekistan but throughout the world is a great responsibility and a great honor for every creative figure.”

The photo exhibition featured about 40 photos reflecting the multi-faceted life and activities of the First President of our country, his meetings with prominent political and public figures of the planet, as well as ordinary citizens.

Within the framework of the event, the winners of the creative contest for the creation of the portrait of Islam Karimov were awarded. Of the 51 paintings and artworks that were submitted for the contest, 17 works were selected by the jury, in which the image of the great statesman is most fully revealed.

As a result of the competition, the first place was awarded to People's Artist of Uzbekistan Bahodir Jalolov. The second and third places were occupied, respectively, by Zebiniso Sharipova and Maksud Kosimov.

“In this creative competition, along with professionals, amateur artists took part, who were able to capture the image of Islam Karimov, loved by our people, on the canvas,” says Bahodir Jalolov. “In his paintings like Hero, Happy New Day, Alone with Yourself and others, I tried to reflect from a philosophical point of view the successful path of development passed by Islam Karimov and our people.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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