Home Page‎ > ‎

Bollettino / Info-Digests


DAILY NEWS HERALD #77 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 20, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:59 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Innovations in the economy contribute to the dynamic development 1

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 1

Homeland Cannot Be Carried Away, One Can Only Take a Longing For It 1

International relationships. 3

Meeting with the delegation of Turkey. 3

International conference “Strategy of Actions and Strong Social Policy: International Practice and Uzbekistan’s Experience”. 4

Uzbekistan: Actions Strategy and Social Policy. 4

Cinema.. 5

By late 2019, more than 50 standard-design cinemas are projected to be erected across Uzbekistan. 5

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 5

Undiscovered Treasures of Uzbekistan. 5

  

 

president

Innovations in the economy contribute to the dynamic development

On April 19, the ceremony of commissioning the Kandym Gas Processing Complex took place in Bukhara region.

Uzbekistan has rich hydrocarbon reserves, which allow carrying out long-term projects. It is estimated that one third of all mineral resources in Central Asia is located on the territory of Uzbekistan, the country is among the world’s 20 leading gas producers.

The Kandym Gas Processing Complex was erected within the framework of the Production Sharing Agreement for the Kandym Field Group, Kandym, Khauzak, Shady and Kungrad sites in cooperation with the Russia’s Lukoil company.

It should be noted that construction of the Kandym Gas Processing Complex was completed 8 months ahead of schedule. Exactly two years ago, on April 19, 2016, the launching ceremony of construction of the complex was held. About 10 thousand employees and specialists took part in construction of the complex and its infrastructure. More than 2 thousand jobs were created after putting the plant into operation.

The complex includes gas production and processing systems, two gas processing plants, terminals for loading and transporting products, gas mains, engineering and energy systems. The gas comes from 114 wells connected to two gas gathering points.

Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov, representatives of diplomatic corps, state and public organizations, workers and engineers of the plant, youth, representatives of domestic and foreign mass media attended the ceremony.

The Head of the state noted that activities carried out within the framework of the Action Strategy serves the consistent development of leading industries, actively attracting foreign direct investment in the fuel and energy sector. In particular, the Kandym Gas Processing Complex is another bright embodiment of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia.

The congratulatory message of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was read by the Minister of Energy of this country Alexander Novak.

The President of the Lukoil Company Vagit Alekperov, engineer of Kandym Gas Processing Complex Shakhzod Kurbonov, and veteran of the oil and gas industry Komil Fozilov noted that this historic event for Uzbekistan, the emergence of a complex, which can be called a miracle in the desert, became possible due to the ongoing reforms in the country on development of the economy of regions, improvement of well-being of people.

The launch of the Kandym Gas Processing Complex started a new stage in development of gas fields in Uzbekistan. Development of the oil and gas industry, which is one of the leading in the country, will serve the economic growth and further improvement of well-being of people.

The Head of the state got acquainted with the technological process, visited the laboratory and the central control room.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a trip to Bukhara region held a meeting with khokims of the region and districts, heads of economic associations. At the meeting, execution of tasks set during the visit of the Head of the state to the region on February 16-17 this year, was discussed.

(Source:UzA )

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Homeland Cannot Be Carried Away, One Can Only Take a Longing For It

The national artist of the word, ‘Russian’ by language, Kyrgyz by descent, Tatar by mother, universal in thinking, humanist by spirit - who is it? Lovers of reading are not mistaken and immediately recognized in it the world-famous Chingiz Aitmatov, the author of philosophical works and novels published in more than a hundred countries of the world.

His talent was well defined by Rasul Gamzatov: “Chingiz Aitmatov is a talent of world meaning; he is the heritage of all Soviet culture. But he is a Kyrgyz writer, and he expressed the soul of his people much brighter and more accurately than others who hold on to traditions as for a camouflage gown.” And indeed it is. Aitmatov developed national traditions for the sake of affirming their supreme international essence. The more fully and deeper the writer reflected the life of his people in its universal and national significance, the greater contribution he made to the cause of the common artistic progress of mankind.

It is not without reason that there is an opinion: one who is indifferent to his people will not be able to understand and love the soul of other peoples. Aitmatov was always a supporter of this opinion. He was in constant search of new characters, new destinies, did not restrain himself in love and anger. Condemnation of the slightest manifestations of nationalism is a red thread through the works of the writer. He demonstrates on living examples how national limitations doom a person to self-destruction, loss of vital, joyful stimuli. All his creativity Aitmatov advocates friendship and unity of peoples, stands for the education of a high sense of internationalism.

Describing it as a phenomenon, researchers write: “In his destiny, as in a mirror, reflected a whole century, our Kyrgyz age, its dramas and tragedies, his ups and downs. As a writer, as a citizen and personality for Kyrgyzstan, he became the brightest and most voluminous expression of its all-round revival, its socio-cultural renaissance.”

Comparing Aitmatov to Dostoevsky, the Honored Art Worker, Professor Andrei Zolotov writes: “If the hero of Dostoevsky claims that beauty will save the world, the heroes of Aitmatov seem to say: The world will save Love. And one does not contradict one another, it is connected with one another by a deep connection...” Indeed, heartfelt interest is one of the most attractive of its features as a writer. Describing one of the early novels of Aitmatov’s Jamila, the outstanding French writer Louis Aragon enthusiastically responded: “Before I say everything I think about Jamila, I must note that I consider this work the most beautiful story in the world of love... Here, in this arrogant Paris, Paris of Villon, Hugo and Baudelaire, in Paris of kings and revolutions, Paris is an eternal city of art, where every stone is associated with a legend or history, in the city of lovers... in this Paris that saw everything, everything I read everything, I experienced everything, I read Jamila - not Verter and Berenice, nor Anthony and Cleopatra and not sentimental education... And the images of Romeo and Juliet, Paolo and Francesca, Hernani and Donji Sol have faded... for I met with Daniyar and Jamila who took me to the third year of the war, to the August night of 1943, somewhere in the Kurkurei Valley, to the mazhars with grain and the boy Seit telling their story...”

With the acclaimed Jamila, Chingiz Torekulovich participated in the first conference of writers of Asia and Africa, held in Tashkent in 1958. Ever since, he has been an invariable participant of conferences, symposiums, festivals, various celebrations that took place in our republic.

In his books, articles, he highly praised the First President of Uzbekistan, was friends with many scientists, cultural workers, writers, journalists of our country.

And then years later, the current President Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved by his decree the actions for extensive celebration in Uzbekistan of the 90th anniversary of the birth of the great writer and public figure Chingiz Aitmatov. A street in Tashkent will be called after his name, a bust of the writer will be installed in a school in Parkent, various events will take place. It is planned to hold a scientific conference “Chingiz Aitmatov and Uzbek Literature”, thematic meetings and literary evenings in schools, universities, military units and labor collectives with the participation of famous poets, writers and scientists.

In the second decade of December, the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater will host a creative evening dedicated to the memory of an outstanding writer. Probably, it will be one of the most interesting evenings where you can talk endlessly about the talent of the Person who wrote the following words: “It is impossible to take the homeland, you can carry only grief, if the homeland could be dragged along like a sack, the price would be worthless to it”. Yes, you are right, this “Plakha” is a strong, disturbing novel, which has great educational value, especially for the younger generation. Today it is as relevant as ever, and it is today, when our world is full of threats and challenges, I want to subscribe to every word of Aitmatov: “There is no man more evil and more dangerous than a man’s self-love. A child’s conscience is in man, like an embryo in a grain; without germ the grain will not germinate.”

A man who has lived a beautiful life, leaves beautifully. At the end of his life Aitmatov wrote a novel, which became some kind of his farewell word. “When the mountains are falling,” it turned out as a kind of continuation of “Plakha”, and as a lament for the past era.

Speaking about this era, Osmonakun Ibraimov, a literature researcher, singled out five fates of the fate of the twentieth century: the first is Soviet power, the second is the cultural and educational revival, the third is territorial delimitation; the fourth is independence without war and blood; the fifth is the Aitmatov phenomenon.

When the writer died, they said about him: the last troubadour, lost in the ages, left the Kyrgyz Arion, left glorified love and enchanted by the beauty of existence. And saddened at the sight of all the tragic imperfections of the son of man.

In 1990-1994, Aitmatov served as Ambassador of the USSR and Russia in Luxembourg. In 1994-2008, he was the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in the Benelux countries, NATO and the European Union. Aitmatov was the founder of the international movement Issyk-Kul Forum, the Vice-President of the Academy of Creativity (since 1992), the Trustee of the Eternal Memory to the Soldiers Foundation, the President of the Assembly of the Peoples of Central Asia (since 1995), the Academician of the Academy of Russian Literature (1996), member of the Club of Rome, a full member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Literature and the World Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The Writers’ Union of Uzbekistan recently hosted a meeting of the organizing committee to discuss the implementation of the resolution of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On the extensive celebration of the 90th anniversary of the great writer and public figure Chingiz Aitmatov”.

Chairman of the Writers’ Union M. Ahmadov noted in particular that the resolution as a sign of high respect and honor to the great literary figure, a big friend of Uzbekistan, is of immense importance in cementing the friendly and good-neighborly relations with the Kyrgyz people, enhancing cooperation in literature and culture.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Meeting with the delegation of Turkey

Delegation led by Deputy Minister of Interior of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Avşar met with the First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Davron Nazarmukhamedov.

D.Nazarmukhamedov told the delegation members about the fundamental reforms implemented in the internal affairs bodies, activities on introduction into the sphere of information and communication technologies.

Ahmet Avşar thanked for the warm welcome and noted that the decision taken by Shavkat Mirziyoyev on simplifying the visa regime for citizens of Turkey became an important step towards further strengthening traditionally friendly ties between people of the two countries.

Information on activities of the Ministry of the Interior of Turkey on crime prevention was presented at the meeting. Views were exchanged on development of cooperation in the sphere.

The sides held an expert meeting on developing a mechanism of interaction between the parties and draft international treaties. Proposals on establishment of a mechanism for bilateral cooperation in the spheres of education, ensuring security and crime prevention has been developed.

(Source: UzA )

international conference “Strategy of Actions and Strong Social Policy: International Practice and Uzbekistan’s Experience”

Uzbekistan: Actions Strategy and Social Policy

The Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan has said is holding an international conference “Strategy of Actions and Strong Social Policy: International Practice and Uzbekistan’s Experience” on April 24-26 with participation of partner organizations. Local and international media were briefed in the National Press Center of Uzbekistan earlier this week about the forthcoming event.

The journalists were provided with information about the aims of the forthcoming forum, its content, recommendations for the results of the conference. In particular, it was noted that preparations for this international conference are held at a high level.

The trade unions reminded at the briefing that in the process of reforms under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, great emphasis is placed on robust targeted social protection of the population.

The idea of holding this international conference drew full-hearted support from the International Labor Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation, the European Regional Council of the International Trade Union Confederation, and the International Employers’ Organization. Representatives of these authoritative international institutions and trade union centers of foreign nations, the diplomatic corps accredited in Uzbekistan, experts and scientists from more than 30 countries are expected to attend the conference, the organizers informed.

The end result expected from the international conference is to widely familiarize the participants with the systemic reforms spearheadeded at the initiative of the President of our country and on the basis of the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Areas for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, as well as their positive effects. At the same time, the prospects are to be determined for further development of social partnership between trade-union organizations, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other institutions of civil society.

Within the framework of the forum, foreign participants are anticipated to visit Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent regions. Experts from abroad will have an opportunity to witness – in the example of ordinary citizens’ lives – the effects of the vigorous social policy pursued in our country in the interests of the individual.

The conference will turn into an international platform for a constructive discussion of the proposals, opinions and experiences of the forum participants who are directly involved in solving social and labor problems. Its holding in this format demonstrates the openness of Uzbekistan to the international community, its readiness to study and implement the international best practice.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Cinema

By late 2019, more than 50 standard-design cinemas are projected to be erected across Uzbekistan.

To date, three standard designs for cinemas: summer, as well as a one-story and two-story buildings have already been approved. The latter two types are to have two halls, each of which designed for about 50 seats.

“Currently we are studying as to what equipment these cinemas should be outfitted with. Obviously, it will meet the requirements of the times. To organize the activity of the cinemas, a special rental center will be set up to provide them with both national and world premieres. For this it will receive a small interest from the owners of the facilities,” said the chief of the technical department at the Uzbekkino Agency Bahodir Muhamedov.

At the same time, according to him, the number of cinemas can significantly increase, as issues related to funding the project are being solved. The specialist added that the main donor will be the National Bank of Uzbekistan, which will issue preferential loans to entrepreneurs willing to begin construction of these facilities.

“Loans will be granted at the 7% preferential interest rate. The businessperson who is assigned the funds in the bank will build the facility in accordance with one of the standard designs and equip it in line with approved standards. In the future, there will be an integrated ticket system, ticket sales via the internet and mobile applications,” Muhamedov pointed out.

Worth recalling that the President of Uzbekistan approved last August a number of measures to support and further develop the national cinematography, including the parameters of the state order in the field for the coming years. Thus, for example, it is planned to fund 20 full-length motion pictures in 2018, and 30 such films annually starting from 2020.

In addition, funds from the state budget will be allocated this year for the production of 20 documentary, popular science, educational-methodological films, almanacs, newsreels, and 25 in 2019, while 30 annually from 2020. The animation industry will not be left aside either: this year the government plans to finance the production of 15 cartoons, and 50 starting from 2022 annually.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Undiscovered Treasures of Uzbekistan

Describing the unusual travels of the Norwegian tourist K. Lindgren, the authoritative British paper Daily Mail notes that he visited 97 countries and took a huge amount of stunning photographs. Refusing to travel to famous places, which are already known all over the world, Lindgren created his own blog UnusualTraveler. In one of the entries of this blog, he notes that he found the treasure - the Aral Sea.

And there are hundreds of such notes on the internet. Against this background, we ask ourselves whether we know about such a treasure. Do foreign tourists know that that is probably the only place in the world where you can find a real ship graveyard? Unfortunately, the answer is not always positive.

Uzbekistan is truly a unique country. There are more than 7.3 thousand objects of cultural heritage. At the same time, there are a lot of objects that have not yet been fully explored. So, in the Beruni region of Karakalpakstan there is a complex of Sultan Uwais-Bobo. According to local legends, this Yemeni shepherd Uwais al-Qarani who lived here and in honor of whom this place was named, became famous for his activity in collecting and studying hadith. He never saw the Prophet, but he was a very devout person. The rumor about him reached the Prophet Muhammad, and four of his companions brought him clothes. Later followers of Sultan Uwais built a symbolic mausoleum in his honor and turned it into a place of worship (still you can see a stone on which, according to legend, there was a trace from the shin of Sultan Uwais). Currently, pilgrims come here from various regions of Uzbekistan, as well as from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

However, the article in Wikipedia about Uwais al-Qarani in English (which often becomes the main source of information for potential tourists) does not even mention Uzbekistan nor the Beruni district. At the same time, it noted that complexes and mosques have been erected in honor of Sultan Uwais in Syria, Oman and Turkey. Probably, the authors of Wikipedia are simply not aware of the fact that Sultan Uwais is directly related to Uzbekistan. And this is our fault. We could not show the world the connection of Uvays al-Qarani with our country. But this place could become a place of attraction for tourists. We could attract thousands of tourists from Muslim countries. Moreover, even the own population of Uzbekistan is poorly informed about this. It can be noted with certainty that there are dozens of such places in our country.

Perhaps some of us still underestimate the importance of tourism. Thus, according to the UN World Tourism Organization, in 2016 the contribution of tourism to the world economy amounted to $ 7.6 trillion, which exceeds 10% of global GDP. The number of tourists in the world reached 1.2 billion. The tourism industry creates one of 10 jobs on the planet. In turn, the number of tourists who visited Uzbekistan in 2017 exceeded the 2.5 million. This is 24% more than in 2016. At first glance, this is a good indicator. However, if we compare it with, for example, Georgia (with a population of 3.8 million people in 2017 it was visited by more than 7.5 million people), it becomes clear that in the tourist sphere we need to do a great job. And it has already begun.

In his Address to the national parliament, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed the need for the development of pilgrimage, ecological, educational, ethnographic, gastronomic and other types of tourism. He proposed to develop a program of ‘small hajj’, consisting in pilgrimage to holy places and familiarization with monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent. Sultan Uwais could become one of the pearls of this program. In addition, the Presidential Decree “On Additional Organizational Measures to Create Favorable Conditions for the Development of Tourism Potential of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was signed, according to which our country, from February 10, 2018, introduces a 30-day visa-free regime for citizens of seven countries: Israel, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan. Thus, the total number of countries for whose citizens the visa-free regime will operate will reach 16.

Moreover, Uzbekistan will actively develop the program for the development of domestic tourism “Travel around Uzbekistan!” It provides for the organization of tourist and excursion tours around the country's regions for students of educational institutions, workers of different organizations, socially vulnerable categories of the population, pensioners, war and labor veterans, and as well as representatives of the older generation, young families, activists of citizens' gatherings, women’s and other public associations.

Important is the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan on the establishment of additional non-working days during the celebration of official dates and the postponement of days off in 2018. In order to ensure rational use by employees of the days of continuous rest, stipulated by the decree, specific measures are envisaged for organizing family vacations, including the formation of domestic tourism routes and the introduction of discounts for transport and hotel services to employees and their families who wish to visit the cultural and historical centers of our country, spend an extended weekend in the holiday homes and boarding houses of the republic.

It should be understood that domestic tourism, in addition to economic, plays an important moral, educational and patriotic role. Guests and residents of the region touch the national culture, get acquainted with the monuments of nature, history, architecture. It is important not only to attract tourists to Uzbekistan, but also to acquaint Uzbek people with familiar but not always known places, help them to go through the ways of Alexander the Great in Samarkand, touch the shrines of Bukhara, bow their heads before the memory of Jaloliddin Manguberdi, visit places sung by Navoi and Babur.

At the same time, the development of tourism programs of cities and regions can not be achieved only through the efforts of state authorities. To ensure their realization and work, it is necessary to fully involve the business community, the public and academia in these processes. If such a symbiosis takes place, the tourist industry will develop.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #76 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 19, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:58 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea  1

Officially.. 2

Jasur Akromov heads Committee on Religious Affairs. 2

Investments. 2

A wheat processing enterprise, Atiyaj-Gulzar, has been put into operation in the Takhiatash district of Karakalpakstan. 2

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 2

Central Asia is a Region of Complex Plexus of Interests. 2

International relationships. 3

Meeting with Ambassador of Philippines. 3

International Conference on the theme «Strategy of action and strong social policy: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan». 4

Action Strategy and social policy through the eyes of experts. 4

Society.. 4

Total income of population of Uzbekistan reach 43.2 trillion soums in 1Q.. 4

 

president

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

On April 18, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Kang Kyung-wha. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Warmly welcoming the guest, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the consistent strengthening of centuries-old ties of friendship and the dynamic development of strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and South Korea.

It was emphasized that the historic high-level visit to South Korea in November 2017 and important agreements reached on its results allowed the Uzbek-Korean mutually beneficial cooperation to be brought to a qualitatively new level, filling it with concrete practical content.

Today, the indicators of mutual trade are growing steadily. The volume of Korean investments in the economy of Uzbekistan has exceeded 7 billion dollars. New investment projects worth more than $5 billion are being worked out, including with companies such as Posco Daewoo, GS, Evergreen, Yang Guang and many others.

In February this year, Tashkent hosted the first joint intergovernmental meeting in a new format on the issues of trade and economic cooperation.

Joint programs aimed at introduction of advanced South Korean experience, knowledge and technologies in development of the healthcare system, preschool education, urban management, energy and other sectors of the economy and social sphere are being actively implemented.

Leading experts from the Republic of Korea are involved as consultants by ministries, departments and khokimiyats of Uzbekistan. Humanitarian, educational and tourist exchanges are expanding.

During the meeting, views were exchanged on prospects for further deepening the multifaceted cooperation between the two states, as well as current issues of international and regional policy.

It was emphasized that the Republic of Uzbekistan fully supports the policy implemented by the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, on ensuring peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan expressed his confidence that the planned meetings at the highest level will become important events in Uzbek-Korean relations and will ensure achievement of new breakthrough agreements. The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed deep gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes on behalf of the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in.

The Korean side highly appreciated the results of the International Conference on Afghanistan, which was held on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, in March this year, which will undoubtedly make an important contribution to ensuring stability and security in the region.

The Minister also expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the decision adopted on introducing a visa-free regime for South Korean citizens, which contributed to a significant increase in the tourist flow and expansion of business contacts.

Following the meeting, Kang Kyung-wha reaffirmed the readiness of the South Korean side to further strengthening the bilateral relations of strategic partnership and full-scale cooperation.

(Source:UzA )

Officially

Jasur Akromov heads Committee on Religious Affairs

Jasur Akromov has been appointed chairman of the Committee on Religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan.

At this post, he replaced Ortikbek Yusupov.

Also, Muzaffar Komilov and Nuriyyomon Abulkhasan were appointed to the post of the deputy chairmen of the Committee.          

(Source: UzDaily.com)

investments

A wheat processing enterprise, Atiyaj-Gulzar, has been put into operation in the Takhiatash district of Karakalpakstan.

Outfitted with modern equipment, it daily processes 120 tons of grain, produces 90 tons of flour and 30 tons of bran.

Flour products packed in 25- and 50-kilogram bags under the trademarks Beshkala and Stella are delivered to all towns and districts of the Aral Sea area, as well as to shopping centers in Khorezm region.

“A loan for 7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.04.2018, 1$= 8077,26 soums) provided by Asaka Bank was sent for the construction of the enterprise,” says Ozod Mustafoev, the head of Atiyaj-Gulzar LLC. “More than half of the employees of the new enterprise are young specialists. Our goal is to provide the population with quality products not inferior in quality to imported ones.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Central Asia is a Region of Complex Plexus of Interests

The security of the Central Asian region has been addressed in Moscow at a roundtable discussion with the participation of Uzbek and Russian analysts.

The format of the event was an academic conference, addressing the topic “Pressing issues of security in the Central Asian region and the strategy for their solution: the approaches of Russia and Uzbekistan”. The Uzbek delegation was headed by Vladimir Norov, Director of the Institute of Strategic and Interregional Studies (ISIRS) under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Russian side was represented by Mikhail Fradkov, Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS).

Opening the meeting, he noted that “Uzbekistan is the heart of Central Asia and has common borders with every country in the region where Russia has interests. We are planning to raise the level of Russian-Uzbek relations to a higher level. Our desire is to ensure stability and develop in the interests of our peoples in the conditions of security.”

In the opinion of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation, Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov, the importance of the topic of the conference is conditioned by the fact that Central Asia is not an isolated territory. “This is a region of a complex plexus of political and economic interests, almost all global factors and the situation in which can somehow influence the situation far beyond its borders," said the head of the diplomatic mission.”

The fact that Central Asia is the main priority of the foreign policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the main task facing the country is the creation of a zone of stability, peace and good-neighborliness around itself, recalled the ISIRS Director Vladimir Norov. Concerning security, all participants in the conference agreed that Uzbekistan is a powerful barrier to extremism.

“Uzbekistan has accumulated quite a lot of experience working with young people, the clergy,” stated Oksana Petrovskaya, head of the Center for European Studies at RISS, “and our task is to unite efforts in countering extremism.”

V. Norov: In 2017, the Center for the Study of Public Opinion conducted a study, according to which 72% of Uzbeks responded that Russia should be the main partner of Uzbekistan in the fight against religious extremism and terrorism.

During the conference, the sides exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the development of the regional situation. In this regard, it was suggested that Russia and Uzbekistan should unite in the Afghan direction in order to help stabilize the situation. Developing this topic, Omar Mohammad Nessar, Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Afghanistan, said: “Of course, Russia can establish relations with Uzbekistan and play an effective role in stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, but from my point of view, it would probably be more interesting and more correct to expand this alliance , including not only Uzbekistan, but other countries of Central Asia, China and Iran, as these states also play an important role in Afghanistan.”

Participants noted the spirit of trust present at the conference. At the end of the meeting, Director of the Center for Central Asian and Afghan Studies at MGIMO Andrey Kazantsev said: “Today we had a very interesting meeting with representatives of ISIRS. One of the areas discussed, which is of great interest, is how we can coordinate the interests of the great powers working in the region. It's no secret that the Russian-American and American-Chinese contradictions are now quite large, which prevent them from effectively cooperating with the countries of the region and with each other in Central Asia. In this context, it is important to determine how this can all be coordinated with the interests of the Central Asian states themselves, as well as how the countries of the region, primarily Uzbekistan, increasing their authority in diplomacy and the system of international relations, will be able to build cooperation to prevent the negative impact of international conflicts on the situation in Central Asia. And for this enhanced coordination to resolve the situation in Afghanistan, as well.”

As a result of the conference, an agreement was reached on the participation of RISS experts in academic and practical events in Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Meeting with Ambassador of Philippines

On April 19, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Philippines with the residence in Tehran, Wilfredo C.Santos.

After a brief ceremony of presenting credentials, Minister congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment to Uzbekistan and wished success on a high and responsible post.

During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on priority areas for further strengthening the Uzbekistan–Philippines dialogue in various spheres.

The sides noted their interest in strengthening bilateral cooperation and relations within the UN and other organizations.

In particular, the main attention was paid to issues of deepening cooperation in trade and economic and investment spheres, including practical aspects of implementing bilateral agreements in various fields.

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

International Conference on the theme «Strategy of action and strong social policy: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan»

Action Strategy and social policy through the eyes of experts

Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan with participation of partner organizations will hold an international conference on “Action Strategy and strong social policy: international practice and Uzbekistan’s experience”, on April 24-26 2018. A briefing was organized at the National Press Center on the eve of this major international event.

The idea of holding this international conference is fully supported by the International Labour Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, Pan-European Regional Council of the International Trade Union Confederation, and the International Organization of Employers. Representatives of these authoritative international organizations and trade union centers of foreign states, diplomatic corps and heads of international organizations accredited in Uzbekistan, experts and scientists from more than 30 countries are expected to attend the conference.

The main goal of the international conference is to widely familiarize participants with systemic reforms, their positive results, implemented at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan on the basis of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021. At the same time, prospects for further development of social partnership between trade union organizations, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other civil society institutions will be determined.

Within the framework of the forum, a visit of foreign participants to Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent regions is planned. Foreign experts will have an opportunity to see the results of a strong social policy in human interests, implemented in the country on the example of ordinary citizens’ lives.

The international conference will become an international platform for constructive discussion of proposals, opinions and experience of participants of the forum, directly involved in solving socio-labor problems. Holding a conference in this format demonstrates Uzbekistan’s openness to the international community, its readiness to study and implement international best practices.

(Source:UzA )

society

Total income of population of Uzbekistan reach 43.2 trillion soums in 1Q

According to preliminary data, the total volume of incomes of the population of Uzbekistan made up 43.2 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.04.2018, 1$= 8077,26 soums) in January-March 2018 or 1.3 million soums per capita on average, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

The committee said that the growth of total income of the population in real terms made up 10.6%, income per capita - 8.8% compared to the same period last year.

The average nominal aggregate incomes of the population per capita above the average republican level were registered in Tashkent – 3.31 million soums, in Navoi – 2.11 million soums, in Bukhara – 1.41 million soums and Tashkent region – 1.4 million soums.

The high real growth of total income per capita were registered in Khorezm region - 15.1%, in Samarkand region -14.4%, in Surkhandarya region – 13.7%, in Andijan region – 12.6%, in Namangan region -10.4% and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan – 9.8%.

A significant increase in total aggregate income of the population is mainly contributed by significant changes in income from work (income of employees and self-employment), which account for 59.6% of total revenues and 32.2% of revenues from transfers.

The income from labor activity has a significant weight in the structure of the aggregate income of the population. According to preliminary data for January-March 2018, the share of income from work in the structure of total income of the population was 59.6%, the nominal growth rate of income reached 17.1%. Such a significant share and growth rates during that period contributed to the growth of total aggregate income by about 11.6%.

In turn, income from work is formed from the income of employees and income from self-employment. In January-March 2018 incomes of wage earners increased by 18.3% and amounted to 37.0% of total aggregate income of the population. The largest nominal growth rate of incomes of employees were recorded in Tashkent (+ 23.0%), the Republic of Karakalpakstan (+ 21.9%), Andijan (+ 21.7%), Khorezm (+ 20.8% ), Navoi (+ 20.3%) and Jizzakh (+ 20.2%) regions.

The next main source of income from employment is income from self-employment. In January-March 2018, the nominal growth rate of incomes of the population from self-employment reached 15.2%.

In the total volume of aggregate incomes of the population, this source of income is significant and its share is 22.6%. The income from self-employment in its specific weight also has a significant impact on the total income of the population. With the growth of income from self-employment by 1%, the total amount of total income increases by 0.26%.

The share of income from self-employment in the regions varies - from 12.3% (in the city of Tashkent) to 30.9% (in the Tashkent region). One third (33.5%) of the income from self-employment comes from Tashkent (12.7%), Samarkand region (10.5%) and Tashkent region (10.3%).

Also one of the sources of income of the population is income from property. According to preliminary results, in January-March 2018, the population received 2.4 trillion soums of income from property. Nominal rates of their growth, compared with the corresponding period of 2017, made up 39.5%.

The share of property income in the total aggregate income of the population reached 5.6%. In turn, income from property consists of interest, dividends, royalties and other property income.

In the structure of the total incomes of the population, the share of income from small business has significant weight in the following regions: Surkhandarya - 51%, Jizzakh - 50.7%, Khorezm - 50.3%, Samarkand - 49.7%, Tashkent - 49.3% Namangan regions - 48.7% and Tashkent - 50.4%.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #75 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 18, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:57 by Webmaster Ambasciata

president.. 1

Improvement of the state of settlements in the economy is factor of stability. 1

investments. 1

Art Soft Tex Group has launched a new textile enterprise Buston Trikotaj Mahsulotlari in the Yangikurgan district of Namangan region. 1

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 2

Samarkand celebrates writer Sadriddin Aini’s birthday. 2

Days of Almaty. 2

International relationships. 3

Meeting of the Coordination Committee. 3

Society.. 3

Forced involvement of social workers in public works is unacceptable. 3

Uzbekistan creates International Islamic Academy. 5

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 5

Uzbekistan: Gastronomic Mix. 5

 

president

Improvement of the state of settlements in the economy is factor of stability

At the meeting, which was chaired by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on April 17, it was noted that a significant part of the total accounts receivable falls on the fuel and energy complex. Accounts receivable in this sphere since the beginning of the year increased by 16 percent. The growth amounted to 13.7 percent in mechanical engineering complex and cotton processing, 20 percent – in the complex on the issues of construction and transport.

Accounts receivable in the system of “Uzbekneftgaz” and “Uztransgaz” JSCs reached 460 billion sums. Arrears arose in the amount of 341 billion sums in “Uzbekenergo” JSC. Accounts receivable remains high also in “Uzavtosanoat”, “Uzbekiston temir yullari”, “Uzkimyosanoat” JSCs.

– A newly appointed head of an organization usually begins work by putting the settlement system in order. And we, on the contrary, take up the technical and economic aspect. It’s time to change the system, in order to reduce the debts in the economy, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The Head of the state also drew attention to the need for reducing the arrears of farms on taxes. The current mechanism for making payments for services of machine and tractor parks leads to an increase in the debt of farms to “Uzagroservice” JSC.

Due to the lack of effective interaction between tax and cadastre agencies, information on 3 247 farms owning 212 thousand hectares of land is absent in the tax authorities’ database, and 405 thousand 508 residential and non-residential facilities registered in the cadastre agencies were not taken into account by the tax authorities as a taxable object. As a result, the budget lost a single land tax payment for 1.8 billion sums.

(Source:UzA )

investments

Art Soft Tex Group has launched a new textile enterprise Buston Trikotaj Mahsulotlari in the Yangikurgan district of Namangan region.

Art Soft Tex Group is one of the major exporters in Namangan. The company specializes in the production of textile and garment products from terry cloth and employs over 700 workers. Most of the goods are exported.

The enterprise, effectively using the wide opportunities created in our country, is working on further expansion of the volume of production.

“Our goal is to open branches in remote villages,” says O. Bobokhonov, CEO of Art Soft Tex Group. “The President of our country attaches special significance to the development of manufacturing industry in the countryside, in localities remote from urban areas, where employment is an acute issue. If entrepreneurs build large modern enterprises not only in cities where there are all the amenities, but also in the villages, create new jobs, they would do good both for themselves and the society. This enterprise is the result of our efforts on this front. Soon, in a remote village of Nanai, we will put into operation a sewing workshop and provide jobs for about 100 women in the village.”

During the organization of Buston Trikotaj Mahsulotlari, a soft loan from Agrobank for 2.5 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 18.04.2018, 1$= 8077,26 soums) and the founder’s funds in the amount of 1.5 billion soums were used. At the enterprise, equipped with modern sewing and weaving looms, 5 thousand items are produced per day. Most of the 120 workers, coming from Kalisho, Bekobod, Peshkurgan and Oralik villages are college graduates.

The first floor of the two-storied building of the venture is home to a firm shop Art Soft Tex Group, a bookstore, a pharmacy, a store for meat and dairy products. About 10 people are provided with jobs.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Samarkand celebrates writer Sadriddin Aini’s birthday

Samarkand widely celebrated the 140th anniversary of the outstanding representative of Uzbek and Tajik literature Sadriddin Aini’s birth.

At the events held in educational and cultural institutions of Samarkand region, members of the Union of Writers of Uzbekistan, literary scholars and critics, famous creative figures spoke about scientific and creative activity of Sadriddin Aini, his rich literary heritage.

Throughout his creative activity, Sadriddin Aini, along with creation of works of art, also conducted an effective activity on studying history of Uzbek literature, – said professor of Samarkand State University, literary scholar Dilorom Salokhiy. – In particular, during the opening of Uzbek State University (now Samarkand State University) in Samarkand, he together with Abdurauf Fitrat took part in establishment of department of Uzbek classical literature of this higher education institution. Another recognized merit of this outstanding writer is collection and analysis of 100 ghazals of Alisher Navoi, previously unknown to literary critics.

At the event, organized in the house museum of Sadriddin Aini, in the city of Samarkand, in conjunction with Samarkand State University, the regional branch of the Union of Writers of Uzbekistan and other organizations, students were told about the life of the outstanding writer and his works.

(Source:UzA )

Days of Almaty

2018 is declared as the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan. This historic event serves to further strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.

In this regard, public, economic, cultural and educational events, various meetings are held in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, including Days of Almaty region, which began in Uzbekistan on April 12 this year.

A business forum of representatives of business circles of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was held in the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan.

The event, held jointly by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, Tashkent City Khokimiyat and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan, was attended by responsible officials, representatives of business circles of the two countries, members of the delegation of Almaty region of Kazakhstan, journalists.

As a result of 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries increased by 8.6 percent. Today, 281 enterprises are operating in Uzbekistan with participation of Kazakhstan capital, including 238 joint ventures and 43 with 100% participation of Kazakhstan investments. 14 companies of this country opened their representative offices in Uzbekistan.

Within the framework of the event, a concert program was held in "Turkiston" Palace of Arts, in Tashkent. More than 130 Kazakh artists performed songs about friendly ties between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. An exhibition of national craftsmanship and works of fine art, organized by the delegation of Kazakhstan in the foyer of the palace, made a big impression on everyone.

During the Days of Almaty region, members of the delegation got acquainted with reforms taking place in Andijan, Fergana and Samarkand regions.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

Meeting of the Coordination Committee

On April 17, a regular meeting of the Coordination Committee on Air Defense under the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS member states was held in Tashkent.

The joint air defense system of the CIS member states is founded on the basis of the agreement of ten countries of the commonwealth, signed on February 10, 1995 in Almaty. Currently, it includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Since the creation of the air defense system, 25 command and staff training sessions and more than ten joint exercises with combat shooting have been conducted. Since 1995, over a thousand military flights have been made. The regular exercise “Combat commonwealth” was held in September 2017 at Ashuluk training ground in Astrakhan region.

Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the CIS Agybay Smagulov, representatives of the secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS member states, commanders of the Air Defense (Air Force and Air Defense, Air Defense Force) of the Republic Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan took part at the meeting of the Coordination Committee held at the Situation Center of the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan.

The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Azizov addressed the meeting of the Coordination Committee. He drew attention to the growing dynamism of development of military cooperation within the CIS with the enhancement of the coordinating role of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS member states, noted the important role of the Coordination Committee in strengthening security of the Commonwealth airspace.

In accordance with the agenda of the meeting, issues related to improvement and development of the integrated air defense system, as well as strengthening bilateral and multilateral military cooperation of the CIS member states in the field of air defense, were considered.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Chairman of the Coordination Committee on Air Defense, Chief of the General Staff of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation P.Kurachenko.

During the meeting, amendments were introduced to the composition of the Coordination Committee on Air Defense, activities of the Committee and its working bodies for 2017 were summed up. The plan for holding the joint computer command and staff exercise of the joint air defense system of the CIS member states “Regional Security – 2018” and the draft plan of implementation of the Concept of development of the Unified system of state radar identification were approved and other issues of the Coordination Committee’s activities were considered.

Participants of the meeting of the Coordination Committee on Air Defense under the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS member states at a briefing for the mass media noted with satisfaction that all the outlined issues were successfully considered.

(Source:UzA )

Society

Forced involvement of social workers in public works is unacceptable

Meeting, under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister A.Aripov, was held at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan on prohibition of forcing students, medical workers, educational institutions and representatives of other social spheres to field and landscaping activities, determination of personal responsibility measures at all levels.

It was noted that the President of Uzbekistan, at the meeting with Syrdarya region’s activists, regretted the death of Diana Yenikeyeva, a teacher of the secondary school No.42 of Kattakurgan district of Samarkand region, who was hit by a car. It was emphasized that such actions of local heads negatively affect the effectiveness of reforms and can be regarded as a betrayal against the policy pursued by the Head of the state.

It’s no secret that today the reason for a broad discussion in social networks and the mass media are cases of involvement by local khokimiyats of representatives of education and healthcare spheres in jobs not characteristic for their profession.

The facts of installing false greenhouses along the highway in Kashkadarya region, using labor of college students at a textile factory in Jizzakh region have been revealed. Workers of the social sphere of the city of Andijan, Khodjaabad, Markhamat, Kurgantepa, Djalakuduk districts are systematically involved in cleaning streets, improving makhallas, field works. These facts are allowed by some heads not only for the use of free labor, but for personal gain, which causes a fair discontent of the population.

It was revealed that the deputy khokim of Andijan region N.Rakhmonov, the khokim of the city of Andijan D.Rakhmatullayev at all meetings openly forced heads of preschool education institutions to purchase expensive seedlings of trees and flowers for improvement of streets at their own expense. If refused, threatened with dismissal.

Similar requirements were applied to employees of preschool education institutions in Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Bukhara and Fergana regions, Gulistan city of Syrdarya region and Sergeli district of Tashkent.

At the initiative of the Head of the state, “Obod qishloq” (“Prosperous village”) program is being implemented at places. It’s no secret that khokims are illegally attracting employees of budget organizations to implementation of this program.

So, there have been recorded cases of mass attraction of school teachers to works within the framework of the program in makhallas “Okobod” of Ulugnor, “Shakhriobod” of Altynkul, “Golib” of Boz, “Turkiston” of Peshkun, “Ittifok” of Kushkupir, “Turkman” of Urgench districts. For construction and improvement works in the village of Jom of Nurabad district of Samarkand region, teachers and doctors were forced to labor not only in this but also in other districts.

In addition, there is a practice of widespread involvement of doctors and teachers in agricultural activities. Employees of some education institutions were involved in forced labor in Kungrad district of Karakalpakstan, Altynkul district of Andijan, Altynsay district of Surkhandarya, Pakhtachi district of Samarkand, some districts of Khorezm and Fergana regions.

When analyzing the situation at higher education institutions, it was revealed that in 2017/2018 academic year, 17 thousand students and teachers were involved in cleaning streets, 4 thousand in cleaning irrigation canals, 7 thousand in construction activities, 23 thousands in field works, weeding, chasing, and harvesting.

More than 9 thousand students and teachers in Karkalpakstan were involved in various labor works, 8,5 thousand in Andijan, 5 thousand in Jizzakh, 2,6 thousand in Namangan, and about 5,5 thousand in Tashkent regions.

At the meeting, the situation was severely criticized when the leaders of relevant spheres, instead of eliminating the problem, are sitting back and not taking concrete measures.

The Minister of Public Education U.Inoyatov, the Minister of Health A.Shodmonov, the khokim of Jizzakh region E.Soliyev were severely warned for irresponsible attitude to work, creation of conditions for forcing employees to social work, khokims of Samarkand and Kashkadarya regions were reprimanded.

At the meeting, a number of tasks on termination of forced involvement of social workers in public works were identified. The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of the regions and the city of Tashkent were instructed to critically examine the activities of responsible persons for landscaping works of the regional and district administrations, to organize state and public control in order to prevent violations of labor rights of workers, preventing forced labor and attracting citizens to public works. It is necessary to take special control over the voluntary use of workers, especially of budget organizations, in works in the spheres of agriculture, communal services, landscaping, construction, collection of secondary raw materials, and take effective measures in this direction.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan creates International Islamic Academy

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree On measures to radically improve the activities of the religious and educational sphere”.

The Decree approved a program of measures, which envisages measures to improve the regulatory framework, educational and training system, retraining of personnel, and implementation of measures to strengthen religious tolerance. The document also envisages measures for preservation of national and cultural values and creation of conditions for pilgrimage tourism.

According to the decree, the International Islamic Academy is being established in Uzbekistan with regional branches in Karakalpakstan, Samarkand, Namangan and Surkhandarya regions, as well as a center for advanced training. The Academy is created on the basis of the Tashkent Islamic Institute.

The document said that the media center "Ziyo" will work at the academy. The center will promote the religious and scientific heritage of our ancestors.

The President also ordered to establish the Scientific School of Hadith as the highest religious educational institution.

Under the Office of Muslims of Uzbekistan, a charitable public fund "Waqf" will be opened, which will finance, inter alia, reconstruction of mosques and other facilities, and provide material and technical base of the sphere.

In the Committee on Religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers, an Information and Analytical Center for Study of Religious Social Processes is being created. It will analyze literature and press materials on religious topics, identify early factors that have a negative impact on the stability of the religious and social situation, and develop recommendations for their elimination.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Uzbekistan: Gastronomic Mix

Today we will go to feast on national dishes in Karakalpakstan. Traditional cuisine of Karakalpaks is a kind of mix of Uzbek, Turkmen and Kazakh culinary arts.

As in traditional Uzbek cuisine, pilaf, shurpa, manti, smoke, mashhurdu are cooked here, but Karakalpak cuisine has its own characteristics.

It is often eaten mostly fried fish, there are whole villages where you can taste traditionally cooked fish dishes. Also use beef, lamb, camel, horse meat, rabbit meat and poultry. Especially popular are combinations of meat and boiled dough. Pork is not used.

Garnishes and soups often use jugara (the Central Asian name for sorghum), mung beans, millet, beans, rice, potatoes, bell peppers and carrots.

Food is usually taken with black or green tea, sometimes with milk. This tea tradition takes its roots from the nomadic culture of the Middle Ages. In the distant past, if visitors came to the house, they were treated with sour milk or ayran. The custom of drinking tea spread among the Karakalpaks in the 19th century.

The most common dishes are gurtic (beshbarmak), jugari gurtic, karma (dough with fish), beef stews (dumplings with egg stuffing), more.

One of the most ancient dishes of Karakalpakstan are jugari gurtic - dumplings from sorghum and duram flour. Durama is finely chopped meat with dumplings. Boiled meat is usually finely chopped adult men, and dumplings - the rest are present. After that finely crushed dumplings and meat are mixed. A ready dish is served on a lyagan, pouring broth over it. To it serve seasoning a duzlyk - a mix of a crumbled onion with fat from a broth. This is a unique Karakalpak dish, not typical for the cooking of other Central Asian nationz.

Almost all dishes are served with cakes cooked in a tandoor (clay oven). There is a good Karakalpak tradition associated with bread, which it is customary to greet and see off guests is a sign of respect to the guest. Breaking off a small piece of cake, you should thank the hosts and taste refreshments.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #72 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 13, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:54 by Webmaster Ambasciata

president.. 1

On telephone conversation of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. 1

Title President sends condolences to people of Algeria. 1

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 1

Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan: Time-tested cooperation. 1

International relationships. 3

Business forum will strengthen cooperation. 3

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 4

Draft laws aimed at deepening legal and socio-economic reforms. 4

 

president

On telephone conversation of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan

On April 12, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

The President of Uzbekistan sincerely congratulated Ilham Aliyev with a convincing victory on the Presidential elections held in Azerbaijan.

It was emphasized that voting results again demonstrated the broad support of Ilham Aliyev and the great confidence of the fraternal people of Azerbaijan, the high appreciation of the personal merits of the leader of the state and the effective course under his leadership for ensuring stability and sustainable economic development, as well as strengthening the country’s international authority.

Positive dynamics in development and strengthening Uzbekistan – Azerbaijan relations of centuries-old friendship and strategic partnership were noted with deep satisfaction. Common history, culture, religion and closeness of spiritual values, traditions and customs connect peoples of the two countries.

It was emphasized that intensive contacts at various levels contributed to further deepening of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation, filling it with concrete content.

The trade turnover is growing at a steady rate, promising projects of cooperation are being developed in the sectors of the economy, including the oil and gas complex, with participation of leading companies of the two countries.

It was noted that the new Baku – Tbilisi – Akhalkalaki – Kars railway will certainly serve the development of trade and economic relations and the use of transit potential of the whole region.

Active cultural and humanitarian exchange is continuing, joint events are regularly held.

The heads of the states also exchanged views on current issues of Uzbekistan – Azerbaijan multifaceted partnership, regional and international agenda.

Following the conversation, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to pay a state visit to Uzbekistan.

The President of Azerbaijan expressed sincere gratitude for the warm congratulations and wishes, and with gratitude accepted the invitation to visit Uzbekistan.

(Source:UzA )

Title President sends condolences to people of Algeria

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent condolences to the President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the Algerian people in connection with numerous casualties caused by the crash of a military plane in Blida province near Boufarik airport.

(Source:UzA )

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan: Time-tested cooperation

Since ancient times people of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan lived nearby in friendship and consent, mutually enriching the culture of each other. People of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have friendly roots, many families have become related. Two fraternal people throughout many centuries used water from one river.

Uzbeks have a proverb "A friend in need is a friend indeed". Friendship of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is tested by time. At difficult moments, people of the two countries constantly supported each other, in particular, pain and sufferings of Turkmens were perceived by Uzbeks as own. By the way, Uzbekistan one of the first had provided all support to people of Turkmenistan on elimination of consequences of Ashgabat earthquake of 1948. As it is noted in the chronicle of this accident, Tashkent was the first to accept data on earthquake. Uzbekistan physicians had left for Ashgabat immediately. Thousands of wounded and orphan children were evacuated to Uzbekistan.

Today, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan pay special importance to deepening relations of good-neighborliness and friendship, raising the level of strategic cooperation. A vivid embodiment of this was the opening in Tashkent in a solemn atmosphere of the street named after Makhtumkuli and the monument with his bas-relief image, as well as the "Ashgabat" park with symbols of friendly Turkmenistan. In turn, in order to perpetuate the memory of the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, a memorial complex was opened in Turkmenistan, and a street was named in his honor.

It should be noted that cultural heritage occupies a special place in relations between the two countries. It is difficult to find a Turkmen family where Navoi would not have been read, or an Uzbek who would not be familiar with verses of Makhtumkuli. Creativity of Makhtumkuli is widely studied in schools of Uzbekistan, is studied by Uzbek scientists.

During 2017, a number of high-level meetings took place in bilateral and multilateral formats. Interaction between our countries is filled with new qualitative content. A clear illustration of this is the following moments, including those stipulated by the Strategic Partnership Treaty in March 2017.

Firstly, trade and economic cooperation is expanding. A new impetus to this was given by signing in March 2017 in Ashgabat of the Agreement between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on economic cooperation for 2018-2020. A vivid example of practical implementation of this document is holding in March this year of a meeting of the joint Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

In 2017, delegations of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan business circles exchanged visits to participate in exhibitions, fairs and business forums. It is encouraging to note that the manufacturer of large household appliances in Uzbekistan under "Artel" trademark organized a joint production in Turkmenistan of assembling water heaters and aluminum profiles. It is symbolic that for the first time at the end of March this year, the National Industrial Exhibition was organized in Ashgabat, which clearly reflects the significant potential of Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan partnership.

Secondly, there is intense interaction between the border regions of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. An agreement has been reached on development of cross-border cooperation between Bukhara and Khorezm regions of Uzbekistan with Lebap and Dashoguz regions of Turkmenistan.

Thirdly, targeted projects in the field of transport are being implemented. Integrated roads and railways of the two countries fulfill the transit function for the third countries. As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated, “Uzbekistan aims to exit via the ports of Turkmenistan to the Caspian Sea, international transport corridors”. In this regard, it is natural to note the transport-transit corridor "Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran – Oman", successful implementation of which will increase transit cargo flows and provide the project participants with the shortest and most effective access to foreign markets.

Close attention is also paid to implementation of joint large-scale projects – the construction of road and railway bridges across Amudarya "Turkmenabad – Farab". Erection of these facilities will create favorable conditions for increase in the volume of transportation of goods through Turkmenistan to the countries of Southern and Central Europe, the Middle East, and South-East Asia.

Fourthly, interaction in implementation of large-scale projects in the oil and gas sector is increasing. As the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated, “this is a new sphere of activity for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The joint experience acquired here will allow our oil producers to enter the broader regional and international markets in the future”. Operation of Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan – China gas pipeline with a capacity of up to 25 billion cubic meters of gas per year is indicative in this context.

At the same time, today Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have an agreement on joint development of hydrocarbon deposits on the Caspian coast. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov welcomed participation of Uzbekistan in implementation of such major joint projects.

Fifthly, cooperation in cultural and humanitarian sphere is deepening. Over the past two years, the "Days of Culture of Uzbekistan" and "Days of Culture of Turkmenistan" took place in the capitals of the two countries. At the same time, the Program of Cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere for 2017-2019 was signed.

In order to preserve traditions, language and culture of the Turkmen from the first years of independence, the Republican Turkmen Cultural Center was established in our country. In 2017 in Nukus State Pedagogical Institute named after Ajiniyaz, a faculty was opened to train teachers for primary classes for teaching in Turkmen language.

In general, Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan relations are enjoying the most favorable period for further development of full-scale cooperation and enrichment with a qualitatively new content. Undoubtedly, the upcoming visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan will contribute to building up a multifaceted, multilevel and mutually beneficial partnership between our countries.

(Source:UzA )

International relationships

Business forum will strengthen cooperation

Bukhara hosted Uzbek-European silk forum and a show of national clothes made from natural silk.

Uzbekistan ranks third in the world by volume of cocoon production after China and India, and per capita – the first in the world. In 2017-2021, due to an increase in production of cocoons by 2 times, as well as the volume of silk production through organization of deep processing of raw materials by almost 8 times, it is planned to increase the annual output of the industry to 11.2 million meters.

In the silk-breeding sector of Uzbekistan, it is planned to implement a new project. The main goal is a comprehensive increase in the efficiency of the industry, in particular, the laying of high-yield intensive mulberry plantations, the study of modern know-how and experience in feeding of silkworm caterpillars, harvesting products, drawing strings from cocoons, manufacturing and exporting qualitative fabrics. To implement the project on improvement of the entire chain, increase the export potential, create new jobs in rural areas and sources of income, in cooperation with the OPEC Fund for International Development, its grant resources will be used. Within the first stage of the project, it is planned to achieve significant results in development of the sphere, then, on the basis of achieved success, to assist neighboring states and economic partners – Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in development of the silkworm industry. An important role in this will be played by participation in activities of the Eurasian Association for Silkworm Development, the head office of which will be located in Tashkent. “Uzbekipaksanoat” Association and Italian Silk Association will join this organization.

At the forum it was noted that establishment of cooperation between Uzbekistan and European countries will be mutually beneficial for both sides.

Participants visited the Uzbek-Chinese joint venture “Bukhoro brilliant silk”, watched the production process. They also got acquainted with the project of the makhalla of silkworm-artisans, which will be organized on the territory adjacent the enterprise. Here the craftsmen will be engaged in preparation of cocoons on traditional methods, produce fabrics of raw silk with the help of wooden tools. It is also planned to build a hotel on the territory, to provide other services, which will contribute to development of tourism.

The guests also visited the Chinese industrial park, that is being organized by “Bukhoro brilliant silk”. This enterprise with the project cost of $27 million will be put into operation next year. It will be able to paint annually 7 thousand 800 tons of silk and other fabrics. In addition, it is planned to organize Eurotechnopark near the park. Italian partners are invited to cooperate in this direction.

The guests also visited the ancient sights of Bukhara.

The khokim of Bukhara region U.Barnoyev delivered a speech at the event.

(Source:UzA )

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Draft laws aimed at deepening legal and socio-economic reforms

Deputies considered a number of draft laws at the meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, held on April 12, 2018.

As it was informed, the draft laws introduced into the agenda were discussed earlier at the meetings of factions of political parties, the deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, committees and their expert groups.

The draft laws are aimed at further improving the legal framework of reforms, ensuring the rule of law, qualitative improvement of reforming all spheres of society and the state, which are important tasks of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

In particular, deputies began their work by discussing in the second reading of the draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Code of Administrative Responsibility of the Republic of Uzbekistan” designed to ensure effective state control over compliance with technical regulations, increasing the responsibility of certification bodies and accredited testing laboratories for violation of rules of certification of products.

In preparation for the second reading of the draft law, a working group was created consisting of deputies of factions of political parties and deputy groups from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, representatives of ministries and departments, civil society institutions, practitioners and scientists.

Deputies emphasized the need to adopt this law, which will serve to protect the rights of consumers and the state on the issues of security of goods, process, works and services, improve quality and competitiveness. At the same time, this document will increase the responsibility of certification bodies and accredited testing laboratories for violating the rules of product certification, as well as full implementation of the norms of the laws “On technical regulation” and “On certification of products and services”.

In March of this year at the regular meeting of the lower house of parliament, the draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On compulsory insurance of civil liability of the carrier”, prepared by a group of deputies on the results of conducted control and analytical studies, was considered in the first reading.

It should be noted that the project was developed taking into account the experience of foreign countries. So, in the legislation of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the insurance contract is drawn up for a period of up to one year, as well as an insurance policy is issued separately for each vehicle.

In the course of its preparation for the second reading, a working group was created consisting of deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Parliament, representatives of ministries and departments, civil society institutions, practitioners. In addition, the draft law is posted on the personal pages of deputies in social networks for a broad discussion, which allows to take into account the opinions and suggestions of voters-subscribers.

It was emphasized that in accordance with the draft law, legal entities providing commercial transport services for transportation of passengers and their property, whose activities are subject to licensing, are entitled to conclude compulsory insurance of civil liability of the carrier for a period from three months to one year. The addition of this provision allows carriers to exclude unnecessary costs for conclusion of the insurance contract before the expiry of licenses, cancellation and re-registration of licenses.

Adoption of this law, as reported, will create conditions for carriers providing services to transport passengers on licensed transport.

The draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Customs Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was discussed in the second reading. The draft law was developed in accordance with resolutions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures of further liberalizing foreign trade activities and supporting business entities” and “On measures of simplifying the procedure for exporting goods intended for holding exhibitions abroad”.

The draft law amends articles 32 and 245 of the Customs Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan providing for the right to export goods, works and services, with the exception of fresh fruit and vegetable products, cancellation of the requirement for the issuance of permits by the state customs authorities for re-export of goods under temporary importation customs regime.

Within the framework of preparation of the draft law for the second reading, the special working group provided the results of the analysis carried out on its improvement and opinions of experts in this field were taken into account.

During the meeting, other issues related to powers of the Legislative Chamber of the Parliament were also considered.

(Source:UzA )

 

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #71 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 12, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:51 by Webmaster Ambasciata

economy.. 1

In January-March 2018 Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover was 7,9 billion USD.. 1

International relationships. 2

Meeting with the Ambassador of Greece. 2

New stage of friendly relations between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. 2

CULTURE.. 3

Culture Days of Belarus in Tashkent 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

economy

In January-March 2018 Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover was 7,9 billion USD

In January-March 2018 the republic’s foreign trade turnover was 7,9 billion USD , of which exports – 4,1 billion USD, imports – 3,8 billion USD. The balance of foreign trade was 249,4 million USD.

Export of energy carriers and oil products increased by 91,4 % as compared to the same period of the previous year due to exports of natural gas by 2,3 times, machinery and equipment by 35,4 %, of which boilers, equipment and mechanical devices by 24,6 %, transformers and batteries by 68,6 %, monitors and projectors by 3,3 times.

The volume of exports of food products increased by 49,9 % due to an increase in exports of wheat by 21,6 % and fruit and vegetable products by 51,7 %.

In the import structure the main share belongs to machinery and equipment - 37,5 % and chemical products and articles thereof - 14,4 %.

In January-March 2018 the balance of foreign trade was USD 249,4 million, including minus USD 231,3 million with CIS countries and USD 480,7 million with other countries.

Among the CIS countries the main foreign trade partners are Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Tadjikistan (their share in the foreign trade turnover is 30,3 %), among other countries - China, Turkey, the Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, Germany, Latvia, Iran, France (33,4 %).

Exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to USD 110,8 million, or increased compared to the same period of the last year by 51,7 %. Of the total volume of fruit and vegetable products the share of fruit and berries is 22,4 % (increased by 27,1 % as compared to the same period of the last year), vegetables – 57,2 % (69,8 %), grapes – 15,7 % (by 16,3 %).

In the export of fruits and vegetables the main foreign trade partners are Kazakhstan (37,4 % of the total), Afghanistan (13,1 %), Russia (11,8 %), Turkey (5,9 %), Vietnam (4,9 %), China (3,8 %), Kyrgyzstan (2,6 %), Iran (2,4 %), India (2,2 %).

The export volume of fruit and vegetables was 182,8 thousand tons, or increased by 84,9 % compared to the same period of the last year. Of the total volume of fruit and vegetable products, the number of fruit and berries is 23,1 thousand tones (increased by 15,8 % compared to the same period of the last year), vegetables – 133,9 thousand tons (2,3 times), grapes – 19,5 thousand tons (decreased by 2,7 %), peanuts – 6,2 thousand tons (4,8 times) and melons and watermelons fresh - 10,9 tons (6,4 times).

(Source: State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics)

International relationships

Meeting with the Ambassador of Greece

On April 12, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received Andreas Friganas, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic with the residence in Moscow.

Minister congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment to Uzbekistan and wished success on a high and responsible post after a brief ceremony of presenting credentials.

During the conversation, views were exchanged on priority areas for further strengthening the Uzbekistan – Greece dialogue in various spheres.

The sides noted new positive trends in bilateral relations. In particular, over the past six months, two business forums have been held with participation of representatives of business circles, a Memorandum on cooperation between the chambers of commerce and industry of Uzbekistan and Athens has been signed, mutually beneficial projects are being developed, as well as contacts between higher education institutions of the two countries have been intensified.

As it was emphasized, numerous meetings of the delegation of leading Greece companies in Uzbekistan should facilitate the search for new areas of cooperation.

Mutual interest in resumption of regular inter-MFA political consultations, meetings of Intergovernmental Committee on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation, which allow to identify and transfer the existing significant potential of interaction into practice was confirmed. In the context of discussing individual international and regional problems, issues of mutual support within the UN and other multilateral structures were considered.

(Source:UzA )

New stage of friendly relations between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan

An open dialogue on “Uzbekistan – Afghanistan relations: at a new stage of political progress” was held at the educational center on training Afghan citizens under the Ministry of higher and secondary special education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in Termez.

This conference, which was attended by the permanent members of the UN Security Council, representatives of the Shanghai cooperation organization countries, aroused great interest among international experts. The opinion of the Head of Uzbekistan that, in order to ensure the success of peace process, it is important to provide the Afghans the initiative to choose the format, time and venue of peace talks, became an important step in finding a solution to a very complex conflict that has lasted for quite some time.

It is also noteworthy that Uzbekistan serves as an example in establishment of relations and cooperation with Afghanistan by neighboring states in trade, economic, transport, communication, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres. In particular, Uzbekistan, which is the initiator of restoration stability and economic recovery in the neighboring country, is involved in Afghanistan in implementation of many projects in the spheres of mining, construction, energy, education. With the assistance of Uzbekistan, high-voltage electric and fiber-optic cable lines, water supply system, bridges and railways were built for the neighbors. They are supplied with oil products, electricity, fertilizers, polyethylene bags, food and other consumer goods. Assistance is being provided for reconstruction of the economy of the neighboring state, creation of new jobs and improvement of transit potential.

The opening in Termez district of an educational center on training Afghan citizens at the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan is a vivid confirmation of ancient friendly ties between the two countries. This educational institution is important for training qualified specialists with secondary special and higher education taking into account the needs of the Afghan side for socio-economic, transport, communication and other spheres. About 100 Afghan young boys and girls are studying in their professions.

During the event, participants received answers to all their questions. Students of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan exchanged views on issues related to science, education, culture, art and other spheres.

(Source: UzA)

CULTURE

Culture Days of Belarus in Tashkent

Culture Days of the Republic of Belarus has begun in Tashkent.

In this regard, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a meeting of heads of ministries of culture of the two countries.

The program of Culture Days of Belarus is full of various and interesting events. Thus, Cinema Palace named after Alisher Navoi is showing Belarusian films. The meeting of members of the delegation with domestic functionaries of cinematography in “Uzbekkino” National Agency will make it possible to outline new prospects for cooperation in this sphere.

A concert will be held at the State Academic Grand Theater named after Alisher Navoi with participation of artists and young performers of Belarus. A concert, organized in Turkiston Palace, will allow the compatriots to join the Belarusian musical culture.

Within the framework of the event, the Belarusian culture and art workers are visiting the sights, historical monuments and museums of Tashkent. Such events are an important factor in further expansion, enrichment and strengthening of cultural ties between people.

(Source: UzA)

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #70 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 11, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:34 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Oficially.. 1

Meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Farmers, Dehkan Farms and Owners of Household Lands of Uzbekistan. 1

INNOVATIONS. 1

What Innovations Surround Us?. 1

International relationships. 3

Uzbekistan – Bangladesh: prospects for economic cooperation. 3

Delegation of Samarkand visits China. 3

Theater.. 4

"The White Steamer" on the scene. 4

 

Oficially

Meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Farmers, Dehkan Farms and Owners of Household Lands of Uzbekistan

A meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Farmers, Dehkan Farms and Owners of Household Lands of Uzbekistan was held in Tashkent. It was attended by members of the Presidium of the Council – heads of the councils of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and regions, relevant ministries and departments.

In the subsequent activities of the Council, important tasks, such as further reforming the sphere, ensuring effective use of agricultural areas, in particular, homestead lands of the population, the widespread introduction of advanced technologies and scientific achievements, and thereby increasing production, are envisaged.

The organizational issue was considered at the meeting. In connection with the transfer to another job of the Chairman of the Council of Farmers, Dehkan Farms and Owners of Household Lands of Uzbekistan Bakhodir Yusupov, the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aktam Khaitov was appointed the Acting Chairman of the Council.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Aripov delivered a speech at the meeting.

(Source: UzA)

INNOVATIONS

What Innovations Surround Us?

The introduction of innovations in Uzbekistan is possible currently mainly thanks to machinery and equipment from abroad. However, within a short psna of time the situation can radically change.

Khabibulla Murodkhujaev, head of the department for statistics of social sphere and sustainable development at the State Statistics Committee, has agreed to tell us more about the development of innovation-related activities in the country.

- About 2,000 innovations by more than 900 organizations and enterprises of our country were introduced during 2016. At the same time, most innovations implemented, that is, 1,816 of them, were aimed at modernizing enterprises using new efficient technologies. This means that the introduction of innovations in our country is mainly due to the import of machinery and equipment from abroad.

In addition, the number of employees engaged in scientific research and experimental development in the country has not changed significantly over the past 16 years.

To date, in Uzbekistan, the assignments for research and development, which is one of the most important indicators that assess the country’s innovative activity, is 0.2% of GDP.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, in 2013 the allocations for research and development in the Republic of Korea was 4.2% of GDP, in Japan this figure was 3.5%, in Germany - 2.9%, in the United States - 2,8%, in France - 2,2%, in China - 2,1%, in Great Britain and Canada - 1,6%, in the Russian Federation - 1,1%. In developing countries, this trend is relatively small.

The number of researchers, per million people, also shows that developed countries are much ahead of developing ones. In particular, in the Republic of Korea there are 6,533 researchers per million people, in Japan it is 5,195, while 4,494 in Canada, 4,355 in Germany, 4,125 in France, 4,108 in the UK, 3,984 in the United States of America, 3,085 in Russia, 1,071 in China, 581 in Egypt and 495 in Uzbekistan.

In particular, in the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Areas for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, special attention is paid to stimulating research and innovation activities, creating effective mechanisms for introducing scientific and innovative achievements into practice, education at higher educational institutions and research centers of scientific and experimental specialized laboratories, centers of high technology and technology parks.

Along with this, in the course of a direct dialogue with the people in the regions of the republic, the President of our country sets specific tasks for the revival of scientific potential in all regions and the effective use of intellectual potential in the integrated development of territories, the active involvement of young people in research activities. In the solution of these problems, it is very important to mobilize scientific research to solve real problems in the social and economic sphere, to ensure close integration of science and production, and, in turn, to create mechanisms for increasing the efficiency of the use of scientific and technological developments by scientists.

In order to further strengthen the role of academic science in the innovative development of the economy, the President of the country signed 17 February 2017 a resolution on measures to further improve the activities of the Academy of Sciences, organization, management and financing of research activities. The document provides for a wide range of concrete measures.

Also, in accordance with the Decree of the President, signed 30 June 2017, on measures to radically improve the conditions for the development of the information technology industry in the country, in order to create favorable conditions for the formation and active development of high-tech industries based on the use of ICT, further deepen the integration of science, education and production in the industry through the provision of additional benefits and preferences for developers and customers of information technology products, increasing exports that of ICT products, as well as stimulating the attraction of domestic and foreign investments, the Innovation Center for the Support of Development and Implementation of Information Technologies, Mirzo Ulugbek Innovation Center, was established.

At the same time, in order to ensure the accelerated innovative development of all sectors of the economy and social sphere on the basis of advanced foreign experience, modern achievements of world science, innovative ideas, developments and technologies, the Ministry of Innovation Development was established by the Presidential Decree of November 29, 2017. Three major new tasks are set for the new department:

- creation of a strategic planning system that allows to form future models of innovative development of priority spheres and industries on the basis of long-term scenarios of increasing the country’s intellectual and technological potential;

- introduction of innovative forms of public administration that ensure the optimization and simplification of procedures for the provision of public services, increasing the effectiveness of public administration; comprehensive support and stimulation of research and innovation activities, especially creative ideas and developments of the younger generation, as well as the creation of favorable conditions for the active participation of talented youth in this activity;

- expansion of cooperation with leading foreign (international) organizations in the field of innovative activity, including through their involvement in the domestic market of know-how, nanotechnology and high-tech products (works, services) and a number of other similar tasks.

In turn, it will not be an exaggeration to say that the announcement by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2018 as the Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies has become an important step on the path of innovative development of our country.

(Source: IA «Uzbekistan Today»)

International relationships

Uzbekistan – Bangladesh: prospects for economic cooperation

On April 10, a workshop on "Perspective directions of trade and economic cooperation between Uzbekistan and Bangladesh" was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan.

Representatives of relevant ministries and departments, companies operating in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical industry, tourism and others took part in the event organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Uzbekistan.

First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Islam Jasimov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Shahriyar Alam and others noted that trade and economic, investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and Bangladesh, based on mutual trust and interest, is becoming stronger. It was emphasized that reforms carried out in Uzbekistan increased the investment attractiveness of the country, created favorable conditions for the broad attraction of foreign capital in order to modernize and diversify industrial enterprises.

Uzbekistan – Bangladesh: prospects for economic cooperationThere are six enterprises with participation of Bangladeshi investments in Uzbekistan. Bangladesh entrepreneurs are conducting business in the fields of production of finished textile products, ferrous metallurgy, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, provision of services related to real estate in Uzbekistan.

Tourism is one of the important areas of bilateral cooperation. The country is visited annually by many tourists from Bangladesh. Companies of this country are active participants of tourism fairs taking place in Tashkent.

During the conversation, the participants were provided with detailed information on measures taken at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan on further development of tourism, increasing tourism potential through new directions.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bangladesh to Uzbekistan, Mosud Mannan highly appreciated the reforms that are being implemented in Uzbekistan on liberalization of the economy.

Prospects of strengthening relations between business circles of Uzbekistan and Bangladesh were discussed at the event.

(Source: UzA)

Delegation of Samarkand visits China

Delegation led by khokim of Samarkand region T.Jurayev is visiting Shaanxi province of the People's Republic of China these days.

Within the framework of the visit, the international logistics center of Xi'an hosted a business forum on investment opportunities and export potential of Samarkand region in order to expand trade, economic and investment cooperation between entrepreneurs of Samarkand region and Shaanxi province.

It was attended by the Vice Mayor of the city of Xian Gao Gao, senior officials of Department of Foreign Affairs of Shaanxi Province, as well as major businessmen.

Local entrepreneurs showed a high interest in the business forum, which was full of interesting discussions.

Following the presentation, 26 businessmen and heads of large enterprises from Samarkand held talks with companies of Shaanxi Province in bilateral and multilateral format.

According to the information service of Samarkand regional khokimiyat, on the first day of the visit agreements were reached on implementation of three projects with attraction of direct investments for 23.6 million dollars.

(Source:UzA )

Theater

"The White Steamer" on the scene

The play, based on the work of the great writer Chingiz Aytmatov "The White Steamer", the premiere of which was held on the stage of Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater, did not leave any spectator indifferent.

Representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Uzbekistan, theater fans, the general public, and youth were invited to the premiere of the new performance.

The work of the writer "The White Steamer" is liked by all with its simplicity and realism, the urgency of the message about the harmful influence of mankurtism, indifference, aggression.

– "The White Steamer" is a work reflecting universal human values, which has a deep educational meaning, – says Abubakir Rakhimov, Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, director of the play.

On the 90th anniversary of Chingiz Aytmatov’s birth

(Source:UzA )

 


Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #68 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 9, 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 03:25 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Practical implementation of new ideas and reforms. 1

Society.. 3

Uzbekistan: Toward a Robust Civil Society. 3

Investments. 6

Turakurgan TPP: Construction Works to Be Complete on Time. 6

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN “THE PEACE PROCESS, INTERACTION TOWARDS SECURITY, AND REGIONAL COOPERATION”. 6

No Illusions, Nor Disappointments. 6

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 7

Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan discuss incident at the border 7

International relationships. 7

Over 22 million people crossed borders of Uzbekistan in 2017. 7

Uzbekistan and Iran to hold meeting of intergovernmental commission. 8

 

president

Practical implementation of new ideas and reforms

On April 6, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances named after academician S.Yu.Yunusov of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Experimental production processes of the Institute are modernized in accordance with the international standard GMP. This will enable to process more than 500 tons of plant raw materials per year. This year, production of more than 30 types of environmentally friendly, import-substituting and export-oriented medicines will be established.

The Head of the state got acquainted with activities of this enterprise, inspected herbal substances developed by scientists of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the medicinal substances are an essential component for pharmaceutical industry, noted the need for deep processing of plants, constant scientific research with the study of achievements of world science. The President gave instructions on drafting a resolution on development of the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances.

***

During the visit to the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances named after Academician Sobir Yunusov of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized that this institution takes a leading place with its high scientific potential not only in Uzbekistan but also throughout Central Asia. Developments that are created here play an important role in development of pharmaceutical industry.

The Institute has a scientific school in the field of chemistry of biology and technology of organic compounds. Currently, 159 researchers are conducting fundamental and applied research on studying the chemistry of plant substances, creation of medicines and chemicals for agriculture.

The chemical compound of more than 500 plant species has been studied in the years of independence, of which more than 1.2 thousand substances have been isolated. In particular, the chemical structure of 246 new alkaloids, more than 100 phenol compounds, over 50 terpenoid compounds was proved, the activity of more than 4 thousand heterocyclic compounds was synthesized and studied.

The experimental production enterprise at the Institute produces about 20 medicinal substances, processes 100 tons of plant raw materials per year. In 2017, biologically active substances and bioreactives were exported to Russia, France, the USA and other countries for more than $2.5 million. In addition, biological substances are supplied to domestic pharmaceutical companies.

– Medicinal substances are the main raw material of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, it is necessary to deeply process plant raw materials, create medicines based on studying the achievements of the world science, increase the level of localization, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

***

New multi-storey houses are being built for families of military servicemen on the territory of “Olmos” makhalla in Yashnabad district of Tashkent.

48 five-storey houses are being built here in accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On additional measures of effective implementation of the Program for construction and reconstruction of available apartment buildings in the cities for 2017-2020” of January 13, 2017.

According to the project, 18 five-storey houses with 2, 3 and 4-room apartments are being built at the first stage. They are designed for 540 families.

The customer of the project is “Qishloq Qurilish Invest” LLC. The project was developed by the chief designer – “Qishloq Qurilishloyiha” institute. Construction and contracting works are carried out by 12 contract organizations on the basis of approved industry schedules.

More than 30 equipment, machinery and mechanisms, about 2 thousand qualified engineers and workers are involved in construction. By now, the installation of bricks has been completed in 18 houses, sanitary engineering and finishing works are being carried out.

The Head of the state got acquainted with construction activities, conditions created in the new houses on the territory of the makhalla.

– The reforms aimed at improving the living conditions of servicemen guarding our borders will continue, – the President said. – Issues of education and upbringing, social protection of their children remain in the center of constant attention.

Activity is continuing within the framework of the second stage, which envisages the construction of 30 five-storey houses designed for 900 apartments. The customer is “Uzshahar Qurilish Invest” LLC, the main designer is “Qishloq Qurilishloyiha” institute.

A kindergarten, a school, a polyclinic, and other social facilities will also be built on this area, which will become a modern military town. These apartments will be provided to defenders of the Motherland on the basis of concessional loans.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave relevant instructions to responsible persons on timely and qualitative completion of houses construction. The President held a conversation with responsible law enforcement officials.

***

The Head of the state visited construction section of the Specialized school for in-depth study of subjects in information and communication technologies named after Muhammad al-Khwarizmi.

The school building is being built according to the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan “On organization of a Specialized school for in-depth study of subjects in information and communication technologies named after Muhammad al-Khwarizmi” of September 14, 2017.

The school, built by “Yuksak parvoz qurilish” LLC will admit 1470 students. A dormitory for 300 beds will be built for nonresident students. All conditions for qualitative education of students will be created at school. Particularly, there will be rooms for independent work and development, modern laboratories, computer rooms, robotics workshops, as well as sports fields and a swimming pool.

A conference hall for 500 seats, a library with a book fund of 20 thousand copies will be at disposal of students. The school will employ 110 teachers and experienced professionals of the sphere.

The establishment of a specialized school is aimed at training personnel in the sphere of ICT, educating youth worthy of their ancestors, ensuring needs in modern professionals.

– There will be a center for training best specialists. Talented children from regions should be admitted to this school on a competitive basis. Conditions should be created so that they would receive education mainly through electronic means, – said the President of the country.

***

On April 6, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Ashgabat Park, built in Yashnabad district of Tashkent, and gave instructions to responsible persons on further improvement of its surroundings.

The second stage of construction activities of a modern recreation park began here under the instructions of the Head of the state.

About 60 attractions will be installed and a teahouse for aksakals (elders), ice cream and soft drinks sale centers will be built in the park with a total area of 12 hectares.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with construction activities.

A complete composition reflecting Akhal-Teke horses, which are symbol of courage and bravery of Turkmen people, is established at the entrance to the park. The design of the park is made in Turkmen national architecture traditions, blue spruces, Crimean pines, Indian lilacs, oaks, chestnuts, magnolias, Arizona cypress, salvias are planted. There are benches, bicycle paths, fountains, amphitheater and cafes.

More than 24 equipment and about 500 qualified engineers and workers are involved in construction activities.

It is envisaged to create 180 jobs in the modern Park Ashgabat. The park will be put into operation in the coming days.

***

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the progress of construction of Tashkent City International Business Center.

Tashkent City International Business Center, built on 80 hectares between the streets of Alisher Navoi, Almazar, Islam Karimov and Furkat, will become one of such modern “Cities of the Future”. In accordance with the project, business centers, shopping complexes, hotels, offices, a congress hall, exhibition halls, multi-storey modern houses, social and other facilities will be built here.

Currently, the construction of a congress hall and a modern hotel is under way in the territory of “Tashkent City”, at an accelerated pace.

The congress hall is intended for holding international events at a high level, so far foreign builders and engineers are installing piles and laying the foundation on the basis of Jet grouting technology. 4 thousand 100 such piles will be installed in total. Their total length will reach 50 kilometers.

Twenty-storey five-star hotel will embody the most modern conveniences and comfort. It will be equipped with halls for conducting prestigious conferences, restaurants, lounges, swimming pools. Both buildings will be connected by a special bridge.

The President, getting acquainted with projects, noted the need for building these constructions on the basis of the latest technologies and examples of architecture.

– Tashkent City should become a new city within the city, fully reflecting the whole potential of Uzbekistan, developing at a high pace, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The Head of the state gave instructions on construction acceleration, ensuring commissioning of constructions in August, 2019.

 (Source:UzA )

Society

Uzbekistan: Toward a Robust Civil Society

A democratic constitutional state (ruled by law) can hardly be imagined without civil society institutions. It is no accident that Uzbekistan has chosen the path of democratic renewal, of an enduring civil society.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev constantly notes the firm commitment of our country to the advancement of civil society, construction of a truly democratic constitutional state.

The normative basis for the activities of civil society institutions in our country is specified in the laws on public associations, on non-state non-profit organizations, on public funds, on political parties and others. The Constitution of the Republic establishes the legal foundations for the creation and operation of civil society institutions, defines the principles for their interaction with the state. This circumstance opens favorable conditions for their effective activity in the country.

Today, the civil society of Uzbekistan is characterized by processes of improving public and social governance. Extensive efforts are undertaken in the country in the sphere of liberalization of public life, development of modern forms of public control, growth in the effectiveness of social partnership and implementation of the concept “From a strong state to a robust civil society”, consolidation of the role and importance of civil society institutions, citizens’ self-government bodies in the modernization of the country, their harmonious integration into the system of government and society.

Uzbekistan’s experience confirms that the sustainability of the movement towards civil society and a market economy is directly dependent on the formation of its legal framework. The study of the political processes taking place in the world show that if the legislation does not develop and lags behind the dynamically developing social relations, then this inevitably leads to systemic, sometimes antagonistic contradictions in social development.

In accordance with the Strategy of Actions, taking into account the current state and prospects for the development of civil society in Uzbekistan, systematic and comprehensive measures are being taken to strengthen the legislative bases for the activities of civil society institutions – non-governmental non-profit organizations, self-governing bodies of citizens, public funds, trade unions and other public associations.

Over the years of independence, more than 250 legislative acts aimed at boosting the role and significance of civil institutions have been adopted, while more than 50 of them were passed in September 2016 - November 2017. They include such laws as the Youth Policy, On Social Services for the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Other Socially Vulnerable Segments of Population, On Counteracting Corruption, among others.

For example, given the fact that more than 60% of the population of Uzbekistan is young people under 30 years old, the adoption of the Law on Youth Policy has received a great public and political reverberation. The bill provides with directions, forms and mechanisms for interaction between state bodies and non-governmental non-profit organizations, citizens’ self-government bodies, the media in implementing social, economic, organizational and legal measures taken by the state, and provide for the creation of conditions for the social formation and development of intellectual, creative and other potential of the younger generation.

For the first time in the national practice, the concept of a “youth non-state non-profit organization” as a self-governing NGO has been defined, which has the goals of realizing and protecting personal, political, economic, social and cultural rights, freedoms and legitimate interests, as well as increasing the social activity of young people.

It was established that the state renders material and financial support to youth NGOs, they were granted the right to use the premises of educational institutions, clubs, cultural and leisure centers of the population, sports and other facilities. They may own buildings, housing stock, equipment, implements, cultural and educational and recreational facilities, money, securities and other property necessary for material support of activities envisaged by its charter.

The law enshrines the guarantees of activities and spheres of interaction of the state with non-governmental non-profit organizations in the field of implementing youth policy. At the same time, ensuring the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of young people is defined as the priority areas of such cooperation; protection of her life and health, the formation of her desire for a healthy lifestyle; spiritual, intellectual, physical and moral development of the younger generation; providing young people with affordable and quality education; development of youth entrepreneurship, provision of employment and employment of youth; moral and material support of young families.

In order to create favorable conditions for the comprehensive and harmonious development of young people and young families, the state’s obligations are legally fixed on supporting the development of the system of NGOs, especially those that provide social services and assistance to young people.

Another important factor in strengthening the role of NGOs was the adoption of the law on social services for the elderly, disabled people and other socially vulnerable categories of the population. It includes in the system of organizations in the field of social services, along with public authorities and management, business entities, as well as non-governmental non-profit organizations and citizens’ self-government bodies.

The services are aimed at improving the quality of life, first of all, for socially vulnerable categories of the population, including single and lonely elderly people in need of extracurricular care, disabled persons, incapacitated and disabled citizens, people with socially significant diseases, orphans and children, left without parental care. It is about creating equal opportunities for other citizens to participate in the life of society and expand their opportunities to provide their basic life needs on their own.

The Law on Counteracting Corruption has a special significance in strengthening the role of civil institutions in ensuring peace and stability in the country and in the sustainable development of society. Particular attention is paid to their participation in the development and implementation of programs in the field of combating corruption, raising the legal consciousness and legal culture of the population, and forming an intolerant attitude towards corruption in the society.

Within the framework of the Actions Strategy, separate decrees and resolutions of the head of state were signed to further improve the activities of such non-governmental non-profit organizations as Nuroniy, Mahalla, the Republican Council for Coordinating the Activities of Self-Government Bodies, the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Council of Farmers, the Center for Development Strategy.

For example, the presidential decree on measures to further improve the activities of the Nuroniy Foundation for the social support of veterans of Uzbekistan is aimed at supporting older people, social protection of the elderly and veterans, increasing their activity, creating conditions for full participation in the socio-political life of the country, role of the older generation in ensuring peace and tranquility in the country.

In accordance with the document, the Nuroniy Foundation was reorganized into the Nuroniy Foundation for Support of Public Activities of Uzbekistan’s Veterans. In other words, this means translating the emphasis from the passive policy of “social support for veterans” to an active and dynamic policy of supporting the public activities of veterans.

This act is also another evidence of constructive state support for the activities of non-state non-profit organizations, the development and strengthening of social partnership. In particular, the document provides for an annual transfer to the Nuroniy Fund of 10% of the funds coming from the charity khashars entering the Mahalla Fund, the introduction of the post of deputy chairman of the citizens’ assemblies (auls, kishlaks, mahallas) in the self-governing bodies of citizens, as a consultant for the elderly and veterans and others.

The possibilities of state structures and NGOs for solving the problems of raising the level and quality of life of elderly people, people with disabilities and lonely elderly, strengthening targeted social protection and expanding the types of assistance provided to them, and providing them with quality medical services are greatly enhanced.

In particular, measures are in place to ensure the full coverage of 2.8 million elderly citizens by in-depth medical examination by specialized medical teams for the timely detection and treatment of diseases; prevention of diseases of elderly citizens through constant monitoring of their health by attached nursing nurses; construction and equipment of three new sanatoriums for the elderly, disabled, veterans of war and labor in Bukhara, Kashkadarya and Khorezm regions; establishment of interregional cardiosurgery centers for open heart surgery in Andijan, Bukhara, Samarkand and Ferghana regions; consolidation of the material and technical base of 23 boarding homes for the elderly and disabled, Sakhovat and Muruvvat.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that one of the main directions pursued by socio-political and socio-economic reforms is the strengthening of the role and significance of civil society institutions and independent media. A significant role here is played by self-governing bodies of citizens – mahallas, where the most valuable traits are initiative, efficiency, patriotism and humanism of citizens of our country.

The state and society must ensure the full realization of the potential of citizens seeking to take direct and active participation in the political and public life of the country, including through their participation in the daily life of self-government bodies.

Said-Abdulaziz Yusupov,

director of the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

investments

Turakurgan TPP: Construction Works to Be Complete on Time

The first power unit of the Turakurgan thermal power plant (TPP) will be commissioned in December 2019. The launch of the second power unit and the entire station is scheduled for March 2020. Construction work is gaining momentum.

As the inspector of the Namangan territorial branch of Uzgosenergonadzor inspection Sherzod Khojiev notes, the construction works on this important project continue at an active pace. The total project cost of the station, built by the order of Uzbekenergo JSC, is about $ 1.2 billion. By now, the road leading to the facility and communication systems has been built here, along with a two-story building for the administration, fire safety facilities, a concrete plant with a production capacity of 120 cubic meters of goods per hour, as well as a number of other auxiliary structures. In addition, finishing works are being carried out in the construction of two four-storey buildings for the employees of the TPP. 800 workers and 44 special equipment units were involved in construction and installation works.

Based on the results of the tender for financing the construction of TPPs based on the investment program, the consulting company for the project will be provided by the Japanese company TEPSKO. With this company, a contract was signed for more than $ 18.3 million. In addition, the Japanese consortium Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems won the tender as the main contractor. With this company, a contract for $ 749.4 million has been concluded. Since January 1, 2017, the auxiliary contractor - engineering and technical specialists of the Turkish company Salik Enerji - is actively participating in construction and installation works.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN “THE PEACE PROCESS, INTERACTION TOWARDS SECURITY, AND REGIONAL COOPERATION”

No Illusions, Nor Disappointments

“Uzbekistan got out of the world isolation, while Russia and the United States continued to argue, and no one at the Afghanistan conference in Tashkent noticed the absence of the Taliban.” One can come across such comments in the internet these days. And did any of the officials say that the Taliban would attend the conference? There sounded no such statement. In addition, one should not forget that the Afghan conflict affects the interests not only of local players, but also regional and global actors who are deeply engaged in it.

To begin with, we ought to bear in mind that the conference was originally conceived of as a negotiation platform, whose partakers would drive the opposing forces in Afghanistan to start a political settlement and the intra-Afghan negotiation process. Such was the stance of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto. At the conference, he appealed to the states in contact with the Taliban to influence the movement in the talks progression: countries that have contacts with the Taliban should use those ties to urge them to negotiate for peace, the UN official asserted.

In this regard, none of the 26 delegations present in Tashkent - including India, Pakistan and Iran - had exacting illusions about the consequences, wrote the French Le Monde. “All previous initiatives had failed, and the Taliban, according to many participants, now control half of the country. Well, there are no illusions, nor disappointments. But there is this conference as a sign of willingness of Tashkent to be a trustworthy and reliable platform for peaceful intra-Afghan talks, which can hardly be denied. In addition, according to the experts themselves, this is quite a lot, considering that no other world capital can serve as a meeting place for the opposing Afghans, which would be equally acceptable for the conflicting parties and external co-sponsors of the peace process. “We are ready to deliver – at any stage of the peace process – everything essential for the organization of direct talks in the territory of Uzbekistan between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” the paper quotes the host of the forum, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Another key point of the conference, a revelation even for experienced diplomats, was President Ashraf Ghani’s statement that Afghanistan is a Central Asian country. For many, the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, sound now clearer than ever: for us, he said, peace in Afghanistan is our life, while for some, it is perhaps only an interesting process. After all, not every conference participating nation adjoins Afghanistan and can therefore easily understand the wisdom of the proverb “You can have peace when your neighbor is at peace”. Therefore, there is no reason to doubt the purity of Tashkent’s intentions, which sincerely believes that the meeting that took place will help to extinguish the long-standing Afghan conflict. “If there is an end to the violence, it will be a universal victory and no one’s defeat.” There may hardly be an expert who does not agree with such a message of the Tashkent conference.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan discuss incident at the border

Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov held a telephone conversation today and discussed the incident on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, which resulted in the death of a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to the press service of the Government of Uzbekistan, Aripov and Isakov discussed the incident that took place yesterday, on 7 April, on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, which resulted in the death of a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic M.F.M. (born in 1984).

The parties agreed that on Monday, on 9 April, a meeting will be held at the level of heads of border services of the two countries, as well as other relevant departments.

The joint working group will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and report on the results in the near future.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Over 22 million people crossed borders of Uzbekistan in 2017

Over 22 million people passed through Uzbekistan’s border control points in 2017, about 7 million of them are citizens of foreign countries. This was reported by the command of the border troops of the State Security Service.

Last year more than 920,000 vehicles were inspected, of which more than 400,000 foreign vehicles.

In the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, there is an increase in the entry and exit of both citizens of Uzbekistan and foreign citizens.

For the year 2017, 4,94 thousand violators of the border were detained, illegal export or import of material assets for 32 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 09.04.2018, 1$= 8100.92 soums) was prevented, 48.971 kg of narcotic substances and 285 weapons were seized, the currency for US$1.88 million detained.

At present, 69 border checkpoints are operating in Uzbekistan for entry and exit, of which 49 are international, 14 are bilateral, 6 are oversimplified (38 on the roads, 18 on the railway, 12 at the airports and 1 in the river port).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Uzbekistan and Iran to hold meeting of intergovernmental commission

Uzbekistan and Iran will hold the 12th meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the meeting will be held in Tehran from 9 to 10 April 2018.

The delegation of Uzbekistan will be headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Achilbay Ramatov.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

DAILY NEWS HERALD #62 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan March 30, 2018

posted 1 Apr 2018, 12:19 by Webmaster Ambasciata

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 1

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan: Interregional cooperation is strengthening. 1

National Industrial Exhibition "Made in Uzbekistan" – a new stage of cooperation. 1

Senate of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 2

Senators of Uzbekistan considered the Law on State Security Service. 2

 

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan: Interregional cooperation is strengthening

The first meeting of the Council of Heads of Border Regions of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Ministers of the two countries, in Fergana.

The Prime Ministers of the two states noted that the strategic partnership between the two countries, activities carried out on development and strengthening cooperation based on friendship, good-neighborliness and mutual trust, have reached a new level.

Cooperation between the border regions, attraction of investments, expansion of ties in the spheres of tourism, culture and enlightenment, improvement of conditions for citizens on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border and increasing the number of checkpoints were discussed at the meeting.

Within the framework of the event, an exhibition of products produced by industrial enterprises and entrepreneurs of Fergana, Andijan and Namangan regions was organized. Mutually beneficial contracts were signed at the exhibition with participation of representatives of the neighboring country.

At the meeting, special attention was paid to issues of further strengthening friendly ties between the border regions. An agreement was reached on holding the next meeting of the Council in the Kyrgyz Republic.

A Protocol was signed on the considered issues.

(Source: UzA)

National Industrial Exhibition "Made in Uzbekistan" – a new stage of cooperation

The National Industrial Exhibition "Made in Uzbekistan" is being held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, it was emphasized that relations between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which are actively developing in recent years, based on centuries-old friendship, good-neighborliness and mutual consent, contribute to strengthening cooperation in all areas.

The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Turkmenistan in March last year, as well as regular contacts of the leaders of the two countries allowed to bring the Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation to the level of strategic partnership, filling it with a qualitatively new practical content.

Historically established friendly ties and common cultural roots serve to further strengthen mutual understanding and develop fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

In 2017, the volume of trade between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan amounted to $177 million. At the same time, mutual deliveries of products with high added value are growing.

The National Industrial Exhibition "Made in Uzbekistan" in Ashgabat is organized to demonstrate industrial products and investment potential of Uzbekistan, conclude commercial contracts and partnership agreements with companies of Turkmenistan, and familiarize its business circles with scientific production capabilities of Uzbekistan. More than 100 large industrial enterprises and business entities from all regions of Uzbekistan are taking part in the exhibition.

The exhibition will contribute to further development of bilateral trade and economic relations, bringing business contacts and partnership of entrepreneurs of the two countries to the next level.

Turkmen businessmen are showing great interest in the event. Within its framework, it is planned to sign commercial contracts and agreements on implementation of joint projects for several million US dollars. They recognize that this event will play an important role in development of trade, economic and investment cooperation and interregional partnership.

In the pavilions of the exhibition, consisting of two blocks, a wide range of industrial products produced in Uzbekistan, including textile, food, leather and footwear products, household appliances, building materials, and other products are being demonstrated.

(Source: UzA)

Senate of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Senators of Uzbekistan considered the Law on State Security Service

Senators of Uzbekistan considered the Law on State Security Service On March 29, 2018, at the fourteenth plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the senators considered the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan".

It should be noted that the Service, in carrying out its activities, obeys and reports directly to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It also regularly informs the Senate Committee of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Defense and Security Issues about the main areas of its activities.

At the same time, the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the prosecutors subordinate take control over the exact and uniform execution of laws in the activities of the Service. The law is approved by senators.

* * *

At the fourteenth plenary meeting of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, senators considered a number of laws on ratification of international legal documents, including the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Treaty between the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on the area of junction point of State borders of the three states (Samarkand, November 10, 2017)”, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Treaty between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on mutual legal assistance in civil, family and criminal matters (Tashkent, December 5, 2017), the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Ninth Additional Protocol to the Charter of the Universal Postal Union (Istanbul, October 6, 2016), the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Charter of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Baku, November 26, 2015)”, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Convention of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Combating Extremism (Astana, June 9, 2017)”.

All the considered laws were approved by the senators after discussion.

(Source: UzA)

  

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #61 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan March 29, 2018

posted 1 Apr 2018, 12:18 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Economy.. 1

Uzbekistan industrial exhibitions: Demonstration of industrial achievements. 1

An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”. 1

International Press Club discusses results of Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan. 1

International relationships. 2

Meeting with the delegation of Mongolia. 2

  

economy

Uzbekistan industrial exhibitions: Demonstration of industrial achievements

“Uzbekistan industrial exhibitions – 2018” is being held at Uzexpocentre National Exhibition Complex.

Companies and enterprises from nearly 100 countries, such as China, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and others, along with local manufacturers, are representing their products and services.

The number of exhibitors has increased by 40 percent compared to the previous year. Special interest to Uzbekistan is shown by industrialists from Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, China, India and Turkey.

Equipment for extraction and processing of natural resources, concentrating technologies, corresponding services are presented at “UzMiningExpo” international exhibition.

 “UzTechTransExpo” exposition is of great interest to specialists of road construction sphere. The exhibition features special equipment, components for cars, transport and logistics services, and on the use of storage facilities.

“UzSecureExpo” exhibition, which demonstrates technical means for ensuring security at industrial facilities, alarm systems, equipment for ensuring comprehensive security, communications, audio and video surveillance, personal protection, fire extinguishers, equipment for prevention of emergencies and natural disasters, as well as liquidation of their consequences, is also noteworthy.

 “UzMetalMashExpo” exhibition presents technologies in the sphere of metallurgy, metalworking, machine building.

“UzChemPlastExpo” and “InterPackExpo” expositions are especially distinguished at “Uzbekistan industrial exhibitions – 2018”. Participants with great interest are studying stands, dedicated to technologies for chemical industry, packaging and printing equipment.

Another international event – “Leather, shoes, clothing and accessories” exhibition is also being held at Uzexpocentre. Domestic enterprises and foreign companies are representing a wide range of modern design products.

Within the framework of the exhibitions, it is planned to hold scientific practical conferences, seminars and presentations.

“Uzbekistan industrial exhibitions – 2018”, organized by IEG Uzbekistan exhibition company with the assistance of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan, state committees on geology and mineral resources, roads, “Uzkimyosanoat” JSC, Tashkent city khokimiyat, will continue until March 30. These days the pavilions of Uzexpocentre will become a favorable platform for business negotiations and a convenient opportunity to conclude mutually beneficial agreements.

(Source: UzА)

An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”

International Press Club discusses results of Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan

Regular session of the International Press Club was devoted to the results of Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”.

First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis S.Safayev, Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan I.Irgashev, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia N.Gherman, Chairman of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan Mufti U.Alimov and others noted that the conference “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity” gave a new impetus to the overall efforts on ensuring security and stability in the region. It was emphasized that the adopted Tashkent Declaration covered all important aspects of this process, such as reaching a consensus between the government of Afghanistan and other political forces within the country, countering terrorism and illicit drug trafficking, regional economic cooperation.

The Tashkent conference became another important step towards a constructive discussion of solution of the Afghan problem and joint development of solutions.

The importance of holding direct talks without preconditions and the unity of views of the international community on this matter was noted.

(Source:UzA )

International relationships

Meeting with the delegation of Mongolia

Meeting with a delegation led by the Chairman of the Mongolian Friendship Societies Union, Hero of Mongolia, cosmonaut J.Gurragchaa, was held at the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Ties with Foreign Countries under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Chairman of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Ties with Foreign Countries R.Kurbanov provided information on activities of this committee, as well as on tourism potential of Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan annually hosts several international tourism fairs and festivals. It was noted that participation of Mongolian travel companies in these events would be beneficial for both countries.

J.Gurragchaa expressed gratitude for sincere reception and noted that the main goal of this meeting is to develop bilateral cooperation.

Within the framework of the meeting, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Ties with Foreign Countries under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Mongolian Friendship Societies Union.

It was emphasized that this memorandum will serve to further development of friendly relations between the people of Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

(Source: UzA)

  

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

DAILY NEWS HERALD #60 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan March 28, 2018

posted 1 Apr 2018, 12:17 by Webmaster Ambasciata

An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”. 1

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted. 1

President of Uzbekistan receives heads of foreign delegations. 2

 


 

An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

On March 27, Tashkent hosted International Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”.

The conference, organized on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, aroused great interest among the world community. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as the heads of ministries of foreign affairs of China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA, representatives of 25 countries and international organizations arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in this event.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed the international conference.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

The Head of the state noted that this conference is a joint initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It is a logical continuation of the efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan made by the international community.

As President noted, in essence, «the flame of war» was imposed to the Afghan people from outside. It is not their choice. For over these years hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens became victims of the confrontation while millions of people had to flee their homes and seek shelter in other countries.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

Confrontations and conflicts in this country have a negative impact on the active processes of integration of Central Asian countries into the world economy. For example, peaceful Afghanistan due to trade and economic, transport and logistics opportunities across the sea would provide Uzbekistan with the shortest exit to other regions.

Uzbekistan participated in international and regional conferences of various formats devoted to the resolution of the Afghan conflict, held in 2017, including the Moscow expanded meeting (April), the Kabul Process (June), the Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Ashgabat, November), the Istanbul process – “The heart of Asia” (Baku, November-December) and the meeting of the International Contact Group (Oslo, December).

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

At the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the President of Uzbekistan outlined the country’s position on stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, expressed concrete proposals on this matter. At the international conference “Central Asia: one past and common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity”, held in Samarkand in November under the auspices of the United Nations, initiatives were forwarded regarding the integration of Afghanistan into regional economic processes.

During the high-level meetings of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, the positive position of Uzbekistan in this direction has been further strengthened through mutually beneficial agreements.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani noted that the initiative of Uzbekistan on ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan is very valuable.

At the conference, the heads of the foreign ministries of the Central Asian countries expressed their readiness to use all opportunities in this direction.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General John Manza, British Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gareth Bayley, Special Representative of Italy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alberto Pieri, Special Representative of the Government of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani, Special Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Hiroshi Takahashi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Uzbekistan Violen Biyet de Vilmore, director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeniy Sysoyev, Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway for Afghanistan and Pakistan Rolf Willy Hansen and others also delivered speeches at the international conference.

Proposals and initiatives have been forwarded on establishing peace in Afghanistan, restoration of socio-economic structure of this country, fully promoting its integration into regional economic processes.

Following the conference, its participants signed the Tashkent Declaration. This document reflects such good goals as ensuring peace and security in the region, strengthening cooperation in all spheres, further expanding relations of good-neighborliness.

At the press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani reported on the results achieved at the conference.

It was noted that the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan has become a very important contribution to the efforts of the international community on ensuring peaceful development of Afghanistan. Similar events will continue in the future.

Salahuddin Rabbani expressed his special gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for initiating conduction of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan and its organization, to the government and people of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan receives heads of foreign delegations

On March 27, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, met with the Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif, within the framework of Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”.

Receiving the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the intensification of contacts at various levels, which demonstrates the mutual desire to develop and deepen the multifaceted partnership between Uzbekistan and the EU.

During the conversation, the sides discussed the prospects for cooperation on issues of promoting a peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and sustainable development of the region, as well as expanding bilateral practical cooperation in trade, investment, innovation, education and culture. The importance of adopting a new EU Strategy for Central Asia next year was noted.

At the meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the President of Uzbekistan emphasized the high dynamics of development and consistent strengthening of Uzbekistan – Russia strategic partnership and alliance.

It was noted that bilateral cooperation has recently been filled with concrete practical content. The volumes of mutual trade are growing, priority investment projects are being implemented, cooperation is strengthening at the level of business and regions. New programs of educational, scientific-technical and cultural-humanitarian exchanges are being implemented.

Issues of preparation for the forthcoming state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan in the autumn of this year were considered.

Actual aspects of international and regional policy were also discussed.

Welcoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Head of the state noted the importance of full implementation of agreements reached during the high-level visit to Turkey in October last year, with the aim of further strengthening ties of friendship and strategic partnership.

Particular attention was paid to issues of preparation for the upcoming meetings at the highest level, first of all, saturating the agenda of negotiations with concrete projects and programs of mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, investment and high technologies, transport and tourism, culture and other areas.

The need for giving practical effect to bilateral relations was also discussed at the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

President of Uzbekistan emphasized the existence of a large unused potential in mutual trade, cooperation in the spheres of agricultural engineering, light industry and other sectors, development of transport communications, and increasing the flow of pilgrimage tourism to Uzbekistan.

An agreement was reached on further intensifying contacts, organizing mutual visits and joint events at various levels.

During the meetings, the heads of foreign delegations expressed full support for holding the Tashkent international high-level conference on Afghanistan, noting the timeliness of its organization and the current nature of issues on the agenda.

Confidence was expressed that the results of the forum would make an important contribution to the promotion of the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

High assessment was given to the ongoing socio-political and socio-economic reforms at a new stage, as well as the active role of Uzbekistan in promoting constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation in the region.

Heads of foreign delegations conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on behalf of the leadership of the European Union, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Pakistan, assuring the readiness of their countries to further strengthen the all-round partnership with the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

 

Reference to the source is a must in reproducing materials

1-10 of 605