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DAILY NEWS HERALD #118 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 19, 2018

posted 19 Jun 2018, 12:19 by Webmaster Ambasciata

International relationships. 1

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 1

Meeting with the World Bank delegation. 1

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”. 1

Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Is a Path to Dialogue among Peoples. 1

 


 

International relationships

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

The Republic of Uzbekistan continues its efforts aimed at contributing to stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and its socio-economic development in accordance with the agreements reached at the International Conference on Afghanistan, held in Tashkent on March 27, 2018.

In this context, the Uzbek side held a series of consultative meetings and negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, representatives of the United States, China, Russia, member states of the International Contact Group, states of the Eurasian region, South Asia, the Middle and Near East.

It should be noted that the political basis for this work became the Tashkent Declaration, unanimously adopted at the forum on Afghanistan, which provides for joint actions at the regional and global levels on advancing the peace process, fighting against terrorism and illicit drug trafficking, as well as regional economic cooperation.

At the same time, the Uzbek side established appropriate contacts and held working meetings with high-ranking representatives of the Taliban movement, during which the prospects for dialogue and interaction to establish long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan and its economic development were discussed in order to realize the consolidated position of participants of Tashkent conference.

On this basis, Uzbekistan welcomes the mutual introduction of a ceasefire between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement in connection with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. The Uzbek side hopes that this armistice will become perpetual, following the announcement by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani of the extension of the ceasefire.

Taking into account the current situation, as well as based on the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms its full readiness to create all necessary conditions for organization of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement in the territory of Uzbekistan, at any stages of the peace process.

Tashkent city, June 18, 2018

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with the World Bank delegation

On June 18, 2018, a meeting with the delegation of the World Bank led by the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice Guangzhe Chen was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed practical aspects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank in the sphere of implementation of projects on water issues, including within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”

Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Is a Path to Dialogue among Peoples

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries” took place 6-8 June 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

It was organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan in the framework of the international multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”.

During the international forum in St. Petersburg, next five volumes of books and albums of the series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” were presented.

The book-album “Collection of the State Museum of the History of Religions” presents items from the collection of the State Museum of the History of Religions in St. Petersburg related to the spiritual and material culture of Uzbekistan. This collection was for the first time was the subject of a special study. It presents works of art illustrating various religious beliefs and cults: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam. The collection covers the time period from the 2nd to the 20th centuries, includes both artifacts of archeology and ethnography, as well as works of fine and decorative art.

The edition is designed not only for representatives of academic and research circles, but also for a wide domestic and foreign audience and a young generation interested in the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

The library of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (MAE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in St. Petersburg hosted a presentation of the book-album “Silk and Gold of Bukhara: Ambassadorial Gifts of the Emirs of Bukhara in the Collection of the MAE RAS” in the framework of the congress.

By the will of the historical destinies, the MAE RAS, heir to the first Russian state museum, the famous Petrovsky Kunstkammer, was the keeper of the richest collection of Central Asian fabrics, a collection directly connected with the history of political and diplomatic relations of Central Asia and Russia. In terms of its volume and significance, this collection is one of the most important not only in Russia, but also in the world.

The compilation contains samples of textiles, sets of festive and casual clothes and ornaments. The most important part of the collection consists of ceremonial gifts to Russian tsars from Bukhara emirs and Khiva khans: the celebrated set of velvet and silk ikats alone contains over half a thousand specimens. These collections represent an invaluable material for comparative study of traditional costume and art of weaving in Central Asia and are now open to professionals around the world.

At the present time, within the framework of the multi-year partnership on the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” the specialists of the MAE RAS is preparing three albums-monographs devoted to the Uzbek heritage in Russia and abroad, the participation of the Uzbek side in the re-exposure of the museum and the creation of a documentary film related to the history of the ancient manuscripts of the Koran.

The exhibition “Alisher Navoi’s works in manuscripts of the 15-19th centuries” and “Manuscript book of Samarkand, Bukhara, Kokand and Khiva of the 15-19th centuries” were held in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg.

The expositions include masterpieces of the book art of Khorasan and Maverannahr, as well as books in Persian, Turkic (Chagatai) and Arabic, showing a wide range of interests of the inhabitants of Central Asia. Books came to the library in various ways: as diplomatic gifts of Bukharian emirs and shahs of Iran, as part of collections of Russian diplomats in Iran, as trophies of the Russian-Iranian war, as a result of the annexation of the territories of Turkestan to the Russian Empire, as well as from private individuals.

During the opening ceremony, the ceremony of transferring facsimile copies of the Katta-Langar Koran and Divan of Sultan Hussein Baikara as a gift to the Russian National Library was held. Also, sets of 13 books-albums of the series “Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan” were presented to the library as gifts.

Following the results of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries” held in St. Petersburg, its participants adopted an open appeal to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in which they highly appreciated the significance he attaches to the development of science and culture, to the preservation of cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, and expressed their readiness to fully support all the reforms being carried out by the President in this field.

As a tool for such support, the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, set up by the decision of the Congress, will speak.

The establishment of the World Society will allow scientists, researchers, collectors, representatives of the mass media and simply connoisseurs of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage to unite and actively cooperate and work for the benefit of preserving and popularizing the cultural legacy of our country. The World Society will also be able to carry out international events, be it exhibitions, presentations, cultural forums around the world, including museums that store items and artifacts related to the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

As an outcome of the international congress in St. Petersburg, a resolution was adopted in which the goals and objectives of the newly created society were identified, and its members and leaders were elected.

The academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Edward Rtveladze, was designated chairman of the Scientific Council of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan.

Such prominent foreign and domestic scholars as Irina Popova, Efim Rezvan, Akbar Hakimov, Shakir Pidaev, Alexander Naimark, Rustam Suleimanov and others were elected members of the Scientific Council of the World Society.

The board will assist in carrying out the tasks of the society and its scientific council. As its chairman was unanimously elected the author of the exclusive multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”, Honored Journalist of Uzbekistan Firdavs Abdukhalikov. Scientists and researchers as Pavel Lurie, Sergei Laptev, Kamola Akilova, Krista Pikkat and others were elected members of the board.

The initiative was announced for the first time in Tashkent and Samarkand in May 2017 at the First International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”. The need to establish a World Society was mentioned in the final declaration adopted by more than 300 participants of the congress.

To H.E. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat M. Mirziyoyev

Open Appeal of Participants of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Peoples and Countries”

Deeply esteemed Mr. President!

On behalf of the participants of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Peoples and Countries”, allow us to express deep respect for Your tireless activity aimed at shaping a new Uzbekistan. Today, during the Second International Congress in St. Petersburg, we have had an opportunity to get a glance at the latest outcomes of Your work towards radically transforming Uzbekistan and delivering decent environment for the development of fundamental science and culture. Especially delighting are Your efforts directed at preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Uzbek people, which itself made an invaluable contribution to the evolution of world civilization. We are well aware of Your concept of civilized Islam as a religion of kindness, peace and tolerance, and we support You in Your determined work to implement it.

A significant achievement in the study and popularization of the invaluable spiritual wealth of the Uzbek people is the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World’s Collections” supported by You, which provides for the collection, study and publication of art objects, manuscripts and documents related to the history of the peoples of Uzbekistan. The scheme has already helped publish 15 albums; more than 20 documentaries have been shot. The project has united the endeavors of Uzbekistan’s academic community that has fruitfully fostered its own scientific school, as well as those of researchers from Russia, Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States, Japan, Turkey and many other countries.

In May 2017, the First International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Nations and Countries” was held in Tashkent and Samarkand, which in excess of 300 scientists from across the world took part in. We are confident that this project will serve to strengthen mutual understanding between peoples and countries, as well as enhance the country’s cultural image.

Today, an important result of the Second International Congress in St. Petersburg was the setting up of the World Society for the Preservation, Study and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan. We express our confidence that this newly established international organization uniting all those who cherish the history and culture of Uzbekistan will become a reliable assistant in Your tireless work to further popularize the cultural heritage of the ancient land of Uzbekistan.

We wish You a robust health and prosperity to the independent Uzbekistan!

Adopted by the participants of the World Society for Preservation, Study and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan.

St. Petersburg, 8 June 2018.

 

What the Congress Contributors Have to Say

Vladimir GRUZMAN,

director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum:

 - The fact that the President of Uzbekistan supported the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” says that Shavkat Mirziyoyev values ​​his native culture, tries in every possible way to preserve the rich cultural legacy of the Uzbek people.

Uzbekistan has unique collections of manuscripts, and the painstaking work carried out by well-known scholars to describe monuments of architecture and culture is respected.

Krista PIKKAT,

Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan:

- The project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” implemented by the NAEMM has ambitious development prospects. Already today, many scientists and experts with world names are involved in this work. Thanks to the initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, new ideas and projects are being realized in the country, the horizons of scientific and cultural cooperation are expanding. I participate in such an event for the second time, and I am very pleased with the fact that large-scale work continues. A lot has been done already, including a huge series of publications, films. New countries are joining the works to cooperate with the project. It is very important to continue this work, and UNESCO fully supports the project.

Irina POPOVA,

Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg):

- Lately in Uzbekistan there have been very energetic processes in the sphere of culture related to the name and initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who personally oversees this project in particular. We are very glad to be an integral part of the project, thanks to which our manuscripts are gaining new life.

Sergey LAPTEV,

special researcher The Miho Museum (Japan):

- In the year that passed after the First Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”, the project on publishing the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in collections of museums of the world is developing rapidly. This project, unprecedented not only in Uzbekistan, but also in the world, includes 15 already published volumes and a large number of documentaries.

For such a short period of time, the project became widely known and internationally recognized, it is reported in the news not only in Uzbekistan, but also abroad, and books are replenished by libraries as much as by educational institutions. The project covers also museums in Japan, the materials for the future book were presented by the leading museums of this country, and Japanese scientists wrote most of the volume. It is expected that collections of other countries of Asia and the world will open their doors to researchers, and through them to the general public, both in Uzbekistan and in other countries, where books are sent free of charge.

Norafon AHENBACH,

Researcher at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany:

- The publication of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage and art from collections of museums around the world is an ambitious and exemplary project. I would like to express my gratitude for the catalog and for the organization of the Second International Congress, which provided with a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and information. This will certainly stimulate further study of art.

Elena TITOVA,

Director of the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art, Moscow:

- The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” was able to solve important tasks to popularize the cultural and intellectual heritage of Uzbekistan.

Within a very short period, this unique project has made a huge contribution to the formation in the global context of the image of Uzbekistan as a country of the richest historical past, experiencing an impressive development of modern approaches to identifying, exploring and promoting its spiritual wealth. The project in its fullness and attractiveness reveals the inexhaustible cultural and tourist potential of Uzbekistan.

Alexander WILHELM,

Vice-President for Marketing and Development of the publishing house Mueller & Schindler (Austria):

- I would like to express our sincere gratitude on behalf of our company for the opportunity to take part in such an important event. I am deeply convinced that this world-wide unique project to study the great heritage of the Uzbek people, its presentation and preservation for future generations is a vital contribution to the increase of the world’s understanding of the rich history of the Uzbek people, and at the same time it supports mutual understanding between peoples.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 117 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 18, 2018

posted 19 Jun 2018, 12:19 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Ramadan Hayit 1

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on June 15, 2018 - on the first day of Ramadan Hayit celebration  1

President of Uzbekistan having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow   2

On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkey. 3

Officially.. 3

Appointment 3

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3

On Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan negotiations on delimitation of the state border 3

International relationships. 4

Uzbekistan – Moldova Inter-MFA political consultations. 4

Meetings in Chisinau. 4

International conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”. 4

Role of Youth in Countering Terrorism.. 4

 

 

president

President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Ramadan Hayit

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely, wholeheartedly congratulated the Muslims of Uzbekistan, all people with a holiday of mercy, kindness and spiritual generosity – the sacred Ramadan Hayit.

On this joyful holiday we, first of all, thank the Almighty for the present bright and prosperous days, said the President.

I think that each of us is deeply aware of special significance of this holiday, embodying such noble qualities as manifestation of care and attention in a family, makhalla and society, providing gratuitous assistance to those who need it, spiritual renewal, doing good deeds, that completely consonant with the current policy in Uzbekistan, noted the Head of the state in his statement.

From high international tribunes, Uzbekistan forwarded a number of important practical initiatives on countering threats and challenges that threaten all mankind on the basis of the principle of “enlightenment against ignorance”. Thus, our proposal at the session of the United Nations General Assembly on adoption of a special resolution “Enlightenment and religious tolerance” is widely supported throughout the world.

On this bright holiday the President also sincerely congratulated people of the Muslim countries of the near and far abroad, all friends, wished them peace, prosperity and progress.

As is known, our native Uzbekistan today is at a new stage of development, the pace of renovation and transformation is accelerating in all spheres. This year, three days of Ramadan Hayit has been declared days off in the country. All this gives a special joy to this holiday, fills with a deeper meaning and content, said the President of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on June 15, 2018 - on the first day of Ramadan Hayit celebration

On September 1, 2017, the Head of the state had visited the Hazrati Imam complex in Tashkent, where he gave instructions on construction, goals and tasks of the center. A land of about 10 hectares was allocated near the complex. The project is developed, the site is prepared for construction.

On June 15, 2018, Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid a symbolic cornerstone in the foundation of the building of the Center for Islamic Civilization.

The Head of the state congratulated the religious figures, as well as all the compatriots with Ramadan Hayit, who gathered at the event, and noted the deep symbolism of the beginning of construction of this center on this bright holiday.

The purpose of erecting this center is to study enlightened Islam, to bring the great heritage of our ancestors to our people, the international community. Insha Allah, all our efforts will help educate youth, develop science and culture, strengthen peace and tranquility, said the President.

The main idea of the center, which will operate under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is to fight against ignorance through enlightenment, propagating the legacy of our great ancestors who made a great contribution to the development of Islamic culture.

For this purpose, scientific research activity will be organized here, a museum will be organized. It is envisaged to study the role of scientists and thinkers in the history of civilization, widely propagandize their scientific and spiritual achievement, high human qualities, deeply reveal the humanistic essence of creativity of classics of literature and art masters.

The center’s building will be erected in traditions of national architecture, in the form of a mosque with a dome. The complex will include a library, information and resource center, scientific departments, a conference hall, office facilities and others.

As owners of such a great heritage, we are behind in science. Our initiatives are recognized by all Muslim countries. Now it is necessary to be worthy of this and be an example in erudition and enlightenment, said the Head of the state.

Recommendations were given on strengthening the environment of mutual respect and care in society, pardoning those who, through ignorance, have lost the right path, improving the skills of imam-hatibs, increasing attention to educating youth.

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On June 15, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid flowers at the monument to the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and paid tribute to his memory.

The surahs from the Quran and prayers for the deceased were read.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his last year’s visit to Tashkent city clinical psychiatric hospital on June 26, gave instructions on construction and repair of its buildings, improving conditions for patients.

On June 15, 2018, the Head of the state again visited this clinic and got acquainted with accomplished activities here.

4 new buildings were built on the territory of the clinic, and remaining buildings were reconstructed and repaired. Comfortable rooms, offices for individual work with patients are equipped, modern diagnostic equipment is installed.

Activities in this direction will continue. Necessary conditions have been created, and now, we need a specific approach, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Instructions were given on turning this updated clinic into a base institution for other hospitals of this profile in Uzbekistan, development of methods of early warning and treatment of mental diseases, establishment of cooperation with foreign scientific and medical institutions, training and social support of specialists-psychiatrists.

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On June 13, after a serious illness, a prominent religious figure, the chief imam-hatib of Tashkent city Anvar qori Tursunov passed away.

On June 15, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the house of the deceased.

Surahs from the Quran were read.

The Head of the state expressed his deep condolences to children and relatives of Anvar qori.

 (Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow

On June 15, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup, returned to Tashkent.

The strongest 32 national teams of the world are fighting for the victory in the most prestigious competition, conducted by FIFA. Although the national team of Uzbekistan is not participating in the championship, it will be judged by our compatriot, FIFA referee Ravshan Irmatov, which pleases all people of Uzbekistan.

The strongest national teams, the best players of the world will please the fans with their unique game within a month.

After the opening ceremony of 2018 FIFA World Cup a match was held between the national teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.

(Source: UzA)

On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkey

On June 16, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

At the beginning of the conversation the heads of states exchanged sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of Ramadan Hayit, which is a holiday of joy and thanksgiving, generosity and kindness for the entire Muslim world.

The President of Turkey highly appreciated the laying of the first stone in the foundation of the future Center for Islamic Civilization in these bright days for the entire Muslim world, in the city of Tashkent. It was emphasized that this Center will make a great contribution to ensuring development of enlightened Islam, as well as bringing to the international community the great heritage of our ancestors.

The sides noted with deep satisfaction the regular meetings and contacts at the highest level that contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.

Fruitful meetings and negotiations held during the historic state visit of the President of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Uzbekistan on April 29 – May 1 this year, as well as concrete arrangements reached on their results and signed agreements on a wide range of mutually beneficial cooperation will undoubtedly serve further development and well-being of the two countries and people.

During the meeting, prospects of expanding partnership in trade and economic, investment, banking and financial spheres, development of transport, tourism and other infrastructure of the country, as well as in other important areas were comprehensively discussed.

Views were exchanged on current issues of regional and international agenda.

In conclusion, the heads of states reaffirmed their readiness to comprehensively develop and strengthen the multifaceted and mutually beneficial relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey, based on principles of centuries-old friendship, brotherhood and mutual respect.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

Appointment

Nodir Ganiev has been appointed Head of the Department for Cooperation with European Countries and European Union Institutions. He previously worked as the head of the division of this department.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

On Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan negotiations on delimitation of the state border

On June 8-14, 2018, a regular meeting of the working groups of the Government delegations of the two countries on the issues of delimitation and demarcation of the State border between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic was held in Andijan.

Within the framework of the meeting, work was continued on describing the passage of the line of Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan border on areas that remained outside the framework of the Treaty on Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan State border of September 5, 2017.

The joint work was carried out on a constructive basis and in a friendly atmosphere.

Following the negotiations, a relevant Protocol was signed.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

International relationships

Uzbekistan – Moldova Inter-MFA political consultations

On June 15, 2018, delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in Uzbekistan – Moldova political consultations at the level of deputy ministers of foreign affairs, held in the city of Chisinau.

Together with the Moldovan delegation led by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Tatiana Molchan, the key issues of bilateral relations, in particular in such areas as political, trade-economic, investment and cultural-humanitarian cooperation, were discussed in detail.

Within the framework of the meeting, the importance of intensifying the interaction between Uzbekistan and Moldova, which in recent years has been limited mainly to the agenda of the UN General Assembly, was emphasized.

The sides noted the significant potential for expanding cooperation in the areas of trade, agriculture, tourism, academic exchanges between the educational institutions of the two countries.

The issue of holding the next meeting of Uzbekistan – Moldova Intergovernmental Commission on Expansion of Cooperation, the last meeting of which was held 16 years ago in Tashkent, was raised at the meeting.

Delegations of the foreign affairs agencies of Uzbekistan and Moldova also considered other issues of mutual interest.

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On the same day, a meeting of representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of Uzbekistan and Moldova was held in Chisinau. An inventory of the legal framework of bilateral relations was carried out. The sides exchanged views on drafts of Uzbekistan – Moldova documents, which can be agreed upon and signed in the near future.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meetings in Chisinau

On June 14-15, 2018, the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, who arrived in Chisinau to participate in Uzbekistan – Moldova inter-MFA political consultations, held meetings and negotiations with the State secretaries of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure Luliana Dragalin, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Vasile Luca.

Perspective directions of expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and Moldova in various formats, filling bilateral relations with concrete practical content were discussed.

Within the framework of political consultations, a brief conversation was held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova Tudor Ulianovschi.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

international conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”

Role of Youth in Countering Terrorism

For two days earlier this week, Tashkent and Samarkand hosted an extensively represented international conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”.

The event was organized by the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Project Coordinator of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Uzbekistan, and the United Nations. Delegations from the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Latvia, Russia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, foreign experts, as well as senators, deputies, activists of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, scientists, and journalists took part in the forum.

The participants discussed political and legal basis of combating violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism among the youth, increasing the growing generation’s role in the process, consolidation of cooperation between the state and civil society, prevention of propaganda of such vices on the internet and the media, as well as building up consensus of the Central Asian nations in the field of science, culture, sports in order to prevent the younger generation ending up in the influence of those who are engaged in terrorism and violent extremism.

At present, violent extremism and terrorism lead to the emergence of certain threats to the stable development and interethnic harmony in the world. And this involves joint efforts to find ways to eliminate them. For these purposes, a number of projects have been implemented in recent years, contact groups are being established.

 

Uzbekistan views the fight against extremism and radicalism as an important condition for ensuring global security, and is a constant participant and initiator of this process.

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev repeatedly pointed out from high tribunes that the basis of international terrorism and extremism are, along with other factors, ignorance and intolerance, and the most critical task is to create awareness and education of young people through enlightenment.

In particular, in September 2017, the head of our state, during his speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, stressed that ensuring conditions for the self-realization of youth would create a barrier to the spread of the ‘virus’ of the ideology of violence. In order to develop multilateral cooperation for social support of the younger generation, protection of its rights and interests, it was proposed to devise a UN International Convention on the Rights of Youth.

In their speeches the participants of the international conference noted that this forum offers great opportunities for the joint efforts of the regional and international level in the development of comprehensive measures to combat factors leading to terrorism among the younger generation.

In order to counter these factors, the relevant decisions of the UN, OSCE and several other international organizations have been adopted. These documents provide for the implementation of a large-scale international mechanism to combat the propaganda of terrorism. This, in turn, contributes to the development of national action programs and the development of youth policy.

“The elaboration of such programs is important,” said Shelley Inglis, head of the cluster of the UN regional office in Istanbul. “Peoples and nations of the world are distinct with their peculiarities in culture, language, religion and way of life. Also, those who fall under the influence of violent extremism and terrorism have their own approaches. Therefore, it is necessary to jointly combat this vice by devising national programs and strategies in the context of regions. Currently, more than 15 countries have developed their national action programs. In the future, work in this direction will be consistently continued.”

Critical situations, difficult socio-economic state lead to an increase in unemployment among the population. As a result, migration is growing among young people. This is to some extent characteristic of the countries of Central Asia, as well.

The states of our region have similar development trends. Only through the elaboration of integrated optimal measures to prevent violent extremism and radicalization, the expansion of cooperation among governments, the creation of effective immunity among young people against the ideology of extremist activity, can positive results be achieved.

Approaches and proposals in this area were discussed in detail at the general sessions of the conference.

Thus, the state adviser of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on youth issues – chairman of the Central Council of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan Kahramon Kuronboev noted that young people go abroad for various objective and subjective reasons. As a result of migration, in an alien environment with a foreign culture, the young generation falls under the influence of extremists. The main task is to establish constant contact with young people abroad, prevent them from falling under the influence of various perilous groups. In such conditions, the struggle against various manifestations of violent extremism and radicalization becomes more important than ever.

In our country, special attention is paid to the implementation of youth policy. The constructive cooperation established between governments and youth organizations of the countries of Central Asia and neighboring nations is the basis for the actions being implemented in this area.

Media space has long been able to turn into a factor that has a serious impact on the stimulation of certain ideas, values ​​and beliefs. In particular, social networks offer such opportunities. Distributors of destructive ideas use them for their own mercenary purposes.

The internet has turned into the main means for terrorists of searching, hiring, training recruits, collecting money, organizing terrorist acts. New telecommunication technologies provide opportunities for the rapid exchange of information, expanding the range of activities and providing psychological impact.

One of the plenary sessions of the forum was devoted to the prevention of violent extremism on the internet and the media, where an urge was made on the media to promote interethnic harmony, the principle of religious tolerance, and the consolidation of the spirit of mutual respect. Within the framework of the conference, a presentation was made of the information portal on combating extremism - stopterror.uz, created by the Center for Regional Studies of Challenges with the assistance of the OSCE.

On June 12, the international conference continued its work in the city of Samarkand. And that was not accidental. On this sacred land, recognized as the pearl of the East, a crossroads of the Silk Road, the atmosphere of religious tolerance, interethnic unity reigns from time immemorial. A special contribution to the development of the Islamic religion was made by such great scientists as Imam Bukhari, Imam Moturudi, Khoja Ahror Vali. It was here that the first mosque in Central Asia – Khazrati Imam – was built.

At the moment, Samarkand offers ample opportunities for representatives of diverse religions to carry out their religious rituals, preserve their traditions. Representatives of more than 100 ethnic groups and confessions live in the region in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding. About 10 national cultural centers operate.

Contributors to the international conference talked with representatives of the national cultural centers of the region, various religious confessions, got acquainted with their activities.

Then, during a general session, the forum participants discussed Uzbekistan’s experience in interethnic and interreligious relations.

The speeches underlined that in preventing youth from joining the ranks of religious extremist movements, it is necessary to explain to them the true essence of religion, and to raise their knowledge in this sphere. Particular attention was paid to the work carried out in Uzbekistan in this direction. In particular, an exchange of views took place on the political and legal bases for countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, the partnership of the state and civil society in this process, and the experience of Uzbekistan in the sphere of interethnic and inter-confessional relations.

“Uzbekistan is a country of great scientists who made a great contribution to the development of holy Islam,” said Mohd Yusuf Khoji bin Usman, director of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Civilization. “It is recognized by the entire Muslim world. From this point of view, the organization of conference in this country is of historic significance. It is possible to learn the Uzbekistan experience in countering religious extremism and terrorism, effectively using the power of enlightenment and spirituality in protecting young people from these vices. In recent years, such structures as the Center for Islamic Civilization and the International Research Center of Imam Bukhari have been created here that will serve the interests not only of Uzbekistan, but also the people all over the world and help spread the propaganda of kindness, generosity and cohesion that are of great importance in the Islamic religion.”

Participants of the international forum visited the Roman Catholic and Armenian-Apostolic churches in the city of Samarkand. They also made a tour of the historical monuments and shrines downtown.

 

What conference participants have to say

Thomas Greminger,

OSCE Secretary General

- We must not lose sight of the fact that the threats of violent extremism and its consequences - terrorism - have always existed in the territory of Central Asia, the CIS countries. It is necessary to coordinate all efforts and fight these phenomena. But in this process it is important not to limit human rights in freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of the media.

Recently, I personally witnessed that in the process of reforming society in Central Asia, especially in Uzbekistan, great importance is attached to the prevention of threats of terrorism. The main factor is the creation of decent living conditions for young people, education. These are positive steps.

In combating terrorism and extremism, it is essential to cash in the potential of youth, recognize their role and place in society. It is crucial to hear the voice of the younger generation, provide them with all-round assistance, protect from threats. In this regard, the reforms carried out in the last two years in Uzbekistan are indicative.

Sodik SAFOEV,

First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis:

- In recent years, the method of using force in countering terrorism and extremism has not justified itself. It should be noted that ignorance and hostility are based on terrorist conflicts. About 300 thousand teenagers under the age of 18 years around the world participate in military operations. Of these, 80% are boys and girls under 15 years of age. Back in 2000, the average age of immigrants from European countries that joined terrorist groups was 28, whereas today it is 20. Considering the fact that on average 2 billion young people live on our planet, this is a very significant and urgent problem.

The priority direction of the youth policy implemented in Uzbekistan is the proper formation of the consciousness and ideology of the youth. This international conference confirmed once again that the struggle for the consciousness of youth in our country is a priority.

Antonio ALONSO,

Professor of the University of San Pablo (Spain):

- Our country is countering terrorism and extremism, building on several principles. First of all, it is counteraction to terrorism. In this direction, a mechanism has been formed, and its main key factors are implemented in thematic projects, cooperation among organizations on information security, advocacy and awareness-raising, helplines.

Yu Zhegan,

member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (China):

- The aggression of international terrorist organizations is mounting. Terrorists seek to have more weapons of mass destruction, and in order to achieve their goals, they use the latest achievements in high technologies, conduct active propaganda, expand the ranks of militants. In such a dangerous situation, a single country cannot confront terrorism and extremism alone. Therefore, it is impossible to ensure peace and security without international cooperation.

Over the past five years, China has been consistently combating terrorism and extremism in its territory on the basis of national legislation. At the same time, it is particularly active in international cooperation on this front. Our country has joined the 12 international conventions on countering terrorism and extremism.

Kanging GO,

adviser on political issues of the Counter-Terrorism Center under the UN Counter-Terrorism Department:

- It should be noted that to date the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has paid special attention to reforming the organization’s activities in accordance with the needs of young people and support for them.

It’s no secret that at present terrorism turns to cyberspace, using high technologies to radicalize youth. So, in countering terrorism and extremism, we must first of all increase digital propaganda.

The established atmosphere and parental control play an important role in preventing terrorism and extremism among young people. It should be recognized that family values ​​and traditions of upbringing that have been formed in the Central Asian region since time immemorial serve as a model for other states of the world.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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TRAVEL OF PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE FERGHANA REGION.. 1

The main goal of all implemented projects is to make people's lives better 1

POLItiCs. 2

On participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow   2

Officially.. 2

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pardoned 226 convicts. 2

Export.. 3

The company BIG Agro has launched the exports of the Iceberg lettuce, grown on 100 hectares of the Mirishkor and Kasbi districts of the Kashkadarya region. 3

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 3

Deputies considered draft laws aimed at ensuring people’s interests. 3

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 5

The 29 May Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan changed the rules by providing for easing of measures for violation of the rules of stay of foreign citizens in the Republic of Uzbekistan. 5

 

TRAVEL OF PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE FERGHANA REGION

The main goal of all implemented projects is to make people's lives better

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the military unit of the Eastern Military District on the second day of his trip to Fergana region.

Here the Head of the state got acquainted with the work carried out on implementation of tasks set at the expanded meeting of the Security Council, watched the trainings of brigades of air paratroopers, talked with military personnel.

Constant attention is paid to issues of social support for defenders of the Motherland, creation of decent living conditions for them. All conditions for exemplary execution by military personnel of their official duties have been created in this military unit.

The Head of our state visited the center of cultural leisure organized in the military unit, the center of spirituality with the library, the canteen working on the system of outsourcing.

– To love the Motherland is the best of qualities. We must educate the youth in this spirit. For this, such strong and brave young men as you should serve as an example. It is necessary to meet with youth more often, to contribute to upbringing them in the spirit of national pride, devotion to the Motherland, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

At the meeting, the need for intensifying activities on improving the living conditions of servicemen and providing them with housing was noted. To this end, activities of military-administrative sectors, organized at places, should be improved.

Instructions were given on installation of aerodynamic simulators for training airborne paratroopers, opening training courses in parachutism at “Vatanparvar” organizations.

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The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with multi-storey houses erected on Mustakillik area of the city of Fergana.

The Head of the state was provided with information on construction and landscaping work carried out in accordance with the master plan of Fergana.

Construction and reconstruction of multi-storey housing are under way in accordance with the resolution of the Head of the state “On measures of implementing the Program on construction and reconstruction of affordable apartment buildings in the cities for 2017 – 2020” of November 11, 2016 in Fergana. Last year, according to this program, 5 seven-storey houses and apartments for families in need were built and put into operation in the area. The houses consist of two and three bedroom apartments, provided on the basis of preferential mortgage loans for a period of 20 years. All conditions are created for living, houses are provided with heating boilers, modern elevators are installed in entrances.

At present, construction of 10 houses are being completed on the area, which will be commissioned this year on the eve of Independence Day.

In 2019 and 2020, it is planned to build another 19 multi-storey houses. In total, 34 houses will be erected for 1428 apartments on the territory. In addition, it is planned to build four-storey complexes for commercial purposes, a hotel, a secondary school, a kindergarten, retail and consumer services center, and a multi-storey car park.

The Head of the state noted that in construction of multi-apartment housing it is necessary to master the technique of erecting houses from blocks, which is widely used in countries such as Turkey and South Korea.

– Blocks, first of all, speed up construction, create seismic resistance, in addition, the cost of production decreases, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. – Such houses are built in all developed countries. Modern technologies of block construction are also being brought to our country. This experience will further expand the scale of housing construction.

Plans on starting building multi-storey houses for social workers, successfully working teachers and doctors, granting benefits on the initial payment were considered. Having done so, we will ensure fair treatment of their selfless labor, the Head of the state said.

Presentation of projects on maintenance and effective use of the region’s infrastructure, repair of the heating system for multi-storey houses in Fergana, Margilan, Kuvasay and Kokand, development of drinking water supply and sewerage systems in the region was also presented here.

The President gave corresponding assignments to khokims of the mentioned cities, which are major regional centers, on socio-economic development, addressing the population’s problems, improving the drinking water supply and housing maintenance, creating new jobs.

(Source: UzA)

POLItiCs

On participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow

On June 14, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, will participate in the opening ceremony of 2018 FIFA World Cup, in the city of Moscow.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Officially

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pardoned 226 convicts

Recently, the Decree of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on pardoning was adopted, which became a vivid confirmation that life, freedom, honor, dignity and other human rights are recognized in the country as the highest values.

It should be noted that on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, for the first time in the history of the country, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted the Decree on pardoning 2 700 convicts, including on releasing 956 persons from the penal colony, who committed crimes due to various circumstances, who are sincerely repented of their actions and firmly embarked on the path of correction, and who are positively characterized at the place of residence and in institutions on the execution of punishment.

The Decree “On pardoning a group of people serving a sentence in the form of deprivation of liberty, who sincerely repented of their actions and firmly embarked on the path of correction”, announced on June 12, 2018, became another step on this path.

Pardoning is carried out in relation to convicts, individually, on the basis of a petition for pardon in writing addressed to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, written by the convicted person. That is, a person recognizes his guilt, repents and asks for forgiveness. There is no place for chance in such cases.

It should be noted that according to the Decree, for the first time in connection with the sacred Ramadan Hayit/Eid-al-Fitr and paragraph 23 of the Article 93 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 226 citizens have been pardoned serving sentences of imprisonment who have committed crimes by ignorance, but have sincerely repented of their actions and firmly embarked on the path of correction.

40 pardoned people are persons over the age of 60, 39 – foreign citizens, 37 – women, 51 – persons who participated in activities of prohibited organizations.

Currently, within the framework of implementation of the Decree, responsible ministries and agencies have begun to implement corresponding instructions on assisting pardoned persons in returning to family and relatives, social adaptation, involvement in good work, choosing a healthy lifestyle and occupying a worthy place in society.

(Source: UzA)

Export

The company BIG Agro has launched the exports of the Iceberg lettuce, grown on 100 hectares of the Mirishkor and Kasbi districts of the Kashkadarya region

The favorable soil and climatic conditions of our sunny country allow to receive two or even three yields of vegetables, melons and other crops within a year.

The Iceberg sort of lettuce is similar to white cabbage; its leaves are not very dense. Weight of one head of lettuce reaches 1 kg. This kind of salad is rich in vitamins A, C, E and B, and also contains such useful elements as potassium, phosphorus, iron. The leaves of the salad are distinct with pleasant taste.

“Our company has been cultivating various types of lettuce for a number of years and is selling mainly in the markets of the Russian Federation,” says Bobur Abdumavlonov, the manager of BIG Agro. “This year, a lettuce of the Robinson variety has been grown in the Kashkadarya region. Seeds were imported from Holland; this is a high-yield sort. When carrying out the necessary agrotechnical measures, you can get 15 tons of harvest a hectare. All goods are exported. We are two weeks into the supplies abroad, yet there still a lot of yield in the fields.”

After harvesting, the crop is exported frozen, then processed and exported. For this purpose, the company representatives have delivered everything conducive for these types of works. There are special machines with refrigerators and logistics centers.

As representatives of the company noted, almost 500 people are engaged in temporary work during the cultivation of lettuce. At the same time, on 2.1 thousand hectares of BIG Agro in Mirishkor and Karshi districts, Kayan hot pepper is cultivated. Saplings, planted in early spring in greenhouses on 80 hectares, have already been on the field.

“This variety is much hotter than ordinary pepper,” agronomist Ahror Juraev says. “This is a viable variety with a high adaptability to local climate. For the qualitative carrying out of the agrotechnics in the cultivation of this pepper, experienced specialists from India and Indonesia were invited. Every week they inspect the fields and give their recommendations. According to calculations, it will be possible to harvest up to 20-25 tons per hectare.”

Pepper in dried form will be exported to the countries of Asia and Europe. Today, over 2 thousand seasonal workers labor in the fields.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies considered draft laws aimed at ensuring people’s interests

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on June 12, 2018, deputies considered a number of draft laws on the agenda. Earlier, the draft laws were discussed at the meetings of political parties' factions, the Deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, committees and expert groups.

The draft law "On countering extremism", which was considered by deputies in the second reading, previously was discussed and conceptually approved during the meeting in May 2018.

During the preparation of the draft law for the second reading, members of the Committee on the Issues of Defense and Security of the Lower House of Parliament organized about 10 extended meetings with participation of specialists and scientists in this field. All proposals collected as a result of the discussions have been summarized and analyzed. The draft law is also posted on the official website of the Legislative Chamber as part of public discussion. In general, more than 50 proposals of citizens were studied, most relevant of which were taken into account when finalizing the draft law.

Deputies emphasized that the adoption of the draft law contributes to ensuring security of individual, society and the state, protection of constitutional system and territorial integrity of the state, preservation of civil peace, interethnic and inter-religious harmony, timely prevention, detection and suppression of offenses in the field of extremism, elimination of their consequences, as well as ensuring principle of inevitability of responsibility.

During the consideration in the second reading of the draft law "On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan" it was noted that deputies of the Committee on the Issues of Industry, Construction and Trade paid attention to the study of experience of foreign countries in this area. Thus, introduction of mandatory membership in business associations integrates business community and has a positive impact on development of the economy as a whole. The draft law is aimed at improving the normative legal base in the field of protection of rights and legitimate interests of business entities through institutional development of business community.

Further, deputies discussed the draft law "On mediation" in the second reading, developed in order to create legal conditions for development of alternative ways of dispute settlement in the country with participation of independent persons – mediators, reducing burden on courts.

The draft law was posted on the website of the Legislative Chamber www.parliament.gov.uz, taking into account public importance, as well as on personal pages of deputies in social networks, which allowed to take into account opinions and suggestions of voters-subscribers. Many received proposals were taken into account in its preparation for the second reading.

The use of mediation in resolution of disputes will save time and reduce legal costs of citizens, organizations, including business entities, will create effective organizational and legal mechanisms for pre-trial settlement of disputes.

At the meeting, the draft law "On introducing amendments to some legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan", developed in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures for radical improvement of the system of general secondary, secondary special and professional education" and the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On improvement of activities of the Center of secondary special, professional education of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan" was considered in the first reading.

Deputies also considered the draft law "On introducing amendments and addenda to the Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan on administrative responsibility" in the first reading.

Responsibility of legal entities and individuals for unauthorized extraction of groundwater is increased in pursuance of the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures for regulating control and accounting rational use of groundwater resources for 2017-2021" of 04.05.2017, No. RP-2954.

It should be noted that the meeting on issues of export and import, providing additional revenues to local budgets, as well as current tasks related to implementation of major activities on harvesting grain, growing repeated crops, and rational use of water was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Taking into account the tasks, deputies studied the real situation at places, the results of the study were taken into account in preparation of the draft law, which envisages strengthening administrative responsibility for unauthorized groundwater abstraction.

The adoption of the draft law will contribute to rational and economical use of water resources.

The meeting was held in the form of discussion, which allowed to comprehensively discuss the draft laws on the agenda. Parliamentarians also discussed other issues related to powers of the Legislative Chamber.

(Source: Information Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The 29 May Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan changed the rules by providing for easing of measures for violation of the rules of stay of foreign citizens in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Responsibility for temporary registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as those of the CIS nations, except for people from abroad on an independent journey, is assigned to the inviting (receiving) persons. Earlier, foreigners themselves had been responsible for registration and in case of breach of the law they had to pay a fine in the amount of fifty to one hundred times the minimum wage in Uzbekistan (8.6-17.2 million soums or 1,073-2,146 US dollars) (currency rates of CB RU from 01.06.2018, 1$= 7909.37 soums).

Meanwhile, foreign citizens making an independent travel (living in campgrounds or vehicles converted for overnight stay) in case they do not register and pay the tourist tax will pay a fine in the amount of ten times the unpaid amount of the tourist fee. For example, a foreign citizen who lived for 5 days in Uzbekistan pays 43,060 soums. In case of residence without registration and not paying the tourist tax, they will pay a fine of 430,600 soums or 54 US dollars.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

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TRAVEL OF PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE FERGHANA REGION.. 1

Economic development of regions serves to improvement of people’s well-being. 1

Investments. 4

At the Tudakul reservoir in the Kyzyltepa district of Navoi region, the joint venture Aqua-Tudakul has built an incubation shop for the cultivation of fish fry on the basis of Vietnamese technology. 4

International relationships. 4

Meeting with Special Envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan. 4

The Minister of Defense of Uzbekistan received military delegation of Kyrgyzstan. 5

Society.. 5

Stereotypes Our Biggest Foe. 5

AN International conference on “The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism”. 8

International cooperation on youth issues. 8

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 9

Tourist Registration Simplified. 9

  

TRAVEL OF PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE FERGHANA REGION

Economic development of regions serves to improvement of people’s well-being

On June 12, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Fergana region to become familiar with construction activities, major projects, as well as to conduct dialogue with people.

Within the framework of the investment program for Fergana region, implementation of 285 projects is planned for 2018, of which 35 have been completed so far. There are 212 joint ventures in the region, 45 enterprises with foreign capital were registered this year.

Prospective projects implemented in “Kokand” free economic zone, created at the initiative of the President, also play an important role in improving the well-being of the population.

As previously reported, the Head of the state became familiar with activities of LLC “Fargona anorchilik” in Kuva district and LLC “Narimteks” in the city of Margilan, as well as with investment projects to be implemented in Fergana region. Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Writers’ park in the city of Margilan, as well as “Ismoil Nozim obod” farm and “Smart Kids” preschool education institution in Altiarik district, talked with labor veterans in “Nuroniylar maskani” complex.

On the same day, a meeting with participation of the region’s activists was held in Altiarik district. Issues of development of the region’s economy, improvement of the spheres of agriculture, education and healthcare, ensuring employment of the population were discussed at the meeting.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s trip to Fergana region continues.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his trip to Fergana region got acquainted with activities of “Fargona anorchilik” agricultural company in Kuva district.

Agriculture of Uzbekistan is diversified on the basis of market demand and income of dehkans. The recently established enterprise “Fargona anorchilik” also serves this purpose.

The agricultural company, which occupies more than 300 hectares of area, specializes in growing pomegranate, storing and exporting the crop. At present, more than 272 thousand pomegranate bushes of about 15 varieties have been planted on 289 hectares of land. About 500 people are employed. Until 2025, it is planned to increase the area of pomegranate plantation to 2 thousand hectares. It is expected to collect 10 thousand tons of products.

The Head of the state examined this pomegranate garden.

“High results can be achieved by carefully cultivating the land, growing crops and caring for them wisely. It is necessary to think in advance: where to sell products, how to get more income than invested labor and money. A scientific approach is necessary for this above all. Who will study the demand in the market, introduce modern knowledge, ensure yield and product quality? Personnel. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to training specialists on pomegranate production”, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The need for organizing a Research Center on Pomegranate, a corresponding department at Fergana State University, development of genetic technologies in cooperation with the Ministry of Innovative Development was noted.

Instructions were given on creating a brand of Uzbek pomegranate, bringing the area of pomegranate gardens of Fergana region to 20 thousand hectares in the coming years, expanding the harvesting of seedlings, developing boneless varieties of pomegranate.

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The President of Uzbekistan, during his visit to Kuva district, got acquainted with projects on development of agriculture in Fergana region.

Responsible persons were given appropriate instructions on the submitted projects for development of poultry, fish farming, beekeeping, livestock, camel breeding, potato growing, lemon production, organization of an agro-logistics center, land measurement, rational use of water and other projects.

These directions of agriculture are the basis of prosperity of our people. Our goal is to make food products more affordable by expanding production of products. So that people at current incomes could live contentedly and happily, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President spoke with entrepreneurs and specialists. Instructions were given on increasing the volume of harvesting agricultural products, organizing qualitative work on their storage, packaging and delivery to consumers.

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Products of LLC Narimteks, operating in the city of Margilan, are of high quality and pleasant design.

The enterprise is equipped with modern technologies, constant activity is carried out on further increasing exports.

The team, which has started the work in 2008, initially used ordinary sewing machines. Thanks to privileges and preferences created in the country for entrepreneurs, the possibilities of the company have expanded. In 2012-2015, modernization of production was carried out in cooperation with Chinese partners, modern equipment for cutting, finishing and sewing was installed. As a result, the team has mastered the production of coats, jackets, suits, has gained a strong position in the consumer market. New jobs have been created.

Last year the enterprise exported products for 632 thousand USD. This year it is planned to bring the figure to 801 thousand dollars.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the technological process, talked with seamstresses.

– Culture of clothes is an important indicator of women’s well-being. A woman will have a good mood when the dress suits her well. Such a beautiful, clothing corresponding to our mentality speaks a lot about those who wear it. We are ready to create all conditions for development of this direction. After all, to make women happy is a priority for our state, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President noted the need for attracting advanced technologies, continuous improvement of skills of employees so that products would be sold well in the domestic and foreign markets.

Here the Head of the state got acquainted with the economic development programs of the region, in particular, with projects of organizing small industrial zones in the cities of Margilan, Fergana, Kuvasay and Kokand, as well as in Dangara district.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with investment projects that will be implemented in Fergana region.

An investment hub is being created in the region for directly attracting foreign investment. It is planned to attract more than 161 million dollars through the permanent offices of the hub abroad, domestic business people and entrepreneurs from sister cities. These funds will be used to open new enterprises and modernize existing ones, create more than 2.7 thousand jobs. In addition, the investment hub will work in close interaction with the free economic zones and innovative centers of the region.

The President of the country instructed responsible persons to finalize this system, organize similar hubs in other regions of the country, increase the number of economically sustainable enterprises.

Presentation of projects on attraction of investments into industrial enterprises of the region, effective use of empty buildings, supporting innovative developments of youth took place here.

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The Head of the state during his last year’s trip to Fergana region gave instructions on organization of Writers’ Park in Margilan. In accordance with this, construction and landscaping activities have been carried out here. The area of the existing Park of Culture and Recreation has been expanded, decorative trees have been planted, green areas and flower beds have been organized. A monument to People’s Poet of Uzbekistan Erkin Vakhidov has been erected in the center of the Park.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Park and laid flowers at the monument to Erkin Vakhidov.

At the meeting with family members of the poet, writers and artists, the need for studying and bringing poet’s creativity to youth, creating songs on his poems was noted.

The Park also includes Erkin Vakhidov Memorial Museum, a boarding school for young writers, building of the regional department of Writers’ Union, an amphitheater for 2 thousand seats and a leisure center for elderly.

The Head of the state inspected exhibits in the museum, noted that this place should serve as a strong center of spirituality, it is necessary to bring here students, young poets and writers.

The President talked with labor veterans at leisure center for elderly.

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The President of Uzbekistan visited “Ismoil Nozim obod” farm in Altiarik district, where, on the example of this farm, he got acquainted with the work on increasing cotton and grain crops, planting repeated crops, in Fergana region.

“Ismoil Nozim obod” farm, organized in 2006, cultivates 60 hectares of land. As a result of opportunities created in agriculture, organized work on supplying farms with fuel and lubricants and mineral fertilizers, this year it is expected to collect 85-90 centners of wheat per hectare from 30 hectares of wheat fields. In addition, the farm grows cotton of Namangan-77 variety on 30 hectares.

The Head of the state has examined the cotton field, got acquainted with the progress of harvesting grain. He talked with farmers of the region about harvesting without losses, sowing repeated crops on the areas that had been cleared of wheat.

It was noted that this year, which is difficult for agriculture, the farmers face urgent tasks on rational use of water, proper placement of repeated crops, increasing yields, improving quality of seeds, responsible officials were given relevant instructions.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited “Smart kids” preschool education institution in Kapchigoy makhalla of Altiarik district.

The kindergarten, organized under public-private partnership, is designed for 210 children. It is equipped with educational toys and modern equipment. There are 38 such modern preschool education institutions in Fergana region.

Presentation of the Electronic Integrated Monitoring System, which is now being implemented in the system of pre-school education, was held here. This system will collect data on the state of health, development, achievement of each child from the birth to adulthood, countrywide. It will also contain information on educators, kindergartens and the need for them.

– This system will become a mirror of the state of upbringing and education, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. – Analyzing the data of the system, we will be able to understand what needs to be paid attention in educational work. Our children deserve the best modern conditions.

The President gave instructions on formation of the system database, its application in the next stages of education.

 (Source: UzA)

investments

At the Tudakul reservoir in the Kyzyltepa district of Navoi region, the joint venture Aqua-Tudakul has built an incubation shop for the cultivation of fish fry on the basis of Vietnamese technology

The joint venture, created by the Uzbek company Shams-Navoiy from Navoi and the American CASEF, plays an important role in the development of fish farming in the region. Currently, the company is working on the adaptation of the existing building for the processing of 1,000 tons of fish per year.

During his trip to the region on March 2 this year, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev drew attention to the need for accelerated development of fish farming, the effective use of natural reservoirs for this purpose, and also dwelt on the shortcomings in this industry.

In particular, the work on the development of fish farming in the Aidar-Arnasai lake system, the streamlining of the use of these basins, the cessation of illegal fishing, and the sluggishness of the responsible persons in the organization of the incubation workshops were criticized. For a positive solution of issues, a corresponding resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers was adopted. In accordance with it, the State Tax Committee will create the State Unitary Enterprise “Directorate of the Aidar-Arnasai Lake System”. In the lake basins across regions of our country, 14 sites for fish farming are allocated.

Today, in the part of Aidarkul, which is assigned to the Navoi region, 5 farms operate in the field of fish farming. As a result of effective use of the Tudakul Lake located in the channel of the Zarafshan River, export-oriented fish products are cultivated.

The joint venture is completing the construction of a warehouse with a 250-ton refrigerator, installing a technological line brought from abroad. There are workshops for the production of 400 tons of fish fillets, 350 tons of semi-finished products, as well as fish cutlets. The company’s products are exported mainly to Turkey, Russia and Ukraine. The most important thing is that 100 people are employed.

“Joint work with Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese specialists is there to boost productivity,” says director general Sh. Jamolov. “Also, with the purpose of studying advanced and more efficient technologies, our specialists have been enriching their experience abroad. Due to the measures taken, the catch and harvesting of fish has grown two-fold.”

In the current year, it is planned to produce 20-22 million young fish in the hatchery shops of the enterprise, and 20 million fingerlings naturally in 40 closed-type pools.

“At the Tudakul reservoir we have been cooperating with the joint venture since 2002,” says Ofer Berzak, manager of the Israeli company Galidi. “In the future we are going to implement a number of projects on fish farming in Aidarkul. And crucially, fish processing and conservation are carried out right here, on the spot. This indicates that fish farming in the Navoi region rises to a new level.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Meeting with Special Envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan

On June 12, 2018, the Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatulla Irgashev met with the European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the meeting, views were exchanged on the situation in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.

The sides noted that the region received with optimism the reports that the central authorities of Afghanistan and the Taliban agreed for the first time since 2001 to introduce a three-day ceasefire and armistice regime for the period of Eid al-Fitr/Uraza-Bayram holiday, which could lead to positive changes in the peace process in the country.

The interlocutors discussed issues of cooperation within the framework of implementation of the Tashkent Declaration, adopted on March 27 at the representative international conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity.”

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

The Minister of Defense of Uzbekistan received military delegation of Kyrgyzstan

The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdusalom Azizov received a military delegation led by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic Rayimberdi Duishenbiev.

At the meeting, the current state and prospects of cooperation in defense sphere, issues of strengthening relations in military direction were discussed. It was noted that the current task is to ensure security in Central Asian region.

Uzbekistan pays special attention to strengthening friendly relations with neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Development of partnership between the two countries plays an important role in ensuring security and stability in Central Asia.

The parties signed an Action Plan on strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in defense sphere between the military departments of the two countries for 2018.

The guests got acquainted with the process of training, retraining and advanced training of military personnel in the Academy of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Stereotypes Our Biggest Foe

The reforms underway in our country will hardly bring about expected effects unless our mindset and psychology change. The biggest enemy of innovations in our society is our stereotypes, psychological barriers, stagnation in our minds.

The reforms carried out by the head of our state face a number of obstacles, beginning with the incompetence of leading cadres, the adaptation of the average citizen to the new realities of modern times, the backwardness of the business establishment from the intensity of economic transformation.

These reforms are carried out by our President at an accelerated pace. We all see that they began to give results, although sometimes they seem inconspicuous. However, in bringing the true essence of reforms to the population, promoting people’s adaptation to market relations, changing the consciousness of our compatriots, there are many shortcomings.

For example, who is to blame for the slow implementation of health reforms, despite the harsh criticism of the head of state? What are the reasons for the low level of the educational system? Discussing and looking for the guilty can be endless, but the biggest cause of these problems is the public consciousness, which is considered a factor determining the prosperity of society.

Until the consciousness of members of society changes, it will be difficult to get effects from the reforms that have been initiated, no matter how deeply they are thought out and implemented. Thus, the issues of public consciousness and ideology are one of the most critical.

In this regard, I would like to talk about our shortcomings. Among them is hypocrisy and sycophancy. To date, the place of constructive communication about changes, reforms, problems in the society took a vain talk at meetings, sessions, in telecasts. And that talk’s ‘pace’ is increasing day by day.

Underdevelopment did not begin from the first days of independence and not even in the times of the Soviet system - its roots rest too far away. We read a lot about the fact that most of the great countries that arose on our land came to destruction because courtiers and officials, instead of performing their tasks, competed in sycophancy, praise and intrigue, thereby leading the ruler into a deep delusion and alienated him from the true state of affairs. Abdullah Kadiri once said: “It is a good thing when starting a new undertaking you look back at the past”. He meant the ability to draw conclusions from past mistakes, and not to repeat them! Unfortunately, these blunders of the past are again reviving today, old flaws, soaked up a long time ago, come to life.

The most terrible toadying is the sycophancy of the intelligentsia. Because it sometimes led the country to the abyss. Last year, at the meeting of Shavkat Mirziyoyev with representatives of literature, the media, art and culture, the intellectuals raised mainly material issues. Fortunately, the President himself mentioned the pressing problems of this sphere. It is noteworthy that representatives of the intelligentsia did not express any constructive opinion. Typical and empty phrases were voiced, such as this: “That’s it, we’ve ripen. Now we will work from the heart and justify your trust!” That was it if we do not take into account the only relevant quotation of Amir Temur, which was expressed by one poetess.

The same empty answers were given by representatives of political parties and parliamentarians in response to criticism of the President, sounded at a meeting with them, which took place not long before. None of them dared to say: I am resigning because I haven’t been able to justify the confidence entrusted on me, forgive me, my people!

Deputies and senators, scientists, representatives of culture and art during their meetings with the head of state did not express their opinion on issues concerning the fate of the state, acute problems that were waiting for solution, preventing dangers, and did not even try to answer the challenges of our time.

The only memorable problem that was discussed at these meetings was the discussion of weddings. Since then, this topic is thoroughly chewed in the media and social networks. Is there really no other important topic in Uzbek statehood at a time when the scent of a third world war is blowing around the world?

The President organized those meetings in order to listen to the voice of the intellectuals, to get their opinion on urgent issues, have concrete proposals for consolidating the reforms. Unfortunately, the participants in these meetings talked about trifles, mostly praised and admired. And to the questions raised by the President, who did not get a single efficient proposal from them, they limited themselves to stereotyped phrases like “Let’s do it!” and “Good idea!” It’s no surprise that the head of state was, apparently, disappointed. Fortunately, the literary critic Shuhrat Rizaev, who did not manage to get a word at the meeting, published his ideas and thoughts on issues that really concern the nation in a remarkable article.

Another flaw that pulls back progress is... tact. Yes, yes, it is this very concept, which in the original has a positive color that has changed its essence for years. To date, we began to engage in self-deception, not calling injustice by its name, silently passing by the wrong, without showing a resolute attitude against rudeness and tactlessness, embarrassed to express their opinion in an acute situation. And call it tactful. We have also found the spiritual justification for indecision, cowardice, irresponsibility, justifying ourselves that we are tactful, and we continue to believe in our own lies.

By the way, about self-deception. This is the greatest betrayal. Not only of the person to him or herself, but the whole nation. Because the crowd that lies to itself, turns its lies into a cult. It builds idols out of its lies and begins to worship them. These idols lead the nation to degradation!

And the attitude to religion, and the problems of raising the culture of reading among the masses, and the wedding traditions, and much more - this is just a tip of an iceberg. If we continue to struggle with the consequences, and not with the causes, we will suffer the same fate as the warrior fighting the shadow, who could barely defeat her.

What should we do to avoid this?

First of all, we must give up lying! I have said and written about this many times, but I do not get tired of repeating my point of view again and again. Thus, the economic miracle of Singapore, which serves as an example to many in the sphere of public administration, was initiated precisely from this step. To stop self-deception and make truth a priority.

Concluding an employment contract for five working days, and then forcing the employee to work six days, and at the same time giving him a five-day salary, is a fraud! To go to work every day, sitting from 9 to 6, and not setting a high goal, is a fraud! Thoughts about the great future of a country, where the standing and social status of the teacher, doctor, pensioner are low, is a deception!

The statement that the problems not covered by the education and work of youth can be solved through conferences, gala concerts, festivals, is a fraud! “Selflessness” of officials who do not know what to do until they are prompted by the head of state or if they are instructed from above is deceptive!

One of the main steps towards building a strong society and a stable state is the consolidation of moral standards. They have educational and restrictive properties. Tandem of these two qualities gives rise to morality, ethics, decency. Moral foundations educate a person, protect him from the bad. And do we? More often than not, moral standards only bring up. And as for the restrictive function, unfortunately...

Night clubs, mini skirts, tight trousers, tobacco and alcohol, lack of interest in reading - all this we consider to be negative factors, but we do not limit them to the legislative level. I would like to stress that this is a restriction, not a ban! In the modern state, it is inconceivable for the mind to close night clubs, to ban the sale of tobacco products and spirits. But the lack of adaptation mechanisms for their regulation is nonsense!

After all, in many foreign countries, there is a practice of not allowing persons under 25 years of age to enter night clubs, prohibiting the sale of tobacco products and alcoholic drinks to persons younger than this age, and other restrictions.

There are many countries in the world that faced our current problems much earlier. What prevents us from implementing the solutions to which they came by trial and error?

One of the biggest concepts that harm progress is the notion that poverty is not a vice. This is far from the case, it is a vice today. Rather, to put up with it, not to fight it – is a vice. Each of us must take measures to get rid of poverty and scarcity. You cannot be poor at least in order to become useful for our Motherland. We must fight poverty in order to prevent betrayal of her. It is necessary to struggle not only with the material, but also the spiritual poverty. Do you know who betrays the Motherland? The answer is: spiritually poor people...

Poverty is the books collected on beautiful shelves, but never read. It is newspapers, cut and put in toilets. It is rubbish thrown out of the car window. It is a table intended for four people, but stuffed with meals enough for ten. It is the conversations where spirituality is ridiculed, and the material is exalted. Poverty is charity not given to the needy, it is the chapans worn by the rich. It is not the torment of hunger, but the pride of satiety. It is satiety in the womb and emptiness in the mind.

Poverty is the heart in the coffin of luxury...

We all know that perfection is a harmony of form and substance. Until we achieve this, we cannot become happy. We will not achieve our goal. Remember the most important of the seven known testaments of Jaloliddin Rumi: “Either be as we see you, or see it as it is!”

Today many in our country, and above all officials, are engaged in praising the Strategy of Actions. But the practical work on its positive impact on the person from that, the most distant village is very small. Even agitation among veterans, among the working population is very weak. It seems that the Strategy was adopted only for Tashkent and other major cities.

And at the end of the year or at the end of the five-year plan these same officials will come before the President and give an excellent account of the fact that so many houses, so many bridges have been built, and social protection of the population has been strengthened. But these beautiful reports will not reflect the reasons why the blood of simple, industrious rural women did not increase the level of hemoglobin, why iodine deficiency in children did not decrease; there will be no word that not every child has the opportunity every morning to eat milk porridge, sausage, butter.

Maybe someone hopes that the head of state will not ask these questions? In vain! The President will necessarily ask about everything. Because he is not afraid to call a thief a thief, and the honest as honest. He will not rest until the Strategy of Actions changes for the better the life of a simple rural worker.

Behind all these topical issues are issues of national consciousness and ideology. Life convinces us that a new ideology is needed today. We need to put our skullcaps aside and think seriously about what kind of ideology we need. This is a very difficult choice. After all, the period in which we live is complicated.

Let us look at the world from the cosmic point: mankind builds tall buildings, but has superficial patience; our roads are wide, but our thinking is narrow; spend a lot, but dispose of a little; we build large houses, and our families are reduced; we have many conditions to facilitate life, but we do not have time; we are leading in science, but our intellect is weakening; we have a high level of medicine, and our health is not in the best condition.

We talk a lot, but we do not think much. And we smile a little. We watch TV a lot, we argue a lot, but we do not read much, we do not pray very much. Day by day, we expand the range of our interests, but the range of our values is narrowing every hour. Why does hatred grow in us, and the love of life fade away? We are generous in anger and mean in caress. We are able to fight for life, but we do not know how to live. We add years to a person’s life, but we cannot give life to years.

We coped with the conquest of the space, but are indifferent to the problems of the neighbor. We clean the atmosphere, and the pollution of the soul is not eliminated. They could subordinate an atom to their will, but they could not cope with their greed. We write a lot, but we do not study much. We learned to hurry and forgot what it’s like to wait. Self-interest in us has increased, and feelings have decreased. We create new varieties of flowers, and our feelings and sensations are outdated.

Today we live in an age of paradoxes – the age of big people, but of petty personalities, rapidly growing interests and complex relationships.

Without ideology, society will not exist effectively. And here there are several directions to opt for. Its complexity is that none of them is perfect. Each of them has negative consequences. Today we do not have a choice between the good and bad, what we have is only a choice between the bad and the less bad, between the harmful and the less harmful. But here we should not be mistaken; we must act deliberately, measure seven times before we cut it. The situation is complicated by the fact that we have little time. Very little…

Said-Abdulaziz YUSUPOV, member of the Advisory Council for the Development of Civil Society under the President of Uzbekistan

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

AN International conference on “The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism”

International cooperation on youth issues

International conference on “The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism” is being held in Tashkent. Delegation led by UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, who arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in this conference, visited the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Guests were informed about the State Youth Policy implemented in Uzbekistan in accordance with the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021. Members of the delegation got acquainted with activities of the Lower House of Parliament.

Guests particularly noted the Joint Appeal of the Heads of Member States to Youth, adopted at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. This is a clear evidence of serious approach of Uzbekistan to youth issues.

Legislative basis formed in Uzbekistan to ensure young people’s rights and interests, opportunities created for them were discussed at the meeting. Participants were provided with information on the established Commission on youth issues for enhancing the role of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis in implementation of reforms carried out in the field of state youth policy, on current activities of the commission.

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On June 12, international conference on “The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism” continued its work in the city of Samarkand.

The conference, organized by the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan and the United Nations, was attended by delegations of Afghanistan, China, Germany, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, foreign experts, as well as senators, deputies, activists of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, scientists, representatives of the mass media.

Participants of the international conference first talked with representatives of the national cultural centers of the region, various religious confessions, got acquainted with their activities.

Then the conference continued its work on “The experience of Uzbekistan in interethnic and interreligious relations”.

It was noted that today people all over the world should act together in opposition to religious extremism and radicalism. It was emphasized that in preventing the entry of youth into the ranks of religious extremist movements, it is necessary to explain them the true significance of religion, raise their knowledge in this sphere. Particular attention was paid to activities carried out in Uzbekistan in this direction. In particular, views were exchanged on political and legal bases for countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism, partnership of the state and civil society in this process, the experience of Uzbekistan in the sphere of interethnic and inter-confessional relations.

Participants of the international conference visited the Roman Catholic and Armenian Apostolic churches in the city of Samarkand. They also visited historical monuments, sacred places of the city.

Within the framework of the event in Mirzo Ulugbek madrasah in Registan complex, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake met with Samarkand youth.

(Source: UzA)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Tourist Registration Simplified

To deliver an environment conducive for foreign tourists to visits Uzbekistan freely and at ease and simplify the procedure for registering with bodies of the interior, those arriving in the country now have the opportunity to independently register in the form of a notification using a specialized electronic automated program via the internet.

In accordance with new regulations, for foreign citizens on an independent journey, living in tent camps or land transport adapted to stay, within three days after their arrival in Uzbekistan, they will notify by self-filling in data with indication of settlements along the route through the mentioned program. In the meantime, independent tourists are responsible for registration in the order established by the legislation of Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, travelers can apply to tourist information offices or nearby accommodation facilities. In this case, the administration of tourist information bureaus and accommodation facilities are required to send a notice to the internal affairs bodies with the completion of the data of independent foreign tourists on the basis of their application.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

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DAILY NEWS HERALD #113 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan June 11, 2018

posted 17 Jun 2018, 04:05 by Webmaster Ambasciata

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA.. 1

Meetings of the President of Uzbekistan in Qingdao. 1

Vladimir Norov appointed to post of SCO Secretary General 3

FINANCE.. 3

Uzbekistan's gold and foreign exchange reserves dip by $228.4mn in May. 3

INFRASTRUCTURE.. 4

Plans afoot to modernize the railway section Andijan-Savai-Khanabad. 4

Society.. 4

Compatriots are willing to participate in transformations in Uzbekistan. 4

HISTORY.. 5

Critical Source of Cultural Heritage. 5

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”. 7

Role of youth in preventing violent extremism discussed in Tashkent 7

ART.. 8

Uzbek play “Kyrk kyz” showed in Paris. 8

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 8

The Cabinet Simplifies Tourist Fee Collection. 8

 

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA

Meetings of the President of Uzbekistan in Qingdao

On June 9, 2018 President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held bilateral meetings and negotiations in Qingdao (China).

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

On June 9, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, at the residence allocated for him in Qingdao city. This was reported by the Press Service of the President.

The Head of the state noted that over the past two years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN has become active, filled with practical content. The visits of the representative delegations of the United Nations to Uzbekistan, a consistent implementation of the plan of practical measures on further development of cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights were noted.

Amina Mohammed recalled with satisfaction the participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. Highly appreciated the concrete efforts of Uzbekistan on expanding and strengthening regional cooperation, assisting in restoration of Afghanistan. She emphasized that the international conference held in Tashkent “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity” drew attention of the entire international community to this issue.

At the meeting, a detailed exchange of views took place on implementation of the agreements reached earlier. Important directions for further cooperation were discussed.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Vladimir Putin

On June 9, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, in Qingdao.

The Head of the state, once again congratulating Vladimir Putin on his reelection to the post of President of Russia, noted that relations of strategic partnership and alliance with Russia are a constant course of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.

The current rate and scale of bilateral relations is evidenced by the fact that over the past year 70 mutual visits and 21 interregional meetings have been held. Over the past period of this year, the volume of trade between our countries has increased by more than 40 percent. There are still a lot of big projects ahead, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of Russia, expressing his joy of the meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, noted that many effective projects are being implemented in cooperation of the two countries.

After your last year’s visit to Russia, much has changed for the better. As a result of creation of a “green corridor” on your initiative, the volume of fruit and vegetable deliveries from Uzbekistan increased by almost 36 percent. Large investment projects are being implemented with participation of leading Russian companies, said Vladimir Putin.

It was noted that Lukoil invested more than $7 billion in Uzbekistan, in April of this year the Kandym Gas Processing Complex was put into operation, agreements were reached with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom on further development of partnership and scientific-technical cooperation in energy sphere.

In autumn of this year, a highest-level visit to Uzbekistan is expected. It is also planned to hold the first inter-regional forum of Uzbekistan and Russia, in Tashkent.

At the meeting, the sides agreed to fill these important events with practical content, actively continue contacts between ministries, companies and regions.

Views were exchanged on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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President of Uzbekistan met with the Head of China

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping within the framework of the SCO Summit in Qingdao. This was reported by the Press Service of the President.

Xi Jinping, welcoming Shavkat Mirziyoyev, noted that he attaches great importance to full-scale strategic partnership and multi-format cooperation with Uzbekistan. The President of Uzbekistan congratulated the Head of China on successful chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Qingdao Summit, organized at a high-level.

Relations between Uzbekistan and China have risen to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership. Mutually beneficial cooperation is consistently developing in all important areas. In 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $5 billion.

There are more than 700 enterprises with participation of Chinese capital, representative offices of a number of companies in Uzbekistan. A number of joint projects are being implemented in such sectors as industry, high technologies, oil and gas, chemical, transport and logistics, textiles, and agriculture.

At the meeting, the current state of Uzbekistan – China cooperation was comprehensively analyzed. Issues of further expansion of interaction in economy, trade, investment, transport communications, high technologies and other spheres were discussed. The importance of developing links between the regions of the two countries for further expansion of this cooperation was emphasized.

At the same time, cooperation within the framework of the UN, the SCO and other organizations, current issues of the regional and international agenda were discussed.

The sides reaffirmed their readiness to further expand and strengthen the full-scale strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the People's Republic of China for the benefit of the two countries and people.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Narendra Modi

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi within the framework of the SCO Summit, in Qingdao.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated people of India on joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and participation in the SCO Summit as a full member.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of agreements reached earlier and outline the prospects of cooperation.

Narendra Modi expressed sincere gratitude for the support provided by Uzbekistan in India’s entry into the SCO. He emphasized that this would open up new opportunities for development of cooperation with Uzbekistan both at bilateral and regional levels.

At the meeting, issues of further expansion of Uzbekistan – India mutually beneficial partnership in trade, economic, financial, investment, innovation and humanitarian spheres were discussed. Possibilities of implementation of prospective projects on information technologies, medicine, pharmaceutics, tourism and other areas were considered.

The sides exchanged views on current issues of international politics and regional cooperation.

The readiness of the two states to further expand and strengthen full-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation was noted.

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Presidents of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan hold negotiations

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held negotiations with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in Qingdao.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that people of Uzbekistan are interested in establishing a stable peace in brotherly neighboring Afghanistan.

We are pleased that after the conference, held this year in Tashkent, worldwide active efforts began on ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

Everyone understands that the only way to achieve this is dialogue. This meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on this issue, discuss important issues for our countries, said the President of Uzbekistan.

Ashraf Ghani noted the recently intensified political dialogue between the two countries.

I would like to especially note the rapid pace of implementation of the agreements reached within my visit to Uzbekistan. I express my deep gratitude on behalf of our people and government for that your country held a major event on Afghanistan. Your personal attention to this issue has created conditions for development of political decisions, said the President of Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan implements important economic and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Since 2002, electricity has been supplied to this country, the volumes of which will increase as a result of construction of a new power transmission line Surkhan – Puli Khumri.

Extension of Hayratan – Mazar-i-Sharif railway to Herat is among the prospective projects. This will become an important contribution to reconstruction of the Afghan economy, increase the transit potential of the country, create new jobs.

Humanitarian ties have also become more active. In January of this year, the Educational Center for Training Afghan Citizens began its work in Termez. Currently, about 100 Afghan students are studying in the center.

At the meeting, current issues of further development of political, trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian ties between the two countries, strengthening regional security were discussed.

(Source: UzA)

Vladimir Norov appointed to post of SCO Secretary General

Representative of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov was appointed to the post of the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Norov was appointed to the post of SCO Secretary General during the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, which was held in Qingdao from 9 to 10 June.

Vladimir Norov will serve as SCO Secretary General for the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.

Norov is the director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan. He will replace Rashid Alimov from Tajikistan.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

FINANCE

Uzbekistan's gold and foreign exchange reserves dip by $228.4mn in May

According to the Central Bank, the net gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1 amounted to 27 billion 25 million dollars.

Gross gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1, 2018 amounted to 28 billion 123 million dollars. In particular, assets in foreign currency - 14 billion 4.7 million dollars, monetary gold-14 billion 118.9 million dollars.

In addition, according to the Central Bank, the net gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1 amounted to 27 billion 25 million dollars.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Plans afoot to modernize the railway section Andijan-Savai-Khanabad

The project provides for the rejuvenation of the railway section of 65 kilometers long, as well as the straightening of certain parts of the line, the reconstruction of artificial structures, modernization of alarm systems and telecommunications, construction of a new 10.5-kilometer stretch bypassing the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

After completion of the project in 2019, commuter trains are expected to run from the regional center to the easternmost town and vice versa. The scheme’s total value exceeds $ 15 million, which will be provided by Uzbekistan Railways ($ 9.1 million) and the state budget ($ 6.1 million).

The project’s implementation will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of goods and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic.

The upgraded road will also provide a convenient transport for a significant part of the population of Andijan region, linking the regional center with one of the most isolated points – the city of Khanabad, with vital strategic importance.

In addition, in the central part of the country, $ 57 million will be assigned for the electrification of the railway section of Marokand-Navoi, correspondent reports with reference to a draft resolution of the head of state.

Most of the funds – $ 39.4 million will be allocated by Uzbekistan Temir Yullari. The moneys will be used to procure equipment, materials and payment for construction and installation works, as well as other expenses. The remaining $ 17.6 million is invested by the state.

In the framework of the project, electrification of the 157.1 km section with the construction of crossings, guard posts, railroads, as well as the modernization of alarm and telecommunications systems are planned. Commissioning of the line is scheduled for 2020.

It is worth noting that in 2016, a new electrified railway line with a length of 135 km was built parallel to this site, providing the movement of passenger trains at speeds up to 250 km / h. Back then, the builders could not find enough funds to electrify the existing line.

The project will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of cargo and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic, reduce operating costs, improve the ecological situation in the region, and create new jobs.

By 2020, Uzbekistan intends to bring the level of electrification of railways to 51%. In the country, with a total length of railroads of more than 4.2 thousand kilometers, almost a thousand kilometers have been electrified, of which more than 700 km – over the recent years. The railways of Uzbekistan account for about 60% of the country’s freight turnover and almost 80% of the total volume of export and import freight traffic.

67.9 million tons of cargo were transported by railways of Uzbekistan last year, so were 21.59 million passengers (an increase of 630 thousand people compared to 2016).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

Compatriots are willing to participate in transformations in Uzbekistan

On June 9, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the UK held a videoconference with compatriots – students and teachers of a number of educational institutions, residing in London and other British and Norwegian cities.

A master's degree student of London School of Economics and Political Science Diyora Rafieva, a graduate of Cambridge University Timur Yunusov and others warmly welcomed the transformations taking place in homeland in almost all spheres of life and expressed their sincere desire to contribute to their further development.

As it was emphasized, the reforms initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev are getting interested responses from compatriots living abroad, as well as support and understanding of the leaders, the public and mass media of foreign countries.

In his speeches, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov and Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom Alisher Shaykhov supported the aspirations of compatriots, which are aimed at strengthening ties with the homeland.

(Source: UzA)

HISTORY

Critical Source of Cultural Heritage

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: the Way to Dialogue Among Peoples and Countries” opened in St. Petersburg on June 6.

It is organized by the National Association of Electronic Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM) within the framework of the international multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”. Over 200 scientists, experts, diplomats, representatives of public, social and international organizations, mass media from more than 30 nations of the world take part in the congress. Contributors to the forum are the leaders and curators of the major museums and academic institutions from Uzbekistan, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Russia, Poland, France, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan and other countries, representatives of UNESCO, ISESCO, IRSICA, ICOMOS, prominent scientists, including academicians, professors, doctors of sciences.

The main event of the congress took place at the Gorky House of Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The general session is complemented by seven sectional academic discussions on archeology, history, Eastern manuscripts, numismatics, textiles, arts and crafts and paintings from Uzbekistan.

A unique event on the eve of this forum was the opening of six simultaneous exhibitions of Uzbek heritage in the leading museums of St. Petersburg – the Russian Ethnographic Museum, the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Kunstkamera, the Russian National Library, the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House).

The congress includes presentation of the next five volumes of books and albums of the series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” as follows: “The Collection of German Museums” (Berlin, Bamberg, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lübeck, Stuttgart, Herrnhut); “The Collection of the State Museum of the History of Religion” (St. Petersburg); “The Collection of the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan” (Tashkent); “Carpet Weaving of Uzbekistan: A Tradition Preserved Through Centuries” (Uzbekistan, Russia, Spain, USA, Canada); “The Art of Maverannahr in the State Hermitage. Part II” (St. Petersburg).

Participants are to enjoy also the presentation of new documentary films dedicated to the preservation of the historical legacy of Uzbekistan in the museums of Russia, Great Britain, India, France, Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic.

In addition, the forum participants will be able to get acquainted with the 13 volumes of books published in the framework of the project “Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan”.

A presentation of the facsimile copy of the manuscript “Zafarname”, stored in the collection of the British Library, is included in the agenda of the forum.

The participants are offered a rich cultural program. They enjoy excursion on the motor ships along the Neva River, a gala dinner at the Park Inn Hotel Pribaltiyskaya with performance from the legendary Yalla band, and a treat from Uzbek cuisine on the tables.

***

On the eve of the congress in St. Petersburg, an Uzbekistan Today correspondent talked with the academic leader of the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” Edward Rtveladze.

- Edward Vasilievich, you were ‘present at the creation’ of this project. Please tell us about how it was born.

- Speaking about the birth of the project, I would like to recall how it all began. The spring of 2015 can be considered the date of the birth of the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”. Its significance was understood by all who stood at the roots. The idea, voiced by the author and project manager Firdavs Abdukhalikov, was unique and at the same time complex. Difficulties that arose on the way of its implementation were really quite a few. But even more has been associated with scientific discoveries, triumphs and achievements. After some time, the creative group of the project was formed, a detailed action plan was devised, the geography of the coverage of museums and libraries in which certain items of Uzbek heritage were kept was determined.

Russia was the first point of reference not by accident. Firstly, it is in this country that the largest number of items of Uzbek arts is concentrated. Second, many specialists working now in museums and libraries in Moscow and St. Petersburg are from Uzbekistan, pupils of the Tashkent scientific school. The first to respond was the Deputy Director of the Museum of the Orient, Doctor of Arts Tigran Mkrtychev, who is one of the ‘sons’ of the Uzbek fundamental school. Then the first album was formed. It was followed by further large-scale and laborious work.

- What is the secret of success and surprising speed of the project?

- The secret of the project development, which many foreign scientists are impressed with, is that the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev pays personal attention to the issues of supporting academic science, consolidating the scientific potential and uplifting the role of science in the development of the country. As the head of state repeatedly noted at meetings with representatives of science, time demands that we raise all walks of life as much as science to a new level of development, because without that it is difficult to address the pressing issues facing the society.

Today, the need for further development of scientific cooperation with the world’s leading institutions, universities, academic centers and academies of science is evident. Comprehensive support for science and scientists is one of the priorities of our state. This idea is reflected in many decrees and government resolutions. As for our project, the issues of preservation, research and popularization of the cultural legacy of Uzbekistan are at the center of attention of the President. And it is this attention and the creation of appropriate conditions that is the benchmark for the success of the project.

- What principles, scientific methods are imbued in this project?

- The embodiment of the idea of ​​the project went in two directions - science and popular science. This is due to the fact that the books published, according to the idea of ​​the authors, should not only reflect the scientific side, but also popularize the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan both in the country and abroad. As for scientific methods and principles, the project is guided by experience developed by both domestic and foreign science. The remarkable definition of the outstanding physicist Michael Faraday was the cornerstone of the understanding of science: The main task of real science is the collection of material, its processing, analysis and generalization. Our project is built on the principles developed, in particular, in relation to the study of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan by the national school headed by Professor M. Masson and his wife, the outstanding scientist Galina Anatolievna Pugachenkova, and other celebrated representatives of the academic school of Uzbekistan - L. Rempel, Ya. Gulyamov.

The books published offered a huge amount of material collected, essentially little known previously to a wide range of scientists. For some specialists, some of this material is perhaps familiar, but in the broadest sense, its cataloging and research had not been there. The project uses a systematic approach to the publication of data. When acquainting with a variety of publications and albums, the academic staff of the project did not encounter, for example, systematizing the material on Dutch or French paintings stored in diverse museums and collections around the world, and presenting it in a single album. There are separate volumes dedicated to the works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Italian artists, but there was no systemic presentation of their artistic legacy. That is perhaps the most crucial scientific value of our project, namely, a systemic approach to the study of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, which has hundreds of items stored at home and abroad.

 It is essential to emphasize that the volumes contain tremendous reliable, factually verified material with clear data – indicating the place of origin, description, date. The principle of rigorous scientific analysis was applied in its preparation.

- Articles are contributed by national authors as much as foreign specialists, aren’t they?

- Yes. Each volume contains analytical articles devoted to this or that area of ​​culture. They are written by many authors – Russian, European, Western specialists, museum and library employees, and Russian scientists. Such a symbiosis, built on the achievements of world science and the expertise of our specialists, yielded a positive effect.

Joint work allows to not only publish books, but also develop museum business in different countries. Hitherto, many items of the Uzbek heritage had not been attributed to and were stored, as they say, ‘in vain’, only occupying a place in the stocks. The project made it possible to deduce many, often unique items from the shadows, to study and identify their worthy place in history.

Therefore, there are several museums in one of the presented albums on German collections alone, namely, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Leipzig. The collection of objects from Uzbekistan was kept even in the museum of the city of Lubeck. Meanwhile, very few people knew that that city has such a collection.

- The territory of Uzbekistan has been interethnic from time immemorial. How do the books reflect the culture of various ethnicities who lived in this region?

- This is another important principle of the project: the authors and the creative group did not adhere to the principle of ethnic exclusiveness and commitment to the opinion that the published heritage is the property of only the title ethnicity. It is the property of all peoples who have inhabited the territory of modern Uzbekistan since ancient times. Over time, it accumulated in the modern cultural heritage of the Uzbek people. For example, in Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya, Kungrat Uzbeks, one of the largest Uzbek tribal groups, live. They still keep the tradition of making koshm. These felt carpets are decorated with Hellenistic ornament – the minander – a snake, a broken line elaborated in Ancient Greece that eventually became an integral part of the culture of the Uzbek people. And there are a lot of examples of such symbiosis in the modern cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

- What do you see as the main objective of this project?

- Undoubtedly, our books will be of use to many national and foreign scientists studying the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, since they represent the most important source of information, often little known, and they offer also a foundation for further research. These books are in fact the most critical source material for a more concrete and in-depth understanding of the great heritage of our country in all the diversity of its manifestations. And I consider this the principal academic significance of the project.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”

Role of youth in preventing violent extremism discussed in Tashkent

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” opened in Tashkent on 11 June.

The event is organized by OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, United Nations. The event will be held in Samarkand on 12 June.

The two-day conference will aim to raise awareness and formulate policy recommendations on the need to engage youth in preventing violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT).

High-level government officials and representatives from civil society and international organizations will engage in discussions and share best practices on how to engage youth in countering VERLT, specifically through education, media and art and sports. Three working groups will work on separate thematic issues, on the basis of which policy recommendations for the Central Asian region will be formulated.

Within the thematic areas, special attention will be paid to the specific conditions in the Central Asian region as well as the potential challenges in terms of human rights protection and judicial independence when implementing policy focused on countering VERLT through youth engagement.

The International Conference is the first of its kind to be hosted in Uzbekistan and is being organized in response to the Ministerial Declarations On Strengthening OSCE efforts to Prevent and Counter Terrorism, adopted under the German Chairmanship in 2016, and the Declaration On Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization That Lead to Terrorism, adopted in 2015 under the Serbian Chairmanship.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

ART

Uzbek play “Kyrk kyz” showed in Paris

Lemusée duquai Branly ethnographic museum in Paris hosts the show of “Kyrk kyz” play (Forty girls) by famous Uzbek artist and director Saodat Ismailova, who tells the story of forty girls based on the epic of the same name.

The project was implemented with support of Aga Khan Music Fund, the National Center for Contemporary Art Le Fresnoy (France), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hopkins Center and the Dartmouth College (USA).

A series of the video was shot in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, as well as in one of the oldest mosques in Tashkent city. Rehearsals were held from 2017 to 2018 in Turkiston palace in Tashkent city, as well as in Almaty city.

An hour and a half performance, accompanied by video of Saodat Ismailova, reconstructs the history of the Karakalpak epic in musical and abstract form. The composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, screenwriter Ulugbek Sadikov, artist stage director Kamilla Kurmanbekova, costume designer Hilola Sher, took part in the project.

"The idea of creating the project came to me from my childhood from the stories of my grandmother – a story about forty girls who defended their lands. Unfortunately, today the end of this legend is not known. This understatement interested me. The desire to fill this understatement prompted me to create this project”, Saodat Ismailova said.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The Cabinet Simplifies Tourist Fee Collection

The Resolution of Uzbekistan’s Cabinet of Ministers on May 29 introduced amendments to the existing rules as to simplify and clarify the procedure for collecting tourist (hotel) fee from foreign citizens and persons without nationality who do not have a permanent residence in the territory of Uzbekistan.

Now, the tourist (hotel) fee is collected from foreign citizens by means of accommodation and medical institutions for each day of their residence. For an incomplete day of accommodation, a tourist (hotel) fee is charged as a full day. At the same time, a tourist (hotel) fee for children under the age of 16 is ruled out. Also, this fee is charged by travel activity entities (tourist agents) from the guests who arranged their accommodation in tent camps and ground transport, converted for accommodations for overnight stay.

In addition, a tourist (hotel) fee for foreign citizens staying in Uzbekistan for up to 30 days is paid by individuals who accept and provide their living space for non-commercial purposes. And foreign citizens making an independent trip, living in campgrounds and ground transport converted for accommodation, pay for the tourist fee themselves.

Prior to these changes, a tourist fee had been charged for each day of residence of foreign citizens in the accommodation facility, that is, foreign travelers or other foreign citizens who lived in other residential areas did not themselves travel.

The differentiated rates of the tourist (hotel) fee collected from hotels and other accommodation facilities are presented in the table

Accommodation facilities

 

Number of rooms

The amount of tourist (hotel) fee (in % of the minimal rate of wage)

Hotels and similar accommodation facilities *: hotels, aparthotels, apartment complexes (residences), spa hotels, boutique hotels, motels, tourist bases; tourist camps; tent / camping camp; yurt camps; houses / centers / recreation areas; tourist settlement; camping, etc.

More  than 40

15

11-40

10

Up to 10

5

Sanatorium-resort accommodation facilities: sanatoria, boarding houses, clinics with accommodation, etc.

10

Specialized accommodation facilities for recreation and leisure activities: houses / centers / recreation areas, sports facilities, etc.

Individual means of accommodation, incl. (with the number of rooms up to 5): summer residence; a private house; city guest house; apartment; eco-farm; house in the mountains; country house; yurt; chalet; bungalow; residence, etc.

5

Tent camps and land transport converted for accommodations for overnight stays (independently, through tour operators, tourist information offices and accommodation facilities)

Foreign citizens on independent journey, living in campgrounds and ground transport converted to accommodation facilities for overnight accommodation

Medical treatment facilities

2

Guest houses organized in the homes of the local population in rural areas (beds capacity up to 10 units, organized in accordance with the requirement for guest houses)

Private houses (apartments) not for commercial purposes

Note: * For each star rating of hotels and similar accommodation facilities 2% of minimal rate of wage is added.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA.. 1

The President departed for China. 1

Officially.. 1

Uzbekistan to issue soft loans for family businesses. 1

Investments. 2

NBU and Chinese Fund intend to jointly build "Samarkand city". 2

International relationships. 2

Uzbekistan – Poland political consultations. 2

Uzbekistan – Poland business forum in Tashkent 2

Society.. 3

Confidence in the President Steadily Growing. 3

Uzbekistan: The role of youth in countering terrorism and extremism.. 4

 


VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA

The President departed for China

On June 8, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev departed for the People’s Republic of China to attend the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in the city of Qingdao.

The leaders of the SCO member states, which will meet for the first time with full participation of India and Pakistan, will discuss prospective areas of further improvement of the organization’s activities, regional security issues, expansion of economic and investment cooperation, intensification of interaction in transport and communication and other aspects of multilateral cooperation.

Following the meeting of the Heads of states, it is planned to adopt the Qingdao Declaration, sign a Cooperation Program in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2019-2021, an Action Plan for 2018-2022 on implementation of provisions of the Treaty on long-term good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, Joint appeal to youth and other documents.

After an exchange of views, it is planned to adopt a decision on the presiding country in the organization in 2018-2019, to approve candidacies for the posts of the Secretary General and the Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure for the next three years.

Within the framework of participation in the SCO Summit, the President of Uzbekistan will hold a number of bilateral meetings and negotiations.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

Uzbekistan to issue soft loans for family businesses

The Ministry of Finance in cooperation with insurance organizations will establish an insurance premium of not more than 1.5 percent and simplify the procedure.

The program "Every family - entrepreneur" is aimed at ensuring a radical improvement of people’s material conditions and overall life standards.

The main directions of the Program are:

- Support for entrepreneurial initiatives;

-Provision of preferential loans;

- Special trainings;

The amount of preferential credits:

- up to a hundredfold minimum wages - for the development of family entrepreneurship on the basis of the recommendation of the sector leaders on the social and economic development of the territories and gatherings of the citizens of the makhallas;

- up to 1000 times the minimum wage - registered in the established order small business subjects on the basis of guarantees of third parties, insurance policies, fund guarantees and other types of security provided by law;

- more than a thousand times the minimum wage - for investment projects of business entities on the basis of the types of security provided by law.

The Ministry of Finance in cooperation with insurance organizations will establish an insurance premium of not more than 1.5 percent and simplify the procedure.

The Central Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice will develop a procedure for allocating loans within the framework of the "Every Family - Entrepreneur" program within a week.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

investments

NBU and Chinese Fund intend to jointly build "Samarkand city"

The NBU was determined as the parent organization, which carries out the implementation of this project by co-financing with foreign investors.

On the eve of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, which will be held on June 9-10 in China, the National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan (NBU) and the Silk Road Fund (China) signed a Memorandum of understanding on the project of construction of the Samarkand city tourist zone.

The idea to create tourist zones belongs to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The NBU was determined as the parent organization, which carries out the implementation of this project by co-financing with foreign investors.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International relationships

Uzbekistan – Poland political consultations

On June 7, 2018, the seventh round of political consultations of representatives of ministries of foreign affairs of Uzbekistan and Poland was held in Tashkent.

During the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the delegation of the Republic of Poland, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Papierz, the current state and prospective directions for further development of bilateral relations in political, trade-economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres were jointly analyzed.

The sides discussed issues of intensification of bilateral contacts at the highest level, expansion of interparliamentary exchanges, holding the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation in Warsaw.

As it was noted, by now a solid legal base of 41 documents has been created in Uzbekistan – Poland relations. The sides have accumulated significant positive experience of interaction between state and public structures, representatives of business, science and educational institutions, culture and art of Uzbekistan and Poland.

Special attention was paid to practical steps on increasing mutual trade and expanding investment cooperation. In this regard, it is important to include representatives of leading companies interested in establishing direct ties with Uzbek partners, scheduled business forums in Tashkent and Bukhara, to the Polish delegation. In this context, the Uzbek side supported the decision of the Polish side to open a representative office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in Tashkent.

Within the framework of consultations, a thorough exchange of views took place on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

The Ambassador of Poland Petr Ivashkevich took part in the negotiations. 

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan – Poland business forum in Tashkent

On 7 June 2018, a meeting with the delegation of the Republic of Poland led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrzej Papierz, as well as Uzbekistan – Poland business forum was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Polish delegation included representatives of almost twenty companies operating in the fields of food industry, construction, medicine and biotechnology, engineering, electrical engineering, and agriculture.

Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan A.Ikramov noted that political, trade and economic ties between the two countries are becoming more active. He emphasized that this meeting will become an additional stimulus for development of cooperation, establishment of trade ties between the business circles of the two countries, attracting foreign investments with the aim of implementing joint projects.

In 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to almost 104.9 million USD. There are 25 enterprises with participation of Polish capital, including one company on processing of energy, textile and pharmaceutical waste, in Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, members of the delegation were informed in detail about the reforms implemented in the country, created opportunities, the country's investment attractiveness, as well as conditions for investors in free economic zones.

The guests highly appreciated the large-scale reforms carried out in Uzbekistan on development of various sectors of the economy, conditions and benefits for investors and entrepreneurs. They noted that this meeting and business forum will allow representatives of business circles of Uzbekistan and Poland to exchange views and experience.

During the business forum, the sides discussed issues of further strengthening cooperation, increasing the number of joint ventures, and implementing investment projects.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Confidence in the President Steadily Growing

The Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion has reported of its sociological survey aimed at rating the people’s trust in the head of our state and determining the extent of support (or lack thereof) for his national and foreign policy.

The public opinion poll has showed that the absolute majority of citizens – 91.9% – highly appreciate Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s activity as the President of Uzbekistan. This indicator increased by 2.6% from October 2017 to May 2018. The Uzbek people support the main directions of the policy of reform in the political and socio-economic spheres. According to respondents, favorable conditions have been created under the leadership of Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the comprehensive and accelerated development of the state, for the welfare of citizens.

92.5% of the polled believe that the President’s policy course has fully met the expectations and aspirations of the population. According to interviewees, the measures taken by the head of state to improve the effectiveness of civil service, secure the rights and freedoms of citizens and the independence of the judiciary, to radically reform the national security system, the delivery of legal and organizational foundations for the development of dynamic entrepreneurship, for the introduction of innovative ideas and technologies, further improvement of normative guarantees of protection and mechanisms for preventing illegal interference in business activities, the development of tax and customs administration, of the banking and financial system, in transforming the agricultural sector and implementing a set of measures to further the social protection and expand the construction of social housing – all this meets the expectations of the population.

The survey results confirm the indisputable fact of nationwide support for foreign policy conducted under the leadership of the President. The majority of polling participants – 92.2% – believe that Uzbekistan has significantly strengthened its positions in the world community, has made significant achievements in addressing regional and international security issues, succeeded in fostering international economic cooperation, in building up mutually advantageous ties in the political, trade, economic, cultural, scientific and technical spheres with countries both near and far abroad.

 Representatives of various social strata of the population, men and women, youth, middle-aged and senior citizens, taking part in the sociological research, expressed their conviction that the reforms spearheaded by the head of state facilitate the improvement in all walks of life of the Uzbek society, and the changes taking place in the country are transforming the people’s lives for the better.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Uzbekistan: The role of youth in countering terrorism and extremism

On June 11, an international conference on “The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalism that lead to terrorism” will be held in Tashkent.

The forum is organized by the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The conference will be attended by representatives of such authoritative international organizations, as the UN, EU, OSCE, delegations and international experts from the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Latvia, Russia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, as well as, senators, deputies, activists of the Youth Union of Uzbekistan, scientist and mass media workers.

Political-legal basis for countering violent extremism and radicalism that lead to terrorism among youth, issues of enhancing the role of youth in this process, strengthening cooperation between the state and civil society, preventing promotion of such phenomena through Internet and mass-media, strengthening cooperation of Central Asian countries in the fields of science, culture and sports in order to prevent youth from falling under the influence of terrorism and violent extremism will be discussed at the conference.

Views will be exchanged on the role of youth organizations in prevention of violent extremism and terrorism, comprehensive approach in the fight against factors that become the cause of terrorism among youth, organization of the International Association of Youth of countries of the region.

Within the framework of the conference, a dialogue with participation of representatives of religious confessions and national cultural centers on “Uzbekistan's experience in interethnic and interreligious relations” will be held in Samarkand, on June 12.

(Source: UzA)

  

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VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA.. 1

On participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the upcoming SCO Summit in Qingdao. 1

Economy.. 1

Farmers to Be Presented with New Strategy. 1

INFRASTRUCTURE.. 2

Bukhara is the best airport of the year in the CIS. 2

REFORMS: EDUCATION.. 2

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country". 2

CULTURE.. 4

Honoring genius Pushkin. 4

 


VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA

On participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the upcoming SCO Summit in Qingdao

On June 8-10, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will visit the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, the President of Uzbekistan will attend the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in the city of Qingdao.

The leaders of the SCO member states, which will meet for the first time with full participation of India and Pakistan, will discuss prospective areas of further improvement of the organization’s activities, regional security issues, expansion of economic and investment cooperation, intensification of interaction in transport and communication and other aspects of multilateral cooperation.

Following the meeting of the Heads of states, it is planned to adopt the Qingdao Declaration, sign a Cooperation Program in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2019-2021, an Action Plan for 2018-2022 on implementation of provisions of the Treaty on long-term good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, Joint appeal to youth and other documents.

After an exchange of views, it is planned to adopt a decision on the presiding country in the organization in 2018-2019, to approve candidacies for the posts of the Secretary General and the Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure for the next three years.

Within the framework of participation in the SCO Summit, the President of Uzbekistan will hold a number of bilateral meetings and negotiations.

(Source: UzA)

economy

Farmers to Be Presented with New Strategy

The Russian consulting company Strategy Partners Group will assist Uzbekistan in developing the draft Strategy for the Development of Agriculture through to 2030.

It is stipulated by the draft government resolution developed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan. As noted in the document, the disparate planning in the agricultural sector and the lack of an effective mechanism for interaction between the authorized bodies led to a dilution of responsibility for the decisions made and the achievement of concrete results in the sphere.

These problems have led to low efficiency in the use of production and resource potential, as well as negative factors that hamper the diversification and modernization of the industry, the introduction of advanced innovative and resource-saving technologies.

Intensive use of land and non-compliance with the principles of rational consumption of resources led to a salinity of 45% of the irrigated territory. Due to the lack of focus on export development, the country has not yet developed infrastructure and a system for promoting products abroad, while the markets of individual countries are closed to Uzbek products with high added value due to protectionism policies.

An additional constraint is the difficulty in creating the necessary volumes of supply for large importers. This is due to the high fragmentation of agricultural producers in the country. In addition, products with low added value predominate in their portfolio, while productivity and productivity are still inferior to advanced foreign nations.

The Ministry of Agriculture together with the Strategy Partners Group should complete the development of the draft Agricultural Development Strategy by December 31, 2018.

It should contain measures for stable growth of added value of manufactured products, increase in volumes, as well as geographical and product diversification of exports, ensuring food and environmental security, increasing the efficiency of the industry and further increasing per capita income and the quality of life of the rural population.

As a result of the implementation of the strategy, according to experts, Uzbekistan should become one of the leaders of Central Asia in the export of high-quality food and light industry products that rationally use and constantly develop labor, water and land resources.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Bukhara is the best airport of the year in the CIS

Bukhara International Airport won the nomination “The best airport of the CIS countries” competition, held by the International Association “Airport” of civil aviation, in Moscow, by the results of 2017.

Bukhara International Airport won among the airports with a capacity of 100 to 500 thousand passengers, for which was awarded a special cup and a certificate of honor.

It should be noted that Bukhara airport in 2017 served 190 thousand passengers on international and domestic destinations. In comparison with the last year, the volumes of transportation of goods, mail, and paid baggage have increased. The quality of passenger service has improved. The focus is on safety. Ensuring safety is in the center of constant attention.

The international certificate ISO 9001:2015, issued to Bukhara International Airport in 2016, confirms the high level of quality of the airline activity.

It should be noted that Bukhara International Airport receives the main prize in the nomination “The best airport of the year” for the fifth time.

(Source: UzA)

REFORMS: EDUCATION

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country"

Higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan starting from 2018-2019 academic year have been allowed to admit foreign students to Bachelor’s programme outside of the set admission quotas.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country."

At the same time, foreign citizens will be admitted to universities through interviews, without passing tests.

The Uzbek leader instructed the Uzbek Foreign Ministry to issue visa visas for foreign citizens who had expressed a desire to enter higher educational institutions on the basis of visa applications, without charging consular fees or other fees.

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Starting from the 2018-2019 academic year, higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan will begin to introduce undergraduate programmes with a minimum of three years of study and graduate programmes with a minimum of one year of study in certain areas of education.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country."

The document said that at the same time, universities will organize the training of specialists in the graduate program on the basis of specialized programs on production (practical) (at least one year) and scientific-pedagogical (at least two years) courses.

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Basic (leading) higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan have acquired the right to develop and approve curricula and programs on the appropriate areas of education and specialties based on needs of their customers.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country."

Basic (leading) higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan obtained the right based on the needs of the customers independently develop and approve the curricula and programs in the relevant areas of education and specialties.

The document stated that universities from the 2018/2019 school year will develop and approve curricula and programs in the relevant areas of education and specialties based on the needs of their customers.

At the same time, they must coordinate their training programs with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev banned to involve professors and teachers of higher educational institutions in meetings and other events, not related to their tasks and activities.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country."

The document said that starting from 2019/2020 academic year in higher educational institutions the principle "student’s level of achievement is the main criterion for assessing the activity of professors and teachers" will be introduced.

At the same time, the resolution said that the measures will be taken to fire teachers and professors, who do not meet the requirements of this principle, the resolution said.

The head of Uzbekistan also instructed to revise development and approval in the established manner of new mechanisms of "time standards" of professors and teachers, taking into account training loads.

The Uzbek head prohibited to involve professors and teachers of higher educational institutions in meetings and other events not related to their tasks and activities.

President warned the heads of state bodies and organizations, khokims of all levels of personal responsibility for violating this requirement. The violators can be fired from their positions.

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Prospective students, who have certificates of leading international examination systems, will be exempt from tests in the relevant subjects during the entrance exams to universities.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution "On additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in the large-scale reforms being implemented in the country."

The head of Uzbekistan instructed to develop and introduce in the established order to the Cabinet of Ministers the procedure for assigning applicants with certificates of the leading international examination systems (TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR, SAT General, SAT Subject, etc.) to the maximum number of points in the relevant subjects with their exemption from tests in the relative subjects.

The President also instructed, by 1 January 2019, to develop and introduce in the established order to the Cabinet of Ministers measures for the phased creation of a system for accepting documents of applicants in electronic form.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

CULTURE

Honoring genius Pushkin

Tashkent hosted an event dedicated to the 219th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s birth.

Representatives of ministries, agencies, public organizations, national cultural centers, the diplomatic corps, writers and poets gathered in the square where the monument to the poet is erected.

The role of literature in strengthening friendship between people of Uzbekistan and Russia was noted. Literary ties are developing between the two countries. The monument to Alexander Pushkin in Tashkent, the monument to Alisher Navoi in Moscow is an example of strong ties between people of the two countries, which are linked by commonality of artistic thought and literary traditions.

At the event, flowers were laid at the monument to Pushkin, poems of the poet were read.

(Source: UzA)

 

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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 110 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan June 6, 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 11:00 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Full use of available opportunities for ensuring revenues to local budgets and price stability is an important task  1

Officially.. 3

President of the Uzbekistan approves new quotas for admission of students to universities. 3

FINANCE.. 4

NBU and Chinese Development Bank sign $250 million worth loan agreement 4

CINEMA.. 4

By late 2019, a movie distribution network, encompassing 49 new cinemas, are to be created in the regions of Uzbekistan. 4

 


 

president

Full use of available opportunities for ensuring revenues to local budgets and price stability is an important task

On June 5, a meeting under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held on issues of increasing revenues to local budgets and ensuring price stability by increasing production, enhancing personal responsibility of heads of executive bodies, tax and financial departments at places for preventing inflation.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister and his deputies, heads of ministries and departments, companies, business associations and banks, as well as the Chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of the regions and the city of Tashkent via videoconferencing.

In accordance with the Action Strategy implemented in the country, consistent reforms are being carried out on expanding the scale of modernization and diversification of the economy, reducing imbalance in socio-economic state of the regions through accelerated recovery of lagging districts and cities. Thus, the organization of new industrial enterprises and small industrial zones, attraction of funds from large business associations, bank loans and foreign investment are important factors in increasing the revenue side of local budgets in subvention-dependent cities and districts, development of manufacturing industries.

The Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures of expanding the powers of state authorities at places in forming local budgets” of June 7, 2017 contributes to stable financing of programs for integrated development of territories, raising real incomes on this basis, the level and quality of life of the population.

At the meeting, the current state of ongoing activities on increasing additional revenues to the budget and ensuring stable level of inflation was analyzed in a critical spirit, the most important tasks in this direction were identified.

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During the trips of the President of the country to the regions, measures were identified on providing additional tax revenues to the budget in the amount of 5.3 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 06.06.2018, 1$= 7944.07 soums), or 12 percent more than forecasted due to the use of available reserves and opportunities at places. As a result, over the past 5 months of this year, more than 2.7 trillion soums have been received, which exceeds the forecast by 16 percent.

At the same time, the analysis shows that local khokimiyats, financial and tax authorities do not fully use reserves for additional tax revenues to the budget.

This is clearly evidenced by the fact that over the past 5 months of this year, 60 percent of taxes, as before, were received from 171 large enterprises.

For example, in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, 50 percent of all tax revenues is provided at the expense of Uz-Kor Gas and Ustyurt Gas enterprises, in Navoi region 75 percent of taxes were received from Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat.

At the meeting that was chaired by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on June 5, absolutely unsatisfactory work in this direction in the city of Tashkent and Namangan region was seriously criticized.

For example, the analysis of revenues from market trading revealed that this indicator has decreased by 30 percent in Almazar, 7 percent in Sergeli, 4 percent in Yakkasaray, 3 percent in Yunusabad districts of Tashkent. The same deplorable situation in other districts was emphasized at the meeting.

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At the meeting on issues of increasing revenues to local budgets and ensuring price stability by increasing production, it was noted that there is a lack of sufficient control over revenue from parking lots. As a result, local budgets did not receive 18 billion soums.

Over the past 5 months, the number of taxes from trade and public catering enterprises has decreased in Naryn and Namangan districts of Namangan region.

Tax reporting in the region has not been thoroughly analyzed, appropriate measures have not been taken, as a result, almost 20 billion soums of taxes have not been collected.

The study and calculations showed that all regions have such unutilized reserves, in general, it is possible to achieve additional tax revenues at the amount of 8.1 trillion soums this year in excess of forecast and bring the total amount of taxes to the budget up to 50.2 trillion soums.

At the meeting, responsible ministries and departments were given specific instructions on speedy elimination of shortcomings in the field, providing additional tax revenues at the amount of 8.1 trillion soums in two weeks, developing and approving daily schedules and a plan of specific measures for each region and district. The need for organizing and establishing effective activities of headquarters on attracting additional revenues to the budget in each region, city and district was also noted.

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At the meeting that was held on June 5 under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the need for ensuring the receipt of 772 billion sums to the budget through compulsory debts collection, sale of property converted to state revenue, as well as establishment of systematic activity on strengthening control in this direction was noted.

The economic indicators achieved in the country over the past five months were critically analyzed. Inflation for this period amounted to 6.6 percent and did not exceed the forecast, but the rise in prices amounted to 7.4 percent in Tashkent, 7.3 percent in Andijan region, and 7.1 percent in Karakalpakstan. The reasons for this were indicated, deficiencies in management were noted.

As it is known, today special attention in the regions is paid to a significant increase in harvesting of fruit and vegetable, livestock, poultry, fish products and honey. For this purpose, entrepreneurs and farmers are provided with necessary amount of loans, land for fodder preparation, all necessary benefits are provided. However, unfortunately, concrete practical results from this attention given at the state level are not felt. This, in turn, negatively affects the preservation of price stability in the domestic market.

At the meeting, the main reasons for the rise in price of meat in the markets were considered in detail. Among them is the lack of feed, meal and husk, the fact that livestock feed is sold much more expensive than the established prices was criticized.

Unfortunately, there is non-observance of trading culture, violation of criteria and requirements in this sphere, which is also a serious reason for artificial overstating of prices in the markets. Instead of preventing such facts, managers and responsible persons of markets themselves are engaged in extortion.

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Another important issue was considered at the meeting devoted to issues of increasing revenues to local budgets and ensuring price stability by increasing production. As it is known, a special Fund was created last year for preventing growth of prices for basic food products in domestic market. Due to unsatisfactory organization of its activities, sugar, vegetable oil, potatoes and chicken have been imported into the country for 155 million dollars to date. Impact of the Fund on price stabilization is not noticeable. Nothing can justify the fact that the Fund has become a credit institution serving the interests of individual entrepreneurs, noted the Head of the state.

Taking into account critical comments, the Prosecutor General’s Office has been instructed to conduct a thorough audit of activities of the Fund.

The Head of the state noted with regret the growth of prices for construction materials from year to year, which are extremely important for people’s prosperous life. Attention of relevant managers and responsible persons was drawn to the fact that this has a negative impact on inflation level. Prices for building materials compared with the beginning of the year increased by 16 percent in the country, particularly, by 23 percent in Tashkent region, by 20 percent in Surkhandarya region and by 19 percent in Khorezm region.

Reduction of acreage for re-crops by 238 thousand hectares, taking into account lack of water this year, should not be a reason for reducing production volume and rising prices. Therefore, due to full re-sowing of remaining 680 thousand hectares and increasing productivity, we should get a harvest in a sufficient amount both for domestic market and for export. If we use water in an orderly, reasonable way, it will be enough for all crops, – said President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

To eliminate these problems, instructions were given on organizing a republican headquarters and a working group on repeated sowing. Appropriate tasks on re-growing crops, caring for them, harvesting crop without losses, establishment of organized work for re-sowing of the areas freed from grain were identified.

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On June 5, at the meeting held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a need for taking measures on creating stocks of agricultural products, concluding agreements with farmers for supply of secondary crops, timely allocation of advance funds was noted.

Specific tasks were also outlined on prevention of allocation of water for irrigation of areas freed from grains, before plowing.

At the meeting, relevant managers and responsible persons were given instructions on development of programs for development of livestock, poultry and fish farming, formation of a rational food supply base for these industries in 2018-2021, identifying the need for basic food products for each region, determining appropriate organizational measures for their import through a special Fund, taking effective measures on ensuring stable prices in markets.

Relevant decisions were taken on the issues discussed at the meeting, the need for establishing strict control and regularly informing about their implementation was noted.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

President of the Uzbekistan approves new quotas for admission of students to universities

The decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On admission to higher educational institutions of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2018/2019 academic year" was adopted.

According to the document, the general quotas for admission to the higher educational institutions of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the 2018/2019 academic year are:

▪ Bachelor’s: 69,200 people, including state grants - 17,654 and on a contract basis - 51546;

▪ Master’s: 5,903 people, including 1552 on state grants and 4,351 on a contract basis;

▪ Bachelor’s in special extramural departments: 11,765 people, including 15 on state grants and 11750 on a contract basis.

The resolution specifies that:

▪ The general quota for admission to extramural and evening departments of higher educational institutions is set at a rate of up to 30 percent of the total approved quota for admission to the baccalaureate of higher educational institutions of the republic for the 2018/2019 school year;

▪ Training in extramural and evening departments of higher educational institutions is carried out on a fee-based basis;

▪ the cost of tuition in extramural and evening departments of higher educational institutions is set at a rate not less than the cost of training in the relevant areas of bachelor's education of full-time education.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

FINANCE

NBU and Chinese Development Bank sign $250 million worth loan agreement

This agreement was made possible due to the long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation established between the two countries, which received a new impetus after the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to China on 11-13 May last year.

The National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed a loan agreement with the State Development Bank of China in the amount of $250 million. The document was signed on June 5 in Beijing, on the eve of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, which will be held on June 9-10 in China.

This agreement was made possible due to the long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation established between the two countries, which received a new impetus after the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to China on 11-13 May last year.

During the joint cooperation, since 2006, the Bank has attracted 5 credit lines of the bank, which financed more than 450 projects in various sectors of the economy, such as tourism, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, textile industry, agriculture, including deep processing of fruits and vegetables, etc.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

CINEMA

By late 2019, a movie distribution network, encompassing 49 new cinemas, are to be created in the regions of Uzbekistan

In particular, it is planned to build 25 one-story, 12 two-story and 12 summer cinemas throughout the country. All of them will be built on standard designs with the necessary infrastructure.

One-story and two-story movie theaters will locate two halls, each designed for about 50 seats. To organize the activity of the cinemas, a special rental center will be created, which will provide them with both national and world premieres. For this it will receive a small interest of the owners of facilities.

It is projected that new cinemas will be built by private entrepreneurs, who will receive soft loans. Also, in the long term, a new ticket system will be introduced in the new network, and the tickets themselves will be available for purchase through the internet and mobile applications.

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

In addition, this year the State Budget will allocate funds for the creation of 20 parts of documentary, popular science, educational and methodical films, film almanacs, newsreels, 25 in 2019 and 30 from 2020. In 2018, the government will pay for the production of 15 animation films, and 50 annually from 2022.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 


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DAILY NEWS HERALD #109 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan June 5, 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 10:59 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Officially.. 1

Sharifjon Tursunov appointed to post of chairman of board of Uztransgaz. 1

Investments. 1

Tashkent City to be built within 4 years. 1

International relationships. 2

Tashkent to host ADB Summit in 2019. 2

Uzbekistan directs 3,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. 2

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 2

The Uzbek government has approved the concept of development of the free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak  2

 


Officially

Sharifjon Tursunov appointed to post of chairman of board of Uztransgaz

A new chairman of the board of the company, Uztransgaz, which deals with the transportation, storage and sale of gas, gas condensate and oil, was appointed.

Sharifjon Tursunov was appointed to the post of chairman of the board of Uztransgaz. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Justice.

At this post, he replaced Alisher Mustafayev.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

investments

Tashkent City to be built within 4 years

The entire process from design to complete commissioning of the International Business Center (IDC) Tashkent City will be completed within 4 years. This was reported by the press service of the Directorate of IDC Tashkent city.

The project is divided into two stages: a congress hall with a hotel, part of residential buildings and a park zone, will be built in the first place (2.5 years), Tashkent City said in a statement.

The priority is construction of the Congress Hall, where the foundation work is already underway. At other sites, the processes of settling and demolition of existing buildings are being completed.

The khokimiyat of Shayhontohur region took upon itself the obligation to provide the living space with resettled families. Investors have begun detailed design of buildings and infrastructure in selected areas.

IDC Tashkent City is the most large-scale town-planning project, which has been implemented in Uzbekistan over the past decades. Tashkent City is being built in the center of Tashkent between the streets of Alisher Navoi, Olmazor, Furkat and Islam Karimov on an area of 80 hectares.

Experts from ARUP (UK, developer of the architectural concept), Cushman and Wakefield (USA, developer of the commercial concept), SF Landscape Architecture (Italy, developer of the landscape concept), Prime Tower Group (Uzbekistan, general designer) and Discover Invest (Uzbekistan, general contractor) were attracted to the project.

Tashkent City must become the flagship of the capital, where business and society, expats and local professionals, tourists and residents of Tashkent interact.

In accordance with the project, “A” class residential complexes with underground parking lots, a kindergarten, an international school, SPA centers, a shopping center with an area of 181,008 m², several multi-purpose high-rise buildings, a five-star hotel, a congress- hall and exhibition center, a financial center of 4 high-rise office buildings and a pedestrian street in the style of the old city. surrounded by low-rise buildings, will be constructed.

The heart of the project will be a green park, which will be open not only for the residents of the IDC Tashkent City, but also for all residents and visitors of the capital.

At the moment, work has begun on the concept of the park zone and public areas in general. The concept will include not only landscape design, but first of all a plan for using the territory, taking into account the established traditions of Tashkent and modern trends in programming public spaces.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Tashkent to host ADB Summit in 2019

On May 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Washington in cooperation with the American-Uzbek Chamber of Commerce and its member companies organized a round table with the participation of the Asian Development Bank's North America office.

The sides discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and infrastructure as well as investment projects to be implemented in Central Asia.

So far, ADB financed over 60 projects in Uzbekistan with a total value of $ 17 billion.

According to Director of the Central and West Asia Department of the ADB, Uzbekistan is the second major recipient of loans, grants and technical assistance to ADB after Pakistan.

The bank reinforces this interest with specific financial resources: it is expected to allocate more than $ 1 billion for new projects in improving the efficiency of railways, providing water, energy efficiency and other initiatives.

The representative of the bank separately focused on the projects implemented under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program, which, as part of 11 countries in the region, is implementing ADB projects aimed at accelerating economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.

At the end of the" round table ", the ADB representatives considered the possibility of holding the annual meeting of the Finance Ministers of the structure in 2019 in Tashkent, which is planned to be combined with the summit of the heads of state of the bank-for the first time in the history of ADB.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Uzbekistan directs 3,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan

The Government of Uzbekistan handed over over 3,000 tonnes of food wheat to the Afghan people as humanitarian aid, Dunyo news agency reported.

The Agency strated that humanitarian aid has been provided to assist Afghanistan affected by the drought.

Today, the Uzbek side has transferred humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the special representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev flew to Afghanistan.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The Uzbek government has approved the concept of development of the free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak

Experts note that the Tashkent region today has a significant tourist potential, which is primarily due to the unique natural conditions that allow for developing virtually all types of tourism. In particular, the region has everything necessary for the development of mountain and extreme tourism, including mountaineering, snowboarding, aeronautics, cycling, motor sport, as well as environmental, rural, pilgrimage and gastronomic tourism.

Not far from the capital is Charvak reservoir, on the shore of which there are numerous boarding houses, recreation areas and children’s summer sports camps. Nearby are the magnificent mountains of the Western Tien Shan with plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, gorges, walnut groves and orchards, included in 2016 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Ugam-Chatkal National Park is home to 230 species of animals, 1,800 types of plants and there are four unique natural lakes - Urungach, Bodak, Shovur and Ihnoj, the Chatkal state biosphere reserve and a number of forestry enterprises operate.

For today in the region there are 120 organizations dealing with leisure of domestic and foreign tourists. The volume of exports of tourism services in the past year exceeded 44 million dollars. Despite this, given the enormous tourist potential and natural resources of the region, these figures, experts say, are rather modest. In the region there is a shortage of accommodation facilities, sanatoriums and recreation areas, underdeveloped tourist infrastructure, low quality and limited number of services provided to tourists.

In the near future several seasonal recreation areas will be created on the territory of Charvak FTZ, each of which will be built up with modern hotel complexes, cultural and entertainment, medical and recreational, trade and other tourist facilities, as well as modern engineering infrastructure.

Work has already started on the territory of Bostanlyk, Parkent and Ahangaran districts to create 162 modern guest houses. For the entertainment of tourists, it is planned to develop a program of demonstrating national customs and traditions, wedding ceremonies and other recreational activities, organizing trips to nature, as well as cultural and historical sites.

It is planned to invite famous local brands, including Macro and Korzinka, as well as foreign ones such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.

Another area will be devoted to the creation of tourist facilities for the provision of services related to beach recreation, water sports, medical, and extreme tourism - paragliders and hang-gliders, the construction of golf courses.

Finally, the authorities will pay attention to the so-called mountain cluster in Chimgan. There will be organized the International Academy of Tourism, children’s ski camps and schools, Aqua Park, Ski Resort, new ski trails and ski lifts, snowboard tracks, ski centers for leisure and entertainment – cinemas, karaoke bars, bowling, entertainment centers.

No less attention is being paid to improving the work of fixed and cellular communication with the expansion of wi-fi zone in places where tourists often stay (Bostanlyk, Parkent, Angren and Yangiabad), increasing the number of ATMs, information kiosks and payment terminals using bank cards.

Conditions will be created for hiking, including around the reservoir, with individual sidewalks along the beaches, as well as bicycle paths and bike parking, and a network of bicycle rental.

To increase the attractiveness of recreation in the new tourist cluster will have to solve the problem of transport accessibility. To this end, experts propose to develop combined passenger transport systems along the route Tashkent-Charvak FTZ and back with the introduction of new routes convenient for passengers.

It is also planned to create special parking lots at the entrance to the territory of the zone for tourists arriving by private vehicles. This will not create unnecessary traffic in the zone where a full-fledged internal public transport network will operate.

In this lot parking places will be provided at differentiated tariffs – high prices for a personal vehicle, free of charge – for public transport and electric vehicles.

The authorities also intend to organize separate corridors for public transport, to create a modern transport infrastructure that meets the requirements of all social groups of the population, to actively use electric vehicles, electric buses and hybrid types of vehicles for passenger transportation.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 108 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan June 4, 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 10:58 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Our goal is to make people happy. 1

Ivnestments. 4

Uzbekistan investments. 4

FINANCE.. 9

Uzbekistan: Goods and services in consumer market of Uzbekistan increases by 0.8% in May. 9

International relationships. 10

Meeting in Doha. 10

EDUCATION.. 11

New University to Train Journalists. 11

 


president

Our goal is to make people happy

On June 1, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the airport construction site for business aviation on the basis of Tashkent – Eastern airfield in Kibray district of Tashkent region.

The Head of the state got acquainted with this project during the visit to the airport Tashkent – Eastern on December 2, 2017, gave instructions on creation of business aviation in the country and modern infrastructure that can provide all necessary services in this direction.

The business airport will become an innovation in Central Asia and will be specialized in individual and corporate flights. Business aviation will open new opportunities and create convenience for entrepreneurs. The project will help domestic and foreign business people to bring their products to new markets, to find business partners.

At the moment, construction activities have begun at the airport. At the first stage, a runway with a length of 4 kilometers and a terminal with a capacity of 250 passengers per hour will be built, on the second – an additional infrastructure, a hotel complex.

Before that, sand work was performed here almost by 20 thousand cubic meters. More than 100 units of special equipment are involved in construction and installation works. The construction is carried out by the order of Uzbekistan Railways JSC, by specialists of "Trans yul qurilish mahsus pudrat" LLC, unitary enterprises "Qurilish-montaj tresti" and "Toshkent kupriklardan foydalanish".

An apron designed for simultaneous reception and dispatch of 20 aircraft has been erected. It is planned to build security posts, communication and security units. Within the framework of the project, the aircraft maintenance center, a modern hangar for aircraft and helicopters, a fire safety depot, a dispatch center and a cafe will also be built.

The first stage of the project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, by this time the airport will be ready for aircraft reception and passenger service.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the need for creating an active business aviation in the country, establishing a service in the new airport that fully meets international standards.

– The basis of all success is a thoroughly worked out project. To build a business airport qualitatively, and comprehensively convenient for foreign entrepreneurs, it is necessary to develop a deeply thought out project. A foreigner at the sight of this airport must feel the national identity, values of our people. Therefore, it is necessary to organize a modern design institute that will deal with these issues, attract qualified specialists from Japan, Germany and other developed countries. Due to this, the airport will serve our people for many years, said the President.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev became familiar with the overpass project, which will be built at the intersection of Makhtumkuli and Akhangaran streets of Tashkent city.

Akhangaran highway, Parkent and Temur Malik streets are among the busiest in the capital. The traffic on these roads became even more intense after the construction of Makhtumkuli street through Tashkent mechanical plant.

It is planned to build a three-level transport interchange in order to create convenience for drivers and ensure security. A tunnel will be built between Akhangaran highway and Parkent street, Makhtumkuli and Temur Malik streets will be connected by an overpass.

The purpose of construction of this transport interchange is to create conditions for the development of Charvak and Chimgan. Now there is only one road leading through the town of Chirchik. It is overloaded in the holiday season. The new road will serve to unload traffic, transport, including foreign tourists will be able to quickly and easily reach Charvak and Chimgan, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Six-lane traffic will be created on the overpass and in the tunnel. According to calculations, the new road will cut the way to Charvak to 22 kilometers.

The Head of the state also got acquainted with projects on construction of the line of the aboveground metro along the Akhangaran highway.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev became familiar with construction of multifunctional ice palace “Humo Arena” at the intersection of Afrosiab and Beshagach streets, in Chilanzar district.

The design of this sports complex harmoniously combines modern architectural solutions on the basis of advanced technologies and elements of national culture and architecture. The complex is being erected in the form of Humo bird with open wings – a symbol of happiness and freedom.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev during familiarization with the project of construction of the arena on February 3, 2017 paid special attention to the importance of such modern sports facilities for upbringing a harmoniously developed generation, gave responsible executives instructions on ensuring high quality construction activities.

Six-story complex consists of two arenas – the main and training. The maximum height of the building with an area of 82 thousand 250 square meters will be 40 meters.

The palace, equipped with mobile seats, will be able to accommodate 12.5 thousand spectators during hockey games, 14 thousand – during other sports tournaments, as well as 10 thousand spectators in organization of concert and entertainment programs. It will also be possible to hold other events in the complex. In particular, in addition to international tournaments in hockey, curling, figure skating, short track, the arena will be able to host competitions in basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal, boxing, taekwondo, fencing and other sports. Conditions will be created for organizing solemn events, concerts, exhibitions and forums.

Automated engineering, fire protection systems, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning and heating facilities based on energy-saving technologies will be used during the operation of the complex. A five-story parking lot for 1,375 cars is being built next to the complex.

The President noted that it is already necessary to start the formation of hockey, figure skating and other sports teams that will be trained in this complex, the study of an issue of organization of large international contests here.

The complex is planned to be commissioned before the end of this year.

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As previously reported, Tashkent City International Business Center is being built on the territory between Alisher Navoi, Olmazor, Islam Karimov and Furkat streets.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, during his visit to the construction site on April 6, 2018, gave constructions on qualitative construction of facilities.

Currently, construction activities are actively being carried out in seven lots. The sand works with a volume of 42 thousand cubic meters have been implemented, installation of monolithic structures of underground part has been completed.

Foreign investors are showing great interest in participating in this prospective project. Tashkent City Administrative Council confirmed cooperation with almost 10 investors. Large construction companies of the UK, Germany, South Korea and other countries are among them.

The Head of the state got acquainted with construction of the Business Center, talked with builders and engineers, foreign specialists. The President noted the need for creating all conditions for qualitative holding of international events, using national style in design and equipment of conference rooms in hotels and congress halls.

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Many bridges and overpasses are being built in the capital for ensuring traffic safety, preventing traffic jams. A modern overpass that is being constructed at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Chuponota streets of Chilanzar district is among them.

The total length of the bridge, which is being built by “Kuprik qurilish tresti” company under Uzbekistan Railways JSC, is 676 meters, including a 488-meter flyover. The height of the structure is 8 meters, width – 24.5 meters. At the same time, two pedestrian crossings of 124 meters in length are being built. It is envisaged to install special elevators and escalators for the convenience of people with disabilities and the elderly.

The Head of the state got acquainted with the progress of construction activities, talked with employees.

– New bridges should be qualitative and reliable. To this end, we must responsibly approach to our work, study the best international experience in the field of bridge construction, – the President noted.

About 50 units of equipment, more than 250 qualified specialists are involved in construction of the facility.

When designing the structure, special attention was paid to the lighting system. The overpass will be equipped with energy-saving lights. High-performance machinery from Germany is used in construction. To date, 234 of the 256 lighting poles have been installed, piling of 276 prismatic piles has been fully completed, as well as pedestal pedestrian poles have been installed.

The President drew attention to the urgency of the issue of repair and operation of bridges and instructed to organize colleges that will train relevant specialists.

Information was also provided on the state of overpasses in the capital and regions, plans for the future.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pays special attention to improving the standard of living of the population, creating modern conditions for people. A number of normative legal acts were adopted in this direction, “Obod qishloq” (“Prosperous village”) program is being implemented.

More than 6,3 thousand people are living in the territory of the citizens’ gathering of Hirmontepa makhalla of Chilanzar district. Today the makhalla is taking on a new look. According to the Decree of the Head of the state “On measures for further improvement of the makhalla institute” of February 3, 2017, a large-scale activity has been implemented here.

On the request of the citizens’ gathering of Hirmontepa makhalla and private entrepreneur Gulzira Madraimova, 0.28 hectares were allocated for construction of a new makhalla center in the 19th block in Chilanzar.

The new makhalla center, built on the basis of “Obod qishloq” program, will provide offices for the chairman of the makhalla, his advisers, preventive inspectors, lounge for the elderly, library, public utility payment center, children’s playground, sports complex and others.

The President talked with the makhalla’s activists, asked about their concerns and aspirations, people’s problems.

– We should landscape each makhalla, following the example of Manas makhalla in Jizzakh. The goal of making people happy lies at the heart of all this activity. We will do our best for that, – said the Head of the state.

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The Head of the state visited “Tirsakobod” makhalla of Chilanzar district, where he got acquainted with the ongoing landscaping activities.

Improvement of any city or district begins with improvement of a makhalla. The latter directly includes creation of conditions for effective work of citizens’ gathering of a makhalla, its commissions, prevention inspectors, workers of “Makhalla posboni” structure and others.

There are 9 apartment buildings and 864 households on the territory of “Tirsakobod” makhalla, more than 5,2 thousand people live here.

Landscaping activity is carried out in the makhalla in accordance with the Decree of the President of the country “On measures for further improvement of the makhalla institute” of February 3, 2017.

“Sherobod building” LLC in the makhalla center erects a tea house, a bakery, a beauty salon, stores, sports and children's playgrounds, due to which the makhalla will become even more modern, amenities for residents will be created.

According to “Obod makhalla” program, construction of offices for the chairman of the makhalla, his advisers, secretary, prevention inspector, recreation rooms for senior citizens, library, children's playground, sports complex, installation of fountains, small architectural forms, benches, street lighting equipment is actively continuing.

The Head of the state held a conversation with the makhalla’s activists. The President gave instructions to responsible persons on construction of modern makhalla centers in all districts of the capital and the country, conduction of constant dialogue with the population, ensuring their peaceful and prosperous life.

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On June 1, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the course of construction activities and implementation of large-scale projects in Tashkent.

At the initiative of the Head of the state and on the basis of his ideas, a large-scale construction work was launched in the capital, major projects of strategic importance are being implemented in the leading sectors of the economy, which help to increase the level and improve the quality of life of the population and turn Tashkent into a modern metropolis.

The main attention during the trip of the Head of the state to the districts of the capital was paid to the execution of the envisaged plans and important projects in this direction.

The President of the country visited the airport for business aviation that is under construction, based on the airfield Tashkent – Eastern, got acquainted with the project of a modern three-level interchange being built at the intersection of Makhtumkuli and Akhangaran streets, with the construction of multifunctional ice palace “Humo Arena” at the intersection of Afrosiab and Beshagach streets of Chilanzar district. The Head of the state also visited the construction site of Tashkent City International Business Center, Hirmontepa and Tirsakobod makhallas of Chilanzar district, got acquainted with the progress of construction of a modern overpass at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Chuponota streets of Chilanzar district.

On the same day, a meeting under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held with participation of khokims of the city of Tashkent and districts of the capital, responsible leaders.

At the meeting, held in the spirit of critical analysis, further measures on development of industry and small business, increasing employment of the population, and improving engineering and communications networks were identified.

(Source: UzA)

investments

Uzbekistan investments

The goal of the economic liberalization reforms carried out by the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is a dynamically growing, competitive, diversified economy. One of the key roles in the implementation of this plan is given to foreign investors who will receive the most favorable conditions to work in Uzbekistan.

A year ago, on 7 February 2017, the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, approved a new strategy of state and public development of the country for the next five years. The document contains five priority areas, which the country will develop until 2021. They include measures to improve the system of state and public construction, a reform of the judicial and legal system and internal affairs bodies, as well as a set of measures fostering economic transformation. The latter, according to the goals stated in the document, should provide the Uzbek economy with a seven percent growth rate and improve its stability and competitive advantages.

One of the key priorities is to create conditions favorable for the inflow of foreign investment through consistent improvement in the investment climate. In particular, President Mirziyoyev’s decree last March created the State Investment Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which will formulate and coordinate the country’s policy in attracting investors, develop and implement measures to improve the business environment, and interact with international institutions, companies, and banks in this area. This work should result in a many fold increase in the flow of investment and technology to Uzbekistan, which can become one of the main production hubs in Central Asia, as well as a base for the production of a wide range of export goods, that should ultimately lead to achieving the governments goals for economic development.

WHY UZBEKISTAN?

Stability And Favorable Business Conditions

Uzbekistan is one of the most stable countries in Central Asia in terms of macroeconomics and its political system. During the last decade, the growth rate of the Uzbek economy consistently stayed at eight percent? In 2017, the official growth of Uzbekistan’s GDP was 7.8% - the fifth best result in the world when looking at this indicator.

Uzbekistans foreign debt is less than 18.5%. The national internal debt is nearly zero. For 10 years, at the beginning of the reforms, Uzbekistan recorded a threefold budget surplus, and within 14 years - a surplus of the balance of payments. The country’s foreign exchange reserves cover 24 months of its total imports.

In its latest Ease of Doing Business” ranking for 2018 (published in October 2017), the World Bank ranks Uzbekistan 74th in the world, having improved its placement by 13 positions. The country has become one of the top 10 states I that demonstrated the greatest improvement of their business environment. The greatest progress was made in such areas as business registration, obtaining a loan, and resolving insolvency.

Capacity And Accessibility Of The Market

The population of Uzbekistan is more than 32 million people, which makes it the largest consumer market in Central Asia. The country has an advantageous geographical location in the very heart of Central Asia. To the country’s advantage are its proximity and connectivity with the region’s largest markets, including Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. Participation in the Free Trade Agreement with the CIS countries and Georgia provides products from Uzbekistan duty-free access to regional markets with an aggregate population of over 300 million people. Uzbekistan enjoys most- favored-nation status with 48 countries, including the United States, the EU, China, South Korea, Japan, and India, among others.

Economic Growth And Diversification

Uzbekistan’s development strategy states that its high GDP growth rates will continue in the near future, which should help double the country’s GDP by 2030. Thanks to structural reforms, industrial growth rates are expected to increase, with its share growing to 40% against 33.5% in 2015.

At the same time, today, the Uzbek economy is one of the most diversified in Central Asia. In addition to its well developed mining and oil and gas industry, the country produces a wide range of modern cars and trucks, high-quality agricultural machinery, mineral fertilizers, textile and pharmaceutical products, construction materials, electrical goods, and much more. One of the main priorities of the country’s development strategy is increasing the competitiveness of the manufacturing industries, primarily through attracting foreign investors.

Labor Force

Uzbekistan’s young arid educated population is an important competitive advantage and a valuable economic resource for the country. The local labor market, numberirig about 18.5 million people, or about 60% of the population, is the largest in the region. At the same time, 63% of the population of Uzbekistan is younger than 30 with nearly 100% literacy rate.

The country has about 70 higher educational institutions, including state universities in each of the regional centers, as well as representative offices of major international institutions of higher education. Among them are Westminster International University, Moscow State University, Russian University of Oil and Gas, Singapore Institute of Development and Management, Turin Polytechnic University, and INHA University in Tashkent. A branch of US Webster University is expected to open its doors in 2018. The country has a state education program, the “Istedod” Foundation, which finances scholarship programs at leading universities in the world for Uzbek students.

TRADE, EXPORT, INVESTMENT

The task of stimulating the production and processing of industrial goods within the country, which is included among the most important priorities of Uzbekistan’s new economic policy, is complex. To solve it, the government took steps in several key areas simultaneously.

First of all, measures to develop trade and economic relations with its main strategic partners have been introduced. During President Mirziyoyev’s first visit to Kazakhstan, 75 trade contracts worth more than $ 1 billion were signed. Also, the trade turnover with Russia grew by more than 250% (to about $5 billion) in 2017, and a total of 50 contracts were signed during the Uzbek president’s April visit to Moscow, totaling over $16 billion. More than 100 contracts have been signed with China for a total of more than $23 billion, and 30 new contracts have also been signed with Turkey, totaling $3.5 billion. Such activity indicates an unprecedented expansion of trade, which the Uzbek government intends to continue further.

Secondly, active work has begun to increase non-oil exports. In the first years of Uzbekistan’sindependence, the share of raw materials in the country’s exports exceeded 70%, but today it is no greater than a quarter of total supplies abroad. With a thirtyfold increase in total exports over the past 2.0 years, export of automobiles increased twelvefold, mineral fertilizers elevenfold, and yarn nearly 4.5-fold. Numerous tax, customs, and other benefits have been introduced to support export- oriented enterprises.

Finally, a new investment program has been adopted. Among other steps, the program outlines 199 priority projects, which have attracted $4.5 billion worth of foreign direct investments, corresponding to more than 20% growth of this indicator. In total, there are more than 5,000 foreign investor companies working in Uzbekistan.

FREE ECONOMIC ZONES

Free economic zones (FEZ) are a basic element of the economic infrastructure of Uzbekistan created to attract investment in modern production facilities. Today, the country boasts 14 FEZs that host a total of 62 projects with a total cost of about $500 million. Over $270 million is foreign direct investment. Another 137 projects worth about $1 billion, including $206 million of FDI, are in the implementation phase.

In the fall of last year, the government of Uzbekistan consolidated the tax and customs regimes for all participants of the FEZs, granting them a privileged status for three to 10 years, depending on the amount invested. In particular, they received exemption from payment of a number of taxes, including land tax and corporate income tax, mandatory contributions to state funds, customs duties on equipment, commodities, materials and components imported from abroad for the implementation of local projects, provided that they are not produced in Uzbekistan.

WHERE TO INVEST

Investors are offered a wide range of opportunities to invest in a large number of industries, the development of which should contribute to further diversification of the Uzbek economy, speeding up the pace and quality of its growth. Among them are:

Pharmaceutical Industry

A new program intended to further develop the pharmaceutical industry in Uzbekistan in 2016—2020 spells out the main tax incentives for manufacturers of medicinal products in the country. In addition, seven new pharmaceutical industrial zones have been established in Uzbekistan in accordance with President Mirziyoyev’s decree. Among them are Boysun Pharm in the Surkhandarya region; Bustonlik Pharm, Parkent Pharm and Kosonsoy Pharm in the Tashkent region; Zaamin Pharm in the Djizak region; Syrdarya Pharm in the the Syrdarya region; and Nukus Pharm in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. A number of large investment projects have already been implemented or planned, including the setting up or expansion of the production of medicines for children, disposable medical instruments and systems, etc.

Textile Industry

Uzbekistan s traditionally strong position in the production of cotton and other raw materials creates a strong base for the development of the textile, clothing, and knitting industry in the country. With the aim of creating capacities for the production of finished products based on cotton fiber and silk, including export-oriented production, three-year tax and customs privileges have been introduced for industry investors since 2017. In the next two years, Uzbekistan will implement several large investment projects, including the creation of textile hubs in the Jondor region in the vicinity of Bukhara, worth more than $65 million, as well as similar production facilities using Denov cotton (cotton yarn, sewed and knit wear) and in the Jizah region (more than $20 million each).

Tourism

In December 2016, President Mirziyoyev signed a decree on measures to ensure accelerated development of tourism, with unprecedented measures planned for Uzbekistan to develop the tourism industry in the country. In practice, we are talking about the transition to qualitatively i new government policies to regulate this j industry. Among the goals and priorities ] identified in the document are the removal of all ; barriers to the development of tourism, including visa, registration procedures, and measures j of passport and customs control; measures to ensure tourist safety; expansion of cooperation with international and national organizations in the tourism sector; and accelerated development of modern tourist infrastructure facilities in various regions of the country, first and foremost, hotel businesses, transport and logistics, com¬munication networks, etc.

Measures to support the industry include, among others, the extension of a preferential tax regime to tourism operators and investors. The largest investment projects to be implemented in the next two years include the construction and reconstruction of tourist attractions in Samarkand and Bukhara, as well as the construction of a new year-round sports and entertainment facility in Chimgan in the Tashkent region.

Chemical Industry

The program of chemical industry development until zozo plans for a deep modernization of the industry in order to expand the range of products and increase the degree of processing of raw materials. To this end, 23 projects with a total value of about $2.7 billion are expected to be implemented. In particular, it is planned to create 15 new production facilities for the production of PVC, tires, conveyor belts, agricultural machinery, soot, potassium sulfate, synthetic detergents, potassium hydroxide, and other products.

Food Industry

Thanks to the measures taken in the last 25 years, Uzbekistan has developed a sophisticated food industry, established production of almost all types of food, and created processing facilities. Today, the industry has almost 10,000 enterprises producing more than 3,000 kinds of food products.

The program for the development of the food industry until 2020 sees the implementation of 180 projects worth a total of about $600 million. It also provides for the establishment of 14 trade and logistics centers in the regions specializing in the storage, processing, and export of fruit and vegetable products.

Manufacture Of Construction Materials

The construction materials industry of Uzbekistan is represented by more than 4,000 enterprises that produce about 50 kinds of construction materials. It not only plays an important role in the country’s economy, but it also has significant export potential. Increasing the production of high-quality competitive products from local raw materials to meet the growing needs of the domestic market and exports is an urgent step for this industry’s development.

The largest investment projects for the next two years include the production of architectural and construction glass in the Bukhara region, which is a $ ioo-million project; bathroom fixtures in the Tashkent region; heat insulation materials and basalt reinforcement in the Navoi region; as well as porcelain ceramic products in the Fergana region ($20 million each).

An automotive hub'uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is Central Asia's only manufacturer of a comprehensive range of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The country's automotive industry, with its 85+ affiliated plants, has more than 200 partners abroad and employs over 24,000 people.

UZAVTOSANOAT - Established in 1993 by decree of the country’s first president, Islam Karimov, Uzavtosanoat is Uzbekistan’s national holding company that unites the republic’s leading automobile assembly companies and local component makers.

In 2017 Uzavtosanoat plants turned out more than 140,600 cars versus 93,000 in 2016.

The group’s largest car assembly plants are:

GM Uzbekistan - a joint venture of Uzavtosanoat (75%) and GM (25%) founded in 2008. The company produces over 250,000 Ravon- and Chevrolet-badged cars and mini trucks a year. Model range: Damas, Labo, Matiz, Spark, Nexia, Cobalt, Lacetti/Gentra, Captiva, Malibu, Orlando.

Plants:

Asaka Automobile Plant

(Ravon tyatiz, Ravon Gentra, Ravon Nexia, Ravon R2, Ravon R4)

Tashkent, Automobile Plant

(Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu 2, Chevrolet Captiva)

Ifhotezm Automobile Plant

(Chevrolet Damas, Chevrolet Labo, Chevrolet Orlando)

Total headcount: 11,000

The Samarkand-based SamAutо commercial vehicle maker produces buses and trucks under the SAZ and Isuzu brands. The company is a joint venture founded in 1999 by Uzavtosanoat (58%) and Asaka Bank (26%) (Uzbekistan), Itochu Corporation (8%), and Isuzu Motors (8%) (Japan).

Production capacity: 4,000 units a year. Headcount: 980

JV MAN Auto Uzbekistan is a joint venture of Uzavtosanoat (51%) and German MAN Truck&Bus founded in 2009. The company manufactures, sells domestically, exports, and offers aftersales support for MAN equipment - trucks and chassis with a gross weight of over 16 tons, truck tractors, dump trucks, trailers, truck cranes, and specialized vehicles. Production capacity: 4,000 units a year. Headcount: over 300.

(Source: BRICS №2(20).2018 magazine)

 

FINANCE

Uzbekistan: Goods and services in consumer market of Uzbekistan increases by 0.8% in May

In May 2018, goods and services in the consumer market of Uzbekistan increased by an average 0.8%. Prices for goods for the month increased by an average of 0.4%, services - by 2.1%, the Uzbek State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

In May 2018, the trend of outstripping growth in prices and tariffs for services in comparison with goods, which manifested itself in April 2018, remained.

Analysis of the effect of price changes on major groups over the past period showed that the increase in prices for goods ensured the increase in the composite consumer price index (CPI) by 0.3 percentage points (pp), services by 0.5 percentage points.

Foodstuffs increased by 0.2% on average over the month, which ensured a 0.1% increase in the CPI.

Of the main groups of food products, the leader in growth and decrease in prices belongs, respectively, to fruit (4.8% growth) and vegetables (a decrease of 13.6%)

Of the other food products, the most significant is the increase in prices for soft drinks - by 0.9% and eggs - by 0.4%.

The level of average prices for other types of food products has not changed significantly.

In May this year, relative stabilization of the growth rates of prices for non-food products has remained. Over the month, prices for them increased by 0.6%, which led to an increase in the CPI by 0.2 pp.

The increase in prices for products of JSC JV UzBAT A.O. led to an increase in prices for tobacco products sold to the population.

The change in the market in the fuel and lubricants market and the resulting increase in stock quotes led to an increase in the prices of propane and methane sold to the population through a network of gas stations (5.3% and 0.9%, respectively).

Of other types of non-food products, there was an increase in the prices of footwear and car parts - by 0.5%, clothes, kitchen utensils and appliances, communication equipment, printed products – by 0.4%, basic household goods and electrical appliances, carpets and carpets - by 0.2%. Along with this, on average 1.8% of TVs fell in price due to lower prices by domestic producers.

In May, services for the population on average became more expensive by 2.1%. This ensured the growth of the consolidated CPI by 0.5 pp.

Tariffs for housing and communal services for the population for the month increased by 2.3% on average.

It should be noted that the fee for cold water supply and the sewage system increased in May of this year in all regions, except Navoi region, where this increase occurred in March. The most significant increase in fees was in Tashkent - by 22.4% and Kashkadarya region - by 20.4%, the lowest in the Syrdarya and Namangan regions - by 7.0% and 7.4%,

The changed tariffs for heating and hot water supply for the population have also been put into effect since May on the basis of declarations of increase of contractual tariffs of the territorial heat supply organizations "Issiklik manbai". The most significant was the growth of tariffs for heating and hot water supply in Jizzakh region (by 34.6% and 34.5%, respectively) and in Khorezm region (both tariffs increased by 22.7%). Minimal increase was in Samarkand region (both tariffs grew by 4.3%). In Navoi region, tariffs have risen since March 2018.

The contributions of members of private homeowners’ associations for the maintenance of common property increased in six regions, with the most significant growth being in Surkhandarya region - an average of 1.7 times, and least of all in Syrdarya region (on average 1.8%)

Passenger transport services for the month became more expensive by 2.3%.

Based on the decisions of the khokims of Andijan, Namangan, Samarkand regions and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the fare paid for in city buses was increased in these regions. In Andijan and Namangan regions, the growth was 66.7%, Samarkand - 33.3%, the Republic of Karakalpakstan - 28.6%.

The reason for the decrease in the cost of travel in long-distance trains (for the month by 9.3%) was the depreciation of the Swiss franc relative to the national currency and a decrease in the indexation coefficient to the base tariff in several directions.

Airplane tickets on average became cheaper by 3.0%, which is due to the depreciation of the euro against the national currency.

Household services for the month became more expensive by 1.0%.

Of the other services of this group, prices and tariffs for bath and shower services increased by 2.9%, paid parking lots by 1.8%, repair of electrical equipment and housing by 1.0%.

Hotel services have become more expensive due to the increase in some regions of the cost of living in rooms. In such traditional centers of tourism of the republic, as Samarkand and Khorezm regions, this growth was noticeable (by 18.8% and 17.2%, respectively), while in Andijan region the increase was only 2.0%.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Meeting in Doha

On June 3, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Minister of Foreign Affairs AbdulazizKamilov, who was on a working visit to Qatar, met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammеd bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

The state and prospects of bilateral relations in political, trade-economic, investment, tourism, cultural and humanitarian spheres, interaction of the parties within the framework of international structures were discussed.

The foreign ministers confirmed mutual interest in developing Uzbekistan – Qatar cooperation, giving it a multifaceted nature. In this context, the sides noted the importance of activating contacts at various levels and formats, including regular inter-MFA political consultations, which will help to identify the most promising areas and focus on them.

During the exchange of views on international and regional issues, the sides paid special attention to issues of cooperation in implementing important initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on establishment of Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand, the Center for Islamic Civilization and the Islamic Academy in Tashkent.

The ministers also discussed the implementation of Tashkent Declaration adopted on March 27, 2018 at the international conference on peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, which was attended by the delegation of Qatar.

Other current issues were also considered at the meeting.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

EDUCATION

New University to Train Journalists

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on May 24 on the formation of the University of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The document notes that today there are more than 1,500 mass media in the country, but in this sphere there is still no basic educational institution.

And for in-depth study of the features of journalism in the era of globalization, its historical progress, the current state and prospects, it was decided to establish a University of Journalism and Mass Communications in the system of higher and secondary special education of Uzbekistan.

Applicants will be accepted on the basis of test and creative examination (interview).

Starting from the new academic year, the Faculty of Journalism of the National University of Uzbekistan and the Faculty of International Journalism of the Uzbek State University of World Languages, as well as masters, in particular, to the Higher School of Journalism at the National University of Uzbekistan cease to admit students. In addition, those studying at these faculties will finish their studies in their existing universities.

And from 2019/2020 academic year, the quota for admission to the undergraduate and graduate programs for the new university will be determined in accordance with the annual order of distribution of quotas.

It is established that in the new institution the minimum norm of the ratio “teacher-student” is 1:6. And a 30 percent addendum will be added to the basic salary rates of the faculty.

By June 15 this year, the university should form departments, faculties and divisions. In accordance with the established procedure, the university should be provided with qualified professors and teachers, and foreign scientists and educators should be invited to teach and share expertise.

Sources of funding for the university are those from the national budget of Uzbekistan, funds from training on a contract tuition fee basis, sponsorship, scholarships of international financial organizations, among others.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

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