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La società italiana Danieli inizia la costruzione di un complesso di fonderia e laminazione dal valore di 452 milioni di dollari nello "Stabilimento metallurgico Uzbeko"

posted 19 Sep 2018, 11:04 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Il Presidente dell'Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev ha posato la prima pietra simbolica, consentendo in tal modo l'inizio della costruzione del complesso di fonderia e laminazione nello "Stabilimento metallurgico Uzbeko" come riporta il servizio stampa del Presidente.

Al progetto dal valore di 452 milioni di dollari US saranno destinati i fondi propri dello Stabilimento, i 91 milioni dollari US, così come i prestiti del Russo "Gazprombank" e del Credit Suisse svizzero di 361 milioni di dollari US.

Il complesso sarà interamente commissionato nel 2020, che permetterà di produrre un ulteriore 1 milione di tonnellate di fogli di acciaio all'anno e creerà oltre 400 nuovi posti di lavoro. Come risultato, nel 2021, è previsto l'aumento della produzione di prodotti finiti nello stabilimento fino a 2,1 milioni di tonnellate all'anno.

Grazie alla riduzione delle importazioni del laminato in un anno, sarà possibile risparmiare 350 milioni dollari US.

In conformità con il programma di sviluppo dello stabilimento, basandosi sulle tecnologie innovative negli anni 2018-2020, nei prossimi tre anni la produzione del metallo crescerà di 2,3 volte, delle sfere d'acciaio - di 1,5 volte, delle esportazioni - di 1,9 volte.

La società italiana Danieli si occuperà della costruzione del complesso di fonderia e laminazione.

 

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Итальянская компания Danieli начинает строительство литейно-прокатного комплекса на «Узбекском металлургическом комбинате» стоимостью $452 млн.

posted 19 Sep 2018, 11:03 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Президент Узбекистана Шавкат Мирзиёев заложил символический первый камень, тем самым дав старт строительству литейно-прокатного комплекса на «Узбекском металлургическом комбинате». Об этом сообщает пресс-служба президента.

На проект стоимостью $452 млн будут направлены собственные средства комбината в размере $91 млн, а также кредиты российского «Газпромбанка» и швейцарского Credit Suisse на $361 млн.

Комплекс полностью введут в строй в 2020 году, что позволит производить дополнительно 1 млн тонн стальных листов в год и создать более 400 новых рабочих мест. В результате 2021 года объем производства готовой продукции на комбинате намечено довести до 2,1 млн тонн ежегодно.

За счет сокращения импорта прокатного листа за год можно будет сэкономить $350 млн.

В соответствии с программой по развитию комбината на основе инновационных технологий в 2018-2020 годы в ближайшие три года выпуск металлопроката вырастет в 2,3 раза, стальных шаров - в 1,5 раза, экспорт - в 1,9 раза.

Строительством литейно-прокатного комплекса займется итальянская компания Danieli.

Cooperazione economica tra l’Uzbekistan e la Francia

posted 19 Sep 2018, 11:01 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Il Ministero degli Affari Esteri della Repubblica francese ha ospitato il 7° incontro della Commissione intergovernativa Uzbekistan – Francia, riferisce l’agenzia “Dunyo”.

All’incontro hanno partecipato più di cinquanta rappresentanti di circoli ufficiali, aziendali e di esperti di due paesi. La delegazione dell’Uzbekistan era guidata dal vice primo ministro Sukhrob Kholmuradov, mentre la parte francese era rappresentata dal ministro degli affari esteri Jean-Ives Le Drian .

Il ministro degli esteri francese ha osservato l’apertura di una nuova pagina nelle relazioni diplomatiche tra i due paesi, esprimendo il pieno sostegno alla politica regionale di Tashkent volta a garantire la pace e la stabilità in Asia Centrale, compresi gli sforzi per stabilizzare la situazione in Afghanistan.

Il segretario di stato per gli affari esteri francese Jean Baptiste Lemoine ha espresso la disponibilità della Francia di sostenere l’Uzbekistan nell’attuazione di progetti congiunti in vari settori industriali, d’aviazione, del petrolio, del gas, minerario, tessile e agricolo.

Il vice primo ministro Sukhrob Kholmuradov e il primo vicepresidente del Senato dell’Oliy Majlis Sadiq Safaev hanno illustrato l’attuale situazione sociale ed economica in Uzbekistan e le condizioni per gli investitori stranieri.

Durante la riunione i partecipanti hanno fatto le presentazioni, in particolare i rappresentanti delle società Airbus, Thales, Veolia , Sagemcom, BPIFrance, del Centro nazionale di studi spaziali della Francia, dell’Agenzia francese per lo sviluppo e del ministero delle finanze. Dalla parte uzbeka sono state fatte le presentazioni dai rappresentanti delle varie società, della Banca Nazionale, del Comitato statale per lo sviluppo del turismo, del Comitato statale per gli investimenti.


Fonte: “Gazeta.uz”

Узбекистан и Франция обсудили экономическое сотрудничество

posted 19 Sep 2018, 11:00 by Webmaster Ambasciata

В Министерстве иностранных дел Франции состоялось седьмое заседание узбекско-французской Межправительственной комиссии по торгово-экономическому сотрудничеству, сообщило ИА «Дунё».

В заседании приняли участие более 50 представителей официальных, деловых и экспертных кругов двух стран. Делегацию Узбекистана возглавил заместитель премьер-министра Сухроб Холмурадов, французскую сторону представлял министр иностранных дел Жан-Ив Ле Дриан.

Глава МИД Франции отметил, что в дипломатических отношениях двух стран сегодня открывается новая страница. Он выразил полную поддержку региональной политики Ташкента по обеспечению мира и стабильности в Центральной Азии, в том числе усилий по стабилизации ситуации в Афганистане.

Госсекретарь МИД Франции Жан Батист Лемуан выразил готовность своей страны оказать содействие Узбекистану в реализации совместных проектов в таких направлениях, как авиационная и другие виды промышленности, нефтегазовый и добывающий сектор, текстильная и сельскохозяйственная отрасли.

Сухроб Холмурадов и первый заместитель председателя Сената Олий Мажлиса Садык Сафаев ознакомили присутствующих с текущим социально-экономическим положением в Узбекистане и условиями для иностранных инвесторов.

В ходе мероприятия с докладами выступили представители Airbus, Thales, Veolia, Sagemcom, BPIFrance, Национального центра космических исследований Франции, Французского агентства развития, Министерства финансов. С узбекской стороны презентации представили Национальный банк, Госкомтуризма, Госкомитет по инвестициям и ряд компаний.

(Источник: «Газета.uz»)

Президент Узбекистана подписал постановление о создании Международного университета туризма «Шелковый путь» в Самарканде

posted 19 Sep 2018, 10:59 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Ташкент, Узбекистан (UzDaily.uz) -- В Самарканде создается Международный университет туризма «Шелковый путь». Президент Узбекистана Шавкат Мирзиёев 28 июня подписал постановление о создании Международного университета туризма «Шелковый путь» в Самарканде.

Университет будет готовить профессиональные кадры и проводить научно-исследовательские и творческие работы в сфере международного туризма.

ВУЗ войдет в структуру Государственного комитета по развитию туризма. Председатель комитета будет одновременно главным менеджером нового учебного заведения.

Ректор университета первоначально будет избран попечительским советом, а после формирования профессорско-преподавательским составом — путем его закрытого голосования.

Обучение в университете будет вестись на узбекском, русском и английском языках. В бакалавриате будут преподаваться два иностранных языка: первый — английский (французский, немецкий), второй — один из официальных языков Шанхайской организации сотрудничества (русский, китайский).

Квота приема в бакалавриат на 2018/2019 учебный год составляет 125 человек, в том числе 42 по государственным грантам, с возможностью дополнительного приема по повышенным контрактным ставкам. ВУЗ может принимать абитуриентов для обучения на заочном и вечернем отделениях.

Иностранные граждане принимаются в бакалавриат университета на платно-контрактной основе вне устанавливаемых квот путем собеседования, без тестовых испытаний.

С 2019/2020 учебного года абитуриентам, имеющим сертификаты ведущих, признанных международных экзаменационных систем (TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR, SAT General, SAT Subject и другие), предоставляется в установленном порядке максимальный балл по соответствующим предметам с последующим освобождением от тестовых испытаний по данным предметам.

Начиная с 2019/2020 учебного года в Университете будет применяться кредитная система обучения по подготовке кадров в сфере международного туризма.

L’Uzbekistan introduce nuove aliquote dei dazi doganali all’importazione e di accisa dal 1° gennaio 2019

posted 19 Sep 2018, 10:58 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Spot.uz

 

Secondo gli allegati ai decreti “Sulle misure per regolare ulteriormente l’attività economica estera della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan” e “Sulle misure per migliorare il sistema di regolamentazione del regime tariffario doganale della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan”, dal 1 gennaio 2019 entreranno in vigore nuove aliquote di dazi all'importazione e delle accise.

  Sono state ridotte le aliquote dei dazi all’importazione per 3410 categorie di merci e accise per 780 categorie:

-  Frutta e noci - 74 categorie;

-  Prodotti pronti a base di carne e pesce (salame, cibo in scatola e altri) - 104 categorie;

-  Prodotti ortofrutticoli trasformati – 196 categorie;

-  Plastiche e articoli di plastica (come materia prima) – 110 categorie;

-  Abbigliamento e accessori – 157 categorie;

-  Elettrodomestici e attrezzature – 297 categorie;

-  E altri.

Sono stati cancellati dazi all’importazione per 200 categorie di merci e le aliquote dei dazi doganali per il 72 % dal totale di 11300 categorie di merci importate sono state “azzerate”.

Saranno introdotte le aliquote di accisa ridotte per 790 categorie di merci:

-  Prodotti lattieri caseari (yogurt, burro) – 78 categorie;

-  Prodotti ortofrutticoli trasformati (alimentazione infanzia ) – 97 categorie;

-  Prodotti pronti a base di carne e pesce (salame, cibo in scatola e altri) - 38 categorie;

-  Vetro e articoli di vetro – 60 categorie;

-  Elettrodomestici e attrezzature – 38 categorie;

-  Mobili e arredi – 51 categorie;

-  E altri.

Inoltre, l’importazione delle automobili (con età inferiore di due anni e il costo pari o superiore a 40000 dollari statunitensi) e veicoli elettrici beneficerà di un dazio ad aliquota zero.

L’elenco completo è disponibile nel database della legislazione nazionale dell’Uzbekistan (in lingua uzbeka e russa): http://lex.uz/pdfs/3802366.

Новые ставки импортных пошлин и акцизного налога вступают в силу в Узбекистане с 1 января 2019 года

posted 19 Sep 2018, 10:58 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Spot.uz 

Это предусмотрено приложениями к постановлению президента «О мерах по дальнейшему упорядочению внешнеэкономической деятельности и совершенствованию системы таможенно-тарифного регулирования Республики Узбекистан».

Главное отличие от действующих ставок — снижение пошлин по 3 410 и акциза по 780 товарным позициям. Из них:

- съедобные фрукты и орехи (74 позиций)

- готовые продукты из мяса, рыбы (104 позиций) — колбаса, консервы и так далее.

- продукты переработки овощей и фруктов (196 позиций)

- пластмассы и изделия из них (110 позиций) — как сырье

- предметы одежды и принадлежности к одежде (157 позиций)

- электрические машины и оборудование (297 позиций).

- и многое другое.

В их числе — отмена пошлин на ввоз более 200 наименований товара. На 72% из 11 300 импортируемых товаров установлена нулевая ставка таможенной пошлины.

Снижаются ставки акцизного налога по 790 товарным позициям. Из них:

- молочная продукция (78 позиций) — йогурт, кефир, сливочное масло

- продукты переработки овощей и фруктов (97 позиций) — детское питание

- готовые продукты из мяса и рыбы (38 позиций) — колбаса, консервы

- стекло и изделия из него (60 позиций)

- электрические и механические машины и оборудование (38 позиций)

- мебель и принадлежности (51 позиция)

- и многое другое.



Среди прочих, установлена нулевая ставка на ввоз новых дорогих автомобилей (чей возраст не превышает два года, а стоимость равна или превышает 40 тыс. долларов) и электромобилей.

С полным списком можно ознакомиться в базе данных национального законодательства Узбекистана на узбекском и русском языках (http://lex.uz/pdfs/3802366).

DAILY NEWS HERALD # 137 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 16, 2018

posted 16 Jul 2018, 11:11 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

President of Uzbekistan receives World Bank Vice President 1

the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan.. 1

“You Are Dear to Me, the Adorable Uzbekistan!”. 1

ENERGETICS. 2

Regions to Receive More Energy. 2

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

Uzbekistan delegation to attend a meeting in Issyk-Kul 3

International relationships. 3

NATO Vows Support for Outcomes of Tashkent Afghanistan Conference. 3

Uzbekistan – Switzerland: the beginning of active phase of economic cooperation. 4

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 5

Deputies discussed draft laws that have an important role in socio-economic life of the country. 5

Lawmakers Address Employment Issues. 6

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 7

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz) 7

  

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President of Uzbekistan receives World Bank Vice President

On July 13, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the World Bank delegation led by the Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller.

Warmly welcoming the guests, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the dynamically developing partnership of Uzbekistan with the World Bank Group.

It was emphasized that this year’s fruitful meetings with the leadership of this authoritative international financial institution, including with the President of the bank Jim Yong Kim in May in Washington and the Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva in January in Tashkent, contributed to intensify contacts and identify new directions of interaction, as well as practical implementation of promising projects and programs for supporting socio-economic reforms in Uzbekistan.

Today, the portfolio of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank includes 39 implemented projects and those that are being implemented with attraction of concessional financing for the amount of 4.4 billion dollars.

They cover such priority areas as modernization of energy, transport and communal infrastructure, introduction of advanced and energy efficient technologies, intensive development of agro-industrial complex, effective water resources management, improvement of the education and healthcare system and many others.

Currently, more than 20 new projects under the Partnership Program for the period up to 2020 are also being considered.

In addition, leading experts of the bank took an active part in development of the Concept of reforming the tax system of Uzbekistan. Activities are being carried out on forming a joint Economic Council.

At the meeting, issues of further expansion of multifaceted cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank were discussed. Particular attention was paid to ensuring qualitative and timely implementation of investment projects, including on the basis of preparation of the Roadmap and improvement of professional skills of national staff.

The importance of further cooperation in the field of agriculture, civil aviation and renewable energy in the country was emphasized, as well as on promotion of meaningful joint projects in the Central Asian region.

Cyril Muller expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the state for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

The readiness of the bank to deepen the mutually beneficial partnership with Uzbekistan has been reaffirmed for supporting the ongoing large-scale reforms and transformations, as well as ensuring sustainable development of the country and the entire region.

(Source: UzA)

the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan

“You Are Dear to Me, the Adorable Uzbekistan!”

Preparations for the celebration of the 27th anniversary of national independence have been launched in Uzbekistan.

In the resolution of the head of state on this occasion it reads that today, when the nation has entered a new stage of development, the role and significance of our priceless asset – independence is growing even more. In all spheres and industries, large-scale reforms are in full swing, the standards and quality of life of the population have been on the rise.

State sovereignty and independence opened up truly unprecedented opportunities for our country and people. Only thanks to independence were we able to create a solid foundation for a free and prosperous life, our great future.

From this point of view, historical dates and events related to the attainment of the independence of the Motherland are attributed a special place in our socio-political and spiritual life.

With a view to the need to mark and widely celebrate the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan, the Republican Commission for the preparation and holding of the holiday was established.

This commission in a week’s time is entrusted to develop a program of organizational, practical, spiritual and enlightening and awareness-raising activities under the motto “You are dear to me, the adorable Uzbekistan!”

When elaborating the program, it is necessary to proceed from the main provisions of the Strategy for Actions and the State Program “Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies”.

At the same time, the resolution emphasizes the need for deep disclosure of the essence and substance of the large-scale work being carried out in Uzbekistan to improve the system of state and public construction, the implementation of constant dialogue with the people, the protection of human interests, the rule of law and further reform of the judicial and legal system, development of economy and support for active entrepreneurship, social sphere, strengthening of peace, tranquility and security in the country, environment of inter-ethnic harmony and religious tolerance, expand friendly and mutually beneficial relations with the countries of near and far abroad.

For the organization of enlightenment meetings, open conversations, literary and art evenings, and other cultural events dedicated to the Independence Day in all regions of the country, spiritual and enlightenment groups will be formed from among well-known scientists, representatives of the creative intelligentsia, cultural figures.

It will ensure the high-level holding of traditional contests “The Greatest, the Dearest”, “The reflection of the Motherland through the eyes of the artist”, “To live for the Homeland!”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

ENERGETICS

Regions to Receive More Energy

Works have kick started on the modernization of three hydroelectric power plants in Uzbekistan owing to loans from the Chinese Eximbank.

The plans include the modernization of the Shahrikhan HPP Cascade, the Cascade of Tashkent HPPs (HPP-4) and the Cascade of Lower Bozsu HPPs. The total cost of works will exceed $ 74 million, of which $ 63 million is to be allocated by the Chinese side.

Modernization of facilities “on a turn-key basis” will be carried out by Chinese company Power China. An agreement on this was reached during the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao. The commissioning of all three facilities is scheduled for 2020.

According to experts, Uzbekistan needs a large-scale modernization of hydroelectric power stations. Of the 36 operating hydropower plants, 25 were built between 1940 and 1980, many of them have long outdated their resources. As a result of the implementation of the mentioned projects, the capacity of the three HPPs will grow at least twice, while the generation of electricity will more than triple.

It should be noted that within the framework of the special program in Uzbekistan, in the medium term, construction of 42 new and modernization of 32 operating HPPs is planned. This year, 10 projects are under implementation, the cost of the first stage is at estimated at $ 364.6 million. One of the most important is the construction of the Tuyaguguz HPP.

The new hydropower station is built on the Tuyaguguz reservoir, more popular among the people as “Tashmore”. Previously, here the water for vegetation merged into the Ahangaran River, and after the introduction of the hydroelectric power station it will be used to generate electricity. It will pass through a dam and two special underground tunnels, where modern Chinese units Dongfang for energy production will be installed.

To date, specialists have fulfilled more than 73% of the planned works on the project. The station’s capacity will be 12 megawatts, the height of the reservoir is 30 meters, the volume is 250 million cubic meters. The construction of the HPP will pay off within 4 years, since the units will generate electricity 11 months a year without interruption.

The total cost of construction exceeds $ 16 million, of which $ 8.2 million are foreign investments and loans, and $ 8.09 million are funds of Uzbekhydroenergo.

According to specialists, the hydropower resources of Uzbekistan allow for generating up to 27.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. At the same time, only 6.5 billion or 23.7% of the entire hydropower potential of the country has been developed.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan delegation to attend a meeting in Issyk-Kul

Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will attend the meeting of the heads of foreign affairs ministries of the Central Asian states, which will be held on July 20-22, 2018, in Issyk-Kul.

The heads of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the progress of implementation of the agreements reached during the first consultation meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia on March 15, 2018, in Astana, as well as exchange views on current issues of the regional and international agenda.

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

International relationships

NATO Vows Support for Outcomes of Tashkent Afghanistan Conference

The latest summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took place on July 11-12 in Brussels with participation of the heads of state and government of the 29 member nations.

Along with the discussion of the current agenda in the Alliance’s activities, special attention was paid to the prospects of peaceful settlement in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The session participants adopted a Joint Statement on the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, where they underscored with particular appreciation the results of the February 28 Kabul Process conference for peace and security cooperation in Afghanistan, and the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, held this past March 26-27 on the initiative of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The statement of NATO member states came as another recognition by the world community of the importance of the policy and international initiatives of Uzbekistan’s leader to promote a political settlement to the situation in Afghanistan and the latter’s involvement in regional economic processes. The resolution of the UN General Assembly on Central Asia, adopted on 22 June 2018, also highlights the importance of the Tashkent Conference towards resolution of the Afghan conflict.

As the reader may know, representatives of the majority of NATO member countries, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary General of the Alliance, attended the Tashkent Conference along with many other guests. The forum proved a turning point, contributing to the consolidation of the international community’s efforts to support the process of Afghan-owned, Afghan-led national reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Extensive support for the initiatives of the Uzbek administration owes to the fact that the Tashkent Declaration, unanimously adopted by the participants of the Conference, has become an indicator of a solid international consensus and a political benchmark for joint actions at the regional and global levels to advance the peace process in Afghanistan.

The political atmosphere formed during the Conference in the capital of Uzbekistan attained the title “Tashkent Spirit” and stimulated the intensification of constructive dialogue among all parties involved in the processes in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan welcomes the efforts and initiatives of other nations and organizations designed to support national reconciliation in Afghanistan, and will continue its policy of backing the peace process, securing stability in that country and its socioeconomic revival.

In his speech at the Tashkent forum on Afghanistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed the need for leading powers and donor organizations to provide fundamental political support for the peace process in Afghanistan and financial assistance for the socio-economic reconstruction of the country.

The statement by NATO leaders on the need to reach a political solution to the Afghan conflict on the basis of national consensus and the corresponding decisions taken in Brussels on July 12 are fully in tune with the appeal of Uzbekistan’s President to the broad international community.

(Source: Dunyo Information Agency)

 

Uzbekistan – Switzerland: the beginning of active phase of economic cooperation

On July 13, at Uzbekistan – Switzerland business forum, members of the delegation of Switzerland led by the Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, met with representatives of ministries, committees, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, banking and financial institutions, local khokimiyats, and business circles.

There are 84 joint ventures created with participation of Swiss investors in Uzbekistan, 29 of which are fully formed at the expense of foreign investments. The average volume of trade turnover between the two countries is $200 million. Currently, with participation of this country’s investments, 7 joint projects are being implemented in the spheres of economy, finance, education, banking system, entrepreneurship, advanced training of specialists, water supply.

The business forum was attended by the World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller. He noted that further liberalization of Uzbekistan’s economic policy was carried out over the past 18 months, in particular, changes in the banking and financial systems, taxation, and establishment of free conversion have increased the country’s economic image.

Within the framework of sectional sessions of the forum, representatives of more than 20 large companies of Switzerland were proposed to implement new investment projects in Uzbekistan.

At the forum, attention was paid to the issue of preparing Uzbekistan to join the World Trade Organization. The parties agreed to closely cooperate in the systemic activities of this direction. They also discussed issues of establishment of effective cooperation and bilateral cooperation between the regional bodies of the parties, the exchange of experience with the leading companies of Switzerland, attraction of technical assistance for improving the skills of healthcare professionals, the textile and construction industries.

Following the event, a number of memorandums on mutual cooperation in the spheres of trade, healthcare, light industry, banking and financial system were signed.

(Source: UzA)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies discussed draft laws that have an important role in socio-economic life of the country

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, held on July 14, deputies considered draft laws aimed at deepening reforms implemented in various spheres of socio-economic life of the country.

First, meetings of factions of political parties and a group of deputies of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in the Legislative Chamber were held, during which issues on the agenda of the lower house were previously considered. As a result of discussions of the draft laws, proposals and recommendations on their improvement were developed.

The deputies began their work by considering the draft law “On the state customs service” in new edition, in the first reading. It was noted that in order to further liberalize the customs legislation, increase the country’s investment attractiveness in recent years, as in all spheres and sectors of the country’s economy, the customs service is undergoing important structural changes in simplifying the customs clearance of foreign economic activity.

This draft law defines the norms of strict compliance by the customs authorities with their official duties – compliance with the law, openness and transparency while ensuring the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of individuals and legal entities. Development and practical implementation of priority areas of increasing the responsibility of customs officials for illegal interference in business activities, violation of the rights of private owners, ensuring transparency and openness of procedures related to implementation of foreign economic activity and development of customs are established on the legal basis.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to improvement of the legal framework of activities of customs bodies, introduction of additional legal mechanisms on effectively ensuring guarantees for reliable protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as participants of foreign economic activity.

Then, in the first reading, the draft law “On renewable energy sources”, developed and submitted for discussion by a group of deputies from among the members of the Committee of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis on the Issues of Ecology and Environmental Protection was considered.

As it was noted, at present fossil fuels – coal, oil, natural gas and uranium are the basis of the world energy balance. However, their reserves decline year by year as they are extracted and used. In connection with accelerated rates of economic development, population growth and the traditional way of energy supply, the consumption of energy resources also increases. In developed foreign countries, the shortage of hydrocarbon raw materials and the change in prices for it have led to a trend of rapid growth in the use of renewable energy sources (RES).

Recently, a number of measures have been implemented in the country on implementation of practical work in this direction. Deputies emphasized that in Uzbekistan, where the economy and industry are developing at an accelerated pace, the very time demands the adoption of a law that will serve as a legal basis for the development of this sphere.

The purpose of development of the draft law is systemic consolidation of priority areas and a set of measures of the state policy in the use of renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency in economic sectors, social sphere, diversifying of fuel and energy balance, strengthening energy security of the country, reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of implementation of tasks on sustainable development of the country.

The draft law provides for legal regulation of measures of state support and stimulation of the use of renewable energy sources, definition of the legal basis for public administration in the field of using renewable energy sources.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to implementation of priority areas of energy efficiency improvement in the economic and social spheres outlined in the Action Strategy, further development of renewable energy in 2017-2021.

The Social Democratic Party “Adolat” in its pre-election program identified the development of innovative technologies, in particular renewable energy, among the main goals. Therefore, members of the faction of this party criticized the issue, showed perseverance and pointed to the need for a serious revision of the project. Unlike the proposals forwarded by factions of other parties, they emphasized the need to finalize a number of norms and provisions of the document with participation of a wide range of specialists, while preserving the conceptual goals of the project and introducing it for the second reading.

In terms of work on this draft law, members of the faction of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan paid attention to the need for conducting scientifically sound research on tasks and problems that can arise with the adoption of the law. According to members of the faction, in the early years there will be a need to import from abroad technologies and equipment for construction of renewable energy sources.

With a decrease in the volume of natural resources, mankind uses various types of energy, including solar energy. Innovations in this direction require study on a deep scientific basis, while it should be provided not to exceed the cost of the final product – for the energy that people must pay. In this regard, the need for providing by initiators of the project of substantiated explanations on this issue before its discussion in subsequent readings was noted.

After active, lively disputes and discussions of factions of political parties, both draft laws were adopted in the first reading, responsible committees were tasked to prepare the draft law for the second reading, taking into account the opinions and proposals outlined in the discussions.

Other issues included in the mandate of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis were also considered at the meeting.

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

Lawmakers Address Employment Issues

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis recently hosted the Government Hour (Question Time) to examine the work underway in the country’s regions in preventing bureaucracy present in the localities in matters of employment of the population, the implementation of measures conducive to providing citizens with work.

The Minister of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan was invited to the Government Hour with information on this issue and for a detailed answer to questions of interest to the people’s representatives.

As the minister stressed in his information, in January-May of this year, around 213 thousand jobs were created in the republic. Such indicators were achieved owing to the use of new production capacities in the economic sectors and the expansion of their activities, the launch of roadmaps for the development of previously privatized enterprises in which activities are currently being delayed, as well as the construction of affordable housing in rural areas, high-rise buildings and roads –engineering infrastructure, development of social infrastructure, intensification of small business and private entrepreneurship.

At the same time, the minister noted that one should not be content with the achieved indicators, since there are still many untapped opportunities in this area. Some branch bodies afford themselves inertness and slowness. Not at the proper level are measures to create new jobs by some local hokimiyats, the available opportunities are not fully utilized. In particular, the forecast indicators, planned for the 1st quarter of this year on the organization of permanent jobs, have not been fulfilled in Yangiabad, Zaamin, Arnasai, Shavat, Besharik, Zangiata, Uchkuprik, Altiarik and Khatirchi districts.

In the submitted information it was specially noted that during the past period of 2018 systematic work was carried out to ensure external labor migration of citizens. In particular, attention was paid to improving the legislation in this area, drafting laws on labor migration and on recruiting activities. It was stressed that the work undertaken by the Ministry in ensuring employment and raising stable real incomes of the population is critically analyzed, a number of issues are identified in this direction, and attention is paid to their solution. In particular, measures are being taken to create a single information and analytical system for the labor market, improve the system of vocational training for the unemployed, and revise the issues of external migration.

In the course of the discussions, an exchange of views took place on the issues of improving legislation to ensure guaranteed labor rights and labor protection for citizens and workers, to prevent the use of any form of forced labor, and to identify and eliminate negative facts. In the course of the event, the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations answered in detail the questions of the lawmakers regarding employment of the population, providing citizens with work and increasing labor market demand in labor force. It was decided to conduct effective parliamentary control over the work in this sphere.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz)

Since July 15, 2018, a system for issuing electronic entry visas for stay in Uzbekistan for tourism purposes to be introduced by the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No.3836 of July 4, 2018 “On further measures for optimizing the order of entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

This system, in accordance with the Regulation on the Electronic Entry Visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan, provides for cancellation of the procedure for compulsory application of foreign citizens to diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad for registration of an entry tourist visa.

An electronic visa is issued to a foreign citizen for a single stay on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan for a period of 30 days.

Electronic visa is valid for 90 days from the date of its issue.

The time for consideration of applications for registration and issuance of an electronic visa is two working days, excluding the day the application was filed.

The issued electronic visa is sent to the e-mail address of a foreign citizen indicated when applying to the official web portal of the “e-visa.gov.uz” system.

The application for processing an electronic visa must be submitted not less than three working days before the planned date of the trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The amount of the consular fee for considering the application for issuing an electronic entry visa is USD 20.

Payment is carried out electronically through international payment systems.

In case of refusal to issue an electronic visa, the amount of the consular fee is not refundable.

An electronic visa is not stuck in a travel document (passport). When crossing the border crossing point, a foreign citizen provides an electronic visa in paper or electronic form.

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

  

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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 136 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 13, 2018

posted 16 Jul 2018, 11:10 by Webmaster Ambasciata

FINANCE.. 1

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018. 1

International relationships. 1

Strong cooperation is the basis of stability. 1

Uzbek-Bulgarian trade house opens in Sofia. 1

Society.. 2

Marvel of Uzbek TV.. 2

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 4

The State Committee for Tourism Development has come up with a draft strategy for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan through to 2030. The document is published for wider discussion to last till July 20  4

 

FINANCE

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018

In June 2018, the gross gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan decreased by US$463.1 million, which is mainly due to a decrease in the price of gold for the reporting period. This was reported by the press service of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan.

According to the Central Bank, the price of gold fell from US$1303.50 to US$1,250.55 per troy ounce. The estimated impact on the decline in gold and foreign exchange reserves was US$573.5 million.

The increase in the volume of gross gold and currency reserves, excluding gold price decrease for June, was US$110.4 million.

Gross gold and currency reserves of Uzbekistan as of 1 July 2018 made up about US$27.66 billion.

Assets in foreign currency as of 1 July 2018 made up US$13.818 billion against US$14 billion as of 1 June 2018.

The volume of monetary gold decreased from US$14.12 billion as of 1 June to US$13.842 billion as of 1 July 2018.

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018, compared to US$27.02 billion as of 1 June 2018.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Strong cooperation is the basis of stability

The Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized a round table in connection with the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region”, in Tashkent.

It was attended by senators, deputies, representatives of relevant ministries, diplomatic missions of foreign countries, and experts.

It was noted that this resolution will create the basis for strengthening cooperation, constructive and good-neighborly relations between the Central Asian states, radical change in political situation in the region.

It should be noted that this initiative was forwarded by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

According to experts, the draft of this historical document was developed by Uzbekistan jointly with Central Asian countries. When developing it, the interests of each state were taken into account. At the same time, 55 countries became the co-authors of the resolution.

The resolution covers all initiatives of the Central Asian countries aimed at ensuring sustainable development and security in the region. The document outlines the common positions of the five Central Asian states on the main problems of the region, attention is paid to such global issues as ecology, rational use of water resources, transport communications, the fight against terrorism and religious extremism. The resolution also includes the issue of settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbek-Bulgarian trade house opens in Sofia

The Uzbek-Bulgarian trading house opened its doors on July 12 in Sofia.

The founders of the trading house are the foreign trade company JSC "Uztrade "from the Uzbek side and the company" MBI Engineering Ltd " from the Bulgarian side.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Nodir Otajonov, other officials-members of the delegation, as well as representatives of the Bulgarian business community made addresses at the opening ceremony.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Society

Marvel of Uzbek TV

It is difficult to find a person in Uzbekistan who would not know of Galina Melnikova. For several generations of our citizens, this sympathetic television presenter, who appeared daily on a blue screen, became the closest and most loved person from whose mouth they learned about the events in the nation and beyond. On the screen she has radiated infinite charm, attracted millions of people who, including the TV, wanted to meet with her. She was loved, she was adored! To her wrote thousands and thousands of letters from all parts of the country. She became a living legend, a goddess who daily descended from heaven, easily entered every house, every family, to communicate with each particular person to tell them about the most important things.

What are the origins of this popular recognition and love? What is the secret of her professional skills? And the mystery of her unfading youth and beauty? To get answers to these questions, our correspondent met with the celebrated TV anchor.

- Galina Vitalyevna, do you remember when you first appeared on the television screen?

- Sure I do. It happened back in December 1956, when the telecasting started in Uzbekistan.

- And how did you end up on TV?

- It was probably a lucky chance. I was a sophomore at the Tashkent Medical Institute. Somehow after passing the exam I went with a friend along the institute trail, when two young men approached us. They invited me to take part in a competition for a television announcer. We took it as a joke or as an occasion to get acquainted. But it turned out that that was quite a serious proposal from the directors of TV. My friend persuaded me, and I took part in this creative contest. It took place in three rounds, at the first came more than 800 people. I still do not understand how I managed to win and undergo such rigorous and complex selection.

- Did you have to say goodbye to medicine? Never regret it?

- Another year I studied at the medical institute, combining work and study. But after a year of working on TV, I was told there that medicine is not the best education for a TV presenter. Therefore, I enrolled at another higher educational institution, more suitable for my work, to the English faculty of the Pedagogical Institute.

What should I regret? On the contrary, I always felt happy, because, thanks to my profession, I met and talked with outstanding people – astronauts, scientists, writers, artists, politicians. For example, I took my first interview with Maya Plisetskaya, then I met with Galina Vishnevskaya, Dmitry Shostakovich, Lyudmila Kasatkina, Oleg Efremov, Mukhtar Ashrafi, Tamara Khanum, Mukarram Turgunbaeva, Abdulla Aripov, Zulfiya, Alexander Fainberg and many other celebrities and great people.

 In general, it is a pleasure comparable with nothing to enjoy the recognition of millions of viewers!

As for medicine, I have retained my love for her for many years. And now I help many of my acquaintances with advice when they are sick.

- Did you feel yourself a star?

- No, never. I’m sure, as soon as you start feeling like a star, creative growth ends immediately, that is the end. I have immunity from stellar illness.

- What qualities are necessary for the TV host?

- First of all, pleasant appearance and voice, artistic abilities. Over time, I realized that this should be an intelligent and cultured person. It is very important to love the viewer and bring this sense to them. And of course, we need constant work on ourselves. After all, I conducted not only the news line Akhborot, but also other programs with the participation of representatives of various professions. I had to prepare for them for a long time, study, read and read a lot.

The work of the TV presenter is very serious and responsible. He/she does not have the right to make a mistake, one cannot be ill, and there is no bad weather for them. There was, for example, a case when I read New Year’s greetings of the President, being in a cast with a broken leg. The cameramen had to show outstanding skill to shoot me.

- What is your success formula?

- Rather, it is the formula of life - to set the highest level for yourself and to conquer it.

- In our country you have received true recognition. You must have received tempting offers from elsewhere?

- Repeatedly, but I always said firm ‘no’! I was born and grew up in Tashkent, my parents were born here. I simply cannot imagine my life outside this city. There are streets, parks and places with which the most precious memories are associated. It is here that I made achievements...

- For years of work you probably have had quite a few unusual situations. What do you remember in the first place?

- Of course, you can remember a lot. For example, in the late sixties, I was conducting the next news line of Akhborot and suddenly I saw that everything around was rocking and jarring - a strong earthquake began. Then, with horror, I discovered that I was left alone in the studio - both the cameramen and the other staff just... ran away.

- And they did not even call you with them?

- Yes, and they can be understood, because in memory of all, there was an earthquake in 1966. To be sure, it became frightening, but I decided: whatever happens, I will stand up to the end. And I did it!

- Were there any TV broadcasters from other cities or countries you wanted to emulate?

- No, there were not, I always wanted to be myself. But I’ve always learned from others. I watched the broadcasts with the participation of Moscow hosts, noted the merits, used the techniques and said to myself: this should be applied, but only in its own way, taking into account your individuality.

- Everyone knows what you are like on the television screen. And are you different in life?

- No, why? Sociable in the same way, but I’m very very naive, even simple. Somehow, for example, an unfamiliar man called the apartment and talked for a long time about how he and his parents respected me and loved me. Then he offered me... a box of sunflower oil for half a price. I was embarrassed: what is the connection between reverence and worship and an oil box? But he sincerely convinced me that he wanted to do something nice. I gave him the money and have been waiting for oil ever since.

- Many are interested in how your personal life has developed. For all of you, you have always been the embodiment of happiness, including personal happiness.

- Happiness is, probably, a lot of work and a lot of love. With work everything is clear, but I also met my love - the only one, the big and the real. With my husband we managed to carry this quivering feeling through many years. I used to wait for him for dinner, but he would be late. I start to worry and suddenly it pierces like an electric power: I run to the door, open it without waiting for a door bell to ring, and he would stand on the doorstep and wonderingly ask how I knew he had come and was going to ring the bell.

It was my second marriage; in the first, I confess, I experienced a lot of suffering. Unfortunately, my beloved husband has already passed away...

But happiness is also my children and grandchildren, many friends, and this is a real holiday, feast, which is always with you.

- Years pass, and you are just as young and beautiful. What is your secret?

- There is no secret. I do not keep diets; have never had enough time for sports and physical training. It’s just that I’ve been on the move the whole time, full of duties at home and on TV, I still do a lot of social work.

And, probably, the internal state also plays a role. I’m not angry at all, nor envious or vindictive. I am an unshakable optimist by nature and sincerely believe that everything will be fine. I never miss, I rarely feel sad, I enjoy the successes of others, I smile very often. Maybe this is the whole secret?

And I think that my greatest wealth is the gratitude and love of the audience. And this prolongs life.

- What do you think about current TV presenters? From the height of their experience and professionalism, what would you like to wish them?

 - Frankly speaking, I do not feel specially enthusiastic for the work of some current TV hosts. I, for example, very thoughtfully got acquainted with the materials that I read on air, considered myself to be the last censor. After many years of work on the air it allowed to gain invaluable experience. I seemed to be on the front line - without a helmet and bulletproof vest, without the right to make a mistake. I learned a lot by heart, but for this it is necessary to deeply understand the material. And you should not miss a single mistake, not one mistake.

And now everyone is reading from the teleprompter. Some do not even understand what they read. And such things are just discourteous.

 And today’s journalists, especially the young ones, in addition to understanding the importance and responsibility of their hard work, I want to wish constant self-improvement, everyday hard work, good news, events and meetings with interesting people.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The State Committee for Tourism Development has come up with a draft strategy for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan through to 2030. The document is published for wider discussion to last till July 20

What are the problems?

The document notes positive and negative tendencies of development of international tourism for Uzbekistan.

Thus, the development of tourism is hampered by:

- high prices for air transportation, low coverage of potential markets by domestic and international airlines;

- visa policy and registration system;

- poor development of transport, social and engineering infrastructure, inaccessibility, low level of service, underdevelopment of road infrastructure facilities;

- lack of qualified personnel in the field, aloofness of educational programs of the demands in the labor market;

- insufficient degree of rigid regulation of the sphere (lack of standards, lack of tax incentives);

- administrative barriers;

- absence of aggressive multi-purpose PR strategy of the country.

The draft notes that it is necessary to renovate checkpoints on the state border (aviation, road, rail) and improve the process of crossing the border.

Also, the State Committee on Tourism emphasizes that the industry needs state support, and adds that the income from tourism quickly pays for the development costs.

What are the tasks?

The blueprint describes a set of tasks:

- formation of an accessible and comfortable travel environment;

- elevation of the quality and competitiveness of the tourist product of Uzbekistan in the domestic and world markets;

- realization and consolidation of the social role of tourism, including the development of social, health-improving, children’s, youth-oriented and youth tourism;

- improvement of the management system and statistical accounting in the sphere;

- growth of the economy and in the quality of life of the population in the regions of Uzbekistan through the development of tourism;

- comprehensive security in the travel industry and sustainable development of travel services;

- promotion of the tourist product of Uzbekistan.

Authors of the document determined the following as priority tracks for the sector’s advancement:

- support for domestic and inbound tourism;

- promotion of business tourism;

- encouragement of pilgrimage tourism;

- unification of the quality of tourist services, bringing them in line with international standards;

- creation and development of a comfortable information on tourist environment, including a system of tourist navigation, signs of orientation, data on tourist resources and regional programs;

- consolidation of the role of tourism in educating and developing the cultural and moral potential of the population of the regions of Uzbekistan;

- regional cluster approach to promote the tourist product of Uzbekistan.

What is being proposed?

Among the main directions of development are business tourism, improvement of tourist infrastructure and the formation of an accessible and comfortable tourist environment with the help of clusters. The purpose of creating a tourist cluster is to increase the competitiveness of the territory in the tourist market due to the synergetic effect.

Public-private partnership ought to be considered, as the authors suggest, as the major mechanism for implementing the strategy.

The draft strategy proposes to:

- create a unified system of tourist navigation, tourist information centers, database of information materials;

- boost transport and road infrastructure: launch tourist buses, equip parking lots, set up motor-tourist clusters on key national roads, build roadside hotels;

- upgrade railway cars, airplanes on domestic routes, tourist buses, recreational facilities (attractions, culture and recreation parks), funiculars, cable cars, rail and bus stations;

- stimulate small and medium-sized business in hospitality (mini-hotels, hostels, guest houses), develop national / foreign hotel chains;

- for regions not included in the cluster, as well as at district levels, identify promising tourist products, in particular, develop agro-tourism and build rural holiday homes, conduct excursions and festivals in border areas for guests from neighboring countries.

It is noted that each tourist cluster should organize the development of non-travel products.

In general, the authors of the document offer to develop six main products: business tourism, cultural tourism and travel, active and adventure holidays, recreation in the mountains and lakes, gastronomic tourism, beach tourism and short-term rest.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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DAILY NEWS HERALD #135 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 12, 2018

posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:24 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Investments. 1

About 6,300 enterprises with foreign capital operate in Uzbekistan. 1

Free economic zoneS. 1

Free economic zone “Bukhoro-Agro” to be created in Uzbekistan. 1

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 2

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan signed an Agreement with the National Bank of Kazakhstan. 2

International relationships. 2

Meeting with the Ambassador of Slovenia. 2

The World Bank delegation visits Uzbekistan. 2

Society.. 3

Coworking Centers Expand to Cover Uzbekistan’s Regions. 3

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 3

Number of foreign citizens, entering Uzbekistan, reaches 2.68 million people. 3

 

 

investments

About 6,300 enterprises with foreign capital operate in Uzbekistan

As of 1 July 2018, the number of operating enterprises with participation of foreign capital in Uzbekistan made up 6,294 units.

State Statistics Committee said that in comparison with the previous year, the growth in the number of operating enterprises reached 20.3% or 1061 units. Of these, 3447 units are joint ventures and 2847 units – foreign enterprises.

The bulk of enterprises with foreign capital participation registered in Tashkent city (4,044 units or 64.3%), Tashkent region (695 units or 11.0%) and Samarkand region (335 units or 5.3%).

The smallest number operate in Khorezm (52 units or 0.9%), Kashkadarya (62 units or 1.0%), Navoi (71 units or 1.1%) and Surkhandarya (97 units or 1.5%) regions.

If we consider the number of operating enterprises with the participation of foreign capital by type of economic activity by state on 1 July 2018, then the largest number falls on the industry - 2634 units (41.8%), trade - 1309 units (20.8%) and other species - 1077 units (17.1%), the lowest - for health and social services - 89 units (1.4%), information and communication - 157 units (2.5%), transportation and storage - 184 units (2.9%), agriculture, forestry and fisheries - 226 units (3.6%), accommodation and food services - 256 units (4.1%) and construction - 362 units (5.8%).

In January-June 2018, 963 enterprises with foreign investments were created Uzbekistan. In comparison with the previous year, the growth in the number of operating enterprises increased 2.8 times and amounted to 617 units.

About 193 enterprises were created with Russian capital, 150 – Turkish capital, 138 – Chinese capital, 107 – Kazak investments and 84 – Korean investments.

In 2018, residents of Afghanistan, India, Germany, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and others opened enterprises with foreign investments in Uzbekistan.

If we consider newly created enterprises with the participation of foreign capital by types of economic activity, the bulk falls to industry - 303 units (31.5%), trade - 265 units (27.5%), construction - 93 units (9.7%), agriculture, forestry and fisheries - 79 units (8.2%) and other activities - 223 units (23.1%).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

free economic zoneS

Free economic zone “Bukhoro-Agro” to be created in Uzbekistan

The free economic zone Bukhoro-Agro is created in Uzbekistan. The free economic zone is being created in Bukhara region.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures to create a free economic zone “Bukhoro-Agro” on 10 July 2018.

Modern greenhouse farms will be constructed in the FEZ, including with use of hydroponics technology based on cluster form. To create greenhouses, foreign and local investments will be attracted.

Within the framework of the project, production of structures, equipment and other components for the construction of energy-saving greenhouses will be established.

The FEZ will also create capacities for production, processing and export of agricultural products. The FEZ will also create a modern logistics infrastructure and nurseries for seedlings.

According to the resolution, the FEZ "Bukhoro-agro" will operate for 30 years with the possibility of extension. The FEZ participants will receive tax and customs privileges.

The projects on the territory of Bukhoro-agro will be financed from the funds of international financial institutions, initiators of projects, including direct investments, as well as loans from commercial banks and other sources.

At the same time, the size of the project initiator’s own funds cannot be less than 25%.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan signed an Agreement with the National Bank of Kazakhstan

As reported by the Press Service of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan, the delegation of Uzbekistan visits the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the official meeting between the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an Agreement on cooperation in the field of banking supervision was signed, which will create a legal basis for banks to enter banking market of the parties and will contribute to strengthening bilateral banking cooperation.

According to the Agreement, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in accordance with national legislation will cooperate in exchange of information on significant innovations and changes that affect banking sector of the two countries, as well as on issues of normative-legal regulation, control and supervision, to the extent which is permitted by the national legislation.

The Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan positively assessed the reached agreement and expressed hope that the document will contribute to development and strengthening the banking and financial sector of the two leading economies of Central Asia.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

Meeting with the Ambassador of Slovenia

On July 11, 2018, a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia with the residence in Moscow Primozh Sheligo was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, the sides exchanged views on state and prospects of further development of bilateral relations in various spheres and “Uzbekistan – EU” format.

Mutual interest was expressed in resuming practice of inter-ministerial political consultations after a long pause since 1999.

At the meeting it was proposed to establish and start regular activities of such a productive cooperation institution as Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation.

In connection with the completion of diplomatic mission in Uzbekistan, the Ambassador was expressed gratitude for his constructive contribution to strengthening relations between the two countries.

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

The World Bank delegation visits Uzbekistan

On July 12, 2018, the World Bank delegation led by Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller arrived in Tashkent.

The program of the visit includes meetings and negotiations in the Government, the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.

The delegation will also take part in Uzbekistan – Switzerland business forum.

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

Society

Coworking Centers Expand to Cover Uzbekistan’s Regions

A network of coworking centers, Yosh Tadbirkorlar (Young Entrepreneurs), as well as production complexes Yoshlar Mehnat Guzari (Youth Work Center) are intended to be set up across Uzbekistan.

Coworking centers will be organized to provide young entrepreneurs with preferential terms of renting premises, office equipment and consumables, access to the internet, and other assistance in implementing initiatives, including the development of business plans, consulting, legal, accounting and other services, the organization of forums, workshops and seminars.

The complexes Yoshlar Mehnat Guzari are to emerge in the labor-surplus areas for the creation of trade and household and small production sites.

The construction of coworking centers and complexes will be carried out on the basis of public-private partnership. District hokimiyats are instructed allocate land plots to private investors through direct negotiations and vacant premises for the construction and accommodation of coworking centers and complexes. They will also provide, through additional sources of local budgets, piping and connection to utilities, including electricity, gas and water supply networks.

For its part, private investors will have to finance at least 70% of the cost of construction works and ensure the commissioning of facilities in the agreed time and in accordance with standard designs. In addition, they will undertake to provide young entrepreneurs with premises in these centers and complexes at affordable prices.

For this, a number of benefits and preferences are to be granted for them from the government. Thus, the funds assigned for the construction of coworking centers and complexes, for example, will be deducted from their tax base.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Number of foreign citizens, entering Uzbekistan, reaches 2.68 million people

The number of foreign citizens, who entered Uzbekistan in the first half of 2018, made up 2.688 million people, which is 91.6% more compared to the same period of 2017.

According to the press service of the State Committee for Tourism, the number of tourists from countries, for which a visa-free regime was introduced, increased significantly.

In particular, more than 31,960 people (+ 95.6%) came from Turkey, 6,200 people (68.1%) from Japan, 3,610 people (+ 86.2%) from Israel, 750 people (more than three times) from Indonesia, as well as 424 people (more than 2.5 times) from Singapore.

In June, there was an increase in the number of people who arrived from the Republic of Korea (57.5%) and Malaysia (2.6 times), although there was a slight decline until May 2018.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

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