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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

  

president

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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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 134 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 11, 2018

posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:16 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Nuclear power engineering will develop for peaceful purposes. 1

Economy.. 2

Uzbekistan: Cluster Approach. 2

International relationships. 2

Uzbekistan government delegation visited Afghanistan. 2

Society.. 3

Uzbekistan’s population exceeds 32.9m people. 3

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 4

48 projects designed to enhance tourism development are due in Jizzakh region by late next year 4

 

president

Nuclear power engineering will develop for peaceful purposes

On July 10, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting dedicated to issues of implementation of organizational and technical measures for creating nuclear power engineering in the country.

At present, the need for electricity in the country is 69 billion kWh. Almost 85 percent of this energy is produced by burning gas and coal, the remaining 15 percent are produced by hydroelectric power plants. 16.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, 86 thousand tons of fuel oil and 2.3 million tons of coal are consumed for generating electricity. Due to the growth of the economy, the number and standard of living of the population, the need for electricity will increase even more.

“If in this area we continue to use natural gas and coal, after a while their reserves can be depleted. This will be an unpardonable mistake and a crime for the future generation”, – Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

Therefore, work has begun in the country on creating nuclear power engineering for using atomic energy for peaceful purposes. An agreement was reached with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom on construction of a nuclear power plant. This complex will consist of two power units with a capacity of 1 thousand 200 megawatts each. The safest and modern power unit in the world is allocated for construction of the nuclear power plant. Its commissioning is planned until 2028.

As a result of the launch of the nuclear power plant, 3.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be saved. Petrochemical products with high added value will be produced by recycling this source. Even if to export saved gas without refining, $550-600 million a year will flow into Uzbekistan.

Atomic energy is environmentally friendly. Such stations do not form harmful carbon monoxide. As a result, the amount of carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere due to burning natural gas will be reduced by 3 million tons per year.

At the meeting, the organizational, technical and practical work related to construction and operation, ensuring nuclear power plant safety was discussed.

The President gave instructions on studying the experience of developed countries for construction of similar facilities, development of technical conditions for location of the nuclear power plant, qualitative implementation of geological exploration.

The need was noted for creating a normative-legal framework in the country concerning the new sphere, development of a draft Law “On using atomic energy” and corresponding resolution, taking into account their compliance with IAEA requirements and international acts.

“It is necessary to create a new organization at the Cabinet of Ministers in order to coordinate all activities in this direction, prepare documents, carry out design and negotiations. At the same time, it is necessary to form a directorate for construction of a nuclear power plant at this organization. Over time, this directorate will become the operator of nuclear power plant”, – the Head of the state said.

As it is known, the most advanced and complex technologies are used in construction and operation of nuclear power plants. And for this, highly qualified specialists with deep knowledge are needed. Therefore, it is planned to open a branch of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, one of the world’s leading educational institutions in the field of physics, in Tashkent.

In addition, instructions were given on selecting potential personnel who graduated from universities in physics and technology, sending them to study and training in universities and nuclear power plants in Moscow and Minsk.

At the meeting, instructions were given on careful development of activities at each stage of the project implementation, strict control over the effectiveness of the work being carried out.

(Source: UzA)

economy

Uzbekistan: Cluster Approach

This year, in the Rishtan district of the Ferghana region, cotton is grown by a method of clustering, on 6.5 thousand hectares of land. A new method, applied for the first time on the basis of contracting, concluded with 327 cotton-growing farms, according to expert forecasts, should increase the volumes of products manifold.

To implement the project, a specialized limited company, Cluster Ltd., was established in the district. These days, more than 20 of its agronomists and other cotton specialists are entering the fields and watching the development of crops, and are working to increase yields. In order to combat insect pests, 15 new VHF units were purchased, which are effectively used by farms.

Now the farmer does not need anything, he receives the necessary mineral fertilizers and fuel in the terms and in the quantities established by the contract. Employees are paid in time. And the development and condition of cotton plants is under the constant supervision of specialists.

“We have in fact made sure of the advantages of the cluster method,” says the head of the farm Yulchiboy Holikov. “70 hectares of land are at our disposal. This year, they signed an agreement with Cluster Ltd. and planted cotton grade C 8290 on 32 hectares in order to obtain 45 centners of crop per hectare.”

“The introduction of the cluster method contributes to the growth in our incomes,” said Nodira Akbarova, the head of the farm Zarinabonu Yerlari. “Thanks to the recommendations of specialists I began to use new fertilizers. As a result, the condition of the land, which usually with difficulty gave up to 29 centners of the crop, was radically improved. Today, with every hectare, we raise 35 harvest centers. This year, we grow cotton on 22.5 hectares. So far, cultivation of row-spacing has been carried out 4 times, including once with the introduction of mineral fertilizers. This year, cottonseed seeds were sown on two rows, so care for them is carried out with strict adherence to the recommendations of specialists and agrotechnical measures.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Uzbekistan government delegation visited Afghanistan

On July 8-9, 2018, the government delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, who paid a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, held meetings with the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the National Security Council Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, former President of the IRA Hamid Karzai and other authoritative public and political figures of Afghanistan, in Kabul.

At the meetings, views were exchanged on the situation in Afghanistan, prospects for peace process, achievement of a broad national consensus on the issues of development of the country.

During the visit of Uzbekistan delegation, the Minister for Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Jamshid Khodjayev held meetings in Kabul with the heads of ministries and departments of Afghanistan, during which practical aspects of implementation of mutually beneficial long-term projects, establishment of joint ventures and other issues of Uzbekistan – Afghanistan economic agenda were discussed.

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

Society

Uzbekistan’s population exceeds 32.9m people

As of 1 July 2018, the resident population of the Republic of Uzbekistan reached 32.9 million people and increased by 243,400 people or by 0.7 % in six months of 2018, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.

In particular, the urban population made up 16.646 million people (50.6 % of the total population), the rural population – 16.254 million people (49.4 %).

Analysis by regions of the republic showed that as of 1 July 2018, the largest population was observed in Samarkand region – 3.75 million people (11.4 % of the total population of the republic) and in Ferghana - 3.64 million people (11.1 %), and the smallest population was observed in Navoi region – 964,700 people (2.9 %) and in Syrdarya region – 821,900 people (2.5 %).

In terms of regions, the largest increase in population compared to the same period of 2017 was observed in Surkhandarya region (2.1 %), in Samarkand and Kashkadarya regions (2.0 %), in Jizzakh region (1.9 %), Namangan region (1.8 %), the lowest growth was registered in the Republic Karakalpakstan (by 1.4 %) and Tashkent region (by 1.2 %).

Fertility

In January-June of 2018, 324,300 children were born (hereinafter referred to as live births referring to live births), respectively, the birth rate per 1000 population was 20.0 ppm and, compared to the same period in 2017, increased by 0, 5 ppm (for January-June 2017 - 19.5 ppm).

The birth rate increased significantly in Samarkand (from 21.0 ppm to 22.9 ppm) and Kashkadarya (from 21.4 ppm to 22.4 ppm), and the decline was observed in Navoi (from 19, 8 ppm to 19.1 ppm) and in the Khorezm regions (from 16.7 ppm to 16.2 ppm).

About 31.6% of mothers gave birth to the first children, 36.6 % - 2 children, 31.8 % - 3 or more under the account of the mother’s child.

In January-June, 2018, the number of children born was 324,300 and was distributed according to the age of the mother at the time of birth, who reached the age of 20-24 – 120,600 (37.2 %), 25-29 years – 115,800 (35.7 %), 30-34 years - 58,500 (18.0 %).

Mortality

In January-June of 2018, 75,600 deaths were registered, respectively, the death rate was 4.7 ppm and compared to the same period in 2017 decreased by 0.2 ppm (in January-June 2017 - 4.9 ppm).

Compared with the same period of 2017, the death rate increased only in Tashkent region (from 5.7 ppm to 5.8 ppm) significantly decreased in Navoi (from 4.7 ppm to 4.2 ppm), Ferghana (with 5.0 ppm up to 4.5 ppm), Khorezm (from 4.6 ppm to 4.1 ppm), Namangan (from 4.8 ppm to 4.4 ppm) and Andijan regions (from 5.5 per mille to 5.1 per mille).

Of the total number of dead, 7.3% died under the age of able-bodied (in 2017 - 7.8%), 26.7% died at working age (in 2017 - 26.7%) and 66.0% died at the age of older than the able-bodied (in 2017 - 65.5%).

The number of deaths in January-June 2018 compared to the same period of 2017 decreased by 3,100 people.

Out of the total number of registered deaths in January-June 2018, 61.3% died from circulatory system diseases, 9.3% from neoplasms, 5.6% from accidents, poisonings and injuries, 5.5% from diseases of the digestive system, 4,3% of respiratory diseases, 1.5% of infectious and parasitic diseases and 12.5% of other diseases.

The number of registered deceased children under the age of 1 year was 3,500, 59.6% of them died from conditions originating in the perinatal period, 16.8% from respiratory diseases, 12.9% from congenital anomalies, 2.2% - from accidents, poisonings and injuries, 2.0% from infectious and parasitic diseases, 0.8% from diseases of the digestive system, 5.7% from other diseases.

Natural increase in population

In January-June 2018, the natural increase in the population amounted to 248,700 people and increased by 15,600 people compared to the same period in 2017 (233,100 people).

Marriages

During the period from January to June 2018, the registry offices registered 104,900 marriages. In the republic, the marriage rate per 1000 population was 6.5 per mille.

The growth rate of registered marriages compared to the same period of 2017 was observed in Syrdarya (+22.4%) , Jizakh (+21.7%), Andijan (+18.0%), Ferghana (+14.9%) and Tashkent (+h14.8% %) regions.

Divorces

For the period from January to June 2018, the registrar’s offices registered 16,400 divorces. In the republic, the divorce rate per 1,000 population was 1.0 ppm.

The growth rate of registered divorces compared to the same period in 2017 was observed in Surkhandarya (+26.7%), Andijan (+20.8%), Syrdarya (+12.7%), and Tashkent (+14.5%). Compared with the same period of 2017, the decrease was observed in Khorezm (30.9%), Navoi (10.1%) regions.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

48 projects designed to enhance tourism development are due in Jizzakh region by late next year

In the foothills of Nurata Mountains, the nature of the village of Uhum with its beauty amazes everyone. Narzullo Musayev used these natural opportunities in 2016, having built a house-hotel with two rooms and adjusting the provision of services to tourists. The result surpassed all expectations. Using the income for business development, the enthusiast built three more 60-bed hotel-houses.

Currently, 4 people work in the family business of Nuratau-xiking of Narzullo Musayev. In a season when the stream of visitors increases, the businessman uses the services of neighbors and relatives.

“Last year we provided services to almost 700 tourists,” says the hospitality owner. “Guests come from different countries, but most of them are from France. They are interested not only in the nature, but also in customs, traditions, way of life of our people. Therefore, we pay special attention to the equipment of hotels, we show our national identity to tourists when preparing dishes.”

Narzullo Musayev does not intend to limit himself to the results achieved. He plans to expand his activities owing to a bank loan. The businessman recurrently acquaints himself with new regulations and opportunities in the field of tourism. Despite the fact that he is fluent in English and Russian, he does not cease to work on himself. He also supports children and hotel workers in language learning.

As a whole, the work on the development of ecotourism conducted in remote villages of the Farish district indicates great opportunities in this area. The government program for the accelerated development of the tourism potential of the Jizzakh region in 2017-2019 envisages the implementation of 48 projects for the development of tourism. However, there are a number of shortcomings in this direction. Until now, work is not being carried out at the required level to create a tourist infrastructure in the central part of the region, along the international highway. Projects are being postponed for the improvement of Amir Temur gates, Temur caves in Ilonutti gorge – an important point on the way from where tourists pass to Samarkand, Bukhara, Khorezm, Nukus and in general to the southern regions of the nation.

A hotel and recreation areas are being built in the area, hosted by entrepreneur Nilufar Abduraimova, but in a slow pace. The total cost of works is 1.7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 11.07.2018, 1$= 7813.42  soums), part of which in the amount of 1 billion soums the entrepreneur performed at her own expense. A bank loan of 700 million soums, envisaged for the full realization of the project, has not yet been identified.

The same sluggishness is observed in the implementation of a project to establish a tourist zone Sehrli Qarmoq in the village of Khulkar in Zaamin district, a quite popular destination for tourists. The entrepreneur has the appropriate documents, enough funds, but land for the construction of facilities still awaits allocation. Such tardiness is observed not only in the construction of travel facilities; in the Zaamin district alone, 8 tourism projects have not been launched for various reasons.

“Indeed, we cannot say that the tourist opportunities of the territories are used today to a full extent,” S. Koraboev, acting head of the Jizzakh regional territorial administration of the State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, said. “This is due to the remote location of tourist points from each other, bad roads, insufficient development of telephone communications, interruptions in the operation of the internet and communication systems. One of the gravest reasons is irresponsibility in the matter of supporting entrepreneurs in this sphere. At present, the necessary measures are being taken together with local hokimiyats to quickly eliminate these shortcomings.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper) 

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DAILY NEWS HERALD #133 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 10, 2018

posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:15 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

President expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan. 1

Condolences to the President of Turkey. 1

Officially.. 1

Measures to improve the system of external labor migration adopted. 1

Investments. 2

Chinese companies are planning to implement a project to extract tungsten, molybdenum and copper in the Samarkand region. 2

International relationships. 2

Uzbekistan delegation attended the European Union – Central Asia High Level Dialogue. 2

UN special resolution to be discussed in Tashkent 2

Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Meeting. 3

 

president

President expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in connection with numerous human casualties and destruction caused by floods in central and southwestern Japan.

(Source: UzA)

Condolences to the President of Turkey

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences to the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with numerous human casualties and injuries as a result of a train derailment in Tekirdag province, in Turkey.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

Measures to improve the system of external labor migration adopted

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On additional measures to further improve the system of external labor migration of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

The document noted that starting from 1 September 2018, legal entities, registered in Uzbekistan, have the right to carry out activities for sending the Uzbek citizens to work to foreign states on the basis of a license issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Legal entities also have the right to carry out activities to confirm the professional competence of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan, traveling abroad for work, including the level of possession of professional skills and foreign languages, on the basis of accreditation conducted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The President defined the Agency for External Labor Migration under the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the working body, which performs the functions of reviewing applications for the issuance of licenses and accreditation, and preparing the necessary documents.

According to the document, under the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a Fund is created to support and protect the rights and interests of citizens who work abroad.

The Fund will provide legal and social protection, as well as material assistance to citizens who have been subjected to violence, forced labor and discrimination, violation of labor and other rights that have fallen into a difficult financial situation and left without documents, establishing an identity, means of subsistence during the period of employment for abroad.

The new structure will provide medical services to migrants from Uzbekistan if it is not possible to pay the cost of medical services provided at the expense of a labor migrant with subsequent reimbursement of paid funds by these citizens;

The fund will also deal with the transportation of bodies of citizens, who died during labor migration outside the country, as well as citizens who were injured or seriously injured while working abroad, resulting in disability.

The Fund will also return citizens sent abroad to work and deported due to violation of the legislation of the host country, with subsequent reimbursement of paid funds at the expense of these citizens, as well as the return of citizens to whom foreign employers have not provided agreed terms for employment.

The Fund will receive a one-time gratuitous financial aid in the amount of 200 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.07.2018, 1$= 7813.42 soums) from the state budget. The fund’s activities will also be financed from other sources.

From 1 August 2018, the procedure for issuing permission to work abroad has been abolished, with the introduction of a procedure for the voluntary registration of citizens traveling abroad to perform labor activities under private labor contracts in the manner established by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Also from 1 August, an order is introduced for voluntary payment of annual insurance contributions to the off-budget Pension Fund under the Ministry of Finance, in the amount of 4,5 times of the minimum wage.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

investments

Chinese companies are planning to implement a project to extract tungsten, molybdenum and copper in the Samarkand region

It will be carried out on the Ingichka plateau near the town of Kattakurgan. Recently, representatives of a number of companies from China traveled there to conduct an initial study of the opportunities and conditions for the implementation of the project.

The Chinese intend to use two operating mines in the area, and also plan to build several new ones. In addition, they will be engaged in supplementary geological exploration, during which, in addition to tungsten, molybdenum and copper, other mineral resources can be found. Also in this territory there is an opportunity to produce building materials from wastes of ore sand, and, in particular, facing bricks.

To date, a preliminary agreement has been reached on the implementation of a project in the mining and metallurgical industry on the territory of the Ingichka plateau and the attraction of direct Chinese investments in the amount of $ 50-55 million for the improvement of communication networks and construction of infrastructure facilities. The phased realization of the project will ensure the creation of 500 to 700 new jobs.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Uzbekistan delegation attended the European Union – Central Asia High Level Dialogue

On July 9, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dilshod Akhatov took part at the regular meeting of the High Level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia, in the city of Ashgabat.

Implementation of agreements reached at the last meeting of the Dialogue in June 2017 in Bishkek and informal ministerial meeting in March 2018 in Tashkent, the schedule and agenda of upcoming European Union – Central Asia meetings at various levels were discussed.

The sides exchanged views on measures for intensifying cooperation in combating terrorism and preventing violent extremism.

Delegations also considered issues of cooperation in the field of border management, countering illicit drug trafficking and organized crime, as well as regional environmental problems.

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

UN special resolution to be discussed in Tashkent

On July 12, 2018, Tashkent will host a round table dedicated to discussion of the UN General Assembly Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region”.

The event will be organized by the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the assistance of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

According to the organizers, the round table will be attended by members of the Senate and deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, relevant ministries, JSC “Uzbekiston temir yollari” (Uzbekistan Railways), Academy of Sciences, international organizations, heads of diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Tashkent.

It was noted that the main goal of the round table is to discuss the essence and significance of the UN GA resolution in development of the Central Asian region, as well as determination of prospects for strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia.

The Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region” was adopted on June 22, 2018 at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly. This document, unanimously supported by all UN member states, is a practical embodiment of the initiative forwarded by the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly held in New York, in September 2017.

The Resolution notes the importance of strengthening security in Central Asia, effective and integrated use of drinking water, mitigating the environmental and socio-economic consequences associated with the drying up of the Aral Sea, organization of a modern transport system and transit in the region, development of bilateral and regional cooperation in the areas of education, science, technology, innovation, tourism, culture, art and sports.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Meeting

In order to further develop trade and economic relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Islamabad organized a visit of business circles to Uzbekistan led by Deputy Chairman of Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Vasik Ali Khan.

The purpose of the visit is to purchase samples of Uzbek household appliances and building materials for opening show rooms in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi for further realization of this production throughout Pakistan.

Within the framework of the visit, the delegation met with the First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan I.Jasimov.

The sides discussed the possibility of increasing the supply of Uzbekistan products to Pakistan market. The guests expressed their readiness to assist in establishment of dealership and distribution offices of Uzbekistan companies in Pakistan, as well as Pakistan companies in Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed the issue of joint development of historical and religious tourism. The delegation members noted that both historical monuments of the era and sacred places of Uzbekistan for pilgrimage tourism represent mutual interest for tourists.

Following the meeting, an agreement was reached on implementing joint projects and submitting proposals to the secretariat of Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council on development of bilateral economic ties.

As reported by the Press Service of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the sides also reached an agreement on organization in September 2018 of the second meeting of the Business Council in Tashkent.

(Source: UzA) 

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posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:14 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

Specific tasks on current issues are outlined. 1

REGIONS: Surkhandarya region.. 2

More than 5.1 thousand tons of high-quality and inexpensive fish products is intended to produce this season in the Surkhandarya region. 2

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

Uzbekistan ratifies border agreement with Tajikistan. 3

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 3

Tourism firm under Muslim Board of Uzbekistan begins its work. 3

 

 president

Specific tasks on current issues are outlined

On July 4, a meeting dedicated to issues of targeted and systematic work with youth, creating decent conditions and providing employment for young people was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

One of the important directions of reforms, we outlined comprehensive support and creation of conditions for each young man to occupy a worthy place in society and carrying out large-scale work in this direction, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. On the basis of the youth movement “Kamolot” we formed the Youth Union of Uzbekistan, we are introducing a new system and approaches to work with youth. On June 30, the Youth Day was celebrated in our country for the first time, a good new tradition is laid.

However, many shortcomings in working with youth were noted. Pomposity and superficiality in activities of the Youth Union, the lack of attention paid to targeted working with youth and solving their problems were criticized.

Most of the leaders of 4 sectors at places are still not fully engaged in youth issues. The work in this direction and departments of internal affairs, committees of makhallas, other public organizations, educational institutions is not at the proper level. The activity of deputy khokims of districts (cities) on issues of youth policy, social development and spiritual enlightenment work, deputy heads of district departments of internal affairs on youth issues also cannot be considered satisfactory. In some cases, responsible positions on youth issues remain vacant.

As a result, the socially significant issues of youth remain without attention. Youth, left without supervision and control, commit crimes.

In this regard, the Youth Union, relevant ministries and departments are given tasks on improving work with youth, eliminating neglect, lack of control, drastically reducing crime among youth.

It was noted that in Kuyichirchik district of Tashkent region and in Chilanzar district of the city of Tashkent, a new system of ensuring youth employment and their training in specialties and business skills in demand on the labor market was tested.

To this end, a working group was formed comprising representatives of responsible departments and a district passport was developed with the data of youth at the age from 14 to 30. The makhallas have been allocated buildings and areas for organization of “Labor Guzars of Youth” and enterprising entrepreneurs are involved. Youth who want to engage in fish farming, gardening, trade is allocated necessary funds and resources. More than 1.5 thousand problems of youth have been identified, more than 1 thousand of them have been solved at places, and measures have been taken on resolving 500 of them.

Based on the results of the experience, the State Program “Youth is our future” was adopted, aimed at supporting implementation of business initiatives, start-ups, ideas and projects of youth, increasing their socio-economic activity.

From July 1 this program began to operate in all districts and cities. Under the Youth Union, “Youth is our future” and its district (city) branches are formed. This year, the Fund was allocated funds of 770 billion sums (currency rates of CB RU from 05.07.2018, 1$= 7846.27 soums). Preferential loans at a 7 percent annual rate will be allocated for business projects of youth from the Fund.

The Program specifies the amount of loans allocated in each district and the number of recipients, the areas of activity for which loans are issued, the number of jobs that need to be organized on the basis of using the received loan.

The program envisages the introduction of a new mechanism – attaching at places to farmers 1 person from among the unemployed youth, providing them with job by allocating one hectare of land.

At the meeting, tasks were given on systemic organization of work in this direction, ensuring regular control over effective use of the Fund’s resources, eliminating at places problems impeding the implementation of business projects for youth.

Khokims and sector leaders should personally meet with each of unorganized, unemployed youth, communicate with them, as if with their son, study problems, be his companion and, above all, take measures for ensuring his employment, said the Head of the state.

At the meeting attention was drawn to the issue of spiritual education of youth, their protection from the impact of harmful currents and alien ideas.

If we do not engage in upbringing children, check their behavior on a daily basis, educate them, train them, provide them with jobs, it will be difficult to protect them from harmful influences, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Tasks were given on intensifying spiritual and educational work with youth, strengthening ideological immunity in young people, organizing their free time. Tasks were also set for preventing early marriages among underage girls and divorces.

Due to the fact that officials and local leaders participated at the meeting, an important issue related to measures for cotton care was also considered.

It was noted that in connection with weather conditions – lack of rain and cool temperature – the development of cotton lags behind by 10-15, in some places – by 20-25 days. Instructions were given for eliminating the backlog in development of cotton and accumulation of a guaranteed crop.

This year, the state created conditions that did not exist in previous years, and accordingly, farmers should give a positive response. We do not need a farmer who, as previously is chasing a plan, does not think about income and works without a definite calculation. We need cotton not to fulfill the plan, but to create jobs, increase the incomes of the population and the standard of living, the President said.

At the meeting, the period from July 5 to September 5 was declared “Impact two months of harvest accumulation”. The work that needs to be implemented in this direction is planned.

(Source: UzA)

REGIONS: Surkhandarya region

More than 5.1 thousand tons of high-quality and inexpensive fish products is intended to produce this season in the Surkhandarya region

Special significance is attached in Uzbekistan’s southernmost province to the growth of fish production, introduction of intensive technologies, provision of comprehensive support for fish farms, and the consolidation of their financial and technological capacities.

As reported by the regional association Surkhondaryobaliqsanoat, 2,527 tons of fish will be produced this season in the artificial reservoirs of 230 fish farms, and 1,453 tons in seven fish farms. Two fish farms operating on the basis of Vietnamese technology are planning to harvest 600 tons of fish products in water bodies, as well as 220 tons of fish in 570 hectares of rice fields.

“To meet the demand of the population in inexpensive, quality fish products, each district has developed its own special program,” says deputy director of the association F.Sattarov. “We organized a working group, conducted a stocktaking survey of fish farms on the ground. Proposals from enterprising people for fish farming are currently being studied. In accordance with the program, new artificial lakes with the area of ​​470 hectares will be created this year in the region. To date, 33.8 hectares have been allocated for this purpose in Jarkurgan district, 18.1 hectares in Muzrabad, 10.6 hectares in Shurchi, and 6.5 hectares in the Kyzyryk district. Attention is paid also in other areas to the creation of artificial lakes. Measures are being taken to rationally use water resources in this process.”

In the region, hatchery shops are also organized, and work is underway to produce fish fry. An incubation workshop with a capacity of 50 million fingerlings is being built in LLC “Surkhon Agro Fishprom”. Following the reconstruction, an incubation shop was put into operation for 50 million fry in the “Karp Khavzasi”.

According to available data, in the current season, natural water bodies will be provided with 510 thousand fry. Over the past period, fries have been released into water bodies with an area of ​​more than 3 thousand hectares, and about 2,000 hectares have been fished for more than 2 million fry.

Construction around the lakes of reproductive pools for fry breeding, work on securing financial support for new projects will contribute to the recovery of the fishing industry in the region, providing the population with inexpensive, high-quality, dietary goods.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan ratifies border agreement with Tajikistan

The law was adopted by the Legislative Chamber on 31 May and approved by the Senate on 28 June 2018.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Law "On ratification of the Agreement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on certain sections of the Uzbek-Tajik state border" on July 3, 2018.

The bill was adopted by the Legislative Chamber on 31 May and approved by the Senate on 28 June 2018.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Tourism firm under Muslim Board of Uzbekistan begins its work

Muslim-tour travel agency has been established in Uzbekistan to develop pilgrimage tourism in the country.

The founder of the new company is Muslim Board of Uzbekistan. The Agency received a license from the State Committee for Development of Tourism of Uzbekistan to carry out domestic, inbound and outbound tourism.

The Muslim-tour plans to organize trips to the holy and largest places for pilgrimage in Uzbekistan and create favorable conditions for pilgrims.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

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posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:13 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Officially.. 1

Salaries in Uzbekistan to grow by 7% from 15 July. 1

BUSINESS CLIMATE: TOURISM... 1

Licenses in a New Way. 1

REGIONS: INFRASTRUCTURE.. 1

700 billion soums of funds is to be assigned over the next two years to develop Chirchik. 1

International relationships. 2

President ratifies agreement between Uzbekistan and Turkey on extradition. 2

The Consultative Body Decides…... 2

EDUCATION.. 4

What Is Changing in Schools?. 4

  

Officially

Salaries in Uzbekistan to grow by 7% from 15 July

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On increasing the sizes of salaries, pensions, stipends and social allowances”.

The document was adopted at increasing income and life standards of population, as well as strengthening social support of citizens of Uzbekistan.

According to the decree, the salaries to workers of budget organizations, pensions, allowances and stipends to students will increase by 1.07 times on the average from 15 July 2018.

The following minimum sizes will be effective in Uzbekistan starting from 15 July 2018:

salaries – 184,300 soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.07.2018, 1$= 7846.27 soums) per month (now - 172,240 soums);

pensions – 360,460 soums per month (now - 336,880 soums);

allowances for elderly and work incapable citizen without the required work experience – 221,190 soums per month (now - 206,720 soums).

The decree recommended business entities and organizations increase the salaries of their workers in line with the minimal salary, set by the document.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

BUSINESS CLIMATE: TOURISM

Licenses in a New Way

In accordance with the Decree of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on measures to further reduce and simplify licensing and certification procedures in the field of entrepreneurial activities, as well as improving the business environment, signed 11 April 2018, and the presidential resolution on additional measures for the accelerated development of the system of rendering public services, also inked 11 April 2018, changes have been introduced in the procedure for licensing tourism activities from June 1, 2018.

Now, the licensing of tourism (travel operator) activities is transferred to the regional divisions of the State Committee for the Development of Tourism of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the departments for the development of tourism.

Submission of documents for obtaining a license for the right to carry out tourist (travel operator) activities is carried out through the Centers for Public Services or through the Single Portal of Interactive Public Services.

In this regard, to obtain a license for the right to carry out tourism (travel operator) activities, you can contact the regional department of the State Committee for Tourism Development.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

REGIONS: INFRASTRUCTURE

700 billion soums of funds is to be assigned over the next two years to develop Chirchik

The city plans to create 1,358 new jobs. This will happen thanks to the establishment of 10 new industrial enterprises and the expansion of another 12 existing ones. In addition, the implementation of 29 projects in the services sector, of which 10 are be implemented in new ones and 19 on the basis of existing lines.

The authorities also intend to erect 186 apartment buildings, build and repair 12.6 km of internal roads, 136 gas distribution points, 8.1 km of water supply and 5.7 km of sewerage networks. In seven mahallas, two-circuit gas boilers will be installed.

In addition, major repairs will be carried out in four pre-school educational institutions; they will build two new ones and repair eight operating schools. The Uzbek State University of Physical Culture and Sports will have its own hostel for 1,200 beds, and in the educational building of the Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute will undergo reconstruction. Also, 2 polyclinics will be renovated so that they can collect up to 560 patients in the future.

The plans will require financing in the amount of 700.7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.07.2018, 1$= 7846.27 soums). Of these, 17% will be allocated by the government from trust funds and the local budget. Business entities that are initiators of the projects will pay 54% of the costs, and banks will help with loans to cover the remaining 29% of the funds.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

President ratifies agreement between Uzbekistan and Turkey on extradition

On 2 July 2018, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a law “On ratification of the agreement between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey on extradition".

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis passed the law on 26 June 2018. The Senate approved the document on 28 June 2018.

The agreement between Uzbekistan and Turkey on extradition was signed on 20 April in Tashkent within the framework of the visit of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Uzbekistan.

The document will serve as a legal basis for ensuring the principle of the inevitability of responsibility for the commission of a crime and should contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against crime.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

The Consultative Body Decides…

The Uzbek President’s international initiatives are materialized step by step.

Back in September 2017, speaking at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Shavkat Mirziyoyev came up with a number of key proposals, including that pertinent to the adoption of a special resolution on Central Asia within the framework of the UN General Assembly.

As part of this initiative, an international conference “Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity” was organized in Samarkand last November. The participants of the event, including foreign ministers of Central Asian nations and Afghanistan, countries of the CIS, Europe, Asia, as well as the USA, along with representatives of international organizations like the UN, EU, OSCE, SCO, EBRD, voiced their unconditional support for that initiative.

And the other day, following a months-long thorough discussion of the draft, the document was put into practice. It was interesting that the adopted resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region” was adopted with co-authorship from 55 countries of Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and other continents, which indicates recognition by the international community the urgency of the initiative of the head of the Uzbek state. In addition to our neighbors, Germany, Italy, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, Turkey, Singapore, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India were among those who contributed to its realization.

WHAT IS IN THE DOCUMENT?

The resolution included key initiatives of Uzbekistan. It mentions the main results of the Samarkand Conference, during which important decisions were made and the commitment of the countries of the region to strengthening bilateral and regional cooperation was confirmed. The document also expresses full support from the world community to the initiative of the leader of Uzbekistan on convening regular consultations of the heads of state of Central Asia.

Special attention was paid to the efforts of the Central Asian states to promote the peace process and socio-economic development in Afghanistan, their participation in regional political and economic processes. In this context, the document highlights the importance of the Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity” (March 2018) as a continuation of the efforts of the international community in support of the Afghan-led Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

The unanimous adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution attests to the comprehensive support of the international community for the current foreign policy of Uzbekistan on the establishment of close regional cooperation based on the principles of good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial partnership for the effective use of the potential of countries in the trade, economic, transport, communication, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres for the purposes ensuring the peaceful and sustainable development of Central Asia.

POINTS OF VIEW

According to experts, owing to the bold policy led by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, relations among the countries of the region have undergone a fundamental shift, which led to the creation of a completely new political atmosphere in Central Asia characterized by the consolidation of political confidence and the intensification of interaction.

Director of the Ma’no Center for Research Initiatives Bakhtiyor Ergashev:

- A qualitatively new stage of regional cooperation has come around, which allows us to say that we are turning to interstate interaction with the participation of both state and non-state economic factors. And this was largely helped by the readiness of all the countries of the region, the completion of the process of forming the national identity.

As far as integration processes are concerned, I always said that if there is any integration in Central Asia, it is only on the basis of transport systems. And this association can arise only in the case of the unification of transport systems of at least three countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Central Asia has never become an independent entity and is still an object of external forces. The countries of the region are still in the process of forming their identity as an actor. This is a very long process, the indicator of which is that the states were not able to independently form their own regional integration agenda. And all regional integration projects were stillborn. Therefore, now the countries of Central Asia are participants of integration projects proposed by external centers of power – the CSTO, EAEU, SCO.

It seems to me that the agenda for the region proposed by Uzbekistan has a chance to become a platform for boosting the regional cooperation and Central Asia gaining its geo-economic and geopolitical entity status.

The subject of formation by Central Asian countries of their own actor status in the international arena has been commented also by Farhod Tolipov, director of the non-governmental scientific institution Caravan of Knowledge:

- After the Astana meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia in March 2018, it was evident that Russian expert and analytical circles, as well as their media, were actively expressing strange, in our opinion, aching reactions about this summit. The quintessence of such a reaction from different sources boils down to such a simple formula: that the Central Asian countries have gathered without Russia. The very statement “how did they allow themselves to meet without the participation of Russia?” is not just some nervous response by Russian experts or journalists, but in a sense, it hurts, if I may say so, the Central Asian countries. Because inadmissibility of such meetings is hidden in such expressions as “met without the participation of Russia”, thereby denying our right to independently take such decisions. This can also be evaluated as a denial of the right to independence. That is, we can ask these experts the question arising from this situation: do you doubt our right to meet on our own, make decisions independently, and therefore, refuse our independence?

Perhaps, you did not mean exactly this, but all your articles and comments, unfortunately, sound in such a manner.

Well, if we take a more fundamental assessment of such statements, we must remember the history of Central Asian summits, starting from 1991. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, as independent states now, the five republics of Central Asia convened for various meetings and established a regional association that existed through to 2005.

Responding to similar statements by experts, I note that Russian participation in Central Asian summits began in 2004, when Moscow applied for membership in the CACO (Central Asian Cooperation Organization). This name was given to the Central Asian Association in 2001, which was previously called the Central Asian Union (from 1993), and from 1998 it became known as the Central Asian Economic Community. The names changed in connection with tasks that were becoming more and more ambitious.

And the most interesting happened afterwards. In 2004, Russia joined the CACO, and a year later, in 2005, the CACO ceased to exist. You can agree with me that the very accession of Russia into the CACO was rather strange, because this was a purely regional association. It is barely clear how extra-regional powers ended up participating in it.

And here I would like to ask the experts who were indignant at the Astana meeting without Moscow’s participation: what did the Russia’s history of participation in the Central Asian association result in?

The former resulted in that the latter ceased to exist! The reason cited for that was that the CACO began to duplicate the Eurasian Economic Community. But it could not duplicate in any way. Even in its composition it was different, as there was Belarus in the EEC as member, while Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine were observer nations.

As a result, the region has lived separately since 2005, which in turn led to the accumulation of a mass of unresolved problems. Summits convened previously were poor, somehow localized or froze the potential for conflict between and among the countries of Central Asia. Sure, water and border issues had not been solved, and the conflict potential had only mounted since 2005.

The ice moved aside in 2017, when Shavkat Mirziyoyev, speaking at the conference in Samarkand, came up with the initiative of annual meetings of the heads of state of Central Asia, which was immediately picked up by Nursultan Nazarbayev and the first meeting in Astana was proposed.

And today we can observe the rapprochement not only of the peoples of the Central Asian states, but also of the equally important rapprochement of the governments of the Central Asian nations.

As you can see, the Astana summit, which was modestly called an advisory meeting, did not start from scratch, it has a good and substantial background.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

EDUCATION

What Is Changing in Schools?

Sherzod Shermatov, appointed Uzbekistan’s Minister of Public Education last week, has dismissed all heads of regional divisions and departments of the central body of the Ministry.

The decision was made on the basis of the order of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to update the staff of the Ministry’s system. The head of the Ministry said that the agency’s activities are based on three principles: quality, fairness and transparency.

“Only those who can follow this goal and the three basic principles will remain in the ministry, and to those who are not ready, we say goodbye,” the minister said.

A videoconference meeting was held in the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic devoted to the fulfillment of the tasks set by the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the cardinal transformation of the public education system and its improvement in accordance with the requirements of the time.

A few days earlier, a meeting was held in the Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov. It was noted that the President as a whole is not satisfied with the current state of the sphere, because, despite the data of the relevant tasks, there are no tangible changes. In this regard, the main managers of the system are exempted from their posts.

The transformation of the educational system into ‘assistants’ in public works negatively affected the quality of their work. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the head of state has adopted the relevant documents on the prohibition of forced labor, some officials in the field still cannot abandon old habits.

It was noted at the meeting that now such phenomena will be completely eliminated and those who commit such acts can be punished, up to bringing to criminal responsibility.

Irresponsible attitude to providing the necessary conditions for the work of teachers, lack of funds in sufficient amount led to a decrease in their authority. This was the reason for leaving the sphere of the best personnel, especially male teachers. In the end, the unity of education and upbringing was damaged.

As noted, measures will now be taken to adequately stimulate and raise the salaries of teachers. This process will be implemented in stages. In particular, for the full-fledged work of teachers, the infrastructure of schools will be improved, new school buildings will be built. This, in turn, will provide an opportunity to attract qualified personnel to the school, including male teachers.

The main task of the teacher is the transfer of knowledge. Unfortunately, during the past time, this vital logic has been damaged. In addition to the fact that teachers were forcibly attracted to public works, frequent calls to meetings, compulsion to fill various papers were practiced. As a result, diligent teachers did not have time to multiply their knowledge and skills, to obtain information about innovations in the system of modern education.

The Prime Minister noted that the new head of the Ministry of Public Education should eliminate the situation, and in this direction Shermatov was given the necessary tasks.

At the video-selector session, the schools noted the tasks set by the Ministry of Public Education directly, the inadmissibility of the distribution of power by hokims or other officials to the education system, the refusal to call the system workers to meetings.

Currently, 6 million children study at the country’s schools. If they get deep knowledge, we will reach the future, which we dream about.

Direct targeted delivery of funds allocated to the education system will now be provided. The main thing is that these funds will be distributed by the Minister of Public Education. Comprehensive support for the education system, in particular the INR, will be an important task for all managers.

At the meeting attention was paid to the problem of textbooks - the most important source of education. If the textbook is qualitative, accessible and reveals the essence of the subject - this will be the main factor for achieving the main goal.

In recent years, attention was drawn not to the content of the textbook, but to its author. Unfortunately, at the same time the main criterion was measured by the notion: this textbook was written by an acquaintance of such and such a person. The situation has reached such a degree that not only specialists, but even schoolchildren began to find mistakes in textbooks.

Moreover, how much money was spent to publish new textbooks in just 2-3 years. Meanwhile, the laws of the exact sciences - mathematics, chemistry, physics - remain unchanged. And the goal of a new compilation and publication of textbooks is clear. It's no secret that this, of course, served the interests of authors and publishers.

At the meeting attention was paid to the creation of textbooks in accordance with international standards. The necessary tasks in this direction were given.

Coordination with the modern requirements of the school infrastructure remains an important issue in the country.

As noted, most schools are two- or three-story buildings. Meanwhile, there are no obstacles to the construction of four or five-story schools. On the contrary, this will improve the conditions in schools, create subject rooms, and provide an opportunity to reach more students. As a result of non-use of opportunities in many territories, children learn in three shifts.

The meeting stressed that in the Model School project, attention should be paid to creating the necessary amenities for students in schools. For their comprehensive development, it is expedient to use internal opportunities. In this direction, the experience of one of the schools of the Sergeli district of the capital was noted. The fact is that it contains a student garden, in which every schoolboy has his own tree. The student takes care of the tree, timely watering. This takes an important place in the upbringing of the child, together with the formation of a sense of love for nature in it, it also contributes to an increase in the sense of responsibility. And the profit obtained from the gardens can be used in the interests of the students.

Giving the necessary tasks to raise the profile of teachers, the head of state emphasized: I will not respect someone who does not respect the teacher.

Indeed, the teacher must be the owner of the most authoritative profession in society. And for this, all measures will be taken. For this approach to achieve accelerated progress in Japan and Singapore - countries that are among the most advanced in the world.

At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister, heads of ministries and departments, participated in the meeting through a video conferencing system, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional governor and the city of Tashkent and the responsible employees of the organizations concerned have been given the job on the issues discussed.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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DAILY NEWS HERALD # 126 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 29, 2018

posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:12 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Turkmenistan. 1

Officially.. 1

The Center of People’s Diplomacy of SCO is being created in Uzbekistan. 1

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

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed. 2

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 2

Shakhrisabz retains its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List 2

 

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On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Turkmenistan

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

At the beginning of the conversation, the Head of the state cordially congratulated the President of Turkmenistan on his birthday, wishing him good health, prosperity and success.

It was emphasized that high achievements of modern Turkmenistan and consistent increase in its international authority are the practical results of large-scale reforms and transformations under the leadership of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a policy of positive neutrality.

International initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan in the field of ensuring security and stability in the Central Asian region, development of transport corridors and energy infrastructure, in the field of rational water use, popularization of sports and other areas have been highly appreciated.

It was noted with deep satisfaction that regular contacts and meetings at the highest level contribute to strengthening the centuries-old friendship of the two fraternal people, as well as to deepening relations of good-neighborliness and strategic partnership between the two countries.

It was emphasized that fruitful state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan in April this year and important arrangements and agreements reached on its results gave a new dynamic to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan multifaceted cooperation, filling it with concrete content.

During the conversation, the prospects for cooperation in the field of trade, production cooperation, energy, development of efficient transport and transit communications, as well as cultural and humanitarian spheres were considered. Views were exchanged on current issues of regional and international agenda.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm congratulations and wishes, as well as invited the President of Uzbekistan to take part in the Summit of the Heads of the founder states of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which will be held in the city of Ashgabat in August this year.

Following the conversation, the leaders of the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to further developing and strengthening strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for the benefit of the two fraternal countries and people.

(Source: UzA)

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The Center of People’s Diplomacy of SCO is being created in Uzbekistan

The Center for People’s Diplomacy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is being created in Uzbekistan.

The Center is created in accordance with the President’s Decree "On Measures for State Support of the Establishment of the Center for People’s Diplomacy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan".

The new center in Tashkent will contribute to strengthening of mutual trust and good-neighborliness, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmonythe development of inter-civilization dialogue among the SCO countries.

The center will take part in expanding cultural and humanitarian ties with the SCO countries and organizing mutual visits of delegations.

The Center of People’s Diplomacy of the SCO will create conditions for establishing a friendly atmosphere of interaction between the institutions of civil society, including youth and women’s organizations of the SCO countries, etc.

The structure will use the tools of people’s diplomacy with a view to bringing the SCO countries and their peoples closer together, strengthening the spirit of mutual trust and good-neighborliness.

The center will be formed in the form of a non-governmental non-profit organization. The founders of the Center are the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, the State Committee for the Development of Tourism, the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Arts, the Youth Union, Creative Union of Journalists and the Writers’ Union.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed

On June 28, an international forum on “Development Strategy of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2035” was held at Inha University in Tashkent.

The event, organized by the international non-governmental non-profit organization “Buyuk kelajak” and the Development Strategy Center, was attended by deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, relevant ministries and agencies, international and public organizations, scientific centers, scientists, businessmen, over 60 international experts from almost 20 countries, youth, and compatriots living abroad.

Issues of development of a strategic concept for long-term development of Uzbekistan until 2035 were discussed at the event.

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed

It was emphasized that wide involvement of Uzbek youth studying and working in various countries of the world, to the process of reforming the institutions of public administration, development of social sphere, supporting the investment market reflects the pragmatic policy of Uzbekistan.

At the plenary meetings organized within the framework of the event, problems related to deepening democratic reforms in the system of state and public administration, raising the standard of living and social protection of the population, development of infrastructure of agricultural, industrial spheres, the complex of heat and electricity, and education were discussed.

At the event, issues of determining the main directions for development of the strategic concept of long-term development of Uzbekistan until 2035, intensifying activities of working groups in composition of council members in the areas of economy, public administration and social sphere were also considered. Views were exchanged on development of advanced foreign experience in the areas of finance, innovation, development of small and medium-sized business, science, tourism, and culture.

(Source: UzA)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Shakhrisabz retains its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Delegation of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Prime Minister A.Abdukhakimov attended the 42nd session of the UN World Heritage Committee, in Manama (Bahrain). The issue of excluding the Historical Center of Shakhrisabz from the UNESCO World Heritage List was on the agenda.

The Head of the delegation of Uzbekistan in his speech noted that activity carried out in the Historical Center of Shakhrisabz was aimed at improving the living standards of the local population. Members of the Committee also got acquainted with the adopted decision of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the protection of World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan", where the roadmap indicating the timing of implementation of recommendations of the World Heritage Committee is indicated.

As reported by the Press Service of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development, following the debates between the committee members, it was decided to create a working group on development of an alternative draft decision of the World Heritage Committee, which provides for the preservation of the Historical Center of Shahrisabz in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

(Source: UzA)

 

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posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:11 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Turkmenistan. 1

Officially.. 1

The Center of People’s Diplomacy of SCO is being created in Uzbekistan. 1

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

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed. 2

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 2

Shakhrisabz retains its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List 2

  

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On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Turkmenistan

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

At the beginning of the conversation, the Head of the state cordially congratulated the President of Turkmenistan on his birthday, wishing him good health, prosperity and success.

It was emphasized that high achievements of modern Turkmenistan and consistent increase in its international authority are the practical results of large-scale reforms and transformations under the leadership of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a policy of positive neutrality.

International initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan in the field of ensuring security and stability in the Central Asian region, development of transport corridors and energy infrastructure, in the field of rational water use, popularization of sports and other areas have been highly appreciated.

It was noted with deep satisfaction that regular contacts and meetings at the highest level contribute to strengthening the centuries-old friendship of the two fraternal people, as well as to deepening relations of good-neighborliness and strategic partnership between the two countries.

It was emphasized that fruitful state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan in April this year and important arrangements and agreements reached on its results gave a new dynamic to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan multifaceted cooperation, filling it with concrete content.

During the conversation, the prospects for cooperation in the field of trade, production cooperation, energy, development of efficient transport and transit communications, as well as cultural and humanitarian spheres were considered. Views were exchanged on current issues of regional and international agenda.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm congratulations and wishes, as well as invited the President of Uzbekistan to take part in the Summit of the Heads of the founder states of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which will be held in the city of Ashgabat in August this year.

Following the conversation, the leaders of the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to further developing and strengthening strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for the benefit of the two fraternal countries and people.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

The Center of People’s Diplomacy of SCO is being created in Uzbekistan

The Center for People’s Diplomacy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is being created in Uzbekistan.

The Center is created in accordance with the President’s Decree "On Measures for State Support of the Establishment of the Center for People’s Diplomacy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan".

The new center in Tashkent will contribute to strengthening of mutual trust and good-neighborliness, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmonythe development of inter-civilization dialogue among the SCO countries.

The center will take part in expanding cultural and humanitarian ties with the SCO countries and organizing mutual visits of delegations.

The Center of People’s Diplomacy of the SCO will create conditions for establishing a friendly atmosphere of interaction between the institutions of civil society, including youth and women’s organizations of the SCO countries, etc.

The structure will use the tools of people’s diplomacy with a view to bringing the SCO countries and their peoples closer together, strengthening the spirit of mutual trust and good-neighborliness.

The center will be formed in the form of a non-governmental non-profit organization. The founders of the Center are the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, the State Committee for the Development of Tourism, the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Arts, the Youth Union, Creative Union of Journalists and the Writers’ Union.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed

On June 28, an international forum on “Development Strategy of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2035” was held at Inha University in Tashkent.

The event, organized by the international non-governmental non-profit organization “Buyuk kelajak” and the Development Strategy Center, was attended by deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, relevant ministries and agencies, international and public organizations, scientific centers, scientists, businessmen, over 60 international experts from almost 20 countries, youth, and compatriots living abroad.

Issues of development of a strategic concept for long-term development of Uzbekistan until 2035 were discussed at the event.

Strategic concept of long-term development is discussed

It was emphasized that wide involvement of Uzbek youth studying and working in various countries of the world, to the process of reforming the institutions of public administration, development of social sphere, supporting the investment market reflects the pragmatic policy of Uzbekistan.

At the plenary meetings organized within the framework of the event, problems related to deepening democratic reforms in the system of state and public administration, raising the standard of living and social protection of the population, development of infrastructure of agricultural, industrial spheres, the complex of heat and electricity, and education were discussed.

At the event, issues of determining the main directions for development of the strategic concept of long-term development of Uzbekistan until 2035, intensifying activities of working groups in composition of council members in the areas of economy, public administration and social sphere were also considered. Views were exchanged on development of advanced foreign experience in the areas of finance, innovation, development of small and medium-sized business, science, tourism, and culture.

(Source: UzA)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Shakhrisabz retains its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Delegation of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Prime Minister A.Abdukhakimov attended the 42nd session of the UN World Heritage Committee, in Manama (Bahrain). The issue of excluding the Historical Center of Shakhrisabz from the UNESCO World Heritage List was on the agenda.

The Head of the delegation of Uzbekistan in his speech noted that activity carried out in the Historical Center of Shakhrisabz was aimed at improving the living standards of the local population. Members of the Committee also got acquainted with the adopted decision of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the protection of World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan", where the roadmap indicating the timing of implementation of recommendations of the World Heritage Committee is indicated.

As reported by the Press Service of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development, following the debates between the committee members, it was decided to create a working group on development of an alternative draft decision of the World Heritage Committee, which provides for the preservation of the Historical Center of Shahrisabz in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

(Source: UzA)


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posted 13 Jul 2018, 11:09 by Webmaster Ambasciata

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Tasks for implementation of “Obod qishloq” and “Obod makhalla” programs are identified. 2

Investments. 3

Growing Interest of Investors. 3

 

June 27 - Press and Mass Media Workers Day

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulates press and mass media workers

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely congratulated the press and mass media workers and veterans of the sphere who made a huge contribution to its development, with the Press and Mass Media Workers Day, which is celebrated in Uzbekistan on June 27, and expressed his deep respect and best wishes.

The President noted that thanks to efforts, talent and skill of thousands of representatives of this noble profession, the mass media are becoming closer to the life of people, their joys and cares, play an irreplaceable role in formation of a new, democratic image of Uzbekistan.

In the years of independence, the number of mass media in the country has almost quadrupled and reached 1500, which indicates a consistent continuation of transformation in the sphere.

Profound qualitative changes are taking place along with the growth of quantitative indicators. This can be seen in the example of expansion in the national media space of non-state media network, their effective activities, and accelerated development of Internet journalism. All these are important factors in civil society formation.

– We welcome the atmosphere of openness, objective analysis and criticism in publications, television and radio programs, an increase in the number of materials coming from our journalists from abroad, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President emphasized that the mass media should become “the fourth estate” not in words, but in reality. This is the imperative of time, the demand of our reforms.

In order to improve the system of training modern personnel for the mass media, we recently formed the University of Journalism and Mass Communications of Uzbekistan.

A comprehensive study of the achievements in the field of media, scientific-theoretical foundations of journalism and modern media technologies will contribute to training highly qualified personnel at the level of international standards.

“Undoubtedly, the large practical work carried out in the sphere will create a solid base that will allow domestic journalists to take a worthy place in the global information space”, – said the President.

(Source: UzA)

High trust and incentives increase responsibility

A solemn event dedicated to June 27 – Press and Mass Media Workers Day was held at the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater.

The event was attended by members of the Senate, deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of ministries, agencies, public organizations, honorary journalists, publishers, polygraphists, professors and teachers of higher education institutions.

A congratulatory message of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to press and mass media workers was read by the State Advisor to the President H.Sultanov.

This year, for the first time in history, according to the Decree of the President of the country a group of workers making a worthy contribution to the development of the sphere was awarded with high state awards in connection with this significant date. This gave the holiday a peculiar atmosphere and high spirits. At the event, the high awards were solemnly presented.

It was noted that in the country the Head of the state pays great attention to development of the mass media, enhancing effectiveness of the national press. Great gratitude was expressed to the President for a worthy appraisal of the work of workers in the sphere.

Currently, there are more than 1500 media in the country, including 700 newspapers, 309 magazines, 65 TV, 35 radio, 4 news agencies, 15 newsletters, 395 websites. It is the share of non-state media that account for 66 percent of the country’s TV and radio channels, and 50 percent of print media. Before gaining independence, there were 395 media in the republic, almost all of them were state-owned.

The reforms implemented in the sphere require training of personnel meeting modern requirements. In particular, the resolution of the Head of the state “On formation of the University of Journalism and Mass Communications of Uzbekistan” of May 24, 2018 became a historical document in this direction.

At the event, winners of traditional competition “The most active journalist of the year", conducted by the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan, were awarded.

(Source: UzA)

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Tasks for implementation of “Obod qishloq” and “Obod makhalla” programs are identified

On June 27, a meeting dedicated to issues of implementation of “Obod qishloq” (“Prosperous village”) and “Obod makhalla” (“Prosperous neighborhood”) programs, improvement of settlements was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Within the framework of “Obod qishloq” program, adopted in accordance with the Decree of the Head of the state of March 29, 2018, this year construction and landscaping activities are being carried out in 386 villages of 159 districts. In these villages, repair of 142 thousand individual and more than one thousand multi-storey houses, three thousand kilometers of roads, laying and restoration of 2,5 thousand kilometers of electric networks, 2 thousand kilometers of water pipes, construction of 2 thousand 400 markets and other infrastructure facilities are planned.

In addition, it is planned to be built and renovate 388 secondary schools, 313 kindergartens, 168 medical institutions, 38 makhallas and 55 other social facilities.

At the meeting, the work implemented in this direction was analyzed, important tasks for the future were identified.

The need to ensure uninterrupted supply of building materials in the required amount, creation of stores of building materials in the countryside was noted. This will not only ensure the quality and timely implementation of planned works, but also prevent the increase in the cost of construction activities.

Instructions were given on development of a master plan for villages additionally introduced in the program, creating necessary funds, attracting investments to the countryside.

Special attention was paid to improving the supply of drinking water. It was emphasized that it is necessary to accelerate construction and repair activities of water supply systems, as well as repair roads, power lines and gas pipelines.

Tasks for implementation of “Obod qishloq” and “Obod makhalla” programs

Tasks on construction of educational and medical institutions, points of trade and consumer services, creation of small shops in rural areas were also determined.

As it is known, during the visit to “Hirmontepa” and “Tirsakobod” makhallas of Chilanzar district on June 4 this year, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions on development of the “Obod makhalla” program.

Today, activities on improvement of the territory of one mahalla are being carried out as an experiment in 11 districts of the capital and 30 cities of the country. Activities for 72 billion sums were executed in 41 makhallas for the expired short period.

“Obod makhalla” program was adopted taking into account the positive experience in this direction and wishes of the population.

In accordance with the program, the appearance of at least 2 makhallas in each city will be radically changed this year, and at least 3 makhallas annually until 2022. Activity will be carried out on construction and repair of water pipes, electric networks, gas pipes and sewerage systems. Besides, it is envisaged to repair 5 thousand 607 kilometers of internal roads, 369 objects of social sphere, creation of 969 objects of market infrastructure and service points. “Obod makhalla” funds will be formed at local khokimiyats for this purpose.

– “Obod qishloq” and “Obod makhalla” programs have one of the most important places in implementation of reforms. Since we have committed ourselves to our people on solving their problems, improving living conditions and quality of life, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President gave instructions on the system organization of construction and landscaping activities implemented within the framework of these programs.

(Source: UzA)

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Growing Interest of Investors

Deepak Rein, a representative of one of Asia’s leading corporations, the Singapore-based holding company Indorama, has visited the Syrdarya region to study investment opportunities and discuss launching new productions.

The businessman noted that he was pleased with the conditions and privileges created for foreign investors in the Syrdarya region. In particular, he stressed that the region has ample opportunities for the production, processing and export of agricultural products. He expressed opinion that he intends to create a cotton cluster and cotton processing enterprises here.

The holding company Indorama was established in 1975 under the foundation of the Indonesian company Synthetics Indo-Rama. At present, the company produces polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester, mineral fertilizers, textile products and medical gloves.

The region’s hokim supported the idea of a foreign entrepreneur and proposed the allocation of land in the Akaltyn and Sardoba districts. On the same day, Deepak Rein visited these areas, studied the proposed territories, met with hokims of the districts.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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