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AMBASCIATA DELLA REPUBBLICA DELL’UZBEKISTAN IN ITALIA

BOLLETTINO D’INFORMAZIONE
(GENNAIO 2011)

 

ROMA

 

CONTENUTO

  1. PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN VISITED BRUSSELS
  2. UZBEKISTAN MARKS 19TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMED FORCES
  3. IL PRESIDENTE DELL’UZBEKISTAN APPROFONDISCE LE RIFORME DEMOCRATICHE
  4. UZBEKISTAN STARTS INTRODUCING BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS
  5. CABINET’S SOCIAL COMPLEX SUMS UP 2010 RESULTS
  6. DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM CONSIDERED
  7. NEW ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS SYSTEM PRESENTED
  8. INNOVATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
  9. UZBEK ROPEWALKERS IN ITALY
  10. 10.IMPORTANT VICTORY OF UZBEK FOOTBALL PLAYERS

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN VISITED BRUSSELS

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited Brussels on January 24, 2011, at the invitation of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
During his visit to the Belgian capital, President Karimov met with President Jose Manuel Barroso; the European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger; and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
During the negotiations, the sides exchanged practical and candid views on the current state and prospects of Uzbekistan-EU and Uzbekistan-NATO relations.
President Islam Karimov’s meeting with European Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso both in restricted and extended format went far beyond the time framework set by protocol and was held in a frank and constructive atmosphere. Bilateral cooperation issues as well as those of regional and international nature have been discussed during the talks.
The Commission President stressed that the Uzbek leader’s visit was well-timed, and that today there have been all the necessary prerequisites for bolstering the bilateral cooperation in political, economic and other spheres.
Jose Manuel Barroso expressed gratitude to Islam Karimov for the assistance in executing the EU strategy for Central Asia and expressed hope that the visit would be a turning point in the development of bilateral relations between the Union and Uzbekistan.
President Barroso drew attention to what it has been one of the highest economic growth rates in the world demonstrated by Uzbekistan, and pointed out European Union’s willingness to make itself available in the process of economic reforms and structural transition in Uzbekistan through the supply of high technology for the implementation of priority projects, infrastructure development, training of specialists, and expansion of scientific and technological ties. One of the signed documents is a memorandum set to boost projects in the sphere of financial and technological cooperation.
The head of the European Commission noted enormous prospects unfolding in bilateral interaction in the wake of the Memorandum on Cooperation in Energy inked during the visit. The prospects referred to include the modernization of fuel and energy complex, introduction of energy saving technologies as well as the development of interregional transport and communications and transit corridors.
Uzbekistan welcomes the pragmatic approach taken by the European Union regarding the use of water resources of transnational rivers in Central Asia. The EU has made it clear that the regional states should coordinate their efforts to work out a sustainable and transparent mechanism for cooperation on water and energy issues with an eye to preserving the existent environmental balance and built on the principles of fair, sustainable and reasonable use of transnational water resources.
Jose Manuel Barroso said that with great consideration and interest has the EU leadership welcomed the Concept of Intensifying the Democratic Reforms and Forming Civil Society presented by President Islam Karimov at the joint session of higher and lower houses of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis on November 12, 2010. He expressed the EU’s willingness to provide essential assistance in the Concept’s implementation, including in particular the drafting of normative and regulatory projects aimed at fostering the democratic processes, encouraging the development of independent media, further liberalization of judicial system. The sides noted the shared interest in maintaining the dialogue on issues related to human rights and the rule of law.
The Commission President expressed his profound reverence for the evenhanded and constructive approach by President Islam Karimov during the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan that broke out last June. President Barroso noted that Uzbekistan’s discerning strategy in this critical situation has helped prevent the conflict from escalation and reaffirm Uzbekistan’s key role in maintaining and consolidating the stability and security in Central Asia.
During the talks, the sides expressed shared interest in achieving a durable stability in Kyrgyzstan. The EU leadership has reiterated its unwavering position on the need for a comprehensive, impartial and independent international inquiry into the tragic events of last June, critical to secure an enduring stability in that country.
Presidents Karimov and Barroso have used the negotiations to evaluate the prospects of Afghanistan and discussed issues concerning intra-Afghan settlement by the engagement of interested sides in a dialogue.
The Commission President expressed gratitude to President of Uzbekistan for the goal-bound projects aimed at restoring Afghanistan’s economy and infrastructure.
Agreement on Establishing European Union Delegation to Uzbekistan signed during the visit has received an encouraging approval from the two sides who expressed confidence that the document will provide with a solid ground for implementing agreements and strengthening mutual confidence.

President Islam Karimov’s meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has reaffirmed the common interest of the parties to intensify the bilateral constructive partnership. At the same time, priority on this front has been placed on cooperation within Individual Partnership Program and the Process of Planning and Analysis of Decisions, countering threats to security from the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, bolstering interaction in combating terrorism and drugs trafficking.
The two sides agreed that in so extremely intricate a situation prevailing in Afghanistan, it is imperative to seek alternative ways to attain peace and stability in that country. In accordance with Uzbekistan’s viewpoint, creation of a “6+3” contact group composed of representatives of Afghanistan’s neighboring nations as well as the United States, NATO and Russia – under a UN auspices, – could play an important role in this regard.
During Uzbekistan-NATO talks, the position of the Uzbek side on a range of cooperation issues has been given an essential and sufficiently comprehensive explanation.
NATO’s Secretary General gave his high appreciation of Uzbekistan’s significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Afghanistan and called for the continuation of coordinated efforts in stabilizing that country.
The visit by President Islam Karimov to Brussels has demonstrated the common interest of the European Union, NATO, and Uzbekistan to expand cooperation in various spheres built on principles of equality and mutual benefit. As it was repeatedly put throughout the visit, the parties possess a considerable potential, the realization of which would prove mutually advantageous.

UZBEKISTAN MARKS 19TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMED FORCES

Uzbekistan celebrates the Day of Defenders of the Motherland and the 19th anniversary of the Armed Forces on 14 January. 
On the eve of the holiday, a solemn meeting was held at Turkiston palace in Tashkent with participation of the soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, military veterans and members of the public, UzA informs. 

Hokim (mayor) of the capital A.Tukhtayev opened the meeting. 

The state anthem of Uzbekistan was played. 

Minister of defense K.Berdiyev read the congratulation of the President Islam Karimov to the country’s military. 

Widescale work has been carried out in Uzbekistan to create the national army corresponding to modern requirements and standards, which is a reliable guarantor of independence, security and territorial integrity of the country. 

The main goal of the Armed Forces reforms is to increase the defense capability of the army. The structure and dislocation of the army, which unites units of the Defense ministry, Border troops and military structures of other ministries and departments, have been improved. 

A special attention is being paid to increasing professional training of the military servicemen. Sergeant schools have been created, which prepare highly qualified professionals with high intellectual potential. 

The term of the military service was reduced to one year, and the call up is being held once per year on a contest basis. 

The state has been paying attention to improving the living conditions of the military people and their families, providing them with housing, constructing and reconstructing residential areas, as well as implementing complex programs to provide the military with qualified medical aid. 

In accordance with the President’s decree, a group of the staff of the law-enforcement bodies, as well as defense and emergency ministries were awarded with honorary titles, orders and medals. These persons received their awards at the solemn meeting. 

At the event, winners of the three-stage Armed Forces contest of 2010 were also awarded, including the best commanders and the best sergeants, as well as the best sergeant school, best defense department, best military school and the best military unit. 

Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis I.Sobirov, Speaker of the Legislative Chamber D.Tashmuhamedova and Prime minister Sh.Mirziyoyev participated in the meeting.

UZBEKISTAN STARTS INTRODUCING BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS

Director of the State Personalization Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan Abdusattar Matkarimov spoke to UzA on the introduction of the biometric passports in the country. In accordance with the President’s decree of 5 January, the country will complete introduction of biometric passports by the end of 2015.

The resolution of the Montreal Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization of 2004, its member states were recommended to introduce documents with electronic chip carrying information on the owners’ personal biometric data, Abdusattar Matkarimov said.

According to him, the new passports are aimed at ensuring security of the international civil aviation and increasing the level of protection of the identification documents. The new system will also create comfortable conditions for the air passengers thanks to quick and precise identification of the person.

To date, biometric passports have been introduced in more than 100 countries of the world. Uzbekistan will soon become one of them.

“The biometric passport, apart from usual data, contains an electronic information carrier with personal biographical data of the owner, as well as his or her biometric parameters, which include a digital photo and fingerprints,” the Personalization Center director continued.

“There are three types of biometric documents – citizen’s passport, diplomatic passport and a travel document for persons without citizenship,” he said.

The passports will be exchanged in two stages. During the first stage, to last during 2011, new passports will be issued to staff of the ministries and other state bodies, as well as citizens leaving the country of resident in other states, and those receiving the new passport.

During the second stage – 2012 to 2015 – all other citizens of Uzbekistan will be issued biometric passports.

The State Personalization Center was set up in accordance with the decree of the President of 23 June 2009. It provides centralized creation and registration of all three types of biometric documents.

The current passports of the citizens of Uzbekistan will be valid until the end of 2015.

IL PRESIDENTE DELL’UZBEKISTAN APPROFONDISCE LE RIFORME DEMOCRATICHE

A Tashkent si è svolta il 12 novembre 2010 la riunione congiunta della Camera Legislativa e del Senato dell’Oliy Majlis della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, a cui è intervenuto il Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, con la relazione “Concetto  dell’ulteriore approfondimento delle riforme democratiche e della formazione della società civile nel paese”.
            Il Capo della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan ha avanzato una serie di iniziative legislative volte all’ulteriore sviluppo e consolidamento dei rami del potere governativo e in particolare del parlamento, con il fine di raggiungere importanti obiettivi di stato come aumentare il ruolo dei partiti politici, perfezionare il sistema giuridico-giudiziario, della legge elettorale del paese, sviluppare le istituzioni della società civile, dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa, nonchè approfondire ulteriormente le riforme di mercato democratiche e liberalizzare l’economia.  
Come ha segnalato il Presidente dell’Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, le riforme realizzate in questo settore precedentemente sono state volte alla realizzazione coerente del principio costituzionale di divisione dei rami del potere, creazione di un sistema efficace dei pesi e contrappesi tra di essi, consolidazione del ruolo dei poteri e delle funzioni di controllo delle autorità rappresentative e legislative al centro e localmente, realizzazione delle misure per la liberalizzazione e autonomia del sistema giudiziario.
Secondo la relazione del Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, l’essenza e il contenuto degli emendamenti all’articolo 98 della Costituzione della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan consiste nel fatto che vengono introdotte modalità di  presentazione delle candidatura e dell’approvazione del primo ministro nuove e conformi ai principi democratici, e la concessione all’Oliy Majlis del diritto di espressione sulla mozione di sfiducia al primo ministro. Inoltre, viene escluso il diritto del Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan di prendere decisioni sulle questioni relative alla competenza del Gabinetto dei Ministri della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan.   
“Allo stesso tempo non dobbiamo dimenticare che il successo di questa riforma dipende molto dall’andamento della democratizzazione e della liberalizzazione, dell’aumento dell’attivismo sociale e politico dei nostri cittadini, dalla loro cultura politica e giuridica e, ovviamente, in primo luogo dipende dal livello di maturità dei partiti politici, dalla loro disponibilità di assumersi una responsabilità enorme sui destini e sul futuro dell’Uzbekistan” - ha segnalato il Presidente Islam Karimov.
La riunione congiunta della Camera Legislativa e del Senato dell’Oliy Majlis con la partecipazione del Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, svoltasi la settimana scorsa, ha provocato ampie risonanze tra gli esperti e il pubblico italiano. Secondo loro la relazione del Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan  rappresenta uno slancio e costituisce una fase nuova del rinnovamento democratico in tutti i settori della vita di stato.

CABINET’S SOCIAL COMPLEX SUMS UP 2010 RESULTS

The Cabinet of Ministers’ Complex for education, healthcare, social protection, information systems and telecommunications held a session to sum up the results of 2010 and consider tasks for 2011.

The session participants considered implementation by the ministries and departments of the complex of the priority tasks of socioeconomic development of the country in 2010 set by President Islam Karimov.

In particular, they reviewed issues of modernization and diversification of production, implementation of innovative and investment projects, as well as expansion of local production and increasing exports.

The complex also defined measures to implement the tasks set by the head of the state in his speeches at the joint session of the parliament’s houses in November and the meeting devoted to the Constitution Day in December.

According to the complex, last year it produced goods and provided services worth a total of UZS 2.26 trillion, which is 19.1% more than in 2009.

Paid services provided to the population comprised UZS 1.357 trillion, 14.5% up from the previous year.

USD 413.5 million worth of funds were used for projects included in the 2010 investment program, which is 94.9% more than planned. Exports exceeded the forecast by 32.3%.

The session considered improvement of the healthcare system, reconstructing and equipping children’s sports objects, music and art schools, teaching foreign languages and information technologies.

The participants also discussed introduction of ICT in state bodies and local authorities, rational use of paper and enriching the information and education portal ZiyoNET with new resources.

DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM CONSIDERED

A conference devoted on improvement of training tourism specialists was held in Tashkent.

Heads of higher educational institutions training tourism specialists, teachers and experts participated in the event organized by the national company Uzbektourism and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education of Uzbekistan.

Chairman of Uzbektourism R.Mirzayev stressed that in Uzbekistan an extensive work was being ocnducted on development of tourism infrastructure and increasing the inflow of tourists. Like in other spheres, preparing qualified personnel is an important issue in tourism. 

A number of educational institutions in Uzbekistan are specialized in training for the tourism industry. The Tourism Faculty of the Tashkent State Economic University prepares specialists in tourism service, marketing and management, the Singapore Management Development Institute and the Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service trains international tourism and management specialists, while professional colleges of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva teach in hotel and restaurant business.

Tourism contributes to the growth of living standards, creating new jobs and strengthening international relations. In Uzbekistan, the number of modern hotels and recration centers is growing continually. Development of new tourist routes, creating new and renovating existing transport communications contribute to the development of tourism and increasing the inflow of tourists to Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan is one of the top ten countries by the number of historical and tourism sites. There are more than 4,000 historical and cultural monuments in Uzbekistan. Particular attention is being paid to studying and promoting the rich spiritual and cultural heritage, as well as rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of ancient monuments.

“Uzbekistan, located in the heart of the Great Silk Road, attracts tourists with its unique historical monuments and buildings, as well as beautiful nature,” said Priti Kesavan of the Singapore Management Development Institute in Tashkent. “Tourism is an important factor in sustainable economic development.”

Reports on improvement of training in tourism, development of cooperation between professionals and specialists of educational institutions, centers and departments operating in this firld were heard at the event.

NEW ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS SYSTEM PRESENTED

Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the unitary enterprise “SSP Maroqand” presented a unique system of electronic payments “SMS-To’lov”, developed by attracting experts from Germany and Japan.
The new software is easy to use, said the deputy director general of Uzbek Agency for Communication and information (UzACI) A.Hodjayev at the event.
In order to sign up for the service, a client needs to visit his/her bank to register in the system and link the service with checking account or plastic bank card. The system requires the information security by using digital signatures and was tested successfully by UzACI.
SMS-To’lov is a payment system, generated in the banking automated control system for payments between the customer and the company. It takes few seconds across any model cell phone, without going to banks. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mobile services, local telephone communication providers, utilities, taxes, airline and railway tickets and many other services can be paid through the system.

INNOVATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Uzbekistan is successfully implementing a Mini Innovations Program consisting of 19 projects launched in September 2009. Its main goal is to introduce new low-cost technologies in businesses. 
The innovations are designed to be applied in industry, agriculture, construction, pharmaceuticals and other areas of the real economy. Basic requirements for the projects are organization of production from local raw materials, energy and resource saving, creating new jobs. The projects are run not just by academic institutions, universities and design offices, but also by private entrepreneurs. 
A businessman from Tashkent Aman Hojimuhamedov, one of the winners of innovations contest, has made an energy saving electronic machine for regulating entrance door lighting in apartment houses. The smart machine switches on the light only if there is a man. After some time when the man reaches the upper floors, lights go out. The main consumers of the proposed device are associations of private property owners. 
Each project has its particular consumers interested in the production of new commodities. Scientists of Uzbek Research Institute of Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture, for example, have developed a mini-threshing machine for threshing grain for farms and family-sized farms. Entrepreneurs from Parkent district expressed interest in grape flour production technology from wine and juices wastes offered by Tashkent Technical University. 
Head of the department for coordination of innovation activities of the Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology J. Khojayev said, the funding scheme proved to be a good incentive for developers as the application of innovative projects are not only funded by the state, but also by private organizations interested in introducing new products.

UZBEK ROPEWALKERS IN ITALY

An amazing show for European spectators.
The company ‘Uzbek Ropewalkers’ of Tashkent State Circus has performed wonderfully at the 27th annual international festival of circus art Golden Circus of Rome in Italy. Representatives of the Tashkenbayevs famous dynasty took part in this festival for the first time and won the Grand Prix, the Golden Coliseum.
Golden Circus of Rome is considered one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. This time around, fifteen countries presented their art in various circus genres – acrobatics, calisthenics, juggling, tightrope walking, and others. In Italy, the Tashkenbayevs dynasty wrote down another bright page in the international circus history.  
“Intricate trick combinations were performed by artists without any safety kits that illustrates high professionalism in the circus art and is appreciated hugely,” tells circus art historian Pulat Tashkenbayev. “Our artists prepared their show in the national style: music and costumes reflected the peculiarities of culture of our nation. And it was enthusiastically welcomed by the emotional Italian audience.”
The oldest in Uzbekistan the dynasty of Tashkenbayevs ranks the special place in the history of international circus. Its founder Tashkenbay Egamberdiyev in the beginning of the 20th century acquired the fame as one of the best gurus of acrobatics, calisthenics and balancing on the rope. It was him who in 1935 for the first time in the history of the Uzbek circus took performances of ropewalkers of open air to the dome top of a circus. In 1991 the Tashkent State Circus was given his name. 
Today, the representatives of the sixth generation of Tashkenbayevs delight people’s eyes with bright and special art of ropewalkers. Since the last years the troupe “Uzbek Ropewalkers” under the supervision of Murat Tashkenbayev successfully perform in international contests and festivals in various countries. In 2007, the youngest artist of the troupe Behzod Tashkenbayev was distinguished at the first World Championship of Ropewalkers in South Korea. The contenders then faced rather complicated task: to pass one kilometer distance on the rope tightened at the 25-meter high over the river Hanggang. They should pass it as quicker as possible. Behzod came second with 13 minutes. 
“In the nearest future the troupe “Uzbek Ropewalkers” is planning to go for tour to Russia, as well as carrying on negotiations with the Belarus State Circus,” noted Pulat Tashkenbayev. “The success in the festival in Italy, undoubtedly, gives the confidence in their mastery and aspiration to continue the family tradition.”

IMPORTANT VICTORY OF UZBEK FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Uzbek football players won an important victory at the Asian Cup 2011 in Doha, Qatar.
Representatives from Uzbekistan’s national team defeated Jordan with a score of 2-1.
Both goals from the Uzbek side belonged to Ulugbek Bakayev. The author of the goal of the opponents was Bashar Bani Yasin.
In the game between Qatar and Japan, footballers of Japan won with 2-3.
Thus, teams of Uzbekistan and Japan got passes to the semifinal of the Asian Cup.

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