01/06/10 Bollettino d'informazione (maggio 2010)

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AMBASCIATA DELLA REPUBBLICA DELL’UZBEKISTAN IN ITALIA

BOLLETTINO D’INFORMAZIONE
(MAGGIO 2010)

ROMA

 

CONTENUTO

  1. PRESIDENT SEES CHINESE FM AMID LATTER’S VISIT TO UZBEKISTAN
  2. PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN MEETS OMAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER
  3. PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH HEAD OF WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION
  4. PRESIDENT MEETS JAPANESE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
  5. TASHKENT HOSTS THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION MEMBER-STATES
  6. ADB PRESIDENT THANKS UZBEK LEADER FOR SUCCESS OF ANNUAL MEETING
  7. ‘MAN – INVALUABLE’, ‘MEMORY – ETERNAL’, SAYS PRESIDENT AT REMEMBRANCE & HONORS DAY EVENT
  8. DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROCARBON SECTOR
  9. THE COUNTRY’S CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ENTERPRISES REINFORCE STRONG POSITIONS
  10. UNIVERSIAD-2010 OPENS IN ANDIJAN
  11. KHIVA HOSTS ASRLAR SADOSI CULTURE FESTIVAL

PRESIDENT SEES CHINESE FM AMID LATTER’S VISIT TO UZBEKISTAN 

On May 21 this year at the Oksaroy Residence in Tashkent the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Yang Jiechi, according to the report by the Uzbekistan National News Agency May 22. 

“We highly appreciate the particular attention and significance paid and attached by the leadership of the People’s Republic of China to the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” President Islam Karimov is reported to have said as he had welcomed the high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Tashkent, “the international authority of your country and such a broad participation in the forthcoming events in Tashkent tangibly promote strengthening of the role and influence of this Organization in the modern architecture of world politics.”
“In China we treat you with high respect as a great politician of modernity,” Foreign Minister Jiechi said in response to President, “and it is under your leadership that the people of Uzbekistan have achieved enormous successes in independent nation building. Along with Chairman Hu Jintao you took the Uzbek-Chinese relations up to a qualitatively new level.” 

At the moment, the bilateral relations between the two countries are developing in the spirit of traditional friendship and partnership, and cover a broad spectrum of issues in the investment, trade-economic, energy and transport and communications spheres. In many directions of cooperation the sides observe coincidence of positions of both countries on bilateral and multilateral levels. 

Uzbekistan and China jointly counteract any manifestations of terrorism, extremism, separatism, drug trafficking, illicit arms trade and other challenges of regional and international security. These issues are also defined as the key ones in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Charter. 

The trade and economic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and People’s Republic of China are known for their special level of development in the framework of most favoring regime in force yet since 1994 on the parity basis. China has been solidly securing the position of one of the leading trade partners of Uzbekistan, according to the report. 

At the May 21 Oksaroy talks the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sincerely thanked the President for a warm welcome and paid a special attention to ever solidified role of the SCO in the international arena, particularly, thanks to the efforts of the Uzbek Leadership during its chairmanship in the Organization. 

During the negotiations the sides have also exchanged views related to prospects of further expanding the bilateral cooperation, as well as on the issues of forthcoming State visit of the Chairman of PRC Hu Jintao to the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s top-level summit with participation of heads of its member-states is due in Tashkent on June 10-11 this year. 

The Organization’s member-states include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan hold the observer status.

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN MEETS OMAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman Yusuf Bin Alawai bin Abdullah at Oqsaroy residence in Tashkent on 14 May.

Welcoming the guest, the head of the state said that the relations between Uzbekistan and Oman were developing not only in the diplomatic sphere, but also in the economic field.

“The historical, spiritual and cultural closeness of our peoples is an important factor in the development of bilateral relations,” President of Uzbekistan said.

The relations between Uzbekistan and Oman have been developing in a friendly and dynamic way. In October 2009, President Karimov paid a state visit to Oman.

During that visit, important agreements on the bases of trade, economic and investment cooperation and on air communication were signed, along with over 10 documents on joint activity in oil and gas, chemical and construction sectors, education, tourism, culture and humanitarian area.

The two countries have signed intergovernmental agreements on joint stimulation and protection of investments, avoiding double taxation of incomes and preventing avoidance of capital tax payment.

Uzbekistan and Oman have also reached an agreement on creating a joint Uzbek-Oman investment fund.

Oman considers Uzbekistan as one of the key states in Central Asian region. Cooperation with Uzbekistan opens wide opportunities for Oman in terms of participation in the regional economic relations.

At the meeting in Oqsaroy, Yusuf Bin Alawai bin Abdullah expressed gratitude to President Islam Karimov for warm reception and confirmed the interest of the Sultanate of Oman in further development of bilateral cooperation with Uzbekistan in various spheres.

During the talks, the sides exchanged opinion on the perspectives of expansion of Uzbekistan-Oman relations and other topics of mutual interest.

PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH HEAD OF WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya, on May 4 in Oqsaroy. 

Head of our state, welcoming the guest, said, “Your attendance of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Tashkent we perceive as a sign of respect for Uzbekistan and our region as a whole. Uzbek customs officials personally feel the practical support provided by the WTO in the development and introduction of modern methods and standards to the system and professional training in this field. 

“In Uzbekistan we well understand the effective role played by the World Customs Organization in elaborating rules and procedures of international trade”, the President said. 

International institutional integration of national customs structures on such a level was formalized back in 1947 and currently includes 176 countries. Its core functions are defined as development of trade standards, perfection of internationally recognized customs rules and procedures, improvement of the effectiveness of – and development of cooperation between – customs authorities of member states. 

Uzbekistan has fruitfully cooperated with this international organization since its accession as early as 1992. In particular, “Development Strategy of Customs Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2007-2010” was developed in 2007 together with WTO experts, and is today effectively put into practice. In the framework of this document, projects are implemented to introduce information technologies and modern equipment to the work of customs services, to augment the professional skills of officers in this sphere. 

It should be noted that with the initiative of President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, a higher education institution unique to entire region was established in our country in 2003 that specializes in training highly qualified specialists in customs service. The national cynological center of the republic’s customs agency instituted earlier by the initiative of President Karimov, assumed the status of an organization of regional standing. 

During the meeting in Oqsaroy, Kunio Mikuriya expressed his sincere gratitude to the head of our state for the warm welcome. “First of all, I was glad to learn that ADB chose the city of Tashkent for such a forum first in Central Asia”, Kunio Mikuriya said. “Back in 2002, when I served as deputy secretary general of WTO, Mr. Tadao Chino who then headed the ADB, invited me to a ministerial conference in Central Asia and talked a lot about Uzbekistan and admired You as a farsighted politician, economist and just a person. Thus, I would like to say Mr. President, that when I joined the Ministry of Finance of Japan, Tadao Chino was my principal, mentor, and I went through his school. My current visit represents a good opportunity to take a closer look at the life of the republic and the dynamics of its development”. 

Secretary General gave his high appreciation of the wide-scale economic development strategy outlined by President Islam Karimov in his welcoming address to participants of the 43rd Annual Meeting of ADB Board of Governors. Kunio Mikuriya pointed out that especially praiseworthy is the work of customs authorities of the republic in improving the legislative framework, providing with modern equipment and technologies, special facilities, which allow to effectively organize the customs activities. 

Issues related to further enhancing the interaction of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the World Customs Organization have been discussed at the occasion.

 

PRESIDENT MEETS JAPANESE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Naoto Kan on May 3 in Oqsaroy. 

“Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my sincere respect to the leadership and people of Japan. The fact that You personally head the Japanese delegation at the meeting of Asian Development Bank is a great honor for us, and at the same time testifies to the consolidating friendly relations between our countries and peoples year by year starting from the very first days of Uzbekistan’s independence”, the head of state said welcoming the distinguished guest. 

Today, bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Japan are developing rather intensively and entirely in line with the spirit of the 2002 Joint Declaration on Friendship, Strategic Partnership and Cooperation. Japan has been one of the oldest and most reliable investment partners of our nation. The volume of Japanese financial resources drawn into the Uzbek economy reaches two billion US dollars. 

Advancement of economic ties has enjoyed a notable impetus by the work of bilateral committees on economic cooperation. At their joint meetings, substantial proposals are singled out to facilitate further consolidation and expansion of mutual interaction in relevant sectors of economy and social development. 

Representative offices of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) operate today in our country. They have promoted direct contacts between business circles and assisted in the development of social, humanitarian, trade and economic cooperation between our countries. Signed in Tashkent, May 1 in the framework of 43rd Annual Meeting of the Council of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB), the latest 300-million-dollar loan agreement between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and JICA has underscored the consistently enlarging mutually beneficial cooperation. 

In Oqsaroy, Naoto Kan thanked the head of our state for the warm welcome and expressed his high appreciation of the effectively implemented anti-crisis program and the one on wide-scale modernization of basically all spheres of life in Uzbekistan. 

During the talks it was stressed that ADB’s current international forum in Tashkent has constituted a good opportunity to discuss and appreciate the essence of pressing issues of regional and international significance as well as the further development of investment cooperation.

TASHKENT HOSTS THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION MEMBER-STATES

On May 22, 2010 Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member-States

It was attended by the Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. B. Saudabayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Yang Jiechi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic - SCO National Coordinator of the Kyrgyz Republic T.K. Makeev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Kh. Zarifi and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. Norov. 

The meeting was also attended by the SCO Secretary-General M.S.Imanaliev and Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-terrorist Structure (RATS) SCO D.M.Djumanbekov. 

The heads of delegations were received by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. 

The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO Member-States was chaired by the Uzbek side. 

In preparation for the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States due in Tashkent on June 10-11, 2010, the parties considered a number of priorities in terms of further expanding cooperation in the framework of the Organization. 

The sides had an exchange of views on important regional and global issues, the main trends of the world situation development, as well as on strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, further strengthening the status of the SCO as an influential international structure, expanding its contacts with other multilateral organizations. 

The heads of delegations expressed their solidarity with the people of Kyrgyzstan in the current difficult situation. The security and stability in the SCO space is inseparably linked with security and stability in each of the Member-States, including in the Kyrgyz Republic. The SCO Member-States, while standing committed to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kyrgyz Republic, are ready to render it necessary support and assistance. 
The heads of delegations stated that for over the period since the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States on June 15-16, 2009 in Yekaterinburg, it was carried out a significant work to further strengthen the Organization, expand in its framework the practical interaction in political, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as extend external contacts. The activity of the SCO truly contributes to addressing social and economic problems, ensuring security and stability in the region. 

The ministers emphasized that strengthening of stability in Central Asia remains to be the first and foremost task of the SCO Member-States in the sphere of security. They confirmed the intention to expand cooperation in such spheres as jointly counteracting terrorism, separatism and extremism, illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. 

The participants of the meeting expressed serious concern over the complex situation in Afghanistan, from the territory of which it continues to emanate the threat of terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. It was stressed that it was impossible to secure stability in Central Asia without resolving problems related to Afghanistan. 

The Member-States reaffirm the leading role of the UN in coordinating efforts of the international community in addressing the situation in Afghanistan. They believe that the Afghan problem cannot be resolved exceptionally by military means and advocate promotion of the negotiating process under UN auspices with participation of the Afghans themselves in the interests of building Afghanistan as a peaceful and stable state. 

It was noted that further deepening of regional economic cooperation and creation of favorable conditions for trade and investments, consolidation of practical interaction in the spheres of trade, finance, energy, transport, communications, agriculture, science and technology would promote ensuring stability and security in the region. 

The approval by ministers of the draft Regulations on admission of new members to the Organization served as confirmation of openness of the Organization to other states in the region that undertake to observe the goals and principles of the SCO Charter and provisions of other international treaties and instruments adopted in the framework of SCO. Approval of this document during the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States in Tashkent will trigger the process of forming a mechanism to expand the Organization. 

The heads of delegations welcomed the signing of the Joint Declaration on cooperation between the Secretariats of the SCO and the United Nations (April 5, 2010, Tashkent) initiated by the Republic of Uzbekistan, which set the basic principles and directions of cooperation between the two Organizations as they have been defined in the Resolution A/64/183 of the UN General Assembly of December 18, 2009. 

The SCO permanent bodies are recommended to intensify cooperation with the UN, ASEAN and other international organizations and institutions on ensuring security and stability, economic, social and humanitarian development. 

The ministers believed that the Procedure rules of the Organization, which will be approved at the forthcoming SCO Summit in Tashkent, would contribute to further dynamic development and strengthening of the Organization, improvement of legal framework of the SCO permanent bodies and the effectiveness of decisionmaking. 

The parties reaffirmed the need to fuller realize the cooperation potential in various areas in the framework of the Organization with the SCO observer- states and dialogue partners. 

The SCO Secretary-General M.S.Imanaliev presented Report on the work of the Organization’s Secretariat for over the past year, which was approved by the heads of delegations. 

The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the SCO member-states passed in the traditional spirit of friendship and mutual understanding.

ADB PRESIDENT THANKS UZBEK LEADER FOR SUCCESS OF ANNUAL MEETING

As has been reported on several occasions, on May 3-4 this year the capital city of Uzbekistan – Tashkent hosted the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank. 

On completion of such a high-profile event – first ever held in Central Asia and Caucasus – in Tashkent and returning home the President of the Asian Development Bank Haruhiko Kuroda sent a message of appreciation to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. 

Here is the full text of this message in English as it has been kindly provided by the ADB officials at the Office of the President of the Asian Development Bank. 

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His Excellency Mr. Islam Karimov 
President 
Republic of Uzbekistan 

Your Excellency: 


On behalf of the Asian Development Bank and all those who participated at the recently concluded 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Tashkent, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you, your Government and the people of Uzbekistan for the outstanding manner in which the meeting was held. Under your leadership and with the hard work of your officials, the Meeting was one of the most successful ever held. 

The impeccable organization of the official events under the Uzbekistan Organizing Committee; the exceptional hospitality of the Uzbek people; the rich history that your wonderful country offers, and the remarkable achievements with modern infrastructure were constantly commented upon by the many participants. 

The success of the Annual Meeting clearly demonstrated that the decision to hold the Annual Meeting in Tashkent was right. It showcased the economic and social achievements of Uzbekistan, especially the effectiveness of the anti-crisis measures, the soundness of the Uzbekistan model of development with gradual reforms and prudence in fiscal management, and the potential for future development. 

Your welcome address at the Opening Ceremony, especially your strategic vision of post-crisis development of Uzbekistan and Asia in general, was insightful and visionary. It was appreciated by the many participants who attended. I would also like to thank Your Excellency for setting out in your speech the directions for future cooperation between Uzbekistan and ADB, truly an opportune moment for consideration. 

This Annual Meeting also signified the partnership between ADB and Uzbekistan by signing agreements for financing arrangements exceeding $1 billion and nearly doubling the portfolio size. I can assure Your Excellency that Uzbekistan will remain ADB's strategic partner in Central Asia in the time to come. With Uzbekistan's leading role in regional integration and cooperation, ADB will continue and further strengthen our utmost support to Uzbekistan.

‘MAN – INVALUABLE’, ‘MEMORY – ETERNAL’, SAYS PRESIDENT AT REMEMBRANCE & HONORS DAY EVENT

http://www.jahonnews.uz/images/uzprez_honors_day.jpgOn the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov May 9 in Uzbekistan is announced as the Remembrance and Honors Day and marked as a nationwide holiday. 

The man is alive with memory. It is our duty to remember those gone, their glorious deeds, courage and bravery of heroes, and to render them homage. 

Honoring the memory of thousands of the Uzbek compatriots who fell on the battlefields of the World War II, showing respect and care towards the veterans, who returned from war, the selfless people, who bore on their shoulders all hardships of those tough days, who possess a firm will and convictions became a true national value in Uzbekistan. 

The Decree of the nation’s President “On awarding participants and disabled of the war of 1941-1945 on the occasion of celebrating the 65th anniversary of Victory in the World War II” of March 24, 2010 serves as yet another vivid manifestation of honoring and showing respect to veterans of war. 

In accordance with this Document, in all cities and districts, villages and makhallas (neighborhood community areas) the participants and disabled of war have solemnly been awarded the jubilee medals and money prizes. 

May 9, 2010. Tashkent – the capital city of Uzbekistan. The Remembrance Square (Khotira Maydoni) is crowded with visitors in a special way. Here are the veterans of war and labor, members of government, lawmakers and senators, servicemen and representatives of public. 

The calm melody is heard on the Square. 

8.30 am. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov enters the Square. 

The Head of State, accompanied by sounds of the military orchestra, laid a wreath to the Grieving Mother Monument. 

President rendered homage to the memory of thousands of the Uzbek compatriots, who died in the World War II. 

“Above all, I sincerely and from the bottom of my heart congratulate all participants of war, who stay today with us in sound health, the honored fathers and mothers, all our compatriots on this sacred holiday – the Remembrance and Honors Day,” said President Islam Karimov. 

“It has now been for 12 years since we announced May 9 – the Victory Day to be the Remembrance and Honors Day,” President continued. “Now, we can speak with confidence: this date, which has received a quite symbolical name in our country, became a nationwide holiday and a kind tradition. The notions of remembrance and honoring meet our centuries-old national values, which we inherited from our ancestors,” President went on to say. 

Remembering those gone and rendering them homage is our sacred tradition that lives in our blood. 

“We bow our heads before the memory of people, who did not return from the battlefields, who have been famous for their courage and bravery and died in severe battles, - all those, who participated in that terrible war. Time and again we remember how that ruthless war damaged lives of millions and left numerous women as widows and countless children as orphans,” said Islam Karimov. 

“When I speak about this,” President continued, “I would like to touch upon yet another important task – the attitude towards participants of war, esteemed veterans, which now renders a special meaning to our life.” 

“One should not forget that nothing is eternal on this land. It is both the duty and honor of each of us, and above all, the government and bodies of power at the local levels, to care about veterans as they are still with us and create decent living conditions for them,” President added. 

“Speaking about the contribution made by our people alongside with other peoples of the former USSR in the World War II, I deem it necessary to cite some figures. If on the eve of war about 6.5 million people lived in our country, then 1.5 million of them took an immediate part in the battles. That is to say, without taking into account babies and kids, elderly and women, more than 40 percent of our population participated in the war with arms in their hands. The war took lives of about 500 thousand our compatriots, i.e. 30 percent of all participants of war,” President Islam Karimov said. 

“We all well understand that how many lives and losses the war cost to our people for the sake of liberating Homeland from fascism and fascist enslavement.” 

“At the same time, I have to reiterate one notion,” President went to say, “I am convinced that our fathers gave their lives in tough battles not for liberating some nameless hill and hoisting a red banner on it, but, above all, for their kin – their father and mother, children, a beloved one, for their future and peaceful life.” 

“Indeed, when person thinks about that as if he hears the voices of brave fighters, who shed blood and fell in ruthless battles addressed to us, who live now under a peaceful sky. It is necessary to take for granted their thoughts and aspirations addressed to us from a far past in which their wishes are heard: “Let our children be well, let our country and our people be eternal, who have never been and shall never be inferior to no one and in nothing,” the Uzbek Leader also said. 

“When a man ponders about it, then he realizes that embodiment of these noble strives, realization of a creative potential of our country, people, contributing to a further prosperity of our beautiful and unique Homeland is a sacred duty of each and everyone alive now,” Islam Karimov underscored. 

“Such a state and such a people are recognized and respected in the world, who possess the feeling of pride and dignity, believe in their capabilities and power, are able with their labor and intellectual potential to build future and protect themselves,” President further said. 

“What conclusion can be drawn from this?” President asked a question. 

“Above all, today’s complex and restless time, which we are living in, requires that the issues of consolidating power and potential, strengthening capabilities of our Armed Forces capable to withstand independence of Homeland, inviolability of our borders and peaceful life of our people must constantly remain in the focus of our attention,” President noted. 

According to the Uzbek Leader, “in this respect it is important to preserve peace and tranquility, friendship and unity, mutual respect, inter-national accord which now reign in Uzbekistan and are the most valuable wealth, as well as consolidate kind relations and cooperation with near and far countries. 

“Yet another outstanding task is to secure by Uzbekistan a deserved place among developed states, build a free and democratic society, as well as channel to achieve these goals all available capacities and resources,” President believed. 

“We must never forget that for the sake of achieving this goal, in particular, one of the priority tasks is to bring up the youth – our buttress and hope that symbolizes the future of our Homeland, having our children to master contemporary knowledge and become a decisive force of society’s development,” President Islam Karimov underscored. 

“The holiday which we are marking today is a historical date which left an indelible trace in the life of each family in Uzbekistan and which has an immediate relation to each of us,” the Uzbek Leader added. 

“And this day I consider it is my sacred duty to be together with our people, distinguished veterans, and time and again to congratulate them and entire people on this historical date,” President underscored. 

“I wish all our fellow countrymen peace, a sound health, happiness and luck,” President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov concluded.

DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROCARBON SECTOR

THE FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL FAIR OIL AND GAS OF UZBEKISTAN – 
OGU 2010 LAUNCHED IN UZEXPOCENTER ON MAY 11.

The fair is organized by National Holding Company Uzbekneftgaz, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and Tashkent city administration with the assistance of international exhibition companies ITE Uzbekistan and ITE Exhibition & Conferences LTD (Great Britain).

At the opening of the exhibition it was noted that the carried out large-scale reforms in oil-and-gas sector of Uzbekistan give their considerable results.

A particular attention is paid to the creation of favorable investment climate for the liberalization and further development of economy in Uzbekistan. The efforts on the construction of new facilities for oil-and-gas industry, reconstruction and modernization of existing ones are carried on at a growing rate. In 2009 as a result of exploration works 47 promising deposits were discovered and prepared for boring.

The participation of numerous representatives of major foreign companies in Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan exhibition is a good example, Oil-and-gas potential of the country increases steadily.

About 200 leading companies from 30 countries such as the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, UAE, Iran and others took part in current exhibition.

Such large companies as Uzbekneftgaz, Uznek (Uzbekistan), Lukoil, Gazprom, Integra (Russia), CNPC (China), MAN (Germany), Sercel (France), Sasol (South Africa), Petronas (Malaysia), Dressta (Poland) and Pietro Fiorentini (Italy), etc were presented at the exhibition.

“Our company is specialized on production of technologies for oil-and-gas industry, particularly in issue of special fire bridges,” said sales manager of Dr. Sthamer Hamburg Ilian Lukanov. “The oil-and-gas industry of Uzbekistan will have a great future. Many countries of the world take an interest in cooperation with Uzbekistan. The current exhibition gives an opportunity to enlarge the mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbek partners.”

The OGU 2010 exhibition provides the acquaintance of the specialists with the latest achievements and promising projects of domestic and foreign companies of oil-and-gas extraction, delivery and processing of hydrocarbon. The special place at the exhibition is occupied by modern technologies which give opportunities to increase the effectiveness of extraction and processing of oil and gas. The leading companies demonstrate the technologies of oil and gas delivery, exploration and reclamation of deposits as well as the latest elaborations of geodynamic and hydrocarbonic potential of Central Asian region.

“The current exhibition gives chance to extend and strengthen the cooperation with local and foreign business circles,” remarked manager of Uzbek-Russian joint venture Uzbek Zakir Askarov. “Our company is engaged in delivering of technologies for oil-and-gas industry. We regularly take part in the exhibition. It is the evidence of stable development of economy of our country, creation of big opportunities for vigorous activity of industrialists and entrepreneurs. At the exhibition every participant can get the full information about the sector, hold negotiations on cooperation and conclusion of agreements; all this ensures the successful realization of the exhibition.”

THE COUNTRY’S CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
ENTERPRISES REINFORCE STRONG POSITIONS

One of the leading sectors making considerable contribution to the development of economy of the republic and its export potential is chemical industry. Thus, according to State Joint Stock Company O’zkimyosanoat, in the first quarter of the year enterprises of the sector produced 265,900 tons (101.4% of forecast) of mineral fertilizers among which 228,200 tons of nitric fertilizers and  37,700 tons of phosphoric fertilizers. Exports of chemical production reached 103.4% of forecast which demonstrates the growing opportunities of the most powerful chemical complex in Central Asia.

Large-scale investment projects implemented in chemical industry include the reconstruction and modernization of existing enterprises, construction of new facilities, creation of joint ventures with foreign partners, development of export oriented and import substituting produce. In particular, the reconstruction of large-capacity ammonia plants was carried out at two largest enterprises of chemical complex – Maxam-Chirchiq and Ferganaazot. The expansion of ammonia production, the basis product for mineral fertilizers, has vigorously stimulated the appearance of domestic chemical businesses at new markets.  The production of nitric and phosphorous fertilizers is growing and supplied to new outlet markets in South and South-East Asian nations.

The enterprises of the sector offer to the domestic and foreign agrarians a wide range of chemical production among which there are phosphatized ammonium nitrate, A-grade methanol, catalysts for the production of ammonia, carbamide-ammonia mixture, sodium nitrate, trisodium phosphate and carboxymethylcellulose.

All technical and technological modernization measures are directed at launching the production of new types of products demanded at internal and foreign markets. The implementation of programs will consolidate the positions of Uzbekistan in the global chemical market. 

Today the structure of State Joint Stock Company O’zkimyosanoat includes 12 industrial enterprises, 13 territorial-distributor organizations, 2 research and design institutes and external-economic shipping company Kimyotrans.

The production is used in agriculture, chemical, metallurgical, gold mining, textile, light and food industries as well as in other sectors of national economy of the republic and is sold for export.

UNIVERSIAD-2010 OPENS IN ANDIJAN

The fifth sports games of university students of Uzbekistan Universiad-2010 opened in Andijan on Friday.

Holding the Universiad in 2010, which was announced by the President as the Year of harmoniously developed generation, has a symbolic meaning. Sport plays a great role in upbringing healthy generation.

Prior to the games, huge construction and preparation work has been carried out in Andijan.

Representatives of state and public organizations, world sports champions, students and their parents participated in the opening ceremony at the Soglom Avlod (Healthy Generation) stadium.
Hokim (governor) of Andijan region A.Usmanov announced the Universiad-2010 open.
State advisor to the President H.Sultanov read the congratulatory message of the head of the state to the games participants.

The state anthem of Uzbekistan is played and the country’s state flag is raised at the stadium, followed by the flag of Universiad.
The torch of the games is then lit. It was brought to Andijan from Parkent district of Tashkent region by young sportsmen.

This year, the Universiad will include competitions in 12 kinds of sports, including basketball, volleyball, kurash, belbogli kurash, judo, track-and-field athletics, tennis, table tennis, football, handball, chess and swimming.

The first Universiad was held in 2000 in Namangan. In 2002, the games were held in Bukhara and in 2004, in Samarkand. In 2007, the Universiad was hosted by the capital city, Tashkent.

KHIVA HOSTS ASRLAR SADOSI CULTURE FESTIVAL

The annual festival of traditional culture Asrlar Sadosi (Echo of Centuries) is being held in Khiva. The event has been organized by the Fund “Forum of Culture and Art of Uzbekistan”.

The festival aim to demonstrate the rich national culture and traditions and contribute to their preservation for the future generations.

Folklore and theater collectives, musicians, singers, dancers, designers, craftsmen and winners of Yangi Avlod (New Generation) and Kelajak Ovozi (Voice of Future) contests are participating in the two-day festival.

Representatives of various countries and international organizations accredited in the country are among the visitors of the festival.

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