05/01/12 Bollettino d'informazione (dicembre 2011)

posted 9 Feb 2012, 05:19 by Doston Omonov   [ updated 14 Feb 2012, 04:10 ]




















Dear compatriots!
Dear friends!

Please accept my sincerest, most cordial congratulations on the New Year 2012.

Gathered round the festive table in these exciting moments just minutes ahead of the new year, we inadvertently and quite naturally recall everything that ties us to the outgoing year, namely, the tremendous transformation and our accomplishments made in renovating the country, the memorable events and impressions, our joys and concerns.

I believe we all agree that the passing year will stay in our mind primarily as the one when we widely celebrated a great date in the history of our Motherland – the twentieth anniversary of its independence that opened up a path to a new, free and prosperous life for our nation.

I would be correct to say from this perspective that the year 2011 has proved an integral part and logical extension of dynamic advancement on the path chosen by us twenty years ago of wide-ranging reforms acknowledged and winning appropriate respect of the international community.

It is hardly a secret that every year is distinct with its own climatic peculiarities – be it a shortage of water, extreme weather or other freaks of nature – resulting in due setbacks and difficulties, first and foremost in agriculture and consequently in our everyday life. Nonetheless, we have every reason to assert that the retiring year, notwithstanding the quandaries and tests it has brought, has by and large been fruitful and successful for our nation.

As the prominent organization, International Monetary Fund, has put it, despite the ongoing global financial and economic downturn and its impact, Uzbekistan has been among quite a few countries that did well. With its 8.3 percent growth in gross domestic product in 2011, Uzbekistan has testified to the fact that the invariably high rates of economic growth in the country observed in the last few years are firm and steadfast.

The extensive efforts in renewing and modernization, intensifying the democratic reforms, liberalization of all spheres of life, developing civil society institutions have been kept forward in Uzbekistan during the departing year.

The achieved high indicators that we could only dream of in the past is the confirmation of the correctness of development model chosen by us, the efficiency of new industries set up by us that have become locomotives of our economy. Dozens of modern enterprises have been put into operation; such leading sectors as fuel and energy, mining, chemical, textile, automotive, capital construction, transport and communications have been afforded accelerated development.

Our farmers deserve special reverence: they have harvested 6.8 million tons of grain, nearly 3.5 million tons of cotton, more than 8.2 million tons of vegetables and melons, some 3 million tons of orchard crops by their everyday selfless labor, having overcome all the toughest complications of season.

I would like to stress in particular that the remarkable achievements made in 2011 in the real sector of economy have allowed us to raise salaries, stipends and social allowances by 20.2 percent, pensions by 26.2 percent, resulting in the growth in real incomes of population by 23.1 percent.

The critical stride toward addressing social issues and employment matters has become the creation of approximately 1 million jobs in 2011 owing to the modernization and diversification of economy, provision of new substantial privileges and preferences for small business, private entrepreneurship and farming, growing to become a genuine driving force and backbone for our society.

The passing year will by right inhabit a well-deserved place in the history of our country thanks to the wide-scale schemes run by us, the essence of which revolves around securing human interests. We all naturally take pride in the fact that as a result of well and sound social policy and consistent efforts undertaken during the years of independent development in improving the health of population, life expectancy has risen significantly, death rates in general, maternal and child mortality in particular, have dramatically diminished. One of the most striking in the post-Soviet space, these accomplishments have been worthily appreciated by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other eminent international institutions.

I do not think there is a need to cite impressive outcomes in detail, the ones of persistent efforts taken in 2011 in education sphere and nurturing the younger generation, the area of critical importance for us. I am convinced we, the senior generation of fathers and mothers, can barely stand indifferent to the successes made by the growing generation, the triumphs of our children and grandchildren, who are turning into a decisive force to define the future of our nation.

Thinking and speaking of this subject, one would very much prefer that none of us forget the indisputable truth the prosperity of our land is undeniably contingent on. It is imperative that everyone living in this blessed land of Uzbekistan clearly understand the necessity of taking care, as the apply of the eye, of the reigning peace and stability in our country, the atmosphere of kindness, humanism and mutual understanding, interethnic and civil harmony – our invaluable wealth, the fundamentals of all our high achievements made thanks to the creative and self-sacrificing diligence of our people.

In this regard, we ought to be always vigilant and attentive in these disquieted and anxious times, foster our youth as comprehensively advanced individuals in the spirit of national and universal values, and counteract various spoiling influences alien to our mentality.

Dear friends!
Seeing the year 2011 off, every one of us indeed binds their dearest dreams and hopes for the upcoming year 2012 announced the Year of Family in our country.

I am confident we are all well aware of the fact that the decision [to announce the forthcoming year as the one of Family] was premised on such noble and at the same time tangible goals as comprehensive support for the institution of family, first of all young families, consolidation of the role and importance of mahalla in this respect, creation of even more extensive opportunities for our women – custodians of hearth. In a word, what is at issue is bolstering family wellbeing and in the end the prosperity of our entire people.

To further these goals, sixty percent of national budget expenditures are projected to be assigned to social sphere in 2012, primarily to the advancement of healthcare and education, science and culture. Salary rates, pensions, stipends and social allowances are expected to be raised by more than twenty percent, while real incomes of population are to grow by 22-24 percent.

A great significance will be placed on the continuation of program launched two years ago aiming to create favorable living conditions for our people, rural residents first of all. The program stipulates the development of rural infrastructure that fully meets contemporary requirements, provision for housing built on best model designs, ensuring modern public utilities. This year, 7,400 families have become owners of comfortable housing by no means inferior to urban conditions, totaling 1.1 million square meters. The number of those who are to throw house-warming parties in 2012 is to reach 8,510 families.

Meeting the new year with these noble goals and kind intentions, we believe it will prove even better and eventful for our country and people.

My dear compatriots!

The conclusive 2011 is now going to retreat to history, giving its way to the year 2012.

Hugging you all in my mind, I earnestly greet you a Happy New Year time and again!

In these moving moments, I express my heartfelt, kindest wishes, namely:

a long life to our aksakals (elder men) and mothers;

beauty and love to our adored women, sisters and daughters;

happiness and best of luck to our youth!

May the Almighty keep us from all misfortunes and disasters, and be an unswerving support for us on our way forward!

May peace and harmony reign in our homes and our land!

Happy New Year, dear friends!

Islam Karimov,
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan


President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov attended summits of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the city of Moscow December 20.

Regular session of CSTO Collective Security Council in the Kremlin began with a meeting of heads of state in contracted format, followed by an extended convention.

President of Uzbekistan expounded during his speech on issues regarded by the Uzbek side as of fundamental significance.

Signed in 1992, the Treaty has duly been fulfilling its principal function as an instrument to secure sovereignty of nations party to it. The efforts undertaken by the CSTO in consolidating the Organization and its adaptation to contemporary geopolitical configuration have helped boost military-political interaction and start shaping an effective system of collective security, counter new threats and address challenges.

Established in 2002, the CSTO has bolstered cooperation among member nations into a qualitatively new level. The Organization’s specter of activity areas has expanded, including combating terrorism, drug and weapons trafficking, organized transnational crime, pre-empting and weathering the effects of emergencies.

CSTO participating countries have been undertaking measures to secure stability in the area covered by the pact.

Following the session, heads of CSTO member states approved a declaration occasioned to the twentieth anniversary of Collective Security Treaty and the tenth birth date of Collective Security Treaty Organization. A range of other documents have also been inked.

Later in the day, heads of Commonwealth of Independent States convened for a session of Council of Heads of State.

Taking a floor at this venture, President Islam Karimov delivered a thorough analysis of activities by the CIS and its institutions for the past twenty years of its existence. Uzbekistan’s leader stressed that the association played a critical role in securing a harmless dismantlement of the obsolete system during that historic turn. Uzbekistan has from the very moment of the establishment of this institution insisted that the Organization become an association of practical action and a reliable platform for multilateral cooperation of new essence.

The head of our state noted during the meeting that the Commonwealth constitutes an amalgamation of sovereign nations equally interested in creating a steadfast platform for multilateral interaction for the good of their peoples.

For the twenty years of its existence, the Commonwealth has accomplished a lot and continues in this vein.

According to the President of Uzbekistan, it is hard to imagine what we could have had in the post-Soviet environment without the CIS facilitating the interaction in many vital areas, first and foremost in fostering trade and economic relations, communications and transport, maintaining security and humanitarian cooperation.

Uzbekistan expresses conviction that notwithstanding the current similar integration processes underway in the region, the CIS has a future. The Commonwealth is able and ought to play a role of coordinator of common multifaceted interaction and remain as a platform or forum for a direct communication and regular interstate dialogue, including bilateral meetings in CIS format at both the highest and interagency levels.

New integration initiatives and proposals have been pushed forward lately in the post-Soviet realm, with a variety of interstate institutions and unions being shaped. Uzbekistan is going to define its policy in this regard primarily with an eye to its longer-term national interests, by building on the priority directions of modernization of the country currently in progress, along with adhering to the acting national legislation and international commitments.

It was put emphatically that the effectiveness of CIS activities is contingent on the fact as to what extent the projects and efforts undertaken within it will meet the interests of every participating country, will further the practical goals and tasks of securing sustainable development, maintaining security and stability on the entire space covered by the Commonwealth.

The heads of CIS member nations exchanged views on prospects of advancing interaction and issues pertaining to regional and international politics.

Due resolutions have been approved following the CSTO and CIS summits.


The solemn meeting devoted to the 19th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held on 7 December at the International Forums Palace “Uzbekistan” in Tashkent.

State and public figures, representatives of various spheres, foreign embassies and international organizations participated in the event.
The acting hokim (head of administration) of Tashkent R.Usmanov opened the meeting.

After the State Anthem of Uzbekistan was played, President Islam Karimov made a speech at the solemn ceremony.

The head of the state said the consistent reforms implemented in the country are the real embodiment of the principles set in the Constitution.

This year, Uzbekistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of independence. The Constitution is the important guarantor of achieving such high goals, as building democratic state, protecting human rights and freedoms, and peace and consent in the country.

The year 2011 on the initiative of the President was proclaimed the Year of Small Business and Private Entrepreneurship.

Based on the corresponding State Program, complex measures aimed at further development of the small business and creation of the favorable business environment were implemented.

The small business and private entrepreneurship today have become a reliable stand of the country’s economy and an important guarantor of the growth of the people’s welfare.

At the meeting, President Islam Karimov proposed proclaiming the coming year 2012 as the Year of Family in Uzbekistan. The gathered supported the proposal of the head of the state with applause.

The solemn meeting concluded with a holiday concert of the masters of art and young performers.


The seventh plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan continued its plenary session in Tashkent on 6 December.

The senators approved the law on introducing changes and amendments in some legislative acts prepared in accordance with the concept of tax policy for 2012. Changes are being introduced, in particular, in the Administrative Responsibility, Civil, Housing and Tax Codes.

Then the upper house of the parliament approved a number of laws on ratification of international agreements.

Among them are the law on ratification of the correcting documents to the Charter and the Convention of the International Telecommunications Union, adopted by the ITU conferences in 2006 (Antalya) and 2010 (Gvadalahara).

The senators approved the law on ratification of the Agreement on the Eurasian group for counteraction to legalization of the criminal incomes and financing terrorism, signed in Moscow on 16 June 2011, and the law on ratification of the Convention of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Yekaterinburg, 16 June 2009.

The Senate approved the proposal of the Cabinet of Ministers on changing the borders of Samarkand city and Akdarya and Samarkand districts of Samarkand region.

The senators listened to the information of heads of various ministries and departments

The Senate passed resolutions on the election of the chairman of the Supreme Court, introducing changes in the structure of the Higher Economic Court and appointment of the ambassador of Uzbekistan to Japan.

In total, 26 issues were considered during the two-day plenary session of the Senate, including 15 laws.


28 December is the day of opening of the Independence and Humanism Monument – the symbol of freedom, bright future and noble aspirations.

Monument of Independence and Humanism erected in the main square of Uzbekistan has a special place in the lives of the Uzbek people.

Since independence, the Mustakillik Square has become as a holistic architectural ensemble.

Creative work carried out here, have radically changed not only the appearance but also the essence of the country’s main square.

The entrance to Mustakillik Square begins through the Ezgulik archway (the arch of good and noble aspirations) adorned with sculptures of cranes and storks.

On 28 December 2005, President Islam Karimov laid flowers to the Monument of Independence and Humanism for the first time.

Later, the Monument of Happy Mother also took its place in the ensemble.

On the eve of the New Year holiday, Mustakillik Square has become even more beautiful.

A huge New Year tree installed in the square brings joy and fun to both young and elderly people. Colorful decorations, amusement parks, theatrical music programs give a special mood to the festivities.


Si è tenuta il 9 dicembre 2011 a Tashkent, splendida capitale della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, Perla dell’Asia Centrale, la Tavola rotonda "Current Problems of Environmental Safety and Health Protection: Role of Civil Society Institutions in Solving Them". L’evento è stato organizzato del “Movimento Ecologico dell’Uzbekistan” cui la Costituzione riserva 15 seggi nella Camera Legislativa. Ai lavori, aperti da Boriy Alikhanovpresidente del Movimento Ecologico e deputato alla Camera Legislativa, hanno partecipato 12 relatori uzbeki, 8 stranieri e 30 rappresentanti istituzionali che hanno esaminato i tre grandi problemi ambientali che affliggono da anni l’Uzbekistan, ma che non sono imputabili agli uzbeki.

LAGO D’ARAL. Era il quarto lago più esteso del pianeta. Oggi appartiene all'Uzbekistan e al Kazakistan. All’inizio degli anni ’60, in epoca Sovietica, politici e tecnici scellerati hanno attuato un programma di sviluppo agricolo senza prevedere gli effetti sull’ecosistema. L'acqua dei fiumi Amudarya e Syrdarya, che affluivano nel lago, è stata prelevata per anni tramite l'uso di canali per irrigare i campi di cotone. A causa di questo “scriteriato sfruttamento” i due fiumi si sono prosciugati determinando l’essiccazione catastrofica del lago e dell’area circostante, un tempo rigogliosa. Oggi il livello del Lago d’Aral è sceso di 22 metri e la sua estensione è diminuita del 60%. L’arretramento della linea costiera di ben 120 chilometri ha formato un deserto salato dove si è estinta quasi tutta la flora e la fauna ittica. L’alterazione dell’ecosistema ha determinato nella zona l’insorgenza di malattie delle vie respiratorie, del sistema endocrino e anemia, soprattutto tra i bambini, che ha colpito il 70% della popolazione. Il disastro del Lago d’Aral è la più grande manifestazione di scelleratezza compiuta dall’uomo sul suo ambiente.

PROVINCIA SURKHANDARYA. Sita nella Repubblica del Tagikistan, a breve distanza dal confine con l’Uzbekistan, la SUE TALCO (State Unitary Enterprise “Tadjik Aluminum Company”) industria statale per la produzione di alluminio, dal 1980 sta emettendo nell’ambiente grandi quantitativi di sostanze chimiche tossiche (idrogeno fluoridrico, anidride solforosa, monossido di azoto, monossido di carbonio) che inquinano l’ecosistema e - trasportate dal vento - contaminano anche quella parte del territorio uzbeko in prossimità del confine, la provincia Surkhandarya. Gli effetti devastanti prodotti dalle sostanze tossiche provenienti dalla TALCO sono oggi visibili su tanti bambini uzbeki nati con gravi alterazioni osteo-scheletriche e su soggetti adulti che hanno contratto malattie degli apparati neuro-endocrino, cardio-vascolare e respiratorio. Per quanto tempo ancora deve continuare questa tragedia?

CENTRALE IDROELETTRICA DI ROGUN. Il progetto per la costruzione della Centrale Idroelettrica di Rogun, nella Repubblica del Tagikistan, risale agli anni '70, durante il periodo sovietico. I lavori per la costruzione della base della futura grande diga, iniziati nel 1976, furono sospesi a seguito del crollo dell'URSS. L’area in questione si trova in una zona sismica di 8-10 gradi della scala Richter, dove è stata osservata una frattura sismotettonica. Oggi il Governo del Tagikistan vuole realizzare il vecchio progetto della centrale idroelettrica, dando inizio alla costruzione di una diga alta 335 metri (sarà la più alta del mondo) mediante tecniche obsoleteE vuol fare ciò senza aspettare i risultati della perizia tecnica degli esperti internazionali. Hanno pensato ai rischi di un disastro ambientale?

Conclusioni. In virtù della mia esperienza nel campo della cooperazione con le istituzione uzbeke, dieci visite in quattro anni, ho partecipato alla Tavola rotonda a Tashkent come relatore ed ho avuto dall’on. Boriy Alikhanov anche il grande onore di svolgere il ruolo di moderatore. Voglio, quindi, evidenziare che l’Uzbekistan è un Paese con un’antica storia e una luminosa identità culturale, che dal 1991 (anno della sua indipendenza) ad oggi ha saputo raggiungere importanti livelli nel campo politico-democratico ed economico. Tutte le richieste e gli appelli che le autorità dell’Uzbekistan hanno inviato a quelle del Tagikistan, sono rimasti inascoltati. Fortunatamente questi problemi ambientali riguardano zone del paese molto distanti dalle splendide città di Samarcanda, Bukhara, Khiva e Tashkent, note mete del turismo internazionale. In definitiva questi problemi sono così macroscopici che gli Uzbeki non possono risolverli da soli, ma hanno bisogno dell’intervento delle Organizzazioni Internazionali e delle ONG affinché il Tagikistan adotti tutte le necessarie misure per eliminare per sempre le cause dell’inquinamento ambientale e i rischi di un possibile disastro ambientale, in osservanza dell’Accordo di Cooperazione sull’Ambiente firmato nel 1994 dai Governi dell’Uzbekistan e del Tagikistan, e delle norme di Diritto Internazionale sul divieto di inquinamento transfrontaliero. Dobbiamo comprendere, con la mente e col cuore, che questi “Disastri Ambientali”, frutto dell’incoscienza dell’uomo, sono così enormi e devastanti che non appartengono soltanto all’Uzbekistan e all’Asia Centrale, ma al Mondo intero e a tutta la Comunità Internazionale. 

avv. Vittorio Giorgi


Uzbekistan Railways to procure 11 new locomotives

Freight turnover of the Uzbek national railway company in 11 months this year exceeded 22.6 billion tons/km 

Railways occupy an important place in modern transport system of Uzbekistan, as they account for a significant part of total freight turnover. Their major advantage is high transport capacity and stable operation during the year, regardless of weather conditions. 

During the first 11 months of 2011 the freight turnover of Uzbekistan Railways made 101.6% against last year’s volumes. The national rail operator shipped 59.9 million tons, 4.5% more than last year. Passenger traffic exceeded 2.76 billion passenger/km or 103.2% over the same period last year. 

In the long term, these figures will only increase, say the company managers, as provided by a special program of accelerated development of transport and communications infrastructure for 2011-2015, in which the Uzbekistan Railways plans to attract more than $2 billion of investment. 

Uzbekistan Railways is now the largest company in the country having qualified personnel in all areas of rail transport, a large scientific base, design and construction facilities, extensive experience of international cooperation. 

For over the past 20 years Uzbekistan has made significant steps in the development of new railroads, laid a 342 km long railroad Navoi-Uchquduq-Sultanuizdag-Nukus, built a unique 681 meter-long combined bridge across the Amudaryo River, and a railroad Toshguzar-Boysun-Kumkurgan of 223km. long built in difficult-to-pass mountains.

Today, the company is working hard on the modernization of existing rail network. At the expense of the Asian Development Bank loan the company have already implemented two major investment projects and repaired a section of Tashkent-Samarqand-Bukhoro railroad, completed installation of fiber-optic communication lines stretching over 600km in Keles-Bukhoro section, and also completed electrification of the railway line Tuqimachi-Angren (114 km.), construction of new lines Yangiyer-Jizzakh and Yangiyer-Farhod. 

In addition, Uzbekistan Railways launched an investment project of upgrading passenger locomotives, which provides for the purchase of 15 passenger locomotives. This project will significantly reduce the travel time by increasing train speeds from 100 to 160 kilometers per hour and will provide attractive passenger rail service as compared with other modes of transport. Under the agreement reached with a Chinese consortium CNTIC-CNRDLRC the national rail carrier buys 11 electric locomotives for freight traffic.


Websites Worldreferee.com and Euro-football.ru announced FIFA referee Ravshan Ermatov as the best referee of the World in 2011 football season.
Specialists of Worldreferee.com determine the best referee in scoring points put up at every meeting.

Our countryman judged at a high level the most prestigious matches of the World Cup qualifying games and the Olympics, the final meeting of the Champions League and Asian World Cup among clubs held under the auspices of FIFA and AFC.

R.Ermatov has been acknowledged as the most fair and experienced judge by the specialists and experts, as well as a number of international sports organizations.

Football season in 2011 became very successful for R.Ermatov. He is the only judge, awarded with such title for four times on end.


A gala concert dedicated to the awarding ceremony of the winners of Yangi avlod – 2011 festival was held at the Istiqlol palace on 19 December.

The event was organized by the Fund “Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan” jointly with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the children’s organization Kamalak.

The representatives of education, culture and arts, teachers, parents and community representatives as well as participants of the final stage of the festival have participated in the ceremony.

The Fund “Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan” provides support in implementing various projects aimed at ensuring the rights and interests of children, identifying creative and intellectual potential of the younger generation.

The festival was held in high spirit. Over 26 thousand boys and girls from across the country have demonstrated their skills in such areas like playing musical instruments, dancing, fine and applied arts as well as in literature.

The winners were identified and awarded with diplomas and memorable gifts.



Many generations of artists have graduated from the Tashkent Higher School of National Dance and Choreography since its opening on December 12, 1947. Celebrating the date, we recollect the most significant events in chronology of formation and development of the Terpsichore temple in Uzbekistan. 

Those decided to deal with the dancing art should spend years of hard work and trainings for to gain high results in this complicated yet attractive artistic creativity. Numerous students of the Tashkent Higher School of National Dance and Choreography could confirm this. 

Here students learn the elements of classic and modern dancing, and, of course, special features of dances of the Uzbek people that are differ with some characteristics, singularity and diversity of traditional schools. Learning in the School envisages the acquisition of basic, secondary special and higher education for those willing to devote their lives to dancing. 

Path to the big scene is long and complicated; students pass a very rigorous selection taking into account natural qualities and physical preparation. Those chosen join the ranks of celebrated dancing ensembles and ballet troupes. 

Its modern name the Tashkent Higher School of National Dance and Choreography has got on January 8, 1997, after joining to the School of the choreography department moved from the Abdulla Qodiriy Tashkent State Institute of Culture. Since then, the quality of education has considerably increased in the School and it prepared more than 700 specialists including People’s Artists B. Qirieva, G. Hamroev, R. Nizomova, G. Nizomova, as well as Hohored Artists U. Muhamedov, R. Sultonova, G. Abdieva, M. Ergasheva, D. Jabborova, F. Sagdullaeva, F. Solikhova, and others. 

Today, the School continues its successful activity. Students of the School take an active participation in various republican and international competitions glorifying the national art of Uzbek dancing abroad. They are constant participants of annual festive concert programs, including Independence Day and Navruz holiday. Along with residents of Uzbekistan the youngsters from Yemen, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Turkey and other countries study in the School.