30/07/10 Bollettino d'informazione (luglio 2010)

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AMBASCIATA DELLA REPUBBLICA DELL’UZBEKISTAN IN ITALIA


Bollettino d'informazione
(luglio 2010)

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CONTENUTO: 

  1. PRESIDENT MEETS WITH GERMAN VICE CHANCELLOR
  2. PRESIDENT ISLAM KARIMOV MEETS WITH JAMES STEINBERG AT OQSAROY
  3. PRESIDENT AWARDS REFEREES IRMATOV AND ILYASOV
  4. CABINET’S SOCIAL ISSUES AND TELECOM COMPLEX HOLDS SESSION
  5. INDICI ECONOMICI DELL’UZBEKISTAN PER LA PRIMA METÀ DEL  2010
  6. BANKS REVISE SIX-MONTH PERFORMANCE
  7. UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS UPGRADES FLEET
  8. IT-ASSOCIATION REVIEWS HALF YEAR OUTCOMES
  9. SEASON’S FINAL CHORDS AT BOLSHOI
  10. TASHKENT HAS RECENTLY HOSTED THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SPORTS IN MOVIES AND TV”

PRESIDENT MEETS WITH GERMAN VICE CHANCELLOR

Welcoming the guest, the head of our state underscored the high level of mutual understanding and confidence reached between the two nations that is confirmed by the persistent progress in Uzbek-German cooperation in many spheres.

Germany is one of the key political, economic and trade partners of our country in Western Europe. Uzbekistan and the Federal Republic cooperate closely in bolstering regional security and stability in Central Asia. Advancing relations between the two nations has also facilitated enhancing the mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union.

In Uzbekistan, major investment projects are implemented in various sectors of economy with theparticipation of German banks. Higher education and research institutions of the two countries have built equally practical ties. Within these relations, joint research projects have been conducted in sophisticated dimensions of industrial development, agriculture, efficient use of natural resources.

During the meeting at Oqsaroy, Guido Westerwelle expressed his sincere gratitude to the head of our state for the warm welcome and reiterated Germany’s willingness to boost its comprehensive interactions with Uzbekistan in many directions. According to the Vice Chancellor, our country has been making a remarkable input into securing peace and stability in the region by consistently advocating, among other things, to address the situation in Afghanistan with non-military means. In addition, the German foreign minister gave his high appraisal of the reasonable and constructive stance of the Republic of Uzbekistan with regard to the recent events in Kyrgyzstan.

Further development of bilateral cooperation and other topics of common interest have also been discussed at the event.

15.07.2010

 

PRESIDENT ISLAM KARIMOV MEETS WITH 
JAMES STEINBERG AT OQSAROY

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with United States Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, at Oqsaroy July 17.
Welcoming the guest, the head of our state expressed satisfaction with the current state and positive dynamics of bilateral relations developing in the spirit of partnership and mutual understanding.
Today, political, trade and economic, cultural, educational and many other areas are defined as priority tracks in Uzbek-American relations. A good illustration to this has been the effect of a round table held recently in Washington, DC, that was attended by representatives of leading US business circles willing to explore investment opportunities in our republic, long-term projects and the Free Industrial and Economic Zone in Navoi being successfully built in our country. 
The two nations effectively cooperate to bolster regional security and stability in Central Asia that includes working out joint measures to counter transnational threats and challenges. In this context, as the guest suggested, crucial have been Uzbekistan’s initiatives on resolving the conflict in Afghanistan by non-military means and socio-economic reconstruction of that country. Significant amounts of humanitarian goods and non-military cargo are delivered to Afghanistan through the territory of our republic. In addition, Uzbekistan provides practical assistance to its southern neighbor by supplying it with electricity, construction materials and soft commodities. Furthermore, our country participates in building up Afghanistan’s transport infrastructure. 
During the meeting at Oqsaroy, James Steinberg expressed sincere gratitude to President Karimov for the warm welcome, and confirmed the willingness of the United States to consolidate and boost the mutually beneficial Uzbek-American cooperation. The senior US diplomat stressed the constructive nature of our nation’s policy aimed at maintaining and fostering peace in the region. Deputy Secretary of State appreciated in particular Uzbekistan’s balanced and reasonable stance toward the recent events in Kyrgyzstan with our government providing a wide-scale and comprehensive aid to the victims and refugees who fled from southern regions of that country.
Prospects of enhancing the bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues and other topics of common interest have also been discussed at the event.

 

PRESIDENT AWARDS REFEREES IRMATOV AND ILYASOV

Ravshan Irmatov, who refereed five matches at 2010 FIFA World Cup, was awarded with the honorary title “O‘zbekiston Iftikhori” (“Pride of Uzbekistan”).

His assistant Rafael Ilyasov, in accordance with the President’s decree, received the order “Do‘stlik” (“Friendship”).

As stated in the decrees, the referees were awarded for their great contribution to promoting national football in the world and development of the school of refereeing in Uzbekistan.

 

 

 

CABINET’S SOCIAL ISSUES AND TELECOM COMPLEX HOLDS SESSION

07.07.2010

The Cabinet of Ministers’ Complex for education, healthcare, social protection, information systems and telecommunications held a session to consider the results of the sector’s development in the first half of 2010.

In the reporting period, the complex produced goods and provided services worth UZS 1.2 trillion, which is 14.3% more than in the same period last year.

The enterprises of the sector provided paid services to the population for UZS 602.3 billion, 6.5% up from last year.

USD 152.1 million of foreign investments was acquired on investment projects, 76.3% more from the forecast.

The session participants considered issues of increasing the efficiency of use of children’s sports objects, publication of textbooks for 2010-2011 academic year, implementation of other tasks defined in the state program “Year of harmoniously developed generation”.

The complex considered introduction of information and communication technologies in the ministries an departments, local authorities, expansion of broadband telecommunication network and use of internet.

INDICI ECONOMICI DELL’UZBEKISTAN
PER LA PRIMA METÀ DEL  2010

I risultati del primo semestre del 2010 nell’Uzbekistan indicano un aumento del PIL dell’8%, del volume di produzione industriale  dell’8%, della produzione di beni di consumo dell’11,8%, dell’agricoltura del 6,9%, dell’attività edilizia dell’ 11,5%, della circolazione mercantile al dettaglio del 10,3%, dei servizi del 10,9%. Il bilancio pubblico è in attivo dello 0,2% del PIL mentre il livello dell’inflazione non ha superato le previsioni.

         Grazie alla ricerca attiva di nuovi sbocchi commerciali è stata assicurata la crescita del 14,3% del volume delle esportazioni ed è stata ottenuta un alto saldo attivo nel volume degli scambi commerciali con l’estero. Nel periodo in esame i produttori nazionali hanno esportato merci e servizi in 139 paesi del mondo, di cui 26 in paesi di nuova destinazione.

         A seguito delle misure adottate il volume dei depositi bancari della popolazione è cresciuto del 41,8% rispetto all’inizio dell’anno e sono state ampliate le risorse delle banche; questo ha consentito di assicurare una crescita del 30,3% negli investimenti nel credito. Nel periodo in esame il volume dei crediti di investimento è cresciuto di 2,3 volte.

         In 223 località di campagna è in corso la costruzione di 6800 case su progetto standard, che saranno pronte per il terzo trimestre dell’anno 2010 e sarà completata la costruzione di 213,9 km di rete per nuovi agglomerati di case in campagna.  Nel periodo in esame sono stati messi in esercizio 116 nuove aziende per la produzione di materiali da costruzione e di finitura, di cui 25 per la produzione di mattoni.

         Nell’ambito del programma di costruzione  e ricostruzione delle strade automobilistiche pubbliche nazionali ed internazionali, inclusi tratti dell’autostrada nazionale dell’Uzbekistan, sono stati spesi 190.600 milioni som uzbeki, cioè una somma superiore di 1,8 volte rispetto a quella del primo semestre del 2009, ed è in corso la realizzazione dell’infrastruttura e dei servizi  lungo le strade. Nel primo semestre del 2010 il volume del trasporto merci e di passeggeri effettuati con l’uso dell’aeroporto della città di Navoi è cresciuto del 22% ed ha iniziato a funzionare il centro logistico “Angren”.

         La prosecuzione della realizzazione di una politica di investimenti attiva ha assicurato un volume di investimenti pari a 7.100 milioni di som, con gli investimenti stranieri diretti che sono cresciuti del 30% rispetto al primo semestre dell’anno scorso. È stata completata la realizzazione di 108 progetti per l’ammodernamento tecnico della produzione e messi in esercizio 529 impianti di produzione.

         Nel periodo in esame si è proseguito la realizzazione di un insieme di provvedimenti per l’ulteriore perfezionamento della circolazione monetaria liquida, per l’assicurazione della pienezza delle entrate liquide di cassa delle banche e per l’ampliamento dell’utilizzo del denaro di plastica. In questo ambito la quantità di carte di credito/debito emesse e dei terminali bancomat installati è aumentato  rispetto al periodo analogo del 2009 rispettivamente del 38,7% e del 66,5% ed il volume dei movimenti con carte del 2,7%.

BANKS REVISE SIX-MONTH PERFORMANCE

In the first half of the year the total capital of banks of Uzbekistan reached 3.374 trillion soums, having risen 1.5 times as compared with the same period last year (2.335 trillion soums). 
Bank assets as of July 1 totaled 19.969 trillion soum, which was 34% more than in late June last year (14.865 trillion soums). 
These data were announced at the enlarged meeting of the Board of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan on the progress of the banking system in the first half of 2010. 
According to the press service of the Central Bank, the monetary policy of the Central Bank in the first half of this year was aimed at the achievement of projected macroeconomic rates, as well as achieving the objectives of the anti-crisis program for 2009-2012. 
To avoid the influence of monetary factors on inflation and basing on the target parameters of the money supply the Central Bank refinancing rate was maintained unchanged at 14% a year. This allowed to keep inflation below the forecast rates. 
The volume of loans the commercial banks directed toward basic sectors of the economy in January-June exceeded 11 trillion soums. The share of credit resources allocated for investment purposes made almost 79%. 
As part of the anti-crisis program commercial banks restored full production at 122 out of 143 bankrupt enterprises taken to the balance of banks. Fifty five of these companies were sold to strategic investors. 
By means of 102 billion soums of bank investment these businesses have produced 260.6 billion soums worth of goods, of which $30.8 million of goods were exported, and created over 20,000 jobs. 
The volume of credits issued by banks to private entrepreneurs and small businesses grew 1.5 times against the same period last year (936 million soums) and reached 1.4 trillion soums. Thanks to the loans allocated to the sector, more than 135,000 people were provided with constant jobs. 
The growth of household savings in banks as of July 1 totaled 3.9 trillion soum that is 78% more than that registered in the first half of 2009 (2.1 trillion soums). As the press office of the Central Bank informed, this was possible due to stimulating measures for attracting free funds of population and economic entities and attractive types of deposits. 
Number of plastic cards in circulation in the first half amounted to more than 7 million pieces, while the number of payment terminals installed in trade and service points exceeded 
61,000. The volume of transactions made using plastic cards rose more than twice to $2.7 trillion soums against 1.1 trillion soums in the first half of last year.

UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS UPGRADES FLEET

Uzbekistan Airways National Air Company received the fifth Il-114-100 liner of new modification produced by Tashkent Aircraft Plant named after Chkalov.

The carrier is continuing its policy of upgrading the fleet with modern aircrafts with high fuel efficiency and excellent comfort. This work is being held in accordance with the State program of development of civil aviation until 2020.

All Il-114-100 planes have new-generation equipment and the latest avionics. Uzbekistan Airways has operated Il-114-100 aircrafts since 2003. They have replaced the outdated Yak-40 and An-24 planes.

According to the air company, Il-114-100 has an optimum ratio of technical and economic characteristics. The aircraft is designed for 52 passengers and is very economical in terms of fuel consumption.

In accordance with the contract concluded with Tashkent Aircraft Production Plant, the National Air Company of Uzbekistan will receive two more Il-114-100 planes: one in late 2010 and the other in early 2011.

This month the airline began operating its first A320 plane of Airbus Industries consortium. The company is set to receive nine more such planes. Uzbekistan Airways has also placed orders for four Boeing-767 and two Boeing-787 Dreamliner planes.

 

IT-ASSOCIATION REVIEWS HALF YEAR OUTCOMES

Members of Association for Enterprises and Organizations in Information Technologies (IT-Association of Uzbekistan) held a general meeting on July 26.

The country’s biggest professional federation in the sphere of communication and Informatization - IT-Association of Uzbekistan – is currently merging over 50 leading companies dealing with information technologies. The association is the nongovernmental noncommercial organization that aims at the utmost assistance to the information processes in Uzbekistan.

The participants reported on big positive changes in the Informatization sphere over the last years. They spotlighted the significant growth of quality and quantity indicators displaying the sector’s boosting.

They pointed out to the necessity of tackling the effectiveness of interaction between the state and business structures, coordination of their efforts for filling the domestic market with IT products and services.

The executive board of IT-Association of Uzbekistan presented its report on its current activity. Ilkhom Abdullaev, executive director, expounded the results of the economic activity of the association in the accounting period and the promising plans for the nearest future.

The participants proposed some initiatives on raising the effectiveness of the executive body of the association. They noted the growing role of the association as an instrument of the civil society that targets at the active formation of the informational society in Uzbekistan and renders an essential support to the processes of Informatization development in the country.

The members discussed and approved the agenda of the promising activity and economical management, elected the governing board and addressed some other important issues. In particular, they designed a detailed scheme of participation of the association members in the ICT Week on 22-24 September, 2010. They also dwelled upon the format of conduction of the National ITC Summit, national IT exhibition ICTExpo-2010 and other events.

Within the consolidation of expert and analytical resources it was decided to establish three committees specializing in the following directions: IT education, IT legislation and strategic development of information technologies. These committees with the advisory and expert functions will aim at the discussion of urgent subjects and initiation of optimization of their specific activity. It is supposed that leading ICT specialists of the committees will closely cooperate with the public administration, legislative authorities, public institutes and other respective structures.

 

SEASON’S FINAL CHORDS AT BOLSHOI

The bright gala-concert has wrapped up the 80th theater season of the Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet. The leading opera and ballet performers of the country have another time demonstrated their high professionalism. The audience highly evaluated the refinement and grace, artistic skills and techniques of the actors expressing it by storms of ovations. 

Another page of the theater is turned up. It has worked off its jubilee season. The staff of the theater thoroughly prepared for that season, they wanted it to be special, and people who love the theater could keep this season in their minds forever. And they did it. After all, it is no wonder, because today, it becomes habitual to see soloists of the theater at the stages of prestigious theaters of the world. There is a thing the Bolshoi could proud of. Not a single theater can boast such a rich and diverse repertoire and the troupe, 70 percent of which are young actors. 

“We have lots of talents and proud of their successes,” noted the director of the Bolshoi Theater Bahtiyor Yoqubov. “Many different projects have been successfully implemented at the theater timed to the Year of Comprehensively Advanced Generation. The theater regularly presents the audience various evenings. They are actively participated by young generation of opera and ballet performers. Moreover, we conducted a series of opera and ballet plays in which many of our young actors and dancers were engaged as well. In general, most part of the events being held in the theater is dedicated to the youth, because basically they work here.”

The 80th season of the theater was quite eventful, bright and interesting. Each of performances caught the spectators’ fancy. The most breathtaking events in the life of the theater were two premieres: opera Pearl Fishers by G. Bizet and ballet Corsair by A. Adan. According to the audience’s response, the premieres had a great success. Especially, they were liked by young artists who were involved in there. 

Solo concerts of such renowned Uzbek masters of the opera art as the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan R.Qurbonov, Honored Artist Normo’min Sultonov, and laureates of international and republican contests R. Usmonov and S. Alimov and others, as well as the jubilee evening of the principal choreographer of the theater, the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Ibrohim Yusupov enjoyed huge success as well.

At spring of this year the Bolshoi initiated another creative project – International Week of Italian Opera with participation of gurus of bel canto from Italy, Belarus, and Uzbekistan. The project scored a great success at the result of which the theater was visited by representatives of the association “South of Italy UNESCO” at the very first days of summer.

“We signed the memorandum with the “South of Italy UNESCO”. It confirms our serious intentions to cooperate,” told Bahtiyor Yoqubov. “It means that we are to have joint plays, master classes, exchange of soloists, familiarization with leading theaters of Italy. We had talks with Professor Carke, a tutor at the Music Academy Santa Cecilia. It is one of the popular educational institutions of the world that educates distinguished soloists.”

Another more achievement of the theater has become the triumph of young opera soloists in various international contests. A. Mukhammajonov was awarded the second prize at Ivanov International contest of vocalists in Tver, Russia. D. Piyozov acquired the Grand Prix at the international contest Romansiada in Moscow, Russia, as well as soloist of the orchestra, the harpist Y. Lyashko, the prize winner of the international contest of musicians Symphoniya in Volgograd, Russia.  

Currently, three soloists of the Navoi Theater Samandar Alimov, Rahim Mirzakamolov and Iskander Idrisov are taking part in the Russian Shalyapin international contest. The Ministry for Culture and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan organized their trip to Russia.  

Telling about the future prospects for the 81st season Bahtiyor Yoqubov said that the theater are getting prepared for the tours to India and China. The new season is promised to be eventful as well. New premiers are planned, Verdi’s Troubadour is among them.

 

TASHKENT HAS RECENTLY HOSTED THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SPORTS IN MOVIES AND TV”

What is that sports attract not millions, but billions people? You can not answer this question in two words. Yet, first of all, the sport is a concentrated mould of life that reflects all human features in true heat of passions. Sports attract people’s interest by its diversity and peculiarity, uniqueness of each of moments, episodes. The best of them are imprinted in people’s mind. And, as the years roll by, these memories turn into legends and make you feel envy to their eyewitnesses.

Only cameramen, the people of this restless profession, are capable not only to see, but shoot and preserve the most significant sports events. And if a director is to have a hand in their film footage, then they are considered the products of special genre – the sport movie, the powerful weapon in sports propagation, after all, they say not for nothing: it is better to see once …

Foundation of International Federation SPORT MOVIES and TV in 1982 was dictated by the aspiration to support this work. Festivals annually organized by the Federation in Milan have turned into a tremendous incentive for authors of sports films. Uzbekistan is the member of this federation for 12 years. And, from 2005, the country started organizing its own, also international festival that allows to choose out the best products by sports chroniclers for demonstration in Italy.

“The tempted Milan public had the opportunity more than once to estimate the skills of our cameramen: Qo’chqor Karimov, Anvar Avazho’jayev, Hamidulla Hasanov, as well as directors: Shavkat Junaydullayev, Shuhrat Qurbonboyev, Lyudmila Garmash, Anvar Qosimov, Erkin Mirzayev and many others,” noted Sobir Ro’ziyev, vice-president of International Federation SPORT MOVIES and TV, president of the Federation of Sports in Movie and TV of Uzbekistan. “All of them by means of documentary create history of sports and bring the huge contribution to fostering the youth. And, believe me, it is rather difficult to choose out the best products, taking into account that this year festival admitted twenty foreign films and fifteen documentaries by national cinematographers.”

The 5th Tashkent Festival Sports in Movie and TV has not only illustrated the high class of national masters widely-known both in Uzbekistan and abroad, but also demonstrated the aspiration of the youth to command all secrets of the business, willingness to learn at such camera masters as, for instance, the numerous winner of festivals, the last year's grand prize owner Anvar Avazho’jayev, the cameraman of O’zbektelefilm Studio where he works right from the first days of its foundation in 1969. The chronicle of participation of stars of the Uzbek sports in the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney, Athens and Beijing, the winter Olympic Games in Nagano, the last three Asiadas – in Bangkok, Pusan, Doha, first triumphs of young athletes in the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore last year, appearance of the Uzbek kurash on the world scene – all these and many others were shot by the camera which he leave. Anvar-aka has again become the winner of the festival, having won the prize for the best camerawork in the film Flame Passing over the Centuries.

“It is impossible to shoot something considerable if you do not love sports and your profession that turned out into the way of your life,” admonishes Anvar Avazho’jayev. “For instance, at the Olympic Games I used to resort various tricks in order to shoot one or another episode from the place I have no right to enter with camera. When I travel abroad I always try to bring a sketch about city or country I visited. So now, I have gathered the whole circle World Cities. I also dream of shooting films about all towns of Uzbekistan…”

The jury of the 5th Tashkent Festival tried to encourage each worthy work. Such Russian documentaries as “Tennis - the First 100 Years” and “16 Stories not only about Sports” were among those foreign encouraged ones.  Three national products were chosen to be presented in the Milan Festival, they are: “Flame Passing over the Centuries”, short film “The First Day” by the young author Murod Yoldoshev who tried to reveal the philosophy of the eastern fighting art kendo in his own way, besides, this film won in the nomination For Original Direction, as well as the Grand Prix winner Tulporlarim Bezagi documentary by Hojimurot Valiyev (Uzkinohronika). 

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