30/09/10 Bollettino d'informazione (settembre 2010)

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AMBASCIATA DELLA REPUBBLICA DELL’UZBEKISTAN IN ITALIA

BOLLETTINO D’INFORMAZIONE
(SETTEMBRE 2010)

 

ROMA

 

CONTENUTO

  • PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN PARTICIPATES IN UN MDG SUMMIT
  • PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN HOLDS TALKS IN NEW YORK
  • OFFICIAL VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV TO UZBEKISTAN
  • PRESIDENT MEETS PETRONAS CHIEF
  • BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITING UZBEKISTAN
  • A HUNDRED PROJECTS TO MODERNIZE AMELIORATIVE FACILITIES SCHEDULED FOR THIS YEAR
  • EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
  • ARTISTIC REFLECTION ON ENVIRONMENTAL STATE IN ARAL SEA BASIN
  • THE ANNUAL ART WEEK TO KICK OFF IN TASHKENT
  • UZBEK CHESS PLAYER WINS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN PARTICIPATES IN UN MDG SUMMIT


President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, took part in the UN General Assembly high-level plenary session on Millennium Development Goals in New York. The head of our state spoke at the summit. 

The relations between Uzbekistan and the United Nations cover a wide range of issues. Uzbekistan became a member of UN in 1992. Since then, Uzbekistan has had a consistent cooperation with UN in the fight against the threats and challenges to peace and stability, prevention of environmental problems and development of social and economic issues. 

In 2002, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited Uzbekistan. 

In April of 2010, the current Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon paid a visit to Uzbekistan. During his stopover, the UN Secretary-General first visited the Aral Sea region and was directly acquainted with the environmental crisis, which adversely impacted the entire world. It became important factor to strengthen the world’s attention to the environmental problems of Central Asia. 

Declaration on Cooperation between the UN Secretariat and Shanghai Cooperation Organization was signed within the visit of Ban Ki-Moon, becoming the key factor in expanding the participation of these two structures to activate the integration processes in Central Asia, strengthening the regional security. 

The initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on giving the Central Asia the status of nuclear weapons free zone was widely supported by the UN, who’s been striving to unite the world community for strengthening the peace and stability and preventing the spread of nuclear weapon. 

The UN also appreciates and supports the initiatives of Uzbekistan in the joint fight against terrorism, extremism, separatism and drug trafficking, as well as stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, expanding international cooperation in this direction. 

During his speech at the UN, President Karimov highlighted the activities undertaken in Uzbekistan in the framework of MDG, the country’s cooperation with UN, the issues of regional security and environment in Central Asia and the situation in Afghanistan. 

Uzbek President noted that the wars and conflicts on the example of Afghanistan prevented the solution of international problems. Islam Karimov also stressed the need to stabilize the situation in this country by providing economic aid and implementing social, humanitarian and infrastructure projects. At the same time, the centuries-old traditions and values of the people of Afghanistan should be honored, the president said. 

The environmental protection is essential in achieving the MDG, Uzbek President noted during his speech. Over the past 40 years, Aral Sea shrunk to seven times and its water volume decreased by 13 times. Given that the Aral Sea region is provided with water by Amudarya and Sirdarya rivers, the decline of water level in them would worsen an already difficult environmental situation. 

The proposals and initiatives addressed Uzbek President were received with great interest by the participants of the session of UN General Assembly, UzA informs.

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN HOLDS TALKS IN NEW YORK

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, who participated in the high-level plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly on Millennium Development Goals in New York, met the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel on 21 September.

The head of the state said that Germany was one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in Europe and that the relations between the two countries were developing consistently in all spheres.

Germany and Uzbekistan have established strong political, economic and cultural ties. Many bilateral visits at various levels serve for further development of mutual relations between the two states. Germany fully supports efforts of Uzbekistan to democratize various spheres of life in the country.

Uzbekistan and Germany closely cooperate in strengthening regional security and stability. The development of relations between the two countries is contributes to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union.

During the conversation, Angela Merkel and Islam Karimov exchanged views on further expansion of cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan and other issues of mutual interest.

On the same day, President of Uzbekistan met the Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme at the UN Headquarters.

Belgium is one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in Western Europe, Islam Karimov pointed out. The relations between the two countries are gradually developing in political, trade-economic and humanitarian spheres.

Uzbekistan and Belgium have active relations between the parliaments, foreign and defense ministries and security bodies, as well as institutions of higher education.

Representatives of Belgian parliament, members of “Uzbekistan-Belgium” inter-parliamentary cooperation group regularly attend international forums in Uzbekistan. The foreign ministries of the two countries hold consultations to discuss critical issues of bilateral relations. Uzbekistan and Belgium also actively interact in the promotion of regional cooperation.

In the economic sphere, Uzbekistan and Belgium enjoy the most favorable conditions regime. Uzbekistan exports to Belgium cotton, textiles, products of inorganic chemistry and other goods. Belgium supplies Uzbekistan with mechanical equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubber and other items.

In 1999, the Walloon Agency for Export and Foreign Investment (AWEX) opened its representative office in Tashkent. Commerce and Industry Chamber of Uzbekistan and Chamber of Commerce of West Flanders of Belgium had signed a memorandum of cooperation. In the recent years, a series of business forums and meetings devoted to enhancing bilateral cooperation were held in Tashkent and Brussels.

In the framework of cultural cooperation, exhibitions on the 2750th anniversary of Samarkand and the 2000th anniversary of Marhilan were organized in Belgium. In 1999, Uzbekistan and Belgium friendship society was created. In 2004, the Belgian-Uzbek cultural center Dostlik was opened. 

At the meeting, Yves Leterme said Belgium valued cooperation with Uzbekistan. He emphasized that the favorable investment environment in Uzbekistan served to increasing the interest of Belgian entrepreneurs in Uzbek businesses.

During the meeting, the sides discussed Uzbek-Belgian relations and other issues of mutual interest.

President of Uzbekistan also met President of Hungary Pal Schmitt at the UN Headquarters.

Uzbekistan and Hungary are linked with ties of mutual trust and commitment, as well as spiritual closeness of the peoples, Islam Karimov said.

The two countries have been developing relations in the political sphere. Uzbekistan and Hungary have similar or close views and approaches to mutual cooperation, and issues of regional and international importance.

Uzbekistan and Hungary are reliable business partners. The two countries have signed important documents on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation, mutual protection and promotion of investments, avoidance of double taxation and others.

Eximbank of Hungary has decided to allocate a credit to Uzbekistan worth USD 50 million. These funds will be used to finance projects of providing clinics with medical equipment, introduction of energy-saving technologies in urban infrastructure, reconstruction of treatment facilities at oil refineries and other fields.

In the humanitarian sphere, Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan cooperate with a number of Hungarian organizations in the fields of materials science, microelectronics, instrumentation and pharmacology.

At the meeting, Pal Schmitt said that Hungary was interested in developing relations with Uzbekistan in all spheres. The sides discussed prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Hungary and other issues of mutual interest.

President Islam Karimov also received senior vice president of the corporation Boeing Marty Bentrott.

The head of the state said that Boeing has become one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in the sphere of aviation and aircraft building. The relations with the corporation go beyond delivery of planes and cover areas like improving flight safety and passenger service, aircraft maintenance and repairs, as well as training specialists.

The Uzbekistan Airways company has been cooperating with Boeing since 1995. To date, the national airline has purchased 11 Boeing aircraft. Uzbekistan Airways Technics enterprise conducts maintenance of not only domestic, but also foreign aircrafts.

In accordance with the agreement between Uzbekistan Airways and Boeing Corporation, the latter will deliver to Uzbekistan four Boeing-767-300ER planes in 2011-2013. In 2016, the fleet of the national air carrier will receive two Boeing-787-8 liners.

During the meeting, Marty Bentrott noted that Boeing was interested in progressive development of cooperation with Uzbekistan Airways.

The sides exchanged views on matters relating to further expansion of cooperation in the field of aviation and aircraft maintenance.

OFFICIAL VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV TO UZBEKISTAN

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tashkent on an official visit on 27 September on the invitation of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, UzA informs. 

The strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood of peoples of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, the proximity of cultures, languages, religions and traditions provide a good basis for a broad and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. The relations between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan after their independence rose to a new, qualitatively higher level. The relations based on the principles of trust, mutual understanding and respect are valued in Tashkent and Baku. The heads of the two states hold meetings on a regular basis. 

The ceremony of the official meeting of the President of Azerbaijan was held in Kuksaroy residence on 27 September. The guard of honor was lined up to welcome the honorary guest. Islam Karimov and Ilham Aliyev rose to the podium. The national anthems of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were glorified, after which the heads of the states reviewed the guard of honor. 

In one-on-one, the two leaders had a conversation, exchanged views on the status and prospects of bilateral relations and discussed the bilateral cooperation within the frame of international organizations, problems of regional and international significance, as well as many other issues of mutual interest. 

“We see your visit to Uzbekistan as a landmark event, a natural continuation of the dynamically developing relations between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan,” Islam Karimov said. “In my view, our meeting with you and exchange of views, discussion of extremely important and sensitive issues, in which our countries are interested, are of great importance. There are still untapped opportunities that are important to the interests of both Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Of course, we will find the opportunity to exchange views on a wide range of issues of regional and international importance.” 

In turn, the leader of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to Islam Karimov for the invitation to visit Uzbekistan and highlighted the mutual understanding of the relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. 
“We are very please with the success of your country,” Ilham Aliyev said. “During the period of independence of Uzbekistan had formed as a powerful leader, a key country in the region. Under your leadership, thanks to your principled and wise policy, Uzbekistan has achieved great results. Today it is impossible not to notice. Even the most biased observers recognize and reckon with this. We respect the independent course of Uzbekistan, the fundamental policy issues of regional importance and international perspective. As we all know, we do not always see such an approach in the world. We are determined to develop our relations in all areas,” Ilham Aliyev said. 

Further, presidents have continued the talks in expanded format with participation of official delegations. The sides discussed the trade-economic and humanitarian issues. Despite the global financial crisis, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan are among the few countries in the world with high growth economy. This is a vivid testimony to the vitality and efficiency of each country’s own development models. 

During the negotiations at Kuksaroy residence, the sides noted the capacity to increase the bilateral trade. The regular meeting of Uzbekistan-Azerbaijan intergovernmental commission for cooperation, which identified the prospects for expanding the trade and economic mutual relations, preceded the visit of the President of Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan. 

At present, Uzbekistan supplies Azerbaijan with vehicles, nonferrous metals, electric and mechanical devices, various optics, agricultural products as well as provides services in transportation, tourism and other spheres. Azerbaijan’s export to Uzbekistan mainly consists of mechanical devices, pharmaceuticals, plastic, sugar, confectionery and various organic chemicals, tanning and dyeing extracts. 

The two countries are cooperating in the field of civil aviation in such areas as a supply of spare parts for aircraft repair and maintenance of aircraft, training pilots and technical staff. 

The investment capacity of industrial free-trade zone Navoi also represents good opportunities to deepen the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The joint construction of new production facilities and the work in the field of intercontinental air travel in the future will be particularly advantageous for Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. 

At the end of the negotiations at Kuksaroy residence Islam Karimov and Ilhom Aliyev signed the Joint Declaration of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Also, an intergovernmental agreement on economic cooperation in 2011-2015, the Agreement on Cooperation between the broadcasting companies, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan and the Institute of art and architecture of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, as well as other documents testifying to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in different areas were signed. 

At a meeting with representatives of the media, Islam Karimov and Ilham Aliev noted that the talks were constructive, held in a spirit of mutual trust and friendship. They noted the agreements will further contribute to the development of Uzbek-Azerbaijani relations and the welfare of both countries’ people. Islam Karimov also noted that the national exhibition of achievements of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan will be held in near future in Tashkent and Baku, respectively. 

In the afternoon, Islam Karimov and Ilham Aliyev visited the Independence Square. Azerbaijani President laid a wreath at the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which symbolizes the freedom of Uzbekistan and its people’s noble aspirations and sincere belief in brighter future. Ilham Aliyev praised the broad constructive work carried out under the leadership of President Islam Karimov at the Independence Square. 

President Ilham Aliyev got acquainted with the activities of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis. The close cooperation has been established between the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan Oliy Majlis and the Parliament of Azerbaijan Milli Majlis. Uzbekistan-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary working group was established in the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. The parliament members of the two countries regularly participate as observers during elections and referendums in both countries. 

Islam Karimov and Ilham Aliyev visited the Uzbekistan Palace of international forums, which was built in Tashkent in 2009 on the initiative of Uzbek President. The palace meets all international standards for major international conferences, cultural and educational events and concerts. Landscape design that surrounds this majestic building, gives it a special beauty. Azerbaijani President praised the architecture and design, combining modern style and national character. Ilham Aliyev noted that this majestic building is yet another confirmation of the high potential of Uzbekistan in all respects. 

Then the two heads of states visited the Hazrati Imam complex and examined the Hazrati Imam Mosque. Ilham Aliyev got acquainted with the unique manuscript of the Holy Quran – Usmon Mushafi and left a note in the book of honorable guests of the complex. 

Later President of Azerbaijan attended the opening ceremony of a new building of the Azerbaijan Culture Center in Tashkent named after Azerbaijan’s national leader Heydar Aliyev.

PRESIDENT MEETS PETRONAS CHIEF

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, President of the Malaysian Petronas, on September 16 in Oqsaroy. 
Welcoming the guest, the head of our state stressed the sustained and steadfast development of our country’s relations with Petronas. 

”We are earnestly glad to welcome you in Tashkent, and in your person I would like to express my sincere respect to the leadership of Malaysia and all the Malaysian people with whom we have enjoyed friendly relations. One of the greatest achievements of Malaysia, in our opinion, is a balanced and well-thought-out nature of policies implemented in many spheres of nation’s life which, in turn, deserves close study,” Islam Karimov said. 

Founded in 1974, Petronas oil and gas company today commands a robust position in the global hydrocarbon industry. In Uzbekistan, Petronas conducts exploration in several investment blocks in Ustyurt and Surkhondaryo. In cooperation with Sasol, a major South African company that specializes in mining, manufacturing of diesel fuel and liquefied gas, Petronas has been active in a large-scale project in Uzbekistan with an objective to set up a synthetic fuels plant to produce diesel fuel, jet fuel and liquefied gas. 

In the course of Petronas leadership’s visit to our country, a production sharing agreement has been signed to develop the Gajak field in Boysun district of Surkhondaryo region, meaning that the work switches to a stage of direct development. 

During the meeting at Oqsaroy, Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas expressed his sincere gratitude to the head of our state for the warm welcome and pointed out Petronas’ interest in enhancing its investment cooperation with Uzbekistan. 

Implementation of existing projects and joint elaboration of prospective programs have been discussed at the talk.

BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITING UZBEKISTAN

Members of the delegation of the British parliament headed by chairman of Britain-Uzbekistan parliamentary group John Waverley held talks with chairman of Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Ilgizar Sobirov.

The sides considered issues of expansion of parliamentary cooperation. The foreign guests also got acquainted with the activity of the parliament of Uzbekistan.

At the end of the meeting, the memorandum of understanding was signed between the Uzbek parliament’s group for cooperation with British parliament and the Britain-Uzbekistan all-party group of the British parliament.

The document envisages expansion and strengthening of ties between the parliaments and development of political, economic and social relations.

The British parliamentary delegation also held negotiations with the speaker of the Legislative Chamber (lower house) of the Oliy Majlis Dilorom Tashmuhamedova

Britain-Uzbekistan parliamentary group was set up in 2009 in order to develop cooperation between various organizations and bodies of the two countries, boost inter-parliamentary dialogue and develop ties between the two states.

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on 19 September met John Waverley on London on his way to New York for the UN summit.

A HUNDRED PROJECTS TO MODERNIZE AMELIORATIVE FACILITIES SCHEDULED FOR THIS YEAR

Uzbekistan has jumpstarted 100 projects on construction of new and major reconstruction of existing amelioration facilities.
This was reported by Nematjon Allabergenov, director of land reclamation department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan. 
“The official said in the first half of the year the work covered 207 km of collectors, which had drawn more than 19.9 billion soums ($12.3 million). Seven pumping stations, 241 vertical drainage wells, 40 km of closed horizontal drainage were reconstructed and erected. 
At the present time the works are conducted at such major facilities as Sichankul collector in Qashqadaryo region, the inter-farm collectors in Surkhondaryo region. The main collector is switched from Kumsulton drop to Dengizkul water escape in Bukhoro region. In general, 65.8 billion soums ($40.7 million) has been directed this year toward all construction and reconstruction projects.
While projects of repair and rehabilitation of land reclamation sites have got 56.9 billion soums ($35.2 million), more than 32.2 billion soums ($19.9 million) of which were drawn in the first half of the year. Refurbishment works are well under way at 236 sites. In the first half year more than 8,000 kilometers of collector network were cleared, 534 kilometers of closed drainage, 481 wells, 12 pumping stations were repaired,” said Allabergenov. 
He also said that the Board of Reclamation of Irrigated Lands Fund has decided this year to allocate 150 billion soums ($92.8 million), which is 20 billion ($12.3 million) more than that drawn in 2009.
“Today, all works involve over a thousand excavators, bulldozers and other mechanized tools. Measures are taken to ensure the replenishment of the fleet with new efficient equipment and machines. To this end, Uzmeliomashlizing assists in providing the necessary special equipment on favorable terms. In the first half year there were bids held for suppliers of new technology, which will soon be made available to specialized contractors. These include 28 bulldozers, 39 field carriages, 8 sets of wheeled petrol stations, 14 tractors, nine drainage cleaning machines. In total, this year it is planned to purchase 240 units of various special vehicles, including 115 excavators,” concluded the representative of Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Uzexpocenter has opened the international specialized exhibitions of agricultural, food products and new technologies - Food Week Uzbekistan and Agri Tek Uzbekistan.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, the Association of Farmers in cooperation with TNT Productions, US’s international exhibition company.
These traditional trade shows demonstrate not only the agricultural technologies and equipment, used in animal husbandry and agricultural chemistry, but also installations, packaging technology for food products and beverages.
It should be noted that a large part of the exhibits is marked with a sign “Made in Uzbekistan”. If mainly foreign companies were represented at the previous exhibitions, this time there is a wide choice of domestic technologies not inferior to foreign counterparts.
Thanks to the creation of a favorable investment climate in our country more than 60 companies from nearly 20 countries such as Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Germany, Greece, India, China, Latvia, Poland Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Switzerland and others, along with domestic manufacturers, offer their products and services at the exhibitions.

ARTISTIC REFLECTION 
ON ENVIRONMENTAL STATE IN ARAL SEA BASIN

 “The Aral Silhouettes” is the name of the exhibition took place in the capital’s House of Photography. Modern ecologic situation at one of the oldest lakes of the earth depicted in shots provided the visitors the opportunity to see and comprehend that immense significance the nature protection has. 
The exhibition “The Aral Silhouettes” was organized by the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Asia-Pacific Center (APCIEU), Ministry for Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Ecology Movement of Uzbekistan as well as the Tashkent House of Photography.
At various periods the well-known photo master from the Korean Republic Sung Nam Hun visited the territory of the Aral Sea and its basin making shots of bright yet at the same time pitiful modern appearance of the region. The current exhibition included about 80 products of similar content. 
Visitors could see impressive shots on the history of the modern Aral Sea, on the life of people residing the region, which for recent days was famous for its flora and fauna, richest natural resources. At that time the Aral Sea considered the fourth in the world in size. 
Now the volume of the Aral Sea was reduced more than in 13 times, and the area – for more than 7 times, the water level has decreased on 26 m, the coastal line has receded on hundreds kilometers, as well as the salinity of water considerably increased. All that has brought about a number of complex socio-economic problems.
“I have heard much about problems of the people inhabiting the territory of Aral Sea basin. But when I saw those all by own eyes, I figure out how difficult it is for the locals to keep their economy, particularly fishery,” tells the Korean photographer. “I consider the Aral Sea problem has more global scales and touches upon all people living in Central Asia.”
“After gaining independence Uzbekistan undertook huge efforts for stopping and softening the ecological disaster in Aral Sea area,” says Boriy Alihanov, vice-speaker of Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis and leader of Uzbekistan’s Ecology Movement. “This exhibition once again confirms that the environmental problem occurring in this area is of global character. At the same time these photos reflect the courage and valor of the people living in the region who work and believe in the future. Not only financial and human recourses are needed to solve this problem, but patience, belief, and the main thing – cohesion.”
Informing the community on the present environmental problems, the exhibition “The Aral Silhouettes” was also aimed at further development of cultural exchange between the Republic Uzbekistan and Korea.
The photographic tour across Uzbekistan has taken place simultaneously with the exhibition as the part of the project “Development of Photographic Materials for Understanding Asian Cultures” carried out by the APCIEU. Shots made by Sung Nam Hun during the photo-tour across Uzbekistan are be presented at the exhibition “Traditional Visual Motifs and Models: Favorable Symbols of Asia» that will take place in Korea in November, 2010.

THE ANNUAL ART WEEK TO KICK OFF IN TASHKENT

The annual Art Week Style.Uz has continuously been expanding its scope from lifestyle to science, society and all the way to charity. The program of this year’s Art Week capitalizes the human value of such noble actions as serving for a good cause as well as combining the national art with the western touch of finesse. Talking about the distinguishing features of this year’s range of expos and sparkling runways, most likely to serve as an intersection between the artistic excellence and the eastern inspiration as well as charity events for raising funds to help people recover from breast cancer, the press office highlighted the significance of the heightened level in which the Week is to proceed. Scheduled for October 9-14, the program of this mega project promises to stand out both scale and breadth-wise.
This year’s Art Week will become both cultural and unique international humanitarian project. And it promises to help boost the development of modern national fashion. 
According to Akbar Khakimov, an Uzbek art historian and academician, “Along with the fashion and design show the Art Week continually emphasises fine and contemporary art, as well as the contest of choreography and plastic art, theatre festival, charity actions and many others. It all serves to highlight how steadily the project is growing form year to year.” He also noted the fact that because the spectrum of the Fund Forum’s activities is expanding, now it covers the issues ranging from culture, art to social areas. The master class by Oda Akira during Art Week is one step towards enlarging the educational value of the Week. The expert also said he believes now the new view of fashion as a means of societal development is emerging.  
Art Week Style.Uz is notably the first and brightest cultural project in Central Asia aimed at the further development of modern fashion and the revival of the traditional art. The project brings together visitors from all across the globe in such cultural centers of Central Asia as Samarqand, Bukhoro, Khiva and Tashkent. Notably, the fashion shows by national designers taking place within the Week served as the inspiration source for the world brands as Gucci, Messoni, John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta and many other leading European designers to their new collections.
In a couple of weeks the best stages and exhibition halls of the capital are to glitter again, and following the traditions of Uzbek hospitality, they will open the doors for celebs, renowned national and foreign designers, artists and other art figures willing to participate in the Tashkent week of arts.
The program of this year week includes over twenty five events: exhibition of applied art, fashion and design, fashion shows, International Photo Biennale, exhibitions of works by young national and foreign artists, such as Catherine Metais (France) and Marco Perego (Italy). A series of master classes from Salvatore Ferragamo Fashion House (Italy), UK experts from London College of Fashion, designers BASSO & BROOKE, fashion shows by Chisato Tsumori (Japan) and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Spain) and Max Mara (Italy), among others. 
Underground runways with young and promising designers are to become a spotlight as well. It is not only about the display of their creative quest but also a unique opportunity to showcase their innovations. Winners and participants of the previous Art Weeks took part in international contests and shows. They have received high appraisals and won honorary prizes in the International contest of young designers in Brno (Czech Republic). A group of young designers participated in the International exhibition “Great Silk Road” in China where their works were highly estimated. Designers also attended the Fashion Week in Paris, to name but a few. This year, it is for the first time the program of the Week includes the International Theater Festival Theatre.uz. 
The Traditional Festival of National Dress will present new collections by young designers.
The scientific-practical conference of MEROS Association of Antiques of Uzbekistan “Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice and Collecting” will take place as part of the Week as well. 
The eventful program of the Week will be crowned by the general defile from Dom Stilya (Style House).
The press office of the Art Week Style.Uz also said this is also a unique opportunity for talented creative youth who can hardly afford to feature their works internationally, to present their collections on the same stage next to international brands and taking advantage of opportunities for their further professional growth. Furthermore, the program of the Week includes master classes by professionals of the world fashion industry, photographers, make-up specialists, as well as prominent personalities of art and culture. Grants will be allocated for talented youth and masters of textile and weaving art engaged in restoration of ancient fabric making techniques, cut, etc. Besides, the whole week is to inspire the up-and-coming designers to come and see fashion shows by the world famous brands, exhibitions, concerts.

UZBEK CHESS PLAYER WINS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Uzbek chess player Dmitry Kayumov won the first place in the international chess tournament in Malaysia.
In the competition with strong players from nearly 10 countries Kayumov checkmated Tan Chin Namu, Lim Kian Hua from Malaysia, Zhiam Chew Kee, Tan Lian Anu from Singapore, Ronald Joseph from the U.S. and Chan Kwai Keongu of Syangan. Tied with Australian Brian Jones, D. Kayumov scored 6.5 points and won the tournament.

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