Bollettino d’informazione (gennaio-febbraio 2012)

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Bollettino d’informazione

(gennaio-febbraio 2012)

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Contenuto

Gennaio

 

1.   Meeting at the Oqsaroy

2.   Le riforme economiche in Uzbekistan danno risultati positivi

3.   Defenders laid flowers to Independence and Humanism Monument

4.   Bukhara’s modern air terminal

5.   Symphonic music concert held at State Conservatory

6.   Uzbek wrestlers become international tournament winners

Febbraio

   1.  President of Uzbekistan meets Foreign Minister of   Ukraine

2.  President of Uzbekistan met with Special Representative of the President of the French Republic

3.   President Meets with UK Defense Secretary

4.   Uzbek Model of Education: Looking to the Future, Meeting Modern Requirements

5.    Latest Achievements in Construction Industry

6.    Music Education Develops

 



Gennaio

 

MEETING AT THE OQSAROY

 

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Park Hee-Tae, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, at the Oqsaroy on January 10.

 



The head of our state noted at the start of conversation that for Uzbekistan, the Republic of Korea has been a time-tested strategic partner reliable in every respect, the one who has been consistent in assisting our country in the implementation of wide-ranging national programs of cardinal reforms and thoroughgoing modernization of economy and social sphere.

Park Hee-Tae cordially congratulated President Islam Karimov on the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two nations to be celebrated January 29. The Korean official said his country’s leadership and the National Assembly highly appreciate the existing constructive and fruitful interstate relations, attach a particular significance to further enhancement of bilateral ties.

To date, Uzbekistan and South Korea have hoarded a tremendous cooperation experience in political, trade-economic and investment, cultural and humanitarian areas that serves as a robust backbone for materialization of longer-term mutually advantageous projects. A substantial and comprehensive normative groundwork has been built by bilateral agreements.

President Lee Myung-Bak’s state visit to Uzbekistan in August 2011 proved a logical extension of practice of highest-level regular meetings and demonstrated a shared, solid political will to afford an even greater dynamism to the bilateral interaction. Noteworthy that the heads of our two states during that visit gave a start to the construction project – unparalleled in terms of scale and new technologies – Ustyurt Gas Chemical Complex at the Surgil deposit, a scheme worth 2.6 billion US dollars.

It has been stressed at the meeting that the high intensity of inter-parliamentary bonds has been important in the dynamic advancement of Uzbek-Korean relations. The National Assembly hosts Korea-Uzbekistan Friendship Association, while a group for cooperation with the Republic of Korea is set up in Oliy Majlis. Legislatures of our two countries regularly exchange visits.

The parties to today’s talks were pleased to take note of the steady tendency toward expansion of economic and investment cooperation. Bilateral trade within last year’s eleven months exceeded $1.5bn. The sum total of registered South Korean investments in Uzbekistan’s economy has topped $5bn, whereas the volume of materialized inputs has beaten $2bn. More than 350 enterprises with South Korean capital currently operate in Uzbekistan.

Worthwhile has been the activities of Korean Air that manages transcontinental intermodal hub at Navoi International Airport, where up to 24 flights are made every week to major regional economic and financial centers of Asia and Europe. Korean businesses have been energetic in boosting Navoi Free Industrial and Economic Zone by implementing a whole range of mutually beneficial projects.

Uzbekistan has bolstered cooperation with the Country of the Morning Freshness in cultural and humanitarian realms. In particular, some 1.5 thousand representatives of our government agencies have been retrained in the Republic of Korea within programs of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

A detailed and open exchange of views on promising areas of Uzbek-South Korean interaction has taken place during the meeting at the Oqsaroy, UzA informs.

 

 

LE RIFORME ECONOMICHE IN UZBEKISTAN DANNO RISULTATI POSITIVI

(CON RIFERIMENTO ALLA RELAZIONE DEL PRESIDENTE DELLA REPUBBLICA DELL’UZBEKISTAN, ISLAM KARIMOV, ALLA RIUNIONE DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI DEDICATA AI PRINCIPALI RISULTATI DELL’ANNO 2011 E ALLE PRIORITÀ DELLO SVILUPPO SOCIO-ECONOMICO PER L’ANNO 2012)

 


Il 19 gennaio 2012 il Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, è intervenuto, con una relazione, alla riunione del Consiglio dei Ministri dedicata ai risultati dell’anno 2011 e alle priorità dello sviluppo socio-economico per l’anno 2012.

In particolare, il Presidente dell’Uzbekistan ha segnalato che l’economia mondiale continua a rimanere sotto l’impatto negativo della crisi economica e finanziaria mondiale scoppiata nel 2008. 

Le economie dei più grandi paesi sviluppati, malgrado tutti i provvedimenti fatti nel periodo trascorso, si sono ritrovate oggi davanti alla realtà del rallentamento dei tassi di crescita e della reale riduzione della produzione, e certe strutture di finanza internazionali non escludono un’altra recessione globale nel caso del peggiore sviluppo di eventi.

Malgrado le decisioni che vengono adottate nell’ambito del G8 e G20, tuttora non si riesce a elaborare un unico modello economico su cui convengano tutte le parti per risolvere i problemi di crisi relativi alla gestione e al controllo, innanzi tutto, del sistema finanziario e monetario mondiale, costringendo le principali potenze economiche ad agire a propria discrezione e nei propri interessi. 

Nonostante i problemi che si sono presentati sul mercato mondiale, nonché le complessità e difficoltà interne, grazie al lavoro altruistico della nostra popolazione abbiamo oggi tutte le ragioni di essere orgogliosi per gli esiti del 2011.

I risultati raggiunti nello sviluppo dell’economia del paese in ultimi anni e nell’anno scorso sono altamente apprezzati dalle autorevoli istituzioni finanziarie come il Fondo monetario internazionale, la Banca mondiale, la Banca asiatica allo sviluppo e altre.

Bisogna segnalare che il tasso di crescita del PIL nell’anno scorso, come era previsto, ha costituito l’8,3% e nel periodo 2000-2011 i volumi del PIL sono aumentati di 2,1 volte, con l’indice così l’Uzbekistan è tra le economie dallo sviluppo più dinamico nel mondo.   

Con i tassi stabilmente alti aumentava nell’anno scorso la produzione industriale del 6,3%, la produzione agricola del 6,6%, il volume del commercio al dettaglio del 16,4% e la prestazione dei servizi a pagamento alla popolazione del 16,1%.

Il segno dell’importanza dei cambiamenti di struttura e qualità è rappresentato dal fatto che, se nel 2000 la percentuale della produzione industriale costituiva solo il 14,2% del prodotto interno lordo, nel 2011 è stata del 24,1%.

La grande attenzione dedicata ai cambiamenti di struttura e alla diversificazione dei settori economici di punta si è riflessa sui volumi, sul tipo e qualità delle esportazioni.  Il volume dei prodotti all’esportazione è aumentato nel 2011 rispetto al 2010 di quasi il 15,4% ed è stato di 15 miliardi di dollari, mentre rispetto al 2000 è aumentato di 4,6 volte. Il saldo positivo degli scambi commerciali con l’estero ha superato i 4,5 miliardi di dollari. L’incidenza dei prodotti finiti nel volume delle esportazioni è cresciuta fino al 60%, mentre nell’anno 2000 è stata di circa del 46%.

ll fatto che a partire dal 2005 il bilancio pubblico è stato in attivo conferma in maniera concreta uno sviluppo dell’economia dell’Uzbekistan stabile e bilanciato.

Al 1 gennaio 2012 l’importo complessivo del debito estero del paese  non ha superato il 17,5% del PIL e il 53,7% del volume delle esportazioni, rientrando così nella categoria di debito “meno che moderato” secondo i criteri internazionali.

Nel 2011 sono state realizzate, in modo graduale e finalizzato, i provvedimenti per l’ulteriore capitalizzazione delle banche e l’aumento della loro stabilità e liquidità.

Durante gli ultimi cinque anni l’indice della sufficienza del capitale del settore bancario superava di tre volte la norma internazionale dell’8% stabilita dal Comitato per il controllo bancario di Basilea.

Il segno principale che l’attivita delle banche sia sufficiente è rappresentato dal fatto che la fiducia della popolazione per il sistema bancario è cresciuta.

Nel 2011 sono stati depositati i 18.000 milliardi di som, rispecchiando la crescita rispetto all’anno scorso del 36,3%, di cui il 38,8% sono depositi della popolazione.

Brevemente sui risultati del lavoro in agricoltura. Nonostante grandi problemi e difficoltà causati dalle condizioni climatiche e del tempo difficili, grazie al lavoro altruistico dei coltivatori agricoli, nell’anno scorso non solo si è adempito agli obblighi contrattuali per gli acquisti pubblici di principali colture agricole, ma sono stati superati.

Sono stati raccolti più di 6 milioni 800 mila di tonnellate di grano, quasi 3,5 milioni di tonnellate di cotone, più di 8,2 milioni di tonnellate di ortaggi e angurie, meloni e zucche, circa 3 milioni di tonnellate dei prodotti della frutticoltura, sono stati prodotti 6,6 milioni di tonnellate di latte, più di 1,5 milioni di tonnellate di carne e più di 3,5 miliardi di uova.

Nel 2011 la parte del settore terziario e dei servizi, caratterizzato di una crescita veloce, nel PIL è stata il 50,5% rispetto al 37% del 2000. 

Nel 2011 il carico fiscale complessivo è diminuito dal 41,2% del PIL  nel 1991 al 22%.

Nell’anno scorso una grande attenzione è stata prestata allo svolgimento di una politica di investimenti attiva, volta all’accelerazione dell’ammodernamento, del riamodernamento tecnico e tecnologico delle produzioni esistenti e alla creazione di quelle nuove, moderne e ad alto contenuto tecnologico.

Nel 2011 sono stati utilizzati investimenti da tutte le fonti di finanziamento per l’importo superiore di 10,8 miliardi di dollari, ovvero una somma che è del 11,2% maggiore rispetto a quello del 2010. La parte degli investimenti nel PIL è stata del 23,9%, comprovando così alta dinamicità del processo di investimenti nel paese.

Nel settore dell’economia reale sono stati attirati investimenti stranieri per l’importo di quasi 2,9 miliardi di dollari USA, di cui il 78,8% hanno costituito investimenti diretti. 

In seguito alla realizzazione di una politica di investimenti attiva, nell’anno in considerazione sono state messe in funzione decine di aziende avanzate, tra cui nuove potenze ad alta tecnologia per la produzione di motori automobilistici alla joint venture “General Motors Powertrain Uzbekistan”, generatori e compressori automobilistici; sono stati realizzati tre progetti per la produzione di lampade a risparmio energetico, è stata assimilata la produzione di lavatrici del marchio “Samsung” alla joint venture “Zenith Electronics”, di fornelli a gas per l’uso domestico, impianti d’aria condizionata, aspirapolveri elettrodomestici e una serie di altre produzioni. 

Lo scorso anno al centro dell’attenzione erano le questioni di un ulteriore sviluppo della sfera sociale, il costante aumento dei redditi e del tenore di vita del paese.

I salari nella repubblica sono aumentati lo scorso anno del 20,2 per cento, quelli dei dipendenti delle organizzazioni finanziati dallo Stato, delle pensioni e borse di studio – del 26,5 per cento. I redditi reali della popolazione sono aumentati nel corso dell'ultimo anno del 23,1 per cento. Allo stesso tempo, più del 47 per cento del reddito complessivo della popolazione sono proventi dalle attività imprenditoriali.

Parlando dello sviluppo della sfera di istruzione dell'anno di riferimento, il Presidente della Repubblica dell’Uzbekistan ha notato che è stato svolto grande lavoro per rafforzare la base materiale tecnica delle scuole secondarie – sono state costruite e recostruite 166 scuole, completamente ristrutturate 151 scuole, creati più di 46,3 mila posti per studenti dotate di attrezzature moderni per insegnamento e di laboratorio. In 852 scuole del paese sono creati moderni laboratori di informatica.

Nel 2011, coerentemente e deliberatamente è stato effettuato il lavoro per l’ulteriore riforma e lo sviluppo del sistema sanitario.

Per la ricostruzione delle strutture sanitarie e la loro dotazione delle apparecchiature moderne da laboratorio, diagnostiche e mediche sono stati stanziati i fondi di bilancio e attratti i prestiti agevolati stranieri e sovvenzioni per un importo di circa 137 miliardi le soum e 136 milioni dollari. In generale, negli ultimi dieci anni sono stati stanziati e attirati prestiti agevolati per un importo di oltre 750 milioni US dollari destinati allo sviluppo del bilancio sanitario.

Le misure drastiche adottate per la riforma e lo sviluppo della sanità negli ultimi dieci anni hanno contribuito ad una significativa riduzione della morbilità generale.

Per 100 mila persone il numero delle malattie quali le malattie socialmente rilevanti come le anomalie congenite è diminuito del 32,4 per cento, le malattie infettive – del 40 per cento, e le infezioni acute del tratto respiratorio superiore – del 4,2 volte. Sono stati eliminati i casi delle malattie come la difterite, il paratifo, la poliomielite, la malaria ed altre.

Quest’anno al centro della nostra attenzione è stata la questione dell’occupazione della popolazione, la creazione dei nuovi posti di lavoro. In seguito all’attuazione dei programmi territoriali dell'occupazione sono stati creati circa 1 milione di nuovi posti di lavoro, oltre il 68 per cento di loro nelle zone rurali.

I principali indicatori dello sviluppo economico dell’Uzbekistan ed i principali settori nel 2012 sono diretti a mantenere alti tassi di crescita, un ulteriore rafforzamento della stabilità macroeconomica.

Il tasso di crescita del prodotto interno lordo (PIL) è il 8,2 per cento, della produzione industriale – il 8,6 percento, dell’agricoltura – il 5,8 per cento. E’ previsto l’aumento dell’indice dei prezzi al consumo sulla base annua del 7 - 9 per cento, il tasso di rifinanziamento della Banca centrale verrà mantenuto a livello del 12 per cento.

Nell’approvato bilancio dello Stato per l’anno 2012 si prevede di indirizzare oltre il 60 per cento di tutta la spesa ai servizi sociali e il sostegno sociale della popolazione.

Sulla base delle tendenze emergenti nell'economia globale, così come la strategia dello sviluppo economico e sociale a lungo termine del paese, una grande importanza nell’anno 2012 e gli anni successivi assume la realizzazione delle seguenti priorità.

La primaria attenzione deve essere prestata alla preparazione e l’attuazione del Programma per migliorare la competitività nell'economia del paese.

Il problema successivo che richiede una particolare attenzione nell'aggiornamento strutturale è il garantire lo sviluppo accelerato del settore dei servizi.

Le riserve non utilizzate per la crescita e l'espansione del settore dei servizi rimangono oggi in edilizia, nel settore dei trasporti, nei settori finanziari e bancari, nell’informatica e la comunicazione, nel settore sanitario e nei servizi domestici, soprattutto nelle aree rurali. Il livello di sviluppo del nostro settore dei servizi, la qualità e la quantità dei nostri servizi sono ancora abbastanza indietro rispetto agli paesi economicamente sviluppati.
Una priorità chiave nel 2012 rimane quella di garantire il rapido sviluppo dell’infrastruttura di trasporto e quella di ingegneria e comunicazione.

Parlando delle priorità che dovrebbero essere al centro del nostro obiettivo nell’anno 2012 e negli anni successivi, Islam Karimov ha particolamente sottolineato le questioni di attuazione del Programma per la costruzione di alloggi individuali nelle zone rurali sui progetti modello.

Il Presidente della Repubblica dell'Uzbekistan ha sottolineato che la questione più importante, in virtù delle caratteristiche specifiche del nostro paese e, soprattutto, le caratteristiche demografiche, è il problema dell'occupazione.

Così, con l’aiuto di un ulteriore sviluppo delle piccole imprese e dell'imprenditorialità privata è previsto di impiegare più di 480 mila persone, con l'espansione delle diverse forme di lavoro da casa, prima di tutto in collaborazione con le aziende dei contratti di lavoro, così come le aziende di famiglia - oltre 210 mila persone. Grazie al rapido sviluppo delle infrastrutture industriali e sociali, la costruzione dei trasporti e delle comunicazioni, l’espansione dei lavori destinati al miglioramento dei centri abitati nell’anno 2012, è previsto creare circa 75 mila di nuovi posti di lavoro.

La massima attenzione richiede la questione di occupazionale dei laureati delle scuole professionali e dei licei. Nell’anno in corso saranno diplomati 516 mila ragazzi e ragazze. Già da oggi dobbiamo definire con chiarezza dove loro saranno impiegati, garantire la tempestiva di conclusione dei contratti con le aziende per l’attuazione formazione seguita dall’assunsione.

Islam Karimov ha sottolineato che l’anno 2012 è stato dichiarato l’Anno della Famiglia e con questo scopo è stato sviluppato il programma di Stato per l’attuazione e la realizzazione degli obiettivi. E’ previsto di inviare per l'attuazione del Programma nell’anno 2012 circa 4.400 miliardi soum, e oltre 370 milioni US dollari provenienti da tutte le fonti di finanziamento, di cui circa il 60 per cento dei fondi sono i fondi dello Stato, il 25 per cento sono i prestiti delle banche commerciali, circa il 15 per cento –i propri fondi delle agenzie responsabili e più di 360 milioni di dollari sono i fondi delle istituzioni internazionali e dei paesi donatori.

 

 

DEFENDERS LAID FLOWERS TO INDEPENDENCE AND HUMANISM MONUMENT


The 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Day of Defenders of Motherland is widely celebrated in Uzbekistan.

The solemn events dedicated to this great date passing in places.

14 January. Independence Square. Traditionally, representatives of the Ministries of Defense, Internal Affairs, Emergency Situations, the National Security Service and State Customs Committee solemnly lined up here.


… The national anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan was played. These solemn moments reminiscent of national power, high intelligence, strong will of our great ancestors. Hearts of defenders filled with pride for our country – Uzbekistan.


… Motherland defenders laid wrath to the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which is a symbol of freedom, bright future and noble aspirations.

Laying flowers to the monument by the defenders, is the provision of respect for this symbol of freedom – a striking confirmation of the fact that peace and tranquility, pride and honor, goodness and mercy, attained in the years of independence are priceless for our people.

BUKHARA’S MODERN AIR TERMINAL


As a result of reforms carried out in the country, the material-technical base of the National Airline Uzbekistan Airways is strengthened.

It can be seen on the example of the airport Bukhara, which has international status.

As a result of measures undertaken to strengthen the material-technical base of the airport, flight safety, opening new areas to improve quality and efficiency, the number of flights on domestic and international destinations is increased.

A striking example is the well-established air service between St.Petersburg – Bukhara – St.Petersburg.

“Our airport is part of the national airline of Uzbekistan,” said the airport director Tohir Bahronov. “It is able to send and receive such modern aircrafts like Boeing 757, Boeing 767, A-320 and Il-114-100, Rj-85. Aircraft maintenance and servicing of passengers carried on a high level.”

A special attention paid to the improvement of the professional skills and qualifications of workers and specialists among staff of the airport plays an important role in it.

In 2011, the airport served for nearly 102,000 passengers, which is made up 107 percent compared to 2010.

The airport Bukhara gets international recognition and appreciation due to its high potential.

In 2008 and 2010, Airport of Bukhara city won in the nomination of “Year’s Best Airport in the CIS” at the competitions held by the International Association of Civil Aviation Airport.

And in 2009, it was awarded as the steadily growing airport at the same competition.

Last year, a new modern air terminal of Bukhara international airport has been commissioned according to the President’s resolution “On the acceleration of infrastructure development, transport and communications construction in 2011-2015” of 21 December 2010.

It is able to serve 400 passengers per hour – three times more than the previous one. There are all the necessary conditions to meet international requirements.

SYMPHONIC MUSIC CONCERT HELD AT STATE CONSERVATORY


The concert program with the participation of German opera conductor David Koulman and pupil of the Republican Specialized Musical Academic Lyceum named after Victor Uspenskiy Laylo Rikhsiyeva and the National symphonic orchestra collective of Uzbekistan was presented at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan.

Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Culture and Sports together with a number of creative and public organizations successfully realize set of the creative projects directed on the development of musical taste and abilities of young generation.

Contests and festivals Yangi avlod, Asrlar sadosi, Kelajak ovozi, master classes with the participation of actors-instructors and composers are also among them.

One of such projects is the symphonic music concert held at the Conservatory.

D.Koulman is known in many countries of the world as the virtuosic musician, composer and conductor. For several years, cooperates fruitfully with the Uzbek musicians and creative collectives.

The youngest participant of the musical event Laylo Rikhsiyeva is the prize-winner of the international Nikolai Rubinstein competition for young pianists held in France in 2008, and also the international competitions Pietro Argento in Italy and Virtouzi passed in Czech Republic in 2009.

Musical compositions of the Uzbek and World composers were sounded in the concert.

 

 

UZBEK WRESTLERS BECOME INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT WINNERS


Athletes of Uzbekistan won one gold and bronze medals at the international tournament in wrestling among cadets in Baku (Azerbaijan).

About 150 young athletes from Uzbekistan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan attended the event.

In the 58 kg weight category, Zokir Mansurov defending the honor of Uzbekistan defeated all his opponents and was awarded with gold medal.

In the 46 kg category, Abbos Rakhmonov became the winner of the bronze medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Febbraio

 

 

 

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN MEETS FOREIGN MINISTER OF UKRAINE

 



President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Konstantin Grishenko Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, at Oqsaroy on 6 February.

Welcoming the guest, the head of the state noted that the meeting provides a good opportunity to exchange views on a wide range of issues of Uzbek-Ukrainian relations.

Ukraine and Uzbekistan have accumulated an extensive experience of fruitful cooperation in political, economic, trade and investment, cultural and humanitarian fields.

Relations between our countries based on a solid legal base, which creates favorable conditions for cooperation across a whole range of mutually beneficial ways.



The next round of ministries consultations held on regular basis took place during the visit of Foreign Minister of Ukraine to Uzbekistan.

These negotiations have once again confirmed the proximity and similarity of views and approaches of Uzbekistan and Ukraine on many issues of bilateral cooperation, regional and international affairs.

The two countries are actively cooperating in the framework of such international bodies as the UN and the CIS.

Political and geopolitical significance and economic potential, as well as geographical location give Ukraine and Uzbekistan important role in enhancing inter-regional trade relations, development of transport and communications links in the Commonwealth and outside it.

At the meeting, issues on cooperation in economic sphere and expanding the range of bilateral trade were also considered.

The volume of mutual trade turnover in 2011 amounted to USD 665.9 million. 48 enterprises with participation of Ukrainian capital are active in Uzbekistan.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the reception, confirming the readiness of the Ukrainian leadership to the conclusion of bilateral relations to a higher level, corresponding to the long-term interests of our countries and peoples.

Prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Ukraine, regional and international issues of mutual interest have been thoroughly discussed during the talks, UzA informs.

 

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Special Representative of the President of the French Republic, Minister of Transport Thierry Mariani at the Oqsaroy February 17

 



Once the talks commenced, Minister Mariani handed President Nicolas Sarkozy’s greeting letter to the head of our state on the occasion of twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations established between Uzbekistan and France.

President of Uzbekistan conveyed cordial gratitude for the congratulations and expressed warm wishes for the French leader. Islam Karimov noted that in Uzbekistan, France is considered a long-term and reliable partner, interaction with which traces deep into historical past, successfully developing in the current stage across diverse areas.

The regular interstate dialogue has facilitated closer relations between our two peoples, enhancement of multilayered ties in various spheres of shared interest.

Uzbekistan and France closely cooperate within the framework of the United Nations and other international institutions. The two countries entertain similar views and positions with regard to consolidating peace and stability, countering contemporary threats and challenges.

France is one of our nation’s important trade-economic and investment partners in Europe. Uzbek-French trade in 2011 exceeded 350 million US dollars.

Successful examples of interaction have included, to name but a few, the cooperation with Airbus in procurement of ten A-320 airliners, with Technip in the construction of Bukhara Oil Refinery (jointly with Japan’s Marubeni), with Oberture and Tales on air traffic control at Navoi Airport and biometric passport introduction in Uzbekistan, Serinnov in arranging for production of china, Comau France within a scheme to supply with equipment for auto engines.

Thierry Mariani thanked the President of Uzbekistan for the reception and confirmed the French leadership’s willingness to build up the bilateral comprehensive and mutually advantageous cooperation.

Regional and international issues have also been discussed during the meeting.

PRESIDENT MEETS WITH UK DEFENSE SECRETARY




President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with State Secretary for Defense of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond MP at the Oqsaroy February 28.


The head of our state noted during the meeting that the event presented with a good opportunity for a detailed exchange of views on the current state of Uzbek-British relations, prospective priorities of cooperation, and for evaluation of situation in the wider region.

Great Britain is considered in Uzbekistan one of the world’s leading nations wielding tremendous political, economic and humanitarian potential, rich ancient history and culture.



A pragmatic approach to building bilateral relations allows to project broader prospects for enhancement and amplification of multilevel dialogue, for reinforcement of mutual understanding, and hence creation of an encouraging environment and prerequisites to boost cooperation.

Currently, our two countries have been interacting in the international arena on the basis of equality and mutual advantage. Inter-parliamentary contacts, consultations between foreign ministries, interagency joint efforts have been afforded a regular character and institutional foundation.

The United Kingdom is one of Uzbekistan’s important economic partners in Europe. 419 businesses with British capital have been functioning effectively in our country, while 95 companies have representative offices. The two sides share interest in implementing joint economic schemes with the application of high technologies.

Interaction has been steadfast also in the cultural and humanitarian area, primarily in education. Westminster International University in Tashkent has been critical in bolstering the specialist pool and capacities of our country. Efforts are underway to establish a Center of High Technologies in Uzbekistan’s capital city in cooperation with Cambridge University.

Discussions during today’s conversation at the Oqsaroy included regional security and stability issues, the situation in Afghanistan, prospects of furthering bilateral military and military-technical cooperation, UzA informs.

Philip Hammond has thanked the President of Uzbekistan for a sincere meeting, a candid and open discussion of novel aspects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UK, in which both sides share equal interest.

 

UZBEK MODEL OF EDUCATION: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, MEETING MODERN REQUIREMENTS

 


Participants of the international conference “Fostering a Well Educated and Intellectually Advanced Generation – Critical Prerequisite for Sustainable Development and Modernization of Country” on February 16 traveled to general schools, professional colleges, universities in Tashkent and familiarized with tangible effects of ongoing educational reforms and conditions created for students. National News Agency of Uzbekistan (UzA) reporter has had a talk with some of the guests.

Mohd Ridzuan bin Haji Mohd Shariff, Deputy Director of the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations, Malaysia:

“First and foremost, I have taken note of the rich technical equipment and material affluence of schools and the high level of training standards among students. The international conference we are attending proves rather important in the sense that we have a first-hand opportunity to study the accomplishments of Uzbekistan in many areas, including education, to exchange views and experience with local and other colleagues. Uzbekistan has evidently made great strides toward perfecting the sphere of education that has effectively turned into a robust system, laying all the needed ground for further development and cashing in the quite resourceful indigenous potential.”

Peter Vorobienko, Rector of Odessa National Telecommunications Academy, Ukraine:

“I was in Tashkent for the first time in 1997, and now I daresay Uzbekistan has made significant achievements in the field of education during the years of its independent development. The great emphasis placed under the leadership of President Islam Karimov on nurturing a healthy and comprehensively advanced growing generation has been yielding fine results. In fact, a new system of education has been created here in this country. I previously was familiar merely with the higher education system in Uzbekistan, and now, thanks to this symposium, I am delighted to get closely acquainted with the entire educational system along with the National Program for Specialist Training. Education institutions here are afforded tremendous material and technical base to stimulate the learning process. The awe-inspiring education of children, their activity and the desire to learn and study is noteworthy. Education, a key factor in determining the level and development of social consciousness, shapes the spiritual and ethical state of the people. It is hard to raise the level of spiritual wealth without transforming the education system that would look to the future.”

Dr Richard Harvey, dean at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom:

“A good deal of consideration placed on education is crucial in upbringing highly qualified specialists for all sectors of economy. In Uzbekistan, high results are attained by wide-scale efforts directed at consolidating the economic and technical capacities of education institutions, providing them with latest methods and technologies and creating a conducive environment for the youth to acquire profound knowledge. Of great importance is the high intellectual potential of the Uzbek students. The effectiveness of wide-ranging reforms in all spheres of society depends primarily on the level of spiritual state of the people, the development of science and education, and crucially the transformation in the way of thinking. To ensure a steadfast development of any country is by and large contingent on the highly qualified specialists. This issue is addressed in Uzbekistan with remarkable success. Ongoing education reforms in Uzbekistan deserve high appreciation. This model is designed to set up a completely new system of education, created in a brief period of time and catering to modern requirements as well as those of distant prospects.”


Rosario De La Cruz Lopez, director of Mirabal College, Spain:

“I visited the school no.69 in Tashkent. I especially liked the classrooms with the necessary conditions and laboratory instruments and reagents. I got delighted with a mathematics lesson, which was not only informative but also fun – indicative of the highly qualified teachers. The learning process is highly organized here in this country at large, at vocational college of hotel management and service in particular, where I encountered a high level of teaching and learning.”

 

LATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY


Three international exhibitions: Construction UzBuild 2012, Furniture and Production Technologies – MebelExpo Uzbekistan 2012, Heating, Water Supply, Ventilation, Sanitary Engineering, Swimming Pool Equipment – Aqua-Therm Tashkent 2012 opened at the Uzexpocenter.

The event is organized by ITE Uzbekistan international exhibition company with support from the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, State Committee for Architecture and Construction, Uzkommunkhizmat Agency, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and Tashkent city administration.

Uzbekistan has attached great consideration to de-monopolization of construction materials market and boosting the construction industry in general, dynamic inflow of foreign investments into this sector.

Construction UzBuild 2012 constitutes a major construction and interior design exposition in Uzbekistan. It has helped its organizers to find new solutions to novel projects that would cater to the needs of contemporary industry.

According to Muhammadjon Shodiyev, deputy chairman of State Committee for Architecture and Construction, the modern-day capacities of Uzbekistan’s building industry allow for addressing the most intricate of tasks.

Large-scale construction works unfolded across the country require modernization, technical and technological re-equipment of production, introduction and application of cutting-edge technologies.

UzBuild exposition has come to be a convenient venue for the demonstration of advanced technologies and innovation from one year to another, and helped tackle these challenges with success.

This year’s joint exposition has attracted more than 150 companies from 21 nations, including Uzbekistan, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Denmark, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, South Korea, Moldova, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, the United States, Turkey, Ukraine, France and Sweden.

Domestic companies are represented extensively here in exhibition halls. Their displays have been expanding each year both in scope and quality with goods successfully competing with foreign counterparts.

The examples include the products by the renowned KNAUF presented in Building Materials section.

The rapid pace of housing construction in Uzbekistan has given impetus to the advancement of numerous related industries, including the furniture industry. The leading businesses in the industry have presented their produce in MebelExpo Uzbekistan, which launched its own designs in three sections: Furniture, Technologies for Furniture Manufacturing and Interiors.

The Technologies for Furniture Manufacturing sector has traditionally attracted the greatest interest of specialists owing to an extensive limelight on tools and equipment from leading manufacturers, woodworking equipment and furniture technological production lines.

The sector of components for furniture production is also crowded. A permanent member of the exhibition, Austria-based Julius Blum GmbH offers a resourceful collection of kitchen furniture accessories.

A variety of furniture fittings and components by Progress Impress (Uzbekistan), foam rubber and fillers for furniture made in domestic company Simakx Pars are distinct with their quality.

The sector of Home and Office Furniture is presented by local manufacturers – JV Mebel, JV Tus Buero and FE Tashelektroapparat.

New design and interior solutions are exhibited by Vitraj Delyuks, Avtooynalar Dunyosi and others. Furniture Forum will define a strategy to promote latest technological breakthroughs in the Uzbek market whereby professionals can assess and come up with practical proposals, evaluate the prospects of the industry.

At the stands of Aqua-Therm Tashkent 2012 one can observe the entire range of products offered by the industry as much as exchange constructive experience with market professionals.

Expositions are expected to facilitate the enhancement of existing capacities for the introduction of fundamentally new developments in construction and help meet the growing demand for building materials and tools.

Music Education Develops


In accordance with the state program on strengthening material-technical base and further improve the children’s music and art schools, education in the field of music and arts is improving and strengthening the material-technical base of the respective agencies also in Andijan region.

The regional music and art schools situated in the buildings specially constructed for them acquired modern look.

Today, 27 children’s music and art schools operate in the system of public education. Over the past three years, children’s art and music schools placed into operation were provided with all the necessary musical instruments, 45 names of textbooks and music collections, furniture and equipments.

Here, 3438 students are taught by about 530 specialists in more than ten of music and art directions.

Only in the current academic year, 50 students of music and art schools of the region took part in various competitions of the national level and took honorable places.

Choir of music and art school number 18 of Jalakuduk district, students Saidakhon Sobirova, Ismoiljon Ashurov became the winners of the national festival of children’s creative groups Bolalik bahori.

And 13 students of the school won the traditional national contest named Muhiddin Qoriyoqubov.

In addition, 20 pupils of such schools of the region took part at the national stages of the contest Yangi Avlod 2011.

 

 

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