DAILY NEWS HERALD # 08 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan January 12, 2018

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POLITICS

Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan to Participate in Elections as a Non-Political Organization

Investments

Uzbekistan plans to accelerate work on WTO accession

INFRASTRUCTURE

“Highway Logistics” center will serve to further strengthen international trade relations

International relationships

Buses, tractors and hinged equipment were donated to Afghanistan on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan

Science

Uzbekistan: Roadmap for Academicians

Art

Infinite Love for the Land


POLItiCs

Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan to Participate in Elections as a Non-Political Organization

In the Address to the Oliy Majlis, the head of state proposed to give up the quota of seats in the lower house of parliament for representatives of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and stressed that it was time to create equal conditions for all political forces.

The correspondent of Uzbekistan Today asked member of the Eco-movement’s deputy group in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, Sergei Samoilov, to express his opinion on this issue.

- In his Address, the President of our country drew attention to the importance of the condition for strengthening the role of the parliament by creating equal conditions for all political actors and ensuring inter-party competition. At the same time, the head of state stressed that the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, organized in 2008, turned into a real political force. At the same time, the inclusion of representatives of the Eco-movement into the lower house of parliament on the basis of a predetermined quota does not help to increase their activity and initiative.

Indeed, it should be recognized that there is no such practice in any democratic country in the world. So this proposal of the President of our country is quite justified and justified.

- For some reason you evaluate the proposal of the head of the country as some kind of praise for the deputies from the Ecological Movement. Meanwhile, the Message contains quite serious criticism of all people's deputies, without exception.

- Partially agree with you, but is the President’s words that Ecological Movement has turned into a real political force in a short time is not praise? I think the affirmative answer here is obvious. And this is the basis for the following thesis of the country’s leader - the need to strengthen healthy competition in the political arena.

- In this regard, what is the future of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan? How does it intend to participate in the future in lawmaking, as well as in elections?

- There is as yet no clear and unequivocal answer to these questions. In my opinion, the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan needs to preserve the status of a non-governmental non-profit and non-political organization, for which the highest priority is the solution of environmental issues. At the same time, the important task of the deputies elected from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan is not only to raise and put questions from the high tribune in the sphere of environmental protection and public health, but also taking into account the opinion of our voters to take effective measures to solve the existing environmental problems on the ground. At the same time, taking into account the accumulated national experience, as well as the practice of the advanced foreign countries, it is necessary to legislatively fix the right of Ecological Movement participation in elections to representative bodies of power, and also to develop a mechanism for organizing this process. And not only to make appropriate changes in domestic legislation, but to develop and adopt a single Electoral Code that meets international norms and standards.

- There is a certain contradiction in your proposal. On the one hand, you want to remain a non-political organization, on the other - to participate in elections, but this is a political process?

- One does not interfere. After all, for example, self-government bodies of citizens in the republic are non-state and non-political; nevertheless, they along with political parties participate in elections to local Kengashes of people’s deputies. By analogy, and we, not being a political party, could participate in elections to both the parliament of the country and the local Kengashes, of course, in case of legislative consolidation of this issue.

- And why would Ecological Movement not follow a different path, tested in the developed countries of the West? That is, to create its own party, conditionally call it the “Environmental Party of Uzbekistan”, and legally participate in all elections, including in the presidential elections?

- Of course you can. But since the creation of a political party involves a struggle for power, I believe that the representatives of our movement need to focus on protecting nature and solving environmental issues, and this is no end of the job!

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

investments

Uzbekistan plans to accelerate work on WTO accession

Uzbekistan plans to speed up work on accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This was stated in the draft state program of 2018 "Year of active entrepreneurship, innovative ideas and technologies".

The document said that a program of measures to accelerate the work on WTO accession will be adopted by 1 November 2018.

Within the framework of the new program, a decision will be made on a new composition of the interdepartmental commission, which will deal with issues of accession to the WTO.

The document said that it is planned to prepare proposals on bringing the legislation of Uzbekistan in line with the norms of the organization.

Uzbekistan within the framework of the document will assess the impact of the country’s membership in the WTO. Proposals for institutional reforms will also be developed.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

INFRASTRUCTURE

“Highway Logistics” center will serve to further strengthen international trade relations

The Great Silk Road has long been an important place in development of historical, cultural, trade and economic relations between the countries of the East and the West.

In the present era of globalization and integration, restoring traditions of the Great Silk Road has more than ever actual significance. Initiatives of Uzbekistan are aimed at developing the engineering, communication and road transport infrastructure in the region, ensuring broad integration into the international network of transport communications.

Practical embodiment of these noble aspirations became the establishment of a modern logistic center – “Highway Logistics” in Zangiata district of Tashkent region.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, during his trip to Zangiata district on January 5, got acquainted with activities of this center.

The experience of Germany, France, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and other countries in the field of logistics was studied in organizing a multifunctional center. Taking into account the indicators, requirements of the domestic and foreign market, an infrastructure has been created for providing services on international and domestic cargo transportation, qualitative and operational processing and delivery of goods.

350 jobs are created in the center of a total cost of more than 40 million US dollars and an area of 14,2 hectares. Its annual capacity of providing logistics services on export and import of goods is 1,2 million tons.

The customs department is organized on the territory of the center. There is a centralized warehouse of products, customs post, bank, departments for filling out declarations, certification and screening, companies on sending and receiving goods, customs brokers. All services are provided through the “Single window” center.

According to specialists, daily expenses of truck drivers amount to an average of 35-40 US dollars, in foreign countries. And in “Highway Logistics” center, three hot meals a day, hotel and car parks services will cost an average of 20 dollars.

Registering foreign trucks system has been introduced in the logistics center. This will allow carriers to cover the cost of delivering goods in the opposite direction, which, in turn, will allow exporting goods at half the cost. As a result, road expenses for exporting goods and the cost of production will decrease.

A motel, restaurant of national cuisine, car maintenance outlets, a parking lot for 150 cars, refrigerated warehouse for storage of products, operational customs and brokerage services are organized in the center with the purpose of creating amenities.

“Highway Logistics” center is equipped with WMS Axelot warehouse management system, Hormann unloading station, multimedia security center and a modern system of round-the-clock video surveillance.

At the same time, the center is capable of simultaneous registration and customs clearance of 20 trucks. With introduction of an “A” class warehouse in the second quarter of this year, it will be possible to simultaneously serve another 30 cars.

At present, the “Highway Logistics” center renders freight forwarding services to freight transport arriving from Iran, Turkey, Russia, the Baltic countries by railways, air and automobile routes.

In general, the center will help domestic producers to bring their products to the regional and world markets, will facilitate the broad integration of our country into the international network of transport communications.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

Buses, tractors and hinged equipment were donated to Afghanistan on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan

On January 10, a solemn event dedicated to donating 25 buses, 3 tractors and hinged equipment to people of Afghanistan on behalf of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held in the city of Hairatan (IRA). It was attended by members of the official delegation of Uzbekistan, representatives of administration of the President and government of Afghanistan, public and business circles of this country.

Leadership of Uzbekistan, based on traditional historical relations of friendship between our people, pays priority attention to development and strengthening of good-neighborly relations, expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in all spheres.

It was noted that as an example of friendly attitude of Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, determination of the leadership of our country to continue assisting the Afghan people, a special Educational Training Center for IRA citizens was established in Surkhandarya region on instructions of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, where about 100 students will arrive on January 20.

Officials and public representatives of Afghanistan expressed gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for donated buses, tractors and special equipment. Contribution of Uzbekistan to the economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan will contribute to improving the life of Afghan people and their returning to normal course of peaceful development. The buses donated by Uzbekistan will facilitate carrying Afghan children to schools. Three buses were transferred to the administration of the city of Hairatan in presence of the delegation of Uzbekistan.

Special gratitude of people of Afghanistan was expressed for readiness of Uzbekistan to increase the amount of supplied electricity, implement the project of construction of a new power transmission line “Surkhan – Puli-Khumri”, designed to provide electricity in Kabul and the northern provinces of the country.

Participants of the solemn event with particular satisfaction received the information on a significant reduction in the price for electricity supplied by Uzbekistan to the Afghan people.

(Source:UzA)

science

Uzbekistan: Roadmap for Academicians

32 pioneering academicians are to take part in the innovative development of Uzbekistan.

Starting from 2018, a total of 95 academicians, including 32 new ones, approved by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev before the New Year, will actively participate in building up the innovative economy.

Refilling of the ranks of academicians with new members is an historic event. One can note that the last election of full members of the Academy of Sciences was held in 1995. Over the years, the number of academicians has decreased by more than half, and until the approval of new ones in late 2017, there were 63 full members.

Among the approved academicians are authoritative scientists of the republic in the field of physical, mathematical, chemical, biological, technical, agricultural, historical, economic, philological, legal, pedagogical, medical sciences, and arts.

As a result of stocking up the ranks of academicians, members of the Academy of Sciences are rejuvenated, which will make it possible to effectively use the rich life experience and intellectual potential of academicians in science, education and production.

What is desired is the active involvement of academicians in scientific and educational and production processes, engagement in fruitful participation in the training of highly qualified personnel.

It is believed within the framework of the main activities of academicians to approve roadmaps for 2018 envisaging the implementation of targeted measures to promote the essence of the reforms in the scientific and innovative sphere, popularize the achievements of modern science.

A special emphasis in implementing the roadmaps will be made at work in the regions of the nation, remote areas and villages.

In order to fully support and stimulate the work of academicians, the President of the country also signed a decree on measures to further stimulate the activities of the current members of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, as well as the current members and corresponding members of the former Uzbek Academy of Agricultural Sciences. In accordance with this document, from January 1, 2018, academicians receive a monthly fee at higher rates. In addition, it is established that the monthly salaries of academicians and corresponding members are not taxed on personal income.

Experts note that the adopted decisions will contribute to increasing the prestige of national science in the world community, the development of academic science and intellectual potential, and the acceleration of innovation processes in the Year of Support for Active Business, Innovative Ideas and Technologies.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Art

Infinite Love for the Land

The celebrated artist Andrey Yesionov continues to paint Uzbekistan, although he has not lived here for a long time already.

“The Tragedy of the Aral Sea” by Yesionov (pictured) has been added to the stock fund of the State Museum of Arts. The work was presented by the author to the museum after the completion of the solo exhibition entitled “Entering the river twice”, which within two months was attended by more than 20 thousand admirers of fine art.

Andrey Yesionov was born and raised in Tashkent. Thanks to constant work on himself and the creative search he formed as a skilful artist. He currently lives and works in Russia. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of Russia and a laureate of the gold medal of the Academy. Having organized solo expositions in Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, he won the attention of art fans. Currently, his paintings are kept in prestigious museums of the Russian Federation.

“The exhibition is an expression of the boundless love of Andrey Yesionov for the land where he was born,” says the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Alisher Mirzaev. “His paintings on the theme of the Aral Sea, those dedicated to Uzbek aksakals, Uzbek women intertwine with the artist’s inner experiences. And it is related to his thoughts on the Uzbek land, to his longing for childhood. It is such a fusion of intimate experiences and the environment that leads to the creation of genuine works of art.

“Andrey Yesionov as an artist using watercolor has displayed in his paintings the impressions of landscapes and events with great skill,” says Alexander Borovsky, academician, head of the department for contemporary art at the St. Petersburg State Russian Museum. “He is a very gifted artist. Working with watercolor is a complicated process, and not every master likes this method of painting, yet Andrey Yesionov has successfully coped with it.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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