DAILY NEWS HERALD #102 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan May 25, 2018

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Economy.. 1

Uzbekistan: Integrating into the World Economy. 1

Investments. 1

Production of Hyundai trucks and buses will be established in Namangan. 1

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 2

Familiarization with implementation of “Safe Tourism” program.. 2

Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan: Alat border customs post’s possibilities have expanded. 2

International relationships. 2

The Ancient Silk Road Spirit in Contemporary Cooperation. 2

Coordination meeting. 5

Publication in mass-media.. 5

Uzbekistan's President Goes to Washington. 5




Uzbekistan: Integrating into the World Economy

The National Exhibition Complex Uzexpocenter has hosted the traditional international exhibitions Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan 2018, and Energy, Energy Saving, Alternative Energy Sources 2018.

In our country, special attention is paid to the further development of the oil and gas industry. Creating a favorable investment climate is especially important for Uzbekistan, which is a major exporter of gas, polyethylene and oil refined products. At the same time, it is vital to expand the scale of modernization, increase production efficiency and augment the share of domestic products. This is facilitated by the traditional exhibition Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan.

“The availability in your country of capacities for oil refining, production of motor gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, petroleum oils, bitumen, aviation kerosene attracts the attention of foreign investors,” says TulkinYusupov, head of the tender department at Eriell Corporation (Austria). “This is suggested by the growing number of exhibitors every year. Companies and firms from Uzbekistan, China, Austria, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, South Korea, the Netherlands, Japan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Switzerland participate in its work. Our company specializes in the construction of wells for oil and gas production. Our equipment is capable of drilling wells with a depth of 1,500-6,700 meters.”

At the international exhibition Energy, Energy Saving, Alternative Energy Sources 2018, new developments in the field of production, delivery and distribution of electric and heat energy, technologies for the use of alternative energy sources, heat and gas, water and other heat and power consumption metering and control devices are exposed.

Companies and firms from Uzbekistan, China, Italy, the USA, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries offered their products and services at the exhibition.

“We are participating in this exhibition for the first time,” said Gao Peng, representative of the Chinese company Honle. “Our goal is to establish cooperation with Uzbek partners. We’ve offered six types of products to the attention of the participants.”

Within the framework of the exhibition there was an international conference entitled “Integration into the world economy: a new direction of development of oil and gas industry in Uzbekistan”.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Production of Hyundai trucks and buses will be established in Namangan

During the trip to Namangan region on May 2-3 this year, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that in this region there are no large production enterprises and soon a project on construction of an automobile plant will be implemented here.

Twenty days after the trip, the first steps were taken to implement another major project in automotive industry of the country, Evergreen Motors CEO Kim Chang-keon arrived in the region to hold negotiations on the project.

At the presentation, which was held with participation of representatives of relevant spheres, information was given on the project, according to which the company will assemble trucks with a carrying capacity from 1 to 50 tons, as well as intercity, international and tourist buses, special vehicles.

At first, 8-20 cars will be produced a day, 1000 cars a year. Within three years, this figure will be brought to 3 thousand, that is 2 thousand trucks and 1 thousand buses. If in the beginning the spare parts will be imported from the Republic of Korea, in accordance with the localization program, the production of spare parts will be gradually mastered here in three years.

With introduction of this enterprise, about 100 new jobs will be created, and in the future it is planned to bring this figure up to 6 thousand.

Members of the delegation visited the sites recommended for construction of the plant, became familiar with existing conditions.

(Source: UzA)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Familiarization with implementation of “Safe Tourism” program

The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Ramazon Rakhimzoda visited Khorezm and Tashkent regions, where he got acquainted with the work carried out within the framework of “Safe Tourism” program.

Ramazon Rakhimzoda also visited Nurillaboy complex in Khiva during his visit to Khorezm region. The guest was told about activities of special patrol services on tourism organized in the system of Khorezm regional department of internal affairs. These services attracted qualified personnel who speak foreign languages.

Employees of patrols are engaged in maintenance of public order in Urgench and Khiva, providing information service to foreign tourists. To this end, they are provided with modern means of communication and service equipment.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan also got acquainted with projects implemented in Bostanlyk district of Tashkent region within the framework of “Safe Tourism” program. The guest was told about measures taken on ensuring safety of tourists coming to Uzbekistan, conditions created for them.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan: Alat border customs post’s possibilities have expanded

Alat border customs post of Bukhara region has been put into operation after major reconstruction.

Responsible employees of the regional khokimiyat, representatives of state and public organizations, workers of the sphere attended the event organized on this occasion.

Alat border customs post, which belongs to the regional customs administration, is one of the major posts connecting Uzbekistan with neighboring Turkmenistan. Vehicles and trucks of Turkey, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan move through it.

Over 17.3 billion sums (currency rates of CB RU from 25.05.2018, 1$= 7 997,95 soums) were spent on reconstruction of the facility and equipping it with technical means.

In January-April, 2018, more than 27 thousand vehicles passed through Alat border customs post. This is 8 thousand 915 more than the same period of the last year.

It should be noted that due to reconstruction the capacity of the customs post has significantly increased, and the time for registration of a vehicle has decreased several times.

Khokim of Bukhara region U.Barnoyev delivered a speech at the event.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

The Ancient Silk Road Spirit in Contemporary Cooperation

Earlier this week, Tashkent played host to an International Conference “Uzbekistan and China: Prospects for Joint Implementation of the One Belt, One Road Initiative”.

The event was organized by the Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was attended by experts of the leading research centers of China and Uzbekistan, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in our country, of ministries and other government agencies, social organizations.

Thanks to the videoconferencing format of the convention, it was observed by students and faculty of all higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan.

It’s worth reminding that the initiative One Belt, One Road was first put forward in 2013 by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. It seeks primarily to restore the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, to develop mutually through this regional economic cooperation, unify transport infrastructures, promote the cultural closeness of the nations involved, and the consolidation of peace and security in the region.

Uzbekistan supports this initiative, along with projects in the fields of transport, trade, investment, energy and high technology. Within the framework of interaction on this front, our country actively participates in the development of programs for the opening of transport and logistics routes that will connect Central Asia with the countries of South and South-West Asia with Europe through China and Russia.

Speaking at the opening part of the conference, the State Adviser to the President of Uzbekistan, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration Rustam Kasymov stressed that the cooperation between Uzbekistan and China is consistently advancing in all dimensions, and the project One Belt, One Road plays an important role in enhancing the bilateral trade and economic relations.

Yu Xinghue, Secretary of the Party Committee at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, noted that under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the reforms in Uzbekistan have acquired unprecedented scope and dynamics, and the historic meeting of the leaders of China and Uzbekistan, exactly a year ago in Beijing, opened a new page in the relations between the two countries.And a clear testimony to this is the joint implementation of the One Belt, One Road initiative.

The report of the Director of the Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, presented a profound and detailed analysis of the interaction between the two nations for the successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. The speaker pointed out that the scheme is built on historical experience and is capable of reviving the previous role and significance of the Central Asian region in the system of international trade and economic relations. Thanks to the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages, extensive interregional exchange of goods and advanced technologies thrived here, as did the movement of capital, material and spiritual values, along with the reciprocal influence of cultures and civilizations. This period contributed to the emergence of a whole galaxy of scientists and thinkers on the territory of modern Uzbekistan, who made an invaluable input into the development of world civilization, including Al-Khorezmi, Abu RaihonBeruni, Abu Ali ibn Sino, MirzoUlugbek and AlisherNavoi, among others. By the way, the latter’s monument was installed at the Shanghai University in 2017.

In addition, the project is intended to become a new model of international cooperation. A good example of the attractiveness of China’s initiative is the fact it has been joined by about 70 nations of the world with aggregate population of 4.5 billion people, and in general the project was supported by more than 100 countries. And what is obvious here is the objective need to unite in the face of the ongoing financial crisis and the ambiguous development of the world economy, the mounting threats to security and stability.

Implementing this initiative, Beijing demonstrates its growing responsibility in maintaining global security and sustainable development of the world economy. The PRC has already invested more than $ 1 trillion in this project.

Uzbekistan was among the first countries to support the initiative to create the Economic Belt of the Silk Road, itself an integral part of One Belt, One Road.

 Moreover, while attending the OBOR international forum in May 2017, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced a number of solid proposals aimed at addressing the key tasks of cooperation, and declared our country’s willingness to host one of the meetings focused on the Central Asian direction.

In this context, the problem of accelerated development of transport and logistics routes between the growing markets of the continent deserves special attention.

Thus, the implementation of a strategic project for the construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, which will enable the transportation of goods from China to the countries of Eastern Europe and the Middle East by the shortest route, requires soonest decision. According to preliminary calculations, the reduction of the route will be about 900 km, and the delivery time will be reduced by 7-8 days.

In March 2017, with the participation of Uzbekistan, the railway and automobile bridges of Turkmenabad-Farab through the Amu Darya were opened, thanks to which the volume of cargo transportation in this direction has already increased by 2.5 times. In addition, opportunities are created for accessing the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars transport corridor (Europe-bound) cashing in the opportunities of the new international trade ports on the Caspian Sea coast – Alat, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.

Important agreements on the formation of the trans-Afghan transport corridor on the Mazar-e-Sharif-Herat route were achieved during the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Uzbekistan in December 2017. It will ensure the access of the Central Asian countries to the seaports of Iran and Pakistan.

The implementation of these projects significantly enhances the geo-economic attractiveness of Central Asia as a connecting link, an important transit and communication hub between the East and West. New shortest routes will open for connecting the Asia-Pacific countries, primarily China, on the one hand, and the states of Europe, the CIS and the Middle East, on the other. Undoubtedly, this will give a powerful impetus to the development of all countries of the Central Asian region, turning it into the main factor of cementing long-term stability and security in the SCO space.

As a result, Central Asia, as never before, becomes close to turning from a closed region into a crossroads of trans-regional transport routes on the vast space of Eurasia.

The speaker also expounded on issues of cultural, humanitarian and scientific-educational cooperation, stressing the need to expand ties in this area, including by active use of opportunities provided by tourism and the media. It can translate into interaction, for example, by jointly developing tourist routes of the revitalized Great Silk Road, primarily in Central Asia with ancient cities with rich history.

During the event, participants exchanged views on the priorities and prospects of Uzbek-Chinese cooperation in the areas of transport communications, trade, economy, tourism, science and education. The specialists discussed the efforts undertaken to apply the initiatives put forward by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to bolster regional cooperation and security.

“Strategic partnership of Uzbekistan and China creates favorable conditions for the implementation of the project One Belt, One Road,” said Zhao Long, expert at the Center for the Study of Russia and Central Asia, Shanghai Academy of International Studies. “It provides for the revival of the Great Silk Road, which in the past used to link the culture and socio-economic development of the East and West. And it is important for further expansion of economic cooperation, creation of conveniences for trade and investment, development of transport and communication infrastructure, consolidation of collaboration in agriculture, tourism, education and culture.

The conference participants talked about boosting bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and China, in particular, the tasks of consistent realization of the agreements reached within the framework of this project.

“The Great Silk Road was an important means not only for the advancement of trade, but also for the cultural connectivity of regions,” said Thomas Chan, director of the research institute One Belt, One Road, at Chu Hai College. “Within the framework of the project, we plan to build up cooperation with Uzbekistan in the spheres of education and tourism. During today’s conference we’ve agreed on the elaboration of proposals in demand.

The international forum has helped devise practical recommendations designed to further the trade-economic, investment, transport-logistical, cultural-humanitarian cooperation, mutually advantageous partnership within the project One Belt, One Road.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Coordination meeting

Tashkent hosted an international coordination meeting of representatives of the defense ministries of the CIS member states on working with personnel.

The purpose of the meeting, organized jointly with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CIS member states and the regional office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Central Asia, is to familiarize representatives of states with modern trends of observing international humanitarian legal norms, discuss the experience of states in this field, justification of compliance with international humanitarian law and development of important approaches.

The event was attended by representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the Secretariat of the Council of Defense Ministers of CIS and the ICRC.

(Source: UzA)

publication in mass-media

Uzbekistan's President Goes to Washington

Policymakers in Washington have begun to wake up to the changes taking place in Uzbekistan.

In official Washington, which is routinely awash in foreign dignitaries, it’s all too easy to miss the comings and goings of world leaders. But even by the rather selective standards of the Beltway, last week’s state visit of Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was noteworthy because it provided policymakers with an authoritative glimpse into the momentous changes now taking place in Central Asia.

Since taking office in December 2016, following the death of Uzbekistan’s founding president, Islam Karimov, Mirziyoyev has spearheaded a series of sweeping reforms affecting virtually every aspect of life in the historically autocratic Central Asian state. The effort—codified in February of 2017, when the Uzbek parliament formally adopted Mirziyoyev’s National Development Strategy—is ambitious and unexpected. It marks a significant departure from the established political trajectory of Central Asia’s most populous state, which U.S. and European officials had long written off as an authoritarian backwater.

Economically, Tashkent has mapped out an ambitious effort to attract foreign investment. This has entailed implementing major steps to make the country more competitive, which includes such measures as loosening currency and exchange controls and transforming the Uzbek som into a fully convertible currency. The results have not been long in coming. Last year, Uzbekistan saw a surge in bilateral trade with its neighbors, as well as billions of dollars worth of new deals concluded by Uzbek businessmen and commercial enterprises.

Domestic job creation has also become a key focus. Over the past two decades, a dearth of domestic jobs has propelled Uzbek laborers abroad, and the country’s migrant workforce is now estimated at more than two million souls. More than a few have succumbed to the lure of Islamist ideas while overseas, making the creation of greater opportunities at home a necessary step to insulate the population from future radicalization.

Mirziyoyev’s reforms have also begun to reshape Uzbekistan’s national politics. At home, the new president has focused on fostering greater judicial independence, reining in the role of the country’s previously unaccountable security services, and offering greater protections to the individual rights of citizens on criminal, civil and societal matters. Abroad, meanwhile, Mirziyoyev’s administration has made regional integration a top priority. After a quarter-century of fragmentation, the past year has witnessed a surge in diplomatic contacts among the five Central Asian republics, as well as a spate of new transportation and infrastructure links between Uzbekistan and its neighbors.

Progress is also palpable on the social front. The country, previously deeply defensive over its domestic practices, has exhibited a new openness to engage with international monitors like Human Rights Watch and the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights. It has moved to formally abolish the practice of forced labor. And, while reinforcing the secular nature of the state, it has simultaneously launched a major effort to reclaim its historic role as a source of religious authority—including by creating new national institutions to popularize Uzbekistan’s brand of “enlightened Islam” throughout the region, and beyond.

All of this is genuinely ambitious and far-reaching. But Mirziyoyev also understands an important reality: that the changes he is seeking to implement are only as durable as the international support they receive.

That is why Uzbekistan played host to a high-profile UN-sponsored conference in Samarkand last fall. The conference brought together a range of foreign dignitaries, as well as the foreign ministers of all five Central Asian states, to discuss prospects for regional integration and development. The message was clear: Mirziyoyev’s reform project may have started in Uzbekistan, but it doesn’t have to end there. The Uzbek president’s visit to the United States is a logical outgrowth of the same effort—and an attempt to share his vision with a country capable of giving it a significant boost in terms of investment and international legitimacy.

For its part, the Trump administration is clearly paying attention. During his visit, Mirziyoyev enjoyed unprecedented access to the administration, complete with a two-hour one-on-one meeting with President Trump himself.

This level of engagement reflects the fact that policymakers in Washington have begun to wake up to the changes taking place in Uzbekistan. It should also be read as an important sign that the United States believes the reforms being undertaken by Mirziyoyev’s administration are both genuine and sustainable.

That is most definitely a good thing. Over the past decade, the bilateral relationship between Washington and Tashkent has been lackluster at best, impeded by a legacy of concerns over Uzbekistan’s domestic practices and its lack of leadership on the regional stage. Mirziyoyev is clearly attempting to alter this equation. The warm reception he received in Washington suggests that the Trump administration, too, is looking to turn the page.

Ilan Berman

(Source: "The National Interest", May 23, 2018)



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