DAILY NEWS HERALD #113 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan June 11, 2018

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VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA.. 1

Meetings of the President of Uzbekistan in Qingdao. 1

Vladimir Norov appointed to post of SCO Secretary General 3

FINANCE.. 3

Uzbekistan's gold and foreign exchange reserves dip by $228.4mn in May. 3

INFRASTRUCTURE.. 4

Plans afoot to modernize the railway section Andijan-Savai-Khanabad. 4

Society.. 4

Compatriots are willing to participate in transformations in Uzbekistan. 4

HISTORY.. 5

Critical Source of Cultural Heritage. 5

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”. 7

Role of youth in preventing violent extremism discussed in Tashkent 7

ART.. 8

Uzbek play “Kyrk kyz” showed in Paris. 8

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 8

The Cabinet Simplifies Tourist Fee Collection. 8

 

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA

Meetings of the President of Uzbekistan in Qingdao

On June 9, 2018 President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held bilateral meetings and negotiations in Qingdao (China).

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

On June 9, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, at the residence allocated for him in Qingdao city. This was reported by the Press Service of the President.

The Head of the state noted that over the past two years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN has become active, filled with practical content. The visits of the representative delegations of the United Nations to Uzbekistan, a consistent implementation of the plan of practical measures on further development of cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights were noted.

Amina Mohammed recalled with satisfaction the participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. Highly appreciated the concrete efforts of Uzbekistan on expanding and strengthening regional cooperation, assisting in restoration of Afghanistan. She emphasized that the international conference held in Tashkent “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity” drew attention of the entire international community to this issue.

At the meeting, a detailed exchange of views took place on implementation of the agreements reached earlier. Important directions for further cooperation were discussed.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Vladimir Putin

On June 9, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, in Qingdao.

The Head of the state, once again congratulating Vladimir Putin on his reelection to the post of President of Russia, noted that relations of strategic partnership and alliance with Russia are a constant course of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.

The current rate and scale of bilateral relations is evidenced by the fact that over the past year 70 mutual visits and 21 interregional meetings have been held. Over the past period of this year, the volume of trade between our countries has increased by more than 40 percent. There are still a lot of big projects ahead, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of Russia, expressing his joy of the meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, noted that many effective projects are being implemented in cooperation of the two countries.

After your last year’s visit to Russia, much has changed for the better. As a result of creation of a “green corridor” on your initiative, the volume of fruit and vegetable deliveries from Uzbekistan increased by almost 36 percent. Large investment projects are being implemented with participation of leading Russian companies, said Vladimir Putin.

It was noted that Lukoil invested more than $7 billion in Uzbekistan, in April of this year the Kandym Gas Processing Complex was put into operation, agreements were reached with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom on further development of partnership and scientific-technical cooperation in energy sphere.

In autumn of this year, a highest-level visit to Uzbekistan is expected. It is also planned to hold the first inter-regional forum of Uzbekistan and Russia, in Tashkent.

At the meeting, the sides agreed to fill these important events with practical content, actively continue contacts between ministries, companies and regions.

Views were exchanged on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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President of Uzbekistan met with the Head of China

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping within the framework of the SCO Summit in Qingdao. This was reported by the Press Service of the President.

Xi Jinping, welcoming Shavkat Mirziyoyev, noted that he attaches great importance to full-scale strategic partnership and multi-format cooperation with Uzbekistan. The President of Uzbekistan congratulated the Head of China on successful chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Qingdao Summit, organized at a high-level.

Relations between Uzbekistan and China have risen to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership. Mutually beneficial cooperation is consistently developing in all important areas. In 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $5 billion.

There are more than 700 enterprises with participation of Chinese capital, representative offices of a number of companies in Uzbekistan. A number of joint projects are being implemented in such sectors as industry, high technologies, oil and gas, chemical, transport and logistics, textiles, and agriculture.

At the meeting, the current state of Uzbekistan – China cooperation was comprehensively analyzed. Issues of further expansion of interaction in economy, trade, investment, transport communications, high technologies and other spheres were discussed. The importance of developing links between the regions of the two countries for further expansion of this cooperation was emphasized.

At the same time, cooperation within the framework of the UN, the SCO and other organizations, current issues of the regional and international agenda were discussed.

The sides reaffirmed their readiness to further expand and strengthen the full-scale strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the People's Republic of China for the benefit of the two countries and people.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Narendra Modi

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi within the framework of the SCO Summit, in Qingdao.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated people of India on joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and participation in the SCO Summit as a full member.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of agreements reached earlier and outline the prospects of cooperation.

Narendra Modi expressed sincere gratitude for the support provided by Uzbekistan in India’s entry into the SCO. He emphasized that this would open up new opportunities for development of cooperation with Uzbekistan both at bilateral and regional levels.

At the meeting, issues of further expansion of Uzbekistan – India mutually beneficial partnership in trade, economic, financial, investment, innovation and humanitarian spheres were discussed. Possibilities of implementation of prospective projects on information technologies, medicine, pharmaceutics, tourism and other areas were considered.

The sides exchanged views on current issues of international politics and regional cooperation.

The readiness of the two states to further expand and strengthen full-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation was noted.

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Presidents of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan hold negotiations

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held negotiations with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in Qingdao.

This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that people of Uzbekistan are interested in establishing a stable peace in brotherly neighboring Afghanistan.

We are pleased that after the conference, held this year in Tashkent, worldwide active efforts began on ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

Everyone understands that the only way to achieve this is dialogue. This meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on this issue, discuss important issues for our countries, said the President of Uzbekistan.

Ashraf Ghani noted the recently intensified political dialogue between the two countries.

I would like to especially note the rapid pace of implementation of the agreements reached within my visit to Uzbekistan. I express my deep gratitude on behalf of our people and government for that your country held a major event on Afghanistan. Your personal attention to this issue has created conditions for development of political decisions, said the President of Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan implements important economic and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Since 2002, electricity has been supplied to this country, the volumes of which will increase as a result of construction of a new power transmission line Surkhan – Puli Khumri.

Extension of Hayratan – Mazar-i-Sharif railway to Herat is among the prospective projects. This will become an important contribution to reconstruction of the Afghan economy, increase the transit potential of the country, create new jobs.

Humanitarian ties have also become more active. In January of this year, the Educational Center for Training Afghan Citizens began its work in Termez. Currently, about 100 Afghan students are studying in the center.

At the meeting, current issues of further development of political, trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian ties between the two countries, strengthening regional security were discussed.

(Source: UzA)

Vladimir Norov appointed to post of SCO Secretary General

Representative of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov was appointed to the post of the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Norov was appointed to the post of SCO Secretary General during the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, which was held in Qingdao from 9 to 10 June.

Vladimir Norov will serve as SCO Secretary General for the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.

Norov is the director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan. He will replace Rashid Alimov from Tajikistan.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

FINANCE

Uzbekistan's gold and foreign exchange reserves dip by $228.4mn in May

According to the Central Bank, the net gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1 amounted to 27 billion 25 million dollars.

Gross gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1, 2018 amounted to 28 billion 123 million dollars. In particular, assets in foreign currency - 14 billion 4.7 million dollars, monetary gold-14 billion 118.9 million dollars.

In addition, according to the Central Bank, the net gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan as of June 1 amounted to 27 billion 25 million dollars.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Plans afoot to modernize the railway section Andijan-Savai-Khanabad

The project provides for the rejuvenation of the railway section of 65 kilometers long, as well as the straightening of certain parts of the line, the reconstruction of artificial structures, modernization of alarm systems and telecommunications, construction of a new 10.5-kilometer stretch bypassing the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

After completion of the project in 2019, commuter trains are expected to run from the regional center to the easternmost town and vice versa. The scheme’s total value exceeds $ 15 million, which will be provided by Uzbekistan Railways ($ 9.1 million) and the state budget ($ 6.1 million).

The project’s implementation will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of goods and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic.

The upgraded road will also provide a convenient transport for a significant part of the population of Andijan region, linking the regional center with one of the most isolated points – the city of Khanabad, with vital strategic importance.

In addition, in the central part of the country, $ 57 million will be assigned for the electrification of the railway section of Marokand-Navoi, correspondent reports with reference to a draft resolution of the head of state.

Most of the funds – $ 39.4 million will be allocated by Uzbekistan Temir Yullari. The moneys will be used to procure equipment, materials and payment for construction and installation works, as well as other expenses. The remaining $ 17.6 million is invested by the state.

In the framework of the project, electrification of the 157.1 km section with the construction of crossings, guard posts, railroads, as well as the modernization of alarm and telecommunications systems are planned. Commissioning of the line is scheduled for 2020.

It is worth noting that in 2016, a new electrified railway line with a length of 135 km was built parallel to this site, providing the movement of passenger trains at speeds up to 250 km / h. Back then, the builders could not find enough funds to electrify the existing line.

The project will increase the capacity of the railway, reduce the time of delivery of cargo and passengers to the destination, ensure the safety of train traffic, reduce operating costs, improve the ecological situation in the region, and create new jobs.

By 2020, Uzbekistan intends to bring the level of electrification of railways to 51%. In the country, with a total length of railroads of more than 4.2 thousand kilometers, almost a thousand kilometers have been electrified, of which more than 700 km – over the recent years. The railways of Uzbekistan account for about 60% of the country’s freight turnover and almost 80% of the total volume of export and import freight traffic.

67.9 million tons of cargo were transported by railways of Uzbekistan last year, so were 21.59 million passengers (an increase of 630 thousand people compared to 2016).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

Compatriots are willing to participate in transformations in Uzbekistan

On June 9, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the UK held a videoconference with compatriots – students and teachers of a number of educational institutions, residing in London and other British and Norwegian cities.

A master's degree student of London School of Economics and Political Science Diyora Rafieva, a graduate of Cambridge University Timur Yunusov and others warmly welcomed the transformations taking place in homeland in almost all spheres of life and expressed their sincere desire to contribute to their further development.

As it was emphasized, the reforms initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev are getting interested responses from compatriots living abroad, as well as support and understanding of the leaders, the public and mass media of foreign countries.

In his speeches, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov and Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom Alisher Shaykhov supported the aspirations of compatriots, which are aimed at strengthening ties with the homeland.

(Source: UzA)

HISTORY

Critical Source of Cultural Heritage

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: the Way to Dialogue Among Peoples and Countries” opened in St. Petersburg on June 6.

It is organized by the National Association of Electronic Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM) within the framework of the international multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”. Over 200 scientists, experts, diplomats, representatives of public, social and international organizations, mass media from more than 30 nations of the world take part in the congress. Contributors to the forum are the leaders and curators of the major museums and academic institutions from Uzbekistan, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Russia, Poland, France, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan and other countries, representatives of UNESCO, ISESCO, IRSICA, ICOMOS, prominent scientists, including academicians, professors, doctors of sciences.

The main event of the congress took place at the Gorky House of Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The general session is complemented by seven sectional academic discussions on archeology, history, Eastern manuscripts, numismatics, textiles, arts and crafts and paintings from Uzbekistan.

A unique event on the eve of this forum was the opening of six simultaneous exhibitions of Uzbek heritage in the leading museums of St. Petersburg – the Russian Ethnographic Museum, the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Kunstkamera, the Russian National Library, the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House).

The congress includes presentation of the next five volumes of books and albums of the series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” as follows: “The Collection of German Museums” (Berlin, Bamberg, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lübeck, Stuttgart, Herrnhut); “The Collection of the State Museum of the History of Religion” (St. Petersburg); “The Collection of the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan” (Tashkent); “Carpet Weaving of Uzbekistan: A Tradition Preserved Through Centuries” (Uzbekistan, Russia, Spain, USA, Canada); “The Art of Maverannahr in the State Hermitage. Part II” (St. Petersburg).

Participants are to enjoy also the presentation of new documentary films dedicated to the preservation of the historical legacy of Uzbekistan in the museums of Russia, Great Britain, India, France, Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic.

In addition, the forum participants will be able to get acquainted with the 13 volumes of books published in the framework of the project “Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan”.

A presentation of the facsimile copy of the manuscript “Zafarname”, stored in the collection of the British Library, is included in the agenda of the forum.

The participants are offered a rich cultural program. They enjoy excursion on the motor ships along the Neva River, a gala dinner at the Park Inn Hotel Pribaltiyskaya with performance from the legendary Yalla band, and a treat from Uzbek cuisine on the tables.

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On the eve of the congress in St. Petersburg, an Uzbekistan Today correspondent talked with the academic leader of the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” Edward Rtveladze.

- Edward Vasilievich, you were ‘present at the creation’ of this project. Please tell us about how it was born.

- Speaking about the birth of the project, I would like to recall how it all began. The spring of 2015 can be considered the date of the birth of the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”. Its significance was understood by all who stood at the roots. The idea, voiced by the author and project manager Firdavs Abdukhalikov, was unique and at the same time complex. Difficulties that arose on the way of its implementation were really quite a few. But even more has been associated with scientific discoveries, triumphs and achievements. After some time, the creative group of the project was formed, a detailed action plan was devised, the geography of the coverage of museums and libraries in which certain items of Uzbek heritage were kept was determined.

Russia was the first point of reference not by accident. Firstly, it is in this country that the largest number of items of Uzbek arts is concentrated. Second, many specialists working now in museums and libraries in Moscow and St. Petersburg are from Uzbekistan, pupils of the Tashkent scientific school. The first to respond was the Deputy Director of the Museum of the Orient, Doctor of Arts Tigran Mkrtychev, who is one of the ‘sons’ of the Uzbek fundamental school. Then the first album was formed. It was followed by further large-scale and laborious work.

- What is the secret of success and surprising speed of the project?

- The secret of the project development, which many foreign scientists are impressed with, is that the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev pays personal attention to the issues of supporting academic science, consolidating the scientific potential and uplifting the role of science in the development of the country. As the head of state repeatedly noted at meetings with representatives of science, time demands that we raise all walks of life as much as science to a new level of development, because without that it is difficult to address the pressing issues facing the society.

Today, the need for further development of scientific cooperation with the world’s leading institutions, universities, academic centers and academies of science is evident. Comprehensive support for science and scientists is one of the priorities of our state. This idea is reflected in many decrees and government resolutions. As for our project, the issues of preservation, research and popularization of the cultural legacy of Uzbekistan are at the center of attention of the President. And it is this attention and the creation of appropriate conditions that is the benchmark for the success of the project.

- What principles, scientific methods are imbued in this project?

- The embodiment of the idea of ​​the project went in two directions - science and popular science. This is due to the fact that the books published, according to the idea of ​​the authors, should not only reflect the scientific side, but also popularize the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan both in the country and abroad. As for scientific methods and principles, the project is guided by experience developed by both domestic and foreign science. The remarkable definition of the outstanding physicist Michael Faraday was the cornerstone of the understanding of science: The main task of real science is the collection of material, its processing, analysis and generalization. Our project is built on the principles developed, in particular, in relation to the study of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan by the national school headed by Professor M. Masson and his wife, the outstanding scientist Galina Anatolievna Pugachenkova, and other celebrated representatives of the academic school of Uzbekistan - L. Rempel, Ya. Gulyamov.

The books published offered a huge amount of material collected, essentially little known previously to a wide range of scientists. For some specialists, some of this material is perhaps familiar, but in the broadest sense, its cataloging and research had not been there. The project uses a systematic approach to the publication of data. When acquainting with a variety of publications and albums, the academic staff of the project did not encounter, for example, systematizing the material on Dutch or French paintings stored in diverse museums and collections around the world, and presenting it in a single album. There are separate volumes dedicated to the works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Italian artists, but there was no systemic presentation of their artistic legacy. That is perhaps the most crucial scientific value of our project, namely, a systemic approach to the study of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, which has hundreds of items stored at home and abroad.

 It is essential to emphasize that the volumes contain tremendous reliable, factually verified material with clear data – indicating the place of origin, description, date. The principle of rigorous scientific analysis was applied in its preparation.

- Articles are contributed by national authors as much as foreign specialists, aren’t they?

- Yes. Each volume contains analytical articles devoted to this or that area of ​​culture. They are written by many authors – Russian, European, Western specialists, museum and library employees, and Russian scientists. Such a symbiosis, built on the achievements of world science and the expertise of our specialists, yielded a positive effect.

Joint work allows to not only publish books, but also develop museum business in different countries. Hitherto, many items of the Uzbek heritage had not been attributed to and were stored, as they say, ‘in vain’, only occupying a place in the stocks. The project made it possible to deduce many, often unique items from the shadows, to study and identify their worthy place in history.

Therefore, there are several museums in one of the presented albums on German collections alone, namely, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Leipzig. The collection of objects from Uzbekistan was kept even in the museum of the city of Lubeck. Meanwhile, very few people knew that that city has such a collection.

- The territory of Uzbekistan has been interethnic from time immemorial. How do the books reflect the culture of various ethnicities who lived in this region?

- This is another important principle of the project: the authors and the creative group did not adhere to the principle of ethnic exclusiveness and commitment to the opinion that the published heritage is the property of only the title ethnicity. It is the property of all peoples who have inhabited the territory of modern Uzbekistan since ancient times. Over time, it accumulated in the modern cultural heritage of the Uzbek people. For example, in Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya, Kungrat Uzbeks, one of the largest Uzbek tribal groups, live. They still keep the tradition of making koshm. These felt carpets are decorated with Hellenistic ornament – the minander – a snake, a broken line elaborated in Ancient Greece that eventually became an integral part of the culture of the Uzbek people. And there are a lot of examples of such symbiosis in the modern cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

- What do you see as the main objective of this project?

- Undoubtedly, our books will be of use to many national and foreign scientists studying the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, since they represent the most important source of information, often little known, and they offer also a foundation for further research. These books are in fact the most critical source material for a more concrete and in-depth understanding of the great heritage of our country in all the diversity of its manifestations. And I consider this the principal academic significance of the project.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”

Role of youth in preventing violent extremism discussed in Tashkent

An International Conference “Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” opened in Tashkent on 11 June.

The event is organized by OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, United Nations. The event will be held in Samarkand on 12 June.

The two-day conference will aim to raise awareness and formulate policy recommendations on the need to engage youth in preventing violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT).

High-level government officials and representatives from civil society and international organizations will engage in discussions and share best practices on how to engage youth in countering VERLT, specifically through education, media and art and sports. Three working groups will work on separate thematic issues, on the basis of which policy recommendations for the Central Asian region will be formulated.

Within the thematic areas, special attention will be paid to the specific conditions in the Central Asian region as well as the potential challenges in terms of human rights protection and judicial independence when implementing policy focused on countering VERLT through youth engagement.

The International Conference is the first of its kind to be hosted in Uzbekistan and is being organized in response to the Ministerial Declarations On Strengthening OSCE efforts to Prevent and Counter Terrorism, adopted under the German Chairmanship in 2016, and the Declaration On Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization That Lead to Terrorism, adopted in 2015 under the Serbian Chairmanship.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

ART

Uzbek play “Kyrk kyz” showed in Paris

Lemusée duquai Branly ethnographic museum in Paris hosts the show of “Kyrk kyz” play (Forty girls) by famous Uzbek artist and director Saodat Ismailova, who tells the story of forty girls based on the epic of the same name.

The project was implemented with support of Aga Khan Music Fund, the National Center for Contemporary Art Le Fresnoy (France), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hopkins Center and the Dartmouth College (USA).

A series of the video was shot in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, as well as in one of the oldest mosques in Tashkent city. Rehearsals were held from 2017 to 2018 in Turkiston palace in Tashkent city, as well as in Almaty city.

An hour and a half performance, accompanied by video of Saodat Ismailova, reconstructs the history of the Karakalpak epic in musical and abstract form. The composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, screenwriter Ulugbek Sadikov, artist stage director Kamilla Kurmanbekova, costume designer Hilola Sher, took part in the project.

"The idea of creating the project came to me from my childhood from the stories of my grandmother – a story about forty girls who defended their lands. Unfortunately, today the end of this legend is not known. This understatement interested me. The desire to fill this understatement prompted me to create this project”, Saodat Ismailova said.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The Cabinet Simplifies Tourist Fee Collection

The Resolution of Uzbekistan’s Cabinet of Ministers on May 29 introduced amendments to the existing rules as to simplify and clarify the procedure for collecting tourist (hotel) fee from foreign citizens and persons without nationality who do not have a permanent residence in the territory of Uzbekistan.

Now, the tourist (hotel) fee is collected from foreign citizens by means of accommodation and medical institutions for each day of their residence. For an incomplete day of accommodation, a tourist (hotel) fee is charged as a full day. At the same time, a tourist (hotel) fee for children under the age of 16 is ruled out. Also, this fee is charged by travel activity entities (tourist agents) from the guests who arranged their accommodation in tent camps and ground transport, converted for accommodations for overnight stay.

In addition, a tourist (hotel) fee for foreign citizens staying in Uzbekistan for up to 30 days is paid by individuals who accept and provide their living space for non-commercial purposes. And foreign citizens making an independent trip, living in campgrounds and ground transport converted for accommodation, pay for the tourist fee themselves.

Prior to these changes, a tourist fee had been charged for each day of residence of foreign citizens in the accommodation facility, that is, foreign travelers or other foreign citizens who lived in other residential areas did not themselves travel.

The differentiated rates of the tourist (hotel) fee collected from hotels and other accommodation facilities are presented in the table

Accommodation facilities

 

Number of rooms

The amount of tourist (hotel) fee (in % of the minimal rate of wage)

Hotels and similar accommodation facilities *: hotels, aparthotels, apartment complexes (residences), spa hotels, boutique hotels, motels, tourist bases; tourist camps; tent / camping camp; yurt camps; houses / centers / recreation areas; tourist settlement; camping, etc.

More  than 40

15

11-40

10

Up to 10

5

Sanatorium-resort accommodation facilities: sanatoria, boarding houses, clinics with accommodation, etc.

10

Specialized accommodation facilities for recreation and leisure activities: houses / centers / recreation areas, sports facilities, etc.

Individual means of accommodation, incl. (with the number of rooms up to 5): summer residence; a private house; city guest house; apartment; eco-farm; house in the mountains; country house; yurt; chalet; bungalow; residence, etc.

5

Tent camps and land transport converted for accommodations for overnight stays (independently, through tour operators, tourist information offices and accommodation facilities)

Foreign citizens on independent journey, living in campgrounds and ground transport converted to accommodation facilities for overnight accommodation

Medical treatment facilities

2

Guest houses organized in the homes of the local population in rural areas (beds capacity up to 10 units, organized in accordance with the requirement for guest houses)

Private houses (apartments) not for commercial purposes

Note: * For each star rating of hotels and similar accommodation facilities 2% of minimal rate of wage is added.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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