DAILY NEWS HERALD # 119 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 20, 2018

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Officially.. 1

Tashkent to introduce "Safe city" concept 1

FINANCE.. 1

The fiscal system will be based on principles of openness. 1

an international conference “Joint actions to mitigate the consequences of the Aral catastrophe: new approaches, innovative solutions, investments”. 2

Aral: New Approaches and Innovative Solutions. 2

International relationships. 3

Meeting with the Advisor to the President of Afghanistan. 3

Tashkent hosts Uzbekistan – Spain Business Forum.. 4

Sport.. 5

Irmatov to officiate match between Croatia and Argentina. 5

  

Officially

Tashkent to introduce "Safe city" concept

The capital of Uzbekistan is going to introduce a new "Safe capital" concept as an experiment starting July 1, 2018. This was provided by the decree of the head of state on June 19, 2018.

The capital of Uzbekistan is going to introduce a new "Safe capital" concept as an experiment starting July 1, 2018. This was provided by the decree of the head of state on June 19, 2018.

The concept will include:

- organization of the round-the-clock three-shift patrol regime with the involvement of at least 70 percent of the public order forces of the front units of the internal affairs bodies, the national guard, as well as representatives of the public (the public order force) during the time period from 16:00 to 8:00;

- full implementation of official activity in the evening and night time, followed by their release from direct duties during the day for sixteen hours;

- ensuring the fastest possible arrival to the scene or the signal of units of the internal affairs bodies, first of all, patrol groups of the public order forces in order to timely prevent and suppress offenses.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

FINANCE

The fiscal system will be based on principles of openness

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his Address to the Oliy Majlis noted the need for reviewing the budget system, ensuring openness for the population of its revenue and expenditure parts. Because, an openness in management of state and society, transparency in distribution and expenditure of the country's budget is an important factor for building a democratic state based on civil society.

The workshop on "Budget transparency and risk assessment in fiscal sphere", organized at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, provided an opportunity to analyze activity carried out in this sphere, exchange views on international norms regarding publication of information on the target expenditure of public funds.

The event, organized by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, was attended by members of the Parliament, heads of relevant ministries and agencies, experts of banking, financial and tax systems, leading experts of research institutes and the International Monetary Fund. The principles of openness of information about main directions of tax and budget policy, transparency in distribution and expenditure of the state budget, budget of the state trust funds were discussed at the event.

Participants of the event noted that in Uzbekistan reforms are being implemented in the field of fiscal policy that meet the requirements of the time, taking into account international practice and experience.

Within the framework of the workshop, international experts made presentations on conducting fiscal policy, preparation of state financial statistics on the basis of generally recognized indicators, medium-term budget planning and software.

According to experts, Uzbekistan is actively participating in evaluation process conducted in compliance with the Code of the International Monetary Fund on issues of transparency in fiscal sphere. This shows the country's desire to integration into the international community in terms of ensuring openness of fiscal data.

Following the event, participants agreed that Uzbekistan will participate in open budget survey conducted by the International Budget Partnership, as well as in development of medium-term action plans.

(Source: UzA)

an international conference “Joint actions to mitigate the consequences of the Aral catastrophe: new approaches, innovative solutions, investments”

Aral: New Approaches and Innovative Solutions

Tashkent has hosted an international conference “Joint actions to mitigate the consequences of the Aral catastrophe: new approaches, innovative solutions, investments”.

Taking into account the uniform composition of the participants, this conference was held during the Central Asian International Environmental Forum, held in the capital from June 5 to 8. It was organized by the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in partnership with other domestic and international organizations, including the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFSAS), the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (RECCA) and others.

Participants of the international conference were deputies of parliaments and heads of ministries and departments of Central Asian countries, national and foreign scientists and specialists, representatives of IFSAS, RECCA, GIZ, UN agencies, COMSTECH, the Global Water Partnership, the World Bank and other leading financial institutions and international organizations, foreign companies.

As the participants of the international conference noted, the Aral crisis is recognized by the world community as a global problem. For more than 50 years, extensive negative environmental and socio-economic consequences of the drying up of the Aral Sea for the Central Asian region are widely known throughout the world. The Republic of Uzbekistan makes a significant and tangible contribution to mitigating the impact of the Aral catastrophe on the environment and health of the population of the Aral area. However, the scale of existing problems requires drawing the attention of the broad world public to measures aimed at restoring the ecosystems of the region and securing its sustainable development. The countries of the Aral Basin still feel the need for major investments and new technical and innovative solutions for systemic joint actions to stabilize the environmental situation in the Aral region, balanced development of the economy, addressing social issues and adapting the region’s population to climate change.

Thanks to the efforts of the leadership of Uzbekistan aimed at establishing good-neighborly relations with all the countries of Central Asia, in recent years some progress has been made in solving a number of complex regional issues, including the problems of water management and use. One of the priorities in Uzbekistan’s foreign policy, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is precisely the solution of the issues of joint use of the region’s water resources and the unification of efforts in overcoming the consequences of the Aral Sea crisis. This is evidenced by the decisions of a number of international forums held recently and the results of bilateral and multilateral meetings of the leaders and delegations of the countries of Central Asia.

Participants noted that the international conference gave a new impetus to attracting investments and strengthening regional cooperation in the implementation of projects aimed at improving the state of the environment and living conditions of the population of the Aral Sea area.

Its objectives were: to harmonize, within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, the practical orientation and coordination of the activities of the countries of the region carried out to address the problems of the Aral area, to analyze and assess the ongoing programs to mitigate the consequences of the Aral catastrophe, to identify ways of cooperation in implementing projects aimed at improving environmental and socio-economic situation in the Aral region, as well as attracting investments for their implementation.

The participants of the conference on June 7 made a trip to the Aral zone – they visited Nukus, the ‘ship graveyard’ in the city of Muynak on the dried-up bottom of the Aral Sea, where they got acquainted with the ecological situation in the region, met with local residents and representatives of state bodies and public organizations. This trip left an indelible impression on foreign guests.

And on June 8, general and panel sessions of the conference took place in Tashkent, where the activities of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and the new program of action on the problems of the Aral Basin, the issues of deepening cooperation between the countries of the region in the joint use of water resources of transboundary rivers in Central Asia, economic and social development zones of the Aral Sea area, creation and development of protected natural territories in this region, activation of forest reclamation works on the drained seabed and others.

The participants of the conference visited the Central Asian International Specialized Exhibition of Green Technologies Ecological Technologies Central Asia - GETCA 2018, took part in the business forum and meetings of employees of relevant ministries and departments, local government bodies with representatives of international financial institutions and organizations.

The forum approved a package of project proposals aimed at improving the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Aral region, for the implementation of which foreign investments and representatives of local businesses were involved.

The final document adopted at the conference, as well as proceedings of conference materials were sent to the parliaments and governments of the nations of Central Asia and foreign countries, international and public organizations.

During the forum, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the UNDP Office in Uzbekistan, the State Forestry Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the IFSAS GEF Agency and the Executive Directorate of IFSAS in Kazakhstan on coordinating forest plantations on the drained bottom of the Aral Sea, as well as the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and the Permanent Committee on Cooperation in the Sphere of Science and Technology of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMSTECH) in the field of environmental protection.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Meeting with the Advisor to the President of Afghanistan

On June 20, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on national security issues Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who is in Uzbekistan on a working visit.

At the meeting, Mohammad Hanif Atmar on behalf of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Uzbekistan for rendering humanitarian assistance to people of Afghanistan, who suffered from drought.

The sides exchanged views on key issues of Uzbekistan – Afghanistan and the regional agenda.

Advisor to the President gave detailed information on the situation in Afghanistan. He thanked the Uzbek side for consistent and systematic work on implementation of agreements reached at Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan on March 26-27, 2018.

The Afghan side also expressed its full support for the position of the Government of Uzbekistan, set out in the Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of June 18 on assisting the peace negotiation process.

The interlocutors noted with satisfaction the dynamic nature of interstate cooperation in political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian, educational and other spheres and discussed prospects for further development of bilateral relations.

Ambassador of Afghanistan Sayed Shahabuddin Timory attended the meeting.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

 

Tashkent hosts Uzbekistan – Spain Business Forum

On June 19, 2018, Tashkent hosted Uzbekistan – Spain business forum “Multilateral Partnership”, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the Trade Economic Department of the Embassy of Spain, accredited in Uzbekistan.

The main goal of the forum is to promote cooperation between Uzbekistan and Spain’s companies in the field of energy, transport infrastructure, water supply and waste management, in the agro-industrial complex.

As reported by the Press Service of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, representatives of about 20 ministries and departments of Uzbekistan took part in the business forum, as well as a delegation of top managers on international trade and investment of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain, FIEM Fund of Spain and representatives of more than 20 companies of Spain, who are recognized leaders in the field of engineering and implementation of projects for construction of civil facilities and infrastructure.

Within the framework of the “Multilateral Partnership” Forum, special sessions were held with participation of representatives of the ministries of agriculture, water management, housing and communal services, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Automobile Roads, JSC “Uzbekenergo”, JSC “Uzbekneftegaz”, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In the course of his speech, the Chairman of the CCI of Uzbekistan Adkham Ikramov noted that the Kingdom of Spain is one of the important partners of Uzbekistan in Europe. Cooperation between the two countries is developing intensively in many areas. Regular conduction of meetings at various levels, including the visit of Uzbekistan government delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan in the city of Madrid in November 2017, indicates that both sides are equally interested in strengthening mutual economic and trade cooperation.

“We are interested in developing long-term Uzbekistan – Spain cooperation. At the same time, we are ready to expand Uzbekistan – Spain trade and economic relations in such areas as exchange of experience in the field of modernization of agro-industrial complex, diversification of energy sector, development of transport and communications sector, increasing supplies of Uzbekistan’s textile, fruit and vegetable products to Spain, development of cooperation between travel companies of the two countries, increasing the volume of mutual investment and others” , – said Adkham Ikramov.

It should be noted that between the two countries there are significant reserves in cooperation in trade and economic sphere, including participation of Spanish companies in creation of high-tech industries in Uzbekistan.

Following the results of 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to 86.7 million dollars, which grew by as much as 60% compared to 2016. This indicator is also promoted by the most-favored-nation treatment that operates in bilateral trade.

Currently, 10 enterprises with participation of Spanish investments, including 5 – joint ventures, and 5 – with 100% Spanish capital are operating in Uzbekistan. Representative offices of 2 Spanish companies are accredited in the country.

Promising areas of cooperation are mechanical equipment, pharmaceutical products, textiles, petroleum products, transport, paper and printed products, as well as food processing.

Within the framework of the business forum, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a B2B meeting, which was attended by over 40 representatives of Uzbekistan companies. Undoubtedly, conducting direct negotiations between entrepreneurs of the two countries will contribute to further development of trade and economic relations between Uzbekistan and Spain enterprises. 

(Source: UzA)

sport

Irmatov to officiate match between Croatia and Argentina

Referee from Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov will official a match of the FIFA World Cup between Argentina and Croatia.

The match of group D will be held in Nizhny Novgorod on 21 June.

Assistants of the referee will be Abduhamidullo Rasulov and Jahongir Saidov.

Ravshan Irmatov will officiate in his third World Cup. So far, he officiate nine matches of the FIFA World Cup.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

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