DAILY NEWS HERALD # 11 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan January 16, 2018

posted 18 Jan 2018, 10:07 by Webmaster Ambasciata

Officially.. 1

President of Uzbekistan orders military call-up. 1

Investments. 1

Uzbekistan intends to significantly increase coal production within the next two years owing to the modernization of the Shargun deposit in Surkhandarya region. 1


Uzbekistan: On the Way to Cut Tax Burden. 1

Society.. 3

Uzbekistan’s population reaches 32.65m people. 3


Historical Documentary Shot in the Big Apple. 4


Colleges are to open across Uzbekistan in 2018-2021 to exclusively train specialists for the leather and footwear industry. 5


State Committee for Tourism Development of Uzbekistan has declared its readiness to answer the questions of tourists at any time of the day. 5

Sport.. 6

Why Defame the Celebrated Coach?. 6



President of Uzbekistan orders military call-up

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat signed a resolution on 13 January 2018 on the call-up of the citizens to the Armed Forces.

The resolution said that draft-age Uzbek citizens will be called up to the army in February-March 2018.

Citizens, who are fit for fixed-term military service and who are not eligible for deferment or exempt from conscription, but who are not being called up for the armed forces during this call-up are to be enlisted in the mobilization call-up reserve.

Citizens, who have completed their fixed-term military service, are to be transferred to the reserve of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan in February-April 2018.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Uzbekistan intends to significantly increase coal production within the next two years owing to the modernization of the Shargun deposit in Surkhandarya region

Within the framework of this project, the annual output of hard coal at the field will grow from the current 150,000 tons to 900,000.

China Railway Tunnel Group has already started the implementation of this project. Now, experts from the PRC have to clean up ten old, collapsed old mines with a total length of one and a half thousand meters, and drill 2,227 meters of a tunnel to extract additional volumes of raw materials.

The total cost of the project is estimated at 105.5 million US dollars. The completion of the preparatory and improvement works, as well as the launch of coal mining is projected for the first quarter of 2020. To deliver products from the enterprise Shargunkumir, a new 20-kilometer railway is planned to be laid. At the same time, existing motor highways will be reconstructed.

In addition, the scheme is envisaged to not only to create additional jobs, but also train employees of Shargunkumir, which in the future is anticipated to independently produce coal by means of modern energy-efficient technologies.

In accordance with forecast calculations, the coal reserves at the Shargun field exceed 33 million tons. It is the richest deposit in the nation. Uzbekistan plans to restock the list of leading coal extraction countries. For the time being though, they are China, the United States, India, Germany, Russia, Ukraine. Meanwhile, the project is scheduled to help fully meet Uzbekistan’s demand for coal and increase its export performance.

Worth mentioning that last July, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev decided to pass the country’s coal industry over to Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbekistan Railways Stock Company). The judgment was motivated by the fact that the current system of coal industry management does not ensure timely and effective implementation of the tasks outlined before the sector.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Uzbekistan: On the Way to Cut Tax Burden

At the Uzexpocenter, the State Tax Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan has organized a demonstration seminar for the population and business entities to explain the essence and significance of amendments and addenda introduced to the tax legislation, taking into account the main aspects of the tax and budget policy for 2018.

It was attended by members of the Senate and Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, officials of several ministries and other government agencies, representatives of the body corporate operating in Tashkent city and Tashkent region.

Chairman of the State Tax Committee Botir Parpiev and others noted that the Address of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oliy Majlis was aimed at securing modern living conditions for the people through the implementation of fundamental transformations in all spheres. In particular, it was stressed that in the Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies, it is necessary to abandon tough measures in tax policy, simplify the taxation of business entities of all categories, reduce the tax burden and, building on this, expand production.

The demands expressed by the President on reducing the tax burden and improving the efficiency of tax administration are reflected in the budget-tax policy for 2018. In particular, the resolution of the head of our state on the forecast of the main macroeconomic indicators and parameters of the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2018 dated December 29, 2017, and the Law on introducing amendments and addenda to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with the adoption of the main aspects of the tax and budget policy for 2018.

Starting from January 1, 2018, the profit tax and the tax on improvement and development of social infrastructure are combined, and instead of 15.5% the tax rate is set at 14%. Last year, the income tax rate was 7.5%, for infrastructure improvement and development it was 8%, but in general it reached 15.5%. Due to the merger, the number of types of taxes will decrease by one unit, and in the year on average 70 billion soums will remain at the disposal of taxpayers (currency rates of CB RU from 16.01.2018, 1$= 8146.38 soums).

Mandatory contributions to the Pension Fund, the Republican Road Fund and the Fund for the Development of the Material and Technical Base of Educational and Medical Institutions are combined into a single payment - mandatory contributions to state trust funds with a fixed rate of 3.2%, lowered compared to the previous rate of 3.5%. As a result of consolidation of mandatory payments into trust funds, the number of types of taxes will decrease by two units, and 411 billion soums will remain at the disposal of enterprises.

On the basis of unified tax payments, the tax rates for the year 2017 have been preserved, the activities of procuring entities are equal to wholesale trade, and for them a tax rate of 4% of the volume of turnover has been determined.

Rates on the third and fourth scale of personal income tax are reduced by 0.5% and are determined in the amount of 16.5% and 22.5%, as well as the amount of the contribution transferred to individual accumulative pension accounts of citizens, increased from 1% to 2%.

The procedure for calculating the tax on property of individuals was introduced, taking into account the cadastral value of it, the basic tax rate was reduced from 1.7% to 0.2%, while it was determined that when calculating the tax, the cadastral value should be at least 42 million soums.

As it was noted at the seminar, from 1 April 2018, tax privileges under the Localization Program are canceled.

The tax rates for the use of gasoline, diesel fuel and gas were determined for 2018: for 1 liter of gasoline - 232.5 sums or for 1 tonne - 308 thousand 850 soums, for one liter of diesel fuel - 232.5 sums or for 1 ton - 282 thousands of 500 soums, for 1 cubic meter of compressed gas - 305 soums. Tax rates for liquefied gas are maintained at the level of 2017.

On July 18, 2017, the law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 30, 2017 was adopted to consolidate the legal basis for the norms defined by the Presidential Decree "On Measures to Improve the Tax Administration Essentially, To Raise Tax Collection and Other Mandatory Payments". This law amended and supplemented the five laws, 16 articles of the Tax Code. The code itself was supplemented by seven new articles.

“In order to support entrepreneurship, the Tax Code introduces a new chapter on unified tax monitoring, according to which it is determined to introduce tax monitoring, which provides for an extended information exchange between taxpayers and tax authorities to solve tax issues and provide comprehensive assistance to taxpayers,” says the senior taxation inspector in the State Tax Committee Komil Saidov. “This, in turn, will help to eliminate mistakes and shortcomings that can be tolerated by taxpayers in the performance of tax obligations, promptly solve tax administration issues, and eliminate situations that worsen the financial situation as a result of the accrual of penalties and fines.”

At the same time, amendments to Articles 54, 55 and 354 of the Tax Code have been introduced, which determine the granting of a tax holiday to temporarily exposed financial difficulties to honest taxpayers - business entities.

This category includes taxpayers who have timely and fully fulfilled tax obligations during the last two years, but faced financial difficulties, they are provided with a change in the deadlines for fulfilling tax obligations in the form of extending the time for payment of taxes and other mandatory payments to twenty-four months and (or) their phased payment.

At the event, a group of individuals and legal entities that fulfill tax obligations in a timely manner, as well as representatives of the mass media, widely covering innovations in tax legislation, were presented with certificates of honor and memorable gifts.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Uzbekistan’s population reaches 32.65m people

As of 1 January 2018, the resident population of the Republic of Uzbekistan made up 32.65 million people and in the course of 2017 increased by 533,400 people or by 1.7%, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

In particular, the urban population reached 16.53 million people (50.6% of the total population), the rural population – 16.12 million people (49.4%).

In terms of the regions of Uzbekistan as of 1 January 2018, the largest population was observed in Samarkand region (3.72 million and the share in the total population of the republic is 11.4%), in Ferghana region (3.62 million people or 11, 1%), in Kashkadarya region (3.148 million or 9.6%) and in Andijan region (3.01 million or 9.2%).

As of 1 January, 2018, in 4 regions of the country, the resident population has more than 3 million people.

In 2017, 715,500 children were born (372,100 – boys and 343,400 – girls), respectively, the birth rate per 1000 population was 22.1 per mille and, compared to the same period in 2016, decreased by 0.7 per mille (22.8 per mille in 2016).

The birth rate in comparison with the same period in 2016 in Surkhandarya region increased (from 25.7 per mille to 25.9 per mille), a sharp decline was observed in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (from 21.9 per mille to 20.7 per mille), in Ferghana region (from 22.2 per mille to 21.0 per mille), in Tashkent region (from 20.3 per mille to 19.2 per mille), in Khorezm region (from 22.2 per mille to 21.0 per mille), in Bukhara region (from 20.9 per mille to 20.0 per mille) and in Jizzakh region (from 24.5 per mille to 23, 6 per mille).

In 2017, the number of children born was 715,500 and was distributed by the age of the mother at the time of birth: 280,800 (39.2%) at the age of 20-24, 248,100 (34.7%) in age 25-29 years, 122,300 (17.1%) at the age of 30-34 years.

In 2017, 161,500 deaths were recorded, respectively, the death rate was 5.0 pro mille and increased compared to the same period in 2016 at 0.1 pro mille (4.9 pro mille in 2016).

In comparison with 2016, the death rate significantly increased in Andijan region (from 5.1 pro mille to 5.4 pro mille), in Jizzakh region (from 4.2 pro mille to 4.4 pro mille), in Kashkadarya region (from 4.1 per mille to 4.3 per mille), in Namangan region (from 4.7 per mille to 4.9 per mille), in Ferghana region (from 4.8 per mille to 5.0 per mille) and Surkhandarya region (from 4.3 pro mille to 4.5 per mille).

Of the total number of deaths, 8.2% died at an age below working age (8.0% in 2016), 27.6% died at working age (2016, 28.5%), 64.2% died at the age of above working age (63.5% in 2016).

The number of deaths in 2017 compared to 2016 increased by 6,700 people, most, that is, 74.6% of them account for the died at the age of 60 years and older.

Of the total number of registered dead in 2017, 59.9% died from cardiovascular diseases, 9.3% from neoplasms, 6.5% from accidents, poisoning and injuries, 5.7% of diseases of the digestive system, 4.8% of respiratory diseases, 1.7% of infectious and parasitic diseases and 12.1% from other diseases.

Of the total number of registered deceased children aged up to 1 year, 56.4% died of conditions originating in the perinatal period, 21.1% from respiratory diseases, 11.9% from congenital anomalies, 3.5% from infectious and parasitic diseases, 1.9% from accidents, poisoning and injuries, 0.5% from diseases of the digestive system, 4.7% from other diseases.

In 2017, the natural increase in the population was 554,0 thousand people and compared to 2016 decreased by 17,4 thousand people (2016, 571,4 thousand people).

During the period from January to December 2017, the registry offices registered 306,0 thousand marriages. In the republic, the marriage rate per 1000 population was 9.4 per mille.

Growth of registered marriages compared to 2016 was observed in Surkhandarya region (+26.6%), in the Jizzakh and Namangan regions (+15.9%), in Samarkand region (+12.3%), and in the Kashkadarya region (+11.2%).

In 2017, out of the total number of married girls, 21.6% falls on girls under the age of 20, 70.2% at the age of 20-29, 8.2% at the age of 30 or older, and 0.9% men under the age of 20, 83.5% at the age of 20-29 and 15.6% at the age of 30 years and over.

During the period from January to December 2017, the registry office registered 31.9 thousand divorces. In the republic, the divorce rate per 1000 population was 9.4 pro mille.

The growth rate of registered divorces compared to 2016 was recorded in Surkhandarya region (28.6%), in Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions (22.2%), in Samarkand region (21.2%), in Namangan region (19.0%), and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (18.2%).

In 2017, the number of immigrants was 157,100 people, and the number of emigrants 177,700 people. The balance of migration was minus 20,600 people and compared to 2016 decreased by 5,6 thousand people.

The high level of the migration balance falls on Tashkent region (minus 6,200 people), Samarkand region (minus 5,200 people), Kashkadarya region (minus 4,000 people) and the Republic of Karakalpakstan (minus 4,400).

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Historical Documentary Shot in the Big Apple

The Last Summer of Childhood, an engrossing documentary, has been filmed in New York. It narrates an important page in our history, when many thousands of refugees during the Second World War found shelter in Uzbekistan.

The scriptwriter Vyacheslav Shatokhin had been ‘sick’ with the idea since 2010, and finally he saw the project come true. The film is based on the real fate of people; the stories are real. They were collected specifically for the documentary. Each story is a response to the urges to tell about themselves, which the scriptwriter did, speaking in the media and social networks.

He got heard in many states of the USA, as well as in Israel, Russia, Australia, Germany. And the people began to send letters, postcards, posters, their own publications on this subject, links on the internet - all in all, evidences of generosity of the Uzbek land and people who sheltered millions of people during the war years. That way was helpful in collecting the facts for the film.

“My name is Joseph Chernyak. The other day, Natalya Markovna Rostopchina, one of those very children rescued in Tashkent, called me. She was 8 years old when the war began, and she studied at the children’s music school at the Leningrad Conservatory. Together with the school Natalya was evacuated to Tashkent. She will report interesting facts and information of the time, the witness and participant of which she was.”

“I, Joseph Vaserman, was born in Moldova on 17 September 1934. In June 1941, my mother and younger brother were evacuated first to Ukraine, and then to Namangan. We are very grateful to Uzbekistan, we will always remember the kindness of the Uzbek people. Without that, we would not have survived. Thank you! Rahmat! "

The author collected thousands of such stories. It was these stories that became the basis of the script for the remarkable documentary.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Colleges are to open across Uzbekistan in 2018-2021 to exclusively train specialists for the leather and footwear industry

Currently, the industry faces the challenge of reducing the production of semi-finished goods and increasing the output of finished ones with higher added value. To this end, it is essential to fashion a system for training qualified personnel, and generate new production technologies.

Challenges faced by the Uzbek shoe industry still constitute a high share of imports on the market, including smuggled and counterfeit goods. Taking into account such a situation, the association Uzbekcharmpoyabzali, together with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Economy, considers the proposal to set up a network of specialized professional colleges in the regions of the country.

The opening of such educational institutions is considered by means of re-orienting the existing colleges. They will be provided with logistical, personnel and methodological support. At the same time, the entire training process is planned in direct connection with the industry’s enterprises. Such an approach should be a good basis for solving personnel issues.

Today, the structure of the association Uzbekcharmpoyabzali operates more than a hundred enterprises. Over the past few years, the production of more than three hundred new models of footwear and seventy kinds of leather and haberdashery products has been set up. The goods are exported mainly to China, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Russia and other CIS countries.

In the near future, the country will create the first leather and footwear industrial cluster in history. Partnering in this project will be Turkish companies. A significant part of the produced goods are to be exported to CIS countries, as well as to Europe.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


State Committee for Tourism Development of Uzbekistan has declared its readiness to answer the questions of tourists at any time of the day

In the near future, the telephone directory of Uzbekistan’s residents and those who want to visit Uzbekistan may be enriched with the phone number of the information center of the State Center for the Development of Tourism of the Republic of Uzbekistan - 200-00-08. This is the easiest way at any time of the day to get a response to absolutely any traveler question.

For the first time, the State Committee for Tourism Development creates a universal travel support service for the Republic of Uzbekistan. When you call (8371) 200-00-08, you can get an answer to any question regarding the tourist trip. There is no question or situation for specialists of this telephone hotline in which they could not help the person who turned to for help. Operators still work in three languages: Uzbek, Russian and English, but in the near future the list of languages will expand.

The standard, most frequently asked questions are answered by the operator, who has available a handbook of answers and questions prepared by specialists.

If the issue requires expert advice, then you will be connected to the responsible official of the State Committee for Tourism Development, and already he will provide you with qualified support. The only condition for such service is that the call should be made during business hours.

Experts agree that the launch of this information center made it possible to solve a rather large set of issues that for a long time remained unresolved. Earlier travelers could find answers to their questions by using the websites of the State Committee for the Development of Tourism, travel companies, information and legal search engines. What was very uncomfortable and confess without the knowledge that "where is placed" the solution of this task were often doomed to failure. Now everything is very convenient - for any question all the answers on the same number.

As the practice of the first days of the information center's work showed, mainly they handle legal issues related to the issue of visas, registration at the place of arrival, and the conclusion of various kinds of contracts.

In the near future, the State Committee for Tourism Development plans to implement a set of measures to develop this service. In particular, she will have a short four-digit number.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Why Defame the Celebrated Coach?

Late last year, many domestic and foreign media reported that the former national team manager Vadim Abramov is deprived of coaching license for an indefinite time because of “erroneous interpretation of the decisions of Uzbekistan Football Federation” in the media.

According to the UFF press service, the decision to revoke the certificate was made on December 16 on the basis of the disciplinary code on strict observance of established requirements by coaches and club leaders and prevention of misinterpretation of UFF and professional football league decisions in the media.

It was also reported that earlier Abramov, in a number of local sports publications, criticized some judgments of the football organization, in particular, the conditions for reducing the number of teams in the national championship, as well as the “excessive complexity” of standards that the players ought to pass starting from the next season.

From these publications ahead of the New Year, it was difficult to draw a conclusion about what happened, what the illustrious soccer coach did.

Reference. Vadim Abramov was born on 5 August 1962. As a coach he worked with a number of domestic clubs since 1991. He led the Olympic (2007-2008 and 2011-2012) and national (2011-2012) teams of Uzbekistan. In early 2014, Abramov headed Lokomotiv Tashkent, and from June 2017 – the Ferghana club Neftchi.

In 2011, he was recognized as the best coach of Uzbekistan. Vadim Abramov is holder of the Order Dustlik.

Clarity to this matter to some extent has been made by the president of Uzbekistan Football Federation Umid Ahmadjonov, who, in an interview with Gazeta.uz late last December dedicated to 100 days of his UFF leadership, touched on the ‘incident’ with Vadim Abramov.

He reminded that the leadership in the Football Federation changed three months before. For 26 years, the Uzbek soccer has gone in the ‘reverse’ direction. Currently, Ahmadjonov said, there is a discussion about the new format of the championship, the talk is about a new league with 12 clubs, yet some figures in the sphere would like to preserve the existing system of 16 teams. “They say it was necessary to wait another year, but what will it give? Why should we wait? Why do you need a work that had for 26 years led football backwards to stay for another three or four years?”

Vadim Abramov, according to UFF president, has an old Soviet mentality that has lagged behind modern soccer. The official said he thought Uzbek football does not need such people. “He wants 16 teams, as the club Neftchi that he leads (15th position by the end of the season) with the new format would be dropped into the Pro League. There he does not want to work. Why did not he wake up earlier? If he is a master, let him try to get the club out of the Pro League to the Super League. If you do not want to work, give the way to the young. We cannot move forward by agreeing with them.”

Every step UFF takes, Ahmadjonov assured, is based on international practice, in conjunction with FIFA and AFC. The national soccer body studies the systems of advanced football nations.

“Abramov was the head coach of the national team, the Olympic team, so why did he not put forward his ideas then? He saw that Uzbek football was going back.

“His case should be a sign. We will also tell which players were sold by people like Abramov and where they were sold. We have enough information about Abramov’s tricks. Soon we will withdraw licenses from other coaches who do not meet today’s requirements.”

Well, one side of the ‘case’ has presented its position. But for the sake of fairness one needs to get familiar with the opposite point of view. In this regard, Uzbekistan Today correspondent, following the New Year holidays, has met with Vadim Abramov.

“I am quite surprised by what happened and do not understand what happened and what my fault is. About the fact that I was suspended from work, I learned from a private telephone conversation with my friend and at first decided that that was a New Year’s joke,” Vadim Karlenovich explained at the start of the conversation. “But then I read about it in internet publications and was even more amazed. It seems to me that before taking any disciplinary measures, the responsible workers of the federation should have listened to my arguments, invite me to a meeting where the issue was being decided on. Why was not this done?

- So what is your attitude to the novelties proposed by UFF?

- As for changing the formula of the national championship and reducing the number of teams in the Super League, I had come up with such a recommendation back in 2008. But then it was not accepted. I am still not against it, but only if sporting principles are observed.

And it turns out that all teams started the last championship under one formula, and finished... under the other. It’s unfair, it violates the sporting principle. Can you imagine that at the end of the qualifying round in the FIFA World Cup, its participants are suddenly informed that not two, but only one club is coming to the finals? This cannot be the case even in a dream! Why is that possible with us?

With regard to physical standards for football players, I sincerely believe that the decision was wrong. Some clubs began to take these standards in late December, a few months before the start of the national championship, when the players are not ready for them. What for? To get injuries? Not surprisingly, the vast majority of players did not pass them, and some clubs generally refused to hold them. These norms are needed for coaches to determine the degree of readiness. For nothing else.

In general, I simply do not understand why the point of view of a coach stated in the media should be the basis for punishment? I believe this contradicts the new stage of reforms being conducted by the head of our state. And references to some disciplinary codes are not legitimate to the end.

- What can you say about the statement of the UFF president on your ‘tricks’ related to trading the football players?

- These accusations are simply ridiculous. I do not know what footballers are talking about. I’ve never sold anyone nor bought one because I am a coach, not a club manager.

On the whole, the federation officials’ statements on me have inflicted enormous moral damage to me. And I do not intend to leave this unanswered.

- Have you already been dispossessed of the license? How did this happen? And do you continue to train Neftchi players?

- I haven’t received any official documents on this case. Moreover, the leadership of Neftchi Ferghana appealed to the federation for clarity on the issue, but the response hasn’t come. Therefore, we have not yet started training footballers.

Frankly speaking, I would like to meet with the president of UFF one-on-one, discuss the quandary that has arisen, but it turns out that we have taken the debate to the mass media.

- In your coaching career there were a lot of star moments. Take, for example, the year 2011, when the national team came fourth in the Asian Championship, which was the best result in the history of soccer in our country. On the other hand, there were serious setbacks, say, in 2012, when Uzbekistan failed in the game with Iran, and you were immediately dismissed. What gives you the strength to overcome difficulties?

- My motto in life is that no matter how many times you fall, it is important how many times you get up to move forward. It helps me cope with many life and professional troubles. You mentioned 2012 – we had a great team who had chances to get to the World Cup finals. But failure in the first game with Iran crossed out those hopes. The work of the coach is very difficult – you can achieve phenomenal success, but any unfortunate failure can put an end to your career.

Editorial. Comparing two views on one ‘incident’, readers themselves can draw a conclusion as to who is right. Nonetheless, some of the statements by UFF president, mentioned above, cause confusion. By what right he crosses out all the achievements of Uzbek football during the years of independence, calling them a movement in the ‘reverse direction’? Is the brilliant victory of our players at the Asian Games in 1994 a setback? Or the magnificent game of Uzbek juniors at the World Championships in Mexico in 2011? Or the way to the semi-finals of the Asian Championship in Qatar that we’ve mentioned above? And this list can be continued for quite a long…

And what a dogmatic and categorical statement about one of the most successful coaches in the history of national football, that “the Uzbek football does not need such people”!

After all, Abramov is relatively young, full of ideas, and has a huge experience. Would our sport be better off if he goes abroad to train some foreign clubs? I deem the answer is plain out.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)




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