DAILY NEWS HERALD #121 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 22, 2018

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President.. 1

Attraction of foreign investments will serve the integrated development of regions. 1

REFORMS: INFRASTRUCTURE.. 2

Tashkent Open for Proposals. 2

Investments. 5

The Chinese company Changan Automobile Group intends to organize the production of electric vehicles in the Ferghana Valley. 5

  


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Attraction of foreign investments will serve the integrated development of regions

On June 21, 2018, a meeting dedicated to the state of implementation of investment projects in industries and regions, analysis of the results of attracting and developing foreign direct investment was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.    

As a result of improving the investment environment in the country, direct investments are actively being attracted into economic sectors and regions. In particular, over the past five months of 2018, 776 new joint ventures and foreign enterprises have been registered. This is by 496 more compared to the same period of the last year. In addition, this year, it is planned to implement 377 territorial and 148 industrial projects with participation of foreign investments.

The Head of the state noted that the actual task is to facilitate the implementation of projects.

The resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On additional measures for accelerated implementation of investment and infrastructure projects” of June 20, 2018, is aimed at achieving this goal.

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According to the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On additional measures for accelerated implementation of investment and infrastructure projects” of June 20 of this year, from now on, the fee is not charged for pre-project and project document examination on infrastructure projects, implemented on the basis of Decisions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Cabinet of Ministers.

In addition, there is no fee for the examination of tender documents and import contracts on public procurement of goods, carried out at the expense of the State budget and state trust funds, the Fund for reconstruction and development, loans attracted under the guarantee of the Government. The amount of payment for complex examination of preliminary and final technical and economic bases is reduced by 4 times.

The requirement for development of a financial and economic report on loans, realized through loans of international financial institutions or in one-stage procedure has been canceled.

At the meeting dedicated to the state of implementation of investment projects in industries and regions, analysis of the results of attracting and developing foreign direct investment, the President gave instructions on consistent implementation of measures stipulated in the resolution, development of a new simplified procedure for preparation, examination and approval of documents on investment and infrastructure projects.

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At the meeting that was held on June 21, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the need for accelerating each project introduced in the list of investment and infrastructure projects approved for this year, in implementation of which slowness was allowed. Specific tasks have been set on financing construction and timely commissioning of affordable housing in rural areas and cities, water pipelines, social facilities.

Within the framework of programs, developed following the results of trips to the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the regions, it is envisaged to implement 6 thousand 317 projects on integrated development of these regions in 2018-2019. As a result, it is planned to create more than 219 thousand jobs. It was emphasized that it is necessary to allocate space for important projects of socio-economic importance, to timely resolve work on connecting them to infrastructure networks.

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At the meeting, devoted to the state of implementation of investment projects in industries and regions, special attention was paid to issues of attracting and effective development of investments, especially, foreign direct investment.

It was emphasized that as a result of foreign visits and dialogues, an initial agreement was reached on implementation of 182 prospective projects worth 17 billion dollars. Development of these investments is associated with preparation of business plans and technical-economic bases. Therefore, instructions are given on accelerating activities in this area, direction of foreign investments in prospective projects and achieving high efficiency.

It was noted that despite the availability of wide opportunities 10 projects are being implemented in Bukhara region with participation of foreign investments, 9 projects in Navoi and only 1 in Kashkadarya region. It was criticized that no project involving foreign investments has been implemented in 13 districts of Kashkadarya, 11 districts of Fergana, 10 districts of Surkhandarya, 8 districts of Tashkent, Bukhara and Jizzakh regions, 7 districts of Khorezm, Navoi regions, 6 districts of Karakalpakstan and Samarkand, 5 districts of Andijan and Syrdarya, and in 4 districts of Namangan regions.

To do this, it is necessary to intensify activity in this direction. Regional, city and district departments of the Investment Committee need to attract foreign investments and provide practical assistance to foreign investors on all issues. In addition, khokims of districts and cities, each of the heads of sectors should contribute to attracting foreign investments in their region, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Instructions were given for introduction of a single electronic information system, which will fully cover all processes of project implementation, will allow monitoring from development stage to their implementation.

At the meeting, reports of the authorized persons on all discussed issues were heard. A number of instructions were given for preparation of investment proposals, finding investors, developing projects, carrying out examination, financing and their implementation.

(Source: UzA)

REFORMS: INFRASTRUCTURE

Tashkent Open for Proposals

Michael Gerber in his celebrated book on entrepreneurship wrote that entrepreneur is not a specialist, but a strategist who sees the future. Such people are needed today in Uzbekistan, especially in matters related to creating a smart city, which was conceived by the acting hokim of Tashkent, Jahongir Artykkhodjayev.

Recently, during a regular session of the International Press Club the acting mayor shared his plans, and they are grandiose indeed. “A steadfast strategy for the development of the capital will be devised soon: short- and long-term goals have been set for the implementation of the program of a smart and prosperous city. We must clearly understand how we see the town in 5 or 10 years, draw up a major plan for its development, establishing a specific set of actions, which was not the case before,” said the urban chief.

Jahongir Artykkhodjayev took up his post quite recently, but we cannot help but notice that Tashkent has changed beyond recognition lately. This is the result of systemic work to improve it. Numerous modern high-rise buildings, majestic bridges, modern residential buildings, convenient overpasses, parks of culture and recreation, beautiful mahalla centers have been built. But experts say that in urban planning processes, a fairly long period of time is needed. In addition, they must be initiated by citizens or the administration, and the city administrator should understand that he is not the owner of this vast territory.

Our mayor is well aware of this, he is already carefully studying all the challenges facing him and is ready to efficiently and rationally rally on them. “We welcome people with vivid initiatives, who are able to not only offer ideas, but also implement them. One of the pressing issues is that in districts and regions there is no developed centralized infrastructure. All attention is concentrated in the capital. Moreover, transport and logistics systems in the city are obsolete, they need to be gradually updated,” Jahongir Artykkhodjayev suggests.

Availability of ample plans is, of course, wonderful, but how to accomplish them? And one of the main challenges is that urban projects are still not under a public-private partnership. They exist at the expense of the budget. And no matter how huge the city is, and no matter what the high taxes, the budget is still limited. And here private business came to the rescue.

On the initiative of the new mayor, a public council was created at the hokimiyat, and this is an excellent idea, which witnessed the active interest of the public in the development of our city. Chairman of the Public Council Hikmat Abdurahmanov, talking about the goals and tasks of the body, said: “We already have a great diversity of interesting and germane ideas for the development of the capital. Regarding the promotion of the brand of the city, we work with the best designers and architects to better present our city to tourists, investors and the world community as a whole.”

“One of our main goals is to restore the once lost trust of the people in the fact that we can achieve a lot by joining efforts, but if we unite the private sector and create a productive public-private partnership, the opportunities to achieve serious results enhance.”

Tashkent is expanding in area, incorporating territories previously unurbanized, compacted within an already existing core and complemented by new areas. Therefore, the main challenge before the capital is the coordination of people and the creation of infrastructure. In addition, according to experts, it is time to consider the engineering infrastructure. Here it is a question of primitive communications – waterpipes and the water drain systems, which time has come to rethink about among administrators, designers, and consumers. The whole world did this a couple of decades ago and created technologies that allow the city to survive for hundreds of years.

“To draw up a plan and improve the infrastructure of the city, we carried out accreditation of experienced foreign experts and architects, soon we will provide a project to change the four streets of the city,” the capital’s acting hokim said. “In each district of the city, construction of 50 to 120 multi-storey houses is planned, it will be about 7,000 apartments, and housing prices will be relatively affordable. Our ultimate goal is the proper provision of public services.”

To be sure, world experience is important, but, knowing many, retain your unique self. In New York, for instance, there are many research centers where they study the processes of urbanization around the planet. True, we cannot apply the experience of the Big Apple to the full extent for at least two reasons: we have a completely different climate and a fundamentally different urban mental frame.

And has any one of us guessed that Tashkent has not had an established master plan for the development of the city. It turns out I is true. It was stated at the session of the International Press Club by the architect of the State Committee for Architecture and Construction Mahmudjon Musayev. Concerning the development of the urban plan, he noted: the city should be convenient for residents in all dimensions, that is, we are faced with the tasks of increasing the number of public transport, educational institutions, polyclinics, and leisure centers. The growth of population and motorization requires certain changes in the overall infrastructure, so our goal is to improve the transport system, to boost the number of centers of useful leisure.

Concerning the problem of motorization and parking, the hokim expressed the opinion that the tax reform has not been improved, it is necessary to attract more investors to update parking systems. Create favorable conditions for investors. The topic was continued by the head of the city tax inspection Normat Tursunov. He said that, based on the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a special program was developed to regulate the order of parking and storage of cars in special places and activities are carried out to implement it. “Automation of parking lots is required especially in the markets, so are changes in the regulations of normative acts,” Tursunov suggested.

Also stressed was the need to introduce innovative systems and transfer this area to the private sector, through the provision of public areas in the proper rental use. Building multi-storey parking lots will also solve the problem of the accumulation of a large number of cars and a lack of territory. In this regard, the founder of My Taxi, Akmal Fayziev, came up with a proposal: “If we want to build a city on the concept of smart city, it is necessary to introduce innovative automated facility management systems, and they must be connected to a single server. There are special protocol standards as API. Data should be transferred, and accordingly, prices and other indicators will be subject to revision.”

I was pleasantly surprised by the position of Nodira Mahsumova, the first deputy hokim on construction, communications and utilities, who adheres to the principle: the plan is not a dogma. She asserted that “an action plan has been established by 2030, and it is constantly being improved, adjusted according to the requirements of the time. We divided the plan of action for each district. We have 11 architects – young professionals who will work on the development of construction in each district.”

Today, it is not an exaggeration to say that Tashkent is a large construction site. For example, in the Sergeli district, on the site of obsolete wooden houses, modern apartment buildings are erected. Thus, within a short time, a new housing estate emerged in the framework of the execution of the presidential resolution on measures to implement the program for the construction and reconstruction of affordable apartment buildings in cities for 2017-2020, signed 22 November 2016.

On an area of 13 hectares, 66 multi-storey houses were built, apartments in them are provided to the population on the basis of concessional loans. At the same time, in order to prevent the district from concerning the population by its remoteness from the city center, the construction of a subway line is under way in Sergeli. This land line of the Tashkent Metro will be about 8 kilometers long and run from the metro station Olmazor of the Chilanzar line to the Sputnik quarter. In accordance with preliminary calculations, construction work will be completed in 4 years.

By the way, taking into account the needs and wishes of the population, work has begun in Tashkent on the construction of the underground ring line of the metro. This direction will have an extent of about 52.1 kilometers, of which 50.5 kilometers will be carried along overpasses 6 meters high, 1.6 kilometers on the surface of the earth. This project, designed for 2017-2021, will be implemented in five phases.

At the International Press Club meeting the participants discussed also the category of ‘beauty’, that is, the cultural appearance of the city. These are the construction sites that, once put into operation, will not bore our townspeople. One of such grandiose projects is the Tashkent City International Business Center. This is not only the newest major project for our country; it is significant also on the scale of the whole Central Asia. It will host business centers, shopping malls, hotels, offices, a congress hall, an exhibition hall, multi-storey modern houses, social infrastructure facilities, an artificial lake, fountains. The project, recognized today as ‘a city in the city’, is realized by businesspeople of our country together with colleagues from Germany, South Korea, Great Britain.

The economic development of each region, its potential is determined by the opportunities created for entrepreneurship and production. In accordance with the resolution of the head of our state on the establishment of small industrial zones in the city of Tashkent, signed on 18 May 2017, a total of 8 small industrial zones were created in the metropolitan area.

According to the information, for the past short period, 709.2 thousand square meters were allocated for buildings and structures in the small industrial zones on the basis of contracts concluded with 674 entrepreneurs. The cost of projects implemented here is 965.1 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.06.2018, 1$= 7 883,99 soums), of which 13.4 million dollars are foreign investments. It is planned to create 16.5 thousand new jobs. To date, 487 projects from the planned 674 have been put into operation.

Extensive works on the transformation of Tashkent into a beautiful modern metropolis are in full swing.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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The Chinese company Changan Automobile Group intends to organize the production of electric vehicles in the Ferghana Valley

Talks were held recently in the Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan. Representatives of the Chinese company expressed their intention to consider the possibility of building an assembly line for electric vehicles with prospects of localization.

In turn, Deputy Minister of Innovation Development Atabek Nazirov expressed his readiness to contribute in every way possible to the promotion of this project, provide support and practical assistance in the dialogue with corresponding agencies and government institutions of Uzbekistan. The parties agreed on signing a memorandum of cooperation in the near future.

In case of successful start of the project, at the first stage it is planned preliminarily to invest about $ 15-20 million, create 100-150 jobs, implement large assembly line of more than a thousand electric analogues of Spark and Nexia a year.

At the second phase, localization of production will be organized with attraction of capacities of the adjacent enterprises of the country, an increase in on-site and off-site jobs. In Uzbekistan, the company intends to focus on the production of modern cars with a hybrid engine or fully electric power unit.

Worth reminding that earlier, Uzavtosanoat announced plans regarding manufacture of electromobiles. A special concept for the production of this type of car is currently being developed. The document will be ready within two months. In addition, the company’s management is negotiating with potential partners – manufacturers of electric vehicles. This process is anticipated to be completed within six months.

This mid-summer, two samples of electric vehicles - Chevrolet Volt American company GM and a car of the Chinese manufacturer JAC will be brought to Uzbekistan for tests in the country. They plan to arrange a run across Uzbekistan, starting from the Andijan region and ending with Karakalpakstan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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