DAILY NEWS HERALD # 123 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 26, 2018

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Investments. 1

Textiles Expand Export Horizons. 1

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 1

Cooperation of the Central Asian countries in electric power industry. 1

26 June –International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficki. 2

Pleasure that Leads to Death. 2



Textiles Expand Export Horizons

In the city of Ahangaran, Tashkent region, the textile company Trend Tex, specializing in the production of children’s and women’s clothes, has started its work.

Ahangaran is one of the major industrial centers of the region, there are more and more enterprises producing and exporting finished products from local raw materials.

“Based on the priorities set by the President of our country during his trip to the Tashkent region this January, a special program was developed to organize new facilities in the city,” said N. Nurbayev, the first deputy mayor of the city of Ahangaran for economic development and entrepreneurship. “In accordance with the program, 11 projects will be implemented this year, more than 1,800 new jobs will be created. To date, two projects have already been realized, including the Trend Tex project.”

It is planned that 80% of the enterprise’s output will be exported. It is equipped with modern sewing machines; there are sewing, ironing and packing shops. At the enterprise 180 persons are provided with work, for them all necessary conditions are created.

“Under the project, the company is designed for 500 employees,” said the manager of affairs M. Abdurahimov. “With increasing production volumes, these vacancies will be filled. At present, unorganized youth, those in need, and the unemployed have been hired. In particular, five people from low-income families and three with a disability are employed.”

In the sewing complex, a cozy dining room, hot meals and transport services are organized for workers and staff.

“I graduated from college with a profession as a tailor-designer,” says the young seamstress N.Kurbanalieva. “There are many seamstresses of my age in our mahalla. Therefore, the opening of the enterprise was very useful. I am happy that I work in my profession.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Cooperation of the Central Asian countries in electric power industry

Tashkent hosted an international conference on “Reforms and prospects in electric power industry: experience and conclusions”, in cooperation with the Joint Stock Company “Uzbekenergo” and the Asian Development Bank.

It should be noted that this conference dedicated to the energy sector is being held in Uzbekistan for the first time. It was attended by heads of electric power holding companies of Central Asia and Afghanistan, experts of the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, representatives of global consulting companies.

Participants exchanged views on such issues as reforming and streamlining tariff policy in the industry, stimulating investment. They also dwelled on the experience of different countries in this direction.

According to Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC “Uzbekenergo” Jahongir Obidjonov, within the framework of implementation of relevant decrees and resolutions of the President of the country, JSC “Uzbekenergo” and the Asian Development Bank are planning to invest 1 billion 700 thousand dollars. In the future, ADB is planning to finance projects worth $1 billion.

Another innovation in this filed is the fact that in the country new steam and gas installations have been launched to increase the efficiency of electricity production with participation of the Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other financial institutions, leading companies at territorial TPPs. Now a combined-cycle plant with a capacity of 478 MW operates in Navoi TPP, in Talimarjan TPP with a capacity of 900 MW, and in Tashkent TPP with a capacity of 378 MW.

Conclusions and proposals on the essence and significance of reforms in the energy sector of the Central Asian countries, experience accumulated in the industry, prospects for cooperation in the field of electricity transit in the region were heard at the plenary sessions.

(Source: UzA)

26 June –International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficki

Pleasure that Leads to Death

A bulky shipment of drugs has been intercepted; trader of illicit substances under custody; scientists are reported to have invented new methods of prevention and treatment of drug addiction… One can encounter such news in the world media quite frequently. Does it mean that the problem is under control?! By no means, unfortunate as it is.

The contemporary world has faced a whole range of evils, many of which the humanity has learned how to counter or to put up with, yet there is one that glooms the most glittering picture of life in even advanced nations of the world. It is a problem of mounting drug addiction among people.

For half a century till now, the world community has been working out and implementing – seemingly successfully – diverse national and global programs on this front. Thus, back in 1961, the UN adopted the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stressed that the problem requires urgent and priority attention. And in the Declaration against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse inked in 1984, the whole conglomeration of issues from illicit production and trafficking to abuse is called a “shameful and disgusting crime”. In 1987, the UN General Assembly, in a sign of determination to boost cooperation towards the creation of a society free from drug addiction, decided to mark 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Yet despite all these efforts, the turnover of drugs has only been growing, so has the number of drug addicts. Moreover, people have been innovative enough to come up frequently with new types of narcotic substances.

According to the World Drug Report, at least one drug has been taken by every twentieth adult, suggesting a total of a quarter of a billion people between the ages of 15 and 64, which is almost the same as the population of Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and France combined. Drug use continues to have a devastating impact on human health: it is estimated that more than 29 million people who use drugs suffer various disorders, including 12 million people who inject drugs, 14% of whom live with HIV.

Unfortunately, Afghanistan remains the world’s major illicit drug producer. According to a survey on drug trafficking in 2017, the cultivation of opium in Afghanistan reached a record level of about 328,000 hectares, which is a 63% increase from that in 2016.

The situation creates scores of problems for the country and especially its neighbors. Uzbekistan is located on the “northern route” used by Afghan drug producers to smuggle drugs into Europe. Reducing trafficking is unprofitable for terrorists who rely on proceeds from that trade. Law enforcement agencies of Uzbekistan are bolstering security throughout Central Asia. An important part of the fight against drugs is interaction with international organizations, in particular, there is close cooperation with UNODC (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) in matters related to ensuring border security.

The UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Ashita Mittal, has told UT about the joint efforts undertaken on this front and how effective it has proved thus far.

- Ms. Mittal, you have been working in Uzbekistan for a few years. What can you tell us proceeding from your observations?

- The government of Uzbekistan has been spearheading significant work in confronting all forms of drug crime. Such efforts include monitoring container transport and strengthening law and order. The Uzbek authorities annually burn mountains of seized drugs in Tashkent on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – June 26.

Over the past 10 years, the volume of confiscated heroin in Central Asia has declined by 52%. More than half of the drugs seized by Uzbek authorities were burned. Law enforcement agencies tirelessly destroy the plantations of drugs during Operation Black Poppy, which has been carried out annually since 2001. Due to the fact that the problem with the cultivation of narcotic plants is partially solved, the main attention is paid to the latest trend - the abuse of synthetic psychotropic drugs.

- Disorders caused by the use of psychoactive substances affect both the health of society and socio-economic development. How does Uzbekistan address the issue of improving specialized resuscitative care in drug treatment facilities?

- It is extremely important for people who use drugs and their families to know that there is always quality and affordable medical care nearby. In February 2018, the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia, in its Tashkent office, delivered resuscitation equipment to the narcological dispensaries of Jizzakh, Ferghana, Navoi and Khorezm regions. The event is part of the global initiative “Treatnet II – Treatment of Drug Addiction and Its Consequences for Health”, implemented in 20 countries in four regions across the world, including Central Asia. The initiative is funded by the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

This initiative is one of the key UNODC schemes in the field of drug dependence treatment. It is aimed at ensuring the availability of treatment and rehabilitation services based on scientific evidence, capacity building and expanding the types of assistance provided. UNODC activities in Uzbekistan have helped to expand access to drug treatment, making it more accessible.

- What, in your opinion, hinders the fight against drugs?

- One of the cooperation areas between Uzbekistan and our organization is combating corruption to ensure security and good governance. In this regard, I can note the need for local actions. The government’s efforts to further the goals in consolidating the system of countering corruption as well as ensuring human rights are strategically critical.

UNODC also advocates investments in preventive measures to combat radicalism and extremism.

Our agency uses a mechanism of comprehensive response to problems related to drugs and border security issues. The organization’s initiatives enhance both national interagency coordination and regional cross-border cooperation through the creation of border communication hubs (BCHs), port control units, border patrols and interagency mobile groups in the Central Asian states.

In addition, CARICC (Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors) acts as an information and coordination platform for combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.

- Central Asia has more than 2 thousand km of common borders with Afghanistan. How does this affect the problem?

- Uzbekistan is located in the heart of Central Asia and borders with all other countries in the region. This fact makes the country one of the key participants in the fight against illicit drug trafficking and the prevention of terrorism.

Let me cite one example. In close cooperation with the BCH located at the Oybek checkpoint, the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the State Border Committee of the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan seized 14.9 kg of heroin at the Bekabad railway station between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, located in the Tashkent region.

The illegal substance was discovered during inspection of a transit freight train that arrived from Tajikistan. Packed in 15 plastic bags, heroin was hidden in metal boxes at the bottom of one of the cars. Staff of the State Border Committee, working in the above-mentioned border hub, checked the train and found an illegal drug. As a result, a criminal case has been opened regarding the second part of Article 246 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan (smuggling of nuclear, chemical, biological and other types of weapons of mass destruction and radioactive materials and equipment that can be used in its creation, as well as narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances on a large scale).

The BCH at the Oybek checkpoint is one of 13 border communication hubs located on the borders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the framework of the Central Asia 2015-2019 Program for Counteracting Illegal Trafficking of Drugs from Afghanistan along the Northern Route by Increasing the Potential of Key Border Crossing Points and by Establishing a Component of Border Communication Hubs, which is funded by the government of Japan and the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

We are delighted to note that the issue of combating drugs in Uzbekistan has been brought to the forefront of government policy as a priority task. That was confirmed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a meeting with Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The Uzbek leader stressed that peace, prosperity and human interests are at the heart of reforms implemented in the country. In the meantime, the parties agreed to devise a roadmap for bilateral cooperation. The document is to be elaborated in accordance with national priorities defined in Uzbekistan’s Strategy of Actions and spot specific areas in which the UNODC can provide technical assistance to the country, particularly in promoting reforms in law enforcement, justice, anti-corruption, healthcare.

The mechanism for the annual monitoring of the joint action plan will be developed in accordance with the Common Roadmap of the United Nations, the UNDAF Framework and the SDGs.

Yuri Fedotov expressed gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the support provided by the government of Uzbekistan to the UNODC Regional Office in Central Asia, in particular within the Program for the Central Asian States and the Regional Program for Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

- June 26 is International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. How do you see this day marked in Uzbekistan?

- On June 26 we will hold a press conference, and I am going to present the World Drug Report 2018. The management of the National Information and Analytical Coordination Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan is expected to reveal a report on the situation with drug trafficking and countermeasures taken in Uzbekistan.

Representatives of the ministries of public education, healthcare, internal affairs, the State Customs Service will talk about the experience of interaction with UNODC, as well as the main trends in countering illicit drug trafficking and organized crime.

On the eve of the International Day, a ceremonial event will launch interagency mobile groups to counter drug trafficking in Uzbekistan. For their successful activity, we will transfer 30 cars, bulletproof vests and other special equipment to the law enforcement bodies of the country.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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