DAILY NEWS HERALD # 136 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 13, 2018

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FINANCE.. 1

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018. 1

International relationships. 1

Strong cooperation is the basis of stability. 1

Uzbek-Bulgarian trade house opens in Sofia. 1

Society.. 2

Marvel of Uzbek TV.. 2

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 4

The State Committee for Tourism Development has come up with a draft strategy for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan through to 2030. The document is published for wider discussion to last till July 20  4

 

FINANCE

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018

In June 2018, the gross gold and foreign exchange reserves of Uzbekistan decreased by US$463.1 million, which is mainly due to a decrease in the price of gold for the reporting period. This was reported by the press service of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan.

According to the Central Bank, the price of gold fell from US$1303.50 to US$1,250.55 per troy ounce. The estimated impact on the decline in gold and foreign exchange reserves was US$573.5 million.

The increase in the volume of gross gold and currency reserves, excluding gold price decrease for June, was US$110.4 million.

Gross gold and currency reserves of Uzbekistan as of 1 July 2018 made up about US$27.66 billion.

Assets in foreign currency as of 1 July 2018 made up US$13.818 billion against US$14 billion as of 1 June 2018.

The volume of monetary gold decreased from US$14.12 billion as of 1 June to US$13.842 billion as of 1 July 2018.

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled US$26.65 billion as of 1 July 2018, compared to US$27.02 billion as of 1 June 2018.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Strong cooperation is the basis of stability

The Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized a round table in connection with the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region”, in Tashkent.

It was attended by senators, deputies, representatives of relevant ministries, diplomatic missions of foreign countries, and experts.

It was noted that this resolution will create the basis for strengthening cooperation, constructive and good-neighborly relations between the Central Asian states, radical change in political situation in the region.

It should be noted that this initiative was forwarded by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

According to experts, the draft of this historical document was developed by Uzbekistan jointly with Central Asian countries. When developing it, the interests of each state were taken into account. At the same time, 55 countries became the co-authors of the resolution.

The resolution covers all initiatives of the Central Asian countries aimed at ensuring sustainable development and security in the region. The document outlines the common positions of the five Central Asian states on the main problems of the region, attention is paid to such global issues as ecology, rational use of water resources, transport communications, the fight against terrorism and religious extremism. The resolution also includes the issue of settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbek-Bulgarian trade house opens in Sofia

The Uzbek-Bulgarian trading house opened its doors on July 12 in Sofia.

The founders of the trading house are the foreign trade company JSC "Uztrade "from the Uzbek side and the company" MBI Engineering Ltd " from the Bulgarian side.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Nodir Otajonov, other officials-members of the delegation, as well as representatives of the Bulgarian business community made addresses at the opening ceremony.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Society

Marvel of Uzbek TV

It is difficult to find a person in Uzbekistan who would not know of Galina Melnikova. For several generations of our citizens, this sympathetic television presenter, who appeared daily on a blue screen, became the closest and most loved person from whose mouth they learned about the events in the nation and beyond. On the screen she has radiated infinite charm, attracted millions of people who, including the TV, wanted to meet with her. She was loved, she was adored! To her wrote thousands and thousands of letters from all parts of the country. She became a living legend, a goddess who daily descended from heaven, easily entered every house, every family, to communicate with each particular person to tell them about the most important things.

What are the origins of this popular recognition and love? What is the secret of her professional skills? And the mystery of her unfading youth and beauty? To get answers to these questions, our correspondent met with the celebrated TV anchor.

- Galina Vitalyevna, do you remember when you first appeared on the television screen?

- Sure I do. It happened back in December 1956, when the telecasting started in Uzbekistan.

- And how did you end up on TV?

- It was probably a lucky chance. I was a sophomore at the Tashkent Medical Institute. Somehow after passing the exam I went with a friend along the institute trail, when two young men approached us. They invited me to take part in a competition for a television announcer. We took it as a joke or as an occasion to get acquainted. But it turned out that that was quite a serious proposal from the directors of TV. My friend persuaded me, and I took part in this creative contest. It took place in three rounds, at the first came more than 800 people. I still do not understand how I managed to win and undergo such rigorous and complex selection.

- Did you have to say goodbye to medicine? Never regret it?

- Another year I studied at the medical institute, combining work and study. But after a year of working on TV, I was told there that medicine is not the best education for a TV presenter. Therefore, I enrolled at another higher educational institution, more suitable for my work, to the English faculty of the Pedagogical Institute.

What should I regret? On the contrary, I always felt happy, because, thanks to my profession, I met and talked with outstanding people – astronauts, scientists, writers, artists, politicians. For example, I took my first interview with Maya Plisetskaya, then I met with Galina Vishnevskaya, Dmitry Shostakovich, Lyudmila Kasatkina, Oleg Efremov, Mukhtar Ashrafi, Tamara Khanum, Mukarram Turgunbaeva, Abdulla Aripov, Zulfiya, Alexander Fainberg and many other celebrities and great people.

 In general, it is a pleasure comparable with nothing to enjoy the recognition of millions of viewers!

As for medicine, I have retained my love for her for many years. And now I help many of my acquaintances with advice when they are sick.

- Did you feel yourself a star?

- No, never. I’m sure, as soon as you start feeling like a star, creative growth ends immediately, that is the end. I have immunity from stellar illness.

- What qualities are necessary for the TV host?

- First of all, pleasant appearance and voice, artistic abilities. Over time, I realized that this should be an intelligent and cultured person. It is very important to love the viewer and bring this sense to them. And of course, we need constant work on ourselves. After all, I conducted not only the news line Akhborot, but also other programs with the participation of representatives of various professions. I had to prepare for them for a long time, study, read and read a lot.

The work of the TV presenter is very serious and responsible. He/she does not have the right to make a mistake, one cannot be ill, and there is no bad weather for them. There was, for example, a case when I read New Year’s greetings of the President, being in a cast with a broken leg. The cameramen had to show outstanding skill to shoot me.

- What is your success formula?

- Rather, it is the formula of life - to set the highest level for yourself and to conquer it.

- In our country you have received true recognition. You must have received tempting offers from elsewhere?

- Repeatedly, but I always said firm ‘no’! I was born and grew up in Tashkent, my parents were born here. I simply cannot imagine my life outside this city. There are streets, parks and places with which the most precious memories are associated. It is here that I made achievements...

- For years of work you probably have had quite a few unusual situations. What do you remember in the first place?

- Of course, you can remember a lot. For example, in the late sixties, I was conducting the next news line of Akhborot and suddenly I saw that everything around was rocking and jarring - a strong earthquake began. Then, with horror, I discovered that I was left alone in the studio - both the cameramen and the other staff just... ran away.

- And they did not even call you with them?

- Yes, and they can be understood, because in memory of all, there was an earthquake in 1966. To be sure, it became frightening, but I decided: whatever happens, I will stand up to the end. And I did it!

- Were there any TV broadcasters from other cities or countries you wanted to emulate?

- No, there were not, I always wanted to be myself. But I’ve always learned from others. I watched the broadcasts with the participation of Moscow hosts, noted the merits, used the techniques and said to myself: this should be applied, but only in its own way, taking into account your individuality.

- Everyone knows what you are like on the television screen. And are you different in life?

- No, why? Sociable in the same way, but I’m very very naive, even simple. Somehow, for example, an unfamiliar man called the apartment and talked for a long time about how he and his parents respected me and loved me. Then he offered me... a box of sunflower oil for half a price. I was embarrassed: what is the connection between reverence and worship and an oil box? But he sincerely convinced me that he wanted to do something nice. I gave him the money and have been waiting for oil ever since.

- Many are interested in how your personal life has developed. For all of you, you have always been the embodiment of happiness, including personal happiness.

- Happiness is, probably, a lot of work and a lot of love. With work everything is clear, but I also met my love - the only one, the big and the real. With my husband we managed to carry this quivering feeling through many years. I used to wait for him for dinner, but he would be late. I start to worry and suddenly it pierces like an electric power: I run to the door, open it without waiting for a door bell to ring, and he would stand on the doorstep and wonderingly ask how I knew he had come and was going to ring the bell.

It was my second marriage; in the first, I confess, I experienced a lot of suffering. Unfortunately, my beloved husband has already passed away...

But happiness is also my children and grandchildren, many friends, and this is a real holiday, feast, which is always with you.

- Years pass, and you are just as young and beautiful. What is your secret?

- There is no secret. I do not keep diets; have never had enough time for sports and physical training. It’s just that I’ve been on the move the whole time, full of duties at home and on TV, I still do a lot of social work.

And, probably, the internal state also plays a role. I’m not angry at all, nor envious or vindictive. I am an unshakable optimist by nature and sincerely believe that everything will be fine. I never miss, I rarely feel sad, I enjoy the successes of others, I smile very often. Maybe this is the whole secret?

And I think that my greatest wealth is the gratitude and love of the audience. And this prolongs life.

- What do you think about current TV presenters? From the height of their experience and professionalism, what would you like to wish them?

 - Frankly speaking, I do not feel specially enthusiastic for the work of some current TV hosts. I, for example, very thoughtfully got acquainted with the materials that I read on air, considered myself to be the last censor. After many years of work on the air it allowed to gain invaluable experience. I seemed to be on the front line - without a helmet and bulletproof vest, without the right to make a mistake. I learned a lot by heart, but for this it is necessary to deeply understand the material. And you should not miss a single mistake, not one mistake.

And now everyone is reading from the teleprompter. Some do not even understand what they read. And such things are just discourteous.

 And today’s journalists, especially the young ones, in addition to understanding the importance and responsibility of their hard work, I want to wish constant self-improvement, everyday hard work, good news, events and meetings with interesting people.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

The State Committee for Tourism Development has come up with a draft strategy for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan through to 2030. The document is published for wider discussion to last till July 20

What are the problems?

The document notes positive and negative tendencies of development of international tourism for Uzbekistan.

Thus, the development of tourism is hampered by:

- high prices for air transportation, low coverage of potential markets by domestic and international airlines;

- visa policy and registration system;

- poor development of transport, social and engineering infrastructure, inaccessibility, low level of service, underdevelopment of road infrastructure facilities;

- lack of qualified personnel in the field, aloofness of educational programs of the demands in the labor market;

- insufficient degree of rigid regulation of the sphere (lack of standards, lack of tax incentives);

- administrative barriers;

- absence of aggressive multi-purpose PR strategy of the country.

The draft notes that it is necessary to renovate checkpoints on the state border (aviation, road, rail) and improve the process of crossing the border.

Also, the State Committee on Tourism emphasizes that the industry needs state support, and adds that the income from tourism quickly pays for the development costs.

What are the tasks?

The blueprint describes a set of tasks:

- formation of an accessible and comfortable travel environment;

- elevation of the quality and competitiveness of the tourist product of Uzbekistan in the domestic and world markets;

- realization and consolidation of the social role of tourism, including the development of social, health-improving, children’s, youth-oriented and youth tourism;

- improvement of the management system and statistical accounting in the sphere;

- growth of the economy and in the quality of life of the population in the regions of Uzbekistan through the development of tourism;

- comprehensive security in the travel industry and sustainable development of travel services;

- promotion of the tourist product of Uzbekistan.

Authors of the document determined the following as priority tracks for the sector’s advancement:

- support for domestic and inbound tourism;

- promotion of business tourism;

- encouragement of pilgrimage tourism;

- unification of the quality of tourist services, bringing them in line with international standards;

- creation and development of a comfortable information on tourist environment, including a system of tourist navigation, signs of orientation, data on tourist resources and regional programs;

- consolidation of the role of tourism in educating and developing the cultural and moral potential of the population of the regions of Uzbekistan;

- regional cluster approach to promote the tourist product of Uzbekistan.

What is being proposed?

Among the main directions of development are business tourism, improvement of tourist infrastructure and the formation of an accessible and comfortable tourist environment with the help of clusters. The purpose of creating a tourist cluster is to increase the competitiveness of the territory in the tourist market due to the synergetic effect.

Public-private partnership ought to be considered, as the authors suggest, as the major mechanism for implementing the strategy.

The draft strategy proposes to:

- create a unified system of tourist navigation, tourist information centers, database of information materials;

- boost transport and road infrastructure: launch tourist buses, equip parking lots, set up motor-tourist clusters on key national roads, build roadside hotels;

- upgrade railway cars, airplanes on domestic routes, tourist buses, recreational facilities (attractions, culture and recreation parks), funiculars, cable cars, rail and bus stations;

- stimulate small and medium-sized business in hospitality (mini-hotels, hostels, guest houses), develop national / foreign hotel chains;

- for regions not included in the cluster, as well as at district levels, identify promising tourist products, in particular, develop agro-tourism and build rural holiday homes, conduct excursions and festivals in border areas for guests from neighboring countries.

It is noted that each tourist cluster should organize the development of non-travel products.

In general, the authors of the document offer to develop six main products: business tourism, cultural tourism and travel, active and adventure holidays, recreation in the mountains and lakes, gastronomic tourism, beach tourism and short-term rest.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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