DAILY NEWS HERALD # 137 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA July 16, 2018

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President.. 1

President of Uzbekistan receives World Bank Vice President 1

the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan.. 1

“You Are Dear to Me, the Adorable Uzbekistan!”. 1

ENERGETICS. 2

Regions to Receive More Energy. 2

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3

Uzbekistan delegation to attend a meeting in Issyk-Kul 3

International relationships. 3

NATO Vows Support for Outcomes of Tashkent Afghanistan Conference. 3

Uzbekistan – Switzerland: the beginning of active phase of economic cooperation. 4

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 5

Deputies discussed draft laws that have an important role in socio-economic life of the country. 5

Lawmakers Address Employment Issues. 6

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 7

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz) 7

  

president

President of Uzbekistan receives World Bank Vice President

On July 13, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the World Bank delegation led by the Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller.

Warmly welcoming the guests, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the dynamically developing partnership of Uzbekistan with the World Bank Group.

It was emphasized that this year’s fruitful meetings with the leadership of this authoritative international financial institution, including with the President of the bank Jim Yong Kim in May in Washington and the Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva in January in Tashkent, contributed to intensify contacts and identify new directions of interaction, as well as practical implementation of promising projects and programs for supporting socio-economic reforms in Uzbekistan.

Today, the portfolio of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank includes 39 implemented projects and those that are being implemented with attraction of concessional financing for the amount of 4.4 billion dollars.

They cover such priority areas as modernization of energy, transport and communal infrastructure, introduction of advanced and energy efficient technologies, intensive development of agro-industrial complex, effective water resources management, improvement of the education and healthcare system and many others.

Currently, more than 20 new projects under the Partnership Program for the period up to 2020 are also being considered.

In addition, leading experts of the bank took an active part in development of the Concept of reforming the tax system of Uzbekistan. Activities are being carried out on forming a joint Economic Council.

At the meeting, issues of further expansion of multifaceted cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank were discussed. Particular attention was paid to ensuring qualitative and timely implementation of investment projects, including on the basis of preparation of the Roadmap and improvement of professional skills of national staff.

The importance of further cooperation in the field of agriculture, civil aviation and renewable energy in the country was emphasized, as well as on promotion of meaningful joint projects in the Central Asian region.

Cyril Muller expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the state for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

The readiness of the bank to deepen the mutually beneficial partnership with Uzbekistan has been reaffirmed for supporting the ongoing large-scale reforms and transformations, as well as ensuring sustainable development of the country and the entire region.

(Source: UzA)

the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan

“You Are Dear to Me, the Adorable Uzbekistan!”

Preparations for the celebration of the 27th anniversary of national independence have been launched in Uzbekistan.

In the resolution of the head of state on this occasion it reads that today, when the nation has entered a new stage of development, the role and significance of our priceless asset – independence is growing even more. In all spheres and industries, large-scale reforms are in full swing, the standards and quality of life of the population have been on the rise.

State sovereignty and independence opened up truly unprecedented opportunities for our country and people. Only thanks to independence were we able to create a solid foundation for a free and prosperous life, our great future.

From this point of view, historical dates and events related to the attainment of the independence of the Motherland are attributed a special place in our socio-political and spiritual life.

With a view to the need to mark and widely celebrate the 27th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan, the Republican Commission for the preparation and holding of the holiday was established.

This commission in a week’s time is entrusted to develop a program of organizational, practical, spiritual and enlightening and awareness-raising activities under the motto “You are dear to me, the adorable Uzbekistan!”

When elaborating the program, it is necessary to proceed from the main provisions of the Strategy for Actions and the State Program “Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies”.

At the same time, the resolution emphasizes the need for deep disclosure of the essence and substance of the large-scale work being carried out in Uzbekistan to improve the system of state and public construction, the implementation of constant dialogue with the people, the protection of human interests, the rule of law and further reform of the judicial and legal system, development of economy and support for active entrepreneurship, social sphere, strengthening of peace, tranquility and security in the country, environment of inter-ethnic harmony and religious tolerance, expand friendly and mutually beneficial relations with the countries of near and far abroad.

For the organization of enlightenment meetings, open conversations, literary and art evenings, and other cultural events dedicated to the Independence Day in all regions of the country, spiritual and enlightenment groups will be formed from among well-known scientists, representatives of the creative intelligentsia, cultural figures.

It will ensure the high-level holding of traditional contests “The Greatest, the Dearest”, “The reflection of the Motherland through the eyes of the artist”, “To live for the Homeland!”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

ENERGETICS

Regions to Receive More Energy

Works have kick started on the modernization of three hydroelectric power plants in Uzbekistan owing to loans from the Chinese Eximbank.

The plans include the modernization of the Shahrikhan HPP Cascade, the Cascade of Tashkent HPPs (HPP-4) and the Cascade of Lower Bozsu HPPs. The total cost of works will exceed $ 74 million, of which $ 63 million is to be allocated by the Chinese side.

Modernization of facilities “on a turn-key basis” will be carried out by Chinese company Power China. An agreement on this was reached during the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao. The commissioning of all three facilities is scheduled for 2020.

According to experts, Uzbekistan needs a large-scale modernization of hydroelectric power stations. Of the 36 operating hydropower plants, 25 were built between 1940 and 1980, many of them have long outdated their resources. As a result of the implementation of the mentioned projects, the capacity of the three HPPs will grow at least twice, while the generation of electricity will more than triple.

It should be noted that within the framework of the special program in Uzbekistan, in the medium term, construction of 42 new and modernization of 32 operating HPPs is planned. This year, 10 projects are under implementation, the cost of the first stage is at estimated at $ 364.6 million. One of the most important is the construction of the Tuyaguguz HPP.

The new hydropower station is built on the Tuyaguguz reservoir, more popular among the people as “Tashmore”. Previously, here the water for vegetation merged into the Ahangaran River, and after the introduction of the hydroelectric power station it will be used to generate electricity. It will pass through a dam and two special underground tunnels, where modern Chinese units Dongfang for energy production will be installed.

To date, specialists have fulfilled more than 73% of the planned works on the project. The station’s capacity will be 12 megawatts, the height of the reservoir is 30 meters, the volume is 250 million cubic meters. The construction of the HPP will pay off within 4 years, since the units will generate electricity 11 months a year without interruption.

The total cost of construction exceeds $ 16 million, of which $ 8.2 million are foreign investments and loans, and $ 8.09 million are funds of Uzbekhydroenergo.

According to specialists, the hydropower resources of Uzbekistan allow for generating up to 27.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. At the same time, only 6.5 billion or 23.7% of the entire hydropower potential of the country has been developed.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan delegation to attend a meeting in Issyk-Kul

Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will attend the meeting of the heads of foreign affairs ministries of the Central Asian states, which will be held on July 20-22, 2018, in Issyk-Kul.

The heads of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the progress of implementation of the agreements reached during the first consultation meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia on March 15, 2018, in Astana, as well as exchange views on current issues of the regional and international agenda.

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

International relationships

NATO Vows Support for Outcomes of Tashkent Afghanistan Conference

The latest summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took place on July 11-12 in Brussels with participation of the heads of state and government of the 29 member nations.

Along with the discussion of the current agenda in the Alliance’s activities, special attention was paid to the prospects of peaceful settlement in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The session participants adopted a Joint Statement on the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, where they underscored with particular appreciation the results of the February 28 Kabul Process conference for peace and security cooperation in Afghanistan, and the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, held this past March 26-27 on the initiative of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The statement of NATO member states came as another recognition by the world community of the importance of the policy and international initiatives of Uzbekistan’s leader to promote a political settlement to the situation in Afghanistan and the latter’s involvement in regional economic processes. The resolution of the UN General Assembly on Central Asia, adopted on 22 June 2018, also highlights the importance of the Tashkent Conference towards resolution of the Afghan conflict.

As the reader may know, representatives of the majority of NATO member countries, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary General of the Alliance, attended the Tashkent Conference along with many other guests. The forum proved a turning point, contributing to the consolidation of the international community’s efforts to support the process of Afghan-owned, Afghan-led national reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Extensive support for the initiatives of the Uzbek administration owes to the fact that the Tashkent Declaration, unanimously adopted by the participants of the Conference, has become an indicator of a solid international consensus and a political benchmark for joint actions at the regional and global levels to advance the peace process in Afghanistan.

The political atmosphere formed during the Conference in the capital of Uzbekistan attained the title “Tashkent Spirit” and stimulated the intensification of constructive dialogue among all parties involved in the processes in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan welcomes the efforts and initiatives of other nations and organizations designed to support national reconciliation in Afghanistan, and will continue its policy of backing the peace process, securing stability in that country and its socioeconomic revival.

In his speech at the Tashkent forum on Afghanistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed the need for leading powers and donor organizations to provide fundamental political support for the peace process in Afghanistan and financial assistance for the socio-economic reconstruction of the country.

The statement by NATO leaders on the need to reach a political solution to the Afghan conflict on the basis of national consensus and the corresponding decisions taken in Brussels on July 12 are fully in tune with the appeal of Uzbekistan’s President to the broad international community.

(Source: Dunyo Information Agency)

 

Uzbekistan – Switzerland: the beginning of active phase of economic cooperation

On July 13, at Uzbekistan – Switzerland business forum, members of the delegation of Switzerland led by the Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, met with representatives of ministries, committees, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, banking and financial institutions, local khokimiyats, and business circles.

There are 84 joint ventures created with participation of Swiss investors in Uzbekistan, 29 of which are fully formed at the expense of foreign investments. The average volume of trade turnover between the two countries is $200 million. Currently, with participation of this country’s investments, 7 joint projects are being implemented in the spheres of economy, finance, education, banking system, entrepreneurship, advanced training of specialists, water supply.

The business forum was attended by the World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller. He noted that further liberalization of Uzbekistan’s economic policy was carried out over the past 18 months, in particular, changes in the banking and financial systems, taxation, and establishment of free conversion have increased the country’s economic image.

Within the framework of sectional sessions of the forum, representatives of more than 20 large companies of Switzerland were proposed to implement new investment projects in Uzbekistan.

At the forum, attention was paid to the issue of preparing Uzbekistan to join the World Trade Organization. The parties agreed to closely cooperate in the systemic activities of this direction. They also discussed issues of establishment of effective cooperation and bilateral cooperation between the regional bodies of the parties, the exchange of experience with the leading companies of Switzerland, attraction of technical assistance for improving the skills of healthcare professionals, the textile and construction industries.

Following the event, a number of memorandums on mutual cooperation in the spheres of trade, healthcare, light industry, banking and financial system were signed.

(Source: UzA)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies discussed draft laws that have an important role in socio-economic life of the country

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, held on July 14, deputies considered draft laws aimed at deepening reforms implemented in various spheres of socio-economic life of the country.

First, meetings of factions of political parties and a group of deputies of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in the Legislative Chamber were held, during which issues on the agenda of the lower house were previously considered. As a result of discussions of the draft laws, proposals and recommendations on their improvement were developed.

The deputies began their work by considering the draft law “On the state customs service” in new edition, in the first reading. It was noted that in order to further liberalize the customs legislation, increase the country’s investment attractiveness in recent years, as in all spheres and sectors of the country’s economy, the customs service is undergoing important structural changes in simplifying the customs clearance of foreign economic activity.

This draft law defines the norms of strict compliance by the customs authorities with their official duties – compliance with the law, openness and transparency while ensuring the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of individuals and legal entities. Development and practical implementation of priority areas of increasing the responsibility of customs officials for illegal interference in business activities, violation of the rights of private owners, ensuring transparency and openness of procedures related to implementation of foreign economic activity and development of customs are established on the legal basis.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to improvement of the legal framework of activities of customs bodies, introduction of additional legal mechanisms on effectively ensuring guarantees for reliable protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as participants of foreign economic activity.

Then, in the first reading, the draft law “On renewable energy sources”, developed and submitted for discussion by a group of deputies from among the members of the Committee of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis on the Issues of Ecology and Environmental Protection was considered.

As it was noted, at present fossil fuels – coal, oil, natural gas and uranium are the basis of the world energy balance. However, their reserves decline year by year as they are extracted and used. In connection with accelerated rates of economic development, population growth and the traditional way of energy supply, the consumption of energy resources also increases. In developed foreign countries, the shortage of hydrocarbon raw materials and the change in prices for it have led to a trend of rapid growth in the use of renewable energy sources (RES).

Recently, a number of measures have been implemented in the country on implementation of practical work in this direction. Deputies emphasized that in Uzbekistan, where the economy and industry are developing at an accelerated pace, the very time demands the adoption of a law that will serve as a legal basis for the development of this sphere.

The purpose of development of the draft law is systemic consolidation of priority areas and a set of measures of the state policy in the use of renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency in economic sectors, social sphere, diversifying of fuel and energy balance, strengthening energy security of the country, reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of implementation of tasks on sustainable development of the country.

The draft law provides for legal regulation of measures of state support and stimulation of the use of renewable energy sources, definition of the legal basis for public administration in the field of using renewable energy sources.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to implementation of priority areas of energy efficiency improvement in the economic and social spheres outlined in the Action Strategy, further development of renewable energy in 2017-2021.

The Social Democratic Party “Adolat” in its pre-election program identified the development of innovative technologies, in particular renewable energy, among the main goals. Therefore, members of the faction of this party criticized the issue, showed perseverance and pointed to the need for a serious revision of the project. Unlike the proposals forwarded by factions of other parties, they emphasized the need to finalize a number of norms and provisions of the document with participation of a wide range of specialists, while preserving the conceptual goals of the project and introducing it for the second reading.

In terms of work on this draft law, members of the faction of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan paid attention to the need for conducting scientifically sound research on tasks and problems that can arise with the adoption of the law. According to members of the faction, in the early years there will be a need to import from abroad technologies and equipment for construction of renewable energy sources.

With a decrease in the volume of natural resources, mankind uses various types of energy, including solar energy. Innovations in this direction require study on a deep scientific basis, while it should be provided not to exceed the cost of the final product – for the energy that people must pay. In this regard, the need for providing by initiators of the project of substantiated explanations on this issue before its discussion in subsequent readings was noted.

After active, lively disputes and discussions of factions of political parties, both draft laws were adopted in the first reading, responsible committees were tasked to prepare the draft law for the second reading, taking into account the opinions and proposals outlined in the discussions.

Other issues included in the mandate of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis were also considered at the meeting.

(Source: Press Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan )

Lawmakers Address Employment Issues

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis recently hosted the Government Hour (Question Time) to examine the work underway in the country’s regions in preventing bureaucracy present in the localities in matters of employment of the population, the implementation of measures conducive to providing citizens with work.

The Minister of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan was invited to the Government Hour with information on this issue and for a detailed answer to questions of interest to the people’s representatives.

As the minister stressed in his information, in January-May of this year, around 213 thousand jobs were created in the republic. Such indicators were achieved owing to the use of new production capacities in the economic sectors and the expansion of their activities, the launch of roadmaps for the development of previously privatized enterprises in which activities are currently being delayed, as well as the construction of affordable housing in rural areas, high-rise buildings and roads –engineering infrastructure, development of social infrastructure, intensification of small business and private entrepreneurship.

At the same time, the minister noted that one should not be content with the achieved indicators, since there are still many untapped opportunities in this area. Some branch bodies afford themselves inertness and slowness. Not at the proper level are measures to create new jobs by some local hokimiyats, the available opportunities are not fully utilized. In particular, the forecast indicators, planned for the 1st quarter of this year on the organization of permanent jobs, have not been fulfilled in Yangiabad, Zaamin, Arnasai, Shavat, Besharik, Zangiata, Uchkuprik, Altiarik and Khatirchi districts.

In the submitted information it was specially noted that during the past period of 2018 systematic work was carried out to ensure external labor migration of citizens. In particular, attention was paid to improving the legislation in this area, drafting laws on labor migration and on recruiting activities. It was stressed that the work undertaken by the Ministry in ensuring employment and raising stable real incomes of the population is critically analyzed, a number of issues are identified in this direction, and attention is paid to their solution. In particular, measures are being taken to create a single information and analytical system for the labor market, improve the system of vocational training for the unemployed, and revise the issues of external migration.

In the course of the discussions, an exchange of views took place on the issues of improving legislation to ensure guaranteed labor rights and labor protection for citizens and workers, to prevent the use of any form of forced labor, and to identify and eliminate negative facts. In the course of the event, the Minister of Employment and Labor Relations answered in detail the questions of the lawmakers regarding employment of the population, providing citizens with work and increasing labor market demand in labor force. It was decided to conduct effective parliamentary control over the work in this sphere.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz)

Since July 15, 2018, a system for issuing electronic entry visas for stay in Uzbekistan for tourism purposes to be introduced by the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No.3836 of July 4, 2018 “On further measures for optimizing the order of entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

This system, in accordance with the Regulation on the Electronic Entry Visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan, provides for cancellation of the procedure for compulsory application of foreign citizens to diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad for registration of an entry tourist visa.

An electronic visa is issued to a foreign citizen for a single stay on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan for a period of 30 days.

Electronic visa is valid for 90 days from the date of its issue.

The time for consideration of applications for registration and issuance of an electronic visa is two working days, excluding the day the application was filed.

The issued electronic visa is sent to the e-mail address of a foreign citizen indicated when applying to the official web portal of the “e-visa.gov.uz” system.

The application for processing an electronic visa must be submitted not less than three working days before the planned date of the trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The amount of the consular fee for considering the application for issuing an electronic entry visa is USD 20.

Payment is carried out electronically through international payment systems.

In case of refusal to issue an electronic visa, the amount of the consular fee is not refundable.

An electronic visa is not stuck in a travel document (passport). When crossing the border crossing point, a foreign citizen provides an electronic visa in paper or electronic form.

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

  

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