DAILY NEWS HERALD # 14 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan January 19, 2018

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President

President of Uzbekistan receives the World Bank delegation

The death of citizens of Uzbekistan in Aktobe region of Kazakhstan

Announcement on the tragic incident in Aktobe region of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Condolences

Free economic zones

Production of sheep wool lanolin substance - a valuable raw material for the pharmaceutical industry – is due to be established in the Baisun-Pharm free economic zone

International relationships

Kamilov takes part in thematic briefing of UN Security Council

Uzbek and Russian FMs consider bilateral ties, regional security

Abdulaziz Kamilov holds meeting with delegation of Afghanistan

Delegation of Uzbekistan will visit Germany and France

Society

New Phase of Uzbekistan Development

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Andijan Forests Calling

 

president

President of Uzbekistan receives the World Bank delegation

On January 18, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the World Bank delegation led by the Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva.

The delegation of this authoritative international financial institution also includes the Vice President of the bank Cyril Muller, Regional Director Lilia Burunciuc, Executive Director Werner Gruber and the World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan Hideki Mori.

The Head of our state, warmly welcoming guests, especially noted the dynamically developing partnership of Uzbekistan and the World Bank Group, aimed at implementing priority investment projects in a wide range of sectors of the country’s economy.

It was emphasized that opening and constructive meetings with the leadership of the bank in Tashkent and New York last year promoted the expansion of practical interaction, transition to a qualitatively new stage of cooperation.

The Republic of Uzbekistan is a member of the World Bank since 1992. The portfolio of cooperation includes more than 30 projects with attraction of soft loans worth more than 2,9 billion dollars.

There are such important projects among them as construction of electrified railway line Angren – Pap, introduction of modern and energy-efficient technologies in power and industrial facilities, development of transport infrastructure, increasing the potential of agricultural complex, water resources management and water supply improvement, modernization of emergency medical care, improvement of education and many other projects covering almost all regions of the country.

Issues of further expansion of partnership within the framework of priority areas of development of Uzbekistan in accordance with the Action Strategy for 2017-2021 were discussed at the meeting.

Particular attention was paid to ensuring qualitative and timely training, as well as effective implementation of investment projects with involvement of long-term financial resources of the World Bank.

Priority projects were identified in agriculture, transport and logistics, modernization of social infrastructure and communal services, development of the financial sector, introduction of advanced technologies and knowledge, public-private partnership mechanisms, business support, medical and educational programs.

The World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva expressed her deep gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed best wishes from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

Representatives of the World Bank praised the new stage of reforms in our country that covers all spheres and areas today. It was noted that this lays a solid foundation for sustainable socio-economic development, as well as consistent improvement of the living standards and welfare of the country’s population in the long term.

Kristalina Georgieva emphasized that the World Bank is ready to further expand the full-scale partnership with the Republic of Uzbekistan within the framework of implementation of priority national and regional projects.

(Source: UzA)

the death of citizens of Uzbekistan in Aktobe region of Kazakhstan

Announcement on the tragic incident in Aktobe region of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On January 18, 2018 the bus caught fire in Irgiz district of Aktobe region of the Republic of Kazakhstan, killing 52 and injuring 5 people. According to preliminary information, there are citizens of Uzbekistan among them.

In this regard, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to families and relatives of the deceased.

Special Government Commission led by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been established on instructions of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The Commission includes representatives of ministries of foreign affairs, emergency situations, internal affairs, health and other departments.

The Special Government Commission, together with representatives of Kazakhstan, is given instructions on determining the causes of the emergency situation, taking measures on identifying the citizens of our country, transporting the deceased and injured to the homeland, and providing all necessary assistance to their families.

On January 18, 2018, a special plane with members of the Government Commission flew from Tashkent to Aktobe (Kazakhstan) for accomplishing the tasks.

 (Source: UzA)

Condolences

Condolences are received from the heads of foreign states, in connection with the death of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan in a tragic incident in Aktobe region of Kazakhstan.

The heads of foreign countries are sending condolences in connection with the tragic incident in Aktobe region of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which caused numerous human casualties.

On January 18, during a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his deep condolences to families and relatives of the deceased. “In these woeful days, on behalf of the entire Turkish people, I express my support to the brotherly people of Uzbekistan. May Allah rest the souls of those who perished”, the Head of Turkey noted.

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon also expressed sincere condolences and words of support to the Head of our state.

Condolences continue to pour in.

(Source: UzA)

free economic zoneS

Production of sheep wool lanolin substance - a valuable raw material for the pharmaceutical industry – is due to be established in the Baisun-Pharm free economic zone

Lanolin, which has the property of rapid absorption into the human skin, is considered an important crude for the pharmaceutical and perfume industry. In pharmaceutics, it is widely used as a binder in the manufacture of medicinal candles and ointments.

“This substance is produced in a few countries of the world. In the Baisun district, there is enough raw material for the production of high-quality, cheap lanolin substance,” says the head of the special industrial zone M. Ochilov. “Our businessmen, who studied this process abroad, expressed their desire to use modern technology in the Baisun district. From the first days of the new year, the implementation of the business project has begun. It will be a waste-free technology, and it will be used after the separation of lanolin from the wool of sheep for the production of felt for the national economy.”

Earlier, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev initiated the creation of seven free economic zones in the provinces of the country, to specialize in cultivating medicinal plant materials in special natural conditions and processing them. One of those FEZ is Baisun-Pharm.

All enterprises in the territory of the zone, depending on the volume of investment, are exempt – for various periods – from payment of land tax, profit tax, property tax of corporate entities, tax on improvement and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment for microfirms and small enterprises, as well as mandatory contributions in the target government funds. They were also granted a number of customs preferences.

The government also undertook all the expenditures related to the connection of each production site of the participants in the zone to the needed external road and transport and engineering and communication infrastructure.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

International relationships

Kamilov takes part in thematic briefing of UN Security Council

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov took part in the high-level thematic briefing of the UN Security Council “Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: confidence-building measures”.

The briefing took place on 18 January 2018 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov is in the USA on a working visit.

At the event, which took place within the framework of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the UN Security Council, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the heads of the delegations of the member states of the Security Council spoke.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Uzbek and Russian FMs consider bilateral ties, regional security

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in New York on 18 January 2018.

The foreign ministers of Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation exchanged views on a complex of issues of bilateral cooperation.

The parties noted that 2017 was historic year for the Uzbek-Russian relations as ties between two nations developed dynamically and actively and cooperation expanded and deepen in both in traditional areas and in new spheres.

The ministers discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during the meetings of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin in various formats.

The sides also exchanged views on issues of regional security, development of the situation in Afghanistan and further working meetings.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Abdulaziz Kamilov holds meeting with delegation of Afghanistan

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan led by Deputy Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in New York.

The parties discussed topical issues related to implementation of the agreements, reached by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of Afghanistan Muhammad Ashraf Ghani on 4-6 December 2017 within the framework of meetings and negotiations in Tashkent.

The sides exchanged views on the agenda of the upcoming open debate of the UN Security Council’s ministerial level on “Building a regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a model for the interdependence of security and development”.

During the meeting, the sides discussed some problems of regional and international security, Uzbek-Afghan cooperation in countering modern challenges and threats.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Delegation of Uzbekistan will visit Germany and France

On 18 January 2018, delegation of Uzbekistan led by the Deputy Minister of agriculture and water resources Otabek Mustafayev has left for a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic.

The Uzbek delegation composed of heads of several regions, associations of nuts’ producers and exporters, beekeepers will take part in the traditional "Green week 2018" in Berlin.

Members of the delegation will visit France, where will hold meetings and negotiations on cooperation in the sphere of horse breeding and equestrian sport.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Society

New Phase of Uzbekistan Development

Representatives of foreign and domestic media participated in a briefing held in the lower house of Uzbekistan’s parliament. It was sought to inform the wide international public about the content and essence of the Address of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oliy Majlis.

The journalists were addressed by Sodik Safoev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Sarvar Otamuratov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Saidikram Niyazkhodjaev and Executive Director of the Center for Development Strategy Akmal Burkhanov.

The briefing participants noted that the Address summarized the results of work in 2017, which marked the dawn of a new stage in the country’s development, along with prioritized challenges for the year 2018.

Crucially, 2017 became the year of direct dialogue with the people. The Virtual and people’s receptions of the President of Uzbekistan has come to be a unique democratic institution for dealing with citizens’ appeals, affording the work of government bodies transparency and accountability. With their help, more than 1.5 million persons managed to solve their problems accumulated over years.

Race for non-real data Inacceptable

Significant steps have been taken to implement economic reforms. Most importantly, an unacceptable method is being mastered, such as the race for unrealistic numbers, the desire to present utopian plans for reality.

In 2017, the economic growth rate was 5.5%, the volume of exports increased by 15%. The positive balance in foreign trade reached $ 854 million.

161 major industrial facilities were put into operation. This will additionally produce products for 1.5 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.01.2018, 1$= 8146.38 soums). Due to the commissioning of the Kandym gas processing complex this year, in addition, over 4 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be produced. In 2018, more than 5,000 modern tractors, over 1,000 cotton harvesters and more than 2,000 trailers will be established.

The free conversion of the national currency has started. Since the beginning of the liberalization of the sphere, the volume of foreign currency purchase and sale transactions has grown 1.5 times and amounted to about $ 1.3 billion. At the same time, gold and foreign exchange reserves increased by $ 1.1 billion. Last year, 12 free economic and 45 industrial zones, which contributes to the accelerated development of the regions. Work is underway to organize another 50 new industrial zones in the near future.

The focus is on creating new jobs. In 2017, there were more than 336 thousand.

Social sphere critical track

The social sphere, recognized as the most important direction of state policy, is being reformed. For many years, the population, especially workers in the budgetary sphere, poor families, remained the most acute housing problem, which was almost neglected. Therefore, the construction of affordable housing on renewed projects on the basis of preferential mortgage loans was started. In towns and villages, standard and multi-storey houses with a total residential area of ​​more than 3.5 million square meters were built. Compared to previous years, the volume of housing construction increased sharply 20 times compared to 2007, and doubled in comparison to 2014.

Specific measures have been taken to improve the environmental situation in the Aral Sea area. Under the Ministry of Finance, a Development Fund for the Aral Sea Region has been established, to which more than 200 billion soums are directed. Due to these funds, water supply, living conditions of the residents of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm are improving. More than 3 thousand km of roads have been overhauled and reconstructed in these regions.

Particular attention was paid to the construction of new and repair of existing educational institutions. 12 new schools have been constructed, 320 have been reconstructed, and 152 have been overhauled. 107 preschool institutions have been renovated and reconstructed. The Ministry of Preschool Education has been established. In the next 3-4 years thousands of new kindergartens will be built in all regions of the country.

In accordance with the proposals of the population, the 11-year general education was restored. Organized by the Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute, 15 universities open correspondence departments, where more than 5 thousand teachers who graduated from college, will be able to obtain higher education. In the country there are 81 domestic universities, seven branches of foreign universities. In addition, an agreement was reached to establish a branch of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in the city of Almalyk, and a Webster University affiliate in Tashkent. Based on the needs of the real sector of the economy, in some institutions of higher education open and evening departments are open.

Particularly it was stressed that work has begun on the organization of the Center for Islamic Civilization, international research centers named after Imam Bukhari and Imam Termizi, the Islamic Academy. With the memorial complexes of great thinkers, schools have been established to study hadith, Muslim law, Sufism and other areas. The importance of these projects is conditioned by the need to combat religious ignorance, against extremism and violence through enlightenment.

Central Asia key priority

In 2017, a total of 21 high-level visits were held, meetings were held with leaders and representatives of more than 60 states and international organizations. Over 400 agreements have been concluded, agreements have been signed for almost $ 60 billion. 40 roadmaps have been developed for their timely implementation.

The real implementation of the principle “Central Asia the core priority” has been launched. A completely new political atmosphere has arisen in the region, and relationships based on mutual trust are being strengthened.

Cooperation with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan has acquired the character of a strategic partnership. Cooperation with Tajikistan is also strengthening. There are airfare between Tashkent and Dushanbe. The signing of the Treaty on the State Border with Kyrgyzstan was a serious step in ensuring security and stability in Central Asia.

Important agreements have been concluded on mutually beneficial cooperation with the neighboring Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, practical work has begun on new economic projects.

Effective agreements were also reached with Russia, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Turkey, the United States, European Union countries, and Muslim countries. Uzbekistan at a new level is developing cooperation with such international structures as the UN, the Islamic Cooperation Organization, the SCO, and the CIS.

Cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been restored, and partnerships have been established with the European Investment Bank. The interaction with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the Asian Bank for Infrastructure Investments acquires a dynamic character.

The positive changes taking place in the country increase interest in Uzbekistan in the international arena, serve to strengthen our status in the world community.

Parliament to reveal and address pressing issues

Special role of the legislature in the implementation of reforms was noted. Of the 136 legislative initiatives received during the year, only 27 were nominated by deputies. The activities of the Oliy Majlis largely involve formal meetings. At the briefing, it was stressed that the samples identified or raised by the electorate, problems are not solved by adopting the relevant laws or by resolutely raising the issue before the executive.

A special direction is to increase the role of local Kengashes in improving the situation in the regions, implementing the budget, reducing crime, creating new jobs, raising the standard of living for people.

A number of errors and shortcomings are also observed in the legislative activity of the parliament. Proceeding from this, the Concept for the improvement of lawmaking and rulemaking will be developed. It will proceed from the fact that the people should be the author of the law. A special web page “My opinion” will be created for citizens to express their position.

It is necessary to strengthen the role of political parties and inter-party competition. The practice of including representatives of the Ecological Movement in the lower house of parliament on the basis of a predetermined quota will be revised. The task is to develop a single Electoral Code that meets international standards and standards to bolster the quality of public services

An important issue is the fundamental improvement of quality and expansion of public services. With the Ministry of Justice, a new structure has been set up-the State Services Agency, which will coordinate and supervise the work on their provision by all government departments.

It is advisable to revise the principles and mechanisms of interaction between government bodies and the Cabinet of Ministers. Each ministry is obliged to ensure the implementation of state policy in the sphere entrusted to it and fully responsible for the final result. It is necessary to review and optimize the tasks and structure of the government, including the subordination of agencies, committees, inspections and centers to the relevant ministries. This will serve to reduce more than a hundred bodies of state and economic management, performing almost identical functions.

One of the serious problems is the excessive centralization of the functions and powers of the state. There are 64 types of licenses, 21 of them are issued by the Cabinet of Ministers and 40 - by central departments. The issuance of three types of licenses refers to the powers of the regional hokimiyats and only one - the district hokimiyats. Only 11 of the 220 permits can be obtained in districts or cities. The remaining 209 have to apply to the republican and regional bodies. This also applies to the issues of personnel placement, allocation of credit and financial resources, approval of decisions at the local level.

Proceeding from this, the position of deputies of regional, city and regional hokims was introduced to attract investments, a resolution was adopted on further increasing the responsibility of tax, financial and economic bodies for the formation of local budgets, and the creation of additional reserves. The powers of local authorities in reforming the budgetary system have been expanded. One of the tasks in the short term is full transfer of authority to hokims of districts and cities in the selection and placement of personnel.

Another important task is the division of powers of hokims as leaders of executive and representative government. Practice when hokim is simultaneously the leader of both the local Kengash and the executive body does not correspond to democratic principles. It is necessary to create conditions for the implementation of public control over the activities of hokims.

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About the questions raised at the briefing can be told for a very long time. Almost all of the problems noted in the Address were covered by experts, for example, on the further development of agriculture or tourism, plans for accession to the WTO, activities of NGOs or TCHSZH, fixing the concept of "consumer basket" in legislation and many others.

In conclusion, it was noted that on January 15 the public discussion of the draft State program for the implementation of the Strategy for Action in the Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies was completed. This year it was conducted on the sites 2018.strategy.uz and www.regulation.gov.uz, as well as other venues. From the citizens received more than 4.2 thousand proposals.

Currently deputies of the Legislative Chamber have left for the regions. Meetings with the population will allow to collect additional opinions and suggestions of people. Until January 20, they will be studied in detail and reflected in the program.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM

Andijan Forests Calling

Rest in the woods... “This is not about Uzbekistan”, many will think. However, the experts of the State Committee for Tourism Development direct spotlight to the Andijan region. That is where there is everything to realize this idea. Four of the five recommended places for tourists to rest in this part of the country are in dense forests, while each has its own zest.

Take, for example, the village of Mantak, the Tosh-ota mahalla and the village of Imom-ota of the Khojaabad district. These wooded places will be attractive for those who are interested in pilgrim tourism. This trip promises to be filled with tales of numerous legends and folklore associated with the shrines located here.

Historical and pilgrim tourism is developed in the recreation area of Boghishamol, Andijan district. But this point is chosen by lovers of extreme and thrill. Here, all the splendor of the forests can be seen from the cable car located at an altitude of 350 meters from the ground.

For those who want to give their trip through the forests a substance of sensations from a series of gastronomic, agritourism and ecotourism, it is worth paying attention to the Bulakbashi district and its recreation area in the village of Shirmonbulok. Here you are sure to be offered a legendary pilaf from a special brownish rice variety – devzira, and other dishes cooked in accordance with distinct Andijan recipe.

Travel of similar content, but without a forest, is quite possible if you go to Balykchi district and its resorts in the villages of Balykchi, Kul mahalla, Guliston - Mirzaboshichek mahalla.

Fans of ecotourism, health tourism and forests will be interested in recreation areas Khontogh and Pozilmon-ota of Khanabad area. These places are famous for rare tree species.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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