DAILY NEWS HERALD # 30 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan February 12, 2018

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President.. 1

All our aspirations should serve to improve, build and increase the well-being of the people. 1


President expressed his condolences. 3

Investments. 3

Uzbekistan intends to acquire a large batch of tractors from the American John Deere Tractor and Belarusian Belarus MTZ to deliver an agro-textile complex in the Kashkadarya region. 3

US Businesses to Invest in Uzbek IT Industry. 4

Reforms. 4

Uzbekistan Intent on WTO Membership. 4

International relationships. 5

The first meeting of the Uzbek-Afghan joint security Commission. 5

Foreign Minister’s meetings in Tehran. 5

Meeting with the Foreign Minister of India. 6

Meeting with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. 6

Ecology.. 7

Uzbekistan: To Preserve and Multiply. 7



All our aspirations should serve to improve, build and increase the well-being of the people

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is getting acquainted with the course of construction and landscaping activities in Tashkent.

The Head of the country visited Yunusabad district and got acquainted with the second stage of Tashkent Metro line construction activities that is being carried out in this district.

Concrete works with a length of 305 meters have been completed for laying the metro tunnel and 330 prefabricated reinforced concrete structures have been installed. More than 200 workers and engineers are involved in the activity. Modern technologies from Germany and China are being used. The line with a length of 2.9 kilometers is scheduled to be commissioned in 2019.

The President inspected the construction work.

The goal of all our efforts is to create convenience for people, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. It is necessary to ensure complementarity of metro lines and bus routes, monitor the use of public transport services by passengers and optimize its routes on the basis of analysis. It is necessary to take measures on reducing the cost of travel by increasing the number of passengers.

Information on overground metro that is being built in Tashkent was provided. The President gave instructions on improving construction activities, using lightweight but durable building materials, landscaping territories under the overpasses, introduction of additional services.

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All the objects in the park, built along the Ankhor channel, embody the national values of people of Uzbekistan. An amphitheater for conducting solemn events in connection with Navruz holiday and other cultural events, workshops, terraces, teahouses, generally – an ethnographic town will be built in the park.

Navruz is a holiday, which embodies all the features of culture and traditions of our people. This park should serve to exalt this rich national heritage, said the President. It should become a place of attraction for tourists who should feel like they were in one of the makhallas of Uzbekistan. Each building, every event held here should contribute to educating youth in the spirit of love for the Motherland, respect for national values and traditions.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave recommendations and instructions on further development of projects, celebrating Navruz in the form of national festivities.

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A park of culture and recreation will be created at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the bank of Kichkirik channel in Almazar district, Tashkent.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev was provided with information on the project of this park.

Children’s and sports grounds, modern attractions will be organized, libraries named after Abdullah Qadiri and Chulpan, the center of aksakals will be located here.

The President noted the need for establishing cooperation of libraries with Tashkent schools, involvement of youth in the works of Abdullah Qadiri and Chulpan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions on expanding amenities for the recreation of the population, organization of a teahouse and the Askiya center for aksakals (elders), construction of a nearby polyclinic.

The President also got acquainted with the activity that is being carried out in Tashkent within the framework of the “Safe City” concept.

The Head of the state noted the need for close dialogue with people, creating jobs, combating ignorance through enlightenment.

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Great attention in Uzbekistan is paid to preservation of historical and cultural monuments of the country, improvement of resting places of great ancestors.

The Head of the state during the visit to “Suzuk ota” complex on May 26, 2017, gave instructions on reconstruction of the mausoleum and the mosque, improvement of the adjacent territory. Extensive construction and landscaping activities are continuing here.

The historic building of the mosque will be preserved, the area of the complex is expanding. A terrace for 900 people is being built. Artisan workshops, parking and other structures are also being built. The construction activity is scheduled to be completed by September 1 this year.

According to customs, the memory of the deceased was honored, the surahs from the Quran were read.

The President of Uzbekistan got acquainted with the progress of construction. Gave instructions to responsible persons on creating broad amenities for visitors, landscaping of the territory. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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At the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the mosque that is being built in Chilanzar district will be named after Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf.

The President of Uzbekistan visited the construction site of this mosque, in Tashkent.

Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf was a scholar, not only well-known in Uzbekistan, but also recognized throughout the Islamic world, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. He devoted his life to studying and promoting the foundations of our sacred religion, educating youth in the spirit of enlightened Islam.

Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf in 1989, in a very difficult time, became chairman, mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. That period has a special place in the history as the time of revival of Islamic science, religious traditions and values. He made a great contribution to resolution of many unnecessary disagreements in those difficult years.

As mufti he conducted wide international activity, became able to establish and develop cultural and enlightenment ties with many Islamic countries.

Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf as mufti and as a deputy of the Supreme Council of the former union introduced an appeal to the government, which set out issues of respecting the rights of Muslims, creating necessary conditions for them.

Coming out with such an initiative at a time when the totalitarian ideology was dominant, without a doubt, was a great feat, said President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. As a result, the Soviet government changed its policy towards Muslims, mosques and madrassas were opened, the number of pilgrims performing the Hajj increased. In 1990, 500 Muslims succeeded in performing the Hajj from the Central Asian republics through the city of Tashkent. This is a great result, considering that at that time only 20-30 people from the whole union went to the Hajj annually.

Sheikh Muhammad Sadik enjoyed great respect and authority among Muslims of the whole world. He was a member of such authoritative organizations as the Executive Bureau of the Assembly of Islamic Scholars and World Thinkers, the International Union of Muslim Scholars, the Muslim World League, the Royal Academy of Jordan. He was awarded the “Laurel of the Nile” gold medal of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It should be emphasized that no one in the history of modern Uzbekistan has reached such heights in the Islamic sciences as he did.

An outstanding scholar wrote more than 100 books on various religious and enlightenment themes. Wise words, conversations, speeches on radio and television, books, including audiobooks of the Sheikh took a firm place in the life of people of Uzbekistan.

With his profound knowledge, good instruction and exemplary activities, Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf is an example of conscientious service for the sake of the Motherland and development of religion. Studying his life and scientific activity, familiarizing people with his heritage is an honorable duty.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, getting acquainted with the project of the mosque, noted the need for its further improvement, studying the proposals of the population and religious figures.

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The President of Uzbekistan got acquainted with the progress of construction of new multi-storey houses in Sergeli district, in Tashkent.

The project provides for construction of seven-storey houses consisting of 5,040 apartments. Foundations of 120 houses have been excavated, a brick laying on the third floor of eight houses and the first floor of 33 houses is being conducted, tiles are being laid out in 20 houses, foundation pouring, laying of blocks and installation of metal structures is continuing in 59 houses. More than 6 thousand specialists and more than 450 special equipment are involved in construction activities.

It should be emphasized that new houses are built of construction materials of domestic production. It is also planned to build schools, kindergartens, recreation areas, polyclinics, playgrounds, car parks and other infrastructure facilities.

On instructions of the President of the country, pre-school education institutions will be located on the first floors of eight houses, and family polyclinics on the lower floors of three houses, which will create wide conveniences for the residents of the new area.

New houses are scheduled to be commissioned in September this year.

During the conversation with builders, the Head of the state noted the need for creation of all conditions for residents, special attention to training qualified specialists, including on design and infrastructure, who are well aware of close relations between these spheres. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions on qualitative completion of construction activities in a timely manner.

(Source: UzA)


President expressed his condolences

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in connection with numerous human casualties as a result of the crash of the An-148 aircraft in Moscow region. It was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)


Uzbekistan intends to acquire a large batch of tractors from the American John Deere Tractor and Belarusian Belarus MTZ to deliver an agro-textile complex in the Kashkadarya region

For the organization of a modern agricultural machinery stock, 150 tractors are to be purchased, of which 50 are tilled and 100 processing, as well as 300 suspension devices and trailers. All machinery and equipment is projected to arrive in Uzbekistan in the third quarter of 2018.

The procurement of this technology will be carried out in the first stage of the project to organize a complex of light industry in the Mirishkor and Ghuzar districts of the Kashkadarya region. In the first district, cotton will be grown across 10 thousand hectares, while in Ghuzar, processing and production of finished products is expected to be organized. The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 60 million, of which $ 40 million will be allocated by Uzpromstroybank.

The second stage envisages the creation of a cotton ginning complex and the purchase from Lummus Corporation of cutting-edge equipment for processing fine-grained raw cotton. It will be completed by late 2018.

In mid-2019, in the third phase, the textile complex is planned to be launched, as well as the acquisition of technological equipment by Trutzschler (Germany) and Rieter (Switzerland) for the production of yarn and knitted fabrics.

In the last fourth period, technological equipment will be purchased by late 2019 from the Japanese firm JUKI for the production of export-oriented ready-made garments.

As a result, the complex will be able to annually grow 35 thousand tons of seed cotton, produce 20 thousand tons of yarn, 23.6 million units of finished products, 2.9 thousand tons of cottonseed oil and 7.9 thousand tons of meal. Also, it is intended to export goods for $ 38 million a year.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

US Businesses to Invest in Uzbek IT Industry

Mirzo Ulugbek Innovation Center (MUIC) has organized a meeting of representatives of resident IT companies, startups and a venture funds (USA) interested in the possibilities of investing in domestic projects. Participants discussed topical issues of development and promotion of business initiatives, presented their own developments.

The first step to the organization of the meeting was made in September last year, when President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in an extensive Uzbek-American business forum. The public and the media followed with interest also the meeting of the head of our state with compatriots living and working in the United States.

Zafar Mirzaliyev is one of them. The native of Tashkent is the representative of the American venture fund with offices in New York and San Francisco, whose investment interests include startups in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.

“I have two reasons for my arrival in Uzbekistan: business and personal. On the one hand, we study the market of the Central Asian region, the culture of local startups and look for promising developments in areas corresponding to the activities of the fund. On the other, I, as an Uzbek, want to make a feasible contribution to the development of the ICT sphere here and support projects that have prerequisites for success,” Mirzaliyev said.

Dialogue between representatives of IT business and potential investors, initiated by MUIC, was helpful in discussing the most pressing issues as to what criteria determine the prospects for a startup, how the share of the investor’s participation, his role in managing the company, and others are taken into account. Participants shared their own experience in developing and promoting IT products, received recommendations, and, crucially, expanded the range of professional communication.

The next meeting with representatives of the venture fund is to be held in March. A compelling delegation comprising senior officials is expected to arrive then.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Uzbekistan Intent on WTO Membership

This year Uzbekistan is set to continue with efforts to deliver an environment conducive for business by foreign investors. To this end, the negotiation process for joining the World Trade Organization is going to resume. Sadik Safayev, first deputy chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, has informed about that during a briefing in Tashkent.

To put it bluntly, the senator pointed out, there are different opinions about this step, that is, the nation’s accession to the WTO. There are people who doubt its necessity. As a rule, they are the representatives of economic theory. They believe that that will have a negative impact on local producers. Strange as it may seem, conversations with Uzbek manufacturers who work in the real economy have suggested that they actually would like Uzbekistan to join the organization, Mr. Safayev stressed. To date, the WTO regulates over 90% of world trade. According to the Uzbek senator, only a few nations have been left outside the scope of the norms, procedures and rules of the World Trade Organization.

The member of the upper house of our country’s parliament said he believes that the very resumption of the talks on Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO, reconfiguration of the national legislation and regulations governing foreign trade activities in compliance with international standards will help create a more encouraging environment for foreign partners.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

The first meeting of the Uzbek-Afghan joint security Commission

On February 10, 2018, the first meeting of the Uzbek-Afghan joint commission on security issues was held in Tashkent.

The agreement on establishment of the Uzbek-Afghan joint commission on security issues was reached during the official visit of the President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, to Uzbekistan on December 4-6, 2017.

The Commission is composed of representatives of the security Council office, security and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

During the meeting, the state and prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism, issues of combating the arms trade and drug trafficking, the legalization of criminal proceeds and other forms of transnational organized crime were considered.

The sides exchanged views on the issues of enhancing cooperation in the sphere of prevention and suppression of customs offenses, ensuring security of state borders.

The importance of ensuring security and uninterrupted implementation of joint development projects and infrastructure projects, including construction of the Mazar-e Sharif – Herat railway and the Surkhon – Puli-Khumri power transmission line, as well as protection of manufacturing enterprises, centers, trading houses in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif cities.

Special attention was paid to ensuring timely implementation of agreements in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres, reached during the official visit of President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Uzbekistan on December 4-6, 2017.

In general, the sides noted the growing dynamics of development of multifaceted cooperation between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The sides expressed readiness to expand bilateral and multilateral cooperation in implementation of joint projects in transit transport, infrastructure, trade and economic, investment, energy and other vital spheres.

At the meeting, the close interrelationship of peace, sustainable development and security issues in ensuring long-term stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia was reaffirmed. In this regard, the importance of supporting Afghanistan through the expansion of regional cooperation and more effective use of political and diplomatic tools of solving the Afghan problem with a view to establishing a zone of peace, cooperation and prosperity in Central Asia was emphasized. An appropriate protocol was signed as a result of the first meeting of the Joint Security Commission.

(Source: UzA)

Foreign Minister’s meetings in Tehran

On February 10, 2018, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Minister of foreign affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov was received in Tehran by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

The Minister thanked the President of Iran for the meeting and the opportunity to discuss current issues of the Uzbek-Iranian dialogue and conveyed the warm wishes of the Head of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Hassan Rouhani and the Iranian people.

At the meeting, prospects for the development of bilateral relations in the context of implementation of the agreements reached at the meeting of the presidents of Uzbekistan and Iran on September 10, 2017, in Astana were discussed.

Views were exchanged on a number of regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. The sides noted the importance of joint international efforts for starting the process of political settlement of the Afghan crisis.

Leader of Iran supported the initiative of Uzbekistan to hold an international Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”.

At the meeting, other political and economic issues of mutual interest were also discussed.

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On February 10, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who arrived in Tehran, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The sides discussed the state and prospects of bilateral relations in the political, trade-economic, transport-communication, investment, cultural-humanitarian and other fields.

Ministers reaffirmed mutual interest in strengthening and expanding Uzbek-Iranian relations in all spheres of mutual interest.

During the exchange of views on regional issues, special attention was paid to the development of the Afghan situation, including the agenda of the upcoming international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”.

At the meeting, issues of cooperation within the UN, the SCO and other international organizations were also discussed.

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

Meeting with the Foreign Minister of India

On February 12, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is in Delhi on a working visit, held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Sushma Swaraj.

As continuation of the regular Uzbek-Indian dialogue at various levels, the ministers discussed topical issues on the bilateral agenda, certain topics of regional cooperation.

The sides noted the growing interest among Uzbek and Indian political, business and other circles in the further strengthening of cooperation between the two countries. Foremost, they talked about creating conditions and mutual support of contacts between Uzbek and Indian entrepreneurs, representing leading firms and companies.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan informed the Indian minister about the progress in preparation for the upcoming international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”.

The Indian side fully supported the initiative of Uzbekistan to host the Tashkent forum on Afghanistan.

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

Meeting with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan

On February 12, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who arrived in Islamabad, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

During the conversation, the foreign ministers exchanged views on the agenda of the Uzbek-Pakistani relations and on the interaction of the parties within the framework of the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international structures.

The parties confirmed their readiness to establish mutually beneficial cooperation, primarily in trade and economic, investment, transport, communication, tourism, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres.

As has been stressed the regular contacts between business circles of the two countries allow to optimistically assess the prospects for the development of ties between the leading companies and firms, the banking and financial structures of Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

The sides noted that the transition of the situation to a peaceful channel in neighboring Afghanistan will allow more active development of regional cooperation. In this context, they also discussed on the forthcoming international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”. At the meeting, the ministers also exchanged views on the schedule of the upcoming Uzbek-Pakistani contacts in 2018 at various levels.

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


Uzbekistan: To Preserve and Multiply

Wetlands are a unique natural gift, thanks to which conditions are provided for the development of agriculture, fisheries, water supply, tourism, including environmental, as well as recreation.

Currently, about 6% of the earth’s surface area is covered by wetlands, which is estimated at 5.7 million square kilometers. These include areas where there is a plant and animal life.

Meanwhile, they are subject to destruction due to anthropogenic impact, and also degrade much faster than any other ecosystems. According to authoritative international organizations, during the last century 64% of wetlands disappeared on the planet, and every year we lose 1% of them.

In this regard, the world community has concentrated its efforts on taking the necessary measures to preserve these ecosystems. The first step along this path was the adoption in February 1971 in Ramsar of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, primarily as Waterfowl Habitat. The day of the adoption of the convention, known as the Ramsar Convention, was declared World Wetland Day.

In Uzbekistan, the total area of ​​wetlands is about 1 million hectares, there are more than 500 lakes, where 150 waterfowl and waterbirds live, which is more than 32.5% of the avifauna represented in the republic. Among them, 12 species of waterfowl are listed in the Red Book of the Republic, and 20 species are included in the International Red Book. More than 4 million waterfowl migrate annually through the territory of our country. Wetlands of the republic are also represented by 128 largest reservoirs with a total area of ​​about 600 thousand hectares, 90 watercourses with a total length of more than 12 thousand km, a collector-drainage network with a length of more than 190 thousand km, and 114 sites of protected natural areas.

Uzbekistan, having joined the Ramsar Convention in 2001, is carrying out purposeful work to implement its principles. The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance included Lake Dengizkul in 2001 and the Aidar-Arnasai Lake System in 2008. These territories are given the status of wetlands of international importance. In 2008, the Government adopted and launched the Action Plan for Ensuring the Stability of the Environment and the Effective Use of the Aidar-Arnasai Lake System of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the period 2008-2015. Currently, a comprehensive Environmental Action Program for the subsequent period is being prepared. Preparation of materials for inclusion in the Ramsar List for giving the status of wetlands of international importance to such objects as the Sudochie Lake system, Amudarya floodplain in the Termez region, Lake Achikkul, Lake Tudakul, Kuyumazar Reservoir and others of great importance in preserving the unique ecological systems of these territories.

Annually in Uzbekistan, since 2002, the World Wetland Day is celebrated as a significant ecological date, designed to draw public attention to the importance of these ecosystems in the conservation of biological diversity. The key theme of the event this year was to increase the effectiveness of protection and management of wetlands in our country.

The event noted that one of the important environmental actions is also the international census of waterbirds, aimed at collecting information on the number of birds and the condition of their habitats on wintering grounds. In Uzbekistan, the registration of waterfowl is conducted annually, from the second week of January. So, in January 2018 it was held under the auspices of the Society for the Protection of Birds of Uzbekistan in 19 reservoirs, where more than 171 thousand birds were counted and 68 species of waterfowl and waterbirds were identified. Hundreds of students and teachers, ornithologists, bird lovers and volunteers took an active part in this action.

Boriy Alikhanov, Sergey SAMOILOV,

deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)



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