DAILY NEWS HERALD #54 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan March 16, 2018

posted 16 Mar 2018, 10:14 by Webmaster Ambasciata

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO KAZAKHSTAN.. 1

First Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia. 1

Economy.. 3

Foreign trade turnover of Uzbekistan reach US$3.9bn in January-February. 3

Free economic zones

The President of Uzbekistan has approved the decision to create a free economic zone “Sport” in Tashkent region. 4

Society.. 5

A militant who prepared acts of terrorism in Russia is sentenced in Fergana. 5

 

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO KAZAKHSTAN

First Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia

As previously reported, on March 15, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, arrived in Astana on a working visit.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev met President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Akorda residence.

Meeting of the heads of the two states took place in a narrow format.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the increasingly strengthening relations of good-neighborliness and cooperation between the two countries.

– In recent years, relations between our countries are actively developing. The volume of trade turnover reached 2 billion dollars, which indicates a high rate. Our efforts on bringing this figure to 5 billion dollars in the near future will yield results, – said the President of Uzbekistan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, welcoming Shavkat Mirziyoyev, noted that this visit is a logical continuation of dialogue between the two countries and a convenient opportunity for discussing issues of mutual interest.

– A consultation meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia, organized on your initiative, contributes to strengthening regional cooperation. The agreements reached between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan over the past two years are of historical significance. We are the nearest neighbors, so there should not be unresolved issues between us, – said the Head of Kazakhstan. – I want to emphasize that wise policy you are implementing today in Uzbekistan positively influences the situation in the entire region.

Over the past two years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan has significantly intensified. During this period, the heads of the two states made six mutual visits, held meetings in the fields of international and regional organizations. In addition, telephone conversations and exchange of messages in connection with various events took place.

The Joint Statement on further deepening the strategic partnership and strengthening good-neighborliness between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as 212 documents of various levels, signed in March 2017, strengthened the legal framework of bilateral relations.

These documents contribute to the consistent growth of the volume and range of mutual trade, implementation of important investment projects in energy and mechanical engineering, expansion of cooperation in the sphere of road, rail and air transport.

The trade turnover is steadily increasing, large projects are being implemented in various sectors of the economy. Interaction in the sphere of transport communication has been noticeably expanded, partnership between the regions is strengthening. Joint cultural and humanitarian events are held.

Presidents discussed the current state and prospects of development of bilateral cooperation. Views were exchanged on issues of its further development, strengthening peace and security, as well as of regional and international agenda.

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On March 15, Astana hosted the first consultation meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia.

It was attended by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Imomali Rahmon and the Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan Akja Nurberdiyeva.

Regular conduction of such a meeting and joint solution of our regional problems is the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. It is symbolic that our meeting is held on the eve of the common for our people Navruz holiday. Before, we met, and held a dialogue separately, but such a general meeting was not held for a long time.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, when assuming the office of President, noted that he would pay special attention to close cooperation with neighboring countries. Over the past short time, all statements in this direction have become a reality. The President visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on state visits. Mutually beneficial decisions have been reached on the state border, transport communications, interregional cooperation and many other issues.

The Head of the state at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017 forwarded a number of constructive ideas and initiatives on strengthening peace and security, sustainable socio-economic development in the Central Asian region. These initiatives were developed into a comprehensive program at the international conference “Central Asia: one past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity”, held in Samarkand last November.

At the meeting, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that this day opened a new page in the history of the centuries-old good-neighborly relations of Central Asian people.

Cooperation of Uzbekistan with neighboring countries is consistently developing, said the Head of the state.

The trade turnover of Uzbekistan with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan has grown by more than 20 percent. At the same time, there are huge opportunities that can be used for the well-being of Central Asian people.

The President of Uzbekistan suggested conduction of consultation meetings between the heads of states and organizing the next meeting in Tashkent.

Views were exchanged on development of cooperation in trade, economic, transport, communication, cultural and humanitarian spheres on the basis of mutual trust and interest, strengthening security and stability in the region.

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At the first consultation meeting of the heads of Central Asian states in Astana, the sides discussed issues of expansion of political, trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation between the countries of the region, joint counteraction to terrorism, extremism, illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and weapons, strengthening security and stability in Central Asia.

It was emphasized that Central Asia is not only a geographical and geopolitical, but also a single cultural and civilizational space. Therefore, it is necessary to pay special attention to issue of development of cooperation between the territories, which along with ensuring sustainable development in Central Asia will allow to fully use the industrial, investment and intellectual potential of the regions of Central Asian countries.

The heads of states noted the need for further strengthening cooperation within the framework of the CIS, the SCO, the OIC and other authoritative international structures. At the meeting, a wide range of issues related to cooperation of the countries of the region in political, trade-economic, transport, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres were discussed.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that relations based on mutual understanding of Central Asian countries play a decisive role in ensuring peace, security and sustainable development, as well as in expanding regional and international cooperation. Central Asia, with its huge energy potential, natural resources, transport and communication capabilities, has an important geopolitical significance, and the process taking place affect the stability of the whole Eurasia.

For establishment of a regular dialogue in this direction, joint search for a solution to regional problems, conducting a consultation meeting of the heads of Central Asian states should become traditional.

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During the discussion of security issues at the first consultation meeting of the heads of Central Asian states in Astana it was noted that today all countries of the region are facing threats of terrorism, religious extremism, transnational crime and drug trafficking.

The need was noted for comprehensive assistance to Afghanistan in restoring the socio-economic infrastructure, joining of the country to regional economic processes, developing a concrete program of measures in conjunction with foreign countries and international organizations on prevention of youth from falling under the influence of various terrorist and extremist structures.

It was emphasized that it is necessary to continue a well-coordinated and deeply thought out joint activity on resolving issues related to delimitation of state borders.

The participants also focused on the rational use of the region’s water resources.

It was noted that unification of regional and international efforts in order to eliminate the consequences of the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea is the main factor of worthy confronting this problem.

Views were also exchanged on expanding cooperation in innovation activity, mutual support in export-import issues between the countries.

The agenda also included the issue of strengthening cultural and humanitarian relations, friendship and good-neighborliness between the countries of the region, which is one of the mandatory conditions for strengthening cooperation in Central Asia. The need was noted for consistent continuation of cultural and humanitarian dialogue, organization of joint cultural days and various cultural events, development of educational and tourism exchanges.

At the meeting with representatives of the mass media, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the first consultation meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia was fruitful, such summits will serve to further development of cooperation in the region.

The sides agreed to conduct the next consultation meeting on the eve of celebration of Navruz 2019, in Tashkent.

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As it is known, 2018 is declared in Kazakhstan as the Year of Uzbekistan, which clearly demonstrates the respect of people of Kazakhstan to the country and people of Uzbekistan.

A solemn ceremony on this occasion was held in Astana Opera Theater. It was attended by the Presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, members of delegations of Central Asian countries, representatives of diplomatic corps, honorable foreign guests.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered speeches at the ceremony. They noted that this major event plays an important role in further strengthening cultural ties and friendship between people.

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev awarded the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev with the Dostyk Order of the First Degree for his great contribution to the development of bilateral relations.

Performances of Uzbek masters of art put the audience in a festive mood.

Within the framework of the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan, it is planned to conduct various cultural and enlightenment events, creative meetings, festivals, trips of cultural figures of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

economy

Foreign trade turnover of Uzbekistan reach US$3.9bn in January-February

Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover made up US$ 3.9 billion in January-February of 2018, including exports – US$1.5 billion and imports – US$2.4 billion. The foreign trade balance was minus US$939.4 million.

Exports of energy and petroleum products increased 2.7 times compared to the same period last year, due to export of natural gas by 3.8 times, machinery and equipment - by 79.7%, cable and cable products by 4.7 times, transformers and accumulators by 2 times, electric heaters and electrothermal devices by 2.8 times.

The volume of exports of food products increased by 48.2%, due to an increase in exports of wheat by 3.1 times and fruits and vegetables - by 36.9%. In the structure of imports, the main share fell to machinery and equipment - 36.7% and chemical products and products from it - 14.9%.

The share of services in total exports was 32.6%, where 15.6% were transport services, and 14.1% were travel services.

In January-February 2018, the balance of foreign trade was minus US$39.4 million, including with the CIS countries minus US$401.4 million and with other countries minus US$538.0 million.

Among the CIS countries, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan account for 40.7% of the foreign trade turnover among the main foreign trade partners of Uzbekistan, among other states- China, Turkey, the Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, Germany, Latvia, the United States, India, which account for 40.9% of the total foreign trade turnover.

The volume of exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to US$62.3 million, or increased by 36.8% compared to the same period last year. Of the total volume of fruits and vegetables, the share of fruits and berries was 23.4% (increased by 13.5% compared to the same period last year), vegetables - 51.4% (42.0%), grapes - 20.4% (by 37.8%).

The main foreign trade partners are Kazakhstan (out of a total of 36.0%), Afghanistan (14.8%), Russia (9.2%), Turkey (5.8%), China (4.4%), India (3.8%), Kyrgyzstan (3.0%), Iran (2.8%), the United Arab Emirates (2.8%), Vietnam (2.5%), Ukraine (2.0%), Pakistan (1.9% %) and Belarus (1.8%).

According to the results of January-February 2018, the share of exports of fruit and vegetables in the total volume of exports was 4.2%.

The physical volume of exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to 95,600 tonnes, or increased by 55.9% compared to the same period last year. Of the total volume of fruits and vegetables, the number of fruits and berries was 14,200 tonnes, (increased by 6.5% compared to the same period of the previous year), vegetables 63,600 tonnes (83.4%), grapes 14,200 tonnes (15.4%), peanuts - 3,600 tonnes (3.5 times) and melons and watermelons fresh - 10.4 tonnes (6.8 times).

In January-February 2018, the share of exports of textiles in the total exports was 13.9%. The volume of exports of textile products amounted to US$207.5 million, or increased by 15.2% compared to the same period last year.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

free economic zoneS

The President of Uzbekistan has approved the decision to create a free economic zone “Sport” in Tashkent region.

It is planned that a full-fledged industrial cluster will be created here, with dozens of enterprises specializing in the production of sportswear, equipment and equipment, including the world’s leading manufacturers, will expose their capacities.

The FEZ “Sport” will be created before June 30, 2018. It is planned to attract such well-known brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Li Ning, Eleiko, Janssen-Fritsen, Gymnova and others. Negotiations with foreign partners will be conducted by the State Committee for Investments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, as well as the National Project Management Agency and the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports.

To date, the sports goods industry in Uzbekistan is in its infancy. Basically, these products are produced by enterprises of the automobile industry. So, the joint Uzbek-Korean enterprise Uz-Tong Hong Co., which produces seats for cars, in parallel produces basketball, football, volleyball, tennis and other kinds of balls. Also here many types of sports equipment are produced - trampolines, tennis and badminton racquets, sports shoes.

At the same time, most of the market is occupied by cheap Chinese products that are not always of the appropriate quality. Therefore, one of the immediate tasks of the new zone is the saturation of the domestic market and the ousting of Chinese imports first from the country, and then the region.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

A militant who prepared acts of terrorism in Russia is sentenced in Fergana

Fergana Regional Criminal Court sentenced a 22-year-old resident of Margilan, Abdulbosit Akhmadjanov to 15 years imprisonment, who was involved in military operations in Syria, as well as involved in preparation of a terrorist act in Russia.

His father Kamoliddin previously worked in Turkey, engaged in cleaning up entrances of residential buildings. In September 2012, he persuaded his son to come to him, and he illegally traveled from Ukraine to Turkey. First, the father and son cleaned the entrances in Istanbul, and then moved to the city of Bursa.

In Istanbul, he met a man named Bilol, who, as it turns out, under the pseudonym Abu Umar, was recruiting young people for sending to Syria. The real name of the recruiter is Biloliddin Rozikov, a native of Namangan.

As reported by “Akhborot” program, sometime later A.Akhmadjanov became an adherent of the terrorist group “Tawhid wal-Jihad”, operating in Syria. In January 2016, Akhmadjanov went to Syria, where he was trained in military activities and took part in battles against government forces.

“We were told that we are Muslims and should help Muslims. When I arrived there, I saw how everything was unclean, how many different diseases, no real help was provided to Muslims. Diseases were transmitted from one to another, women were tortured, moreover, they sell women to each other for money”, — said 22-year-old Abdulbosit Akhmadjanov.

Later, he moved to the terrorist organization “Imarat Kavkaz” and continued to participate in hostilities. When terrorists in Syria began to incur large losses, Akhmadjanov decided to return to Turkey and asked for assistance from an old friend, Bilol. He asked to commit an act of terrorism on the territory of Russia, promising to pay 15 thousand dollars.

The young man passed courses on preparing improvised explosive devices. After that he had to go to Russia and join the perpetrators of the terrorist act, but was detained in Hatay, in Turkey. After which he was deported to Uzbekistan. Where he was judged...

(Source: UzA)

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