DAILY NEWS HERALD #68 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan April 9, 2018

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President.. 1

Practical implementation of new ideas and reforms. 1

Society.. 3

Uzbekistan: Toward a Robust Civil Society. 3

Investments. 6

Turakurgan TPP: Construction Works to Be Complete on Time. 6

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN “THE PEACE PROCESS, INTERACTION TOWARDS SECURITY, AND REGIONAL COOPERATION”. 6

No Illusions, Nor Disappointments. 6

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 7

Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan discuss incident at the border 7

International relationships. 7

Over 22 million people crossed borders of Uzbekistan in 2017. 7

Uzbekistan and Iran to hold meeting of intergovernmental commission. 8

 

president

Practical implementation of new ideas and reforms

On April 6, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances named after academician S.Yu.Yunusov of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Experimental production processes of the Institute are modernized in accordance with the international standard GMP. This will enable to process more than 500 tons of plant raw materials per year. This year, production of more than 30 types of environmentally friendly, import-substituting and export-oriented medicines will be established.

The Head of the state got acquainted with activities of this enterprise, inspected herbal substances developed by scientists of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the medicinal substances are an essential component for pharmaceutical industry, noted the need for deep processing of plants, constant scientific research with the study of achievements of world science. The President gave instructions on drafting a resolution on development of the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances.

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During the visit to the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances named after Academician Sobir Yunusov of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized that this institution takes a leading place with its high scientific potential not only in Uzbekistan but also throughout Central Asia. Developments that are created here play an important role in development of pharmaceutical industry.

The Institute has a scientific school in the field of chemistry of biology and technology of organic compounds. Currently, 159 researchers are conducting fundamental and applied research on studying the chemistry of plant substances, creation of medicines and chemicals for agriculture.

The chemical compound of more than 500 plant species has been studied in the years of independence, of which more than 1.2 thousand substances have been isolated. In particular, the chemical structure of 246 new alkaloids, more than 100 phenol compounds, over 50 terpenoid compounds was proved, the activity of more than 4 thousand heterocyclic compounds was synthesized and studied.

The experimental production enterprise at the Institute produces about 20 medicinal substances, processes 100 tons of plant raw materials per year. In 2017, biologically active substances and bioreactives were exported to Russia, France, the USA and other countries for more than $2.5 million. In addition, biological substances are supplied to domestic pharmaceutical companies.

– Medicinal substances are the main raw material of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, it is necessary to deeply process plant raw materials, create medicines based on studying the achievements of the world science, increase the level of localization, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

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New multi-storey houses are being built for families of military servicemen on the territory of “Olmos” makhalla in Yashnabad district of Tashkent.

48 five-storey houses are being built here in accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On additional measures of effective implementation of the Program for construction and reconstruction of available apartment buildings in the cities for 2017-2020” of January 13, 2017.

According to the project, 18 five-storey houses with 2, 3 and 4-room apartments are being built at the first stage. They are designed for 540 families.

The customer of the project is “Qishloq Qurilish Invest” LLC. The project was developed by the chief designer – “Qishloq Qurilishloyiha” institute. Construction and contracting works are carried out by 12 contract organizations on the basis of approved industry schedules.

More than 30 equipment, machinery and mechanisms, about 2 thousand qualified engineers and workers are involved in construction. By now, the installation of bricks has been completed in 18 houses, sanitary engineering and finishing works are being carried out.

The Head of the state got acquainted with construction activities, conditions created in the new houses on the territory of the makhalla.

– The reforms aimed at improving the living conditions of servicemen guarding our borders will continue, – the President said. – Issues of education and upbringing, social protection of their children remain in the center of constant attention.

Activity is continuing within the framework of the second stage, which envisages the construction of 30 five-storey houses designed for 900 apartments. The customer is “Uzshahar Qurilish Invest” LLC, the main designer is “Qishloq Qurilishloyiha” institute.

A kindergarten, a school, a polyclinic, and other social facilities will also be built on this area, which will become a modern military town. These apartments will be provided to defenders of the Motherland on the basis of concessional loans.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave relevant instructions to responsible persons on timely and qualitative completion of houses construction. The President held a conversation with responsible law enforcement officials.

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The Head of the state visited construction section of the Specialized school for in-depth study of subjects in information and communication technologies named after Muhammad al-Khwarizmi.

The school building is being built according to the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan “On organization of a Specialized school for in-depth study of subjects in information and communication technologies named after Muhammad al-Khwarizmi” of September 14, 2017.

The school, built by “Yuksak parvoz qurilish” LLC will admit 1470 students. A dormitory for 300 beds will be built for nonresident students. All conditions for qualitative education of students will be created at school. Particularly, there will be rooms for independent work and development, modern laboratories, computer rooms, robotics workshops, as well as sports fields and a swimming pool.

A conference hall for 500 seats, a library with a book fund of 20 thousand copies will be at disposal of students. The school will employ 110 teachers and experienced professionals of the sphere.

The establishment of a specialized school is aimed at training personnel in the sphere of ICT, educating youth worthy of their ancestors, ensuring needs in modern professionals.

– There will be a center for training best specialists. Talented children from regions should be admitted to this school on a competitive basis. Conditions should be created so that they would receive education mainly through electronic means, – said the President of the country.

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On April 6, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Ashgabat Park, built in Yashnabad district of Tashkent, and gave instructions to responsible persons on further improvement of its surroundings.

The second stage of construction activities of a modern recreation park began here under the instructions of the Head of the state.

About 60 attractions will be installed and a teahouse for aksakals (elders), ice cream and soft drinks sale centers will be built in the park with a total area of 12 hectares.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with construction activities.

A complete composition reflecting Akhal-Teke horses, which are symbol of courage and bravery of Turkmen people, is established at the entrance to the park. The design of the park is made in Turkmen national architecture traditions, blue spruces, Crimean pines, Indian lilacs, oaks, chestnuts, magnolias, Arizona cypress, salvias are planted. There are benches, bicycle paths, fountains, amphitheater and cafes.

More than 24 equipment and about 500 qualified engineers and workers are involved in construction activities.

It is envisaged to create 180 jobs in the modern Park Ashgabat. The park will be put into operation in the coming days.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the progress of construction of Tashkent City International Business Center.

Tashkent City International Business Center, built on 80 hectares between the streets of Alisher Navoi, Almazar, Islam Karimov and Furkat, will become one of such modern “Cities of the Future”. In accordance with the project, business centers, shopping complexes, hotels, offices, a congress hall, exhibition halls, multi-storey modern houses, social and other facilities will be built here.

Currently, the construction of a congress hall and a modern hotel is under way in the territory of “Tashkent City”, at an accelerated pace.

The congress hall is intended for holding international events at a high level, so far foreign builders and engineers are installing piles and laying the foundation on the basis of Jet grouting technology. 4 thousand 100 such piles will be installed in total. Their total length will reach 50 kilometers.

Twenty-storey five-star hotel will embody the most modern conveniences and comfort. It will be equipped with halls for conducting prestigious conferences, restaurants, lounges, swimming pools. Both buildings will be connected by a special bridge.

The President, getting acquainted with projects, noted the need for building these constructions on the basis of the latest technologies and examples of architecture.

– Tashkent City should become a new city within the city, fully reflecting the whole potential of Uzbekistan, developing at a high pace, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The Head of the state gave instructions on construction acceleration, ensuring commissioning of constructions in August, 2019.

 (Source:UzA )

Society

Uzbekistan: Toward a Robust Civil Society

A democratic constitutional state (ruled by law) can hardly be imagined without civil society institutions. It is no accident that Uzbekistan has chosen the path of democratic renewal, of an enduring civil society.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev constantly notes the firm commitment of our country to the advancement of civil society, construction of a truly democratic constitutional state.

The normative basis for the activities of civil society institutions in our country is specified in the laws on public associations, on non-state non-profit organizations, on public funds, on political parties and others. The Constitution of the Republic establishes the legal foundations for the creation and operation of civil society institutions, defines the principles for their interaction with the state. This circumstance opens favorable conditions for their effective activity in the country.

Today, the civil society of Uzbekistan is characterized by processes of improving public and social governance. Extensive efforts are undertaken in the country in the sphere of liberalization of public life, development of modern forms of public control, growth in the effectiveness of social partnership and implementation of the concept “From a strong state to a robust civil society”, consolidation of the role and importance of civil society institutions, citizens’ self-government bodies in the modernization of the country, their harmonious integration into the system of government and society.

Uzbekistan’s experience confirms that the sustainability of the movement towards civil society and a market economy is directly dependent on the formation of its legal framework. The study of the political processes taking place in the world show that if the legislation does not develop and lags behind the dynamically developing social relations, then this inevitably leads to systemic, sometimes antagonistic contradictions in social development.

In accordance with the Strategy of Actions, taking into account the current state and prospects for the development of civil society in Uzbekistan, systematic and comprehensive measures are being taken to strengthen the legislative bases for the activities of civil society institutions – non-governmental non-profit organizations, self-governing bodies of citizens, public funds, trade unions and other public associations.

Over the years of independence, more than 250 legislative acts aimed at boosting the role and significance of civil institutions have been adopted, while more than 50 of them were passed in September 2016 - November 2017. They include such laws as the Youth Policy, On Social Services for the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Other Socially Vulnerable Segments of Population, On Counteracting Corruption, among others.

For example, given the fact that more than 60% of the population of Uzbekistan is young people under 30 years old, the adoption of the Law on Youth Policy has received a great public and political reverberation. The bill provides with directions, forms and mechanisms for interaction between state bodies and non-governmental non-profit organizations, citizens’ self-government bodies, the media in implementing social, economic, organizational and legal measures taken by the state, and provide for the creation of conditions for the social formation and development of intellectual, creative and other potential of the younger generation.

For the first time in the national practice, the concept of a “youth non-state non-profit organization” as a self-governing NGO has been defined, which has the goals of realizing and protecting personal, political, economic, social and cultural rights, freedoms and legitimate interests, as well as increasing the social activity of young people.

It was established that the state renders material and financial support to youth NGOs, they were granted the right to use the premises of educational institutions, clubs, cultural and leisure centers of the population, sports and other facilities. They may own buildings, housing stock, equipment, implements, cultural and educational and recreational facilities, money, securities and other property necessary for material support of activities envisaged by its charter.

The law enshrines the guarantees of activities and spheres of interaction of the state with non-governmental non-profit organizations in the field of implementing youth policy. At the same time, ensuring the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of young people is defined as the priority areas of such cooperation; protection of her life and health, the formation of her desire for a healthy lifestyle; spiritual, intellectual, physical and moral development of the younger generation; providing young people with affordable and quality education; development of youth entrepreneurship, provision of employment and employment of youth; moral and material support of young families.

In order to create favorable conditions for the comprehensive and harmonious development of young people and young families, the state’s obligations are legally fixed on supporting the development of the system of NGOs, especially those that provide social services and assistance to young people.

Another important factor in strengthening the role of NGOs was the adoption of the law on social services for the elderly, disabled people and other socially vulnerable categories of the population. It includes in the system of organizations in the field of social services, along with public authorities and management, business entities, as well as non-governmental non-profit organizations and citizens’ self-government bodies.

The services are aimed at improving the quality of life, first of all, for socially vulnerable categories of the population, including single and lonely elderly people in need of extracurricular care, disabled persons, incapacitated and disabled citizens, people with socially significant diseases, orphans and children, left without parental care. It is about creating equal opportunities for other citizens to participate in the life of society and expand their opportunities to provide their basic life needs on their own.

The Law on Counteracting Corruption has a special significance in strengthening the role of civil institutions in ensuring peace and stability in the country and in the sustainable development of society. Particular attention is paid to their participation in the development and implementation of programs in the field of combating corruption, raising the legal consciousness and legal culture of the population, and forming an intolerant attitude towards corruption in the society.

Within the framework of the Actions Strategy, separate decrees and resolutions of the head of state were signed to further improve the activities of such non-governmental non-profit organizations as Nuroniy, Mahalla, the Republican Council for Coordinating the Activities of Self-Government Bodies, the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Council of Farmers, the Center for Development Strategy.

For example, the presidential decree on measures to further improve the activities of the Nuroniy Foundation for the social support of veterans of Uzbekistan is aimed at supporting older people, social protection of the elderly and veterans, increasing their activity, creating conditions for full participation in the socio-political life of the country, role of the older generation in ensuring peace and tranquility in the country.

In accordance with the document, the Nuroniy Foundation was reorganized into the Nuroniy Foundation for Support of Public Activities of Uzbekistan’s Veterans. In other words, this means translating the emphasis from the passive policy of “social support for veterans” to an active and dynamic policy of supporting the public activities of veterans.

This act is also another evidence of constructive state support for the activities of non-state non-profit organizations, the development and strengthening of social partnership. In particular, the document provides for an annual transfer to the Nuroniy Fund of 10% of the funds coming from the charity khashars entering the Mahalla Fund, the introduction of the post of deputy chairman of the citizens’ assemblies (auls, kishlaks, mahallas) in the self-governing bodies of citizens, as a consultant for the elderly and veterans and others.

The possibilities of state structures and NGOs for solving the problems of raising the level and quality of life of elderly people, people with disabilities and lonely elderly, strengthening targeted social protection and expanding the types of assistance provided to them, and providing them with quality medical services are greatly enhanced.

In particular, measures are in place to ensure the full coverage of 2.8 million elderly citizens by in-depth medical examination by specialized medical teams for the timely detection and treatment of diseases; prevention of diseases of elderly citizens through constant monitoring of their health by attached nursing nurses; construction and equipment of three new sanatoriums for the elderly, disabled, veterans of war and labor in Bukhara, Kashkadarya and Khorezm regions; establishment of interregional cardiosurgery centers for open heart surgery in Andijan, Bukhara, Samarkand and Ferghana regions; consolidation of the material and technical base of 23 boarding homes for the elderly and disabled, Sakhovat and Muruvvat.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that one of the main directions pursued by socio-political and socio-economic reforms is the strengthening of the role and significance of civil society institutions and independent media. A significant role here is played by self-governing bodies of citizens – mahallas, where the most valuable traits are initiative, efficiency, patriotism and humanism of citizens of our country.

The state and society must ensure the full realization of the potential of citizens seeking to take direct and active participation in the political and public life of the country, including through their participation in the daily life of self-government bodies.

Said-Abdulaziz Yusupov,

director of the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

investments

Turakurgan TPP: Construction Works to Be Complete on Time

The first power unit of the Turakurgan thermal power plant (TPP) will be commissioned in December 2019. The launch of the second power unit and the entire station is scheduled for March 2020. Construction work is gaining momentum.

As the inspector of the Namangan territorial branch of Uzgosenergonadzor inspection Sherzod Khojiev notes, the construction works on this important project continue at an active pace. The total project cost of the station, built by the order of Uzbekenergo JSC, is about $ 1.2 billion. By now, the road leading to the facility and communication systems has been built here, along with a two-story building for the administration, fire safety facilities, a concrete plant with a production capacity of 120 cubic meters of goods per hour, as well as a number of other auxiliary structures. In addition, finishing works are being carried out in the construction of two four-storey buildings for the employees of the TPP. 800 workers and 44 special equipment units were involved in construction and installation works.

Based on the results of the tender for financing the construction of TPPs based on the investment program, the consulting company for the project will be provided by the Japanese company TEPSKO. With this company, a contract was signed for more than $ 18.3 million. In addition, the Japanese consortium Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems won the tender as the main contractor. With this company, a contract for $ 749.4 million has been concluded. Since January 1, 2017, the auxiliary contractor - engineering and technical specialists of the Turkish company Salik Enerji - is actively participating in construction and installation works.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN “THE PEACE PROCESS, INTERACTION TOWARDS SECURITY, AND REGIONAL COOPERATION”

No Illusions, Nor Disappointments

“Uzbekistan got out of the world isolation, while Russia and the United States continued to argue, and no one at the Afghanistan conference in Tashkent noticed the absence of the Taliban.” One can come across such comments in the internet these days. And did any of the officials say that the Taliban would attend the conference? There sounded no such statement. In addition, one should not forget that the Afghan conflict affects the interests not only of local players, but also regional and global actors who are deeply engaged in it.

To begin with, we ought to bear in mind that the conference was originally conceived of as a negotiation platform, whose partakers would drive the opposing forces in Afghanistan to start a political settlement and the intra-Afghan negotiation process. Such was the stance of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto. At the conference, he appealed to the states in contact with the Taliban to influence the movement in the talks progression: countries that have contacts with the Taliban should use those ties to urge them to negotiate for peace, the UN official asserted.

In this regard, none of the 26 delegations present in Tashkent - including India, Pakistan and Iran - had exacting illusions about the consequences, wrote the French Le Monde. “All previous initiatives had failed, and the Taliban, according to many participants, now control half of the country. Well, there are no illusions, nor disappointments. But there is this conference as a sign of willingness of Tashkent to be a trustworthy and reliable platform for peaceful intra-Afghan talks, which can hardly be denied. In addition, according to the experts themselves, this is quite a lot, considering that no other world capital can serve as a meeting place for the opposing Afghans, which would be equally acceptable for the conflicting parties and external co-sponsors of the peace process. “We are ready to deliver – at any stage of the peace process – everything essential for the organization of direct talks in the territory of Uzbekistan between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” the paper quotes the host of the forum, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Another key point of the conference, a revelation even for experienced diplomats, was President Ashraf Ghani’s statement that Afghanistan is a Central Asian country. For many, the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, sound now clearer than ever: for us, he said, peace in Afghanistan is our life, while for some, it is perhaps only an interesting process. After all, not every conference participating nation adjoins Afghanistan and can therefore easily understand the wisdom of the proverb “You can have peace when your neighbor is at peace”. Therefore, there is no reason to doubt the purity of Tashkent’s intentions, which sincerely believes that the meeting that took place will help to extinguish the long-standing Afghan conflict. “If there is an end to the violence, it will be a universal victory and no one’s defeat.” There may hardly be an expert who does not agree with such a message of the Tashkent conference.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN

Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan discuss incident at the border

Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov held a telephone conversation today and discussed the incident on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, which resulted in the death of a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to the press service of the Government of Uzbekistan, Aripov and Isakov discussed the incident that took place yesterday, on 7 April, on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, which resulted in the death of a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic M.F.M. (born in 1984).

The parties agreed that on Monday, on 9 April, a meeting will be held at the level of heads of border services of the two countries, as well as other relevant departments.

The joint working group will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and report on the results in the near future.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

International relationships

Over 22 million people crossed borders of Uzbekistan in 2017

Over 22 million people passed through Uzbekistan’s border control points in 2017, about 7 million of them are citizens of foreign countries. This was reported by the command of the border troops of the State Security Service.

Last year more than 920,000 vehicles were inspected, of which more than 400,000 foreign vehicles.

In the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, there is an increase in the entry and exit of both citizens of Uzbekistan and foreign citizens.

For the year 2017, 4,94 thousand violators of the border were detained, illegal export or import of material assets for 32 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 09.04.2018, 1$= 8100.92 soums) was prevented, 48.971 kg of narcotic substances and 285 weapons were seized, the currency for US$1.88 million detained.

At present, 69 border checkpoints are operating in Uzbekistan for entry and exit, of which 49 are international, 14 are bilateral, 6 are oversimplified (38 on the roads, 18 on the railway, 12 at the airports and 1 in the river port).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Uzbekistan and Iran to hold meeting of intergovernmental commission

Uzbekistan and Iran will hold the 12th meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the meeting will be held in Tehran from 9 to 10 April 2018.

The delegation of Uzbekistan will be headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Achilbay Ramatov.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

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