DAILY NEWS HERALD #92 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan May 11, 2018

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Official visit of THE President of Uzbekistan to the U.S. 1

Uzbekistan – USA: Trade and economic cooperation to be expanded. 1

Investments. 2

New Cars in the Making. 2

International relationships. 2

On Uzbekistan – Belgium political consultations in Brussels. 2

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 3

Deputies considered draft laws concerning improvement of quality of people’s life. 3

Society.. 5

Uzbekistan presented the next report on human rights within the framework of the UN Universal Periodic Review   5

On consideration of the Third report of Uzbekistan on UPR in the UN HRC.. 6

  


official visit of THE President of Uzbekistan to the U.S

Uzbekistan – USA: Trade and economic cooperation to be expanded

As previously reported, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay the first official visit to the United States of America on May 15-17, 2018, at the invitation of the President of the United States of America Donald Trump. During the visit, the sides will discuss the state and prospects of development of Uzbekistan – American cooperation, exchange views on current international and regional issues.

Uzbekistan and the U.S. are noticeably stepping up their cooperation in politics and security, trade, investment, finance, technology, cultural and humanitarian spheres. At the same time, meetings and contacts between the heads of states are of great importance.

Trade, economic and investment cooperation is developing at an accelerated pace. The legal basis for cooperation in this regard is laid down in the Intergovernmental agreement on investment, signed in October 1992.

Currently, the U.S. is considering an intergovernmental agreement on mutual promotion and protection of investments.

According to the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the trade turnover amounted to 210.2 million dollars by the end of 2017. In the structure of export, the basic share falls on services (71.4%), mechanical equipment (15.7%), dried peppers (3.3%), fruit and vegetable products (3.1%). Pharmaceutical products, mechanical and electrical equipment, plastic products, optical devices, rubber products, vehicles, artificial fiber are imported from the USA.

The trade turnover between the two countries increased by 23.2 percent compared to the same period last year in the first quarter of 2018.

In development of mutually beneficial trade, economic and investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United States of America an important role belongs to the American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce. This institute, established twenty years ago, has turned into an important mechanism for supporting and implementing joint projects in various sectors of the economy, a reliable bridge between business people of the two countries.

Representatives of more than 20 leading U.S. companies took part at the meeting of the American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce in Tashkent, on February 1, 2017.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the heads of leading U.S. companies during his visit to the United States last September, in New York. The meeting was attended by representatives of American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, heads of such companies as "General Electric", "Honeywell", "CNH Industrial", "Deer&Company".

During the negotiations, issues of joint development of Uzbekistan’s gas transportation system, construction of hydroelectric power stations, organization of production of modern medical equipment and lamps, agricultural machinery, implementation of high-tech joint projects in petrochemical and energy sectors, supply of aviation equipment were discussed.

At the meeting, the Chairman of American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn Lamm, confirmed her readiness for active participation in implementation of joint programs and projects with Uzbekistan.

The Uzbekistan – American business forum that took place during the visit was a great event in further strengthening relations between the business circles of the two countries, a good opportunity to discuss promising joint projects and achieve mutually beneficial agreements. Heads of more than 100 leading U.S. companies took part in it.

American businessmen praised the reforms carried out on liberalizing the foreign exchange market in Uzbekistan, large-scale work on strengthening the banking and financial system, reducing the tax burden, creating additional benefits and preferences for investors, including in created free economic zones.

Following the event, a large package of documents worth $2.6 billion was signed, including on implementation of promising joint projects with corporations General Electric and Honeywell in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors, CNH Industrial, John Deere and Caterpillar in the field of mechanical engineering, OSI Systems and Lutron in the field of electrical engineering, and with Boeing in the field of civil aviation.

Such efforts will serve to further expansion of presence of American investors in the economy of Uzbekistan, implementation of promising joint projects and improving the welfare of people.

(Source: UzA)

investments

New Cars in the Making

Khorezm branch of GM Uzbekistan has stopped assembling Chevrolet Orlando minivans.

This was done within the framework of the global strategy of General Motors to update the model range. In this regard, the company stopped registration last November of applications for contracts for the supply of vehicles of this model.

“Delivery of Chevrolet Orlando cars to end customers who have concluded the relevant contracts will be carried out in full and within the terms specified in the contracts,” the company noted.

Orlando is a five-door seven-seater family car on the Chevrolet Cruze platform. It was first presented in October 2008 at the Paris Motor Show in the form of a concept car. Serial production began in 2010.

Production of the Orlando minivan was carried out at facilities in Khorezm region using the technology of large-head assembly. The car is equipped with an economical 1.8-liter engine with a capacity of 141 horsepower with an average fuel consumption of 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The car is also equipped with front and side airbags, an anti-lock system, a height-adjustable steering column, electric heated rear-view mirrors and a front-seat adjustment feature in four directions. Additional options include a rain sensor, climate control, cruise control and a parking sensor.

Earlier, the company reported that it intends to launch in Uzbekistan a batch production of two new models – the off-roader Tracker and the modernized model of Cobalt.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

On Uzbekistan – Belgium political consultations in Brussels

On May 9, 2018, the sixth round of inter-MFA political consultations between Uzbekistan and Belgium was held in Brussels.

Delegations were led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdujabar Abduvakhitov and the General Director of the Bilateral Political Department of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium Anick Van Calster.

A thorough exchange of views took place on the entire agenda of bilateral relations, as well as on international and regional issues.

The sides spoke in favor of expanding inter-parliamentary contacts, assistance in establishing direct contacts between state and public organizations, economic business structures of the two countries.

During consideration of prospects for strengthening ties in political sphere, special attention was paid to the upcoming high-level contacts.

The Belgian side was informed about the results of major international conferences held in Uzbekistan "Central Asia: One Past and Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity" (Samarkand, November 10-11, 2017) and on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity" (Tashkent, March 26-27, 2018).

Uzbek delegation reported on the support of the Belgium candidacy for non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020.

At the meeting, prospects for expanding interaction in cultural and humanitarian sphere and intensifying exchanges between scientific and educational institutions were also discussed.

On the same day, the delegation took part in a workshop on "Central Asia and the European Union through the prism of international initiatives of Uzbekistan" at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations.

The day before, the delegation held talks in the Belgian Senate. In addition, the delegation visited the company "Victor Buyck Steel Constructions", which organized a presentation of the construction of 23 pedestrian bridges in the city of Tashkent.

The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Belgium hosted a presentation of trade, economic, investment and tourism potential of Uzbekistan. With participation of a number of tourism companies, a forum on tourism was organized in the Press Club of Brussels. During the presentations and exchange of views, participants – representatives of local and Uzbek travel companies, media and business circles of Brussels exchanged views on issues of increasing the tourist flow to Uzbekistan.

In addition, meetings and substantive negotiations were held with the Director General for Foreign Trade of Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (AWEX) Chantal De Bleu, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of "CREDENDO" Dirk Terweduwe, the leadership of the European – Uzbekistan Business and Investment Council. 

(Source: UzA)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies considered draft laws concerning improvement of quality of people’s life

On May 10, 2018, deputies considered a number of draft laws that had previously been discussed at meetings of factions of political parties, a deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, committees and their expert groups, at the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

First, deputies discussed the agenda of the meeting, proposed by the Kengash of the Legislative Chamber. Members of the faction of the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan “Milliy tiklanish” in connection with insufficient coverage of issues proposed to remove from the agenda the draft law on introducing amendments to the Code of Administrative Responsibility providing for increased responsibility for evading the execution of requirements on ensuring unhindered access of persons with disabilities to engineering, transport and social infrastructures, as well as violation of their rights, freedoms and legitimate interests. On the results of voting the draft law was excluded from the agenda of the meeting. The responsible committee was instructed to improve this draft law together with the subject of the legislative initiative for re-introduction to the meeting of the Legislative Chamber.

Then deputies began their work from discussing in the second reading the draft law “On introducing amendments to the Article 8 of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, conceptually approved in the first reading at the meeting of the lower house of parliament in early February this year.

As it was noted, in accordance with the objectives of the Action Strategy, as well as in order to further improve the organizational and legal mechanisms of interaction between the Cabinet of Ministers and the chambers of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On introduction of the post of the Plenipotentiary of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was adopted.

It was emphasized that the adoption of the law would serve to further improvement of the organizational and legal mechanisms of interaction of the Cabinet of Ministers with the chambers of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, increasing the effectiveness of its participation in the legislative process and implementation of parliamentary control over the activities of executive bodies.

Further, deputies discussed in the second reading the draft law that provides for introduction of amendments and additions to a number of laws aimed at increasing personal interest and responsibility of the heads of farms, dehkan farms and homestead landholders in effective use of sown areas, establishing an effective system of public control on a legal basis.

When discussing this draft law, deputies paid special attention to expansion of the volume of benefits provided to young citizens during the tender for allocation of land for farming, a clear reflection in the legislative documents of the legal framework for providing youth with workplaces in the countryside and implementation of state youth policy.

In the second reading, the draft law providing for improvement of the norms of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Roads”, initiated by deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, was also considered.

After the adoption in the first reading by members of the Committee on the Issues of Industry, Construction and Trade of the lower house of parliament, a number of workshops were organized at places with participation of specialists and scientists of this sphere. The results of the analysis on improvement of the draft law have been integrated, as well as opinions of experts in this sphere were taken into account.

This project, according to the speaker, was developed on the basis of the studied in the order of control and analytical activities of the execution of requirements of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Roads” in Jizzakh region, as well as on the results of the parliamentary request to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the state and prospects of repair and maintenance of internal highways in the republic”.

According to deputies, the adoption of the law will contribute to further development of the economy, improving road and transport infrastructure of cities and villages, creating favorable conditions for improving the welfare of the population.

The draft law “On countering extremism” was considered at the meeting in the first reading. In the Address of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oliy Majlis, it was noted that unstable situation in some regions of the world, which leads to intensification of migration processes, and this, in turn, promotes the spread of terrorism, extremism and turning them into a global problem.

The draft law was developed in pursuance of the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on further implementation of the Convention of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on countering extremism, as well as implementation of the norms of this convention.

At the meeting it was emphasized that the adoption of this draft law will contribute to ensuring security of an individual, society, protection of the constitutional order and territorial integrity of the state, preservation of civil peace, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony, timely prevention, detection and suppression of violations of extremism, elimination of their consequences, as well as ensuring the principle of inevitability of responsibility.

The draft law “On introducing addenda to the Article 565 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, considered in the first reading, became the object of discussions of factions of political parties.

As it was noted, the accelerated development of the tourism industry, increasing its role and contribution to the economy, diversification and improvement of the quality of services for tourists, expansion of tourism infrastructure are identified as important tasks in the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

The draft law proposes to introduce additions that simplify the issues of legal registration of the contract for rental of vehicles by individuals without its notarization for a period of one month. Currently, the national legislation requires a notarization of the conclusion of a car rental contract.

Factions of political parties, especially members of “Milliy tiklanish” faction, emphasized the need for improving the norms of this draft law on the basis of tasks set by the President on development of tourism in the country. In particular, expansion of the number of entities providing this type of services.

Other issues related to the powers of the Legislative Chamber of the Parliament were also discussed at the meeting.

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

Society

Uzbekistan presented the next report on human rights within the framework of the UN Universal Periodic Review

The 30th session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place in Geneva, from May 7 to 18, 2018.

Reference: the UPR, established on March 5, 2006, by the Resolution 60/251 of the UN General Assembly is the mechanism of the Human Rights Council, within the framework of which regular reviews of implementation of human rights obligations by all UN member states are held.

The UPR assesses the activities of states in the field of human rights and takes necessary measures with regard to violations of human rights throughout the world.

The review is carried out by the UPR Working Group, consisting of 47 members of the Council. Any UN member state can participate in consideration, including in an interactive dialogue.

During the session, it is planned to hear the reports of 14 states on human rights situation within the framework of the 3-cycle of the UPR.

On May 9, 2018, Uzbekistan presented its report. The reviews of the first and second cycles of UPR of Uzbekistan were held in December 2008 and in April 2013, respectively. During the discussion of the second report, 203 recommendations were submitted to Uzbekistan.

The delegation of the country for participating in the current UPR session was headed by A.Saidov, Chairman of the Committee on Democratic Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Institutions of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis. It also included Deputy Minister of Justice M.Istamov, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs B.Adilov, Deputy Prosecutor General E.Yuldashev, Authorized Person under the President for the Protection of Rights and Legal Interests of Business Entities D.Kasimov, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Uzbekistan under the UN Office in Geneva.

During the event, information was provided to the international community on measures taken to improve the human rights situation, including within the framework of implementation of commitments in this sphere, as well as previous recommendations on the UPR. Participants of the session were acquainted with the main economic achievements of the republic in recent years and the main priorities of the state development. Detailed information was provided on systemic measures being taken in the country to improve national legislation and law enforcement practices, to deepen judicial and legal reforms, and to develop civil society institutions.

It was noted that in Uzbekistan, within the framework of implementation of the Action Strategy, a tremendous activity is being carried out to promote issues of ensuring and protecting human rights. At the same time, reforming is organized taking into account people's requests, which is achieved thanks to effectively established feedback with the public.

The delegation of Uzbekistan presented the state program “Obod Qishloq – Prosperous village”, as part of large-scale measures on improvement of villages, providing residents with decent housing, activity aimed at reducing the gap between living conditions in the city and rural areas.

It was emphasized that the primary attention is paid to practical implementation of the principle of "Human Rights – Above All", initiated by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In this regard, the UPR site is a unique opportunity of bringing objective information to the world community about the reforms being carried out in the country, taking into account the recommendations of foreign states and international organizations specialized in ensuring human rights.

The adoption of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the country in 2017-2021, which became a kind of road map on reforming practically all spheres of society and the state, was especially noted.

During the discussion of the situation in Uzbekistan, participants welcomed the efforts taken to improve human rights in the country, including political, legal and judicial reforms, strengthening the fight against corruption by ensuring openness of activities of the state governing bodies and administration, as well as improving the quality and accessibility of public services.

The overwhelming majority of delegations highly appreciated Uzbekistan's achievements in the field of human rights, increasing international involvement of the country and manifestation of a genuine openness to constructive dialogue.

Uzbekistan's efforts on development and expansion of cooperation with human rights structures of the United Nations were supported, a vivid example of which is the first in the history of Uzbekistan the visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the first visit after a long break of the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and the adoption of "road maps" on implementation of reached agreements.

The member countries of the HRC, as well as all participants in the UPR session were provided printed materials, in particular, the report "Uzbekistan: progress in the field of human rights", brochures "2017 - the Year of Rapid Reforms", the State Program of the Year of Supporting Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies", "Road map" on ensuring freedom of religion or belief, "Implementation of the State program on counteracting corruption in 2017" and on activities of the Business Ombudsman.

Adoption of recommendations following the hearing of Uzbekistan's third report on the UPR is scheduled for May 11, 2018.

(Source: UzA)

On consideration of the Third report of Uzbekistan on UPR in the UN HRC

The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the director of the National Center for Human Rights A.Saidov, and Business Ombudsman D.Kasymov, Deputy Prosecutor General E.Yuldashev, Deputy Ministers of Justice M.Istamov and Internal Affairs B.Adilov, staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Geneva took part in consideration of the 3rd national report of Uzbekistan on the procedure of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) within the framework of the 30th session of the Working Group on the UPR of the UN Human Rights Council.

78 countries, which made more than 200 recommendations addressed the meeting.

The UN member states expressed gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan for such a serious preparation for the meeting of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a detailed national report, additional information on specific aspects of human rights issues, and such a high level delegation for dialogue with the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

The majority of delegations (more than 50 countries) highly appreciated Uzbekistan's efforts and achievements in the field of human rights, constitutional, institutional and administrative reforms, increased international involvement of the country and genuine openness to constructive dialogue (Russia, Belgium, Chile, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Honduras, Philippines, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Japan, Sweden, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus).

The adoption of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the country in 2017-2021, which demonstrates Uzbekistan's commitment to promotion and protection of human rights and fulfillment of its international obligations in this field was emphasized (Argentina, Bulgaria, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Switzerland, Venezuela, Yemen, Algeria, Belarus).

The member countries also positively welcomed the achievements of Uzbekistan in elimination of child labor, especially in cotton harvest (Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Tajikistan), concrete steps towards elimination of forced labor (Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Tajikistan), close interaction with the International Labor Organization in these spheres (Canada, Morocco).

Measures taken on promoting freedom of speech and the mass media (Russia, Belgium, Argentina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia), simplifying the registration and activities of civil society institutions (USA, Uruguay, Armenia), formation of continuous human rights education system (Cuba, Armenia), combating corruption (Egypt), combating torture (Finland, Great Britain), combating trafficking in human beings and rehabilitating their victims (Egypt, Iceland, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Algeria) were recognized effective.

Delegations positively characterized the efforts of Uzbekistan in deepening social and economic reforms, expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs and protecting their rights, including through the institution of the Business Ombudsman, improvement of welfare of the population, reducing the gap between the village and the city, ensuring universal coverage with education and health (China, Japan, DPRK, Laos, Portugal, India, Iran, Venezuela). Interest in the initiative to simplify the provision of public services through a single window (China, Azerbaijan, Belarus) was expressed.

Participants of the session welcomed the attention of the Government to issues of ensuring the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities, plans for adoption of a special law on the rights of persons with disabilities and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Ghana, Paraguay, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Poland, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Venezuela, Armenia).

A number of EU and Latin American countries (Belgium, Argentina, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland) welcomed the release of persons who, in their opinion, were detained in connection with political, human rights or journalistic activities. 

(Source: UzA)

 

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