DAILY NEWS HERALD #99 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan May 22, 2018

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President.. 1

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan. 1


US dollar exchange rate in Uzbekistan falls 8,000 soums level for the first time. 1


In the Jizzakh region, a project is waiting implementation to provide the population with quality drinking water 1

International relationships. 2

A Historic Chronicle: Facing Evolutionary Transformation. 2

Ecology.. 4

Free distribution of plastic bags to be banned in Uzbekistan from 2019. 4


Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Preschool Education has developed a draft of new state requirements for early development and education of children. 5


Halal Tourism in Uzbekistan? Sure! 5



On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan

On May 21, 2018, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Heads of states discussed current issues of Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan multifaceted partnership in the context of implementing the agreements reached during regular meetings and contacts at the highest level.

Stable growth in volumes and expansion of the range of mutual trade was noted with deep satisfaction, which makes it possible to achieve the target of $3 billion in trade turnover this year, and $5 billion in the coming years.

Special attention was paid to intensification of interregional contacts aimed at effective use of the existing great potential for economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries.

The mutual interest in implementing promising joint projects in the sphere of industry, energy, transport and other branches of the economy was confirmed.

The leaders of the states highly appreciated the effective work of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation, as well as the successfully held joint events within the framework of the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan.

The sides also exchanged views on current issues of international policy and regional cooperation.

In conclusion, the Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan confirmed their strong commitment to further strengthening Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan relations of friendship, good neighborliness and strategic partnership, expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation for the benefit of the two fraternal countries and people.

(Source: UzA)


US dollar exchange rate in Uzbekistan falls 8,000 soums level for the first time

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has set new exchange rates of foreign currencies to Uzbek soum (currency rates of CB RU from 22.05.2018, 1$= 7997.95 soums) from 22 May 2018.

The rate of the US dollar decreased by 27.88 soums - up to 7,997.9 soums. It should noted that for the first time the rate of the US dollar to the Uzbek soums fell below 8,000 soums from the beginning of currency liberalization.

At the same time, the euro rate fell by 200.5 soums. As of 22 May 2018, the euro exchange rate to the Uzbek soums set at 9,396.79 soums.

Currency exchange rates are set by the Central Bank weekly for accounting, statistical and other reporting on currency transactions, as well as the calculation of customs and other mandatory payments.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


In the Jizzakh region, a project is waiting implementation to provide the population with quality drinking water

Today, more than half of the settlements of the region are not covered by centralized water supply. At the same time, most of the existing water intake facilities were built in the 1970-80s, and because of their high exploitation, their capacity was reduced by more than threefold.

Experts note that the lack of decontamination facilities has led to a high level of contamination of drinking water in the region by chemical and bacteriological indicators, which has a very negative impact on the epidemiological situation. In Bakhmal, Gallaaral, Sharof-Rashidov, Pakhtakor, Dustlik, Mirzachul districts and Jizzakh, the incidence of acute intestinal infections has increased.

All this was due to the failure to take timely measures for the integrated development of the water supply system in the regions and the lack of proper attention of local officials to the solution of the accumulated problems of urban and rural inhabitants for years.

The current situation will have to be resolved in an emergency. By late 2020, the project entitled “Improving the drinking water supply system in the Jizzakh region through the use of the waters of the Zarafshan River” is planned to be implemented in the region, providing for the construction of a modern system of drinking water supply to the population. Its main parameters were recently approved by the President of Uzbekistan.

Within three years, the construction of the water intake structure, the water purification station, the Jizzakh water distribution unit, the main and supply pipelines with a length of 146 km is expected to be completed.

The works are to be funded from additional revenues of the national budget, capital investments from centralized sources, mechanisms of the Pure Drinking Water Fund under the Ministry of Finance. This year alone, the government is to assign 160 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 22.05.2018, 1$= 7997.95 soums) for the project from the republican budget.

The scheme participants will receive a number of significant benefits. For example, the general design, contracting and subcontracting organizations are exempt from all types of taxes and mandatory contributions to state trust funds.

In addition, goods, works and services, including raw materials, materiel, spare parts, components and equipment purchased by the customer, general design and contract organizations, manufacturers and subcontractors will be exempt from value added tax and customs payments.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

A Historic Chronicle: Facing Evolutionary Transformation

Chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus under the American Foreign Policy Council, Professor S. Frederick Starr, is a frequent guest of Uzbekistan. Highly respected in scholarly and analytical circles, the expert is an active participant in almost all international conferences held in our country on foreign policy topics.

Frederick Starr has long studied the Central Asian region and with deep insight, and thus is well aware of the socio-political processes in Uzbekistan. He has authored more than twenty books covering the politics and history of Eurasia. Recently, the scholar released the latest one of his works, The New Face of Uzbekistan. Speaking of the volume, the analyst explained: The year 2017 was rich in events for Uzbekistan, a period of dynamic development in all walks of life. Many abroad are delighted with positive changes in the socio-economic, judiciary, the country’s international relations. However, one cannot say that all abroad understand the significance of these reforms to the very end. In this regard, we have collected materials on the events of the past six to seven months, representing a historical record.

In the book, we do not assess the changes that have taken place; on the contrary, we have them stated from an impartial point of view. Hundreds of normative documents, decrees and resolutions of the President had to be studied. We appealed to the well-known experts of the world with a request to analyze the activities of the Uzbek parliament, the social, economic and legal reforms, the steps taken to establish international relations. Then we collected and summarized all the analytical material, as a result producing a book that tells about novelties in the legislative activity of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan, as a sovereign state, is still very young. But the history of its statehood is about four thousand years old. In my opinion, in Uzbekistan’s current development, two important aspects can be observed. First of all, the country as a sovereign state makes decisive steps in terms of the economic advancement. Rapid reforms can lead to effective results. Although this, of course, cannot be achieved alone. It is possible in cooperation with the region. Therefore, the success of Uzbek diplomacy should be recognized, especially the fact that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has found a common language with all the neighboring nations. The second important aspect: in the chain of historical progress, Uzbekistan is reviving the regional development of organically linked republics, their common history, culture, education and science. In this process, a key role is played not by a single state, but by all countries in the region, including Afghanistan. These two factors are interrelated. After all, the stronger Uzbekistan, the more powerful is the region. These actions are directed not against someone, but, on the contrary, are aimed at noble goals.

In recent years, Uzbekistan has turned to evolutionary changes. Undoubtedly, the modernization taking place is perceived positively by the advanced community. I believe that in the near future the country will join the ranks of developed nations.

In Washington, DC, on the eve of the official visit by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States, Uzbekistan Today news agency reporter met with the author and talked about the present and future of Uzbekistan.

- You are well familiar with Uzbekistan, its history. What, in your view, will our nation be like in the near future?

- There is an exceptional number of monuments on the Uzbek land, there are a lot of legendary cities with ancient history, such as Bukhara, Kokand, Khiva... At the moment I am witnessing two things that, in my opinion, are happening in Uzbekistan in parallel. First: it is a sovereign young state who begins to gain dynamic turnovers in the economy. The President of the country Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan extended a hand to all neighbors, and that was a fundamentally important decision. After all, every country in that region is original and unique. And the stronger Uzbekistan, the stronger the whole region is.

The second distinctive feature of the contemporary Uzbekistan is to preserve and bolster the image of an economically developed country with a rich culture, traditions and heritage.

- How do you assess the current reforms in Uzbekistan?

- Today, everyone talks about Uzbek reforms. And they perceive them as if they emerged overnight, out of nowhere. If analyzed, the reform process began much earlier than today, and the most critical reforms were carried out 10-15 years ago. Today it is important to implement them competently and reasonably. It is impossible to perceive all the changes that are taking place in your country today as a sudden enthusiasm. Over every one of them, a large team of highly qualified specialists has been working carefully for a long time.

Currently, this development owes to the generation of young, well-educated professionals who work in the government or are experts. And thanks to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a new team of young people is doing amazing things that deserve respect.

Reading the materials offered by the book “The New Face of Uzbekistan”, every person in the world can get an idea of the transformations taking place in Uzbekistan.


- Within a brief span of time following the 2016 presidential elections in Uzbekistan, there have been major changes in all areas: steps have been taken to liberalize the national economy, the system of public administration is reformed, broad opportunities for dialogue between the people and the government are created, the media became much more active, and the rights and interests of citizens have been protected. In the foreign policy realm, Uzbekistan has taken a course toward rapprochement with neighboring nations, Tashkent’s initiatives are widely supported in all capitals of the countries of the region and Afghanistan, dialogue with leading Western countries, including the United States, has seriously strengthened.

Uzbekistan is developing in all directions. It is no exaggeration to say that the country is one of the CIS leaders. At the soul of these accomplishments is the continuous improvement of legislation in accordance with the requirements of the times.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Free distribution of plastic bags to be banned in Uzbekistan from 2019

Starting from 1 January 2019, Uzbekistan will ban distribution of free plastic bags in shops.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on measures to improve the management of domestic waste.

According to the document, from 1 January 2019, sellers are prohibited from offering free plastic bags when purchasing goods.

Also it is forbidden to include the cost of plastic bags in the cost of sold goods. The head of Uzbekistan also banned the sale of such packages below their cost price.

The President of Uzbekistan banned the production of packages of polymer film with a thickness of less than 40 microns in the country.

The only exception is packs of biodegradable polymeric materials, without handles - which are an integral part of the packaging of goods, as well as sold by rolls for household use.

According to the document, from 1 August, private companies for collection and removal of household waste will have to participate in the tender through the single electronic trading platform E-Ijro Auksion for the maintenance of the territories.

Territories for the companies will be fixed with condition that the garbage disposal points will be properly cleaned, and they will sort the household waste themselves.

If the competition for securing the territory is recognized as failed, it is assigned to the SUE "Toza Hudud" or "Mahsustrans" without a tender.

The resolution envisages equipping the Toza Hudud enterprises with special equipment, arranging the landfills for solid household waste, and creating infrastructure in the district centers and rural settlements.

About 29 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 22.05.2018, 1$= 7997.95 soums) will be allocated for the construction of new garbage disposal points throughout the country, equipping them with trash containers - 3.6 billion soums.

In 2019-2021, the truck fleet "Toza Hudud" will replenish 590 garbage trucks, 84 bulldozers and 59 forklift trucks.

It is planned to strengthen public control over the state of the environment. Mininfocom was instructed to develop a portal until 1 September, where it will be possible to post photo and video materials about violations in this sphere.

The State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection was tasked to develop, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, effective mechanisms for prosecuting persons for pollution of territories, as well as strengthening the responsibility of citizens and officials for violations in the field of waste management.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Preschool Education has developed a draft of new state requirements for early development and education of children

It was elaborated with technical and methodological support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Uzbekistan. At the proposal of the Ministry, a working group was created last November, which included scientists and practitioners from the sphere, including employees of the Nizami Tashkent State Pedagogical University, the Institute for Advanced Studies, heads of non-state preschool education institutions (PSEIs) and many others. During the development of the project, they systematically consulted with international experts. The experience of a number of foreign countries, including South Korea, Russia and Great Britain has been studied in the process.

State requirements for early development and education of preschool children is a document that informs parents and teachers involved in the upbringing and education of a child about recommended standards. The requirements are aimed at the comprehensive development of kids and the disclosure of talents and potential opportunities through the formation of key competencies. The main goal is to build work in kindergartens in such a way that the child, while leaving the PSEI, is completely ready for school, possesses playful, social, cognitive skills.

The project, developed on the basis of best practices, covers five areas: physical development and the formation of healthy lifestyle, social and emotional advancement, development of speech, communication skills, reading and writing, cognitive enlargement and familiarity with nature, disclosure of creativity.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)



Halal Tourism in Uzbekistan? Sure!

The word halal has lately been more conspicuous. One can observe mounting interest in foods and services under this logo. It also came to the tourism industry, which has led to the emergence of the phrase halal tourism.

At an event organized jointly with the Turkish company Ortadogu Grup, the participants talked about what type of travel it is like, its rapidly growing popularity, the main development trends in the sector.

The Turkish family hotel Wome Deluxe and the clinic Nisantasi were presented during the event as a sample of halal tourism. It was noted that Uzbekistan is also working on establishing chains of similar hotels.

The service under the brand halal is especially in demand in the light of the legislative documents adopted in Uzbekistan aimed at developing tourism. Thus, the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Additional Organizational Measures to Deliver Conditions Conducive for the Development of Tourism Potential of the Republic of Uzbekistan” refers to the introduction of a visa-free regime with citizens of seven countries, most of which are Muslim. Therefore, the development of such tourism will increase the attractiveness of Uzbekistan for residents of these countries. After all, according to some sources, out of 1.6 billion Muslims over the world, more than 150 million travel regularly around the planet.

In the Crescent Rating that ranks nations in this kind of tourism, Uzbekistan was designated the 28th position in 2017.

For reference, halal tourism is a complex of tourist services aimed at an audience with Muslim beliefs and background. That is, the industry represents hotels and hostels where the food served meets the halal standards, with no alcoholic drinks, and with separate bathing areas for women and men. In short, it does not contradict Islamic values.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper) 


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