INFORMATION DIGEST - PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN - March 18, 2016

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BUSINESS CLIMATE
Uzbekistan supports business and private enterprises

PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION (2015-2016)
Meeting of working group
On meeting of experts


BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan supports business and private enterprises

In the first two months of 2016, the Fund for Support of Exports of Small Businesses and Private Enterprises has helped 284 business entities to deliver their goods and services to foreign markets. As a result, they signed export contracts for $90 million.

As part of improving its performance, the Fund is planning to at least double its authorized capital this year, and thereby assist business entities with exports at $1.5 billion. The company is also planning to support the exporters in obtaining international certificates and licenses, including Global GAP, ISO, and others.

“We provide assistance to domestic exporters in exploring foreign markets, search for foreign partners, customs clearance, participation in international exhibitions, and much more. Over the past few months, we took part in two international exhibitions, presenting the products of domestic manufacturers of food, textile industry and agriculture,” said Kamoliddin Nurmatov, the Deputy Director of the Fund for Support of Exports of Small Businesses and Private Enterprises.

The Fund exhibited products by more than 50 domestic enterprises at the international exhibition Green Week 2016. Upon the event, businesses signed export agreements valued at over $9 million. The Fund’s experts took part in Who's Next International Textile Fair - Pret-a-Porter Paris 2016, presenting products of 30 manufacturers of finished knitwear, textile fabric, cotton yarn and other products.

Businessmen held negotiations with nearly 100 foreign importers, presenting them the export capacity of light industry in Uzbekistan. Upon the talks, the parties signed export agreements at $10.8 million. A panel discussion in Fergana with major importers from Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries was another important event, where the parties reached agreements on exporting fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan at more than $150 million.

According to Kamoliddin Nurmatov, this year the Fund intends to help more than 300 businessmen to participate in 20 major international exhibitions and fairs in CIS countries and Europe, as well as export products by more than $ 250 million.

It is envisaged to assist 19,000 small businesses in finding partners in 173 foreign countries for signing export contracts through the study of the demand for goods and services. Specialists will take measures to export electrical appliances, light industry, leather and footwear, food and pharmaceutical products in 24 new markets by conducting research of foreign markets, as well as the promotion of 26 new types of goods and services.

Partnered by the National Bank and farms, the Fund is currently establishing gardening and horticulture firms in all regions of Uzbekistan in order to increase exports of processed agricultural products. They get the opportunity of entering into export contracts at competitive prices and deliver products to importers and major foreign retail chains. This year alone, agricultural companies intend to export more than 1,400 tons of agricultural products.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION (2015-2016)

SCO CNC Meeting

On March 15-18, 2016, in Beijing (China), under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov was held a meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan extensively discussed the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member States and other events to be held this year on June in Tashkent within the presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization.

During the meeting, the SCO Secretariat presented the information on the process of negotiations on granting India and Pakistan the SCO Member State status, as well as singing the Memorandums with dialogue partners of the SCO - Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nepal.

National coordinators have identified the date of the next meeting of the CNC in Beijing

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

On the SCO heads of state experts meeting

On March 17-18, 2016, in Beijing, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov was held the session of experts on preparation to the eleventh meeting of the Security Council Secretaries of the SCO Member States in Tashkent.

Sides discussed the draft agenda, outcome documents planned to be considered during the meeting of Secretaries of Security Council as well as current affairs and prospects of development of multilateral cooperation in combating transnational threats and challenges.

The session has also considered and approved the information on the preparation to the Tashkent Summit of the SCO Heads of State.

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

Meeting of working group

On March 16-17, 2016, Beijing hosted a meeting of the working group on the reduction of the drug demand at the Council of competent authorities of the SCO member states to combat illicit drug trafficking.

Representatives of the Member States considered drafts of Anti-Drug Strategy for 2017-2022 and Action Programs on its implementation, as well as exchanged views on cooperation in the field of drug demand reduction.

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

On meeting of experts

On March 15-17, 2016 a meeting of experts of the SCO Member States on cooperation in the sphere of tourism was held in Beijing.

During the event the draft Program on development of cooperation in the sphere of tourism of the SCO Member States was discussed. As an outcome of the upcoming SCO Summit in Tashkent the Program will be adopted.

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

 

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