INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 140 July 19, 2017

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OFFICIALLY.. 1

Uzbek Health Ministry to create network of social pharmacies. 1

FINANCE.. 1

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a license for banking operations to the country's youngest credit and financial institution, UzAgroExportBank. 1

the meeting of the Cooperation Council “Uzbekistan-European Union”. 2

On meeting of Cooperation Council “Uzbekistan-EU”. 2

Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.. 2

Meeting with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 2

REFORMS. 3

Forthcoming Changes in Healthcare System.. 3

Tourism... 4

"Samarkand city" tourist zone set to erect in Samarkand. 4

  

OFFICIALLY

Uzbek Health Ministry to create network of social pharmacies

The Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan will create its own network of social pharmacies.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Monday signed a resolution “On additional measures to improve the system of providing the population with medicines and medical products”. Uzbek leader instructed the Ministry of Health together with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications, the Ministry of Justice and the State Committee on Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Competition Development of Uzbekistan to develop a set of measures to create own network of social pharmacies to improve accessibility of socially important medicines and medical products.

The main goal of pharmacies is to sell medicines and medical products to the population at fixed prices.

Establishment of pharmacies should help to increase the availability of socially important medicines and prevent uncontrolled use of medicines by citizens, including through tightening the requirements for dispensing prescription drugs and introducing information systems for monitoring the implementation of such medicines.

The President instructed to introduce an information system, which will monitor realization of socially important medicines dispensed by doctors’ prescriptions.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

FINANCE

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a license for banking operations to the country's youngest credit and financial institution, UzAgroExportBank

The establishment of the Bank was initiated by the President of Uzbekistan in January 2017. The Board includes the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (75%), the National Export-Import Insurance Company Uzbekinvest (10%), Uzagrosughurta (5%), Kafolat IC (5%) and Uzbekinvestholding (5%). The statutory fund is set at 10 million euros.

The new structure will specialize in financing investment projects on the development of production and exports of agro-industrial products. It also intends to assist clients in developing strategies to promote fruit and vegetable and other agricultural products to international markets jointly with foreign banks, financial institutions, diplomatic and trade missions.

The head of state released UzAgroExportBank and its branches for five years from the date of state registration from all types of taxes and mandatory contributions to state trust funds, and assigned to ensure targeted investment of the released funds in strengthening of the logistical capacity. By January 1, 2020, the governing body of the new bank is required to draw a strategic foreign investor into the authorized capital with a share of as much as 15%.

Today, there are 27 banks across the country. As of January 1, 2017, the total capital of the banking system exceeded 9.4 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.07.2017, 1$= 4042.47 soums), with was 1.2 times growth against early 2016. Bank assets have increased 1.2 times and reached 80.4 trillion soums.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

the meeting of the Cooperation Council “Uzbekistan-European Union”

On meeting of Cooperation Council “Uzbekistan-EU”

On July 17, 2017, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, took part in the 13th meeting of the Cooperation Council “Uzbekistan-European Union” in Brussels.

Before the meeting, a short ceremony of signing the Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the one part, and, the European Communities and their Member States of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union took place.

On behalf of Uzbekistan, the document was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, on behalf of the European Union – Sven Mikser, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, which is the EU Chairman currently, and the head of the European Commission’s Directorate General for External Trade Petros Surmelis.

During the meeting, the issues of the bilateral agenda, the implementation of previously reached agreements were discussed in details.

The parties reaffirmed their readiness to develop a long-term and mutually beneficial partnership on a wide range of issues, both in bilateral format and at the interregional level.

As noted, Uzbekistan and the European Union are interested in consolidating efforts in the fight against terrorism, religious extremism, the spread of drugs and other types of organized crime.

At the talks the prospects of cultural and humanitarian cooperation were also discussed.

At the end of the meeting, Abdulaziz Kamilov and Sven Mikser held a joint press conference.

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

Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

On July 18, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is on a visit to Brussels, met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium Didier Reynders.

The parties discussed in details the topical issues of further development and deepening of bilateral ties in such areas as political and inter-parliamentary contacts, mutual trade, cultural and humanitarian exchanges.

It was noted that over the 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, a considerable amount of experience in mutually beneficial cooperation has been gained. In particular, the current mechanism of regular political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries allows for a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the state of interaction, the identification of the most promising areas of interest to both sides.

As emphasized in the conversation, the Strategy of Action adopted in Uzbekistan on five priority directions of the country’s development in 2017-2021 opens new opportunities for developing Uzbek-Belgian relations in various fields and giving them a multifaceted character.

At the meeting, the sides also exchanged views on some international and regional issues.

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

Meeting with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

On July 18, 2017, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice President of the EU Commission Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

The heads of foreign offices discussed practically the entire range of issues of bilateral relations, exchanged views on the agenda of the upcoming ministerial meeting in the format “EU-Central Asia” in Uzbekistan.

Abdulaziz Kamilov invited Federica Mogherini to take part in an international conference under the aegis of the United Nations on the problems of ensuring security and stability in Central Asia, which is planned to be held this autumn in Samarkand.

The parties also considered topical aspects of international and regional policy.

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

REFORMS

Forthcoming Changes in Healthcare System

Within the framework of the presidential resolution on improving primary healthcare, rural family clinics and 441 ambulance stations were established on the basis of 793 rural medical units (RMUs).

Buildings of 658 abolished RMUs were transferred to the doctors as official housing. Of the 1.2 thousand ambulances which are scheduled to be delivered to the places during the current year, 646 have already been delivered to July 1, including 126 Damas vehicles for the city of Tashkent.

These facts were noted as qualitative changes in this direction at the video-conference meeting that was devoted to the issues of further enhancement of the healthcare system and the solution of problems in this sphere and conducted under the leadership of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. At the same time, the head of state drew the attention of the heads of the ministry to certain shortcomings that must be eliminated in the near future.

The unsatisfactory level of work of the patronage service was indicated. In this regard, the Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to prepare a regulation that specifically defines the essence and main objectives of its activities.

The issue of the shortage of medical personnel in the regions is acute. In order to change the situation positively it was entrusted to develop a separate program on creating the necessary conditions for medical workers, in particular, providing them with affordable housing on the basis of preferential mortgage loans and the allocation of consumer loans to them.

There are a number of unresolved issues in the development of the private medical sector. It was noted that in accordance with the decree of the head of our state from April 1 this year, restrictions on the activities of private medical institutions were abolished, they were granted a number of privileges, all types of high-tech operations were allowed. However despite the created wide opportunities, passivity in the advancement of the sphere is tolerated. The reasons of this situation were critically analyzed, it was indicated that there were serious shortcomings in this issue, especially in the Syrdarya, Jizzakh, Navoi, Kashkadarya regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Hokimiyats (local administrations) on the spot were criticized for insufficient attention to attracting investments in private medicine, supporting the entrepreneurs who want to establish a private medical institution. Appropriate orders and instructions on the development of the private sector in the healthcare system were given. In particular, the organization of the Fund for the Development of Non-Governmental Medical Institutions under "Asakabank" was deemed expedient. On the instructions of the head of state, $ 14 million was allocated to this Fund from additional financial sources.

It was entrusted to take measures to attract highly qualified doctors from abroad, to effectively use their knowledge and potential.

During the meeting it was noted serious problems in the field of drug provision and pricing. The relevant organizations were instructed to elaborate the mechanisms for the production of drugs with fixed prices, securing their continued availability in pharmacies and issuing them on prescription.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Tourism

"Samarkand city" tourist zone set to erect in Samarkand

The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan approved measures to accelerate the development of the tourism potential of Samarkand city and Samarkand region in 2017-2019.

The document was adopted for further development and raising the efficiency of use of tourism potential of the Samarkand city and Samarkand region, creation of favorable conditions for wide acquaintance of tourists with the unique objects of historical-cultural and architectural heritage, active advancement on the conceptual framework of pilgrimage tourism and increasing the flow of tourists pilgrims, providing dynamic development for modern tourism infrastructure, expanding the list and improving the quality of tourism, hotel and transport services in accordance with modern requirements.

"Samarkand city" tourist zone is set to erect in the city of Samarkand according to the document. Modern hotels, cottages, cultural and recreational entertainment establishments are set to be built within its territory.

All business entities operating on the territory of the tourist zone, as well as investment companies are exempt until 1 January 2020 from payment of:

-  land tax, profit tax, tax on property of legal entities, tax for accomplishment and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment for microfirms and small enterprises, as well as obligatory deductions to the Republican Road Fund under the Cabinet of Ministers and extra-budgetary fund for development of material-technical base of educational and medical institutions under the Ministry of Finance;

- customs payments (except fees for customs registration) for imported equipment, raw materials, component parts for own production needs within the lists, approved in the prescribed manner.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

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