INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 146 July 26, 2016

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INVESTMENTS
Uzbekistan commissions new cement plant

I INTERNATIONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE FAIR
Uzbekistan has showcased sunny fruits and vegetables to the world

ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION
On Session of Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs

SPORT
Chess players of Uzbekistan win 11 medals at AC in Iran

investments

Uzbekistan commissions new cement plant

One of the major projects - construction of "Titan Cement" enterprise has been completed and put into operation in Karauzyak region of Karakalpakstan. The project’s cost is 10 billion 600 million soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.07.2016, 1$= 2964.03 soums) and 17 million dollars. It will produce 200 thousand tons of cement per year. In addition, about 200 new jobs will be created.

This was announced during a meeting of the functionaries, dedicated to the socio-economic development of the Republic of Karakalpakstan in the first half of this year, and the priorities of economic program for 2016.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

I International Fruit and Vegetable Fair

Uzbekistan has showcased sunny fruits and vegetables to the world

The first International Fruit and Vegetable Fair successfully wrapped up last week in Tashkent to most likely get the laurels of the region’s leading specialized event. There is a reason behind it, since today Uzbekistan ranks among ten leading exporters of fruits and vegetables. Uzbekistan Today reporters have assessed the capacity of the agricultural sector of Uzbekistan.

If we say that the first International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Tashkent surprised representatives of international trade organizations, logistics companies, traders and businesses who came to Tashkent from more than 40 countries, means saying nothing. It was a phenomenal success! Even those who have got accustomed to the lifetime work with fruits and vegetables, walked in Uzexpocentre pavilions in amazement: during four days the fair was as if colored by a wild imagination of an impressionist.

Each region of Uzbekistan presented its unique exposition. The Bukhara representatives surprised the visitors with a carved palace and subtle carving on ... watermelons and melons. They were true Spanish caravels and medieval palaces. Samarkand artists showed various figures of animals and birds made from fruits and vegetables. Representatives of Khiva made a medieval city, and Surkhandarya masters carved a huge bunch of grapes and a fruit stream pouring from the jug out of the ordinary eggplant.

There was something interesting on the stand of each region, because representatives not just presented their tasty and useful products, but arranged them in a creative way. Most importantly, all the wealth and gifts of the Uzbek nature were not just a riot of colors, but exhaled a fragrance, which intoxicated and seduced even the most demanding visitors. It seemed fairly hard for foreign guests to resist from trying each exhibit.

Meanwhile, the entire lyric was backgrounded by serious economic projects, long-term contracts and many promising areas for cooperation. Uzbekistan annually grows about 18 million tons of fruits and vegetables, more than 4 million tons of which are exported. The numbers are expected to increase in the next five years: by the end of 2020 the agricultural sector intends to bring the fruit and vegetable production to 32 million tons.

During the fair, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced a new initiative, which is expected to help in promoting exports of fruits and vegetables. According to him, it is scheduled to launch an electronic trading platform for exports of fruits and vegetables in the second half of the current year. It will provide an opportunity to place orders and conclude export contracts for the supply of fresh and processed products online.

Experts see the e-market and IFVF as a unique mechanism for establishing beneficial cooperation and conclusion of direct long-term contracts with interested foreign partners. That would primarily promote the well-functioning, transparent and clear market conditions for the product supply, and eliminate the chain of intermediaries. At the same time, the Uzbek side will be able to collaborate with customers on export volumes, transportation and logistics.

The IFVF platform and its electronic version in the global network will make it possible to make contracts for at least five years, while generally, Uzbekistan builds on long-term strategic agreements for 15-20 years. Founded this year, the foreign trade company Uzagroexport is ready to process the guaranteed export of horticultural products in conformity with customer’s needs, as well as make long-term contracts for the supply of a wide range of products, including orders of foreign partners.

Local specialists currently actively negotiate with foreign partners on cutting cargo transportation cost in the direction of major outlets primarily through the provision of tariff privileges and preferences for transit shipping. Moreover, cargo carriers are provided with modern vehicle by successfully operating joint ventures with the German automaker MAN and the Japanese Isuzu.

The financial and technical cooperation has paved the way to dozens major and important ongoing projects on modernization and intensification of agricultural production, development of the horticulture sector, as well as to model projects on the production, storage, freezing, enhanced processing and building of an effective logistics infrastructure and export production. The portfolio of ongoing and drafted projects totals more than $1.5 billion.

By the end of 2020, Uzbekistan intends to bring the total storage capacity of fruits and vegetables up to 1 million tons. Today, there are more than 1,300 specialized storage facilities with a total capacity of simultaneous storage of more than 800,000 tons, run by progressive methods of product storage with integrated approach to sorting, packaging and calibration.

With new refrigeration chambers Uzbekistan intends to reduce the loss of fruits and vegetables by 10%. In the next five years the Uzbek side will draw more than $163 million of foreign investments and loans in the development of food industry, which is about 27% of all the funds estimated for the development of the industry.

New storage facilities will be established under standard trade and logistics centers, the construction of which will be invested by over $115 million. It is planned to build a total of 15 logistics centers, which will be evenly located throughout the country.

The forum has become a place of origination for another interesting initiative on the establishment of a large food transport and logistics center in the Bukhara region by the Chinese company Xinjiang Silu Changlong Investment. The Chinese investors are partnered by the regional administration and the Ministry of Economy of Uzbekistan. The Chinese company intends to invest $30 million, most of which will be channeled as a loan of China Eximbank.

There is a reason behind choosing the Bukhara region. For the current year, its administration has planned to grow more than 1.2 million tons of fruit and vegetables, potatoes, melons and grapes. That should be enough to not just fill the domestic market, ensure processing and seed, but also to scale up exports. So far, enterprises of the region export about 52,000 tons of agricultural products, while the demand is obviously much higher. Before the start of IFVF, they expected to sign export contracts for $58.7 million, but the amount exceeded $78.7 million in the first two days alone. Some foreign guests visited farms of their partners in Bukhara region to see intensive gardens and processing enterprises, and establish mutually beneficial cooperation.

The Chinese partners intend to build sorting and storage facilities, as well as four modern refrigerators. They will also build two plants with state-of-the-art production lines. The first company will focus on processing of fresh products of Uzbek farmers into jams, marmalades, preserves, pickles and other products. Another company will be engaged in meat and milk processing, and production of a wide range of sausage and dairy products.

In addition, the Chinese partners intend to launch their own packaging factory for plastic and cardboard containers, boxes and cases in line with all the market requirements of the CIS and European countries. They also plan to gradually establish their own agrarian base, build intensive gardens and greenhouses for all year round production. Consequently, they will their own car fleet. To this end, in the first phase of the project the company intends to purchase about 20 refrigerators by MAN factory in Samarkand.

China, Russia, CIS and EU countries are expected to become key consumers of food products processed and manufactured in the center. This choice is truly justified. Uzbekistan has recently commissioned a new electrified railway line Angren-Pap, which has provided a unique opportunity for businesses to reduce transportation costs. In the coming years the Uzbek side intends to fully electrify the road till the border with Kyrgyzstan, and built a line to China. Altogether, the sections will be incorporated into a pivotal traffic artery for the three countries, which is going to be a new competitor for the existing rail routes between Europe and Asia.

Incorporating over 45 companies, the O’zbekoziqovqatzahira Association has also outlined several export-oriented projects. Each of its enterprises is equipped with vegetable stores, refrigerators with the concurrent storage capacity from 200 to 3,000 tons. The total volume of refrigerating containers makes up about 68 tons, plus about 45,000 tons of ‘dry warehouses’. Latest technologies and equipment for fruit and vegetable storage have guaranteed the supply of products to the population in winter and spring, and expanded the deliveries abroad.

In order to increase exports to Russia and Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan opened three trading houses, which offer clean, delicious and healthy high-quality products under Food Uzbekistan and FAZO brands. To date, Uzbekistan has signed long-term export contracts for almost $120 million. Fruits and vegetables for $4.5 million were shipped already in June, and batches worth $2.2 million have been shipped in the first decade of July. Having studied the demand, some companies have started growing melons by themselves. For instance, PSM Group grows melons for export on 500 hectares. There is a good demand for these products in Russia, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia.

In the first two days of IFVF the foreign trade company Uzagroeksport signed export contracts for $382 million with the Iranian Pure Corporation, the China’s VSEE Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and Trade of Dubai, the Indian Eco Green Group, and others. The Spanish company Lendel Media Solutions has signed a direct contract with Yuqoribogh Ne'matlari agrofirm of Urgench district for a weekly delivery of 30 tons of melons since October 1.

A total of 270 contracts on exports of fruits and vegetables have been signed at more than $2 billion at IFVF. Vegetables will make up 27% of exports, fruits - 25%, dried and processed products - 17.6%, legumes - 8.4%, and 2% of melons.

The Fair is over, but contracts are still signed. It will take at least a few weeks to calculate a total number of the projects signed, as many foreign partners are traveling across the country, studying the capacity of the suppliers and their products. At least one thing is clear today – the initiative has fully justified itself, so Uzbekistan anticipates not hundreds but most likely thousands of participants from all over the world for the next year IFVF to once again enjoy the variety of delicious and environmentally friendly Uzbek fruits and vegetables.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

On Session of Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs

On July 23-25, 2016, under the presidency of Uzbekistan the 39th session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs of the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia Kingdom).

The participants of the meeting exchanged views on the issues of the agenda, related to the strengthening the multilateral interaction in the framework of OIC, including trade, investments, tourism, agriculture, transport and other spheres.

During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the projects of resolutions, which will be signed in the upcoming Tashkent session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC.

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

sport

Chess players of Uzbekistan win 11 medals at AC in Iran

Young chess players of our country won 6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals and took the third place in the team event at the Asian Championship in Iran.

As a result of attention towards the development of children's sport under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, the youth of our country achieve great victories in the international arena. This has been confirmed at the Asian Championship in Iran.

Among children aged up to seven years, Alikhon Avazhonov with 7.5 points won the gold medal. A gifted player successfully participated in rapid and blitz chess competitions, won two silver medals. Humoyun Sindorov took first place in the rapid competition.

Afruza Hamdamova, with 8 out of a possible nine points, became the champion of Asia. Moreover she played in the rapid and blitz tournaments and took the highest step of the podium. Nozima Valieva won a bronze medal in rapid and blitz chesses.

Daler Vohidov ranked first in the blitz competition among players under the age of fifteen years, Rasulbek Abdullayev took third place in rapid-competitions among boys under the age of nine years.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

 

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