INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 163 August 21, 2017

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POLITICS

Creation of modern conditions for the population – today’s requirement 1

OFFICIALLY.. 3

Institute of Arts and Culture to open branch in Ferghana region. 3

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3

Uzbekistan sets up Fund for support of entrepreneurship development 3

International cooperation.. 4

Abdulaziz Kamilov: Central Asia a Key Priority. Not a Declaration, But a Conscious Choice. 4

On official visit of delegation of Uzbekistan to India. 6

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 7

Constructive Suggestions Taken into Account 7

POLItiCs

Creation of modern conditions for the population – today’s requirement

On August 18, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Bekabad.

The head of our state got acquainted with the activity of “Uzbek metallurgical combine” JSC.

This combine is one of the largest production facilities of our country. The enterprise processes scrap and waste of ferrous metals, produces finished rolled products, enamelware and other consumer goods.

The President of our country got acquainted with the activities of special workshops of the enterprise.

The enterprise is working on six large-scale economic projects with a total cost of about 635 million dollars.

One of the projects – processing of scrap and waste of ferrous metals. With its launch at full capacity, an opportunity will be created for the production of 138,2 thousand tons of ferrous metal products, as well as enamelware and other consumer goods. As a result, about 3 thousand workplaces will be organized.

In accordance with another ongoing projects, a steelmaking and foundry complex will be built, production of hot rolled steel sheets will be organized. This project is planned to be implemented in two stages.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev talked with workers and employees of the plant, got acquainted with created conditions for their productive activities and recreation.

Recently we have visited the city of Almalyk. Almalyk and Bekabad are the cities of metallurgists, regions with developed industry. Therefore, we must develop two cities in parallel, make sure that people living there are satisfied with their lives. In this regard, we announce a competition on development between the two cities. Fr om September 1, 2017 to September 2018, we will trace the development trends of both cities. This will be a healthy competition between the cities, and not between metallurgical plants, wh ere the prices in markets, conditions that are being created for the lives of citizens will be taken into account. Involvement of new enterprises, creation of additional workplaces – everything will be taken into account. Such healthy competitiveness will play an important role in the dynamic development of the two cities, said the head of our state.

The head of our state paid special attention to such actual issues as training of personnel, provision of youth employment and training.

We have to give a modern education to our young people, to bring up a worthy youth, starting from preschool age, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of our country visited “Shudring” (“Dew”) preschool educational institution No.5, subordinated to Bekabad city department of methodological support and organization of activity of public educational institutions, got acquainted with conditions created for children here.

Information on the current state of pre-school educational institutions in Tashkent region was provided. Currently, there are 406 pre-school educational institutions in the region. They cover 61 thousand 755 children.

The head of our state, on the example of the city of Bekabad, noted the need to develop a program for the full coverage of preschool children by educational institutions. At the same time, he emphasized the necessity of assigning a broad role to private kindergartens.

The head of our state, during trips to the regions of the country, regularly conducts dialogues with the population, gets interested in people’s living conditions, pays special attention to issues and problems concerning them. This was also reflected during the meeting with residents of multi-storey houses belonging to the “Metallurg-madad” private homeowners association in the territory of “Pakhtakor” makhalla in the city of Bekabad. More than 750 people are living in 234 apartments of 8 multi-storey houses of this association. The roofs of the houses are repaired, old pipes in the cellars are completely replaced, modern doors with code locks, security surveillance cameras are installed in the houses. This serves to ensure peace and tranquility in the territory. Modern playgrounds are built around the houses.

However, there are also problems worrying residents. In particular, the heating system is not working in the houses. This state of affairs is observed not only in this association, but also in almost the entire city of Bekabad. Providing drinking water is also one of the problems concerning the population. Although there is drinking water, its quality does not meet the requirements.

The President of our country noted the need to install gas-fired boilers in houses that are produced in “ARISTON THERMO-UTG” joint venture in Navoi region on the basis of preferential credit.

All our activities are aimed at meeting the needs of people, raising the level and quality of their life, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Therefore, we will provide all multi-storey houses that do not have heating in Bekabad with individual gas-fired boilers, allocate necessary funds for this. Gas-fired boilers installed in apartments will be provided to the population on the basis of preferential loans.

Achievements we have achieved today are the result of diligence of our people, noted the President of our country. If we will work hard together with dedication, then we will reach even higher levels.

Creating an enabling environment for people’s lives, full satisfaction of their vital needs, providing workplaces – are some of the actual tasks facing countries with high demographic rates. According to statistics, the population of our country has exceeded 32 million 345 thousand people, and this figure is increasing every year.

This can also be seen in the city of Bekabad. Currently, the number of its residents exceeds 90 thousand. Forecasts show that by 2035 this figure will reach 110 thousand. This, in turn, requires consideration of demographic growth.

So, how will this task be accomplished?

President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the presentation of the master plan of the city of Bekabad until 2035, paid main attention to these issues.

As it was noted, the well-being of the population is ensured through the implementation of such important socio-economic projects as stabilization of the labor market situation, improvement of public services provided in the sphere of employment, radical improvement of urban infrastructure, establishment of small industrial zones.

In particular, in 2017-2018, 179 projects with a total cost of 3,8 trillion sums will be implemented, about 5 thousand people will be employed.

At the expense of commercial banks, new multi-storey buildings will be built for workers of “Uzbek metallurgical combine” JSC and Bekabad cement plant with an annual commissioning of about 1200 apartments. The first houses will be put into operation in a year – on the eve of Independence Day of our country.

The head of our state gave instructions on creation of parks around these houses and construction of social facilities for serving the population, in short, creation of a small town. He noted the need for its construction in a short time and suggested calling it “Mustakillikning 27 yilligi massivi” – massif of the 27th anniversary of Independence.

Two seven-storey houses with 42 apartments are being built in the city of Bekabad this year. In 2018, it is planned to erect another 10 such multi-storey buildings. The city’s central hospital was built in 1964, so it needs repairs. In 2017-2018, activities on construction and reconstruction at the amount of more than 12 billion sums will be held here. The import of medical equipment for 1 million dollars is envisaged.

The President of our country instructed to establish an electric train traffic between Tashkent and Bekabad in order to create even greater convenience for the population.

At the Palace of culture “Metallurg”, a meeting under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held. It was attended by activists of Tashkent region and the city of Bekabad, heads of relevant ministries and departments.

At the meeting it was noted that the Virtual reception of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the People’s receptions at places became an important system for dialogue with the population. Various issues are solved there in a timely manner, people are finding support and understanding. It was emphasized that the Strategy of actions on five priority directions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 is aimed at raising the development of our country to a new level. Special attention was paid to issues of creation of all necessary conditions for the population, renewal of communication systems, improvement of territories, further development of entrepreneurship.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY

Institute of Arts and Culture to open branch in Ferghana region

The State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan will open its branch in the Ferghana region.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On organization of the Ferghana regional branch of the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan”.

In line with the resolution, Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved a proposal on organization of the Ferghana regional branch of the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan.

The branch will train specialists with higher education in the field of culture and art.

The university branch will also increase knowledge and experience, scientific and creative potential and pedagogical skills of professors and teachers.

According to the document, the branch will accept 25 students for bachelor’s degree in direction Acting arts in 2017/2018 academic year, including 10 of them will be accepted on state grants and 15 on contract basis.

Admission to the Branch for 2017/2018 academic year is carried out at the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan.

The branch will be located in the main building of the Kokand professional college of tourism and service in Kokand.

(Source: UzDaily.uz)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan sets up Fund for support of entrepreneurship development

The President of Uzbekistan adopted a Decree "On establishment of State Fund for support of entrepreneurship". The document is aimed at further strengthening the financial support of private entrepreneurship, especially micro and small enterprises, creating favorable conditions and opportunities for accelerated development.

The President of Uzbekistan adopted a Decree "On establishment of State Fund for support of entrepreneurship". The document is aimed at further strengthening the financial support of private entrepreneurship, especially micro and small enterprises, creating favorable conditions and opportunities for accelerated development.

The regulation provides that the proposed Public Fund for support of entrepreneurship will render small businesses and entrepreneurs financial support in the form of:

- providing resources by commercial banks in national and foreign currency, including at the expense of attracted foreign credit lines;

- guarantees on loans of commercial banks in the amount of up to 50 percent of the loan amount but not exceeding $500 thousand or its equivalent;

- compensation to cover part of interest expenses on loans from commercial banks.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Abdulaziz Kamilov: Central Asia a Key Priority. Not a Declaration, But a Conscious Choice

Uzbekistan abidingly remains committed to an open, benevolent and pragmatic policy towards its closest neighbors. It was a leitmotif of the last week’s international conference ‘Central Asia Is a Key Priority of Uzbekistan's Foreign Policy’ in Tashkent. It brought together experts and analysts from Central Asian countries, heads of diplomatic missions, as well as ambassadors of Uzbekistan working in neighboring states.

The very name of the conference underscores the ‘doctrinal focus’ of Uzbekistan's foreign policy towards a comprehensive deepening of relations and integrated intensification of interaction with Central Asian states. The relevance of the forum is proved by the fact that its conduct was fully supported by such authoritative international institutions as the UN, OSCE, and all the states of Central Asia.

A presentation of the video, which clearly demonstrated the regional vector of cooperation, was a promising start toward the success of the conference.

The identity of each state of Central Asia has region-wide roots that emerged during the times of the Silk Road.

The agenda included panel discussions of experts in two areas: new opportunities for regional cooperation, prospects for interaction in the political, diplomatic and trade and economic areas.

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov underscored the relevance and timeliness of the meeting in his speech: "New trends are gaining momentum in Central Asia today, suggesting favorable environment for addressing long-overdue regional problems, expanding trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties."

In this regard, the Minister pointed out to the need to scrutinize the emerging realities, identify priority areas for mutually beneficial cooperation, and achieve specific results that would make the region safer, stable and prosperous. His concept that the solution of all vital issues of development of Uzbekistan, ranging from border security to equitable distribution of water resources, is inextricably linked with the region was undeniable.

The economically prosperous and safe Central Asia is an absolute imperative for Uzbekistan.

Tashkent is open to a constructive dialogue, search for solutions to the most pressing problems on the basis of reasonable compromises. Those are not just words! They have been confirmed by specific political and diplomatic steps taken by Uzbekistan in the Central Asian direction. As the Minister emphasized: "We have truly managed to create a new political environment in the region, remarkably raise the level of political trust with our neighbors, and reach breakthrough results in many areas of cooperation."

Enthusiasm of the conference participants significantly enriched the dialogue, allowing looking at the issues discussed from different points of view. They paid close attention to the state, which historically, geographically and geopolitically adjoins the region. The transition of Afghanistan to peaceful tracks, according to their common opinion, largely depends on economic development, in which Central Asian each state should be involved. Analyzing their contribution apart, they noted that Uzbekistan has recently expanded its bilateral relations with Afghanistan, and actively joined multilateral synergies to settle the Afghan problem. The Uzbek side will continue to further promote the economic rehabilitation of the neighbor, and its accelerated ‘transition to the path of peaceful development’.

Afghanistan is the pivotal and organic component of a region-wide security system.

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Uzbekistan Helen Fraser noted that the Action Strategy, adopted in Uzbekistan for 2017-2021, and its foreign policy on strengthening ties with neighboring countries, is a guarantee of future prosperity and stable development of not just Uzbekistan but the whole of Central Asia. In this regard, the United Nations fully supports the course of Uzbekistan on strengthening of regional cooperation.

Chairman of the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations, Foreign Economic Ties, Foreign Investments and Tourism Alisher Kurmanov explained that "in the rapidly changing world and Central Asia in particular, consolidation of efforts and search for solutions to all the problematic aspects of cooperation in the region is an objective requirement of time. All the abovementioned initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan are carried out not in pursuit of immediate benefits, but are built on a conscious and long-term choice of our people."

Trade and economic relations are undoubtedly the key pillar of ​​cooperation. How can we develop them quickly and efficiently? According to the Director of the Information and Analytical Center for International Relations Eldor Aripov, "it's time to consider the establishment of a regional economic forum for direct dialogue between business communities and substantive discussion of specific cooperation projects. We believe that this initiative will help to raise the level of awareness among business circles of our countries about proposed initiatives and projects in the region, integration and enhancement of practical interaction of business representatives."

Meanwhile, trade is inextricably linked with the transport sector. What specific steps are being taken for the development of transport and communication links? As analysts emphasized, the transformation of Central Asia into a key logistical hub of Eurasia should become the central point of transport strategies of its states.

Construction of transport corridors vital for the further development of states, such as Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman, China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan, Trans-Afghan corridor, would afford a powerful impetus to accelerate the integration process in Central Asia. The ‘Eurasian Transport Bridge’ would be an alternative to the sea arteries. As a result, the region will strengthen its geo-strategic importance for traditional trading partners in both the West and the East.

According to Julia Nevskaya, head of department at the Information and Analytical Center for International Relations, Uzbekistan, for its part, has already taken certain measures aimed at expanding intraregional transport communications. For example, the high-speed rail service between has been established Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan since early 2017. The air connection between Tashkent and Dushanbe was resumed for the first time for 25 years. The flights between Tashkent and Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan have been launched. The road through the M-39 highway section between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was opened.

Apparently, the active regional policy of rapprochement with absolutely all the Central Asian states, and intensification of the political dialogue at the highest level has allowed achieving considerable results.

The cultural and humanitarian relations have received a new impetus as well. According to experts, the institutions of ‘people's diplomacy’ have turned into an integral part of the process of strengthening of mutual trust, good-neighborliness and friendship between states and peoples, creating the environment for deepening regional ties on a wide range of interactions.

The experts stated that direct human communication, free from official formalism, will allow them to get to know each other better, dispel potential phobias and stigma, and will contribute to the formation of harmonious relations as a platform for the future strong multifaceted ties in various areas.

Even such sensitive issues as delimitation and demarcation of state borders and rational use of water resources have shifted from a dead point in a new political atmosphere, and are gradually being addressed. All this, experts say, lays a strong foundation for the integration and transformation of Central Asia into a region of cooperation and development.

The Central Asian policy of Tashkent has become an effective response to the long-overdue request for regional rapprochement, the rehabilitation of trust and mutual understanding, as well as prompt resolution of the accumulated problematic issues. That was the summary of participants of the Tashkent conference.

A Samarkand forum on Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia will be the next platform, a follow up of the Tashkent International Conference, which the Uzbek has scheduled for this November under the auspices of the UN. It will be held under the motto ‘Central Asia: a Common Past and Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity’. Taking the opportunity, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited all participants to Samarkand and expressed confidence that "we are able to make an unambiguous choice in favor of mutually beneficial cooperation."

(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions)

Petko Draganov, head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA):

The efforts of the new leadership of the republic on the accelerated process of political modernization in Uzbekistan undoubtedly deserve attention and support.

This year, the Center for Preventive Diplomacy celebrates its tenth anniversary. As our experience shows, the political will of countries ranks among the key prerequisites and conditions for strengthening regional cooperation and achievement of significant progress in problem settlement, creation of an environment conducive for integrated and sustainable development.

Sodiq Imomi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan to Uzbekistan:

We are interested in developing our common home - Central Asia, in an atmosphere of friendship and good-neighborliness, which facilitates not just addressing all existing problems, but also building platforms for our common prosperity. Regarding the pressing issue of water and energy resources, I am convinced that our countries are able to find a mutually acceptable formula for its solution without intermediaries, without external mediators.

Farhad Abdukhalikov, Chargé d'Affaires of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan:

Uzbekistan is the closest friend and the nearest neighbor of Kazakhstan. Naturally, we have many common interests and, accordingly, common plans. We see today's conference as the next step in the rapprochement of our peoples. Notwithstanding different opinions that have been expressed here, they had the only common point that the dialogue should be continued.

Daniyar Sydykov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan:

The role of the region as a player on the world arena is destined to grow stronger year by year. The sustainable and stable development of the region is undoubtedly the key priority for each Central Asian country. Therefore, today, I would like to express my special gratitude to the conference organizers for such an open dialogue on all topical issues.

Irina Chernykh, chief research fellow at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies:

Today, Kazakhstan keenly tracks the ongoing processes in the neighboring Uzbekistan. The republic is getting more open, carries out structural reforms, strives toward Central Asian business, and, most importantly, it has a serious potential for internal development. Our business circles and the expert community expect great positive changes in Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

On official visit of delegation of Uzbekistan to India

On August 21-23, 2017, the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay an official visit to the Republic of India.

The program of the visit includes meetings and negotiations with the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and other leaders of India.

The delegation of Uzbekistan will also attend Uzbek-Indian business forum and other joint events.

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

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Constructive Suggestions Taken into Account

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis taken place on August 14-15, 2017, the deputies have considered a number of draft laws developed within the framework of the realization of the Strategy for Actions.

Legal acts that were included in the agenda were discussed earlier at meetings of political party factions, a group of deputies from the eco-movement, committees and expert groups working with them.

During the meeting, the people's deputies stressed that today there is an increase in the political activity of citizens which is manifested in the growth of their interest in the activities of representative bodies of power. And one of the main principles of the activity of the parliament is the consideration of public opinion which is achieved by establishing and maintaining constant feedback with the voters and population.

Therefore, new, more effective mechanisms are being introduced. So, following the results of the previous meeting, the most relevant draft laws were posted for discussion on the official web site of the lower house of the parliament. As a result, proposals were received that were taken into account in improving the draft laws.

The deputies began their work with an paragraph-by- paragraph discussion of the draft law "On the authorized representative to protect the rights and legitimate interests of business entities under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ". As part of its preparation for the second reading, about 1,400 opinions, proposals and recommendations were received from entrepreneurs, experts, specialists, representatives of civil society institutions, ordinary citizens in the process of public discussion. All of them were discussed in detail by the expert commission acting under the Committee on democratic institutions, non-governmental organizations and self-governing bodies of citizens, as well as at the meeting of the Legislative Chamber.

The main objective of this bill is to strengthen the guarantees of protecting the rights and legitimate interests of business entities, to prevent unjustified interference of state bodies and other organizations in their work, to determine the legal mechanisms for the business ombudsman.

Then the parliamentarians discussed the draft law "On protecting children from information that is harmful to their health". Member of the Committee on information and communication technologies R. Kusherbayev noted that during the finalization of the draft law, the deputies analyzed proposals received, many of which were constructive. In particular, the proposal of the citizen G.Bobokulova concerning the inclusion of healthcare institutions in the system of bodies and institutions that protect children from information that is harmful to their health is taken into account. The deputies stressed that this document was elaborated taking into account the experience of developed democratic countries and international treaties in the field of protecting the morality and well-being of children in need of special protection, keeping the younger generation from harmful information. Also there was taken into account the experience of the countries of the European Union, in particular, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Lithuania, as well as the US, Japan and other states.

Constructive proposals and recommendations were also received on the bill "On the dissemination of legal information and access to it". It should be noted that all proposals were carefully studied by deputies in preparation for the meeting.

The people's representatives discussed in the second reading the draft law "On amendments and additions to the law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On applications of individuals and legal entities". It was noted that in the Year of dialogue with the people and of human interests under the leadership of the head of state, tremendous work was carried out to improve the procedure for the consideration of citizens' appeals by public authorities and management. The amendments and additions are designed to strengthen the legal framework in the sphere and ensure quality work in this direction in the following years.

Also in the second reading, the draft law "On elections to the District Kengashes of People's Deputies of the City of Tashkent" was considered. The deputies noted that it was developed in order to create the legislative basis for the forthcoming elections to the district Kengashes of People's Deputies of the city of Tashkent which will be conducted in the third decade of December this year. In turn, the restoration of the once abolished regional Kengashes of people's deputies of the capital promotes a more rational, targeted implementation of the budget policy, taking into account the specifics of each district of Tashkent.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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