INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 187 September 22, 2017

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Investments

Uzbekistan to establish modern cotton-textile cluster

International cooperation

Extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the SCO

Society

Uzbekistan: a source of spiritual strength and upbringing

Sport

Kurash officially included in program of the XVIII Asian Games

 

investments

Uzbekistan to establish modern cotton-textile cluster

The pilot project envisages the establishment of a joint venture "Bek cluster" in the form of a limited liability company.

Presidential Decree №3279 approved measures to establish modern cotton-textile cluster in the Syrdarya region.

The pilot project envisages the establishment of a joint venture "Bek cluster" in the form of a limited liability company.

A total of 18 thousand hectares of irrigated land is set to be allocated for growing cotton and other crops in the Syrdarya region.

The Decree of the head of state instructed to provide:

- allocation of land by 1 November 2017;

- regular cleaning of irrigation and drainage systems, in order to eliminate soil salinity, as well as uninterrupted water supply for industrial needs of agricultural organizations.

Equipment, special vehicles, animals and plants, veterinary products, including components, raw materials, building materials, greenhouses that are not produced in the Republic are exempt from customs payments (except customs duties) until 1 January 2022.

JV "Bek cluster" is granted the right to maintain the layout of cotton varieties on a standalone basis taking into account the zonal terms, while introducing scientifically based crop rotations, water-saving and resource-saving technologies.

The raw cotton produced by the agricultural enterprise is used exclusively for the further deep processing by JV "Bek cluster" and its member organizations.

(Source: UzReport.news)

International cooperation

Extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the SCO

On September 20, 2017 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov took part in an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states, in New York.

At the first meeting after the SCO summit in Astana chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi, heads of the foreign affairs agencies of India Sushma Swaraj, Kazakhstan – Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kyrgyzstan – Erlan Abdyldaev, Pakistan – Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Russia – Sergei Lavrov, Tajikistan – Sirojiddin Aslov and Uzbekistan – Abdulaziz Kamilov discussed the priority areas of the SCO development in the context of joining of India and Pakistan into the organization as full members. Views were exchanged on relevant aspects of international and regional policy.

The ministers also considered prospects of strengthening interaction of the SCO with the UN and other multilateral associations.

Following the meeting, an information message and a number of decisions of the CMFA on issues of current activities of the organization, were adopted.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Uzbekistan: a source of spiritual strength and upbringing

Care and respect for the representatives of the older generation, their social protection, and further improvement of living conditions is a matter of particular concern in our country.

This is very important, since the successful social policy has significantly raised the well-being of the population and the quality of people’s life, thereby contributing to an increase in the average life expectancy and in the proportion of older people in the population structure.

In recent years, much has been done in this direction in the republic. In particular, in 2010-2015 alone, the logistical capacity of 12 boarding homes Sakhovat and Muruvvat for the elderly and people with disabilities, living conditions of 14,600 lonely elderly people, pensioners and people with disabilities were improved, 5,400 people with disabilities were provided with technical rehabilitation means and prosthetic and orthopedic tools, 6,400 people with disabilities and pensioners improved their health in sanatoriums. The total amount of medical and social assistance during the reported period amounted to 132.2 billion soums(currency rates of CB RU from 21.09.2017, 1$= 8077 soums).

This relevant issue was highlighted in the recent meeting of the International Press Club on ‘Nuroniy: a Rich Life Experience, Source of Spiritual Strength and Upbringing’. The event was attended by the Board Chairman of the Nuroniy Foundation Shuhrat Jalilov, the Head of Namangan region branch Ikromkhon Najmiddinov, the writer Ibrohim Gafurov, and others.

The speakers emphasized that the Presidential Decree ‘On measures to further improve the activities of the Nuroniy Foundation for social support of veterans of Uzbekistan’, adopted in late 2016, was an important guide to action in terms of supporting veterans and improving their living conditions. The Strategy of Action for 2017-2021 also positions social protection of vulnerable population strata and state support for the elderly among the priority areas.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the issues related to the implementation of the decree, the objectives set by the Strategy, as well as the Law ‘On social services for the elderly, people with disabilities and other socially vulnerable categories of the population’.

The participants pointed out to state programs that are focused on raising the level and quality of life of the elderly and people with disabilities, streamlining of the system of pensions and social security, organization of their system-based rehabilitation and provision of access to modern methods of treatment.

The consistent and strong social policy has improved the well-being and the quality of life of the population. Thus, the indicator of the average life expectancy of citizens in Uzbekistan has increased from 67 to 73.5 years. As noted in the Decree of the head of state, the main activities of the Nuroniy Foundation should focus on the creation of conditions for active involvement of veterans in strengthening the spiritual and moral foundations of Uzbekistan’s renewal and development, the socio-political life of the country, maintaining their high social activity after retirement; assistance to the government in implementation of key priorities of the state policy in terms of improving the quality of life of elder citizens, implementation of public control over the observance of the legislation on pensions and benefits for the elderly, provision of social support and medical care to the elderly and other segments of the population in need.

In partnership with citizens’ self-government bodies, the Foundation should also ensure peace and tranquility in families, provide social and financial support to the lonely and needy elderly and every possible assistance in meeting their priority needs; organize various social and cultural events for the elderly, video conferences, sports events with an eye to their age, creative evenings with elderly writers, artists, singers, painters and other representatives of the creative community.

Among other functions, the Nuroniy Foundation pays attention to ensuring positive solutions to such issues as prevention of divorce in young families, violation of law among young people, attendance of educational institutions, the return of young people from abroad and their employment.

Jointly with the elders, the Foundation maintains effective functioning of sports facilities, music schools, and comprehensively advanced generation centers in order to support the minors, problem families and citizens, as well as effectively organize their leisure time.

To this end, the Council of Ministers of Karakalpakstan, regional and city administrations arrange ‘Nuroniylar Maskani’ complexes on the territory of culture and recreation parks. It is also planned to organize local offices of the Nuroniy

Foundation there. To date, such facilities already function in the Fergana and Namangan regions. In particular, the Nuroniylar Maskani complex in Fergana was erected in the Al-Fargoni Culture and Recreation Park. It offers all the necessary amenities for people of the older generation. The elders attend a library with national and world literature, a gym with modern equipment, a medical room, a phytobar, a teahouse. The President’s visit to the complex has yet improved the conditions for veterans: they were provided with a bus. As a result, the work of the elders with the young people has become more effective, strengthening their role in maintaining spiritual stability in the society.

The construction of the Nuroniylar Maskani complex in Namangan has been launched early this year on the territory of one of the parks of the regional center. Before the construction, many respected veterans and elders of the region came together to express their wishes and preferences. The construction of the object, costing nearly 4.5 billion soums, was completed already in May. There is a library, facilities for playing chess and drafts, a gym, shower cabins, a rest room, a medical center, and a hall for various kinds of events. The commissioning of the Nuroniylar Maskani complexes in Pap and Chust towns of Namangan region is scheduled for early October.

It was also noted that a breastplate badge ‘Mehnat Fakhriysi’ was established in order to decently encourage compatriots of the retirement age for many years of diligent and fruitful work in economy, production, science, culture, education, health, law and other sectors, as well as motivate non-working mothers who devoted their lives to the preservation of a strong family, who earned respect in society and raised children in the spirit of responsibility to society, respect for the elders and the younger generation, national and universal values, love for the Motherland, devotion to the ideas of independence.

Large-scale activities on support of citizens of the retirement age have been underway. Regardless of the organizational and legal form, heads of enterprises and organizations pay permanent attention to pensioners, provide them with financial and social support, visit their homes every year, particularly the lonely, make presents on their birthdays and holidays, assist in resolving housing problems, organize trips health and sanatorium complexes, as well as excursions to sacred and pilgrimage places.

Aiming to establish an open dialogue with pensioners and help them to address their pressing problems, heads of enterprises and organizations appoint certain time to meet with the retired people who were previously employed with their organization.

To catalyze the work in this direction, it was decided to introduce a post of Deputy Chairman of Citizens’ Assembly (in villages and communities), or advisor for the elderly and veterans in citizens’ self-government bodies on a voluntary basis.

The logistical capacity of all branches of the Nuroniy Foundation is being strengthened. 1.5 billion soums have been allocated to supply them with furniture, computer equipment and communication facilities.

The Presidential Decree and the Strategy of Action envisage a full coverage of 2.8 million elderly citizens with profound medical examination by specialized medical teams to early reveal and treat diseases. The documents also stipulates the expansion of measures on prevention of morbidity in elderly citizens by means of permanent monitoring of their health by attaching nursing workers, the improvement of living standards of 15,500 lonely elderly citizens by attaching personal social workers to them, as well as improvement of health of the elderly by booking of free medical vouchers for their diagnosis and treatment.

In this regard, it is planned to allocate vouchers to the republican specialized medical centers and regional medical institutions for 158.8 billion soums; improve health of veterans of the war and labor front, lonely pensioners and people with disabilities by allocating annual free vouchers to sanatoriums and health resorts totaling 18 billion soums for 34,000 persons; organize free resort treatment for additional 50,000 pensioners and people with disabilities through the construction and equipping of three new sanatoriums for the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans of war and labor in Bukhara, Kashkadarya and Khorezm regions, valued at 13.5 billion soums.

It is also planned to strengthen social support and increase the level and quality of life of lonely elderly and disabled people in need of nursing care by providing a free basic package of food and hygiene products for a total of 3.2 billion soums for 4,000 people of this category annually.

The participants of the World War of 1941-1945 have been entitled to the compensation in the amount of the average cost of the voucher, instead of the annual course of resort treatment.

This program will be financed through a total of 688.2 billion soums, and through drawing $108.7 million of credit and grant funds of international financial institutions.

The above-mentioned measures are expected to contribute to the creation of additional conditions for active involvement of old people in public activities, maintaining their high social activity, involvement in the socio-political life of the country, as well as raising the level and quality of life of older people, the lonely elderly, strengthening of targeted social protection and expansion of the range of assistance for them.

Speaking at the meeting, the Republican Board Chairman of the Nuroniy Foundation Shukhrat Jalilov emphasized that the elders and elderly people have been revered in our country from time immemorial, which is also proved by the Presidential Decree ‘On further streamlining of activities of the Nuroniy Foundation’. The speaker noted that the Decree has enacted the creation of appropriate conditions for social assistance to the elderly, as well as for their meaningful leisure.

“There are more than three million veterans in our republic. Among them, the people aged between 60 and 75 still contribute to the country’s development, take an active part in the life of communities, help the younger generation. There are centers in communities of each town and district, where groups of elderly teachers and veterans with rich life experience help to bring up the younger generation, reconcile young families on the verge of divorce, address many other issues.”

He also added that there are 1,657 veterans of war in our country. They visited each of them and found out that over 400 of them need state assistance. To date, 14 veterans have been provided with new 2-3- room apartments, housing repairs have been held in the houses of 174 of them, and more than 200 wheelchairs and hearing aids have been allocated.

Сhairman of the Namangan branch of the Nuroniy Foundation Ikromkhon Najmiddinov noted that social support of the population is a priority direction of the state policy. Dwelling on the Law ‘On social services for the elderly, people with disabilities and other socially vulnerable categories of the population’, the speaker emphasized that, owing to this document, the elders are given due attention in the form of annual free treatment in local health resorts, financial assistance from the state for the lonely and needy elderly, and the veterans are sent for the Hajj.

“By the example of the Namangan region alone, 3,400 elders improved their health free of charge in sanatoriums and boarding houses. Pensions, which were previously accrued on plastic cards, are now available in hand in cash. The financial aid to elderly people in our region has increased several times,” said Ikromkhon Najmiddinov.

Expert Jasur Mahmudov, Director of the Department at the State-Commercial People’s Bank, explained that as of July 1 this year, the payment of pension funds is assigned to the People’s Bank. Today, about three million veterans of the country receive pension allowance in time. Moreover, for the convenience of pensioners with disabilities, 30% of total number, a group of workers delivers pensions to their home. The People’s Bank purchased 590 Damas cars to ensure the timely delivery of pensions to the elders. All these conditions have been created for the benefit of our elders.

As the writer Ibrohim Gafurov noted in his speech, the support of the state to our elders will surely pay back as a spiritual treasure.

“Let’s take, for example, the children’s writer Khudoyberdi Tukhtaboyev, who is 86 years old. Even at this age, he writes novels and works for children. He recalls his childhood in the times of war, giving roots to a new novel,” says Ibrohim Gafurov. Or, for example, Umarali Normatov, a 86 years old critic and literature expert. He still takes part in literature- related events, writes critical articles and reviews. Why do I cite the example of older writers? Because the support they get from the state, inspires for the creation of new works. Our elders still have the opportunity and desire to create. Let’s encourage them not only by sanatoriums and boarding houses, but send gifted and creative elders abroad for fresh ideas. The Persian poet Sheikh Saadi Shirazi spent 30 years of his life in travels. He never lived in one place and lived a long life. Traveling, active life and popularity is what motivates and stimulates a person.”

A specialist of the Nuroniy Republican Foundation Hulkar Fayzullaeva told about groups entitled ‘Nuroniylar E’zozimizda’, which unite students from different universities of the country.

“Teamed up with these young men and women, we visit veterans and the lonely elderly for every holiday, each occasion, help them with housekeeping, finance, or just a nice communication. This movement is active not just in the capital, but also in the regions of our country. The young people take their own initiative, which pleases the elders great” the expert said.

There are many women among the lonely elderly, who also need help. But, in addition to material assistance, they need communication and care. The enthusiasts of the Nuroniy Foundation address such issues too – they visit the lonely people, talk with them.

At the end of the event, one of the speakers asked the question: when does a person consider himself old? He offered his own answer: he feels old when he is no longer useful for the society. But if a veteran participates in social and public life, he forgets about his age. It would be fair to cite our elders as an example. No matter how old they are, they are always needed by our communities, our society, our youth, our dear Motherland!

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

sport

Kurash officially included in program of the XVIII Asian Games

Kurash is officially included in the program of the XVIII Summer Asian Games, which will be held in Indonesia in 2018.

This decision was taken at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, which was held in Ashgabat.

According to the decision of the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, kurash competitions at the summer Asian Games will be held in eight weight classes.

In particular, men will fight for victory in weight categories up to 66, 73, 81, 90 kg and over 90 kg, women - up to 52, 63, 78 kg.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

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