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POLITICS

Uzbekistan: Priority areas of further development of craftsmanship are determined

Meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the heads of delegations of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan

Meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS

Economy

Uzbekistan: Sweet Incomes

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan was among the top 10 reforming countries

International cooperation

On the visit of EBRD delegation to Uzbekistan

Meeting of the CIS Electric Power Council

 


POLItiCs

Uzbekistan: Priority areas of further development of craftsmanship are determined

On November 3, a meeting under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held on further development of craftsmanship, comprehensive support of artisans, increasing employment of the population.

Craftsmanship was well developed in our country from ancient times. Traditions of learning crafts from childhood, the desire to benefit people have become the national values of our people. Over the centuries, the types of folk crafts have increased, enriched with new styles and schools. Today there are 34 kinds of artisan activities in our country.

Due to conditions created in the years of independence, a wide road opened for the revival and multiplication of national values for further development of craftsmanship. “Hunarmand” Republican Association was organized with its departments at places. If in the old days, masters and artisans faced different difficulties and barriers in demonstrating and selling their products, today centers of artisans are created in each district and city, special shopping arcades in the markets and in shopping malls.

The dynasties of artisans are supported, especially in terms of transferring the secrets of mastery to youth on the basis of “Master-student” traditions.

Craftsmanship plays an important role in producing goods that are in demand, improving the welfare of the population, ensuring employment, especially of youth, women and low-income families. Therefore, the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev pays special attention to further development of craftsmanship, all-round support of national masters.

At the meeting, issues of development of folk crafts and applied arts, expansion of manufactured products, on the basis of this – creation of new workplaces were discussed.

The need of financing promising projects of artisans, granting them preferential loans, attracting investment of international financial institutions to the sphere was noted. Heads of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, “Hunarmand” Association, “Microcreditbank” and the first deputy khokims of districts were instructed to develop specific plans in the context of districts, taking into account the peculiar features and traditions of the regions, the need to reach every artisan.

Attention was paid to issues of state registration of artisans, provision of vacant buildings for them on a preferential basis for organization of activities, providing with equipment, necessary raw materials.

Instructions were given on expanding the artisans’ centers, simplifying the delivery of their products to buyers. In particular, the need of creating broad opportunities for craftsmen to sell their products in markets and supermarkets, and, if desired, to open shops in their homes was emphasized. It is necessary to create conditions for craftsmen who do not have a permanent place of trade, who trade at temporary places for the voluntary use of cash register and trading terminal on the basis of trade rules, as well as collection of cash proceeds to commercial banks.

According to the instructions given at the meeting, special exhibition-fairs for free of charge participation of artisans will be organized in each region. They will also be assisted in participating in exhibitions, festivals and fairs held abroad.

Export activities of artisans will also be stimulated. They will be given the right of free disposal of foreign currency received from the export of their own products, in particular, obtaining foreign currency from a bank account in cash.

The need for development of craftsmanship was noted in order to attract youth on the basis of “Master-student” tradition, encouraging artisans to receive students and training them in craftsmanship, comprehensively assisting young artisans in establishing their activities.

Instructions were given on further expansion of the scale of activities in this direction, increasing the allocation of loans for craftsmanship.

At the meeting, issues of development of private entrepreneurship in the sphere, financial and organizational support of artisans, increasing employment of the population and other relevant issues were discussed.

The officials of branch organizations were entrusted with corresponding tasks.

(Source: UzA)

Meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the heads of delegations of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan

On November 3, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan and the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov, who took part in the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS in the city of Tashkent.

During the conversation with the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, the dynamic development of multifaceted relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan was noted with deep satisfaction.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the heads of delegations

Mutual visits at the highest level that were held in the past months and their fruitful results brought bilateral relations to the level of strategic partnership.

Issues of ensuring implementation of the adopted decisions and reached agreements, prospects of further increasing the volume of trade, expanding cooperation in industry and agriculture were discussed.

The need to actively use the existing potential and broad opportunities for interaction was emphasized at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the heads of delegations

The Head of our state paid special attention to issues of expanding the mutually beneficial practical cooperation, primarily in the trade and economic sphere. The importance of organizing an effective activity of the joint Intergovernmental Commission was noted.

During the meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov, issues of developing mutually beneficial partnership between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan in the sphere of trade, energy, transport and transit, other priority areas were discussed.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the heads of delegations

The importance of careful preparation of the economic agenda of the upcoming bilateral meetings at the highest level was emphasized.

In turn, the heads of governments of Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan expressed gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the heads of their states.

The readiness for active cooperation in order to expand and deepen bilateral relations, to fill practical cooperation between our countries with a new concrete content was noted.

(Source: UzA)

Meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS

On November 3, the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in the Palace of International Forums “Uzbekiston” in Tashkent.

The event began with a meeting of the heads of governments in a narrow format. It was attended by the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan, the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytjan Sagintayev, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Tajikistan Kohir Rasulzoda, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Esenmyrat Orazgeldiyev, Plenipotentiary representative of Moldova at the statutory and other bodies of the CIS Viktor Sorogan. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Executive Committee – the CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev. The heads of governments exchanged views on relevant issues of cooperation between the Commonwealth countries.

The Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS coordinates the development of cooperation between the bodies of the executive authorities of the Commonwealth countries in socio-economic spheres.

The Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS solves issues of implementing the instructions of the Council of Heads of States of the CIS, the adoption of joint programs for the development of various sectors of the economy and their financing. In addition, its activities are aimed at development of transport, communications and energy systems, cooperation in issues of tariff, credit-financial and tax policies, development of mechanisms of formation of scientific and technological space.

Uzbekistan considers the CIS as a platform for an open and confidential exchange of views on a wide range of actual issues. Our country intends to give a qualitatively new dynamic to its participation in the CIS in a number of areas, including in the sphere of trade, investment, transport, tourism, education, science, as well as in the field of security.

About twenty issues concerning the development of trade and economic relations between the member states were discussed at the meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments that was held in Tashkent for the first time.

At the meeting in an expanded format, the Statement of the Heads of Governments on consolidation of efforts of the world community for effective counteraction to international cartels was discussed. The Statement envisages measures on improvement of the situation in the CIS countries in countering international cartels. The participants noted the interest in joint implementation of measures on stable growth of the economies of the Commonwealth.

Considering the information on implementation of provisions of the Free Trade Zone Agreement of October 18, 2011, the Council of Heads of Governments noted that the mechanisms of resolving trade disputes provided by this agreement are the most effective instrument of mutually beneficial settlement of disputes between the parties on the issue of fulfillment of their obligations under the agreement.

The heads of governments approved the Concept of cooperation of the CIS states in the field of oil and gas engineering, land reclamation and control over the customs value of goods, as well as a Plan of priority measures on its implementation.

At the meeting it was emphasized that issues on introducing amendments to the unified budget of the Commonwealth bodies for 2017, on the approval of a unified budget of the CIS bodies for 2018, as well as related changes in the amount of contributions of the CIS member states on ensuring activities of the secretariat of the Coordination Council of Prosecutors General and ensuring activities of bodies of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS member states have priority.

Draft Agreement on the exchange of information necessary for determining and taking control over the customs value of goods, which was also included in the agenda of the meeting, is important for the development of economic interaction in the Commonwealth. This document is aimed at deepening cooperation in order to ensure the reliability of the declared customs value of goods transported through the customs borders of the countries of the integration association.

The document, aimed at counteracting evasion from payment of customs payments, will enable effective control over the customs value of goods passing through the borders of the CIS countries. This document was approved by the heads of governments.

Another document, directly related to the free trade regime in the CIS area, was included in the economic bloc of issues – a protocol on introducing amendments into the agreement on the rules of determining the country of origin of goods in the CIS of November 20, 2009.

At the meeting, issues of the exchange of information within the framework of the CIS in the sphere of fighting against terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism, as well as their financing were also discussed.

As it is known, over the past period, a principled legal basis for counteracting contemporary threats, ensuring stable economic development, expanding cooperation in socio-cultural sphere has been created in the CIS.

Member states are studying issues of interdepartmental exchange of information, its legal framework, compliance with international and national legislation in the exchange of information. In addition, within the framework of this initiative, opportunities for establishing mutual consultations between authorized agencies and organizations are being considered.

At the meeting it was emphasized that attempts of financing and supporting terrorism and extremism in the CIS will be identified through a specialized database of anti-terrorism centers of the member states.

Based on the results of the negotiations held in the spirit of mutual trust and constructiveness, decisions were made on the process of preparations for carrying out population census in 2020 in the CIS member states, further development of medico-social assistance and improving the quality of life of war veterans and their families, as well as a number of other issues.

At the meeting with representatives of the mass media, it was emphasized that the meeting was fruitful, the signed documents will contribute to further development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the CIS countries.

The heads of governments unanimously noted that the meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS was held at a high organizational level, expressed sincere gratitude to the Republic of Uzbekistan for hospitality.

The next meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States is scheduled to be held in June 2018 in the Republic of Tajikistan.

(Source: UzA)

economy

Uzbekistan: Sweet Incomes

In the next five years, Uzbekistan intends to increase the production of honey by more than 50% - from the current 15.4 thousand tons to 23.7 thousand tons in 2021.

This is provided for by the Program of Measures on the Integrated Development of the Beekeeping Industry approved by the head of state until 2021.

Now there are more than 12,000 business entities involved in beekeeping in the country. Last year they produced 12 thousand tons of honey, which is 1.2 times more than in 2015. At the same time, the analysis showed that there are a number of problems in the industry concerning the ineffective use of available opportunities.

For example, the productivity of a single bee family does not exceed 20 kilograms, which is a rather low indicator compared to the world average. Also, due attention is paid to the study of best practices in the field of beekeeping, the wide introduction of modern technologies and the use of high-tech methods for the production of honey.

To change the situation, the head of state ordered to create an association Uzbekiston Asalarichilari, which will organize the technological processes of production of this product, the cultivation of bee bags and the strengthening of the forage base, as well as the introduction of scientifically based methods and modern technologies in the production process of honey.

To coordinate the activities of beekeeping organizations in the regions, 13 permanent representatives of the association will be created. To attract the leading international experience, the new structure in the near future initiates the process of joining the International Federation of Beekeeping Associations "Apimondia".

Do not stay away and the issue with the cadres. Starting from 2018-2019 academic year, it is planned to organize a zootechnical faculty in Ferghana State University to train personnel with higher education in the field of beekeeping.

The program also provides for the establishment of a special leasing company under Aloqabank, which will specialize in the supply of bee hives, the necessary equipment and tools, equipment, special vehicles and trailers used in beekeeping, as well as honey packaging lines.

Another interesting measure for the development of the industry is the provision, on a non-repayable basis, of forest fund lands and protected natural territories, mountain and foothill areas, natural pastures, and agricultural lands to beekeeping farms during the collection of honey.

The head of state also provided beekeepers who will be members of the association Uzbekiston Asalarichilari, a privilege in the form of exemption from January 1, 2023, from customs fees for imported pedigree materials, tools and equipment, veterinary drugs, timber needed for the production of bee hives, polyurethane foam and its auxiliary parts, wax and wax products.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan was among the top 10 reforming countries

In accordance with the Strategy of Action on the five priority development directions of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, large-scale reforms are being implemented aimed at improving the investment climate, creating an enabling business environment and stimulating the accelerated development of small business and private entrepreneurship.

For such a short period of time, a number of laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan, more than 20 decrees and 35 resolutions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, aimed at improving the business climate in the country and development of entrepreneurial activity were adopted. Measures are being taken to dramatically simplify and improve the transparency of registration of licenses and permits, and the provision of public services. Strengthened measures of legal protection of business entities, financial support for the development of entrepreneurial activities. In other words, all reforms are based on the well-known principle "if the people are rich, then the state will be rich and strong."

The effectiveness of last year's measures to improve the business climate is confirmed by the latest release of the World Bank's Doing Business international report.

According to the October 31, 2017 report "Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs", Uzbekistan took 74th place among 190 countries, having improved its rating immediately by 13 positions compared to last year. Moreover, our country has entered the top 10 reforming countries to create the most favorable conditions for doing business. At the same time, the ongoing reforms allowed Uzbekistan to become a leader among the countries of Europe and Central Asia to improve the business environment and simplify the business environment.

The scale and effectiveness of the measures taken to create a favorable business environment are confirmed by a significant improvement in 6 out of 10 indicators of the World Bank's Doing Business 2018 report.

Uzbekistan ranked 11th among the countries of the world in terms of "Registration of Enterprises" due to the radical improvement of the procedure for state registration and registration of business entities, ahead of such developed countries as USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and others.

So, from April 1, 2017 in our country began to operate online registration of business entities, which occupies only 30 minutes against the previous two working days. It is important to note that registration of the business entity is carried out on the basis of an application filled in online. In this case, applicants are given the opportunity to make out the constituent documents at their discretion on the basis of standard forms through this system.

The ease of opening a business is also indicated by the fact that in just 9 months of this year, the number of newly created small business entities increased 1.3-fold as compared to the previous year.

Establishment from January 1, 2016 of a new procedure for connecting business entities to electricity networks on a "turnkey" basis facilitated the simplification of administrative procedures requiring direct involvement of business entities. If before, when connecting to the power supply system, entrepreneurs were required to pass 7-10 instances, today it is enough to apply to one-stop shops with one application. All other steps - from preparation of technical specifications to connection to networks - are carried out by the services of territorial enterprises of electric networks without the participation of applicants.

As a result, according to the indicator "Connection to electric networks", Uzbekistan rose by 56 positions and took the 27th place in the rating, ahead of this indicator countries such as the USA, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Latvia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Canada, Israel and others.

Thanks to the introduction in the beginning of 2016 of a new procedure for granting land plots to carry out entrepreneurial activities on the basis of a tender, the procedure for obtaining permits for all stages of construction has been considerably simplified, from the stage of preparing the project documentation to putting the facilities into operation. As a result, the number of procedures necessary to obtain land and construction permits was reduced from 23 to 17, which affected the country's rating upgrade by 12 positions in the indicator "Obtaining construction permits."

Issues of simplifying tax administration and reducing the tax burden on business entities are at the center of the constant attention of the leadership of our country. Thus, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Measures to Improve Tax Administration Essentially, Increase the Collection of Taxes and Other Compulsory Payments" of July 18, 2017, the first major direction of reforming the tax system is the widespread introduction of modern information and communication technologies into the tax administration process, transition to contactless electronic servicing of taxpayers, primarily business entities.

Completion of the full transition to the electronic form of tax reporting and expansion of the practice of distance payment of taxes made it possible to achieve a significant improvement in the country's rating in terms of "Taxation" (to rise from 138th to 78th place). According to the experts of the Doing Business team, the level of tax burden on business entities in Uzbekistan is much lower than in the US, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, China and Russia.

In terms of "Registration of property", which is also carried out through the "one-stop-shop" centers, Uzbekistan has strengthened its positions, ranking 73rd in the world rating.

At the same time, it is necessary to emphasize the effectiveness of the activity of the single centers for rendering state services to business entities on the principle of "one window". Their functioning helped to ensure transparency and promptness of licensing procedures and licensing, the introduction of electronic forms of interaction between government agencies, as well as a significant reduction in bureaucratic obstacles and financial expenses of applicants. Given the positive experience in 2017, the number of public services provided exclusively through the "one-stop-shop" centers has been doubled - from 16 to 34 species.

Along with improving the system of rendering public services, active work is carried out to strengthen the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of investors. Strengthening the requirements for increasing the transparency of corporate governance and disclosure of information on the activities of joint-stock companies, including accrued and paid remuneration to the members of the executive body, the supervisory board and the audit committee of the company, allowed Uzbekistan to rise to 62nd place on the indicator "Protection of minority investors".

As a result, Uzbekistan entered the first hundred countries in such areas as registration of the enterprise (11th place), connection to electric networks (27), enforcement of contracts (39), lending (55), protection of minority investors (62), registration property (73) and taxation (78).

Doing Business 2018: Reforming for Job Creation is the 15th annual edition of the World Bank Group that conducts an assessment of business regulations. The world rating for ease of business conditions is headed by New Zealand. The top five also included Singapore, Denmark, the Republic of Korea and Hong Kong (China).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

On the visit of EBRD delegation to Uzbekistan

On November 7, 2017, a delegation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) led by the First Vice President Philip Bennett will arrive in Uzbekistan.

The extensive program of the visit includes conduction of meetings and negotiations in the Government, the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, the Central Bank, and other leading financial institutions of Uzbekistan and signing of loan agreements.

A representative delegation of the EBRD will also take part in the international conference on “Central Asia: one past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity”.

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

Meeting of the CIS Electric Power Council

On November 4, the 51st meeting of the Electric Power Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in Tashkent.

Current issues of development of cooperation in electric power sphere, ensuring modernization of the legal technical reserve in this process were discussed at the event, which was attended by the heads of relevant ministries and electric power companies of the CIS member states, representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, international organizations. Reports on ensuring stable operation of energy systems of the Commonwealth countries in the autumn/winter period of 2017-2018 were heard.

At the event, international documents on electric power sector within the framework of the CIS, normative and technical documentation of the CIS Electric Power Council, as well as documents of the Working group on development of energy capacity and alternative energy sources were also considered.

Following the meeting, resolutions of the CIS Electric Power Council were signed.

(Source: UzA)

 

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