INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 228 November 20, 2017

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POLITICS

A worthy assessment of the creative work of people and the creation of modern living conditions for them are the most important tasks. 1

state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea.. 4

On the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea. 4

Investments. 5

The  Russian  Export  Center  (REC)  has  signed  a number of  agreements  with  Uzbek companies  5

Reforms. 5

Uzbekistan: Drugs Market Waiting for Change. 5

International cooperation.. 6

U.S. Congress delegation arrives in Uzbekistan. 6

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CENTRAL ASIA: ONE PAST AND A COMMON FUTURE, COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND MUTUAL PROSPERITY” (10-11 NOVEMBER, SAMARKAND CITY). 6

Speech of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the international conference «Central Asia: one past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity» in Samarkand  6

Society.. 10

Uzbekistan has taken further providing the guaranteed labor rights of citizens under strict control and is ready to constructive international cooperation in this sphere. 10

 


POLItiCs

A worthy assessment of the creative work of people and the creation of modern living conditions for them are the most important tasks

President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev on November 17 got acquainted with new buildings - dwelling houses and social facilities in the Sergeli region of the capital.

The Head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the meeting with voters of the city of Tashkent paid special attention to housing problem in our capital, in particular, it was noted that an absolutely new program has been adopted, according to which 20 buildings will be built in each district of the capital in 5 years, more than 200 7- and 9-storey houses, new residential areas will be provided with all necessary social infrastructure, connected to engineering networks, the adjacent territory will be landscaped.

The work on implementation of the planned program was organized in the shortest time and at high rates. A similar housing estate has already been created in Sergeli district of the capital.

Construction of new multi-storey residential buildings, started at the beginning of this year in accordance with the resolution of the Head of our state “On measures of implementing the Program on construction and reconstruction of affordable apartment buildings in cities for 2017-2020” of November 22, 2016, is fully completed today.

The Head of our state, for the last period, got acquainted with the progress of construction activities several times, gave necessary instructions.

On November 17, the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev examined these new buildings.

Previously, such houses were built for years. Now our builders, having accumulated sufficient experience in this sphere, put such qualitative facilities into operation in a short time.

66 multi-storey houses were built in the area of 13 hectares. 1-, 2- and 3-room apartments in them are provided to the population on the basis of concessional loans. There is a pre-school educational institution for 240 people, a general education school for 630 students, a family clinic No. 61, an indoor swimming pool, a police station, a post office and a bookstore, places for recreation, playgrounds, car parks, bikeways near the houses.

In addition, a network of services has been organized in the area, new workplaces have been created.

We are building these houses not to show off, but with a thought on the interests of the population, said the President of our country. Therefore, the building should be built in accordance with modern requirements. In addition, it is also our duty to properly operate the houses. In this regard, it is necessary to increase the responsibility of residents, to strengthen their sense of responsibility for their home.

The President of our country examined new apartments, got acquainted with created conditions, talked with new settlers, congratulated them and presented gifts.

Munavvar Kamolkhodjayeva teaches in the primary classes of the secondary school No. 75 in Uchtepa district. After the death of her husband, she, in need of housing, applied to the district khokimiyat at the beginning of this year. Her family was given an apartment in one of the available residential buildings built on this array. Mrs. Munavvar, who made the initial payment, today is celebrating the housewarming.

The owners of new apartments, during the conversation with the President of our country, expressed satisfaction with created conditions, noted that provision of such housing on the basis of preferential mortgage loans and tax benefits raises people’s moods and serves as an important factor in the growth of their living standards.

The issue of providing workplaces for people moving here is also actual. It is important that the constructed enterprises and production facilities are not far from these houses, said the Head of our state.

The President of our country gave recommendations and instructions on further improvement of such houses, which will be built in the future.

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The President of our country got acquainted with activities of the city department of internal affairs No. 50 under Sergeli district administration of internal affairs.

Tasks of this department include ensuring peace and tranquility in the territory of citizens’ gatherings of “Bunyodkor”, “Mehrigiyo”, “Habibi”, “Uzgarish”, “Choshtepa”, “Junarik”, “Nugaykurgon” makhallas, prevention of crime in the territory, conduction of preventive measures among the population.

All conditions for effective operation of a duty station, technical and security center, security officer, inquirer, inspector on migration and registration of citizenship, inspector on juvenile and youth affairs, inspector on prevention of makhalla are created in the department.

The department of internal affairs is equipped with modern information and communication technologies. Security cameras are installed in more than 100 entrances of high-rise buildings and 22 busy places of the area, which facilitates round-the-clock monitoring of the territory, combating crime and delinquency, their prevention.

The President of our country spoke with employees of the city department of internal affairs No. 50 on the execution of tasks outlined during the meeting on issues of prevention and combating crime, held on November 15.

The most important issue of today is strengthening the lower level of the system of internal affairs bodies, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. We created all conditions for the service and life of inspectors for prevention. Now we should strengthen their potential, interaction with citizens’ gatherings of makhallas. From now on, preventive inspectors in each makhalla will be appointed from among the three most professional employees on a competitive basis. Competition between applicants will create an effective system on ensuring peaceful and tranquil life for people.The Head of our state got acquainted with the modern equipment installed in the car for photographing suspicious persons and establishing their identity, gave instructions on creating such modernly equipped departments of internal affairs in Tashkent.

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Company on professional management of private houses maintenance has started its operation in Sergeli 6-A district.

The President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev was provided with information on the activities of this service center.

Currently, large partnerships, which have united many houses, are being optimized, private owners’ associations and professional management companies are being organized.

All conditions for providing qualitative public services to the population have been created in the company, where more than 40 employees are working.

The company has 8 units of special equipment for performing all necessary activities in the area. 5 points on collection and disposal of wastes are organized.

There are modern night lighting devices in the courtyards, cleanliness is maintained in the porches, trees and flower beds are maintained, each house is equipped with security cameras. Activity of the savings bank No. 12 of Sergeli branch of “Ipoteka bank” has been established at the company.

It is known that for further expansion of the housing stock, the effectiveness of activities on preparing houses for the autumn/winter season, repairing and maintaining largely depends on the activities of private homeowners’ associations. Consequently, strengthening their material and technical base, their state support and financial recovery are primary tasks.

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The Head of our state examined the swimming pool in Sergeli 6-A district.

In our country, special attention is paid to establishment of a healthy lifestyle among the population, especially children, ensuring formation of them as comprehensively healthy, harmoniously developed personalities, further popularization of physical culture and sports.

The length of the swimming pool is 25 meters, width – 11 meters. It is designed for a daily reception of 150-200 people. All conditions for visitors are created in the construction, erected due to funds in the amount of more than 3 billion sums. There are rooms for medical workers and coaches. The swimming pool is equipped with the most modern systems of cleaning, heating, maintaining the optimum temperature.

In accordance with climatic conditions of our country, it is necessary to build 10 modern swimming pools in each district of Tashkent, qualitative construction materials should be used in their construction, said the Head of our state.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions for further broad involvement of children in this sport, training highly qualified specialists on swimming.

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The Head of our state got acquainted with the activity of the family polyclinic No. 61 in Sergeli 6-A district.

There are departments of ultrasound examination, digital roentgen, electrocardiography, physiotherapy, clinical and biochemical laboratory, outpatient hospital in a three-story family polyclinic for 250 visits. All conditions are created for rendering qualified medical services to the population by narrow specialists, such as therapist, pediatrician, surgeon, otolaryngologist, oculist, neurologist, immunologist.

One of the main innovations in the family polyclinic is the introduction of an electronic patient registration system for the queue. That is, a patient, before entering the clinic to see a doctor, is queued up via the Internet or on the phone using the system installed in the registry, which prevents red tape and saves time.

The President of our country instructed to introduce such a system in all primary medical institutions of the capital on the example of the family polyclinic No. 61. It was emphasized that the reforms in the medical sphere, first of all, should be implemented more deeply in family polyclinics, these institutions are called upon to improve the health indicators of the population and should regularly provide information on diseases, which became less, which are diagnosed at an early stage and what treatment is being carried out.

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In our country, special attention is paid to the introduction of modern mechanisms of preschool education system, strengthening its material and technical base, improving the educational and training process, improving the skills of employees and their material stimulation, educating the younger generation as physically healthy, spiritually mature personalities. The resolution of the Head of our state “On measures of radical improvement of the preschool education system” of September 9 of this year serves as an important guide to action in this direction.

In a two-story facility for 300 places, construction and repair work for 3,7 billion sums, was completed. All conditions for educators and students are created here. Classes on music, foreign languages, rooms for sports activities are equipped with necessary tools, visual aids, modern sports equipment. Energy-saving devices are used in lighting of premises.

The President of our country noted the need to radically improve activities of preschool education institutions, special attention to the education and upbringing of children, improvement of educators’ qualification.

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All conditions for students and teachers are created in the general education school No. 55 built on the basis of modern requirements for 630 students. Light and spacious classrooms, comfortable furniture, modern teaching and laboratory equipment, a sports hall, a stadium, a canteen, in general, the proper school infrastructure are important in qualitative education of children.

In the process of large-scale reforms that are being implemented in the sphere, special attention is paid to a comprehensive study of opinions and suggestions of teachers, parents, schoolchildren, systematic approach to their practical implementation.

Taking into account the wishes of the general public, 10th grades have been organized in general education schools since the new school year, all conditions have been created for students to continue their education on their interests at school, college or lyceum.

It is known that in some places, schools are far from students’ homes, which creates inconveniences, affects the quality of education. All aspects related to this are taken into account in the school built on this area. According to parents, the windows of the houses are facing the school, which makes it possible to watch children on their way to school. In addition, children will have the opportunity to attend school without using vehicles.

The President of our country, getting acquainted with the school, especially noted that such projects are of great importance in further strengthening the ongoing work in the sphere of education and upbringing.

The Head of our state met here with the Sergeli district activists, veterans, youth, representatives of public, owners of new apartments. At the meeting, peace and tranquility in our society, conditions created for the population, people’s satisfaction with life, creation of new workplaces were considered.

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A presentation of economic projects planned for implementation was held within the framework of the visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Sergeli district.

The range of proposed projects is wide. For example, the limited liability companies “Bek mega textile”, “Dara elite”, “Laura peri fashion”, “Orchid beauty” are planning to organize production of textile products and ready-made garments, “Оriginal textile and print” – production of finished products of denim, accessories and furniture, “Ella” enterprise – sewing women’s coats and leather products.

“Orient confection” and “Sladus produce” LLC are planning to expand the production of confectionery products, “Korton Osiyo” LLC – corrugated boxes and packing tapes for fruits and vegetables. The project of “Aminovs company” enterprise is aimed at production of household appliances, “Сentral Аsia” – building nails, metal wires and electrodes.

There are a lot of projects in the sphere of services. In particular, “Nazm-nur progress” LLC is aimed at establishment of a modern cardiosurgical clinic, “Global medical center” organization – the expansion of multidisciplinary medical center, “Kilpyong leaders” LLC – erection of a park and a business center.

As a result of these projects, export-oriented products will be produced, modern services will be established and hundreds of workplaces will be created.

(Source: UzA)

state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea

On the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea

On November 22-25, 2017, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay a state visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation of President Moon Jae-in.

During the high-level negotiations, it is planned to discuss a wide range of issues on bilateral agenda, prospects for further development of interstate relations in political, trade-economic, financial-investment, scientific-technical, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres, exchange views on regional and international issues.

The Head of our state will also meet with the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, will visit Uzbekistan – South Korea business forum with participation of heads of leading economic and financial structures of the two countries.

Following the visit, adoption of a Joint Statement on comprehensive deepening of the strategic partnership by the Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea, as well as signing of significant intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents, commercial agreements and contracts providing for strengthening and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, is expected.

(Source: UzA)

investments

The  Russian  Export  Center  (REC)  has  signed  a number of  agreements  with  Uzbek companies

One of the signed documents was a quadripartite agreement between ExCAR (Russian Agency for Insurance of Export Credits and Investments), Gazprombank, the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan and JV Jizzakh Petroleum.

The main goal of the cooperation is the financing of an investment project for the construction of an oil refinery in the Jizzakh region. The agreement fixes agreements on the possible organization of project financing from Gazprombank under the insurance coverage of ExCAR.

"In addition, the REC, Gazprombank and Uzbekneftegaz signed an agreement on the implementation of the project for the production of synthetic liquid fuel based on purified methane of the Shurtan gas chemical complex. The agreement provides for the organization of project financing from Roseximbank and Gazprombank under the insurance coverage of ExCAR," the press service of the center noted.

An agreement was also signed between the REC and the JSCB Uzsanoatqurilishbank. The document fixes agreements on establishing a credit limit for operations with the Uzbek bank in the amount of $ 41 million related to financing the supply of Russian-made products to Uzbekistan.

"Uzbekistan became the leader of the country's perspective ranking, which was developed by the REEC analysts. The country took the first place not only due to geographical location, low concentration of imports, but also excellent indicators of trade with Russia and a favorable forecast of the IMF average annual GDP growth rate. The signed agreements are the logical continuation of our cooperation with Uzbek colleagues," said Petr Fradkov, head of the Russian Export Center.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Reforms

Uzbekistan: Drugs Market Waiting for Change

The Uzfarmsanoat state-joint-stock concern, uniting more 80 enterprises, will be liquidated. Its place will be occupied by the Agency for the Development of the Pharmaceutical Industry.

This reform is caused by a number of systemic deficiencies that adversely affect the development of the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, the country still lacks a unified strategy for sustainable development in this direction, and the necessary coordination of the activities of pharmaceutical enterprises is not ensured. As a result, the industry today is not able to meet the needs of the domestic market in high-quality and competitive products.

In addition, 19% of enterprises that are part of the concern Uzfarmsanoat do not function, and by 30% production is limited to packaging, packaging and labelling of finished products. In general, at present, out of the total number of names of raw materials imported for the production of medicines, 23.4% is finished goods.

As a result of the lack of the necessary interest of enterprises in conducting research and development work, the share of original medicines registered by enterprises of the concern Uzfarmsanoat is only 1.3%.

According to experts, the emergence of the Agency for the Development of the Pharmaceutical Industry will help to change the situation. It will develop and implement a strategy for the sustainable development of the pharmaceutical industry, including through the implementation of public-private partnerships, the coordination of the activities of profile enterprises and organizations, the implementation of programs to provide the population and public health services with medicines, medical devices and medical equipment.

In addition, the agency will carry out state registration and certification of medicines, medical products and medical equipment, including those imported from abroad, to certify pharmaceutical enterprises for compliance with international good manufacturing practice rules.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev transferred to the agency the State Center for Expertise and Standardization of Medicines, Medical Devices and Medical Equipment, the Uzbek Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research Institute, the Tashkent Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums and the Research Institute of Oriental Medicine.

The state enterprise O'zmedeksport was renamed into the state unitary enterprise O'zmedimpeks, which was also transferred to the agency. It is appointed by a single supplier of socially important medicines and medical products.

The system of fixed pricing for medicines will also change. The President abolished the Republican Commission for Control over the Provision of Medicinal Facilities and Population with Medicines and Medical Products, having assigned all its functions to the Ministry of Health.

Henceforth, fixed prices of drugs included in the list of socially important medicines and medical products will be established only by the Ministry of Health.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

U.S. Congress delegation arrives in Uzbekistan

The U.S. Congress delegation headed by the member of House of Representatives, Trent Kelly arrives in Tashkent on 21 November.

The delegation includes congressmen, representing both the Republican and Democratic parties.

It is planned to hold talks in Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as meetings in the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to visit a number of objects.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CENTRAL ASIA: ONE PAST AND A COMMON FUTURE, COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND MUTUAL PROSPERITY” (10-11 NOVEMBER, SAMARKAND CITY).

Speech of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the international conference «Central Asia: one past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity» in Samarkand

Dear Mr. Jenča!

Dear Mrs. Mogherini!

Distinguished Ministers of Foreign Affairs, heads of international organizations and diplomatic missions, participants of the conference!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I sincerely welcome on the blessed Uzbek land - in the ancient city of Samarkand all participants and guests of the international conference on security and sustainable development in the region of Central Asia.

I express special gratitude to the United Nations Organization and personally to the Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres for supporting the initiative on holding our forum.

I am glad to see in this hall the foreign ministers of Central Asian countries, high-level guests from Russia, China, USA, European states, Japan, Turkey, Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the representatives of the CIS, SCO, OSCE and other partner organizations.

Dear participants of the conference!

Importance and relevance of our forum are vividly reflected in its name – «Central Asia: shared past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity».

The peoples of our region are linked with each other by a several millennia-long bonds of fraternity and good-neighborliness.

We are united by acommon history, religion, culture and traditions.

Being in the «heart» of Eurasia, the region is the bridge connecting Europe and the Middle East, South and East Asia, shares borders with such major states, like Russia and China.

The region is rich in natural resources and a unique cultural and civilization potential is accumulated here which had decisive impact on the development of many countries and entire regions.

At the same time, the interests of world powers intersect in Central Asia, the region adjoins the hotspots of instability and conflicts, experiencing

the influence of all negative processes, taking place in the near and far abroad.

The natural question arises: how will the situation develop in the region?

Along the scenario of conflicts and confrontation - or along the way of cooperation and progress?

The future of our region with a total number of population of over 70 (seventy) million people is formed by each state of Central Asia.

We firmly believe that the solid foundation and guarantor of its sustainable development and prosperity are the readiness and sincere desire for cooperation, as well as responsibility of all Central Asian countries for a common future.

Uzbekistan is a supporter of the earliest resolution of existing disagreements and strengthening of mutual trust.

On the very basis of the principles of good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial partnership our countries will be able to more effectively implement their potential in trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as in the issues of security and stability.

I am confident that all, both the states of Central Asia and other countries will benefit from this.

Our main goal is to transform Central Asia into a stable, economically developed and prosperous region by common efforst.

For this we need to jointly eliminate the conditions and causes, which feed and provoke the conflict potential, ensure the conjugation of national development with region-wide priorities.

While realizing our common development priorities, today we are seeking reasonable compromises on such pressing issues of the regional agenda, as borders, water use, transport and trade.

On the margins of today's conference Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed the Treaty on the Area of Junction Point of State Borders.

This document is unlimited and not subject to denunciation and it will further tighten the bonds of friendship among three neighboring states.

Recently, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed 85 (eighty five) percent of their border. Thus in fact, one of the long overdue problems has been solved.

The cooperation in the sphere of transport has widened. We have resumed flights with Tajikistan. Trade volume are increasing, the links between border areas are strengthening, cultural and humanitarian exchange has intensified.

At the same time, I believe that the achieved initial results are not a reason for complacency. We are still at the beginning of the road.

What specific challenges are important and need to be met today in order to ensure a decent future?

First, it is the development of trade and economic ties and creation of favorable conditions for the growth of trade and strengthening of cooperation.

The creation of Regional Economic Forum may become a practical step in this direction.

I am talking about an open platform for a direct dialogue among business communities and substantive discussion of specific projects of trade-economic, investment and innovative interaction.

Our numerous meetings with the representatives of business circles and leading enterprises of the region’s countries allowed to significantly intensify economic ties, increase the volumes of mutual trade.

Thus, since the beginning of the year, Uzbkistan’s trade with the countries of the region grew on average by 20 (twenty) percent, and with certain states – almost by 70 (seventy) percent.

Priority should be given to interregional cooperation. In this regard, I propose to establish the Association of Heads (hokims) of regions and business communities of states of Central Asia.

According to the estimates of UN experts, effective cooperation of the countries of Central Asia could increase the regional GDP by at least two times in the next 10 (ten) years.

I am convinced that these mechanisms will allow to directly involve the industrial, investment and intellectual potential of our countries’ regions, ensuring sustainable development of the entire Central Asia.

Second, the transit and logistical potential of the region needs to be used more efficiently and ensure accelerated development of transport infrastructure.

I would like to note with satisfaction that countries of the region have taken practical steps in this regard.

Turkmen friends have opened new railway and automobile bridges Turkmenabad-Farab over the Amu Darya river. This is an important section of Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman transport and transit route.

An agreement has been reached on the earliest start of construction of Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China railroad, and a pilot car rally was held across this transport corridor.

In this connection, we believe it is necessary develop and adopt a region-wide Program of Development of Transport Communications.

In order to agree our common approaches, we are planning to hold the international conference «Central Asia in the system of international transport corridors: strategic prospects and untapped opportunities» in 2018 in Tashkent.

We hope for active participation of all our partners in the work of this conference.

Third, it is the deepening of practical cooperation for ensuring security and stability in Central Asia.

Today, all countries of the region equally face the threats of terrorism, religious extremism, transnational crime and drug trafficking.

An effective counteraction against these challenges may only be ensured through joint efforts, within the framework of practical cooperation of the countries of the region.

We are deeply convinced that we need to reject the division of security threats into «our own and someone else’s» and in practice adhere to the principle of «indivisibility of security».

An important role in addressing the problem of regional security, above all, in the context of using the instruments of preventive diplomacy must be played by the United Nations.

It is also necessary to strengthen interaction within the framework of mechanisms of CIS, SCO, OSCE and other high-profile international and regional structures.

Today, the prospects of stable and sustainable development in Central Asia are inextricably linked with the achievement of peace in neighboring Afghanistan.

One of the priority tasks is the comprehensive assistance in terms of Afghanistan’s integration into regional economic processes.

This will be the major contribution to the efforts of the international community to ensure peaceful development in Afghanistan.

I underline that Uzbekistan will continue to actively participate in the economic reconstruction of the neighboring country, development of its transport and energy infrastructure, training its human resources.

Priority direction in terms of ensuring stability and sustainable development in Central Asia is confronting the ideology of extremism, which most often exerts influence over young people who are just entering the adult life.

Central Asia is one of the «youngest» regions in terms of age of the population: young people make up about 60 per cent, which is significantly higher than the average world indicators.

Therefore, at the recent session of the UN General Assembly in New York Uzbekistan put forward the initiatives on developing the Convention on the Rights of the Youth and adopting the special resolution «Education and Tolerance».

Extending support to these initiatives by all countries of Central Asia will become a powerful signal of our readiness to preempt the radicalization of young people, ensure social rehabilitation of misdirected persons, and their return to a normal life.

As our experience shows, the most effective countermeasure against extremism is enlightenment, primarily of young people, communicating to them the humanistic essence of Islam, the true values of Islamic culture.

In this respect, we have made a decision on the establishment of Imam Bukhari Center International Research Center in Samarkand and the Center of Islamic Civilization in Tashkent.

Fourth, is the earliest final completion of the process of delimitation and demarcation of state borders.

Having solving border problems, we will lay a solid foundation for the expansion of trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian cooperation among our countries.

We believe it is necessary to continue coherent and scrupulous joint work to address difficult issues, arising at the talks on delimitation of state borders.

I am confident that by mutual consideration of interests, and on the basis of reasonable compromises and equivalent exchange we will soon be able to solve this crucial problem.

Fifth, is the earliest settlement of the issues of fair water use in the region.

I am convinced that in addressing these issues we need to be guided by international legal norms that would take into account the interests of all states of the region.

Uzbekistan supports draft conventions on the use of water resources of the Amudarya and the Syrdarya river basins, developed by the UN.

Addressing the most acute problems related to the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea requires joining of efforts. This is not only our common pain, but also our common task.

We can’t work out adequate response to these challenges without adequate consolidation both at regional and international level.

In this regard, we believe it is necessary to intensify the activities of all states of the Central Asian region in order to solve the urgent problems of the Aral Sea region, and to attract a donor assistance to implement socially significant projects and programs.

Sixth, it is necessary to strengthen cultural and humanitarian ties, relations of friendship and good neighborliness among our states and peoples.

This is one of the main conditions of intensification of regional cooperation in Central Asia.From this point of view, we stand for the continuation of an active cultural and humanitarian dialogue, holding the Days of Culture creative activities in our countries on regular basis, development of educational and tourist exchanges as they are the most important tools of «people’s diplomacy».

In the end, a simple and open human communication is the most reliable way to strengthen the climate of mutual understanding and stability in the region.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I believe you will agree that addressing topical issues in Central Asia is only possible through joining the efforts of our countries on the basis of the principle of shared responsibility.

Organization of regular consultative meetings of the heads of state of Central Asian countries could facilitate the implementation of the foregoing tasks.

We proceed from the understanding that today there is a real need for the joint search for ways of solving common regional problems.

This was also reflected in the statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries of Central Asia on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

I would like to underline that we are not talking about the creation of a new international organization of Central Asia or some other integration structure with its own charter and supranational bodies.

Activities of the regional dialogue platform will be exclusively aimed at «comparing notes» on the key issues of regional development.

We also believe that upon the result of this conference it is important to make an appeal to the UN General Assembly to adopt a special resolution on strengthening regional and international cooperation for peace, security and sustainable socio-economic development in the Central Asian region.

Adoption of such a resolution would be significant support from the UN and the entire international community to the efforts of our states in terms of strengthening constructive dialogue, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and developing coherent approaches to the solution of existing problems in the region.

Dear participants of the conference!

Central Asia is, in fact, the region of unique opportunities and huge untapped potential.

Ensuring sustainable development, stability and prosperity in the region is our common and quite achievable task.

There is no doubt that today's conference will be another step in the progress towards this noble goal, facilitate practical implementation of key tasks, new, put forward new and much-needed proposals aimed at strengthening our common «Central Asian Home».

I wish all participants and guests of the forum productive work and pleasant stay in Samarkand.

Thank you for your attention.

Society

Uzbekistan has taken further providing the guaranteed labor rights of citizens under strict control and is ready to constructive international cooperation in this sphere

Detailed information and analytical material "On efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan to ensure guaranteed labor rights of citizens in accordance with national legislation and international labor standards" was circulated as an official document of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

As it is noted, in the Strategy of action in five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, adopted this year, one of the priorities has been identified as ensuring guarantees of the reliable protection of citizens' rights and freedoms. The guarantees of citizens' labour rights have been further strengthened by another vital initiative in 2017, namely the Year of dialogue with the people and of promoting human interests.

According to Permanent mission of Uzbekistan at the UN (New York), the document has been translated into all official languages of the organization (English, Arab, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French) and placed in the Official document system of the main international organization.

The full text of the document is given below.

On EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO ENSURE GUARANTEED LABOUR RIGHTS OF CITIZENS IN ACCORDANCE WITH NATIONAL LEGISLATION AND INTERNATIONAL LABOUR STANDARDS

Over the years of independence in Uzbekistan, a solid legal foundation has been established which has created the conditions to ensure in practice the universally recognized right of all persons to work, free choice of occupation and fair working conditions. These fundamental social rights, enshrined in international instruments, have been embodied in the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan and in national legislation, which clearly set forth the prohibition of the use of child and forced labour.

Uzbekistan, as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), has ratified 14 ILO Conventions, including on the inadmissibility of child and forced labour, and their provisions have been consistently put into effect in national legislation.

Uzbekistan has established close and productive cooperation with ILO in this sphere. In particular, the Decent Work Country Programme for the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017­2020, which envisages a range of measures to protect citizens' rights in the area of labour relations, is currently being implemented.Through constructive cooperation with ILO, the country's international image has been significantly improved and tangible successes have been achieved.

A Coordinating Council on child and forced labour is operating effectively in Uzbekistan. Alongside State bodies, civil and community human rights institutions are also carrying out activities to monitor the situation in this regard..

The measures taken have made it possible to achieve significant results. In particular, child and forced labour have been completely eradicated in Uzbekistan. Since 2014, Uzbekistan has not been included in the list of States which have serious shortcomings in complying with ILO conventions.

In the Strategy of action in five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, adopted this year, one of the priorities has been identified as ensuring guarantees of the reliable protection of citizens' rights and freedoms. The guarantees of citizens' labour rights have been further strengthened by another vital initiative in 2017, namely the Year of dialogue with the people and of promoting human interests. Further strengthening guarantees of labor rights of citizens became the separate, major direction of a great work in 2017 which in Uzbekistan is defined "Year of dialogue with the people and the interests of the person".

Uzbekistan, resolutely confirming its commitment to its international obligations and to the observance of human rights and freedoms and having instituted strict monitoring of the further protection of citizens' guaranteed labour rights in line with international standards, is open to constructive international cooperation in this sphere.

In order to enhance the effectiveness of all work to counter the risks of forced labour, particular attention is being paid at the current stage to ensuring that the measures taken in the sphere of labour relations are comprehensive and systematic and that effective use is made of the potential for social partnership between State bodies and public organizations.

In the area of preventing risks of forced labour, particularly in agriculture, consistent efforts are being made to resolve a number of urgent issues in respect of the modernization of agriculture, enhancement of the level of mechanization of the agrarian sector and introduction of innovative technologies in this sphere.

In accordance with a recent decree of the upper chamber of Uzbekistan's legislative body - the Senate of the Oliy Majlis - a parliamentary commission on ensuring citizens' guaranteed labour rights is currently being established. In order to ensure transparency in the commission's work and provide for systematic parliamentary monitoring, a procedure is being introduced whereby the commission will regularly submit for consideration by the plenary session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis information on the findings of review of the work done by the directors of State bodies and other organizations at the central level and locally in implementing the legislation and international treaties of the Republic of Uzbekistan associated with ensuring citizens' guaranteed labour rights, including the prevention and inadmissibility of the use of forced labour.

In turn, corresponding territorial commissions will regularly submit relevant information for consideration by the Joqarg'i Ken'es of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the regional and Tashkent city kengashi of people's deputies.

Moreover under the Senate decree, a set of measures was approved to ensure citizens' guaranteed labour rights, in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan and international labour standards, envisaging a number of steps for enhancement of legislation, monitoring of the implementation of ratified ILO conventions, cooperation with ILO and other international organizations, capacity building of State bodies and civil society organizations, and information and outreach work in this sphere.

In accordance with the decree, the Government will adopt comprehensive measures to further incorporate market mechanisms and scientific and technological advances in the agricultural sphere, increase the level of mechanization of agriculture, introduce new varieties of cotton plants suited to the broad use of mechanized harvesting and ensuring maximum impact of the mechanization of agricultural production, and also develop various methods of economic stimulus for invited seasonal workers and formulate proposals to regulate labour relations in this and other spheres.

In the decree, special attention is paid to the participation of non-State noncommercial organizations and other civil society institutions in carrying out public monitoring of the strict implementation of labour legislation at the local level, conducting a wide-ranging information and outreach campaign on these issues among the public, and other activities.

In this regard, the parliamentary commission on managing the resources of the public fund to support non-State non-commercial organizations and other civil society institutions attached to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan has recommended consideration of the question of providing subsidies, grants and public commissions to non-State non-commercial organizations in order to carry out, within the framework of social partnership, targeted programmes to create decent working conditions and strengthen the guarantees of citizens' labour rights.

All in all, the decree adopted by the Senate will serve to strengthen the effectiveness of parliamentary and public monitoring of the implementation by State and managerial bodies of the norms of the legislation and international treaties of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the protection of citizens' labour rights and the inadmissibility of any form of forced labour.

Memorandums of cooperation have been signed

Memorandums of cooperation on supply of textile products, juices, condiments and other products from our country have been signed between the Fund for support of exports of small businesses and private entrepreneurship under the National bank for foreign economic activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan and South Korean companies "Awesome Ltd.", "SuWan TPL Co., Ltd", "DOBE CorpInc." within the framework of Uzbekistan - South Korea business forum and cooperative exchange, in Tashkent.

The Fund for support of exports of small businesses and private entrepreneurship and the Federation of Jewelry Manufacturers (Republic of Korea) reached an agreement on implementation of a project on production of jewelry in Tashkent.

These agreements will serve to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.The event was attended by representatives of major South Korean companies operating in the spheres of construction, food industry, jewelry production, medical equipment, personal care products, agricultural machinery, information and communication technologies, textile and sewing

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

 

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