INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 229 November 21, 2017

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Officially.. 1

On the increase the salaries, pensions, stipends and grants on average. 1

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev adopts Decree on further development of handicraft 1

Investments. 1

JV MAN Auto-Uzbekistan to develop production of MAN CLA trucks on CNG.. 1

International cooperation.. 1

Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan: Protocol comes into force. 1

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CENTRAL ASIA: ONE PAST AND A COMMON FUTURE, COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND MUTUAL PROSPERITY” (10-11 NOVEMBER, SAMARKAND CITY): 2

Cementing Our Common Central Asian Home. 2

PROBLEMS OF ARAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF MIDDLE ASIA.. 5

Tashkent will host an International conference on water cooperation in Central Asia. 5

 


Officially

On the increase the salaries, pensions, stipends and grants on average

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed a decree to increase the salaries of employees of budgetary institutions and organizations, pensions, stipends and grants on average by 1.15 times (15%).

According to the document, starting 1 December 2017, the minimum wage will comprise 172 240 soums per month, pensions by age – 336 880 soums per month, benefits to disabled from childhood - 336 880 soums per month, and benefits for the elderly and disabled citizens without required work experience - 206 720 soums per month (currency rates of CB RU from 21.11.2017, 1$= 8085.11 soum).

Self-supporting enterprises and organizations have been ordered to increase wages in accordance with minimum wage established by this decree, through improving production efficiency and reducing labor costs.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev adopts Decree on further development of handicraft

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 17 November adopted a Decree "On measures on further development of handicrafts and supporting artisans".

The decree defines the main directions of development of national craftsmanship, providing full support to the artisans, assisting in the allocation of lands and premises, connecting to the utility networks, the provision of soft loans, sales of handicrafts, especially for export, and establishment of the centers for development of crafts in the districts and cities of the Republic.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

investments

JV MAN Auto-Uzbekistan to develop production of MAN CLA trucks on CNG

JV MAN Auto-Uzbekistan JV is set to develop the production of MAN CLA trucks with CNG (compressed natural gas) engine and MAN CLA dump trucks with a total mass of 50 tons and an engine capacity of 440 hp.

A corresponding agreement was signed between JSC Uzavtosanoat and MAN Truck & Bus AG within the framework of the official visit of the government delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Uzbek-German business forum.

The project is planned to be implemented in 2019-2020.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan: Protocol comes into force

A protocol on introducing amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Government of Uzbekistan and the Government of Kazakhstan on international road transport came into force on 17 November 2017.

The agreement was signed on 20 March 2006. The protocol to the agreement was signed in Astana on 23 March 2017.

The Protocol extends the scope of the intergovernmental Agreement by including rules on the organization of regular and irregular international road passenger transportations.

The document was adopted to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of transport communications and create mutually acceptable legal conditions for organization of international road transportation of passengers between the two countries.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

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

Cementing Our Common Central Asian Home

"How will the situation develop in the region? By the scenario of conflicts and confrontations or by the path of cooperation and progress?" were the questions raised by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, which he put at the center of his speech in Samarkand at the International Conference "Central Asia: Shared Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity".

High officials representing international organizations, foreign ministers of Central Asian states and other countries, representatives of the diplomatic corps, famous experts tried to answer these questions.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev presented the shortest but most capacious answer, clearly stating Uzbekistan's position: "Uzbekistan supports the prompt resolution of existing disagreements and the strengthening of mutual trust.

It is on the basis of the principles of good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial partnership so that our states will be able to more effectively realize their potential in the trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian spheres, in matters of security and stability.

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

Our main goal is to turn jointly Central Asia into a stable, economically developed and prosperous region. To do this, we need with common effort eliminate the conditions and causes that feed and provoke the conflict potential, ensure the matching of national development prospects with the region-wide priorities.

Realizing our common development priorities, today we are looking for reasonable compromises on such acute issues of the regional agenda as borders, water use, transport and trade.

The importance and relevance of the forum are reflected in its title - "Central Asia: one past and a common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity."

On the margins of today's conference, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed the Treaty on the area of the junction of state borders. This agreement - unlimited and not subject to denunciation, it will further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the three neighboring states. Lately, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed 85 percent of their borders. In fact, one of the old problems was solved.

Cooperation in the sphere of transport has expanded. Air traffic with Tajikistan was renewed. The volume of trade is growing, ties between border territories are being strengthened, and cultural and humanitarian exchanges have intensified."

Having voiced the achieved results, the head of state immediately noticed that this is not a reason for complacency, since this is only the beginning of the path on which a number of important problems should be solved. According to him, they are as follows: "Firstly, it is the development of trade and economic ties and the creation of favorable conditions for the growth of trade turnover and the strengthening of cooperation; secondly, it is necessary to use the transit and logistics potential of the region more efficiently and ensure the advanced development of the transport infrastructure; thirdly, deepening practical cooperation in order to ensure security and stability in Central Asia; Fourthly, this is the speedy and final completion of the process of delimitation and demarcation of state borders; Fifthly, this is an early settlement of the problems of equitable water use in the region; Sixthly, it is necessary to strengthen cultural and humanitarian ties, relations of friendship and good-neighborliness between our states and peoples."

Central Asia is a region of great opportunities, not challenges and threats.

As you can see, the tasks are not simple, but completely solved. The same opinion is held by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini. In her speech she stated: "In this region I see more opportunities than challenges and threats. This is an opportunity for economic growth, security, joint development of Central Asia. Parties need to help each other in finding collective responses to global challenges - climate change, environmental protection, water management.

Most of the challenges that we face go beyond international borders. We have no choice but regional and international cooperation. In particular, this concerns security issues - this is the Iranian nuclear program, the maintenance of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the radicalization of our youth."

Focusing on the latter, Ms Mogherini noted the importance of young people using the opportunities for cooperation between the EU and the countries of Central Asia. "I am very pleased that our young people are using the opportunities of our partnership. Since 2015, thousands of Central Asian researchers and students have had a chance to work and study in the EU. I think this is the most solid foundation of our partnership in the present and future."

The EU is ready not only to share its experience and knowledge, but also to support the region and each country in the chosen way of cooperation by all means that we have.

The theme of integration was developed by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca: Today, no state in the world can solve its problems alone. Be it a big or small country, but it must establish friendly ties, first of all with neighboring states, to develop international relations taking into account the interests of the region. From this point of view, the initiatives put forward by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to strengthen the ties between the states of Central Asia in ensuring peace and tranquillity, and sustainable economic development of the region deserve attention.

Today, Uzbekistan has proposed important initiatives in this direction. Suggestions were made to maintain the multilateral relations in the trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian, transport and logistics spheres at the new stage of bilateral relations between the states of the region and within the framework of international organizations. I think these ideas will be supported by the states of Central Asia, and the UN will express its position on this issue. "

On the sidelines of the international conference the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan - Abdulaziz Kamilov, the Republic of Kazakhstan - Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kyrgyz Republic - Erlan Abdyldaev, Republic of Tajikistan - Sirojiddin Aslov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov signed the Cooperation Program between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for 2018-2019.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, sounded a good neighbor to a friend better than his friend, turning to concrete actions of the countries of the region: "I would like to especially note the recent achievement of important agreements in this direction by the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Especially, the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, put forward at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, about the establishment of regular consultations of the heads of state of Central Asia, which was supported by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who expressed readiness to host such a first meeting in our country.

At today's international forum, the President of Uzbekistan also drew particular attention to important areas of development of interrelations between the states of the region. We, the foreign ministers of the Central Asian states, should be active in the implementation of initiatives."

Kazakhstan is ready to host the first summit of consultations of the heads of Central Asian states on the eve of Navruz next year in Astana, initiated by the President of Uzbekistan.

The ministers of the foreign ministries of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan noted the role of the conference in this constructive process, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev believes that the Samarkand conference is aimed at extremely topical issues and is held in a timely manner, and the initiatives of Shavkat Mirziyoyev will serve to strengthen friendship and cooperation in the Central Asia, the opening of a new page in the history of the region.

According to Sirojiddin Aslov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, the international conference played an important role in the multilateral exchange of views, the development of mutually agreed approaches and further strengthening of regional cooperation. Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov summed up briefly: "The unification of efforts will serve the common development and prosperity of our peoples."

The symbolism of holding this event in Samarkand was unanimously noted by all participants. This ancient city, located at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road, for millennia was the center of a dialogue between representatives of various nations, religions and cultures. This universal spirit was again reflected in today's forum.

Arrived from all over the world in ancient Samarkand, politicians and experts have united on the path to a common future.

The international conference continued its work in the sectional sessions, which discussed in greater detail the energy potential, natural resources, transport and communication opportunities of Central Asia, with a special emphasis on the impact of the ongoing processes in this region on stability in general on the Eurasian continent. Therefore, it was absolutely verified that the key role in ensuring peace, security and sustainable development in Central Asia is based on consensus, equality and respect for the interests of relations between the states of the region.

In this context, it was quite logical that the representatives of Central Asian states confirmed the need to strengthen cooperation in the rational use of water and energy resources, taking into account the interests of all countries in the region. They were also united in the issues of restoring the socio-economic infrastructure of Afghanistan, and fully supporting its integration into regional economic processes.

The outcome of the conference - ensuring sustainable development, stability and prosperity in the region - is our common and achievable goal.

Undoubtedly, the forum will be one more step in moving towards a noble goal, will contribute to the practical solution of key tasks, the promotion of new, popular ideas and proposals aimed at strengthening our common "Central Asian home".

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Sergey LEBEDEV,

Chairman of the Executive Committee -

Executive Secretary of the CIS:

- The peace-loving foreign policy of Uzbekistan finds wide support among experts from many countries of the world, authoritative international organizations, whose representatives took an active part in the Samarkand conference. Today it is clear that the shared responsibility and indivisibility of security are a solid foundation for progress and fruitful cooperation on a regional and global scale.

Philipp BENNETT,

First Vice President of the EBRD:

- International attention is increasingly focused on Central Asia as a region of growth and opportunities. Today, speaking about the progress in the region, we are full of optimism. We believe that Uzbekistan can make a significant contribution to the achievement of sustainable development goals throughout the region, and we are ready to support the countries of Central Asia in deep cooperation.

Nihat ZEYBEKCI,

Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey:

- Turkey supports the initiatives put forward by the states of Central Asia. The development in recent years of ties in the field of transport and logistics serves the growth of the economy of our states. We consider the countries of Central Asia as a bridge connecting with Europe, and we are supporters of the revival of the Great Silk Road. At present, we are ready to participate in the project on the creation of a transport corridor, implemented by the countries of Central Asia and China.

The international forum held in Samarkand serves not only to strengthen security and stability in the countries of the region, to strengthen cooperation, but also provides an opportunity for strengthening economic integration at the world level.

Muhammad JAVAD ZARIF,

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

"In our rapidly changing times, security and stability are an important issue. In this direction, each state pursues its own domestic and foreign policies. At the same time, it is certainly very useful to establish close cooperation with neighboring countries. It is noteworthy that today the countries of Central Asia are taking joint actions in this direction. In particular, all states support the relevant proposals and initiatives put forward by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Sirojiddin ASLOV,

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan:

- I will not be mistaken if I say that an international conference is an important step in resolving pressing issues in the Central Asian region, in particular the fight against terrorism, which is a threat to the whole world. Therefore, all states should be interested in carrying out measures to counter this threat and work in close cooperation. The situation in Afghanistan cannot but cause concern among the countries of the region. We should jointly promote the achievement of stability in the neighboring country.

Rashid MEREDOV,

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan:

- Elimination of problems in the region, common views on the issue of security will serve the common development. The Euro-Asian transport corridor will become a link between Europe and Asia. For this, certainly, it is necessary to prevent terrorism, extremism, and ensure security in the region. The Samarkand international conference is important precisely for its orientation to discuss these topical issues.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

PROBLEMS OF ARAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF MIDDLE ASIA

Tashkent will host an International conference on water cooperation in Central Asia

On November 23-24, 2017, an international scientific-practical conference on “25 years of water cooperation in Central Asia: past experience, future challenges” will be held in Tashkent in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission.

According to the organizing committee, representatives of water management organizations of Central Asian countries, International Fund for saving the Aral Sea, international organizations and financial institutions, scientists, experts are expected to participate in the conference.

It should be noted that the Interstate Coordination Water Commission (ICWC) is the body that implements important functions on joint management and development of water resources in Central Asia. From this point of view, this commission is recognized by the international community as a kind of mechanism on managing transboundary water resources in the region.

On February 18, 1992, the ministers of water resources of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of using, joint management and protection of interstate water resources, in Almaty. In accordance with this document, the Interstate Coordination Water Commission was established. The agreement was approved on March 26, 1993 by the heads of states of Central Asia in the city of Kyzylorda.

Uzbekistan takes an active part in the activities of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission. The conduction of the Central Asian international scientific-practical conference in Tashkent will allow supporting interstate cooperation on water issues in Central Asia. The conference will give impetus to further promotion of transboundary water cooperation and strengthening the activities of ICWC, determining its future tasks on cooperation of Central Asian countries in the field of rational use and protection of water resources in the region. It will also allow attracting the attention and resources of international financial institutions and donor organizations for implementing regional and national projects in the field of water management and improving environmental and socio-economic stability in the Aral Sea region.

Within the framework of the conference, it is planned to hold the Central Asian international exhibition on “Water technologies and water management – WATER-2017”, which will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the advanced knowledge, best practices and achievements of science in the use of water resources and introduction of innovative methods, techniques and technologies of sustainable management of water resources.

(Source: UzA)

 

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