INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 234 November 28, 2017

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POLITICS

On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. 1

On telephone conversation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 1

Economy.. 2

Jewelry  Industry  Association,  Uzbekzargarsanoati,  is  set to be established in Uzbekistan soon  2

TECHNOLOGIES. 2

Uzbekistan is named the most dynamically developing country in the field of ICT, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2

International cooperation.. 3

Uzbekistan and the German company Siemens have signed a number of documents for the implementation of joint projects. 3

Society.. 3

The international conference on “Comparative indicators on measuring progress in the field of human rights: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan” was held in Tashkent and Samarkand. 3

EDUCATION.. 5

Testing in a New Way. 5

 

POLItiCs

On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

On November 27, 2017, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on key issues of Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan relations, prospects of further expansion and deepening bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, transport-communication and other fields.

The heads of states emphasized that the current year of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations was filled with concrete practical content and allowed to significantly strengthen bilateral relations, raise them to a new, more qualitative level.

The mutually beneficial and fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is dynamically expanding, the dialogue at all levels, including between the border regions and business community, is becoming more active. Since the beginning of this year, the trade turnover has grown significantly, joint trade houses and modern production facilities have been established.

The heads of states emphasized the importance of further active cooperation with the purpose of timely implementation of the planned programs and projects of cooperation, especially in the economic sphere.

The sides also noted with satisfaction the fruitful cooperation in the sphere of foreign policy and within the framework of leading international organizations.

The conversation was held constructively, in the spirit of relations of friendship and good-neighborliness between the two states.

(Source: UzA)

On telephone conversation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

On November 27, 2017, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the former head of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev.

The President of Uzbekistan expressed deep gratitude for awarding him with high state award of the Kyrgyz Republic – the Order of “Danaker”. It was noted that this is a recognition of the great success achieved in development of relations of friendship and good-neighborliness, fruitful cooperation between the two fraternal countries and people.

It was emphasized that the outgoing year was extremely important in providing a new level of interaction, which allowed to achieve great results in solving many accumulated, including very complex issues.

It was noted with deep satisfaction that recent state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan gave a powerful impetus to activation of bilateral relations, contributed to a significant increase in trade turnover between our countries, intensifying exchange of visits at various levels.

The historical significance of signing the Agreement on Uzbek – Kyrgyz state border was emphasized.

At the end of the conversation, the importance of maintaining continuity in foreign policy of both countries was noted.

(Source: UzA)

economy

Jewelry  Industry  Association,  Uzbekzargarsanoati,  is  set to be established in Uzbekistan soon

Among the main tasks of the new organization is the preservation and further development of centuries-old traditions of jewelry art in various regions of Uzbekistan, coordinating the implementation of measures for the development of the industry, and the consistent implementation of a single scientific, technical, technological, investment and export policy.

In addition, it will work on increasing the volume of production and improving the quality of products, developing the most sought-after areas and technologies for its design, ensuring certification and standardization, and introducing modern quality management methods.

Another important area is attracting foreign investments, conducting marketing research to expand sales markets, organizing a training system for training personnel for the jewelry industry.

The new association will be part of the Set for Economic Development, Structural Transformation, Investment, Reforming the Banking and Financial Systems, Coordinating the Activities of Free Economic and Small Industrial Zones of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed Uzbekzargarsanoati to develop and submit to the government for approval a targeted program to modernize existing and create new facilities in the jewelry industry for 2018-2020 by mid-February next year.

In addition, the head of state released the new structure before January 1, 2021, from customs payments for imported equipment, raw materials, materials, components and products not produced in the country.

It should be reminded that in Uzbekistan from January 1, 2018, will be canceled excise tax on jewelry, sold at retail.

Manufacturers of jewelry were also exempted from excise tax and value added tax when selling products, including for export, to January 1, 2020. At the same time, all released funds must be sent to the reconstruction and modernization of production, replenishment of current assets.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

TECHNOLOGIES

Uzbekistan is named the most dynamically developing country in the field of ICT, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

The other day ITU published its new report "Measuring the Information Society". It reflects the results of the latest ICT development index (IDI), the leading global index in this field, which establishes the level of technology development in more than 190 countries.

Uzbekistan climbed 8 positions in the ICT development index and now ranks 95th in the world. It should be noted that in last year's index, our country was ranked 110th, but as a result of the revision of data from the ITU moved to 103rd place. As a result, it is recognized as the most dynamically developing country in the field of ICT.

It should be reminded that today in Uzbekistan, ICT accounts for only about 2% of GDP. At the same time, the republic has all the necessary resources and opportunities for the accelerated development of this sector, as well as the professional human potential that is being prepared by foreign universities operating in Tashkent.

Only in the past year in the country launched several dozens of innovative projects that can bring it to a new level. So, for example, the so-called Uzbek Silicon Valley - the innovative center for support of development and introduction of information technologies Mirzo Ulugbek Innovation Center - has started its work.

In addition, a single integrator of public systems has been created, which is responsible for ensuring the development, implementation and integration of information systems, resources and software products in the Electronic Government system, as well as IT in various sectors of the economy.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Uzbekistan and the German company Siemens have signed a number of documents for the implementation of joint projects.

The parties intend to cooperate in the implementation of the "Safe City" concept. The relevant memorandum was signed between Siemens company and the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan. Partners will consider the possibility of implementing integrated solutions for fire safety, evacuation systems at urban infrastructure and transport facilities. It also refers to the use of Smart Grid technologies in the modernization of electrical networks.

Technical re-equipment and expansion of production also concerns the agreement signed with Uzneftegazmash JSC. According to the document, the partners will continue to develop the "Service Center UNGM-DR" JV. It is planned to expand the scope of the services provided and to upgrade the skills of the company's employees. At present, the joint venture is engaged in the repair and diagnostics of equipment for the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical industries of Uzbekistan. In the future, the production site will be able to become a service center for servicing Siemens' dynamic equipment, which is operated in the country.

Another document was signed between the Ministry of Health of the Republic and the "Siemens Healthcare" company. The parties intend to develop cooperation between the two countries in the field of medicine, science and equipping medical institutions. In particular, we are talking about the organization of a joint clinic in the field of oncology, cardiosurgery, neurosurgery and traumatology in the republic.

"Having extensive experience in innovation and digitalization, we are striving to strengthen cooperation with Uzbekistan and to promote further modernization of industry, urban infrastructure, energy and public health. For example, operating systems for the Internet of things play a significant role in ensuring urban safety and improving the suitability of cities for life, as well as their sustainable development," said Roland Busch, board member of Siemens AG.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Society

The international conference on “Comparative indicators on measuring progress in the field of human rights: international practice and experience of Uzbekistan” was held in Tashkent and Samarkand

The event was organized by the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNHCR Regional Office for Central Asia, the United Nations Development Program Office and the F.Ebert Foundation (Germany) in Uzbekistan, the OSCE Project Coordinator in our country.

Experts from international organizations, prominent political scientists and jurists from Slovakia, China and other countries, deputies of the Legislative Chamber and members of the Senate of Oliy Majlis, representatives of executive and judicial authorities, civil society institutions, educational institutions, international organizations and the diplomatic corps attended the international conference.

The main focus of the event is to study successful international practice in measuring the progress of human rights in the world, developing indicators for ensuring compliance with and protection of certain categories of human rights and freedoms, in particular civil, political, social, economic, cultural, as well as rights and freedoms globalization and information technology.

The event provided information on the work carried out in accordance with the Strategy for the five priority areas of development of Uzbekistan in the field of human rights protection. Issues of improving the legislation of Uzbekistan and international mechanisms for protecting human rights, national and international experience in assessing the effectiveness of national human rights institutions, indicators of measuring the level of gender equality and respect for human rights, etc. were discussed.

The conference participants noted in their addresses that under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Uzbekistan, in the process of building a democratic rule-of-law state and a strong civil society, special attention is paid to ensuring human rights, freedoms and legitimate interests.

Within the implementation of the Strategy of Action over the past period, more than 20 laws, over 700 decrees and decisions of the President, government acts were adopted aimed at further modernization of the country, ensuring the rule of law and human rights, real improvement the standard of living and quality of life of the population citizens.

Today, Uzbekistan has acceded to more than 70 international human rights instruments, ratified ten basic UN documents, and has been consistently fulfilling its obligation to respect and protect human rights and freedoms.

In 2017, UN Secretary General António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion and belief Ahmed Shahid visited Uzbekistan.

Following the visit of the High Commissioner, the Parliament of our country adopted the Action Plan for further development of cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. This document includes more than 90 events in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms.

“The year 2017 in Uzbekistan has become a year of extensive work to ensure human rights,” said Richard Komenda, head of the regional office for Central Asia of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “It is worth noting that organizational and legal measures in this direction are in line with international standards, they practically reflect human interests. The conference, conducted in accordance with the Action Plan developed by the Parliament of Uzbekistan, will serve as an important factor in continuing the joint work at a qualitatively new level.”

At the same time our practice shows that that the effective enforcement of human rights depends on the availability of appropriate tools for the further development of measures to develop a particular area of human rights. Comparative indicators are an important tool for measuring progress, as their application will allow to study the real situation with human rights and to develop further steps to improve the protection of human rights. The use of indicators and benchmarks in the field of human rights allows the state to effectively monitor and to evaluate progress in the implementation of international human rights norms.

Within the framework of the implementation of the second priority area of the Strategy for Action, legislative and organizational measures are being taken to ensure the rule of law and genuine independence of the judiciary. In accordance with international standards, a new constitutional body of the judiciary has been created - the Supreme Judicial Council. The term of office of judges has been increased. In order to prevent unreasonable delays in the courts, the time for their consideration has been radically changed. Duration of initial custody was reduced from 72 up to 48 hours; the role of lawyers is strengthened. These measures fully comply with the recommendations of the Human Rights Council and the UN treaty bodies following the consideration of the national reports of Uzbekistan.

The participants of the conference noted that in Uzbekistan the issue of human rights protection is considered as a priority task of the country's policy and it is solved in cooperation with international partners.

According to the participants, within the framework of the further development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, it is important to develop its own set of indicators for assessing the social, economic, cultural, environmental, legal policy of the state from the point of view of the protection of constitutional human and citizen rights.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

EDUCATION

Testing in a New Way

Starting from the 2018/2019 academic year, the tests for applicants entering the bachelor's program will be held from August 1 to 15, and the results of the tests will be published on the official website of the State Testing Center the day after they had been held.

This and other innovations are prescribed by the regulation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On improving the order of conducting of Entrance tests for the baccalaureate of higher educational institutions of the republic”.

Admission for higher education institutions has been provided in the areas of education in the spheres of culture, art, design, fine and applied art, art history, architecture, music education, sports and physical culture, requiring special talent from applicants, through creative examinations without conducting entrance examinations.

The regulation specifically stipulates that starting from 2018/2019 academic year, the entrance examinations will be conducted in stationary and additional pavilions of the National Exhibition Complex “Uzexpomarkaz”, as well as in the Olympic Reserves College in regional centers or in the buildings of other institutions with a large capacity. The main goal is to ensure transparency and openness of the test processes for the public. In particular, the possibility of on-line video surveillance will be provided for the parents of the entrants.

Within the framework of the Safe City system the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan was instructed to purchase means of identification, video recording equipment, metal detectors, monitors and prefabricated pavilions to ensure the safety of conducting entrance exams, to prevent negative phenomena, to organize the online translation of process of entrance exams. After abovementioned equipment should be transferred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for gratuitous use as a state property, on the basis of the operating management.

At the same time, the State Testing Center, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, public education, and justice have to propose to the Cabinet of Ministers on amendments and additions to the legislation on the strengthening existing and taking new measures to increase the responsibility of the participants in the testing process within a month.

The process of testing, the quality of test assignments will be improved, the experience of foreign countries in the testing system, as well as the qualification of specialists in advanced foreign educational and scientific institutions will be studied.

The resolution also provides the creation of Fund for the Development of the State Testing Center at the expense of the extra-budgetary funds of this center and increased paid-contract revenues of higher educational institutions (up to 5%).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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