INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 255 December 26, 2017

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The President.. 1

The role of the national culture is important in creating a new image of Uzbekistan. 1

Expansion of export potential – the most important and relevant task. 2

Reforms. 3

In Uzbekistan, a new procedure for the formation and funding of national development programs will be introduced. 3

TECHNOLOGIES. 4

Uzbekistan: Rapid breakthrough of the “uz” domain zone. 4

 

the President

The role of the national culture is important in creating a new image of Uzbekistan

On December 25, 2017, a meeting devoted to current issues of the sphere of culture and art was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

At present, particular attention is paid and large-scale activities are being held in the sphere of culture and art along with all spheres in our country.

The meeting of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev with representatives of the creative intelligentsia, held on August 3 of this year, opened a new stage in development of the sphere. Relevant issues related to the development of national culture, literature and art, ways of solving problems, important tasks facing creative unions and state organizations were critically analyzed.

In the Address to the Oliy Majlis, presented by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 22, attention was also paid to the development of this sphere, the tasks facing the cultural and art figures on the spiritual development of our people and society were specifically stated.

At the meeting, reports of the heads of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Academy of Arts and creative organizations on the execution of previously defined tasks, were heard. Their activities were critically evaluated, specific instructions were given on revitalizing and raising the level of activities carried out in the sphere.

Culture and art are a source of pride for every nation. All efforts on development of our culture and art are aimed at strengthening the sense of pride of our people, said the President of our country. Thinking about the future of people of Uzbekistan, first of all we must establish strong cultural and spiritual foundations.

Over the past year, consistent work has been carried out on development of the sphere. 8 decrees and resolutions on improving activities of the Ministry of Culture and institutions of its system were adopted.

3 million 133 thousand spectators watched the performances staged in 37 theaters operating in our country, in 2017. During the year, the population was provided services related to the sphere of culture for 6 billion 72 million sums.

Days of Culture of Uzbekistan and various art exhibitions were held in China, Russia, Germany, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries.

The analysis shows that, despite the implemented activities, there are many things to be done in the sphere, and tasks waiting for implementation, said the Head of our state.

At the meeting it was emphasized that the level of services in the sphere of culture rendered to people, including residents of remote areas, makhallas and villages, does not meet the present requirements. Specific instructions were given on strengthening their material and technical base for expanding opportunities of theaters.

The need to develop a program on development of activities of theaters for 2018-2022, accelerating the adoption of relevant resolutions on development of circus and national dance art in the country was noted.

225 recreation parks should have been built and reconstructed in our country in accordance with modern requirements in order to organize meaningful leisure activities, to ensure cultural rest of the population in 2011-2015. However, to date, repairing and equipping activities have been completed only in 140 parks, the planned works on 90 parks have not been provided due to a lack of funds that should have been allocated by sponsors and entrepreneurs.

At the meeting, a number of important tasks of the Ministry of Culture for the next year were revised and specified, specific deadlines for their implementation were determined. In particular, it was entrusted to critically examine the state of retraining and advanced training of workers in the sphere of culture and art, the activities of pop, dance and orchestral groups, to resolve current issues related to strengthening their material and technical base, organization of training of modern specialists for the sphere.

Intensive activity is being carried out on the execution of the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On additional measures of developing and further improving activities of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan”. At the meeting, the existence of a number of shortcomings and problems in the activities of the Academy of Arts, subject to immediate elimination, were noted. Thus, reconstruction and repair of specialized boarding schools in Nukus, Bukhara and Shakhrisabz were not carried out in a timely manner. Activity on reconstruction of the Central Exhibition Hall of the Academy of Arts at the modern level is delayed, which limits the possibility of holding prestigious international exhibitions in our country.

At the meeting, the activity planned for 2018 on further improving activities of the Academy of Arts was thoroughly considered. In particular, the need was noted on establishment of an exchange of experience with the leading foreign centers of fine and applied art, special attention to the organization of exhibitions of our famous artists abroad.

The relevant leaders were given instructions on preparing a draft resolution on construction of student houses with 400 seats for the Republican Art College named after P.Benkov and 200 seats for the Republican College of Design.

The need for paying special attention to training qualified personnel for the sphere, creation of a new generation of textbooks and their wide introduction into the educational process, provision of educational institutions with modern pedagogical, information and communication tools, improving quality of education was also noted.

At the meeting it was emphasized that consistent continuation of activities on the material and moral support of creative and technical workers who work hard in the sphere of culture and art, including improvement of their housing conditions, social and medical provision, increasing their fees, realizing the potential of young talents are among the extremely important tasks.

We should never forget one thing: society will not progress without development of culture and art in our country, emphasized the Head of our state. The level of development of our people will be assessed, first of all, on the basis of the national culture. Therefore, culture is the image of our people, society. Since we started creating a new image of Uzbekistan, we must begin this activity with the development of the national culture.

(Source: UzA)

Expansion of export potential – the most important and relevant task

On December 25, 2017, a meeting dedicated to issues of increasing the export potential of our country was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

It was attended by state advisors to the President, the Prime Minister and his deputies, heads of relevant ministries and departments, economic associations. Heads of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the regions and the city of Tashkent, khokimiyats at places, territorial structures of ministries and departments, exporting enterprises and farms attended the meeting through video conferencing.

At the meeting, the effectiveness of measures taken on the execution of forecast indicators for 2017, expanding the export geography of domestic products, further supporting the export activities of subjects of small business and private entrepreneurship, exporting agricultural and industrial products to foreign markets was considered.

The Head of our state noted that one of the most important factors of maintaining stable and high growth rates of our economy is to increase the country’s export potential and strengthen the competitiveness of national products in foreign markets.

Unacceptable practice in the economic policy of our country, consisting in chasing after unrealistic figures and high-flown arguments about plans that have no practical effect, was criticized.

As a result of taken measures on the basis of organization of activity on a specific result, the economic growth rate in 2017 was 5,5 percent, and the volume of exports increased by almost 15 percent. In 2018, the total financial indicator of exports is expected at 12,1 billion US dollars.

At the meeting it was noted that over the past year, a number of decrees and resolutions that abolished export of products on the basis of prepayment, mandatory sale of foreign exchange earnings, issuance of unnecessary permits, as well as expanded the use of tax incentives for export participants were adopted in order to support the export activity of entrepreneurs.

At the same time, during the meeting, priority tasks on expanding exports in 2018, as defined in the Address of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Oliy Majlis, were raised again. It is necessary to ensure timely and qualitative implementation of “road maps” on implementation of agreements reached during high-level visits to the Central Asian states, as well as to China, Russia, South Korea, the United States, Turkey and other countries that are our major partners. It is also necessary to introduce a system of warning about the security threat when business entities pass customs inspection, to abolish unnecessary licenses and permits issued by customs authorities that do not meet modern requirements. It is advisable to develop and implement a strategy on bringing the annual export of fruit and vegetable products to 10 billion dollars.

At the meeting, the reports of heads of complexes of the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries, departments, economic associations and regions of the country were heard and discussed. The irresponsibility and lack of initiative of the heads of certain industries and regions were seriously criticized, as a result of which there are omissions in implementation of export programs.

The Head of our state gave specific instructions to the officials on increasing the country’s export potential, expanding the geography and range of exports, fully supporting exporting enterprises, attracting new business entities to export activities.

(Source: UzA)

reforms

In Uzbekistan, a new procedure for the formation and funding of national development programs will be introduced

This is due to the fact that in this area there are a number of shortcomings, primarily due to irrational use of available resources, a superficial study of the economic feasibility and profitability of projects included in the investment program.

The country also lacks the concept of long-term development of the economy and regions, real opportunities to attract investment, especially foreign ones. As a result, cases of initiating economically unpromising projects, ineffective spending of funds, are not uncommon, which ultimately leads to a decrease in the country's investment attractiveness.

These circumstances, experts say, require a radical revision of the procedure for the formation of an investment program, mechanisms for its financing, increasing transparency and efficiency in the selection of projects proposed for implementation.

Instead of annual investment programs, state development programs will now appear in the country, designed for a long-term perspective, usually 10-15 years. They will be formed on the basis of sectoral, regional and target portfolios of projects.

In addition, a special Fund for the Financing of State Development Programs will be established. Its executive director will be the vice-premier, who is the head of the Complex on investment, innovative development, coordination of activities of free economic and small industrial zones, tourism.

Coordination of work on development and implementation of state programs will be carried out by the State Committee for Investments jointly with the Ministry of Economy. At the same time, the approval of state programs will become possible only after the positive conclusion of the National Project Management Agency under the President.

It should be reminded that in Uzbekistan in January-September this year,39.5 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.12.2017, 1$= 8120.07 soums) of investments with growth by 1% against the same period of the last year. The volume of disbursed foreign investments and loans to fixed assets exceeded 9.6 trillion soums (growth of 10.1%).

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

TECHNOLOGIES

Uzbekistan: Rapid breakthrough of the “uz” domain zone

Administration of the “UZ” domain zone recorded a significant increase in the number of domains in the national segment of the Internet. On the official website of the organization it is indicated that more than 15 thousand new domains were registered last month.

The total number of domains registered in the “UZ” domain zone was just over 36 thousand a month ago, now it exceeds 51 thousand active domains. This surpassed even the boldest predictions of the development dynamics of the domestic domain zone. Previously, the annual growth of domains in the domestic segment of the Internet did not exceed five thousand domains.

According to specialists, such active growth is associated with a number of different factors. Intensification of competition between registrars, which led to a decrease in prices for the acquisition of the domain, is among them. The administration of the “UZ” domain zone has also established cooperation with new registrars, each of which can compete with the main players of the domain market of Uzbekistan.

Undoubtedly, the rapid development of the IT industry of Uzbekistan also influenced the growth in the number of domains, which in turn is reflected in the number of launched websites and services. This increases the IT potential of the country. Each registrar has a large area for maneuvering in pricing policy in an open competitive environment.

(Source: UzA)

  

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