INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 256 December 27, 2017

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POLITICS

Informal meeting of the CIS Heads of States. 1

President of Uzbekistan expresses condolences to the Philippines. 1

Reforms. 1

In Uzbekistan, a new scheme for the sale of cotton to textile enterprises will be introduced next year as an experiment 1

International cooperation.. 2

Cooperation in the sphere of energy is developing. 2

Construction of “China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan” railway discussed in Tashkent 3

Tashkent hosts Uzbek-Turkish business forum.. 4

Society.. 4

Construction and renovation of kindergartens to draw 771bn soums in 2018. 4

 

POLItiCs

Informal meeting of the CIS Heads of States

On December 26, 2017, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the informal meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States, in Moscow.

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at Novo-Ogarevo residence.

After the photographing ceremony, a meeting of the heads of the CIS member states began.

Vladimir Putin, welcoming the heads of states, told about the results of Russia’s presidency in the CIS. He noted that this year important activity was implemented on strengthening mutual integration and enhancing the credibility of the organization.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that this year cooperation of Uzbekistan with the CIS countries has become even stronger, the volume of trade turnover has significantly increased, emphasized that mutually beneficial cooperation closely connects the member states, this meeting will give a new impetus to the development of these relations.

It was noted that the upcoming events in Russia in 2018 are of great importance, people of Russia will vote for a worthy candidate at the presidential elections.

At the meeting, attention was paid to issues of development of cooperation between the Commonwealth states in various spheres, strengthening security, preventing risks and threats to the region.

As it is known, Uzbekistan is actively cooperating within the framework of the CIS. The interaction of our country with the member states of this organization is consistently developing in various areas. The Head of our state attended the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the CIS member states that was held on October 10-11, 2017, in Sochi. On November 3, a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments was held in Tashkent.

In the Address of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Oliy Majlis, the priorities of our state in foreign policy were emphasized. It was noted that our country continues to develop relations with foreign states, including the CIS countries, at a new stage. Relations with neighboring countries has strengthened according to the principle of “Central Asia – the main priority in foreign policy of Uzbekistan”. This plays an important role in development of cooperation within the framework of the Commonwealth.

At the meeting, views were also exchanged on other issues of mutual interest.

(Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan expresses condolences to the Philippines

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte in connection with the devastating floods and landslides in the country that led to numerous human casualties.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev asked to convey sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all injured persons.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Reforms

In Uzbekistan, a new scheme for the sale of cotton to textile enterprises will be introduced next year as an experiment

Now domestic enterprises of the textile industry will purchase "white gold" directly from farmers, bypassing other intermediaries, including various state structures.

Earlier, they were forced to purchase it at export prices from the monopoly supplier Uzpakhtasanoatexport. This procedure reduced the profitability of production and the competitiveness of Uzbek textile products.

As part of the experiment initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, textile enterprises will finance the main costs of farming to grow raw cotton by advancing at least 60% of the cost of the contract. All raw cotton delivered should be used only for further deep processing and production of finished competitive products.

The price for raw cotton purchased by enterprises will be established on a contractual basis, based on an analysis of actual costs and profitability of farms. At the same time, it should not be lower than the cost of cotton purchased for state needs. Therefore, the head of state instructed the government to establish government procurement prices for the "white gold" harvest of 2018 until January 15 next year.

The remaining by-products - cotton seeds, lint (cotton fiber) and ulyuk (waste of cotton fiber) textile enterprises will be able to sell to all interested parties through exchange trades.

In addition, the President approved the decision to liquidate the Uzbekyengilsanoat joint-stock company. This decision was made in connection with the fact that the industry management system developed over the past years does not meet the current trends in the development of the textile industry and is incapable of supporting producers.

Now, for example, Uzbekyengilsanoat includes 436 enterprises, which makes up only 6% of their total number. The activities of this society basically come down to collecting statistics, holding various meetings, organizing exhibitions. Its organizational form also does not correspond to the legal position of the JSC.

Now, on the basis of the liquidated JSC, the Association of Enterprises of the Textile and Clothing and Knitted Industries, Uztekstilprom, will be established. She will be responsible for working out proposals for eliminating systemic problems, introducing marketing innovations, as well as identifying prospects and priority directions for the industry development, taking into account current trends.

In the structure of the new organization will also appear for the first time an advisory body - the Council of the enterprises of the textile and apparel and knitted industries. It is interesting that all enterprises included in the association will be obliged to export products with the unified marking Uztextile.

One of the main tasks of the association is the transfer of the Uzbek textile industry to cluster development. This model implies the organization of a single production cycle, which includes the cultivation of raw cotton, primary processing, further processing at cotton ginning enterprises and the production of final textile products with high added value.

President Mirziyoyev created a special Working Commission tasked with developing a draft Concept of Development for the medium-term perspective of cotton and textile clusters, taking into account the experience of existing similar facilities in the Bukhara and Navoi regions.

The President also provided members of the new association with a number of privileges and preferences. Among them - the release until January 1, 2021, from payment of customs fees for imported cotton, artificial and synthetic fiber, wool, raw materials and other materials necessary for the production of textile products.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Cooperation in the sphere of energy is developing

Kyrgyzstan supplies electricity to our country in order to improve irrigation and rational use of hydropower resources in Central Asia.

The energy sector has an important place in socio-economic development of Uzbekistan, ensuring the well-being of the population.

Meetings of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev with the heads of states of the region opened new prospects for the development of energy cooperation. In particular, within the framework of high-level dialogue between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, held on October 5 this year in Tashkent, an agreement was signed on supply of electricity from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan in 2017-2018.

According to the contract, it is envisaged to supply 550 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from December 2017 to March 2018. On December 15 of this year, Kyrgyzstan began supplying electricity to our country. So far, 3,7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity have been consumed, and its daily volume is increasing.

The energy system of Uzbekistan works in close relationship with the energy systems of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries. This process is carried out through lines with a voltage of 220, 500 kilovolts (kV). The small station “Lochin” in Fergana valley is connected to Kyrgyzstan energy system by a 500 kV line. There are seven 220-kilovolt and two 110-kilovolt interstate networks in the valley areas. In addition, 220 and 500 kV lines from Tashkent thermal power plant connect the power systems of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, ensuring their mutually agreed activity.

In the same way, the energy systems of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are interconnected. As a result, an energy ring is operating between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which allows to ensure optimal energy modes of operation.

At present, our country is developing international energy cooperation based on mutually beneficial economic relations. In particular, Uzbekistan is helping neighboring Afghanistan by exporting electricity to this country. In the future, it is planned to build a 500-kilovolt line in Surkhandarya region for increasing its supply to Afghanistan. In addition, JSC “Uzbekenergo” plans to establish cooperation with the energy system of Tajikistan.

At present, Uzbekistan has prepared lines with a voltage of 220 and 500 kV. Projects aimed at using emergency automatics and relay protection are being implemented in the power system of Tajikistan. After the completion of these projects in 2018, it is planned to establish parallel operation of power systems.

Cooperation with the energy system of Turkmenistan is also planned, which will make it possible to use the power system of our country for the transit of Turkmen electricity to other regions.

At the 51st meeting of the Electric Power Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States, held in Tashkent in November this year, the heads of relevant ministries and companies of the CIS countries discussed such relevant issues as development of cooperation and integration ties in the sphere of electricity.

“Uzbekenergo” joint-stock company plans to further strengthen cooperation with the energy systems of the CIS countries, as well as modernize the blocks of Syrdarya TPP and implement other projects aimed at development of the industry.

(Source: UzA)

Construction of “China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan” railway discussed in Tashkent

On 27 December 2017, a tripartite meeting of the delegations of Uzbekistan, China and the Kyrgyz Republic on construction of “China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan” railway will take place in Tashkent.

The delegation of China is led by Deputy General Director of the Department of the State Committee for Development and Reforms Zheng Chipping, Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Transport Zhamshitbek Kalilov, Uzbekistan - First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari Akbar Shukurov.

Starting from 25 December 2017, working groups from the representatives of the three countries are preparing the materials of the forthcoming meeting.

(Source: UzA)

Tashkent hosts Uzbek-Turkish business forum

Chamber of Commerce and Industry saw the Uzbek-Turkish business forum on December 25.

The purpose of the event was to promote trade relations between Uzbek and Turkish companies, working on the creation of new joint ventures and implementation of new investment projects.

The parties discussed issues of mutual cooperation on strengthening of interaction between entrepreneurs of the two countries.

The sides discussed the issues of building complexes for cultivation and deep processing of agricultural products, storage, packaging and export of food products, creation of joint ventures in the textile and leather-processing industry, and etc.

Turkey is one of the most important trade partners of Uzbekistan. In 2016, the volume of trade turnover amounted to $1.2 billion. For the first 9 months of the current year the mutual trade increased by 29 percent. Some 500 Turkish companies operate in Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

Society

Construction and renovation of kindergartens to draw 771bn soums in 2018

Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a video conference devoted to ongoing reforms in the system of preschool education and challenges for the future (currency rates of CB RU from 01.12.2017, 1$=8120,07  soums).

Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that the number of state preschool educational institutions has dipped 45% over the past 20 years, while kindergartens covered only 818 000 children from 2.45 million.

Kindergartens do not provide social, personal, emotional, verbal, mathematical, physico-psychological, and creative development for children. In short, kindergarten has become an institution that only cares about the child, when his parents are at work.

Due to the negligence of some leaders, the work in this direction remains undeveloped.

Considering such shortcomings, the head of our state put forward a number of proposals.

In particular, in accordance with the Program for 2017-2021, work is set to continue on the construction and reconstruction of kindergartens. Some 771 billion soums are set to be allocated for the construction and repair of 427 kindergartens in 2018 at the expense of the State budget.

According to the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, new types of preschool educational institutions will be created based on public-private partnerships.

In order to ensure the healthy nutrition of children the amount of funds allocated for feeding infants will be increased, and all types of preschools will be attached to farmers and entrepreneurs.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

 

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