INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 68 April 6, 2016

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INVESTMENTS
Uzbek Textiles Go for Exports

EXPORT
Uzbekistan: Grow and Deliver

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Meeting with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION (2015-2016)
Consultations of information Services
Meeting of the Permanent Working Group in Beijing

INVESTMENTS
Uzbek Textiles Go for Exports
A new Uzbek-Thai joint venture, Fergana Oseana Textile, has been commissioned in Fergana.
Last year, the founders of the joint venture received a vacant building at ‘Farghonadavsuvmahsuspudrat’ state unitary enterprise upon the competition for the transfer of idle and vacant state property objects at zero cost under investment obligations.
The construction and renovation work at the building exceeded 15 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 06.04.2016, 1$= 2882.68 soums). Modern cotton processing and yarn production equipment worth 6 million euros was delivered and installed under the contract signed with the Thai company.
“The company is capable of processing 3,600 tons of raw cotton per year and manufacturing competitive yarn. We intend to export our products to European countries, Russia and China. The joint venture provided more than 200 new jobs, 110 of which are held by young specialists graduating from vocational colleges,” said Alisher Ortikov, head of the JV.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
EXPORT
Uzbekistan: Grow and Deliver
Uzbekistan continues with efforts to develop a network of logistics centers for storage and transportation of fruits and vegetables. Four facilities will be commissioned this year. Deputy Chairman of the O’zulgurjisavdoinvest Association, Ravshan Hamidbekov, provided UT with details on the process:
Incorporating over 60 bases and wholesale trade enterprises, the Association has been engaged in the purchase and storage of fruits and vegetables, and stable provision of the population with them. At the same time, we attach importance to the construction, reconstruction and modernization of warehouses for food and agricultural products, and their up-to-date equipping. The association operates warehouses on the area of 116,000 square meters, and cold storages with a capacity of 75,000 tons. 
Last year, Uzbekistan grew 12.5 million tons of vegetables and potatoes, 1.8 million tons of melons, 1.5 million tons of grapes, and 2.73 million tons of fruit. Some of them are stored in refrigerators to provide the domestic market and ensure exports in the fall-winter period.
Last year, Uzbekistan invested over 12.2 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 06.04.2016, 1$= 2882.68 soums) in the establishment of modern cold storages for conservation of agricultural products. The capacity of the established refrigerators totaled 16.500 tons. In 2011- 2014, domestic enterprises commissioned, upgraded and reconstructed cold stores totaling 68,000 tons. More than 30 billion soums was allocated for this purpose. 
It is planned to establish four logistics centers this year for the efficient transportation of fruits and vegetables. The works have been launched in Andijan, Namangan, Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions. The logistics centers will provide the ‘unified window’ services, so that any vendor could prepare all the documents in the shortest possible time. The centers will incorporate the enterprises for processing of agricultural products. That would save time and money of businessmen, who specialize in exporting finished food products. Seventeen similar facilities will appear in the country by the end of 2020.
Besides, we are planning to build 18 fruit and vegetable processing plants, and 10 manufactures of bread, confectionery, pasta products and milk processing shops this year. To this end, we have planted crops on more than 3,000 hectares, and laid intensive gardens on 166 hectares.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Meeting with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
On April 6, 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Miki Yamada, who arrived in Uzbekistan to hold negotiations in the Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade.
During the talks at the MFA, the sides exchanged views on the state and prospects of Uzbek-Japanese relations.
It was emphasized that the official visit of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to Uzbekistan that took place in October, 2015, on the invitation of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and high level negotiations gave a new dynamic to the strategic partnership between the two countries.
During the meeting the parties discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, covering relations between Uzbekistan and Japan in the political, trade-economic, investment, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres, as well as within the framework of “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue.
The Ambassador of Japan Fumihiko Kato also attended the negotiations.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION (2015-2016)
Consultations of information Services 
On April 5-6, 2016, in Beijing, under the chairmanship of the Uzbek side it was held the consultations of the heads of information services of the Ministries of foreign affairs of the SCO Member States.
The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan exchanged views on the information support of the SCO events, preparation to the upcoming session of the Council of Heads of States and the 15th anniversary of the organization.
The Uzbek side informed about the conditions created for foreign journalists during the SCO Summit in Tashkent.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Meeting of the Permanent Working Group in Beijing
On April 5-6, 2016, Beijing held a meeting of Permanent Working Group of the SCO Member States on scientific and technical cooperation.
During the meeting the sides consider the prospects of further development of cooperation within the SCO and draft documents to be signed at the upcoming events of the organization. In particular, it was discussed the issues of implementation of the Action Plan of the Programme of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation among the SCO Member States and the preparation of a list of measures for the further development of the project activities within the organization in the years 2017-2021.
The sides exchanged views on the preparations for the Meeting of heads of the Ministries of science and technology of the SCO Member States in Kyrgyzstan.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

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