International fruit and vegetable fair kicks off in Tashkent - Uzbekistan to double production of fruits, vegetables by 2020

posted 24 Jul 2016, 05:57 by Webmaster Ambasciata

First International fruit and vegetable fair started in the capital city of Uzbekistan on 12 July 2016, which is organized on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev said at the opening ceremony that the fruit and vegetable fair is organized for the first time in Central Asia.

He said that representatives of foreign fruit and vegetable processing and trading companies, international trade organizations, chambers of commerce, ministries and departments of agriculture sector, logistics companies are attending the event. Overall, over 300 foreign guests are attended the fair, he said.

Shavkat Mirziyayev underlined that it is planned to organize two-day event, but on the request of the foreign partners the fair was extended for two more days.

The main purpose of the fair is to raise awareness among foreign processing and trading companies of the enormous, unique for their consumer properties the potential of environmental friendly fresh vegetables, fruits, grapes and melons, as well as ready products, produced in Uzbekistan.

The fair presents fruits and vegetables produced in all regions of Uzbekistan. In the fair, the foreign companies can familiarize with the products, manufactured in Uzbekistan, and sign contracts for supply of the Uzbek goods.

The fair participants also will receive chance to familiarize with investment opportunities in agriculture and food industries of Uzbekistan.

Round tables and bilateral negotiations between the exporters and consumers of the Uzbek fruit and vegetable products will be organized within the fair framework. The participants of the fair will also visit agriculture enterprises, cold storage warehouses, etc.


Uzbekistan to double production of fruits, vegetables by 2020

Uzbekistan plans to increase production of fruits and vegetables up to 32 million tonnes by 2020, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev said in the opening ceremony of International Fruit and Vegetable Fair on 12 July.

Speaking at the opening of the fair, Shavkat Mirziyayev underlined that Uzbekistan annually produces 16 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables. He said that the volume will at least double by 2020.

At the same time, he recalled that Uzbekistan produced up to 6 million tonnes of raw cotton a year. He said that Uzbekistan cut raw cotton production up to 3 million tonnes a year and used freed land to production of food crops, including grain, vegetables and fruits.

Uzbek Prime Minister underlined that during independence years, the volume of production of vegetables rose eight times, fruits – five times, melons – 8 times and grapes – 9 times.

He said that currently there are over 160,000 farmers in Uzbekistan, who supply fruits and vegetables to internal and external markets.

Shavkat Mirziyayev stated that creation of cold refrigerators will also help to increasing production of fruits and vegetables. According to him, currently there are over 1,300 cold storages with total capacity of over 800,000 tonnes for simultaneous storage.

He added that it is planned to reconstruct and construct another 197 cold storage for fruits and vegetables with total cost of over 100,000 tonnes.

Uzbekistan produced 12.59 million tonnes of vegetables, including potatoes, in 2015, as well as 1.85 million tonnes of melons, 1.55 million tonnes of grapes and 2.73 million tonnes of fruits.


International cooperation

Korea to build new terminal at international airport in Tashkent

July 11 saw the exchange of verbal notes on the agreement between the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the government of the Republic of Korea on the development of a feasibility study for the construction of a new international passenger terminal of the airport of Tashkent.

The document, which came into force after the exchange of notes through diplomatic channels, is aimed at implementing the provisions of the Protocol discussions, signed on October 5, 2015 between the National Airline "Uzbekistan Airways" and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). On the basis of analysis of market conditions, infrastructure requirements, the needs of passengers, cargo and other parameters, it provides for the development of the plan for the construction of a new international passenger terminal of the airport of Tashkent.



Uzbekistan: Modern standards of joint-stock management

Advancing forward towards the aims that the Uzbek model of building a market-oriented economy stipulates, the Republic of Uzbekistan doesn’t stop at what has been accomplished. The Republic is striving for the achievement of new heights in all spheres of activity, taking advantage of up-and-coming methods, technologies and progressive international experience. The field of corporate management has also received its portion of attention.

As is generally known, that the efficiency with which enterprises perform, as well as their economic and financial state directly depend on the quality of corporate management. And it is necessary, in this sense, to mention the role of state policy in the development, support and improvement of this sector through the approval of corresponding regulatory and legislative documents.

Let’s take, as a telling example, the Presidential Decree, “On measures to introduce modern methods of corporate management at joint-stock companies”.  Signed on April 24th, 2015, the document is designed to create auspicious conditions for the broad attraction of foreign direct investments, to achieve a dramatic increase in the efficiency of activity carried out by joint-stock companies, to ensure their transparency and attractiveness for potential investors, to inculcate advanced methods of corporate management and, last but not least, to strengthen the shareholders’ role in strategic management of their companies. Additionally, the Decree in question identifies the main directions for the field’s further development and approves the Program of measures to radically perfect the country’s corporate management system. In the first place, the document has launched the introduction of international corporate ethics of management in Uzbekistan. In particular, the Presidential Decree sealed measures to carry out the attestation of leaders of joint-stock companies with a share of state-owned assets in their capital, for the purpose of revealing how they can use modern methods and principles of corporate management and marketing, as well as information-communication technologies – in a real corporate management environment.

Summing up the results of 2015 and determining a number of priorities for the current year, the Uzbek president highlighted in his report the outcome of complete stock-taking performance at all joint-stock companies operating in the country these days. As a consequence, it was decided to wind up the activities of 462 joint-stock companies, or 43 per cent of their total number, or to re-organize them in some other organizational-legal forms. What’s more, a new standard structure of a joint-stock company and a classifier of posts and professions, containing 566 new categories, have been worked out and approved.

As a result of the attestation carried out across the country’s joint-stock companies, only 49 per cent of 721 officials have been attested, each third leader was attested conditionally, and 20 per cent, or each fifth leader, was recognized as not corresponding to the posts they filled.  It was emphasized that it is necessary to enlist the cooperation of new, progressively-thinking, highly-qualified individuals, who fully meet these high requirements, as well as experienced foreign managers. 

While approbating innovative methods of business-process management, the wealth of experience accumulated in other countries of the world is studied and adopted. Thanks to the active participation of the European School of Management and Technologies (Germany), the Research-Educational Center for Corporate Management has been set up in Uzbekistan. Enlisting the services of the teaching staff and professors from the leading educational establishments of Germany and other developed economies, refresher courses are organized in the Republic, which are capable of admitting more than 160 leaders of indigenous joint-stock companies, banks and biggest enterprises, half of whom has already worked on probation at German enterprises.

One should also mention another important document – the Code of Corporate Management approved in February of the current year. It is intended to serve as a collection of recommendations for all joint-stock companies that go over to the international standards of transparent activity and those companies, which are determined to raise the director corps’ responsibility and to reinforce the role of minority shareholders in the enterprise management process.

At this stage it is worth pointing out that alongside these regulatory-legal documents designed to speed up the development and improvement of corporate management, the following documents have been approved: the Law, “On joint-stock companies and the protection of shareholders’ rights” (as amended), and the Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan , “On measures to organize the activity of the Center for Privatization, Demonopolization and Competition Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan” dated June 11th, 2013 and “On organizational measures to ensure the efficient activity of the Research-Educational Center for Corporate Management” dated October 27th 2015.

That said, the measures taken in Uzbekistan to inculcate more efficient forms of management represent the consistent and thought-out steps to further liberalize the market-oriented economy by means of reformation, restructuring and diversification of the national economy. It goes without saying that they will boost the entrepreneurial activity, the attraction of overseas investments and an economic growth of the Republic of Uzbekistan at large.             

(Source: «Business» newspaper)