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01/09/11 - Growing economic power and creative capacities of Uzbekistan

posted 15 Jan 2012, 05:27 by Ambasciata Uzbekistan
President Islam Karimov traveled on August 28 to the new joint venture designed to manufacture automobile engines and the new air terminal in Tashkent to serve local flights to familiarize with ongoing efforts in these two facilities.

Thanks to the wide-ranging constructive and creative works, every single year of independent development has been inscribed in the chronicles of our Motherland with golden letters. The steadfast reforms led by President Islam Karimov have been yielding remarkable effects in economic and social spheres. All this has stimulated to build up the economic power of Uzbekistan, to shore up its standing in the international arena, to improve the wellbeing of the people.

Uzbekistan is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence with new achievements, extensive transformation, and wide-scale constructive works,UzA notes.

General Motors Powertrain Uzbekistan joint venture built in Tashkent region’s Zangiata district on the initiative of President Islam Karimov to manufacture car engines and the new air terminal in Tashkent to serve local flights have become a well-deserved gift for the greatest, the dearest holiday.

As a result of project worth 521.8 million US dollars, a unique and intricate industrial sector to encompass GM Powertrain Uzbekistan has been created in Uzbekistan for a relatively short period of time.

The new enterprise occupies 40 hectares of land, while its productive capacities absorb 44.7 thousand square meters.

The joint factory is going to manufacture a new generation BDONC engines with working capacity of 1.2 and 1.5 liters. These small-capacity novel engines have been developed by General Motors and are installed in global models of this company’s cars. That means that GM Powertrain customers will include not merely the car industry of Uzbekistan, but also other enterprises of GM’s global network. Thus, to date, the newly born plant has received orders from nearly ten assembly ventures of GM chain.

The level of production localization by the time full-scale production will be launched at the enterprise is 50 percent. Following locally manufactured engines’ installation, the share of localization in the value added goods of GM Uzbekistan will make 82 percent.

The head of our state had a talk with foreign specialists and local youth working at the factory.

“This major project is a new stride toward advancing our automotive industry founded in the wake of independence,” Islam Karimov suggested.

“Our youths are working at these sorts of sophisticated production facilities equipped with cutting-edge technologies meeting the latest standards, which naturally makes us happy and stirs up the sense of pride.”

As soon as the plant enters its projected capacities, up to 1,200 people will be employed, while 450 personnel are currently working here. All of them have been trained by foreign specialists. In particular, 120 young Uzbek professionals have passed retraining internships at leading General Motors plants in the United States, Germany, Austria, India and South Korea.

In his speech during a meeting in Tashkent city administration back in 1990 (January 20), Islam Karimov had noted with pity that the sufficiency of human resources in Uzbekistan notwithstanding, some 125 thousand workers and specialists had been drawn in the Republic from outside Uzbekistan to form the personnel of newly set up production companies. At that time, it was nothing but a disdainful attitude to local specialists, a no-confidence manifest toward them.

The consistent and efficient efforts under the leadership of the President have proved the flimsiness and groundlessness of that approach. It is supported by the fact that thousands of Uzbek young people have successfully been working at the high-power modern complexes in Karaulbazar, Mubarek, Shurtan, Dehkanabad, Kungrad, automobile factories in Asaka and Samarkand as well as many other modern major production facilities.

Our young specialists fly latest airliners today; they manage high-speed trains, with a growing number of young people commanding perfectly the state-of-the-art technologies. All this testifies that the Uzbek youth is second to no one.

“Quite gifted youths are working in this venture,” Janos Covax, production director of the JV, shared. “They have grasped all the complicated processes in foundry and assembly lines. This underlines the Uzbek youths’ zeal and intellectual capacities.”

A test production of first engines has been carried out at the factory. Following all the essential tests and certification procedures, batch production will be launched this November. The plant is expected to work in full production capacities as soon as in 2013.

The enterprise hosting both foundry and assembly lines in one area is to become a single such factory of General Motors throughout the world.

On the same day, President Islam Karimov acquainted himself with the new local flights air terminal at Tashkent airport commissioned on the eve of the 20th anniversary of national independence.

The new terminal has been constructed in national architectural traditions with a capacity to serve 400 passengers an hour.

Reviewing the extensive and modern conveniences and customer-friendly environment created here, Islam Karimov underscored in particular the priority significance of ensuring passenger safety and security.

To meet these goals, the new terminal is outfitted with latest electronic equipment and technical capacities. The building is surrounded with a security zone containing two check points.

Among the many advantages of the terminal is that passengers arrived in Uzbekistan from abroad can directly fly to other regions of the country without the need to leave the airport territory.

The tremendous creative efforts and large-scale reforms undertaken in Uzbekistan is a practical effect of the opportunities provided by the independence. These types of modern buildings and facilities erected across the nation ahead of the greatest, dearest holiday events are a testimony to the high economic power of Uzbekistan to serve further elevation in the wellbeing of the people.
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