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14 JANUARY – MOTHERLAND DEFENDERS DAY
Reliable defenders of our independent Motherland

ECONOMY
The town of Yangiyer in Syrdarya region is getting prepared for the establishment of a new small industrial zone in the near future

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Uzbek President expresses condolences to Kyrgyzstan
Uzbek FM meets parliamentary delegation of Japan

SOCIETY
Uzbekistan's population oversteps 32 million


14 January – Motherland Defenders Day

Reliable defenders of our independent Motherland

A ceremonial event took place in the “Ozbekiston” international forums palace on 13 January, devoted to the 25th anniversary of the formation of Uzbekistan’s Armed Forces and 14 January – Motherland Defenders Day.

The holiday of defenders of peace and calm – military servicemen is widely celebrated in this country every year. This is a result of peace and stability reigning in the country.

On the morning of 13 January, representatives of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Emergencies, the National Security Service and the State Customs Committee lined up in Independence Square.

As a military orchestra played music, these defenders of the Motherland laid flowers at the monument of independence and kindness, which is a symbol of the country’s sovereignty, bright future and good intentions.

The “Ozbekiston” international forums palace is decorated for the holiday. Senators, deputies, government members, soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, veterans of the Armed Forces, parents and members of the wider public were invited here.

The festive event was opened by Tashkent city’s mayor R.Usmonov.

The national anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan was played.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the Motherland’s defenders cordially on the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In accordance with a decree by First President Islam Karimov, the country’s Ministry of Defence Matters was established on 6 September 1991. Under a resolution, dated 14 January 1992, by the head of state, all the military formations stationed in the territory of the republic were placed under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

And so this historic day – 14 January is widely celebrated in the country as Motherland Defenders Day.

Over the past period of time, the Armed Forces improved structurally and systemically. Formations’ mobility, combat capability and military servicemen’s physical and moral preparedness rose. Military units and subdivisions were provided with weapons and military hardware.

Consistent work has been carried out to bring the national army up to strength with professional personnel and to further raise military servicemen’s knowledge, ability and preparedness. Military training and exercises are being conducted on the basis of advanced achievements of science and technology. The country’s higher military educational establishments train officers who have modern knowledge and high moral qualities and are able to take decisions fast and to neutralize any threat.

As a result of call-ups for fixed-term military service being carried out once a year, the introduction of contractual military service and mobilization reserve service, the moral atmosphere at military units completely changed. Military service became a unique school for young people to toughen up physically and form a firm resolve and high humane qualities. As a result, young people’s interest in military service is growing.

The enlistment of people in the army on a competitive basis is an important factor in staffing the army ranks with young people who are physically prepared and who have high intellectual potential. As a result of this, soldiers thoroughly learn in military training programmes to use modern equipment and technologies.

Constant attention is also paid to improving service and living conditions for Motherland defenders and to providing social security for citizens transferred to the reserve.

The construction of new homes for military servicemen, the renovation of existing housing, the building and reconstruction of modern cantonments, the provision of long-term credits for the purchase of apartments and the allocation of land for individual house construction are expanding with every passing year. On the eve of the New Year holiday, new homes were provided for military servicemen in many territories of the country. Hundreds of military servicemen celebrated the New Year in new homes.

Young people who have done military service and who have obtained good recommendations from their military unit command are awarded as a privilege 27 per cent of the highest possible number of points that can be scored in entrance tests for higher educational institutions. This is of importance to them learning professions and finding their place in life.

This year, Motherland Defenders Day is being celebrated in the country on the slogan of “Uzbekistan is our independent Motherland, and the national army is our pride and honour”. The public council under the Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan is arranging many meetings and moral enlightenment events on this theme at military units and subdivisions, in all the regions, in neighbourhoods and distant villages, widely propagating the value of peace and tranquillity and everyone’s responsibility for keeping and protecting these blessings.

In accordance with a decree, dated 12 January 2017, by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, officers of the law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Emergencies were given high awards and medals of the Motherland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Motherland Defenders Day. The State Leader gave them these awards ceremonially.

“Our country’s peace and calm are out people’s largest wealth. I am proud to be contributing to keeping and protecting this wealth and to ensuring our country’s peace and security. This high award of our Motherland gives me even greater pride. I will try with all my strength to justify this trust and to protect our people’s peace and prosperity and our children’s future,” says a senior officer of the command and control department of the General Staff of the Defence Ministry and “Sodiq hizmatlari uchun” (for loyal service) medal laureate, Fazliddin Ahmadillayev.

 

An officer of the Armed Forces, Laziz Usmonov; a soldier’s mother, Laylo Jorayeva; the chairman of the public council under the Ministry of Defence, Iqbol Mirzaaliyev; and others congratulated the festive event’s participants on Motherland Defenders Day, and expressed genuine gratitude to President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the great care being provided to the country’s military servicemen.

The ceremonial event concluded with a big holiday concert.

(Source: UzA)

economy

The town of Yangiyer in Syrdarya region is getting prepared for the establishment of a new small industrial zone in the near future

The new industrial zone will focus on the accelerated development of small businesses, provision of employment, scale up of entrepreneurial incomes in Syrdarya region, and enhancement of localization of high-tech production on the basis of local raw materials.

The estimated period of its operation is 30 years with possible extension. It will mainly host small businesses, which will be selected by the specific Coordination and Management Council.

The construction of external engineering services and infrastructure will be free of charge for the members of the industrial zone, and funded by Uzbekenergo, Uztransgaz and other suppliers of engineering and communication services, as well as by local budget of Syrdarya region.

Other advantages for entrepreneurs include exemption from the land tax, income tax, legal entity property tax, tax for the improvement and development of social infrastructure, single tax payment for micro firms and small enterprises, as well as mandatory contributions to the state funds.

In addition, the government is ready to release companies from customs duties for equipment, raw materials and components, as well as metal and construction materials, which are imported for the production needs.

In order to get all these benefits for three years, investors will have to invest not less than 2,000 times the minimum wage in the project to be implemented in the zone​​. In case if annual revenue of the industrial zone member will be less than 1,000 times the minimum wage, the benefits will be canceled.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relations

Uzbek President expresses condolences to Kyrgyzstan

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences to the President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev in connection with crash of cargo plane Boeing 747, which resulted in large number of human causalities, including children.

The plane of Turkish Airplanes has crashed near the Manas airport in Bishkek during landing approach due to poor weather conditions, crashing on a village near the airport and destroying at least 15 homes.

At least 37 people died in a Turkish cargo plane crash near Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations said Monday. Eight people have been taken to hospitals, including six children.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Uzbek FM meets parliamentary delegation of Japan

On 16 January 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received a parliamentary delegation of Japan, led by MP of the House of Councillors of the Parliament Yuhei Yumashita.

According to the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed the state and prospects of development of relations between Uzbekistan and Japan in the political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres. The parties exchanged sviews on topical issues of regional and international character.

 

Special attention was paid to the development of bilateral cooperation between the sides within the Japanese Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Society

Uzbekistan's population oversteps 32 million

According to preliminary data by State Statistics Committee, the permanent population of the Republic of Uzbekistan as on January 1, 2017 reached 32121,1 thousand people having increased year-on 545,8 thousand people or 1.7%. At the same time, the urban population made up 16238,5 thousand (50.6% of the total population), rural population – 15882,6 thousand people (49,4%).

Fertility

According to preliminary data, in January-December 2016, the number of births amounted to 726,8 thousand children, respectively, the birth rate made up 22.8 ppm. In comparison with the similar period of 2015 the indicator has decreased by 0.7 ppm (in 2015 - 23.5 ppm).

A significant decline in the fertility rate could be observed in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (from 23.3 to 21.8 ppm), Surkhandarya (27.0 to 25.8 ppm), Bukhara (from 21.9 to 20.9 ppm), Tashkent (from 21.1 to 20.3 ppm), Andijan (from 24.1 to 23.4 ppm), Kashkadarya (from 26.2 to 25.5 ppm and Syrdarya (from 22.8 to 22.1 ppm).

The rise in fertility rate was also observed in Tashkent (from 18.0 to 18.4 ppm and Navoi region (from 22.0 to 22.1 ppm).

Mortality

January-December 2016 saw 154.5 thousand deaths, respectively, the mortality rate made up 4.8 ppm.

At the same time, the increased death rate was observed in Navoi (from 4.5 to 4.7 ppm), Surkhandarya (from 4.1 to 4.3 ppm), Syrdarya (from 4.8 to 5.0 ppm), Kashkadarya (from 4.0 to 4.1 ppm), Khorezm (from 4.5 to 4.6 ppm) regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan (from 4.6 to 4.7 ppm). The decline in mortality rate was observed in Andijan (from 5.2 to 5.1 ppm), Namangan (from 4.7 to 4.6 ppm), Tashkent (from 5.9 to 5.8 ppm), Fergana (from 5.0 to 4.9 ppm) regions and Tashkent city (from 6.9 to 6.8 ppm).

Out of the total number of registered deaths, 59.6% were from circulatory diseases, 9.4% from neoplasms, 6.7% - accidents, poisonings and injuries, 5.9% - from diseases of the digestive system, 4.9% from respiratory diseases, 1.9% - from infectious and parasitic diseases, 11.6% from other diseases.

In the reporting period, there were 7.7 thousand deaths of children under 1 year age, while infant mortality rate made up 10.5 ppm. Out of the total number of registered deaths of children under 1 year age, 56.7% died from conditions arising in the perinatal period, 22.4% from respiratory diseases, 9.8% from congenital anomalies, 3.1% - from infectious and parasitic diseases, 1.9% - accidents, poisonings and injuries, 0.6% - from diseases of the digestive system, 5.5% from other diseases.

Marriages and divorces

For the period January-December 2016, Registrar's offices registered 275.1 thousand of marriages and 29.4 thousand divorces. The marriage rate made up 8.6 ppm while the divorce rate comprised 0.9 ppm.

The decline in the marriage rate was observed in all regions of the Republic. A significant decline in the marriage rate was observed in Kashkadarya (from 10.4 to 9.3 ppm), Namangan (from 9.6 to 8.6 ppm), Tashkent (from 9.8 to 8.9 ppm), Khorezm (from 9.4 to 8.5 ppm), Surkhandarya (from 9.8 to 9.1 ppm) regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan (from 7.8 to 7.1 ppm).

At the same time, divorce rates went up in Jizzakh (from 0.6 to 0.7 ppm), Syrdarya (from 1.0 to 1.1ppm), Khorezm (from 0.6 to 0.7 ppm).

Migration

The number of arrivals in the reporting period amounted to 141.7 thousand people, number of departures – 168.3 thousand. Migration balance amounted to minus 26.6 thousand people (in 2015 minus 29.3 thousand). The most significant migration was observed in Tashkent (minus 5.5 thousand), Samarkand (minus 4.4 thousand people) regions and Karakalpakstan (minus 4.6 thousand people).

(Source: UzReport.uz)

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