Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

October 15, 2018




president.. 1

Reforms in agriculture, as in other areas, serve the interests of the people. 1

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan receives the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. 1

Maxim Oreshkin: “New prospects open up for cooperation of our countries”. 2

Officially.. 2

Salaries in Uzbekistan to grow by 10% from 1 November 2

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3

Meeting in Tashkent 3

International relationships. 3

CIS Council of Defense Ministers meeting. 3

Society.. 4

Uzbekistan’s population reaches 33.08m people. 4


A New Magazine in Three Languages. 5

sport.. 5

Uzbek athletes show its best results in Asian Para Games’ history. 5












Reforms in agriculture, as in other areas, serve the interests of the people

On October 12, 2018, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Buka district of Tashkent region. Visiting the cotton field of “Valikhon ota” farm, the Head of the state became familiar with harvesting process.

At the meetings held in July this year, the President of Uzbekistan identified current tasks for intensifying activities on cotton cultivation and crops accumulation. In accordance with them, necessary agrotechnical measures were also carried out in Tashkent region. Cotton is grown on 76 thousand hectares of the region, including almost on 13 thousand hectares of Buka district. Harvesting continues on these days.

The President held a conversation here with farmers of the region and responsible officials of the agricultural sphere.

This year the weather was unfavorable for cotton. There was a shortage of water, the number of insect pests increased. Cotton has lagged behind in development.

The Head of the state noted that in agriculture, as in other industries, the interests of people are a priority, it is necessary to cultivate those crops that yield more income.

In order to have an interest, it is necessary not only to cover costs, but also to make a profit. For tomorrow to be better than today, everyone must rely on their own strength. At present time, the one who seeks and works, wins, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

This year, the cotton harvest has doubled. In particular, more than three thousand sums are paid for one kilogram of harvested cotton in Tashkent region.

It was noted that it is time for farmers to see the fruits of their work, for this it is necessary to conduct the harvest season in an organized way and harvest before the onset of inclement weather.

(Source: UzA)

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan receives the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

On October 13, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Deputy Chairman of the Russian part of Uzbekistan – Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation, the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin, who arrived in Uzbekistan on a working visit.

Welcoming the guest, the President of Uzbekistan noted with deep satisfaction the dynamic development of relations of strategic partnership and alliance between the two countries.

Regular contacts at the highest level contributed to an unprecedented intensification of bilateral dialogue. Over the past year, more than 80 mutual visits of high-level delegations took place. In September, a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission chaired by the heads of governments was fruitfully held. In recent months, regions of our country have established partnership with 28 subjects of Russia.

Since the beginning of the year, the trade turnover has grown by more than 20 percent. Issues of increasing mutual supplies of demanded products, developing infrastructure, strengthening cooperation and implementing joint promising investment projects in various sectors of the economy are being developed.

In the coming days, for the first time in the history of bilateral relations, forums of the regions of Uzbekistan and Russia will be held in Tashkent, as well as rectors of education institutions, which will be attended by heads of regions, heads of companies and enterprises, leading higher education institutions of the two countries.

At the meeting, views were exchanged on the issues of economic agenda of the upcoming state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Minister of Economic Development expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Mutual interest in development of full-scale and mutually beneficial practical cooperation between the two countries was emphasized.

(Source: UzA)

Maxim Oreshkin: “New prospects open up for cooperation of our countries”

UzA correspondent Matnazar Elmurodov interviews Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin. After the meeting with the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Maxim Oreshkin tells about the prospects for development of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries:

– In a week, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will visit Uzbekistan. In this regard, today we exchanged views with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on preparations for this event, major projects to be announced and signed during the visit, new perspectives of Uzbekistan – Russia cooperation.

It should be noted that economic relations between our countries are developing positively. The trade turnover, trade in services grow. There is a very large investment influx, a large amount of remittances from Russia to Uzbekistan. We have achieved positive dynamics in all areas. There is potential for comprehensive cooperation in various sectors, including agriculture, the textile industry, and mechanical engineering. Of course, the largest project is construction of a nuclear power station in Uzbekistan.

During the conversation, I reported to Shavkat Mirziyoyev on activities carried out in each of these areas. In a week, the Presidents will thoroughly discuss all these issues and take important decisions that will serve the interests of our countries and people.

(Source: UzA)


Salaries in Uzbekistan to grow by 10% from 1 November

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On increasing the sizes of salaries, pensions, stipends and social allowances”.

The document was adopted at increasing income and life standards of population, as well as strengthening social support of citizens of Uzbekistan.

According to the decree, the salaries to workers of budget organizations, pensions, allowances and stipends to students will increase by 1.1 times (or 10%) on the average from 1 November 2018.

The following minimum sizes will be effective in Uzbekistan starting from 1 November 2018:

  • salaries – 202,730 soums (currency rates of CB RU from 15.10.2018, 1$= 8208.04 soums) per month (now - 184,300  soums);
  • pensions – 396,500 soums per month (now - 360,460 soums);
  • allowances for elderly and work incapable citizen without the required work experience – 243,300 soums per month (now - 221,190 soums).

The decree recommended business entities and organizations increase the salaries of their workers in line with the minimal salary, set by the document.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Meeting in Tashkent

On October 8-12, 2018, Tashkent hosted Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan negotiations on demarcation of the State border between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At the meeting, the sides prepared draft final documents on demarcation of certain sections of Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan state border line.

The sides also discussed the scope of field demarcation activities on Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan state border, implementation of which is planned for 2019.

The next meeting of government delegations is scheduled for November 2018, in Kazakhstan.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

International relationships

CIS Council of Defense Ministers meeting

On October 12, Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

It was attended by Ministers of Defense of Uzbekistan A.Azizov, Azerbaijan – Z.Hasanov, Armenia – D.Tonoyan, Belarus – A.Ravkov, Kazakhstan – N.Yermekbayev, Russia – S.Shoigu, Tajikistan – Sh.Mirzo, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan R.Duishenbiev and Secretary of the Council of CIS Defense Ministers Y.Dashkin.

The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu chaired the meeting.

At the meeting, issues of cooperation in the field of ensuring security were discussed. It was noted that in terms of increasing various threats and challenges in the countries of near and far abroad, the issue of ensuring stability is becoming more and more serious. The meeting of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers, held in Uzbekistan for the first time, serves as an important platform for expanding multilateral military cooperation. It was emphasized that during this period, this structure has become a practical body that ensures fruitful military cooperation, develops proposals regarding military policy and military construction, and conflict prevention.

The Defense Ministers emphasized that in today’s extremely difficult conditions, any opportunity to meet and exchange views is useful for jointly finding solutions in the process of countering terrorism, radicalism, extremism and drug trafficking, resolving emerging conflicts.

Uzbekistan pays special attention to strengthening military and military-technical cooperation with almost all CIS countries. Representatives of Uzbekistan participate in activities of all the committees of the Commonwealth. Cooperation is expanding in the spheres of military intelligence and information exchange. The military personnel of Uzbekistan actively participate in the Army International Games, Olympiads and championships among the military countries of the Commonwealth.

At the meeting, issues of cooperation in the field of aviation of the armed forces of the CIS member states, creating a unified system of state radar identification, conducting subject competitions among cadets of military schools, joint events on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the World War II were considered.

Council members approved the Work Plan of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers for 2019. Documents aimed at developing a unified communications system for the armed forces of the CIS member states, conducting joint exercises of air defense troops and the air forces of the CIS member states, software for the activities of the armed forces for the period up to 2022, establishing cooperation in the spheres of navigation, metrology, topography and geodesy were also signed.

At the meeting, the situation in Central Asia, the priorities for countering international terrorism, development of military cooperation, prospects of the work of the Joint System for the Evaluation and Control of Radiation, Chemical and Biological Situations were also discussed.

The heads of defense ministries were awarded memorable badges of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan “For merits in strengthening combat commonwealth”.

(Source: UzA)


Uzbekistan’s population reaches 33.08m people

As of 1 October 2018, the resident population of Uzbekistan made up 33.08 million people and since the beginning of the year increased by 428,500 people, or 1.3%, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

In particular, the urban population was 16.73 million people (50.6% of the total population), the rural population – 16.35 million people (49.4%).

Analysis by regions of the republic showed that as of 1 October 2018, the largest population was observed in Samarkand – 3.77 million people (the share in the total population of the republic was 11.4%) and Ferghana – 3.66 million people (11.1%) regions, and the smallest - in Syrdarya – 825,800 people (2.9%) and Navoi – 969,700 people (2.5%) regions.

In terms of the regions, the largest population growth compared to the same period in 2017 was observed in Surkhandarya (by 2.2%), Samarkand (by 2.1%), Kashkadarya (by 2.0%), Jizzakh and Namangan (by 1.9%) regions and the city of Tashkent (1.8%). On the contrary, the lowest growth was observed in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (by 1.4%) and Tashkent region (by 1.2%).


In January-September 2018, 553,400 births were registered (hereinafter the information as live births are meant as live births), respectively, the birth rate per 1000 population was 22.5 per thousand and, compared to the same period in 2017, increased 0.8 ppm (January-September 2017 - 21.7 ppm).


In January-September 2018, 112,600 deaths were recorded, respectively, the mortality rate was 4.6 per thousand and, compared to the same period in 2017, decreased by 0.2 per thousand (in January-September 2017 - 4.8 ppm).

Of the total number of registered deaths in January-September 2018, 60.7% died from circulatory system diseases, 9.5% from neoplasms, 6.3% from accidents, poisonings and injuries, 5.5% from diseases of organs digestion, 4.1% from respiratory diseases, 1.5% from infectious and parasitic diseases, and 12.4% from other diseases.

The number of registered dead children under the age of 1 year was 5,6 thousand, of which 60.8% died from conditions arising in the perinatal period, 16.6% from respiratory diseases, 11.7% from congenital anomalies, 2.2% from accidents, poisoning and injuries, 2.2% from infectious and parasitic diseases, 0.8% from diseases of the digestive system, 5.7% from other diseases.

Natural population growth

In January-September 2018, the natural population growth amounted to 440,800 people and, compared to the same period in 2017, increased for 34,000 people (in January-September 2017 – 406,800 people).


For the period from January to September 2018, the civil registry offices registered 196,000 marriages. In the republic, the marriage rate per 1000 population was 8.0 per thousand.

The growth of registered marriages, compared to the same period of 2017, was observed in Syrdarya (by 10.9%), Jizzakh (9.5%), Andijan (7.2%), Ferghana (7.4%) and Tashkent (6.7%) regions


For the period from January to September 2018, the registry offices registered 23,800 divorces. In the republic, the divorce rate per 1000 population was 1.0 per mille.

The growth of registered divorces, compared to the same period in 2017, was observed in Andijan region (by 21.2%) region, the city of Tashkent (by 18.2%) and Surkhandarya region (by 9.5%). Compared to the same period in 2017, a decrease was observed in Khorezm (by 29.9%) and Kashkadarya (by 20.9%) regions.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


A New Magazine in Three Languages

Tashkent has hosted a presentation of the magazine O'zbekiston established under the Cabinet of Ministers Committee for Interethnic Relations and Friendly Ties with Foreign Countries.

Representatives of various ministries and departments, creative and public organizations, ethnic cultural centers were invited to the presentation of the new periodical.

Chairman of the Committee for Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries R. Kurbonov in his speech stressed that thanks to the policy pursued in the republic aimed at maintaining stability and sustainable development, representatives of different ethnic groups live in peace and harmony in our country.

The journal O'zbekiston was established in accordance with the Presidential Decree “On measures to further improve interethnic relations and friendly relations with foreign countries”, signed on May 19, 2017. The first and second issues have already been published.

The magazine will not only widely cover the activities of the Committee for Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries, but also talk about the traditions and customs of representatives of various ethnic and sub-ethnic groups living in our country. In particular, the “Face to Face” section describes strong ties of friendship established through the efforts of the Committee with our compatriots living in the USA, Germany and Russia, and the “Close-up” section provides information about the life and work of the great writer Chingiz Aitmatov.

“We will make every effort to ensure that our publication represents Uzbekistan with dignity,” said editor-in-chief of the magazine Shohida Eshonboboeva. “In the journal, with the help of colorful and interesting materials, we will tell readers about the work carried out in our country in the name of preserving peace, interethnic friendship and harmony, the multifaceted activities of ethnic cultural centers, and the lives of people of different ethnic background.

The first issue contains articles on social and political reforms carried out in Uzbekistan, cultural heritage, the lives of our compatriots abroad, stars of arts and sports, as well as cultural and educational events taking place in the country.

The magazine will be published four times a year in Uzbek, Russian and English. There is no doubt that it will have a wide audience not only in our country, but also abroad. During the presentation, detailed information was given about the creative plans of the new periodical.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Uzbek athletes show its best results in Asian Para Games’ history

Uzbek athletes’ team has collected the most medals ever in its history of participation at Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

With 54 athletes, Uzbekistan’s Paralympic team got total of 77 medals, 35 out of which being gold and 24 silver, and appeared on the sixth place in the continental competition.

Uzbekistan also led the rankings among the Central Asian countries, the National Olympics Committee said.

With 33 medals gained by 91 athletes, Kazakhstan reached the 13th place, while Turkmenistan with is five medals placed the 32nd in the list.

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan did not manage to earn any medals in this year’s competition.

(Source: IA «Turon24»)





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