DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #204
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
October 17, 2018
The development of the chemical industry was discussed. 1
the state visit of the President of Russia to Uzbekistan.. 2
On the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan. 2
Several Russian universities may open branches in Uzbekistan next year 2
International relationships. 3
Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan. 3
Trade and investment cooperation will expand. 3
The development of the chemical industry was discussed
On October 16, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on issues of accelerated development of the chemical industry, attracting foreign investment and modern technologies into the sphere.
Chemical industry, being a catalyst of modern industry, has an important place in the economy, since chemical process is the basis of any production.
Uzbekistan’s subsoil contains almost all elements of the periodic table. However, despite the rich reserves of hydrocarbons, the domestic chemical industry specializes mainly in production of mineral fertilizers for agriculture.
Production of complex polymers, catalysts, reagents and synthetic fibers necessary for building materials industry, pharmaceutical, textile, mechanical engineering and other industries has not been established.
As a result, chemical products worth $1.5 billion are imported annually. Phosphorus and potash fertilizers produced in the country cover only a third of the demand for them.
Capacities for production of complex mineral fertilizers are outdated by 60-70 percent, which leads to waste of energy resources, an increase in the cost of chemical products.
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At the meeting on the issues of accelerated development of the chemical industry, it was noted that since the last year, Uzbekistan launched 17 investment projects worth $3.1 billion to meet the needs for mineral fertilizers. In addition, in order to diversify the chemical industry until 2025, 17 more projects worth $4.2 billion will be implemented.
It was noted that attracting foreign investment and modern technologies into the chemical industry, increasing production and expanding the range of products, increasing the export potential are priorities of JSC Uzkimyosanoat.
Upcoming measures on eliminating shortcomings in the industry and further development of the chemical industry were discussed at the meeting. As it was noted, development of the industry requires introduction of new modern production facilities.
Today, the need for nitrogen fertilizers in the country is provided by 73 percent, in phosphorus fertilizers – by 20 percent. The average deterioration level of nitrogen fertilizer production capacities is 64 percent, while phosphorus fertilizers production is 77 percent.
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At the meeting on the issues of attracting foreign investment and modern technologies into the chemical industry, it was noted that it is planned to implement 9 projects worth $2.8 billion in Uzbekistan over the next five years to improve the situation in the sphere, as the result of which mineral fertilizers and acid sulfate production will double. The demand for nitrogen and potash fertilizers will be fully met, the level of satisfaction of demand for phosphoric fertilizers will increase several times.
At the same time, only 14 percent of natural gas, including 5 percent in the chemical industry, is deeply processed. Production of chemical products from silicon, kaolin and gypsum remains without attention.
According to the available data, there is a demand abroad for products manufactured in Uzbekistan that are not fertilizers, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, in the amount of more than 100 billion dollars. At the meeting it was noted that this is a good opportunity for the country.
In this regard, it is planned to implement 15 projects on production of organic substances and 8 projects on production of inorganic substances in order to diversify the types of products of the chemical industry.
The President of Uzbekistan gave instructions to responsible managers on attracting foreign investors to implementation of these projects.
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It is necessary to ensure financial sustainability of the chemical industry to implement large investment projects in the industry. At the meeting, which was chaired by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on October 16, instructions were given on improving the financial condition of JSC Uzkimyosanoat.
The lack of innovation in the sphere, inefficient use of scientific potential was criticized. The need was noted for speeding up the establishment of a Specialized Center for Research, Design, Engineering and Training at Tashkent Scientific Research Institute of Chemical Technology in cooperation with the Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT).
At the meeting, responsible persons were given instructions on development of a roadmap for implementation of tasks set with further continuous monitoring of its implementation.
the state visit of the President of Russia to Uzbekistan
On the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan
On October 18, 2018, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to Uzbekistan.
In continuation of regular political dialogue, the heads of states will exchange views on the state of Uzbekistan – Russia multifaceted relations, discuss prospects for further strengthening strategic partnership and alliance, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation, practical implementation of new joint projects and programs in various fields.
The agenda also includes current international issues, including ensuring stability and security in the region, promoting the peace process in Afghanistan.
Within the framework of the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan, a joint Educational Forum and Uzbekistan – Russia Interregional Cooperation Forum will be held for the first time, as well as a launching ceremony of construction of a nuclear power station in Uzbekistan will be held.
Following the summit, it is planned to adopt the Joint Statement of the Heads of States, sign the Economic Cooperation Program for 2019-2024, the Cooperation Program in Cultural and Humanitarian Sphere for 2019-2021, agreements on establishment and operation of branches of the leading universities of Russia in Uzbekistan, roadmaps on creation of Suffa International Radio Astronomy Observatory and a number of other important bilateral documents.
During the visit, it is also planned to conclude investment and trade contracts between regions and business circles of Uzbekistan and Russia.
Several Russian universities may open branches in Uzbekistan next year
Several Russian universities are expected to open branches in Uzbekistan next year, Turon24 source said.
Some agreements on this will be signed during the Uzbek-Russian educational forum on October 18-19 as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Tashkent.
The forum will also focus on discussions of opening joint degree schools, professional development of university professors, exchange of academic materials and collaboration in other areas.
Uzbek Higher Education Minister, Russian Minister of Education and Science, as well as rectors of 80 universities from both countries, will attend the event.
(Source: IA “Turon24”)
Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan
On October 16, 2018, Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatulla Irgashev met with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Nasir Ahmad Andisha who arrived in Uzbekistan on a working visit, in Termez.
The sides discussed practical aspects of implementation of agreements reached within the framework of Uzbekistan – Afghanistan contacts at the highest level, as well as current issues on bilateral agenda, exchanged views on regional issues.
Nasir Ahmad Andisha on behalf of Afghanistan leadership sincerely thanked the Uzbek side for assistance to socio-economic development of Afghanistan, prompt resolution of issues related to establishment of Consulate General of Afghanistan in Termez city.
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan delegations attended the official opening ceremony of Consulate General of Afghanistan in the regional centre.
Ambassador of Afghanistan Sayed Shahabuddin Timory attended the meeting.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Trade and investment cooperation will expand
Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the Council of the U.S. – Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
Within the framework of the event, on October 16, a meeting of the working group on standardization, sanitation, phytosanitary and intellectual property protection was organized in Hyatt Regency Tashkent hotel.
The event was held in Uzbekistan for the first time within the framework of the United States Business Week. Delegations of the Council’s member states – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United States and observer countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as experts and representatives of the diplomatic corps attended the meeting.
During the negotiations, views were exchanged on the issues of simplifying customs tariffs and ensuring market openness. At the same time, effective approaches to trade expansion were discussed.
Presentations were made on implementation of trade programs in Central Asia, prospects for joining the World Trade Organization.
Bilateral negotiations took place between the delegations of Central Asian countries, Afghanistan and the United States working group.
Following the meeting, a joint statement on activities of the Council’s working groups in 2018–2019 was adopted.