Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

October 22, 2018




the state visit of the President of Russia to Uzbekistan.. 1

Uzbekistan and Russia strengthen strategic partnership and alliance. 1

President of the Russian Federation has ended his visit to Uzbekistan. 5

Officially.. 5

Uzbekistan to create PPP Development Agency. 5


Bukhara Awaiting Investment Inflow.. 6

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 6

Innovations Offer Novel Approaches to Aral Crisis. 6

International relationships. 7

Meeting with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar 7


Tahir and Zuhra Conquer Rome. 7










the state visit of the President of Russia to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan and Russia strengthen strategic partnership and alliance

On October 19, 2018, the main events within the framework of the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation began at Kuksaroy residence.

After the official welcoming ceremony, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Vladimir Putin held negotiations in a narrow format.

The President of Uzbekistan, warmly welcoming the distinguished guest, noted that relations between Uzbekistan and Russia over the past two years have further strengthened.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed sincere appreciation for establishment and solemn opening of the monument to the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in Moscow.

“Russia is a strategic partner of Uzbekistan. Our partnership has reached a qualitatively new level and is dynamically developing in all areas by joint efforts. More than eighty high-level visits were conducted last year. We have established close cooperation between the regions. For the first time, Tashkent hosts Interregional Cooperation Forum between the two countries. More than a thousand representatives of Russia’s entities, public and business representatives are attending the event. The trade turnover has grown by thirty percent since the beginning of the year. Large investment projects are being implemented”, said the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also noted with great satisfaction that another strategic project is being launched – construction of the first nuclear power station in Uzbekistan.

Cultural and humanitarian exchange is expanding. This year, for the first time, Uzbekistan – Russia Media Forum was held, on the eve of the visit an Educational Forum was conducted with participation of 80 heads of leading Russian universities.

“And this is only a number of examples of the breakthrough that has been achieved recently. I am confident that your state visit will give a powerful impetus to relations between Uzbekistan and Russia”, emphasized Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Vladimir Putin expressed his gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the invitation and noted that Uzbekistan is a reliable ally, a strategic partner of Russia. He emphasized that after last year’s state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to Russia, bilateral contacts in all areas have fundamentally changed for the better, as well as expressed readiness of Russia to further develop relations.

At the meeting, issues of expanding practical cooperation, implementation of promising projects and programs in various fields were discussed, views were exchanged on international and regional issues.

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The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin continued negotiations in an extended format with participation of delegation members. Main attention was paid to practical aspects of development of trade-economic and investment cooperation.

Russia is a key partner of Uzbekistan. There is a free trade regime between the two countries. Since the beginning of 2018, the trade turnover increased by 30 percent.

The sides discussed issues of increasing the volume and diversification of the trade turnover nomenclature, development of cooperation of industrial enterprises, strengthening cooperation in the sphere of transport and energy.

“Intergovernmental Commission Meeting chaired by the heads of governments was successfully held in September”. Interaction between the regions is developing. Major investment projects are being implemented jointly with leading Russian companies and banks. This year, according to our estimates, the trade turnover will reach 6 billion USD. This figure exceeds our plans. The task for the next few years is 10 billion”, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Vladimir Putin fully supported the President of Uzbekistan. The two governments were instructed to take necessary steps to increase mutual trade. The Presidents decided to strengthen activities of Intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Commission.

The Presidents noted with satisfaction that total amount of documents concluded during the visit in trade-economic and investment spheres amounted to 25 billion USD.

The adoption of Intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Program for 2019-2024 during the visit will play an important role.

At the negotiations, special attention was paid to development of cultural-humanitarian exchange, especially, in science, education, healthcare and tourism.

As it was noted, on the eve Tashkent hosted the First Joint Educational Forum on “New personnel for a new economy”, which was attended by heads of leading universities of the two countries.

Following the negotiations, more than 100 cooperation agreements in education and science were signed, including, on opening in Uzbekistan branches of a number of leading higher education institutions of Russia.

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Following the negotiations between the leaders of Uzbekistan and Russia, a significant package of documents was adopted.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the Joint Statement.

Exchange of documents, signed during the visit, was held. These are Economic Cooperation Program for 2019-2024, Cooperation Program in cultural-humanitarian sphere for 2019-2021, Roadmap for creation of Suffa International Radio Astronomy Observatory, Agreement on establishment and operation of branches of leading universities of Russia in Uzbekistan, Agreement on cooperation in textile industry.

Supplementary agreement on investment block “Uzbekistan’s independence” with exploration and exploitation of “The 25th anniversary of Independence” with construction of a gas chemical complex in Surkhandarya region, Cooperation Agreement between the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov, Agreement on establishment of a branch of Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Uzbekistan, Agreement on establishment of Interdisciplinary Scientific Educational Center, Agreement between the Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions of Uzbekistan and Russian Rectors Union All-Russian Public Organization, Agreement on cooperation between the National Guard of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Federal Service of the National Guard of the Russian Federation were signed.

20 documents on development of cooperation in various spheres were signed during the visit.

At the briefing for the mass media, the Presidents noted that negotiations in a narrow and extended formats were held in a traditionally confidential, open and constructive atmosphere.

The state and prospects for development of comprehensive cooperation were discussed, coincidence or proximity of positions of the two countries on current regional and international issues were discussed.

It was noted that relations between the two countries reached a qualitatively new level.

Russian investments attracted into Uzbekistan’s economy exceeds 8.5 billion USD. In this regard, Uzbekistan – Russia First Interregional Cooperation Forum plays an important role, the results of which became agreements on implementation of projects worth more than 2 billion USD.

The sides confirmed their readiness for further cooperation within the UN, CIS, SCO, OSCE, ESCAP and other authoritative international and regional structures.

The Presidents noted that expansion of security partnership based on principles of mutual trust and consideration of each other's interests will contribute to joint solution of tasks to counter new challenges and threats in Central Asian Region.

Views were exchanged on coordination of joint measures to counter terrorism, extremism, especially radicalization among youth.

The sides are convinced that process of peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan should be carried out only by Afghans themselves and under the leadership of Afghans.

Russia welcomed important steps taken by Uzbekistan to promote peace process in Afghanistan.

Heads of states noted positive trends in development of mutually beneficial and effective regional cooperation in Central Asia.

Priority attention is given to development of cultural-humanitarian ties, especially in the field of science, education, healthcare and tourism.

From this academic year, a branch of Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys was opened in Almalyk city in order to obtain qualitative Russian education in Uzbekistan.

In addition to successfully operating branches of Moscow State University, Russian Economic Academy, Russian State University of Oil and Gas, it is planned to open branches of MGIMO, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Chemical Technology University of Russia.

An agreement was reached to intensify cooperation in the sphere of science, including within the framework of joint project on creating super-powerful radio telescope on Suffa plateau in Jizzakh region.

The Fourth Uzbekistan – Russia Youth Forum will be held in Uzbekistan in order to bring people of the two countries closer together.

The President of Uzbekistan focused on another important issue. In order to worthily celebrate in 2020 the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, in Uzbekistan it is planned to develop special program and create Victory park complex in Tashkent within its framework, which will become a symbol of our shared struggle against fascism, will contribute to education of the younger generation in the spirit of respect for history, patriotism and friendship of people.

The sides expressed confidence that the state visit of the President of Russia to Uzbekistan will give a powerful impetus to further development of full-scale cooperation between the two countries in the spirit of strategic partnership and alliance.

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The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who is in Uzbekistan on a state visit, accompanied by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Mustakillik Square.

The distinguished guest laid flowers at the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which is a symbol of our freedom, noble aspirations and bright future.

The heads of states left for Uzexpocentre to attend Uzbekistan – Russia First Interregional Cooperation Forum.

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More than a thousand representatives of Russia, heads of regions, managers of leading companies and industrial enterprises, and other business structures, are taking part in the forum that has been opened at Uzexpocentre.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin attended this forum.

“We highly appreciate and sincerely value the established stable and trusting relations with the Russian Federation, our strategic partner and ally. The organization of the forum and the high level of representation are another clear confirmation of mutual interest and powerful potential of our cooperation”, – said the President of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan and Russia attach great importance to interregional relations. Recently, such contacts have acquired high intensity. More than 40 mutual visits were conducted. In September-October, leaders of all 14 regions of Uzbekistan visited 26 entities of the Russian Federation. Due to this, new markets have been opened for the supply of products, jobs have been created, and people have additional sources of income.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that it is the leaders of the regions and the entrepreneurs, who determine specific areas of interaction.

The need for strengthening efforts on creating joint high-tech industries, expanding cooperation for production of demanded products and development of markets in the third countries was noted.

Thus, based on the reached agreements, it is planned to create a joint textile cluster in the regions of Uzbekistan with participation of companies in Ivanovo region, to organize in Surkhandarya region a modern agro-complex for growing and supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to Moscow market, together with Sverdlovsk region – the construction of a plant for production of light and heavy metal structures in Kashkadarya region, jointly with partners from Tatarstan – production of chemical fertilizers in Tashkent region and pharmaceuticals in Karakalpakstan, the use of infrastructure of wholesale distribution centers in Moscow region, Bashkortostan, Orenburg region and other regions of the Russian Federation for the supply of agricultural products. There are many such projects.

The main result of this interaction is that strong and long-term partnership has been established between the regions of the two countries.

Practical issues of business cooperation, including specific projects and programs, were discussed at the forum. Following the negotiations and meetings at the forum, agreements and contracts worth $2 billion were signed.

The proposal of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on annual conduction of the Interregional Forum was supported.

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A solemn event dedicated to launching the construction project of the First Nuclear Power Station in Uzbekistan was held at Uzexpocentre.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin pressed a symbolic button to launch the project.

Specialists of Uzatom Agency and Rosatom State Corporation announced the start of engineering surveys to select sites for construction of the first NPS in Uzbekistan, via videoconference.

“Today we are opening a new strategic direction of cooperation with the Russian Federation – development of nuclear energy. This project forms a new cluster, its implementation will serve to further development of industrial potential and creation of new jobs in different sectors of the country’s economy", – said the President of Uzbekistan.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Atomic Energy Development Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers has been established for peaceful use of nuclear energy.

An agreement on construction of Nuclear Power Station in Uzbekistan has been reached with Rosatom Corporation, which ranks the first place in the world in terms of number and scale of foreign projects – construction of 34 power units in 12 countries. NPS will consist of two WWER-1200 generations "3+" units with a capacity of 1,200 MW each, which are the most modern and safe.

Nuclear power is environmentally friendly. Nuclear power stations do not form harmful carbon monoxide. As a result of launching nuclear power station, the economy of significant volumes of natural gas will be achieved. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced to 14 million tons and nitrogen oxides by 36 thousand tons.

Uzbekistan, in accordance with its international obligations as a member state of the IAEA, focuses on nuclear safety.

All international requirements for construction of the nuclear power station will be strictly enforced in implementing the project.

IAEA experts supported Uzbekistan’s initiative on implementation of the National program on using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and expressed readiness to provide all possible assistance in its implementation.

In accordance with agreements reached earlier, it was decided to open a branch of the National Research Nuclear University “Moscow Engineering Physics Institute” in Tashkent. In the next academic year, the branch of MEPhI will receive first students.

Rosatom Corporation has already organized training 30 Uzbekistan's students in this world-famous University this academic year, in Moscow.

Uzbekistan’s students, having studied at MEPhI, will become highly qualified specialists, will become able to ensure safe operation of Nuclear Power Station. The atom will indeed be peaceful in their safe hands.

(Source: UzA)

President of the Russian Federation has ended his visit to Uzbekistan

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited Uzbekistan on a state visit.

The main events of the visit took place on October 19.

At the negotiations held at Kuksaroy residence, issues of further development of bilateral trade-economic, investment cooperation, strengthening relations in transport-communications, energy, agriculture, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres were discussed.

During the visit, 20 documents were signed.

The President of the Russian Federation, accompanied by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan visited the Mustakillik Square and laid flowers at the Monument of Independence and Humanism.

The Presidents attended Uzbekistan – Russia First Interregional Cooperation Forum at Uzexpocentre. Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Vladimir Putin launched the first Nuclear Power Station construction project in Uzbekistan.

The heads of states also held an informal meeting.

President Vladimir Putin departed for Russia. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has seen off the President of the Russian Federation.

(Source: UzA)


Uzbekistan to create PPP Development Agency

Uzbekistan will establish an Agency for Development of Public-Private Partnerships under the Ministry of Finance.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures to organize an effective system of coordination and development of public-private partnership activities”.

According to the document, the agency will develop together with interested ministries and departments programs for development of public-private partnerships in priority areas of the economy, including the social sphere.

New body will develop the legal and institutional framework for public-private partnerships, methods for evaluating the effectiveness and comparative advantage of public-private partnership projects, as well as provide methodological support for the preparation, implementation and termination of the above projects.

The organization will also assist ministries and departments in implementation of public-private partnership development programs, in developing concepts for specific projects, including implementation mechanisms and financing schemes.

The Agency will interact with investors, funding organizations, international financial and donor organizations, the scientific and expert community, as well as other market participants.

It will provide interdepartmental coordination in the implementation of projects in the field of public-private partnerships, as well as post information about projects in the public domain, keeping their registry.

The agency will also monitor public-private partnership projects, including the use of funds from the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan involved in public-private partnership projects.

The resolution said that draft regulatory legal acts, tender documentation, as well as draft agreements on public-private partnership and changes to them are subject to mandatory coordination with the Agency.

The Agency is a specially authorized body for the coordination and development of public-private partnerships and is a public institution with the rights of a legal entity.

In its activities, the Agency is independent of other bodies of state and economic management, local government bodies and is accountable to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

The Agency has the right to request and receive information on the progress of implementation, feasibility and financial indicators from the initiators and participants of public-private partnership projects.

The Director of the Agency is also the Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Bukhara Awaiting Investment Inflow

In the near future, small industrial zones (SIZ) are going to be created in the Bukhara region on the basis of idle production areas and state-owned facilities.

Real estate public property located on the territory of the facilities will be provided to business entities for a long-term lease for a period of 10 years, with subsequent acquisition of property rights subject to the fulfillment of business plans, the creation and maintenance of jobs, the timely payment of all taxes and other mandatory payments.

For the use of immovable state property located in the facilities, during the period of its lease, minimum rental rates are established based on the type of activity performed without the application of multiplying factors.

Participants of the inventories are not subject for the period up to November 1, 2020, to the statutory requirement for the payment of single tax not lower than the established minimum amount – a threefold amount of land tax, calculated on the basis of the area they occupy.

Operational management of the zones will be undertaken by Single Directorate set up in the form of a state unitary enterprise funded by the Bukhara regional hokimiyat.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Innovations Offer Novel Approaches to Aral Crisis

The Fund for the Support of Aral Sea Basin plans to attract moneys from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.

100 delegates, including government officials, representatives of international and regional organizations, scientists and experts from Azerbaijan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, took part in the recent Samarkand Forum “Innovative approaches to promoting sustainable governance and social stability of the Aral Sea basin”.

As the principal outcome of the forum, a memorandum was inked between the Ministry of Innovation Development of Uzbekistan and the International Center for Bio-saline Agriculture (ICBA). The document seeks to establish the International Innovation Center of the Aral Region under the President of Uzbekistan, projected to be located in Karakalpakstan, at the experimental station of the Nukus State Forestry Management.

The Minister of Innovation Development, Ibrohim Abdurahmonov, explained that “the creation of an international center under the President indicates that attention at the highest level will be given to mitigating the effects of the environmental crisis.” The Aral Sea Basin Support Fund will be created under the new center, designed to attract funds from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. The center itself will be funded by the Foundation for the Support of Innovation Development and Innovative Ideas under the Ministry of Innovations, as well as loans and grants from international financial institutions.

The focus of the center includes the assessment and management of natural resources, adaptation to and mitigation of the effects of climate change, increased productivity and diversification of crops, as well as the development of policies in these areas. “With the establishment of a new center, we aim to strengthen partnerships to improve living conditions and income-generating opportunities for the residents of the Aral Sea basin through the introduction of new technologies and approaches,” concluded Ismahane Elouafi, ICBA Director General.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

Meeting with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar

On October 22, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the delegation of the State of Qatar led by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, who arrived in Uzbekistan on a working visit.

The state and prospects of bilateral relations were discussed at the meeting.

Mutual interest in developing Uzbekistan – Qatar cooperation, primarily in trade-economic and investment spheres was confirmed. Despite the fact that the trade turnover is growing dynamically, its volumes indicate that the sides have significant potential. In this context, the Joint intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation, the first meeting of which is scheduled for the beginning of 2019, will play an important role.

Issues of developing cooperation in cultural-humanitarian, tourism and other fields were discussed in detail.

The sides also exchanged views on current regional and interregional issues, the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

On the same day, the second round of Uzbekistan – Qatar political consultations was held.

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


Tahir and Zuhra Conquer Rome

The 19th International Film Festival Asiatica has taken place in Italy, and Uzbekistan took part in it for the first time.

The national cinema art of our country was represented by two films of the Uzbekfilm studio – the classic cult tape Tahir and Zuhra, directed by Nabi Ganiyev, and the modern motion picture The Fortitude, directed by Rashid Malikov.

This artistic forum has been held annually since 2000 and is a platform for the presentation of the cinematic art of Asian countries in Italy. Unlike other well-known film festivals, Asiatica focuses on the quality, substance, and films promoted by the authors of humanitarian values.

The show of Uzbek films was accompanied by a presentation of the history of the formation and development of our national cinema. Also during the festival, an exhibition of national textile art and a master class on the preparation of Uzbek pilaf were organized.

One of the main events of the festival was the presentation of a special diploma to the delegation of Uzbekistan for the contribution of Nabi Ganiyev and the creative team of the movie Tahir and Zuhra to the development of world cinema and promotion of universal human values.

The motion picture was shot back in 1945 at the Tashkent film studio. The picture is just wonderful, patriotic, and it’s a sad story about the Uzbek Romeo and Juliet.

The film director Nabi Ganiev created an unforgettable masterpiece, which for many years have not left the audience indifferent to this day. It opened the Uzbek cinema for the entire planet, because it was the first Uzbek film released for foreign distribution.

The picture is based on the XV century folk legend about the love of a common warrior Tahir for the Khan’s daughter Zuhra. The authors of the movie approached the legend creatively, trying to convey the main issue, its uniqueness, poetic spirit, patriotic orientation.

Ganiev interpreted the antique legend not so much as a romantic narrative about love, but as a heroic epic. From the very first shots, the director seeks to immerse the viewer into the atmosphere of a long past era.

In this film, the talent of Nabi Ganiev as an artist was manifest especially clearly. Individual frames are very expressive in their composition, so is the use of light. Interestingly, for example, did the director resolve the episode of the separation of Zuhra and Tahir.

Or take a very interesting episode in its pictorial solution: in the dungeon. The dim sun rays, barely penetrating from a lattice-enclosed window into a deep dungeon, the steps of the stairs leading to the exit reveal the depth of the frame. In the dark, only the fragile figure of Zuhra, dressed in a light dress, stands out. Her melancholy, sadness, anxious thoughts are emphasized by the grim tone of the frame. Baba-khan appears in the depth of the frame with a lamp. He had just brutally dealt with Tahir, now decided to change tactics. Now he will use another weapon - a trick, a lie, in order to force his daughter to obey his will, to abandon Tahir. The director builds the mise en scene so that the focus of the audience on the frame is alternately the Khan himself, and then Zuhra.

The director boldly uses expressive metaphors that reinforce the emotional and semantic sound of the frames. For example, a chest with Tahir, which carries away a raging stream, falls into a whirlpool, which somehow expresses the vicissitudes of his fate.

Tahir and Zuhra is the first full-length sound feature film by Ganiyev. In it, the director proved his ability to his own voice. While working on the musical design, Nabi Ganiev and the composer A. Kozlovsky were among the first in Uzbek cinema to widely use musical folklore, which gave the film narration a pronounced national flavor.

It is said that the first demonstrations of this film, when the wounds inflicted by the war were still bleeding, were accompanied by unconcealed sobs of the audience.

For example, when the main villain of this picture, Karabatyr, in the stunning performance of Shukur Burkhanov, was crafting his “black” deeds, the spectators used to curse him loudly: “let your house burn to the ground!” And Burkhanov’s mother, who was present in the hall, used to rise from her seat and exclaim: “Shukur is my son, he is a good man! Please do not curse him!”

Thus, in our  days, Italian viewers were convinced that the great English playwright was not quite right, arguing that “there is no story sadder than that of Romeo and Juliet”, there is such a film story, and it is called Tahir and Zuhra.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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