INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
INFORMATION DIGEST OF
PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 192
September 29, 2017
President of Uzbekistan received the Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan’s parliament 1
Liberalization of monetary policy has become a milestone in the development of Uzbekistan’s economy 1
International cooperation.. 2
EBRD delegation arrives in Uzbekistan. 2
Meeting of the working groups of the Governmental delegations of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan 2
1st OCTOBER – the Teacher’s and Mentor’s Day.. 2
To Sow the Seeds of the Reason, Good, Eternity. 2
Uzbekistan athletes have returned from the Asian Games. 3
President of Uzbekistan received the Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan’s parliament
On September 27, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received a delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan led by the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of this country Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev.
The Head of our state emphasized that the arrival of a representative delegation of Kazakhstan’s parliament in Uzbekistan and the results of fruitful negotiations in both chambers of the Oliy Majlis are the evidence of strengthening bilateral relations.
It was noted that the state visits of the leaders of the two countries to Kazakhstan in March this year and to Uzbekistan this month, as well as their regular and trustful dialogue, allowed to raise multifaceted relations between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to a qualitatively new level, filling them with concrete content.
This is evidenced by intensive contacts at various levels, dynamic growth in volumes and diversification of the nomenclature of mutual trade, the launching of symbolic investment projects in the energy and engineering industries, expansion of cooperation in the field of road, rail and aviation communications.
Mutual visits are held and partnership between border regions are strengthened, joint business, cultural and humanitarian events are held in the two countries.
At the meeting, special attention was paid to issues of further intensification of inter-parliamentary interaction, including within the framework of international and regional structures.
The important role of parliaments in ensuring the implementation of bilateral agreements and arrangements reached during the visits at the highest level, as well as in promotion of promising projects and programs of mutually beneficial partnership was emphasized.
Regular meetings of existing friendship and cooperation groups, establishment of close working relations between the profile committees of the parliaments of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are supported.
The distinguished guest, expressing deep gratitude to the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm and meaningful meeting, conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev reassured that the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan is ready for active and large-scale cooperation with Uzbekistan in order to further strengthen bilateral relations of friendship and strategic partnership.
Liberalization of monetary policy has become a milestone in the development of Uzbekistan’s economy
The new procedure, as envisaged in the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Areas for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, contributes to the expansion of the country’s export capacity, improvement of the investment climate and business environment.
As known, in pursuance of the above-mentioned document, Uzbekistan opened free conversion of foreign currency on September, 5. The results of this event were discussed at a press conference of representatives of the Central Bank in Tashkent.
In particular, since the opening of the conversion, the population has sold about $200 million to the banks, more than $100 million has been purchased from entrepreneurs and organizations engaged in foreign economic activity.
Journalists took interest in changes in prices for imported products. Experts noted the absence of grounds for price growth. These days, the relevant ministries and agencies, including the State Customs Committee, are working on an action plan to further optimize rates of customs duties and prevent the growth of domestic prices for certain types of food products. The Presidential Decree ‘On further streamlining of Uzbekistan’s foreign economic activity’ signed September 12 is an important guide to action in this direction. The document canceled customs duties for importation of sugar cane or sugar beet and chemically pure sucrose in the solid state as of September 15. The work in this direction is underway.
The press conference touched upon the conveniences created for entrepreneurs by the Presidential Decree ‘On priority measures for liberalization of monetary policy’. For instance, the individual entrepreneurs who are engaged in imports of consumer goods but do not have the status of a legal entity, are allowed to purchase foreign currency in accordance with the established procedure. The requirement of obligatory sale of proceeds in foreign currency by exporters was canceled.
Ultimately, the ongoing measures on liberalization of foreign exchange policy in our country yield positive results. This helps to ensure the stability of the national currency, further increase exports of domestic products, exporting enterprises, create new jobs, and strengthen the trust of foreign investors.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
EBRD delegation arrives in Uzbekistan
A delegation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) arrived in Tashkent on 28 September 2017.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the delegation of the EBRD is headed by the Managing Director for Central Asia and Russia Natalia Khanjenkova.
During the visit to Uzbekistan, the EBRD delegation will hold meetings and negotiations at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, the ministries of foreign affairs, finance, economy, information technologies and communications, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan.
Representatives of the bank will also take part in the workshop “Mechanisms of interaction between the EBRD and small and medium-sized businesses” in Navoi.
Meeting of the working groups of the Governmental delegations of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
On September 21-27, 2017 a regular meeting of the working groups of the Governmental delegations of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic on issues of delimitation and demarcation of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border was held in the city of Batken, Kyrgyzstan.
At the meeting, the delegations continued the description of the remaining sites of the border line that were not included in the Agreement on delimitation of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border, concluded during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Kyrgyz Republic on September 5-6, 2017.
Protocol was signed as a result of negotiations that were held traditionally on a constructive basis and in a friendly atmosphere.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
1st OCTOBER – the Teacher’s and Mentor’s Day
To Sow the Seeds of the Reason, Good, Eternity
These days, festive events are in full swing in our country on the occasion of the Day of Teachers and Mentors, marked in Uzbekistan on the first day of October. The educators receive congratulations in the form of extensive reforms in the sphere. This year there are a lot of initiatives that should make education in our country more qualitative and meeting the requirements of the time.
The transition to 11-year school education has been accomplished. As shown in the survey of school leavers on June 18-20, the absolute majority of them - 352 out of 467 thousand, or 75% want to continue their studies in 10th grades in general schools, as opposed to academic lyceums and professional colleges. Thus the schools are engaged in developing new curricula, programs and textbooks. On the basis of workshops 615 vocational colleges organize production training complexes, where about 7,000 neighboring schools are attached. And for 2.7 thousand educational institutions, which are located far from colleges, 1,103 of its complexes are being created. There they will teach locksmith, forge, sewing, culinary, hairdressing, embroidery and other specialties. Together with the certificate of 11-year education, the children will receive a state-recognized document that allows them to work.
The development of a network of private schools has been launched. Increasing their number, according to experts, will promote competition between private and public institutions and, as a result, improve the quality of education.
For the first time, the development of preschool education has been elevated to the status of a state program. Today, on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the issues on the creation of a separate ministry are being worked out, which would create conditions that will ensure the coverage of all preschool children by children’s institutions.
Development and received a system of higher education. Along with the transformations of existing educational institutions, new universities have appeared in the regions. So, for example, in Surkhandarya region, where only one university was functioning - Termez State University, two more were opened - these are branches of Tashkent agrarian and technical universities. And the Chirchik Pedagogical Institute has resumed its activity.
At the same time, on these holidays, I would like to once again congratulate our esteemed and beloved teachers and mentors, who every day enter classes or audiences in order to sow reasonable, good, eternal.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan athletes have returned from the Asian Games
Athletes of our country, who have performed decently at the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in the city of Ashgabat, have returned to their homeland.
At the international airport of Tashkent named after Islam Karimov, our athletes were met by representatives of ministries and departments, broad sports community, fans and mass media workers.
In the prestigious sports competition, athletes from more than 60 countries fought for prizes. Delegation of Uzbekistan, more than 200 sportsmen – experienced athletes who have achieved high results in world and continental championships, various prestigious tournaments, as well as young talents protected the honor of the Motherland in competitions on 20 kinds of sports.
Our athletes won 24 gold medals.
The highest number of medals our compatriots have won in the national sport – kurash, officially included in the program of games. Mukhsin Khisomiddinov, Ilkhom Jurayev, Davlat Abrayev, Kamoliddin Rasulov, Shukhrat Arslonov, Gulnor Sulaymonova, Dildora Shermetova, Kumush and Rakhima Yuldasheva rose to the highest level of the podium in their weight categories. Our team took the first place in the team event.
Sherzod Rakhimov, Khusniddin Ruziyev, Obidali Mavlonov, Manzura Muydinova won gold medals in the belbogli kurash tournaments, Nadiya Dusanova – in high jump (athletics), Sarbon Ernazarov, Nemat Yokubov, Zafar Allaberganov – in sambo and combat sambo. Highest medals were also awarded to Ilkhom Mashrabov, Obidali Mavlonov in the Turkmen national fight, Rustam Jangabayev, Ivan Yefremov – in weightlifting, Makhmud Shavkatov, Bekzod Abdurakhmonov and David Modzmanashvili in freestyle wrestling.
In addition, our athletes won 33 silver and 74 bronze medals, 131 medals overall. The national team of Uzbekistan took the fifth place in the team event.