2017 - The Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests
Cooperation within the frameworks of ILО
INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
INFORMATION DIGEST OF
PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 201
October 12, 2017
CIS Summit in Sochi 1
BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3
Small industrial zone to be created in Tashkent 3
International cooperation.. 3
Delegation of Uzbekistan take part in meeting of “SCO – Afghanistan” Contact Group. 3
National exhibition of industrial products of Tajikistan opens in Tashkent 3
CIS Summit in Sochi
On October 10-11, 2017, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev participated in the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States, in the city of Sochi, Russia.
The main events of the summit were held on October 11.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the Congress Centre of the city of Sochi.
Heads of the CIS member states held a meeting in a narrow format. Prospects of further strengthening cooperation within the framework of the Commonwealth, issues of improving activities of this international structure were discussed, views were exchanged on regional and international issues.
The Commonwealth of Independent States was established on the basis of the Agreement on establishment of the CIS of December 8, 1991 and the Protocol to this agreement of December 21, 1991. Members of this international structure are the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Tajikistan and Ukraine. The executive, administrative and coordinating body of the CIS is the Executive Committee.
Uzbekistan actively participates in multilateral cooperation within the framework of the CIS, which contributes to the development of relations of our country with the Commonwealth member states in various spheres.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the interest of Uzbekistan in developing cooperation with the Commonwealth countries in trade, economic, investment, transport, tourism, science, education and security spheres. Since the beginning of this year, the trade turnover between our country and the CIS countries has increased by 20 percent.
Uzbekistan intends to further intensify participation in this structure. On November 3, a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the CIS will be held in Tashkent.
The Head of our state noted the need to strengthen confidence and cooperation between the member states, to develop and implement new, concrete projects within the framework of the Commonwealth.
The transport and communications sector is a strategically important area of cooperation. Development of mutually integrated transport systems, full utilization of the enormous transit potential of the Commonwealth meets the interests of all its participants. An important role in this is played by the improvement of administrative process and provision of mutual preferences.
It was noted that the opportunities in the sphere of tourism are not fully utilized, the need to analyze the existing potential and take concrete measures for its implementation was indicated.
Participants of the meeting paid attention to the situation in Afghanistan. Issues of joint struggle against the legalization of proceeds from crime, corruption, terrorism, drug trafficking and other threats were discussed.
The issue of the presiding state in the Commonwealth was considered. By the decision of the meeting, the chairmanship in this international structure will pass to the Republic of Tajikistan in 2018.
President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev in this regard congratulated President Emomali Rahmon and wished him success in carrying out this important mission.
Heads of states continued negotiations in an expanded format.
Issues such as improving activities of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth, development of activities of the Council of Foreign Ministers and the Economic Council, the announcement of the cultural capitals of the CIS in subsequent years, were discussed at the meeting.
Statement of the Heads of States of the CIS on supporting family institution and traditional family values, the decision on declaring 2019 as the Year of Book, 2020 – the Year of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, were adopted.
Concepts of cooperation of the CIS member states in the field of combating the legalization of proceeds from crime, financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as corruption, were approved.
Other documents aimed at strengthening interaction between the member states of the Commonwealth were also adopted.
Meeting of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was held within the framework of the summit.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, expressing his deep satisfaction with this meeting, particularly noted that the strategic partnership and allied relations between Uzbekistan and Russia are enriched with a new practical content.
Vladimir Putin, welcoming Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Sochi, emphasized that the agreements reached during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Russia in April of this year are being consistently implemented and giving their results.
Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia is dynamically developing on the basis of the Treaty on strategic partnership signed on June 16, 2004 and the Treaty on allied relations of November 14, 2005. Our countries are cooperating effectively within the framework of such international structures as the UN, the SCO, and the CIS.
For a short period after the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to Russia, mutual contacts have significantly intensified. The spectrum of cooperation covered new spheres. In recent months, a number of visits have taken place at intergovernmental and interregional level.
Russia is one of the important trade and economic partners of Uzbekistan. In our country, large investment projects are being implemented with participation of leading companies and banks of Russia. There is an increase in all indicators of exports and imports. Since the beginning of the year, the trade turnover has exceeded 3 billion dollars.
Businessmen of the two countries concluded a solid package of promising agreements during Uzbekistan – Russia business forum that was recently held in Tashkent.
Intensification of cooperation between industrial sectors, expansion of business contacts between businessmen, strengthening cultural and humanitarian relations between our people was emphasized. It was noted that the recent visit of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Uzbekistan also served to strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between our people.
At the meeting, issues of further development of bilateral cooperation were discussed. Views were exchanged on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Meeting of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev with the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was held.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized that relations between Uzbekistan and Belarus became more active after the meeting that was held in Samarkand in 2016, the volume of mutual trade increased significantly. It was noted that the economies of the two countries complement each other, there are large unused opportunities for cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, textile and food industries, mechanical engineering and others.
Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus is interested in developing a comprehensive partnership with Uzbekistan.
Belarus considers Uzbekistan as an important economic partner in Central Asia. Relations between our countries are developing on the basis of principles of friendship and interest.
Issues of establishment of joint ventures, expansion of the network of trading houses, development of cooperation in the sphere of deep processing of raw materials were discussed.
President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to visit Uzbekistan.
Small industrial zone to be created in Tashkent
The Government of Uzbekistan issued a resolution “On establishment of a small industrial zone in Uchtepa district of the city of Tashkent” on 7 October 2017.
According to the document, a small industrial zone is being established in Uchtepa district of Tashkent.
A small industrial zone is created on the basis of the building and construction of AOKS Plus Business (formerly the NGO Signal).
The Government of Uzbekistan order to establish the Directorate of the Small Industrial Zone “Uchtepa” within a month. Also the Government entrusted within two months to approve schedules for implementation of investment projects proposed for placement on its territory.
Delegation of Uzbekistan take part in meeting of “SCO – Afghanistan” Contact Group
A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan took part in the meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group in Moscow (Russia) on 11 October 11.
Delegations of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan participated in the meeting.
The delegations exchanged views on the situation in and around the IRA and the ways of the Afghan settlement.
Special attention was paid to the priority tasks for establishing cooperation between the SCO member states and Afghanistan.
National exhibition of industrial products of Tajikistan opens in Tashkent
A national exhibition of industrial products of Tajikistan opened in Tashkent on 11 October 2017.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan Sahib Saifnazarov at the opening ceremony of the exhibition said that Tajikistan is a close neighbor and an important trading partner of Uzbekistan.
He noted that due to the efforts of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the trade turnover between the countries in 2016 grew by 18% to US$200 million and in the first nine months of 2017 - by 25% to US$180 million.
Saifnazarov added that the exhibition will allow Uzbek entrepreneurs to familiarize themselves with goods produced in Tajikistan and establish long-term partnerships with Tajik partners.
The chairman of the State Committee for Investments and State Property Management of Tajikistan, Fayziddin Kakhhorzoda said that more than 150 Tajik companies are participating in the exhibition. According to him, 300 products are displayed at the exhibition.
Fayziddin Kakhhorzoda expressed hope that this exhibition will give an impetus to development of trade and economic ties between the countries.
The exhibition presents products of the construction industry, light industry, processing industries, pharmaceuticals, etc.