INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
INFORMATION DIGEST OF
PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 211
October 26, 2017
the state visit of the president of uzbekistan to turkey.. 1
Uzbekistan – Turkey: a new stage of cooperation. 1
BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3
Throughout Uzbekistan, a network of centers for the integrated servicing of farmer and dehkan farms as well as owners of household land will be established in the near future. 3
the state visit of the president of uzbekistan to turkey
Uzbekistan – Turkey: a new stage of cooperation
On October 25, 2017, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Turkey with a state visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Bekir Bozdag and other officials met the Head of our state at Esenboga international airport.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the memorial complex Anitkabir, paid tribute to the memory of the first President of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The main events of the visit were held at the Palace of the President of the Republic of Turkey. After the ceremony of the official meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting in a narrow format. During the negotiations, issues of development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Turkey in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication and other spheres were discussed, views were exchanged on regional and international issues.
The Republic of Turkey was the first to recognize the state independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 1996, the Treaty on eternal friendship and cooperation was signed between our countries.
Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Turkey is mutually beneficial for both sides. The market of our country, liberalization of the economy, a favorable investment climate arouses interest of Turkey. The developed industry, transport communications, sea routes, agriculture and tourism potential of this country also arouses interest of Uzbekistan.
The visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to our country, in November 2016, demonstrated Turkey’s interest in strengthening cooperation with Uzbekistan. The heads of states held negotiations within the framework of “One Belt, One Road” forum on May 14 this year, and the summit on science and technology of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held on September 10 in Astana. As well as, in September, a meeting was held within the framework of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Activation of mutual visits at various levels between our countries is being observed. Only this year, delegations led by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey visited Uzbekistan, and the delegation of our country led by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense visited Turkey. A number of joint events and forums were held. Promising areas of mutually beneficial relations were defined at the regular meeting of the Intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey, held on May 25 in Tashkent, business forums held on September 30 in Tashkent, and on October 6 in Turkey.
Presidents continued negotiations with participation of official delegations of the two countries. Issues of development of cooperation in trade, industry, agriculture, transport, tourism, science and other spheres were discussed.
Turkey is one of the important trade partners of Uzbekistan. In 2016, the trade turnover amounted to 1,2 billion US dollars. For 9 months of this year, the indicators of mutual trade increased by 29 percent. There are about 500 Turkish companies in our country. Only this year, more than 20 enterprises with participation of Turkey’s investments have been organized, 53 companies have been accredited in Uzbekistan.
During the negotiations, it was noted that there are still unused opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation, that this visit will give a new impetus to the development of contacts between ministries and departments, businessmen of the two countries.
Common opinion of the sides on the steady increase and diversification of the volume of mutual trade by supplying demanded products with high added value and developing long-term investment cooperation was expressed. In particular, Uzbekistan can export a wide range of industrial products, transformers, cables and other electrical goods, polymers, copper and copper products, mineral fertilizers, yarn, fruit and vegetable, processed food and other products. To this end, the importance of regular conduction of meetings of the Intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey was emphasized.
In Uzbekistan, implementation of joint investment projects with participation of leading Turkish companies, first of all, the organization of production in free economic and small industrial zones of products with high added value on the basis of deep processing of mineral resources and raw materials is encouraged.
Proposals on studying the possibilities of cooperation and exchange of experience in the spheres of energy and minerals, energy saving, in particular, the use of renewable energy are supported.
Special attention is also paid to the issues of transport and logistics. It was emphasized that expansion of transport corridors connecting our countries with each other will serve as an important factor in development of trade and economic relations. It was decided to optimize transit tariffs and provide preferences in order to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of international transport corridors passing through the territory of our countries.
The heads of states noted with satisfaction the agreement on direct air services between the cities of Samarkand and Istanbul, confirmed readiness for the consistent development of cooperation in the sphere of civil aviation, increasing in frequency of regular flights.
Both Uzbekistan and Turkey have tremendous opportunities in the field of tourism. Full use of this potential, increasing the tourism exchange will have a huge economic effect.
The recently adopted resolution of the President of our country on simplifying visa procedures for citizens of the Republic of Turkey became an important step in this direction. In accordance with this document, visas will be provided quickly and in a simplified manner for citizens of Turkey intending to visit Uzbekistan for business and tourism purposes.
Cooperation in the spheres of healthcare and medical education, the exchange of experience between leading research centers and training of professional personnel is also important.
Our countries are fruitfully cooperating within the framework of such international structures as the UN, the SCO, the CIS, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Positions of the sides on issues of regional and international importance are same or close.
Presidents emphasized their commitment to strengthening peace, security and stability at the regional and international levels, expressed their desire to expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of multilateral structures.
The sides noted the importance of further development of struggling against international terrorism, religious extremism, illegal migration, illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, as well as other threats and challenges of our time, within the framework of bilateral and multilateral structures.
Readiness was expressed for the exchange of experience on development of forestry, effective management of water resources, combating land degradation and desertification.
Special attention was also paid to the development of cooperation in the field of science, education, and culture.
Turkey highly appreciates the initiatives and practical activities implemented in Uzbekistan on studying the heritage of great scientists and thinkers, the measures of combating ignorance through enlightenment. In this regard, Imam Bukhari International Research Center that is being established in Samarkand and Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent are of great importance. Relations between scientists and scientific centers, joint projects aimed at studying the spiritual and cultural heritage will serve as a contribution to further strengthening of friendship between our people.
As a result of the negotiations, more than 20 documents on various spheres of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Turkey were signed.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a Joint Statement of the heads of states.
A significant package of documents was also signed on development of cooperation in the spheres of trade, industry, banking and finance, investment, tourism, cargo transportation, healthcare, training, defense and others.
At the meeting with mass media representatives, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that the negotiations were held in a spirit of mutual understanding and respect, and the signed documents will further strengthen the long-term cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey.
The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Turkey continues.
Throughout Uzbekistan, a network of centers for the integrated servicing of farmer and dehkan farms as well as owners of household land will be established in the near future
This decision was recently approved by the head of state. New centers are organized at the district councils of farmers, dehkan farms and landowners. Among their main tasks is providing consulting services to producers of agricultural products, including consulting in the legal, economic, technological spheres and assistance in drawing up business plans.
In addition, they will engage in intermediary services in the sale of agricultural products in the domestic and foreign markets, the delivery on a contractual basis of necessary material resources, seeds and seedlings, containers, equipment and other means to farmers and dehkan farms.
Another important area is providing consulting services to attract bank loans, funds and grants from international and foreign financial organizations. The agrarians will not be left aside. The centers organize training and practical courses for retraining, advanced training in all areas of agriculture.
No less important task will be the creation of new cooperative chains among farmers and farmers in the production, harvesting, storage, processing, export of agricultural products.
It should be reminded that as of January 1, 2017, the number of operating farms in Uzbekistan exceeded 132 thousand, dehkan farms - 4.7 million. Last year, the gross output of the agrarian sector reached 47.4 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.10.2017, 1$= 8069,61 soum). In total, the country produced 8.2 million tons of grain, 2.9 million tons of potatoes, 11.2 million tons of vegetables, over 3 million tons of fruits and berries, 1.7 million tons of grapes, 2 million tons of melons and 2.9 million tons of raw cotton.
In addition, the President of Uzbekistan instructed the government in the next few months to develop a number of key programs for the development of the agricultural sector. For example, the Cabinet of Ministers will prepare regulatory and legal acts aimed at further development of animal husbandry, poultry farming, fish farming, fruit and vegetable growing, beekeeping and other important branches of agriculture until mid-December, coordinating the activities of farms in this area and improving its efficiency.
The government will also present a program of comprehensive measures to widely implement market infrastructures, innovations, scientific achievements and modern information and communication technologies at the beginning of next year. Its main goal is to increase the efficiency and profitability of agriculture, especially in mechanizing the collection of cotton, and further improve labor relations in the field.
Another important area is ensuring food security. In this regard, the head of state instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to develop a comprehensive program of measures to ensure the country's food security until 2020 by mid-December.
It is also entrusted to implement a set of measures to transform all farms into multidisciplinary farms. In particular, all farmers will have to complete this process during 2018-2021. At the same time, starting from January 1, 2022, land lease agreements with farms that have not mastered multi-profile activities will be terminated.
In addition, strict measures of liability will be applied to farmers and dehkan farms, as well as to household land owners who have inefficiently used the land allocated to them, who did not fully sow crops, and did not timely implement agrotechnical measures, until their rights to land plots are terminated.
To control this process, the efficiency of the use of land plots of farms will be discussed quarterly in the district Kengashes of People's Deputies, and the acreage of dehkan farms and landowners - monthly in the self-governing assemblies of citizens.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)