2017 - The Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests
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DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 07
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
January 11, 2018
Reforms aimed at increasing the defense power and industrial potential of the country. 1
Uzbekistan: New Network of Gas Stations. 3
Uzbekistan: To 2018 with a Sense of Happiness! 4
National Company Uzbekistan Airways. 5
Flights for Tourists. Where can one expect increase in the flow of tourists?. 5
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 5
Uzbekistan: E-VISA.. 5
Uzbekistan: Soul-Soothing Ice. 6
Reforms aimed at increasing the defense power and industrial potential of the country
On January 10, 2018, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the military unit in Chirchik.
Systemic activity on educating youth in the spirit of patriotism is carried out in this military unit, which was reorganized by the Decree of the President of December 12, 2017.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with conditions created in the military unit, material resources for combat training, supplies, and talked with military personnel.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev was informed about the “road map” on organization of the military administrative sector of Tashkent region in 2018, the concept of patriotic education of youth, structure of primary organization of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan in the Ministry of Defense, encouraging young military personnel and other plans for the future.
The Head of our state, becoming acquainted with the outfit of military servicemen, indicated the need for their modernization and improvement of the supply system, gave instructions on creating all conditions for exemplary military personnel, providing them with houses and cars.
The President of our country visited the military unit canteen, got acquainted with conditions created here.
Chirchik is a city of chemists and mechanical engineers. Such large production facilities as “Maxam-Chirchik”, “Oil, gas and chemical machinery plant”, “Chirchik agricultural machinery plant” joint-stock companies, Uzbek refractory and heat-resistant metals combine operating here are making a significant contribution to the development of the country’s industry.
President of our country got acquainted with the program of development of agricultural machinery.
Large-scale work is being carried out in our country on further improving activities of agricultural machinery enterprises. Measures are being taken on modernization, technical and technological re-equipment of production, organization of modern and competitive machinery and equipment production for the agricultural sector.
The Head of our state was provided with information on plans for production of resource-saving and high-performance agricultural machinery and means of mechanization.
It is planned to implement 3 projects worth 32,7 million dollars in 2018-2019, in Chirchik agricultural machinery plant. It is envisaged to bring the level of localization of products to 50 percent.
The project is aimed at providing machine-tractor parks and farms with new types of agricultural machinery – modern combines for harvesting grain and hay, cotton and grain seeders, equipment for soil cultivation, sowing and potato harvesting.
The Head of our state got acquainted with samples of agricultural machinery, which is planned to be produced within the framework of the project. It was noted that in the current growing competition in the world market, products should be provided not only in the domestic market, but also be competitive and export-oriented in the foreign market.
Presentation of agricultural machinery produced at Tashkent agricultural machinery plant, “Technolog”, “Agregat”, “UzCaseMash”, “Lemken – Chirchik”, “UzClaasAgro” enterprises was held.
The President of our country visited “Oil, gas and chemical machinery plant” JSC, got acquainted with projects on organizing new foundry and production of large-sized equipment.
The plant produces heat exchangers for the oil and gas, chemical and food industries, compressors, pumps, equipment for oil and gas processing, drilling, air cooling, components and others.
Products of the enterprise are supplied to “Muborakneftgas”, “Shurtanneftgas” joint-stock companies, Shurtan gas chemical complex and other large industrial enterprises, as well as exported to Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine.
Last year, the volume of exports of the enterprise amounted to 1,5 million dollars, this year it is planned to bring this figure to 2 million dollars.
To this end, it is planned to build a new modern foundry. As a result of implementation of this project at a total cost of 18,9 million dollars, the volume of production of foundry products of various nomenclature will be brought from the current 1,7 thousand to 4 thousand tons per year. The foundry will be equipped with technologies produced in Europe and the USA. It is scheduled to be launched in the third quarter of 2019.
The Head of our state got acquainted with samples of products of “Oil, gas and chemical machinery plant” and Chirchik transformer plant, noted that such projects are of great importance in expanding the assortment of production and volumes of export.
Presentation of a number of programs and projects aimed at socio-economic development, improving welfare of the population was also held here.
There are more than 300 industrial enterprises in Chirchik. About 80 projects will be implemented within the framework of the economic development program of the city for 2018-2019. As a result, the volume of production will increase 1,6 times, about 3 thousand jobs will be created.
Construction of three seven-storey houses was completed last year according to the general plan of the city, envisaged to be implemented until 2035. 5 more houses, and in the next – 10 similar houses will be built this year. In addition, 8 three-story houses for military personnel will be commissioned in March 2018, and 10 until the end of the year.
Chirchik dehkan market was erected in the 50s of the last century and today has ceased to meet modern requirements. It is planned to reconstruct the market in order to create broad amenities for entrepreneurs and the public. As a result of implementation of this project worth almost 22 billion sums, a new market will be built in an area of 3,7 hectares, which will accommodate a three-story hypermarket, pavilions of agricultural products, shopping arcades, car parking, bus stops (currency rates of CB RU from 11.01.2018, 1$= 8139,00 soums).
In addition, the “Oil, gas and chemical machinery plant” is planning to reconstruct “Mashinasozlar” park with an area of 2,5 hectares and put the renewed park into operation on the eve of Independence Day celebrations this year.
The embankment of Bozsu canal will be landscaped, alleys will be established here.
One of the promising projects is organization of movement of modern high-speed trains on Tashkent – Khodjikent route, implementation of which will become one of the important factors for improving the well-being of the population and the tourism potential of Tashkent region. To this end, “Chirchik” and “Bozsu” railway stations will be modernized.
The Head of our state was also presented projects on reconstruction of buildings of Uzbek State Institute of Physical Culture and Tashkent Regional Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute, on construction of new educational buildings, sports facilities, students’ homes, unloading traffic on Tashkent – Kibray – Chirchik – Gazalkent and Chirchik – Gazalkent highways, construction of Pskem HPS and dam, increasing safety of Charvak HPS.
The President of our country noted that Chirchik is one of the largest industrial centers of our country in terms of its capabilities and potential, that’s why in each project it is necessary to pay special attention to diversification of production and improvement of living conditions of the population. The Head of our state gave appropriate instructions on increasing the effectiveness of projects.
Essence and significance of reforms taking place in the city, increasing welfare of the population, educating youth were discussed at the meeting with employees and experts of the enterprise, public representatives, veterans and youth that was held at the assembly hall of the plant.
On the same day, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Academy of the Armed Forces, in Tashkent.
In January 2017, the Head of our state visited Tashkent Higher Combined Arms Command School and gave appropriate instructions on organization of an entirely new Academy of the Armed Forces on its basis. The Academy of the Armed Forces was reorganized by the resolution of the Head of our state of April 25, 2017.
This process was carried out on the basis of continuity of glorious military traditions of Tashkent Higher Combined Arms Command School and the use of advanced experience of leading scientific educational institutions of Uzbekistan and foreign countries.
The Academy is the center of military science, occupying a key place in the single system of military education in our country. The Academy carries out training of lieutenants, advanced training of officers, and special training of commanders of the administrative staff of the army. Combined arms, command and staff faculties, the faculty of advanced training, 11 departments are operating here. Cadets and listeners are trained in military, humanitarian, and exact sciences.
The latest teaching methods and technologies has been introduced at the academy, which has acquired a modern look. Auditoriums are equipped with modern training, educational and laboratory equipment and computers.
The President got acquainted with conditions that are created here, and examined the study rooms, museum, canteen, bedrooms of cadets, observed the learning process.
We must create all conditions for further enhancement of professional skills, intellectual level, culture of listeners of the academy, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. At the same time, special attention should be paid to introduction of modern methods, training of highly intelligent personnel.
Graduates of “Temurbeklar maktabi” (“Temurbek’s school”) organized on the initiative of the President of our country will also continue their education in the Academy and will become qualified officers in the future. In addition, training of the teaching staff for all the higher military schools of the country has been established here, including internships in leading higher education institutions abroad.
The Head of our state talked with listeners and cadets, congratulated them on the 26th anniversary of the Armed Forces and noted that they should be worthy of great ancestors and deeply master modern knowledge.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the situation center of the Academy of the Armed Forces. The Head of the state took part and delivered a speech at the expanded meeting of the Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan: New Network of Gas Stations
JV Jizzakh Petroleum to trade with imported gasoline in Uzbekistan.
This month, Joint Venture Jizzakh Petroleum is set to open a network of gasoline stations in Uzbekistan for the sale of imported automotive fuel.
According to the press service of Uzbekneftegaz, in the new network, auto-gasoline of Ai-92, Ai-93, Ai-95 and Ai-98 grades, as well as diesel fuel meeting European quality and standards, will be sold at free commercial prices.
In addition to the sale of fuel through its system of gas stations, the joint venture will sell it under direct sales contracts and through exchange trades at free commercial prices.
The net of gas stations is not the only JV Jizzakh Petroleum project created in June 2017 by Uzbekneftegaz (60% stake in the joint venture) and Gas Project Development Central Asia (a subsidiary of Gazprom International, 40%). You may recall that in late April, the construction of a new oil refinery complex worth 2.2 billion US dollars was launched in the Jizzakh region. It is planned to complete construction by 2021. The general contractor will be Enter Engineering of the Gazprombank Group. To supply the complex with crudes, it is planned to build a pipeline of about 100 km long with an outlet to the oil pipeline Omsk-Pavlodar-Shymkent in Kazakhstan.
It is projected that the complex will process 5 million tons of hydrocarbon crudes a year, coming, in particular, from Russia and Kazakhstan. 3.7 million tons of motor fuel standard Euro-5 will be produced from it, as well as more than 700 thousand tons of aviation kerosene, along with liquefied gas, fuel oil, bitumen and other products.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan: To 2018 with a Sense of Happiness!
The Center for the Study of Public Opinion, Ijtimoiy Fikr, just a few days to the outgoing year, conducted another poll in all regions and districts of our country in order to identify social well-being and moods. It was participated by city-dwellers and villagers, representatives of various ethnic and social groups, faiths, professions.
As the survey showed, for the absolute majority of our citizens (90.5%), 2017 turned out to be prosperous, saturated with positive changes in personal and family life. On the eve of the New Year, Uzbeks have an upbeat mood. Citizens associate this with the improvement of living conditions, confidence in the future and public stability in the country.
A sociological study showed that 83% of citizens consider themselves to be happy. They feel peace in the country, prosperity and love in the family, the health of their loved ones, the process of renewal that takes place in our society and inspires confidence in the future of the Motherland, family, children, grandchildren.
Most of our compatriots are quite satisfied with the way their lives are shaping up. More than 80% of them expressed their confidence that the upcoming 2018, called the Year of Support for Active Entrepreneurship, Innovative Ideas and Technologies, will become even more successful, and the set goals will be achieved without fail.
Fundamental positive changes in the life of the country, which occurred in 2017, according to citizens, are primarily related to the activities of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, with successful economic and political reforms initiated by the head of state. All this makes it possible to create a solid system of state administration capable of quickly responding to modern challenges and threats, ensuring the realization of the interests of every citizen and the society as a whole.
An important achievement of the past year, according to the residents of the country, is the introduction of a system of conducting an active and open dialogue with citizens through the Virtual Reception of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and people's reception offices in all regions, radically altering the interaction of state bodies with the population and becoming an effective mechanism for practical solution of each person’s problems.
According to respondents, our country in 2017 reached a radically new stage of its socio-political and socio-economic development. The new vision of state construction, the implementation of the program of real actions for the country's renewal, the Strategy of Action for the five priority development directions of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, put forward by the head of state, found support among all sections of the country’s population.
on the information of Ijtimoiy Fikr Center of Public Opinion
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
National Company Uzbekistan Airways
Flights for Tourists. Where can one expect increase in the flow of tourists?
New flights for the convenience of tourists was the main topic of discussion that has taken place at the end of last year during a meeting of representatives of the National Company Uzbekistan Airways and travel firms - members of the Association of Private Travel Agents of Uzbekistan.
The meeting participants deliberated on flight schedules, tariffs and new seasonal destinations for 2018. In particular, the officials of Uzbekistan Airways told that they are working on the opening of direct international flights in 2018 along the routes Tashkent - Mumbai - Tashkent, Tashkent - Barcelona - Tashkent, Tashkent - Birmingham - Tashkent.
It was also about plans to increase the frequency of flights during the spring-summer navigation period 2018 along the routes Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent, Tashkent-Termez-Tashkent and Tashkent-Istanbul-Tashkent.
Representatives of travel companies were also informed that from January 1, 2018, Uzbekistan Airways introduced group tariffs for domestic flights. Thus, tour operators have the opportunity to significantly optimize prices for their services for both traveling Uzbeks and foreign tourists. This is a step to ensure that more tourists during their stay in Uzbekistan could visit the objects of a tourist show in several cities.
Officials of the National Air Company Uzbekiston Havo Yullari also presented new directions, launched under the Code Sharing cooperation. Code-sharing is an agreement on joint commercial operation of a flight by two or more airlines, one of which is an operator (that is, executes flights on this flight and sells tickets for these flights on its behalf), and the rest by marketing partners (that is, they sell tickets on the flight of the operator company on its own behalf). This innovation also helps to expand the geography of flights and create additional amenities for passengers and tour operators.
At the same time, representatives of the Association of Private Travel Agents of Uzbekistan suggested that the national air carrier expand the geography of flights and consider the possibility of opening direct international flights to Scandinavian countries, Benelux countries, Southeast Asian countries and Poland. Such flights will help accelerate the implementation of agreements that were reached by representatives of tourism companies in the framework of events on the presentation of the tourism potential of Uzbekistan, held in 2017 in these countries.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
The government of Uzbekistan has been developing amenities for foreign citizens wishing to travel to the country, working on the issue of introducing the system of issuing electronic entry visas (E-Visa).
An electronic visa is a kind of know-how to replace an outdated procedure with the upholding of queues at the embassy and the expectation of a document familiar to many tourists. An electronic visa can be obtained exclusively online, which you can not do with a paper visa. That is, all questionnaires and documents are submitted through the Network. The procedure for obtaining it does not provide for any interviews with the consul and other things, which we call bureaucracy. It looks like this: you submit the necessary documents to the embassy, they are checked in the migration service of the country and return to you with a positive or negative decision. Another convincing argument in favor of such visas is the quick clearance procedure.
The system of electronic visas for today functions already in many countries. In particular, it has proved itself well in Azerbaijan, Georgia; their experience will be studied when implementing this technology in Uzbekistan.
Acquisition and installation of necessary equipment, development of special software products, as well as testing of the Electronic Visa system using the infrastructure of the existing biometric passport system of the Republic of Uzbekistan is planned to be completed this summer.
The introduction of the e-visa issuance system will require simplification of the visa regime in force in the country. As a result, the issuance of electronic visas to citizens will be carried out at the airports of the country in accordance with written applications submitted by foreign citizens in the process of processing documents for obtaining entry visas, and regardless of the presence of the diplomatic representation of Uzbekistan in the country where the clearance process takes place.
It is assumed that all payments for obtaining an electronic visa can be made with the help of international payment systems Visa and MasterCard.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan: Soul-Soothing Ice
The belief that Uzbekistan is far from winter sports is no longer in vogue.
Uzbekistan has long fallen out of the list of countries - active participants in major competitions in winter sports. But now the nation is building a modern ice complex, HUMO, owing to which experts anticipate the country’s return to ice sports contests. But it’s one thing to construct a sports facility; is there anyone to train there? All doubts on this score dispelled at a remarkable event that took place a few hours before the onset of 2018.
Skates, sticks, helmets and other equipment of the hockey player made up presidential gifts that were presented to children practicing at the amateur ice hockey club Binokor and the Ice Sports Development Center of the HUMO.
“2017 will be remembered with many initiatives in the field of development of winter sports in Uzbekistan. Fans of these types of sports happily welcomed the start of construction at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of a professional sports arena, HUMO, for the advancement of winter sports, the decision to build ice palaces in all regions of the country, the creation of four federations for winter sports, including hockey. Handing presidential gifts to young hockey players is also an important undertaking. All this inspires children and us, adults, the certainty that winter sports in Uzbekistan have a great future. Undoubtedly, all this contributes to the popularization of hockey among kids. We have already felt that the number of parents who want to send their children to the sports training clubs for hockey is significantly increasing,” Shukrilla Karimov, secretary general of the Uzbek Hockey Federation, shared his thoughts.
In the coming years, the policy will capitalize on the development of children’s and youth hockey. According to Karimov, it is essential to create several teams in the shortest possible time. It is important in that that they can play with each other and gain experience. Over time, it is planned to set up a junior team, which will represent the nation at international competitions. Thus, young promising hockey players will grow over time, potent teams will be formed.
In the future, the personnel is projected to be trained in colleges of the Olympic reserve and at universities. In the meantime though, specialists are expected to be groomed from among those currently practicing amateur hockey. But this does not mean that everyone will be admitted to coaching. Candidates will be trained and certified in accordance with the requirements established in the country. It will be specialists who know not only hockey, but also have passed the guidance necessary for conducting the instruction and educational process.
In the revival of professional hockey, Uzbekistan will be actively assisted by athletes who played in the professional hockey club Binokor, who now work in Russia and Belarus in coaching positions. Representatives of the Hockey Federation have already negotiated with many of them, and they are said to be willing to support Uzbekistan in its gracious endeavors. In cooperation, it is planned not only to train coaches and judges, but also to organize training camps for young pupils abroad.
While new teams are being formed, tournaments will be held between those already set up. And by 2020 it is intended to arrange for the championship of Uzbekistan among club teams in five age categories from 7 to 16, and starting from 2022 - in the category of youth teams. The plans of the federation include the organization of regular team trips for participation in international tournaments.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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