DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #43
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
February 28, 2018
Export – the main factor of economic stability. 1
Construction of a plant for harvesting and processing cocoons, Agroglobal, has started in the Syrdarya region. 3
Mail Operator of Uzbekistan to Enhance Range of Services. 3
Publications in mass media.. 4
Uzbekistan-Initiated Draft Resolution presented at the United Nations. 4
International relationships. 5
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan discuss shore protection works along Amudarya. 5
Meetings of the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan in Budapest 5
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 7
Disney Land Competitor to Emerge in Uzbekistan. 7
Export – the main factor of economic stability
On February 27, 2018, a meeting devoted to analysis of execution of tasks on increasing exports and reducing imports, activities that are being carried out in this area in industries and regions was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister and his deputies, heads of relevant ministries and departments, through videoconferencing – the leadership of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and the city of Tashkent, representatives of local khokimiyats, territorial subdivisions of ministries and departments, exporting enterprises.
The meeting was held in the spirit of critical analysis. The Head of the state deeply considered the shortcomings in the execution of the export plan, defined the main directions and tasks.
Today, important reforms are being implemented on stable development of the country’s economy. Necessary conditions and opportunities for production and export of competitive products are being created. However, no organization has so far tried to consider the structure of imports, the volume and the price of goods imported into Uzbekistan, control in this sphere is neglected, and these facts have been criticized.
Thus, the import reduction plan for 2017 was fulfilled by 88 percent. In one year, washing powder was imported for $20 million, toilet soap – for $13 million, building and synthetic paints – for $49 million, chocolate – for $23 million.
This indicates the fact that localization programs adopted in past years do not have a firm basis, and are only a fraud and a pretext for obtaining benefits, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In reality, the List of investment projects should include only those that are aimed at local production of goods, often imported into Uzbekistan. But responsible persons look at it through their fingers.
At the meeting it was noted that an absolutely new system of organizing activity and control in this sphere will be introduced in the future. The group led by Deputy Prime Minister Nodir Otajonov and First Deputy Prosecutor General Erkaboy Tadjiev will be responsible for organizing and monitoring exports. Regional khokims and first deputies of regional prosecutors will be engaged in export at places.
Republican working group on organizing and monitoring the imports reducing activities will be established in Uzbekistan. The head of Department for combating tax, currency crimes and legalization of criminal incomes at the General Prosecutor’s Office is appointed as its head. The same working groups, headed by the heads of territorial departments, will be organized in the regions. This was reported at the meeting, held on February 27, under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Tasks of this department will be radically changed in accordance with current requirements in terms of streamlining the import and export issues. As noted, the department should organize systematic work on prevention of uncontrolled leakage of foreign exchange funds from the country, reducing imports, supporting the production of import-substituting products.
These working groups should visit places, work in close cooperation with exporters, provide them with real assistance in increasing exports and create “green corridors”. At the same time, it is necessary to regularly consider the structure of imports, provide comprehensive assistance in implementing specific projects on development of domestic production. Ministers and industry leaders will organize their activity in the same way.
Activity on exports and imports will be discussed twice a week under the leadership of the Prime Minister and the Prosecutor General. Thus, working groups in the districts will assist farmers and the population in growing high-yield fruit and vegetable crops, organize activity on providing them with seeds, cash, fertilizers and fuel. An enterprise on exporting fruit and vegetable products should be established in each district.
At the meeting devoted to analysis of execution of tasks on increasing exports and reducing imports, it was noted that previously made plans and given promises on exports were not executed. In particular, serious misgivings in this respect are caused by activities of “Uzagrotechsanoatholding” joint-stock company and “Uzbekozikovkatholding” company.
As emphasized at the meeting, there are many unused opportunities in the sphere of exports. There is lack of initiative and determination among responsible persons for their involvement.
Attention was paid to the fact that the import of building materials and pharmaceutical products is ten times higher than exports. In this regard, relevant instructions were given to the leadership of the Agency for Development of Pharmaceutical Industry and “Uzkurilishmateriallari” joint-stock company.
Possibilities for expanding exports are also available in the regions. Unused reserves for exports were identified during the trips of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Tashkent, Surkhandarya, Kashkadarya and Bukhara regions in January-February this year. In particular, additional sources of export of products for $95 million in Surkhandarya, $62 million in Kashkadarya, and $68 million in Bukhara regions were identified. Other regions also have great export potential.
In this regard, heads of complexes of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of regions and the city of Tashkent were instructed to identify additional reserves for increasing exports by sectors and regions, submit relevant proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers.
Important directions were identified for using available reserves of increasing exports.
In particular, “Uztukimachiliksanoat” association and regional khokims were instructed to develop “road maps” on implementation of the export plan for each enterprise and new production. At the same time, special attention will be paid to the early commissioning and the launch of new production facilities, the envisaged investment projects approved for 2018, development of new markets and conclusion of contracts with foreign buyers.
The need was noted for expanding revenues from tourism, which is one of the industries with huge potential, introducing a payment entry system through turnstiles at all tourist sites.
The need for a significant increase in the export plan of Uzbekistan Railways and Uzbekistan Airways was noted, for which it is necessary to introduce appropriate amendments to the export program for 2018.
This year, it is planned to double the export of fruit and vegetable products in comparison with the previous year. To do this, it is necessary to collect and organize in full and in a timely manner the sale of August onion, garlic, and crops planted by “tuksonbosti” method abroad. It is necessary to fully utilize the potential of regions specializing in fruit and vegetable production, plant high-yield crops on 150 thousand hectares, allocate additional crop areas for large exporting organizations, organize modern greenhouses, refrigerated warehouses and processing enterprises.
In this regard, deputies of the Prime Minister and the khokimiyats were instructed to ensure full implementation of programs that are approved in all regions on comprehensive measures of expanding the harvesting, processing, export of horticultural, melon, leguminous and grape products, domestic needs, food industry projects and industry development in 2018.
It is necessary to approve concrete “road maps” for establishment of modern logistics centers providing complex services on storage, preparation for export and transportation of goods.
The need was noted for introducing modern mechanisms of selling products abroad through electronic trading platforms. Instructions were given on launching, from January 1, 2019, the National Electronic Trading Platform of Uzbekistan jointly with South Korea, which allows the sale of goods of domestic exporting enterprises to foreign buyers.
It was noted that neither foreign companies, nor local enterprises and state bodies have information about the number of exporting enterprises that are operating in Uzbekistan, the products they produce. In this connection, instructions were given on creating an electronic database of exporting enterprises, their electronic passports containing information on their products, the volume of exports and others.
At the meeting, reports of heads of complexes of the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries and departments, economic associations, heads of regions were heard and discussed.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave specific instructions on increasing the country’s export potential, comprehensive support of exporting enterprises and entrepreneurs.
Construction of a plant for harvesting and processing cocoons, Agroglobal, has started in the Syrdarya region
As part of the process of reforming the national economy, special attention is paid in Uzbekistan to the further development of the silk production sector and the textile industry, the attraction of advanced technologies and innovative scientific developments.
An important guide to action in this case is the presidential decree on measures to organize the activities of the association Uzbekipaksanoat. It identifies specific measures for the intensive development of the forage reserve, the constant improvement of the cultivation of silkworm cocoons, the wide introduction of effective methods for their production and in-depth processing, the establishment of the output of finished silk products, and the increase in the export potential of the industry.
“The projected cost of the enterprise, being built in the Kamolot mahalla in the Syrdarya district, is $ 5 million,” said deputy director of Agroglobal D. Khaldorov. “The entire technological process will be carried out here, starting with the processing of cocoons and ending with the production of silk products for export. At the first stage, it is planned to carry out a major overhaul of the former motor depot # 2513 provided at zero cost, to install cocoon processing equipment imported from China, to organize 4 workshops”.
These workshops will be used in the second half of this year, which will create 200 jobs. Here, 400 tons of cocoons will be processed annually.
This year in each district of the region it is planned to build two modern grenarnes, reconstruct 1,323 hectares of mulberry plantations and institute new ones.
The project will be implemented in three phases and be completed by 2021. As a result, 500 jobs will be created; the annual export volume will be $ 10 million. The bulk of the finished products will be exported.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Mail Operator of Uzbekistan to Enhance Range of Services
JSC Uzbekiston Pochtasi may be granted the right to provide banking and insurance services as an agent, including for accepting and transferring payments, servicing bank cards, attracting free money from the population, providing services in voluntary and compulsory insurance and other services on terms outsourcing.
This is stated in the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on measures to further improve the field of information technology and communications.
The Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Economy of the country will work on the issue of granting the rights to render services to JSC Uzbekiston Pochtasi and will submit proposals on implementation to the Cabinet of Ministers within two months.
The Ministry for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications will make proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers for the reform of Uzbekiston Pochtasi within three months, including by attracting foreign consultants and studying international best practices, developing a network of operators and couriers of postal communication, organizing points for international exchange of postal items abroad.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Publications in mass media
Uzbekistan-Initiated Draft Resolution presented at the United Nations
A number of principal initiatives within the United Nations were voiced by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in September 2017 while speaking at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
Among other pressing issues outlined, the head of our state recommended that the UN adopt a special resolution entitled “Building up regional and international cooperation to secure peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia”.
Thus, Uzbekistan’s permanent mission to the United Nations in New York has drafted the text of the resolution in cooperation with experts from the organization.
About the launch of the initiative to promote such a document was officially announced on 23 February during a roundtable discussion at the UN headquarters.
Elaborated on the basis of outcomes of the November 2017 Samarkand International Conference “Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Universal Prosperity”, the preliminary sketch of the resolution was circulated among participants of the event in the Big Apple who included Assistant Secretary-General Cihan Sultanoğlu, UN experts, ambassadors and senior diplomats of member nations of the organization.
Participants of the panel discussion were provided with detailed information on the background and about the need to work out a universal resolution. It was underscored in particular that owing to Uzbekistan’s targeted and steadfast policy, an unprecedented extent of interaction has been conspicuous in Central Asia for over the past two years. The frequency of bilateral contacts at the highest and high levels is suggestive of this. Also telling is the quality of communication.
The speakers at the occasion stressed the magnitude of support – by all countries of the region – for President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s proposal to get the heads of state of these nations convene for regular consultative meetings.
Particular emphasis was placed on the new approach of the regional countries to their relations with Afghanistan regarded now as an equal trade and economic partner. In this context, the roundtable discussion participants deliberated on the importance of the Afghan President’s historic visit to Uzbekistan last year and the agreement to set up a new format for the Central Asia + Afghanistan consultations. The scheme would serve to discuss a wide range of regional issues and formulate joint measures to ensure peace and sustainable development.
Chiefs and representatives of delegations from all countries of Central Asia, as well as Afghanistan, Russia, India, Germany, EU, Iran, Norway, Romania, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia delivered speeches at the panel in New York. The diplomats of the Central Asian nations were unanimous in their expression of full support for Uzbekistan’s initiative and manifested their willingness for furthering the joint efforts to advance the resolution.
Those present at the event stressed the timeliness of the document and conveyed gratitude to our country’s representatives for the idea to address the topic within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
Thus, the European Union’s Ambassador to the UN, Joao Vale de Almeida, noted in particular:
- Of late, what we’ve been witnessing is the steady dynamics of cooperation between and among the nations of Central Asia, a process that the European Union welcomes and wholeheartedly supports, including through the implementation of its Strategy towards the region.
We believe the region-wide interaction constitutes a solid platform for economic prosperity, which in its turn contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in Central Asia.
J.Schultz, deputy ambassador of Germany to the United Nations:
- The Federal Republic is positive about Uzbekistan’s initiative to work out a special resolution of the UN General Assembly on Central Asia. We believe the time has come when the international community needs to pay closer attention to the encouraging changes taking place in that part of the world.
Given the numerous and complex problems faced by the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, we are particularly pleased with the provisions of the draft document aimed at bringing the states of the region closer to Afghanistan, delivering a new cooperation discourse in the corresponding format to discuss a wide spectrum of regional issues, along with the elaboration of joint measures in the interests of peace and sustainable development.
F. Sinirlioglu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN:
- As the heart of Eurasia, Central Asia wields a special significance for the world community. We welcome the results of the November 2017 Samarkand international conference on security and sustainable development in the region, when the decision came to develop and promote a pertinent UN resolution.
Today, a new cooperation format is emerging in Central Asia in across an entire spectrum of regional issues, including within the framework of the UN. The presentation of this draft resolution is a clear indication of such a high dynamics of interaction.
(Source: Jahon Information Agency)
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan discuss shore protection works along Amudarya
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan held a meeting of specialists of water departments of the two countries in Termez from 26 to 27 February 2018.
The meeting was held on the initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Afghanistan.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on implementation of shore protection works along the Amudarya.
Suggestions were made for exchanging experience and organizing regular meetings at the level of representatives of the Ministry of Water Resources of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Afghanistan.
Meetings of the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan in Budapest
On 27 February 2018, the delegation of Uzbekistan took part in the first meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and Central Asia.
Delegations of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the meeting, which took place in Budapest. The meeting was held on the initiative of Hungary.
The meeting participants discussed the state and prospects of cooperation in various fields, both bilaterally and in the interregional.
During the meeting, it was noted that Uzbekistan advocates the building up of mutually beneficial and fruitful ties with the states of the "Visegrad Group", taking into account the economic, intellectual and scientific and technical capabilities available to the parties.
The participants of the meeting were acquainted with the main provisions of extensive political agenda put forward by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on carrying out large-scale reforms and profound transformations in the country, strengthening ties with foreign partners, primarily with the Central Asian states, providing security in the region against the backdrop of a multi-year Afghan problem.
At the forum, delegations in general supported the new format of interregional interaction.
On the same day, the heads of delegations, who took part in the ministerial forum, were received by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó received a delegation of Uzbekistan in Budapest on 27 February 2018.
The sides exchanged views on ways and mechanisms for intensifying relations between Uzbekistan and Hungary in a bilateral format and within the framework of the Uzbekistan-European Union dialogue.
The parties discussed issues of preparation for the upcoming Uzbek-Hungarian contacts at various levels.
In particular, the parties discussed issues of the next round of inter-MFA political consultations and the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
Following the talks, Uzbekistan and Hungary signed a cooperation program for 2018-2020 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
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A delegation of Uzbekistan held a meeting with the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian in Budapest on 27 February.
The delegation of Uzbekistan is in Budapest to participate in the first meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and Central Asia.
The parties discussed promising areas for development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU. The sides also reviewed implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogerini, to Uzbekistan on 9-10 November 2017.
The sides exchanged views on launching negotiations and signing an updated Agreement on partnership and cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union.
Diplomats of Uzbekistan and the EU reviewed the schedule and agenda for forthcoming bilateral contacts, meetings of joint institutions of interaction and other events.
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Uzbekistan’s delegation, which was in Budapest to participate in the first meeting of the foreign ministers of the "Visegrad Group" and Central Asia, met with the rector of the University of Corwin, Andrashem Lanzi, on February 26.
Founded in 1853, the university is now known for its specialization in the field of economics and is among the top 200 best educational institutions in the world.
An exchange of views on the prospects for cooperation between educational institutions of Uzbekistan and Hungary was discussed during the meeting at the university. Practical issues of implementation of specific initiatives of the parties in the field of personnel training, scientific exchanges were examined.
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
Disney Land Competitor to Emerge in Uzbekistan
To date, there are about 220 parks in Uzbekistan with diverse attractions. In recent years, a tendency has emerged for their specialization. So, along with the amusement parks, a network of water parks began to develop, the first eco-park appeared in Tashkent. Today it is time to build theme parks in the country.
Currently, there are more than 600 theme parks in the United States alone. The capital of the Land of Dreams was Florida. This state houses the best theme parks not only in America, but all over the world: Disney World and Universal Studios. They have repeatedly received prestigious awards in the field of world tourism business. In Europe, about 20 large theme parks have been built, not counting the numerous water parks. The most celebrated of them welcome from 2 to 10 million visitors a year. Among the most popular French parks are Euro Disneyland, Futuroscope for movie lovers, Wemble France and Asterix. Spain prides itself on its theme park PortAventura, which after eight years of design was opened by the early summer tourist season of 1995 and became the second largest in Europe after the Euro Disneyland. It covers an area of 115 hectares and has 30 attractions, 30 restaurants and café bars, 22 shops and a spacious parking lot for 6,000 cars and 260 buses. Thematic parks of Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands are very popular. The most renowned in Asia, the Lands of Dreams is located in Japan, not far from Tokyo.
The creation and construction of theme parks is a modern trend that encompasses more and more countries caring for the development of tourism. This is because the tourist today does not have a lot of familiarity with architectural monuments, he wants more, he dreams of plunging into a unique world, waiting for spectacular shows that would help him understand the meaning and place of what he saw in life.
For example, in Bukhara, an episode is put into action in the historic citadel of Ark to depict a reception of foreign ambassadors by the emir. The staged show reflects the actions that took place here just over a century ago! But this is not enough, the idea should be developed. And the creation of theme parks is one way to achieve this goal.
According to the organizers, the theme park is the center of family recreation and entertainment, which largely determines the choice of the topic itself. To unite people of different ages and, above all, attract adult population, it should be not only entertaining, but also information-cognitive. Parks can be created around a wide variety of topics: history, culture, geography, sports and so on. Some of them are devoted entirely to one topic, others affect different, for example, the King’s Island in Ohio (it is divided into several thematic zones: River City, Wild Animals, International Street). Another example is the Great America Park in California, the family recreation center, where the square of the hometown, Yukon Territory, Yankee Harbor, Village Fair and New Orleans are located on an area of 100 acres.
We in Uzbekistan also have a lot of topics for creating unique theme parks. For example, somewhere near Samarkand, you can recreate the military camp of Amir Temur. In the work on it as a documentary basis may be preserved to this day manuscript “The Code of Amir Temur”. Some key moments of this publication can be recreated in the park with the help of amusement rides, a costume theatrical show. At the same time, guests should be given the opportunity to become participants in the events. Here you can open a lot of workshops that supposedly would work for the army of Temur, but at the same time they made souvenirs that would be sold to tourists. Somewhere near Khiva one could create a theme park based on the legend of Jaloliddin Manguberdi. In Surkhandarya region, the place for parks, the theme of which is connected with the primitive man, the birth and development of civilization, world religions. All this can be accompanied by a mass of memorable bright emotional theatrical performances. The mass of themes for theme parks is prompted by our geography, nature.
Undoubtedly, such parks will be in great demand among tourists. It is necessary that investors are more interested in the implementation of such projects. Recall that legal entities, the main activity of which is the organization of the theme park services, for three years are exempt from paying corporate profit tax, land tax and property tax, as well as a single tax payment. In addition, the theme parks until 1 January 2022, are exempt from customs payments (except for customs clearance fees) for imported equipment, machinery, raw materials, components and spare parts, construction materials and other materials not produced in Uzbekistan.
In Khiva and Bukhara, theatrical shows are being staged to depict episodes from history
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)