DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #44
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
March 1, 2018
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan receives credentials from ambassadors of foreign countries. 1
Salaries of kindergarten employees of Uzbekistan to increase. 2
Uzbekistan to abolish licenses for production of natural wines. 3
Prices for goods and services in February grow by 1.1% in average. 4
CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 5
Nine checkpoints at Uzbek-Tajik border opened. 5
International relationships. 5
Uzbekistan intends to join the UN Human Rights Council 5
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan receives credentials from ambassadors of foreign countries
On February 28, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received credentials from ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Irfan Yusuf Shami, the Swiss Confederation Olivier Shave, the Republic of Latvia Mihails Popkovs, the State of Israel Edward Shapira, the Federal Republic of Germany Gunther Overfield, the Slovak Republic Jan Boris and the People’s Republic of China Jiang Yan.
The Head of the state, sincerely congratulating the ambassadors on the beginning of their diplomatic mission in Uzbekistan, wished them great success and high achievements in their responsible activities.
It was emphasized that Uzbekistan entered a new historical stage of building a free and democratic state with a strong civil society and a dynamically developing market economy.
Large-scale reforms and transformations initiated within the framework of implementing the Action Strategy have become irreversible.
It was emphasized that execution of tasks is not possible without implementation of an open foreign policy, building and strengthening multifaceted and mutually beneficial international cooperation.
In a relatively short period, significant results have been achieved in the sphere of foreign policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Relations with foreign countries, authoritative international and regional organizations reached a qualitatively new level.
The Head of the state emphasized that Uzbekistan intends to continue to make every effort for ensuring security, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region, as well as to continue an open, benevolent and pragmatic foreign policy, primarily in relations with its neighbors.
A consistent course will also continue on expanding mutually beneficial and long-term partnership with the world’s leading countries.
In his speech, the President of Uzbekistan dwelled on priorities of development and strengthening relations of friendship and practical cooperation with the partner countries represented by newly appointed ambassadors.
It was emphasized that the Republic of Uzbekistan attaches great importance to development of multifaceted cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which traditionally plays an important role in issues of ensuring regional security and stability.
Regular political contacts at the highest level contributed to further developing bilateral cooperation. At the same time, there is a huge potential for the growth of mutual trade and strengthening cooperation in agro-industrial complex, pharmaceutical, leather and other sectors of the economy.
The Swiss Confederation is a reliable and long-term partner in Europe.
Today, Uzbek-Swiss relations are successfully developing in various spheres, including politics, economics, finance and banking, culture and education. A fruitful cooperation has been established with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Opportunities for cooperation with the leading Swiss companies in chemical, textile, pharmaceutical, food, healthcare and tourism industries were particularly noted.
An active political dialogue has been established, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties with the Republic of Latvia are developing.
A sign of special attention and high respect for the country and people of Uzbekistan are the monuments erected in Riga to the great ancestors Mirzo Ulugbek and Abu Ali ibn Sino.
Programs and projects in the field of trade, investments and innovations, transport and logistics, energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and tourism were mentioned as promising areas.
President of Uzbekistan noted the interest in developing bilateral cooperation with the State of Israel on principles of mutual respect and consideration of interests.
Implementation of joint projects in such areas as biotechnology, energy and water conservation, medicine and pharmaceutics, tourism and others on the basis of attracting advanced technologies of Israel, experience and knowledge was proposed. Important attention was paid to the use of great potential in the field of education, culture and sports.
Active dialogue, close contacts and exchange of experience in all spheres are supported with the Federal Republic of Germany, which is a reliable and long-term partner of Uzbekistan.
Priority attention was paid to development of long-term and mutually beneficial relations with leading German companies with a view to implementing joint projects in high-tech sectors of the economy of Uzbekistan.
Importance of expanding cooperation in the spheres of science and education, establishing and developing close contacts between the regions of the two countries was emphasized.
One of the most promising partners of Uzbekistan in Europe is the Slovak Republic.
Along with strengthening political dialogue, the Head of the state proposed realization of the existing potential in trade, economic and investment spheres. These are, above all, the joint projects in electrical engineering, pharmaceuticals, production of building materials, chemical and food industries.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan noted with deep satisfaction the consistently growing relations of friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with the People’s Republic of China.
The Uzbek-Chinese meetings at the highest level in Beijing and Astana last year brought bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level, filling them with concrete content.
The Head of the state emphasized the existing broad opportunities for deepening cooperation in almost all spheres, including in trade and economic, investment, innovation, financial and technical, transport and communication and other areas.
Importance of further promoting regional projects on development of transport and transit corridors, including construction of Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan – China railway, was noted. The readiness for further expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation with China in the field of science, culture, education and tourism was confirmed.
In conclusion, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev offered the ambassadors of foreign countries to work actively with the ministries, agencies and organizations of the country, visit regions of Uzbekistan more often in order to gain a deeper knowledge of their potential and opportunities, as well as of the rich history and culture of people of Uzbekistan.
Confidence was expressed that the accumulated experience of work at various responsible posts will allow foreign diplomats to effectively achieve their goals and successfully fulfill an important mission in the interests of strengthening bilateral relations with Uzbekistan.
In turn, the newly appointed ambassadors expressed their deep gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and assured that they will make every effort for development of full-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation between the countries.
Salaries of kindergarten employees of Uzbekistan to increase
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution on improving the terms of payment for certain categories of employees of state pre-school educational institutions.
The document approved an increase of basic wage rates for managers, educators, methodologists, teachers, defectologists, psychologists, music managers and assistant educators by 30% from 1 March 2018.
In addition, starting from 1 September, basic tariff rates will be increased by 30% to the teachers of the preparatory group (from 5 to 6-7 years), teachers, defectologists, psychologists with higher education, equating the size of their basic tariff rates to the basic tariff rates of primary school teachers in general schools.
Basic tariff rates will grow by 20% to assistants of the educator, who have a higher or secondary special, professional pedagogical education and 10% - the head of the pre-school institutions.
From 1 March, the salary of an assistant educator in the state pre-school institutions will be formed on the basis of basic tariff rates.
Till 1 January 2023, the current amount of parental kindergarten fees will be decreased in some districts of Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan to abolish licenses for production of natural wines
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures for basic improvement of the wine industry and sale of alcohol products”.
Uzbek leader approved a proposal to rename Uzvinosanoat-holding and its Fund for Reconstruction and Development to Uzsharobsanoat and Development Fund of Uzsharobsanoat respectively.
The President also liquidated Vinagroimpeks and removed non-core enterprises from Uzsharobsanoat.
According to the resolution, from 1 April 2018, the requirement to establish the shelf life of wine products is excluded and producers of such products are given the right to independently determine the period of storage.
From 1 July 2018, alcohol producing enterprises are given the right to retail their own winemaking products in the tasting zones (locations), organized by tourist routes.
From 1 January 2019, activities for production of natural wines, wine materials and brandy alcohol, as well as processing of grapes can be carried out by enterprises, which have plantations of not less than 100 hectares in cultivation of fruit-bearing technical varieties of grapes, as well as oak barrels for storage and aging of wine and cognac products , along with compliance with other requirements provided by law.
Also from 1 January 2019, the licensing of activities for production of natural grape wines, produced from the raw materials of their own vineyards, is canceled with the classification of such wines as agricultural products, the document said.
The resolution underlined that Uzsharobsanoat is a part of the Complex for Investment, Innovative Development, Coordination of Free Economic and Small Industrial Zones, and Tourism of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
“Provision of land for the cultivation of technical varieties of grapes is carried out by agreement with Uzsharobsanoat and the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on geology and mineral resources, taking into account the level of soil fertility, availability of water supply sources necessary for obtaining a high yield,” the document said.
To create an effective raw material base, the Special Commission visits the vineyards on site to grow technical varieties of grapes, including which are in charge of farms, will study the rationality and efficiency of their use. In the period 2018-2023, a single register of plantations of technical varieties of grapes will be created.
Each plantation of technical grapes will be enlarged to an area of at least 100 hectares. And the own plantation areas of Uzsharobsanoat will bring up to 10,000 hectares by the end of 2021.
The President of Uzbekistan also released producers of technical varieties of grapes from payment of land tax until 1 January 2025.
The Central Bank will ensure allocation of soft loans with an effective interest rate of refinancing for plantations of technical varieties of grapes, purchase of equipment, machinery, components and other necessary funds for the development of the wine industry for a period of 7 years and a grace period of at least 5 years.
The Government was instructed, by 1 June 2018, to submit proposals on expanding market mechanisms for the sale of alcohol products.
Manufacturers will be given the right to sell their own products through their branded stores and other legal entities engaged in wholesale trade of this product.
The President instructed to create an information system for monitoring and recording the movement of alcohol products by 1 January 2020, containing detailed information about all producers of alcohol products, the volume of its production (type, name and other information) and sales through the chain "producer - wholesaler - retailer - the consumer ". The system should fully work by 1 December 2022.
Prices for goods and services in February grow by 1.1% in average
Prices for goods and services in consumer market of Uzbekistan grew by 1.1% in February 2018, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.
In February 2018, prices for food products increased by 1.1%, and for non-food products - by 1.3%. Prices of services in February increased by 0.7%.
The State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said that the increase in prices for food products in February ensured a general increase in the consumer price index by 0.49 percentage points, for non-food products - 0.45 percentage points and for services - 0.16 percentage points.
According to the agency, prices for fruits and vegetables increased by an average of 3.5% in February, in particular, for fruits - by 4.1% and vegetables - by 6.7%.
Pumpkin has become more expensive by 10.0% in February. Prices from tomatoes went up by 14.0%, cucumbers - by 11.7%. At the same time, against the background of a general rise in prices for vegetables, prices for potatoes and onions decreased (by 2.7% and 2.3%, respectively).
Prices of meat, poultry and fish went up by 2.2% in February. In particular, the prices for beef and mutton increased by 3%, in fish by 7.2%. At the same time, poultry meat fell 1.3%. Eggs became cheaper on average by 10.5%.
In February, sugar became cheaper by an average of 3.0% and hard cheeses, confectionery products - by 0.1%.
In February 2018, in the regions of the republic there were differences in the level of average prices for certain food products.
Thus, the maximum average price of beef (except boneless meat) in February was 36,967 soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.03.2018, 1$= 8171.64 soums) per kg (Tashkent), the minimum - 29,725 soums per kilogram (Republic of Karakalpakstan), the maximum average price for kg of boneless beef – 44,868 soums (Tashkent), the minimum – 39,000 soums (the Republic of Karakalpakstan).
The gap between the maximum and minimum average price of 1 kg potato between regions was 1.2 times (3843 soums in the Republic of Karakalpakstan versus 3,272 soums in Jizzakh region).
The maximum average price of a dozen eggs was 6,655 soums (Syrdarya region), the minimum average price is 5,500 soums (Andijan region).
In February, construction materials went up by 7.4%, medicines - 1.4%, personal care products - 1.2%, footwear - 0.7%, clothes - 0.4%.
Of the building materials, prices for brick increased most significantly: by 29.3%, cement by 8.4%, slate by 5.9%, and sawnwood by 3.3%.
At the same time, passenger transport services grew by 2%, communication services - 1.8%, household services and housing and communal services - 0.6%.
From the observed communication services, an increase in tariffs for services provided to the population by the Uzbektelecom company was registered. In particular, the subscription fee for local telephony increased by an average of 27.7%, long distance and international - an average of 67.1%.
Passenger transport services became more expensive due to increase in the cost of tickets for travel on long-distance trains - an average of 31.9% and an increase in the cost of air transportation services in the observed areas - an average of 2.8%.
CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN
Nine checkpoints at Uzbek-Tajik border opened
Starting from 1 March 2018, nine checkpoints have been opened across the Uzbek-Tajik state borders.
The automobile checkpoints Jartepa (Sarazm), Kushkent (Ura-Tube), Uchkurgan (Khavatag), Khavastabad (Zafarabad), Bekabad (Khashtyak), Yakutia ), Pap (Navbunyod), Ravat (Ravot), Gulbahor (Ayvaj) and the railway checkpoint Amuzang (Khoshadi) resumed their works.
As expected, the first passenger train on the route "Kulyab-Moscow" will proceed through the railway crossing point "Amuzang" ("Khoshadi") starting from 7 March 2018.
The opening ceremonies of border points were held in a solemn and friendly atmosphere with the participation of official representatives of the two countries, as well as residents of the border areas.
Uzbekistan intends to join the UN Human Rights Council
The 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council began its work in Geneva.
This year, the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being celebrated. At the session taking place during the celebration of this significant date, current issues of human rights protection are being discussed. It involves over 3 thousand representatives from more than 180 countries.
At the opening of the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák, noted the importance of respect for human rights throughout the world and development of international cooperation in this field.
The event is being attended by the Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan R.Davletov, director of the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Saidov, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Uzbekistan to Geneva.
R. Davletov familiarized the participants of the event with reforms carried out in Uzbekistan on implementation of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. In particular, he spoke about the unique experience of the People's Reception Offices of the President.
Introduction of a qualitatively new system of combating crime, primarily aimed at its prevention and early warning was discussed. The first results of reforming the judicial and legal sphere and the system of criminal prosecution were presented, including establishment of the Supreme Judicial Council, creation of new economic and administrative courts, the first pardon of citizens, toughening requirements on preventing unlawfully obtained types of evidence in criminal proceedings, especially with the use of physical force and other coercive measures.
At the session, Uzbekistan for the first time announced its intention to be elected a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2021-2023.
The information presented by the delegation of Uzbekistan, including preparations for the Asian Forum on Human Rights in Samarkand, in November 2018, aroused great interest among the participants of the session.