DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #45
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
March 2, 2018
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. 1
President of Uzbekistan met with the head of «Mangold Consulting». 1
CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN.. 2
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan: a new stage of trade and economic cooperation. 2
International relationships. 3
Uzbekistan intends to join the UN Human Rights Council 3
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 3
Walks around Bukhara. 3
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan
On March 1, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Bayram Annameredov, who is in our country within the framework of the regular meeting of the Joint intergovernmental Uzbek-Turkmen commission on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation.
Warmly welcoming the guest, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the consistent development and strengthening of bilateral relations of centuries-old friendship, good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation.
It was emphasized that the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan in March last year, as well as regular contacts between the leaders of the two countries, made it possible to bring Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation to the level of strategic partnership, filling it with a qualitatively new practical content.
Particular attention was paid to prospects for full-scale cooperation in trade-economic, transport-communication, energy spheres, strengthening cooperation in various sectors of the economy.
In 2017, the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan amounted to $177 million. At the same time, mutual deliveries of products with high added value are growing.
Operation of new Turkmenabad – Farab automobile and railway bridges, as well as discounts on railroad transit, provided on a mutual basis, contributed to the growth of freight traffic and increase of the transit potential of both countries.
Relations between the border regions, as well as cultural and humanitarian exchanges have become more active.
President of Uzbekistan highly appreciated activities of the Joint intergovernmental commission as an effective mechanism of ensuring timely implementation of reached agreements, as well as thorough preparation of the agenda of the upcoming summit.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan expressed deep gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
B.Annameredov confirmed readiness of the Turkmen side to further development of full-scale cooperation, strengthening friendship and strategic partnership between the two states.
President of Uzbekistan met with the head of «Mangold Consulting»
On March 2, 2018, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Chairman of the Board of the German company “Mangold Consulting” Klaus Mangold at Tashkent airport.
Welcoming the guest, the Head of the state emphasized the priority given to development of mutually beneficial and long-term partnership with leading companies in Germany.
German companies such as “MAN”, “Claas”, “LEMKEN”, “Knauf” – leaders in their industries are successfully working today in the market of Uzbekistan. Prospective investment projects are being developed with “Siemens”, “Bosch”, “Viessmann”, “Humana” and many others. Total amount of German investments in Uzbekistan’s economy reaches $1 billion.
During the meeting, the sides discussed prospects for expanding practical cooperation with German companies, primarily on creating high-tech industries, modernizing transport, logistics and tourism infrastructure in Uzbekistan, in trade operations and in financing joint projects.
Klaus Mangold, who also heads the supervisory board of one of the largest tourism companies “TUI Group”, expressed his deep gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the opportunity to meet, as well as for comprehensive support of projects and proposals of Germany’s businessmen in Uzbekistan. High interest in further development of a full-scale and mutually beneficial business partnership with Uzbekistan was emphasized.
CENTRAL ASIA - THE PRIORITY OF FOREIGN POLICY OF UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan: a new stage of trade and economic cooperation
Relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, based on centuries-old friendship, the principles of good-neighborliness, mutual respect and trust, are consistently strengthening in the interests of people of the two countries. Thanks to the political will of the presidents of the two countries, equal and mutually beneficial cooperation is rising to a qualitatively new level.
In recent years, fundamental changes have taken place in Uzbek-Tajik relations. Bilateral relations are consistently developing in political, trade-economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres. Air flights between Tashkent and Dushanbe have been resumed, meetings of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, as well as on delimitation of the interstate border were held.
In April 2017, the National Exhibition of Uzbekistan’s products was held in Dushanbe for the first time for intensifying trade and economic relations. Over 160 companies and over 400 entrepreneurs of our country presented more than 1,500 kinds of products, including novelties of domestic electrical engineering, pharmaceutics, perfumery, leather-footwear, chemical, food, textile, agricultural machinery, cars and trucks, buses, building materials, elevators, household appliances, furniture and other goods.
According to the Tajik press, about 20 documents were signed on the results of the four-day exhibition and the business forum of businessmen of the two countries. The exhibition caused a wide resonance among Dushanbe residents and became a real surprise for many Tajiks. Visitors, appreciating the quality of Uzbekistan’s products, were happy for the success of the neighbors, achieved in the years of independence.
The return exhibition took place in October 2017 in Tashkent. It was attended by representatives of more than 150 companies and entrepreneurs of Tajikistan, engaged in the spheres such as oil and gas, construction, transport, minerals, pharmacology, light, processing and agro-industry, healthcare, education, science and technology, tourism.
Conduction of these exhibitions and business forums served to unite with the Tajik partners the efforts on promotion of products of the two countries in the world market. Within the framework of exhibitions in Tashkent and Dushanbe, trade agreements were signed for a total amount of more than $100 million. Their implementation will serve to increase mutual trade turnover.
This indicator is consistently growing as a result of concrete measures taken by the leadership of the two states on bringing trade and economic ties to a new level. So, in 2017 the volume of trade turnover between our countries amounted to 236,8 million dollars, which is 20,2 percent more than in 2016.
Uzbekistan exports to Tajikistan mainly transportation services, mineral fertilizers and food products. 24 enterprises, organized with participation of Tajik businessmen, are operating in Uzbekistan, and in Tajikistan – 9 enterprises with participation of entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan.
Last year, six trading houses of Uzbekistan were opened in Tajikistan. Soon, the trading house of Tajikistan will start working in Tashkent, which will mainly offer construction materials of "Gayur" group of companies. In the future, it is planned to replenish the assortment of the trading house with other types of goods produced in Tajikistan.
Within the framework of the forthcoming state visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Tajikistan, an exhibition of products under the brand "Made in Uzbekistan" and a business forum of representatives of business circles of the two countries will be organized. These events will become another embodiment of the mutual desire to expanding trade and economic cooperation and implementing joint projects.
At the exhibition, the potential of the leading sectors of the economy of Uzbekistan will be demonstrated, presentations on rich historical and cultural heritage of our people, created broad opportunities for investors, innovative projects will be presented.
In general, the ongoing dialogue between business circles of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan contributes to further strengthening of relations between two close neighbors and friends.
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.
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
Walks around Bukhara
Over the past two weeks, from Bukhara, several bright news have scattered of changes that have made the city even more attractive and convenient for tourists.
In the old part of Bukhara, a ‘levitating’ dervish has appeared. Such a tourist attraction would be rather interesting for guests, and help increase the attractiveness of tourist destinations. In the future, similar entertainment show projects will be implemented in other popular cities. By the way, it can be not only dervishes, but also other characters that reflect the national spirit: masquerades (clowns), caravans or even characters of popular fairy tales, for example, Khoja Nasreddin, who is known all over the world.
To boost the tourist potential of Bukhara and create additional types of entertainment, the creation of a street of ‘free artists’ was initiated. The State Tourism Development Committee has already worked with local authorities and defined the location of the street of ‘free artists’. Also, the artists themselves agreed to participate actively in the project. The experience of creating such streets is widely spread in the leading foreign tourist centers, there is an analogue also in the capital of our country – the Sayilgoh Street, or the Tashkent Broadway. On such streets it is very pleasant to walk: guests admire pictures, get acquainted with local contemporary art, watch the work of the artist and even can order a portrait and take one of the finished works as a gift.
Electric vehicles appeared in the city. They will be a convenient alternative to walking tours in those parts of the old city where the passage of cars is prohibited. A tourist route has already been created for the most interesting objects, which starts from Labi Havuz, then passes by Toki Sarafon, Toki Zargaron and through the Poi Kalon complex ends at the fortress Ark.
In addition, the State Committee for Tourism Development together with private companies will establish a Rent-Car rental service in Bukhara. Rental involves the delivery of a car without a driver for a certain period of time (from several hours to several months). To register a lease, in addition to a passport, foreign citizens will need a driving license of an international standard.
And, finally, the first launch of the balloon with tourists on board successfully passed in Bukhara. During the flight over the ancient city, unique images were made. Now such an air travel is available to every tourist. Aerostats will rise above the territory of ancient Bukhara and become a tourist attraction, through which it will be possible to climb to a height of about 100 meters and survey the expanses of the ancient city for half an hour. This will make it possible to take unique pictures and just have a good time.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)