DAILY NEWS HERALD

2018-03-06

 

 

DAILY NEWS HERALD #47

Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan

March 6, 2018

 

 

 

free economic zoneS. 1

Works are in full swing in Urgut, Pastdargom and Nurabad districts of the Samarkand region for the establishment of the Urgut free economic zone on an area of 816 hectares. 1

BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 1

Protecting Entrepreneurs’ Rights. 1

Analysis. 3

Tashkent-Astana Axis?. 3

International Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”. 4

Tashkent to Host a High-Level Conference on Afghanistan. 4

International relationships. 6

Meetings of the delegation of Turkey. 6

Ecology.. 7

Workshop in Advance of Forum.. 7

sport.. 9

Uzbekistan fencers won silver and bronze in Dubai 9

Uzbekistan wrestlers won four gold in the Asian Championship. 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

free economic zoneS

Works are in full swing in Urgut, Pastdargom and Nurabad districts of the Samarkand region for the establishment of the Urgut free economic zone on an area of 816 hectares

58 projects with a total cost of $ 188.7 million are planned to be implemented in the FEZ. According to preliminary estimates, as a result of their realization, manufacturing will be at $ 258.2 million and goods for $ 80.5 million will be exported.

As reported in the directorate of the Urgut FEZ, construction works are currently underway in the framework of projects. In particular, the construction of industrial buildings on the Sariktepa plateau of the Urgut district is being completed within the framework of the project “Production of polymer and plastic products, disposable razors, toothbrushes and wet napkins”, realized by the company Urgut Mikro Metall, worth $ 2 million. Contracts with foreign partners have been signed to supply the necessary equipment.

Procurement is in progress for equipment for the project “Production of gas stoves and electric ovens” of the Sam Elektro Servis limited liability company for $ 4.1 million is being continued. “Measures are planned to create a comprehensively convenient and thought-out engineering and communication infrastructure on the territory of the free economic zone,” said Bakhtiyor Soatov, head of the infrastructure development subsidiary of the FEZ directorate. “So, it is planned to repair capitally motor roads with the length of 42 km, lay 65.5 km of gas pipelines, 17.5 km of electric grids and 24.5 km of water pipes, build 4 substations and 4 hydroconstructions.”

In order to create a modern telecommunications network, it is planned to conduct 37 kilometers of communication lines and establish base stations. At present, these tasks are being implemented on schedule. According to the general plan, 7 km of internal roads have been built on the Sariktepa plateau. To ensure the uninterrupted supply of the enterprises built on this array of electric power, 2.8 km of power transmission lines are stretched from the substation Sugdiyona.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Protecting Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Business in a market economy acts as the main sector that determines the pace of economic growth. All developed countries actively support this sector, since the economic stability of the country and the bulk of the population’s employment depend on it.

In Uzbekistan, small businesses and private entrepreneurs play a significant role in creating new jobs and stable sources of income for the population.

At the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, this year was declared the Year of Support for Active Enterprise, Innovative Ideas and Technologies, and the corresponding State Program was approved.

In accordance with it, the head of state announced a moratorium on inspections of financial and economic activities of business entities for a period of two years. This preference will create conditions for businessmen to effectively implement their entrepreneurial activities and increase their growth rates.

It should be noted that the activities implemented in accordance with the Strategy for Actions in the Year of Dialogue with the People and of Human Interests were successfully implemented. In particular, in 2017 Uzbekistan completely switched to free currency conversion, eliminated barriers to its purchase, abolished the obsolete order for compulsory sale of foreign exchange earnings from exports of goods and services, and also guaranteed investment and repatriation of profits.

Import customs payments have been reduced, and for some products they have been completely abolished, work on reducing the tax burden for business is constantly being carried out.

In accordance with the legislative acts, the principle of priority of the rights of entrepreneurs in all spheres of relations with government authorities has been created, the liability of officials for violations committed by them with respect to business entities and private property has been significantly increased.

Along with this, new measures aimed at liberalizing the responsibility of business representatives have been established. The procedure was introduced, such as the release of business entities and their employees from all types of liability if they committed offenses for the first time in the conduct of financial and economic activities and voluntarily eliminated the violations and compensated for the material damage. In addition, a ban on the application of criminal punishment in the form of deprivation of the right to engage in business activities is established.

These measures give an opportunity to citizens who have committed offenses for the first time and have cleared their fault, to continue their entrepreneurial activity without negative consequences, which also stimulates their business activity.

To improve the favorable investment environment, fourteen free economic zones have been created, where investors are granted broad benefits.

As a result of these and other measures, more than 150,000 business entities were created in Uzbekistan alone in 2017, of which over 200 are enterprises with foreign investments.

Thanks to the measures taken, Uzbekistan in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 ranking has climbed 13 positions over the past year alone and entered the top ten world leaders to improve the business climate.

The Concept of Administrative Reform in the Republic of Uzbekistan has been adopted, where further reduction of administrative influence on the economy branches and expansion of market management mechanisms are clearly regulated.

It is important to note that, along with the measures taken to improve the business environment, protecting the rights and legitimate interests of businessmen is also a priority.

To create new effective mechanisms in this sphere, the institution of the Commissioner for the Protection of Rights and Legitimate Interests of Entrepreneurs was established for the first time in the country. That is, we have moved to a qualitatively new level of public policy in this area.

The Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs exercises his powers independently and autonomously of state bodies, their officials, subject only to the Constitution and the laws of the country. In his activities he provides an objective assessment of the facts of violation of the rights of entrepreneurs, takes measures to timely eliminate violations of the law.

It is important that the Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs is appointed and dismissed by the President of Uzbekistan and enjoys the right of immunity.

To implement the Commissioner’s tasks, the institution was granted a number of rights and powers. In particular, it has the right to declare in writing to officials of state bodies and other organizations caveats, to make their leaders aware of the elimination of the revealed violations of the law, the reasons and conditions that facilitate them, apply to the courts with applications and claims in the interests of business entities.

Last year, the Commissioner visited all regions and cities of the regions of the republic, held an open dialogue with over 30,000 entrepreneurs and provided practical assistance to those who applied for it. He examined over 700 applications of business structures. About 200 of them are positively solved.

In addition, they signed memoranda with state bodies, non-governmental non-profit organizations and other civil society institutions on cooperation in the field of protecting the rights of business entities and developing their activities.

The ongoing activities in the future will serve to support business entities, guarantee their legal protection, as well as to prevent various barriers and barriers that arise before them.

Lyamiya Khudoyarova, consultant of the Office of the Commissioner under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the protection of rights and legitimate interests of business entities.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Analysis

Tashkent-Astana Axis?

One may often encounter expert evaluations in the media justifying the need to create an Astana-Tashkent axis. One of those is the Uzbek analyst Bakhtiyor Ergashev, who believes that the launch of such a geopolitical and geo-economic project will open up additional opportunities not only for Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, but also for other countries of the region.

In his opinion, in the economic sense, the formation of the Astana-Tashkent axis has deep and long-term bases. In Kazakhstan, asserts Ergashev, the program of forced and innovative development is underway... Uzbekistan continues the implementation of a vigorous policy aimed at industrialization, the delivery of new production clusters, the formation of new industries, the increase in the share of manufacturing industry in GDP... That is, synchronously, two countries are undergoing processes that enhance their economic potential, open up opportunities for the economies to be more interdependent, with more interaction. Conditions are created for expanding and diversifying the commodity structure of the exports of the two nations, the expert points out.

Speaking about obstacles to creating an ‘axis’, the expert says that “Kazakhstan participates in certain post-Soviet institutions, while Uzbekistan does not. This, undoubtedly, creates restrictions on the way of formation of the serious geopolitical and geo-economic axis of Astana-Tashkent. First of all, of course, there are Kazakhstan’s obligations in the Eurasian Economic Union. The frontier of the organization passes along the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and Uzbekistan is not a member of the EAEU. Astana is a member of the CSTO, while Tashkent suspended its membership back in 2013. Kazakhstan is a member of the WTO, and Uzbekistan today is very far from this uninteresting and half-dead organization. Participation of one country and non-participation of another in certain international organizations undoubtedly creates obstacles for a more rapid formation of the Astana-Tashkent axis. Therefore, there is no need to speak about the accelerated formation of this axis, but it has prospects – that’s for sure.”

In addition, the expert believes that “the state of affairs in the region as a whole largely depends on the state of relations between the two countries. The economies of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan do not compete with each other, and in many industries complement each other. Unlike Russia, with which Kazakhstan has serious competition in such sectors as oil production and its exports, grain production and exports, Uzbekistan has almost no sectors with which national producers compete with Kazakhstan,” Ergashev said.

The most important task facing Astana and Tashkent in the medium term, in the analyst’s opinion, is the diversification of the structure of foreign trade between the two nations: “If we look at the structure of trade turnover, we get a not very bright picture.”

To solve the problem of diversification, according to the expert, countries need to address issues of improving the foreign trade regime, encouraging and protecting mutual investments, and optimizing taxation issues. “Uzbekistan, implementing the strategy of export-oriented development with an emphasis on accelerated industrialization, and Kazakhstan, implementing the program of forced industrial-innovative development and embarking on the realization of the third stage of modernization, are at a qualitatively new stage in the development of national economies, which creates conditions for deepening and expanding the formats of mutual cooperation. There is a huge field for work, joint initiatives and investments. And you need to remove obstacles on this path,” emphasizes the analyst.

For many years, the main items of Uzbekistan’s exports to Kazakhstan have been natural gas, cotton fiber, fertilizers, fruit and vegetable products.

And from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, mainly grains, flour, as well as ferrous and non-ferrous metals are exported.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International Conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”

Tashkent to Host a High-Level Conference on Afghanistan

The global and regional powers, Afghanistan’s neighbors will attend the Tashkent International Conference “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”

From the early days of his leadership of the country, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev defined building up constructive, mutually advantageous and good-neighborly relations with Central Asian nations and cementing security in this part of the world as the principal foreign policy priority.

Uzbekistan’s leader detailed the international community about his strategic vision for ensuring regional security and stability in September 2017 at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. In November later that year, during the Samarkand Conference “Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity”, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed a comprehensive program of joint efforts at the regional and international levels to secure enduring peace and stability in Central Asia, including Afghanistan.

The policy implications of the speeches by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at those international forums, his examination of the current situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan and the prospects of developments have generated a reflective interest in the international community.

As the President has noted, “Central Asia, being in the heart of Eurasia, stands as a bridge connecting Europe and the Middle East, South and East Asia”. The region is rich in natural resources. There is a unique cultural and civilization potential, which has had a decisive influence on the development of many countries and entire regions.

In the meantime, according to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Central Asia constitutes a crossing point of the interests of world powers, and the region adjoins the pivots of instability and conflict, experiencing the impact of all the downbeat processes occurring in the near and far abroad.

In this regard, the President of Uzbekistan was right in posing the question as to what developments the region can encounter. Will it go under the scenario of conflicts and confrontations or along the path of cooperation and progress?

The answer is obvious, that is, everything depends, first and foremost, on the willingness of the Central Asian states to assume responsibility for the common future of the region.

Bordering on all countries of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is unswervingly interested in the region becoming a zone of stability, sustainable development and good-neighborliness.

As Uzbekistan’s leader has repeatedly stressed, peaceful, economically prosperous Central Asia is our most critical goal and key task.

Meanwhile, it is impossible to achieve those objectives without addressing one of the most pressing regional and global issues, namely, the conflict in the neighboring Afghanistan, which historically and geopolitically is an integral part of our common region.

Peace in Afghanistan is bedrock of stability and prosperity of Central Asia. Speaking at the international conference in Samarkand, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated frankly that it is essential to refuse to divide the security threats into ‘our own and those of others’ and in fact adhere to the principle of indivisibility of security.

A peaceful Afghanistan is able to ensure the shortest possible access for the nations of Central Asia to the harbors of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, to connect India, Iran and Pakistan with the markets of Europe and the Middle East.

To this end, what comes to the fore of the problem is the formation of an extensive and solid international consensus on the basic issues of establishing peace and security in Afghanistan, supporting the efforts of Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process for national reconciliation in the country.

Uzbekistan has always been and remains a fundamental advocate of a political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, making its feasible contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

In this regard, Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s initiative to organize – on March 26-27 this year in Tashkent, jointly with the Afghan side – an international high-level conference on Afghanistan, “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, is an important part of the Uzbek leadership’s overall strategy to provide for regional security and stability.

Our country has been an active party to almost all international forums addressing the Afghan crisis, including the Kabul Process, the Moscow Format, the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, the International Contact Group on Afghanistan, the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA).

During a UN Security Council session in New York on January 19, 2018, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan delivered a joint presentation of the forthcoming Tashkent forum.

The conference in Tashkent is due following the second meeting of the Kabul Process that took place on February 28 this year in Afghanistan’s capital. It will come to be a logical extension of the efforts undertaken by the international community to secure peace and stability in the country.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani are to deliver keynote speeches at the opening ceremony of the conference.

Among those invited to the Tashkent meeting are the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Special Representative of the Organization for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as foreign ministers of China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, India, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It is expected that the forum participants will convey their consolidated stance – at the regional and global levels – on the need for the soonest start of direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban Movement without any preconditions.

The conference is projected to result in the adoption of Tashkent Declaration anticipated to reflect the following key points:

First, the peace process ought to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned and in accordance with the provisions of resolutions and decisions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council;

Second, the guaranteed integration of the armed opposition into the political life of Afghanistan and its recognition as a legitimate political force is instrumental in the success of the peace process;

Third, the international community strongly opposes all forms and manifestations of terrorism without any distinction, and recognizes that the threats of transnational terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime are common challenges to stability and sustainable development both for Afghanistan, the region and the world as a whole.

The Tashkent Conference is to follow the first meeting of the new format of cooperation, Central Asia + Afghanistan (“C5 + 1”), designed to discuss specific areas of interaction between the Central Asian nations and Afghanistan. The activity of this format will contribute to Afghanistan’s successful integration into the system of trade, economic and infrastructural relations with the states of Central Asia, the effective implementation of projects and programs of regional scale.

Initiating to hold the Tashkent Conference, Uzbekistan by no means intends to confine itself to arranging it as a one-time event, but continue with vigorous efforts – both bilaterally and multilaterally – to promote a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.

As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s foreign policy strategy finds its application, Uzbekistan is becoming a proactive contributor to and constituent part of the political process for a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict. Worth underscoring once again that the principal role and responsibility in this process belongs with the Afghans themselves, who must determine and build the future of their country.

The gracious goals set for the Tashkent Conference, as well as the participation in it of all permanent members of the UN Security Council, the SCO member states and the countries neighboring Afghanistan, including the five Central Asian nations, have been triggering a growing interest in the forum around the globe. A large group of representatives of the world mass media is expected to arrive to partake in the coverage of the event.

We express hope that the outcomes of the international meeting in Uzbekistan’s capital city will come to be a vital milestone in the stabilization of Afghanistan, in the delivery of prerequisites for its sustainable development, enhancement of the Afghan people’s welfare and the latter’s engagement in the constructive processes in the region and the world in general. The success of the Tashkent forum should demonstrate the ability of the region’s states to resolve common grave issues through joint efforts by opening up extensive opportunities for peace and progress.

Press Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

International relationships

Meetings of the delegation of Turkey

Meetings with the delegation of the Great National Assembly of the Republic of Turkeyled by the chairman of the inter-parliamentary friendship group "Turkey – Uzbekistan" of the parliament of Turkey, Haidar Ali Yildiz were held at the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of the OliyMajlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Chairman of the Senate of the OliyMajlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan N.Yuldoshev noted that active development of the Uzbek-Turkish cooperation based on friendship and mutual trust, strengthening inter-parliamentary ties contribute to further expansion of relations between the two countries.

Expansion of partnership with the Republic of Turkey in all areas of cooperation, including interaction between parliaments, is one of the priorities of Uzbekistan's foreign policy. This visit of the delegation of the Turkish Parliament became a practical result of agreements reached during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ShavkatMirziyoyev to the Republic of Turkey in October 2017.

During the conversation with the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the OliyMajlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan N.Ismoilov, current state of relations between the legislative bodies of the two countries, trade and economic, investment and cultural-humanitarian cooperation, as well as prospects for their further development and deepeningwere discussed.

The guests were informed about the large-scale reforms being carried out in Uzbekistan.

During the meetings, Haydar Ali Yildizemphasized the active development of relations between the legislative bodies of the two countries, emphasized that such practical contacts will serve further development of political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

During the visit of the delegation of the Turkish Parliament, the first joint meeting of the inter-parliamentary group of the OliyMajlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation with the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey and the inter-parliamentary friendship group "Turkey – Uzbekistan" of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey was held.

Following the negotiations,a plan of practical measures ("roadmap") on further development of bilateral cooperation for 2018 was signedbetween the two groups.

A business forum and cooperative exchange with participation of representatives of business circles of Uzbekistan and Turkeywere alsoheld within the framework of the visit of the Turkish delegation. The events, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and the Senate of the OliyMajlis,were attended by the heads of ministries and departments, companies of the two countries responsible for such spheres as economy, investment, trade, industry, tourism, construction industry, electrical engineering, agriculture, food, light, and textile industry.

At the forum, business people of Turkey got acquainted with prospects of investing in Uzbekistan, the potential of the country in production and processing, textile and light industry, tourism. A number of issues were discussed on implementation of new projects in the field of harvesting, processing, storage and packaging of agricultural products, construction of complexes specializing in exports, and the textile industry.

On the same day, guests from Turkey participated at the regular session of the International Press Club on “Prospects for development of Uzbek-Turkish trade and economic cooperation”.

(Source: UzA)

Ecology

Workshop in Advance of Forum

Participants of a seminar-briefing in Tashkent deliberated on preparations for the international environmental forum “Building up cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development in Central Asia”, due 5-8 June 2018 in the capital of Uzbekistan.

The workshop was attended by representatives of diplomatic missions, international and financial organizations working in our country.

The event contributors noted that Uzbekistan supports the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and makes its own input into the global environmental cause. The objectives of realizing the goals of sustainable development are fully embodied in the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Areas for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, adopted at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Today, special attention is paid in the country to reducing the negative impact of wastes on the environment and public health. The introduction of an integrated waste management system has been launched. A vivid example is a fully functioning cluster of waste collection, recycling and processing in the Bukhara region. The priority is given to the modernization of the environmental monitoring system. Measures are being implemented to introduce mechanisms for encouraging cleaner production, supporting ‘green’ entrepreneurship, promoting environmentally friendly waste-free and low-waste technologies. Work is carried out to conserve biological diversity, especially rare and endangered species of animals and plants of international importance. In accordance with the decision of the President of Uzbekistan, the development of the National Concept in the field of environmental protection has now begun.

The implementation of these and other tasks requires the consolidation of the efforts of all stakeholders not only at the national, but also at the regional and international levels.

In this regard, the forthcoming forum in June in Tashkent aims to strengthen the dialogue between all stakeholders on environmental issues and the formation of joint actions for sustainable development of the region. The goal is to create an effective platform for working out coordinated practical measures aimed at solving regional problems by uniting all stakeholders, including business and the scientific community.

The forum is expected to include the participation of leaders and specialists of the state bodies for the protection of the environment, water management in Central Asia, Europe and Asia, UN agencies, leading international organizations and financial institutions, representatives of scientific and public organizations.

“The CAMEP will enable countries to bring together positions, outline real projects that actually solve problems,” said CAREC Executive Director Iskandar Abdullayev. “Over the past year, cooperation in Central Asia has significantly improved, for example, on water issues. The political will led to the fact that we now consider water not as a matter of disagreement, but as an object of cooperation, and this makes it possible to solve problems together. It is also worth noting that, by restoring cooperation, we are increasing our economic potential.”

I.Abdullayev also noted that CAREC has been working since 2001 and operates in six countries of the Central Asian region, including Afghanistan. The organization's activities cover five areas, including such important issues as climate change, energy efficiency, water cooperation, environment and health, education for sustainable development and environmental management.

The head of CAREC stressed that “environmental issues cannot be solved within the borders of individual countries. We also are a center of knowledge, which accumulates information on environmental protection that enters the region. We work closely with public organizations and journalists to disseminate information to the general public.”

The forthcoming forum will be organized by the government of Uzbekistan and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia. Its main thematic areas are renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, integrated management of solid domestic waste, biodiversity conservation and development of a network of protected natural areas.

“Considering that the government of the country is initiating such a major forum, this is a clear indication that the leadership of Uzbekistan understands the importance of regional cooperation and pooling efforts in addressing environmental issues. Realizing the importance of participation of all the countries of Central Asia in the discussion of regional issues, the European Union expresses interest in participating actively in the work of the forum,” said Doniyor Kuchkarov, program manager at the Delegation of the European Union in Uzbekistan. “To date, the EU has been financing a number of environmental projects, both at the regional and national levels, including those aimed at processing solid municipal waste, which is being discussed at a plenary session of the forum. At this point, it is necessary to discuss in more detail in which areas the EU could share its experience, and also to identify what other points of contact exist for strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation.”

Within the framework of the forum, it is planned to hold plenary and parallel panel meetings - each of the thematic areas will identify the most pressing issues of common interest for all countries of Central Asia and develop effective measures for their implementation.

A specialized exhibition of environmentally friendly technologies of Uzbekistan will be held, which will unite the most famous manufacturers and developers of ‘green’ technologies and equipment. Its main sections will be special equipment for collection and transportation of solid domestic waste, technologies for their sorting, processing and utilization, clean production and consumption technologies, renewable energy technologies for agriculture and housing, renewable energy for electricity and heat, and others.

The forum will bring together interested donor countries, international organizations, financial institutions, and will create an opportunity for Central Asian states to present the most relevant and priority projects for sustainable development for discussion and joint implementation.

There will be a media tour for representatives of foreign media, in which journalists will visit the dried-up bottom of the Aral Sea, as well as the Gissar State Reserve in Kashkadarya region to get acquainted with the rich fauna, flora and natural heritage of Uzbekistan.

“I think this forum is really an important initiative uniting all partners who want to act, that is, not just talking about the environment and the need to protect it, but taking concrete measures,” commented Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator, Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan. “The briefing showed that the forum will focus on actions that should bring about concrete results, establish partnerships among parties concerned to address the very complex environmental issues faced not only by Uzbekistan and Central Asia, but also, of course, worldwide.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

sport

Uzbekistan fencers won silver and bronze in Dubai

From February 22 to March 5, Dubai hosted the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships. Athletes of Uzbekistan won silver and bronze medals in fencing contests.

About 2 thousand people are involved in fencing, in Uzbekistan. In 2015, Tashkent hosted World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championship at a high level.

In accordance with the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan on training athletes of Uzbekistan for the XXXII Summer Olympic and XVI Paralympic Games of 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, of March 9, 2017, the Fencing Federation of Uzbekistan is carrying out large-scale activity on creating conditions for being engaged in this sport, enhancing skills of athletes and trainers.

The Estonian coach Igor Chikinov is attracted for training the national team of Uzbekistan.

The cadets of Uzbekistan, in group contests on fencing, defeated the Jordanian team in the quarterfinals with a score of 45:23, in the semifinals they defeated their peers from Kuwait with a score of 45:44 and won silver medals of the Asian Championship.

The national team of Uzbekistan consisted of Jaloliddin Dushamboyev, a student of Chirchik College of Olympic Reserve, Sherzod Mamutov, a student of Karakalpak College of Agricultural and Water Resources, Pazil Genjebayev, a student of the Secondary School No.2 of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Bobir Rasulov, a student of the school No.34 in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan girl fencers defeated the national team of Japan in the quarterfinals with a score of 45:43 and won bronze medals of the Asian Championship.

The honor of Uzbekistan was defended by Zaynab Dayibekova, a student of Nukus College of Olympic Reserve, Sevinch Ismoilova, a student of Tashkent College of Arts, Shakhnoza Togaymurodova, a student of Tashkent School No.300 and Sevila Khudoyberganova, a student of Chirchik College of Olympic Reserve.

The athletes and coaches of Uzbekistan, who achieved high results at the championship of the continent, were awarded cars by the Fencing Federation of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan wrestlers won four gold in the Asian Championship

Bishkek hosted the Asian Wrestling Championship. Freestyle wrestlers from Uzbekistan won three gold medals in the last days of the championship.

Ikhtiyor Navruzov, Magomed Ibrahimov and Davit Modzmanishvili became stronger than opponents in all battles, crowning themselves the title of the strongest wrestlers of the continent.

Owners of silver medals Makhmudjon Shavkatov and Rashid Kurbonov passed before the final fights without defeat. Abbos Rakhmonov, Temur Usmonokhunov and Azizbek Soliyev won bronze medals.

Thus, with four gold, five silver and six bronze medals, the national team of Uzbekistan took the third place in the medal standings of the Asian Championship.

(Source: UzA)

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