DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #66
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
April 5, 2018
Devoted to improvement of public services. 1
Senators approves amendments to some legislative acts. 2
Specialist from South Korea appointed adviser to khokim of Tashkent city. 2
International relationships. 3
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed a Memorandum on ICT development 3
Huge role of Uzbekistan in development of Islamic culture. 3
WorldFood Uzbekistan 2018 starts in Tashkent 4
Zarina Abdullayeva elected President of Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation. 5
Commissioner from Uzbekistan set to perform at 2018 World Cup. 6
Devoted to improvement of public services
On April 4, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a meeting devoted to the analysis of activities and further important tasks in the field of public services provision to the population and business entities.
The lack of information and communication resources and databases in a number of government bodies still creates difficulties in provision of public services. Low level of introduction of information and communication technologies, the remaining preference of paper workflow management lead to unreasonable financial expenses, increase in waiting time by citizens and formation of queues and, as a result, – in some cases to the facts of corruption and bureaucracy.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures for radical reforming the national system of rendering public services to the population” of December 12, 2017, the Agency of public services at the Ministry of Justice has been organized. Since January 1, 2018 all “one window” centers are transformed to the centers of public services at the National receptions.
Currently, these centers are providing services such as receiving applications for defining children in preschool education institutions, registration of citizens in the funded pension system, connection to engineering and communication networks, coordination of project documentation, issuance of permits for construction and installation works, individual housing construction (reconstruction), special water use or special water consumption. The Prosecutor General’s Office and the Ministry of Justice are instructed to further expand the list of public services provided by these centers.
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Provision of each type of public service is envisaged to be simplified on the principle “Moving documents, not citizens”, primarily due to independent receipt by authorized state bodies and other organizations of necessary documents and information from other structures. It was noted at the meeting devoted to the analysis of activities and further important tasks in the field of public services provision to the population and business entities.
Of course, this system based on modern technologies, designed to facilitate cares of the population, creates great amenities. However, the presence of some shortcomings hinders the prompt and qualitative provision of services.
Some authorized bodies have not completed full implementation of the electronic information system, interdepartmental exchange of information has not been established. Some centers are not equipped with fiber-optic networks for Internet access.
At the meeting, these problems have been critically analyzed, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications, other relevant departments were given instructions on providing creation of an electronic information system and an electronic database on 50 public services, as well as connection of all centers to the Internet via fiber-optic communication lines.
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At the meeting chaired by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on April 4, the need to run an electronic queue system in all centers and to create applications allowing to use public services on mobile phones was emphasized.
Instructions were given on development of standard projects of buildings of public services centers, building them on the basis of public-private partnership in accordance with modern requirements and providing benefits to investors participating in such projects.
It is known that 35 types of licenses and permits in the sphere of entrepreneurship are issued by the government. Such excessive centralization hampers the development of business activity. In this regard instructions were given on sharp reduction and simplification of licensing and authorization procedures in accordance with the State program “Year of supporting active entrepreneurship, innovative ideas and technologies”.
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At the meeting devoted to the analysis of activities and further important tasks in the field of public services provision to the population and business entities, the unsatisfactory state of rendering public services in the spheres of cadastre and construction was seriously criticized.
The State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadastre was entrusted jointly with the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications to introduce an electronic procedure for maintaining cadastral documentation of real estate, as well as to arrange the issuance of cadastral certificates not in the paper form but in the form of an extract from the electronic register. The need was noted for completion of introduction of “License” information complex until May of this year, which allows issuing all permits and licenses in an electronic form.
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At the meeting that was chaired by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on April 4, it was noted that in Uzbekistan it is necessary to replace more than 5 million driver’s licenses until 2021. However, there are 3-4 structures in each region that carry out replacement of licenses, and 49 in the country. From now on, replacement of driver’s licenses will also be carried out through public services centers, for this purpose a representative of road safety service will be involved.
Taking into account the suggestions made during the on-site receptions, instructions were given on introducing reception of documents from applicants, in an experimental order, wishing to enter the baccalaureate of Tashkent State University of Law, in public services centers at places.
At the meeting, reports of heads responsible for the sphere were heard, important tasks on improving the system of public services were identified.
Senators approves amendments to some legislative acts
The Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan approved a law “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Uzbekistan in connection with taking measures to strengthen guarantees of citizens’ rights and freedoms in forensic investigations”.
The law was submitted to the Oliy Majlis for consideration by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a legislative initiative. It is aimed at further improving the legislative framework for the protection of citizens’ rights in the course of judicial and investigative activities, taking into account the best foreign experience and envisageses introduction of changes and additions to the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Law on the Prosecutor’s Office, the Senate press service said.
The provisions of the law establish the criminal liability for falsification (forgery) of evidence, responsibility for perjury and false denunciation is increased. A relevant norm is introduced prohibiting the use of evidence obtained by unlawful methods or by depriving or restricting the rights of the participants in the process that are legally guaranteed.
Specialist from South Korea appointed adviser to khokim of Tashkent city
Specialist from South Korea Kim Yu Shik is appointed as adviser to the khokim of Tashkent and will assist in development of projects in the field of information technology in the capital of Uzbekistan, Gazeta.uz reported quoting the deputy khokim on investment, innovation and tourism development Alisher Tilyaev.
It should be noted that the agreement on allocation of an expert for the khokim of Tashkent was reached during the state visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Korea in November 2017.
The contract with Kim Yu Shik was signed for one year. The municipality of Seoul will pay the salary of the adviser, the Uzbek side will cover his living and travel costs.
The South Korean specialist will take part in creation of a situational center for management of the city in Tashkent, similar to Seoul.
The center will allow to observe in online mode all the situation in the city in the municipal sphere, town-planning, fire safety, rapid reaction system. It will also connect all outdoor video surveillance cameras, Alisher Tilyaev said.
Kim Yu Shik will also help the khokimiyat implement a web-based cadastral service of the city. This agreement was reached with the South Korean company GEO2. To date, a tripartite joint venture has been established with the participation of the khokimiyat, GEO2 and the Unicon.uz Center. The enterprise has already started working on the concept of the system.
The new system will allow to exclude paper red tape in the work of notary services. "The essence of the system is that a citizen from his home can, through a mobile phone or computer, have access to all cadastral documents and the ability to pay taxes. Notary services will also be able to use the data of the electronic database when providing services, "he said.
Tilyaev said that this is a commercial project. Its cost is about US$3 million. In addition to the state fee, a commission fee for services will be determined.
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed a Memorandum on ICT development
A meeting with the Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Shahzad Gul Aryobee was held at the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Prospects for expanding bilateral relations in telecommunications and information technologies in such areas as organization of high-speed transit communication channels, increasing the volume of international telephone traffic between the networks of telecommunication operators of the two countries, organization of high-speed Internet access, training of personnel in ICT and others were considered. It was noted that expansion of interaction in the field of telecommunications and information technologies will allow to strengthen both bilateral, and regional cooperation.
Following the negotiations, the two ministries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strategic cooperation. The purpose of this document is to expand cooperation and exchange experience in the sphere of telecommunications, information technologies and post services. Technical assistance in ICT sphere is also provided by the document.
The sides will strengthen the normative legal framework of the industry, optimize the telecommunications system, information technology networks and postal infrastructure, in particular, postal transit through Uzbekistan to Central Asia will be provided.
The sides also agreed to cooperate in order to improve competitiveness in various areas of ICT industry, development and promotion of the "Electronic government" system.
Huge role of Uzbekistan in development of Islamic culture
From now on, the legal basis for its glorification in the world is further consolidated
The Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On ratification of the Charter of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Baku, November 26, 2015)”, signed by the President of Uzbekistan and published on April 4, 2018, serves this purpose.
The Charter of ISESCO was signed by the Republic of Uzbekistan on August 26, 2017. It consists of a preamble and 22 articles. In accordance with the Article 4, the objectives of ISESCO include the following: to strengthen, promote and consolidate cooperation among the Member States and consolidate it in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, as well as to develop and upgrade these fields, within the framework of the civilizational reference of the Islamic world and in the light of the human Islamic values and ideals. To consolidate understanding among peoples inside and outside the Member States and contribute to the achievement of world peace and security through various means, particularly through education, science, culture and communication.
The following are also among the objectives of ISESCO: to publicize the correct image of Islam and Islamic culture, promote dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions, and work towards spreading the values of justice and peace along with the principles of freedom and human rights, in accordance with the Islamic civilizational perspective; to encourage cultural interaction and to support the aspects of cultural diversity in the Member States, while preserving the cultural identity and protecting the independence of thought; to consolidate complementarity and coordination among the specialized institutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication and among the Member States of ISESCO, and promote cooperation and partnership with the similar governmental and non-governmental institutions sharing the same interest, inside and outside the Member States and others.
In accordance with the Article 6 of the Charter of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, every full Member State of the Organization of the Islamic Conference shall become a member of ISESCO upon signing officially the Charter, and after it has completed the membership legal and legislative formalities and informed – in writing – the General Directorate of ISESCO.
Undoubtedly, ratification of the Charter by Uzbekistan opens wide opportunities for further development of international cooperation in the field of education, science and culture. This document has become one more legal basis for broad propaganda of Uzbekistan’s achievements in cultural and humanitarian spheres.
At the same time, an opportunity is provided for highlighting the huge role of Uzbekistan in development of Islamic culture, acquaintance with ancient history and cultural heritage, expanding Uzbekistan’s cooperation within the framework of ISESCO.
The ratification of the Charter opened the possibility for ensuring the full-scale activity of the special ISESCO Chair at Tashkent Islamic University. And this, in turn, helps its development. This department has been founded on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, forwarded at the 43rd session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of OIC in Tashkent. This initiative was supported at the regular session of this council.
WorldFood Uzbekistan 2018 starts in Tashkent
The 18th International Exhibition WorldFood Uzbekistan 2018 started in Tashkent on 4 April 2018.
Once again WorldFood Uzbekistan will be the main platform to demonstrate positive changes in the food industry.
The international status of the exhibition is confirmed by the wide geography of the companies-participants. This year, the total number of participants will be 200companies from 26 countries, including Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, China, Latvia, Netherlands, UAE, Republic of Korea, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the USA, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, and Sri Lanka. The interest of Russian companies to the food industry of Uzbekistan is growing every year. For the first time, the Export Support Centre of Kirov Region, Altai Export Support Coordination Centre, Union of Smolensk Producers, and the collective stand of the Republic of Belarus will be presented at the exhibition.
The key objectives of the exhibition are to assist in implementing the Program on Food Industry Development in Uzbekistan for 2016-2020, to demonstrate the latest achievements in the production of food products and beverages, their processing, the latest technologies, production, packaging and export opportunities, and conditions created for establishing international cooperation between industry players.
The positive changes have contributed to the growth of the exposition’s area. This year exhibition differs from the previous one with its subject division of pavilions. Pavilion 1 will host Food, Beverages, Food Ingredients and Bakery Sections. The debutants from Uzbekistan include: Shirin Shakar, Silver Globe (TM Anchor), Sabfatek (TM Muza), Gold Dried Fruits Export, Platinum Trade Group, CANOLA GROUP. The foreign participants of this sector will be represented by: Bykhov Canning and Vegetable Drying Plant (Belarus), Yakar (Kazakhstan), Deca (Rosiya), Al Faheem Meatex Pvt. Ltd. (India), GOSTOL-GOPAN D.O.O. (Slovenia), Exotic Food (Thailand), Beta Food Industry and Trade Inc. (Turkey) and others.
The Ingredients Sector will be led by EUROSNAB, a global technology company operating in the markets of Russia and Central Asia. The company represents the world’s leaders in the production of food ingredients, among them: Aroma Classic, Alpris Holdings LTD. (Cyprus), Foodchem (China), Dukat (Russia), A-Profi (Ukraine).
The section of Equipment and Technologies will the most extensively represent the following sectors: Refrigeration equipment and warehousing, fruits and vegetables processing, bakery and confectionery equipment.
The local participants in this sector are represented by: Multivac Packaging, Inventa, IFT Innovation, Salar Baraka, Quva Qandolatlari. The foreign debutants will include: AZO (Russia), Bossar Packaging (Spain), New Era Machines (India), Teco SRL (Italy), AM2C (France), and Oztar Makina (Turkey).
As a continuing trend of the last year, the exhibition has expanded the sector of Confectionery, Bakery, and Processing Equipment.
The Business Programme of this year includes several events and is notable by their scale.
On 4 April, OSC Company (Turkey) will organize a workshop on “Potato. Production, Storage, Processing. Technology Processes”.
On 5 April, within the framework of the Business Program, the International Uzbek-Belarusian Forum on “Prospects for Development of Trade Relations between Belarus and Uzbekistan” will be held.
The same day, on 5 April, for the first time in Uzbekistan, within the framework of the 18th International Exhibition
WorldFood Uzbekistan 2018 the specialized platform will be open for meetings between food suppliers and buyers. The purpose of the event is to provide a business platform for B2B meetings and negotiations for representatives of trade chains with food and beverage suppliers.
Zarina Abdullayeva elected President of Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation
Zarrina Abdullayeva appointed President of Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation President, press-service of the NOC said.
"Gymnastics in Uzbekistan has a rich history. This sport is very popular in our country. However, not all disciplines are good. According to my observations, acrobatics and trampoline need some development. Gymnastics is included in the list of the main types of the Olympic Games. We need to work together with the National Olympic Committee, which works with all federations," said Zarina Abdullayeva.
Commissioner from Uzbekistan set to perform at 2018 World Cup
Deputy head of international relations at Uzbekistan Football Association, Alim Arifov was invited to work as a Commissioner at the upcoming tournament in Russia.
World Football Championship starts on 14 June. An Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov and his team of judges are among referees.
Meantime, we are proud to announce another good news. For the first time in the history of Uzbek football, an Uzbek Commissioner set to perform at the World Cup.
Deputy head of international relations at Uzbekistan Football Association, Alim Arifov was invited to work as a Commissioner at the upcoming tournament in Russia.