DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 108
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
of the Republic of Uzbekistan
June 4, 2018
Our goal is to make people happy. 1
Uzbekistan investments. 4
Uzbekistan: Goods and services in consumer market of Uzbekistan increases by 0.8% in May. 9
International relationships. 10
Meeting in Doha. 10
New University to Train Journalists. 11
Our goal is to make people happy
On June 1, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the airport construction site for business aviation on the basis of Tashkent – Eastern airfield in Kibray district of Tashkent region.
The Head of the state got acquainted with this project during the visit to the airport Tashkent – Eastern on December 2, 2017, gave instructions on creation of business aviation in the country and modern infrastructure that can provide all necessary services in this direction.
The business airport will become an innovation in Central Asia and will be specialized in individual and corporate flights. Business aviation will open new opportunities and create convenience for entrepreneurs. The project will help domestic and foreign business people to bring their products to new markets, to find business partners.
At the moment, construction activities have begun at the airport. At the first stage, a runway with a length of 4 kilometers and a terminal with a capacity of 250 passengers per hour will be built, on the second – an additional infrastructure, a hotel complex.
Before that, sand work was performed here almost by 20 thousand cubic meters. More than 100 units of special equipment are involved in construction and installation works. The construction is carried out by the order of Uzbekistan Railways JSC, by specialists of "Trans yul qurilish mahsus pudrat" LLC, unitary enterprises "Qurilish-montaj tresti" and "Toshkent kupriklardan foydalanish".
An apron designed for simultaneous reception and dispatch of 20 aircraft has been erected. It is planned to build security posts, communication and security units. Within the framework of the project, the aircraft maintenance center, a modern hangar for aircraft and helicopters, a fire safety depot, a dispatch center and a cafe will also be built.
The first stage of the project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, by this time the airport will be ready for aircraft reception and passenger service.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the need for creating an active business aviation in the country, establishing a service in the new airport that fully meets international standards.
– The basis of all success is a thoroughly worked out project. To build a business airport qualitatively, and comprehensively convenient for foreign entrepreneurs, it is necessary to develop a deeply thought out project. A foreigner at the sight of this airport must feel the national identity, values of our people. Therefore, it is necessary to organize a modern design institute that will deal with these issues, attract qualified specialists from Japan, Germany and other developed countries. Due to this, the airport will serve our people for many years, said the President.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev became familiar with the overpass project, which will be built at the intersection of Makhtumkuli and Akhangaran streets of Tashkent city.
Akhangaran highway, Parkent and Temur Malik streets are among the busiest in the capital. The traffic on these roads became even more intense after the construction of Makhtumkuli street through Tashkent mechanical plant.
It is planned to build a three-level transport interchange in order to create convenience for drivers and ensure security. A tunnel will be built between Akhangaran highway and Parkent street, Makhtumkuli and Temur Malik streets will be connected by an overpass.
The purpose of construction of this transport interchange is to create conditions for the development of Charvak and Chimgan. Now there is only one road leading through the town of Chirchik. It is overloaded in the holiday season. The new road will serve to unload traffic, transport, including foreign tourists will be able to quickly and easily reach Charvak and Chimgan, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Six-lane traffic will be created on the overpass and in the tunnel. According to calculations, the new road will cut the way to Charvak to 22 kilometers.
The Head of the state also got acquainted with projects on construction of the line of the aboveground metro along the Akhangaran highway.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev became familiar with construction of multifunctional ice palace “Humo Arena” at the intersection of Afrosiab and Beshagach streets, in Chilanzar district.
The design of this sports complex harmoniously combines modern architectural solutions on the basis of advanced technologies and elements of national culture and architecture. The complex is being erected in the form of Humo bird with open wings – a symbol of happiness and freedom.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev during familiarization with the project of construction of the arena on February 3, 2017 paid special attention to the importance of such modern sports facilities for upbringing a harmoniously developed generation, gave responsible executives instructions on ensuring high quality construction activities.
Six-story complex consists of two arenas – the main and training. The maximum height of the building with an area of 82 thousand 250 square meters will be 40 meters.
The palace, equipped with mobile seats, will be able to accommodate 12.5 thousand spectators during hockey games, 14 thousand – during other sports tournaments, as well as 10 thousand spectators in organization of concert and entertainment programs. It will also be possible to hold other events in the complex. In particular, in addition to international tournaments in hockey, curling, figure skating, short track, the arena will be able to host competitions in basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal, boxing, taekwondo, fencing and other sports. Conditions will be created for organizing solemn events, concerts, exhibitions and forums.
Automated engineering, fire protection systems, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning and heating facilities based on energy-saving technologies will be used during the operation of the complex. A five-story parking lot for 1,375 cars is being built next to the complex.
The President noted that it is already necessary to start the formation of hockey, figure skating and other sports teams that will be trained in this complex, the study of an issue of organization of large international contests here.
The complex is planned to be commissioned before the end of this year.
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As previously reported, Tashkent City International Business Center is being built on the territory between Alisher Navoi, Olmazor, Islam Karimov and Furkat streets.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, during his visit to the construction site on April 6, 2018, gave constructions on qualitative construction of facilities.
Currently, construction activities are actively being carried out in seven lots. The sand works with a volume of 42 thousand cubic meters have been implemented, installation of monolithic structures of underground part has been completed.
Foreign investors are showing great interest in participating in this prospective project. Tashkent City Administrative Council confirmed cooperation with almost 10 investors. Large construction companies of the UK, Germany, South Korea and other countries are among them.
The Head of the state got acquainted with construction of the Business Center, talked with builders and engineers, foreign specialists. The President noted the need for creating all conditions for qualitative holding of international events, using national style in design and equipment of conference rooms in hotels and congress halls.
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Many bridges and overpasses are being built in the capital for ensuring traffic safety, preventing traffic jams. A modern overpass that is being constructed at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Chuponota streets of Chilanzar district is among them.
The total length of the bridge, which is being built by “Kuprik qurilish tresti” company under Uzbekistan Railways JSC, is 676 meters, including a 488-meter flyover. The height of the structure is 8 meters, width – 24.5 meters. At the same time, two pedestrian crossings of 124 meters in length are being built. It is envisaged to install special elevators and escalators for the convenience of people with disabilities and the elderly.
The Head of the state got acquainted with the progress of construction activities, talked with employees.
– New bridges should be qualitative and reliable. To this end, we must responsibly approach to our work, study the best international experience in the field of bridge construction, – the President noted.
About 50 units of equipment, more than 250 qualified specialists are involved in construction of the facility.
When designing the structure, special attention was paid to the lighting system. The overpass will be equipped with energy-saving lights. High-performance machinery from Germany is used in construction. To date, 234 of the 256 lighting poles have been installed, piling of 276 prismatic piles has been fully completed, as well as pedestal pedestrian poles have been installed.
The President drew attention to the urgency of the issue of repair and operation of bridges and instructed to organize colleges that will train relevant specialists.
Information was also provided on the state of overpasses in the capital and regions, plans for the future.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pays special attention to improving the standard of living of the population, creating modern conditions for people. A number of normative legal acts were adopted in this direction, “Obod qishloq” (“Prosperous village”) program is being implemented.
More than 6,3 thousand people are living in the territory of the citizens’ gathering of Hirmontepa makhalla of Chilanzar district. Today the makhalla is taking on a new look. According to the Decree of the Head of the state “On measures for further improvement of the makhalla institute” of February 3, 2017, a large-scale activity has been implemented here.
On the request of the citizens’ gathering of Hirmontepa makhalla and private entrepreneur Gulzira Madraimova, 0.28 hectares were allocated for construction of a new makhalla center in the 19th block in Chilanzar.
The new makhalla center, built on the basis of “Obod qishloq” program, will provide offices for the chairman of the makhalla, his advisers, preventive inspectors, lounge for the elderly, library, public utility payment center, children’s playground, sports complex and others.
The President talked with the makhalla’s activists, asked about their concerns and aspirations, people’s problems.
– We should landscape each makhalla, following the example of Manas makhalla in Jizzakh. The goal of making people happy lies at the heart of all this activity. We will do our best for that, – said the Head of the state.
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The Head of the state visited “Tirsakobod” makhalla of Chilanzar district, where he got acquainted with the ongoing landscaping activities.
Improvement of any city or district begins with improvement of a makhalla. The latter directly includes creation of conditions for effective work of citizens’ gathering of a makhalla, its commissions, prevention inspectors, workers of “Makhalla posboni” structure and others.
There are 9 apartment buildings and 864 households on the territory of “Tirsakobod” makhalla, more than 5,2 thousand people live here.
Landscaping activity is carried out in the makhalla in accordance with the Decree of the President of the country “On measures for further improvement of the makhalla institute” of February 3, 2017.
“Sherobod building” LLC in the makhalla center erects a tea house, a bakery, a beauty salon, stores, sports and children's playgrounds, due to which the makhalla will become even more modern, amenities for residents will be created.
According to “Obod makhalla” program, construction of offices for the chairman of the makhalla, his advisers, secretary, prevention inspector, recreation rooms for senior citizens, library, children's playground, sports complex, installation of fountains, small architectural forms, benches, street lighting equipment is actively continuing.
The Head of the state held a conversation with the makhalla’s activists. The President gave instructions to responsible persons on construction of modern makhalla centers in all districts of the capital and the country, conduction of constant dialogue with the population, ensuring their peaceful and prosperous life.
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On June 1, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the course of construction activities and implementation of large-scale projects in Tashkent.
At the initiative of the Head of the state and on the basis of his ideas, a large-scale construction work was launched in the capital, major projects of strategic importance are being implemented in the leading sectors of the economy, which help to increase the level and improve the quality of life of the population and turn Tashkent into a modern metropolis.
The main attention during the trip of the Head of the state to the districts of the capital was paid to the execution of the envisaged plans and important projects in this direction.
The President of the country visited the airport for business aviation that is under construction, based on the airfield Tashkent – Eastern, got acquainted with the project of a modern three-level interchange being built at the intersection of Makhtumkuli and Akhangaran streets, with the construction of multifunctional ice palace “Humo Arena” at the intersection of Afrosiab and Beshagach streets of Chilanzar district. The Head of the state also visited the construction site of Tashkent City International Business Center, Hirmontepa and Tirsakobod makhallas of Chilanzar district, got acquainted with the progress of construction of a modern overpass at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Chuponota streets of Chilanzar district.
On the same day, a meeting under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held with participation of khokims of the city of Tashkent and districts of the capital, responsible leaders.
At the meeting, held in the spirit of critical analysis, further measures on development of industry and small business, increasing employment of the population, and improving engineering and communications networks were identified.
The goal of the economic liberalization reforms carried out by the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is a dynamically growing, competitive, diversified economy. One of the key roles in the implementation of this plan is given to foreign investors who will receive the most favorable conditions to work in Uzbekistan.
A year ago, on 7 February 2017, the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, approved a new strategy of state and public development of the country for the next five years. The document contains five priority areas, which the country will develop until 2021. They include measures to improve the system of state and public construction, a reform of the judicial and legal system and internal affairs bodies, as well as a set of measures fostering economic transformation. The latter, according to the goals stated in the document, should provide the Uzbek economy with a seven percent growth rate and improve its stability and competitive advantages.
One of the key priorities is to create conditions favorable for the inflow of foreign investment through consistent improvement in the investment climate. In particular, President Mirziyoyev’s decree last March created the State Investment Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which will formulate and coordinate the country’s policy in attracting investors, develop and implement measures to improve the business environment, and interact with international institutions, companies, and banks in this area. This work should result in a many fold increase in the flow of investment and technology to Uzbekistan, which can become one of the main production hubs in Central Asia, as well as a base for the production of a wide range of export goods, that should ultimately lead to achieving the governments goals for economic development.
Stability And Favorable Business Conditions
Uzbekistan is one of the most stable countries in Central Asia in terms of macroeconomics and its political system. During the last decade, the growth rate of the Uzbek economy consistently stayed at eight percent? In 2017, the official growth of Uzbekistan’s GDP was 7.8% - the fifth best result in the world when looking at this indicator.
Uzbekistans foreign debt is less than 18.5%. The national internal debt is nearly zero. For 10 years, at the beginning of the reforms, Uzbekistan recorded a threefold budget surplus, and within 14 years - a surplus of the balance of payments. The country’s foreign exchange reserves cover 24 months of its total imports.
In its latest Ease of Doing Business” ranking for 2018 (published in October 2017), the World Bank ranks Uzbekistan 74th in the world, having improved its placement by 13 positions. The country has become one of the top 10 states I that demonstrated the greatest improvement of their business environment. The greatest progress was made in such areas as business registration, obtaining a loan, and resolving insolvency.
Capacity And Accessibility Of The Market
The population of Uzbekistan is more than 32 million people, which makes it the largest consumer market in Central Asia. The country has an advantageous geographical location in the very heart of Central Asia. To the country’s advantage are its proximity and connectivity with the region’s largest markets, including Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. Participation in the Free Trade Agreement with the CIS countries and Georgia provides products from Uzbekistan duty-free access to regional markets with an aggregate population of over 300 million people. Uzbekistan enjoys most- favored-nation status with 48 countries, including the United States, the EU, China, South Korea, Japan, and India, among others.
Economic Growth And Diversification
Uzbekistan’s development strategy states that its high GDP growth rates will continue in the near future, which should help double the country’s GDP by 2030. Thanks to structural reforms, industrial growth rates are expected to increase, with its share growing to 40% against 33.5% in 2015.
At the same time, today, the Uzbek economy is one of the most diversified in Central Asia. In addition to its well developed mining and oil and gas industry, the country produces a wide range of modern cars and trucks, high-quality agricultural machinery, mineral fertilizers, textile and pharmaceutical products, construction materials, electrical goods, and much more. One of the main priorities of the country’s development strategy is increasing the competitiveness of the manufacturing industries, primarily through attracting foreign investors.
Uzbekistan’s young arid educated population is an important competitive advantage and a valuable economic resource for the country. The local labor market, numberirig about 18.5 million people, or about 60% of the population, is the largest in the region. At the same time, 63% of the population of Uzbekistan is younger than 30 with nearly 100% literacy rate.
The country has about 70 higher educational institutions, including state universities in each of the regional centers, as well as representative offices of major international institutions of higher education. Among them are Westminster International University, Moscow State University, Russian University of Oil and Gas, Singapore Institute of Development and Management, Turin Polytechnic University, and INHA University in Tashkent. A branch of US Webster University is expected to open its doors in 2018. The country has a state education program, the “Istedod” Foundation, which finances scholarship programs at leading universities in the world for Uzbek students.
TRADE, EXPORT, INVESTMENT
The task of stimulating the production and processing of industrial goods within the country, which is included among the most important priorities of Uzbekistan’s new economic policy, is complex. To solve it, the government took steps in several key areas simultaneously.
First of all, measures to develop trade and economic relations with its main strategic partners have been introduced. During President Mirziyoyev’s first visit to Kazakhstan, 75 trade contracts worth more than $ 1 billion were signed. Also, the trade turnover with Russia grew by more than 250% (to about $5 billion) in 2017, and a total of 50 contracts were signed during the Uzbek president’s April visit to Moscow, totaling over $16 billion. More than 100 contracts have been signed with China for a total of more than $23 billion, and 30 new contracts have also been signed with Turkey, totaling $3.5 billion. Such activity indicates an unprecedented expansion of trade, which the Uzbek government intends to continue further.
Secondly, active work has begun to increase non-oil exports. In the first years of Uzbekistan’sindependence, the share of raw materials in the country’s exports exceeded 70%, but today it is no greater than a quarter of total supplies abroad. With a thirtyfold increase in total exports over the past 2.0 years, export of automobiles increased twelvefold, mineral fertilizers elevenfold, and yarn nearly 4.5-fold. Numerous tax, customs, and other benefits have been introduced to support export- oriented enterprises.
Finally, a new investment program has been adopted. Among other steps, the program outlines 199 priority projects, which have attracted $4.5 billion worth of foreign direct investments, corresponding to more than 20% growth of this indicator. In total, there are more than 5,000 foreign investor companies working in Uzbekistan.
FREE ECONOMIC ZONES
Free economic zones (FEZ) are a basic element of the economic infrastructure of Uzbekistan created to attract investment in modern production facilities. Today, the country boasts 14 FEZs that host a total of 62 projects with a total cost of about $500 million. Over $270 million is foreign direct investment. Another 137 projects worth about $1 billion, including $206 million of FDI, are in the implementation phase.
In the fall of last year, the government of Uzbekistan consolidated the tax and customs regimes for all participants of the FEZs, granting them a privileged status for three to 10 years, depending on the amount invested. In particular, they received exemption from payment of a number of taxes, including land tax and corporate income tax, mandatory contributions to state funds, customs duties on equipment, commodities, materials and components imported from abroad for the implementation of local projects, provided that they are not produced in Uzbekistan.
WHERE TO INVEST
Investors are offered a wide range of opportunities to invest in a large number of industries, the development of which should contribute to further diversification of the Uzbek economy, speeding up the pace and quality of its growth. Among them are:
A new program intended to further develop the pharmaceutical industry in Uzbekistan in 2016—2020 spells out the main tax incentives for manufacturers of medicinal products in the country. In addition, seven new pharmaceutical industrial zones have been established in Uzbekistan in accordance with President Mirziyoyev’s decree. Among them are Boysun Pharm in the Surkhandarya region; Bustonlik Pharm, Parkent Pharm and Kosonsoy Pharm in the Tashkent region; Zaamin Pharm in the Djizak region; Syrdarya Pharm in the the Syrdarya region; and Nukus Pharm in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. A number of large investment projects have already been implemented or planned, including the setting up or expansion of the production of medicines for children, disposable medical instruments and systems, etc.
Uzbekistan s traditionally strong position in the production of cotton and other raw materials creates a strong base for the development of the textile, clothing, and knitting industry in the country. With the aim of creating capacities for the production of finished products based on cotton fiber and silk, including export-oriented production, three-year tax and customs privileges have been introduced for industry investors since 2017. In the next two years, Uzbekistan will implement several large investment projects, including the creation of textile hubs in the Jondor region in the vicinity of Bukhara, worth more than $65 million, as well as similar production facilities using Denov cotton (cotton yarn, sewed and knit wear) and in the Jizah region (more than $20 million each).
In December 2016, President Mirziyoyev signed a decree on measures to ensure accelerated development of tourism, with unprecedented measures planned for Uzbekistan to develop the tourism industry in the country. In practice, we are talking about the transition to qualitatively i new government policies to regulate this j industry. Among the goals and priorities ] identified in the document are the removal of all ; barriers to the development of tourism, including visa, registration procedures, and measures j of passport and customs control; measures to ensure tourist safety; expansion of cooperation with international and national organizations in the tourism sector; and accelerated development of modern tourist infrastructure facilities in various regions of the country, first and foremost, hotel businesses, transport and logistics, com¬munication networks, etc.
Measures to support the industry include, among others, the extension of a preferential tax regime to tourism operators and investors. The largest investment projects to be implemented in the next two years include the construction and reconstruction of tourist attractions in Samarkand and Bukhara, as well as the construction of a new year-round sports and entertainment facility in Chimgan in the Tashkent region.
The program of chemical industry development until zozo plans for a deep modernization of the industry in order to expand the range of products and increase the degree of processing of raw materials. To this end, 23 projects with a total value of about $2.7 billion are expected to be implemented. In particular, it is planned to create 15 new production facilities for the production of PVC, tires, conveyor belts, agricultural machinery, soot, potassium sulfate, synthetic detergents, potassium hydroxide, and other products.
Thanks to the measures taken in the last 25 years, Uzbekistan has developed a sophisticated food industry, established production of almost all types of food, and created processing facilities. Today, the industry has almost 10,000 enterprises producing more than 3,000 kinds of food products.
The program for the development of the food industry until 2020 sees the implementation of 180 projects worth a total of about $600 million. It also provides for the establishment of 14 trade and logistics centers in the regions specializing in the storage, processing, and export of fruit and vegetable products.
Manufacture Of Construction Materials
The construction materials industry of Uzbekistan is represented by more than 4,000 enterprises that produce about 50 kinds of construction materials. It not only plays an important role in the country’s economy, but it also has significant export potential. Increasing the production of high-quality competitive products from local raw materials to meet the growing needs of the domestic market and exports is an urgent step for this industry’s development.
The largest investment projects for the next two years include the production of architectural and construction glass in the Bukhara region, which is a $ ioo-million project; bathroom fixtures in the Tashkent region; heat insulation materials and basalt reinforcement in the Navoi region; as well as porcelain ceramic products in the Fergana region ($20 million each).
An automotive hub'uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is Central Asia's only manufacturer of a comprehensive range of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The country's automotive industry, with its 85+ affiliated plants, has more than 200 partners abroad and employs over 24,000 people.
UZAVTOSANOAT - Established in 1993 by decree of the country’s first president, Islam Karimov, Uzavtosanoat is Uzbekistan’s national holding company that unites the republic’s leading automobile assembly companies and local component makers.
In 2017 Uzavtosanoat plants turned out more than 140,600 cars versus 93,000 in 2016.
The group’s largest car assembly plants are:
GM Uzbekistan - a joint venture of Uzavtosanoat (75%) and GM (25%) founded in 2008. The company produces over 250,000 Ravon- and Chevrolet-badged cars and mini trucks a year. Model range: Damas, Labo, Matiz, Spark, Nexia, Cobalt, Lacetti/Gentra, Captiva, Malibu, Orlando.
Asaka Automobile Plant
(Ravon tyatiz, Ravon Gentra, Ravon Nexia, Ravon R2, Ravon R4)
Tashkent, Automobile Plant
(Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu 2, Chevrolet Captiva)
Ifhotezm Automobile Plant
(Chevrolet Damas, Chevrolet Labo, Chevrolet Orlando)
Total headcount: 11,000
The Samarkand-based SamAutо commercial vehicle maker produces buses and trucks under the SAZ and Isuzu brands. The company is a joint venture founded in 1999 by Uzavtosanoat (58%) and Asaka Bank (26%) (Uzbekistan), Itochu Corporation (8%), and Isuzu Motors (8%) (Japan).
Production capacity: 4,000 units a year. Headcount: 980
JV MAN Auto Uzbekistan is a joint venture of Uzavtosanoat (51%) and German MAN Truck&Bus founded in 2009. The company manufactures, sells domestically, exports, and offers aftersales support for MAN equipment - trucks and chassis with a gross weight of over 16 tons, truck tractors, dump trucks, trailers, truck cranes, and specialized vehicles. Production capacity: 4,000 units a year. Headcount: over 300.
(Source: BRICS №2(20).2018 magazine)
Uzbekistan: Goods and services in consumer market of Uzbekistan increases by 0.8% in May
In May 2018, goods and services in the consumer market of Uzbekistan increased by an average 0.8%. Prices for goods for the month increased by an average of 0.4%, services - by 2.1%, the Uzbek State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.
In May 2018, the trend of outstripping growth in prices and tariffs for services in comparison with goods, which manifested itself in April 2018, remained.
Analysis of the effect of price changes on major groups over the past period showed that the increase in prices for goods ensured the increase in the composite consumer price index (CPI) by 0.3 percentage points (pp), services by 0.5 percentage points.
Foodstuffs increased by 0.2% on average over the month, which ensured a 0.1% increase in the CPI.
Of the main groups of food products, the leader in growth and decrease in prices belongs, respectively, to fruit (4.8% growth) and vegetables (a decrease of 13.6%)
Of the other food products, the most significant is the increase in prices for soft drinks - by 0.9% and eggs - by 0.4%.
The level of average prices for other types of food products has not changed significantly.
In May this year, relative stabilization of the growth rates of prices for non-food products has remained. Over the month, prices for them increased by 0.6%, which led to an increase in the CPI by 0.2 pp.
The increase in prices for products of JSC JV UzBAT A.O. led to an increase in prices for tobacco products sold to the population.
The change in the market in the fuel and lubricants market and the resulting increase in stock quotes led to an increase in the prices of propane and methane sold to the population through a network of gas stations (5.3% and 0.9%, respectively).
Of other types of non-food products, there was an increase in the prices of footwear and car parts - by 0.5%, clothes, kitchen utensils and appliances, communication equipment, printed products – by 0.4%, basic household goods and electrical appliances, carpets and carpets - by 0.2%. Along with this, on average 1.8% of TVs fell in price due to lower prices by domestic producers.
In May, services for the population on average became more expensive by 2.1%. This ensured the growth of the consolidated CPI by 0.5 pp.
Tariffs for housing and communal services for the population for the month increased by 2.3% on average.
It should be noted that the fee for cold water supply and the sewage system increased in May of this year in all regions, except Navoi region, where this increase occurred in March. The most significant increase in fees was in Tashkent - by 22.4% and Kashkadarya region - by 20.4%, the lowest in the Syrdarya and Namangan regions - by 7.0% and 7.4%,
The changed tariffs for heating and hot water supply for the population have also been put into effect since May on the basis of declarations of increase of contractual tariffs of the territorial heat supply organizations "Issiklik manbai". The most significant was the growth of tariffs for heating and hot water supply in Jizzakh region (by 34.6% and 34.5%, respectively) and in Khorezm region (both tariffs increased by 22.7%). Minimal increase was in Samarkand region (both tariffs grew by 4.3%). In Navoi region, tariffs have risen since March 2018.
The contributions of members of private homeowners’ associations for the maintenance of common property increased in six regions, with the most significant growth being in Surkhandarya region - an average of 1.7 times, and least of all in Syrdarya region (on average 1.8%)
Passenger transport services for the month became more expensive by 2.3%.
Based on the decisions of the khokims of Andijan, Namangan, Samarkand regions and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the fare paid for in city buses was increased in these regions. In Andijan and Namangan regions, the growth was 66.7%, Samarkand - 33.3%, the Republic of Karakalpakstan - 28.6%.
The reason for the decrease in the cost of travel in long-distance trains (for the month by 9.3%) was the depreciation of the Swiss franc relative to the national currency and a decrease in the indexation coefficient to the base tariff in several directions.
Airplane tickets on average became cheaper by 3.0%, which is due to the depreciation of the euro against the national currency.
Household services for the month became more expensive by 1.0%.
Of the other services of this group, prices and tariffs for bath and shower services increased by 2.9%, paid parking lots by 1.8%, repair of electrical equipment and housing by 1.0%.
Hotel services have become more expensive due to the increase in some regions of the cost of living in rooms. In such traditional centers of tourism of the republic, as Samarkand and Khorezm regions, this growth was noticeable (by 18.8% and 17.2%, respectively), while in Andijan region the increase was only 2.0%.
Meeting in Doha
On June 3, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Minister of Foreign Affairs AbdulazizKamilov, who was on a working visit to Qatar, met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammеd bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
The state and prospects of bilateral relations in political, trade-economic, investment, tourism, cultural and humanitarian spheres, interaction of the parties within the framework of international structures were discussed.
The foreign ministers confirmed mutual interest in developing Uzbekistan – Qatar cooperation, giving it a multifaceted nature. In this context, the sides noted the importance of activating contacts at various levels and formats, including regular inter-MFA political consultations, which will help to identify the most promising areas and focus on them.
During the exchange of views on international and regional issues, the sides paid special attention to issues of cooperation in implementing important initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on establishment of Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand, the Center for Islamic Civilization and the Islamic Academy in Tashkent.
The ministers also discussed the implementation of Tashkent Declaration adopted on March 27, 2018 at the international conference on peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, which was attended by the delegation of Qatar.
Other current issues were also considered at the meeting.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
New University to Train Journalists
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on May 24 on the formation of the University of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The document notes that today there are more than 1,500 mass media in the country, but in this sphere there is still no basic educational institution.
And for in-depth study of the features of journalism in the era of globalization, its historical progress, the current state and prospects, it was decided to establish a University of Journalism and Mass Communications in the system of higher and secondary special education of Uzbekistan.
Applicants will be accepted on the basis of test and creative examination (interview).
Starting from the new academic year, the Faculty of Journalism of the National University of Uzbekistan and the Faculty of International Journalism of the Uzbek State University of World Languages, as well as masters, in particular, to the Higher School of Journalism at the National University of Uzbekistan cease to admit students. In addition, those studying at these faculties will finish their studies in their existing universities.
And from 2019/2020 academic year, the quota for admission to the undergraduate and graduate programs for the new university will be determined in accordance with the annual order of distribution of quotas.
It is established that in the new institution the minimum norm of the ratio “teacher-student” is 1:6. And a 30 percent addendum will be added to the basic salary rates of the faculty.
By June 15 this year, the university should form departments, faculties and divisions. In accordance with the established procedure, the university should be provided with qualified professors and teachers, and foreign scientists and educators should be invited to teach and share expertise.
Sources of funding for the university are those from the national budget of Uzbekistan, funds from training on a contract tuition fee basis, sponsorship, scholarships of international financial organizations, among others.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)