DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #109
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
of the Republic of Uzbekistan
June 5, 2018
Sharifjon Tursunov appointed to post of chairman of board of Uztransgaz. 1
Tashkent City to be built within 4 years. 1
International relationships. 2
Tashkent to host ADB Summit in 2019. 2
Uzbekistan directs 3,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. 2
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 2
The Uzbek government has approved the concept of development of the free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak. 2
Sharifjon Tursunov appointed to post of chairman of board of Uztransgaz
A new chairman of the board of the company, Uztransgaz, which deals with the transportation, storage and sale of gas, gas condensate and oil, was appointed.
Sharifjon Tursunov was appointed to the post of chairman of the board of Uztransgaz. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Justice.
At this post, he replaced Alisher Mustafayev.
Tashkent City to be built within 4 years
The entire process from design to complete commissioning of the International Business Center (IDC) Tashkent City will be completed within 4 years. This was reported by the press service of the Directorate of IDC Tashkent city.
The project is divided into two stages: a congress hall with a hotel, part of residential buildings and a park zone, will be built in the first place (2.5 years), Tashkent City said in a statement.
The priority is construction of the Congress Hall, where the foundation work is already underway. At other sites, the processes of settling and demolition of existing buildings are being completed.
The khokimiyat of Shayhontohur region took upon itself the obligation to provide the living space with resettled families. Investors have begun detailed design of buildings and infrastructure in selected areas.
IDC Tashkent City is the most large-scale town-planning project, which has been implemented in Uzbekistan over the past decades. Tashkent City is being built in the center of Tashkent between the streets of Alisher Navoi, Olmazor, Furkat and Islam Karimov on an area of 80 hectares.
Experts from ARUP (UK, developer of the architectural concept), Cushman and Wakefield (USA, developer of the commercial concept), SF Landscape Architecture (Italy, developer of the landscape concept), Prime Tower Group (Uzbekistan, general designer) and Discover Invest (Uzbekistan, general contractor) were attracted to the project.
Tashkent City must become the flagship of the capital, where business and society, expats and local professionals, tourists and residents of Tashkent interact.
In accordance with the project, “A” class residential complexes with underground parking lots, a kindergarten, an international school, SPA centers, a shopping center with an area of 181,008 m², several multi-purpose high-rise buildings, a five-star hotel, a congress- hall and exhibition center, a financial center of 4 high-rise office buildings and a pedestrian street in the style of the old city. surrounded by low-rise buildings, will be constructed.
The heart of the project will be a green park, which will be open not only for the residents of the IDC Tashkent City, but also for all residents and visitors of the capital.
At the moment, work has begun on the concept of the park zone and public areas in general. The concept will include not only landscape design, but first of all a plan for using the territory, taking into account the established traditions of Tashkent and modern trends in programming public spaces.
Tashkent to host ADB Summit in 2019
On May 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Washington in cooperation with the American-Uzbek Chamber of Commerce and its member companies organized a round table with the participation of the Asian Development Bank's North America office.
The sides discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and infrastructure as well as investment projects to be implemented in Central Asia.
So far, ADB financed over 60 projects in Uzbekistan with a total value of $ 17 billion.
According to Director of the Central and West Asia Department of the ADB, Uzbekistan is the second major recipient of loans, grants and technical assistance to ADB after Pakistan.
The bank reinforces this interest with specific financial resources: it is expected to allocate more than $ 1 billion for new projects in improving the efficiency of railways, providing water, energy efficiency and other initiatives.
The representative of the bank separately focused on the projects implemented under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program, which, as part of 11 countries in the region, is implementing ADB projects aimed at accelerating economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.
At the end of the" round table ", the ADB representatives considered the possibility of holding the annual meeting of the Finance Ministers of the structure in 2019 in Tashkent, which is planned to be combined with the summit of the heads of state of the bank-for the first time in the history of ADB.
Uzbekistan directs 3,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan
The Government of Uzbekistan handed over over 3,000 tonnes of food wheat to the Afghan people as humanitarian aid, Dunyo news agency reported.
The Agency strated that humanitarian aid has been provided to assist Afghanistan affected by the drought.
Today, the Uzbek side has transferred humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the special representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev flew to Afghanistan.
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
The Uzbek government has approved the concept of development of the free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak
Experts note that the Tashkent region today has a significant tourist potential, which is primarily due to the unique natural conditions that allow for developing virtually all types of tourism. In particular, the region has everything necessary for the development of mountain and extreme tourism, including mountaineering, snowboarding, aeronautics, cycling, motor sport, as well as environmental, rural, pilgrimage and gastronomic tourism.
Not far from the capital is Charvak reservoir, on the shore of which there are numerous boarding houses, recreation areas and children’s summer sports camps. Nearby are the magnificent mountains of the Western Tien Shan with plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, gorges, walnut groves and orchards, included in 2016 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Ugam-Chatkal National Park is home to 230 species of animals, 1,800 types of plants and there are four unique natural lakes - Urungach, Bodak, Shovur and Ihnoj, the Chatkal state biosphere reserve and a number of forestry enterprises operate.
For today in the region there are 120 organizations dealing with leisure of domestic and foreign tourists. The volume of exports of tourism services in the past year exceeded 44 million dollars. Despite this, given the enormous tourist potential and natural resources of the region, these figures, experts say, are rather modest. In the region there is a shortage of accommodation facilities, sanatoriums and recreation areas, underdeveloped tourist infrastructure, low quality and limited number of services provided to tourists.
In the near future several seasonal recreation areas will be created on the territory of Charvak FTZ, each of which will be built up with modern hotel complexes, cultural and entertainment, medical and recreational, trade and other tourist facilities, as well as modern engineering infrastructure.
Work has already started on the territory of Bostanlyk, Parkent and Ahangaran districts to create 162 modern guest houses. For the entertainment of tourists, it is planned to develop a program of demonstrating national customs and traditions, wedding ceremonies and other recreational activities, organizing trips to nature, as well as cultural and historical sites.
It is planned to invite famous local brands, including Macro and Korzinka, as well as foreign ones such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.
Another area will be devoted to the creation of tourist facilities for the provision of services related to beach recreation, water sports, medical, and extreme tourism - paragliders and hang-gliders, the construction of golf courses.
Finally, the authorities will pay attention to the so-called mountain cluster in Chimgan. There will be organized the International Academy of Tourism, children’s ski camps and schools, Aqua Park, Ski Resort, new ski trails and ski lifts, snowboard tracks, ski centers for leisure and entertainment – cinemas, karaoke bars, bowling, entertainment centers.
No less attention is being paid to improving the work of fixed and cellular communication with the expansion of wi-fi zone in places where tourists often stay (Bostanlyk, Parkent, Angren and Yangiabad), increasing the number of ATMs, information kiosks and payment terminals using bank cards.
Conditions will be created for hiking, including around the reservoir, with individual sidewalks along the beaches, as well as bicycle paths and bike parking, and a network of bicycle rental.
To increase the attractiveness of recreation in the new tourist cluster will have to solve the problem of transport accessibility. To this end, experts propose to develop combined passenger transport systems along the route Tashkent-Charvak FTZ and back with the introduction of new routes convenient for passengers.
It is also planned to create special parking lots at the entrance to the territory of the zone for tourists arriving by private vehicles. This will not create unnecessary traffic in the zone where a full-fledged internal public transport network will operate.
In this lot parking places will be provided at differentiated tariffs – high prices for a personal vehicle, free of charge – for public transport and electric vehicles.
The authorities also intend to organize separate corridors for public transport, to create a modern transport infrastructure that meets the requirements of all social groups of the population, to actively use electric vehicles, electric buses and hybrid types of vehicles for passenger transportation.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)