DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 114
Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan
June 12, 2018
VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA.. 1
Information Report following the Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Member States. 1
Mutual trust and benefit are the basis of universal success. 4
Uzbekistan to mark Eid ul-Fitr on 15-17 June. 6
Hyundai Factory to Emerge in Uzbekistan. 7
International relationships. 7
Meeting with OSCE Secretary General 7
Meeting with the EU delegation. 8
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 8
Some of the facilities and territories of Uzbekistan, which may be attractive for tourists, have been excluded from the list of forbidden sites. 8
VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO CHINA
Information Report following the Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Member States
(On 9-10 June 2018, Qingdao)
PRC, hosted a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (CHS SCO).
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The meeting was chaired by President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.
The meeting was also attended by SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS) Yevgeny Sysoyev.
Taking part in the event were President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga, as well as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Lim Jock Hoi, Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergei Lebedev, Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Yuri Khachaturov, Executive Director of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Gong Jianwei, Chairman of the Collegium of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sarkisyan, Vice President of the World Bank Victoria Kwakwa, and IMF Department Director Changyong Rhee.
The Heads of the Member States considered the implementation of the results of the 2017 Astana Summit and priorities for further SCO development in the context of current processes in world politics and economy. The parties' coordinated positions have been reflected in the Qingdao Declaration that was adopted at the meeting.
It was stated that the Member States were firmly committed to the goals and principles of the SCO Charter and, guided by the Shanghai Spirit, were continuing to address the tasks outlined in the SCO Development Strategy until 2025. It was noted that the SCO had asserted itself as a unique, influential and authoritative regional organization whose potential had grown remarkably following the accession of India and Pakistan.
The intention was reaffirmed to continue strengthening practical interaction in the political, security, trade and economic areas, including finance, investment, transport, energy, agriculture, as well as cultural and humanitarian ties. A Plan of Action for 2018-2022 to implement the Treaty on Long-Term Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation between SCO Member States was approved.
In the context of an exchange of views on current international and regional problems, the need was stressed to build up joint security and stability efforts in the SCO space and to facilitate the emergence of international relations of a new type and a common vision of the idea of creating the Community of Shared Future for Mankind.
The Member States consistently advocate the settlement of crises in Afghanistan, Syria, the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula, as well as other regional conflicts within the framework of generally accepted norms and principles of international law. They noted the importance of the steady implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme.
The Member States reaffirm their resolute support for UN efforts to ensure international peace and security. They noted the need for reaching a consensus on adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism and supported the Republic of Kazakhstan's initiative at the UN to promote the Code of Conduct to Achieve a World Free of Terrorism.
The heads of the Member States took note of the intention of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan to become non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The SCO's coordinated policy of waging an effective fight against challenges and threats to security remains unchanged. Practical interaction in this area will be facilitated by the adopted Programme of Cooperation between the SCO Member States in Opposing Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2019-2021. A special role in implementation is assigned to the SCO RATS.
The participants praised the results of the International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism (Dushanbe, 3-4 May 2018) that became an important venue for interaction between the parties on said issues.
The Heads of the Member States are in favour of launching a comprehensive effort to promote the spiritual and moral education of youth and prevent their involvement in destructive activities. In this connection, they adopted the Joint Appeal to Young People and the Programme of Action to implement the provisions. They also supported the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to approve a special UN General Assembly resolution on Education and Religious Tolerance.
The Member States will further promote cooperation in the fight against illegal drug trafficking based on the SCO Antidrug Strategy and the Programme of Action to implement this strategy as well as the Concept to Prevent the Abuse of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
The SCO continues to contribute to broad-based and mutually beneficial cooperation in the area of information security and to the development of universal international rules, standards and principles for the responsible conduct of states in the information space.
The SCO Member States reaffirmed their commitment to the central role of the United Nations in implementing the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. They stressed the importance of improving global economic governance architecture and of consistently strengthening and developing the multilateral trade system with a nucleus in the World Trade Organisation in order to form an open world economy.
The SCO is seeking to create favourable conditions for trade and investment and to define joint approaches to simplifying trade procedures, incentivising e-trade, and developing the service industry and trade in services. Efforts will continue to support micro-, small- and medium-size businesses and to promote transport, energy and agricultural cooperation.
The participants supported the initiative to hold the first meeting of SCO railway administration heads in Uzbekistan.
To draw more attention to environmental issues, the Member States adopted the SCO Concept on Environmental Protection. They have also continued working on the draft programme of cooperation between the SCO member states on food security.
Tajikistan's initiatives on the International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028 and the high-level international conference on this subject (Dushanbe, June 20-22, 2018) were appreciated.
The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirmed their support for China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and approved the efforts to jointly implement it, including the coordination of the development of the Eurasian Economic Union and BRI.
The leaders of the Member States support using the potential of the regional countries, international organisations and multilateral associations to form a broad, open, mutually beneficial and equal partnership in the SCO space.
The newly-established SCO Regional Heads' Forum will contribute to the development of interregional cooperation. The plan is to hold the first meeting of the Forum in 2018 in Chelyabinsk (Russian Federation).
Efforts will continue to achieve the full potential of the SCO Business Council and the SCO Interbank Association.
The participants reaffirmed the position in favour of further strengthening of practical cooperation in the banking and financial sectors and continuing to search for common approaches to the establishment of the Development Bank of the SCO and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account).
Reaffirming the special role of humanitarian cooperation in strengthening mutual understanding, trust and friendship among peoples, the leaders of the Member States spoke in favour of developing multifaceted cooperation in culture, education, science and technology, healthcare, tourism and sport.
They underlined the commitment to enhance multidisciplinary cooperation with observer states and partners in the SCO dialogue, as well as with international and regional organisations.
The participants adopted the Joint Statement of the Heads of State on Trade Facilitation and the Declaration of the Heads of State on the Joint Countering of the Threat of Epidemics in the SCO Space. A joint action plan was signed for the implementation of the SCO Cooperation Programme in tourism for 2019-2020, a Memorandum of Understanding on promoting micro-, small- and medium-sized business cooperation within the SCO, the Regulations for Information Interaction for 24-hour contact points using the channels of the CENcomm RILO-Moscow online platform, and the Memorandum on the exchange of information on transboundary movements of ozone-depleting substances and hazardous waste.
The participants heard and approved a report by the SCO Secretary-General on SCO activities over the past year, and a report by the Council of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure on the activities of RATS in 2017.
The Council of Heads of the SCO Member States appointed Vladimir Norov (Republic of Uzbekistan) as Secretary-General of the SCO and Dzhumakhon Giyosov (Republic of Tajikistan) as Director of the Executive Committee of RATS from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.
Since the summit in Astana (June 8-9, 2017), the following high-level events have been held:
a meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) (Sochi, 30 November — 1 December 2017); a meeting of the SCO National Security Council Secretaries (May 21-22 2018); an extraordinary and regular meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (New York, 20 September 2017; Beijing, 24 April 2018); a meeting of the SCO Council of National Coordinators (Yangzhou City, Moscow, Beijing, August 2017 — June 2018); meetings of the Council of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (Beijing, 17 September 2017; Tashkent, 5 April 2018); a meeting of the Heads of Border Services of Competent Authorities of SCO Member States (Dalian, 29 June 2017); a SCO meeting of Heads of Emergency Prevention and Relief Agencies (Cholpon-Ata, 24-25 August 2017); a meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the SCO member states (Tashkent, 20 October 2017); a meeting of Chairpersons of the Supreme Courts of the SCO Member States (Tashkent, 25-27 October 2017; Beijing, 25 May 2018); a meeting of the Heads of SCO Member States Services in Charge of Ensuring Sanitary and Epidemiological Wellbeing (Sochi, 31 October 2017); a meeting of the SCO ministers responsible for foreign economic and foreign trade activities (Moscow, 15 November 2017); a meeting of the Prosecutor Generals of the SCO (St Petersburg, 29 November 2017); a Conference of the Heads of Ministries and Agencies of Science and Technology (Moscow, 18-21 April 2018); the SCO Forum (Astana, 4-5 May 2018), a meeting of the heads of national tourist administrations (Wuhan, 7-11 May 2018); a Defence Ministers' Meeting (Beijing, 24 April 2018); a meeting of the Ministers of Culture (Sanya City, 15 May 2018); a meeting of the Heads of the SCO Counternarcotics Agencies (17 May 2018); the SCO Women's Forum (Beijing, 15-17 May 2018); the SCO Media Forum (Beijing, 1 June 2018); a meeting of the Board of the SCO Business Council (Beijing, 6 June 2018); and a meeting of the Council of the SCO Interbank Association (Beijing, 5-7 June 2018), as well as other events at various levels.
The leaders of the Member States praised the work done by the People's Republic of China during its Presidency of the SCO and expressed gratitude to China for its hospitality and the quality of the organising of the summit in Qingdao.
The Kyrgyz Republic is taking over the Presidency of the organisation. The next meeting of the Council of the SCO Heads of State will be held in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2019.
Mutual trust and benefit are the basis of universal success
On June 8-10, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in the city of Qingdao.
Within the framework of the summit on June 9, the leaders of the SCO member states held a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings, discussed current issues of regional and international agenda.
The main events of the summit were held on June 10. First, the heads of states held a meeting in a narrow format.
The meeting, chaired by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, was attended by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
Such current issues as comprehensive development of relations, expansion of economic and investment partnership between the SCO member states, intensification of cooperation in the spheres of innovations, high technologies and transport communications, and environmental protection were discussed at the meeting.
Heads of states noted fruitful and successful activities of China during the chairmanship in the SCO, emphasized that over the past year more than 100 events were held with participation of heads of various ministries and departments of the member states, important results were achieved in their course.
The Council’s meeting at the expanded format, along with member states, was attended by the heads of delegations of countries with the status of observers and dialogue partner, as well as international organizations.
The sides exchanged views on prospective areas of the SCO development, important regional and international problems. Issues of expansion of economic and investment partnership, intensification of cooperation in transport and communication sphere and other aspects of multilateral cooperation were discussed.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed the summit.
The Heads of states approved the Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov to the post of the SCO Secretary-General, representative of Tajikistan Jumakhon Giyosov – to the post of Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.
Following the Summit, the Qingdao Declaration was adopted.
The Heads of states also approved the Program of cooperation of the SCO member states in countering terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2019-2021 and the Action Plan for 2018-2022 on implementation of provisions of the Treaty on long-term good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation of the SCO member states, signed 17 documents.
One of the important events of the summit became the adoption, at the proposal of the President of Uzbekistan, of a Joint Appeal of the Heads of States of the SCO to Youth.
The chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was transferred to the Kyrgyz Republic.
At a meeting with mass media representatives, it was noted that the Qingdao SCO summit was fruitful, the signed documents will contribute to further development of the organization, rapprochement of countries and people of the region.
In general, the Qingdao summit opened up new opportunities for the SCO.
Within the framework of the SCO summit, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held meetings with the heads of several states.
At the meeting with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin it was noted that relations of strategic partnership and alliance with Russia are a constant course of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.
The current rate and scale of bilateral relations is evidenced by the fact that over the past year 70 mutual visits and 21 interregional meetings have been held. In the first quarter of this year, the volume of trade between our countries has increased by more than 40 percent, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
After your last year’s visit to Russia, our relations have gained new momentum. As a result of creation of a “green corridor” on your initiative, the volume of fruit and vegetable deliveries from Uzbekistan increased by almost 36 percent. Large investment projects are being implemented with participation of leading Russian companies, said Vladimir Putin.
The sides exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
The President of China noted that PRC attaches great importance to full-scale strategic partnership and multi-format cooperation with Uzbekistan.
The President of Uzbekistan congratulated the Head of China on successful chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Qingdao Summit, organized at a high-level.
Relations between Uzbekistan and China are consistently developing in all important areas. In 2017, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $5 billion.
At the meeting, issues of further expansion of interaction in economy, trade, investment, transport communications, high technologies and other spheres were discussed.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also met with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated people of India on joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and participation in the SCO Summit as a full member.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of agreements reached earlier and outline the prospects of cooperation.
Narendra Modi expressed sincere gratitude for the support provided by Uzbekistan in India’s entry into the SCO. He emphasized that this would open up new opportunities for development of cooperation with Uzbekistan both at bilateral and regional levels.
At the meeting, issues of further expansion of Uzbekistan – India cooperation in trade, economic, financial, investment, innovation and humanitarian spheres were discussed. Possibilities of implementation of prospective projects on information technologies, medicine, pharmaceutics, tourism and other areas were considered.
The sides exchanged views on current issues of international politics and regional cooperation.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated Mamnoon Hussain on Pakistan’s accession to Shanghai Cooperation Organization and noted that this will serve to further strengthening relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
At the meeting, issues of development of cooperation in trade, economy, agriculture, textile industry and other spheres were discussed.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held negotiations with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in Qingdao.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that people of Uzbekistan are interested in establishing a stable peace in brotherly neighboring Afghanistan.
We are pleased that after the conference, held this year in Tashkent, worldwide active efforts began on settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. Everyone understands that the only way to achieve this is dialogue. This meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on this issue, discuss important issues for our countries, said the President of Uzbekistan.
Ashraf Ghani noted the recently intensified political dialogue between the two countries.
I would like to especially note the rapid pace of implementation of the agreements reached within my visit to Uzbekistan. I express my deep gratitude on behalf of our people and government for holding a major forum on Afghanistan. Your personal attention to this issue has created conditions for development of political decisions, said the President of Afghanistan.
At the meeting, current issues of further development of political, trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian ties between the two countries, strengthening regional security were discussed.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed.
The Head of the state noted that over the past two years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN has become active, filled with practical content. The visits of representative delegations of the United Nations to Uzbekistan, a consistent implementation of the plan of practical measures on further development of cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights were noted.
Amina Mohammed recalled with satisfaction the participation of the President of Uzbekistan in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, highly appreciated the concrete efforts of Uzbekistan on expanding and strengthening regional cooperation, assisting in restoration of Afghanistan. It was noted that the international conference held in Tashkent on Afghanistan drew attention of the entire international community to this issue.
At the meeting, views were exchanged on implementation of the agreements reached earlier. Important directions for further cooperation were discussed in the course of negotiations with the leaders of various UN delegations.
Uzbekistan to mark Eid ul-Fitr on 15-17 June
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On celebration of Ramadan Hait” on 11 June, in line with which 15-17 June is announced as holiday in Uzbekistan.
The document was adopted taking into account role and importance of Eid ul-Fitr in spiritual life of Uzbekistan, preserving and praising national-spiritual values.
According to the document, first day of Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan month, falls to 15 June. In order to mark the holiday widely, Uzbek leader announced 15-17 June as holiday in Uzbekistan.
Hyundai Factory to Emerge in Uzbekistan
During his trip to the Namangan region on May 2-3, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the province has no large production enterprises and that a project is pending to build an automobile plant.
Many did not expect this good news to come to life so quickly. Twenty days after the trip, the first steps were taken to implement the next major project in the automotive industry of our country: President of Evergreen Motors Group of the Republic of Korea Kim Chang Kyong arrived in the Namangan region to hold talks on this matter.
At the meeting with the hokim of the region Khairullo Bozorov, the sides noted that the social, economic, scientific and technical cooperation established between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea has seen considerable consolidation.
“The visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Korea last November helped open a new page in the relations between the two countries,” Kim Chang Kyong said. “During the business forum that took place during the visit, the head of your state spoke with representatives of Korean companies operating in Uzbekistan, instructed Uzbek officials to solve some of the existing problems. This further strengthened the intentions of entrepreneurs cooperating with Uzbekistan. In your country, there are ample opportunities for making investments, exporting products, developing tourism. This project for the production of Hyundai cars will be one of the fruits of our long-term cooperation.”
At the presentation, which was held with the participation of representatives of corresponding spheres, information was given on the project, according to which the company will assemble trucks with a carrying capacity from 1 to 50 tons, as well as intercity, international and tourist buses, special vehicles.
At first, 8-20 vehicles a day, 1,000 units a year will be produced. Within three years, this figure will be brought to 3 thousand, that is, 2 thousand trucks and 1 thousand buses. At first the spare parts will be imported from the Republic of Korea, and then, in accordance with the localization program for three years, the production of spare parts will be gradually mastered in Namangan.
With the launch of this enterprise, about 100 new jobs will be created, and in the future it is planned to bring them up to 6,000. The delegation members visited the sites recommended for the construction of the plant and familiarized themselves with the existing conditions.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Meeting with OSCE Secretary General
On June 11, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the delegation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, led by Secretary General Thomas Greminger.
T.Greminger and members of the delegation arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in the international conference “On the role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism”, organized jointly with the OSCE.
During the conversation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the sides confirmed their interest in continuing and developing cooperation in all three dimensions.
As it was noted, the ongoing reforms of the system of state governance and administration, as well as their openness to dialogue with citizens, have already brought Uzbekistan to a fundamentally new level of political development and open specific opportunities for expanding cooperation with the OSCE.
The interlocutors emphasized the urgency of the theme of the international conference that opened today in Tashkent, which is held within the framework of the initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, announced at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017. The future, and the welfare of the planet depends on youth, the number of whom is two billion.
At the meeting views were also exchanged on regional issues in the context of the results of the international conference on Afghanistan held in Tashkent on March 26-27.
The OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, John MacGregor, participated in the negotiations.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Meeting with the EU delegation
On June 12, 2018, a meeting with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian and Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
At the meeting, the state and prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union in various formats were discussed.
Special attention was paid to the draft new EU Strategy for Central Asia and expansion of cooperation in “Uzbekistan – EU” format.
The sides exchanged views on the beginning of negotiations on the renewed bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
The EU representatives highly appreciated the progress of the international conference “On the role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism”, being held on June 11-12.
Current issues of the international and regional agenda were also considered at the meeting.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
Some of the facilities and territories of Uzbekistan, which may be attractive for tourists, have been excluded from the list of forbidden sites
Now the following territories have become available for visiting:
• the Radio Astronomy Complex (RT - 70) on the Suffa plateau and the surrounding area of the Zaamin district in Jizzakh region;
• within Jizzakh region: the Guralashsai locality, the road from the Zaamin sanatorium through the Suffa plateau and the Kyzylmazar tract to the village of Muzbulak;
• within Kashkadarya region: the Tamerlane cave in the Kalasai gorge, Tashkurgan village:
• traces of dinosaurs in the Kalasai gorge, the waterfall in the Kalasai gorge, the Suvtushar waterfall, the villages of Javuz, Gilan, Kul, the Khaja-Karshavar plateau, the Janka lake, the Severtsev glacier, the Hazrat Sultan shrine.
This measure helps attract foreign tourists, increase the number of visited areas for travel and boost the attractiveness of our country for potential tourists.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)