DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 124
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
June 27, 2018
Prospects for development of automotive industry. 1
Tashkent to host “Uzbekistan – 2035” forum.. 1
BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 2
Benefits Stimulating Business. 2
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3
Uzbekistan hosts the first youth forum of Central Asia. 3
International relationships. 3
Meeting at the MFA.. 3
Ambassador of Uzbekistan presents his credentials to the President of Belarus. 3
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 4
Deputies considered draft laws aimed at improving living standards of the population. 4
The UN High Commissioner and students exchanged views. 5
Prospects for development of automotive industry
On June 26, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting dedicated to ensuring production and export indicators in the automotive industry scheduled for the current year and determining prospects for development of the sphere. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
It was noted that automotive industry has an important place in the country’s economy, however, the volumes of production and exports have recently declined. The rooting of corruption, bribery, nepotism at all levels of government in the sphere was criticized.
There are a lot of debt in the system of “Uzavtosanoat” joint-stock company. Several enterprises of the company completed the last year with a loss. For a number of years, the export of cars was carried out at a price below the cost price. In turn, no action was taken to reduce costs.
The Head of the state gave instructions on reducing the cost of production of automotive industry, increasing the level of localization, reducing the volume of imports. The President noted the need for providing industrial enterprises with working capital, improving the system of production and sale of cars in the domestic and foreign markets.
The task was set on development of a concept for further development of the country’s automotive industry.
Special attention was paid to revision of car dealers accommodation and distribution of cars, streamlining the system of selling cars in the domestic market.
Instructions were given to relevant officials on the issues discussed at the meeting.
Tashkent to host “Uzbekistan – 2035” forum
Prospects of the country’s development strategy will be discussed at the forum, which will be held on June 28-29, 2018 at Inha University in Tashkent.
The event is organized by the international non-governmental non-profit organization “Buyuk kelajak” and the Development Strategy Center. Authorized representatives of various ministries and departments, specialists of scientific centers, representatives of diplomatic corps and international experts are expected to attend the event.
Problems of deepening democratic reforms in the system of state and public administration, raising living standards and enhancing social protection of the population, developing agriculture, industry, infrastructure of gas, electricity and heat supply, financial sector, innovation, entrepreneurship, small and medium business, science, tourism, culture, education and human capital.
“Buyuk kelajak” organization was established by our compatriots born in Uzbekistan and for various reasons living, studying and working abroad. It was registered at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan in April this year as an international non-governmental non-profit organization.
This structure has set itself the goal of uniting compatriots living abroad – patriots, wishing to contribute to the development and prosperity of the country, to introduce advanced and innovative ideas into the industrial production and scientific sphere of the country.
Benefits Stimulating Business
The President’s resolution on measures to further stimulate the development and growth of the export potential of the leather and footwear and fur industry is an important guide to action and contributes to creating opportunities for establishing new directions in production and eliminating existing shortcomings.
“The association Uzbekcharmpoyabzali has been transformed into the Association Uzcharmsanoat, its main tasks have been defined,” said Akbar Ruziev, representative of Uzcharmsanoat in Navoi region. “From now on, leatherworking enterprises, companies engaged in the production of fur-bearing raw materials, karakul smuts and wool, their storage and processing, the production of leather goods, and other organizations can voluntarily join this organization. Until 1 January 2023, members of the association are granted tax and customs privileges. In particular, they are exempt from income and property tax, a single tax payment for micro-firms and small enterprises, as well as mandatory contributions to state trust funds, and a number of customs payments.”
In addition, it is important that since June 1 of this year, the requirement to provide a document confirming the origin of its own production has been abolished for the application of the income tax exemption for individuals when selling to corporate entities large and small cattle, tannery, fur and fur goods, astrakhan raw materials and wool. At the same time, the resolution provides for the engagement of foreign specialists to train qualified personnel, retrain them, achieve high quality in production.
Starting from the 2018/2019 academic year, specialists will be trained at the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry majoring in “Technology and Design of Leather and Fur Products”, “Technologies and Equipment: Leather and Fur, Karakul” and “Technologies and Equipment: Shoes and leather goods”.
The Navoi region also outlines specific measures to develop tannery. Large-scale work has been done in this direction over the past two years. In 2018-2019, a total of 7 projects aimed at the development of the industry were implemented in the region.
Slaughterhouses were built in Karmana, Kyzyltepa, Navbahor and Navoi districts, which fully meet sanitary requirements. In modern slaughterhouses, built this year in Nurata and Khatyrchi districts, work is underway to equip them. At all slaughterhouses, control over the observance of cleanliness is established, oversight secures supply of only high-quality meat products to the market. Modern equipment in automated mode performs work on slaughtering cattle, cutting into parts, cleaning. In 2018, the head of the private enterprise Sher Kamol Navoi of the Karmanina district, M. Oblaev, signed a contract with the Ministry of Preschool Education with a total cost of over 3 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 27.06.2018, 1$= 7871.66 soums). Currently, the company, where 7 people received permanent job, provides preschool educational institutions of the region with quality meat.
One of the members of the association is the limited liability company Real Wool Eksport in the town of Ishchilar, engaged in the processing of camel and sheep wool in great demand both in the domestic and foreign markets. This enterprise, established in 2013, is capable of producing 3-3.5 tons of quality products daily. The company exports half-finished wool yarn under the brand “Made in Uzbekistan” to Russia and China.
“Comprehensive support for small business and private entrepreneurship is bearing fruit,” says the head of the enterprise Sh. Korakulov. “Last year we exported products for $ 400 thousand. Automated modern machines are managed by 22 specialists. Our team mainly consists of young people; all conditions for labor and recreation of employees are created.”
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan hosts the first youth forum of Central Asia
Uzbekistan hosts the first youth forum of Central Asia on June 26-30.
The event is being attended by representatives of the councils of Youth Union of Uzbekistan, the youth wing “Zhas Otan” of the Nur Otan Party of Kazakhstan, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports of Kyrgyzstan, the Committee for Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan named after Makhtumkuli.
The main goal of this forum, uniting the youth of fraternal people of the Central Asian countries, is aimed at joint implementation of socially significant projects and programs.
Within the framework of the forum, conferences will be organized on various subjects dedicated to youth life. In particular, roundtable discussions and music programs on “The role of youth in development of science and education”, “Cultural cooperation in the Central Asian region”, “Youth tourism – the main factor of development of Central Asia”, “The role of youth in countering aggressive extremism and radicalism that lead to terrorism” will be held.
The main events of the forum will be held in Tashkent and Samarkand. As a result, it is planned to sign a memorandum between the countries “Cooperation 2019-2021”.
Meeting at the MFA
On June 27, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with prominent American public figure and scientist, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and a Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University Frederick Starr, who is in Uzbekistan with a group of authoritative international researchers.
During the conversation, actual aspects of Uzbekistan – U.S. relations were discussed.
In this context, the results of the first official visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States on May 15-17, 2018 and his talks with President Donald Trump were highly appreciated, their historical significance for further development of cooperation between the two countries was noted.
Frederick Starr, whose book Uzbekistan’s New Face was first introduced to the expert community and public in early May during a briefing at the Atlantic Council in Washington, emphasized the direct relationship between the dynamic and long-term development of Uzbekistan and Central Asia in general.
The American researcher welcomed the unanimous adoption on June 22, by the UN General Assembly of the resolution "Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region", initiated by Uzbekistan, which is another evidence of the support of the world community for the efforts of the countries of the region on jointly solving common problems, ensuring prosperity and well-being of the multimillion population.
At the meeting, views were exchanged on other issues on international and regional agenda.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Ambassador of Uzbekistan presents his credentials to the President of Belarus
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to Belarus Nasirjan Yusupov presented his credentials to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. This was reported by the press service of the head of Belarus.
Lukashenka noted that Uzbekistan and Belarus this year mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
He said that Belarus cherishes the bonds of friendship between the two countries. The President of Belarus greeted the decision of Uzbekistan to open a full-fledged diplomatic mission in Minsk.
"This is an important and timely step, demonstrating the focus on a comprehensive deepening of the dialogue," the Belarusian leader said.
President Alexander Lukashenko offered Uzbekistan the construction of an embassy in Minsk, BelTA reported.
"If you decide to build an embassy building, we can offer a good platform," he added.
Nasirjan Yusupov stressed that the President of Belarus had anticipated the intention of the Uzbek side to build the embassy building in Minsk.
“For us, this is a very flattering proposal, and in the near future we are going to start implementing it. In the beginning, of course, we have to solve some organizational and technical issues,” he added.
The Ambassador underlined that the Belarusian-Uzbek relations are developing quite intensively lately, and there is mutual interest in this. At present, both sides are actively preparing for the forthcoming visit of the Belarusian President to Uzbekistan, which is scheduled for 2018.
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan
Deputies considered draft laws aimed at improving living standards of the population
On June 26, 2018, a regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis was held in Tashkent. Deputies considered a number of draft laws aimed at creating legal framework for ensuring consistency of implementation of reforms in the country in social and economic spheres on the basis of the Action Strategy.
Deputies began their activity with discussing the essence and importance of the resolution "Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asian region" adopted by the UN General Assembly at the Plenary Session on June 22, 2018, which was developed by Uzbekistan jointly with the neighboring states of Central Asia. It was noted with satisfaction that adoption of this historic document is a practical implementation of the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, forwarded during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017, in New York.
Deputies emphasized that this document will serve as an important stage in joint solution of common problems on formation of Central Asia as an integral region, capable of ensuring its development and well-being of multi-million population. It was noted that the adopted resolution will contribute to raising the Uzbekistan’s status in the international arena. Factions of political parties and deputies agreed on the importance of explaining the essence of this document at places.
Deputies considered issues included in the agenda of the meeting. They discussed a draft law, aimed at radical reforming the system of public services to the population, further improvement of the existing system, as well as providing liability for offenses in the sphere, in the second reading.
It was noted that this draft law provides mechanisms for effective implementation of the Decree of the President of December 12, 2017 "On measures of radically reforming the national system of public services to the population" and the Resolution of the President of December 12, 2017 "On organization of activities of the Agency of Public Services under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan". In particular, the law establishes status and powers of public service centers in connection with reorganization of a "single window" system for provision of services to business entities.
Deputies particularly noted that adoption of the draft law would serve as an important factor in creating more facilities in provision of public services to business entities, population, ensuring life confirmation of "moving documents, not citizens" principle.
The draft law providing for introduction of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Responsibility aimed at ensuring independence of business entities and inviolability of private property became the subject of a lively discussion of deputies.
The draft law establishes toughening liability for violation of right of private property, procedure for inspections and audits of financial and economic activities of business entities, legislation on licensing and licensing procedures, forced involvement of business entities to charity and other activities, reclamation of documents from them in violation of the law, generally, for interference in legitimate business activities.
According to deputies, the adoption of this draft law will serve to further improve business environment in Uzbekistan, enhance investment in economy, ultimately – ensure wellbeing of the population.
The next draft law of the agenda of the meeting was developed for ensuring implementation of the Resolution of the President of March 23, 2018 "On additional measures for improving availability of banking services", in accordance with which amendments and additions are introduced to the laws "On banks and banking activities", "On microfinance" and "On microcredit organizations".
It was emphasized that this draft law provides for improvement of mechanisms for provision of microfinance services, strengthening consumers’ interests protection, including through introduction of rules to prevent unjustified overstatement of payments for microfinance services. According to deputies, the introduced norms will reduce debt burden on consumers of microfinance services, contributing to improvement of solvency and strengthening their social protection.
Deputies discussed the draft Law "On introducing amendments and addenda to some legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in the first reading.
Deputies also adopted a draft law aimed at implementing tasks outlined in the Resolution of the President of May 7, 2018 "On measures of organizing activities of the Inspection on control over the agro-industrial complex and ensuring food security under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan". Administrative liability is being established for violation of the order of reception, storage, processing and use of agricultural products, as well as for failure to comply with legal requirements of the inspection and obstruction of its activities. In addition, amendments are being introduced to a number of laws, defining powers of the Inspectorate.
At the meeting, other issues within the powers of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis were also discussed, relevant resolutions were adopted.
(Source: Information Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan )
The UN High Commissioner and students exchanged views
The National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized an online meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, at Tashkent State University of Economics.
This workshop became the first online meeting, organized in real time via the Internet between Tashkent and Geneva. It was attended by gifted students of higher education institutions of the country. Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan observed the event online.
It was noted that the purpose of the meeting was to familiarize the youth with universal and regional mechanisms for protecting the rights of youth, current problems in the sphere.
– At the event, we received information about the regional activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, – said Nilufar Mansurova, graduate student of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. – This meeting is an expression of international recognition of Uzbekistan’s experience in the field of human rights.
Following the online meeting, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein congratulated the youth of Uzbekistan on June 30 – Youth Day and wished to become qualified specialists in their field.