Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

July 3, 2018




Officially.. 1

Bucheon University in Tashkent is being established. 1


Unique Products for Exports. 1

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 2

New positions are created in the Embassies of Uzbekistan in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. 2

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan relations develop. 2

International relationships. 3

New stage of Uzbekistan – Bulgaria relations. 3

Meeting with the Chairman of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum.. 3

Society.. 3

No Country Like This…... 3


To Boisun, the Magnificent Destination. 5












Bucheon University in Tashkent is being established

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved an establishment of Bucheon University (South Korea) in Tashkent.

On 2 July, the head of Uzbekistan signed a decree “On establishment of Bucheon University in the city of Tashkent”.

The document was adopted with the aim of organizing the training of highly qualified personnel with higher education in accordance with generally recognized international requirements and standards, replenishing the long-term shortage of teachers and educators in preschool educational institutions of the country, forming an innovative environment, further developing long-term relations with leading higher educational institutions of developed foreign countries.

The University will carry out educational activities based on the curricula and programs of Bucheon University (Republic of Korea), taking into account the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the field of education.

Training at the University is conducted in Uzbek, Russian and English languages, on full-time, part-time and evening forms, on a fee-based basis, including educational grants provided by legal entities - potential employers, as well as through charitable donations for training mainly from the regions of the country.

Admission to the university in the areas of preschool education, Korean language, as well as architecture and design opens from 2018/2019 school year from among those who have a general secondary, secondary special, vocational education.

Graduates of the university will be awarded a diploma of the Bucheon University, which without additional legal procedures is recognized as a document on higher education in Uzbekistan.

Training at the University is carried out, first of all, taking into account the needs of preschool educational institutions in pedagogical personnel, as well as in qualified personnel in the field of architecture and design and other popular fields of education.

The document said that Bucheon University implements at its own expense the equipment of educational buildings, teaching and laboratory facilities, places of residence of students and other facilities of the University with furniture, implements, educational and scientific equipment, office equipment, computers, and provides information and communication technologies.

The new university will be located in Chilanzar district of Tashkent in the building of the Chilanzar Pedagogical College.

Starting from 2019/2020 academic year, in agreement with Bucheon University (Republic of Korea), the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education and the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the university can open new promising areas and specialties of education based on the need for personnel and the pace of social and economic development of the country.

The head of Uzbekistan also granted tax and customs privileges to Bucheon University in Tashkent.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Unique Products for Exports

The National Center for the Development of Sericulture and Homework has been opened in Margilan, Ferghana region.

Uzbekistan is famous for preserving the most ancient species, traditions, methods and schools of folk arts and crafts. The ongoing reforms expand the opportunities for the development of craftsmanship, provide incentives for the representatives of the sphere, and fully support the types of handicrafts handed down from generation to generation. Young people are trained in crafts based on the traditions of the mentor-disciple form of school.

In the Ferghana region, special attention is paid to improving the well-being of the population, ensuring employment of young people, women and low-income families through the development of handicrafts. An important policy document in this direction is the Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures for the further development of handicrafts and comprehensive support for artisans”.

The region is currently home to more than 1,300 artisans. In Margilan, Kokand, as well as Rishtan district, their schools of handicrafts have been formed. The establishment of the National Center for the Development of Sericulture and Homework will undoubtedly contribute to the further development of handicrafts.

“The center will work to support artisans and homeworkers who produce silk goods, provide jobs for women and disabled people, help young craftspeople, manufacture export-oriented fabrics from local raw materials,” said Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov, head of the regional branch of the Hunarmand Association. “Currently, there are seven workshops in the center. Also, a gallery of national handicrafts and a handicraft training center are open.”

Today, 400 women and young people from Margilan, Ferghana, Tashlak and Rishtan districts study secrets of various crafts here. This year, the center plans production of goods for $ 14.5 million.

Crafts made in our country enjoy great popularity among tourists. The center will definitely take a special place in the extensive promotion of national craftsmanship. Arriving in Margilan, guests will have the opportunity to visit workshops and get acquainted with the production process.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

New positions are created in the Embassies of Uzbekistan in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

Counselor positions on trade and economic issues have been created in staffing tables of the embassies of Uzbekistan in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan by the resolutions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of July 1, 2018.

According to statistical data, in 2017 the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan amounted to $253.9 million, Tajikistan $237 million, and Turkmenistan $177.3 million. In total, during this period, the trade turnover of Uzbekistan with these countries amounted to 668, 2 million dollars, which is almost 16% more than in 2016.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan relations develop

On June 28, a briefing on the results of large-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in the first half of this year was held at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic, in Tashkent.

Counselor of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to Uzbekistan Kemel Sadykov noted that cooperation in the fields of politics, trade, economy, transport communications, banking and finance, science and technology, industry, agriculture and water resources, tourism and other spheres is actively developing between the two countries.

Thanks to the firm political will and tireless activity of the Presidents of the two countries, mutual economic and trade cooperation is actively developing. In particular, within three months of this year the trade turnover amounted to 72.7 million US dollars. This is 47.12 percent more compared to the same period of the last year.

Relations in the sphere of tourism have been intensified. According to the reached agreements, videos on the tourism potential of the two countries are broadcasted on TV channels of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. An agreement has been reached with the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan to improve the organization of recreation for employees of regional enterprises and organizations of Uzbekistan in the health resorts of Issyk-Kul. The first group of visitors left for Issyk-Kul on June 21 by train along Tashkent – Bishkek – Balykchi route. In general, this year a trip of more than 511 thousand of our compatriots to Issyk-Kul is planned.

In the transport and communication sphere, measures are being taken to increase the number of flights, organize new rail and bus routes and expand the scale of road, rail and air transportation between the two countries. The automobile corridor Tashkent – Andijan – Osh – Irkeshtam – Kashgar is opened. Tashkent – Bishkek and Bishkek – Tashkent flights are increased to three times a week. By the end of the year, it is envisaged to open the bus routes Osh – Andijan, and Batken – Bishkek, Isfana – Bishkek routes running through Tashkent.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

New stage of Uzbekistan – Bulgaria relations

On July 2, a meeting with the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria led by the Chairperson of the Friendship Group Bulgaria – Uzbekistan Adlen Shukri Shevked was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

At the meeting it was noted that efficient cooperation between Uzbekistan and Bulgaria in trade, tourism, energy, nature protection, transport and logistics, science and education contributes to the increase of trade turnover, development of joint business projects.

During the conversation, views were exchanged on large-scale tasks of cooperation in the spheres of industry, transport communications, and tourism. Prospective directions of creation of modern industrial enterprises were considered.

The delegation of Bulgaria also held negotiations at the State Committee for Tourism Development and the State Committee for Investments of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

Meeting with the Chairman of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum

On July 3, 2018, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Abdujabar Abduvakhitov met with the Chairman of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF, the United Kingdom), Dr. Siddharth Saxena.

Views were exchanged on promising cooperation projects between Uzbekistan, in particular the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, the Istedod Fund, and CCAF in the fields of education, conduction of joint scientific research developments.

At the meeting, the sides also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


No Country Like This…

Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion has conducted a sociological survey to enquire into the national self-consciousness of Uzbekistan’s population.

The study showed that in the national consciousness there is a steady development of a sense of belonging and spiritual unity with the people, history and national culture. This feeling is characteristic of most of the representatives of ethnic groups inhabiting our nation.

The dominant attitude of the Uzbek people towards ethnicity is the person’s belonging to a specific people, the comprehension of their historical roots, territorial and cultural and linguistic affiliation. The public opinion in Uzbekistan is characterized by the absence of negative perceptions of ethnicity as an outdated concept and as a barrier to the harmony among the ethnic groups.

The results of the research demonstrate a negative attitude of Uzbek people to such social phenomena as parochialism and clan relations. Almost half of the respondents (46.2%) note that localism and clan relations are negative phenomena that impede the development of the nation due to the promotion of group interests and those of individual clans.

The absolute majority of the respondents (92%) favor the fixation of ethnicity in the passport, since most of the citizens today feel themselves, first of all, as Uzbekistanis.

More than half of the respondents have nationality associated with a person’s comprehension of their historical roots (70.9%) and the commonality of people who have a single territory, state, language and faith and retained their cultural identity (70.7%).

Uzbekistanis express their feelings of belonging to their nation through the love of the land on which they were born and the history of their country (74%), spiritual unity with the people (65.5%), the common language – “I speak and think in my native language, who I represent (63.2%)”, lifestyle and culture, which are based on national customs and traditions (60.8%).

It is important to note that the country’s youth are deeply interested in studying the history, culture and spiritual heritage of Uzbekistan. This was indicated by 68.1% of the surveyed between the ages of 16-29, while 68.2% accounted for people aged 30-39.

The results of the research record a harmonious combination of intra-national and civic solidarity as unifying factors. The survey showed that the main factor uniting people are “the state, civil solidarity” (46.9%). Then follows the factor of “the nation, intra-national solidarity”. The assessment of the unifying power of the state and civil solidarity for representatives of all ethnic backgrounds remains stably high.

The overwhelming majority of respondents highly appreciate the position of our country in the world community. Thus, 87.5% note that Uzbekistan is a country with a rich historical and cultural, literary, spiritual and scientific heritage. 62.7% of the polled believe that our country is associated in the world community as a nation rich in minerals and manufactured products. The sociological survey participants also highly appreciate the republic’s labor potential.

The absolute majority of respondents (89%) note that they are proud when they see the flag and listen to the national anthem of Uzbekistan. The sense of pride is felt by representatives of almost all ethnic groups living in the country. 94.4% of citizens consider themselves to be patriots of the independent Uzbekistan

Identification of Uzbekistan as their homeland is typical for the majority of respondents (78.6%). For many, our republic is associated with home. This is confirmed by the migration sentiments of citizens. The absolute majority of the interviewed indicated that they do not want to live in another country, because “Uzbekistan is better than any other country in the world”.

The survey showed that the formation of national-civic positions of Uzbek people is most influenced by the family and parents (82.2%). In the second place in this regard are educational institutions (69.2%). Mahalla and public opinion come third (62.4%).

An important factor infleuncing the formation of national identity are the mass media, but their role has slightly decreased (from 47.8% in 2015 to 41.1% in 2018). Religion and religious organizations as a factor in the formation of national self-awareness exert their influence on every third (30.5%) respondent.

The majority of the population of Uzbekistan supports the further development of the state language (Uzbek) and points out the need to take measures to improve the conditions and opportunities for its study (75.1%).

The research indicated that in the national stereotypes predominate positive qualities – diligence, honesty, sincerity, activity – the determining actions of the person and the general style of behavior. At the same time, the perception of the qualities of their people coincides with the assessment of these qualities by representatives of other ethnic groups. Thus, the dominant qualities of Uzbeks, according to respondents, are hard work (78.6%), integrity (62.1%), sincerity (57.4%), activity (54.6%), humility (37.7%).

The effectiveness of the ethnic policy of the state is reflected in the trust expressed by the Uzbek people to representatives of different ethnicities living in the country, in the absence of hostility towards any of them.

The balanced ethnic policy of the government is reflected in the increase in the number of citizens who fully observe the traditions and customs of their ethnicities (53.1%).

The results of the research reveal the need of Uzbek people to learn Russian and English, as well as other foreign languages, their desire to improve their level of language skills.

In general, the sociological survey unveils the dynamic development of the national revival and the growth of the national self-awareness of the inhabitants of the country, the consolidation of the sense of belonging to a large single multiethnic family in the minds of citizens, and the stability of favorable interethnic relations in Uzbekistan. Therefore, citizens support the policy pursued by the head of state, which is aimed at strengthening interethnic unity in the country and tolerance in the Uzbek society.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


To Boisun, the Magnificent Destination

One can use the UAZ (Russian-produced off-roader) to cross through a rugged mountain stream, climb up the canyon, stand under a waterfall, make a selfie on a poppy field, see dinosaur tracks, quench your thirst with cool spring water, and then get to a neighboring village on stone steps along the edge of the abyss, because there is no other way to get there.

 For several days, the Uzbek-Russian group of journalists was able to see these and other natural beauties of Boisun in Surkhandarya region. The extreme media expedition was organized by the State Ecology Committee of Uzbekistan and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia within the framework of the UzWaterAware project funded by the European Union, and was occasioned to the CAMEP-2018 forum.

Thus, on the first day, the course was taken onto the most dazzling gorges with mesmerizing high ravines. Through the stone walls, water seeps, drawing bizarre portraits and patterns.

The Darband Gorge is known for caravan routes running from here, as well as armies of generals passing en route to military campaigns. At the entrance to it, to the left you encounter the cave Zindomak, the descent into which is almost vertical. Narrow gorge leads to the shrine of Khujamoi-ota, the place of worship of local inhabitants. As the legend goes, trying to save the people from drought Khujamoi asked for the Almighty’s help and received a sign that he should go to a remote gorge where he would find a place under a huge rock and hit it with a staff, then a water spring full of fish would roar out.

Down the road, slowly winding among the steep rocks and sharp turns, led us to the canyon of Kaptarkhon. From permanent weathering on its walls formed depressions, where tourists are so fond of climbing for photos. Here come fans of extreme mountain, rock climbing, archeology.

By the way, you can get to the zone of anomalous gravitation near the village of Padang. If you drive into a 50-meter-long slope and leave the car on the road, the car will roll upwards. Spilled water will also flow upward. Trying to solve the mystery, impressed media representatives returned to the hotel.

At dawn, the journalists, accompanied by experienced guides from the touristic community “Mysterious Uzbekistan”, sat down on the UAZ, set out on a difficult four-hour journey to the lakes. It began with the Zaurbashi gorge, which is buried in the juniper. Therefore, the air here is so saturated. If you look from the top down, you can feel yourself at the height of the Tashkent TV tower. In the sky birds of are hovering in anticipation of prey, in order to carry it to their nest, located somewhere on a remote cliff. And so, along the riverbeds, through original villages built of red clay, waterfalls, over precipices, our team arrived in a high mountain village. According to Sharof Egamberdiev, Doctor of Biological Sciences, isolation and inaccessibility sometimes give rise to surprising architectural solutions. One of them is sherings. It is a man-made, narrow path that runs over precipices and precipices from archa cobbles hammered into cracks, intertwined with branches laid out on top by flat stones and earth. Their construction is a difficult occupation, often construction is conducted by villagers. Sometimes this is the only way connecting villages in the winter with the outside world. There is a saying that goes “A traveler on the shering is like a tear on the eyelash”.

            Only three persons out of twelve, including the author of these lines, rose up above the abyss along a path five hundred meters long. The award was a white-headed sip, listed in the Red Book of Uzbekistan, circling above us in all its glory.

The third day of the trip was remembered by one of the largest waterfalls in Uzbekistan. Thousands of people come to the Sariasiya district of the region to look at Sangardak, and also to collect spring water. Water, falling from a huge height, breaks down on the rock into the smallest spray, creating around a special microclimate. Also, a group of journalists visited the unique village of Nilu. At the entrance to it you can meet the trees of wild pistachios, figs, unabi, everywhere there are bright yellow eremurus. Its attraction is the plane tree in a girth of 25 meters. Near the sacred pond with fish, thanks to which, as the old people here say, the platan grew so much. Both the tree and the pond are located on the territory of the old mosque. According to Dr. Egamberdiev, the water level in the pond remains at the same level throughout the year. From it, with the help of diversion channels, a water intake for 1,500 people residing here is made. From adobe houses through narrow streets now and then resort children in multi-colored skullcaps, with utensils for water.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)



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