Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

July 6, 2018





Shavkat Mirziyoyev departs for Kazakhstan. 1

Officially.. 1

Uzbekistan to introduce additional visa regimes for foreign citizens. 1

The President signs law “On mediation”. 1


Uzbekistan’s New Face. 2

REGIONS: Navoi region.. 3

A modern high-tech production complex is expected to be created in Navoi region in the coming years to manufacture gold and silver dimensional ingots. 3

International relationships. 4

The Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan opens account in Instagram.. 4

Ambassador of Uzbekistan presents credentials to King of Malaysia. 4

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 4

Draft laws on improving the business environment and strengthening human health are discussed. 4

Draft laws concerning social protection of the population are being discussed. 5


The University of Bucheon in Tashkent 6


Helicopter Tours. 7











Shavkat Mirziyoyev departs for Kazakhstan

On July 6, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, departed for this country to take part in solemn events timed to the 20th anniversary of Astana.

Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is developing in the spirit of good-neighborliness, brotherhood and mutual respect. In particular, over the past two years, cooperation in all spheres have become more active.

The state visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kazakhstan on March 22-23 of this year opened a new page in bilateral relations. Agreements reached within the framework of this visit are being consistently implemented.

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan began the path of independent development at the same time. Today, both countries are entering a new stage of their development. At the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Action Strategy on further development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 was adopted and is being successfully implemented. In his address to people of Kazakhstan this year, President Nursultan Nazarbayev defined the third stage of the country’s modernization.

Kazakhstan is one of the important partners of Uzbekistan in trade and economic sphere. Uzbekistan exports natural gas, cars, mineral fertilizers, textile, electrical, fruit and vegetable products, construction materials and other various goods and services to Kazakhstan. Petroleum, metals, flour, fats and oils are imported to Uzbekistan from Kazakhstan.

There are about 230 enterprises with participation of Kazakhstan’s capital in Uzbekistan, and more than 130 enterprises established jointly with entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan.

The program of the visit of the Head of the state to Kazakhstan also provides for holding bilateral meetings.

(Source: UzA)


Uzbekistan to introduce additional visa regimes for foreign citizens

Uzbekistan plans to introduce additional visa regimes for various categories of foreign citizens.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On further measures to optimize the order of entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Uzbekistan” on 4 July.

Uzbek elader instructed by October 2018 to prepare proposals on the introduction of additional visa regimes for various categories of foreign citizens visiting Uzbekistan.

In particular, Uzbekistan intends to introduce a Silkroad visa for tourists traveling through the countries of the Silk Road with the possibility of recognizing visa marks of other countries.

For natives of Uzbekistan and members of their families, a five-year Vatandosh visa will be introduced. Large foreign investors can get a 10-year visa Golden Visa.

The President instructed by March 2019 to prepare proposals on expanding the list of countries for citizens of which the order of visa-free transit entry, temporary stay and departure from Uzbekistan is introduced.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

The President signs law “On mediation”

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a law “On mediation” on 3 July 2018.

The law was adopted by the Legislative Chamber on 12 June 2018 and approved by the Senate on 28 June 2018. The document will come into force on 1 January 2019.

The purpose of the law is to create legal conditions for development in Uzbekistan of alternative ways of settling disputes, reducing the burden on the judicial system of the country.

The law extends to relations related to the application of mediation to disputes arising from civil legal relations, including in connection with the implementation of entrepreneurial activities, as well as to individual labor disputes, disputes arising from family legal relations.

However, its action does not apply to public interests and disputes that affect or may affect the rights and legitimate interests of third parties, not involved in mediation.

The law stipulates that the activity of the mediator can be carried out on a professional or non-professional basis.

At the same time, the law stipulates that a person, who has undergone a special training course under the mediator training program, approved by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan and also entered in the Register of Professional Mediators, can exercise the activity of the mediator on a professional basis.

On an unprofessional basis, the mediator may be a person, who has reached the age of twenty-five years and who has agreed to perform the duties of a mediator.

The law also states that mediation is not an entrepreneurial activity, it is conducted on the basis of principles of confidentiality, voluntariness, cooperation and equality of parties, independence and impartiality of the mediator.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


Uzbekistan’s New Face

At one of its latest sessions, the International Press Club (IPC) hosted a meeting in Tashkent with S. Frederick Starr, chairman of the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute (CACI) of the American Foreign Policy Council. The scholar devoted most of his life to the study of the Central Asian region.

The reason behind the meeting was the recent publication in the US of the book he and Svante Cornell edited, Uzbekistan’s New Face, dedicated to the new history of our country. The presentation of the volume took place on the eve of the first official visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States.

Here is what Frederick Starr said at the meeting:

“First of all, I would like to emphasize that I was privileged to take part in the process of the election of the President of Uzbekistan in December 2016, and then to listen to the first speech of the President-elect who raised a lot of important issues. Then I asked myself whether there will be answers to them. Today I am here in Tashkent, I see busy streets, cars with number plates of neighboring countries, there is a trend of business and trade growth across the entire Uzbekistan.

The reforms undertaken today in Uzbekistan inspired us to conduct research on the transformation in the country and produce a book. We tried to cover as much as possible: economy, politics, the judiciary, religion and agriculture.

Regarding the question of my interest in Central Asia, I want to say that in this case it is simply impossible not to be interested in this region. We concluded for ourselves that the current vigorous reforms in Uzbekistan have an impact not only on the country itself, but on the entire region. The best Oriental Studies experts were involved in the preparation of the book.

We identified three main areas of reform.

First, they are economic measures that undoubtedly can change the standard of living of citizens.

Second, it is initiatives to address the Afghan crisis. Rather than erecting a wall, Uzbekistan offered a helping hand to its neighbor.

Third, the reflection of reforms at the regional level.

Currently, we are witnessing the gradual ascent of Central Asia in the world arena, which was the result of reforms spearheaded by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Speaking about the resolution adopted recently by the UN General Assembly on Central Asia, I would like to note that it is a document, not an action. Nevertheless, this paper is of exceptional importance. I guess it will enter history. The resolution demonstrates the coordinated and centralized assistance and cooperation of the Central Asian countries. The world community, including the United States, is monitoring this process.

I would like to express one more point of view on the reforms in Uzbekistan. In the process of work on the book, we came to the belief that all measures are developed after a purposeful systemic analysis. This gives confidence in the success of the transformation. In addition, the reforms are aimed at improving the economy. Along with this, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is a very talented person who can convince me of everything. At the same time, I know he is not alone, that he has a very strong team of specialists not only in Tashkent, but throughout the country, who can be called reformers. We see young people in key positions - this demonstrates the attention and support for young people. In Uzbekistan, there is a talented growing generation, which will make a significant contribution to the development of the country.

Newton’s law of motion has not been canceled: every movement leads to a result. And it will happen. What is most important is that the Uzbek people need to have patience in the process of working on problems and obstacles.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

REGIONS: Navoi region

A modern high-tech production complex is expected to be created in Navoi region in the coming years to manufacture gold and silver dimensional ingots

The new facility will emerge on the basis of Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine. It will produce ingots weighing from 5 to 1,000 grams. This will bring significant revenue to the state, since at retail gold will cost much more than the large parties that the country now supplies abroad.

The Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Company will be able to sell the remnants of jewelry of its own production in the domestic market for the national currency with the targeted direction of incoming funds from their implementation to finance the project. Also, the procedure for exporting jewelry from the country will be substantially simplified. Today, foreigners can export from the republic gold items, intended only for personal use and in limited quantities.

It is important to understand that this project will allow for developing one of the main world trends – shopping tourism. Representatives of many countries have a peculiar tradition – to buy gold items during travel. For example, tourists from China and India are very interested in traveling to those countries where you can buy gold, and that is a fairly large tourist flow. Uzbekistan, favorably located at the crossroads of tourist routes, can become a serious player in this market.

In parallel, the jewelry industry, still in its infancy, will experience new development trend. By 2020, Uzbekistan intends to increase the annual output of jewelry products to more than $ 40 million. In three years, it is planned to increase the output of silver products by 6.2 times – from $ 112 thousand in 2018 to $ 760.5 thousand in 2020, and from gold – 2.4 times, from $ 16.4 million to $ 39.6 million.

A special emphasis will be placed on promoting products abroad. In 2020, it is planned to export jewelry for almost $ 14 million.

The main volumes will be produced on two flagships, which will be put into operation in 2018-2019. These are jewelry factories on the basis of the enterprise Phonon and 1-Zargarlik korkhonasi. For the development of the first enterprise, it is projected to partner with the renowned South Korean company Jemco, while the local bank Asaka will help with the second.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International relationships

The Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan opens account in Instagram

On July 5, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov opened a personal account in Instagram.

Instagram users can subscribe to the account of the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan to get operative photo information about the activities of the Minister, his meetings and negotiations.

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

Ambassador of Uzbekistan presents credentials to King of Malaysia

On July 5, 2018, the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Malaysia Ravshan Usmanov presented credentials to King Sultan Muhammad V, in Istana Negara palace, Kuala Lumpur.

During the conversation that took place after the ceremony, the head of Malaysia showed interest in the rich historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, works of the world-famous scholar-theologians Imam Bukhari, Imam Termezi.

As it was empahsized, “Malaysia highly appreciates warm and friendly relations with Uzbekistan since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992, supports the expansion of bilateral relations between the countries and makes every possible effort for strengthening cooperation based on principles of mutual benefit and respect”.

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


Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Draft laws on improving the business environment and strengthening human health are discussed

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis on July 5, deputies considered current draft laws, which serve as the legal basis for guaranteeing entrepreneurial activities in the country and aimed at strengthening human health. In view of the urgency of issues on the agenda, they were first considered at the meetings of political party factions in the lower house and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and became the reason for lively discussions.

At the meeting, which became the logical continuation of debates, deputies started the second reading with discussion of the draft law providing for introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts with a view to further intensification of activities of farms and homestead land owners, establishment of effective use of sown areas.

As noted, the adoption of the draft law will serve to determine the distinctive features of dehkan farms and household land plots, increase the responsibility of dehkan farms and owners of household plots in effective use of crop areas, strengthen the system of public control in this direction by civil society institutions.

Then deputies discussed the draft law providing for introduction of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Responsibility of the Republic of Uzbekistan with a view to further strengthening the independence of business entities and ensuring the inviolability of private property.

The draft law defines the strengthening of liability for violation of the right of private property, the procedure for conducting inspections of activities of business entities and auditing their financial and economic activities, licensing legislation and legislation on licensing procedures, encouraging business entities to sponsor and coercion into other activities, as well as reclaiming subjects of business excessive documentation with violation of legislation, in general, for interference in a legitimate business activities.

The draft law “On transplantation of human organs, tissues and (or) cells” put on the agenda of the first reading, along with the fact that deputies have a special demanding and attentive approach to this issue for expressing their point of view, also became a subject of lively disputes and discussions.

It was noted that the draft law determines conditions, the order of transplantation of human organs and cells based on achievements of modern medical sciences and practice. The goals and conditions for transplantation, transplantation sites and conservation, the range of donors, the rights of the donor and the recipient, as well as conditions for removal donors' organs and tissues are also specified. In view of the fact that the issue concerns not only medicine, but also procedures directly related to human life, the world position on this issue is not the same. When developing the draft law regulating relations in this sphere, all opinions and experience of foreign countries were studied. In particular, the analysis of legislation of the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Israel, India, Australia, Russia, Belarus and other countries was made, where human organ transplantation is legally permitted. Currently, more than 200 thousand transplant operations are performed annually in the world. About 4 thousand such operations are carried out annually in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

According to deputies, the adoption of this draft law will serve to bring reforms in the field of medicine in line with world standards, preservation of lives of many people. Following the lively disputes, the draft law was adopted in the first reading.

Then, deputies discussed a draft law aimed at further reducing and simplifying licensing procedures in business sector, ensuring transparency in licensing work, drastically reducing unnecessary bureaucratic processes in conduction of business, as well as improving the business environment.

This draft law provides for granting all licenses with an unlimited duration of validity, giving the right to carry out certain types of activities, except for licenses for medical and pharmaceutical activities, activities related to circulation of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, for the use and maintenance of mobile radiotelephone (cellular) communication networks and distribution networks for television and radio waves, as well as for extraction, processing and sale of oil, gas and gas condensate.

As deputies emphasized, the adoption of this draft law will serve to further improvement of the investment climate and business environment in the country, ensuring reliable protection of the rights and freedoms of business entities.

(Source: Press Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Draft laws concerning social protection of the population are being discussed

An extended meeting of the Committee on Labor and Social Issues devoted to discussion of the draft laws was held at the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

It was attended by members of the committee, representatives of factions of political parties, and a group of deputies of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in the Legislative Chamber, members of the expert group, responsible leaders and officials of authorized ministries and departments, representatives of the mass media.

As noted at the meeting, a number of draft laws on further strengthening the legal framework for full support of persons with disabilities and protection of their rights and interests are being widely discussed at the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In particular, the draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On state pension provision of citizens”, introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan and considered in the Committee of the Legislative Chamber on Labor and Social Issues, provides for further strengthening citizens’ rights to pension provision.

The draft law is aimed at further improving the procedure for withholding from pensions the excess payments revealed during the verification of the accrual of preferential pensions to persons with disabilities of Groups I and II, as well as correct accrual and payment of pensions.

At the meeting, representatives of factions of political parties made suggestions and judgments on improvement of the draft law prepared for the second reading. In particular, during the discussion, members of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan noted the compliance of the draft law with the program objectives and tasks of the party and the large-scale reforms carried out by the state on comprehensive support of socially needy people.

Members of the deputy group from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan fully supported the definition in this draft law of appointment of age pension on preferential terms for individuals of certain categories and with disabilities of Groups I and II in accordance with the list approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Members of “Adolat” Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan protested against certain provisions of the draft law and noted the groundlessness of additions to the articles.

Members of the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan “Milliy Tiklanish” noted that the adoption of this draft law will later serve as a social and moral support for persons with disabilities, and therefore it is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of benefits reflected in its norms.

At the meeting, two more draft laws on social protection of people with disabilities and ensuring their rights and interests were discussed in detail in the second reading. Following the meeting, saturated with interesting proposals and judgments, it was decided to review the discussed draft laws by experts of the committee, taking into account the proposals of factions and deputy groups.

(Source: Press Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


The University of Bucheon in Tashkent

A new university is opening in the Uzbek capital to train specialists in the field of preschool education, Korean language, as well as architecture and design.

One of the main tasks of the university is the training of highly qualified personnel in the field of preschool education, architecture and design, as well as other popular areas of education in accordance with the prospects of Uzbekistan’s social and economic development, as well as the tasks defined by the Strategy of Actions along Five Priority Tracks for the Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021. New specialties, based on the needs of economic sectors, can be opened already from 2019/2020 academic year.

The institution will also introduce advanced foreign experience in the organization of the educational process on the basis of modern educational technologies in the system of preschool education, architecture and design, as well as other popular areas of education, and promote the development of an open information and educational environment.

It will also carry out research activities in the field of preschool education, architecture and design, as well as other popular areas of education, taking into account the existing problems and needs of the labor market in Uzbekistan.

It is no less difficult and important a task to promote the development of the system of preschool education, architecture and design in our country, as well as other popular areas of education, to establish close cooperation between research and educational institutions, other enterprises and organizations.

Applicants of the university can be people who have a general secondary, secondary special, vocational education. The form, order and timing of the entrance examinations will be determined by Bucheon University (Republic of Korea) in consultation with the Ministry of Preschool Education and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan.

In the 2018/2019 academic year, the university will receive admission in the following areas of education: preschool; Korean; architecture and design.

It is determined that the education in the university is conducted in Uzbek, Russian and English languages ​​in accordance with the curricula and programs of the University of Bucheon in South Korea, taking into account the requirements of Uzbek legislation.

 This university will train specialists in full-time, part-time and evening forms of study.

Students will be trained on a fee-based basis, including educational scholarships provided by corporate entities – potential employers, as well as charity donations allocated for training young people primarily from regions of the country.

Graduates of the university are planned to be issued a diploma of the established model of Bucheon University, which without additional legal procedures is recognized as a document on higher education in Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Helicopter Tours

Uzbekistan Airways now offers a new opportunity to tourist operators, agencies and simply fans of non-standard travel and leisure – helicopter picnics.

The provision of the service will be handled by the airline’s Special Aviation Works. There are two types of helicopters in the stock – Mi-8MTV-1 VIP-class with 16 seats and economy class with 22 seats.

The company has already developed plans for trips to the picturesque regions of the country, covering the most popular tourist destinations, including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Boisun and Karakalpakstan. The routes include points that cannot be reached on foot or by land transport, the press service of Uzbekistan Airways has reported.

In the Tashkent region, tourists are offered one-day leaves to the Pskem, Maidantal, Ihnaach, and Ishii lakes, to the Angren plateau with lakes and a hot spring, to the rocky ‘bag’ of Kaptarkumysh, to the Pulatkhan plateau or the top of the Chimgan.

From Samarkand by helicopter you can go to the Zarafshan range, to the village of Gilan, Zarmas, Temur cave, Teshiktash. From Boisun – to the Surkhan Range and the hydrogen sulphide source Khoja Ipok.

Excursions from Bukhara to Uchkuduk include visits to hot springs and flying over the desert. From Nukus, Muynak and Kungrad, a route to the Aral area and the ancient fortresses of the Khorezm region is laid.

In summer, helicopters can become one of the attractions of the recreation area “Chorvoq Oromgohi” (Charvak Leisure Zone), and in winter time they are supposed to be used to lift skiers to the peaks of the mountains. They will be based at the helipad of a weather station in Chimgan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)



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