DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #133
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
July 10, 2018
President expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan. 1
Condolences to the President of Turkey. 1
Measures to improve the system of external labor migration adopted. 1
Chinese companies are planning to implement a project to extract tungsten, molybdenum and copper in the Samarkand region. 2
International relationships. 2
Uzbekistan delegation attended the European Union – Central Asia High Level Dialogue. 2
UN special resolution to be discussed in Tashkent 2
Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Meeting. 3
President expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences to the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in connection with numerous human casualties and destruction caused by floods in central and southwestern Japan.
Condolences to the President of Turkey
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences to the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with numerous human casualties and injuries as a result of a train derailment in Tekirdag province, in Turkey.
Measures to improve the system of external labor migration adopted
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On additional measures to further improve the system of external labor migration of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.
The document noted that starting from 1 September 2018, legal entities, registered in Uzbekistan, have the right to carry out activities for sending the Uzbek citizens to work to foreign states on the basis of a license issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Legal entities also have the right to carry out activities to confirm the professional competence of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan, traveling abroad for work, including the level of possession of professional skills and foreign languages, on the basis of accreditation conducted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The President defined the Agency for External Labor Migration under the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the working body, which performs the functions of reviewing applications for the issuance of licenses and accreditation, and preparing the necessary documents.
According to the document, under the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a Fund is created to support and protect the rights and interests of citizens who work abroad.
The Fund will provide legal and social protection, as well as material assistance to citizens who have been subjected to violence, forced labor and discrimination, violation of labor and other rights that have fallen into a difficult financial situation and left without documents, establishing an identity, means of subsistence during the period of employment for abroad.
The new structure will provide medical services to migrants from Uzbekistan if it is not possible to pay the cost of medical services provided at the expense of a labor migrant with subsequent reimbursement of paid funds by these citizens;
The fund will also deal with the transportation of bodies of citizens, who died during labor migration outside the country, as well as citizens who were injured or seriously injured while working abroad, resulting in disability.
The Fund will also return citizens sent abroad to work and deported due to violation of the legislation of the host country, with subsequent reimbursement of paid funds at the expense of these citizens, as well as the return of citizens to whom foreign employers have not provided agreed terms for employment.
The Fund will receive a one-time gratuitous financial aid in the amount of 200 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.07.2018, 1$= 7813.42 soums) from the state budget. The fund’s activities will also be financed from other sources.
From 1 August 2018, the procedure for issuing permission to work abroad has been abolished, with the introduction of a procedure for the voluntary registration of citizens traveling abroad to perform labor activities under private labor contracts in the manner established by the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Also from 1 August, an order is introduced for voluntary payment of annual insurance contributions to the off-budget Pension Fund under the Ministry of Finance, in the amount of 4,5 times of the minimum wage.
Chinese companies are planning to implement a project to extract tungsten, molybdenum and copper in the Samarkand region
It will be carried out on the Ingichka plateau near the town of Kattakurgan. Recently, representatives of a number of companies from China traveled there to conduct an initial study of the opportunities and conditions for the implementation of the project.
The Chinese intend to use two operating mines in the area, and also plan to build several new ones. In addition, they will be engaged in supplementary geological exploration, during which, in addition to tungsten, molybdenum and copper, other mineral resources can be found. Also in this territory there is an opportunity to produce building materials from wastes of ore sand, and, in particular, facing bricks.
To date, a preliminary agreement has been reached on the implementation of a project in the mining and metallurgical industry on the territory of the Ingichka plateau and the attraction of direct Chinese investments in the amount of $ 50-55 million for the improvement of communication networks and construction of infrastructure facilities. The phased realization of the project will ensure the creation of 500 to 700 new jobs.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan delegation attended the European Union – Central Asia High Level Dialogue
On July 9, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dilshod Akhatov took part at the regular meeting of the High Level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia, in the city of Ashgabat.
Implementation of agreements reached at the last meeting of the Dialogue in June 2017 in Bishkek and informal ministerial meeting in March 2018 in Tashkent, the schedule and agenda of upcoming European Union – Central Asia meetings at various levels were discussed.
The sides exchanged views on measures for intensifying cooperation in combating terrorism and preventing violent extremism.
Delegations also considered issues of cooperation in the field of border management, countering illicit drug trafficking and organized crime, as well as regional environmental problems.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
UN special resolution to be discussed in Tashkent
On July 12, 2018, Tashkent will host a round table dedicated to discussion of the UN General Assembly Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region”.
The event will be organized by the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the assistance of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
According to the organizers, the round table will be attended by members of the Senate and deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, relevant ministries, JSC “Uzbekiston temir yollari” (Uzbekistan Railways), Academy of Sciences, international organizations, heads of diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Tashkent.
It was noted that the main goal of the round table is to discuss the essence and significance of the UN GA resolution in development of the Central Asian region, as well as determination of prospects for strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia.
The Resolution “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region” was adopted on June 22, 2018 at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly. This document, unanimously supported by all UN member states, is a practical embodiment of the initiative forwarded by the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly held in New York, in September 2017.
The Resolution notes the importance of strengthening security in Central Asia, effective and integrated use of drinking water, mitigating the environmental and socio-economic consequences associated with the drying up of the Aral Sea, organization of a modern transport system and transit in the region, development of bilateral and regional cooperation in the areas of education, science, technology, innovation, tourism, culture, art and sports.
Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Meeting
In order to further develop trade and economic relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Islamabad organized a visit of business circles to Uzbekistan led by Deputy Chairman of Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council Vasik Ali Khan.
The purpose of the visit is to purchase samples of Uzbek household appliances and building materials for opening show rooms in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi for further realization of this production throughout Pakistan.
Within the framework of the visit, the delegation met with the First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan I.Jasimov.
The sides discussed the possibility of increasing the supply of Uzbekistan products to Pakistan market. The guests expressed their readiness to assist in establishment of dealership and distribution offices of Uzbekistan companies in Pakistan, as well as Pakistan companies in Uzbekistan.
The sides discussed the issue of joint development of historical and religious tourism. The delegation members noted that both historical monuments of the era and sacred places of Uzbekistan for pilgrimage tourism represent mutual interest for tourists.
Following the meeting, an agreement was reached on implementing joint projects and submitting proposals to the secretariat of Uzbekistan – Pakistan Business Council on development of bilateral economic ties.
As reported by the Press Service of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the sides also reached an agreement on organization in September 2018 of the second meeting of the Business Council in Tashkent.