Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

August 24, 2018




president.. 1

President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Eid al-Adha holiday. 1

Sincere congratulations. 1

On the forthcoming visit of the President of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan. 2

investments. 2

Work That Yields Results. 2

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3

Meeting with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan. 3

Results of Uzbekistan – Tajikistan business forum and exhibition “Made in Tajikistan”. 3

International relationships. 4

Meeting with the European Parliament delegation. 4

Visit to Embassy of India. 4

Society.. 4

Social Evil and How to Combat It 4


New Discipline to Be Introduced in Schools. 6


Khorezm Offers Exclusive Projects. 6












President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Eid al-Adha holiday

Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely, wholeheartedly congratulated all Muslims of Uzbekistan, all the people with holy holiday Qurban Hayit (Eid al-Adha), expressed his best wishes.

The President noted that the place and importance of Qurban Hayit in establishment of such noble qualities in our spiritual life as generosity, charity, friendship and harmony are invaluable. In this joyful holiday, we all, above all, thank the Almighty for the present bright days, peace and a clear sky over our homeland.

The reforms we are carrying out today in the name of comprehensive development of the country, ensuring happy life for people, happy future of our dear children, including measures taken to radically improve activities in spiritual and educational sphere are widely recognized by the world community, authoritative international organizations, – the President noted.

At a recent international forum in Washington on the issues of freedom of religion, Uzbekistan’s efforts in this field were highly appreciated. This again demonstrates the great recognition of our activities in this direction.

We pay special attention to the study of the rich scientific and spiritual heritage of our great ancestors who made a great contribution to the development of Islamic civilization, the education of our youth in the spirit of high values of humanism, – emphasized Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President sincerely congratulated people of the Muslim countries of the near and far abroad, all friends, wished them peace, prosperity and progress.

(Source: UzA)

Sincere congratulations

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received congratulatory messages from the heads of foreign states and governments, heads of international organizations in connection with Qurban Hayit (Eid al-Adha) celebration. They express the best wishes of health and success to the President of Uzbekistan, peace, tranquility and prosperity to people of the country.

In particular, congratulations were sent by:

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev;

President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov;

President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon;

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov;

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev;

President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan;

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi;

President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan;

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah;

Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said;

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa;

King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein;

President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid;

President of Palestine, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mahmoud Abbas;

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah;

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum;

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan;

Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Interior Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan;

Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen;

Chairman of the Muslims Board of the Caucasus, co-chair of CIS Interreligious Council Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade.

Congratulatory messages keep coming.

(Source: UzA)

On the forthcoming visit of the President of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan

On August 24, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, will visit Turkmenistan and attend the meeting of the Council of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).

Current issues of cooperation of the Central Asian countries on improving the ecological state of the Aral Sea basin in the context of global climate change are in the agenda of the IFAS summit in Turkmenbashi city.

It is expected that, following the results of the meeting, the Joint Communiqué of the Council of Heads of States will be adopted.

(Source: UzA)


Work That Yields Results

In the Uchkuduk district of Navoi region, large-scale activities are carried out in accordance with a special program designed to attract investments, to their targeted and accelerated use.

The most important task of the country’s economic transformation is to improve the living standards. Especially noticeable are the changes in the social sphere in remote areas of the region. Today, Uchkuduk district is one of the most dynamically developing areas. Although its population is small – just around 38 thousand people – and it is located in the northern Kyzyl Kum, residents enjoy all the benefits of civilization.

In 2018-2019, the district plans to implement 21 investment projects worth 38.6 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 24.08.2018, 1$= 7803.79 soums). As a result, it is planned to create 452 new jobs. Over the past period of this year, 10 projects worth 4.9 billion soums have been put into operation. Gradually implemented are other projects. In particular, based on the needs of local residents in fish and fish products, LLC “Turt Kran Baligi” carries out a promising project in this direction. Also worthy of attention is the work of entrepreneur M.Kurbanov on poultry development. In the coming months, work on this project will be completed worth 400 million soums, 12 new jobs will be created at the new enterprise.

“New projects are being developed aiming at increasing the well-being of the population, providing employment, replenishing the market with inexpensive and high-quality products,” says the deputy district hokim F.Bafoev. “In particular, the private enterprise “Uchkuduk Yuksalish Sari”, thanks to 160 million soums of funds, conducts systematic work to provide the population with clean drinking water. Under the project, 6 water distribution networks will be modernized. In addition, based on the capacities of the area, we will try to establish new types of products.”

One of the important projects is realized by Ishonch Feruz LLC. The enterprise in the near future will be producing building materials – corrugated board and slag blocks. For this, $ 25 thousand has to be fostered. At present, modern equipment has been imported from abroad. At the enterprise, specialized in the production of 200 square meters of corrugated board and 500 pieces of cinder block per day, 10 jobs will be created.

It is also planned to create new jobs by expanding the activities of a number of enterprises, such as the private enterprise Uchkuduk Dentistry, Grant Mega Invest, Umida Trust, among others.

Special attention is paid to the social sphere in the district. In particular, in local pre-school educational institutions CCTV cameras are installed for 71.6 million soums, in educational institutions, the activity of canteens are taken under control. A total of 175 million soums was sent to repair the rural medical station for the citizens of the village of Altynau, 20.5 million soums for its equipment. In the course of a project aimed at providing the residents of Kokpatas mahalla with clean drinking water, works worth 281.3 million soums have been realized.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan

Meeting with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan

On August 20, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan Yazguly Mamedov.

At the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the state and prospects for further development of bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.

Particular attention was paid to issues of implementation of the agreements reached during the regular Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan high-level meetings.

As it was noted, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan attach great importance to increasing trade turnover and expanding its nomenclature. In this context, the parties discussed the schedule and agenda of holding regular meetings of bilateral cooperation institutions, intensification of contacts between business people of the two countries.

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

Results of Uzbekistan – Tajikistan business forum and exhibition “Made in Tajikistan”

Within the framework of the state visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent hosted Uzbekistan – Tajikistan business forum and “Made in Tajikistan” exhibition.

More than 400 representatives of business communities of the two countries attended the business forum. As a result of negotiations, 58 contracts and agreements worth $133.2 million were signed. Contracts were signed in the oil and gas, metallurgy, machine-building, electrical, chemical, construction, pharmaceutical, food processing, financial and other industries.

The exhibition was attended by more than 100 large industrial enterprises of the Republic of Tajikistan, such as Talco Group, Gajur Cement, Mohir Cement, Faroz, Shiri Dushanbe, Angisht, Makolli, Obi Zulol companies and other large enterprises in the metallurgy, mechanical engineering, chemical, food and light industries.

“This exhibition allows potential partners and future consumers of our products to evaluate the high quality of the goods. Uzbekistan is a very promising market for us. I think that our products will find their place in the market of Uzbekistan, since the quality is not inferior to other foreign brands. During our visit, we signed a contract with a local company for the supply of confectionery and within two months we will deliver the first batch of our products”, – said Akmal Khamidov, director of confectionery production company “Amiri”.

Important goals of the business forum and exhibition are the establishment and strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation between business entities of the two countries, as well as demonstration of Tajikistan’s industrial products for interested entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan. Both events contribute to the attraction of mutual investments and establishment of joint ventures in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the Press Service of the Ministry for Foreign Trade reports.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

Meeting with the European Parliament delegation

On August 21, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the delegation of members of the European People's Party faction in the European Parliament from Germany that arrived in Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, the sides noted with satisfaction the strengthening cooperation between the parliamentary structures of Uzbekistan and the European Union in the context of positive dynamics of interaction in "Uzbekistan – EU" format.

Over the past year alone, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, visited Uzbekistan twice and held fruitful negotiations with the leadership of the country. Contacts at other levels, including between business circles, representatives of state and non-state organizations, education, culture and art spheres have also significantly intensified.

At the meeting, concrete proposals were made on holding bilateral events, as well as views were exchanged on other issues of the joint agenda, international and regional issues.

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

Visit to Embassy of India

On August 21, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov visited the Embassy of the Republic of India, in Tashkent.

In connection with the passing of the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Minister on behalf of the leadership of Uzbekistan expressed deep condolences and left a message of condolences in the Condolence Book, opened at the Embassy.

Ambassador Vinod Kumar sincerely thanked the Uzbek side for the messages of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the President and Prime Minister of India with condolences and support in a sorrowful moment.

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


Social Evil and How to Combat It

The Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion has conducted a sociological survey “Countering human trafficking in the mirror of public opinion”. The research sought to reveal the level of citizens’ awareness of the problem of trafficking in human beings, the causes and consequences of crimes related to this evil, people’s opinions on the effectiveness of measures taken to combat the phenomenon.

Trafficking in human beings is a global problem that affects the lives of millions of people in almost all countries of the world. Roughly violating human rights and freedoms, it turns into victims of men, women and children, makes them the object of exploitation, brings physical and moral suffering, deprives life.

An important tool in countering trafficking in human beings is raising public awareness about this problem of modern world society. In order to prevent illegal employment abroad and, as a result, the entry of citizens into traffickers’ networks, a wide campaign has been launched in Uzbekistan using various forms of propaganda to inform the public not only about the specific facts of committing crimes related to trafficking in human beings, but also their negative consequences.

The public opinion poll revealed a high level of awareness of citizens about the existence of such crimes as trafficking in human beings: the absolute majority of respondents noted that they knew about this problem. It is noted that the population of all regions of the country has enough information about this.

The overwhelming majority of the population (93.2%) noted that the main source of information on crimes related to human trafficking was state television. Citizens are in need of more complete, in-depth, quicker and more comprehensive information about cases of trafficking in human beings and related problems.

The people of Uzbekistan consider crimes related to human trafficking as a serious threat to national security. Citizens in all regions of the country, in urban and rural areas, men and women, regardless of age, social origin and level of education, are convinced of this. In the course of the survey, respondents noted that human trafficking is an urgent global problem that threatens a peaceful life and has negative consequences for both exploited persons and society as a whole.

As the study showed, information about cases of getting our compatriots into the network of traffickers, causes an emotional negative reaction among the residents of the country. Participants in the survey noted that they were experiencing “anger and indignation towards traffickers”, “the desire for their fair punishment”. Victims of trafficking in human beings evoke in the people of our country “compassion and pity”, “desire to help”.

At the same time, the majority of respondents (76.2%) believe that people themselves are to blame for falling into labor or sexual slavery. Such an assessment is based on the conviction of citizens that victims of forced exploitation bear full personal responsibility for their situation, which they fall into due to their own imprudence, credulity, low level of self-esteem, and the desire for quick earnings.

The participants in sociological research are assigned to the family an important role in preventing slavery. In their opinion, it is she who is responsible for the education of children, the acquisition of their profession, the upbringing in children of certain qualities, such as independence, self-esteem, intolerance of all manifestations of violence and encroachments on one’s own honor and dignity.

The survey showed that citizens who do not have a profession with a low level of education and legal knowledge are at risk of falling into the network of traffickers, aimed at quick earnings, by nature trusting, insecure, and amenable to someone else's influence. Respondents especially note such a risk factor to become a victim of human trafficking, as ignorance of the language of the country to which the migrant leaves to work.

According to the results of the study, the main spheres of labor activity in which citizens were subjected to forced labor are construction and agriculture, sexual services, care for domestic animals.

The assessment revealed that among the population of our country who have been trafficked, there are more men than women. Most often, people found themselves in the network of traffickers in the process of leaving for illegal labor migration, when they applied for help in finding employment abroad to an unfamiliar person.

According to the respondents, whose friends or relatives were trafficked, the reason for the incident was the trustfulness of the victims, the low level of their education and legal culture, the illegal way of their migration to labor migration.

The poll noted that in recent years, the number of respondents making independent attempts to rescue a member of their families from slavery has decreased, which is explained by the effectiveness of the work of state and law enforcement agencies in uncovering crimes related to trafficking cases and the return of injured citizens to their homeland, the activities of the Interagency Commission on Trafficking Counteraction. The effectiveness of this work has increased with the introduction of the institution of Public Receptions of the President of Uzbekistan.

The majority of participants in the study are convinced that the fight against human trafficking is a matter for the whole society, and citizens are ready to assist state and law enforcement bodies in combating this phenomenon. The effectiveness of this struggle, citizens believe, will be achieved only in close cooperation and with the active support of civil institutions and the people themselves. In the opinion of the respondents, the counteraction to trafficking in persons should consist in timely informing the relevant authorities of the known cases of trafficking in persons, as well as criminal acts, such as recruiting citizens for illegal work in another country.

The opinion of the survey participants about the most effective measures to prevent people from entering labor or sexual slavery was revealed. An important role in the prevention of cases of trafficking in human beings is given to respondents conducting explanatory work with the population, raising the level of the legal culture of citizens, informing potential labor migrants about the dangers. In the opinion of the respondents, the creation of new jobs in all regions of the country and the organization of legal labor migration, as well as the implementation of more stringent control by the relevant bodies for our compatriots who have left for work in another country, will reduce the risk of people falling into the network of criminals.

The survey showed that the priority areas outlined in the Strategy of Actions, ensuring the implementation of human interests, will guarantee successful reforms in the fight against trafficking in human beings in the interests of the security of the country and every member of society. For the most part, the inhabitants of the country realize the importance and urgency of this problem and express their desire to actively assist in the struggle to eradicate this social evil.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


New Discipline to Be Introduced in Schools

Pilot project to teach chess as part of mandatory curricula starts in 150 schools across Uzbekistan.

In the long run, a program of measures will be developed that provides for the gradual transition of all general schools in the nation to the teaching of chess, the training of highly qualified trainers, the consolidation of the financial and technical capacities of chess clubs and chess classes of general schools.

In addition, as it follows from a presidential resolution, the Republican Specialized Children’s and Youth Sports School of Chess will be transferred to the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan. From now on, it will carry out its activities on the conditions of self-funding.

In a month’s time, all chess clubs will undergo documentation process. And from 1 September 2018, all chess clubs and other sports institutions that teach chess and train players in this field, irrespective of the form of ownership, will have to pass mandatory accreditation in the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan in coordination with the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports.

A mechanism is being introduced whereby chess clubs provide quarterly reports on their activities to the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Khorezm Offers Exclusive Projects

Khorezm region attracts the attention of tourists not only with its historical monuments and worship shrines, but also with its unique nature, distinctive flora and fauna.

In recent years, ecotourism and agrotourism have been developing rapidly in the Khiva, Khazarasp, Urgench, Bagat districts, along the Amudarya coast. The diversified farm “Sharifom Shohjahon” of the Bagat district specializes in poultry farming. Since year September, the farm has been implementing projects in agrotourism as an experiment.

“In September 2017, a total of 12 ostriches were brought from a family enterprise in the Ferghana region and an agrotourism zone was organized,” says the chief of the farm Ilhom Vafoev. “Today, more and more local and foreign tourists come here to see these unique birds. Ostriches are adapted to a hot climate, so the natural conditions of our country are suitable for their living and breeding. These are herbivorous birds, we feed them with alfalfa and other suitable feeds. Ostriches for 3-4 years gain 120-150 kilograms in weight.”

Representatives of the regional hokimiyat also visited the farmer and got acquainted with his project, rendered practical assistance in allocating two hectares of area. In this territory it is planned to build special premises for ostriches’ maintenance, to grow fodder crops. In the farm, where now, in addition to ostriches, quail and turkeys are grown, they plan to further diversify the species of birds they nurture.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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