DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #165
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
August 26, 2018
“Do business in Tashkent region” Investment Forum was held at Uzexpocentre. 1
Tashkent to Become Model City. 1
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM... 2
“Silk Road Bazaar” continues in Samarkand. 2
“Do business in Tashkent region” Investment Forum was held at Uzexpocentre
“Do business in Tashkent region” Investment Forum was held at Uzexpocentre. About 500 people attended the forum.
Within the framework of the forum, presentations were made on the region’s economic, investment and tourism potential, an exhibition of products manufactured in Tashkent region was held, opportunities for increasing the export of various goods to the countries of Central Asia, the CIS and far abroad were discussed.
The forum also demonstrated the results of activities of Angren free economic zone, disclosed information on privileges and preferences for provided land plots. Businessmen, politicians, representatives of international organizations, experts, scientists and journalists exchanged views, assessments and forecasts on the state and prospects for development of Tashkent region, as well as the priority directions of activities of the regional administration.
According to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments, the event was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and trade attaches from more than 35 countries of the world, as well as representatives of business from such countries as Iran, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and others.
At the B2B meetings, contacts between representatives of domestic entrepreneurship were held, a number of bilateral documents were signed for establishment of an industrial zone of a number of Chinese enterprises in Tashkent region, agreements were reached on increasing the export of agricultural products to Russia, establishment of new enterprises in Angren FEZ, including in the field of chemical industry, production of building materials, creation of clusters in textile industry and agriculture. 10 memorandums worth $250 million were signed between enterprises of China, South Korea and Japan for implementation of various projects in Tashkent region.
Tashkent to Become Model City
From September 1 this year, a legal experiment on the introduction of a special management order will be launched in Tashkent. It is designed to eliminate the shortcomings present in the capital Tashkent and other regions of Uzbekistan.
The metropolitan administration is endowed with a wide range of rights and powers that strengthen the independence of local authorities in decision-making.
The analysis of the state of affairs in the hokimiyat of the capital revealed numerous complex problems that directly affect the social and economic development of the city. There is no comprehensive approach to the interaction between the Tashkent hokim and the deputies, territorial administrations. The state authorities are entrusted with a lot of tasks that are not their own.
The lack of a master plan for Tashkent is of concern. As a consequence, in recent years, 195 high-rise buildings have been erected without the availability of social infrastructure and utilities, more than 1,850 house buildings with almost 4,700 families lived, of which 1,022 families have not been allocated apartments or land.
An unpleasant picture is supplemented by statistics on the inaction of more than 1,500 business entities. The fourth of the capital’s children is not covered by pre-school institutions.
At the same time, the tasks and functions of hokims are regulated by almost three hundred standard acts.
The salary of workers of the hokimiyat remains low, which in turn becomes the reason for staff turnover: for 2017-2018 out of 297 employees 178 left the mayor’s office at their own request.
The legal experiment is aimed at eliminating these shortcomings. The city hokim was given the right to appoint and dismiss the heads of the capital branches of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Housing and Public Utility Services and the State Committee for Investments, in coordination with relevant ministers. Similar authority in the territories entrusted to them is vested in the hokims of the districts, but they will coordinate their nominations with the head of the city body of these specialized institutions. It is also planned to dramatically reduce the territorial interdepartmental collegial bodies with the participation of the hokim of Tashkent and his deputies, by and large various commissions. Their number today has exceeded 50.
The subordination of the capital’s mayor and the structure of his office are transferred to Tashkent’s main departments of economy and integrated development of territories, construction, housing and utility services, the main financial management, territorial management of State Committee for Investments. Corresponding changes occur at the district level.
Hokims of Tashkent and districts exercise general leadership, ensure control and performance of the functions and tasks assigned to them. At the same time, the territorial bodies of state administration are subordinate to the corresponding hokims, and provide a report on their activities to the national body.
A number of posts will be reformatted. Heads of the main department of housing and utility services and management of the operation of canals and improvement of their border areas will now become deputies of the city’s hokim.
In the capital, 38 state unitary enterprises operate in a fragmented manner, and 12 of them are abolished in accordance with the resolution.
The Tashkent hokim is granted the right to attract free funds of the population to profitable investment projects by issuing securities in the form of city bonds or shares of newly created economic companies.
An international competition will be held by 1 October 2018 for the development of draft concepts of the Tashkent master plan.
The master plan ought to be elaborated by December 1, 2019. Until then, any construction, demolition, reconstruction works will not be allowed in the old part of Tashkent. The capital must boast high quality architecture. People here should be pleased to live, work and rest.
By December 1 this year, the bill on the status of the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan will be drafted, and so will the draft law on state authorities in the field in a new edition by July 1 next year, following the results of the legal experiment in the capital.
Tashkent’s experience in addressing issues of city administration will be generalized and further disseminated in other regions of the country.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
UZBEKISTAN - THE COUNTRY OF TOURISM
“Silk Road Bazaar” continues in Samarkand
Samarkand hosts national handicraft and trade festival “Silk Road Bazaar”.
At the festival, organized by the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development and the khokimiyat of Samarkand region in accordance with the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan on additional measures for development of tourism in Samarkand region of March 16, 2018, more than 80 craftsmen from different regions of the country are demonstrating their products.
Participants of the festival are becoming greatly interested in embroidery and jewelry of Samarkand artisans, products of copper and ceramists, Tashkent porcelain, Margilan adras, dressing gowns and vests from Shakhrisabz.
Local and foreign tourists with great pleasure tried the Samarkand bread, oriental sweets, fruits and melons grown in sunny Uzbekistan, as well as national dishes demonstrated at the exhibitions.
The folklore and ethnographic groups of the region performed at the festival. Well-known artists and young singers performed on the stages set along the Islam Karimov Street.
The festival continues its work.