DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #179
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
September 13, 2018
Effectiveness of the planned tasks implementation for economic development 1
an official visit to Uzbekistan the President of Belarus. 3
President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan. 3
Uzbekistan – Belarus: towards new horizons of business and interregional cooperation. 3
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 4
Tashkent to host an international conference on transport corridors. 4
International relationships. 4
Meeting at the MFA.. 4
Effectiveness of the planned tasks implementation for economic development
On September 12, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting dedicated to issues of implementation of tasks on increasing revenues to the State budget, achieving macroeconomic indicators for the first 9 months of this year, accelerating introduction of clusters in cotton and textile industry.
At today’s meeting, we need to discuss the state of implementation of the priority tasks and targets for socio-economic development of the country, identify the most important measures on using additional reserves for 3.5 months that remained until the end of this year, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Economic growth is primarily the construction of new enterprises, development of road transport, production and other infrastructure, creation of new jobs, curbing inflation and prices, employment of people.
Over the past 2 years, we have implemented and are carrying out large-scale reforms, many large investment projects.
For successful execution of these priority tasks and commitments undertaken for further improving the lives of citizens, it is necessary to increase additional revenues to the state and local budgets.
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At the meeting, devoted to issues of implementation of tasks on increasing revenues to the State budget, special attention was paid to consistent continuation of investment programs implementation, adopted for the development of sectors of the economy and regions.
It is necessary to ensure the receipt of sufficient currency for modernization and sustainable development of the economy, and for this – to increase the competitiveness of our products and increase its exports. It is necessary to pay special attention to development of cotton and textile clusters for widespread introduction of modern market relations in agriculture, said the Head of the state.
The results of activities carried out in this direction were analyzed, necessary measures were identified at the meeting.
In accordance with the instruction of the President, at the beginning of this year, reserves were found for additional revenues to the budget, and measures were taken on their mobilization. As a result, for 8 months of this year, the budget received funds by 21 percent more compared to the same period last year. In particular, the growth in local budgets amounted to 22 percent.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the availability of opportunities for further increasing income and instructed responsible persons to identify specific sources and measures in this direction.
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At the meeting, devoted to issues of achievement of macroeconomic indicators for the first 9 months of this year, attention was paid to issues of effective and targeted spending of additional income, remaining at the disposal of khokimiyats at places.
Issues of achieving macroeconomic indicators for the first 9 months and up to the end of the current year, preventing price increases, developing investments, expanding exports were discussed.
The Head of the state noted the need for accelerating activities in the spheres and sectors, in which there are problems with achieving the target and forecast parameters, ensuring the achievement of the planned indicators.
The state of commissioning facilities and implementation of investment projects scheduled for the current year was analyzed.
The importance of re-analysis of each investment project, acceleration of lagging behind in implementation, solving problems, early start of production was emphasized. Instructions were given on formation of the draft investment program for 2019.
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In accordance with the Resolution on measures for organizing accelerated implementation of business initiatives and projects in the regions, adopted on September 11, 2018, the solution of problems hindering the implementation of investment projects in the regions will be implemented on the basis of a completely new approach. Working groups will be assigned to each region, which will assist khokimiyats and initiators in the process from development to implementation of the project.
At the meeting, devoted to issues of implementation of tasks on increasing revenues to the State budget, responsible persons were instructed to organize effective activities of these regional working groups.
During the discussion, it was noted that in the first 9 months, export volume is expected to grow by 19 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2017.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the need for developing and ensuring implementation of measures for assisting each exporting enterprise, for each type of exported products.
Measures for export of expected 607 thousand tons of re-crops harvest, as well as vegetables harvested in September-October in greenhouses were defined.
Speaking about agriculture, the Head of the state noted the need for preventing growth of prices in markets. The President gave instructions to stock more than 501 thousand tons of agricultural products and supply it to the domestic market in winter and spring months in accordance with the needs of the population.
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At the meeting, which was held by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on September 12, special attention was paid to issues of expansion of cotton and textile clusters’ activities.
This year, cluster cotton harvesting has been established in 20 districts on an area of 164 thousand hectares, this experiment began to bring first results.
Reclamation and irrigation activities, purchasing agricultural machinery and other activities, previously carried out at the expense of centralized funds, are now carried out at the expense of own funds of clusters. Clusters have taken a leading place in the sphere of drip irrigation and irrigation using plastic pipes.
Most importantly, as expected, the yield of cotton in clusters to be higher for 5-10 centners compared to farms.
In order to further expand this justifiable system, 44 initiators with necessary production and financial capacity were selected after considering the proposals. In 2019, it is planned to harvest cotton in 61 clusters, covering 51 percent of all cotton fields.
In 2019, 70 out of 133 districts will fully be transferred to a cluster system. New clusters will organize 41 enterprises and will create about 23 million new jobs.
As a result of creation of new facilities and organization of clusters’ activities, in 2019, the country will process 78 percent of harvested cotton fiber, which is twice more than in 2017. By 2020, transition to full processing of cotton fiber will be accomplished. The share of finished products will be increased from 40 to at least 60 percent.
Therefore, we need to fully support clusters’ activities. The future of agriculture and its economic efficiency depend on them. Clusters should become an engine for accelerated development of agricultural sector, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The need for extending all privileges granted to cotton-textile clusters this year, to clusters organized in subsequent years and further expanding their activities was noted.
Instructions were given on development of a program for phased introduction of drip irrigation in agriculture for 2019-2023, attracting preferential loans of international financial organizations to the industry.
an official visit to Uzbekistan the President of Belarus
President of Belarus arrives in Uzbekistan
On September 12, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Uzbekistan with an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov met the distinguished guest at Tashkent international airport named after Islam Karimov.
The President of Belarus visited the Mustakillik square, and laid flowers at the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which is a symbol of our freedom, bright future and noble aspirations.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that this majestic square is a unique complex reflecting the peaceful policy of Uzbekistan, the noble aspirations of people of the country for the sake of creation and prosperity.
The distinguished guest laid flowers at the monument to the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and paid tribute to the memory of the great leader of the country.
The main events of the visit will take place on September 13.
As previously reported, during the upcoming meetings and negotiations between Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Alexander Lukashenko, at Kuksaroy residence, it is planned to discuss a wide range of issues on bilateral agenda, identify key areas for strengthening and developing political dialogue, mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, economic, investment, scientific, educational, cultural, humanitarian and other areas for the long term perspective.
Presidents of Uzbekistan and Belarus will also exchange views on current regional and international issues.
Following the Uzbekistan – Belarus summit, it is planned to sign a Joint Statement of the heads of states, a number of interstate, intergovernmental, interdepartmental agreements and other documents providing for giving new dynamics to friendly, multifaceted relations between Uzbekistan and Belarus.
Within the framework of the visit, the opening ceremony of Amkodor-Agrotechmash joint venture at Tashkent Agricultural Machinery Plant, Made in Belarus national exhibition, as well as a visit to Yakub Kolas Street, where a monument to this outstanding Belarusian poet is erected, and other events will also be held.
Uzbekistan – Belarus: towards new horizons of business and interregional cooperation
Within the framework of the official visit of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Uzbekistan – Belarus forum of business and interregional cooperation was held at Uzexpocentre, in Tashkent.
The event, organized by the Ministry for Foreign Trade, the State Investment Committee, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan jointly with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Belarus, was attended by more than 50 representatives of ministries and companies representing energy, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, mining and light industry, and other industries of the two countries.
The forum was attended by more than 300 businessmen, heads of 38 large companies of Belarus. The event showed that both sides are equally interested in sustainable development of mutually beneficial partnership.
Issues of sharing experience on implementation of international standards, creation of an effective system of training personnel, using opportunities of the Intergovernmental Commission for development of bilateral relations were widely discussed at the forum. Such perspective directions of economic cooperation as agro-industry, creation of innovative parks, expansion of communications in the sphere of tourism, implementation of joint projects on pharmaceuticals were considered.
There are 6 enterprises in Belarus with participation of Uzbekistan’s entrepreneurs. In Uzbekistan, there are 30 enterprises with participation of Belarusian capital. For six months of 2018, the trade turnover amounted to 229.5 million USD. This is almost four times more than in the same period last year.
At the event, cooperation agreements in trade-economic, scientific-technical, socio-humanitarian spheres, on interregional cooperation, export and import, production of tourism, textile, knitwear, leather goods and services were signed.
B2B meeting was held within the framework of the forum. Issues of development of joint programs aimed at expanding cooperation, implementing promising projects in the oil and gas, mining, metallurgy, construction and agriculture, food and tourism spheres were discussed. Implementation of programs on modernizing the economy, organization of high-tech joint ventures was considered.
Following the negotiations, agreements were signed for implementation of 17 joint investment projects, as well as over 80 contracts.
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
Tashkent to host an international conference on transport corridors
On September 20-21, 2018, Tashkent will host an international conference on “Central Asia in the system of international transport corridors: strategic prospects and unrealized opportunities”.
The conference is aimed at discussing joint actions and developing measures on development of transport and transit potential of Central Asia.
The event will be attended by more than 200 guests from 45 countries, representatives of more than 25 international organizations, financial institutions and leading transport companies.
Participation of representatives of the World Bank, ADB, IDB, EBRD, AIIB, UNESCAP, UNECE, ICAO, IATA, OSCE, GIZ, SCO, OIC, ECO, CIS, CAREC, TRACECA, IRU, OSJD and others is also expected.
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Meeting at the MFA
On September 12, 2018, a meeting with Brian McFeeters, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Repblic of Uzbekistan.
At the meeting, views were exchanged on the current state and prospects for strengthening trade, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries in the context of implementing the agreements reached during the official visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States on May 15-17 this year and the negotiations with President Donald Trump.
The sides noted positive dynamics in bilateral trade. Over the first 8 months of 2018, the trade turnover reached almost $300 million, while in 2017 it amounted to $210.2 million. At the same time, a significant potential for further developing mutually beneficial cooperation in this area was confirmed and the mutual interest in this was emphasized.
Other issues on Uzbekistan – American agenda were also discussed at the meeting, including preparations for the American Business Week in Uzbekistan.
The U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen attended the meeting.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)