DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #191
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
September 28, 2018
Cooperation based on friendship and good-neighborliness is strengthened. 1
a state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to India.. 2
On the forthcoming state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to India. 2
International relationships. 3
CIS Foreign Ministers meeting in Dushanbe. 3
To Join the Ranks of 50 Advanced Nations. 3
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 5
Day of State Security Service to be marked on 5 April 5
Cooperation based on friendship and good-neighborliness is strengthened
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Tajikistan to attend the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met the President of Uzbekistan at Dushanbe International Airport.
Within the framework of the visit it is planned to hold a number of bilateral events in the cities of Dushanbe and Tursunzade.
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On September 27, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held a meeting in Dushanbe city.
This has been reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Emomali Rahmon sincerely welcomed Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The results of the state visit of the President of Tajikistan to Uzbekistan were highly appreciated. Current issues of trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian cooperation development between the two countries were discussed at the meeting.
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Presidents Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emomali Rahmon visited the Park named after Nizomiddin Alisher Navoi, in Dushanbe.
The Park is created by the Order of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan of March 5, 2018. The document provided for installation of monuments to Nuriddin Abdurahman Jami and Nizomiddin Alisher Navoi as a sign of friendship between people of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. A competition was announced for preparation of their project.
On the eve of the visit of the Head of Uzbekistan, monuments to great poets and thinkers have been erected in the park. On September 27, representatives of government and state authorities, writers and youth attended the event.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emomali Rahmon solemnly opened the park and monuments. They laid flowers at the monuments to Alisher Navoi and Abdurahman Jami.
This event became a logical continuation of similar activities carried out in Uzbekistan. As it is known, on March 7, 2018, monuments to Alisher Navoi and Abdurahman Jami were erected in the Central Park of Samarkand. It is noteworthy that the street adjacent to this park was also named in honor of Abdurahman Jami, and the park named after Alisher Navoi is adjacent to square named after another Persian-Tajik poet Abu Abdullo Rudaki.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, accompanied by President Emomali Rahmon, visited the city of Tursunzade.
The policy of openness and cooperation carried out by the President of Uzbekistan in relations with neighboring states pleases the residents of Tursunzade along with all Tajiks. The Agreements on the State Border and on mutual trips of citizens, signed during the state visit of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Tajikistan in March this year, played an important role in people’s life.
Resumption of border checkpoints’ work, introduction of a visa-free regime for up to thirty days, establishment of new bus routes and flights create broad conveniences for people.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev notes that the state is needed to serve people. Today, the domestic and foreign policies of Uzbekistan, including changes in relations with neighboring countries, serve this purpose.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, accompanied by President Emomali Rahmon, visited Talco state unitary enterprise in the city of Tursunzade.
The plant, built in 1975, was transformed into Tajik Aluminum Company State Unitary Enterprise in 2007. Talco unites many enterprises of mining and chemical-metallurgical branch.
In July 2018, Krantas Group LLC of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Aluminum Company jointly established Talco-Krantas plant of special equipment. Truck cranes, tractor-trailers, semi-trailers and other types of machinery will be produced at the joint venture.
This promising project was presented during the visit of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Presidents.
The President of Uzbekistan got acquainted with activities of Tajikistan Aluminum Company.
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Presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan visited “Bogi Somon” farm in Tursunzade district.
Almost half of 300 thousand people of Tursunzade city are representatives of Uzbek nationality. Farms of the city are mainly engaged in viticulture. Local vineyards remind the vineyards of Besharik district of Fergana or Parkent district of Tashkent region.
The head of the farm Kamol Madumarov is a son of a farmer from Altiarik district of Uzbekistan. He followed in the footsteps of his father, earned respect as hardworking farmer. Currently, the farm has vineyards with a total area of 500 hectares. 1,100 people work here. Such grape varieties as “Husayni”, “Rizamat”, “Kattakurgon”, “Kelin barmok” and others are grown. 70-80 percent of products are exported. Currently, harvesting activities are carried out in the refrigerated warehouse of the farm with a capacity of 1.2 thousand tons.
Presidents became acquainted with the activity of this warehouse, visited the vineyards. Shavkat Mirziyoyev presented Captiva car produced in Uzbekistan to Kamol Madumarov. The President of Uzbekistan also visited “Vatan” farm of the same district and presented a Captiva to its head Nemat Usmonov.
The visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Tajikistan continues. Shavkat Mirziyoyev will attend the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States on September 28.
a state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to India
On the forthcoming state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to India
On September 30 – October 1, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind, will pay a state visit to India.
At the meetings and negotiations with President Ram Nath Kovind, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of India, it is planned to consider concrete ways of further deepening interstate cooperation, exchange views on key issues of the international and regional agenda.
The President of Uzbekistan will meet with heads of leading Indian companies in the city of New Delhi to discuss practical aspects of developing bilateral relations in trade-economic and investment fields, including proposals for establishment of Uzbekistan – India Business Council.
Within the framework of the visit, the delegation of Uzbekistan will also visit the ancient capital of India – Agra, one of the universally recognized sights of which is the majestic Taj Mahal mausoleum.
Following the visit, it is planned to adopt a Joint Statement by the President of Uzbekistan and the Prime Minister of India, to sign intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements, documents between the regions and institutions of the two countries that strengthen and develop the legal framework for bringing Uzbekistan – India relations to a qualitatively new level.
CIS Foreign Ministers meeting in Dushanbe
On September 27, 2018, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov attended the regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States, in Dushanbe.
Foreign Ministers of the CIS countries discussed practical aspects of preparation and holding of the CIS Summit in Dushanbe, on September 27-28.
Draft agenda and documents planned to be signed by the heads of states were considered and agreed at the meeting.
The sides also exchanged views on current issues of international agenda and cooperation in the CIS format.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
To Join the Ranks of 50 Advanced Nations
The 2019-2021 Strategy of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been approved. What can we expect in the coming years on this front? Uzbekistan Today correspondent addressed the Minister of Innovative Development Ibrohim Abdurahmonov with this and other questions.
- What do you expect from the implementation of this strategy?
- Its main goal is the development of human capital as the principal factor determining the degree of the country’s competitiveness in the world arena and its innovative progress. By 2030, we intend to join the list of 50 leading states of the world under the Global Innovation Index rating.
I would like to draw attention to the innovative approach to evaluating the results of the program. Previously, we used to praise ourselves, but no one abroad seriously took our self-serving boasts. In order not to admit our own mistakes, we avoided participation in various international studies and ratings. One example is the ranking of the Global Innovation Index: we were in it, but when our results began to deteriorate, we stopped cooperating with its authors and left it. If we call everything by its own name, that approach did not promote progressive development, but pulled us back.
Now everything will be different, as objective as possible. Progress will be assessed based on 81 indicators, determined within the framework of ratings and studies of international organizations. During the implementation of the strategy along 34 indicators, the country plans to significantly improve its position, and the assessment of achievements in 47 indicators will be carried out for the first time. It will be produced in the spheres of public administration, human capital and research activities, infrastructure, markets, business, science and technology, creative results.
- What is to be done on this path?
- In a word, we need to implement several sets of measures aimed at solving current problems.
First and foremost, we must ensure the improvement of the quality and coverage of education at all levels, the development of a system of continuous education, the flexibility of the training system based on the needs of the economy.
Second, there is an urgent need to bolster the scientific potential and effectiveness of research and development, create effective mechanisms for integrating education, science and entrepreneurship to widely implement the results of research, development and technological work.
Thirdly, we must secure growth in the investment of public and private funds in innovation, research, development and technology, the introduction of modern and effective forms of financing activities in these areas.
Fourth, the efficiency of public authorities ought to be increased through the introduction of modern management methods and techniques.
Fifth, we need to improve the system for ensuring the protection of property rights, create competitive markets and equal conditions for businesses, development of public-private partnership.
And, finally, it is necessary to work on delivering a sustainable socio-economic infrastructure.
- How will the education system change?
- Further improvement of the quality of learning in educational institutions is to be achieved through the introduction of new educational programs, modern pedagogical and smart technologies into the teaching and upbringing process. We finally need to use the potential of electronic modules and distance learning, not in words but in practice, to improve the quality of education.
At the same time, we need an objective assessment of the quality of education. Therefore, it is necessary to develop and implement a national system for assessing the quality of education and its impact on the level of innovative development of the country on the basis of systematic monitoring of the results of the educational process at the regional and national levels.
Vocational education should be more accessible. A person wishing to obtain a profession should not be constrained by some age and other framework that restricts his/her access to professional knowledge. The colleges will engage in professional retraining of young people, taking into account the rapidly changing labor market trends in short-term training programs. In higher education institutions, we will gradually abolish quotas for admission, they will themselves determine the number of students accepted, based on their capacities. Applicants will have the opportunity to simultaneously apply for several universities, which will increase their chances of graduating. There will be more universities; in the creation of new ones we will actively use the potential of cooperation with foreign leading higher educational institutions.
We will pay special attention to the quality of higher education. It is planned to raise it thanks to the consolidation of the research component of higher educational institutions on the basis of state support for the most active universities in this field, selected according to the number of published scientific articles, the citation index, participation in international conferences and seminars, and the number of patents received. Leading universities will have foresight centers. They will be engaged in forecasting the development of innovation activities in order to develop proposals for scenarios of the sector-based and regional economy. Their tasks will also include the provision of scientific and technological forecasting of the internal and external environment, the development of the technological and innovative environment and priority innovative directions of the higher educational institution.
Meanwhile, attention will be paid to the development of inclusive education. Everyone should have equal access to education, regardless of health status.
- To secure innovative development it is important that young people go to science. What will be done to increase the attractiveness of the profession of the scientist?
- First of all, a significant increase in funding for science is planned; it will be brought up to 0.8% of GDP.
The system of funding scientific research will receive a push forward. We will have innovative funds, innovative banks, venture funds. We will simplify the procedures and requirements for obtaining a bank loan to stimulate the innovative development of the country. It is necessary to improve the microfinance system of innovative development.
We are going to stimulate the participation of the private sector in identifying and financing the priorities of scientific and technological development. We will create a constantly updated single database of innovative projects and potential investors.
We’ll introduce the mechanism for organizing research through the public order for carrying out research and development work on the program-target principle using the mechanisms of project management. This will increase the effectiveness of scientists’ participation in addressing pressing issues.
Much attention is to be paid to the development of innovation infrastructure, the creation of conditions so that scientists can realize their potential. We will buy modern scientific equipment. To create conditions for its effective use, we are going to create centers for collective use of unique scientific and technical equipment. But the equipment in them will be the most advanced.
It was decided to deliver a public system of scientific and technical information, including the national, branch, regional scientific and technical information resources and organizations specializing in the collection, storage and processing of domestic and foreign sources of scientific and technical information, the formation, maintenance and use of information funds, databases and data banks. This will facilitate access to information about scientific inventions to all who are interested in them.
Scholars should be encouraged to implement their developments. To this end, we will create national and regional technology transfer offices. It is planned to create a hub for technology parks, free economic zones, free industrial zones, small industrial zones and scientific and industrial clusters for the development and introduction of advanced technologies.
Public support will be boosted for the formation of joint organizations with foreign partners to produce domestic science-intensive goods and to sell them on the foreign market.
Knowledge-intensive industries, in particular the sphere of IT-technology and software product development, are to receive advancement. By 2021, the share of exports of services in the field of information and communication technologies will be brought to 4% of the total exports.
All this will contribute to the fact that scientists will be engaged in solving specific problems of the real sector of the economy.
- To make all this doable, we need to boost competition, don’t we?
- Absolutely correct. Therefore, its development in the concept is given priority attention, including the development of corporate law and the introduction of modern principles of corporate governance, taking into account international practice. The formation of a competitive market that stimulates the transition of the economy to an innovative development path and efficient use of resources is to be formed.
We will give priority attention to improving the antimonopoly policy, including through the introduction of public-private partnerships, ensuring non-discriminatory access to goods, works and services of natural monopoly entities for all bodies corporate and individuals, and the introduction of effective pricing mechanisms for the production of monopoly enterprises. Equal conditions for carrying out entrepreneurial activities and preventing the monopolization of the domestic market will be formed.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan
Day of State Security Service to be marked on 5 April
The Senate of the Oliy Majlis today approved a law on the establishment of the Day of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan.
According to the law, 5 April is established as the Day of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan.
On 5 April 2018 the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the law "On the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan". The document was adopted by the Legislative Chamber of Parliament on 15 March and approved by the Senate on 29 March.