DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #197
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
October 8, 2018
On telephone conversation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the President of the Russian Federation. 1
On telephone conversation of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Presidents. 1
the official visit of the President of Uzbekistan to France.. 2
On the official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the French Republic. 2
France – Uzbekistan business forum.. 2
The enterprise Rus O`zbek Teks in Ferghana region’s Rishtan district eyes a much-promising project with the application of cluster methods. 3
How Are the Reforms Going on, and What Hinders Them?. 4
The 24th Tashkent International Travel Fair (TITF 2018) “Tourism on the Silk Road”. 6
Tourism on the Silk Road International Tourism Fair has ended. 6
On telephone conversation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the President of the Russian Federation
On October 7, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely congratulated Vladimir Putin on his birthday, expressing the sincerest and good wishes to him.
The Presidents exchanged views on issues of further deepening bilateral cooperation in the context of implementation of the agreements reached during the high-level meetings and negotiations.
Positive dynamics of development and strengthening of Uzbekistan – Russia friendship, strategic partnership and alliance was noted with deep satisfaction.
Special attention was paid to expansion of trade-economic cooperation. The trade turnover is growing rapidly, large investment projects are being successfully implemented in priority sectors of the economy, including in the oil and gas sector, energy, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, electrical, textile, food and other industries.
In accordance with the signed intergovernmental agreement, the parties have begun preparations for the implementation of a strategic project in the field of peaceful atom.
Direct interregional contacts, as well as interaction of business circles have been intensified. This month, Tashkent will host the first Uzbekistan – Russia Interregional Forum with participation of regional leaders, leading enterprises and companies of the two countries.
Practical activities in cultural-humanitarian sphere were highly appreciated. Intensification of partnership between higher education institutions was noted. It is planned to hold the first joint educational forum in Tashkent. It will be attended by rectors and professors of leading universities of Uzbekistan and Russia.
The heads of states discussed issues related to the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan. Views were exchanged on current issues of international and regional policy.
Following the conversation, the Presidents confirmed their strong commitment to comprehensive development and strengthening of long-term Uzbekistan – Russia strategic partnership and alliance, mutually beneficial practical cooperation.
On telephone conversation of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Presidents
On October 5, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
The President of Uzbekistan warmly congratulated the President of Tajikistan on his birthday and expressed sincere wishes of good health, prosperity and new success.
The sides noted with satisfaction that regular meetings and contacts at the highest level will contribute to strengthening friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.
It was noted that fruitful negotiations held during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to Uzbekistan on August 17-18, 2018, the agreements and bilateral documents signed on their results will serve to further development of mutually beneficial cooperation.
The effectiveness of meetings and negotiations held within the framework of the working visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Dushanbe on September 27-28, 2018, to attend the regular meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of States, was noted.
Trade and economic relations are actively developing. The trade turnover is increasing, cooperation in various sectors, interaction in transport-communication sphere is increasing, partnership between regions is strengthening, cultural-humanitarian exchange is expanding.
The sides noted the importance of regular working contacts at the level of governments, ministries and departments of the two countries in order to develop practical cooperation and full implementation of the reached agreements.
Following the conversation, the heads of states reaffirmed their commitment to comprehensive expansion of multifaceted mutually beneficial relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan based on centuries-old friendship, good-neighborliness and strategic partnership principles.
the official visit of the President of Uzbekistan to France
On the official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the French Republic
On October 8-9, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, will pay an official visit to France.
During the visit, it is planned to hold negotiations between the heads of the two states, meetings with the leadership of the parliament, representatives of leading companies and financial institutions of France.
The agenda of Uzbekistan – France summit includes issues of further developing political dialogue, expanding practical cooperation in trade, economic and financial spheres, joint implementation of investment projects in various sectors, as well as enhancing cultural and humanitarian exchanges.
Following the meetings and negotiations, it is planned to sign more than 10 intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents, including agreements on cooperation in the spheres of economics and finance, transport, tourism, ecology, culture and art, a program of cooperation between foreign ministries and others.
A meeting of the President of Uzbekistan with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Audrey Azoulay will also take place, during which prospects for deepening partnership between Uzbekistan and UNESCO will be discussed, as well as a joint Action Plan for 2018-2021 will be adopted.
France – Uzbekistan business forum
Paris hosted France – Uzbekistan business forum.
The event, organized in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the State Committee for Investments, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Uzbekistan’s Embassy in France, MEDEF International, was attended by representatives of large companies Bouygues and VINCI, heads of responsible ministries, agencies and companies of the two countries.
At the event it was emphasized that cooperation between the two countries is consistently developing, this business forum acquires great importance in bringing interaction in trade, economic and investment spheres to a new level.
The forum was attended by representatives of French companies operating in the spheres of agriculture, trade, mechanical engineering, services, as well as in chemical, construction and food industries.
During the forum, French entrepreneurs were given information about the economic reforms being carried out in Uzbekistan, factors for development of small business and private entrepreneurship, and prospects for investments. Joint projects of entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan and France in many areas, their implementation were discussed.
According to experts, opportunities of Uzbekistan and France allow increasing mutual trade turnover at least twice. An effective method to further accelerate this process is implementation of joint activities on strengthening cooperation between entrepreneurs.
There are 16 enterprises in Uzbekistan established together with French entrepreneurs. In 2017, mutual trade turnover reached 251.6 million USD. From January to August of this year, the figure amounted to 195.1 million dollars.
Within the framework of the forum, specialists of Uzbekenergo, Uzqurilishmateriallari, Uzsharobsanoat, Uzcharmsanoat, large domestic enterprises and private entrepreneurship representatives held negotiations with representatives of almost 100 large French manufacturing companies, small and medium-sized business.
Participants discussed prospects for establishing mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. Issues related to implementation of new investment projects, including their main parameters and sources of financing, were also considered.
The enterprise Rus O`zbek Teks in Ferghana region’s Rishtan district eyes a much-promising project with the application of cluster methods
Special emphasis is placed in Uzbekistan to the delivery of infrastructure built on cutting-edge technologies and introduction of cluster techniques into the agricultural sector. One of such innovation schemes is currently under implementation in Rishtan district.
For the first time this year, Rus O`zbek Teks has been employing a cluster process in cotton cultivation. Considerable effects are expected as a result. More than 1,000 hectares of cotton fields in the district are located on the lands of central Ferghana, and the crop yield has dropped here in recent years. Earlier this year, experienced specialists studied the extent of soil bonity, its structure and composition. Samples from the upper stratum of the soil as well as from the ten- and twenty-meter depths were taken for through examination.
As a result of research and conclusions of the specialists, seeds of the cotton of Namangan 77 and S 8290 species were sown, and all the agro-technical works were carried out with quality and in time. Currently, the company employs more than 20 agricultural, chemical and other specialists. For the past period of this year, in excess of twenty units of machinery and scores of spare parts were procured.
“We see the advantages of the cluster method in practice,” Yursinali Sodikov, head of the farmer enterprise Kodir Sodik, said in an interview. “This year, we’ve concluded agreement with Rus O`zbek Teks, sown the seeds of the S 8290 species of cotton on 18 hectares of land and intend to harvest 40 metric centners of yield. As a result of the timely conduct of agro-technical works, we see cotton boxes already open all over the field. Now we are harvesting the crop.”
In 2018-2020, the enterprise envisages to realize a promising project. In particular, the introduction of cluster techniques opens up numerous advantages and opportunities for it.
“Earlier, we used to confine ourselves to the production of threads and yarn,” said the company director Olimjon Olimov. “But now, the raw material is processed right here, it passes through all the phases and turns into finished export oriented product because cluster is an innovation production method that unites enterprises linked with deep processing of crude, starting from cultivation of land, sowing cotton seeds and through to its growth, collection and reprocessing. In accordance with estimates, 20 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 08.10.2018, 1$= 8181.08 soums) of pure income is projected as the outcome of the year.”
The enterprise also bought over the cotton ginnery of the district, where it installed modern technological equipment worth 200 thousand US dollars. In the future, the company eyes the organization of oil production, knitting mill, an auxiliary enterprise, and the creation of more than two thousand jobs. Production of 5,420 tons of yarn and over 143 billion soums of income are projected for this year.
According to specialists, organization of clusters serves the development of production chain and provision for deep reprocessing of crudes. Such form of activity in conditions of market economy allows for the reduction in the costs of production, improvement of its quality, and the elevation of the competitiveness of the industry.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
How Are the Reforms Going on, and What Hinders Them?
The Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion conducts a poll “Citizens of Uzbekistan on the Message of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oliy Majlis” on a quarterly basis in order to identify popular views about the effectiveness of the goals and objectives set by the head of state in this document.
The sociological survey carried out in the third quarter of 2018 is a more detailed study of people’s opinions on the implementation of the priority directions in the national socio-economic and political development, carried out in the framework of this program.
The study confirms the nationwide support of the country’s population for socio-economic reforms aimed at the comprehensive and accelerated development of the state and society, the liberalization of all spheres of life, the consolidation of the standing and image of our country in the international arena, and elevation of the well-being of citizens.
More than a third of the population (34.9%) believes that the reform of the public administration system with the transfer of some powers from the national authorities to the level of regions, cities, districts, is carried out at a rapid pace. Respondents of the poll noted that they can really feel the solutions to their most urgent problems and believed that very difficult situations in various aspects of life across the regions of the country can be addressed on the ground.
The survey revealed the main reasons hindering the reform of the public administration system: they are bureaucratic obstacles taking place in some public organizations and local authorities, shortage of qualified, professional and initiative-driven personnel, lack of readiness, and in some cases unwillingness of some officials to change anything in the existing system, indifference of individual staff members of local authorities to the needs and problems of the population.
Positive tendencies were revealed in the assessments of citizens in the pace of implementation of measures to support NGOs and the formation of a civil society in the country. However, 32.9% of respondents note that civil society is developing at a slow pace, many non-governmental non-profit organizations exist formally and the development of the non-governmental sector does not receive proper development. And the role of NGOs in solving socially significant issues in society and interacting with government agencies to eliminate existing problems is not enough.
More than half of citizens (61.9%) in order to further improve the work on the development of civil society institutions in the country and increase their role in democratization and liberalization of various spheres of society’s life consider it necessary to take effective measures to promote political and legal culture, and social responsibility in society. According to 56.4% of the polled, in order to optimize the activities of NGOs and enhance the institutions of civil society, it is necessary to involve wide sections of the population in addressing socially important issues, to stimulate social and political activity of citizens, to strengthen the role of the media in shaping the population’s positive attitude towards non-governmental organizations and civil institutions.
According to the interviewed, the Presidential Decree “On measures to fundamentally enhance the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country”, signed 4 May 2018, will contribute to the perfection of the activities of NGOs and establishment of constructive dialogue between the government and civil society to address a wide range of social problems.
40.1% of survey participants believe that the modernization of the judicial system is carried out at an average rate. Moreover, almost 62% of respondents expressed the opinion that the process of reforming the judicial and legal system is holding back “the abuse of power by some officials”. Participants of the survey cited a significant impediment to the successful implementation of judicial and legal reform by the lack of qualifications of the judicial and legal system specialists, the bureaucracy of some representatives of this sphere, the unwillingness to change the system that has been developed over the years, as well as the low level of legal culture and literacy of certain segments of the population.
The number of citizens positively assessing the pace of implementation of measures aimed at liberalizing the economy, improving the business environment and the investment climate, and simplifying the mechanisms for the provision of public services to entrepreneurs has been growing. According to 46.4% of survey volunteers, measures aimed at further improving the business climate, eliminating existing barriers to entrepreneurship, and reducing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles to its development are carried out at a rapid pace and are effective.
At the same time, 61.1% of respondents believe that the main obstruction to the implementation of measures to liberalize the economy is the insufficient legal culture of business representatives. In their opinion, a significant part of entrepreneurs do not know the legislation well, which establishes and regulates this type of activity, is not sufficiently aware of the legal mechanisms for protecting their rights and legitimate interests, and is not guided by the methods of legal protection of business activity.
Among the reasons constraining the further development of the economy are underscored the bureaucratic hindrance and resistance of some officials to the reform of the existing system, unwillingness to change and work in a new way, lack of qualification of personnel.
Monitoring of the survey revealed a tendency of growth in the number of citizens who assess the pace of development and modernization of the social sphere of the country as fast. This indicates that the population is already feeling the positive changes taking place in the country in the social sector, including on issues such as promoting employment, developing and modernizing road transport, engineering and communication and social infrastructure, improving citizens’, especially of residents of remote areas, access to electricity, natural gas, affordable housing.
In the opinion of respondents, the lack of professional staff capable of realizing the identified priority areas is holding back modernization of the social sphere.
The examination revealed that 37.9% of citizens are not satisfied with the pace of implementation of healthcare reform, the level and quality of medical care that does not meet modern requirements. The main factors slowing down the implementation of transformation in this area are the lack of professionalism of individual healthcare workers, corruption in medical institutions, the high cost of medical services in private clinics and the low quality of free medical care in family clinics and rural medical centers, low salaries of doctors and medical staff.
The majority of survey participants shared the view that positive changes have been taking place recently in the field of education: conditions are improving in kindergartens and schools, existing buildings are being renovated and new buildings are being constructed meeting modern requirements. Particularly noted are innovations aimed at improving the procedure for conducting admission tests to higher educational institutions that contribute to the prevention of corruption, provide transparency of testing and the ability to monitor applicants taking examinations online.
There are positive changes in the system of public education – the level of spiritual and moral, intellectual and physical development of students, the status and authority of the teacher’s profession increases, the material and social support for the staff of general schools is improved, innovative forms of education, modern pedagogical and innovative technologies are being introduced, new generation educational and methodological literature is published. In the third quarter of 2018, the number of respondents increased by 9.3%, noting that education is being reformed at a fast speed.
Among the reasons and factors constraining the modernization of the education system, citizens point out the still formal attitude to their work of responsible local workers, bureaucracy and low executive discipline of workers in this sphere, insufficient pay for teachers and educators of colleges, lyceums and universities. An obstacle in the way of reforms in this sphere is the lack of highly qualified professional personnel, the decline of the prestige of the profession, and the unwillingness of young people to engage in teaching.
As the sociological study showed, under the leadership of the head of state, effective measures are being taken in the country to ensure peace, stability and security not only in Uzbekistan, but also in the Central Asian region as a whole. According to the polled, the issues of bolstering the defense potential, regional and international cooperation, countering the spread of extremist and terrorist ideas in Uzbekistan, protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens, ensuring environmental safety have become priority areas for reform. The tendency of growth in the number of citizens who have noted positive changes in the country, contributing to furthering the security and stability, ensuring a peaceful and harmonious life, protecting public order has been revealed.
The results of the study convincingly confirm that the Uzbek society is dominated by the conviction that the reforms being implemented will build up the economic and political potential of Uzbekistan, and further the human, technical and intellectual capacities of the country.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
The 24th Tashkent International Travel Fair (TITF 2018) “Tourism on the Silk Road”
Tourism on the Silk Road International Tourism Fair has ended
The event, organized by the State Tourism Development Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the UN World Tourism Organization and a number of partner organizations, was attended by representatives from over 100 travel companies from almost 40 countries, including Uzbekistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Iran.
The current Tashkent International Tourism Fair was full of useful dialogues and mutually beneficial agreements. Within its framework, colorful performances, presentations of traditions and customs of regions of the country, exhibitions of products of national handicraft were held. Foreign guests were especially impressed by presentations and demonstrations that reflected rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Uzbekistan. During the fair, participants received detailed information about the tourism potential of Uzbekistan.
During the workshops and roundtable discussions organized within the framework of the event, views were exchanged on the issues of development of new types of tourism, such as pilgrimage, ethnographic, gastronomic, sports, health, agricultural, industrial, environmental, educational, business, children’s, youth and family tourism.
At the event, their services were also widely demonstrated by representatives of hotels and restaurants, museums, insurance, transport and logistics companies, and recreation zones. Participants of the event were impressed by the exhibits reflecting Uzbekistan’s architectural monuments, products of national handicraft.
Tourism potential of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the regions was widely presented at the fair, master classes in making clay, porcelain and copper products, gold embroidery, shows of national costumes were held.
Following the fair, winners of the “Best presentation in tourism direction”, “Best design”, “Best stand”, “Presentation of companies and hotels” and other nominations were identified and awarded.