DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #199
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
October 10, 2018
the official visit of the President of Uzbekistan to France.. 1
Uzbekistan – France: towards expanding and strengthening long-term mutually beneficial partnership. 1
The Turkish Etko Co Enerji A.S is to build a wind power station in Surkhandarya region. 3
International relationships. 4
Uzbekistan delegation to attend the SCO CHG meeting. 4
Uzbekistan Public Education Ministry’s delegation visits USA.. 4
Uzbekistan’s athletes set Asian and World records. 5
the official visit of the President of Uzbekistan to France
Uzbekistan – France: towards expanding and strengthening long-term mutually beneficial partnership
On October 9, the official welcoming ceremony of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan took place at Paris Square of Honor, the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan reports.
A guard of honor was lined up in honor of the distinguished guest. National anthems of Uzbekistan and France have sounded. Shavkat Mirziyoyev passed the guard of honor. Members of Uzbekistan delegation also attended the ceremony.
The President of Uzbekistan left for the residence of the President of the French Republic – the Elysee Palace.
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The meeting of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev with the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron takes place at Elysee Palace.
This has been reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Issues of further strengthening political dialogue between Uzbekistan and France, development of trade-economic and investment cooperation, activation of cultural-humanitarian exchange are being discussed at the negotiations.
Negotiations between the Presidents of the two states continue.
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The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held negotiations with the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, at Elysee Palace.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely thanked Emmanuel Macron for the invitation to France and for the warm hospitality shown to Uzbekistan delegation. Emphasized the great importance that Uzbekistan attaches to development of cooperation with France as a reliable and long-term partner.
Noting that France is the first European country he pays an official visit, the President of Uzbekistan drew attention to historical ties of friendship and trade relations that have linked the two countries since the time of our great ancestor Sahibkiran Amir Temur and King of France Charles VI.
Emmanuel Macron expressed satisfaction to meet with the President of Uzbekistan in Paris for holding the first practical negotiations. Noted that wise policy and large-scale reforms carried out under the leadership of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Uzbekistan plays an important role not only in improving people’s welfare, but also in bringing the country to the ranks of leading countries, and ensuring sustainable peace in Central Asia.
The parties noted importance of developing new forms of regional and international cooperation, jointly combating challenges and threats.
The President of France reaffirmed his support for large-scale reforms carried out in Uzbekistan and highly appreciated the foreign policy of the leadership of Uzbekistan, based on the principles of friendship, mutually beneficial partnership and mutual consideration of interests.
Emmanuel Macron noted that approaches of the two states to solving the main international and regional problems are close.
The role of Uzbekistan in strengthening regional stability and security, developing mutually beneficial cooperation and good neighborly relations in order to ensure peaceful and sustainable development of Central Asia was emphasized.
The heads of states reaffirmed the need to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan as an important condition for peace and tranquility in the region, emphasizing the absence of an alternative to a direct political dialogue, without prior conditions, between all parties involved in the conflict.
Intensification of political dialogue in recent years and the need for holding it regularly was noted.
Regular contacts are being held at the level of governments and ministries. Political consultations are held between foreign ministries. Inter-parliamentary relations are consistently developing.
Issues of development of trade-economic, investment, energy, technological, cultural-humanitarian cooperation were discussed in detail. The importance of increasing the trade turnover, implementation of promising investment projects in various sectors of the economy was emphasized.
In accordance with the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the European Union, the most favored nation regime has been established in mutual trade between the countries, the Convention for avoidance of double taxation on income and other documents are signed.
It was noted with satisfaction that following the business forum, organized jointly with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and MEDEF France Entrepreneurs Movement, agreements were reached on implementation of promising projects based on advanced European experience, knowledge and technologies.
In particular, a partnership program for implementation of infrastructure projects worth almost a billion euros was signed with the French Development Agency. Agreements on financing joint projects worth 1.5 billion euros were signed with leading French banks Natixis, Credit Agricole and BPI France.
Projects for implementation were scheduled with such French companies as Airbus, Total, Vinci, Orano Mining, Total Eren, Veolia, Fives Stein, Bouygues, Rungis and many others.
Issues of expanding cooperation in the fields of culture and art, tourism, science and technology, education, healthcare and archeology were also discussed.
The President of Uzbekistan noted that France have become the first European country in respect of which a visa-free regime has been introduced for tourists visiting Uzbekistan.
More than 300 thousand schoolchildren and students are studying French in Uzbekistan. French Language and Culture Center has been established in Tashkent.
Agreements have been reached on opening branches of the University of Strasbourg and Paris Academy of Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Uzbekistan, where Uzbekistan’s students will study economics, engineering, agriculture and tourism.
In addition, cooperation agreements in training personnel were signed with the International Academy of Fashion, the universities of Toulouse, Cergy-Pontoise, INALCO and others.
Taking into account the great interest in historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, an agreement was reached on holding an exhibition on Uzbekistan’s history in the Louvre Museum in 2021. This will be the first exhibition to be held in the world-famous museum and will be devoted to one of the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
During the visit, 10 intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents were signed on road transportation, tourism, military-technical cooperation, space exploration, investment projects financing, culture and other spheres.
The results of fruitful negotiations of the heads of states became a clear confirmation of readiness of Uzbekistan and France to further expand and strengthen long-term mutually beneficial partnership, filling it with new practical content.
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The Louvre is a world-famous museum, the world’s largest on art collection and the second largest for its area. Almost 10 million tourists visit this museum every year.
The museum’s building was erected in 1190 as a castle-fortress by the King of France Philippe Auguste. For several centuries it served as the residence of France’s kings. After construction of the Palace of Versailles in 1793 the castle was turned into a museum.
The Louvre has over 300 thousand exhibits, the most ancient of which date back to the 7th century BC. Only 35 thousand exhibits are exhibited in the halls of the museum. The most popular among them are the Venus de Milo and the Law Code of Hammurabi, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer.
Museum’s exhibits are grouped into 6 collections. The collection of the East alone occupies 24 rooms. There are thousands of exhibits about the history of Uzbekistan. In particular, the letter of Amir Temur to King Charles VI, one of the candlesticks made for the mausoleum of Yassawi by the order of Sahibkiran, inscriptions on tombstones and other objects.
The President of Uzbekistan examined these exhibits, became acquainted with their history. He noted the need for organizing joint exhibitions of museums of Uzbekistan and France, expansion of scientific and cultural ties between the two countries, the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan reports.
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On October 8-9, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, paid an official visit to France.
Negotiations between the heads of states at the Elysee Palace were fruitful and comprehensive. Mutually beneficial long-term agreements were reached. 10 intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents were signed.
On October 9, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev departed from Paris for Tashkent.
The Turkish Etko Co Enerji A.S is to build a wind power station in Surkhandarya region
The project is envisaged by the province’s Development Concept for 2019-2030.
Works are underway currently to produce a feasibility study, and the 600 MW plant is projected to be commissioned by 2020. A total of 100 jobs are expected to be created as a result.
According to specialists, it will be possible to extract cheap wind power energy in mountainous districts of the Surkhandarya region. The emergence of the station will allow for the uninterrupted supply of Baisun and Sherabad districts with electricity.
Earlier, the German Siemens announced its plans to build Uzbekistan’s first wind power plant with a capacity of 100 MW under public-private partnership terms. The mill is anticipated to be located in Zarafshan district of Navoi region. The project is estimated at 100 million US dollars in total.
It is worth reminding that back in 2015, the German companies Geo-Net and Intec-Gopa presented atlases of winds reflecting the wind-energy potential of Uzbekistan. According to German experts, the wind energy resources of our nation exceed 520 thousand MW of installed capacity and more than a billion megawatt-hours of electricity generation per year – and these are only the results of a preliminary conservative estimate.
Based on the developed atlas, Uzbekenergo identified two promising areas – in the Navoi region and southern Karakalpakstan – for further detailed studies to clarify the potential of these areas.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan delegation to attend the SCO CHG meeting
Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov will attend the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO CHG), which will be held on October 11-12, in Dushanbe.
The agenda of the meeting includes an exchange of views on the state, prospects and measures for development of trade-economic and humanitarian ties, implementation of the Program of multilateral trade-economic cooperation, mechanism of financial support for project activities within the framework of the SCO.
The heads of governments of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will also discuss and take appropriate decisions on activities of the SCO Business Council and Interbank Association, budget of the organization for 2019, date and venue of the next meeting of the SCO CHG.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Uzbekistan Public Education Ministry’s delegation visits USA
The working visit of the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Public Education Sherzod Shermatov to the United States has ended.
According to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States, the main goal of the weekly visit was to study the advanced American experience in the school system in the context of reforms carried out in Uzbekistan in this area, as well as to establish partnership with relevant state agencies and non-state organizations.
At the meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, practical aspects of cooperation development in education aimed at implementation of agreements reached within the framework of the visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States in May 2018 were discussed.
In addition, Uzbekistan delegation visited a number of public schools in Montgomery, which are among the ten best schools in terms of quality of school education in the United States.
At the meetings with relevant agencies of the U.S. Department of State, prospects for development of bilateral cooperation on improving the system of teaching English in Uzbekistan, decentralization of the education system based on the U.S. experience, developing a monitoring system and evaluating the effectiveness of education were discussed.
An agreement was reached on implementation, jointly with American partners, of a number of projects and programs envisaging the involvement of U.S. experts in the process of structural reform of the school system, introduction of modern teaching methodology in Uzbekistan, including the so-called STEM education. The plans also include the implementation of projects on professional development for teachers of Uzbekistan in leading education institutions of the United States.
Establishment of specialized schools in the perspective for teaching all subjects in English has become a separate subject of the negotiations.
Projects of a similar nature were discussed with the leadership of the American Councils for International Education, the office of which has recently began operating in Uzbekistan. Following the meeting a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with the organization’s President Lorne Craner, providing for interaction between the parties in training secondary school teachers, introducing information and communication technologies into the education process, as well as studying possible mechanisms for teaching schoolchildren of Uzbekistan at leading U.S. education institutions.
The delegation also held meetings with representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American EXIM bank, as well as the World Bank to raise funds for financial and technical assistance in implementation of school education reform in Uzbekistan.
At the meetings with representatives of private companies, such as One on One Basketball Inc., issues of development of sports in education system, as well as conditions for creation of sports schools in Uzbekistan were discussed. The plans are to attract players of the National Basketball Association of the USA (NBA) to Uzbekistan for conducting a series of master classes for coaches and school students.
Within the framework of the visit, meetings were held with representatives of diaspora organizations and compatriots living in the United States. They proposed to improve the school system in Uzbekistan with a focus on introduction of ICT and distance learning in the education process, as well as mechanisms of inclusive education for children with disabilities.
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Uzbekistan’s athletes set Asian and World records
Members of Uzbekistan sports delegation are successfully participating at the III Asian Para Games, in Jakarta.
Uzbekistan’s athletes achieved high results in championships. Particularly, Khusniddin Norbekov, defending the honor of Uzbekistan at the Men’s shot put set a world record with a throw to 16.35 meters and became the winner.
Kamola Abdullayeva won a gold medal in long jump, Alexander Svechnikov – in javelin, Sofia Burkhanova – in shot put, Roziya Ergasheva – in javelin. Sabina Sukhanova came third in 200 meters running and became the bronze medalist.
In 100 meters freestyle swimming in S13 classification, Islam Aslanov won a gold, Muzaffar Tursunkhodjayev – silver, Dmitry Khorlin – bronze medal. It should also be noted that Islam Aslanov not only won the championship, but also set the Asian Para Games record (51.71 seconds).
In women’s championships, Fotima Amilova set an Asian Para Games record with 58.66 seconds and won a gold medal. Another athlete from Uzbekistan Shokhsanam Toshpulatova got a silver with the same result.
In judo championships, Sherzod Namozov and Utkir Nigmatov won gold medals in their weight categories. Lobar Khurramova won a silver and Sevinch Sallayeva bronze medal.
Roza Kuziyeva, defending the honor of Uzbekistan in women’s powerlifting up to 55 kilograms weight category, recorded the result of 113 kilograms and became the gold medalist.