Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

April 2, 2019




president.. 1

Main tasks are defined to implement agreements signed following the highest-level visit to the UAE. 1

economy.. 2

Uzbekistan to produce 13,396,437 million tons of agricultural products in 2019. 2

investments. 2

Belgian companies to help develop chocolate industry in Uzbekistan. 2

MFA discusses the possibilities of investment cooperation with Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı 2


Epsilon brings daily gas production in Uzbekistan to 1 million cubic meters. 3

Export.. 3

Central bank reveals data on volumes of gold exports. 3

International relationships. 3

Meeting with the Ambassador of Uruguay. 3

sport.. 4

Uzbekistan, Russia Hockey Federations sign Memorandum of Cooperation. 4

Taekwondoists of Uzbekistan of win 20 medals in Malaysia. 4











Main tasks are defined to implement agreements signed following the highest-level visit to the UAE

On April 1, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on the issues of practical implementation of agreements signed during the official visit to the United Arab Emirates last week.

As previously reported, the Head of the state held productive meetings and talks in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai with the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as members of the government and leaders of a number of leading companies of this country.

Following the negotiations, the Joint Statement and a number of important agreements were adopted, including on implementation of promising investment projects and programs worth over 10 billion USD.

The agreements cover such priority areas of interaction as innovation, the oil and gas industry, traditional and alternative energy, development of modern infrastructure, transport and logistics, agriculture, tourism, education and many others.

It should be emphasized that during the visit, the leadership of the UAE expressed its full support for the fundamental reforms and transformations being implemented in Uzbekistan. Evidence of the growing trust in our country is the growing interest of the Emirates’ business circles in Uzbekistan.

At the meeting, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized the need for timely and rigorous execution of the adopted documents, as well as stressed the importance of immediately initiating the implementation of the adopted roadmap based on the introduction of effective methods and mechanisms for their promotion.

Development of Navoi land port and free economic zone, growth in hydrocarbon production in the country, followed by deep processing, modernization and expansion of Talimarjan and other thermal power plants, construction of wind and solar power stations, ammonia and carbamide plant in Syrdarya region and others are defined as the priority joint projects with leading companies and organizations of the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, issues of practical implementation of joint projects on creation of agro-industrial clusters and increasing the export potential of the country’s agriculture, development of business, tourism and public utilities infrastructure in Samarkand, supporting business initiatives, including by attracting funds established with participation of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development with a statutory fund at the amount of 1 billion USD.

Special attention was paid to deepening partnership in training highly qualified specialists, strengthening multifaceted cooperation with Masdar company and Khalifa University.

In order to coordinate activities in this direction and support projects, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade will open its office in the United Arab Emirates.

The President of Uzbekistan gave specific instructions for timely implementation of the roadmap.

The Cabinet of Ministers, heads of ministries, agencies and sector companies of the country have been tasked to approve industry schedules and begin the practical implementation of investment projects, introduce effective mechanisms for unconditional implementation of Uzbekistan – Emirates agreements at the highest level as soon as possible.

(Source: UzA)


Uzbekistan to produce 13,396,437 million tons of agricultural products in 2019

The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution on the rational allocation of crops and the forecast production volumes for the harvest in 2019.

In accordance with the decree in 2019 in the republic:

- it is planned to cultivate vegetables on 135,641 and melons on 60,156 hectares of land, to produce 2,875,640 million tons of vegetables and 1,059 million tons of melons and gourds;

- 853,905 thousand tons of vegetables, legumes and melon will be planted between rows on 292 hectares;

- on 824,350 thousand hectares of land, released from grain cereal crops, repeated crops will be planted, 10,448,780 million tons of products will be produced. It is intended to spend 4,292,707 billion soums on this purpose  (currency rates of CB RU from 01.01.2019, 1$= 8419.62  soums).

In general, in 2019, the country will produce 13,396,437 million tons of agricultural products, out of which 1,858,789 million tons will be exported to foreign markets.

It is noteworthy that Uzbekistan plans to produce 1,490,660 million tons of potatoes in 2019, 1,056,903 million tons of it are targeted for domestic consumption.

(Source: web-site Kun.uz)


Belgian companies to help develop chocolate industry in Uzbekistan

Belgian companies will help develop the chocolate industry in Uzbekistan, the “Takhlilnoma” TV program on “Uzbekistan 24” reported.

The companies in question are Belcolade and Prefamac, which are ready to enter the market of Uzbekistan with further localization of chocolate products.

An agreement has already been reached with Belcolade that the company's specialists will come to the Namangan region to conduct training and study the issue of creating a joint venture for the production of chocolate produces.

With Prefamac, an agreement is signed on the preparation of equipment for individual orders of Uzbek enterprises, assistance in commissioning and the provision of guarantees for the maintenance of equipment for a period of four years.

(Source: web-site Kun.uz)

MFA discusses the possibilities of investment cooperation with Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı

On April 1, 2019, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Alisher Abdualiyev met with the CEO of Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı Company Atalay Gümrah.

At the meeting, opportunities for cooperation in implementation of projects in mining industry, in the fields of solar energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and building materials industry with attraction of foreign direct investment and advanced technologies of the Turkish company were discussed.

During the visit of the Turkish delegation to Uzbekistan, meetings are also planned at the ministries for Investments and Foreign Trade, Economy and Industry, the State Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources, the Agency for Development of Public-Private Partnerships under the Ministry of Finance, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as a visit to Samarkand region.

The Eczacıbaşı Group is a prominent Turkish industrial group with 42 companies, over 12,500 employees and a combined net turnover of TL 11.6 billion in 2017. Eczacıbaşı’s core sectors are building products, consumer products and healthcare. Additionally, the Group is active in information technology, welding technology, natural resources, and property development.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


Epsilon brings daily gas production in Uzbekistan to 1 million cubic meters

The American company Epsilon Development Company about to bring daily gas production in Uzbekistan to 1 million cubic meters thanks to industrial gas inflow in three more fields.

“A commercial flow of natural gas was obtained at once in three fields - Chigil (well #2), Khujum (well #2) and Shimoliy Girsan (well #6) of the Kultak-Kamashi investment block. After a well overhaul, the average daily flow rate is 200-250 thousand cubic meters of natural gas from each well,” the company said.

Earlier it was reported that in early March 2019, the company received a commercial flow of gas at two wells of the Talimarjan field with a total volume of 450 thousand cubic meters.

“Thus, it is expected that from April 6, the total volumes of hydrocarbons produced by the company will amount to 1 million cubic meters per day,” the company noted.

Given this, Epsilon is expanding the local gas pipeline infrastructure at an accelerated pace by building additional pipelines. Previously produced gas is sent to the domestic market.

At the same time, Epsilon continues exploration work on the Kultak-Kamashi block and is developing the Shimoly Girsan, Talimarjan, Devkhona, Chigil, Nazar-Khuduk, Ernazar and Khujum deposits.

It should be noted that work has been carried out at 12 production and exploration wells since February 2019. During this period, 465 workers as well as engineering and technical personnel have been employed in the company's fields.

(Source: web-site Kun.uz)


Central bank reveals data on volumes of gold exports

According to a report of the Central Bank, Uzbekistan plans to sell 80 tons of gold abroad in 2019.

This is the first time that sales data is disclosed in tons and information is provided for previous years. So, for example, at the beginning of the year, the State Statistics Committee disclosed the amount of exported gold for 2018 ($2.9 billion), but not volumes.

The Central Bank stated that the last three years Uzbekistan has been exporting 70-80 tons of gold – in 2016, it was 70 tons, in 2017 – 80, in 2017 – 70.

The report predicts that average world prices for gold this year will rise by $1,320 per troy ounce. In 2018, the average price was $1268, in 2017 – $1258, in 2016 – $1248.

(Source: web-site Kun.uz)

International relationships

Meeting with the Ambassador of Uruguay

On April 2, 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay with residence in Moscow, Enrique Juan Delgado Genta.

Accepting his credentials, the Minister congratulated the Ambassador on the beginning of his mission to Uzbekistan and wished him success in a responsible post.

During the talks,  prospects of Uzbekistan – Uruguay cooperation were considered at the meeting.

Despite the geographical remoteness of Uzbekistan and Uruguay from each other, as noted, today there are real opportunities to intensify cooperation in some areas.

At the meeting, views were exchanged on interaction within international organizations.

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


Uzbekistan, Russia Hockey Federations sign Memorandum of Cooperation

The Hockey Federations of Uzbekistan and Russia yesterday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in Moscow. The document was signed by the President of the Hockey Federation of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Fazylov and his Russian counterpart Vladislav Tretyak.

The MoC has outlined the principles of cooperation in various areas - holding friendly hockey matches, competitions between children's and youth teams of the two countries and other events.

It provides for assistance in the implementation of referee and coach training programs, holding of scientific and methodological conferences and workshops.

The parties also discussed the possible participation of the “Tashkent” hockey club in the Higher Hockey League (HHL) - the Silk Road Cup and agreed to cooperate to achieve thish goal.

(Source: web site tashkenttimes.uz)

Taekwondoists of Uzbekistan of win 20 medals in Malaysia

Malaysia hosted the first Asia Pacific ITF Taekwon-Do (School) Championship in the city of Shah Alam. The championship was organized by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), the Asia Taekwondo Federation (ATF) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation of Malaysia (ITFM).

According to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Malaysia, more than 1,800 boys and girls from 14 countries took part in the tournament. Uzbekistan was represented by 14 athletes. In addition, our compatriots Ubayt Mukarramov, Javlon Askarov and Zukhra Ergasheva were invited as international referees.

Uzbekistan athletes won 14 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. Medals were awarded to Alloberdiyeva Nilufar (14 years old), Oktyabrov Shakhobiddin (14), Shaniyazov Bekhruz (14), Yerkayev Nurbek (15), Hokimov Hojiakbar (10), Jumanazarov Abrorbek (10), Omonov Umidjon (15), Nosirova Khurshida (11), Mustafoyev Muhammad (8), Raufov Timur (8), Khamidullayeva Omina (7), Khamidullayev Abdurazzok (8), Khamidullayev Abdujabbor (14) and Murodullayev Sherzodjon (17).

(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)




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