DAILY NEWS HERALD

2019-05-02

 

 

DAILY NEWS HERALD # 86

Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA

May 2, 2019

 

 

 

president.. 1

Objectives outlined to boost the manufacturing industry. 1

Economics. 2

“Over the past period in 2019, goods and services became more expensive by 5.3%” – State Statistics Committee. 2

investments. 2

Investing in Uzbekistan – bilateral benefit 2

International relationships. 2

Objectives outlined to boost the manufacturing industry. 2

Society.. 3

Shavkat Mirziyoyev signs a decree on carrying out holy month of Ramadan accordingly. 3

reforms: EDUCATION.. 4

The Concept of Development of the Public Education System until 2030 is adopted. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

president

Objectives outlined to boost the manufacturing industry

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on May 2 to discuss issues of deep processing the raw materials and expanding the production of export-oriented goods.

Manufacturing industry is one of the drivers of economic development. In recent years, special attention is paid in Uzbekistan to the industrial complex, high-tech factories, technology parks, manufacturing enterprises have been commissioned. In 2018, the growth of value added in production of manufactured goods exceeded 10 percent for the first time.

However, much remains to be undertaken in industrial diversification. For example, 69 percent of industrial production is related to raw materials or primary processing. Non-ferrous metals, energy resources and fresh fruits in the exports constitute 52 percent. All this testifies to the fact that crude production still prevails over finished goods in the economy.

Among the issues addressed at the meeting were those concerning the growth in the number of enterprises creating high added value and exporting ready-made products, and the efficient use of existing potential and raw materials.

The President pointed to the lack of production of goods similar to those imported, the low level of processing crudes. In particular, only 25 percent of the mined copper is processed. 80 percent of zinc, 99 percent of molybdenum, 88 percent of silk, and 60 percent of raw leather are exported in unprocessed form.

To cite another example, the capacity of enterprises of Uzyogmoysanoat (Uzbekistan’s fat and oil industry) association is loaded to 48 percent, while 133 thousand tons of vegetable oil are imported into the country. The huge opportunities in production of a wide range of food products based on the processing of meat and milk are not fully mobilized.

In this regard, the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Committee on Geology were entrusted at the meeting with drawing up a list of goods, the industrial production of which will be established in 2019-2021 based on the existing raw material base and structure of imports.

The Head of the state noted the need for expanding the production of industrial everyday goods and develop cooperation. Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed that systemic work on the calculation of needs based on a comparison of manufactured and imported industrial products has not been established. The President urged to work out additional projects for the production of consumer goods in small industrial zones.

An important factor in development of industries is government support. In accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures for further development of industrial cooperation and expansion of marketable goods’ production” of May 1, a mechanism is being introduced to support domestic industrial producers through government procurement.

Another important issue is the delivery of industrial goods. In Uzbekistan, the share of transportation costs in the production expenditure remains high. In the world, this figure does not exceed 8-9 percent. Product certification is also important for export.

In this regard, instructions were given to reduce the cost of transportation services, to bring technical characteristics and product quality in line with the requirements of foreign markets. Main attention was paid to improving the skills of specialists involved in the manufacturing industry and in the field of certification.

Priorities were identified for issues discussed at the meeting.

(Source: UzA)

Economics

 “Over the past period in 2019, goods and services became more expensive by 5.3%” – State Statistics Committee

In April 2019, consumer prices for goods increased by 0.9%, the State Statistics Committee reports.

In general, in January-April 2019, goods and services in the consumer market became more expensive by 5.3%. As compared with April 2018, the average price level in the republic’s consumer sector increased by 13.7%.

In April 2019, products for the month went up by 1.0%, including foodstuffs – by 1.0%, non-food – by 1.1%. Services have become more expensive by 0.6%. In general, in January-April 2019, foodstuffs went up by 7.4%, non-food products – by 3.9%, services – by 3.1%.

In January-April 2019, fruit and vegetable production (20.5%), dairy products (9.3%) and public catering (8.8%) were in the top three in terms of price increases.

Among fruits and vegetables, prices rose most significantly for cabbage (20.1%), onions (17.3%), grapes (15.7%), pumpkins (15.5%), carrots (8.5%) and potatoes (6.6%) in the past month. At the same time, cucumbers became cheaper by 46.6%.

In annual terms of the foodstuffs, bread products (by 31.1%), meat and fish products (by 19.0%), dairy products (by 16.1%) and public catering (by 15.4%) went up the most significantly.

In April of this year, among the non-food product groups with the largest share, the main price increase was recorded for tobacco products (5.0%), personal hygiene products, fabrics and yarn (2.1%). Fuel prices for vehicles dropped by 0.2% over the month due to a 2.2% decline in propane prices.

(Source: Kun.uz)

investments

Investing in Uzbekistan – bilateral benefit

Navoi region hosted the second International Business Forum “Invest in Navoi”.

This region is known for its economic potential, mineral reserves. Mining and metallurgical, chemical, energy, oil and gas, mechanical engineering industries are the leading industries.

Free economic zone, intermodal logistics center, industrial enterprises contribute to further development of entrepreneurship.

This year the forum was attended by over 250 entrepreneurs and potential investors from more than 40 countries, diplomats and ambassadors of foreign countries in Uzbekistan.

On the first day, the participants got acquainted with activities of Navoi free economic zone, visited large enterprises of the region. On the second day after the official opening ceremony at Navoi Youth Center, the forum participants, divided into groups, became familiar with the investment, export, tourism and logistics potential of the region, held talks with representatives of industrial enterprises, entrepreneurs and foreign investors.

An excursion to the architectural complex Chashma in Nurata district and Sarmishsai museum-reserve was held to get acquainted with the tourism potential of Navoi region.

(Source: UzA)

International relationships

Objectives outlined to boost the manufacturing industry

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on May 2 to discuss issues of deep processing the raw materials and expanding the production of export-oriented goods.

Manufacturing industry is one of the drivers of economic development. In recent years, special attention is paid in Uzbekistan to the industrial complex, high-tech factories, technology parks, manufacturing enterprises have been commissioned. In 2018, the growth of value added in production of manufactured goods exceeded 10 percent for the first time.

However, much remains to be undertaken in industrial diversification. For example, 69 percent of industrial production is related to raw materials or primary processing. Non-ferrous metals, energy resources and fresh fruits in the exports constitute 52 percent. All this testifies to the fact that crude production still prevails over finished goods in the economy.

Among the issues addressed at the meeting were those concerning the growth in the number of enterprises creating high added value and exporting ready-made products, and the efficient use of existing potential and raw materials.

The President pointed to the lack of production of goods similar to those imported, the low level of processing crudes. In particular, only 25 percent of the mined copper is processed. 80 percent of zinc, 99 percent of molybdenum, 88 percent of silk, and 60 percent of raw leather are exported in unprocessed form.

To cite another example, the capacity of enterprises of Uzyogmoysanoat (Uzbekistan’s fat and oil industry) association is loaded to 48 percent, while 133 thousand tons of vegetable oil are imported into the country. The huge opportunities in production of a wide range of food products based on the processing of meat and milk are not fully mobilized.

In this regard, the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Committee on Geology were entrusted at the meeting with drawing up a list of goods, the industrial production of which will be established in 2019-2021 based on the existing raw material base and structure of imports.

The Head of the state noted the need for expanding the production of industrial everyday goods and develop cooperation. Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed that systemic work on the calculation of needs based on a comparison of manufactured and imported industrial products has not been established. The President urged to work out additional projects for the production of consumer goods in small industrial zones.

An important factor in development of industries is government support. In accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures for further development of industrial cooperation and expansion of marketable goods’ production” of May 1, a mechanism is being introduced to support domestic industrial producers through government procurement.

Another important issue is the delivery of industrial goods. In Uzbekistan, the share of transportation costs in the production expenditure remains high. In the world, this figure does not exceed 8-9 percent. Product certification is also important for export.

In this regard, instructions were given to reduce the cost of transportation services, to bring technical characteristics and product quality in line with the requirements of foreign markets. Main attention was paid to improving the skills of specialists involved in the manufacturing industry and in the field of certification.

Priorities were identified for issues discussed at the meeting.

(Source: UzA)

Society

Shavkat Mirziyoyev signs a decree on carrying out holy month of Ramadan accordingly

On May 1, Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on carrying out the holy month of Ramadan accordingly.

The document notes the special role and importance of this month, which is considered a symbol of kindness, generosity and charity in the spiritual life of our country, further strengthening the good-nature, mutual agreement and social cohesion, respect and reverence for the noble qualities, religious and spiritual values which are inherent of our people.

It is stated that Uzbekistan welcomes the holy month of Ramadan on May 6.

The President has given relevant instructions to state bodies and public structures on organizing and conducting events during Ramadan.

In addition, during Ramadan, special attention will be paid to charity, full support of the people in need of help, landscaping of sacred places, strengthening the atmosphere of kindness and harmony in families and mahallas.

(Source: Kun.uz)

reforms: EDUCATION

The Concept of Development of the Public Education System until 2030 is adopted

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On approval of the Concept of development of the public education system of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030” on 29 April 2019.

The Decree approved the Concept of development of the public education system of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030 and the roadmap for its implementation.

Within the concept, Uzbekistan plans to enter into the 30 leading countries of the world according to the rating of the PISA (The Program for International Student Assessment) by 2030.

It is planned to implement measures to update of the content of the system of continuing education, as well as training, retraining and advanced training of professional personnel.

There is also plans to improve teaching methods, the phased introduction of the principles of individualization of the educational process.

Introduction of modern information and communication technologies and innovative projects in the field of public education is planned as well within the concept.

The concept will also directed to strengthen the material and technical base of public education institutions and improving the efficiency of budget financing.

Modern methods and directions of out-of-school education in educating young people and ensuring their employment will be introduced.

Expansion of the competitive environment in the public education system through the development of public-private partnerships is planned, etc.

According to the decree, the concept is implemented in stages by approving a separate annual roadmap in accordance with its main directions and target parameters to be fulfilled during the relevant period.

The concept identifies existing problems in the field of public education. In particular, there are problems in the administration of general secondary education. It is noted that local government agencies do not provide proper assistance to schools. Also, the level of state educational services does not meet the expectations and requirements of the population and business.

There are also deficiencies in the methodological support of general secondary education. There is no textbook variation system. There are also problems in the field of material and technical equipment and financing of schools, staffing.

The concept defines the main directions of development of the public education system. According to the document, the priority areas of development are the modernization of the content of education, structural changes in the education system and ensuring equality of access to quality education.

In particular, within the framework of the concept, measures will be taken to improve the content of general secondary education in order to create a competence-based learning model aimed at studying, first of all, foreign languages, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, which are later needed for mastering the professions in demand within the framework of the created innovative economy on the basis of new training standards, programs, textbooks and teaching materials.

Conditions will be created for the development of abilities of children in choosing a profession and independent planning of their professional career, and preparation for mastering modern popular professions.

The document notes that the mechanisms for conducting subject Olympiads will be revised, with the provision of transparent conditions for identifying the most talented and intelligent students, as well as the approximation of assessment forms and criteria to the relevant international Olympiads and competitions.

It is planned to modernize special education to ensure full coverage of all needy children with special psychological and educational assistance with the involvement of parents in the process of teaching and raising a child.

Within the framework of the concept, it is planned to introduce a new wage system in the field of public education, with the use of incentive allowances for teachers and managers, taking into account the performance of their activities and the effectiveness of using modern educational technologies.

A system of partnerships of educational and industrial complexes with business entities will be formed to study the labor market and create an inclusive education system for teaching children with disabilities, including the establishment of special devices in educational institutions (lifting devices, ramps, handrails, etc.), also providing the appropriate human resources (teachers-defectologists, specialists in psychological and pedagogical support of children).

As part of the implementation of the concept, a national system for assessing the quality of general secondary education will be created using the methodology for assessing educational achievements applied in the framework of the program for the international study on the evaluation of educational achievements (PISA).

Measures will also be taken to improve the quality of resource support for educational institutions, especially those located in remote rural areas, as well as to ensure access to all secondary educational institutions to the Internet and increase the level of computerization of the educational process.

It is planned to create conditions for increasing the attractiveness of the work of teachers in educational institutions located in remote rural areas.

Support will be provided to children with disabilities. They will be integrated into regular educational institutions. There will also be expanded the network of non-state school educational institutions, as well as educational institutions operating in the framework of public-private partnerships.

As a result of the implementation of the concept, Uzbekistan will introduce new state educational standards and curricula for general secondary education, which meet the requirements of the modern innovation economy, taking into account the STEAM disciplines, with an emphasis not on memorizing and reproducing information, but on developing competencies and skills important for life in the XXI century (critical thinking, independent search and analysis of information, etc.).

Modern educational technologies will be introduced to ensure the expansion of competencies mastered by students. Presidential schools and “Modern schools” will be created in the country, etc.

The concept emphasizes that effective anti-corruption mechanisms will be adopted in the public education system.

Special attention will be paid to the issues of equipping schools and introducing modern budgeting approaches focused on results and regulatory per capita financing of educational institutions on the principle of “money follows a student” (voucher system).

As a result of the implementation of the measures stipulated in the concept, by 2030, 4,860 schools will be transformed into “modern schools”. Electronic resources will be created for teachers on the basis of state requirements and curricula for advanced training courses for teachers, in order to provide methodological assistance.

It is expected that improving the quality of out-of-school education will bring the outreach education coverage of children up to 50% of the total number of students.

About 3 thousand teachers (non-specialists) will take courses in pedagogical and professional retraining in academic subjects.

Measures will be taken to organize the uninterrupted supply of all general education institutions of the public education system with electricity, natural gas, coal, drinking water and other utilities.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

 

 

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