DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 87
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
May 3, 2019
Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives the United Arab Emirates delegation. 1
Uzbekistan’s President receives the Russian Foreign Minister 1
“Every family entrepreneur” program execution is critically analyzed. 2
Tashkent to organize an international investment forum in autumn. 3
Tashkent business aviation airport to be completed in 2020. 4
IMF Publishes Fiscal Transparency Evaluation for Uzbekistan. 4
International relationships. 5
A delegation of Uzbekistan takes part in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the ACD.. 5
Uzbekistan plans to organize employment of 1 million citizens in the UAE. 6
XIV National Award in Journalism “Oltin qalam” (“Golden pen”). 7
Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives the United Arab Emirates delegation
On May 2, 2019, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the United Arab Emirates delegation led by the Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei.
Opening the meeting, the Head of the state warmly welcomed the UAE representative delegation composed of the heads of several ministries and agencies, leading investment, financial, logistics, construction and other companies. The UAE delegation arrived in Uzbekistan to facilitate practical implementation of the agreements reached earlier at the highest level.
In his turn, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, on behalf of the delegation, expressed deep gratefulness to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
It was noted with great pleasure that the productive negotiations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai that took place in March this year served to elevate bilateral friendship and partnership to a new level.
It was stressed that exchanges of visits by high-level delegations in recent months have made it possible to identify specific areas and priority measures for implementation of the adopted decisions and signed agreements.
Execution of promising projects in diverse sectors of economy, in particular, the construction and modernization of power plants, development of prospective fields and deep processing of hydrocarbons, creation of modern chemical and agro-industrial enterprises, logistics centers, infrastructure development in Uzbekistan’s regions, as well as other joint initiatives was considered at the meeting.
The importance was noted of exchanging experience in promoting effective reforms aimed at improving the competitiveness of the national economy, as well as expansion of cooperation in training highly qualified specialists.
Currently, there are working groups designated for each priority area of partnership to elaborate corresponding proposals and conduct specific bilateral activities.
The Emirates delegation gave a high acclaim to the extensive reforms implemented in Uzbekistan in all spheres of public life, as well as to the available opportunities for interaction.
Following the negotiations, mutual commitment to steadfast development and strengthening multifaceted relations for the benefit of peoples of the two countries was confirmed.
Uzbekistan’s President receives the Russian Foreign Minister
On May 2, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, who has been in Uzbekistan on a working visit to attend the 11th meeting of the States Parties to the Memorandum of Understanding on regional drug control cooperation in Central Asia.
The Head of the state, warmly welcoming the guest, noted with deep satisfaction the high dynamics in development of Uzbekistan – Russian relations of strategic partnership and alliance.
For his part, Sergey Lavrov expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
It was noted that shared political will and intensive contacts at the highest level have been contributing to the enhancement of bilateral cooperation by filling it with solid substance.
Currently, joint projects are successfully implemented in trade, investments, energy, industry and agriculture, transport and logistics, along with programs in education, healthcare, culture and other areas. The two sides have discovered the potential of inter-regional cooperation.
Issues of the practical implementation of agreements reached at the highest level and further expansion of productive cooperation have been considered at the meeting.
Current aspects in the international and regional agenda, including interaction within the UN, SCO, CIS and other institutions, as well as promotion of the peace process in Afghanistan were discussed.
The Russian side has highly appreciated and supported Uzbekistan’s active efforts to promote the soonest stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and engage the country in regional trade and economic cooperation.
In conclusion, the mutual commitment was stressed for further strengthening friendship, strategic partnership and alliance, as well as for enlargement of multifaceted cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of Uzbekistan and Russia in the interests of ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development in the region.
“Every family entrepreneur” program execution is critically analyzed
On May 2, 2019, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a videoconference meeting to discuss the organization of qualitative execution of the program “Every family entrepreneur” and analyze the activities carried out to secure widespread public involvement in entrepreneurship.
The program “Every family entrepreneur” was adopted by a Presidential Resolution on 7 June 2018, defining all the organizational and financial measures necessary for its implementation. On March 7 this year, another important document was adopted in this direction – the Presidential Resolution “On additional measures for the widespread involvement of the population in entrepreneurship and the development of family entrepreneurship in the regions”.
In accordance with this resolution, an additional 5 trillion soums was assigned from trust funds. In general, financial resources worth 6.2 trillion soums or the equivalent of more than 700 million US dollars have been allocated to support entrepreneurial initiatives this year from commercial banks throughout the country (currency rates of CB RU from 03.05.2019, 1$= 8445.49 soums).
At the meeting it was noted that the process of utilization of these funds is going unsatisfactorily or is completely neglected. Thus, in March-April, as low as 19 percent of the funds provided for these purposes were allocated for the development of sewing production, handicrafts, poultry farming, fish farming and beekeeping, the construction of light greenhouses and the establishment of public services.
“These figures indicate that the officials responsible for the development of entrepreneurship and the allocation of money are waiting for the end of the year,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said. “As a result, the rates of attracting people, especially youth and women, to entrepreneurship, ensuring their employment and increasing the material wellbeing of families as a whole, are slowing down.”
Instructions were given to intensify the issuance and utilization of loans, uplift the sense of responsibility of sector leaders, commercial banks and public organizations.
It was noted that the efforts directed at engaging the population in entrepreneurship with a focus on low-income families is not carried out at the proper level.
At the meeting, activities of family entrepreneurship support centers were analyzed and tasks assigned to them were indicated, including the allocation of unused areas and buildings for agricultural products to entrepreneurs, for establishing production and providing services, are not executed.
Heads of relevant republican commission, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions and the city of Tashkent, as well as managers of territorial departments of the Central Bank received warning for the completely unsatisfactory degree of the organization of implementation of the program “Every family entrepreneur”.
Measures necessary to ensure the qualitative execution of the program have been identified.
Thus, for organizing the implementation of the program directly on the field, each region will be assigned responsible persons of the national level. They will personally visit the regions and districts, study the state of affairs. Chiefs of the four sectors will take measures for qualitative execution of the program’s activities.
A home-by-home study system will be established to clarify the needs of people for concessional loans. Along with officials of the economic complex, people’s receptions, local community chairpersons, representatives of the Women’s Committee, the Youth Union and trade unions will be involved in this process.
In order for the allocated funds to give a tangible result, to serve the wellbeing of families, it is necessary to allocate them purposefully, the President noted. In this regard, local sector leaders will be responsible for the allocation of loans and their intended use. First deputy khokims of the regions, cities and districts, as well as heads of tax authorities will facilitate timely and qualitative delivery of goods within the program.
In development of entrepreneurship, it is also important to take into account the specifics of the regions, traditional handicrafts for a certain area. For example, ceramics in Rishtan, sericulture in Margilan, the manufacture of skullcaps and knives in Chust, gardening and viticulture in Altyaryk district. The need to develop entrepreneurship, taking into account the principle “one mahalla – one type of product” was noted.
Many have a desire to do business. However, not everyone knows where to get the necessary equipment. In this regard, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions and the city of Tashkent, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry were instructed at the meeting to organize permanent exhibitions of mini technologies in each region.
The State Veterinary Committee is tasked with delivering pedigree cattle to the population.
The need was noted for promoting family entrepreneurship through mass media, covering the activities of successful entrepreneurs, conducting business workshops.
Responsible officials provided information on the progress of implementation of the program “Every family entrepreneur” and on further activities in pursuance of instructions given at the meeting.
Tashkent to organize an international investment forum in autumn
Tashkent will host an international investment forum in autumn, it said in a presidential decree of April 29. The organizing committee of the forum will be headed by Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov. The committee is allowed to attract, if necessary, foreign companies for financial, legal and information support.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry is charged with ensuring the participation of business entities in the forum and preparing investment proposals.
The Agency for Attracting Foreign Investments under the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade was instructed to develop and present the Road Show programs with visits to major global business and financial hubs with presentations to the target audience.
The agency should also develop the common, coordinated outreach campaign - Invest in Uzbekistan - to promote Uzbekistan’s positive image in the global business arena using the latest marketing technologies, creating and promoting Uzbekistan’s brand and attracting foreign strategic PR consultants.
The document has approved the list of international economic and investment forums in 2019, recommended for Uzbekistan officials, the likes of World Business Forum (June 5–6, London), the Global Investment Forum (June 13–14, Geneva), the Eurasian Economic Forum (October, Verona), and the Tourism Investment Forum (November, Paris).
Tashkent business aviation airport to be completed in 2020
The phase I of the construction project of the business aviation airport in place of the former Tashkent-Vostochny airfield is scheduled to be completed in 2020, Uzbekistan Airways, the main contractor said.
The project is implemented in pursuance the Presidential deceree dated June 30, 2017. The military transport aviation deployed at the aerodrome had been relocated.
The cost of the phase I is estimated at US$ 140 million dollars, of which US$ 65 million is contributed by the Uzbekistan Fund for Reconstruction and Development.
The new airport will have two terminals. The first is designed for welcoming the heads of state, officials and delegations, the second is for business executives and other passengers.
The new airport will host an administrative, catering buildings, refueling complex, transformer substations and other facilities.
The airport will be able to receive and service all types of aircrafts, including the Airbus A380. Two 4 km runways are built to meet international requirements to ensure high level of flight safety.
IMF Publishes Fiscal Transparency Evaluation for Uzbekistan
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a Fiscal Transparency Evaluation for Uzbekistan along with a separate report on progress made since the evaluation was conducted in June 2018.
The evaluation assesses Uzbekistan’s fiscal transparency practices against the standards set out in the IMF’s Fiscal Transparency Code and was carried out by the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, in collaboration with the Statistics Department, at the request of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Assessed against the standards of the Fiscal Transparency Code, the June 2018 evaluation found that Uzbekistan met at least the basic standard of practice on 16 of the 36 principles assessed.
Uzbekistan has taken steps to enhance transparency since the evaluation was conducted. An updated assessment of practices, conducted in March 2019, showed that in only nine months, improvements had been made against eight of the Code’s principles, with seven of these advancing from the “not met” level of practice. As a result, Uzbekistan is now assessed to meet at least the basic standard of practice on 23 of the Code’s 36 principles.
The June 2018 evaluation highlighted several gaps in Uzbekistan’s fiscal transparency practices. It found that fiscal reports did not provide a comprehensive picture of government fiscal activity, and their presentation was not fully aligned with international standards. The budget could be made more comprehensiveness and forward looking, and it’s scrutiny by the legislature could be enhanced. And, there was limited discussion or analysis of several of the most important sources of risks to public finances and limited central oversight of the state‑owned enterprise sector.
The evaluation made several recommendations to improve fiscal transparency practices in Uzbekistan, including:
Expanding fiscal reports to provide a more complete picture of general government activity and to fully align them with international standards;
Disclosing balance sheet information and estimates of revenues foregone from tax expenditures;
Improving budget comprehensiveness by including the off-budget fiscal activities of budgetary organizations, several non-reported extra-budgetary funds, and externally financed expenditures;
Presenting medium-term fiscal forecasts and fiscal objectives in the budget and subjecting it to greater parliamentary scrutiny;
Publishing a summary report on fiscal risks and strengthening monitoring and oversight of public corporations.
Uzbekistan has already addressed several of the IMF’s recommendations to improve fiscal transparency. Key advancements include publication of medium-term macro-fiscal projections, analysis and discussion of fiscal risks, and inclusion of a statement of fiscal objectives and medium-term policy intentions in the 2019 budget documentation. In addition, the government has published a citizen’s guide to the budget to help foster greater public participation in the budget process.
Implementation of the remaining reforms recommended in the fiscal transparency evaluation will result in further improvements in fiscal transparency in Uzbekistan in the coming years.
A delegation of Uzbekistan takes part in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the ACD
On 30 April - 2 May 2019, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ilkhom Nematov attended the 16th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue which took place in Doha (State of Qatar).
The heads of the foreign affairs agencies of Asian and Middle Eastern countries reviewed new solutions to establish effective partnerships in various fields, as well as issues of social and economic strategies for sustainable development in order to implement the common aspirations of the peoples of Asia in accordance with the DSA-2030 Vision.
In the speech of the head of the delegation of Uzbekistan, it was noted that our country consistently supports the enhancement of the role of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, the goals of which correspond to the course of modern politics of Uzbekistan conducted by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
It was stressed that large-scale reforms are being carried out in Uzbekistan based on the Action Strategy for the five main areas of development of the country in 2017–2021, developed at the initiative of the head of our state.
Regarding the development of Central Asia, Ilkhom Nematov said: “Thanks to the deeply thought-out political course of the President of Uzbekistan, in recent years, cooperation in the region has significantly increased on the basis of good neighborliness, mutual consideration of interests and reasonable compromises. The concrete results of the constructive foreign policy of Uzbekistan were the achievement of mutually acceptable solutions to the most complex and complicated issues, such as the delimitation of state borders, the use of water and energy resources, transport communications and others”
“According to world experts, thanks to the open policy of Uzbekistan, for a short historical period, a completely new healthy climate, friendly atmosphere and favorable conditions for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the countries of the region have been created in Central Asia,” he said.
A business forum on the topic “Small and medium business as a new engine of sustainable economic prosperity” was held as part of the Ministerial Council.
Following the 16th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Doha Declaration adopted a general vision of the prospects for further development of cooperation in Asia.
During the official event, on behalf of the head of the State of Qatar, a brief conversation between the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Ilkhom Nematov and Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was held, who conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes to President Sh. He stressed that Uzbekistan for Qatar is a key state and a promising partner in Central Asia.
During the visit, the Uzbek delegation in Doha held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
The parties thoroughly discussed a range of issues of the Uzbek-Qatari agenda. The main attention was paid to the prospects of expanding cooperation in the political, trade, economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
At the meeting, proposals were supported on holding on a regular basis bilateral political consultations, meetings of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, organization of the Business Council and other institutions of interaction between Uzbekistan and Qatar.
Along with this, negotiations were held with the leadership of the Qatar Development Fund. The meeting discussed issues of attracting funding from the Fund to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for the Aral Sea coast, as well as for implementing socially significant projects in the field of education and health in Uzbekistan.
At a meeting with the head of the Qatari logistics company GWC, the possibilities of establishing long-term cooperation in the creation of modern logistics centers in Uzbekistan in the fields of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and other areas were considered.
Uzbekistan plans to organize employment of 1 million citizens in the UAE
Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached an agreement on cooperation in the field of labor resources.
Within the framework of the agreement, it is planned to organize employment of 1 million Uzbek citizens in the UAE. The press service of the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations reported about it.
A number of measures are envisaged to organize such a scale of work. In particular, it is planned to introduce the UAE’s experience in implementing programs of organized recruitment of labor migrants, developing a register of foreign labor specialties required in the UAE by industry and skill level.
In addition, by the end of 2020, it is intended to work out a mechanism for the recruitment of labor forces from Uzbekistan to work in the UAE, including the selection of applicants that meet the requirements of employers, organization of short-term language and vocational training courses (in the PPP format), creation of an adaptation center of migrants before leaving for work in the UAE.
The parties also intend to develop a unified register of employers and recruitment agencies of the UAE and suppliers of labor forces from a number of domestic private employment agencies.
It is planned to hold events in the B2B format with participation of employers and recruitment agencies of the UAE, and private employment agencies of Uzbekistan with the aim of concluding agreements on cooperation.
The issue of opening a representative office of the Agency for external labor migration in the UAE and creation of a post of labor migration attaché at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United Arab Emirates is also being worked out.
About 42–44 thousand citizens leave for the United Arab Emirates annually, of which 4,200 go to work. The amount of remittances from this country is about $35 million. The monthly average amount of remittances is $700. For comparison, average labor migrants from Russia send less than $400.
At the same time, according to a survey of the Republican scientific center for employment and labor protection, 4.7% of the respondents expressed a desire to work in the UAE, if appropriate conditions are created.
XIV National Award in Journalism “Oltin qalam” (“Golden pen”)
On May 3 - World Press Freedom Day, the jury of the Organising Committee on international contest XIV National Award in Journalism “Oltin qalam” (“Golden pen”) has determined the winners and prizewinners.
In the framework of incentive awards in the nomination “For the best material of foreign journalists about Uzbekistan” Jeremy Head, the Travel Editor of digital marketing agency iCrossing (Great Britain), is announced as the winner,
And also the fruitful work of the following journalists have been highly appreciated:
Alexander Karlyukevich – Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus, distinguished writer and publicist;
Nabila Binti Saleh – correspondent of the Malaysian National News Agency “BERNAMA”;
Yoqubjon Abdumannonzoda – Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper “Khalq ovozi” (Tajikistan);
Elsayed Hany Youssef Elsayed – Deputy Editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Al Gomhuria” (Egypt).
(Source: Web site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)