DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 90
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
May 8, 2019
visit of the president of uzbekistan to fergana region.. 1
Living with a sense of belonging and responsibility for the future, devotedly serving people is our highest duty. 1
The Government approves the Regulation on the Export Promotion Agency. 3
Uzbekistan intends to start production of Hyundai electric vehicles. 3
BUSINESS CLIMATE.. 3
State-owned companies to hire highly qualified foreign managers. 3
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 4
Reforms at Public Education Ministry discussed at the "Government Hour" of Legislative Chamber 4
Karakalpakstan hosts Muynak Rally 2019. 4
visit of the president of uzbekistan to fergana region
Living with a sense of belonging and responsibility for the future, devotedly serving people is our highest duty
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Fergana region on May 6-7 to become familiar with the course of reforms carried out on socio-economic development of the regions, major projects and implementation of instructions given earlier.
During the visits by the Head of the state to the regions, the development of plans, in accordance with peculiarities of the region, for development of socio-economic sphere and creation of necessary conditions for people to be satisfied with their lives, became a tradition. Visit to Fergana region took place in the same spirit.
On May 6, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, getting acquainted with large projects, paid special attention to development of industry in the districts by attracting foreign direct investment, providing employment, and protecting the interests of women and young people. The results achieved in the region over the past year were thoroughly analyzed, and important tasks of this year were discussed. Relevant directions for ensuring competitiveness for entering the world market, establishing production of export-oriented products in districts with an average level of industrial development, and most importantly – attracting investments, technologies and innovations to the economy have been identified.
On the second day of the visit, Fergana hosted a session with participation of regional officials and public figures, heads of ministries and other government agencies, representatives of the older generation, and entrepreneurs.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated all those gathered and the entire nation on the start of the month of Ramadan and the upcoming Day of Memory and Honor.
It was noted that in 2018, industrial production in Fergana region grew by 8 percent, the services sector increased by 9 percent, and the volume of investments cashed in multiplied 1.5 times. However, in terms of gross regional product per capita, the region lags far behind the national level, in Kushtepa, Furkat, Altyaryk, Fergana and Yazyavan districts, manufacturing industry has lacked advancement.
In this regard, a new regional investment program for 2019-2020 has been developed, comprising 643 projects worth 26 trillion 401 billion soums. Under this program, it is planned to absorb 2.5 billion dollars of foreign direct investments and create more than 31,000 new jobs (currency rates of CB RU from 08.05.2019, 1$= 8448.89 soums).
For example, in Fargona Yasin Qurilish Mollari enterprise in Besharyk district, a project worth 200 million dollars is scheduled to be realized to arrange for the production of 800 thousand tons of cement in the current year and 1.2 million tons from the next year. In Kokand, through the direct investment of Indorama, the Kokand Superphosphate Plant will be modernized with production capacity increasing from 100,000 to 375,000 tons of phosphate fertilizers per year. Shaffoff Omadli Sanoat enterprise in Uchkuprik district, by drawing in 30 million dollars of investments, intends to launch annual production of 350,000 gas cylinders for cars, and starting from 2020, electric forklifts, mini-tractors and other equipment for agriculture.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed corresponding officials to approve and ensure the implementation of the network schedules for the realization of each project included in the program.
“For the entire year, Fergana region should work hard to attract investment, develop industry and entrepreneurship. By May 2020, khokimiyats and involved ministries will report on the implemented activities,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
At the meeting, President drew special attention to issues of providing the population with jobs and increasing their income. The Head of the state stressed the necessity of identifying families wishing to start a business within the framework of the program “Every family entrepreneur”, and of ensuring – within two to three months – the allocation of soft loans to a full amount.
Fergana is the land of skilled artisans and farmers. Local traditions of tanning and gardening constitute a ready-made brand. It was noted that it is essential to take advantage of this fact effectively and streamline additional projects for manufacturing leather and footwear products, organize a center for leather and haberdashery goods.
It was reported that in two years, clusters will be organized on vineyards of 3 thousand hectares in Altyaryk district, for pomegranate cultivation on 2 thousand hectares in Kuva district, and for cherry growing on 2 thousand hectares in Kuvasay city. These clusters, along with cultivation of fruits, will purchase them from the population. To do this, households will be delivered 15 million cuttings of grapes, 10 million cherry saplings and 5 million pomegranate bushes. This will help boost the income of the population and bolster the export potential of the region.
It was noted that in the coming years, it is planned to fully specialize Altyaryk district for viticulture, grow vegetables in demand in between the rows in the orchards and vineyards, on recommendations of scientists from research institutions and Tashkent State Agrarian University.
This year, within the framework of “Obod qishloq” (Prosperous village) and “Obod makhalla” (Prosperous neighborhood) programs, 8 thousand houses in makhallas of 45 villages and 15 cities, 327 multi-storey buildings, hundreds of kilometers of roads, water mains and power grids, social facilities will be repaired for 326 billion soums in the region. As a result, living conditions of 212 thousand residents will be improved.
In the cities of Fergana, Kokand, Kuvasay and Margilan, 14 multi-storey affordable houses, 145 multi-storey commercial houses will be built, in the countryside – 252 private and 54 multi-storey affordable houses according to standard designs.
At the meeting, attention was also paid to youth issues. It was noted that in the region there are 970 thousand residents at the age from 7 to 30, to the work of which constant attention is paid. It was emphasized that taking this into account, specific measures were developed to create “Fergana experience” in working with young people.
This year, targeted measures were taken to provide employment for 46 thousand young people. In accordance with the State Program “Yoshlar – Kelajagimiz” (Youth – our future), implementation of 867 projects is envisaged through the allocation of 208 billion soums of soft loans and creation of 7,000 jobs.
The President noted that within the framework of five important initiatives in Fergana region certain work is carried out, and their implementation should become the main task of each khokimiyat and the ministry.
Five important initiatives are our new policy. For their implementation, the Buka district was selected as an experiment. At the end of the year, the khokim of each district will report on implementation of five initiatives. All work within their framework should be carried out within schools. Gyms operating in them, clubs should be put at the disposal of children, young people should go in for sports here, read books, study information technologies, grow as harmoniously developed personalities. With the growth of the economy, increasing attention to the work within the framework of five initiatives, the atmosphere prevailing in our society will change, people will become more confident in their future. This is life issue, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Participants of the meeting, held in the form of an open dialogue, noted that successive reforms carried out under the leadership of the President in all spheres are reflected in the life of the regions, primarily in the mood of people. At the same time, problems existing in some areas were raised. The Head of the state gave relevant instructions to responsible persons on solving each of them on the spot.
Thereupon, the visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Fergana region ended.
The Government approves the Regulation on the Export Promotion Agency
The Regulation of the Government of Uzbekistan approved the Regulation on the Export Promotion Agency. It was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Justice.
The regulation defines the main tasks and functions of the Export Promotion Agency.
On this basis, one of the main tasks of the Agency is information and consulting support to exporters on marketing, pricing, transport logistics, certification, standardization and quality control, tax and customs administration, and entering the foreign markets on the “single window” principle.
The director of the Agency is approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on the proposal of the Minister for Investments and Foreign Trade.
Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the Agency’s activities is carried out on the basis of assessment criteria and performance indicators approved by the Minister.
Uzbekistan intends to start production of Hyundai electric vehicles
Uzbekistan intends to start mass production of Hyundai electric vehicles.
It is expected that the project will be implemented in the Kokand free economic zone. Production of Hyundai cars is scheduled to begin by 2023.
Implementation of the project worth US$300 million will begin in 2021. The capacity of the plant will be 10,000 electric vehicles per year.
Hyundai, Evergreen Motors, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade and the Ferghana regional khokimiyat are taking part in the project.
Currently, the Hyundai-Namangan KD Plant will be built in Turakurgan district of Namangan region.
It is expected that the new plant will begin to produce the first products in September 2019. The plant at the first stage will produce 400 trucks, minibuses and buses. Gradually, the capacity of the plant will be increased to 2,500 vehicles.
State-owned companies to hire highly qualified foreign managers
Major state-owned companies may be required to hire foreign managers. This is stated in the draft presidential decree, developed by the State Property Management Agency.
In particular, such companies as Uzbekneftegaz, Uzkimyosanoat, National electric network of Uzbekistan, Thermal Power Plants, Regional electric networks, Uzavtosanoat, Uzbekistan Airways, Asaka bank, “Kafolat”, Uzagrosugurta and “Kizilkumcement” need to fulfill this requirement.
If a project is approved, within three months, these companies together with the State Property Management Agency must attract at least one highly qualified foreign specialist on a competitive basis.
It is planned that at least 50 foreign managers will be attracted to board management of state-owned enterprises until 2022.
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan
Reforms at Public Education Ministry discussed at the "Government Hour" of Legislative Chamber
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis hosted a “Government Hour” to discuss reforms in the public education sector.
During the session, the participants considered measures to improve the maintenance of buildings of secondary schools, providing them with laboratory equipment, textbooks and classrooms.
Alisher Umarov, First Deputy Minister of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, was invited to the lower house of parliament to answer to questions of the MPs.
As noted at the meeting, over the past period, as in all areas, the educational system has also carried out significant work towards the implementation of radical reforms and updates. Especially, consistent measures have been taken in order to improve the quality of education and create the necessary conditions for school students.
In particular, in the improvement of textbooks on the basis of innovative approaches, the content of textbooks is enriched with educational games, exercises, questions, tasks aimed at developing logical thinking among schoolchildren. MPs discussed introduction of the international assessment programs PISA, TIMSS, etc.
It was underlined that modern information technologies are introduced in the public education system to automate the educational and administrative processes.
As noted in the information, at present the level of equipment of educational schools in the republic does not exceed 72 percent. It cannot be said that they also fully comply with modern requirements. 50 percent are outdated both morally and physically. In particular, there are 11,468 sets of computer equipment in schools, the level of provision of schools in this direction reaches 72.1 percent. In 2018, 1 716 secondary schools were provided with modern computer classes (interactive panel, projector, computer, air conditioning).
Together with the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, a draft program has been developed for the construction, repair and equipping of sports facilities in 2020-2024, it envisages the creation of sports halls in 2 302 secondary schools, equipment for 9 446 sports halls.
According to the Decree of the President of the country “On Approval of the Concept for the Development of the Public Education System of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030” dated April 29, 2019, based on the needs of secondary schools, it is planned to complete the construction, repair and equipping of them by 2030.
A system of confirmation of graduates of educational institutions with an electronic digital signature was created (attestat.uzedu.uz), admission to the 1-grade school will be carried out electronically through the Centers of Public Services and the Unified portal of interactive services (qabul.uzedu .uz).
As members of parliament noted, in most schools of regional centers, especially in Tashkent, the number of students in one class exceeds the established standard, that is, it is 40 people. It does not meet sanitary and hygienic requirements. Finally, it creates certain barriers for students to receive a quality education.
MPs and officials of the Ministry of Public Education discussed issues of eliminating existing problems in the education system, including maintenance of buildings, classrooms, provision of textbooks, laboratory equipment, etc.
Karakalpakstan hosts Muynak Rally 2019
Karakalpakstan hosted Muynak Rally 2019, which overtook 420 kilometers.
The track of Muynak Rally 2019, organized by the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, the State Committee for Tourism Development, passed through dry bottom of the Aral Sea and Ustyurt plateau.
Furkat Akhrorkulov from Jizzakh became winner in A-8 car race with 1600 cubic meters engine capacity. Timur Narzikulov from Karakalpakstan became the second and Ibrohim Tuychiyev from Andijan – the third in this competition.
Sardor Khodjayev crossed the finish line first in A-9 car race with 2000 cubic meters engine capacity. Jakhongir Jabborov from Tashkent and Alikay Khayrullayev from Namangan came second.
Winners of the competition were awarded with Presidential gifts – Spark and Nexia cars. Owners of the second and third places were awarded with cash prizes in the amount of 15 and 7 million UZS, respectively (currency rates of CB RU from 08.05.2019, 1$= 8448.89 soums).