DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 91
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
May 10, 2019
May 9 – Day of Memory and Honor.. 1
The memory of ancestors who ensured a peaceful and prosperous life will forever remain in our hearts. 1
The President outlines important tasks to develop jewelry industry. 2
Uzbekistan ratifies Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. 3
80.8% children should be covered in preschool system by 2030 – Presidential resolution. 4
May 9 – Day of Memory and Honor
The memory of ancestors who ensured a peaceful and prosperous life will forever remain in our hearts
Honoring the memory of our ancestors, who gave their lives for today’s peaceful days, continuation of their noble deeds, respectful attitude to veterans who are among us, contributing to peaceful life and prosperity of people have become an integral part of our spiritual life.
Such noble principles are embodied on the basis of a wide celebration of the Day of Memory and Honor.
On these holidays, we once again deeply realize at the expense of what difficulties our peaceful life has been achieved. We bow our heads before the memory of our compatriots who sacrificed their lives for the sake of victory.
The Decree of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On encouraging the participants of the Second World War” and the resolution “On measures for the preparation and conduction of events dedicated to the Day of Memory and Honor” of April 23 this year reflect such good goals as taking care of war participants, commemorating our compatriots who gave their lives in the name of a peaceful and free life.
In accordance with these documents, each participant of the Second World War was handed a congratulatory message from the President, a remuneration in the amount of 7,500,000 soums and holiday gifts. Relevant staff is assigned for patronage of medical care and social protection for each war veteran. Free vouchers to the sanatorium are given (currency rates of CB RU from 01.05.2019, 1$= 8448.89 soums).
Along with participants of the war and veterans of the labor front, material and moral assistance is also provided to members of families of servicemen and law enforcement officers who died during the years of independence while on duty.
The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent city khokimiyats together with the ministries of Culture, Defense, Internal Affairs, the Women’s Committee, the Youth Union, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Republican Center for Spirituality and Enlightenment, the Nuroniy Foundation and the Mahalla Public Charitable Foundation and other organizations are holding special meetings and spiritual-enlightenment events dedicated to the participants of the war and veterans of the labor front.
On May 9, senators and deputies, members of the government, and military personnel gathered in the Square of Memory in Tashkent.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid tribute to the memory of our compatriots who gave their life in the Second World War and laid flowers at the Sorrowful Mother Monument.
The festive event on the occasion of the Day of Memory and Honor and the 74th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War has taken place in Tashkent Botanical Garden.
The festive event was attended by war and labor veterans who arrived from the Republic of Karakalpakstan and other regions.
The President warmly welcomed each veteran, wished them health and longer life. Veterans wished peace and tranquility in the country, wellbeing to our people.
Spectators were offered a costume reconstruction act dedicated to the deeds of bravery by the division under the command of famous Uzbek general Sobir Rahimov. The Head of the state watched the performance alongside the veterans.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the veterans and all our people on the Day of Memory and Honor and the 74th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War.
The garden has housed artistic compositions and installations reminiscent of the Second World War. A command headquarters, trenches and dugouts, a first-aid post, a field kitchen have been built. Trains and military equipment of those times are masterly exhibited here.
The Head of the state noted that we should study more deeply the heroism and courage of all compatriots who contributed to the victory, conduct scientific research, create artworks, films and plays about their lives and activities. The youth should understand, thanks to the heroism of which people we do not know what war is, we live in a peaceful tranquil time, and this should be appreciated.
No one will forget that the Second World War, which took the lives of millions of people, was the most terrible and bloody in the history of mankind. On the eve of the war, 6.5 million people lived in Uzbekistan. More than 1.5 million citizens from Uzbekistan participated in the war. Half a million of them died, many were missing, returned from the war disabled. Such facts show what a terrible price people paid for this victory.
The true courage of our people, shown during the war years, are an example for all mankind. People of Uzbekistan received almost 1 million evacuees under their shelter. They showed particular love to 200 thousand innocent children, who, with love, with the words “You are not an orphan!”, as if they were relatives, accepted into families, shared the last piece of bread with them. The Shomakhmudovs family from Tashkent hosted 14 children, Samadov from Kattakurgan – 12, Djurayevs and Ashurkhujayevs from Bukhara – eight children. There are many more such examples.
At the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a monument to the family of blacksmith from Tashkent Sh.Shomakhmudov was returned to its former place – on Friendship of Peoples Square in Tashkent.
The Head of the state noted that at present activities on construction of Victory Park has begun in Tashkent.
The Museum of Glory will be built in the structure of the park, which will be erected on the basis of a deeply developed beautiful architectural project. In forming the content of this magnificent commemorative complex, the museum’s exposition, we will rely on the opinions, suggestions and recommendations of our respected veterans, historians, creative intelligentsia and the general public, the President said.
A wide place in the program of the event was given to poems and songs of famous poets and artists, which are consonant with the essence of the Day of Memory and Honor.
The concert continued with performances by military orchestra and artistic groups.
The announcement by Yuri Levitan about the end of the war, about Victory, as 74 years ago, excited participants of the event.
The artistic program of the event, which embodied the memories of the war years, the value of today’s peaceful and tranquil life, made an unforgettable impression on the audience.
May 9 – Day of Memory and Honor is widely celebrated in all regions of the country.
The President outlines important tasks to develop jewelry industry
Оn May 8, 2019, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on the issues of developing the jewelry industry and enhancement of opportunities for manufacturers in the field.
Jewelry products are one of those enjoying most popularity in the world. The fact that production in the global jewelry industry grows by 5-6 percent annually and that the cumulative turnover exceeds 250 billion US dollars is suggestive of its tremendous export potential.
In Uzbekistan, this industry had received little attention until recently. Eighty percent of the equipment of jewelry enterprises is worn out, while at some others production had stopped.
Restrictions were plentiful on the sale of precious metals to jewelers. Starting from March 1 this year, the direct sale of precious metals to manufacturers through the exchange has been allowed.
The next objective is to raise the jewelry business to the level of a full-fledged industry.
The Head of the state stressed at the meeting the need for an effective use of raw materials, attraction of investments into the industry and organization of modern production capacities.
The high cost of gold, platinum and silver limits the ability of enterprises in the sector to form working capital. In this regard, it was instructed to review the tax burden on the jewelry industry, to release imported crude and equipment from customs duties.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pointed out that it is essential to stimulate investments from world-famous companies into public jewelry enterprises, to support manufacturers and provide them with preferential loans for the purchase of precious metals.
In Uzbekistan, the sector focuses mainly in the manufacture of jewelry. In fact, the industry can cover many other activities. For example, gold watches, stationery and souvenirs, silver kitchen sets are in high demand.
Thus, one silver table set manufactured from 4 kilograms of silver costs an average of 4 thousand dollars. Considering that over a hundred tons of silver is mined in Uzbekistan a year, exports of such products can reach millions of dollars.
There are deposits of such precious stones as turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, and opal in the country, but their industrial development has yet to be established.
The President outlines important tasks to develop jewelry industry
The President gave instruction on development of all aspects of jewelry industry and organization of the extraction of precious stones crucial for the industry.
Currently, individual entrepreneur jewelers do not have the right to sell their goods directly and are forced to use the services of intermediary stores. However, the complexity of procedures for probing and exporting ready-made jewelry products creates inconveniences for people and entrepreneurs.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested that solution to these issues requires removing the restrictions on the supply of jewelry products to the market and granting individual manufacturers the right to sell their products.
The Head of the state noted that domestic enterprises should stamp their goods themselves and that it is necessary to simplify the procedure for individuals to take jewelry abroad. Instructions have been given to establish electronic accounting for the reception and sales of jewelry at retail outlets and to prevent their illegal trade.
Special attention was paid to improving the activities of Uzbekzargarsanoati Association.
The President ordered to prepare a draft resolution envisaging essential measures for the execution of instructions given at the meeting.
Uzbekistan ratifies Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
The President signed the law on ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
The convention, adopted on 22 May 2001 in Stockholm, entered into force in 2004 and is ratified by 182 States Parties.
Although the United States, Italy and Israel have signed the convention, they have not yet ratified it.
Parties to the convention have agreed to a process by which persistent toxic compounds can be reviewed and added to the convention, if they meet certain criteria for persistence and transboundary threat. The first set of new chemicals to be added to the Convention were agreed at a conference in Geneva on 8 May 2009.
Ratification of the convention will contribute to the improvement of the ecological situation in Uzbekistan. It will also enable our country to expand its export volume and geography through the introduction of the EU privilege system.
80.8% children should be covered in preschool system by 2030 – Presidential resolution
On May 8, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution approving the Concept for the Development of the Preschool Education System by 2030 and approved a roadmap for its implementation in 2019, the Ministry of Preschool Education said.
The concept defined the goals, tasks, priorities and stages of the development of preschool education in the medium and long term. The document provides for the solution of the problems concerning shortage of qualified pedagogical personnel, overload of state preschool institutions, inadequate material and technical condition and a low percentage of the availability of educational-methodological materials of state preschool institutions.
“The task was set to increase the coverage of children in preschool system by 2030 from the current 38.1% to 80.8%. Also, the ministry will continue to increase the capacity of educational institutions: by 2021, the number of available seats will grow by 56.8% (by 2030 - by 132.3%) due to the opening of new preschool institutions, as well as the development of public-private partnerships and alternative forms of preschool education,” Ten Elena, general management head of organizing preschool institutions’ activities, said.
According to the adopted Concept, the priority areas for the development of preschool education system by 2030 will be:
- further improvement of the regulatory framework (development of the State standard for preschool education, approval of standards for provision of pupils with material resources, food, medical care, development of the procedure for the implementation of alternative forms of preschool education);
- creating conditions for comprehensive development of children of preschool age (widespread introduction of the state program “First Step” and inclusive education, the development of educational materials, ensuring the continuity of preschool and primary education);
- increasing coverage, ensuring equal access of children to high-quality preschool education, developing public-private partnerships (building new and reconstructing old preschool institutions, universal introduction of free year-long preparation for school, developing alternative forms of preschool education, and providing them with public utilities);
- introducing innovations, advanced pedagogical and communication technologies (development of information databases and multimedia products, introduction of digital educational resources for home education and parent education, stage-by-stage provision of all preschool educational institutions of the republic with Internet access);
- improving the preschool education management system, ensuring transparency and efficiency of financing (creating effective monitoring mechanisms, providing information to interested persons, further improving the system of working with appeals, attracting foreign investment and grants, consistently introducing regulatory per capita funding);
- introducing new approaches to the selection and development of personnel (introduction of international educational standards, involvement of foreign experts and organization of internships, development of criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of employees, improvement of material incentives programs and social support for personnel);
- providing children with healthy and balanced nutrition, high-quality medical care in preschool institutions (creation of a centralized system for monitoring the supply of preschool institutions with products, involvement of specialized enterprises in terms of outsourcing, improvement of comprehensive care for children with special needs).
The implementation of the concept will be carried out in stages. Each year until December 1, the Ministry of Preschool Education, based on a study of the results of the outgoing year, will develop and submit a draft roadmap for the next year to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval.