DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 103
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
May 28, 2019
official visit of president of germany.. 1
President of the Federal Republic of Germany arrives in Uzbekistan. 1
Deputy Chairman of Central Bank appointed. 1
US dollar continues to grow rapidly against Uzbek soum.. 1
OECD notes the progress of Uzbekistan in fighting corruption. 2
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 2
New rail station built on border with Turkmenistan. 2
“Tea” – Grand Prix winner 3
official visit of president of germany
President of the Federal Republic of Germany arrives in Uzbekistan
On May 27, 2019, at the invitation of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Uzbekistan for an official visit.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov met the distinguished guest at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the residence designated for him, met with representatives of German institutions operating in Uzbekistan, such as the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Goethe Institute in Tashkent, the Konrad Adenauer and Friedrich Ebert Foundations, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The main events of the visit are scheduled for May 28.
The Presidents are expected to discuss prospects for further enhancement of bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, financial-technical and cultural-humanitarian fields, as well as interaction within Uzbekistan – European Union format.
The parties intend also to exchange views on pressing issues in the international and regional agenda.
Following the talks, the parties expect to sign agreements aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations in the economy, finance, education, healthcare and environmental protection.
During the visit, Frank-Walter Steinmeier plans to meet with representatives of leading companies and banks of Uzbekistan and Germany, civil society institutions, and visit a number of industrial enterprises and cultural institutions.
The Federal President of Germany will visit Khorezm region, where he is anticipated to meet with faculty and students of Urgench State University, as well as become acquainted with historical and architectural landmarks of the city of Khiva.
Deputy Chairman of Central Bank appointed
Ilhomjon Abdugaforov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan in accordance with the decree No. PF-5730 of the President signed on May 27, 2019.
Ilhomjon Abdugaforov was born in 1973 in Tashkent. He graduated from Tashkent State University (in 1995) and the Institute of Cybernetics of the Academy of Sciences (in 2000). He is a specialist in the practical mathematics and a candidate of technical sciences.
Prior to that, he had worked as Director of the Department of Payment Systems and Information Technologies at the Central Bank of Uzbekistan.
US dollar continues to grow rapidly against Uzbek soum
The Central Bank (CB) of Uzbekistan has established new exchange rates of foreign currencies for the purpose of accounting, statistical and other reporting on foreign exchange transactions, as well as calculation of customs and other obligatory payments, which will be effective from May 28, 2019.
In accordance with the CB report, the US dollar increased in value by 24.99 soums and reached the mark of 8485.91 soums.
The euro also showed a considerable increase - 66.92 soums, and amounted to 9462.76 soums.
The Russian ruble grew by 0.46 soums and is now equal to 131.52 soums.
It should be noted that the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan does not undertake the responsibility of selling or buying those currencies at a fixed price.
OECD notes the progress of Uzbekistan in fighting corruption
On May 23, an international conference devoted to the OECD mission’s visit to Uzbekistan as part of the Anti-Corruption Network in Eastern Europe and Central Asia meeting was held, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan reported.
The OECD Network Secretariat was represented by T. Khavanska and three experts directly involved in the 4th monitoring round of Uzbekistan Y. Vasiliyuskaite, M. Kalugin and I. Tsakadze.
A representative of the OECD Network Secretariat noted that the report on Uzbekistan in the 4th monitoring round of the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan was adopted at the plenary session of the Network on March 21, 2019 and a return visit to the country was organized to present a report and discuss priorities for further action on the implementation of its recommendations.
The report presents an analysis of Uzbekistan’s efforts to combat corruption and implement the recommendations of the 3rd monitoring round meeting. Within the framework of the monitoring, the main focus was on anti-corruption policies, prevention of corruption and its criminalization. For the first time, the report also includes an in-depth study of the risks of corruption in the tax sector.
As a result of the ongoing reforms in Uzbekistan, progress has been made in the implementation of measures on virtually all recommendations. In particular, according to the results of the monitoring, Uzbekistan received a rating on the availability of progress on all recommendations, including full implementation - 3; execution in whole - 8; partial execution - 10.
During the conference, the main conclusions on each section of the report and the follow-up actions of state bodies, civil society and business circles aimed at implementing recommendations in the field of combating corruption were discussed.
Following the conference, it is planned to develop an Action Plan to be implemented by Uzbekistan within the framework of the new recommendations of the Istanbul Action Plan for the public and private sectors, as well as civil society institutions.
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
New rail station built on border with Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan Railways has built a new Surkhanobod station in Surkhondaryo province on the border with Turkmenistan to increase the volume of transit traffic and for railcars maintenance and repair, the company said.
Previously, transit traffic in southern Uzbekistan was carried out through Boldir station in Turkmenistan. “Now, export-import cargo transportation operations will be serviced at the new station,” the company noted.
In March 2017, the leaders of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opened two new bridges - the automobile and railway Turkmenabat - Farab across the Amu Darya River. Their operation, as well as discounts on rail transit of goods offered on a reciprocal basis, contributed to the growth of trade in goods and enhanced the transit capacity of the two countries.
“Tea” – Grand Prix winner
At ENTRE 2 Marches Short Film Festival, held within the framework of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the film of Uzbekistan’s young director Shokir Kholikov, entitled “Tea”, won the Grand Prix.
ENTRE 2 Marches creative project, organized within the framework of the world-famous film festival, aims to demonstrate to the general public the actual problems of people with disabilities.
According to Sh. Kholikov, more than 700 participants applied for this festival. The best 25 films were selected.
The “Tea” is a thesis work of a young director, a graduate of Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture. To date, this film not only won prizes at the international film festival PROlogue held in Uzbekistan, the youth creative competition “Izhor”, but also won worldwide recognition at international film festivals held in Macedonia, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and others countries.
So, what’s the “Tea” about? This short film, sixteen minutes long, tells about the importance of a deep awareness of such values as humanity, mercy, and respect for the elderly.