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«ДОРОЖНУЮ КАРТУ» РАЗВИТИЯ УЗБЕКИСТАНА ОБСУДИЛИ В ТУРЦИИ

При поддержке посольства нашей страны в Турции состоялся «круглый стол», посвященный обсуждению Государственной программы «Год диалога с народом и интересов человека» и Стратегии действий по пяти приоритетным направлениям развития Республики Узбекистан в 2017-2021 годах.

Участниками мероприятия стали официальные лица Чубукского района Анкарской провинции, представители правящей Партии справедливости и развития, местных общественно-политических и деловых кругов.

На встрече, которая прошла в формате открытого диалога, была представлена развернутая информация о ходе широкомасштабных реформ в Узбекистане.

Подчеркивалось, что Стратегия действий была принята с учетом мнений и предложений общественности, экспертно-аналитических кругов, гражданских активистов после открытого обсуждения с применением современных интернет-технологий. Обращено внимание на уникальность для Узбекистана разработки такого документа с использованием механизмов, обеспечивающих подлинное волеизъявление народа, прямое вовлечение населения в процесс принятия стратегически важных решений.

В ходе мероприятия был представлен национальный стенд с материалами о современном развитии Узбекистана, достижениях страны в различных сферах.

Участники «круглого стола» поделились своими мнениями и оценками Стратегии действий и определенных в ней целей и задач.

В частности, губернатор Чубукского района Тунчай Ачехан отметил, что Стратегия выводит Узбекистан на качественно новый ступень прогресса и модернизации, предусматривающий активное и прямое участие народа в определении приоритетных направлений развития страны на обозримую перспективу. По его мнению, данный документ представляет интерес не только для узбекской, но и международной общественности, поскольку в нем обозначена программа действий ключевого государства Центральной Азии, одного из важных субъектов современных международных отношений.

По оценкам заместителя губернатора Чубукского района Хасана Хусейн Каракуш, Государственная программа и Стратегия имеют комплексный, всеобъемлющий характер и являются свидетельством того, что у правительства и населения Узбекистана имеется четкое и согласованное видение перспектив модернизации страны. В этой связи «эти документы имеют особую значимость не только в качестве «дорожной карты» дальнейшего развития Узбекистана, но и как общественный механизм консолидации общества».

Мэр города Чубук Зеки Метин обратил внимание на то, что Стратегия действий разработана на основе изучения потребностей граждан, критического анализа действующего законодательства и изучения передового зарубежного опыта. Градоначальник подчеркнул, что процесс разработки Стратегии включал общественную дискуссию для того, чтобы максимально учитывать в ней реальные интересы и потребности широких слоев населения. По его мнению, это еще один показатель продуманности, практичности концепции Года диалога с народом и интересов человека.

 

ИА «Жахон», Анкара


ПОДДЕРЖИВАЯ ТЕСНУЮ СВЯЗЬ С УЗБЕКСКОЙ МОЛОДЕЖЬЮ В УКРАИНЕ

В Киеве состоялась презентация Государственной программы «Год диалога с народом и интересов человека» и Стратегии действий по пяти приоритетным направлениям развития Республики Узбекистан в 2017-2021 годах.

Участниками мероприятия стали студенты из нашей страны, обучающиеся на территории Украины. Они были подробно ознакомлены с ключевыми положениями этих важных документов. Состоялся обмен мнениями по основным направлениям государственной политики Узбекистана. Подчеркивалось уделяемое правительством страны особое внимание повышению уровня жизни населения, обеспечению благосостояния и воспитанию гармонично развитого поколения.

Дискутируя о программе дальнейшего экономического развития Узбекистана, возможностях международного сотрудничества и привлечении иностранных инвестиций и современных технологий, представители студенческой молодежи отметили, что основополагающим в этом процессе является устойчивое развитие и построение свободного демократического государства, где главной ценностью является человек, его интересы и нужды.

Участники мероприятия сошлись во мнении, что благополучная жизнь населения Узбекистана подтверждает верность избранного пути развития, а полномасштабная реализация Государственной программы и Стратегии действий станет важнейшим событием в жизни общества и определит поступательный прогресс страны на длительную перспективу.

Наряду с этим, студенты из Узбекистана были проинформированы об итогах социально-экономического развития республики в 2016 году. С интересом было обсуждено и современное состояние узбекско-украинского сотрудничества.

Среди участников мероприятия проведен блиц-опрос, в ходе которого они ответили на различные вопросы.

По завершению презентации были продемонстрированы видеофильмы, посвященные достижениям Узбекистана за годы независимости и раскрывающие экономический, промышленный, туристический и культурно-гуманитарный потенциал республики.


 

НАУКА И ТЕХНОЛОГИИ – ПЕРСПЕКТИВНЫЕ НАПРАВЛЕНИЯ УЗБЕКСКО-УКРАИНСКОГО СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА

В Национальной академии наук (НАН) Украины состоялась презентация Государственной программы «Год диалога с народом и интересов человека» и Стратегии действий по пяти приоритетным направлениям развития Республики Узбекистан в 2017-2021 годах.

Участники мероприятия из числа ведущих украинских научных работников были ознакомлены с результатами социально-экономического развития Узбекистана по итогам 2016 года, предпринимаемыми нашим государством мерами по повышению уровня жизни населения, укреплению интеграции науки и производства, которая является ключевым инструментом в дальнейшей модернизации экономики и приумножении его конкурентоспособности.

Учитывая большой научно-технический потенциал Украины, присутствовавшие отметили важность активизации и укрепления научных связей, повышения уровня совместных исследований и выполнения инновационных разработок, нацеленных на модернизацию экономик обеих стран.

Участники мероприятия также обменялись мнениями о перспективах взаимодействия по линии НАН Украины и Академии наук Узбекистана в рамках реализации межправительственного соглашения о сотрудничестве в сфере науки и технологий, заключенного в 1995 году. Подчеркивалась необходимость наполнения этого документа новым содержанием и разработки новых проектов и целевых программ по исследованиям и развитию.

В ходе презентации президент НАН Украины Борис Патон дал высокую оценку проводимой в Узбекистане работе по дальнейшему укреплению интеллектуального потенциала, повышению роли науки в социально-экономическом развитии, всесторонней поддержке деятельности академиков, совершенствованию системы подготовки квалифицированных кадров. По его мнению, республика обладает огромным потенциалом в научно-технической сфере, который должен быть использован в полной мере.

Присутствовавшие сошлись во мнении о необходимости дальнейшей активизации сотрудничества между академиями наук обеих стран с учетом достигнутых договоренностей.

В качестве одного из приоритетных направлений взаимодействия украинской стороной предложено, в частности, совместное внедрение и использование разработанной Институтом электросварки имени Евгения Патона совместно с Институтом хирургии и Министерством охраны здоровья Украины новой технологии сварки сосудов и других предварительно разрезанных мягких тканей животных и человека и коагуляции мягких тканей без использования ниток, металлических скоб и клеев-припоев.


 

 

ЖИТЬ ЗАБОТАМИ ЛЮДЕЙ — САМЫЙ ВАЖНЫЙ КРИТЕРИЙ ЧЕЛОВЕЧНОСТИ

Под руководством Президента нашей страны Шавката Мирзиёева основана новая система диалога с народом и работы с обращениями граждан

Любой человек хочет быть счастливым и имеет на это полное право. Действительно, сделать так, чтобы сегодняшний наш день был лучше вчерашнего, день завтрашний — счастливее и благополучнее сегодняшнего, — в этом заключается цель благородных устремлений нашего народа по построению правового демократического государства и справедливого гражданского общества. Достижение этих добрых целей зависит от множества факторов и условий, важнейшим из которых является утверждение справедливости в нашей жизни. Ибо там, где обеспечена социальная справедливость, расцветает и дает плоды созидательная сила народа.

В связи с этим у нас есть все основания утверждать, что в истории нашей независимой Родины, в жизни народа начался новый этап развития. Наши стратегические цели ясны — построить демократическое правовое государство, развивать свободное гражданское общество, приумножать экономическую мощь страны, в итоге создать все условия для достойной и еще более благополучной жизни народа. Достичь этих высоких рубежей можно только ведя постоянный диалог с народом, живя его заботами, обеспечивая интересы человека.

Основанная Президентом нашей страны Шавкатом Мирзиёевым новая система ведения активного и открытого диалога с народом, работы с обращениями физических и юридических лиц в виде института народных приемных не только знаменует собой новый этап в обеспечении социальной справедливости, отвечающей присущей нашему народу жизненной философии и традициям национальной государственности, но и является мощным средством достижения стратегических целей всестороннего развития нашей страны.

Посовещавшись, благополучно решим любое дело

У нашего народа есть добрая традиция совещаться перед началом любого дела. Выслушивается мнение старших и молодых, обсуждается каждое предложение или возражение, тщательно взвешиваются все «за» и «против» и только тогда принимается самое правильное и справедливое решение.

Эта традиция не появилась на ровном месте. Менталитет, образ жизни, ценности любого народа, нации формируются в силу конкретных естественных, исторических и социальных факторов. Поэтому неудивительно, что стремление к тесному взаимодействию глубоко укоренилось в жизни нашего народа. Сама природа и жизнь диктуют людям объективную необходимость жить одной семьей, одной махаллей, сплоченно.

Подобный образ жизни обуславливает ментальность нашего народа, отличающуюся тяготением к общению, которое открывает путь к активному обмену мнениями, чтобы принять всесторонне продуманное решение и обеспечить справедливость.

Сила — в справедливости

Наш великий предок Сахибкиран Амир Темур всегда руководствовался принципом, в соответствии с которым сила исходит из справедливости, единства и сотрудничества. Его девиз «Сила — в справедливости», который также был вырезан на его государственной печати, означает, что правда и истина приумножают силу человека, а сильный человек всегда говорит правду.

И Алишер Навои, сделавший своим жизненным кредо девиз «Если ты человек, то не называй человеком того, кто не заботится о судьбе своего народа», и Захириддин Мухаммад Бабур, руководствовавшийся в своих делах принципом «Нет ничего лучше, чем делать добро народу», считали своей высшей целью постоянно разговаривать с людьми и решать волнующие их проблемы. Их великое наследие является примером для нас.

Именно на этих великих традициях, цель которых — обеспечение справедливости и истины, — базируются основанные Президентом нашей страны Шавкатом Мирзиёевым новая система диалога с народом и работы с обращениями, институт народных приемных. Глава нашего государства неустанно призывает нас прислушиваться к народу, жить заботами людей, оказывать практическую помощь в решении проблем, принимает решительные меры, чтобы искоренить устаревшие взгляды, глубоко въевшиеся в сознание некоторых чиновников, и утвердить новые принципы работы в соответствии с требованиями и желаниями народа, что служит такой благородной цели, как реализация устремлений людей.

Оценку руководителям будет давать сам народ

24 сентября 2016 года на портале правительства Узбекистана открылась Виртуальная приемная -Премьер-министра, которая позволила усовершенствовать систему работы с обращениями в соответствии с требованиями XXI века. Был налажен прямой диалог между главой правительства и народом. Уже в первый день работы Виртуальной приемной из различных регионов страны поступило около тысячи заявлений, жалоб и предложений.

Вскоре мы убедились, что многие проблемы можно решать в рамках закона быстро и эффективно. Для этого необходимы желание и воля, умение открыто признавать наличие проблем, искать действенные методы их устранения.

Не каждый глава государства найдет в себе силы для того, чтобы выставить на всеобщее обозрение случаи несправедливости, мучающие народ тяжелые проблемы, и подав личный пример, решительно приступить к их устранению. Для этого он должен обладать большим сердцем, глубоко чувствовать ответственность за свой народ, судьбу своей Родины.

До открытия Виртуальной приемной в нашей стране действовали «телефоны доверия» государственных органов, Единый портал интерактивных государственных услуг. Был принят Закон «Об обращениях физических и юридических лиц». Однако, с сожалением надо признать, этот закон не работал в полной мере, его исполнение не контролировалось как следует, в целом к работе с обращениями относились как к второстепенной задаче.

Глава нашего государства в своем докладе на торжественном собрании, посвященном 24-й годовщине принятия Конституции страны, отметил, что для обеспечения интересов человека прежде всего необходимо говорить с людьми, общаться с народом, хорошо знать его заботы, устремления, жизненные проблемы и потребности. Тогда же Президент страны обратил внимание на болезненную проблему, давно волновавшую наш народ: «В последнее время мы как-то забыли о том, что надо разговаривать с людьми. Быть среди народа, общаться с ним открыто и искренне, слушать его заботы — все это, к сожалению, отошло на задний план».

До недавнего времени многие граждане не знали своих руководителей на местах, министров. Нет нужды скрывать: люди, приходя к руководителям с жалобой или заявлениями, уходили ни с чем, слыша вслед обидные слова «писака», «кляузник», «провокатор». Да, есть среди нас и такие. Но оставлять без внимания по этой причине рассмотрение других, вполне обоснованных, жалоб, значит намеренно увеличивать число проблем в нашем обществе.

Человек, преисполненный надежд, идет к хокиму или министру, но не попадает на прием, неделями и месяцами ходит по различным инстанциям. Немудрено, что он теряет доверие к любым руководителям, веру в справедливость, в свою правоту. А молодежь? Если никто не разговаривает с ней, не интересуется, чем она живет и дышит, — найдется много других «благожелателей», которые так и ждут, как бы взять ее «под свое крыло».

Если мы сегодня не будем заниматься воспитанием наших детей, прислушиваться к ним, этим займутся другие, руководствующиеся далеко не благими намерениями. Эта простая истина не нуждается в подтверждении.

Во многих случаях обращения, поступившие по «телефону доверия» или на Единый портал интер-активных государственных услуг, перенаправлялись в нижестоящие ведомства, хотя гражданин уже обращался туда раньше и не нашел ответа. Более того, с обращениями работали недавно принятые на службу или неопытные работники. Ситуация усугублялась тем, что жалобы населения на действия не-которых руководителей нижнего звена попадали в руки именно этих руководителей. Заявитель оказывался в замкнутом круге. А ведь зачастую ничего экстраординарного в выдвигаемых людьми требованиях нет, в большинстве случаев они оправданны и справедливы.

Вода камень точит, ржавчина со временем разрушает даже самую прочную конструкцию. Поэтому если указанные в обращениях населения проблемы не решаются своевременно и эффективно, они накапливаются и приводят к острым социально-экономическим недугам.

Что такое обращение, заявление, жалоба? Это — неумолимый индикатор, четко отражающий положение дел в обществе.

Шавкат Мирзиёев в своем докладе «Последовательное продолжение демократических реформ, обеспечение в стране мира и спокойствия, создание достойных условий жизни для нашего народа — гарантия устойчивого развития» на

VIII съезде Движения предпринимателей и деловых людей — Либерально-демократической партии Узбекистана отметил, что настало время, когда не народ служит государственным органам, а государственные органы должны служить народу. Отныне деятельности руководителей на местах будет даваться оценка в первую очередь по количеству обращений, поступающих от населения территории, которую они возглавляют, и практическому решению имеющихся проблем. Иначе говоря, оценку руководителям будет давать сам народ.

На торжественном собрании, посвященном 24-й годовщине принятия Конституции, Президент нашей страны, объявляя 2017 год в нашей стране Годом диалога с народом и интересов человека, указал на необходимость «кардинально пересмотреть подход к взаимоотношениям государственных органов и граждан». Мы должны внедрить новые механизмы и эффективные методы для налаживания постоянной обратной связи с населением, решения волнующих людей проблем, отметил глава нашего государства.

Вскоре наш народ начал ощущать на себе практические результаты реализации этих идей и инициатив. Глава нашего государства подает в этом личный пример, в ходе поездок в регионы посещает самые отдаленные села и аулы, объекты социальной сферы, дома обычных людей, лично знакомится с реальной ситуацией, условиями жизни населения, дает соответствующие указания по устранению проблем. Истинное положение дел с выездом на места изучают также депутаты Законодательной палаты Олий Мажлиса, сенаторы, руководители и ответственные работники государственных органов. Они анализируют имеющиеся недостатки, критически оценивают свою деятельность. Внедрена система отчетности хокимов, прокуроров и руководителей органов внутренних дел всех уровней перед народом.

Каковы первые выводы из этого? Прежде всего, пробуждается дремавшее доныне сознание людей, усиливается их стремление созидать. Они понимают, что их мнения, заботы важны и интересны на самом высоком уровне. Сегодня все мы убедились в том, что корень основных проблем и недостатков в нашем обществе — в нижнем звене. Как дерево, у которого здоровые корни, растет, крепнет и дает урожай, так и реформы, давшие результат на начальном уровне, будут эффективны в масштабе всей страны.

Каждый руководитель должен осознать, что суть и назначение его деятельности заключаются не в том, чтобы решать вопросы на бумаге или заполнять цифрами отчеты, а в том, чтобы самоотверженно работать, не закрывая глаза на истину, сколь бы горька она ни была.

Некоторые наши «друзья» за рубежом и внутри страны после организации Виртуальной приемной «предсказывали», что она быстро закроется после президентских выборов, называя это лишь предвыборным пиаром. Но они ошиблись. Наш народ хорошо понимает, что если Президент Шавкат Мирзиёев взялся за дело, то приложит все силы, чтобы оно было доведено до конца, будет кропотливо трудиться и не даст спуску другим, и мы будем его только благодарить.

Все мы должны понять: глава нашего государства внедряет новый и современный, нацеленный на далекую перспективу механизм быстрого и эффективного решения проблем во всех сферах жизни страны. Это — не цель на год или два, а долгосрочная стратегия утверждения социальной справедливости.

Тщательно продуманный, конкретный и действенный механизм

В соответствии с Указом Президента нашей страны «О мерах по коренному совершенствованию системы работы с обращениями физических и юридических лиц» от 28 декабря 2016 года в структуре аппарата Президента Республики Узбекистан образована Служба по контролю и координации работы с обращениями физических и юридических лиц, созданы Народная приемная на базе приемной граждан Управления делами аппарата Президента, народные приемные в Республике Каракалпакстан, областях и городе Ташкенте, а также в каждом районе и городе, Виртуальная приемная Президента страны.

Эти структуры действуют в тесном взаимодействии друг с другом.

При этом не изменились форма и методы работы Виртуальной приемной: можно обращаться по номерам 0-800-210-00-00 или короткому 10-00, путем заполнения специальной формы обращения по адресу pm.gov.uz. Во всех городах и районах страны народные приемные работают пять дней в неделю с 9.00 до 18.00 без перерыва. Все народные приемные работают по единому графику и порядку, приемные всех звеньев равны по статусу, так как считаются представительством Президента страны в регионах.

В настоящее время народные приемные начали действовать в самых современных зданиях. В них созданы удобные условия для физических и юридических лиц. Здесь есть залы ожидания и приема граждан, рабочие кабинеты, комнаты матери и ребенка, медицинский кабинет. Приемные обеспечены правовой литературой, необходимой документацией и информационными технологиями. Главное, что атмосфера, возможности, условия, отношение специалистов к гражданам позитивно воздействуют на настроение людей. Это соответствует и основной цели проводимых в нашей стране реформ — обеспечению благополучной жизни граждан.

При непосредственном ознакомлении с деятельностью народных приемных в Республике Каракалпакстан, Хорезмской, Сурхандарьинской, Кашкадарьинской областях и городе Ташкенте Президент нашей страны высоко оценил их организацию, отметил необходимость обогащения содержания их работы, укрепления внутренней культуры, подчеркнул, что хокимы, прокуроры, начальники управлений внутренних дел и другие должностные лица должны здесь наладить диалог с народом, объективно рассматривать каждое обращение, люди должны чувствовать обеспечение справедливости.

Для чего глава нашего государства вновь и вновь обращает внимание на эти аспекты? Для того, чтобы каждый гражданин, приходящий в приемную, не встречал преград, мог здесь открыто высказывать свое мнение, предложение и проблемы. Не должно быть волокиты, страха. Ведь не секрет, что раньше, перед тем как обратиться с жалобой в какое-либо государственное ведомство, человек искал кого-либо из влиятельных чиновников. А если руководитель или должностное лицо говорил: «Мне больше заниматься нечем, как рассматривать твою жалобу?!», — посетитель чувствовал себя виноватым и уходил с поникшей головой.

Сегодня ситуация изменилась. Народная приемная — это дом народа, место, где он найдет правду. Здесь всегда доброжелательно встречают каждого. Люди в прямом смысле слова находят здесь опору и поддержку. Здесь нет места прежнему понятию «по знакомству», здесь все вопросы решаются в рамках закона. Глубокое изучение и решение обращений играет важную роль в обеспечении мира, стабильности, развития и благоустроенной жизни народа и страны в целом.

Здесь уместна краткая информация о порядке работы с обращениями в народных приемных.

Работники народных приемных и Виртуальной приемной принимают, регистрируют, анализируют обращения, в соответствии с единым классификатором определяют, какой полномочный орган государственного или хозяйственного управления должен рассмотреть конкретное обращение. Сведения об обращениях поступают в информационную систему «Виртуальная приемная Президента Республики Узбекистан».

В народных приемных обращения принимаются в устной, письменной, электронной форме или по почте. При личном обращении заявитель получает порядковый номер и ожидает своей очереди в зале народной приемной. После вызова работник народной приемной изучает его заявление. По завершении изучения заявление регистрируется. Заявителю оказывается содействие в регистрации заявления.

В Указе Президента нашей страны «О мерах по коренному совершенствованию системы работы с обращениями физических и юридических лиц» отмечено, что работники народных приемных считаются работниками аппарата Президента Республики Узбекистан, что предоставляет большие возможности и полномочия для объективной работы, своевременного, качественного рассмотрения обращений и принятия справедливого решения.

Служба аппарата Президента по контролю и координации обращений физических и юридических лиц проводит системный мониторинг и контроль работы с обращениями. При этом регулярно изучается деятельность народных приемных, принимаются меры по ее совершенствованию и расширению открытого диалога с гражданами.

Руководители органов государственного и хозяйственного управления, должностные лица, хокимы всех уровней проводят выездные приемы, приемы в народных приемных и представляют в Службу отчеты по работе с обращениями. В свою очередь в Службе эти отчеты изучаются, анализируются качество рассмотрения обращений, системные проблемы, выявленные в ходе рассмотрения обращений. Вместе с тем раскрываются правонарушения и проблемы, определяются причины обращений, с целью их устранения разрабатываются предложения по совершенствованию практики применения права и действующих законодательных документов, регулярно подготавливается информация о состоянии работы органов государственного и хозяйственного управления с обращениями и вносится на рассмотрение Президента страны с целью отражения вопросов, затронутых в обращениях, их учета при подготовке проектов и экспертизе нормативно-правовых актов.

При этом основной целью всей этой работы является обеспечение своевременного, законного, эффективного рассмотрения обращений, системное решение проблем и вопросов населения.

О культуре обращений

Естественно, в жизни любого человека не обходится без проблем. И поэтому работа с обращениями всегда будет на повестке дня. Конечно, невозможно полностью удовлетворить все желания человека. Но если народ будет един во мнении и взглядах, правильно воспринимать возникающие проблемы и постепенно находить их решение, в нашей жизни восторжествует справедливость и жалоб будет меньше. Потому что там, где есть справедливость, не бывает жалоб. И чтобы изменить нашу жизнь, прежде всего мы должны измениться сами. Каждый из нас должен начинать обновление с себя.

Актуальным вопросом остается и повышение правового сознания населения, в частности, культуры обращений. Среди обращений порой встречаются такие, которые противоречат здравому смыслу и логике. Любым достижением прогресса, созданной возможностью можно пользоваться с разной целью. И в этом смысле слова «напишу на портал» не должны стать средством мошенничества, запугивания, угрозы должностному лицу. Не зря говорится: «Прежде чем один раз что-то сделать, семь раз подумай». Человек, направляющий письмо в какую-либо организацию, должен осознавать свою ответственность за написанное, излагаемые сведения.

Обращающиеся должны хорошо понимать, что их жалобы и заявления рассматриваются на уровне Президента страны. Ведь иногда люди спешат или ошибаются, обращаются с жалобами, не вникнув глубоко в суть проблемы. Необходимо время для рассмотрения и анализа каждого обращения. И хорошо, если вопросы, поднимаемые в обращениях, полезны для определенной территории, людей и в целом — для всего нашего общества.

…Глава нашего государства, разработав и практически внедряя новую, современную систему, служащую утверждению в жизни справедливости, практическому обеспечению прав и интересов человека, советуясь с народом, закладывает основу нового этапа развития в истории нашей независимой Родины. Жизнеутверждающие слова Президента нашей страны «Жить заботами людей — самый важный критерий человечности» большими буквами написаны у входа в народные приемные. Эти теплые слова, идущие от сердца, полного заботой о народе, должны стать делом жизни, важной задачей для каждого нашего соотечественника, не остающегося безучастным к своей судьбе, судьбе своей семьи, народа, страны и будущих поколений. Для достижения новых рубежей в развитии Узбекистана сама жизнь требует от всех нас сплотиться вокруг Президента нашей страны и жить с чистой совестью, работать с самоотдачей.

У нас нет права жить по-иному. Этого требует сама жизнь.



 

ГОСПРОГРАММА УЗБЕКИСТАНА В ЦЕНТРЕ ВНИМАНИЯ АМЕРИКАНСКОЙ ОБЩЕСТВЕННОСТИ

В Посольстве Узбекистана в США состоялся брифинг, посвященный объявленному в нашей стране «Году диалога с народом и интересов человека».

Его участники из числа представителей общественно-политических, деловых и экспертно-аналитических кругов США были ознакомлены с основным содержанием Государственной программы «Год диалога с народом и интересов человека», а также ходом ее реализации в Узбекистане.

Было подчеркнуто, что планируемые в течение этого года мероприятия в рамках данной Госпрограммы будут направлены на создание дополнительных условий для улучшения социальной защиты, укрепление здоровья населения республики и повышение качества образования. Отмечалось, что выбор названия Госпрограммы этого года стал закономерным и логическим продолжением социально ориентированной государственной политики страны.

Наряду с этим, собравшиеся были ознакомлены с основными положениями утвержденной 7 февраля нынешнего года «Стратегии действий по дальнейшему развитию республики на 2017-2021 годы». В рамках мероприятия также была организована фотовыставка и презентация, посвященные современному Узбекистану и его туристическому потенциалу.

Завершился брифинг концертной программой в исполнении американской танцевальной группы Nomad Dancers.

ИА «Жахон», Вашингтон


ИМЕЕТ ЗНАЧЕНИЕ ОБЩЕСТВЕННОЕ МНЕНИЕ

Реальным воплощением главной идеи Года диалога с народом и интересов человека эксперты сегодня называют широкое обсуждение Стратегии действий по пяти приоритетным направлениям развития Республики Узбекистан в 2017—2021 годах, завершившееся на минувшей неделе.

Оно показало в первую очередь готовность и стремление граждан участвовать в обсуждении и решении важнейших социальных, политических вопросов, высокий уровень заинтересованности представителей самых разных профессий, возрастов, национальностей в эффективном развитии Узбекистана. Поступившие на портал Системы оценки воздействия актов законодательства свыше 1 300 мнений и предложений, а также предложения, непосредственно направленные в государственные органы,  изучение обсуждения, развернувшегося в социальных сетях, позволили выявить реальные потребности граждан, их мнения относительно существующего положения дел в разных сферах жизни общества, найти рациональные и интересные решения актуальных вопросов. «Критикуя, предлагай!» — этот принцип стал лейтмотивом обсуждения на всех площадках.

Проделана действительно масштабная работа. Она позволила, во-первых, дополнить Стратегию действий положениями, полностью отвечающими реальным потребностям людей, а во-вторых, показать интересы, настроения в обществе, проблемы конкретных граждан, уровень развития гражданского общества в целом.

Обсуждение, помимо площадки медианедели, организованной НАЭСМИ, палатами парламента и другими партнерами, развернулось во всех средствах массовой информации, а именно — на страницах 25 республиканских периодических изданий, в том числе и в газетах «Халк сузи» и «Народное слово», и в региональных газетах, на 27 отечественных и 9 зарубежных интернет-ресурсах, 16 ведущих телеканалах страны, 6 радиоканалах. Активное обсуждение положений проекта Стратегии действий происходило и в социальных сетях.

Действительно, кто, как не сами граждане, изнутри знают существующие проблемы, на себе ощущают все недочеты и пробелы принимаемых законов и государственных программ. Многие восприняли объявление об обсуждении проекта Стратегии действий как возможность открыто и свободно поделиться наболевшим и при этом быть услышанными. Отрадно, что большинство поступивших предложений было принято или учтено в качестве полезной информации.

В полемике предлагалось усилить открытость деятельности госорганов, прозрачность государственных услуг. Звучали мнения о том, что необходимо в полной мере задействовать потенциал системы «Электронное правительство». Это прямо повлияет на информированность, а значит, и на активность граждан, позволит изжить иждивенческие настроения и побудить их принимать непосредственное участие во всех делах государства. В частности, предлагалось «запретить госорганам требовать от граждан справки, предоставляемые другими госорганами или хозяйствующими субъектами, а получать их через запросы между госорганами, в том числе и в электронном виде».

Широкую поддержку участники обсуждения выразили намеченным мерам по обеспечению подлинной независимости суда, а также по укреплению правовой культуры граждан. «Необходимо повысить доверие людей к судебным органам», — подчеркивалось в комментариях. Люди выступают за внедрение бесплатной системы юридической консультативной помощи гражданам, особенно предпринимателям, прозрачность процесса проверки квалификации судей и, что немаловажно, их моральных устоев. Прозвучали конкретные предложения по довершению внедрения электронного судопроизводства, обеспечению открытости судебных процессов для граждан.

Обсуждение приоритетного направления Стратегии действий по развитию и либерализации экономики показало, что народ Узбекистана всецело поддерживает предлагаемые реформы и также видит будущее этой важнейшей сферы в активном стимулировании развития предпринимательского движения. Однако, несмотря на конкретные и решительные меры по поддержке предпринимателей, устранению преград на пути их свободного развития, общественное мнение свидетельствует о наличии ряда проблем с бюрократическими проволочками, к примеру, во взаимоотношениях с контрольными  органами, где в рассмотрении споров приоритетность прав во многих случаях остается за последними. «Нужно сделать все для активизации возможностей широких слоев населения. Дайте предпринимателям реальную свободу, и они поднимут экономику страны!»

Прозвучали также конкретные предложения по широкому развитию ИКТ, предусматривающие массовое внедрение интеллектуальных устройств и интернет-сервисов, оборудование социальных учреждений современными устройствами и их интеграцию и подключение к сетевой инфраструктуре, внедрение IT в управление бизнесом, автоматизацию государственного сектора, расширение и развитие услуг операторов связи и провайдеров цифрового телевидения, создание благоприятных условий для развития отечественного производства информационной техники, программного обеспечения и информационных услуг, а также отечественной науки в области ИКТ. Что, по мнению граждан, является важнейшим фактором конкурентоспособности Узбекистана на мировом рынке.

Как считают участники обсуждения, у  экономики Узбекистана есть огромный и не полностью реализованный потенциал.

К примеру, с малой отдачей используются огромные площади земли в засушливой зоне предгорий, где идеальные условия для выращивания фисташки. Предлагается начать широкое выращивание фисташки и развитие кампаний по ее переработке.

Участники обсуждения поднимают актуальные проблемы в сфере экологии. Они касаются регенерации почв, водоснабжения, бездумной вырубки лесонасаждений. «Отсутствие обратного инвестирования в сохранение и приумножение качества природного капитала в будущем обернется значительным снижением не только сельскохозяйственного производства, но и угрозой энергетической стабильности и продовольственной безопасности, здоровью людей и спадом экономики».

Поступило немало разных предложений по укреплению денежной, валютной  политики, развитию транспортной системы Узбекистана. Граждане уверены, что у нашей страны, занимающей центральное место на континенте, есть все возможности для того, чтобы стать международным хабом транзита не только для региона, но и в масштабе Евразии.

Пожалуй, самое активное обсуждение проходило по направлению развития социальной сферы. Велась активная полемика о положениях Стратегии. Предусмотренные механизмы решения вопросов занятости населения, особенно выпускников профессиональных колледжей, высших учебных заведений, категорий граждан, неконкурентоспособных на рынке труда, снискали поддержку населения. При этом поступили такие предложения, как пересмотр оплаты труда для программистов, администраторов баз данных, она должна быть с учетом мировых уровней в целях недопущения оттока современных и так необходимых отечественной экономике специалистов.

Немало комментариев вызвали положения о реформировании жилищно-коммунальной сферы, свидетельствующих о наличии серьезных проблем в деятельности товариществ частных собственников жилья, необоснованном повышении размеров коммунальных платежей, отсутствии квалифицированных специалистов и других.

Прозвучали конкретные предложения по усилению социальной защиты пенсионеров, людей с ограниченными физическими возможностями и других категорий граждан.

С особой теплотой и гордостью многие участники обсуждения говорили о мире и стабильности в нашей стране как главном достижении независимости, о межнациональном и межконфессиональном согласии, о растущем авторитете Узбекистана в мировом сообществе. Приоритетные направления в сфере обеспечения безопасности, религиозной толерантности и межнационального согласия, а также осуществления взвешенной, взаимовыгодной и конструктивной внешней политики всецело поддержаны  при обсуждении. Узбекистан сегодня открыт миру, и его граждане хотят беспрепятственно, а главное — безопасно  путешествовать по разным странам, развивать бизнес. В числе конструктивных предложений — дальнейшее совершенствование деятельности консульских учреждений и ее правовых основ, а также принятие радикальных мер защиты интересов своих граждан и государства.

«Спасибо за возможность участия в определении судьбы нашего общего дома под названием Узбекистан!» Этой репликой  мы хотели бы подвести итог обзору общественного обсуждения Стратегии действий на 2017—2021 годы. Эта исторически новая роль общественного мнения несомненно будет усиливаться по мере дальнейшего развития общества и станет главным инструментом выработки государством действенных и прогрессивных решений.



 

ШВЕЙЦАРСКИЕ СМИ О ГОДЕ ДИАЛОГА С НАРОДОМ И ИНТЕРЕСОВ ЧЕЛОВЕКА В УЗБЕКИСТАНЕ

На сайтах изданий Diva International и International Diplomat (Швейцария) опубликованы статьи о праздновании в Узбекистане 24-годовщины принятия Конституции республики.

В статьях автор – издатель и главный редактор журнала, который издается на английском, французском и испанском языках, Мэрит Фосс делится своими комментариями к основным тезисам выступления избранного Президента Узбекистана Шавката Мирзиёева на торжественном собрании, посвященном очередной годовщине Основного закона страны.

Так, в материалах отмечается роль Конституции, глубокая продуманность закрепленных в ней норм и положений, которые заложили прочную основу успехам и рубежам, достигнутым республикой за годы независимости. Отдельное внимание обращено на тот факт, что в Конституции отражены национальные ценности и богатый опыт государственности узбекского народа, которые, наряду с общепризнанными демократическими принципами, определили понятие «Человек и его достоинство».

Позитивно оценивая сложившуюся по инициативе первого Президента Ислама Каримова добрую традицию посвящать каждый год развитию определенного социального направления, автор сообщает, что следующий год в Узбекистане объявлен Годом диалога с народом и интересов человека.

«Важным элементом данной инициативы является твердая позиция Шавката Мирзиёева о том, что «не народ служит государственным органам, а государственные органы должны служить народу». Именно это высказывание определяет идею нового Президента по совершенствованию деятельности органов исполнительной власти, развитию системы отчетности перед населением региональных администраций, органов прокуратуры и внутренних дел», – заключает М.Фосс.

ИА «Жахон», Женева



MAHALLA (NEIGHBOURHOOD) IS A PLACE OF MORALITY

In the capital city Tashkent, a press conference has been held on work being done by the city department of the Mahalla (neighbourhood) public charity foundation.

A.Ghulomov, acting chairman of the board of the Tashkent city department of the Mahalla public charity foundation, and others said that large-scale measures were being taken to raise the status of the mahalla institution and to create the necessary conditions for increasing its influence in civil society development.

A Presidential decree dated 3 February this year on measures to further improve the mahalla institution is an important factor in further expanding the amount of work in this area.

This decree specifies precise priority tasks relating to making sure that neighbourhoods play a greater role in resolving topical issues in localities, strengthening their material-technical base and further developing cooperation with state and public organizations.

At the event, complete information was given about the tasks specified in the decree and its essence and significance.

At the press conference, a speech was made about work to be carried out this year.

Specialists gave answers to questions from journalists.




 

PRIORITY CHALLENGES DISCUSSED

The regular meeting of the Parliamentary Commission on the Management of the Funds of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for the Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions took place in the form of a video-selector meeting.

It was attended by representatives of Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, members of public commissions for social partnership under the regional Councils of People’s Deputies, representatives of NGOs and the media.

The results of the activity of the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis for 2016 were summed up, information was provided on the projects and programs planned for the current year. The Public Fund under the Parliament annually promotes the implementation of more than 250 projects. In 2016, based on the decisions of the Parliamentary Commission, more than 12 billion soums were provided in the form of state grants and social orders. These funds are aimed at financing projects of NGOs, the media and other institutions of civil society. This year, 12 billion soums have been allocated from the state budget for these purposes.

Particular attention is paid to the tasks of ensuring the active participation of NGOs, the media and other civil society institutions in the implementation of the Strategy for Actions along five priority development areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 and the State Program “Year of Dialogue with the People and of Human Interests”.

It is specially noted that in the programs implemented by the Public Fund, great attention is paid to ensuring the socioeconomic rights, freedoms and interests of children, youth, women and people with disabilities.

“This year, it is planned to carry out creative work to restore the memorial complex of Imam Bukhari, prepare and publish booklets, brochures to educate youth about the careful attitude to cultural and historical values. It is planned to hold an international scientific and practical conference “The activities of Imam Bukhari and modernity”, the publication of a book-album dedicated to his spiritual heritage. NGOs, media and other institutions will be actively participating in these events; their projects will be financed by the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis”, Director of the Fund Abdijalil Turayev noted.


 

STRATEGY AS ROADMAP FOR MODERNIZATION

The Action Strategy along Five Priority Development Areas in the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 has been acknowledged by the Uzbek society with great enthusiasm. The underlying paper specifies the milestones to be achieved by the nation in the next five years, along with mechanisms to raise living standards.

The policy document is built on the provisions related to the protection and promotion of human interests. The key dimensions were put forward by Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his recent electoral program and in his speeches delivered at the festive meeting on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, at the joint session of bоth houses of the Oliy Majlis and the extended meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The Action Strategy is carried out in five stages, each of which provides for the elaboration and approval of a separate annual state program and its implementation in accordance with the declared title of the year. To this end, the State Program on the Implementation of the Action Strategy in the Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests has been stamped on this basis.

The Strategy has defined five priority areas of development. They include the improvement of state and nation building, provision for the rule of law and further reformation of the judicial system, promotion and liberalization of the economy, social development, security, interethnic harmony and religious tolerance, implementation of balanced and constructive foreign policy.

The pillars are aimed at radical enhancement in the effectiveness of reforms, at the delivery of an environment conducive for integrated, harmonious and swift advancement of the country and civil society, modernization and liberalization of all areas of life.

Improvement of state and nation building ranks among the principal priorities of development in Uzbekistan. It implies taking specific steps to further strengthen the role of parliament and political parties in the enhancement of democratic reforms and modernization of public life. Namely, the representative bodies create a robust and effectual legal platform for the successful solution of strategic tasks, since building a democratic state with high priority placed on human rights, freedoms, honor and dignity is seen as a primary goal in Uzbekistan.

Drastic improvement in the quality of legislative work, consolidation of the significance and role of the leading political forces in the life of the nation is the most important factor in implementation of the Action Strategy in the next five years, in the delivery of favorable conditions for the country’s development and modernization in the long run.

In 2017, in accordance with objectives of the Strategy, bоth houses of the Oliy Majlis will work on 50 bills, 18 of which are new laws, and more than 30 are the legal acts that introduce amendments and addenda to the legislation aiming to improve relations in all spheres of life of the people.

In particular, it is stipulated to develop 17 draft laws in the state and public construction, 18 bills in the judicial sector, 7 bills will relate to the liberalization of the economy, 4 bills in the social sector, and 3 bills with regard to foreign policy. As instructed by the President, the current year’s state program includes drafting of the national program on improvement of legal culture in society.

As previously reported, the Law ‘On parliamentary control’ was adopted in April 2016. It secured clear mechanisms, forms and methods of its implementation. The new forms included a parliamentary inquiry, requests by senators and deputies, functions of the Senate Commission for Control over Prosecutor Bodies, which was initiated by the houses of parliament, among other initiatives.

At the same time, committed to its goals, objectives and principles, the parliamentary control should continuously evolve in line with changes in the society. The Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests spotlights the creation of such mechanisms of parliamentary control as the study of the situation on the ground, an open and trustful dialogue with the people. The ten-day long trips of senators and deputies around the country, face to face meetings with the population in February have proved the effectiveness of this approach and allowed to see how one or another law can be practically applied with respect to each individual family, resident of the region, to reveal the causes of the problems.

In December 2016, the upper house of parliament established the Committee on International Relations, Foreign Economic Relations, Foreign Investment and Tourism on the basis of the Committee for Foreign Policy in order to further strengthen the role of Parliament in the implementation of foreign policy on protection and promotion of national interests on the world stage, expansion of international economic cooperation, attraction of foreign investments and modern technologies in the regions of the country, development of tourism, strengthening of the country’s international image, and strengthening of parliamentary control in this field. Its structure and powers have been expanded, the post of the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate was introduced to coordinate the implementation of related programs and business plans.

In view of that, the Parliament has an additional function for the current year to introduce amendments and addenda to the constitutional laws ‘On the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan’ and ‘On the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan’, as well as to regulations of the chambers on their implementation in the international law on the state’s foreign policy. Certain measures will be taken to streamline the legal mechanism of the organization of inter-parliamentary co-operation groups, thereby expanding opportunities of the Uzbek parliamentary diplomacy in the implementation of national interests.

The main idea of ​​the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests comes primarily to the establishment of effective feedback of the state and society, ensuring transparency of public authorities and administration. The routine work of representative bodies, namely the Legislative Chamber and Senate of Oliy Majlis, should be optimally transparent, because, being volitionally elected by the people; representatives have to be accountable to them.

Measures on enhancement of the role of political parties in the state and public construction will be taken as part of the Action Strategy. It is planned to introduce amendments to the law ‘On political parties’, which extend the rights and powers of the parliamentary groups of political parties in Councils of people’s representatives in terms of strengthening control over local authorities. Party groups will be able to submit proposals for consideration of socio-economic development of districts at sessions of the local councils, proposals for hearing reports of executives of local authorities, as well as of unsatisfactory performance of executive authorities. Specialists are also working on the development of a mechanism of consulting with party groups on the nomination of municipal and local governors with consideration by the regional Council of People’s Representatives.

The Action Strategy stipulates the expansion of guarantees for reliable protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, expansion of their access to justice, effectiveness and quality of court proceedings as key vectors of reforms in the judicial sector.

The Presidential Decree on measures to radically improve the structure and efficiency of the judicial system in the Republic of Uzbekistan, signed 21 February 2017, was an important step in the implementation of outlined objectives, which marked the transition of the related state policy to a drastically new level.

The Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan was instituted in pursuance of the document in order to radically change the system of selection and appointment of judges, raise the status and powers of the body in charge for the formation of highly qualified judge corps.

As part of the judicial community, the Council is called to ensure compliance with the constitutional principle of judiciary independence. It is assigned with the formation of the judiciary on the basis open, transparent and competitive selection of candidates from among the most qualified experts, with the adoption of measures on preventing the violation of the integrity of judges and interference in their activity when it comes to justice and dialogue with the public.

The Supreme Judicial Council was delegated with the power of assignment for the post and dismissal of judges, except for judges of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the Military Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, courts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city, as agreed with the President of Uzbekistan.

The unification of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Economic Court of the republic into a unified supreme judicial authority in civil, criminal, administrative and economic proceedings – a Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan is an important provision of the Decree. This measure will help to avoid the duplication of functions of judicial system management, and develop a unified court practice.

The parallel operation of the two highest judicial authorities did not ensure a uniform

application of legislation, and led to the adoption of different solutions on similar issues.

The construction of a new system of courts empowered to consider the disputes arising from public legal relations, as well as cases on administrative offenses is of particular importance.

A panel of judges on administrative affairs of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, administrative courts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city, district (municipal) administrative courts will be established for the first time to ensure the implementation of citizens’ rights to appeal against illegal actions (or inaction) of state bodies and their officials.

Previously, complaints against actions (or inaction) of state bodies and their officials were considered by civil courts and economic courts in accordance with the Civil and Commercial Procedure Codes, and cases of administrative offenses were in charge of criminal courts in accordance with the Administrative Liability Code.

From now and on, such cases will be considered by newly created administrative courts. It is also planned to draft new laws ‘On the administrative proceedings’ and ‘On administrative procedures’ in order to establish a procedural order of consideration of administrative cases, strengthen the rule of law in state bodies, introduce modern procedures for the implementation of the rights and legitimate interests of legal entities and individuals.

Based on the current requirements, and in pursuance of the further improvement of protection of the rights of business entities, economic courts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city will be reorganized into the corresponding business courts. Meanwhile, inter-district, district (municipal) business courts are being established in view of the consistent growth of the economic potential of the country and the number of business entities.

The need for them is entailed by the availability of economic courts solely on the regional level. Due to their remoteness from certain districts, entrepreneurs had to repeatedly travel to the regional center, spending their time and funds, starting from the filing of the claim and finishing with the court resolution of the dispute.

The transfer of the authorized manpower of the military courts from the Armed Forces to the Supreme Court system is another important measure. Enrollment of the military judges in the staff of the Ministry of Defense was not fully consistent with the fundamental principles of judicial independence, the organization of its activities, since the Ministry is not the executive authority.

Much attention is paid to the introduction of information and communication technologies in functions of the courts, which should raise the effectiveness of the judicial system and the population’s access to justice.

According to experts, the Decree envisages historical transformations that will streamline and optimize the judicial system of Uzbekistan in accordance with modern requirements and international standards of justice.

The adoption of the Strategy and its public discussion has demonstrated a high level of development of civil society in Uzbekistan, the political culture of citizens, as well as the ability of the state and its political leaders to take a realistic and reasonable approach in assessing major challenges and problems in the course of development of the policy document.

The policy document proves the importance of the country’s achievements over the years of independence. Solely a stable and actively evolving society can afford a strategic planning. Such tools are not available in the countries that have serious problems in the national economy, security, and lack an effective dialogue between different social groups.

Uzbekistan confidently ranks among the leaders of the region in terms of development, and is rapidly moving toward the achievement of its major goal of joining the ranks of advanced democratic states.

The Strategy promises to mobilize the national constructive potential and increase the responsibility of the people for the achievement of common goals, motivate and coordinate individual and joint efforts.

It will enable the country to achieve new and tangible results in its development, create drastically new conditions for the life of citizens.

(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for the Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions).

Catering to Interests of All Population Segments

Stefan Priesner,

UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan:

The adoption of the Strategy defines a five-year development of Uzbekistan, so the international community welcomes this commitment of the country’s administration.

This is highly important for the United Nations Development Program. The outlined goals meet the objectives of partnership with UN agencies in Uzbekistan. Moreover, they represent the interests of all segments of the population.

The Ideas Meet OSCE Commitments

John MacGregor,

OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan:

I have participated in many events that discussed the draft Action Strategy. The document is surely rather impressive. Each of the five priority areas deserves great attention. Many of the ideas of the Strategy are consistent with OSCE objectives and commitments.

The cooperation with international organizations and their assistance is essential for the implementation of this important policy document.

New Media Projects

Firdavs Abdukhalikov,

Board Chairman of NAEMM:

The National Association has been running several media projects jointly with nongovernmental electronic media, aimed at broad, balanced and quality coverage of the approved Action Strategy. In doing so, we create specialized media platforms for the dialogue between the state and society, conduct training workshops to advance the professional level of journalists. For example, supported by the OSCE and US coaches, we conducted a training workshop for the employees of regional TV and radio studios on advanced technologies of talk show production. We have planned about a dozen such trainings for the current year.

In Line With Real Needs of the People

Thomas Kunze,

Regional Representative of the

Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Central Asia:

Initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Action Strategy is an important event in the life of the country.

Its principles and objectives correspond with international practice. As we know, national development strategies in Germany, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries bring positive results.

I was very impressed by the discussion of this document. It involved the general public, representatives of ministries and agencies, as well as international organizations and foreign experts.

Such a nationwide discussion brought about many opinions and proposals that were submitted to the government. They revealed citizens’ views on the situation in different areas of social and public life, helped to find rational solutions for pressing issues and complement the Strategy with the provisions that meet the real needs of people.

Effective Solutions

Dilorom Fayzieva,

Member of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis:

Representatives of the general public, business community leaders and government experts were actively involved in the development of the Action Strategy of Uzbekistan. The current legislation, information and analytical materials of international organizations, their reports, recommendations and comments, the experience of developed countries have been analyzed in the course of the nationwide discussion. This suggests that the program document embodied the wishes of professionals and experts, as well as the population.

It is planned to increase the role of the Oliy Majlis in the state power system, further expand its powers in respect of vital issues of domestic and foreign policy, in implementation of parliamentary control over the executive authority.

Beginning with the current year, as stipulated by the Action Strategy, a post of Executive Secretary of political party factions in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis will be instituted to strengthen the capacity of each political party in defending its policy in the lower house of parliament. This step should make the search for the common position of the faction more effective, and coordinate its members.

All of these measures will build a strong foundation for parliamentarians to effectively address the urgent problems of the population, and be actively involved in the development of regions.

Close Attention to Interethnic Harmony

Viktor Pak,

Chairman of the Association of Korean Cultural Centers of Uzbekistan:

The Strategy focuses on the interethnic consent to ensure the further prosperity of our country, which is home to peaceful and harmonious coexistence of representatives of over 130 ethnic groups. Having teamed up on the way toward the wellbeing of our common home Uzbekistan, they selflessly work in various fields and industries.

Uzbekistan creates all the conditions for learning the mother tongue, development of customs and traditions for the representatives of Korean ethnicity equally for representatives of other peoples. We are proud to rank among those who are actively involved in state and public activities, and receive high state awards. There are representatives of different nationalities in our ranks. This is the result of equal conditions created for all in Uzbekistan.


 

MAHALLA: CAPACITY BUILDING, CREDIBILITY BOOSTING, PERFECTION

The ‘Mahalla’ Republican Charity Foundation, the establishment of which was supported by the decrees of the President and a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers in 1992, plays a special role in the improvement of the system of citizens’ self-government bodies.

The documents have contributed to strengthening of logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, defined the ways and principles of their development, created institutional and legal framework for the full functioning of local communities. They clearly reflect the role of communities as an important tool for building the civil society in the country, protection of democratic values, human rights and freedoms, and legitimate interests of people.

Today, based on the principles of legality, transparency, social justice, and humanity, the Mahalla Foundation operates in all regions of the country to disseminate the best practices of the best citizens’ assemblies, develop civil society through the promotion of further expansion of public control over the activity of state bodies, as well as render social support of the population, transform local communities in centers of development of private entrepreneurship and family business. Generally, built on the ideas of humanism, local communities promote the further development of Uzbekistan and welfare of people.

In furtherance of strengthening of logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, nearly 1,600 office buildings of citizens’ assemblies were repaired in the past five years, 367 were overhauled, and more than 350 buildings of citizens’ assemblies were reconstructed to standard design projects, and 216 new buildings were put into operation.

As a result of large-scale organizational and legal measures, a system of local communities has turned into a unique structure that has no counterparts in the world. Strong foundations have been built to ensure strenuous involvement of citizens’ self-government bodies in the process of enhancement of socio-political and socio-economic reforms.

Meanwhile, in view of the current requirements for the construction of civil society in our country, there is a need to further streamline citizens’ self-government bodies. The Decree of the President of Uzbekistan ‘On measures to further streamline the institution of mahalla’ of February 3, 2017, settles the organizational and legal measures on enhancing the role of citizens’ self-government bodies to ensure effective solution of the issues of local importance, exercise the right for merging into an association that would represent the common interests of citizens’ assemblies, strengthen their logistical capacity, as well as ensure interaction with state authorities and civil society institutions.

The document defines the following priority directions of further improvement of the institution of mahalla: strengthening the role of citizens’ self-government bodies in society, turning them into local offices of real assistance to people; further enhancement of the credibility of mahallas in creation of an atmosphere of mutual respect and social cohesion, preservation and development of national and universal values; strengthening of interaction with governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the education of young people, social support of vulnerable strata and representatives of the older generation; expansion of their involvement

in ensuring public order and safety, early warning of offenses, strengthening of respect for the law in citizens; introduction of effective mechanisms to protect the rights and legitimate interests of citizens.

The document also enshrines the Republican Council on Coordination of Citizens’ Self-Government Bodies as a legal entity in the form of an association of citizens’ assemblies, as well as provincial councils in regions, districts and municipalities as its structural divisions.

A separate regulation assigns the first deputy chairmen of the Republican Council and regional councils also as chairmen of the Republican Board, territorial divisions and branches of Mahalla Foundation respectively, in order to ensure the effective fulfillment of the tasks entrusted to councils, strengthen logistical capacity of citizens’ self-government bodies, and make the funding of socio-economic programs effective.

It is envisaged integrate representatives of state authorities and officials of the ministries of finance, internal affairs, labor, public education, health, public youth movement Kamolot, Nuroniy Foundation, Women’s Committee, other governmental and nongovernmental organizations and their territorial structures in collegiate bodies of councils on a voluntary basis, in order to enhance the interaction of citizens’ self-government bodies with the state and social structures in addressing social issues.

To ensure the effective implementation of the tasks entrusted to self-government bodies, the Council of Citizens’ Assemblies will engage deputy chairmen of citizens’ assemblies (advisors to the chairman of citizens’ assemblies on the elderly and veterans, and on youth affairs), local prevention inspectors, heads of educational institutions and rural health units (family polyclinics). It is also envisaged that they will present quarterly performance reports to citizens’ assemblies.

The Decree has approved a program of integrated measures, which provides for the implementation of 37 specific measures to further streamline the activity of the councils and support citizens’ self-government bodies.

Ministries and agencies are assigned with drafting regulatory legal acts that envisage the interaction of citizens’ assemblies with district (municipal) employment promotion centers, law enforcement agencies and financial institutions, educational institutions and health authorities.

In order to ensure the independence of citizens’ assemblies in addressing local problems and elimination of unnecessary links in the self-government system, it is planned to transform citizens’ assemblies of the villages and settlements, which incorporate communities, into citizens’ assemblies of communities through their incorporation and separation.

Territorial programs for 2017-2021 will focus on strengthening the logistical capacity of the self-government bodies, establishment of children’s playgrounds, public service facilities. Also, measures The buildings of ‘Community Center’ complexes in the regions and cities will have a standard design.

It is envisaged to institute a badge ‘Mahalla Iftihori’, which will be awarded to enterprising citizens and representatives of public organizations for a worthy contribution to the implementation of the tasks entrusted to self-government bodies.

The measures under the Decree and the Program of Integrated Measures will contribute to the effective implementation of the tasks entrusted to citizens’ self-government bodies, coordination of their activities, and further strengthening of their interaction with government agencies and civil society institutions.

Citizens’ self-government bodies have an important mission of educating the youth, helping them to acquire modern knowledge and professions, prevention of early marriages and family conflicts. They do a big job in ensuring stable social and spiritual atmosphere, formation of healthy and harmoniously developed generation, education in the spirit of respect for national traditions and values, organization of interesting leisure.

Parent Universities under citizens’ assemblies regularly conduct training workshops and awareness-raising activities to raise legal, moral and spiritual knowledge of parents, contributing to the timely solution of urgent problems. Establishment of various interest clubs, including sports and professional ones, in the communities, colleges and educational institutions, provides the meaningful leisure for the younger generation. Youth centers of social services in all regions of the republic provide computer literacy, English language, music, dance, knitting and cooking classes mainly to children fr om low-income families, young persons with disabilities, as well as maladjusted youth.

Jointly with the Ministry of Public Education, children’s music and art schools open ensembles for talented students.

‘Diligent Girls’ clubs are organized in all communities. They are chiefly aimed at cultivation of healthy lifestyles in girls, drawing their interest in beautification of their homes, communities, clean environment, promoting environmental and health culture. The clubs are also aimed at the prevention of early marriages among underage youths. It is noteworthy that they cover girls from each street, each high-rise house. The girls get prepared for family life, enhance their legal and medical culture. Family doctors, teachers, psychologists of local schools, colleges and high schools, women with a great life experience and skills help advisors of citizens’ assemblies with the organization of the clubs and work with young people.

These days, the ‘Mahalla’ Public Charity Foundation is holding regional stages of the competition ‘Mahalla in My Life’.

The competition is held among the ninth graders of general education schools, vocational colleges and academic lyceums, located on the territory of citizens’ assemblies. The creative competition plays an important role in enhancing the spirituality of our young people, in bringing up the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and respect for national values. This year, the district and city stages of the competition covered more than 8,600 teams, or over 34,000 boys and girls.

17 teams competed in the Andijan regional stage of the competition. The participants demonstrated their knowledge of the history of the mahalla, talked about its role in the education of young people, in strengthening of cooperation on ‘Family-Community-Educational Institution’ strategy, answered the questions about the legal acts with regard to citizens’ assemblies, but most importantly, they wrote essays on ‘Mahalla in My Life’.

A Yuksalish team of Buloqboshi district won the first prize.

The Kashkadarya regional stage of the competition brought together 14 teams. Boys and girls demonstrated their skills and knowledge about the history of the institution of mahalla in Uzbekistan, the national idea, the foundations of spirituality.

“The competition has become not just a knowledge and skills test for young people, but it is also a platform for free expression of ideas, a celebration of friendship,” said the chief specialist of the Kashkadarya regional branch of the Mahalla Foundation Ms. Ravshanova. “The interest in it is huge. 665 teams of 2,660 boys and girls participated in the qualifying rounds of the competition.”

A team of citizens’ assembly of Bogibahor mahalla of Shahrisabz district won the competition.

All Uzbekistanis are residents of local communities. There are obvious changes and specific practical content in their activities. They bring up such noble qualities as mutual respect, peace and patriotism.

Today, they perform such functions as targeted social support of the population, promotion of small business and private entrepreneurship with the focus on family business, home-based work and handicrafts, implementation of public control over the activities of government.

These are not just words, enshrined in the law. For example, the O’rikzor Mahalla of Uchtepa district of the capital incorporates 50 small businesses, including sewing shops, hairdressers, clothes and food shops, cafeterias, pharmacies, shoe shops, leisure places for older people. The citizens’ assembly provides good services to meet the everyday needs of the people.

The citizens’s assembly carries out public control over the implementation of laws and other acts of legislation of the respective territory, including the provision of quality public services, compliance with construction and maintenance regulations for yards and adjoining areas, land use and protection. Mahalla provides recommendations for weddings and other family events, organizes financial aid to low-income families jointly with state and economic management bodies, banks, NGOs.

Such powers help to cover with social assistance all population strata,  each person. This is a unique system, which is inherent in our mentality and statehood. No one is left neglected.

International experts repeatedly recognized the outcomes of the strong social policy, which is one of the principles of the ‘Uzbek development model’, the importance and the role of the institution of mahalla in its implementation.

In 2015, the Mahalla Foundation helped persons with disabilities and orphans to obtain hundreds of millions of soums to pay for study contracts. The ward of Angren ‘Mehribonlik’ mercy home № 34 Sardora Saidahmedova is among them. Today, she studies at the Tashkent State Law University. Sardora sets high goals and reaches them, as an example of excellent study and initiative for her peers.

During national holidays, local communities organize distribution of gifts to poor and socially vulnerable persons, free holidays in summer camps for children from low-income families.

There are the people in each community, who experienced care and attention of mahalla in difficult moments of their life, which aroused their confidence in the future. A healthy spiritual atmosphere reigns in citizens’ assemblies. Every family, every citizen is committed to contribute to the improvement of the native community.

It is strengthened by regular events that are aimed at the establishment of the values that are passed on from generation to generation ​​- respect for the elderly, care for the young, maintenance of vigilance as an important factor for peace, protection of youths from the impact of various negative phenomena.

Mahalla is a sacred abode. It is the place wh ere we share joys and sorrows. Peace and tranquility in a community gives safely to our lives, fills them with joyful moments. It is an important factor for the consent, unity and generosity in the community, the further prosperity of the country. There is a big sense behind the saying “Homeland begins with mahalla”.

(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions).

Good Response to Urgent Problems

Dilshoda Mirzajanova,

Deputy Chairperson of the Mahalla Foundation:

In 2017, which was declared the Year of the Dialogue with the People and Human Interests, local communities are assigned a special part in addressing the tasks of the government program. The Presidential Decree defined five priority areas to raise the work on improvement of the institution of mahalla to the higher level.

In particular, it is planned to institute an executive board of councils on coordination of citizens’ self-government bodies. From now and on, the Republican Council is given the status of a legal entity in the form of an association of citizens’ assemblies.

Under the Decree, territorial councils will be established in all regions to coordinate the activities of citizens’ self-government bodies as structural units of the Republican Council. The first deputy chairmen of the Republican and regional councils will be simultaneously chair the Mahalla Foundation and its subdivisions.

The Decree and its comprehensive measures will enable civil society institutions to successfully address pressing problems, working with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Expanding Cooperation

Bekzod Artykov,

Member of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis:

Our people have many good traditions. For example, residents of local communities altogether make a significant contribution to the common goal during mass cleaning campaigns and other events. Partnership produces benefit. The Decree on improvement of local communities stipulates measures on further expansion of cooperation of citizens’ assemblies with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The document has identified the ways of cooperation on growing the youths spiritually developed and physically healthy individuals, ensuring their employment, protection from ideological threats, social support of vulnerable groups, the older generation.

There is one more important point. The Decree envisages the establishment of ‘Community Center’ complexes in Karakalpakstan, regions, cities and districts by December 1, 2018, and standard design buildings of citizens’ assemblies, equipped with furniture, computer equipment, and communication facilities – by December 1, 2021. That would create favorable conditions for residents and for the staff of assemblies. Most importantly, that would significantly increase the authority of this unique structure.

Eliminate the Backlog of Problems

Gauvhar Muhamedjanova,

Advisor to the Chairman of Mustaqillik mahalla, Mirzo-Ulugbek district of Tashkent:

There are all the opportunities in Uzbekistan for overall development of citizens’ self-government bodies, organization of their work on raising the political consciousness of citizens, employment of young people and women, support for socially vulnerable segments of the population in accordance with modern requirements. The acivities on ensuring stable spiritual and moral climate in families, upbringing of healthy generation, are very important.

The Presidential Decree provides an effective solution to this issue. The Republican and territorial councils introduce the post of deputy chairman on the youth, religious and educational matters, the elderly and veterans affairs. This kind of classification of areas and introduction of new posts is expected to increase the efficiency and quality of work. They would tackle the locally accumulated problems.

The Most Active to Be Awarded

Ravshan Turaev,

Chairman of citizens’ assembly at Tong mahalla, Yashnobod district of the capital:

Every resident of the community is responsible for and interested in its development. Representatives of different professions, age, governmental and nongovernmental organizations are actively involved in the activities of our mahalla. The Decree envisages incentives for such citizens. In particular, the initiative citizens and representatives of public organizations will be awarded the badge ‘Mahalla Iftihori’ for a worthy contribution to the implementation of objectives of self-government bodies.”


 

COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR THE NEAR FUTURE

The five-day Media Week to discuss the draft Action Strategy for Five Priority Areas in Uzbekistan for 2017-2021, initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has wrapped up in Tashkent.

The Week was organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM) in cooperation with the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, other governmental and nongovernmental organizations and the media. The event brought together national and foreign experts, parliamentarians, representatives of diplomatic corps and international organizations, ministries and agencies, journalists.

The grand event was aimed at raising the awareness of the general public about the nature and objectives of the policy document, at all-round study of people’s concerns, views and proposals.

The Media Week aroused great interest not just among experts and journalists, but also the wider public, especially young people, who were actively involved in the discussions. The organizers engaged the capacities of the internet and social networks, online transmissions from similar media platforms on the basis of nongovernmental TV stations in other regions of the country. The event was built on the latest multimedia technologies.

Presentations, questions and answers, exchange of opinions and debates were broadcast by popular television channels like MY5 and Uzreport TV in talk show and news program format.

Nation Building: Objectives and Prospects

The draft Action Strategy clearly defines the most relevant tasks on streamlining the state building and judicial system, economic liberalization and development of the social sector, consolidation of international and interethnic friendship and harmony. These are the five priority areas for Uzbekistan for the next five years.

After the opening ceremony, the work of the media forum began with a presentation and discussion of the first priority of the Action Strategy, which comes to streamlining of state and social construction. It was delivered by the speaker of the presentation, Minister of Justice Muzraf Ikramov, Chairman of the Legislative Chamber Committee of Oliy Majlis Ilhom Abdullayev, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee Tolibjon Madumarov and others. They emphasized that the priority is aimed at further strengthening the role of the parliament in the government system, reformation of state administration through its decentralization, reduction of state regulation of the economy, improvement of public management system and boosting the role of civil society institutions and the media.

“Legislative work will be of special importance in this process: there is a need to develop and approve the Law ‘On public control’, ‘On regulatory acts’, introduce amendments and addenda to the laws ‘On social partnership’, ‘On mass media’, and others,” said Ilhom Abdullayev. “They will contribute to the development of modern ways of public scrutiny, and make social partnership more effective. The new regulations will provide for steady and gradual development of civil society institutions, catalyzing their social and political activity.”

Main thrusts of reforming the public administration will focus on optimization of the e-government system, raising effectiveness and improvement of quality and affordability of public services for the population and businesses. About a dozen of projects are aimed at the improvement of e-government services, meanwhile contributing to the development of existing information systems in the notary, tax and other services.

The introduction of effective mechanisms of dialogue with the people would be the core of reforms in this direction. Much attention will be paid to the improvement of performance of people’s reception offices.

Ensuring the rule of law

During the presentation of the second line of the Action Strategy, which aims at ensuring the rule of law and further reformation of the judicial system, experts drew a full picture of measures on ensuring the independence of the judiciary, reliable protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, intensification of first against crime, and other aspects.

For example, the crime combating system in Uzbekistan will develop in four directions in the next five years, with enhancement of effectiveness of the fight against crime and crime prevention as key pillars. It is planned to approve a specific program on improving the performance of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its territorial divisions.

A plan of countering extremism, terrorism and criminal offenses will become a guide to action. Streamlining of organizational and legal mechanisms for combating corruption and enhancement of effectiveness of anti-corruption measures is regarded as an independent direction. There are plans to adopt several regulations that would intensify the work in this direction.

Improvement of the legal culture and legal awareness of the population, organization of effective interaction between state structures, civil society institutions and the media is separated as an independent thrust.

Development and liberalization of economy

Development and liberalization of the economy – another direction of the Action Strategy – involves enhancement of its competitiveness and openness, freedom of economic activity, macroeconomic stability and preservation of economic growth, fundamental reformation of the financial and banking sector, all-round protection of private property and entrepreneurship, effective development of tourism, structural reforms in agriculture.

Among main objectives, experts accentuated the integrated work on cooperation with international partners, channeling of foreign investments, scale up of rating of Uzbek companies, with the focus on the development and support of agriculture.

The Plan assigns a big part to the upgrade of industry by bringing it to a new level with advanced development of high-tech manufacturing industries that are primarily engaged in the production of finished products with high added value on the basis of enhanced processing of local raw materials.

It is envisaged to cut energy consumption and resource intensity of the economy, broadly introduce energy saving technologies, expand the application of renewable energy sources, increase productivity in all sectors.

The Action Strategy empowers the measures on ensuring the government budget balance at all levels and maintaining social focus of expenditures, streamlining of the inter-budgetary relations that are aimed at strengthening the revenue part of local budgets.

A broad range of measures are aimed at further improvement of the monetary policy in accordance with best international practices, as well as at ensuring stability of the national currency and prices in the domestic market. Innovative market-based mechanisms of currency regulation, formation of the national currency, will gradually be introduced to ensure its free convertibility.

The policy of cutting tax burden and simplification the tax system, improvement of tax administration and expansion of incentives will be continued.

Enhancement of reformation and stability of the banking system, capitalization level and deposit base of banks, strengthening of their financial stability and reliability, further expansion of crediting promising investment projects, as well as small businesses and private enterprises will remain priorities for the next five years.

Experts predict an increase in insurance, leasing and other financial services through the introduction of new kinds of services and improvement of their quality, as well as the development of the stock market as an alternative source of capital attraction and placement of available resources of enterprises, financial institutions and the population.

There are plans to create new and enhance effectiveness of existing free economic zones, industrial parks, small industrial zones.

Experts pointed out to the intension of Uzbekistan to scale up international economic cooperation, namely, expand ties with the forefront international financial institutions, pursue a balanced policy of foreign borrowing, efficiently use foreign investments and loans.

The discussion aroused many questions. Some of them related to the operation of plastic cards, improvement of foreign exchange for individuals, the increase of cash reserves.

 

Priorities for social sector

The fourth day of the media forum was particularly interesting for the participants, as it spotlighted priority directions for the social sector.

The speakers highlighted such issues as increase of real incomes of the population, the size of public sector wages, pensions, stipends and social allowances in advance of inflation, improvement of education and health care, the state youth policy.

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Economy Dilmurod Turdiyev, provided the general outlook on the development of social sector, dwelled upon on the implementation of targeted programs on the construction of affordable housing, development and modernization of road transport, engineering, communications and social infrastructure, which, in turn, provide better living conditions. He mentioned the currently developing project on uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas to remote rural areas.

The draft Action Strategy envisages the further improvement of living conditions of the population, especially young families, residents of dilapidated houses, and other categories of citizens who need better housing conditions, through the provision of preferential mortgage loans and construction of affordable housing in urban and rural areas. It was proposed to renew the architectural appearance of standard design houses that have already been built in the regions, to diversify the overall appearance and facade.

The document pays particular attention to the issues of employment, especially young people. As noted by the representative of the Ministry of Labor B. Alimuhammedov in his speech, nearly million jobs is annually created in Uzbekistan in accordance with the employment program, approved by the Oliy Majlis. Meanwhile, the existing problems entail the need for search and implementation of new approaches.

Deputy Minister of Health Elmira Basitkhanova presented the profile of priority measures on the improvement of health care system. She pointed out to a vital need to reform this sector, since, despite a strong legal framework, which is aimed at ensuring the provision of quality health care to citizens, the mechanism of performance remains weak. The list of problems includes insufficient patronage in women, pregnant women, an acute shortage of medical personnel, including neonatologists, surgeons, adolescent gynecologists in regions.

The event touched upon the issues of further improvement of the system of continuous education, expanded access to quality educational services, training of qualified staff in accordance with modern requirements, creation of conditions for that.

In the next five years, it is planned to build 50 new state preschool educational institutions, reconstruct and overhaul about 2,200 existing preschools.

This direction caused a storm of questions and suggestions from those who were present in the International Hotel Tashkent, the venue of the Media Week, and by the Internet.

Will pensioners travel for free? Why are buildings commissioned while inaccessible for wheelchair users? Have experts considered the possibility for a 100% pension for working pensioners?

Experts gave detailed answers to the questions. It was said that no issue, no proposal remains neglected. They noted that a resolution on free travel for pensioners and full pension for working pensioners is currently under consideration. The question from persons with disabilities that most of the buildings are not provided with ramps looked sensible. The speakers said that the problem is highly relevant, and that it will soon be resolved in accordance with the Action Strategy, which envisages mandatory social guarantees for the population, strengthening of social protection of vulnerable strata, and other issues.

Along the path of sustainable development

The last, the fifth day of the media forum was very eventful. The presentation of the Action Strategy’s fifth area on ensuring safety, religious tolerance and inter-ethnic harmony, as well as pursuance of a balanced and constructive foreign policy was the central event.

As noted by speakers of the event, the ongoing related measures are aimed at strengthening the independence and sovereignty of the state, creation of a security belt around Uzbekistan, ensuring stability and good neighborly relations, promotion of a positive image of the country abroad.

Speaking on the priorities in this field, the experts emphasized that Uzbekistan is committed to friendly relations with the international community, and particularly with its closest neighbors – Central Asian states. Building the dialogue on mutual interests promotes cooperation in various fields.

Uzbekistan remains committed to the principles of non-alignment to military-political blocs, will not allow the deployment of military bases and facilities of other states on its territory, as well as the stay of our troops outside the republic. Foreign policy will be primarily based on national interests.

Being the most densely populated and multi-ethnic country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan maintains inter-religious and inter-ethnic harmony. The principles of equality go through all laws of the country, primarily the Constitution. 137 cultural centers and 16 religious confessions function across the country today.

The presentation was followed by a round-table discussion of the draft Action Strategy by representatives of ministries and agencies, diplomatic corps and international organizations.

As emphasized at the discussion, developed at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the draft Action Strategy will contribute to the growth of economic potential of Uzbekistan, improve people’s welfare, and scale up the country’s prestige in the international arena.

The participants pointed out to the atmosphere of interethnic consent, friendship and mutual respect in our country. Successive reforms have been pushing the dynamic development of national economy, international cooperation. Joint projects produce good outcomes.

Foreign experts and representatives of international organizations highly commended the Draft Action Strategy for consistent implementation of scaled reforms on the basis of liberalization and modernization of all sectors, further enhancement of effectiveness of the measures taken, efforts on bringing the development of the state and society to a new level. They also mentioned the public discussion of the important policy document, as lively exemplified by the Media Week.

The final press conference underscored the results of the intense and eventful Week. In five days, the Media Forum was attended by more than a thousand people, including over 50 experts – representatives of ministries and departments.

The event was covered by more than 400 media workers of print media, TV and radio channels, news agencies and online outlets, as well as representatives of the foreign press accredited in Uzbekistan.

More than 50 representatives of regional crews produced and broadcasted more than 50 information products of different formats. They produced five original talk shows on each area of ​​action of the draft Strategy. More than 60 news sites have published about 160 stories about the event.

During the discussion, the experts received more than 150 questions and proposals on the draft Action Strategy.

As noted by the forum participants, its main organizer – the National Association of Electronic Mass Media – was the driving force for the nationwide discussion of the draft Action Strategy in the country.

(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for the Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions).

Akmal Saidov,

Director, National Center for Human Rights:

Many of our officials do not always engage in contact with journalists. The Media Week has exemplified an effective cooperation, trust and dialogue between media workers and state agencies. So we need to continue this practice in the future!

Svetlana Artykova,

Deputy Chairperson of the Senate of Oliy Majlis:

We have heard hundreds of proposals within the five days of the Action Strategy discussion. Some of them are very interesting and constructive, worthy of consideration, but some of them we will never admit, because they oppose to national traditions, our mentality.

Firdavs Abdukhalikov,

Chairman of the Board of NAEMM:

According to domestic and foreign participants of the Media Week, it has successfully fulfilled its main mission of raising public awareness of the draft Action Strategy.

The forum has become a bridge between the government and the population. A huge number of people, including those from different regions of the country, have been actively involved in the discussion of the document, asked questions, came up with ideas and proposals. This suggests that the Strategy has reached everyone, which is a guarantee that the future work on its implementation will be successful.

Vinod Kumar,

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Uzbekistan:

The Media Forum has become a unique platform for open dialogue of heads of international organizations, diplomatic missions and representative offices, heads of joint ventures with experts and journalists.

We have learned about the five main areas of development strategy of Uzbekistan for the next five years. We believe that its priorities will empower the further development of the country. I am impressed by the discussions during the last five days.

Javlon Vakhabov,

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs:

The Foreign Policy Concept, with its power of law, stipulates the Central Asian region as the top priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan, which caters to the national interests of our country.

We always remain committed to open, friendly and pragmatic policy towards our closest neighbors. At the same time, I find it important to emphasize that the willingness of Tashkent for dialogue should not be regarded as derogation from the previous principles and priorities.

The national interests of any country, especially the vital and fundamental ones, have an objective nature and are based on fundamental factors. They are immutable.

Stefan Priesner,

UN Resident Representative in Uzbekistan:

I’m impressed by the communication, by the proposals made. We have also come up with proposals on social protection of the needy and the environment. We hope for fruitful cooperation with the government of Uzbekistan on the implementation of this important document.

Krista Pikkat,

Head of UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan:

The discussions, debates, questions, answers, comments provide a clear idea that the population of Uzbekistan is actively involved in public decision-making. An excellent start of the Year of Dialogue with the People! We look forward to fruitful cooperation on many items of the Action Strategy.

Eduards Stiprais,

Head of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan:

We welcome the fact that Uzbekistan is adopting an Action Strategy for five years. This allows us to consider a long-term cooperation, which is important for efficient operation. I must say, Uzbekistan tends to take mission-oriented decisions, and fulfill them promptly and accurately.

If you look at a world map, it becomes obvious that development of the region is impossible without Uzbekistan. The role of your country in dealing with security issues is very high. The thousand-year history of Uzbekistan also confirms that the country is destined to be a key element in ensuring stable development of the region.

Pamela L. Spratlen,

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Uzbekistan:

The Media Forum was the opportunity to learn about the nature and content of priority dimensions of the Action Strategy from the officials of Uzbekistan, as well as from experts. We were also informed on the vector of interaction of the republic with the international community in the future. The leader of this country is open to the international community, increasing confidence in the nation.

Mjusa Sever,

Director of the Office of International NGO Regional Dialogue for Uzbekistan (Slovenia):

The broad discussion of the Action Strategy for the coming years is highly relevant. This is especially important for a country that carries out fundamental reforms in socio-political, socio-economic, legal and judicial areas. In this context, it is important to maintain an open dialogue between the state and the public.

In this process, civil society organizations play an important role in terms of identifying the real problems and reporting on them to the government. Civil institutions and the media are the bridge that links the wider public to state bodies in addressing the crucial issues.


 

MEDIA PLATFORM TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES

The International Hotel Tashkent hosts a media week devoted to a broad discussion of the draft Strategy for Actions on the five priority areas of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021.

The event is organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan jointly with the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis and the National Center for Human Rights, the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications, other state and public organizations and the media. It brings together the national and foreign experts, representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations accredited in our country, and mass media.

At the opening of the media forum it was noted that as a result of ongoing large-scale reforms in Uzbekistan the foundations of national statehood was strengthened, immense work has been carried out on consolidating peace and tranquility, national harmony and religious tolerance in the community, ensuring the rule of law, realization of human rights and freedoms.

The draft Strategy for Actions on the five priority areas of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 developed at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev outlines specific measures to further deepen our ongoing democratic reforms in various spheres of life.

The document prepared on the basis of an analysis of the current legislation, law enforcement practices and the best international practices, identifies five priority areas – in the system of state and public building, the judicial, socio-economic spheres and security.

The strategy will be realized in five phases, each of which provides the approval of a separate annual State program on its implementation in accordance with the declared name of the year. Such program will be approved in connection with the declaration of 2017 as the Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests. It will focus on a radical improvement of the working system with appeals of individuals and legal entities, the introduction of new effective mechanisms and methods to establish an open dialogue with the population, the introduction of reporting system of officials to the population in practice, the strengthening people’s trust in the government on this basis, and the adoption of measures to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles and problems on the issues on which the greatest number of citizens applied, operative consideration of appeals of citizens and legal entities and addressing their problems, ensuring transparency of activities carried out within the framework of the State program.

In order to find out the public opinion on this issue, all-round analyze by specialists, study the relevant comments and suggestions of experts a draft of the document has been published and submitted for public discussion on the government portal of the Republic. These goals also touch the conducting media week.

– Active participation of every citizen in the process of further advancement of the country is an urgent task today, said the Vice Chairpeson of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Svetlana Artykova at the opening of the media forum. – The media week organized to discuss the draft Strategy with the participation of specialists and experts, to bring it to the notice of general public through the media, is of great significance in this regard. It is a kind of bridge between the people and the state. And we have to answer the question: what does the Strategy give us, me, you, our children, to all the people?

Director of the National Center for Human Rights Akmal Saidov noted that each of the five priority areas of the Strategy has several aspects – legislative, organizational and administrative, informational and educational, international. The last one is very important because without international cooperation it is difficult to perform the Strategy. Many international organizations are willing to support us in this regard.

– Current media forum is a continuation of the ongoing work of the press club acquired reputation during last year’s presidential elections in our country, – Firdavs Abdukhalikov, chairman of the board of the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan (the NAEMM), said. – This multimedia platform was equipped with the most advanced technologies, in particular, there was established an online connection to the 10 non-regional television stations across the country which will bring the essence of the draft Strategy and its discussion to the public. The media week raises the freedom of speech into a new level in our country. And it is very symbolic that these days a special government commission which is responsible for the regulation of the electronic media, has granted licenses to operate for three new private TV channels – “Zor TV”, “Football TV” and “Caravan TV”. These channels will diversify the palette of TV programs which is presented in the television of the country.

The media forum has already been running on three days. There were conducted presentations of experts, open discussions and debates on their results, conferences, briefings, a talk show on the three priority areas of action of the Strategy – improvement of state and public construction, ensuring the rule of law and reforming the judicial system, development and liberalization of the economy.

Discussions are carried out lively and actively, along with members of the media week Internet users, representatives of the regions, especially young people are also participating. There is an opportunity to ask any question and get an answer from qualified specialist, to express your opinion on any issue with the assurance that it will be heard.

Prepared content in the framework of the forum media are quickly transferred to the TV and radio broadcasting, posted on websites and social networks. For example, on yesterday morning more than 12 materials about the media week were published on the web-site of Uzbekistan Today.

Novelty for the United Nations

Stefan PRISNER,

UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan:

– Organization of the media week which is based on the new strategy and advanced technologies is a very important and invaluable initiative. And all those who participated in its organization deserve gratitude.

The Strategy discussed at the forum defines the goals for the next five years in the country and will be the basis for the provision of resources and the realization of long-term objectives. We need to look into the details of this Strategy, so for the UN it is a novelty.

Ideas Meet the OSCE Objectives

John MacGregor,

OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan:

– Familiarization with the draft Strategy has impressed me to the end; each of the priority areas deserves maximum attention. Many ideas in this document correspond to the goals and commitments of the OSCE.

We are in the process of defining the forms of cooperation and assistance in the realization of this important document.

Openness for Public Debate

Krista PIKKAT,

Head of the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan:

– As a representative of the UN I can say that many aspects of the draft Strategy of Actions of the development of Uzbekistan for the next five years is in tune with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, so we are very happy.

This document is open to public debate, and this is a significant point. It is very positive that there is an opportunity to ask questions, make proposals and express ideas for representatives of civil society, the private sector and the wider community. An important fact is also that the media platform is initiated by the NAEMM. I am glad to see that the media are willing to play an important role in bringing the essence of the priority areas of the Strategy of Actions to the notice of every person in the country.

To Think, to Propose, to Argue

Violaine de Villemeur,

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

of the French Republic to Uzbekistan:

– I admired the interesting dialogue organized in the framework of the media week. It allows citizens from different regions to think, propose, debate, participate in the adoption of the important document for Uzbekistan, forwarding to the future!

Proposals from the Midst of the Public

Yuriy Savchenko,

Ukrainian Ambassador to Uzbekistan:

– Discussion of very important program document on the media platform is going on very interesting. Voiced new ideas, new proposals that come from the midst of the masses, and it will give the opportunity to adjust the Strategy, to fill it with concrete content reflecting aspirations of the population.


 

ACTION STRATEGY – DEVELOPMENT FACTOR

At the Tashkent city territorial department of the independent institute for monitoring civil society formation, a round-table conversation has taken place on results of the country’s socio-economic development in 2016 and the most important priority areas of its economic development programme for the year 2017.

The event was attended by representatives of the Tashkent city mayor’s office, the justice department, the women’s committee, political parties, the Mahalla (neighbourhood) public charity foundation, the Kamolot public youth movement and nongovernmental non-commercial organizations.

There was discussion about tasks specified in a speech of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers on results of the country’s socio-economic development in the year 2016 and the most important priority areas of its economic development programme for the year 2017.

Also, proposals and recommendations were expressed on the draft strategy of action in five priority areas of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

Experts and specialists discussed priority areas of the further raising of the roles of political parties and deputies of the chambers of Oliy Majlis (parliament) in the extension of democratic reforms and the modernization of the country, and the effect of laws being adopted on the pace of implementation of socio-political, socio-economic and judicial reforms.

“The declaration of the year 2017 as the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests places a big responsibility on political parties and institutions for civil society study. For the purpose of the timely implementation of tasks set in this area, specific programmes are being drawn up at our institute for the introduction of new mechanisms and effective methods of dialogue with the people for resolving various social problems and further developing the activity of law making,” says Behzod Sultanov, a chief specialist of the Tashkent city territorial department of the independent institute for monitoring civil society formation.

During the round-table conversation, there was a detailed discussion about tasks directed towards further improving the system of social security for the population and the sphere of health care.


 

EXHIBITION ON 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE OPENS

In the central exhibition hall of the Art Academy of Uzbekistan, an exhibition of works of visual art, photographs and folk art entitled “Uzbekistan is our common home” has opened on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the republican international cultural centre.

The exhibition was arranged by the republican international cultural centre in cooperation with the Art Academy of Uzbekistan, the Tasviriy Oyna artistic association and the Tashkent house of photography. Its opening ceremony was attended by representatives of national cultural centres, state and public organizations, writes and poets, artistic groups, active people of neighbourhoods and young people.

The chief of the republican international cultural centre, N.Muhammadiyev; the director of the national centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan for human rights, A.Saidov; the chairman of the Art Academy of Uzbekistan, A.Nuriddinov; and others said that large-scale reforms being implemented in this country helped to further strengthen the inter-ethnic accord, religious tolerance, friendship and unity of the people.

At the exhibition, along with works of visual art and photographs depicting national cultural centres working in this country, works of folk art and national clothes were also on display.

“The role of culture and art in strengthening inter-ethnic accord and friendship cannot be overestimated. This event is also a bright example of this good work. At the exhibition, we presented photographs depicting the work of our cultural centre. During the event, we held conversations with representatives of other cultural centres and acquainted ourselves with their work,” says the chairperson of the Kyrgyz cultural centre of Sirdaryo Region, Nodira Jonibekova.

As part of the exhibition, the winners of the 6th republican festival of friendship and culture “Uzbekistan is our common home” were given awards.

A deputy prime minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, T.Norboyeva, made a speech at the event.


 

FACE TO FACE WITH PEOPLE

A republican practical seminar has been conducted in Samarqand on the subject of “Raising the role of public organizations in carrying out tasks of the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests”.

The seminar arranged by the Uzbekistan Trade Unions Federation was attended by leaders and officials of sectorial and territorial trade unions associations, the Women’s Committee of the republic, the Nuroniy (veteran) foundation, the Mahalla (neighbourhood) public charity foundation, the Kamolot public youth movement and other state and public organizations, their territorial departments and employees of mass media.

The seminar’s participants divided into groups and then visited nearly 1 thousand 200 people’s homes and held conversations with them about the socio-economic condition of their families, their way of life, the extent of their family members’ employment, income augmentation and the prevention of things that could negatively affect their children’s upbringing. They also familiarized themselves with the work of pre-school day care establishment No 118, general education school No 57 and cultural and recreational centre No 6 in the township of Farhod, the Mominkhoja neighbourhood centre in Kattaqorghon District, a rural medical station, trade and services facilities there and the Kattaqorghon economics and services vocational college.

“During that dialogue, we heard people express their opinions and suggestions on the work of educational, medical and sport facilities in the territory, citizens’ self-governing bodies, trade and services sites and banks. During conversations with families in need of social protection, those with no breadwinner, those whose children are studying at higher educational establishments and people with limited abilities, we exchanged views with representatives of hokimiyats (governorates) and relevant offices on problems and shortcomings that had been noted, and we gave them our recommendations. In every household that we visited, we strove to find solutions to at lease some of their problems and alleviate their difficulties in every way possible. While visiting those homes, we better understood the significance of the year 2017 being declared the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests. If we go to common people and hold open conversations with them we will have an idea about their way of life and thoughts,” says the chairman of the Farghona Regional department of the Nuroniy foundation, Topvoldi Holdorov.

As a result of this two-day familiarization visit, relevant organizations worked out measures to raise the quality of services being provided for the local population, to strengthen the material and technical base of those pre-school day care establishments, to tackle problems in the utilities sphere there, to pay special attention to road repair work and the issue of employment and to step up moral propagation in those localities, and also set a specific time-frame for the implementation of these measures.

During the final gathering of the seminar, the chairman of the council of the Uzbekistan Trade Unions Federation, Q.Rafiqov; the chairman of the Nuroniy foundation, Sh.Jalilov; and others said that the tasks specified in speeches of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the 24th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s Constitution and at the session of the Cabinet of the Ministers on results of the year 2016, including holding open dialogue with people and serving the nation, should be the main area of the work of not only government departments but also that of public organizations.

Human interests and honour and dignity are at the forefront of today’s rapid changes in the life of the country’s society. And more significantly, it was said that the goal of reforms being implemented in every sphere was to improve the population’s living standards and quality of life.

Presentations were given on mechanisms for establishing public monitoring of the implementation of measures by relevant organizations to tackle problems identified during conversations held by working groups with families in localities over these two days.

At the conclusion of the seminar, a memorandum was signed among the Uzbekistan Trade Unions Federation, the Women’s Committee, the Nuroniy foundation, the Mahalla public charity foundations and the Kamolot public youth movement on cooperation in objectively studying the moral climate in families and their living standards and economic situation and in identifying outstanding issues.

The hokim (governor) of Samarqand Region, H.Oqbutayev, made a speech during the event.


 

ATTENTION INCREASES

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The project entitled “Professional social services for persons with disabilities and lonely elders in Uzbekistan” has been completed in the country. The scheme was realized in 2014-2016 and allowed to improve the lives of 17 thousand lonely elders and people with disabilities.

Project events on improving the legislation and betterment of the social services quality were included in the State Program “Year of attention and care for the older generation” where the relevant ministries and agencies, the UNDP became co-executors.

The categories of persons entitled to receive state social services and social assistance were expanded, in particular, lonely elders and disabled people who are not retirees (receiving aids by age) began to receive monthly food sets and hygiene products.

Also, the list of food and goods provided monthly free for the lonely elders and disabled, has increased from 9 to 15 items, and the total value of the entire set – more than twice.

Quarterly household rounds were conducted to identify lonely elders and disabled people who need help and were not covered by social services. In particular, during 2016 only for the city of Tashkent and Tashkent region, as a result of household rounds around 150 people were included in the supply program for free set of food and hygiene products, about 300 people launched to receive home-based care services.

The maximum possible number of social workers visits to home care increased from two to seven days a week, advanced technologies of social work – case management, development of individual programs based on the evaluation of situations, evaluation of the need for constant care (Barthel and Lawton scales) were introduced, new training programs were implemented in the professional development system for specialists of health and social care, the relevant manuals were prepared and published.

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