On 25 May President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Yıldırım Tuğrul Türkeş, who is in our country within the frameworks of the fourth meeting of the Inter-governmental commission on trade-economic cooperation.
The Head of State, welcoming the guest, stressed with satisfaction the intensification of contacts and bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment and cultural-humanitarian cooperation spheres.
It was underscored that the productive meetings at the highest level, held during the visit of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Samarkand on 17-18 November 2016 and within the Belt and Road international forum in Beijing on 14 May of this year have given a strong impetus and opened new opportunities for further development of full-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
A specific attention was paid to the issues of enhancing practical cooperation with leading Turkish companies – joint implementation of concrete projects on establishing in Uzbekistan modern high-tech production facilities in textiles, leather, chemical and pharmaceutical spheres, production of construction materials, on deep processing of agricultural products and other areas, including at the “Urgut” free economic zone.
The available significant potential for interaction in the tourism industry, including creation of modern tourist infrastructure, promotion of joint travel products, as well as training of qualified specialists in this sphere were highlighted.
The parties noted with satisfaction the results of the meeting of the Uzbekistan-Turkey intergovernmental commission and investment forum in Tashkent with participation of companies and enterprises of Uzbekistan and Turkey, during which prospective directions and business projects for approximately 2 billion US dollars have been determined.
Yıldırım Tuğrul Türkeş expressed gratitude to President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev for a warm welcome and conveyed the words of deep respect and best wishes of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. On behalf of the leadership of Turkey, the Deputy Prime Minister thanked the Uzbek side for the support and created favourable conditions for the activity of Turkish companies in our country and reaffirmed the willingness to further develop full-scale bilateral cooperation.
In Uzbekistan, small business and private entrepreneurship have been contributing to the growth of the gross domestic product, employment, income replenishment and improvement of people’s wellbeing. The products manufactured by entrepreneurs prove key for the domestic market and country’s export capacity.
The development of small economy ranks among key areas of the Actions Strategy, initiated by the head of state. This work has been increasingly catalyzed in the regions of the republic.
For example, the enterprises specializing in the production of pharmaceutical, electrical products and construction materials in Khorezm were exempt from property and land taxes, as well as the infrastructure development tax and mandatory contributions to the Republican Road Fund.
As of April 1, 2017, more than 11,000 small businesses and private entrepreneurs were registered in the region. Over 700,000 people, or 82.3% of all employed in the economy, are engaged in small businesses.
19 industrial enterprises in the region specialize in food, light industry and other sectors. In 2016, they produced goods for 1.4 trillion soums, and exported for $5 million.
The analysis shows that 315,000 tons of total exports are transported by rail. In accordance with the decisions of the head of state, Uzbekistan Railways now delivers the products by enterprises registered in the Khorezm region to the state borders at current domestic tariffs. This preference helped to drastically cut the logistics costs of exporting enterprises, entails cost reduction in local products in the external market, and increases their competitiveness. With the full use of this benefit in the future, enterprises intend to deliver 70-80% of exported goods by rail.
There are also eight pharmaceutical companies in the region, which supply packaging for a dozen kinds of medicinal plants. Nearly 81 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.05.2017, 1$= 3820.46 soums) of investments in 2017-2018 will empower implementation of 29 projects there, which will envisage laying plantations for the cultivation of 25 types of medicinal plants, and production of export-oriented finished pharmaceutical products.
For example, Khorazm Super Medical limited liability company of Bagat district will establish an annual production of 6 million bоttles of iodine, the brilliant green, Valeriana tinctures next year through 300 million soums of investments. The Kordon Khumo private enterprise of Khiva district will launch the production of amoxicillin, ampicillin, azithromycin, cefpodoxime, chloramphenicol, doxycycline, erythromycin through 1.7 billion soums of investments.
375 enterprises in Khorezm region are engaged in the production of burnt bricks, doors and frames, lime, ferro-concrete products, metal gates and gratings, pavers, dry building mixtures, corrugated sheet and sheet metal, varnishes and paints, roofing materials, nonmetallic and other products. In the next two years, it is planned to implement 260 projects and create more than 2,000 new jobs.
Present-day life can hardly be imagined without refrigerators, freezers, vacuum cleaners, television sets, microwave ovens and other household appliances. They enjoy a great demand. The household appliances that are produced in the Khorezm region under the brand ‘Made in Uzbekistan’ are rated popular on the global market.
They are manufacture of local raw materials using modern technologies, and playing a significant role in import substitution. A dozen of enterprises presently produce more than 15 types of products, including freezers, transformers, water filters, LED lamps, and commercial freezing equipment. In 2017-2018, it is planned to implement 19 projects through 25.4 billion soums of investments, and create over 300 new jobs.
The President provided local enterprises with various benefits and preferences. For instance, the currency raised from exports completely remains at the disposal of enterprises to enable them procuring raw materials or production technologies they need.
In short, due to the improvement of the business climate in the country, the demand for modern and competitive products produced in the Khorezm region is growing in the world market. And this allows increasing the volume of exports and contributing to the welfare of the people.
(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)
Over 350 contracts for 22 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 26.05.2017, 1$= 3820.46 soums) have been signed – this is one of the main outcomes of 10th Republican Fair of innovative ideas, technologies and projects that wrapped up in the capital Tashkent.
“This year, over five hundred innovative ideas, technologies and projects were presented in the traditional five sections of the fair: industry, information technologies, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agriculture, science and education”, said the Director of the Agency for Science and Technology Odilkhuja Parpiyev.
Particular attention was placed on supporting the gifted youth. There were 100 developments of young scientists and students at the stands. This part of the exposition became a platform for the youth start-up where young scientists and inventors were able to show their designs to the potential buyers of intellectual products.
Traditionally, not only already ready-made projects of scientists, but also developments reflecting the needs of the economic sectors were demonstrated at the fair. In particular, the national holding company “Uzbekneftegaz”, joint-stock company “Uzkimyosanoat”, “Olmaliq” and “Navoi” mining and metallurgical plants, holding company “Uzpakhtasanoatexport” and other branch associations and production flagships identified their interest in innovative development.
III Tashkent International Innovation Forum was also interesting and eventful. It was attended by the specialists and experts from Germany, Bulgaria, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, the World Bank, and the British Council in Uzbekistan.
The prospects for cooperation in the field of science and innovation were one of the main topics of the forum. The representatives of the Agency for Science and Technology told the foreign participants that it is promising to develop the cooperation with all scientific organizations of the country, including eleven institutes that were recreated last year in the system of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.
It was noted that today the state creates conditions that allow scientists to work with the use of the latest cutting-edge equipment. As a confirmation of these words, the forum participants visited to the Center for High Technologies and the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics.
As a part of the innovative forum, the international conference “Uzbek-German innovation dialogue – the future for building a knowledge-based society” was conducted.
A special task of this year was to ensure the access of domestic scientists to international sources of scientific and technical information which plays a crucial role in boosting the quality of scientific developments and their relevance.
Further expansion of providing access to the advanced world scientific and educational resources – databases of scientific and technical information (Web of Science, Springer, EBSCO) remains as one of the most significant priorities. Libraries and educational institutions were recommended to continue their subscription to the leading databases of scientific and educational information, electronic scientific journals of the leading publishing houses of the world.
They also highlighted that it is necessary to raise the awareness of the employees through the organization of regular presentations of resources and search technologies, exhibitions, forums, mailings, the introduction of disciplines on the study of world information resources in the universities and research centers.
The forum participants agreed to stimulate the publication of workers in high-ranking scientific journals, as well as to promote the advancement of corporate interaction between universities, libraries and scientific centers for the accumulation of information for future usage.
Particular significance will be paid to the publications issued in the country. It is necessary to bolster the authority of scientific journals and abstracts via careful conscientious review, selection, inclusion of scientific journals in the Web of Science (WOS) databases.
In the opinion of the participants, the realization of the recommendations and decisions of the forum and fair will contribute to enhance the level and quality of scientific researches and publication activity of scientists, researchers, doctoral students and students in the republic.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
In Tashkent, the results of the national round of the Tashabbus-2017 review competition for the prize of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan have been summed up.
Small business and private entrepreneurship occupy an important place in the economy of Uzbekistan, and are the main factors in providing the domestic market with essential products and services, increasing incomes and employment of the population. This is evidenced by the annual republican review competition Tashabbus, which has become one of the most effective tools for supporting and developing entrepreneurship and small business.
In total, 576 business entities took part in the district and city rounds of the competition this year. In the republican stage came out 41 contestants who received the highest rating of the jury.
For example, an entrepreneur from the Khorezm region Ruziboy Bekmetov created his own agro-industrial complex Feedgran. I started my activity in 2009. Today, eggs and mixed fodder are produced here. In the complex, 220,000 chickens are grown on the basis of German technology. Last year, eggs were exported for almost $ 550,000.
“Our company has installed a Swiss technology for the production of granulated and non-granulated feed for poultry, fish, livestock. Last year, more than 7 thousand tons of fodder were produced, half of the production was exported. The annual net profit made over 660 million soums,” Bekmetov noted.
Special attention is always paid to the work of folk craftsmen. Each year they present surprises. During the final stage of Tashabbus one could see unique examples of oriental miniatures, wooden and ceramic products, jewelry, children’s furniture, and many other kinds of products by folk artists.
According to Dmitry Inyushev from Surkhandarya region, Uzbekistan has created all the necessary conditions for free activity and realization of creative potential.
“Since childhood I have been engaged in making pottery, jewelry and toys. Currently, I try myself in modeling clothes that combine elements of national costume and modern style. I teach the secrets of the women’s craft in the village of Kakaidi. In the future I plan to open workshops on Surkhan embroidery, pottery and carpet business,” the artisan shared.
Each of the finalists of the competition hoped until the last to win. But even despite the defeat, many noted that they will definitely try their strength again here.
“It is a great honor to win this prestigious creative contest. The competition was very strong because the best farmers fought for the victory. We have very big plans for the future; intend to enter the foreign market. We will try to work even more efficiently and meet the trust,” says Fakhriddin Ismoilov, the head of the farming enterprise Bakht Imkon Rivoj Chorvasi of the Andijan region, who became the Best Farmer of the Year.
The nomination the Best Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Ahadjon Shukurov, the head of Torimed Pharm Ltd. in the Tashkent region.
Ahmad Arabov from Bukhara region was recognized as the Best Artisan of the Year.
The winners of such nominations as the Best Young Entrepreneur of the Country, the Best Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, the Entrepreneur Who Created the Largest Number of Jobs for Young People, the Best Exporter of the Year, For the Production of New Consumer Products in Demand in the Domestic Market.
The owners of the first places of Tashabbus-2017 were awarded with prizes of the President of the country – keys from Spark cars, second and third places earned cash prizes.
It should be noted that this competition is annually held by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Council of Farmers of Uzbekistan and the Hunarmand Association together with a number of ministries and agencies.
Since the beginning of the year, the parliamentarians have already left for the fourth time to study the real situation in places.
This time they conducted their meetings in Beruni, Kurgantepa, Vobkent, Pakhtakor, Karmana, Yangikurgan, Kattakurgan, Khovos, Shurchi, Parkent, Uzbekistan, Khiva, Karshi districts.
“I cannot get a loan for the entrepreneurship”, “There are not enough medicines in our rural medical center”, “Who will be responsible for the water and electricity interruptions?”, “When will the children playground be erected?”
The deputies of the Legislative Chamber and members of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis heard most often these and other questions during the meetings with the population of various regions of the country.
So, the residents of the mahalla “Gulshan” in the Khiva district found the failure of the water pipe that provided the population of the mahalla with drinking water as the most acute problem during the meeting with people’s deputies. On this occasion, they applied to the various local authorities, but there was no response so far, and the water supply was not restored.
The question was taken on the deputy control. The urgent measures were taken to eliminate this problem on the part of the regional branch of the state unitary enterprise “Suvoqova”.
A group of deputies visited to the local market. It turned out that there were no terminals at all points of the sale of meat and meat products. Local authorities were obliged to eliminate this problem as soon as possible.
In the course of the meetings with the residents of the mahalla “Sarkop” in the Beruni district of Karakalpakstan, the parliamentarians identified a wide range of problems. The most urgent of them was the lack of a transport connection between the mahallas “Sarkop” and “Palvash”, buses for the students of the colleges. The parliamentarians consider that in these mahallas it is necessary to establish the work of the objects of public services of the population, to improve the settlements, to assist the local residents in obtaining land for growing fruit and vegetable products, and to resolve the issue of uninterrupted provision of the population with the electricity.
On all identified problems, the measures have been taken to address them by the local government bodies.
In the Khovos district of the Syrdarya region, the parliamentarians took control of the complaint of the mahalla “Gulbahor” residents about the absence of a children’s playground. They also assisted in providing the department of the family polyclinic on the territory of the mahalla “Karvonsaroy” with medicines and medical products.
Berdiqul Otaboyev from the mahalla “Yettiguzar” in the village of Khovos lamented that since 2016 he cannot get a bank loan to produce the furniture. After the intervention of people’s representatives the financial institutions promised to provide all-round assistance to the entrepreneur. Also, the appeals of Shavkat Muminov and Bakhtiyor Nuriddinov on allocating the funds for the organization of a green house were positively resolved.
In the Kattakurgan district of the Samarkand region, parliamentarians carry out a comprehensive monitoring of the state of the social sphere.
“The same problems were observed here as it was revealed earlier in other regions of the region”, a deputy of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis Shuhrat Polvonov says. “These are the dilapidation of the rural medical stations buildings, the lack of modern high-tech medical equipment, interruptions in the supply of the electricity. Sometimes the outrageous facts were also revealed. For example, the residents of some mahallas complained about idle times in the work of a number of rural medical points. The appeals of the people, as it turned out, were justified. Having visited these rural medical points, we did not find any of the medical personnel there. In this regard, the parliamentarians initiated the beginning of an internal investigation.
(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)
Currently, kurash is afoot in almost 130 countries around the world. At the high level, there are world and continental championships, international kurash tournaments.
The International Kurash Association, Confederations of Asia, Europe, Panamerica, Africa and Oceania are working hard to further enhance its standing, to have it included in the future in the program of the Summer Olympic Games.
At a regular general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, held in September 2015 in Ashgabat, kurash was officially included in the program of the XVIII Summer Asian Games, which will be held in 2018 in Jakarta (Indonesia).
The status and prestige of the international kurash tournament in memory of Hakim at-Termizi for the prize of the President of Uzbekistan, which this year will be held for the thirteenth time in Termez, is highly recognized worldwide. Great interest in participating in it is shown by palvans from many countries. Over the years, the most famous sportsmen from all over the world have fought for the victory in this tournament held since 1993 every two years.
More than 150 athletes and guests from 50 countries are expected to participate in the competitions this year, which also indicates its growing prestige. The tournament will be held in weight categories 73, 90 kg, and in the absolute weight category. The prize fund is $ 56 thousand. The sportsman who wins in the absolute weight category will be awarded the prize of the President of Uzbekistan – $ 25 thousand. The winner of the second place will receive $ 10 thousand, the two athletes who took the third place – $ 5 thousand each. Large cash awards will also be awarded to the winners and prize-winners in other weight categories.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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