The Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Uzbekneftegaz NHC Gulomjon Ibragimov and Russia’s Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation. 2
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in the city of Astana on 8 June to participate in a scheduled session of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Askar Mirzakhmeteov, a deputy prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and other officials met President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at Astana international airport.
The summit expects to discuss the current state of the SCO and prospects for its further development. It is also expected that there will be exchanges of views on topical issues of regional and international politics.
In the city of Astana, the process of India’s and Pakistan’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is to be completed in accordance with resolutions of the Tashkent summit of the SCO.
Uzbekistan’s President will be holding meetings with the leaders of a number of delegations within the summit.
Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will also be taking part in the opening ceremony of the special international Expo-2017 in the city of Astana.
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At a residence reserved for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has held a meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. At this meeting, attention was directed mainly at the current state of cooperation between the two countries and prospects for its further development and also at issues of strengthening regional security.
Uzbekistan supported Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and when Uzbekistan held the presidency of the SCO this country paid special attention to this issue.
These two countries are supporting each other in the international arena. Nearly 50 inter-state, intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents have been signed between Uzbekistan and Pakistan in the political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian areas.
Uzbekistan exports cotton fibre, leather, transport and tourism services to Pakistan.
Pakistan supplies medicines, chemicals and agricultural products to this country.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has said that he is in favour of the further development of multi-faceted mutually beneficial cooperation with Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is interested in further expanding comprehensive cooperation with Uzbekistan.
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At the residence reserved for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has held a meeting with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, within the Astana summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The customs and traditions of the peoples of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan are similar. Good neighbourly relations have been established between these two states, and they have been cooperating effectively with each other in various areas.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has said that Uzbekistan is in favour of a political solution to the situation in Afghanistan, the ensuring of stability in that country and the development of its economy.
Uzbekistan exports electricity, fruits and vegetables, oil products and mineral fertilizers to Afghanistan. This country is also taking part in the implementation of projects in such spheres as construction, energy, ore extraction and education.
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has said that he highly evaluates Uzbekistan’s efforts to help restore stability in Afghanistan, and he has expressed gratitude.
At the meeting, there was discussion about prospects for the further development of political, trade-economic, transport, cultural and humanitarian relations between the two countries and also about topical issues of regional and international importance.
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres will arrive in Uzbekistan on 9 June at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
During the bilateral meetings and talks, the parties will discuss a state and prospects of developing cooperation between our country and the UN, its specialized agencies, as well as regional and international issues, including mitigation of the consequences of the Aral environmental disaster.
His itinerary includes visits to Samarkand, Nukus and Muynak.
On 5 June, President Shavkat Mirziyoev signed a decree on the establishment of Innovative Technology Park in Yashnaabad district of the city of Tashkent with the term of operation of 30 years with a possibility of its subsequent extension.
The decree was adopted in order to create a favourable environment for the development of high technology, sustainable development of science, technology and innovation entrepreneurship, creation of small innovative enterprises, the establishment of production and supply of competitive, marketable high-tech products to domestic and foreign markets.
The document regulates the interaction of companies in the course of implementation of new projects in the territory of Uzbekistan. It stipulates the reconstruction, construction and operation of gas infrastructure facilities, geological exploration, production, processing and storage of hydrocarbons, the use of compressed and liquefied natural gas for autonomous gasification, and the development of a general gas supply scheme for the republic.
Alexei Miller and Gulomjon Ibragimov also held a working meeting to assess the current interaction of companies. They commended the signed agreement, noting that its implementation will have a significant positive effect on the development of the gas industry in Uzbekistan.
The National Holding Company Uzbekneftegaz is Gazprom’s key partner in Uzbekistan. It is engaged in oil and gas exploration, production, processing, transportation, storage and sales. In 2006, Uzbekneftegaz and Gazprom signed an agreement on the basic principles of geological exploration of subsoils of investment blocks in the Ustyurt district of the republic.
In early April 2017, the companies signed a contract for the purchase of 4 billion cubic meters of the Uzbek gas by the Russian side for a period of up to five years, starting in 2018, as well as an agreement on joint exploration and organization of engineering and innovation works. In 2016, the volume of Gazprom purchases of natural gas in Uzbekistan amounted to 6.2 billion cubic meters.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Replenishing the ranks of performers with new voices has given a new breath to the legendary opera The Tsar’s Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The play, which will be premiered on June 10 at the Alisher Navoi State Academic Grand Theater, will represent three young performers: Marfa – Angelina Ahmedova, Ivan Lykov – Bekzod Davronov and Lyubasha – Aziza Muhamedova.
‘The Tsar’s Bride’ is one of the best operas of the Russian world repertoire. It is full of passion, feelings and experiences. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote it with all the drama.
“It has the richest musical content. The performance has been going on for almost 10 years, and many performers have been replaced in it,” says the Honored Art Worker of Uzbekistan, the production director Andrei Slonim. “This time the main roles will be played by young artists who have substantially renewed the troupe of our theater and are already beginning to make confident steps in their work. In opera, the main qualities are the type of voice, temperament and individual characteristics. At the beginning of the season, when the young people just came to out theater, we decided that they are quite suitable for performing complex opera parts. A lot of work was done on various materials.”
The young artists are laureates of various international and republican awards. For example, the soloist of the State Academic Grand Theater Aziza Muhamedova participated in the Rimsky-Korsakov International Opera Singers Competition. As a finalist, she took part in the final concert at the Mariinsky Theater. The soloist herself says this was one of the bright moments in her life.
In the Navoi Grand Theater, she played in such plays as ‘Eugene Onegin’, ‘The Tricks of Maysara’, ‘Fidelity’, ‘Tohir and Zuhra.’
“The role of Lyubasha in the ‘The Tsar’s Bride’ is distinguished by the fact that it is scaled not only in terms of techniques, but also emotionally. It is necessary not just to sing, but also to convey all the emotions and passions overwhelming the character. This part shows to what tragedy the jealousy of the woman leads, capable to destroy all on the way,” Aziza Muhamedova shares her impressions.
The main role in the opera performed by Angelina Ahmedova is the diploma work of the graduate. She admits that she could not even think she would be an opera singer at the Grand Theater, since she always wanted to become a pianist.
“When I entered the Uspensky Academic Lyceum, my teacher advised me to go to the singing department. I am glad that she noticed my vocal guns,” the intern of the theater Angelina Ahmedova emphasized. “The role of Martha is a huge responsibility to me. This is the image of a detached girl. In life, I am a completely different person – active and purposeful. It is very difficult to convey such a strange quality of her character and it takes a lot of acting. There are plays in which the character of heroes are like yours, but here the director and I have been looking for this image for a long time, and I think I found it.”
Angelina says that music helps her in the first place:
“When I hear it, I understand what to do, because melodies are our emotions and feelings.”
The artist playing the role of Ivan Lykov, Bekzod Davronov, admitted that as a child, the opera was completely not interesting to him:
“I was fascinated by pop art and did not even imagine what opera singing was. But while studying at school, artists from the State Conservatory came to Samarqand with a concert. Among them were such legendary opera singers as Najmiddin Mavlanov and Jenisbek Piyazov. Their performance enchanted me and inspired me to my own path in the theater.”
In general, directors and choreographers do not doubt that the talented young artists have a bright future. After all, the Navoi Grand Theater trained many successful performers who won their worthy place on the world opera scene.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
During the years of independence, all the necessary conditions for the population, especially the younger generation, for regular physical training and mass sports have been created in our republic in accordance with modern requirements, a large-scale work has been carried out to strengthen young people’s will, faith in their own strengths and capabilities, development of courage, feelings of patriotism and devotion to the motherland, systematic organization of measures to select and for targeted training of talented athletes from among young people.
The country has formed an integrated three-stage system of sports competitions “Umid Nihollari”, “Barkamol Avlod” and the Universiade, which are becoming more popular among students. Many of our famous athletes have passed through this system; today they are raising the flag of the Motherland on prestigious international arenas. Most importantly, these competitions have become an instrument of the mass attraction of our youth to sports and to a healthy lifestyle.
1 trillion 230 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 09.06.2017, 1$= 3874.48 soums) were allocated from the budget only over the past five years for development of physical culture and sports as well as to strengthen its material and technical base.
At the same time, today the issues of coverage of all levels of the population with physical culture and mass sports, wide propagation in all regions of our country of importance of physical culture and mass sports in the life of man and family as the basic condition for physical, spiritual health and perfection, creation of necessary conditions for the youth to show their abilities and talents, improving the selection system and targeted training of gifted athletes from among them, expect their systemic solution. The material and technical base of a number of sports facilities do not meet modern requirements and the level of effective use of their sports facilities remains low.
In order to solve accumulated problems in this area, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted a resolution “On measures for further development of physical culture and mass sports”.
The Resolution approved the Program for Further Development of Physical Culture and Mass Sports in the Republic of Uzbekistan, which provides for the implementation of large-scale measures for:
further improvement of the legislation aimed at developing the system of organisation and management of the sphere of physical culture and sports;
strengthening the material and technical base of physical culture and sports, construction of modern sports complexes, equipping them with modern sports equipment, development of the private sector in this area;
scientific and methodological support of the institutions of training, retraining and advanced training of personnel in the field of physical culture and sports, as well as providing sports schools with highly qualified trainers and medical workers;
organisation of health, physical sports, sports and mass works among students of educational institutions, broad levels of the population, holding complex sports events, selecting talented athletes among young people and their targeted training;
and introduction of the position of “Sportsman” in the staff schedules of the republican schools of higher sports skills and children’s and youth sports schools by kinds of sports within implementation of the Program will serve as an important step in strengthening the material support system for the members of the national teams of Uzbekistan.
The program also provides for increasing the prestige and significant expansion of the program of three-level sports games Umid Nihollari, Barkamol Avlod and Universiade held among pupils and students of educational institutions by including new types of mass sports in them as well as radically improving the system of worthy encouragement of winners and prize-winners of sports competitions.
Organization of the activity of the Republican and regional councils to systematically monitor the work on selection of talented athletes from among the young people and their target training, implementation of measures to ensure transparency and objectivity in the process of accepting talented athletes in specialized sports schools in the field of physical culture and sport, educational institutions and sports clubs, is sure to become, eventually, a solid foundation of impressive victories of our athletes at the prestigious international competitions.
The decree provides for solution of another important issue on organisation of sports medicine departments in regional diversified medical centers and strengthening of their material and technical base.
Within implementation of the Program in 2017-2021 for further development of physical culture and mass sports in the Republic of Uzbekistan, it is planned to allocate over 995.2 billion soums of cash, of which over 706.2 billion soums will be spent on construction, reconstruction, equipping and re-equipping 167 sports facilities, including 90 sports complexes and 77 swimming pools.
Implementation of measures provided for under the resolution and the Program will further enhance the role of physical culture and mass sports in the life of our society, promote healthy lifestyles among all sections of the population, instill in young people love for mass sports and healthy lifestyles by creating all the necessary conditions for realization of their own sporting talent and abilities and will expand the ranks of well-known athletes who raise high the flag of our homeland in the international prestigious arenas.
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