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Protection of Entrepreneurs as a Priority. 1

International cooperation.. 2

Delegation of Lithuania’s Sejm hold talks at Legislative Chamber 2

Musuems. 2

A Walk That Spans Hundreds of Miles. 2




Protection of Entrepreneurs as a Priority

The proprietor has turned into a strong pillar of society in Uzbekistan, the share of small businesses and private entrepreneurship in the gross domestic product reached 57%.

According the World Bank our country is among the top ten states in the world, which during the last year achieved the best results in the improvement of business environment for entrepreneurial activities.

This was noted at the “round table” discussions on the subject “The acute problems of development of social partnership in protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and private ownership”, which was held in Tashkent.

Taking part in the event, organized by the Human Rights Commissioner of the Oliy Majlis (Ombudsman) and the Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan, were senators, MPs, representatives of ministries and departments, and NGOs.

The legal framework, formed for the development of private enterprise and the reliable protection of private property, serves as the basis for a favorable business environment and enhancement of citizens’ entrepreneurial activities. An important role in this process belongs to law enforcement agencies, national institutions for the protection of human rights and civil society organizations. They provide control and increased responsibility of individuals, who ensure the legitimate interests of business entities, including those of government agencies.

The Law “On social partnership” provides for such an interaction in the sphere of development of entrepreneurial activities.

The Office of General Procurator has established an operating an electronic system for uninterrupted reception of complaints and applications lodged by citizens, and subjects of small businesses and private entrepreneurship. The system covers 34 departments, provincial and district offices of the prosecution bodies. Applications and complaints are considered in a timely manner and ensure the observation of business entities’ legitimate rights and interests.

Protection of the rights of citizens to freedom of entrepreneurship is one of the major directions in the Ombudsman’s activities. Regularly conducted monitoring of the implementation of legislation by Ombudsman in this area has produced a significant decline in the number of citizens’ appeals over the past year.

The Chamber of Commerce renders comprehensive assistance to business people. Jointly with the regional and municipal administrations the Chamber of Commerce organizes on the ground “Days of entrepreneurs” in the course of which they identify and eliminate revealed deficiencies. Surveys are being regularly conducted on the basis of planned inspections of business entities and the legality of their activities.

Proposals were discussed during the “round table” meeting on the development of social partnership in the field of protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and private property.

An agreement on cooperation between the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Oliy Majlis and the Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan was signed at the event. The document provides for cooperation in the process of improving the normative and legal acts, consideration of physical and legal entities’ appeals, raising the legal culture of the population, and implementation of public control over the implementation of laws and government programs in this direction.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

International cooperation

Delegation of Lithuania’s Sejm hold talks at Legislative Chamber

A delegation of Sejm of Lithuania led by head of inter-parliamentary group of cooperation with Uzbekistan Simulik Valerijus held negotiations at the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan on 5 July 2016.

Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Sarvar Otamuratov met with the Lithuanian delegation.

At the meeting, the Uzbek side provided information on activities of the parliament of Uzbekistan.

They also discussed issues of expanding and strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, organizing joint events, exchanging experience in law-making and control activities.

Simulik Valerijus said that he highly rates traditionally friendly relations between Uzbekistan and Lithuania and expressed his assurance for further developing of cooperation with Uzbekistan.



A Walk That Spans Hundreds of Miles

Modern technologies allow for tours of world-famous museums and galleries, and you don’t have to leave your home. Very soon, people throughout the world will have the opportunity to visit Uzbek museums as well, while staying at home.

Today’s realities are such that museums are required to offer virtual tours. They not so much replace real-life tours – although the presence effect is there – as draw more people, inviting them to view the exhibits with their own eyes.

Uzbekistan Today has spoken with the executive director of Uzbekistan Council of Museums, Elyor Mullajonov, about the creation of virtual tours for Uzbek museums.

“Our council, established last year at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports Affairs, is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) that unites over 30,000 specialists in 165 countries. Its goals are similar to those of the international council: promote the development of museums, preserve legacies, and boost museum employees’ professional skills, among others. The Uzbek council’s first major project was creation of virtual tours of national museums.”

So what has been thus far?

“We have received a subsidy worth 180 million soums (currency rates of CB RU from 07.07.2016, 1$= 2948.59 soums) from the Parliament. We spent 50 million on a camera and a computer that will soon be delivered from the United Arab Emirates. Our employees have been split into three groups and have left for the key cities of the classical tourist trail, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, where they are collecting information about each exhibit. This information will be available in the virtual tours in Uzbek, Russian and English.

“Once renovations at the Amir Temur Museum in Shakhrisabz are over, we will start working there as well. All told, ten museums will have a virtual tour under the project. But we are planning to include museums in Kokand and Tashkent to the list.”

But all national museums have their own websites. How are people going to access the virtual tours?

“They will be available on the official website of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. In addition, a special web portal of the Council of Museums is presently in the making. So, all the tours will be available there as well. Anyone will be able to take a virtual walk in the halls and peruse the exhibits. The website will feature the façade of buildings while the scheme will enable you to choose any section. Then you will see a 3D panoramic view of the space and you will be able to enlarge or decrease the image and change the direction with a mouse. This will help create the presence effect, as if one were turning their head and view the exhibits.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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