July 8, 2014
Booming Manufacturing Capacities
The efforts undertaken in our country to expand the scales of cotton reprocessing and production of final goods from it have been facilitating growth in population incomes. In Navoi region, a special significance is attached to supporting the enterprises of light industry.
Companies like Bakht-Textile, Navoi Textile Group, Nurota Textile, Edem Textile have been making a worthwhile contribution to processing the crude cotton grown in the region and enhancing the production of yarn, knitted goods and ultimate fabrics. Yarn worth more than 18 million US dollars was produced in the region in 2013 and exported.
The loan amounting to 14 billion 800 million soums received in the regional branch of the Ipak Yuli open stock innovation commercial bank, the modern enterprise Bakht-Textile installed cutting-edge automated looms. As a result, the labor productivity has grown twofold. In the first quarter of the current year, yarn for 2 million 750 thousand dollars were supplied to customers abroad. According to specialists of the enterprise, the team intends to export 85-90 percent of the produce this year.
The Navoi Textile Group limited company is capable of manufacturing 5,400 tons of quality yarn a year. The same capacities are expected from the foreign enterprise Navbahor Textile, which is being commissioned. Thus, the annual volume of final yarn production in the region is going to reach 18 thousand 300 tons.
The region cultivates mainly such sorts of cotton as Bukhoro-6, Bukhoro-102, An-Boyovut-2, Sulton, the fabrics of which enjoy great demand in both the domestic and foreign markets. In addition, Porlok and Turakurgon-4 species are undergoing tests in the current season.
LUKOIL invests US$133m into exploration and mining in Uzbekistan in 1Q
Russian oil company LUKOIL invested US$133 million into exploration and mining in Uzbekistan in the first quarter of 2014, the company’s financial report said.
According to Russian firm, the volume of capital expenses to exploration and mining in Uzbekistan grew from $96 million in January-March 2013 to US$133 million in the same period of 2014. The growth rate made up 38.54% year-on-year.
Currently, LUKOIL implement three product-sharing agreements in Uzbekistan – Kandym-Khauzak-Shady-Kungrad, Southern-Western Gissar and exploration of the Uzbek part of Aral. So far, LUKOIL produced over 20 billion cubic meters of gas in Uzbekistan.
The company will produce about 17-18 billion cubic meters of gas a year in Uzbekistan by 2020.
Robert Cordy: Ready to Visit This Country Time and Again
The recent international conference in Tashkent on the ‘Further Reforms in the Judicial System as a Priority of Development and Democratization of Society’ brought together renowned practitioners from Europe, Asia and America.
The Supreme Court Justice Robert Cordy of Massachusetts, USA, was among them. For many years he worked as a lawyer, attorney, in the state prosecutor’s office, lecturer at Boston and Harvard Schools of Law.
In the wake of the international forum our reporter met Robert Kordi and talked about its outcomes and the issues discussed.
When you were given the floor at the conference, you were introduced as a friend of Uzbekistan. Why?
Probably it is because I came to this country for the fourth time, and had made many friends in my field, and I respect them all very much. Last fall I received a delegation of the Research Center of the Supreme Court in Boston. I like to study the history of Uzbekistan. I track the developments taking place in your country. Besides Tashkent, I visited Bukhoro and Samarqand, and there are no words to express my admiration.
What goals did you pursue at the conference?
I was invited to this forum to share my experience about the impartiality and neutrality of judges in litigations.
But I was very much interested in hearing reports and presentations of the ongoing processes in the judicial sphere in Uzbekistan, including human rights protection. I learn more and more every time I come to Uzbekistan, and it’s one of the reasons why I like to be here.
What can you say about the impartiality of our judiciary, the contentiousness of the prosecution and defense?
The contentiousness was the issue we worked on with local lawyers and prosecutors. In the classes we created an environment close to the real court proceedings. Through such business games, the results of discussions and other meetings and conversations I have built a pretty high opinion of the Uzbek courts.
I have heard some interesting reports at the conference showing how in a short period of the republic’s sovereignty it has built an independent judiciary aimed at ensuring harmony in the society and protection of human rights through the administration of justice. Profound reforms in this country are called on to ensure the compliance with the principle that justice is justice only when it meets the requirements of justice and guarantees the restoration of rights. That is impressive.
How do you estimate the level of education and advanced training of judges, lawyers and prosecutors in Uzbekistan, as well as the legal culture of the population?
As I met the Uzbek judges, we often discussed the issues of ethics with them, the way they should behave so that the public and the population were confident in their impartiality, integrity and objectivity. I was impressed by their knowledge and skills, and devotion to their work.
My short personal experience, as well as information I obtained at the conference suggests that Uzbekistan has also established a good system of education of lawyers, prosecutors and law enforcement bodies.
I have not talked much with local residents, but I think that they approve the ongoing transformations. There is a serious advocacy on cultivation of respect for the law and the need for law-abiding behavior in citizens, especially young people. Many, especially urban residents, have the appropriate legal knowledge. The process is underway, so I am sure that your country is on the right way in this field.
It is amazing that the multinational country has achieved interethnic harmony and religious tolerance. This is another fruit of thoughtful legal education.
You often mention the ongoing reforms in the judicial sphere in Uzbekistan. What do you think are the most important results of their implementation?
They are so scaled and multifaceted that I can hardly single out any aspect. The abolition of the death penalty and its replacement with life imprisonment is undoubtedly the act of great importance for Uzbekistan. In this regard, I would like to note that there are states in the U.S. where the death penalty has not been abolished.
The introduction of the ‘habeas corpus’ institution is another important step for your country. Moreover, it is applied not only in case of preventive punishment, but also in many other cases, including placing a person at a health facility.
Much can be said on this issue. I would like to point out to the adoption of the law on the openness of state authorities and administration. It is unique for being piloted for the first time in the history of legislation of Uzbekistan. The foreign experience of related legal regulation was thoroughly studied in the course of its preparation. This document provides access to information about the activities of state authorities. Now it is vital how the new law will work. There are several similar legal acts in the United States, as this field is assigned a big part.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)
Ravshan Irmatov sets new record of World Cups
FIFA referee Ravshan Irmatov set a new record of the FIFA World Cups, officiating quarterfinal match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Netherland and Costa Rica.
Ravshan Irmatov became the first referee in history of football, who officiated nine matches at the FIFA World Cups.
Ravshan Irmatov worked at five matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, which was his debut tournament.
In current tournament in Brazil, Uzbek referee worked in four matches. He officiated the matches between Switzerland and Ecuador (1 round of the group stage), Mexico and Croatia (3 round of the group stage), USA and Germany (3 round of the group stage), as well as Netherlands and Costa Rica (quarterfinals).
Previous record was eight matches, which belonged to Joël Quiniou of France, Benito Archundia of Mexico and Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay.