JSC “Uzbekenergo” has summed up activity for the 1st first half of 2016. According to the company, during the period under review, it delivered more than 23 billion kWh of electric energy and released 4 million Gcal of heat energy.
The reduction of production costs over the reporting period made up 116,9%, the volume of production of marketable products in the industry – 100,2%. The task on the production of localized products based on local raw materials on the enterprises of the company was performed at 161,6%.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated December 25, 2015 “On Investment programme of Uzbekistan for 2016” JSC “Uzbekenergo” carried out the implementation of the 23 major investment projects on the establishment of new, modernization and reconstruction of existing facilities.
At that, JSC “Uzbekenergo” carries out measures to ensure implementation of the presidential decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated May 5, 2015 “On Program of measures to reduce energy consumption, implement energy saving technologies in industries and the social sector for 2015-2019”.
Measures taken over the past period allowed to save 145.8 million cubic meters of natural gas, 107.5 million kWh of electric energy, 16.2 thousand Gcal of heat energy and 144,4 tons of oil products.
Work is under way, pursuant to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of 16 November 2015 “On Programme of hydropower development for 2016-2020“ on the promotion of investment projects on modernization of existing and construction of new micro and small hydropower plants.
Projects are also under implementation for the introduction of solar collectors for heating and hot water supply at domestic buildings of the enterprises of territorial electric networks. At the current stage, contracts are signed with the JV “Quyosh issiqlik energiyasi” on the basis of which 74 solar collectors have been acquired and 34 collectors have been installed.
Pursuant to the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated February 9, 2016 “On State program “Year of a healthy mother and child”, JSC “Uzbekenergo” has developed a Sectoral program. The expenditure for the implementation of the Sectoral program in the 1st half-year made up 21.2 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.08.2016, 1$= 2964.03 soums), or 116% of the forecast.
The real sector of Uzbekistan’s economy has been demonstrating striking examples of successful strategy that was chosen in the years of independence
Electrical industry has occupied a special place with rapid development over the past 25 years.
The examples are everywhere around: today, 47 personal computers, 31 air-conditioners, 234 mobile phones fall to 100 families in Uzbekistan, and most of them are produced domestically. In 1994, the volume of industrial products totaled 800 million soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.08.2016, 1$= 2964.03 soums), and their share in gross industrial output was only 0.3%, while in 2005 the number reached 3.7%, and 28.9% – in 2015.
It is noteworthy that domestic electrical products easily compete with their counterparts in the international market owing to high quality. 27 Uzbek enterprises export their products to the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other countries. Last year, they carried out export operations at $167.7 million, which is 72% more than in 2010.
The last five years have been crucial in the development of the industry, despite the fact that the production of electrical appliances ranks among the most difficult industries. More than 25 kinds of previously imported electrical goods were localized, thereby filling the domestic market with ‘Made in Uzbekistan’ branded electrical appliances by 40-45%.
“Forty projects are currently being implemented under the localization program. In the first quarter of the current year, the implementation of several projects has empowered the production of import-substituting products at 74.4 billion soums. Benefits and preferences have been contributing to the installation of high-tech production lines. Over the past two years, Uzbek enterprises have launched the production of LCD and LED-TVs, new models of household washing machines, electric ovens and stoves, other appliances, LED lamps, air conditioners and refrigerators,” said the Head of the O’zeltehsanoat Company Abdurashid Mirjalilov.
According to him, the level of localization in this area has reached 40%. However, this is not the limit. It is planned to produce the latest models of D-LED-TVs, computer monitors, refrigerators, electric motors, photovoltaic power plants, smart phones and more by 2019.
The positive changes have been contributing to the growth of the export capacity of the industry, promoting its diversification. For example, companies previously exported only cable products and power transformers, while today the volume of exports of other products has increased to 14%.
The role of small businesses in the development of the electrical industry is invaluable, the more so they are now equipped with the cutting edge tools, and manufacture marketable goods on the basis of innovative technologies. To this end, the O’zeltehsanoat company has done much to support the private sector, thereby paving the way for the establishment of 20 specialized enterprises. In 2015, these and other businesses produced finished goods at 618 billion soums.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
UZBEKISTAN’S CHAIRMANSHIP IN THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF THE ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION
On 26-28 July, 2016 a meeting of Senior Officials of the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation took place in Jeddah (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). It was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.
Representatives of states participating in the OIC discussed preparations for the upcoming 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Tashkent, exchanged views on topical issues of further development of the organisation and the global and regional agenda.
At the Meeting the participants considered the report and the draft resolutions scheduled for submission for approval on the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Tashkent in October 2016.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
On August 3, 2016, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will participate in the «С5+1» format ministerial meeting in Washington DC.
The Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian states and the US will discuss practical issues of cooperation within the framework of «С5+1».
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
The strengthening of families, mother and child health, upbringing of healthy and comprehensively advanced generation are the key priorities of the national program The Year of Mother and Child Health. More than 4.4 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 01.08.2016, 1$= 2964.03 soums) and $111 million have already been invested for these purposes.
Life with comfort
Major construction has been in progress throughout the country. Towns and villages are getting more beautiful in full view. Most importantly, the large-scale transformations raise the living standards of the population, creating decent social, household and medical conditions.
By the end of the year, it is planned to complete the construction of 13,000 standard design houses concurrently with engineering, communication, social and market infrastructure. Over the years of the project implementation, several hundreds of thousands of families have been provided with modern and comfortable housing.
The provision of individual houses with electricity and natural gas has been of particular attention. The construction of 296.3 km of energy networks and 307.5 km of gas pipelines is currently underway. 1,300 km of water pipes are currently being built to supply the settlements with quality drinking water.
It is hard to imagine modern life without home appliances. The national program “The Year of Mother and Child Health” envisages the assistance for low-income families with purchasing household appliances. In particular, the Council of Federation of Trade Unions procures electrical appliances for 3,000 women from low-income families living in remote rural areas.
Young families are supported by means of mortgage loans for housing construction and renovation, purchase of household appliances. The central and commercial banks, the Council of Federation of Trade Unions work in this direction.
Health in the spotlight
The provision of health facilities with modern equipment has been underway. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has been attaching importance to the rational use of new technologies in strengthening people’s health. In order to make the ongoing measures even more effective, the medical workers are focused on the early revealing of diseases.
A Medical Nursing Month is currently underway across the country. It is the second rally this year to last until August 11. During the previous month on March 1 – April 1, more than 19 million people were covered with medical examination.
This time, it is planned to cover the same number of people. Appointments and examinations are carried out by over 30,000 general practitioners and visiting nurses, as well as hundreds of specialists in 30 areas of medicine.
Strengthening of families and mother health, and, as commented by the Ministry of Health, the monthly campaigns have been contributing to the development of preventive medicine, introduction of the principles of general practice, as well as early detection of diseases and prevention of complications.
In addition to preventive rounds, together with representatives of citizens’ assemblies specialists study the aspects of the health and social status of families, health-related issues, the disease causing factors, and develop the respective measures to eliminate the shortcomings they had revealed.
The events on the prevention of diseases and the basics of healthy lifestyles will take place in communities, educational institutions and at enterprises with the involvement of citizens assemblies’ enthusiasts, representatives of the Women’s Committee, the Nuroniy Foundation, Public Youth Movement Kamolot, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
It is important that each family was provided a qualified medical assistance. In this context, the workers of rural health units are supported by specialists of the republican medical institutions, who go to the regions on working trips.
The ‘Salomatlik’ (Health) train returned to Tashkent on May 25 from a regular trip. This time, it run on a route Tashkent–Sariosiyo–Kumkurgan–Boysun–Oqrabat–Dehkonobod. It was the second train from the beginning of the year. The first route passed through the settlements of Navoi region.
Each train brings not just highly skilled physicians who conduct medical examinations of women and children on the spot, but also medicines, hygiene products, clothing and other stuff that the people in remote settlements need.
All rallies are aimed at early revealing of diseases, and are conducted in collaboration with the headmost national research institutes and specialized medical centers.
Qualified medical care today is not seen as the only way to promote health. Physical culture and sports occupy an important place in addressing the pressing issues of healthy lifestyles.
The development of infrastructure and construction of modern sports facilities has been in progress throughout the country. The previously built structures are effectively used as well. They host not just sports sections, but also different level competitions.
The republican competitions for the Kamolot Football Cup among educational institutions have been growing popular. The young people are currently actively getting prepared for the next republican sports competitions Young Guards.
The finals of sports games Universiade-2016 in May in Ferghana has become one of the greatest events of the year. The course of the competitions was enthusiastically followed by the whole country by television.
A Shared Mission
Uzbekistan has widely marked the International Day of Family on May 15. It was a kind of a review of the ongoing work on support of families in terms of upbringing a harmoniously developed generation. After all, nurturing of children is a mission of each family and also the state.
Summer, the time for the longest holidays, is at its height. However, educational, youth sports schools, music and art schools and Barkamol Avlod centers are full of life. Their doors are open to all girls and boys at the place of residence, providing all the conditions for eventful leisure of children. There is a huge range of useful classes, as never before.
The fuss about distributing the ninth-graders in the academic lyceums and vocational colleges has left behind. The State Testing Center has recently announced the results of the qualifying tests for lyceum and college students. It remains to determine the educational institutions for those who failed to contest the most popular institutions.
171 secondary special education institutions held entrance tests for students. The rest lyceums and colleges enrolled young people without examinations.
Over the last five years the country has ensured a full coverage of ninth graduates with education in academic lyceums and vocational colleges. A particular emphasis is placed on vocational guidance, so that everyone could obtain the desired profession based on his or her aptitudes. Much attention has been paid to girls in the current year under the national program the Year of Mother and Child Health. Colleges organized meetings for school and college students to help them with choosing the appropriate vocation.
The launch platform
One of the sections of the national program the Year of Mother and Child Health is dedicated to strengthening the role of the system of education in the formation of healthy generation. Overhaul and construction of educational facilities are in progress across the country. Every effort is taken to provide good education for children.
This is especially relevant when it comes to pre-school education institutions, which are attended by a quarter of children. The program for overhaul and equipping nursery schools goes in line with the measures on the increase of their intake.
The creation of short stay groups is underway. It is planned to open 1,200 of them by the end of the year. Such a practice has proven itself good for the families who prefer raising children by their own. The short stay groups are advantageous by the timetable and the cost of services, but most importantly, a child is brought up by qualified specialists, who ensure that the children are ready for school.
The children who do not attend pre-school institutions are also in the view of experts: 200,000 families with children aged 3-6 years will get seven titles of books to prepare for school. The lists have been already compiled.
The ministries and agencies develop the whole range of projects to further improve the quality of education.
The work on the program on preparation and publishing of a new generation of textbooks for secondary schools in 2016-2020 has been in progress. Before the new textbooks are developed, the new standards for teaching school subjects will be introduced in the system.
It is envisaged to apply a fundamentally new methodology of learning, primarily on the exact and natural sciences. The innovations will focus on the effective cultivation of skills of practicing the theory in students.
Textbooks will be brought into compliance with the new program too. It is planned to involve not just the leading national experts, but also experts of the best training centers in Germany, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Japan, as well as international scientists and experts. They will be based on the experience of preparing modern textbooks in English.
The textbooks of the new generation will fundamentally differ from the present ones. First of all, they will coupled with the methodological guide for teachers. Secondly, they will have a multimedia application (electronic applications, audios, videos). The kits on certain subjects will include the student workbooks
A Step Towards Independent Life
It stands to reason that the program spotlights the measures on ensuring employment for vocational college graduates. On the one hand, it implies the care of children who come into an independent life. On the other hand, this is the concern for creating the conditions for the birth and upbringing of the new generation. If the newlyweds work and maintain an affluent family, they will respectively provide all the conditions for good education of their children.
A mechanism of employment of graduates of secondary specialized educational institutions has been streamlined this year. In order to ensure their practical training and employment, the responsible executives concluded not tripartite, but quadripartite agreements. From now and on, the employment of graduates has become a common concern, including the head of the educational institution, the head of the district administration, and an employer. Specialized offices have been established in all districts. Over 200,000 companies and businesses have been involved in the solution of this task.
The outreach activities on entrepreneurial issues have been held among the graduates. Experts expect that about 20,000 college graduates be take on business this year.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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