August 4, 2014
Small businesses and entrepreneurs, their ‘residents’, will be able to implement their projects on easy terms there.
The development strategy of the national economy of Uzbekistan provides for comprehensive support for small businesses and entrepreneurs. As they grow in number, they are expected to create new jobs, especially in the regions, and contribute to the development of the services sector the population needs so much. By today, we can state with certainty, Uzbekistan’s ‘small economy’ has proved to be so: it provides jobs for 76.4% of the country’s working population. More flexible and mobile than their larger competitors, Uzbek small businesses are conquering the domestic and foreign markets little by little, which is another proof of their effectiveness and usefulness. In many cases, a small manufacturer can launch a new product to meet the volatile market demand faster than a large one.
In order to further support small business initiatives in Uzbekistan, an interesting project is to be launched in the republic in the near future. The government is going to set up special industrial zones in eight regions of the country: Andijon, Bukhoro, Jizzakh, Qashqadaryo, Navoi, Namangan, Surkhondaryo ana Khorazm, with the total of 305.7 hectares of land allocated for them. The largest industrial zone of 78.1 hectares in area is to be organized in Surkhondaryo.
The President of Uzbekistan assigned a number of relevant ministries and agencies to develop and adopt regulations governing organization and operation of these zones by the end of August this year. Within the same period, specific projects of setting up small business entities in the zones are to be developed. The government is going to fund the construction of the necessary facilities and infrastructure in the zones for the benefit of those entrepreneurs who have decided to organize manufacture in them.
The businesses to enjoy operation in the zones will be selected on a contest basis. Each of those selected will be granted 0.2 – 0.3 hectares of land. However, they will have to assume the investment responsibility of creating new jobs.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)
The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan has concluded the first stage of training courses aimed at improving the skills of print and electronic media journalists in the area of covering the electoral law. The courses were organized by the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan.
The courses were attended by leading journalists of the regional offices of the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan and the National Information Agency. For six days they studied the nature and importance of the national constitutional reforms in the electoral field, mastering media techniques required for coverage elections in the media. They and also met with representatives of the country’s political parties and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan.
An important political is going to be held in December of this year in the country: nationwide elections to the Oliy Majlis, regional, district and city councils. And the local media is an important factor in their implementation, guaranteeing the right of the citizens to get the information about the candidates as well as all the electoral process.
During the training courses, it was noted that the number of representatives of foreign and local media covering the electoral processes in the country grows. While the elections to the representative bodies of the state authorities were covered by 475 media entities in 1994, their number in 2009 grew to over 200 foreign and over 500 local governmental and non-governmental ones. In addition, the information about the stages of the campaign was broadcast through the National Television and Radio Company throughout Uzbekistan and, via a satellite, to over 100 countries.
During the courses, their participants were also told about the recently implemented measures to further liberalize and improve the electoral legislation, which is an important factor in the upcoming elections, to ensure strict compliance with the democratic requirements and applicable international standards. This was one of the results of the implementation of the provisions put forward by the head of the state in the Concept of Further Deepening Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the country. As part of its implementation, the electoral legislation was given a number of amendments aimed at better implementation of the principle of freedom of choice and at the further democratization of the electoral system.
The training courses also covered the legal framework for the development of a multiparty system, inter-party competition as a factor in increasing the participation of the electorate in the formation of the representative bodies, strengthening the role of the media in covering the policies of the political parties concerning the major issues of democratization and liberalization of the society.
“Informative lectures by renowned professors, heads of state and public institutions, meeting with deputies of the Oliy Majlis, members of factions of the political parties in the parliament have greatly expanded our knowledge of electoral issues. But most importantly – an amazing atmosphere was created in the classrooms. We exchanged thoughts, ideas, and expertise. The students were given a boost to even deeper and wider studies of the election issues in order to interestingly and compellingly cover the during the election campaign,” said the correspondent of the Bukhara Regional TV and Radio Lobar Kilicheva.
In this interactive format, six days in the non-stop format, leading journalists of the country had increased knowledge concerning electoral matters, shared their vision lighting such an important event for the country. During the classes, the students received useful information and developed their own presentations; during the brainstorming sessions they identified formulas for success for objective, well-thought and quality publications.
“The courses were great for their discussions, the possibility to express our opinions, to hear different points of view,” said Hudaiderdi Karimov, a journalist from Jizzah. “I have no doubt that they will help media workers who came from regions better prepare themselves for the coverage of the upcoming December 2014 general elections and start working closely with the electoral commissions from now on.”
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
On the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with a view to expand and diversify Uzbek cotton’s export destinations, to increase efficiency and optimize shipment of Uzbek cotton to the world market, the First International Uzbek Cotton Fair was organized and successfully conducted in 2005. The Cotton Fair stimulated further development of market mechanisms in cotton trading, improvement of business relations between Uzbek producers and its customers. Taking into account the results of this event as well as high appreciation from international participants, it was decided to conduct International Uzbek Cotton Fair on a regular basis.
Following the established tradition, as well as considering wide experience of past years, it is planned to hold the regular X International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair on 13-14 October 2014 in Tashkent.
During the Cotton and Textile Fair participants will enjoy an opportunity to sign contracts for Uzbek cotton, set up long-term cooperation in cotton trading, as well as to be familiar with the quality of Uzbek cotton and latest innovations in trade and logistics. Moreover, during the Cotton Fair “round tables” and bilateral negotiations between Uzbek cotton exporters and consumers will be organized. The guests of the Cotton Fair will have an opportunity to participate in the cotton trading session on Uzbek commodity exchange.
Within the framework of the Fair it is planed to discuss current problems and prospects for the world cotton market development as well as to learn competent views of leading international experts on different topics such as:
– World cotton and textile market: demand and supply, prices and factors;
– Current state and prospects of production and marketing of cotton in Uzbekistan;
– New technologies to increase cotton competitiveness;
– World market of cotton textile: present and future;
– Investment climate and foreign investors in cotton and textile industry of Uzbekistan and etc.
(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)