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January 23, 2015


The first meeting of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan. 2

economy.. 4

The volume of agricultural production totaled 36.96 trillion soums in 2014. 4


The Pearl of Surkhan. 5






The first meeting of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan

In Tashkent, on January 22, was held the first meeting of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.

The meeting was attended by President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

The event was attended by heads of state authority and administration, members of the media.

As provided for in the legislation of the country, the chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan M. Abdusalomov declared the first session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis open. Then the members of the Senate elected the first meeting of the Secretariat and the group controlling the use of an electronic voting system, approved the agenda.

At the meeting it was noted that the formation of the Senate have passed on the basis of democratic principles of openness and transparency, in full compliance with the requirements of national legislation. At joint sessions of deputies of Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan, representative bodies of state authority in regions, districts and cities elected 84 senators. 16 members of the Senate are appointed by the President of our country.

It was also emphasized that the Senate is formed from a number of reputable people with extensive experience and outstanding achievements in science, art, literature, industry and other spheres of public activity.

At the meeting the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov addressed a speech.

As you know, ten years ago, we have transformed our unicameral parliament in bicameral, the head of our state. Thus, we have formed a working continuously on a professional basis Legislative Chamber and the upper house – the Senate, which acts as a legislative body of territorial representation and secure such an order that the Senate are elected representatives from all 14 regions of Uzbekistan – the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city – from among the members of regional, district and city councils.

Undoubtedly, all of you are well aware that, given the centuries of rich history of our native of Uzbekistan, its identity and geographical features of each of the 14 regions that make up the country, has its historical, socio-economic differences, their unique culture and traditions. And life itself demands that we never forget about it, Islam Karimov said.

In this regard, based on the patterns of development of our economy, the development and approval of our plans to meet the needs and interests of each region – whether it’s region, district or city – first of all it is necessary to take into account these features.

Secondly, the creation of a bicameral parliament, we set a goal – to create a system of checks and balances aimed at effective implementation of the Parliament of its powers, to make informed and careful decisions.

Third, given the fact that the Legislative Chamber operates on a permanent professional basis, provided a significant improvement of the quality of legislative work of Parliament, which is the basis of modern parliamentarism.

Fourth, because the Senate is mainly composed of representatives of local councils and represents entities of Uzbekistan, was supposed to achieve a balance between national and regional interests.

Fifth, in order to further expand the scope of public participation in the political life of the country has been determined the formation of the upper house – the Senate from among the members of regional, district and municipal representative bodies.

If each of the lower chamber of Oliy Majlis – the Legislative Chamber on a professional basis engaged in the development of legislation, law, you, the members of the Senate must first assess the laws adopted in the interests of the regions in order not to disturb the balance in these matters must remember that is the representative not only a specific area, but also all the people of Uzbekistan, President said.

From this perspective, you must always remember the enormous role and significance of the Senate, at the same time its responsibility to further improve the quality and effectiveness of the law, said the President of our country.

As we know, from the moment the country has started to operate a bicameral parliament, some presidential powers were transferred to the Senate. The Senate was authorized on the basis of the submission of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to declare amnesty, to decide the appointment and dismissal of employees and other diplomatic representatives of Uzbekistan in foreign countries.

In addition, the Senate exercise parliamentary control over the activities of the executive branch. It annually reviews the draft state budget, supervises its implementation, hears reports of heads of state bodies.

Currently, the Senate conducts extensive work to improve the effectiveness of local councils of people’s deputies of, the elections to the bodies of self-government on the high democratic basis.

In short, Islam Karimov said, the Senate over the past decade has proved its ability to make deep and carefully thought-out decisions on important matters of legislation, State and Social Construction.

However, the rapid changes taking place in the life of deepening the democratic reforms implemented by us in all spheres of public life, require further improvement of the Senate.

These questions will be discussed in detail at the joint session of the Oliy Majlis, said the President of our country.

Participants of the meeting discussed issues related to the organization of the activities of the Senate.

In accordance with Article 93 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov presented nominations for President of the Senate and his deputies.

Senators elected by secret ballot by the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Nigmatilla Yuldashev.

Nigmatilla Yuldashev was born in 1962 in Tashkent, lawyer. Since 2011 he was Minister of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

His career began in N.Yuldashev trainee prosecutors Almalyk city, worked in the prosecutor’s senior investigator, prosecutor control, head of department, head of the Department of the General Prosecutor, the Deputy Attorney General.

Vice-President of the Senate also elected by secret ballot Svetlana Artikova.

Svetlana Artikov was born in 1962 in Uchkurgan district of Namangan region. In 1987 she graduated from the current Tashkent State University. Specialty – a lawyer, for many years worked in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 2010-2014 she held the position of chairman of the Senate Committee on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Affairs.

Since 2014 worked as deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission.

In accordance with Article 86 of the Constitution of Uzbekistan one of the Vice-President of the Senate is the representative of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. According to this rule by secret ballot the Vice President of the Senate elected Musa Erniyazov.

Erniyazov Musa was born in 1947 in Kegeyli region of Karakalpakstan, majoring in electrical engineering. He held various positions and has accumulated a lot of experience. In particular, he worked as an engineer, head of section in building trust, the minister of housing and communal services, the chairman of the State Committee for State Property Management and Support of Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokim Chimbay District, Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. He currently holds the position of Chairman of Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan.

At a meeting of senators formed committees of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis on budget and economic reforms, on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Affairs, Defence and Security Affairs, Foreign Policy, Science, Education, Culture and Sports, on Agriculture, Water Resources and Environment, as well as elected their chairmen. Established a Commission of the Senate Rules and Ethics.

For all the issues considered relevant resolutions of the Senate adopted.

At this first meeting of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan has completed its work.

(Source: IA «Jahon»)


The volume of agricultural production totaled 36.96 trillion soums in 2014

Implemented measures on agriculture diversification, the implementation of modern agricultural technologies and strengthening the material and technical base of farms provided the increase in gross agricultural output in 2014 by 6.9% compared with 2013 year. The total volume of agricultural production in 2014 totaled 36.96 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 23.01.2015   1$= 2430.17 soums), including in crop – 21.81 trillion soums (106.9%), livestock – 15.15 trillion soums (107.0%).

In recent years, purposeful measures have been taken for phase-by-phase optimization of the structure of food crops. As well as active measures implemented to stimulate the increase of livestock in private farms, and farms.

Measures taken to optimize the structure of sown areas for the period 2008-2014 provided to reduce cotton-sown areas to 124 thousand hectares and expand of crop cultivation spiked by 74.6 thousand hectares, potatoes by 20.4 thousand hectares, vegetables by 29.1 thousand hectares, melons food by 9.3 thousand hectares.

The total acreage of crops in 2014 in all categories of farms made up 3.68 million hectares. Of these, the area occupied by potatoes amounted to 80.3 thousand hectares (102.6% in 2013), vegetables 191.9 thousand hectares (101.4%) and melons food 51.5 thousand hectares (101.8%).

In addition, fruit and vegetable gardens expanding, their total area in 2014 reached 262.5 thousand hectares, which is 47.6 thousand hectares or 22.2% more than in 2008. At the same time, special attention is paid to the creation of new intensive orchards of dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit and fruit trees, fruit-bearing in the second or third year.

As a result, all categories of farms in 2014 produced 8.05 million tons of grains (103.1% in 2013), 3.4 million tons of raw cotton (101.2%), 2,450,000 tons of potatoes (109.0%), 9,290,000 tons of vegetables (109.1%), 1.69 million tons melons food (108.9%), 2.49 million tons of fruits and berries (110, 2%), 1,440,000 tons of grapes (109%).

At that, in animal husbandry for the period 2006-2014 number of cattle, sheep and goats increased by 1.5 times, the number of poultries of all kinds by 2,3 times.

By the results of 2014, the total number of cattle made up 10.99 million (103.7% in 2013), including cows – 4.08 million (101.6%), sheep and goats – 18.45 million (104.1%), poultry – 56.19 million (107.4%).

During January-December 2014 produced 1.91 million tons of meat (106.7% in 2013), 8.43 million tons of milk (107%), 4.95 billion eggs (113%).

(Source: «Business» newspaper)


The Pearl of Surkhan

Eighty years ago, archeological excavations kicked off in Surkhandarya Region. Scientists have since gathered unique materials that bear testimony to the fact that several world religions, cultures and civilizations thrived in present-day Uzbekistan in days of yore.

A large number of artifacts make up the exposition at the Archeological Museum, the only one of its kina in Central Asia. The museum is headed by a famous archeologist and contributor to numerous archeological expeditions, Ismoil Botirov, who has answered questions from an Uzbekistan Today correspondent.

The ruins of ancient civilizations still attract not only local scientists and archeologists, but also colleagues from abroad. What do archeologists find nowadays?

There is a multitude of historical monuments that dot the territory of Surkhandarya Region. So, not a single generation of archeologists will have enough work. I am saying this as a participant of numerous expeditions and a museum director. The number of relics kept at our museum since 2002, the year the museum opened its doors, has more than doubled and stands at nearly 8,500 pieces. Just look at the figures: we have 5,605 artifacts and 2,656 coins in the numismatics collection. Around 1,000 artifacts are relics of global significance.

The museum welcomes unique finds to its collection on an annual basis. Last year, for example, we welcomed a very interesting decoration fragment from a column that features, as we believe, the emergence of Buddha. It was unearthed during excavations at old Termez by members of an Uzbek-French expedition. Other notable expeditions that are working fruitfully include Tokhariston Scientific Expedition headed by academician Edvard Rtveladze, an Uzbek-Japanese, Uzbek-German, Uzbek-French and Uzbek-Russian expeditions.

What memorable events occurred last year?

I would mention ascientificconference that took place atthe museum. The session focused on the results of the efforts of the Uzbek-French conference. It has enabled us to reinforce our status as the largest and unique cultural, educational and research institution in Central Asia.

The growing number of visitors also comes as good news. Since Tuesday and Friday were announced as days of free attendance of museums for children under 18 last year, the number of schoolchildren and lyceum and college students has swelled. As a historian and teacher, I want to note that this contributes to the study of history by the rising generation. Viewing the exhibits on display awakens children’s interest in studying a particular discipline and helps consolidate the knowledge they receive in class while broadening their world outlook.

Foreigners from all parts of the world, too, have joined the ranks of visitors to our museum. This is an outcome of the fact that since we became as independent country we have opened our doors to international friends. They enjoy viewing exhibits on display in Termez and the museum’s branch in the vicinity of the Fayoz-Tepa archeological monument.

What are your expectations in professional terms?

It is my fervent hope that new objects will be discovered and that we will nave the opportunity to take the museum’s activities to a new level. The Japanese government has provided a grant for the repairs of the museum and the purchase of new supplies, and we want to use the grant this year. We also want to create a modern catalog in Uzbek, Russian, English and Japanese. Another major project is creation of a modern laboratory at the museum, which would help us to set up conditions for restorative work with the use of modern technologies. It would be busy with activity since archeologists work all over the country, not just in Surkhandarya Region. We also would like to start publishing a magazine titled ‘The Archeology of Surkhandarya’ as we have a lot to snare with readers and the international scientific community.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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