INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 166

uzbek_digestInternational cooperation.. 2

Uzbekistan can launch production of MAN buses. 2

CINEMA.. 2

20 films have been shot for the last 10 years and their box-office returns have overstepped one billion dollars  2

 

 

International cooperation

Uzbekistan can launch production of MAN buses

Uzbekistan can organize an assembly production of city passenger buses of MAN with engine, working on compressed natural gas (CNG).

According to the press service of Uzavtosanoat, soon three buses with CNG engine can be assembled at the MAN Auto – Uzbekistan plant in Samarkand.

Currently, low floor city passenger bus MAN Lion’s City CNG, working on compressed natural gas, is undergoing testing in Tashkent. The bus was produced at the plant of MAN (Germany) in Malaysia.

The bus will undergo testing within nine months in city conditions and the specialists will gave their conclusion on the vehicle.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

CINEMA

20 films have been shot for the last 10 years and their box-office returns have overstepped one billion dollars

Film making has long turned into a business in modern world and it is capable to compete with the leading branches of economy in its profitability level. Thus, for example, 20 films have been shot during the last 10 years and their box-office returns have overstepped one billion dollars. Acting General Manager of the “O‘zbekkino” National Agency Akhmadjon Umarov briefed an Uzbekistan Today correspondent on the commercialization of the national cinema and its own road of development:

“Active development processes take place in the Uzbek cinematography today. A number of films rather highly assessed by spectators, art critics and media people, came out to the screens in the first half of the year. More than 1.47 million people viewed films produced by Uzbekistan film studios during the first six months of 2015. The volume of this service to the population has increased by 22.8% compared to the same period of 2014.

We have many ideas and plans regarding raising the profitability of this sphere. In particular, a new cinema concern will be set up next year. The idea is to merge currently operating studios – “Uzbekfilm”, “Studio No.5” and other ones. Moreover, the Uzbekfilm studios will serve the principal technical basis and provide others with necessary equipment and technologies for film production.

Significant investment resources will be channeled into technical modernization of a newly created concern within the next five years. Next year alone we expect to master 8 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.08.2015   1$= 2590.38 soums ). We have to cope with a volume of work, which is planned to be completed by the year 2020 to be able to put out export-oriented and competitive film products. Our films will have to come out into the international markets and find there their decent place.

“Equally important is introduction – starting with the year 2016 – of a unified system of calculation of box-office returns, the so called box office of national films. The current situation is that the majority of cinema halls of the country put out their own tickets. This prevents from keeping statistical accounts of box-office returns and takes into account the spectators’ preferences. Currently statistics is available only on the government cinema halls, but they make up a mere 10% of their overall number, while others are private ones. That is why next year we intend to introduce a unified ticketing system. This will enable to shape cash rating of national films and raise the collectability of taxes from private cinema halls. We also have plans to implement a technological project – start selling tickets through the on-line payment system.

Apart from that we intend to set up cinema halls of the highest category at all regional centers. Unfortunately, currently the operating cinema halls do not meet the modern requirements, for example, on sound. Jointly with the “Kamolot” Public Youth Movement we opened up the super-modern cinema hall in Termiz. Such facilities will be built up in all the regions of the country.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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