GM Uzbekistan to start serial production of automobiles of T250 model
GM Uzbekistan, an Uzbek-US joint venture, will launch a serial production of automobiles of T250 model.
The Government of Uzbekistan issued a resolution “On organization of serial production of automobiles of T250 model at General Motors Uzbekistan” on 11 September 2014.
The document was adopted to develop automobile industry of Uzbekistan and expansion of model line of cars, produced at GM Uzbekistan.
According to the resolution, Uzavtosanoat started preparation works to implementation of the project “Organization of serial production of automobile of new model T250 at GM Uzbekistan and spare parts to them”.
Uzavtosanoat and General Motors, which owns technologies and know-how for T250 model, determined structure of technological equipment for production line.
The Government agreed with proposal of Uzavtosanoat on implementation of the project without developing preliminary feasibility study.
The Government allowed to purchase equipment and tools without holding tender via signing agreements via global procurement system of General Motors.
Uzavtosanoat was entrusted to submit the feasibility study of the project to the Cabinet of Ministers within two months in line with the set order.
T250 model of General Motors is known as Chevrolet Aveo or Daewoo Gentra. Chevrolet Cobalt, produced in Brazil, also has T250 index. GM Uzbekistan launched production of Gentra in November 2013 and Cobalt in September 2012.
Life Is Where Waters Flow
Water has always been a vital issue in Uzbekistan. Domestic agriculture simply could not exist without irrigation owing to the climatic peculiarities. Thus it is natural that the Uzbek people have always carefully treated the priceless natural resource, taking all possible efforts for its efficient consumption.
Over the years of independence Uzbekistan has carried out a scaled modernization of water supply networks, built new and reconstructed the existing water pipe-lines with saving technologies in the focus. Most importantly, the provision of quality drinking water has been the key objective. In some twenty-three years, 119 towns and 9,060 villages were covered with centralized water supply. Year by year the scale of this work is expanding. Uzbekistan has been actively partnered by international financial institutions and donor countries, which do not just invest funds, but share advanced technologies and experience.
In 2008, Uzbekistan developed a special program on improving the drinking water supply in the regions jointly with international financial institutions and donor countries, which envisaged drawing more than $700 million. It was a serious step to improve water supply in rural areas. It is not just about numbers and figures – each project is backed by people who are uninterruptedly supplied with water in remote areas of the country. For example, more than 160 kilometers of water pipes were reconstructed; four water storages and two water towers were built in some districts of Navoi region in 2010 with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank. As a result, residents of over 50 villages were supplied with drinking water.
A project on reconstruction of several hydraulic structures, water distribution facilities and pipelines in Jizzakh Region is another successful example of cooperation. Worth $32.3 million, the initiative is carried out in collaboration with a consortium of South Korean companies GS Neotek and Singdon. The project envisages the reconstruction of Kuytosh hydro facility with the capacity of 20 thousand cubic meters of water per day, 15 water distribution objects, 92.5 kilometers of water supply networks, as well as repair and renovation of ten vertical wells. These measures should improve the drinking water supply in desert districts, and ensure the smooth and stable operation of water networks. There are thousands of like examples across the country.
However, many experts say that under current conditions the work needs to be accelerated and integrated, using unconventional solutions and innovative technologies. With that in mind, in late 2012, the Uzbek government approved the measures on further integrated development and upgrade of water supply and sanitation systems in 2013-2015. Its target specifications envisage bringing the level of provision of the centralized water supply up to 100% in all cities of the country, and up to 85-90% in rural areas by 2020.
The program is based in the further streamlining of the legislative framework in water and sanitation sector. Technical requirements and regulations on using public water supply and sewerage systems were developed. These documents clearly regulate the relations between consumers and suppliers, making them maximally transparent.
Modern technologies are assigned a special part. Domestic experts developed a specialized automated consumer registration system, as well as individual customer databases and billing systems for each utility service of single standard. This measure has incorporated the whole system, enhanced its effectiveness and promptness, and reduced production costs. In addition, Tashkent was selected a platform for piloting a unique project on the introduction of a single automated system of registration of consumers of water supply and sanitation services. In case of positive outcome it is planned to extend the experience to other major cities of the country.
The installation of modern water meters on intakes and pipeline distribution junctions, as well as individual water meters in the housing stock and communal meters at the entry to apartment buildings has become the second pillar of ongoing transformations. Generally, by 2015 the program envisages implementation of about 40 projects worth more than 4.3 trillion soums. Water supply and sewerage networks will be improved in 1,635 settlements across the country through building and reconstruction of more than 4,180 km of water supply networks. (Currency rates of CB from 16.09.2014 1$= 2359.56 soums)
It is worth noting that remote and sparsely populated villages, which are unreachable for water supply networks from technical and financial point of view, are supplied with water by means of special water delivery equipment. This year, Asaka Bank has purchased more than 480 units of such equipment from domestic manufacturers: 76 Isuzu water trucks, 307 TTZ-80.10 trailer tractors, and 100 tanks. The machinery will be leased by water supply organizations for a period of seven years. Its total cost exceeds 32.8 billion soums. Its efficiency will be enhanced through the GPS remote control system.
There is another ongoing landmark project in Tashkent. The Danish company of Grundfos, the globally known manufacturer of pumping equipment, will supply the Tashkent public utilities with 239 kits of process pumping equipment worth more than 3.4 million euros. The new hardware will be installed on the water supply plants and booster pumping stations, which is expected to provide significant annual energy savings. In addition, the project should improve the reception of sewage, make water supply to the population more effective, enhance water supply and sanitation safety, and reduce water loss.
Introduction of water-saving irrigation technologies in agricultural production is underway with a priority to drip irrigation systems, when water is directed directly to the roots of plants in small portions and regulated by special dispensers.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan’s Light Industry Displays Its Potential
International exhibitions, Textile Equipment and Technologies – CAITME 2014 and the Textile Industry – Textile Expo Uzbekistan 2014 have opened at the Uzexpocenter in Tashkent.
They are organized by the international exposition company ITE-Uzbekistan and the ITE Group of Companies (United Kingdom) with an official support from the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Uzbekyengilsanoat State Stock Company, the Trade and Industry Chamber of Uzbekistan and the Osiyo Ramzi Association of Fashion Designers of Uzbekistan.
Chairman of the Uzbekyengilsanoat Board of Governors I.Haidarov, Chairperson of the Osiyo Ramzi Association of Fashion Designers of Uzbekistan H.Kamilova and others noted that Uzbekistan is by right considered one of the centers of the world textile industry – a result of the wide-ranging reforms undertaken under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in order to promote the light industry of our country.
During independence years, around two billion US dollars has been assigned to the development of the sector. Outcomes are evident; volumes of domestic processing of cotton fiber did not exceed 7 percent back in 1991, whereas the indicator reaches 44 percent in the current year. The export capacity of the industry has grown 130 times, and the export volumes this year are anticipated at around one billion dollars. The concept of the development of Uzbekistan’s light industry for 2015-2020 has been worked out and being introduced. For the projecting period, the production of cotton yarn is expected to be increased more than twofold, while the volume of cotton fabrics is to be multiplied almost threefold.
No lesser tasks in scale are assigned to the Uzbekyengilsanoat State Stock Company that unites the principal part of enterprises in the textile industry of the country. They intend to increase the production of jersey fabrics nearly three times, to boost the manufacture of knitted items from 138.6 million pieces to 296 million pieces, and of apparel from 6.1 million units up to 20.1 million.
The implementation of this concept envisages the attraction of new investments, introduction of cutting-edge equipment and technologies. Ideal platforms for their demonstration are the 9th international exhibition Textile Equipment and Technologies – CAITME 2014 and the 11th exposition Textile Industry – Textile Expo Uzbekistan 2014.
This year, the united exposition of the two exhibitions has included goods from around 250 companies from Uzbekistan and 22 countries of the world, among them being China, South Korea, United States, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Belarus, Belgium, India, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland and others. They are engaged in the production of both textile equipment and technologies and finished goods and semi-finished products. The one united major exposition has become a convenient platform for addressing issues in the development of international business cooperation. Exponents, by displaying their latest innovations, aim at the establishment and expansion of partnership ties.
Extensively represented are participants from China. Thirty Chinese companies offer a wide range of modern equipment and components for the organization of textile production.
“Our company specializes in the import and export of textile machinery and technologies,” says Go Dunwei, manager of China Texmatech. “Cooperating with Uzbek partners for several years and participating in the exhibition CAITME, I can note the considerable growth in the potential of your country in the textile industry. We value very much our business ties with Uzbek manufacturers and assign them priority significance in our foreign trade activities.”
Newcomers of the current exhibitions are companies from Italy, whose products are united by the Agency for Promotion of Foreign Economic Activity of Italian Companies into an integrated national stand. Among them are Bonino Carding Machines, Biancalani and Ratti Luino SRL, operating more than a hundred years in the global market, as well as many other entities.
“We present at the current exhibition equipment and technologies for the manufacture of clothing buttons,” says Ezio Tortelli, manager of Bonetti. “Uzbekistan has a quite potent raw materials base of its own for the light industry, and therefore has been successfully building up its own capacities in the production and export of ready goods.”
As the tradition goes, the stands of Uzbek manufacturers demonstrated high class export-oriented textile products. Along with the recognized leaders of Uzbekistan’s textile industry, participating in the exhibitions are also a few newcomers like Ars Triomax Co. Ltd, the JV Mighty Tiger, Textile Technologies Group, among others.
Masterpieces We Have Not Seen Yet
Collection of works by the People’s Painter of Uzbekistan Aleksandr Volkov is true riches of the Savitsky State Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan. Namely with these art pieces are associated the cares and efforts of the museum workers for the last several months.
“Aleksandr Volkov, whose works to date kept in museums of Russia and other countries, and sold out in major auctions around the world at a good price, is more than a genius. And the collection of his works kept in the museum is priceless,” noted in her interview the museum director Marinika Bobonazarova. “In the 1960s the founder of our museum Igor Savitsky procured the canvases of the painter, and museum started to form a new section of fine arts.”
One section in the museum displays the Volkov’s creativity. His drawing technique is amazing. He created canvases in ‘mosaic’ and ‘crystalline’ styles, as well as the paintings as if they were ‘woven’ from separate colored stripes, made of national Uzbek fabrics. Special place in the creativity of the artist occupied monumental canvases.
“Twenty five canvases put on display within permanent exhibition is only a part of the Volkov collection. In tote we have a hundred works of the prominent artist, many of which have never been displayed,” emphasized Marinika Bobonazarova. “70 canvases put on display in the recently opened exhibition ‘Vortex of Silk Colors.’ Meticulous work has been done with funds.”
Visitors of the exhibition could get acquainted with the canvases of the artist that are exhibited for the first time. Those include graphic works – ‘Self Portrait’, ‘Little Boy with a Burro’, ‘Quail’, canvases – ‘Composition. Resting on the Way’, ‘In Teahouse’, ‘Village in Mountain’, ‘Cotton Crop’, ‘Springtime Sowing’, ‘Railroad Construction’, ‘Combating Rough Roads’, ‘Meeting of Team Leaders’, ‘River Valley’, ‘Woman with Blue Shawl in front of Carpet’, ‘Uzbek Woman with Red Kerchief on Her Head’, ‘Man’s Portrait’, and others.
The exhibition represents not only the works of Volkov, but proficiency of restorers. A group of specialists together with colleagues from Moscow and the International Organization ‘Restorers without Borders’ restored 18 canvases of the artist. And, they are on display now. Among those canvases there are those presented by Aleksandr Volkov, a son of the painter, at the opening of the exhibition. The museum collection gets replenished with a landscape canvas depicting a boy with ball under a tree with a village on the background, and a canvas reflecting diligent work of production workers. These works got stored in the museum.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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