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October 15, 2015


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President of Uzbekistan to Attend CIS Summit 2

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Uzbekistan to produce 18m tonnes of fruits, vegetables in 2015. 2


Businesses can submit tax reports without seal 3


Gas to be Totally Controlled. 3


President of Uzbekistan to Attend CIS Summit

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov is to take part in the session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Heads of State in the Republic of Kazakhstan on 15-16 October 2015.

On the agenda of the next summit Council of Heads of State questions of further development of cooperation within the CIS and exchange opinion on actual international and regional problems.

(Source: Press-service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


Uzbekistan to produce 18m tonnes of fruits, vegetables in 2015

Uzbekistan is planning to produce over 18 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in 2015, including vegetables (53% from total volume), fruits (15%), potatoes (14%), melons and gourds (10%) and grapes (8%).

About 80% of products are directed to meet demand of population, 14% – to industrial processing, 3% – exported and 3% – for seeds.

Uzbekistan annually increases the volume of exports of raw and processed fruits and vegetables. The country exports products for US$1.3 billion – US$1.5 billion to over 40 countries.

In 2014, Uzbekistan started to export products to Italy (apricot kernels), Czech Republic (dried apricots, peanuts), Malaysia (mung bean), Vietnam (mung bean), Singapore (cherry and fresh apricots) and Lebanon (walnut).

It is worth to mention that fruits and vegetables account over 9% of exports of Uzbekistan and 50% of exports of small and private businesses.

Uzbekistan produced about 17.5 million of fruits and vegetables, including 9.3 million tonnes of vegetables, 2.5 million tonnes of potatoes, 1.7 million tonnes of melons and gourds, 2.5 million tonnes of fruits and 1.5 million tonnes of grapes. Uzbekistan increased production of fruits and vegetables by 9.2% year-on-year in 2013.

Samarkand (16.8% from total produced fruits and vetegables), Tashkent (15.5%), Andijan (12.9%), Ferghana region (8.7%), Surkhandarya (8.1%), Namangan (7.1%) and Bukhara (6.8%) regions produce the most fruits and vegetables in Uzbekistan.

Annually, Uzbekistan increases exports of fruits and vegetables, which increase revenue. If in 2010, Uzbekistan exported 690,500 tonnes fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, as well as beans and received US$1.2 million, in 2014 the country exported 611,900 tonnes of such products and received US$1.5 billion.

About 74% of exported products or 452,600 tonnes fell to share fresh fruits and vegetables, 13.4% or 82,300 tonnes – beans and 12.6% and 77,000 tonnes – dried fruits in 2014.

Uzbekistan mainly exports such products as grapes, melons, tomatoes, pomegranates, herbs, kale, apricots, beans, peaches, cherries, cucumbers, beans, mung bean, dried grapes, walnut and others.

Above-mentioned fruits and vegetables accounted about US$1.3 billion or 85% from total exports revenue in 2014.

Uzbekistan also expands geography of exports. If Uzbekistan exported fruits and vegetables to 39 states in 2013, the figure rose to 43 countries in 2014.

Main trade partners of Uzbekistan on export of fruits and vegetables are Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Turkey, UAE, Azerbaijan, India, Iraq, etc.



Businesses can submit tax reports without seal

Uzbekistan introduces changes to the regulation on accepting and registering financial reports, calculations on taxes and income declarations, written applications and notifications, received by the State Tax Committee of Uzbekistan from the business entities.

The document clarified that tax payers put their seals to the tax reports if the business entities have the seal.

At the same time, the enterprises, submitting reports via telecommunication channels, should confirm the reports with electronic digital signature, reported.

This order was set from 1 January 2015 in line with the corresponding law, which was adopted on 4 December 2014.



Gas to be Totally Controlled

It is scheduled to launch an Automated Natural Gas Consumption Monitoring System (ANGCMS) in Tashkent and Tashkent region by the end of 2016.

Uzbekistan will rank the world’s first to transfer the entire gas network to an automated system by the end of 2020. Even the industrially developed countries like Germany or the United Kingdom, have introduced the ANGCMS only in small pilot areas.

One million advanced gas meters will be installed in consumers’ facilities in the Tashkent city and Tashkent region during the first stage of the project. The approximate cost of the work will exceed $217 million. The project will be financed on account of the loans provided by international credit and financial institutions.

Representatives of Russia, China, Italy, the US and Germany are currently involved in a tender for a company that would supply equipment and arrange the operation of the system. The results will be summed by the end of 2015.

New gas meters are simultaneously piloted in the Mirobod district of Tashkent. The operation of 20 sets of equipment is currently monitored on a daily basis.

In the future, the experience will be cascaded to the entire country with nearly 3.5 million gas meters. The project will be implemented in the regions by stages. In 2016-2017, the ANGCMS will be introduced in three regions of the Fergana Valley, and in 2017-2018 – in Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions.

In 2018-2019, the gas meters will be installed in Samarkand, Jizzah, Syrdarya, Navoi and Bukhara regions. The system will be introduced in Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region at the last stage of the project by the end of 2020.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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