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November 7, 2014


November 7, 2014


Uzbek Leader Congratulates O’zbekiston Temir Yo’llari’s Team with Jubilee. 2

International cooperation.. 3

Delegation of Uzbekistan Holds Meetings in France. 3

Uzbek British Trade and Industry Council Meets in Tashkent3





Uzbek Leader Congratulates O’zbekiston Temir Yo’llari’s Team with Jubilee

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov sent congratulations to the team of state joint stock railway company “O’zbekiston Temir Yo’llari” in connection with the 20th anniversary of the company.

“It gives me great pleasure to cordially congratulate you all with the landmark date in the life of our country – the 20th anniversary of the creation of the State joint stock railway company Uzbekistan Temir Yollari,” the message reads.

Uzbek leader said that the company passed difficult development path and currently it is single system of railway transport communication.

Islam Karimov said that currently about 60% of cargoes and 75% of passengers are transported by railway.

Uzbekistan has significant transport-communication and transit potential, linking with railroads East and West, South and North, Islam Karimov said.

President recalled that Uzbekistan constructed over 1,100 km of new roads and modernized 3,800 km of railroads. He said that the country electrified about 1,000 km of railroads. All these helped to increase total length of railroads up to 6,500 km and cover all regions of Uzbekistan, he said.

Uzbek head said that launch of new railroads Navoi-Uchquduq-Nukus-Sultanuizdag with construction of bridge over Amudarya river and Tashguzar-Baisun-Kumkurgan play a strategic importance for perspective development of the country.

New railroad Tashguzar-Baisun-Kumkurgan with the length of 223 km, constructed with participation of Japan Bank for International Cooperation in difficult weather conditions, passes mountain pass with the height of 1,500 m over sea level and is unique object, which has no analogue in Central Asia.

Islam Karimov said that electrification of railroad Maroqand-Karshi and Karshi-Termez is underway with fast speed. Launch of new railroads open new opportunities for further development of economic potential of northern and southern regions of Uzbekistan, complex utilization of rich fields of mineral resources, oil and gas, non-ferrous metals, construction materials, etc.

Uzbekistan pins great hopes with implementation of one of largest projects in transport communication – construction of new electrified railroad Angren-Pap with 19 km tonnel with participation of Chinese partners, he said.

Launch of the railway in July 2016 will help link regions of Ferghana Valley with central parts of Uzbekistan and complete formation of single railway transport system in the country, he said. Karimov added that new railway will be important part of new international transit railway corridor China-Central Asian-Europe, he added.

President Islam Karimov said that modernization of rail fleet also plays important role in improving quality of transport services. He said that the company purchased 38 modern electric locomotives and 10 passenger diesel locomotives and modernized 150 locomotives.

Modern high speed electric train “Afrosiob”, produced by Spanish Talgo, is pride of Uzbekistan, President said. He said only eight countries have such trains. Uzbek leader said the train runs between Tashkent and Samarkand each day and passes 344 km between two cities only in 2 hours.

He said that 11 new railway stations were constructed and seven were reconstructed, which changed their look. They were equipped with modern equipment and technologies, Islam Karimov added.

Uzbekistan directed over US$6 billion of capital investments to development of railway transport and its infrastructure, of which US$1.8 billion were foreign investment, President stated.

Uzbek leader praised divisions of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari such as Uztemiryolyolovchi, Uzjeldorkontainer, Tashkent plant on construction and repair of passenger wagons, Uztemiryolmashtamir, and others, which construct and reconstruct wagons.

However, he said that gold fund of the company are its team, which unites over 70,000 specialists of various specialization.



International cooperation

Delegation of Uzbekistan Holds Meetings in France

A delegation of Uzbekistan led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov started an official visit to France on 6 November 2014, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan said.

The delegation held a meeting with representatives of the Movement of French enterprises “MEDEF” and participated in presentation of investment potential of Uzbekistan.

The delegation also held negotiations with the Secretary-General on defense and national security under Prime Minister of France Louis Gautier and Senior Vice-President of Airbus Group Marco Miklis.

At the meeting, the sides considered issues of the Uzbek-French cooperation with focus on perspectives of further deepening cooperation in various areas.



Uzbek British Trade and Industry Council Meets in Tashkent

The 21st annual session of the Uzbek-British Trade and Industry Council (UBTIC) took place on 6 November 2014 at the International Business Centre in Tashkent.

HM Ambassador George Edgar led the UK trade delegation of more than twenty companies representing different sectors of British business. The Uzbek Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade and UBTIC Co-Chairman H. E. Mr Elyor Ganiev represented the Government of Uzbekistan and led a delegation of Uzbek companies.

Investment opportunities were outlined in presentations from both sides. During the session the British companies were informed about potential for doing business in diverse fields of Uzbek economy, including oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical industry, mining, automobile, textile, pharmaceutical, production of construction materials and electrical appliance.

The Uzbek side also briefed about the conditions created for foreign investors to implement high-tech projects in the free economic zones in the cities of Navoi and Angren. The parties also discussed specific projects in the field of education, science, tourism, waste management, as well as clean development mechanism and energy saving technologies.

UBTIC was established under a bilateral agreement in 1994. It comes under the umbrella of the British Government’s overseas trade organization, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). UBTIC is a government-sponsored trade promotion body, which supports and assists UK businesses currently operating in Uzbekistan, or wishing to invest in the country.

UBTIC is the main forum for promoting the development of trade and investment relations between Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom. A key objective of the UBTIC session was to help take business links between our countries to a new level, and to increase awareness of the business opportunities in both our countries.

UBTIC session is held annually, alternatively in Tashkent and London and jointly chaired by representatives of the two sides. The Uzbek Co-Chair is H. E. Mr. Elyor Ganiev, Minister for Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan.


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