Uzbekistan is developing a range of measures to stimulate cooperation between farmers, agricultural enterprises, infrastructure organizations engaged in cultivation, storage, enhanced processing and transportation of agricultural products, and further swell and reinforce diversified farms. 1
In particular, it is proposed to elaborate and execute a program of development of diversified farming enterprises for 2017-2020, and thereby optimize acreage and reduce cotton crop areas by stages. The scheme will focus on expanding the production of export oriented fruit and vegetable, food and animal products, agricultural services, as well as on the establishment of a network of small industrial enterprises.
In the next five years, the document envisages the construction of additional refrigeration warehouses with storage capacity of 200,000 tons, increase the volumes of fruit and vegetable processing 1.8 times, and the level of recycling from 17 to 30%. The manufacturers with a complete production cycle, which produce finished goods or ensure enhanced processing of agricultural feedstock, are expected to play a dominant role in the economy.
The priority, according to experts, should be given to the expansion of industries based primarily on their own natural and raw material potential, which apply advanced modern technologies and produce competitive goods. This, in turn, will contribute to the further development of the industry in rural areas and extension of processing of agricultural products, creation of new jobs, improvement of incomes, assignment of additional funds to local governments and, ultimately, to a significant increase in the living standards of the rural population.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
According to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the volume of investments of insurance companies in the first 9 months of 2016 amounted to 826.7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 13.12.2016, 1$= 3203.70 soums). The figure has demonstrated an increase compared to the same period of the previous year by 20%. Over the past 12 months, the increase in investments of insurance companies amounted to 139.3 billion soums.
The analysis of investment composition shows that during 9 months of 2016 the increase in the volume of investments is observed in almost all major objects of investment, except for loans. Investments of insurance companies in loans decreased by 10% and amounted to 6.9 billion soums. The largest volume of investments traditionally fell to deposits and securities. Investments in deposits grew by 22% over the past period having amounted to 389.7 billion soums. Investments in securities increased by 18% and made up 334.5 billion soums. The highest rate of growth of investment was considered in real estate, they rose by 65% and amounted to 43.1 billion soums. Investments in the authorized capital of companies increased by 8% having to 51.1 billion soums.
(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)
The first batch of these vehicles has already been shipped to the Russian Federation. There are plans afoot to supply Ravon R4 to the markets of other CIS countries.
The model is featured by a new exterior design, is equipped with a fuel-efficient engine of 1.5 liters and an automatic transmission of new generation. It is stuffed with modern audio system, power steering, heated front seats and power windows.
Active and passive safety system in R4 is represented by driver’s and front passenger airbags, powered rear seats, enhanced system of child car seats ISOFIX, as well as anti-lock brakes and daytime running lights.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party nominated Abdulla Aripov for the post of Prime Minister at a regular session of its Political Council on December 12.
Summing up the 4 December presidential election, Political Council members said the election passed in accordance with the national legislation and international norms based on transparency, openness and alternatives. Mirziyoyev Shavkat Miromonovich was elected President of the Republic of Uzbekistan by 88.61 per cent of the electorate.
They said the Uzbek people were politically active at the election and voted for sustainable furthering of the reforms for Uzbekistan to become one of the developed democratic states, build an open and just society, ensure peace and stability, and promote population welfare.
They said UZLIDEP was active at the election and the candidate’s programme reached out to and was supported by our people. This places considerable responsibility on the party’s structural divisions and on its every member.
The Political Council of UZLIDEP, the party with a majority in Oliy Majlis’s Legislative Chamber, further considered, under Article 98 of the Uzbek Constitution, the candidacy for the post of Prime Minister.
Thus, the session put forth to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan the candidacy of Deputy Prime Minister Aripov Abdulla Nigmatovich for the post of Prime Minister.
Political Council noted Aripov Abdulla Nigmatovich is a selfless, proactive, demanding, progressive, and patriotic person, who identifies with the people, and who is able to promote the reforms and is well-experienced to direct executive bodies.
The UZLIDEP Political Council also examined other relevant issues, concluding the session.
In the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which the world community celebrates on December3, we met with the head of the LIK Theater of Movement, Liliya Sevastianova.
Usually, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities the LIK Theater of Movement shows a performance in one of the capital’s theaters. This year, the theater team has decided to go the other way. Several tours to the exhibitions were organized in collaboration with the National Gallery of Uzbekistan, which smoothly transformed into improvisational performances during which the theater actors in the language of dance expressed their attitude to the exhibits. The first such project was initiated by the British Council within the exhibition of contemporary art of the Great Britain, the second theme for improvisation become beautiful paintings of Javlon Umarbekov.
For more than twenty years Liliya Sevastianova with her actors has been searching in the field of plastic improvisation. And now, it seems, the time has come to display the results of this experience to the audience. On the one hand, modern audience is interested in the creative process itself, when the movement is born right before the eyes, full of meaning, sense, and beauty. On the other hand, the theater has never had its own scene, so improvisational performances in museums and galleries would be natural and logical way for a new phase of life.
A native of Ferghana region, Liliya, from her childhood was engaged in classical and national dances. Deeply respecting all areas of dancing art, she still wanted to find her own stage language that would be understandable and close to the modern people. Usually ballets based on myths, tales, legends. Liliya wanted to do the performances that would have prompted the viewer to relate himself/herself directly with what is happening on the stage, to understand something important in himself/herself, to go along with the actors the path of transformation of the soul. After the performance to feel a desire to live creatively, to see in another man someone very close, to feel generality with the world and to bring it a little kindness and love.
But for more than thirty years of theatrical activity Liliya never held the casting. She is interested in anyone, and above all, his/her inner world, emotional content. She is convinced that it is possible to teach anyone, regardless of skills and natural abilities, and together with her amazing and irreplaceable actors-trainers Olga Ostanina, Viktoria Gordienko, Evgeniya Zemtsova they can ‘make’ from any beginner the professional actor of their theater.
Turning to the history of the theater, it was founded in 1982 as a youth ensemble of modern choreography and plasticity. A first experience of work with person with disability happened in 1996 when Liliya conducted a studio of dance improvisation in France. Among her interns was a lady on crutches. Her part in the final performance impressed all the spectators and for Sevastianova it was the confirmation of that in deep theater the audience ‘sees’ the actor at the level of the soul, as if ‘through the body.’ And that means… that even in the dance performance people with imperfect physique can participate.
The success of the performances in France inspired Liliya to continue the search in Tashkent. First, there were trainings with the young people in the Club of rehabilitation and integration of children with disabilities. However, some of them, such as those on wheelchairs it was hard to move around on their own. Liliya offered her professional actors to join the work. Since then, the LIK Theater of Movement turned into an integrated team, which included professional actors and people with disabilities.
The statement of K. S. Lewis, “You have no soul. You are the soul. You have the body” has become a kind of motto for the LIK Theater of Movement.
Currently, the theater troupe composed of 40 people. More than 20 of them are children and young people with physical and mental disabilities: those on wheelchairs, deaf, blind, various disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and others diseases.
Each performance in the LIK Theater of Movement is produced on the basis of the innovative techniques of dance improvisation, elaborated in the theater. All performances are different in content, but the goal is the one – to show the value and uniqueness of the soul of each person, regardless of his/her social status and health.
Over 14 years of existence the theater produced 13 performances, including ‘I dream that I walk…’ in 2004, ‘Rainbow Festival’ in 2005, ‘Improvisations from Life’ in 2006, ‘White seagulls over blue lake’ in 2007, ‘Reflections’ in 2009, ‘My friends’ in French in 2009, The presence’ in 2011, ‘Nonfictional portraits’ in 2013, and others.
The LIK Theater of Movement is a multiple winner of international festivals and participant of the socio-cultural projects, such as the All-Russian Festival of Special Theaters ‘Proteatr’ in Moscow in 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016, the Residence of Uzbek Artists in Le Rosier sur Loire in France in 2007, the International Dance Festival ‘Inclusive Dance’ in Moscow in 2014 and 2015, the Sincere Art’ and ‘ArtYekaterinburg’ in Yekaterinburg in 2014 and 2015, and many others.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
As a unique country, whose territory was home to an advanced ancient civilization and culture, Uzbekistan has huge capacities for tourism not second in its appeal to the best places in the world for leisure travel. The use of this potential is expected to be facilitated by the presidential decree “On measures to ensure accelerated development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan”.
This document aims to provide for the accelerated growth of the travel industry, giving tourism the status of a strategic sector of the economy, turning it into a powerful tool for sustainable augmentation of the economy, the efficient use of the tourist potential of the regions, increase the role of tourism in boosting the level and quality of life.
In order to effectively implement public policy, organize and coordinate the implementation of the above targets and priorities, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development has been established, with offices and authorized representatives in the regions.
Of particular notice is that the activities of the State Committee will be directed, above all, not at carrying out control and administrative functions, but at all-round promotion of entrepreneurial activity in the sphere of tourism, the removal of all obstacles and barriers to the enhancement of tourism, enlargement of competition in the market of travel services.
The decree establishes a number of fundamentally new mechanisms of state regulation aimed at improving the licensing, certification and other authorization procedures in the field of tourism.
In particular, from 1 January 2017, licensing of tourist activity functions are transferred from the Cabinet of Ministers to the newly created State Committee, at the same time canceling the requirement for a license by hotels and other accommodation places. In turn, certification will be compulsory in 2018 to catering and transport companies specializing in providing services to foreign tourists in order to ensure the safety of their life and health.
The turning point of the decree was the complete abolition from 1 April 2017 of the visa regime for tourists from 15 countries, including Australia, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan, as well as for tourists from 12 countries who have reached the age of 55, including Belgium, Indonesia, China (a part of tourist groups), Malaysia, the United States, France, Vietnam, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Visa-free regime will apply to foreign citizens arriving in the republic for tourist purposes for a period not exceeding 30 days.
Another novelty will be the introduction of common tourist visa for all countries, issued for a period of 30 days, a significant simplification of visa procedures, including the use of the system of online application forms for visas as well as the introduction of the system of electronic visas in 2018.
Until 1 April 2017, in the international airports of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Urgench, “green corridor” customs control system will be introduced for foreign tourists, as well as simplified procedures for passport control and customs, baggage claim, improved transport services. In airports and train stations will be delivered conditions for separate passport control for residents and non-residents. It is also planned to set up and develop comfortable tourist information environment at the airports and railway stations, including the activities of tour information points.
The decree also provides for measures to further stimulate the entrepreneurial activity in the sphere of tourism, step up travel infrastructure, and provide tourist organizations with additional privileges and preferences. In particular, tour operators are exempt from the mandatory sale of foreign currency revenues garnered from the provision of tourism services.
Among the incentives also is a norm according to which the acquisition by the entities of tourist activity of new vehicles with a capacity of more than nine people, fees to the National Road Fund are reduced from a maximum of 20 to 3% of the cost of vehicles.
Moreover, in the near future, the State Committee for Tourism Development, in conjunction with government agencies concerned, is tasked with working out and introducing to the Cabinet of Ministers – within three months – the Concept of advancement of the travel industry in the Republic of Uzbekistan in the medium term, in addition to a program of concrete measures to implement the Concept in 2017-202.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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