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uzbek_digestINFRASTRUCTURE.. 1

Development prospects in the field of road construction in Uzbekistan. 1

Society.. 2

In 2015, over 980 thousand jobs were created in Uzbekistan. 2

sport.. 3

IKA Names Dusumbetov Best Wrestling Coach of 2015. 3




Development prospects in the field of road construction in Uzbekistan

Roads not only ensure the freedom of movement, but have an appreciable impact on the development of a country’s economy. Not a single enterprise, no matter its size, can function successfully enough without road communication, allowing it to deliver raw materials, equipment and components, on the one hand, and to supply its output to customers, on the other.

The Republic of Uzbekistan is located on the crossroads of the Central Asian region, which creates favourable conditions for the development of regional cooperation and for its participation in both regional and transnational projects to develop transport corridors.

It should be observed here that Uzbekistan is one of the countries that boast extensive networks of motor roads. Their total length in the Republic comes to 183,700 kilometers, of which motor roads for general use make up 42,600 km, city streets – 17,800 km and intra- and inter-farm roads – 58,600 km.

In the course of large-scale reforms carried out in the country in the last few years, special attention was devoted to the construction of new roads and bridges and the refurbishment of existing ones, as well as to the improvement of road infrastructural facilities. Motor roads that form the Uzbek National Arterial Road have been repaired and reconstructed. By the end of 2015, its total length has reached 2,306 km, of which 1,410 km are subject to reconstruction and 896 km will be transferred from the 10-ton axle-load standard to a higher 13-ton one. What’s more, it is planned to undertake a major reconstruction of a 1,008-km section of motor roads in the direction of Beineu – Kungrad – Bukhara – Navoi – Samarkand – Tashkent – Andijan and a 100-km section of the Tashkent – Osh motor road on the Kamchik-Pass.

Construction of motor roads has always been regarded as one of the industry’s priority directions.

With a view to improving the quality of motor roads that constitute the Uzbek National Arterial Road and bringing it closer to international standards, a big effort is now under way to attract money funds from international crediting organizations. A number of credit agreements have already been signed between the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and international financial institutions. It is worth noting in this connection that the total amount of credit lines allotted to the country under these agreements exceeds US $1.2 billion. All these funds will be directed towards the costs of construction of 586 kilometers of motor roads, of which 379 kilometers will have the cement-concrete surfacing.  The cement-concrete type of surfacing, from the economic standpoint, prolongs the service life period up to 25-30 years, compared to the established 12-15-year period. At the same time, the maintenance expenditures of motor roads with the cement-concrete surfacing are two times cheaper than those for motor roads with asphalt-concrete surfacing.

Within the framework of the State Investment Programs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and in compliance with the Presidential Resolutions, between 2008 and 2013 the Republican Road Foundation has built and put into service 181 kilometers of motor roads with the cement-concrete surfacing, with the help of credits to the tune of US $232.5 million received from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

For the time being, the construction of motor roads is under way on the territory of Surkhandarya province (100 km), Kashkadarya province (35 km), Namangan and Tashkent provinces (on the Kamchik Pass) (58 km). These construction projects are realized with the participation of foreign companies such as Akkord Industry Corp., EVRASCON (Azerbaijan), Corsian Corviam Construccio S.A. (Spain), POSCO Engineering & Construction Co. (Korea) etc.

Apart from the motor roads that are part of transport corridors and roads of republican subordinance,  serious measures are afoot to develop regional motor roads for local use. To implement such projects, the Republic of Uzbekistan is negotiating with the World Bank to receive a US $200 million credit line on favorable terms, which will be used to finance the reconstruction of 395 kilometers of motor roads (in Tashkent province – 90 km, Andijan province – 106 km, Namangan province – 155 km and Fergana province – 44 km).

Let it be pointed out in conclusion that the creation of modern road-transport infrastructure in Uzbekistan will afford a wide range of potentialities for the implementation of structural reforms and technological renovation of the national economy, with thousands of new jobs created during the process for the country’s younger generation.


In 2015, over 980 thousand jobs were created in Uzbekistan

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Uzbekistan reported on the results of activity in 2015 at a press-conference in Tashkent. Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Abduhakimov and others noted that the stable economic development of our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov supports employment of population. In 2015, over 980 thousand jobs were created, of which over 60 per cent were in rural areas.

More than one thousand two hundred career fairs were conducted, in which 62 000 people were placed in jobs. Thanks to the cooperation with enterprises 8 thousand unemployed people involved in paid social work.

– Above seven thousand people have been retrained in professions that are in demand in the economy, – says head of the department of the Ministry Erkin Avezov. – 2 thousand 400 people went through apprentice schools, getting trained in areas such as carpet weaving, pottery, production of artistic articles made of leather, wood, metal, national production of sweets, and others.

Work on social protection of the population have been continued. In accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers dated September 1, 2015, single pensioners in need of support are provided with 15 kinds of products. Over 2 thousand social workers and nurses of the Red Crescent Society are attached to lonely pensioners and disable people.

Around 4 thousand complaints and appeals of individuals and legal entities have been studied. In particular, over one thousand three hundred applications relating to late payment of salaries, about three hundred complaints on illegal termination of employment contracts and concealment of vacancies were considered.

Comprehensive information on plans for the current year was provided at the press conference. In particular, the plan envisages the creation of 990,000 new jobs, continuation of social support of the population and labor protection in 2016.

(Source: UzA)


IKA Names Dusumbetov Best Wrestling Coach of 2015

The International Kurash Association has named Uzbekistan’s Muratbay Dosumbetov the best kurash wrestling coach of 2015. A correspondent of Uzbekistan Today held an interview with the winner in the sports hall of the Republican College of the Olympic Reserve.

“Mr. Dusumbetov, did you expect this award?”

“I was more interested in the voting for the ‘Best Kurash Wrestler of the Year’ nomination. It certainly had to be a wrestler from Uzbekistan. The award was given to our best kurash fighter Davlat Abrayev. I did not think of myself at the time.”

“You have probably received a lot of congratulations and greeting letters. Do you have a special one among them?”

“All the wishes were heartwarming. Nevertheless, I was particularly moved by the attention of my home-city fans from Mangit city, Karalpakstan. I started practicing kurash together with my older brother, when I was seven years old here in Mangit.”

“Do you remember your first victory?”

“When I was 10 years old, I became the champion of the district. My parents congratulated me on the win, but my older brother was most happy for my achievement. Then I won the championships of Karakalpakstan and Uzbekistan. I also have several wins in judo and am a master of the sport.”

“You could have continued your athletic career. But, you were unable to enter the international arena. Was the competition to fierce in your weight division?”

“It is not easy to get into the national team. Kurash has thousands of athletes all over the republic. I could have entered the national team, but, after enrolling in the State Institute of Physical Culture, I decided to concentrate on my education and become a coach.”

“After completing your degree, you had the chance to stay in the capital, but chose to coach in the rural area of Uzbekistan…”

“These rural areas were the villages and towns of my native Karakalpakstan. I had to give back to the community and the people that taught me to wrestle, and helped become what I am today. For five years I have worked in the ‘Dostlik’ sports club of Amudarya district, and for three years I have trained the young wrestlers from Nukus.”

“The results of your students were not left unnoticed. You couldn’t reject the second offer to coach in Tashkent?”

“We were able to create and lay down the base work for the children’s and youths sports school in Karakalpakstan. Then I was invited to work in the Republican College of the Olympic reserve. Fifteen years ago I started as an assistant in the wrestling department and now I am the head coach and tutor. I am also the head coach of the national team of Uzbekistan.”

“You were chosen as the best coach as several of your students showed great results this year. Who would you highlight as the revelation of the season in 2015?”

“Our athletes have won eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals during the Asian Championship among juniors and cadets in China. In Iran, during the 10th Kurash World Championship among adults, the Uzbek national team was the top runner, leaving behind teams from over 50 countries, by winning five gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals. It is hard for me to highlight a single athlete. All of the guys did an amazing job.”

“The International Kurash Association has chosen Davlat Abrayev as the best kurash wrestler in the world…”

“They have made the right choice. Davlat is a bright representative of the Bukhara kurash school and the captain of the national team. He is the role model and everyone can learn from him. His level of dedication, discipline and tenacity is unparalleled. He is now the winner of the Asian Beach Games and the Champion of the World since 2015.”

“Have your sons followed in your steps?”

“Jahongir has chosen kurash. He is a multiple winner of national championships. In 2012, he became the world champion in London. He is now a student at the Uzbek National Institute of Physical Culture. My second son, Ramazon, has several achievements in this sport, but he is now studying in the Academic Lyceum of the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies. He chose to study languages instead of sports.”

“What are the main traits of a kurash wrestler?”

“Respect for the sport, the opponent and the coach and the nobility of this sport are the main traits. This is a sport for real men. Even the word ‘kurash’ means ‘reaching one’s goals by honest means’.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)




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