INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 36

February19, 2015

uzbek_digesteconomy.. 2

Uzbekistan has started exporting auto sets to Brazil2

INFRASTRUCTURE.. 3

Ahead of the Curve. 3

Exhibiton.. 4

UzBuild-2015. 4

 

 

economy

Uzbekistan has started exporting auto sets to Brazil

Today, automobile industry is a dynamically developing sector of the national economy of Uzbekistan, which incorporates a variety of enterprises equipped with the most modern technology. Development strategy, based on the establishment of equal and mutually beneficial relations with leading companies in the world, promotes the production of competitive products matching the world standards.

Extensive work was carried out on the localization of the production of the necessary parts for cars. Well-established production of spare parts in the country enables the creation of many new jobs in addition to time saving and cost reduction. Under the localization program, many joint ventures that specialize in the production of not inferior to foreign analogues quality parts and complex parts were organized. Companies within the localization program in Uzbekistan, receive a number of tax and customs privileges, which gives the opportunity to increase the competitiveness of their products due to a significant reduction in production costs.

According to “Uzavtosanoat” in the framework of the localization program the output of 16 projects totaling 141.1 billion soums has been provided by company’s enterprises in 2014. In addition, on the territory of the Khorezm region five projects on localization of car parts of DAMAS were implemented (currency rates of CB RU from 19.02.2015   1$= 2454.30 soums).

However, the companies of automotive industry of Uzbekistan are not going to stop and are successfully increasing the export potential of the country in the new year.

JV «UZSUNGWOO» – enterprise equipped with high-tech equipment, specializing in the production of stamped parts for new cars produced at JSC «GM Uzbekistan» – is included in the list.

To date, the volume of production of JV «UZSUNGWOO» constitutes 120 thousand sets of stamped parts and assemblies, in particular 183 names of auto sets for automobile COBALT.In order to increase production volume the staff of the company is working on expanding the range of products. This factor can be added to the fact that at the beginning of January 2015 the production of three stamping parts for the new models was launched. In addition, for localization of production the company’s staffs together with JSC «GM Uzbekistan» are going through the process of getting rigs for production in JV «UZSUNGWOO» of 20 types of semi-finished products, which are currently being imported from South Korea.

According to the order of “Uzavtosanoat” regarding the increase of the export potential of the enterprises in order to achieve forecasted export options for 2014-2015, measures on a gradual increase in export supplies were taken. Based on the mentioned above, at the end of December 2014 the first export of automobile components produced by JV «UZSUNGWOO» in «General Motors do Brasilia LTDA» (Brazil)was carried out. When negotiating on cooperation, the foreign partner was sent samples for testing. After receiving approval from the «General Motors do Brasilia LTDA», the parties reached agreement to complete a contract for export, which was signed in August 2014.

Commenting on the event, Deputy General Director F.I.Saidahmedov said: “In order to expand the range of exports and increase exports of automotive components, our company will focus on gradual increase of exports of products in the future.”

Most businesses of localization are located in the Fergana Valley, near the JSC «GM Uzbekistan». More than 80% of the total number of component parts used in the assembly of passenger cars and commercial vehicles are produced there. The opening of new enterprises and the localization of production plants are making a serious contribution to the growth of the industrial potential of the republic. This makes domestic cars more accessible due to the optimal ratio “price / quality.”

(Source: UzReport.uz)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Ahead of the Curve

The Tashkent transport system is going to face drastic changes in the next few years. A range of interesting projects will enable the metropolis to compete with the world’s leading capitals in comfort and safety. Some of the projects will be completed in a few months.

Building of a well-functioning transport system in any major city is always a proactive game. One needs to keep in mind the ever growing population and consequent appearance of new industrial, cultural and social facilities. Ignoring them might lead to traffic jams in some sections of roads, and even to serious problems with traffic jams and congestion in conditions of close entanglement of urban traffic arteries.

Meanwhile, many megacities suffer from irregular planning, when small one- or two-way streets cross the city center, or there is a lack of developed radial-ring system of highways. In this regard, Tashkent is in more advantageous position than, let’s say, New York, Moscow or Beijing. After the earthquake in the 60s of the last century, the city was rebuilt almost from scratch. The design of the new blocks envisaged the construction of multi-lane roads. That helped to avoid serious traffic problems in modern conditions. However, the life is moving on, challenging with the advanced development of roads and related infrastructure.

The permanent increase in the number of cars in the capital, as well as the ongoing urbanization rank among the key challengers of builders and designers. Experts estimate that about 20,000 new cars appear in Tashkent every year. The boosting demand has led to ‘traffic jams’ that at times emerge in the busiest metropolitan crossroads. They certainly can not be compared with Moscow or Beijing jams, where sometimes drivers and passengers have to spend hours. However, the situation needs to be corrected. The municipality is currently taking a range of measures to reduce the burden on the busiest roads. For example, this year it is planned to invest about 44 billion soums in the improvement of the municipal transport infrastructure. Of these, nine billion soums will be allocated from the state budget and another $35 billion soums will be invested by the Republican Road Fund. These funds will go to the construction of bridges, junctions and expansion of roads (currency rates of CB RU from 19.02.2015   1$= 2454.30 soums).

The construction of a new highway bridge to connect Shaykhontohur and Yunusobod districts is currently the top project in Tashkent. The transport interchange which is currently being built at the intersection of Sebzor and Qodiri streets, should effectively address the problem of traffic jams, as its capacity during peak hours will exceed 15,000 cars. At different levels it will remind the shape of an elongated leaf clover, and the traffic of the two streets will not cross. The total length of the overpass on the Sebzor Street with approaches will make up around 900 meters. The new six-lane overpass will be divided by a separating strip with lighting supports on it.

The pedestrians are in the spotlight as much. For the first time in Tashkent, it is planned to build foot overbridges with escalators. In addition, it is envisaged to build two underpasses across Sebzor carriageways. It is far not the first project of this kind in the capital over the past two years. The construction of a new 5.1 km road ‘G-50’ from the Beruniy Street of Olmazor District to the Khurshid Street of Shaykhontohur District, as well as a modern bridge 642 meters per 19 meters at the intersection of Abdullah Qodiri and Labzak Streets in Shaykhontohur District was completed in September 2014.

Another interesting project envisages the introduction of an integrated traffic control system and video record of the violations, which is expected to be launched this year. The violations will be tracked by 160 automatic road complexes, including traffic lights and cameras that synchronously operate for 24 hours. Surveillance cameras will detect the speed of a car, its license plate number and a place of red-light running. The information will go to the control center that regulates the traffic around the city.

Development of public transport is another important direction of solving problems in big cities. This capital has been attaching close attention to this issue. It is worth noting that the domestic public transport, unlike many extremely commercialized foreign counterparts, primarily performs a social function, subsidizing the transportation of many segments of the population at the expense of the national budget, especially pensioners, students, the people with disabilities, and others.

It is expected that the development of public transport in the near future will accentuate the introduction of cutting edge technologies. For example, the Toshshahartranshizmat Company is implementing a project on the establishment of remote control network over the rolling stock traffic through navigation systems and special means of communication. To date, GPS-trackers and GPS / GSM-antennas have been installed on 1,378 metropolitan buses running on 127 routes. The system should provide the footing for a unique service, which will be offered to passengers in mid-2015. Anyone will be able to track the bus traffic through a special mobile application. It will display the data on the public transport on the route, as well as show the estimated time of arrival at the bus stop. The service will be available on the company’s website.

The introduction of an electronic contactless fare smart card has already started. It is currently piloted in the urban subway. The first turnstiles with smart card validators have been installed at the Mustaqillik Maydoni station. Eight local and foreign companies have applied to Toshshahartranshizmat for the integrated introduction of the system in all kinds of public transport in Tashkent. Local experts studied the experience of Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, China, and Russia that have made certain progress in the field. The issues of project funding are currently negotiated. Experts estimate that the system can be launched in Tashkent in some 3-4 months.

The subway, a pearl of the metropolitan transport, which has long been both means of transportation and a tourist attraction, has been undergoing an active renovation. In the near future, the subway administration is planning to replace its lines and escalators with Russian state-of-the-art rails and accessories, and present new cars to the passenger’s judgment. They are decorated in the style of Afrosiyob high-speed train, which runs between Tashkent and Samarkand. The domestic designers have completely changed the interior of cars and their technological stuffing. The Tashkent plant for Construction and Repair of Passenger Cars was entrusted with the reconstruction and upgrade of subway trains.

Buses, the major public transportation means in Tashkent in terms of passenger transportation volumes, are also subject to renovation. 80 Isuzu buses were purchased for metropolitan routes last year alone, while this year it is planned to buy another 90 buses. The coming years are expected to be a breakthrough in this direction, as it is planned to put into operation the first domestically produced low-floor buses SamAuto LE 60, which have proved well when piloted in the capital.

Generally, the Tashkent municipality is making big plans on the development of transport infrastructure. It is vital to implement them in synergies with all stakeholders.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Exhibiton

UzBuild-2015

For many years specialists of design institutes, manufacturers of building materials, engineers, managers of large companies and all those who are planning to repair, restoration, equipment and design office and residential space, meet at the International Exhibition “Construction – UzBuild”, where hundreds of companies from all over the the world present their know-how, modern design and technology for the construction industry.

From 24 to 27 February at the “Uzexpocentre” within the framework of the exhibition services and products will demonstrate some 150 companies from 20 countries. Many of them will arrive in Tashkent for the first time. The exposition will be located in the two main pavilions of the exhibition complex as well as an open observation platform, according to Uzbekistan Today.

The fourth consecutive year under the auspices of the Association of the exhibition business in Germany – AUMA in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of Germany International Exhibition UzBuild-2015 represents manufacturers of equipment, machinery, installations, construction and facing materials, machine tools and many other things that will certainly be interested in construction specialists .

New exhibitors will be companies from the United Arab Emirates, the the national stand of which will present the department of export promotion – Dubai Exports. During the presentation of the exhibition visitors can familiarize themselves with the activities of industry experts, and brand name which is known throughout the world.

Leading experts from Turkey every year returning to Uzbekistan to participate in UzBuild. This year did not become exception and soon will be presented to a wider audience concrete plants, construction equipment, fittings, roofing materials, windows and doors, plumbing, faucets and fittings and design for the home and office.

Theme of the exposition building harmoniously complement stands IV International Exhibition Aqua-Therm Tashkent sections “heating”, “ventilation”, “conditioning”, “water”, “plumbing”, “pool”, “Technology for Environmental Protection” and “renewable energy “, which will also be held from 24 to 27 February in Tashkent on.

(Source: «Business partner.uz» newspaper)

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