As of 1 January 2015, the number of registered legal entities in Uzbekistan was 273,600 units, of which 246,700 (90/2% of total registered enterprises) are operating, according to the data of the Uniform State Business Register.
Uzbek State Statistics Committee said that the greatest number of enterprises and institutions was registered in trade and catering (28.1% of total registered enterprises), industry (17.3%), construction (8.9%), and agriculture and forestry (8.3%).
In the total number of registered enterprises and organizations, the share of non-state form of ownership was 85.6% of which 33.1% – private enterprises, 1.8% – enterprises with participation of foreign capital, 50.7% – other enterprises.
In January-December 2014, the number of newly registered enterprises and institutions was 26,900, 26,000 of which are small business entities. Their significant number was marked in the city of Tashkent (24.4% of total registered in the republic), Tashkent region (9.9%), Ferghana region (8.6%), and Samarkand region (7.5%).
In the sectoral composition of newly registered enterprises and institutions, 28.3% fell to share of trade and catering, 24% – industry, and 11.7% – construction.
In the reporting period, 20,000 enterprises and institutions were liquidated. Out of them 5,800 were liquidated voluntarily.
On March 10, 2015 in the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan it was held a meeting with representatives of the OSCE ODIHR Election Observation Mission, headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Cayetana de Zulueta.
Greeting the guests, Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Svetlana Artikova emphasized that since independence it has been accumulated a positive experience for democratic elections that meet international electoral standards. Continuous improvement of the electoral legislation aim at further strengthening the guarantees of electoral rights of citizens, improving the national practice of organizing the elections.
Guests were acquainted with the activity of the upper house of parliament, which since January this year, holds its activity in the new composition.
It was noted that the country has consistently strengthened mechanisms for the realization of the constitutional principle of separation of powers into the legislative, executive and judiciary, improving the system of checks and balances, widening the powers and controlling functions of representative government in the center and in the regions.
Thus, democratic reforms have notably increased the role and significance of the parliament in the system of state power, strengthened its position and opportunities in the formation and realization of internal and foreign policy.
In turn, the head of the OSCE ODIHR Observation Mission Cayetana de Zulueta, expressing gratitude for the warm welcome in the Senate, emphasized that the forthcoming elections are undoubtedly an important political event in the socio-political life of the country.
The activity of OSCE ODIHR will enhance openness and transparency of the electoral process, its conduct in accordance with the national electoral legislation, international standards and norms.
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On the same day, representatives of the OSCE ODIHR Election Observation Mission met with the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyar Mirbabaev.
During the meeting it was noted the importance of the amendments and additions to electoral legislation based on the Concept of further deepening of democratic reforms and formation of civil society in the country. In particular, the discussion went around the amendments to Article 117 of the Constitution, according to which legal guarantees for the independence of the Central Election Commission as a constitutional body responsible for organizing and conducting elections were significantly strengthened.
It was emphasized that the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan is being held in full compliance with the standards and requirements of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The guests were acquainted with the activity of the Constitutional Court, including the order of establishment, legal status and power of the court, the main principles of constitutional proceedings and other aspects. It was also announced the information on the process and results of judicial reforms conducted in the country.
The meeting was held in the manner of open dialogue and detail exchange of views.
(Source: Republican Press Center on Covering the Election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
At the general meeting of the founders of the National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan (NANGOUz), held in Tashkent, the results of its work in the past year have been discussed, and priority activities in 2015 have been identified.
Association unites more than 500 NGOs, successfully operating in various areas of society – economic, cultural, humanitarian and social spheres. Its founders are the leading national and regional non-profit organizations. The general meeting of the founders took place in an open format, the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, representatives of ministries and departments, experts and scholars, and journalists were invited.
The meeting participants reviewed the activities NANGOUz and put forward interesting and constructive suggestions.
It was highlighted that the adopted in the framework of the Concept of further deepening democratic reforms and formation of civil society in the country’s laws ‘On social partnership’, ‘On the openness of public authorities and administration,’ the decision of the President ‘On additional measures to assist the development of civil society’ of December 12, 2013 and other legal acts have become an important factor to further enhance the social, socio-economic activities of NGOs, strengthening their role in the implementation of reforms on democratic renewal and modernization of the country, consistent, gradual implementation of the principle ‘from a strong state to a strong civil society’.
Currently in the country in various spheres of social life there are over 8,200 non-profit organizations, which is 1.6 times more than in 2010. During this period, there has been a two-fold increase in the number of socially significant projects and programs of NGOs, supported by the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis, and the number of people participating in the implementation of important state programs in education, health, environment, employment, social support for vulnerable populations, public discussion of draft laws affecting the rights and legitimate interests of the population is steadily increasing.
The role of associations in the organization of work on the ground to attract non-profit organizations to meet the challenges of social, economic and social development of the country significantly increased.
For example, in 2014 the association with the participation of more than 1,300 NGOs conducted more than 60 roundtables and seminars to discuss the draft laws ‘On public control in the Republic of Uzbekistan’, ‘On social partnership’, explaining to the public the nature and significance of the adoption laws ‘On the openness of the government and management’, ‘On Environmental Control’ and other legal acts that have great social importance.
In order to strengthen social partnership between NGOs and the government dozens of activities were held aimed at improving the skills of civil society representatives and government officials on effective cooperation in the development and implementation of programs and projects in the areas of health, environment, employment, social support to vulnerable segments of the population, the development of sport and healthy lifestyles, and others.
Much attention is paid to the involvement of NGOs in the implementation of public control over the implementation by state bodies of the requirements of the law. So, with the participation of more than 1,200 NGOs 19 public hearings on the implementation of government programs in various fields have been held.
The association assisted in the development and implementation of more than 400 projects of NGOs, as well as 12 projects implemented jointly with UNDP, UNICEF and the European Union Commission, totaling $1.5 million (currency rates of CB RU from 11.03.2015 1$= 2472.34 soums). They are aimed at solving problems of employment of women and youth, the development of private enterprise family businesses and farmers’ movement, the introduction of modern innovation, resource saving technologies in agriculture and households.
It was especially noted that the number of members of the association involved with their own projects in the implementation of the State program ‘Year of the healthy child’ has increased to 340 NGOs (in 2013 it was 260).
Clear evidence of significantly increased social and political activity of representatives of NGOs were the national and regional stages of the National Forum of NGOs carried out in December 2014, in which, with the participation of more than 2 thousand NGOs topical issues of socio-economic and socio-political development of the country, proposals for strengthening social partnership with government agencies, enhancing their participation in the implementation of important state programs in various fields, including the State program ‘Year of attention and care for the older generation’ were discussed.
“NGOs took an active part in the development of this program,” said the chairman of NANGOUz, Abdumajit Karimov. “More than 2,000 representatives of NGOs made proposals for the future program, most of which were reflected in it.”
At the same time, the founders of the Association noted the need for more efficient work on improvement of regional NGOs, providing them with effective legal, methodological and logistical support, as well as strengthening their interaction with public authorities in the field.
In view of the general meeting of the founders, the program of activities NANGOUz for 2015 was reviewed and approved, which provides for the implementation of practical measures to strengthen the activities of information and resource centers in the field of association to provide legal, methodological, organizational and technical support to NGOs in strengthening social partnership with government agencies, representative bodies of local authorities, and the media in solving urgent problems of social, economic and social development of the country.
“The Association will assist NGOs in establishing public control over the activities of the government and management, including the implementation of the State program ‘Year of attention and care for the older generation,” said the chairman of NANGOUz. “It is planned to hold public hearings and discussions that will improve the transparency and efficiency of the measures taken.”
Work will also continue in the direction of attracting people to public dialogues on drafts of legal acts and programs provided by the State program, aimed at creating favorable conditions for the life of the elderly.
“This year we plan to take part in the development and organization of a broad public discussion of the draft law ‘On social services for the elderly, disabled and other categories of the population’ and the state program to further strengthen and develop the social protection system of lone elderly, pensioners and disabled people in the 2015-2020 years, provided in the State program” said Sanjar Hamidullayev, the director of NANGOUz.
“The participants highlighted the practical importance of the activities held in 2014 by the association, their richness, and their importance in strengthening the role of NGOs in the democratic process for the formation of a strong civil society in the country” stated the member of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Dilorom Fayziyeva. “The founders hoped that the activities of the association this year will also help strengthen the contribution of NGOs to further update and modernize the country, and improve the welfare of the population.”
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Asian Futsal Championship 2016 to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This decision of the Committee of futsal and beach soccer of Asian Football Confederation was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee.
As known, the matches of the 14th Asian Championship will be held from 9 to 20 February of the next year. Tashkent has hosted the Asian championship on football twice in 2006 and 2010, but the previous drawings of the continental championship did not fulfill the role of the qualifying competition for the world championship. The four best teams in the Asian Championship will be eligible to participate in the finals of the World Cup 2016 in Colombia.
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