INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 82

April 23, 2015

POLICY.. 2

Congratulatory Notes for President Islam Karimov. 2

economy.. 3

Enterprises of Uzkimyosanoat produce goods for 518.9bn soums. 3

senat of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan.. 3

Kengash of the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis Convenes for a Session. 3

investments. 4

Is It Easy To Be an Investor?. 4

medicine.. 5

Technologies that Diagnose and Cure. 5

CINEMA.. 7

Passion of a Big-Name Collector 7

 

 

 

 

 

POLICY

Congratulatory Notes for President Islam Karimov

Letters with sincere congratulations and warm wishes to Islam Karimov on his election as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan during the vote that took place on 29 March 2015 are continuing to arrive from heads of state and government, chiefs of international organizations and renowned public figures of foreign nations. 

Congratulatory messages have come from:

Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance of Japan, Chairman of the Parliamentary League of Friendship with Uzbekistan

Doctor Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, President of the Islamic Bank of Development

Shamil Aleskerov, Secretary General of the Organization of Economic Cooperation

Irnerio Seminatore, President of the European Institute of International Relations

Kaoru Yano, Chairman of NEC Corporation

Pak Chung-Hee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Engineering

Kim Wee-Chul, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Engineering

Soo Young-Ho, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lotte Chemical Corporation

Song Yong Dok, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lotte Hotels and Resorts

Kim Young Sik, Chairman of Sindong Enercom, Chairman of Korea-Uzbekistan Friendship Association

Guenter Papenburg, Chief of Papenburg AG

Heinrich Trützschler, Managing Director at Trützschler GmbH & Co.

Greeting notes continue to arrive.

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Congratulatory notes with sincere greetings and warm wishes to Islam Karimov on his election as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan during the vote that took place on 29 March 2015 are continuing to arrive from heads of state and government, international organizations as well as renowned public figures of foreign nations. 

Greeting letters have come from:

Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei Darussalam

Nicolae Timofti, President of the Republic of Moldova

Daisaku Ikeda, President of Japan Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International

Jong Ho Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Korea Gas Corporation

Shin Dong-Bin, Chairman of Lotte Group

Sang Jin Park, President of Samsung Electronics

Zhou Jiping, Chairman of the Board of China National Petroleum Corporation

Wang Lin, President of Poly Technologies Inc.

Ren Zhengfei, President of Huawei Technology Co. Ltd

David Constable, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol Ltd

Greeting letters continue to come from statesmen and public figures. 

 

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Letters with sincere congratulations and warm wishes to Islam Karimov on his election as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan during the vote that took place on 29 March 2015 are continuing to arrive from heads of state and government, international organizations as well as renowned public figures of foreign nations. 

Greeting messages have come from:

Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel

Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait

Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan, honorary adviser to the Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship with Uzbekistan, President of the Organizing Committee of Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Koichiro Gemba, Chair of the “Democratic Party of Japan – Uzbekistan” Parliamentary League of Friendship, Member of the House of Representatives

Cho Yang-Ho, Chairman of Hanjin Group, President and CEO of Korean Air

Hirobumi Kawano, President of Japan of Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation

Shunichi Miyanaga, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Takato Nishizawa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Masahiro Okafuji, President and Chief Executive Officer of Itochu Corporation

Greeting notes continue to arrive. 

(Source: Press-service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan )

 

economy

Enterprises of Uzkimyosanoat produce goods for 518.9bn soums

Enterprises of state joint stock company Uzkimyosanoat produced goods for 518.9 billion soums in current prices in January-March 2015, the press service of the company said (currency rates of CB RU from 23.04.2015   1$= 2507.40 soums).

The growth of production made up 7.8% compared to the same period of 2014. Consumer goods production reached 42.8 billion soums, which grew by 8.4% year-on-year.

The enterprises produced 320,900 tonnes of mineral fertilizers, including 260,900 tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers, 31,300 tonnes of phosphate fertilizers and 28,700 tonnes of potash fertilizers.

Within the localization programme, the industry produced goods for 48.9 billion soums in the first three months of 2015 at the forecast volume of 30 billion soums.

The enterprises of Uzkimyosanoat used investments for US$4.55 million within the investment programme (+4.1% to forecast).

Within the agreements, signed at international industrial fair and cooperation exchange, the companies of the industry purchased products for 46 billion soums (+0.3% to forecast).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

 

senat of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Kengash of the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis Convenes for a Session

Kengash (Council) of the Senate of Oliy Majlis convened in Tashkent on 20 April 2015 for a session. The meeting was chaired by the Senate leader Nighmatilla Yuldashev.

The Kengash adopted a resolution to call a second general session of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan on May 15 this year in the city of Tashkent.

The agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the Senate will include a range of bills of the Republic of Uzbekistan directed at consistent implementation of reforms and liberalization of all spheres of political and socio-economic walks of life. Among them are the laws on compulsory insurance of civil liability of the carrier, on securities market (new edition), on electronic commerce (new edition), on the introduction of amendments and addenda and recognition of ineligibility of some legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as other draft laws envisaging the further enhancement of socio-economic reforms, improvement of the investment climate and business environment, promotion of entrepreneurship, perfection of the judicial sphere and information security.

The plenary session agenda is also expected to include a number of draft laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the ratification of international agreements.

Along with this, the senators at the upcoming general meeting are to discuss reports on the activities in 2014 of the Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Human Rights (Ombudsman), the Audit Chamber of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection.

Participants of the general session will also deliberate on other issues within powers of Uzbekistan’s Senate.

The Kengash of the upper house of the parliament set up a working group to coordinate the efforts of committees and the administration of the Senate to prepare and hold the second general session.

(Source: Press Service Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan )

 

investments

Is It Easy To Be an Investor?

Experts attempted to seek for new opportunities for the growth of industry within the International Textile Symposium in Tashkent.

Huge resource opportunities, emphasis on the development of high-tech industries and the widespread introduction of innovations have entailed a high interest of foreign and local companies in enhancing business partnerships in various areas of textile business in Uzbekistan, especially in the spinning sector. The symposium brought together over 200 experts, businessmen, researchers, industrialists, government officials and representatives of international organizations willing for new collaborative initiatives in the industry.

Their interest and desire is quite understandable. Uzbekistan has accumulated a considerable experience in the implementation of big investment projects. High global demand for cotton fiber, natural fabrics and other textile products suggests the leading role of the sector in the country’s export potential. Under the Program of Measures for Structural Reforms, Modernization and Diversification of Production for 2015-2019 Uzbekistan has mapped out the implementation of 77 investment projects in the textile industry totaling over $900 million. There is much more to come. Therefore, business representatives from all regions of the country were invited to seek for new common grounds with foreign partners. The organizers clearly defined the target audience: potential investors, heads of textile companies, investment companies and banks.

“Uzbekistan has created all conditions for successful business,” said Devenura Singh, a representative of the Color Print Expo Tex joint venture. “The advanced technologies that have been widely introduced in your country and the skilled staff contribute to the growth of the textile industry and promote its products in foreign markets. I would also like to note that our company employs young graduates of vocational colleges, and they professionally face all the production challenges.”

The symposium has turned into a kind of expert platform to address relevant issues of effective technology management and optimal engagement of equipment during the spinning process. Representatives of the world renowned Swiss company of Rieter, who have first-hand knowledge of local conditions, advised the domestic producers. The company has been operating in the Uzbek market for 22 years, supplying 180 textile factories with modern equipment and spare parts.

An up-to-date manufacture of belt, carding and spinning machines was established in Tashkent, and three service centers have been commissioned in Fergana, Bukhara and Khorezm regions.

To date, the company has invested more than $10 million in the development of its project in Uzbekistan. As stated at the symposium, experts have already embarked on the document processing for the next phase of the project aimed at increasing the localization of production.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

medicine

Technologies that Diagnose and Cure

Burgeoning technologies are changing our life while health technologies are extending it. The enthusiasm shown by representatives of healthcare institutions of different levels, areas and forms of ownership attending Tashkent’s Uzexpocenter instills hope that we will live longer as we stand to benefit from better treatment.

The demand for up-to-date medical equipment has been high in Uzbekistan. It has been entailed by ongoing major construction work in healthcare facilities. Over 130 institutions have been annually built, overhauled or reconstructed over the past five years in the public health sector alone, providing access to medical care for the population. The private health sector has been expanding as well. As a rule, new buildings are furnished with better quality, more effective equipment.

Provision of advanced equipment ranks among main thrusts of the Ministry of Health in its urge for meeting people’s needs in high-tech medical services. Hospitals have been funded not only just from the national budget, but also under joint projects with the World Bank, Germany’s KfW Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and other international financial institutions. Cooperation with domestic and foreign companies has been in progress. The last week’s Industrial Cooperation Exchange demonstrated a wide range of specially coated furniture and textile products offered by domestic manufacturers. However, the market of medical equipment and technologies is so far dominated by foreign companies. The yesterday’s International Exhibition ‘Healthcare – TIHE 2015’ was a platform for dozens of manufacturers from more than 30 countries to introduce the visitors with their products. It was the 20th largest medical exhibition in the country.

According to analysts, Uzbekistan has been actively purchasing diagnostic equipment, ranging from electrocardiogram devices to computer and magnetic resonance tomography of the latest generation, and laboratory equipment. Equipment for operating, emergency and treatment rooms rank among most demanded medical devices. Some auxiliary equipment, including coolers and sterilizers, has been popular as well.

The public sector has been the biggest customer of high-tech equipment. Large-scale projects on equipping health services have been underway throughout the country. Meanwhile, experts point out to the intensified purchasing capacity of medical institutions, which was facilitated by reforms in their funding, and creation of optimal conditions for the purchase of equipment. Medical institutions not just update the most used equipment, but also introduce new technologies. For instance, the Research Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, the Republican Specialized Research and Medical Center of Therapy and Rehabilitation and other institutions have adopted a method of shock wave therapy. It is worth noting that such purchases have been promoted by medical exhibitions of innovations. Private clinics have been a big contribution, especially in diagnostic procedures. There are dozens examples when their teams initiated or pioneered the introduction of advanced medical technologies.

Primary healthcare has been leading in investments to the purchase of medical equipment for 15 years, and the World Bank remains a stable partner of the government. The third phase of a symbolically named project of ‘Health’ is currently underway. It has been paying intent attention to primary care, as it contributes to making qualified medical aid affordable for the population, and its level and quality have an impact on the state of people’s health. Meanwhile, the priorities have changed. Rural health units were predominantly equipped at the first stage, while today the priority is given to district hospitals and clinics. The equipment is supplied upon completion of reconstruction and overhaul of buildings of district associations.

It is noteworthy that the projects on reconstruction and repair of buildings of district health facilities have been designed with an eye to the creation of optimal conditions for the effective use of the equipment, which required relocation of certain units. The current concept of healthcare development in rural areas implies that all branches of a district medical association, with the exception of rural health units, should be located close to each other, or even on the same territory, if possible. This allows all doctors using equipment effectively.

The upgrade of the X-ray service is currently in progress. Each district is supplied with two up-to-date digital devices with different resolution and different ways of printing and saving the information received. Medical institutions are also provided with digitizers – the devices to transfer a film image into electronic format. It is planned to supply the equipment of this class to all district health facilities by the end of the year.

Ultrasonic scanners, commonly of a new generation, with high resolution capacity, are among other popular devices. Previously doctors mainly used one-sensor ultrasonic scanners, while the latest devices have three of them, allowing exploring more anatomical organs. A broad choice of modes has enabled the doctors to examine vessels and identify the diseases of blood flow. Such devices are used for the provision of medical aid to patients of all ages, even fetuses in the womb, ranging from routine examinations to emergency medical aid.

The Healthcare – TIHE 2015 presented a huge number of modifications of ultrasound scanners, since ultrasound diagnosis is seen as one of the most informative, safest and popular examination methods. There is hardly an area of medicine that would not engage this kind of equipment.

Institutions of mother and child healthcare have been undergoing large-scale transformation as well. Making it a priority, the Ministry of Health explains that health starts with healthy parents, so the doctors are entrusted to help each family to raise healthy children.

It stands to reason that the most high-tech project has been implemented in this very branch of medicine. The construction of a hospital of the fourth generation has been launched in Tashkent in collaboration with Korean partners. It will have the country’s first robot surgeon DaVinci, which will allow performing the finest surgery, the positron emission tomography device, which distinguishes the smallest tumors, and many other devices to deal with a wide range of diseases that are still being treated abroad.

Furnishing the Republican Specialized Research and Medical Center of Pediatrics, the hospital of the Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute and regional children’s diversified medical centers with modern equipment has been in progress under the joint project with KfW Bank. According to experts of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, it is an unprecedentedly large-scale supply of advanced medical technologies for pediatric services.

The national and regional centers have been provided and are already applying the equipment for infants with poor health. There are incubators for nursing low birth-weight babies. They provide appropriate conditions for the further development of a child and simplify the work of doctors, displaying all the vital indicators of the child’s health on a special monitor. The issue of provision such rooms with lung ventilator for newborns has been resolved.

The upgrading of laboratory services is still in progress. The centers have already been supplied with advanced hematology analyzers. The Republican Specialized Research and Medical Center of Pediatrics is currently building its own reference laboratory. It will be provided with the powerful equipment that will clarify and specify the diagnosis with the help of modern high-precision diagnostic methods, including molecular genetics.

Very soon the Republican Specialized Research and Medical Center of Pediatrics and all regional children’s multi-profile medical centers will be supplied with endovisual equipment for chest and abdominal operations. In the meantime, the Republican Research and Medical Center for Minimally Invasive and Endovisual Surgery in Children remains the only center that offers such operations. There are many advantages of endovisual equipment, but most importantly, it does not require a long rehabilitation of little patients in most cases.

There are ongoing projects on additional equipment of other institutions. Screening centers are provided with devices that allow expanding the list of identified congenital and hereditary diseases; and the prenatal centers that specialize in women with complicated pregnancy are supplied with the equipment for nursing infants born with poor health.

At the present stage, the healthcare strategies have been prioritizing the development of specialized medical care. Initiatives on combating cancer have been most scaled. The buildings of oncology service have been reconstructed and built over the last two years to get prepared for the supply of up-to-date medical equipment, as provided by the Ministry of Health under the joint project with the Islamic Development Bank. The installation of equipment is expected to dramatically enhance the fight against cancer.

Each clinic will be provided with computed tomography for diagnosing and targeted treatment. The radiotherapy service is about to enter a new level. So far, such treatment is offered in Tashkent, Bukhara, Nukus and Namangan. Soon the equipment with different resolution opportunities will be installed in each region and each cancer clinic, since the radiotherapy treatment is currently the major cure for most cancers.

The cardiology service has been actively developing. The Vahidov Republican Specialized Center of Surgery opened a cutting edge cardiac surgery unit two years ago. Cardiac departments have been launched in Urgench and Namangan. Namangan region has become the country’s pioneer to develop the diagnostic and therapeutic services using angiographic devices.

Earlier in 2015, the Republican Specialized Research and Medical Center of Therapy and Rehabilitation received the angiographic device as well. Given the need of the population in cardiac care, the Ministry of Health is currently completing the construction of high-tech department at the Republican Specialized Center of Cardiology. The department will perform cardiopulmonary bypass surgeries.

TB and mental health services have been provided with additional equipment. With the support of foreign partners, it is planned to supply some additional high-tech medical equipment to the Republican Specialized Center of Endocrinology, Eye Microsurgery, Urology, Dermatology and Venerology and some other medical institutions by 2017.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

CINEMA

Passion of a Big-Name Collector

The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art has sent out invitations for gala celebrations in connection with the 100th anniversary of Igor Savitsky, which will be held in Nukus on the September 4. A premiere of the film “Passion of Igor Savitsky” will take place as part of these events, and it promises to be no less interesting than the American film “The Desert of Forbidden Art”. Merited art worker, winner of the State prize of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and producer Ali Khamrayev spoke more in detail about the film.

How was the idea of this documentary born?

“Several years ago I had an occasion to visit Nukus together with a well-known collector of art works, head of “Marjoni” charity foundation Rustam Suleymonov, a native of Tashkent province. During that journey we again visited the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art. I told Rustam at our dinner how I got acquainted with Igor Savitsky. That was in 1968 while we were working on the opera-film “Dilorom”. Passionate and selfless, Igor Vitalyevich literally lead me by the hand from one room of the old museum to another, to the basements, where the works of Karakalpak folk masters and hundreds of art canvases were placed on the shelves and lay on the floor. He told me the history of each exhibit, made up plans and dreamt about a greater facility for the museum. I was slightly over thirty then, and Igor Vasilyevich was more than fifty, and I thought that he was a crazy old man… It looks that it was namely at that dinner that I thought about shooting a film about the great collector, fanatical archaeologist and a wonderful painter. Or it could be in the plane when we were coming back from Nukus to Tashkent…”

Who is the script-writer of the film?

“I am the script-writer and producer of the film. Apart from the general producer Rustam Suleymonov, Savitsky’s follower and chief consultant of the project Marinika Bobonazarova help me in my work on the film. She used to be his deputy at the museum, and after the collector’s death she continues to preserve and popularize the invaluable treasures with the utmost sincerity and professionalism already in the quality of the museum director. My son, Ali-Ergash, also contributes greatly to the creation of the film; he is a universally-educated form-worker, who had mastered professions of a producer, cameraman and cutter. My elder daughter Leyla is the editor of the film. All staff members of the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, personnel of the Central archives of the film and photo documents of Uzbekistan and many others help us in our work…”

Can you please brief us on the plot of the film?

“The plot is very simple: a man was born, studied, worked, went to a distant land, liked it, fought for his dreams to come true, got sick, won a victory and … died. This is how our hero’s life went on.

The film will also tell the story of people, who our hero met with during his lifetime. And that means that it will tell also about Uzbekistan, its culture; the story about careful preservation of the museum’s invaluable treasure.”

How were materials collected for the film? Where did the shootings take place?

“Materials were picked up wherever we could – in film archives, private collections, with those who worked or communicated with Igor Savitsky in the museums… Some episodes were shot in Nukus, Moscow, Tashkent, in various parts of Karakalpaskatan; wherever Igor Vitalyevich lived and worked.

Literally several days ago, I asked Marinika Bobonazarova to send me improved-quality photographs and reproduction of paintings by Urol Tansiqboyev, Usto Mumin (Alexander Nikolayev), Mikhail Kurzin, and Nikolay Karakahan. In Moscow, producer-editor Dinara Yeliseyeva scrupulously edits the amendments and corrections. The narrator is my friend, remarkable producer and actor Andrey Smirnov. The Cross-studio in Italy thoroughly selects music, songs, sounds and computer graphics. After the customer’s approval of the project – the “Marjoni” charity foundation – in Moscow will be made a color correction of modern shootings and stills from old films, news-reels of different years starting with 1915, when our hero was born…”

What was new that you have discovered for yourself in the course of working on the film?

“Everything was new for me. Marinika Bobonazarova’s stories, revelations of painter-restorer Alivina Shpade and Karakalpak sculptor Joldas Kuttymuradov. Very interesting and informative were the interviews by leading masters of Uzbek painting and sculpture Damir Ryziboyev, Bakhodir Jalolov, outstanding painters Valery and Alexander Volkovs, who were the first to hand over to Igor Savitsky’s collection the works by their father Alexander Nikolayevich Volkov. This was an example followed by the heirs of other avant-garde painters, who had spent many years in the Stalinist camps and prisons.

Communication with the film participants helps create an original work unlike the American film “The Desert of Forbidden Art”, by the way, a very well-done film. The authors of the film focused more on politics; they were attracted by the sensational side of the topic – treasures hidden in the desert on the shores of the dying Aral Sea. But I am trying to focus the audience’s attention on the image of Igor Savitsky, a modest and brave man, and entrepreneurial in his own way. He managed to collect samples of folk art, and then in conditions of censorship and cowardly bureaucracy looked for unique paintings in a huge country and procured those canvases on behalf of the state. Now many of these masterpieces are estimated at millions of dollars, and people come to Nukus from all parts of the globe just to see them…”

When will the film be ready?

“The premiere is slated for early September 2015 in Nukus, during days paying tribute to Igor Savitsky. We, together with Rustam Suleymonov, recently went to Karakalpakstan and showed the personnel of the museum the draft of the film and received rather valuable advice. The completed film “Passion of Igor Savitsky” will not be screen anywhere before the premiere, which will be held at the museum.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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