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May 19, 2016


POLItiCs. 1

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov at the Oqsaroy on 18 May. 1

International Exhibition and Conference “Oil and Gas Uzbekistan”. 1

International exhibition and conference Oil and Gas Uzbekistan kicks off in Tashkent 1

economy.. 2

In the first three months of 2016, the estimated effect of import substitution in Uzbekistan exceeded $345 million  2


On regular meeting of the SCO CNC.. 3

International cooperation.. 3

Meeting with Vice-President of European Commission. 3

National Airline company “Uzbekistan Airways”. 4

The annual awards ceremony of the the most punctual air carriers ‘On-Time Performance Award 2015’ in Dubai ranked the national airline of Uzbekistan among the top three air carriers. 4

theater.. 4

Tashkent sees premiere of musical “My Tashkent”. 4


Tashkent to host Asian Chess Championship. 4






President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov at the Oqsaroy on 18 May

Warmly greeting the guest, the head of our state underlined that the first visit of the head of the government of Bulgaria to the Republic of Uzbekistan is a significant event in the development of bilateral relations and a good opportunity to elevate mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries to a new level.

Bulgaria is considered in Uzbekistan as a traditional and trusted economic partner and the Uzbek and Bulgarian peoples have had amicable relations for ages.

A wide sphere of issues of economic cooperation, prospective areas of interaction in industry, transport communications, tourism as well as establishment of modern joint industrial enterprises were discussed at the meeting.

The parties noted that opening of a new high-tech joint enterprise Uzpristaoil, founded by Uzbekneftegaz NHC and Bulgarian Prista Oil Company and specialized in deep processing and production of synthetic and semisynthetic motor oils, in the “Angren” special industrial zone on 18 May within the visit of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, is a vivid example of such mutually advantageous cooperation.

Boyko Borissov highlighted the high export potential of the new enterprise and remarked that the “Navoi” and “Angren” special economic and industrial zones in Uzbekistan, where unprecedented conditions for successful activity of foreign investors are created, present wide opportunities for implementation of new projects and allow Bulgarian companies to gain ground in the markets of Central, South and Eastern Asian countries.

During the meeting, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan conveyed his support for the economic policy of Bulgaria, main priorities of which are increasing the competitiveness of the economy, investments, development of entrepreneurship and small businesses.

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria highly assessed the reform strategy, implemented in Uzbekistan during the years of independence, which resulted in radical economic and social transformations. He underscored that a new phase of reforms and structural transformations, being carried out at present, unreservedly ensures further development and well-being of the country.

During discussions the parties acknowledged the large potential for widening mutual trade. Uzbekistan is ready to offer for the Bulgarian market a wide variety of industrial products, as well as is interested in attracting high-tech products and equipment, made in Bulgaria.

The parties also agreed to exchange business delegations in the nearest future to develop new prospective projects of joint cooperation in trade-economic and investment spheres.

Boyko Borissov expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of our country for a warm reception and underscored a deep interest of Bulgaria in widening multi-faceted partnership with Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

International Exhibition and Conference “Oil and Gas Uzbekistan”

International exhibition and conference Oil and Gas Uzbekistan kicks off in Tashkent

The 20th anniversary International exhibition and conference “Oil and Gas Uzbekistan – OGU 2016″ has opened its doors today in Uzbekistan. Its organizer is International exhibition company ITE Uzbekistan and its partner ITE group.

The anniversary brought together industry experts and leading companies of the world, while the wide exhibition and scientific program covers the basic issues of the market of hydrocarbons.

In total, the conference is attended by over 200 companies from 26 countries. Including from Azerbaijan, Austria, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Malta, Norway, Kingdom of Oman, Poland, Russia, Romania, USA, Singapore, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Korea and etc.

During the event, leaders and representatives of the most influential players of the global fuel and energy market discuss such topical issues related to: “Oil and gas sector of Uzbekistan: technologies, investments and development”.

Secretary General of the International Gas Union Paul Rasmussen and first Deputy Chairman of the Commission for energy Maroš Šefčovič are among the first speakers of the conference. Main topics of reports:

– “Oil and gas industry of Uzbekistan: new horizons of growth”;

– “Expanding the hydrocarbon resource base of Uzbekistan”;

– “Improving the efficiency of exploration and production of oil and gas in Uzbekistan”;

– “Investment potential of the oil and gas industry of Uzbekistan: international cooperation – success stories and new opportunities;

– “Alternative and renewable energy sources and energy efficiency”.

The development of projects for gas processing in Uzbekistan will also be in the focus of attention of experts. Among the speakers – experts of the companies: “Jackco Te”, “Honeywell UOP”, “LUKOIL Uzbekistan operating company” LLC, “IHS” and “General Electric”, as well as lecturers of the European Association of geoscientists and engineers (EAGE), Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

“Young scientists” section also deserves attention. Students and young specialists of the Tashkent chemical-technological Institute, Branch of Russian State University of oil and gas named after Gubkin in Tashkent in the plenary will discuss the role of youth in addressing the pressing issues of the oil and gas sector of Uzbekistan.

For almost 20 years, the world’s leaders of the oil and gas industry have been gathering annually at OGU center in order to discuss new global trends of the industry to expand cooperation in Uzbekistan.

Today, OGU is the only event whose business efficiency has been confirmed by the audit of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – UFI.



In the first three months of 2016, the estimated effect of import substitution in Uzbekistan exceeded $345 million

The Uzbek government has been successfully implementing a package of measures on import substitution and development of domestic production. These two processes have paved the way to the establishment of new manufacturable industries, production of modern goods, and filling the domestic market with quality goods that are noticeably cheaper than their imported counterparts. Moreover, the process has ensured creation of jobs and stimulation of domestic demand. Dozens of new large industrial enterprises in oil and gas, engineering, electrical and metallurgical industries have been built in Uzbekistan during the years of independence. Most importantly, these processes have been gaining pace from year to year.

The volume of import-substituting production has increased by 220 times as a result of localization programs that have been implemented since 2000. During the first quarter of the current year alone, enterprises have produced goods totaling 981.3 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 19.05.2016, 1$= 2914.10 soums) under 534 projects as part of the Program of Localization of Finished Products, Components and Materials for 2019, 1.5 times up from the previous year.

Since the beginning of 2016, enterprises have established the production of 37 new types of localized products, including petrochemical equipment and spare parts for conveyor equipment, isolation valves, speedometers for vehicles, fitness equipment, children’s bicycles and scooters, electric storage water heaters, and other finished goods.

Besides, Uzbekistan has increased the production of gasoline, ammonium sulfate, sodium nitrate, drills, rotary pumps, cement clinker, granulated sugar, barley grains, carpets and rugs, knitted garments, pro-vitamins and vitamins, medicines and other finished products. In particular, since the beginning of the current year, domestic enterprises have launched the manufacture of 18 new kinds and 24 models of finished sewing and knitted products, 38 kinds of pastries, fruit and vegetable, meat and dairy canned foods, 26 kinds of drugs and other consumer goods.

As a result of the International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange in 2015, Uzbekistan signed contracts for the current year on the development of the production and supply of previously imported products for 2.1 trillion soums. That should allow reducing the volume of imports by $637.5 million in key economy sectors in the current year.

The Program of Localization is important in terms of increasing the volume of exports and expansion of geography of deliveries of production, increasing the share of products with high added value. In 2015, for instance, Uzbekistan exported 52 types of new products, including washing machines, energy-saving lamps, and cosmetics.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


On regular meeting of the SCO CNC

On May 20-22, 2016, Tashkent will host a regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the preparations for the SCO summit, the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers in Tashkent, as well as other issues of the agenda of Uzbekistan’s presidency in the organization.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

International cooperation

Meeting with Vice-President of European Commission

On May 19, 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, who is in Uzbekistan on a visit.

During the conversation, the sides discussed the state and prospects for deepening bilateral relations in various spheres.

As has been noted, the participation of the high-level delegation of the European Union in the 20th International Conference “Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan” in Tashkent confirms mutual interest in further diversification of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union.

Special attention was paid to the implementation of programs and projects within the framework of the European Union Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia.

The Head of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan, Ambassador Yuri Sterk attended the meeting.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

National Airline company “Uzbekistan Airways”

The annual awards ceremony of the the most punctual air carriers ‘On-Time Performance Award 2015’ in Dubai ranked the national airline of Uzbekistan among the top three air carriers

“Uzbekistan Airways turned the third in the category ‘Air carriers meeting the line from 200 to 1,999 flights in 2015’. The jury considered the performance of over 140 air carriers that fly to Dubai Airport,” reported a company’s representative.

Uzbekistan Airways was acknowledged the most punctual airline among such carriers as Azerbaijan Airlines, British Airways, Kuwait Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Virgin Atlantic. There is also a merit of the staff of the Uzbekistan Airways representative office in Dubai, who ensured the prompt flight service at Dubai airport.

Today, the Uzbek airline cratfs fly seven times a week from three airports of the United Arab Emirates – Sharjah, Dubai and Al-Maktoum. Last year marked a noticeable increase in the number of passengers – more than 42,000. In 2015, Uzbekistan Airways also transported 523.5 tons of cargo and 218 tons of baggage.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Tashkent sees premiere of musical “My Tashkent”

The premiere of the new musical “My Tashkent” took place in “Istiqlol” Palace of Arts on May 13-14. Two brothers Hasan and Husan Salikhovs, who received the award in the category “Discovery of the Year” for their directorial debut in 2012 as well as successfully proven themselves in the production of the family musical “Snow Queen”, directed the event.

Performance was held simultaneously in Russian and Uzbek languages. Muzaffar Sidikov, producer of the project, commented regarding this linguistic decision: “This is a kind of experiment and desire to show our city as it is. Most of the residents of Tashkent speak two or even three languages. Therefore, “in our mahalla” characters speak in Russian and Uzbek languages without dubbing. Acting skills and well-known songs helped to feel and understand the story of performance.”

Retro composition with a modern rendering sounded on the stage: “Shine Tashkent, Star of the East”, “Kizbola”, “Parvon”, “Remember Me”, “Ok Bulut” and others. Especially surprised viewers cover version of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” in processed form as “Tashkent, Tashkent.”

At the moment, the organizers are considering the possibility of re-staging of the musical “My Tashkent” in the course of the year, so that everyone can enjoy the breathtaking action performed by talented artists.



Tashkent to host Asian Chess Championship

On May 26, the capital will host XV Asian Continental Chess Championship, according to the press service of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan.

Tashkent will see the strongest chess players from 20 Asian countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, UAE and others.

The first line of the tournament table is occupied by the strongest chess player of Vietnam and the World Blitz Champion of 2013, international grandmaster Le Quang Liem (rating – 2718).

Second on the list – the leader of chess in Uzbekistan and Central Asia, the World chess champion in 2004, international grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov, whose ranking last year comprised 2715 (January 1, 2016 – 2703).

Third on the list – a seventeen-year-old chess player from China, who became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, last years champion of China Wei I (2694), whose rating already has reached 2737.

Silver medalist of FIDE Grand Prix in Tehran, international master Hademalsharie Sarasadat (2459), world champion in 2010 Guo Qi from China (2447), winner of the tournament in Zurich in 2010 Munguntuul Batkhuyag from Mongolia (2442), champion of India Padmini Rout (2433) will perform on preliminary composition among women.

Uzbekistan will be represented by such international grandmasters as Rustam Kasimdjanov, Jahongir Vahidovov, Marat Jumayev, this year’s champion of the republic Yakubboev Nodirbek, women international masters Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova, Irina Gevorgyan and other chess players of the country.


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