As the tradition goes, it was organized by the country’s Trade and Industry Chamber with support from the Council of Farmers of Uzbekistan and the Hunarmand Association, along with corresponding government agencies.
The share of small business and private entrepreneurship in the national economy has been rising constantly, owing to which the private sector is assuming a growingly important place in the process of advancement of the nation. Indicative in this regard has also been the annual national show-contest Tashabbus for the prize of the President of the country, and which has come to be one of effective instruments of support and stimulation for entrepreneurship, small business in particular.
This year’s business marathon was attended by some 10 thousand entrepreneurs, farmers and artisans. District and town phases of the competition took place in late February, winners of which booked ticket for performance at the provincial round. 41 most well-deserving and successful participants of regional rounds were entitled for the national stage of the Tashabbus 2014 show contest.
An extensive exhibition was organized at the Turkiston Palace for the goods produced by the winners, where they were afforded opportunity to display the latest achievements in agriculture, innovations in the manufacturing industry and craftsmanship. The neatly arranged exposition and the contest Tashabbus 2014 in general, that helped reveal new names of enterprising entrepreneurs, farmers and craftspeople, has brilliantly confirmed time and again that our land is truly rich for talented and selfless people.
Especially appealing to visitors and participants was the stand of the enterprise Sirdaryo-Mega-Luks that specializes in the production of polypropylene stacks. Earlier on, such products used to be imported, but now the domestic manufacturer sends them for export. Notably, the enterprise sent its goods abroad for a total sum of more than 325 thousand US dollars in the year 2013 alone.
Remarkably, according to the head of Sirdaryo-Mega-Luks Ltd. Muhiddin Normatov, the enterprise was founded in 2009 that was announced in the country as the Year of Rural Development and Beautification. Back then, manufacturers were granted additional tax and customs privileges and preferences, and the process of providing with legal, financial and organizational assistance in the modernization of production, promotion of domestic products for exports has been enhancing dynamically.
The immense support from the state for entrepreneurship is acknowledged also by other participants of the Tashabbus 2014 review contest. Thanks to it, in excess of 26 thousand entities of small business started up last year alone, while the total number of functioning enterprises in this sphere reaches 190 thousand. Currently, the share of private sector amounts to 23 percent of the overall volume of industrial goods manufactured in the country, practically the entire volume of market services, 18 percent of exports, and 75 percent of the total population employed in the economy of the nation.
The national round of the Tashabbus 2014 show contest has demonstrated also the speedy development of agriculture. Previously, people in the agrarian sector were busy by and large in growing agricultural crops, whereas in recent years the policy priority has been on the creation of diversified farming enterprises. As the President of our country Islam Karimov stressed, farming enterprises constitute that very foundation where the rural life is built on. And this is rather justified, since they are busy in reprocessing agricultural goods and the production of final produce, providing services to the rural population and other types of entrepreneurship along with agriculture and livestock. The number of such diversified farming enterprises has now exceeded 18 thousand in Uzbekistan.
They include the fam Fayz in Namangan region, headed by the industrious and enterprising farmer Tolibkhon Abbaskhanov. The farming enterprise specializes in growing cotton, beekeeping and sericulture, and it has bakery and knitwear production workshops. Eye-catching are the samples of final goods in bright brand-name package displayed at the stand.
According to visitors of the exhibition, such an abundance of the quality domestically produced goods is suggestive of the effectiveness of state policy to support farmers.
Particularly attractive were also the colorful stands of folk craftspeople, many of whom continue the trade of their ancestors. Carpets from natural wool, the dazzling suzanni, the national barics of atlas and bekasam and the apparel made of them, the golden embroidered items, the ceramics, musical instruments and many other things are indicative of the government’s enormous attention and comprehensive support for artisans. The effective system of benefits and preferences allows the folk masters to establish and run a successful business, owing to which their products enjoy a mounting popularity also beyond the borders of our nation.
Among them is the 23-year old Nargiza Dalibaeva from the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Notwithstanding her youth, she is already well renowned as a talented designer and endowed folk master. Keeping with the traditions of the scheme “Mentor-Apprentice”, Nargiza has taught the secrets of embroidery, patchwork, carpet weaving and sewing of national apparels to more than 20 girls. Making a good use of the encouraging conditions created in our country for the support and stimulation of craftspeople, Nargiza intends to cement her own business and draw graduates of professional colleges more extensively to this business.
In a word, entrepreneurs, farmers and artisans – participants of the national stage of the Tashabbus 2014 show contest – have gladdened with their quality products in demand.
In accordance with the tradition, names of the winners were announced in ceremonial circumstances at the Turkiston Palace.
They were identified in three principal nominations: The Entrepreneur of the Year, The Farmer of the Year, The Artisan of the Year, along with specialized nominations like The Youngest Entrepreneur of the Year, The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, The Innovation Project of the Year, The Employer of Youth of the Year, The Family Business of the Year, My Motherland – My Pride, and The Exporter of the Year.
In the nomination The Entrepreneur of the Year, director of the Iftikhor Kiyim Sanoat Ltd. Anna Dobrykh from Namangan region has been named winner. Her enterprise produces children’s, women’s and menswear.
The Farmer of the Year went to the head of the Ahmadiy famer enterprise Bahodir Kenjaev from Sirdaryo region. He cultivates cotton and grain, breeds cattle and produces meats and dairy.
Abdumalik Madraimov from Andijan region has been announced as the Artisan of the Year. The folk master places a special emphasis on the reinvigoration of forgotten traditions in making national musical instruments.
“The Tashabbus competition encourages the development of entrepreneurship in the country and stimulates us to work harder and better,” Anna Dobrykh has shared her thoughts. “And it is a great honor for me to be acknowledged as winner of this contest. The path to victory has been quite taxing because the Tashabbus gathers the best of the best. I am going home with new projects and ideas.”
The triumphant in the Tashabbus 2014 were awarded diplomas and prizes of the President – Spark cars, while prize winners of the competition earned money prizes and valuable gifts.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan U.Rozukulov took part in the occasion.