20 September, 2011Politics:
Devoted to the implementation of the law
At the Committee on Agriculture and Water Management Issues of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held a session dedicated to the implementation in Tashkent region of agricultural norms stipulated by the Land Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The meeting was attended by deputies, representatives of the Institute for monitoring of current legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Prosecutor General's Office, Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, Justice, Finance, Economy, State Committee «Yergeodezkadastr», Association of Farmers, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional khokimiyats, business entities and the mass media professionals.
Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Water Management Issues of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis M.Teshaboev and others noted that economic reforms in the agricultural sector of the country conducted under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, promote to ensure the internal market with high-quality agricultural products at an affordable price. In this process, the rational use of land and dekhkan farms is important.
In Tashkent region main attention is paid to the rational use of land, in particular, preservation of ecological stability, increase soil fertility, attract innovative technology to improve its reclamation condition. The relevant legislation is performed. According to the results of monitoring carried out six months of this year in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, State Committee «Yergeodezkadastr» and the Tashkent regional administration, in order to eliminate violations of the use of land intended for agriculture, 97 submissions are made to the authorities of management.
It was noted that in the region it is important to strengthen the adoption of crop rotation, to improve soil fertility and use the unused possibilities of efficient land use.
Views were expressed on the successes achieved as a result of reforms aimed at accelerating the development of the agrarian sector and further improve the welfare of the people, for a large-scale outreach to the public on reforms undertaken in the field and practical results, as well as the protection and rational use of land. (Source: parliament.gov.uz)
ECONOMYChinese company to build two pump stations in Uzbekistan
China's IPPR Int. Engineering Corp signed a contact with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management of Uzbekistan to construct two pump stations with the cost of US$30.8 million.
The Chinese company will build pump station in Narpay district in Samarkand region and replace eight blocks with the capacity of 1,600 cubic meters per second each.
The company will also construct pump station in Beshariq district of Ferghana Valley with replacement of 10 blocks with the capacity of 1,400 cubic meters per second each. The project will be realized within two years.
The project will be financed due to loan of the Asian Development Bank for US$100 million, which was provided to the Government of Uzbekistan in December 2009.
The ADB loan was issued within the project on management of water resources in Ferghana and Zarafshan Valleys with total cost of US$144 million. The Government of Uzbekistan issued US$44 million for the project.
The project will ensure sustainable development of agriculture at irrigated lands and increase efficiency of water and land resources use in these two valleys.
As reported earlier, the Government of Uzbekistan is planning to attract preferential loans of the international financial institutions and the Chinese government for US$500 million for reconstruction of the eighteen pump stations in the country.
In 2010, China’s Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) constructed three pump stations in Andijan region with the cost of US$20 million. The project was financed due to loan of Chinese Eximbank for US$13 million.
Tashkent hosts festival of national food "Tasanno-2011"
The festival of culinary art “Tasanno-201” was held in Tashkent. Devoted to the 20th anniversary of the independence of Uzbekistan, it was organized in collaboration with the Council of friendship societies and cultural and educational relations of Uzbekistan with foreign countries and the Association of Chefs of Uzbekistan.
The national dishes of such countries as Uzbekistan, China, India, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Vietnam, Jordan, South Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and others were demonstrated at the festival.
“Extensive work has been done in Uzbekistan to strengthen cooperation and friendly relations with other countries in the world,” said Ambassador of Pakistan to Uzbekistan, Mohammad- Vahil ul-Hassan. “Such events play an important role in further strengthening the mutual cultural relations. Uzbekistan is rich with unique customs, national traditions and values. Fine Uzbek national cuisine is famous worldwide for its unique taste.”
Held regularly since 2004, the current festival lets familiarize with the culture and customs of various nations of the world. Various national costumes, songs and dances of different countries were presented at the event, too. (Source: UzA News Agency)
Uzbektourism summed up the study tours of foreign tour operators and journalists to Uzbekistan.
As part of the Mega-Info-Tours Program, held in March, June and August this year, more than 250 foreign tour operators and 14 journalists got acquainted with the tourist potential of Uzbekistan.
The new marketing project was initiated by Uzbektourism last year to promote Uzbekistan as the main tourist destination on major foreign tourism markets. Participants in these Mega-Info-Tours are foreign partners of Uzbek tour operators, as well as representatives of foreign media and new companies interested in Uzbekistan as another tourist destination for their clients.
Results of the first Mega-Info-Tours have demonstrated that Uzbekistan is still an attractive tourist destination in all the continents of the world. The greatest number of foreign tour operators represent the European countries (Italy - 45 France - 29 Spain - 22). However, Asian travel companies also became more active, especially from China (21) and India (19). Several tour operators from the U.S., Brazil and Australia, too, show growing attention to the tourist potential of Uzbekistan.
Local travel agencies comment such visits demonstrate extensive tourist opportunities in Uzbekistan and its attractiveness in all seasons. In addition, these tours promote interaction and cooperation between the domestic tourist industry, including Uzbektourism, Uzbekistan Airways, Uzbekistan Railways and authorities in different regions of the country.
Mega-Info-Tours in Uzbekistan are organized on the eve of the main tourist seasons and in periods of decline in tourist arrivals. (Source: UT News Agency)