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December 20, 2013

Politics&Foreign Policy:

Islam Karimov Addresses Surkhandarya Regional Councils Special Session

Rustam Azimov meets with South Korean President

Uzbekistan, UN officials discuss bilateral ties


Uzbekistan exports wines to Japan

South Korea to support Uzbekistans solar energy project

Uzbekistan and Japan strengthen business ties in tourism sector


Contest Winners Awarded

World Championship Kicks Off







The Surkhandarya Regional Kengash (Council) of Peoples Representatives convened December 19 for a special session.


President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov addressed the meeting with a keynote speech.


Wide-ranging transformation has been in progress in Surkhandarya region like it is all across the nation, President Karimov said. Numerous modern enterprises were established in recent years, communication networks were laid out, the services infrastructure was perfected and social sphere facilities new schools, lyceums and colleges, childrens music and arts schools, healthcare and sporting institutions have been erected lately. All this serves to reinforce the living conveniences in this ancient and inimitable oasis. In this province, the gross regional product in 2013 has grown by 9.4 percent, the production of agricultural goods increased by 6 percent, the volume of construction works enhanced by 11 percent, while that of paid services swelled by 18.5 percent.


Investments totaling 2 billion and 877 million dollars have been drawn in the province with an aim to refresh and modernize a variety of spheres and economy sectors in 2005-2013 from all sources, the head of our state noted.


Along with accomplishments evident in Surkhandarya region, the President of the country drew the attention also to some existing shortcomings and problems.


The session participants then considered managerial issue.


Normumin Chariev has been dismissed the post of hokim (governor) of Surkhandarya region.


Nominated by President Islam Karimov, the hitherto head of department at the Prosecutor Generals Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan Eshdavlat Juraev has been approved as hokim of the province.


Member of the Surkhandarya Regional Kengash of Peoples Representatives Chairman of the regional branch of the Nuroniy Fund Orzikul Soatov, lecturers of Termez State University Ghairat Rasulov and Gulnora Alimatova, the head of diversified farming enterprise Abraev Eshboy in Sherabad district Turamurod Abraev and other speakers at the event stressed that the speech of the President of the country constituted a comprehensive and profound analysis of the most crucial and priority dimensions in the socio-economic development of Surkhandarya region, an outline of forthcoming pressing challenges, and that the residents of the oasis, by drawing necessary conclusions from the critical remarks, will labor selflessly to further the realization of programs approved in all spheres and sectors.


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Later the day, President Islam Karimov visited the border complex Hairaton and held conversation with officers and privates.


(Source: UzA National News Agency)




First deputy Prime-Minister of Uzbekistan - Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov held negotiations with the President of the Republic Korea Park Geun-hye on 19 December 2013.


During the meeting, the South Korean President said that existing joint projects between the two countries are going smoothly, including one that calls for developing the Surgil gas field and building of the Ustyurt gas-chemical complex.


In his turn, Rustam Azimov said that South Korea is an important partner for Uzbekistans efforts to expand infrastructure and modernize its industries. He also said his government has a great deal of trust in Korean companies.


Azimov said that cooperation between the two countries is going smoothly in information technology areas, including Uzbekistans efforts to set up an electronic government, and expressed hope to host a branch of a Korean university with IT expertise in Tashkent.


South Korean President said she hopes such cooperation will move forward further. She also said she hopes to see greater cooperation between the two countries in the area of solar power generation, saying South Korea is paying a lot of efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental issues, according to the office.






UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Stefan Priesner held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan on 19 December 2013.


The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan said that the sides considered practical issues of relations between Uzbekistan and the UN.


The sides exchanged opinion on perspective directions of cooperation in 2014, within the implementation of the UN Country Programme for assisting development of Uzbekistan for 2010-2015.








In late November 2013, a trial lot of Uzbekistan wines, made in Parkent District by Hamkor LLC, was exported to Japan in the end of November 2013.


On 6 December 2013, a presentation and tasting of the line of natural fine wines given the names of historical cities of Uzbekistan, produced by Hamkor LLC, was held in Tokyo, Japan.


At the presentation organized by GALABA LLC, the official distributor, presented three types of red dry wines, aged since 2011 in oak casks. The company presented wines Samarkand Sayqali made from Pino Noire, Khiva from Cabernet Sauvignon and Qadimiy Bukhoro from Aleatico grape varieties.


According to the results of the presentation, as well as of the wine tasting, the participants showed interest to the Uzbekistan wines, the history of their origin, features of the local region and series of other matters and positive responses were received.






Uzbekistan and South Korea will cooperate in implementation of the project on construction of solar energy station in Samarkand region.


First deputy Prime-Minister of Uzbekistan - Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov and Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korean Yoon Sang-jick signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU).


Within the document, South Korea and Uzbekistan will jointly set up and operate a test site for solar energy farms. The two sides will also form a joint task force within a month made up of officials of the two governments, institutes and companies.


The Government of Uzbekistan is also planning to attract loan of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) to construction of the station.


Uzbekistan started to realize a project on construction of a 100-megawatt solar power plant in Samarkand.





Uzbekistan and Japan strengthen business ties in tourism sector - Uzbekistan NewsOn December 18, 2013 as part of the visit of Uzbek delegation headed by the Chairman UzbekTourism F.M. Rizaev to Japan, in the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Japan was held a round table with the senior officials of the Japanese Tourism Association.


The round-table featured presentations by UzbekTourism, Association of private travel companies (APTC), Uzbekistan Airways and the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan.


In addition, the delegation held talks with the President of the Japanese Tourism Association of Mr. Tatsuro Nakamura on strengthening business ties in tourism, including among members of the Japanese Association and APTC and increasing Japanese tourists inflow to Uzbekistan.


On December 19, 2013 were held talks with the President of Japan National Tourism Organization, Mr. Matsuyama Ruichi regarding further cooperation in tourism between Uzbekistan and Japan, in particular, official tourism administrations of the two countries.


Also, the delegation met with representatives of major Japanese media to promote Uzbekistan as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Central Asia and to campaign the tourist potential of Uzbekistan in Japan.


Proposal by Chairman of UzbekTourism to increase the frequency of Uzbekistan Airways flight Tashkent-Tokyo-Tashkent and establishing convenient flight schedules, based on Japanese consumer demand to further develop tourists exchange between two countries was the cornerstone of the talks.







Tashkent has hosted a ceremony of awarding the winners of the final stage of the national contest The Model Primary Organization of Womens Committee.


At the event organized by the Womens Committee of Uzbekistan, the Chairwoman of the Council of Trade Unions Federation of Uzbekistan T.Narbaeva, Chairman of the Tasviriy Oyina Artistic Association I.Latipov and others noted that in the process of wide-scale reforms spearheaded under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, a constant attention is being paid to securing the rights and interests of women, stepping up their position in the family and society, boosting their health, creating necessary conditions for the full realization of their abilities, and that these efforts have been yielding remarkable results.


During the independence years, a robust normative foundation has been instituted in our country in providing for an active engagement of women in the life of the society, protecting their rights, and safeguarding the family, motherhood and childhood. To this end, more than 80 laws and other normative acts and, as a result of the consistent implementation of tasks defined in them, the activity of women in society has been growing.


The Decree of the head of our state On Additional Measures to Support the Activities of the Womens Committee of Uzbekistan signed 25 May 2004 is an important guide for action in the further consolidation of social security of women, in boosting the health, in providing assistance to them in the implementation of advanced ideas and initiatives, coordinating the works of public institutions whose activities are related to women.


The Womens Committee of Uzbekistan has been placing a particular emphasis in raising the awareness among the wider public of the government policy concerning women, in bolstering this system, cementing the cooperation with state and public organizations, promoting new ideas and initiatives directed at building up the activity of women, securing the execution of tasks defined in socially important programs. Some 41 thousand primary organizations operate currently in the system of this social institution.


With a purpose of further improving the activities of primary organizations of the Womens Committee of Uzbekistan, uplifting the effectiveness of their efforts in raising the awareness among the wider public, women in particular, of the essence and significance of reforms underway in our country, a contest entitled The Model Primary Organization of Womens Committee has been conducted since 2011. Chairpersons of around 20 thousand primary organizations took part in district and town stages of the competition in 2013 and 84 of them have been able to book tickets to the national round.


The extensive reforms undertaken in our country are finding their bright reflection in the lives of women in our mahalla, says Shahodat Asadova, winner of the contest in the nomination The Model Primary Organization of Womens Committee in the Mahalla chairwoman of womens primary organization of the citizens assembly of Khojuvon mahalla, Vabkent district of Bukhara region. Constant attention is being paid to the worthwhile stimulation of the work of women and support for their undertakings. In this field, considerable effects are obvious from the social partnership with state and public organizations as well as financial institutions of the district.


The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Chairperson of the Womens Committee of Uzbekistan E.Basitkhanova addressed the event.


(Source: UzA National News Agency)




The chess world championship among children and youths of 8-18 years of age has started in the city of Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates.


Talented chess players from 120 countries of the world are vying for prizes in this eminent competition organized under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).


An exceptional significance attached under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the dynamic development of childrens sports in our country serves as an important factor in nurturing the younger generation physically sound, spiritually mature, intellectually advanced individuals. It facilitates also the further elevation of the standing of Uzbek sport at the international arena. The youths making remarkable achievements in chess have been growing in number. The athletes in this sport are distinct with their high intellectual abilities, cute and astute mind.


In the current world championship, our native lands honor is upheld by the chess world champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov, prize winners of the world championships Temur Igonin, Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova, and Asia champions Ortik Nematov, Shamsiddin Vohidov, Javohir and Islombek Sindorovs 31 young chess players in total.


Winners and prize winners of the world championship are to be named 28 December 2013.


(Source: UzA National News Agency)