THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
Address: Av. Franklin Roosevelt, 99, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
NEWS OF UZBEKISTAN
December 25, 2013
On December 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Director of the Executive Committee of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) Zhang Sinfen.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the activities of the SCO RATS Executive Committee in 2013, and promising areas of work in the upcoming 2014, reports the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
At Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis was held a seminar on priorities in connection with declaration in our country of 2014 as the Year of a Healthy Child, as well as implementation of the Law "On Environmental Impact Assessment".
It was organized by the Legislative Chamber Committee on ecology and environmental protection, and the deputy group of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan. It was attended by deputies, experts from relevant ministries and agencies, employees of the EcoMovement Central Council Executive Committee, the members of the committee experts, as well as mass media.
It was noted that at the initiative of the Head of State, 2014 has been declared as the Year of a Healthy Child. In connection with this priorities have been set for health promotion, protection of motherhood and childhood, and to further improve the healthcare system, the role of a family, mahalla and the community in rising the younger generation. It was emphasized that to raise a healthy generation clean environment and environmental protection are crucial. So, the parliamentarians need to improve the legal framework and enforcement of the adopted laws on environmental protection on the ground. Deputies discussed concrete proposals and recommendations for effective application of the Law "On Environmental Impact Assessment" recently adopted by Oliy Majlis.
Speakers noted development of specific legislation on environmental protection, natural resource management, ensuring compliance of other laws (administrative, civil, criminal, etc.) with environmental requirements as main areas and criteria for improving environmental legislation. Basic requirements are preventing vacuum in the legal regulation of environmental relations, ensuring that they meet the needs of society. In addition, it is important to improve the mechanisms for the implementation of environmental legislation, to ensure the implementation of international legal norms in the field of environmental protection in national legislation, to rationally use natural resources and to ensure strict compliance with environmental legislation.
On December 20, in Directorate of Angren special industrial zone was held a meeting with the professors at Ghent University in Belgium Mr. K. Devettink and Benedikt Sas.
During the meeting, the guests were acquainted with the activities and conditions created in Angren SIZ, with tax and customs privileges, and the activities of Angren international logistics center. The Directorate officials also briefed the guests about the infrastructure and unused facilities on the territory of the industrial zone.
It should be noted that Mr. Devettink and Sas are the founders of Ugent Cacaolab, which has expertise in production of chocolate and confectionery products for over 15 years. Mr. Sas presented a summary of the main activities of Ugent Cacaolab, their chocolate and confectionery products, and also expressed interest in establishing quality Belgian chocolate factory in Angren special industrial zone.
In Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC) were announced results for 11 months of 2013 and plans for the upcoming 2014.
It should be noted that Complex’s energy services are very important in the structure of AMMC. The main objective of the service is smooth and trouble-free supplies of energy resources the technological equipment in all production areas of the Complex.
At every enterprise of AMMC there are energy services that employ over 3.5 thousand highly qualified and competent professionals. Each of the energy services develops and implements measures for calculation, control and rational use of energy.
This year, some major projects envisaged in the Program of modernization, technical and technological re-equipment of AMMC" have been completed, including:
- during the reconstruction of thermal power central, the third 12 MW turbine generator was commissioned and a steam boiler E-75 (90) was installed, which increased the capacity of combined heat and power central up to 36 MW;
- gastight recovery boiler for fluidized bed furnaces was commissioned at zinc plant;
- SC -1500 compressor at smelter plant was upgraded, after commissioning of which the plant’s productivity increased from 1500 to 1700 m3/mm;
- a solar panel was commissioned, which resolved the problem of hot water at Kauldy mine;
- this year only about 120 frequency converters were installed, which will reduce power consumption in shops and departments of the Complex by 10-15%;
At the same time, saving fuel-energy resources (FER ) for the period under review amounted to 22525.49 million soums, annual electricity consumption - 2,204,825 thousand kilowatt-hours (kWh) and natural gas - 332 119 thousand m3.
In addition, AMMC outlined the plans for near future:
- from 2014 to 2016 will be introduced efficient crushing and conveying systems, one of which is designed to transport rocks, the second - ore, which will provide an increase in ore output by 10 million tons per year with a reduction of energy cost, even with further deepening of the mine;
- it is planned to improve the technology with the use of half-self-grinding mills at copper concentrator factory, based on introduction of new smelting technology in a liquid bath, where ineffective concentrates smelting of reverberator furnace will be discontinued;
- replacement is scheduled of obsolete and worn-out air separation unit BR-1 for an oxygen unit of the latest generation.
Carrying out of complex energy efficiency measures will allow only in 2014 to reduce energy consumption by more than 120 million kWh, of natural gas - 25 million m3. Moreover, introduction of alternative energy sources will make it possible to reduce the consumption of coal by means of solar power plants – by 619 tons, biogas plants – by 130 tons.
December 17-20 during the visit of the Uzbek government delegation to the Republic of Korea was signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between the Uzbek State Committee on privatization, de-monopolization and competition and the Korea Consumer Agency.
Memorandum aims to promote, enhance and maintain cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea in consumer protection.
The main areas of cooperation between the two agencies within the Memorandum will be to study foreign practices, improving the methodological framework, implementation of technical assistance projects, exchange of information, advising, organizing training, seminars and conferences.
Particular attention will be paid to implementation of measures to establish links between NGOs and consumer associations of the two countries.
The regional round of the national show contest “Yurt Kelajagi” has taken place in the capital city with the participation of young men and women from Tashkent and Tashkent region.
The competition is organized by the Central Council of the Kamolot Youth Social Movement in cooperation with ministries of higher and secondary special education as well as culture and sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Chairman of the Central Council of the Kamolot Youth Social Movement B.Ghaniev noted that a special significance is being attached under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in the process of transforming all walks of life of the society to issues related to securing the rights and interests of youths, their education at the level of world standards, and providing assistance to them in attaining profession. The steadfast realization of laws “On Fundamentals of the State Youth Policy in the Republic of Uzbekistan”, “On Education”, the National Program for Training Specialists and a number of other normative documents serves such noble ends as nurturing the youth of the country as inferior to no one in anything, thoroughly healthy and comprehensively advanced individuals.
As part of the State Program “The Year of Wellbeing and Prosperity”, the scale of works has expanded directed at further reinforcement of the responsibility of youths before the family, society, Motherland, at creating new jobs for them, boosting their health, improving the economic and technical capacities of all elements of the education system. Successfully carried out are the projects dedicated to inhibiting the youths from the ideas foreign to our national lifestyle, and to the firm establishment of healthy lifestyle in the society.
The “Yurt Kelajagi” national show contest is one of such projects. Its goals are centered on the discovery and comprehensive support for new talents.
At the competition that was held at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, the Abu Rayhon Beruni Tashkent State Technical University, the Tashkent Architectural Construction Institute, and the Tashkent University of Information Technologies, young men and women aged 15-25 demonstrated their knowledge and skills in such nominations as architecture and design, information and communication technologies and innovative proposals, technical projects and innovations, traditional and applied arts.
“All the necessary conditions and opportunities are created in our country for the youth to attain profound knowledge, to acquire professions in fields they fancy, to realize their creative and intellectual potential,” says Muhammadsolih Mamatov, student of the Tashkent Architectural Construction Institute. “Such vast opportunities and conditions urge us the youths to be even more active in science, creativity and work, be worthwhile citizens of our free and prosperous country.”
Winners of the show contest in various nominations were named in the occasion.
(Source: UzA National News Agency)
A considerable significance is attached to shoring up the artistic creativity, culture and arts, journalism and sports under the leadership of President Islam Karimov with an aim to boost the spiritual-ethical state of the people, especially the younger generation, to foster a comprehensively advanced youth inferior to no one in anything.
The Istiqlol Palace in Tashkent hosted December 20 an honoring ceremony of winners of the Etirof Awards established by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with a range of organizations in order to support, encourage and popularize the experience of works of the best representatives of culture, arts, artistic creativity, journalism and sports.
The Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan M.Khojimatov and others noted that extensive efforts have been underway in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov during the independence years directed at bolstering the national spirituality in line with requirements of time, at nurturing ethically mature youths and promoting the national arts and culture.
The year 2013 has been packed with a great diversity of events, creative projects, festivals, concert shows, and review contests held at a rather high level and played an important role in the cultural and enlightenment life of the nation. Performances of theatrical groups from the Republic of Karakalpakstan, all the regions and the city of Tashkent were run across the entire country during guest performance tours. The nationwide television contest of katta ashula, lapar and ulan singers entitled “Melodies of the Ancient Land”, the TV festival of mass performance, the second national competition “Glorifying the Contemporaries” and other such events serve to preserve the exceptional pearls of the music and theatrical national art and their extensive propaganda among the growing generation.
In the creation of songs and melodies that glorify the independence, the peaceful, tranquil and comfortable life, our achievements, the care for nurturing the comprehensively sophisticated generation in the spirit of patriotism, selflessness and the sense of attachment to the fate of the country, in the consolidation of cooperation among creative people, invaluable is the role of the Republican show contest “You the Only One, the Sacred Motherland!”
During the 9th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival held in Samarkand, artists from more than fifty nations of the world demonstrated their national songs, melodies and dances at the Registan Square.
The year 2013 has become the one of remarkable accomplishments also in sports. Uzbekistan’s youths, having proved triumphant in many sports during continental and global championships, has made a worthwhile input into the elevation of our native land’s international standing.
The occasion at the Istiqlol Palace contained awarding the winners in more than twenty nominations, including “Classical song, national variety performance and opera art”, “National and contemporary dance and ballet”, “Traditional and academic performance”, “Visual arts and design”, “Motion picture, theater and mass performance”, “Artistic creativity, journalism and television”, “Sports and physical training”, and many others.
“We, the creative people, are inspired by the marvelous attention paid in our country to the promotion of arts, culture, artistic creativity and sports,” says Artyk Faizullaev, the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan, winner in the nomination “The master of the year in applied arts”. “This urges us to be worth of constant attention and care displayed by the head of our state.
The event also included a concert show with masters of art and creative youths.
(Source: UzA National News Agency)
An international academic conference held in Tashkent on December 25 was entitled “The Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan in Independence Years”.
The event was attended by representatives of ministries and other government agencies, institutions of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, higher education institutions, scientific and experimental-design centers, international organizations, as well as academic communities of more than ten countries, including China, Russia, the United States, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and others.
The President of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan Sh.Salikhov noted in his speech that the priorities of the wide-ranging economic reforms being undertaken in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov are centered on shaping an innovation-based economy built on the intensification and elevation of competitiveness of production capacities by way of qualitative renewal with the help of cutting-edge technologies. To this end in mind, integrated measures have been taken to consolidate the scientific and technical sector, particularly to step up the activities of the Academy of Sciences, which has become during independence years a leading center of scientific research and a generator of intellectual innovative products.
From the first years of independence, the adaptation of the Academy of Sciences to new socio-economic realities, the arrangement of starting conditions for the production of science intensive goods that meet the requirements of the domestic economy and capable of competing in the world market, the formation of academic specialists of new generation who wield an innovation oriented thinking – all this has been accompanied by the adoption of a range of normative documents. These have included the resolutions of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Measures to Boost the Coordination and Management in the Promotion of Science and Technologies” signed 7 August 2006, “On Additional Measures to Encourage the Introduction of Innovation Projects and Technologies into the Production Process” inked 15 July 2008, “On Measures to Further Improve the System of Training Academic and Academic-Pedagogical Cadres of Highest Qualification” penned 2 November 2010 and other documents.
Today, the Academy of Sciences runs important fundamental and applied research in science, technical sector, culture and enlightenment in the most pressing socio-economic issues. It secures the effectiveness in the activities of its scientific institutions, coordination of academic research and innovation, timely introduction of scientific achievements and science intensive technologies into life, and trains highly qualified scientific specialists. This all facilitates the augmentation of the intellectual, economic and spiritual potential of our country.
As it was stressed during the conference, the Academy currently unites 32 scientific research institutions, including 23 major research institutes, a scientific center and a specialized engineering design and technology bureau, 4 museums, the Karakalpakstan branch with two research institutes and the Khorezm Academy of Mamun.
The Academy has been consolidating consistently also the integration of academic science and education. In cooperation with scientific and education institutions of various levels of our country’s education system, a range of joint departments were established, where undergraduate and graduate students have a unique opportunity to not only get familiar with the latest research innovations, but also take an active part in them. In this respect, young fellows are engaged by and large in the execution of competition projects in government scientific-technical programs.
Our nation’s independence has provided the young scientists with an opportunity to take an energetic part in addressing the urgent issues and challenges the global science faces. It is brilliantly illustrated by the establishment of the Center for High Technologies with the participation of the United Kingdom’s Cambridge University at the Mirzo Ulughbek National University of Uzbekistan. The share of young specialists has been rising among the developers of innovation projects. In order to support the talented youth, the Council of Young Scientists has elaborated a targeted strategy of the development of scientific and innovation activities sought to boost the enthusiasm of young people who embark on the path of scientific undertakings.
During independence years, the Academy has been able to pass through a remarkable path of renewal and accomplish a great many triumphs by earning international acknowledgement. This was specifically underscored by the foreign participants of the academic conference.
“Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan have always enjoyed close scientific and technical ties, which were built on, among other things, the community of our cultures and the fraternal relations between our two peoples,” academician Ibragim Kuliev, Vice President for technical sciences at the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, suggested. “We can state today with a huge delight that during independence years, the science in Uzbekistan has received qualitatively new stimuli and an enormous government support, owing to which achievements of global significance have been made in a number of fields. These include solar energy industry, genetic engineering and unique astronomic discoveries.”
The acknowledgement of the nation’s scientific accomplishments is also indicative by the fact that on the eve of the 21st anniversary of our country’s independence, the Institute of Astronomy of Uzbekistan’s Academy of Sciences received a splendid news suggesting the discovery by Japanese scientists of a minor planet – asteroid no.22948 – which received a title of Maidanak by the International Astronomy Union. In the bulletin published in the directive of the Harvard Center of Minor Planets it was noted that Maidanak is a world class astronomic observatory located in Uzbekistan. In general, foreign astronomers in different times named five discovered minor planets in honor of our country – Uzbekistania, Avicenna, Ulugbek, Beruni and Khorezmi. Another planet was discovered in 2009 by Uzbek scientists in the Maidanak observatory. On the proposal of President Islam Karimov, it was entitled the name of Samarkand in honor of the city that has been a center of world astronomy from ancient times.
For the past years, the scholars of the Academy of Sciences have also made a number of other critical fundamental scientific achievements of international significance. The most crucial academic accomplishment in the cotton growing industry of the country has become the creation – with the help of gen-knockout technologies – of a unique trans-gen species of cotton that has an advanced root system and distinct with high productivity, outstanding quality of the fiber, early maturation and salt-endurance. The scientists created also other highly productive sorts of cotton, including “Mehnat” and “AN-16” that are sown annually in the fields of our country. In addition, 10 volumes of the extraordinary scientific and applied reference “Natural Compounds (Plant Resources, Structure and Properties)” have been produced and published in English for the first time. Also, more than 30 original domestic medicines based on local raw materials have been created.
“One of the latest achievements of our scholars became the publication of the scientific and applied reference “Natural Compounds (Plant Resources, Structure and Properties)” in English by the Springer publishers in London,” says Sobirjon Sasmakov, senior research fellow, chairman of the Council of Young Scholars at the Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances of Uzbekistan’s Academy of Sciences. “It contains information on more than 7.5 thousand natural compounds related to a diversity of classes. As a young scientist, I was honored to be a coauthor of that book and I am glad that the reference has received agreeable acknowledgement of specialists and became a unique guide for the world scientific community.”
Direct academic contacts of the Academy’s institutions have considerably expanded with the major global scientific centers on an equal and mutually advantageous stand.
“Our institute has been vigorously cooperating for than ten years with the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan in a variety of fields,” shares Professor Abulimit Yuli, head of the laboratory at Xinjiang Technical Institute of Chemistry and Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the People’s Republic of China. “Currently, we are jointly working on the project to establish a center in Uzbekistan for the development and production of medicines and training academic specialists. In addition, we are closely cooperating alos with two scientific institutions of your country – with institutes of bioorganic chemistry and that of chemistry of plant substances, and pursuing research works in the field of medicinal plants, yielding practical outcomes.”
According to conference participants, a robust foundation has been established in our country during independence years owing to the apt strategy chosen by the President of our nation for a progressive and sustainable development of the country. It is brightly manifest by the mounting domestic oil extracting, oil and gas, automotive, chemical, metalworking, reprocessing industries and a range of other sectors, as well as the broad and diversified agricultural production capacities, creating new stimuli for the further development of our national science and innovation technologies.
The practical mechanisms in stimulating the development and introduction of outcomes of scientific and applied research works and innovations into the processes of modernization, technical and technological renewal of production capacities, securing a more closer connection of science and production were epitomized in the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Additional Measures to Encourage the Introduction of Innovation Projects and Technologies into the Production Process” inked 15 July 2008. In accordance with this document, annual national fairs of innovation ideas, technologies and projects are being held in Uzbekistan with an enthusiastic participation of scientific, educational and production institutions.
During the six innovation fairs, more than 660 contracts and intention agreements have been signed for the introduction and use of scientific products of 20 institutions of the Academy of Sciences with a total volume of more than 54 billion soums.
It was noted at the conference that the further economic development of our Motherland, along with the processes of globalization place new challenges before the Academy of Sciences. Today, the scholars of our country are running wide-ranging creative works in the name of the development of the nation and for the good of our people; they have been making a worthwhile input with their new achievements into the evolution of national and world science.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Ikramov delivered a speech at the conference.
(Source: UzA National News Agency)