22 May, 2012
ABOUT 77.7% OF GDP FALLS TO SHARE OF NON-STATE SECTOR
UZBEKISTAN PLANS TO RAISE SHARE OF SERVICES IN GDP UP TO 55% BY 2017
ON NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO
FOR A BRIGHTER SUMMER
About 77.7% of GDP falls to share of non-state sector
The volume of gross domestic product (GDP) of Uzbekistan made up 17.65 trillion soums (official exchange rate 1 USD= 1868,65 UZS) at current prices in the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary data. The growth rate made up 7.5% year-on-year.
The State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said in the structure of GDP by forms of ownership the share of the non-state sector is 77.7% (76.4% in January-March 2011) and that of the state sector – 22.3% (23.6% in January-March 2011).
Share of good production in GDP structure made up 35.6% in the first quarter of 2012 (38.2% in the first quarter of 2011) and service production – 52.1% (48.5%).
Net taxes for products and export operations reached 12.3% of GDP in the first three months of 2012 (13.3%).
Some 527,000 legal entities registered in Uzbekistan
According to the data of the Uniform State Business Register, as of 1 April 2012, the number of registered legal persons was 527,800 units, 495,100 of them (93.8% of total registered enterprises) are operating.
The State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan, the greatest number of enterprises and institutions (excluding private farms) was registered in trade and catering (25.6% of total registered enterprises), agriculture (21%), industry (13.3%), and construction (7.4%).
In the total number of registered enterprises the share of enterprises with non-state form of ownership was 92.6%, of which 50.8% - private and dekhkan farms, 20.4% - private enterprises, 0.9% - enterprises with participation of foreign capital, 20.5% – other enterprises.
The number of newly registered enterprises and institutions was 9,400 in January-March 2012. Their significant number was marked in the city of Tashkent (17.6% of total registered enterprises in Uzbekistan), Kashkadarya region (9%), Tashkent region (8.6%), and Syrdarya region (8.2%).
In the sectoral structure of newly registered enterprises 40.2% - the share of agriculture, 20.1% - trade and catering, and 15.7% - industry.
In the reporting period, 5,100 enterprises and institutions were liquidated. Out of them 1,522 were liquidated voluntarily.
In the sectoral structure of liquidated enterprises, 30.8% fell to share of trade and catering, 26.9% - agriculture, and 14.6% – industry. (Source: UzDaily.com)
Uzbekistan plans to raise share of services in GDP up to 55% by 2017
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov approved a programme on developing service sector in Uzbekistan for 2012-2016 on 10 May 2012.
The resolution, signed by the Uzbek president, said that share of services in GDP grew from 38.7% to 50.5% in 2005-2011. Information-communication, banking, insurance, leasing, tourism sectors developed fast.
In 2006-2011, the fast development of the service sector helped to create 1.1 million new jobs, first of all in small and private businesses.
The resolution said that level and quality of offered services, in particular in rural areas, do not meet development level of economy, real demands of population and existing resources and opportunities.
The programme includes targeted parameters of development of services in Uzbekistan for 2012-2016, which envisages that share of the services in GDP of Uzbekistan will reach by 55% by the end of 2016.
It is expected that share of services will make up 52% in 2012, 52.5% in 2013, 53% in 2014, 54% in 2015 and 55% in 2016.
The growth of services will reach 14.9% in 2012, 15.6% in 2013, 16.2% in 2014, 16.9% in 2015 and 17.4% in 2016.
The programme also includes targeted parameters of developing services by regions and forecasted parameters for development of new services, rendered by UzACI.
The resolution extended tax preferences to microfirms and small enterprises, rendering services, till 1 January 2017 and provided new preferences to enterprises in rural areas.
Uzbek President also proposal of the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Uzbekistan on providing preferential loans due to resources of Microcreditbank to develop services in 2012-2016.
In line with the resolution, Microcreditbank will issue preferential loans for 189.92 billion soums (official exchange rate 1 USD= 1868,65 UZS) to development of services. The bank allocate 21.18 billion soums in 2012, 27.594 billion soums in 2013, 35.59 billion soums in 2014, 45.9 billion soums in 2015 and 59.66 billion soums in 2016.
The loans will be directed at creating new service objects, equipment enterprises, specializing in services. The loans will be issued to development of services in rural areas. (Source: UzDaily.com)
On NATO Summit in Chicago
A delegation of the Republic Uzbekistan headed by the minister of foreign affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov and the minister of defence Kabul Berdiev took part at the special ISAF meeting on Afghanistan within the NATO Summit proceedings in Chicago (US).
Representatives of nations contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a number of invited countries and international organizations discussed perspectives of stabilization of situation and the issues of social-economic recovery in Afghanistan.
Chicago Summit Declaration on Afghanistan by the ISAF members was adopted based on the results of the meeting.
For a Brighter Summer
Ministry of Public Education unveils its plans on organization of summer vacations for schoolchildren
This summer there will be created all conditions for every schoolchild to be able to spend their vacations interestingly and in good use, Ravshan Ergashev, specialist at the Ministry of Public Education, noted during an interview.
It is from my childhood I associate summer with holidays in some out-of-town recreation camps…
“I think it is associated by major of people. Otherwise, how it could be explained that almost all tickets have already been procured. It is planed that this year 217 out-of-town camps of the republic will receive more than 260 000 children. Children are expected to recreate in ecological, picturesque sides of the country with eventful entertaining, educative and health-improving programs. Over eleven thousand teachers are to be involved in the work of the camps. By the way, camps are almost ready to welcome children. Educators and tutors are undertaking preparation courses, premises are getting arranged after winter, as well as library funds of camps replenished and all necessary things delivered.
Special attention is given to organize appropriate vacations for inmates of Mehribonlik orphanages. All of them would spend three summer months in out-of-town camps.”
Last year to the initiative of the Ministry of Public Education there were organized recreation camps of intellectual development. What about it this year?
“Of course, it will be organized this year as well. In Tashkent region will be operated a republican camp for winners of completion round of the contest Knowledge Competitions, while in regions there will be organized similar camps for all those won in regional rounds of the contest. This kind of camps are differed from ordinary ones with their programs sated with various master classes and meetings with leading professors from higher education institutions and research centers of the Academy of Sciences, authors of textbooks and teaching aids.”
What interesting should expect children who will attend camps to their places of residence?
“For them we will organize in-school recreation camps. If last year we had 596 of such camps, then due to growing popularity of them, this year their number is to be increased to 661. 602 camps will operate at schools, while the rest at professional colleges. Children will have entertaining-educative and health-improving program, the same as for those in out-of-town camps. The only difference is that camps are of daytime.
Besides, experienced tutors and trainers will expect children in all Barkamol Avlod Children’s Creativity Centers around the country, youth sports schools, as well as general schools’ sport grounds. It is planed that during summer vacations for children attending camps to places of residence will be organized 4 359 hobby clubs and 2 013 study groups on various types of creativity and sports.
The traditional program of children’s sports competitions Summer Vacations gets its start as well. The action, organized by the Children’s Sport Development Fund, could be participated by all willing. Venue spot is school sport grounds and children’s sports objects.” (Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)
Tashkent to host Asian Taekwondo Championship (WTF) in 2014
The last continental championship the took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and included adult and junior competitions in Poomsae and Kirugi has become a true review of the entire Asian Taekwondo. In a company of 1,180 athletes from 35 countries, Uzbekistan was represented by 23 fighters who eventually won two silver and six bronze medals.
Eleven Uzbeks were competing in Poomsae (demonstration). Uzbek fans of martial arts know well how spectacular the demonstration of basic techniques can be, as in 2010 Tashkent hosted the World Taekwondo Championships in Poomsae. In Vietnam, Uzbek delegates also excelled: Zafar Sattarov and Aleksandr Nee took bronze in the individual performances, and Viktor Tsoi, Aleksandr Lee and the same Aleksandr Nee in the team competition.
In Kirugi (sparring), two of the three juniors made their way to the podium. Sarvarbek Sheraliev from Farghona won bronze medal by losing in the semifinals to a Jordanian fighter, a future champion who defeated the South Korean athlete in the final. Silver medalist Guzal Narbabaeva from Tashkent showed not only excellent performance but also the will to win.
In the first fight, losing to Jordan athlete with a score of 2:4, in the last seconds of the fight she performed a most difficult kick rated at 4 points. Guzal snatched victory a few seconds before the end of the next bout against Kazakhstan’s athlete 3:2. In the semifinals, Narbabaeva KO’d the Vietnamese fighter in the beginning of the bout. Only in the final Guzal lost to Chinese girl, one of the leaders of the Asian rankings.
Adult fighters begun the championship with bronze ‘achievements’: Vladislav Khan (63 kg) and Dilobar Saidullayeva (57) from Tashkent. And on the last day of the championship Jasur Baykuziev from Angren put a ‘silver’ point. In under 87 kg final he opposed the Vietnamese fighter and was leading 5-2, but allowed his opponent in the end of the third round to even the score, and in an additional round let the gold go to the host boxer...
“I believe we could do higher,” Abboskhon Latipov first vice-president and secretary general of Uzbekistan Taekwondo Association, commented on the performance of the Uzbek team in Vietnam. “But we kept down our Olympians Dmitry Kim and Natalia Mamatova as both have had the necessary competitive practice. By the way, our London licensee Akmal Irgashev, who missed the Asian Championship due to injury, is undergoing rehabilitation in the Czech Republic after the operation on his knee and in a couple of weeks will be able to start full training. Two months of training for the experienced fighter should be enough. We hope his third position in the world ranking promises him quite a favorable draw...”
At the same time our young fighters had a very useful experience at this championship. For instance Vladislav Khan, for whom it was the first foreign trip. In the first fight he won the world championship silver medalist from Thailand. Then he quickly defeated the Japanese fighter. And only excitement he failed to take down didn’t allow him to reach the final. Although he gave up just a little (4:6) to the future winner. So the authority of the Uzbek school of taekwondo has been well confirmed at this championship.
The growing prestige of Uzbek taekwondo, which the second Olympics in a row will be represented by three athletes, was also confirmed at General Assembly of the Asian Taekwondo Union the in Ho Chi Minh City, where Abboskhon Latypov was chosen to its Executive Committee and Uzbekistan granted the right to host the championship of the continent in 2014. (Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)