April 19, 2010

Politics:
President of Uzbekistan to visit Russia
Uzbekistan’s GDP grows 7.6% in 1Q 2010
Senate to convene on 7 May
Economics:
Agricultural Sector: Set for Renewal
Power Sector Reviews First Quarter of 2010
Tashkent hosts four specialized exhibitions within "Healthcare week TIHE-2010"
Society:
Effective against Flu
Introducing Basics of Business

POLICY

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO VISIT RUSSIA

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov will pay an official visit to Russia on 19-20 April on the invitation of this country’s President Dmitriy Medvedev.

During the visit, issues of expansion of Uzbek-Russian cooperation, as well as regional and international problems of mutual interest will be considered.

Signing of a number of bilateral documents aimed at deepening cooperation between the two countries in various areas is expected. (Source: National News Agency)

UZBEKISTAN’S GDP GROWS 7.6% IN 1Q 2010

The Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan held a session on 16 April to consider the results of the country’s socioeconomic development in the first quarter of 2010 and implementation of the tasks outlined by the President at the government’s meeting on 29 January.

The members of the government considered the efficiency of the measures to ensure macroeconomic balance and stable growth of the economy, as well as speeding up the implementation of the most important investment projects to modernize the production.

The Cabinet said consistent implementation of the programs of structural reforms and diversification of the economy, as well as the Anti-Crisis Program for 2009-2012, the country had managed to neutralize the influence of the global crisis and ensure macroeconomic stability and high economic growth.

The GDP of Uzbekistan in January-March increased by 7.6%, industrial production by 7%, agricultural production by 6.1%, services by 12.2% and construction works by 20.1%. The state budget surplus made up 0.2% to GDP and the inflation level was within the forecast parameters.

The volume of export grew by 22.1% in January-March, while the foreign direct investments increased 2.6 times against the same period of 2009.

118 new industrial objects were commissioned in the first quarter, and 29 projects of technical modernization were completed. This year, a total of 418 industrial modernization and re-equipment projects will be implemented in the country.

From the beginning of the year, 215,400 new workplaces were created in Uzbekistan, including more than 150,100 or about 70% in rural areas.

UZS 1.4 trillion and USD 25.4 million were spent for implementation of the State Program “Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation”.

The government said measures were being taken to improve the protection of health of mothers and children, as well as conditions at educational establishments and children’s sports objects.

Information and communication technologies are being widely introduced in the educational process. This year, 1,551 schools will be provided with computers and 316 rural schools will receive educational and laboratory equipment.

In January-March, 106,800 new workplaces were opened for young people. The banks issued preferential mortgage credits worth UZS 23.8 billion to young families. (Source: National News Agency)

SENATE TO CONVENE ON 7 MAY

The Kengash (Council) of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan adopted a resolution on 15 April on convening the second plenary session of the Senate on 7 May.

The senators are expected to consider the Program of actions of the Senate for 2010 and subsequent years to implement the tasks outlined by the President at the Senate’s first plenary on 26 January and the Senate and the Legislative Chamber’s joint session on 27 January.

The parliament’s upper chamber will discuss a number of laws in the socioeconomic sector (including the laws on protection of citizens’ health), in the judicial sector (changes in Criminal Code, in Administrative Responsibility Code, etc.).

A number of documents to be considered belong to state management and foreign policy. Among them are laws on archiving activity and on ratification of the Uzbek-Omani agreement on the bases of cooperation and relations, as well as approval of the borders of the city of Shahrisabz.

The senators will listen to reports on the activity of the ombudsman, on the implementation of laws by state management, law enforcement and controlling bodies, on the activity of the prosecutor’s office and the State Nature Protection Committee in 2009.

The plenary session agenda includes introduction of changes in the structure of the Higher Court and appointment of ambassadors of Uzbekistan to a number of foreign states. (Source: National News Agency)

ECONOMY

AGRICULTURAL SECTOR: SET FOR RENEWAL

“Uzbekistan Agrominitech Expo 2010”, fifth International Specialized Exhibition Fair of mini technologies and compact equipment is scheduled for May 19-22 in Tashkent.

The event has been regularly organized since 2006 in accordance with a resolution of the President of Uzbekistan on measures to organize international specialized exhibition fair of mini technologies and compact equipment for agriculture.

It is expected that the delegations from all regions of Uzbekistan composed of farmers, heads of agro-firms and small enterprises and other relevant organizations will visit the exhibition. Within the exhibition there will be specialized thematic seminars held on three topics: contemporary mini technologies for processing fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat produce as well as the order of preparation and signing of international agreements.

This year the exhibition will be presented in 10 major divisions, including mini technologies and compact equipment for production and processing of fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and dairy produce. Among these divisions, mini technologies and compact equipment for the development of livestock sector (veterinary and cattle farming technologies), poultry keeping, leather and wool processing enjoy a special place. The exhibition will also present packaging equipment, mini technologies for organization of home labor including sewing equipment and carpet weaving technologies, bakery and macaroni production and one more direction is water saving technologies.

As specialists remark, farmers and companies producing mini technologies are expected to conclude a big number of agreements and contracts. This occasion enables farmers to look over and choose the most up-to-date agricultural equipment and processing technologies. Latest equipment and mini technologies will allow farmers to produce high quality foods, organize new processing businesses.

According to the agenda adopted by the government, the exhibition halls of the Uzexpocenter will be offered to participants free of charge. Samples of mini technologies and compact equipment brought to the exhibition will be are exempt from custom duties as temporary imported for two years for creating the conditions of their further sale to agro-firms and farmer enterprises on the basis of concluded import or leasing contracts. Besides, companies importing mini technologies and compact equipment are free of custom payments and the value added tax during the sale of these mini technologies and equipment to domestic producers.

Uzbekistan Airways and Uzbekistan Railways will provide the transport freight services for the equipment going to the exhibition at a reduced cost with a 30% discount.

Around 200 firms and companies from more than 20 countries presented their produce and services during the exhibition last year. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

POWER SECTOR REVIEWS FIRST QUARTER OF 2010

Uzbekenergo started the year with elaboration of the plan of measures to reduce the production price, to be implemented in 2010. The production price will be reduced at the expense of the decrease of productive expenditures and maintenance expenses. The anticipated indicators on the production price reduction made up 106.4% in the first quarter of the current year.

For the first three months in 2010 Uzbekenergo enterprises produced commodity output by 1.4% more than that of the last year. They ensured the electricity supply to citizens of the republic to the amount of 10.5 billion kW/h.

According to the outcome of the first quarter of 2010 the export has grown for 2%. They supplied the electricity to the neighboring states by direct agreements, rendered services for design, survey, assembly and construction works. The production of the localized production on the basis of the local raw materials has grown for 28.4% in the company’s enterprises.

The company carries out the projection and construction of the external electric supply units for pilot apartment houses in inhabited arrears all over the republic at its own expense within the Program for Accelerated Development and Construction of Rural Dwelling and Social Infrastructure. It also implements the project Introduction of Electricity Automated Control and Registration Systems into Power Supply System in Uzbekistan.

The upgrade and technological re-equipment is the key priority of the development program of Uzbekenergo, thanks to which they have achieved stable indicators in the first quarter of 2010. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

TASHKENT HOSTS FOUR SPECIALIZED EXHIBITIONS WITHIN "HEALTHCARE WEEK TIHE-2010"

The 15th Anniversary Tashkent International Healthcare Exhibition "TIHE-2010" opened doors to its participants and visitors on 14 April in Uzexpocentre, Tashkent. Initially a single project, today it has grown into four exhibitions, which go under the general name "Healthcare Week in Uzbekistan – TIHE".

TIHE-2010 combines four specialized exhibitions: TIHE, the 15th Anniversary Tashkent International Healthcare Exhibition; Stomatology Uzbekistan, the 6th Uzbekistan International Stomatology Exhibition; Apteka Expo, the 5th Anniversary Central Asian International Pharmaceutical Exhibition; and Beauty & Aesthetic Med, the 4th Uzbekistan International Beauty & Aesthetic Medicine Exhibition.

As reported earlier, the organizers of the main medical exhibition in Uzbekistan are ITE Uzbekistan, a member of UFI, and its partner I.T.E. Exhibitions & Conferences Ltd (UK). Official support has been provided by the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uztibtechnika, Uzbekistan Dental Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

For 15 years, TIHE has played a special role in the development healthcare in Uzbekistan. For the exhibition, this is an important anniversary. In ITE Uzbekistan's calendar of events, TIHE has a special place, as it was ITE's first exhibition in Uzbekistan. The success of the first exhibition showed the need for platforms for business and professional meetings between manufacturers of medical equipment, consumables and medicines, and practicing specialists.

Every year, the exhibition expands, and its authority as the country's main medical exhibition is recognized at the international level. In 2009, "Healthcare Week in Uzbekistan – TIHE" gained "UFI Approved Event" status from the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, which recognizes the contribution of the exhibition to the development of medicine in the country.

This year, 145 companies from 25 countries are taking part in the event. Among the participating countries are: Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Netherlands, UAE, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Korea and Japan.

56% of the exhibitors at TIHE regularly take part in the exhibition; the remaining 44% are newcomers. Of the total number of exhibitors, 34% are domestic companies; Europe accounts for 12% and Russia 16% of all exhibitors at TIHE.

The current state of healthcare in the Republic of Uzbekistan is determined by an ongoing process of modernising medical facilities and reforming the healthcare system. The essence of the reforms in the healthcare sector is to create a modern healthcare system that meets international standards, ensuring the preservation and improvement of public health.

The goals and objectives of the reforms significantly increase the demand for high-quality equipment, supplies and drugs. This aspect is one of the priorities in the preparation of the exhibition.

TIHE is one of a series of specialized medical exhibitions organized by ITE in the CIS and Eastern Europe, such as BIHE (Baku, Azerbaijan), Hospital and Pharmacy St. Petersburg (Russia), Pharmtech (Moscow, Russia) Stomatology St. Petersburg (Russia), Public Health Ukraine, KIHE (Almaty, Kazakhstan), and others.

SOCIETY

EFFECTIVE AGAINST FLU

Recently, a new unique locally produced drug - Tselagripp - for the prevention and treatment of acute respiratory viral diseases, including various types of dangerous flu, has appeared in the pharmacies of Uzbekistan. This new product has been invented by the specialists of the Institute of Polymers Chemistry and Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and “Radix” scientific production enterprise.

The history of the drug began several decades ago, when scientists of the Institute of Polymers Chemistry and Physics obtained a therapeutic agent from cotton, which is effective against acute respiratory virus diseases. Foreign pharmaceutical producers were interested in the development. As a result, seven years ago Kagotsel pills appeared on the market which to this day are produced from raw materials manufactured only in Uzbekistan. At the same time the institute never stopped working to improve the formula of the medication, as a result, they got a new drug called Tselagripp. Domestic research and production enterprise Radix undertook production of the drug.

“The uniqueness of our product in the mechanism of therapeutic effect,” said Abdushukur Sarimsoqov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Polymers Chemistry and Physics. “All known drugs against acute respiratory viral diseases, particularly against influenza, are designed to suppress the disease-causing viruses, and have many side effects, because by suppressing the vital functions of harmful microbes they also suppress the normal activity of the organism. Our drug causes the body to produce more interferon - a natural substance in our body, responsible for its protection from any harmful viruses. That is Tselagripp unlocks the potential of the organism which is sufficient to overcome the virus, and thus has virtually no side effects.”

“We obtained interesting results during testing of Tselagripp in the National Center for Influenza at the Research Institute of Virology of the Ministry of Healthcare of Uzbekistan,” said Abdushukur Sarimsoqov. “Laboratory studies have shown that the drug is effective against all known influenza viruses, including strains of H5N1 and H1N1. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

INTRODUCING BASICS OF BUSINESS

Starting from the 2010-2011 academic year, all universities will introduce a novel course that will provide students of any specialty with a complete set of knowledge for running business.

This is a part of the package plan to provide young people with knowledge and skills necessary for making business.

“The new specialty will give the opportunity to young people to get all necessary skills for starting their own business after graduation from the higher education institution,” noted Madamin Aripjanov, head of the quality assurance department for cadres and methodology direction training of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education. “Students will get some competent knowledge on starting their own business, establishing a new enterprise taking into consideration the specificity of various business areas.”

Specialists predict that the course will favor the increase of the number of university graduates establishing new business entities and creation of new jobs. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)