August 18, 2013

Politics:
Bills under Deliberation in Parliament’s Lower House
Economics:
Uzbekistan’s GDP makes up 50.432 trln. soums in 1H
Uzbekistan produces construction materials for 2.107 trln. soums
Uzbekistan repairs 4,070 km of roads in 7 months
Certification of building materials has been discussed in Tashkent
Society:
In Uzbekistan operate more than 6567 non-profit organizations
Uzbekistan welcomes visitors from all over the world
In Honor of Active Women

POLICY

BILLS UNDER DELIBERATION IN PARLIAMENT’S LOWER HOUSE

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan convened for a regular session on August 15. Following the approval of the agenda proposed by the Kengash (Council) of the lower house, the deputies examined a range of bills in the first reading. Earlier, building on the requirements of the Regulations of the Legislative Chamber and summing up the comprehensive preliminary discussions, political party factions and the one from the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan had presented their views and recommendations to a responsible committee.

Given the importance of addressing the critical task to bolster and cement the multiparty system, to bring about an environment of interparty competition toward building a democratic nation, the lawmakers of the Legislative Chamber displayed a discerning attitude to the deliberation of the draft law “On the Introduction of Amendment and Addendum to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on “Political Parties”.”

As the legislators put it, the political parties are becoming a more effective instrument for boosting the socio-political activeness of citizens in Uzbekistan, their political and law culture; that the political parties are turning into a decisive precondition of the consolidation of the constitutional principle of sovereignty of the people, of the legislative branch of government in the center and peripheries that are formed and run on multiparty basis.

In the meantime, the people’s representatives noted the importance of further advancement toward the reinforcement of the role and significance of political parties in the system of state and society building and civil society formation. This has been the very challenge that an initiative group of deputies was tasked to address, established on the decision of the joint session of UzLiDeP, Milliy Tiklanish DPU and Adolat SDPU parliamentary factions. The initiative group, basing on the analysis of proposals aimed at boosting the role and importance of party groups from political parties in local Kengashes of People’s Deputies, elaborated a bill “On the Introduction of Amendment and Addendum to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on “Political Parties”.”

The draft law envisages the introduction of a range of new regulations, primarily concerning the entitlement of party groups with the right to hear – during sessions of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and regional Kengashes of People’s Deputies – reports or information briefings by heads of government agencies located in that relevant territory, on issues pertinent to their activities. Due decision is adopted, though, contingent on support from more than half the number of deputies. It is presumed to fix that the proposals of party groups on issues introduced, respectively, into the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and regional Kengashes of People’s Deputies, are subject to mandatory consideration.

Also, the bill defines the terms and procedures of forming and discontinuing party groups. Along with the powers stipulated by the legislation in force, party groups now are to have a right to introduce proposals on nominees for the chairmanship, deputy chairmanship and membership of committees or commissions in relevant representative bodies.

In general, it was stressed at the session that the proposed amendments to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Political Parties” are believed to serve to enhance the role and significance of political parties in addressing local socio-economic tasks, to bolster their activeness in the implementation of election campaign platform and policy goals and raise the responsibility of government bodies and public officers in carrying out their activities.

A lively discussion by the deputy corps was triggered also during the consideration of the bill “On the Introduction of Amendments and Addenda to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Connection with the Further Consolidation of Judicial Protection of Entrepreneurship Entities” designed to refine the legislation in this sphere for the provision of entrepreneurs with greater freedom and safeguard their legitimate rights and freedoms.

Notably, this concerns the Law “On State Scrutiny of the Activities of Economic Entities” that envisages an opportunity to appeal of the decisions and actions of public officials and controlling agencies; however, submission of appeal does not lead to the suspense of its action. In order to prevent the violation of rights of economic entities and to generate additional guarantees for them, the draft law stipulates suspension of the execution of mentioned actions or decisions at the time of submission of appeal to court by the economic entity under scrutiny.

The bill does also envision the establishment of a possibility of holding circuit courts by economic courts. According to lawmakers, this practice will facilitate the expansion of accessibility of justice for entrepreneurship entities operating in remote areas of the nation, substantially reducing their expenses for transportation. These and other novelties of the draft law, as it was underscored at the session, assist the further consolidation of the judicial protection of enterprising entities as well as a more substantial consideration of cases involving entrepreneurship entities in the court.

The Legislative Chamber continued its session by deliberating on the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Ratification of the Agreement on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan (Tashkent, 14 June 2013)”. The deputies noted that the relations between nations are built on equality, mutual confidence and strategic partnership. It was stressed that the agreement in question fixes key principles and priority directions of the bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, transport-communications, cultural-humanitarian, environmental and other areas.

A special significance was attached to the fact that the document confirms the unified stance toward the development of a fair system of water use in Central Asia that envisages addressing all issues in the water and energy sphere, including the construction of new hydropower facilities on trans-border rivers, in adherence to the universally acknowledged norms of international law and taking into account the interests of all nations of the region.

In light of the views put forward during a comprehensive discussion, the legislators approved the law that is to be passed on to the Senate of the Oliy Majlis for further consideration.

During the deliberations of the bills, representatives of all factions of political parties and those of the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan put forward their own questions and proposals. They expressed their positions on every draft of the normative document and worked out with an eye to party programs and electorate opinions. The lawmakers underlined the importance of the deliberated legislative acts for the further reinforcement of the role and significance of party groups in local representative bodies of government, for the development of entrepreneurship, the consolidation of peace, friendship and cooperation in Central Asia.

Information Service of the Legislative Chamber

Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan


ECONOMY

UZBEKISTAN’S GDP MAKES UP 50.432 TRLN. SOUMS IN 1H

The volume of gross domestic product (GDP) of Uzbekistan, according to preliminary data, made up 50.432 trillion soums (Currency rates of CB from 16.08.2013 1$=2115.36soums) in current prices in the first half of 2013, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

The committee said that the growth rate of GDP made up 8% compared to the same period of 2012.

About 82.5% of total GDP fell to share of the non-governmental sector of economy and 17.5% - to the state sector.

Share of goods production in structure of the GDP made 35.9% in January-June 2013 (35.4% in January-June 2012) and service production – 52.4% (52.2%).

Net taxes on products and export-import operations made up 11.7% in the GDP structure in January-June 2013 (12.4%).

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN PRODUCES CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS FOR 2.107 TRLN. SOUMS

Enterprises of construction materials industry of Uzbekistan produced goods for 2.107 trillion soums in the first seven months of 2013, which rose by 9.9% year-on-year, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

Uzbekistan increased production of soft roofing and insulation materials (+7.8 times year-on-year), aluminum composite panel (+4.3 times), sandwich panels (+44.4%), dry construction mixtures (+41.8%), ceramic plates for internal wall decoration (+35.6%), precast concrete construction (+3%), and cement (+2.4%).

The enterprises also increased production of crushed stone (+2.3 times), gravel (+2.1 times), ready-mixed concrete (+2 times), kaolin (+61.8%), gypsum (+52.4%), limestone (+26.8%), and asphalt (+23.2%).

In the reporting period, share of the industry in total industrial output of Uzbekistan made up 6.3%.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN REPAIRS 4,070 KM OF ROADS IN 7 MONTHS

Tashkent hosted a briefing on construction of modern roads, as one of the most important factors of prosperous life. The event was organized by the State Joint-Stock Company "Uzavtoyul" for representatives of media.

Today, the road network of the Republic is 184 thousand km, including 42,654 km - public roads, 2,755 km road, part of the Uzbek national highway. In addition, there are on-farm rural roads - 67274 km, rural and urban streets - 61664 km, departmental roads - 5462 km and an inspection of the road - 6631 km.

During the briefing, it was noted that the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Roads' main activity SJSC Uzavtoyul" as a specially authorized body of definite development and implementation of national programs for development of public roads, development and improvement of the road network, as well as keeping a unified technical policy.

- To carry out these tasks by the order of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated from November 14, 2006 as part of the company operate 13 regional road maintenance organizations, 7 regional specialized repair and maintenance companies on the content of roads of international and national importance, 161 district repair maintenance enterprise roads. As a part of the company also operate a research institute of highways, training centers, and other road-buildings, specialized on drilling and blasting industry - said the head of the operation of the State Joint Stock Company "Uzavtoyol", Fazil Radjabov.

Currently in Uzbekistan the decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated from December 21, 2010 "On the acceleration of infrastructure development, transport and communications construction in 2011-2015", put into practice consistently as well as the target program.

Note that in 2013 has been planned the construction and reconstruction of roads that meet international standards, the length of 526 km, the completion of the reconstruction of the road at Kamchik pass by length of 71 km, along with planned construction of a number of bridges and overpasses. In this regard, in SJC "Uzavtoyol" together with relevant ministries and agencies as well as provincial authorities are being adopted specific measures for construction, reconstruction and repair of roads and development of appropriate infrastructure.

In particular, through the implementation of scheduled for 2011-2015 investment program directly by organizations and enterprises of SJC "Uzavtoyul" was completely rebuilt on a 4-lane road by length of 125 km, which is part of the Uzbek national highway. An example of this is the 50-kilometer section of the road of international importance A-380 "Guzar-Bukhara-Nukus-Beineu", passing through the territory of Karakalpakstan, over the distance of 24 km highway A-378 "Samarkand-Guzar", passing through the territories of Samarkand and Kashkadarya areas, the site of the pass Kamchik length of 15 km, etc.

In addition, in 2013, have been implemented major repairs of roads stretching over 49 km, as part of the Uzbek national highway, of which 38 km - the roads of international and national importance, 11 km - local roads. Capitally repaired roads include the 4 km of road in the district of Surkhandarya Baisun, 3 km - Zaamin in the district of Jizzakh region, as well as roads in Urgut district of Samarkand region.

Noteworthy, that approved on February 14, 2013, decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the State program "Year of well-being and prosperity", emphasizes its road infrastructure. Section 57 of this judgment is fully devoted to the development of modern roads and engineering infrastructure and set targets for construction, reconstruction and repair of roads more than 500 km.

On the basis of the Cabinet of Ministers of December 31, 2011 subordinate enterprises of the company during the current year are carried out such works as a content of public roads and road elements to them, providing continuous and safe movement of vehicles. In this regard, in the past 2012 have been allocated 300 billion soums and repaired 2,100 km of road coverage(Currency rates of CB from 20.08.2013 1$=2119.73 soums),

In 2013, in order to secure a year-round traffic on public roads, removal of specified defects were allocated 350 billion soums. For 7 months of this year have been held current repairs and maintenance in the amount of 252.3 billion soums, repaired about 4070 km of roads.

Noteworthy, that in the "Year of the well-being and prosperity" by workers of SJC "Uzavtoyul" was commissioned 2 new objects. These roads, unifying regions of Ferghana Valley and ensuring their connection through convenient and concise road - "Bypassing the city of Kokand" length of 54 km and a regular 8-km section "Bypassing Sergeli".

In addition, according to the investment program in 2015 is being provided the construction, renovation and conversion of 4-lane roadway of 1,487 km of roads, part of the Uzbek national highway, procurement for maintenance and repair of public roads of 444 pieces of parking arrangements, technology and equipment valued $34.9 million, modernization of manufacturing and industrial basis of 24 road construction and maintenance companies.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

CERTIFICATION OF BUILDING MATERIALS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED IN TASHKENT

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan (CCI) in collaboration with "Uzstandard” agency and the joint-stock company "Uzstroymateriali" organized a seminar on the theme: "The system of certification of construction materials and quality of products manufactured by enterprises of Uzbekistan", informs press-service of Chamber of Commerce.

At the seminar have been discussed certification of construction materials, opportunities to improve quality of manufactured building materials by local industries of the republic, as well as prospects of further development of building materials industry in Uzbekistan.

At this event, representatives of JSC "Uzstroymateriali", CCI, as well as heads of certification agencies issues relating to the testing and certification of construction products, strengthening the competitiveness of construction industry, creation of an effective system of quality control, as well as improving the quality of building materials and structures.

At the seminar were demonstrated presentations on the theme "Basic requirements for certification of imported building materials and structures in Uzbekistan", in order to introduce a system of certification of products industries, as well as of informing businesses on how to improve product quality and enhance the competitiveness of the construction industry.

(Source: UzReport Agency)

SOCIETY

IN UZBEKISTAN OPERATE MORE THAN 6567 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

In the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan has been held an enlarged meeting of the Committee on Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society of the lower chamber of parliament.

It discussed results of study of the status of implementation of Laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On non-governmental organizations" and "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations" in Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions.

At the meeting was noted that the basic law of the country - the Constitution enshrines principles of non-governmental organizations, which created favorable conditions for development of an extensive network of NGOs, reflecting interests of various sectors of the population.

Currently, in republic operate more than 6567 NGOs that is more than 3 times more than in 2000. They include such public organizations as the Public Youth Movement "Kamolot", Women/'s Committee of Uzbekistan Foundation "Soglom Avlod uchun" creative figures of Uzbekistan Foundation, NGO "Nuroniy", the National Association of NGOs and others. Number of citizens/' assemblies and governments - Mahalla composed more than 10,000.

Adopted more than 200 laws aimed at strengthening the role and importance of civil institutions and solving pressing social and economic problems of the citizens, including the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On public funds", "On Charity", "On the bodies of self-government", "On non-state non-profit organizations", "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations", Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to assist to the development of civil society in Uzbekistan". These and a number of other documents have become an essential stimulus for development of the social activity of the institutions of civil society.

In addition, development of the institutional structure of the state support of NGOs in the face of the Parliamentary Commission established on the basis of decision of the Joint Councils of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to increase support for NGOs and other civil society institutions", successfully operating the National Association of non-governmental Organizations of Uzbekistan and the Independent Institute for Monitoring the formation of civil society.

It was also noted that the great importance implement existing laws, improvement of law enforcement - constant monitoring of their performance, development of proposals to further improve institutional mechanisms for strengthening of the material-technical base, organizational and human resource capacity of NGOs to ensure their effective participation in the socio-economic and socio-political reforms.

As increases a role of the parliament in a democratic renewal of the country, as an important factor in performing these tasks, is the Institute of parliamentary control. In the framework of parliamentary oversight by the Committee for Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan held Control and analytical activities in order to monitor progress of the Laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On non-governmental organizations" and "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations" in regions of the country.

Studying the course of execution of these laws on the example of Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions, it was noted that the local large-scale work is being held to clarify the nature, meaning and implementation of these laws.

According to participants, is growing the role and importance of civil society as well as media, local authorities in the implementation of democratic reforms in the country, the implementation of social problems at places.

It was emphasized that only in the past year doubled the number of NGOs that participated in the implementation of government programs for socio-economic development (health, environment, employment, etc.). Increased by 2.2 times the number of regional NGOs which won Public Fund grant competitions at Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Currently, out of 6567 non-profit organizations operating in Bukhara region were registered 438 (6.7%), NGOs, Navoi - 306 (4.7%) and Namangan - 386 (5.8%). In these areas over the past 10 years have seen a growing trend in the number of NGOs primarily business and farming areas, as well as in sports, environmental, cultural and historical areas.

On the example of regions covered by research, it is possible to note the dynamic growth of direct participation of the majority of NGOs (an average of about 50-70%) in grant competitions of Public Fund for Support of NGOs and other civil society institutions under Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Thus, during 2010-2012, 284 NGOs from Bukhara, Navoi, Namangan and filed 359 applications to participate in contests (an average of 1.3 per NGO project).

At the end of 2012, the number of NGOs that participated in grant competitions of the Public Fund has increased by almost 2.5 times in Bukhara and Navoi regions and by 2 times - in Namangan. The number of applications from three areas of applications for participation in grants competitions of the Public Fund also increased by almost 2.5 times.

In the deliberations of the Committee took part deputies of the Legislative Chamber, representatives of political parties fractions, leaders and officials of all regional departments of the Ministry of Justice, the Deputy Governor of Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions, heads of the State Tax Committee and the State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Uzbekistan, officials of the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan and many others.

Relevant decision of the Committee has been taken on results of the expanded session.

(Source: Uzreport Agency)

UZBEKISTAN WELCOMES VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Tashkent is to host on October 8-10 the 19th Tashkent International Tourism Fair TITF 2013 “Tourism on the Silk Road.”

The event included in the calendar of international tourist exhibitions of UNWTO, is traditionally held in the exhibition halls of the UzExpocenter with a total exhibition area of over 10 thousand square meters. According to the organizers, it will help to promote the national cultural heritage of Uzbekistan abroad, further development of domestic tourism in the country and attract more foreign tourists.

For many years TITF has become popular not only with the country, but also foreign representatives of the international tourist community. International experts and representatives of foreign companies emphasize that today, after 19 years, the fair from a simple exposition site turned into a complete platform for the promotion of tourist products and establishment of business contacts. It allows the world leading experts to share experiences, discuss current challenges of tourism, and assess new opportunities. It is also advertised here the price policy, discussed topical issues of tourism, and new directions opened.

This year the fair will represent a traditional national pavilion “Travel in Uzbekistan.”

There will be a demonstration of brands of the regions of the country that have distinctive colors, unique features and singular characteristics.

At the national pavilion visitors will also get acquainted with the economic and investment potential of Uzbekistan. The image of the pavilion will be supplemented with new bright traits, as here will work the expositions “Eastern Bazaar and “City of Artisans.” Furthermore, the section of gastronomic tourism will be presented with meals of the national cuisine on display.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)

IN HONOR OF ACTIVE WOMEN

The Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan has organized a cultural-enlightenment event in Tashkent in tribute to the 22nd anniversary of the independence of our Motherland. Representatives of women’s activities-related public associations in Tashkent’s mahallas, education institutions, organizations and enterprises were invited to the meeting.

The deputy hokim (mayor) of the city of Tashkent, chairperson of the city women’s committee F.Abdurahmanova and other speakers at the event noted that during the independent development years, wide-ranging efforts have been in progress under the leadership of President Islam Karimov designed to safeguard the institution of family, maternity and childhood, to assist girls in obtaining modern knowledge and profession, attain a worthwhile place in life, and create necessary labor conditions for women. All this has served to boost the status of women in the family and society.

The scales of endeavors on this front have been enhancing in the Year of Wellbeing and Prosperity.

“More than two thousand women and girls reside in our mahalla,” says Nafisa Saidakbarova, chair of the women’s primary organization in the Istiklol mahalla assembly of citizens in Tashkent’s Almazar district. “A special emphasis is placed on assisting the youths who finished school, on engaging girls in secondary special and vocational education, on employment of college graduates. Remarkable outcomes are apparent also from the extensive establishment of interaction among the family, mahalla, education institution and the primary organization of the women’s committee.”

The most enthusiastic chairpersons of women’s primary organizations of the capital city, as well as consultants on religious enlightenment and spiritual-ethical education were awarded souvenirs from the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chair of the Women’s Committee of the Republic E.Basitkhanova delivered a speech at the event.

(Source: National News Agency UzA)