May 24, 2010

Politics:
President receives SCO foreign ministers
Tashkent Hosts the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the SCO Member-States
Economics:
Promising Trends in Securities Market
Meeting International Standards
Farmers Make Stake
Society:
Legislators Meet Young Party Members
The Journalist of 2009

POLICY

PRESIDENT RECEIVES SCO FOREIGN MINISTERS

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received members of the session of the Foreign Ministers Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states at Oqsaroy residence on May 22.

The current meeting of the council sums up all the preparatory work and defines the documents that would be included in the agenda of the upcoming SCO summit. Signing of these documents will serve to further development of the organization, President Islam Karimov said.

At the meeting in Oqsaroy, preparation to the SCO Heads of States Council session, scheduled for 10-11 June in Tashkent, was considered. Besides, important issues of strengthening regional security were also discussed.

The President of Uzbekistan drew the attention to the importance of optimization and improvement of mechanisms of adopting decisions by various structures of the SCO.

The meeting participants, in their turn, stressed the importance of the efforts of Uzbekistan in increasing the SCO authority and expansion of economic cooperation in the region.

The active position of Uzbekistan in defining the SCO development strategy and on a wide range of modern world policy issues is giving positive results, the guests said.

One of the important results of Uzbekistan’s activity during its chairmanship in the SCO was unanimous adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on cooperation between the UN and the SCO, as well as signing of a Joint declaration on cooperation between the UN and SCO secretariats. These documents defined the legal bases and prospects of the two organizations’ practical interaction.

The heads of the SCO foreign ministries’ delegations sincerely thanked President of Uzbekistan for warm reception and expressed confidence that the upcoming SCO summit in Tashkent would be held on the highest level. (Source: National News Agency UzA)

TASHKENT HOSTS THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION MEMBER-STATES

On May 22, 2010 Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member-States.

It was attended by the Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. B. Saudabayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Yang Jiechi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic - SCO National Coordinator of the Kyrgyz Republic T.K. Makeev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Kh. Zarifi and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. Norov.

The meeting was also attended by the SCO Secretary-General M.S.Imanaliev and Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-terrorist Structure (RATS) SCO D.M.Djumanbekov.

The heads of delegations were received by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO Member-States was chaired by the Uzbek side.

In preparation for the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States due in Tashkent on June 10-11, 2010, the parties considered a number of priorities in terms of further expanding cooperation in the framework of the Organization.

The sides had an exchange of views on important regional and global issues, the main trends of the world situation development, as well as on strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, further strengthening the status of the SCO as an influential international structure, expanding its contacts with other multilateral organizations.

The heads of delegations expressed their solidarity with the people of Kyrgyzstan in the current difficult situation. The security and stability in the SCO space is inseparably linked with security and stability in each of the Member-States, including in the Kyrgyz Republic. The SCO Member-States, while standing committed to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kyrgyz Republic, are ready to render it necessary support and assistance.

The heads of delegations stated that for over the period since the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States on June 15-16, 2009 in Yekaterinburg, it was carried out a significant work to further strengthen the Organization, expand in its framework the practical interaction in political, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as extend external contacts. The activity of the SCO truly contributes to addressing social and economic problems, ensuring security and stability in the region.

The ministers emphasized that strengthening of stability in Central Asia remains to be the first and foremost task of the SCO Member-States in the sphere of security. They confirmed the intention to expand cooperation in such spheres as jointly counteracting terrorism, separatism and extremism, illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

The participants of the meeting expressed serious concern over the complex situation in Afghanistan, from the territory of which it continues to emanate the threat of terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. It was stressed that it was impossible to secure stability in Central Asia without resolving problems related to Afghanistan.

The Member-States reaffirm the leading role of the UN in coordinating efforts of the international community in addressing the situation in Afghanistan. They believe that the Afghan problem cannot be resolved exceptionally by military means and advocate promotion of the negotiating process under UN auspices with participation of the Afghans themselves in the interests of building Afghanistan as a peaceful and stable state.

It was noted that further deepening of regional economic cooperation and creation of favorable conditions for trade and investments, consolidation of practical interaction in the spheres of trade, finance, energy, transport, communications, agriculture, science and technology would promote ensuring stability and security in the region.

The approval by ministers of the draft Regulations on admission of new members to the Organization served as confirmation of openness of the Organization to other states in the region that undertake to observe the goals and principles of the SCO Charter and provisions of other international treaties and instruments adopted in the framework of SCO. Approval of this document during the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member-States in Tashkent will trigger the process of forming a mechanism to expand the Organization.

The heads of delegations welcomed the signing of the Joint Declaration on cooperation between the Secretariats of the SCO and the United Nations (April 5, 2010, Tashkent) initiated by the Republic of Uzbekistan, which set the basic principles and directions of cooperation between the two Organizations as they have been defined in the Resolution A/64/183 of the UN General Assembly of December 18, 2009.

The SCO permanent bodies are recommended to intensify cooperation with the UN, ASEAN and other international organizations and institutions on ensuring security and stability, economic, social and humanitarian development.

The ministers believed that the Procedure rules of the Organization, which will be approved at the forthcoming SCO Summit in Tashkent, would contribute to further dynamic development and strengthening of the Organization, improvement of legal framework of the SCO permanent bodies and the effectiveness of decision-making.

The parties reaffirmed the need to fuller realize the cooperation potential in various areas in the framework of the Organization with the SCO observer- states and dialogue partners.

The SCO Secretary-General M.S.Imanaliev presented Report on the work of the Organization’s Secretariat for over the past year, which was approved by the heads of delegations.

The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the SCO member-states passed in the traditional spirit of friendship and mutual understanding. (Source: Information Agency “Jahon”)

ECONOMY

PROMISING TRENDS IN SECURITIES MARKET

The creation of the integrated and effective system regulating the financial system is one of important directions of market relations’ development in Uzbekistan.

Over the years of independence they have managed to form a new legislation guaranteeing the normal regulation of financial system. Some fundamental laws were adopted and came into effect to regulate the securities market, banking sphere, currency operations, insurance market, investment and foreign investors’ security.

Activation and successful functioning of security market in Uzbekistan is considered as a principal task for economic development. With the purpose of implementing this task the seminar Promising Trends for the Further Securities Market Development was held in the Republican Exchange Center. It was organized by the Centre for Coordination and Control over the Securities Market and Republican Stock Exchange (RSE) “Toshkent". Representatives of the State Property Committee, Ministry of Finance, Centre for Coordination and Control over the Securities Market, RSE “Toshkent", commercial banks, insurance companies and professional participants of the securities market took part in the seminar.

Deputy Director General of the Centre for Coordination and Control over the Securities Market Asqar Obidov opened the seminar with his report The Further Improvement of the State Regulation for Securities Market.

Valeriy Juraev, advisor at RSE “Toshkent", spoke on the Proposals for Legal Base Improvement to Activate the Stock Exchange Market.

According to the speakers, it is necessary to raise the civil awareness of investing opportunities in the financial market. The insufficient participation of the population in the financial sphere can be partly explained by the low level of people’s awareness and trust for financial instruments. This situation conditions people’s investing to the foreign currency or short-term bank deposits. Mass media is assigned a special part to solve this problem. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

MEETING INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Enterprises of the country obtain international certificates of quality.

At once three major enterprises of Uzbekistan – Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex, Mubarek Gas Processing Plant and Uzbekkhimmash plant – confirmed the correspondence of their management quality system to new version of international standard ISO 9001:2008.

In course of the fourteenth international fair Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan – OGU 2010, the certifying company Sert Management jointly with the authoritative German certification body TUV International Certification granted the enterprises certificates recognized at international level.

The development of control system at the plants of Uzbekistan does not limit to introduction of ISO 9001. Thus, for example Uzbekkhimmash plant has introduced, along with ISO 9001:2008, an industrial safety management system in accordance with the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.

In addition to the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates, Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex is obtaining toward late 2010 a certificate of correspondence to the requirements of international environment management standard ISO 14001.

The correspondence to international quality standards raises the activity of enterprise of the country to a new level ensuring them stable positions at both foreign and internal markets. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

FARMERS MAKE STAKE

Uzbekistan continues the course of increasing the production volumes of ecologically pure agricultural output. A complex of taken efforts ensured last year a 90% rise in cotton, wheat and vegetable harvest grown without chemicals used for the protection of plants from vermin.

“Today, almost all countries increase areas given for agricultural crop grown on environment-friendly technologies,” noted Odiljon Isakov, chief of the department of the Center for the Protection of Plants and Agrochemistry of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan. “The long-term experience shows that this is the most effective method of protection of environment and health.”

The national program for the protection of cotton and other agricultural crops from vermin, diseases and weeds promotes the replacement of chemicals by advanced ecologically safe methods of struggle with agricultural vermin in Uzbekistan. It favors a systematic introduction of modern safe technologies of growing agricultural produce. A rule permitting the use of pesticides only in cases when other methods of harvest protection fail was taken as the basis of the program. Thus, last year chemicals were used only at 8% of cotton, wheat and vegetable areas. Meanwhile, only medium-toxic and low-toxic preparations which do not harm the environment and health are allowed in our republic.

“The intensive introduction of ecologically pure technologies in domestic agriculture has led to not only increase in demand for highly qualified agronomists and plant protection specialist, but also to the development of special equipment,” emphasized chief of department. “Nowadays there are 822 bio-laboratories and bio-factories engaged in preserving the gene pool and rearing such insects that reduce the population of field vermin in their normal activity.”

Much attention is paid to the development of bio-laboratories. With the assistance of Pakhtasanoat, Uzdonmahsulot, Uzvinoholding and major farming enterprises, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources carries out a complex of measures on modernization of equipment and expansion of production in bio-laboratories. Presently, about a half of laboratories have been reequipped and the majority of them reached the level of bio-factories on the production volumes. This direction of agriculture has its own research an educational establishment. A republican center of biological methods of plant protection Biomarlaz under Tashkent State Agrarian University is engaged not only in the development of new more effective methods of biological protection of plants but also in the professional training of specialists working in bio-laboratories.

“At present, the republic carries out a complex of measures aimed at extension of planted areas with agricultural crops grown without chemicals,” concluded Odiljon Isakov. “In particular, both scientists and farmers are focused on the further introduction of ecologically pure technologies in greenhouses and gardens.” (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

SOCIETY

LEGISLATORS MEET YOUNG PARTY MEMBERS

The 3rd conference of the youth branch Istiqbol of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan took place in Tashkent.

As Ulug’bek Vafoev, chairman of the PDPU faction, noted, this meeting was of big importance both in terms of raising the efficiency of Istiqbol’s activity and lawmaking processes of PDPU deputies. The conference aimed at specifying some promising areas of cooperation and elaboration of certain plan within the implementation of the State Program The Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation. The dialogue of deputies with young activists enabled them to reveal many topical issues requiring to be solved in local conditions, the participants recognized.

“Istiqbol should pay more attention to employment of young people, graduating from colleges, lyceums and universities, of the country. The local work with youths on vocational guidance issues taking into account the situation in every certain region and facilities available, can contribute much to the solution of this problem,” thinks Maksud Rakhimov, leader of the Hankin district affiliate of the Istiqbol youth branch.

According to Dilshod Mirzokulov, another member of the party, deputy of the Bekobod municipal people’s representatives’ council, leader of the affiliate of the Istiqbol youth branch, the young members of the party should assign a bigger part to communication with the electorate and make certain proposals to deputy groups of People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan.

The conference participants expressed various views on the joint collaboration and coordination of efforts between Oliy Majlis deputies and PDPU’s youth branch to promote the enhancement of the effectiveness of the whole party’s activity. Activists of Istiqbol could acquaint with the working process at the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)

THE JOURNALIST OF 2009

In a month time, Creative Union of Journalists will announce the winner of contest The Best Journalist - 2009.

A wide-scale constructive work is carried out in Uzbekistan on democratic development and formation of civil society. A significant progress has been achieved in renovation of the country, modernization of economy, deepening of reforms, raising people’s wellbeing, guaranteeing human rights and freedoms.

Fruitful and scaled work was implemented in 2009 within the State Program for Rural Development and Improvement on radical reorganization and renovation in rural areas, raise of culture and everyday life level, approximation of their living conditions to the urban ones.

The big work targeted at the younger generation development has got a new powerful impulse in 2010.

Mass media makes a big contribution into the broad popularization of our people’s success and progresses, their goals and tasks. The contest participants are required to present the materials widely covering progresses and success of reforms in Uzbekistan. Press, Internet, TV and radio materials published or broadcasted in the period between 1 June, 2009 and 1 June, 2010 are accepted to take part in the competition. Diplomas and valuable gifts will be presented to the winners of the contest The Best Journalist – 2009 during the grand event on the occasion of the Press and Mass Media Day on 27 June, 2010. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)