September 20, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
Head of MFA of Uzbekistan received the Ambassador of the Czech Republic
Uzbekistan plans to attract Israeli technologies
Delegation of the Federal Court of Malaysia visited the lower house of the parliament of Uzbekistan
Draft Law "On Environmental Control" was discussed in the lower house of the parliament of Uzbekistan
Shanghai Group Convenes in Bishkek
Economics:
Meeting of the intergovernmental commission
Textile Industry Eyes New Ideas, New Lanes of Cooperation
In Tashkent the first session of the Uzbek-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation was held
60.9% of the State budget expenditures was allocated to the social sector
UzAutoOil motor oils to be exported to the countries of Central Asia
By the end of 2013 Boeing Dreamliner structural components Repair Center will be established in Uzbekistan
Society:
Judicial Practice and Standards: Uzbekistan’s Expertise and International Practice
A draft law aimed at modernizing the system of guardianship was discussed
The World’s Chess Princesses Compete in Tashkent
Tashkent to host the sixth annual American Film Festival

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

HEAD OF MFA OF UZBEKISTAN RECEIVED THE AMBASSADOR OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

On September 19, 2013 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic Gineka Peyhi.

During the meeting they discussed the state and prospects of bilateral relations and issues of expanding the legal framework of cooperation.

The two sides exchanged views on the upcoming schedule of Uzbek-Czech political contacts, holding in Tashkent of the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

UZBEKISTAN PLANS TO ATTRACT ISRAELI TECHNOLOGIES

On September 18, 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel Carmela Shamir.

Sides discussed practical issues of the Uzbek-Israeli relations.

Special attention was paid to the trade-economic and investment cooperation. Sides expressed interest in implementation of joint projects involving advanced Israeli technologies in the field of agriculture, water conservation, energy and other areas.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

DELEGATION OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF MALAYSIA VISITED THE LOWER HOUSE OF THE PARLIAMENT OF UZBEKISTAN

Delegation of the Federal Court Malaysia, headed by its Chief Justice Tun Arifin bin Zakaria is on a visit in Tashkent. According to the program of the visit the delegation was greeted the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Dilorom Tashmuhamedova.

We must note that a number of delegations from different countries constantly visit the lower house of the parliament of Uzbekistan. The visit of representatives of the Federal Court of Malaysia is the first so far. The purpose of the visit is to introduce the members of the delegation with the ongoing reforms in the judicial system and exchange of experience in this field.

“At the meeting, the Speaker sincerely welcomed the guests and highlighted the special attention paid by our government to the development of intergovernmental relations between Uzbekistan and Malaysia. Exchange of experience and views during visits raises the quality of cooperation to a new level” - she added.

As noted the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, his visit to Uzbekistan is a response, as a delegation of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan visited Malaysia last year. During the visit, the Malaysian delegation will take part in a conference on the involvement of information and communication technologies in the judicial system. He stressed that the introduction of modern technologies in the judicial activity improves system’s performance and accelerates the lawsuit.

During the meeting, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia was acquainted with the work of the lower house of the Uzbek parliament, legislative activity, particularly paid attention to the development of inter-parliamentary relations and provided constructive suggestions to improve cooperation between the Parliaments of Uzbekistan and Malaysia.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

DRAFT LAW "ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL" WAS DISCUSSED IN THE LOWER HOUSE OF THE PARLIAMENT OF UZBEKISTAN

In the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan was held a discussion on the draft Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Environmental Control" with the participation of the deputy group of the Ecological Movement and the Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection, together with the political parties.

The main purpose of the event was to examine the draft law from the electorate’s point of view and to reflect party’s approach in proposals, taking into account the increasing role and importance of party factions in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis.

- “The importance of the draft law "On Environmental Protection" is that, it is aimed at improving the system of environmental control, creation of a mechanism for coordination of control, the defining the powers of public authorities in the field of environmental control and enforcement of state and public administration. The draft also clarifies the delineation of powers between departmental, industrial and public control, accountability for violations of environmental control, and further attraction of NGOs and civil society institutes to the system of environmental control,” – said the chairman of the committee Boriy Alihanov.

The meeting also noted that the publication in the media of the Draft Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Environmental Protection" for discussion, increases the importance of the law, and also serves as the program for environmental control by all groups of society. In this connection it should be emphasized that to date total of 2,979 suggestions and recommendations for improving draft law have been received from NGOs and public associations and other institutions of civil society, factions in the Legislative Chamber and citizens.

During the meeting, the participants agreed that, some more articles of the draft law should be elaborated.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

SHANGHAI GROUP CONVENES IN BISHKEK

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part in the Bishkek session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of the Heads of State on September 12-13.

Major events of the summit meeting took place on September 13. The session of the SCO Council of the Heads of State started from a meeting in a constricted format. It was attended by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

The leaders of member nations exchanged views on pressing international and regional issues as well as the prospects of SCO’s further development path.

It was noted that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an optimal platform for constructive dialogue and joint search for effective ways in addressing regional and global issues.

The heads of participating countries continued their meeting in an extended format, joined by the representatives of observer nations and international organizations.

As it was stressed, international affairs have been experiencing speedy processes with grave repercussions on security and stability issues as well as the contemporary political and economic realities. Effective integrated counteraction of global threats and challenges along with securing sustainable socio-economic development in the SCO space have been ascending to the forefront of the current agenda.

The SCO member nations have been energetic and committed in combating international terrorism, separatism and extremism, transnational organized crime, illicit trade in drugs, psychotropic agents and their precursors, the threats to information security, and have been pressing for the perfection of normative foundations of cooperation on these fronts.

In his address, President Islam Karimov drew the attention of session participants to the events in Syria and Afghanistan. It is inadmissible to spread the bloodshed beyond the borders of Syria. It was also underscored that the Afghan crisis does by no means have a military solution, and the single adequate path is a political resolution, a course of negotiations under the UN auspices and a consensus among the conflicting sides. Uzbekistan will build its relations with that country only on a bilateral basis.

The head of our state stressed the importance of elaborating and implementing major joint projects within the SCO, especially in the transport and communications sphere, and the importance of establishing a development fund and an SCO development bank. By pointing to the intricacy of environmental situation in the Aral region, Islam Karimov urged to work out cooperation mechanisms between the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, and cash in the potential and capacities of the SCO in tackling environmental issues.

The summit participants confirmed their willingness to keep with cooperation in the further modernization of national economies, with close investment partnership, interaction in shipping and communications, innovative technologies, agriculture industry. They highlighted the importance of boosting interaction in scientific-technical, cultural-humanitarian areas and tourism that will facilitate the further consolidation of relations of good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, spiritual proximity, intercultural dialogue in the interests of peoples living in the SCO space.

Following the Council of the Heads of State session, the summit participants adopted the Bishkek Declaration that reflects principal approaches toward bolstering the practical interaction and common aspiration to make every effort to expand and enhance the multilateral cooperation.

The heads of state signed a 2013-2017 action plan to realize the provisions of the Treaty on Long-Term Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation among the SCO countries.

Also, an agreement on scientific-technical cooperation has been inked among governments of SCO nations during the summit meeting.

As part of President Islam Karimov’s participation in the SCO session of the Council of the Heads of State, the leader of our country met with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev.

The two sides exchanged views on Kyrgyzstan’s efforts in the preparation and organization of the SCO summit meeting at a high level.

President Karimov noted the significance of a range of documents prepared for the heads of state to sign and directed at cementing the mutually advantageous cooperation within the SCO and at perfecting its activities.

During the talks, a special emphasis has been placed also on the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The leaders of our two nations discussed practical measures and recommendations aimed at the expansion of trade turnover and development of bilateral transport and communications ties.

The two sides agreed to improve the conditions of interaction in border areas and on other issues directly pertinent to the advancement of good neighborly relations between our two countries.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

ECONOMY

MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION

A regular meeting of the Uzbek-Latvian intergovernmental commission on economic, industrial and scientific-technical cooperation took place in Tashkent.

It was attended by heads of ministries, agencies and companies of the two countries responsible for the sphere of external economic relations, economy, trade, investment, oil and gas, energy, science, education, agriculture and water resources, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, health, tourism, information technology and telecommunications, transport and communications, automotive, building materials production.

Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Co-Chairman of the commission Elior Ganiev emphasized that cooperation between Uzbekistan and Latvia is developing in all areas, including trade, economic, industrial, scientific and technical fields, an important legal basis of which the arrangements reached at the meetings of the heads of the two states.

Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Latvia is based on a sound legal basis. Agreements on cooperation are signed in various areas, including in the areas of trade and industry, investment, transport and communications, tourism, standardization, research and education. The most favored trade regime is in place between Uzbekistan and Latvia in the fields of trade, economy and industry.

Our countries have a huge potential for the development of trade and economic ties. The volume of bilateral trade has been on the increase. In 2012 the figure amounted to 243.2 million USD, it reached 125.6 million USD in January -June of this year. There are 22 joint ventures created with the participation of investment from Latvia in Uzbekistan. These are companies that specialize in such areas as furniture, textiles and confectionery products, oil refining, printing, logistics, retail and services. 10 representative offices of leading Latvian companies are opened in our country.

At a meeting of the intergovernmental commission it was noted that Uzbekistan and Latvia are interested in increasing the volume of bilateral trade, expand trade, economic, investment, scientific and technical cooperation. The participants emphasized that the two countries have a great potential in the development of cooperation in the field of cargo transit, science, tourism, standardization.

During the negotiations, the members of the Latvian delegation were briefed on privatization processes in Uzbekistan, results of economic reforms, favorable opportunities for investors in the "Navoi" free industrial economic zone and "Angren" special industrial zone

- Latvia is focused on the development of relations with Uzbekistan - said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Republic of Latvia, co-chairman of the commission Juris Puce. - Friendly relations are an important factor in the consistent development of cooperation between our countries. In recent years, the scope of cooperation has expanded. Thus, ties in the fields of economy, industry, agriculture, transport and communications, and education have significantly activated. We are interested in the further development of scientific and technological, commercial and economic relations with Uzbekistan.

During the talks, special attention was paid to the development and implementation of joint projects.

On the same day a forum of business circles of Uzbekistan and Latvia was also held. The participants exchanged views on the widespread use of the economic potential and existing capacities of the two countries. Issues of cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, science and technology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, textile and food industries, involvement of Latvian companies in the privatization process in the country were discussed.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

TEXTILE INDUSTRY EYES NEW IDEAS, NEW LANES OF COOPERATION

The International Exhibition “Textile Equipment and Technologies – CAITME 2013” has opened in the pavilions of the Uzexpocenter National Exposition Complex. It is accompanied by the International Exhibition “Textile Industry – ???tile ???? Uzbekistan 2013”.

The exhibitions are organized by the ITE Uzbekistan International Exhibition Company and ITE Group (United Kingdom) with support from the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Uzbekyengilsanoat (Uzbek Light Industry) State Stock Company and the Osiyo Ramzi (Symbol of Asia) Association of Fashion Designers of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan’s light industry is the most critical diversified and innovations-attractive sector of the national economy. The industry is currently represented by the Uzbekyengilsanoat SSC that integrates 270 textile, garment and knitted goods enterprises outfitted with cutting-edge equipment. The attractiveness of the sector is also epitomized by the fact that during the independence years under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, the industry has drawn in excess of 1 billion 800 million dollars of foreign investments for the implementation of projects in deep reprocessing of the domestic cotton fiber, for the establishment of new production capacities and the modernization of the existing ones. The wide-ranging prospects for investments into the industry were opened by the presidential decree signed 10 April 2012 “On Additional Measures for the Stimulation of Drawing Direct Foreign Investments”.

As the Deputy Chairman of the Uzbekyengilsanoat SSC Sh.Sultanov has noted, the availability of principal crude material, that is, cotton fiber of high quality, the qualified human resources, the advanced infrastructure networks, the capacious regional product markets for textile goods – remain currently as the incentives for investment into Uzbekistan’s textile industry. For boosting the production capacities and the range of products, more than 700 units of machinery for 13.4 million dollars are projected to be procured during the 2012-2014 period for manufacturing garments, yarn and linens.

The 8th International Exhibition “Textile Equipment and Technologies – CAITME 2013” and the 10thInternational Exhibition “Textile Industry – ???tile ???? Uzbekistan 2013” are expected to make their own input into the implementation of promising projects designed to bolster the country’s light industry.

This time around, their integrated exposition is presented by 250 companies from 22 countries of the world. The exhibitor geography has covered Europe and Asia, including such nations as Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Oman, Poland and the like. Particularly active are the companies from Uzbekistan, dictated by the constantly growing interest of foreign manufacturers and the desire to be represented by their own agents in our country. It is also conditioned by the healthy competition among leading players of the market.

“Our company has been operating in the mechanical engineering market since last year,” the Director General of the Rieter Uzbekistan M.Razzakov said. “Belt, combing machines and ring spinners are in demand at textile enterprises, and our objective is to supply them with quality equipment at reasonable prices. Thus the produce we are presenting at these international expositions has been attracting the considerable number of specialists. I believe we will be able to strike additional deals.”

Indeed, from the time it was founded, the “Textile Industry – ???tile ???? Uzbekistan” exhibition has come to be a potent impetus for augmenting business cooperation among specialists in the textile industry, it has attracted leading manufacturers and consumers in the sector and has helped enhance the picture about the light industry in general. In turn, the increased demand and interest in the exposition has led to the necessity to found a separate exhibition of equipment, technologies and materials for the textile and light industry, namely, CAITME. For the period it has existed, the exposition remains the single most extensive project in the sphere with a considerable international array of participants among the Central Asian nations.

This year, the attention of visitors and specialists has been caught by the tremendous range of a diversity of textile equipment, the activities of which can be observed in action. An interesting display has been prepared by the companies of the textile mechanical engineering sector. In addition, for the first time this year the national pavilions of Germany, Belgium and South Korea have filled the list of participants with bright innovation stands of their companies.

Of special interest is the German exhibition area. This time around, its participants have included eight companies who, jointly with the Association of the Industry of Trade Exhibitions (AUMA), have displayed for specialists and visitors the sectors of dyeboarders, sewing, laboratory and control-analytical equipment.

“The participation in the international exposition of textile machinery and technologies in Uzbekistan has become a tradition for us,” suggests the sales manager of the Germany-based company “Bruckner” A. Fischer. “For the past years, we have been able to establish close interaction with Uzbek manufacturers and realize a number of joint schemes. Our major partners include the Uztex Group of Companies and Fayz-Textile. We supply equipment for them designated for final processing of ready textile goods. We hope for the further fruitful cooperation.”

Also noteworthy at the forum has been the Belgian Association of Equipment Manufacturers for Textile Industry (SYMATEX) that informs the light industry across the world on new technologies developed in Belgium. Owing to its assistance, 9 Belgian companies are taking part in these wide-scale events. They are displaying efficient technologies that cater to the needs of the Uzbek manufacturing industry with their state-of-the-art innovations in combing and Jacquard technologies, tufting production, finishing equipment, components and accessories for sewing machines, control systems and textile production inspection, automation of textile industry.

The Korean Textile Machinery Institute (KOTMI) is also taking part in this exhibition for the first time, with 5 companies. They demonstrate equipment for the production of hosiery, nonwoven fabric, technical fiber from reprocessed crude materials and many others.

“By taking part in the international expositions in Uzbekistan, we are well satisfied with outcomes,” says A.Derbetto, sales manager of the Zentex (Italy). “It is noteworthy that Uzbekistan’s light industry has been advancing dynamically, indicative again of the availability of a great number of textile enterprises with the finished cycle of production. Last year, we took part in this exhibition for the first time and have already found a representative in the local market, with which we have been building up our cooperation. I am convinced that this is hardly a limit because every one of the sides has their own fresh ideas and exciting proposals for one another.”

As the tradition goes, leaders of the domestic textile business such as BF Textile Production, Osborne Textile and Uztex Group present their export oriented produce of high quality at the “Textile Expo Uzbekistan 2013”. They display cotton yarn, knitted fabric, finished garment-knitting and terry-loop goods, household textiles and many other articles.

According to participants, the international forums will become a platform for talks and facilitate the consolidation of business ties and further development of light industry in Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

IN TASHKENT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE UZBEK-HUNGARIAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS HELD

In Tashkent in the framework of the visit of the representatives of business circles of the Republic of Hungary, led by the State Secretary for External Economic Relations and Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó, was held the first session of the Uzbek-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Bahtiyar Abdusamatov noted that an active investment policy of our country, the technical modernization of industries and building of infrastructure helped to create and develop new high-tech industries, including the automobile industry, electrical engineering, oil and gas engineering, pharmaceuticals, textile and furniture industries, production of construction materials.

- “Ongoing structural reforms in Uzbekistan create the conditions for sustained rapid economic growth of over 8% a year. Growth of the share of industry in the economy from 17% in 2000 to 24% in 2012 has been achieved. The growth of income of the population is 22% -24% a year, which stimulates domestic consumer demand for goods and services. The share of small and private businesses in the GDP today exceeds 50%. As a result of an active trade policy exports volume increased by 11.6% in 2012, with about 70 % of exports being finished products with high added value” - said Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade.

He also added that Uzbekistan has great economic potential and large resource potential. In turn, Hungary is one of the steadily developing countries in Europe, which possesses a modern economy and advanced communications structure. And these factors, as it was highlighted, are a reliable basis for close cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres.

During the meeting, the participants were familiarized with the prospects of bilateral cooperation in various sectors of the economy, investment potential of Uzbekistan and the possibilities of investment cooperation, including in the framework of "Navoi" SIEZ and SIZ "Angren". Sides showed interest in increasing the volume and diversification of bilateral trade.

- “This event provides an opportunity to raise the Uzbek-Hungarian bilateral cooperation to a new level. Obviously, the potential of our partnership is huge and not used fully at the moment. The main areas that can be successfully developed are pharmaceuticals, food and processing industry, agriculture, including livestock. During the meeting, signing of a number of documents designed to facilitate the further development of these areas is scheduled”. - told us the head of the Hungarian cultural and trade mission to the Republic of Uzbekistan Janos Vanik.

We remind that the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Hungary were established on March 3, 1992. During the official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Hungary in October 2002, an agreement was signed between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Government of the Republic of Hungary "On the mutual protection of investments" and "On international road transport of passengers and cargo".

In April 2008, the two governments signed a Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion on income and capital.

In November 2011, during the official visit of the President of Hungary P. Schmitt in our country, were signed 17 documents (8 intergovernmental and interagency, and 9 on the level of economic entities), including the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Government of Hungary on economic collaboration.

Concerning the bilateral trade, in line with the agreement "On Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the EU", in the trade between the two countries was established preferential treatment. Note that the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Hungary by the end of 2012 amounted to $46.8 million, and in January-June 2013 - $21.8 million.

Currently in Uzbekistan operate four enterprises created by investors from Hungary, 3 of them are joint ventures - and one company with 100% Hungarian capital. Four Hungarian companies, Gedeon Richter, ENIKO Kft., Chorus Intertrade & Consulting and EGIS are accredited under MFERIT.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

60.9% OF THE STATE BUDGET EXPENDITURES WAS ALLOCATED TO THE SOCIAL SECTOR

At the meeting of the Adolat Social-Democratic Party in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, report was discussed on the fulfillment of the State budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the first half of 2013.

As was noted at the meeting, in this period, macroeconomic stability and consistent growth of economy were ensured, the GDP grew by 8.0%. Economic growth was achieved through growth in manufacture industry output by 8.2%, agricultural products by 7.3%, retail trade turnover by 14.6%. In the first half of 2013 over 554.4 thousand jobs were created, including those in rural areas - 344.4 thousand.

In this period the revenues of the State budget amounted to 24.3% of GDP and costs - 24.2% of. The budget relative to GDP was fulfilled with a surplus of 0.1%.

It should be noted that members of the Adolat Party, when discussing the fulfillment of the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan, highlighted the activities carried out in the social sector.

-“The social orientation of the market economy should translate the results of economic growth to the quality and standard of living of different social groups of the population. In this regard, when approving fulfillment of the State Budget for 2013, our group proposes to continue to strengthen health-care systems of children in school and pre-school institutions, as well as increase funds for the development of science and provide effective use of funds” - noted faction member Feruza Amonove.

As it was emphasized, 60.9% of the State budget or 7,412.1 billion soums were directed to the social sphere and social support.

In particular, for development of the health care and strengthening of the material-technical base were allocated 1,750.7 billion soums or 23.6% of the funds allocated to the social sector. During the discussion of budgetary funds allocated to the health sector, members of Adolat noted the necessity to pay special attention to the appropriate disbursement of funds allocated for the intensification of disease prevention, as well as providing the agencies within the health care system with modern medical equipment.

In addition, to 4 381.0 billion soums were allocated for educational institutions and their development. Members of the faction in attached special attention to support higher education and fundamental sciences.

In particular, 62.3 billion soums were allocated for the development of sciences, which is by 25.4% more than the previous year. 39.5 billion soums were allocated to finance ongoing R&D projects under the State Science and Technology programs, as well as 333 billion soums for financing fundamental and practical scientific and technological projects, for financing of innovative projects 62 billion soums and other costs associated with the development of science - 22.8 billion soums.

Members of the faction based on Party’s program examined the allocation of budget funds to raise the quality of health care in the school and pre-school institutions and for medicines and food in health care system.

Information from representatives of the responsible ministries was heard on these issues.

After a lively debate, faction members made suggestions and recommendations based on the Party’s stance and approved the fulfillment of the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the first half of 2013. At the end of the meeting the Party’s point of view was fixed.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

UZAUTOOIL MOTOR OILS TO BE EXPORTED TO THE COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL ASIA

Joint-stock company UzAvtoSanoat and Oil Company "LUKOIL" will cooperate in the production and sales of motor oils and technical fluids.

Deputy Chairman of the Board of UzAvtoSanoat Tohirjon Jalilov and Vice-President of LUKOIL Vadim Vorobyov signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding. The Agreement provides that motor oil UzAutoOil, production of which began in June 2013, will be sold not only in Uzbekistan, but also in other countries of Central Asia.

At the same time LUKOIL will consult UzAvtoSanoat for the project of construction of a plant for production of containers and bottling of lubricants and fluids in Uzbekistan.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

BY THE END OF 2013 BOEING DREAMLINER STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS REPAIR CENTER WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN UZBEKISTAN

During the session of the Uzbek-American Business Forum, which was held at the Washington Ronald Reagan International Building and Trade Center, Director of International Operations BV Boeing Lopp informed about joint projects and prospects of cooperation with NAC "Uzbekistan Airways":

- “We consider Uzbekistan as a key partner in Central Asia and intend to deepen pragmatic cooperation. By the end of 2013, the only in region center for repair of aircraft structural composite material components will be established in Tashkent. It will provide service for the new generation of Boeing-787 Dreamliners” - said B. Lopp.

The event was attended by representatives of U.S. government agencies and the heads of more than 50 major U.S. companies, including Boeing, General Motors, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and others.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

SOCIETY

JUDICIAL PRACTICE AND STANDARDS: UZBEKISTAN’S EXPERTISE AND INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE

An international panel discussion in Tashkent has addressed judicial practice and standards of justice through the prism of Uzbekistan’s expertise and international know-how.

Organized by the Research Center for the Democratization and Liberalization of Judicial Legislation and Securing the Independence of Judiciary under the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Slovenia-based international organization “Regional Dialogue”, the event was attended by members of the Senate and Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, justices of the Supreme Court and provincial criminal courts, as well as representatives of the United States justice corps.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.Gaziev, Chairwoman of the Oliy Majlis Senate Committee for Legislation and Judicial Issues – Chairwoman of the Higher Qualification Commission for the Selection and Recommendation for the Position of Judges under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan S.Artikova and other speakers noted that the wide-ranging reforms being spearheaded under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to cardinally renew the judicial system and liberalize the criminal law and procedural criminal law have served as an important factor in building a robust civil society and securing human rights and freedoms.

Uzbekistan has acceded to nearly a hundred international documents in human rights and has been undertaking steadfast efforts to ensure their execution. The challenges outlined in the Concept of the Intensification of Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the Country put forward by the head of our state have been instrumental in uplifting the endeavors on this front to a qualitatively new level.

The international roundtable discussion has also addressed the progress being made in the implementation of objectives envisaged in the Concept. The panel debate has been organized thus to exchange expertise in elevating the effectiveness and quality of justice and cementing the independence of the judiciary.

Courts of general jurisdiction are specialized in our country, and courts are formed for civil and criminal justice. Qualified consideration of criminal and civil cases as well as the comprehensive protection of human rights and freedoms has been rising in effectiveness. The principle of the adversary nature of the trial has been secured at all stages of legal procedure, serving to raise the confidence of citizens in the judiciary.

“Wide-scale measures are being taken in our country also to reinforce the judicial control in the phase of preliminary investigation and liberalize the judicial activities,” Mahamadali Nazarov, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, said. “The implementation of the institution of Habeas Corpus, namely, the transition of the right to issue the order of arrest from the prosecutor’s office to courts in 2008 has facilitated the complete securing of the guarantee for personal immunity in practice. The abolition of death penalty in Uzbekistan from 1 January 2008 has been widely acknowledged across the world as another remarkable consequence of the cardinal regeneration of the judicial system and the liberalization of the criminal legislation in Uzbekistan.”

The institution of cassation has been reformed, and the appellation order of case reconsideration has been introduced. The institution of reconciliation has been pioneered, within which criminal cases have been suspended in regard to more than 138 thousand people. A legislation that meets international norms has been formed and constantly perfected to regulate the relations in the judicial system. In addition, provisions have been introduced in a range of articles in the special part of the Criminal Code on the abolition of punishment in the form of imprisonment in the case of complete compensation of the material damage inflicted.

As a result of such consistent efforts, the number of persons penalized with imprisonment has reduced more than one and a half times. As a consequence of wide-ranging reforms related to the liberalization of criminal conviction, Uzbekistan currently boasts the lowest number of jailed individuals in the world.

Notably, the Law “On the Introduction of Amendments and Addenda to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Relation to the Intensification of Reforms in the Judicial System” from 18 September 2012, elaborated in line with the Concept of the Intensification of Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the Country, stipulates a judiciary order of application of procedural coercion in the form of dismissal of the suspect from the job and placement in a medical institution, elimination of the right to commence prosecution from the powers of the court, assignment of the prosecutor with a duty of proclamation of sentence on the criminal case during trial.

As the American experts noted, these measures have helped reinforce the judicial oversight in Uzbekistan in the phase of enquiry and preliminary investigation, expand the sphere of application of the institution of Habeas Corpus, secure the principal function of the court as the fair trial, and implement the universal principles and norms of international law in the protection of human rights and freedoms.

“Uzbekistan’s judicial system has enjoyed tremendous positive transformation within the last ten years,” John R. Tunheim, Judge of the United States District Court in Minnesota, said. “As a result of consistent efforts undertaken in order to secure the independence of the judiciary, the protection of civil rights has been rising in efficacy. This is facilitated also by the elevation of significance attached to the engagement of qualified specialists into the sphere. In this respect, noteworthy is the activity of a special commission for the selection of judges.”

It was also stressed during the occasion that the necessary legal and social guarantees have been gaining weight in realizing independent legal procedure and raising the status and social security of judiciary personnel. It is well served by the presidential Decree “On Measures to Cardinally Improve the Social Security of the Workers of the Judicial System” signed 2 August 2012.

The Decree of the President of the country “On Organizational Measures to Further Improve the Activities of Courts” inked November 30, 2012, envisages goals in the further improvement of the system of selection as well as raising the qualification of judicial cadres. In particular, nominees for the post of justice ought to be selected from among the well trained, highly qualified specialists with a considerable life experience, faultless reputation, sufficient record of service in the sphere, primarily in law enforcement.

American experts gave a high appraisal to the fact that the citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan not younger than 30 years of age, with higher juridical education and a record of service in the sphere of no less than five years can be appointed to the position of judges of inter-district, district (or municipal) civil and criminal courts and economic court.

Of keen interest has been the mechanism of forming the primary reserve of justice cadres directly by the Higher Qualification Commission for the Selection and Recommendation for the Position of Judges under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with a direct involvement of all law enforcement bodies.

The panel discussion has helped analyze the contemporary trends in refining the legal procedure in advanced democratic nations as well as international standards, and the participants exchanged views on the further consolidation of legislative foundation in the reinforcement of the independence and autonomy of the judiciary.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

A DRAFT LAW AIMED AT MODERNIZING THE SYSTEM OF GUARDIANSHIP WAS DISCUSSED

At a meeting of the Social Democratic Party Adolat (justice in Uzbek) in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan a number of draft laws were discussed.

The MPs first examined the draft Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On guardianship", which was presented for discussion in the first reading.

The faction members debated the draft law from a conceptual point of view. A representative of the Committee on Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society spoke on the content of the draft law.

Members of the faction mentioned that the idea of justice, equality of all before the law, protection of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens are the main purpose of the legislative activity of deputies elected from Adolat Party. Apart from that, it was noted that the adoption and application of this draft law meets the program goals of the party, as it aims to modernize the system of guardianship, creating ground for transparency and openness of the guardianship, improve the mechanism of guardianship and to ensure protection of the rights and the interests of persons in need of care.

During the discussion were given suggestions and recommendations for its further improvement.

In addition, the faction members also discussed the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On introducing amendments to some legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan” in connection with the adoption of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On guardianship "in the first reading.

(Source: Uzreport – agency)

THE WORLD’S CHESS PRINCESSES COMPETE IN TASHKENT

The third round of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Grand Prix among women has kicked off in the Gallery of Visual Arts of Uzbekistan.

This prominent sport forum held under the aegis of the International Chess Federation is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan and the Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan.

It was noted during the opening ceremony that a special significance is being attached in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the dynamic development of sports as a crucial means of fostering the younger generation as healthy and spiritually mature personalities with high intellectual capacities.

“The arrangement of major sports competition in Uzbekistan at a high organizational level has become a kind tradition,” says the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. “The triumphs of Uzbek chess players at the international arena epitomize a practical outcome of the tremendous attention paid to nurturing a comprehensively advanced generation. That children’s sports have become an integral part of the learning and education process in Uzbekistan deserves a high appraisal.”

The FIDE Grand Prix among women comprises six international tournaments and it offers an opportunity to vie for the chess crown of the world. A total of 18 chess players take part in this tournament held in 2013-2014. Each phase has 12 chess ladies to contend. Thus, every one of them takes part in four tournaments of the Grand Prix series. The player, who garners the highest number of scores at the end of all tournaments, will have an opportunity to play ten sets of games in 2015 against the acting champion of the world. What is at stake is the chess crown.

At the third round of the FIDE Grand Prix among women that started at the Gallery of Visual Arts of Uzbekistan, our country’s honor is upheld by the silver medal winner of Asian Championships and Asian Games, the first international grandmaster among the Uzbek young women, the talented chess player Nafisa Muminova.

The competitions of this round are attended also by the prize winner of the World Chess Olympiad, world and European championships – Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia, the multiple champion of the world among young women – Humpy Koneru of India, the silver medal winner of the Asian Championship and champion of China – Zhu Wengzhung, the winner of team championship of the world and European championship, champion of the world in blitz chess – Ekaterina Lagno of Ukraine, the world and European champion – Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria, the world champion among girls under 20 – Dronovalli Harika of India, the world and European champion, the twice winner of the World Chess Olympiad – Alexandra Kostenyuk of Russia, the prize winner of the European Championship and six-time champion of Armenia – Elina Danielyan, the world and European champion among girls under 18 – Olga Girya from Russia, the world champion among girls under 20 – Zhao Xue from China, winner of international tournaments – Guliskhon Nakboeva of Kazakhstan.

As the rules of the competition go, the chess princesses in FIDE Grand Prix rounds are to play 11 sets of games in general in a one-round system. Three players with the highest number of points are to be awarded as winners and prize winners.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

TASHKENT TO HOST THE SIXTH ANNUAL AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

From 20 to 22 September 2013, U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the National Agency UzbekKino organizes the sixth annual American Film Festival at Alisher Navoi Cinema Palace.

The theme of the festival this year is "Journey to the United States." Films demonstrated depict various US states, the unique aspects of their daily lives, as well as general American values, traditions and customs.

Quizzes about American culture will be organized prior to the shows and viewers who correctly answer the questions will get a book and DVD-discs.

Free Entrance

Schedule of films:

Friday, September 20

19:00 - The Grapes of Wrath (drama, in English with Russian subtitles)

Saturday, September 21

12:00 - New York New York (musical, in English, with English subtitles)

15:00 - Shane (Western, English, with English subtitles)

18:00 - Oh brother, where art thou? (Comedy, in English, with English subtitles)

Sunday, September 22

12:00 - An American Tail: Fivel Goes West (animated film in English with English subtitles)

15:00 - My Cousin Vinny (comedy, in English, with English subtitles)

18:00 - A River Runs Through It (family film in English with Russian subtitles)

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)