September 27, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
President Karimov Delivers Keynote at Kashkadarya Regional Council Special Session
Delegation of MFA held a series of meetings in Tokyo
Legislative Chamber passes several laws in the first reading
International Cooperation:
United Nations Supports Uzbekistan Initiative
Economics:
International specialized exhibitions of agriculture, food and nutrition technologies
Foreign economic activity and investment attractiveness of Tashkent province
Uzbekistan’s Tourism Capacities Presented in Paris
International Exposition of High Technologies
Society:
Mahalla’s Preparations for Elections
UNESCO promotes the role of museums in sustainable development
Exhibition dedicated to Muhiddin Rakhimov starts in Tashkent

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

PRESIDENT KARIMOV DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT KASHKADARYA REGIONAL COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION

The Kashkadarya Regional Kengash (Council) of Local Representatives convened for a special session on September 27.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov delivered a keynote speech at the meeting.

Inquiring into the triumphs and achievements made in the Kashkadarya region, the head of state cited following figures and facts.

Thus, according to the leader of our nation, the gross regional product grew by 4.5 percent in 2012, while agricultural production increased by 7.3 percent, retail trade swelled by 19.7 percent, the volume of construction works multiplied by 12 percent and services by 18.6 percent. Steady growth rates have continued into this year, as well.

The share of manufacturing sector in the gross regional product equals to 39 percent. Nearly 11 percent of all industrial production in the country accounts for Kashkadarya region, the head of our state noted.

Currently, more than 12 percent of the grain and cotton nurtured in the nation is the share of this very province.

Along with the accomplishments evident in the region, Islam Karimov drew attention also to some existing shortcomings and drawbacks. Notably, the Kashkadarya region has been lagging behind overall nationwide indicators in terms of production of competitive goods with higher added value by reprocessing local crude and raw materials.

Expounding on existing capacities and opportunities the region has failed to cash in, President Islam Karimov outlined priority challenges for the forthcoming period. In particular, Uzbekistan’s leader referred to three resolutions approved by the government with regard to the socio-development in Kashkadarya region and defined actual tasks to be addressed to secure the execution of these rulings.

The session agenda included also a managerial issue.

The hitherto hokim (governor) of the Kashkadarya region T.Juraev stepped down from the post.

The session participants endorsed the candidacy of Zafar Ruziev, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, nominated by President Islam Karimov to the position of hokim of the province.

Director of Shahrisabz Professional College of Technology – Islomiddin Abrorov, the first deputy chairman of National Board of the Mahalla Charity Public Fund – Dolli Allaev, director of Kitab Socio-Economic Professional College – Munisa Suyunova, chairman of the regional department of the Nuroniy Fund – Yanvar Inoyatov, chairman of the regional council of Trade Unions Association – Eson Rajabov, chief of the Mayna Kurbonova farmer enterprise – Mayna Kurbonova, student of Karshi State University – Maftuna Nadirova and other speakers at the assembly pointed out that the entire population of the Kashkadarya region would draw appropriate lessons from the critical notes put forward by President Islam Karimov in his speech and would labor selflessly to eliminate the drawbacks, to succeed in tackling pressing issues in the socio-economic development of this corner of the nation, to augment the effects of reforms and reach projected heights.

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Later the day, President Karimov held a conversation with local farmers on the field of Shonazar-ota Avazmurodov farmer enterprise in Kasbi district.

Led by Sirojiddin Shonazarov, the farmer enterprise has been nurturing cotton this year on 35.7 hectares of land. In the venture, who has been regularly meeting its contract commitments in supplying the state with cotton and grain, the crop capacity has been growing from one year to another.

“Our country has succeeded in fostering a rich crop this year, as well,” the head of state stressed. “A thorough analysis of the achievements being made on this front suggests that the most crucial factors in our current accomplishments have been the transfer of land to its genuine owners, the formation of the sense of property ownership in the minds of farmers, the timely implementation of agro-technical works and the extensive opportunities and conditions being created for our dehkans to work efficiently.”

The leader of our nation made a special emphasis on the issue of breeding highly productive species of cotton that cater to the climatic and soil conditions of regions, with an extraction of quality fiber.

Cotton has a great variety of promising qualities. They include high crop capacity, resistance to pests, the length and robustness of fiber. These factors should be taken into account while nurturing cotton, first and foremost in the selection of its breeds. Today, the farmers are mostly the ones interested in growing quality cotton. The higher the quality of cotton they have fostered, the higher the incomes they can exact.

The farmer movement has entered a new phase of evolution in our country. Farmers ought to make a considerable input into the advancement of agriculture and other sectors of economy, into the augmentation of services industry, the socio-economic development in regions, the elevation of wellbeing of the local populace, and enhancement of employment, principally among the younger generation, President Islam Karimov said.

It was pointed out during the conversation with farmers that the thinking mode and needs of the people have been changing, while our urban and rural areas have been adding in beauty. It is pleasant to notice that our youths have been tasking themselves with solid goals and been moving forward toward them with resoluteness, while the remarkable achievements being made by them across all spheres are filling our hearts with a sense of pride.

(Source: UzA National news agency)

DELEGATION OF MFA HELD A SERIES OF MEETINGS IN TOKYO

On 23-26 September 2013 the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, currently in Tokyo as part of participation in the next round of the Uzbek-Japanese political consultations at foreign ministries level held meetings and talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Japan, Chairman of the Parliamentary League of Friendship "The Liberal Democratic Party – Uzbekistan," Taro Aso, a parliamentary deputy foreign minister, Minori Kiuchi, Deputy Finance Minister, Mitsuhiro Furusawa, chairman of the parliamentary League of Friendship "The Democratic Party - Uzbekistan", member of the House of Representatives, Koichiro Gemba, member of the House of Councilors, Kyoko Nakayama, Special representative for Central Asian Affairs, Norio Maruyama.

Sides discussed important issues on the bilateral agenda, promising areas of cooperation in various fields.

Uzbek Foreign Ministry delegation also held a meeting in Japan-Uzbek committee on economic cooperation.

(Source: Uzreport news agency)

LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER PASSES SEVERAL LAWS IN THE FIRST READING

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan held a session to consider several draft laws in the first reading on 19 September 2013.

MPs considered a draft law “On exchange activities”. The draft law will ensure single legal practices in exchange activities and balance interests of participants of the exchange market, including shareholders, investors and the government.

It was said that the legal framework for exchange activities should correspond to rules, regulating activities of leading exchanges of the world.

MPs stated that the law will help to improve attractiveness of exchange market for foreign investors.

The MPs also considered a draft law “On guardianship and custody”, which was developed in line with the presidential resolution “On the State programme “The Year of Family” from 27 February 2012.

It was said that currently issues related to guardianship and custody are regulated with Civil Code and Family Code of Uzbekistan, regulation on guardianship and custody, as well as other documents. But the document do not have clear notion about guardianship and custody body.

The document will regulate issues related to guardianship and custody, and mechanism of their regulation. The Family Code of Uzbekistan do not clarifies persons, who declared legally incapable or limited capable, able-bodied adults and persons in need of guardianship and custody on health grounds.

The draft law “On guardianship and custody” will regulate issues on guardianship and custody and the MPs noted that it will help to modernize guardianship and custody in Uzbekistan, improve mechanisms of guardianship and custody, protect rights and interests of all categories of the life, who need guardianship and custody.

MPs discussed a draft law “On introduction of changes and amendments to some legislative acts of Uzbekistan in connection with adoption of the law “On guardianship and custody”.

It should be noted that the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan stipulates that "orphan" is a person whose (both parents) parents have died or found dead in line with a decision of the court, and in need of social protection.

However, in legal practice it is not defined social status of the deceased children of single mothers. However, number of orphans, left after death of their single mothers, makes up one third of the children recognized as orphans. They also need social protection as well as children who have lost both parents.

It was noted that the draft law “On guardianship and custody” reflects both national and international experience in protection of people, who need guardianship and custody. The norms of the draft law should be reflected in existing legislation as well.

MPs approved all three draft laws in the first reading.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

UNITED NATIONS SUPPORTS UZBEKISTAN INITIATIVE

On September 16, 2013 the United Nations disseminated the «Program of Measures on Eliminating the Consequences of the Drying up of the Aral Sea and Averting the Catastrophe of the Ecological Systems in the Aral Sea Region» as on official document of the 68th Session of the General Assembly (English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French) drafted by the Republic of Uzbekistan as a chairing country at the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has fully supported the Program.



Programme of measures on eliminating the consequences of the drying up of the Aral Sea and averting the catastrophe of the ecological systems in the Aral Sea region

Humanity today is facing ecological problems of unprecedented scale and destructive capacity that threaten the very existence of all living things on the planet. It is for precisely this reason that the environment and climate change are on the agendas of various prominent international and regional organizations, institutes, forums and summits. The United Nations has made environmental sustainability one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) placed environmental protection and combating the negative impacts of climate change on the United Nations sustainable development agenda beyond 2015.

One of the gravest global environmental disasters of modern times is the tragedy of the Aral Sea facing the countries of Central Asia and their population of some 60 million. Its environmental, climatic, socioeconomic and humanitarian consequences make it a direct threat to sustainable development in the region, and to the health, gene pool and future of the people living there. The Aral Sea region crisis directly affects Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and affects Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan indirectly.

Since the 1990s, the States of Central Asia have been doing their utmost to respond to this environmental disaster, but their resources and physical capacity fall short, and the assistance provided by international donors remains limited and inadequate to address fully the problems of the Aral Sea area. As the borders of the area affected by the environmental crisis continue to expand, the scale of that crisis will become ever more disastrous, with far-reaching consequences not only for countries in the region but also far beyond its borders, unless additional assistance from the international community is brought to bear.

The Aral Sea catastrophe stands as convincing evidence of the interplay between the environment and strategic security. For this reason, the countries in the region affected by the catastrophe are increasingly drawing the attention of the international community to the fact that the destruction of the Aral Sea will have damaging effects not just on the immediate area, but on the entire world.

The countries and the population of the Aral Sea region welcome the commitment of the United Nations, and its Secretary-General to addressing global environmental problems, including the Aral disaster. The visit of the SecretaryGeneral to the Aral Sea region on 4 and 5 April 2010, during which he confirmed the global consequences of the Aral Sea crisis and the need to mobilize the efforts of the international community to resolve it, provided clear indication of this.

Following his visit, the Secretary-General described the destruction of the Aral Sea as “one of the worst environmental disasters in the world” and stated that its resolution was the “collective responsibility of the whole world, not only of the nations of Central Asia”.

Until 1960, the Aral Sea was one of the largest closed bodies of water in the world. It was 426 kilometres long and 284 kilometres wide, with an area of 68,900 square kilometres, a volume of water of 1,083 cubic kilometres, and a maximum depth of 68 m.

The Aral Sea region had a large variety of flora and fauna; its waters contained 38 species of fish and a range of rare animals; it was the habitat of 1 million saiga antelopes; and its flora included 638 species of higher plants.

The Aral Sea played a vital role in the development of the regional economy, its industries, sources of employment and sustainable social infrastructure. In the past, the Aral Sea was among the richest fisheries in the world: 30,000 to 35,000 tonnes of fish were caught annually in the waters of the Aral Sea region. More than 80 per cent of those living along the Aral Sea shore were employed in catching, processing and transporting fish and fish products. The fertile lands of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya deltas and the rich grazing lands provided employment for more than 100,000 people in livestock rearing, poultry breeding and raising agricultural crops.

The Aral Sea also served to regulate the climate and mitigated the sharp fluctuations in the weather throughout the region, exerting a positive influence on living conditions, agriculture and the environment. In winter, arriving air masses heated up over the waters of the Aral Sea. In summer, they cooled down over the same waters.

The problems of the Aral Sea arose and expanded into a threat in the 1960s, as a result of the feckless regulation of the major cross-border rivers in the region — the Syr Darya and Amu Darya, which had previously provided some 56 cubic kilometres of water to the Aral Sea each year. A jump in the population in the area, urbanization, intensive land development and the construction of major hydrotechnical and irrigation facilities on the water courses of the Aral Sea basin carried out in previous years without regard for environmental consequences led to the dessication of one of the most beautiful bodies of water on the planet. Within a single generation, an entire sea was virtually destroyed. The process of environmental degradation continues, and the Aral Sea region is becoming a lifeless wasteland.

Over the past 50 years, the total outflow from rivers into the Aral Sea has fallen almost 4.5 times, to an average of 12.7 cubic kilometres. The area of the sea’s surface is eight times smaller than it was, and the water volume has decreased by more than a factor of 13. The water level, which until 1960 had reached a maximum of 53.4 metres, has fallen by 29 metres. Salinity has increased by more than 13 to 25 times and is now 7 to 11 times higher than the average mineralization of the world’s oceans.

The sand-salt Aralkum desert, with a surface area of more than 5.5 million hectares, is inexorably taking over the Aral region and now covers the dried-up portion of the sea that was once home to a wealth of flora and fauna and served as the natural climatic regulator of the adjacent areas. Constant environmental risk, with its negative impact on the quality of life, health and, most importantly, the population’s gene pool, now affects not only the areas around the Aral Sea, but the whole region of Central Asia.

More than 75 million tonnes of dust and toxic salts enter the atmosphere annually from the Aral Sea. The dust plumes that rise from the bottom are up to 400 kilometres long and 40 kilometres wide. According to scientists’ findings, the dust from the Aral Sea is already embedded in the glaciers of the Pamir Mountains and the Tian Shan, as well as the Arctic.

A complex set of ecological-climatic, socioeconomic and demographic problems with far-reaching, threatening global consequences has arisen in the Aral Sea region.

Since the early 1960s, the number of days on which the temperature has exceeded 40?C has doubled, and temperatures of 49?C in the shade have been recorded in places.

Water pollution and the large salt and dust discharge from the bottom of the desiccated sea have contributed to the spread among the population of the Aral Sea region of a number of somatic diseases such as anaemia, diseases of the kidneys, blood, digestive system, respiratory organs and cardiovascular system, gallstones and other diseases. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a dangerous environment. The dioxin levels in the blood of pregnant women and milk of breastfeeding mothers in Karakalpakstan are five times higher than in Europe.

The decline of the Aral Sea’s role as a transport corridor, and in fishing, animal husbandry and other types of economic activity, the shrinking of grazing land and reduced soil productivity have deprived tens of thousands of people of their traditional livelihoods.

More than half of the plant and animal gene pool of the Aral Sea region has disappeared, with 11 species of fish, 12 species of mammals, 26 types of birds and 11 species of plants nearly gone.

A brief catalogue of the consequences of the destruction of the Aral Sea would include a shortage of drinking water and a drop in its quality; soil pollution and degradation; a sharp decrease in biodiversity, the worsening of public health and the gene pool; climate change caused by more smog in the atmosphere and, possibly, a consequent shrinkage of ice caps in the Pamirs and Tian Shan, which, to a large extent, feed the principal rivers in the region.

Since the 1990s, all the countries suffering the destructive consequences of the Aral catastrophe have spoken out regularly at the United Nations and in other international and regional organizations to alert the international community to the problems of the Aral Sea and their close connection with regional and global security. In 28 September 1993, during the forty-eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and on 24 October 1995, during the fiftieth session, representatives of the countries of Central Asia appealed to the international community to provide assistance in saving the Aral Sea and the surrounding region, and warned that this problem could not be resolved without the support and assistance of international financial institutions and developed countries, with the United Nations in a coordinating role.

On 8 September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York, President Karimov of the Republic of Uzbekistan proposed the establishment of a council on the problems of the Aral Sea and surrounding region, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in the interests of promoting international cooperation in environmental protection.

The countries in the region now have every reason to be grateful for the significant assistance provided by the United Nations, international bodies and donor countries in mitigating the consequences of the Aral Sea crisis.

According to a survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) on donor assistance in the Aral Sea basin. the total volume of international donor assistance for the whole Aral Sea region for the period 1995 to 2012 was around 1,145,000 dollars.

The main outcome of the Secretary-General’s 2010 visit to the Aral Sea region was the decision to launch the Joint United Nations 2012-2015 programme entitled “Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster”, which calls for the UNDP Aral Sea Programme, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) to pool their efforts in the Aral Sea region. The overall budget of the programme, financed from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, is around 4 million dollars. The programme is designed to enhance the well-being of the most vulnerable segments of the population, provide support to improve access to basic social infrastructure, contribute to the creation of new sources of income, support entrepreneurship among women and young people and improve health care.

These all represent tangible support for the population of the Aral Sea region from the international community. Enormous efforts are being devoted to practical counter-measures at the national level, a key example being the establishment of IFAS by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in January 1993.

The main goals of IFAS are to preserve the biological heritage of the Aral Sea region and to reduce the destructive impact of the ecological crisis on the environment and, most importantly, on the livelihood of the region’s inhabitants. In December 2008, IFAS was granted observer status in the General Assembly. The efforts of IFAS have borne fruit in the form of the two programmes conducted from 1995 to 2010 to assist the countries of the Aral Sea basin (ASBP-1, ASBP-2).

Using their own national resources for the most part, the countries of Central Asia have made significant efforts as part of these programmes to develop mechanisms for the joint management of Aral Sea basin water resources; rehabilitate the areas affected by the ecological disaster; supply fresh drinking water; improve public health, and reduce poverty and unemployment. The overall contribution of the IFAS member countries to the implementation of the ASBP-2 projects for 2003-2010 was more than 2 billion dollars. Donor assistance to implement the programme projects was more than 1 per cent of this amount.

Implementation of the third programme, ASBP-3, devised for the period 2011 to 2015 by the IFAS Executive Committee in cooperation with organizations of the United Nations system, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Union, as well as the Governments of a number of donor countries, is under way, with more than 300 projects potentially receiving funding of over 8.5 billion dollars.

The plan of action adopted in the wake of the international conference on the Aral Sea crisis, its impact on the gene pool, flora and fauna and international cooperation for mitigating their consequences, held with the support of the United Nations on 10 and 11 March 2008 in Tashkent, provided input for the ASBP-3 programme.

The plan of action provides for the implementation of projects in nine areas: water supply and the development of utilities and public services; improving land reclamation, health-care services, education and science; job creation; gender equality; developing transport infrastructure; combating desertification; environmental protection and alternative energy, totalling more than 100 projects valued at about 1.5 billion dollars.

During this period, all of these problems have remained at the centre of the attention of the IFAS member States, and implementation of projects in the areas indicated has relied on resources from national budgets and also from the United Nations, international foundations and donor countries.

The most significant measures have been focused on resolving water shortages and desertification; reducing water consumption; countering the salination and degradation of land under cultivation; improving public access to drinking water; and establishing the infrastructure needed to treat diseases caused by changes in the environment and climate in the region.

Loans from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and other financial institutions have played a major role in implementation of the projects focused on these goals and on the restoration and modernization of the irrigation and drainage network.

Over 1.2 billion dollars have been invested in these efforts over the past 10 years in Uzbekistan alone.

These measures have resulted in a reduction of 21 per cent in annual water withdrawal in Uzbekistan since the 1980s, from 64 billion to 51 billion cubic meters. Per capita water consumption has decreased from 3,000 cubic meters to 1,700 cubic meters per year.

A thoroughgoing environmental legal and regulatory framework has been set up over time.

In order to strengthen legislative activities related to the environment and response to the Aral Sea crisis, the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, which holds permanent membership in the legislative chamber of the lower house of Parliament (Oliy Majlis), was formed in 2008.

Around 75 million dollars in World Bank loans has been devoted to improving land reclamation and removal of harmful water runoff in southern Karakalpakstan.

In 2011, the 68,700-hectare Lower Amu Darya State Biosphere Reserve was created for the purpose of preserving and restoring the land, flora and fauna, and to stimulate economic and human development.

The implementation of the first round of the project, entitled “Creation of local bodies of water in the Amu Darya delta” helped to bring into operation five water drainage facilities, establish 45 kilometres of shore protection dams, and create water-regulation reservoirs with a water surface area of 70,000 hectares and an overall volume of 810 million cubic meters. Over the past 15 years, 180,000 hectares of the Amu Darya River delta have been irrigated, and local lakes have been created. There are plans to expand their surface area up to 230,000 hectares.

In the area affected by the Aral Sea crisis, 740,000 hectares of forest have been planted, including 310,000 hectares on the dessicated seabed, and there are plans to plant on a further 200,000 hectares of dessicated seabed over the next few years. In Karakalpakstan over the last 15 years, about 1,700 kilometres of drainage networks have been brought into operation in rural areas, the provision of drinking water to the population has increased almost fourfold, and more than 100 rural medical polyclinics, most of the maternity hospitals now operating in the area and a national oncology centre have been built, reconstructed and supplied with medical equipment. Between 1997 and 2012, modern outpatient polyclinics with a capacity of 32,600 visits per shift were brought into operation in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the Khorezm, Bukhara and Navoiy regions. Hospitals were built and reconstructed, providing a capacity of 5,800 beds; and 840 rural medical centres are in operation. As a result, in comparison with 1997, the number of congenital abnormalities in the Republic of Karakalpakstan was reduced by a factor of 3.1, maternal mortality halved and infant mortality decreased by a factor of 2.4.

A 1.3 billion-dollar-plan to finance projects and measures in the Aral Sea region has been approved for 2013, providing for the creation of small local bodies of water in the Amu Darya delta, construction of water intake facilities with desalination installations, the creation of protective forest plantations and ornithological monitoring of bodies of water in the southern part of the region.

However, the continuous deterioration of the environmental, socioeconomic and humanitarian effects of the dessication of the Aral Sea and the degradation of human habitation in the region make it obvious that, without substantive assistance from the United Nations and the international community, it will be impossible to resolve what is by definition a problem that affects the whole planet.

In contemplating further ways to address the situation in the region, we clearly recognize that restoring the Sea to its previous boundaries is impossible. This process has already advanced so far that it cannot be reversed. The actual process of resolving the related problems is a very difficult one. What is primarily needed is to rescue the people who live around the dying sea and to stabilize the ecosystem of the region.

The countries directly bordering the Aral Sea region would like to see the humanitarian dimension of the work of the United Nations and the recognition that human security is now of primary importance among its activities more directly embodied in a solution to the Aral Sea crisis.

In this connection, the issue is not now one of saving the Aral Sea itself, but of halting negative trends that could lead to irreversible changes in the lives of the people of the region. The task is not to save the water, but to address rehabilitation of the Aral Sea region, preserve the health and gene pool of the population, restore and protect the ecosystems, and create all the necessary conditions for people to have decent lives.

With the negative situation becoming ever worse in the Aral Sea basin and the adjacent area, urgent additional measures are needed to counter the catastrophic consequences of the dessication of the Sea, and create the requisite socioenvironmental and humanitarian conditions for the 60 million people living there and in the immediate vicinity.

The scale of the tasks ahead requires more effective coordination of efforts and pooling of resources at the national, regional and international levels in order to prevent even greater disaster in the area.

In this connection, there is a need to adopt as an official document of the sixtyeighth session of the General Assembly the Programme of measures on eliminating the consequences of the drying up of the Aral Sea and averting the catastrophe of the ecological systems in the Aral Sea region, including the implementation of the following fundamentally important stabilization measures:

I. Creation of conditions for life, reproduction and preservation of the gene pool in the Aral Sea region.

This primarily has to do with providing the population with clean drinking water, the development of the social infrastructure, improving preventive and medical services, and stimulating employment and income growth.

Particular attention is to be devoted to the implementation of projects to protect the health of mothers and children, improve rural medical facilities and update equipment at those facilities.

II. Improved measures to manage and save water. Protecting natural bodies of water in the Aral Sea catchment area. This has to do with the formation and development of available bodies of water in the Amu Darya River delta, devising agreed mechanisms for management and protection of water resources in the Aral Sea basin, and introducing integrated management of water resources in the basins of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya Rivers.

The reconstruction of irrigation and drainage systems and the introduction of modern water-saving irrigation technologies are of paramount importance here.

III. Implementation of large-scale measures to plant forests on the dessicated bed of the Aral Sea and prevent desertification in the region.

Measures to prevent erosion, to stop and stabilize moving sands, and prevent harmful salt and sand particles from rising into the air are key here.

IV. Preservation of biodiversity, restoration of biological resources and protection of flora and fauna.

Special attention will be devoted to the preservation and protection of disappearing flora and fauna, the creation of nurseries for preserving (restoring) their gene pool, expansion of protected natural territories in the Aral Sea region, the introduction of a stable system of managing wetlands and preservation of grazing lands.

V. Further institutional reinforcement and strengthening of cooperation between countries in the region, in the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, and stepped-up efforts to alert the international community to the Aral Sea catastrophe.

(Source: Press-service the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

ECONOMY

NEW EXHIBITIONS

International specialized exhibitions of agriculture, food and nutrition technologies “Food Week Uzbekistan-2013” and “Agri Tek Uzbekistan-2013” are in progress at the Uzexpocenter.

They are organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan and the international exhibition company Expo Position. Along with domestic manufacturers, some 50 companies from China, South Korea, Portugal, Hungary, India, and Poland – more than 50 countries in total – are offering their goods and services at the expositions.

It was stressed at the opening ceremony of exhibitions that as a result of persistent reforms being undertaken under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in agriculture, our country’s export potential has been rising steadily. These traditional expositions are instrumental in boosting trade and economic cooperation with foreign nations and introducing cutting-edge technologies.

During the exhibitions that comprise sections divided into those specializing in nutrition goods, sector-designated equipment, beverages, packing and parceling technologies, agricultural machinery – a major part of enterprises strike mutually advantageous deals with relevant companies.

“We are taking part in this exhibition for the first time,” says Jang Buyung Ok, manager of South Korea-based Jingcheongun County City. “Ours is a multi-purpose company that specializes in the production of tea, candies, nurturing fruits and vegetables and flowers, sales of agricultural technologies. The favorable investment climate established in Uzbekistan serves as an important factor in materializing new promising projects. We intend to partner closely with business people from Uzbekistan.”

Technologies and modern machinery for reprocessing raw and producing finished goods are presented at the section of food and reprocessing industry of the exposition, along with final goods. Several local companies present equipment for nutrition industry as well as ready goods, including some 40 types of confectionery from the company Nusi, 20 types of sweets from the enterprise Lazzat-karamel, and more than ten types of dairy from the farmer enterprise Chinobod Shuhrat Mirahmedov.

It is noteworthy that the greater part of technologies is presented under the trademark “Made in Uzbekistan”. Today, the range of domestically manufactured technologies has expanded considerably in contrast to previous exhibition where foreign-made technologies were prevailing.

The international specialized exhibitions “Food Week Uzbekistan-2013” and “Agri Tek Uzbekistan-2013” facilitate the further consolidation of cooperation among farmers, businesspeople and manufacturers of our country, the extensive introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and machinery in agriculture, the development of small enterprises, the enhancement of activities of enterprises in the food and reprocessing industries.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

FOREIGN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND INVESTMENT ATTRACTIVENESS OF TASHKENT PROVINCE

The dynamic development of foreign economic activity in Tashkent province depends on an ever growing inflow of overseas investments to the regional economy. Another key factor behind such a dynamism is an increase in the volumes of exported goods and services. Facilitating the development of foreign economic activity in the region is also a package of regulatory-legal documents designed to further improve the investment policy, create a proper environment for a stable rise in the exports volumes, diversify the product composition of exportables, ensure the maximum utilization and further development of the region’s resources and production potential, and encourage small enterprises and private entrepreneurs to intensify the exportation of their produce.

A leader among the Republic’s territorial formations, Tashkent province is the main fuel and power base of Uzbekistan, a region with highly developed manufacturing sectors such as non-ferrous metallurgy, chemical and food industries, production of building materials etc. The region accounts for a significant portion of the total amount of copper, gold, zinc and other precious and rare metals, cement, mineral fertilizers and mechanical-rubber produce made in the country.

Created on January 15th, 1938, Tashkent province consists of 14 districts and 4 towns of province subordination. The city of Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is also an administrative center of the region. The big towns located in Tashkent province include Almalyk, Akhangaran, Angren, Bekabad, Chirchik and Yangiyul.

Last year, Tashkent province’s GRP went up by 5.2 per cent compared with 2011. In its total volume, 25.7 per cent is represented by manufacturing, 22.7 per cent – by agriculture, 19 per cent – by transport and communications, 11 per cent – by trade and public catering, 4.7 per cent – by construction, 12 per cent – by other industries of material production and 5 per cent – by taxes. The share of small business in the total volume of its GRP is estimated at 56.7 per cent.

In 2012, the aggregate production volume in farming was 6.7 per cent up on the year before. In the total volume of farm produce, the plant-growing sector produced output to the tune of 1871.3 billion Soum (7.2 per cent higher than the 2011 level), livestock-raising - 1228.6 billion Soum (9.7 per cent above the 2011 figure) and other sectors – 154.1 billion Soum (up 5.4 per cent on the year before) (Currency rates of CB from 24.09.2013 1$=2140.95soums).

The dynamic development of all economic sectors in Tashkent province is fuelled by a rise in both the volume of its GRP and living standards of its population. The region has large reserves of minerals and raw-material resources. Rich deposits of brown coal, kaolin, iron, copper, lead, zinc, bismuth, lithium, asbestos, glass raw material, raw stuff for cement production, facing stone and others are situated in Tashkent province.

To be more exact, there are 88 deposits of minerals in the region, of which 43 deposits are currently under development, 45 ones are not developed and the development of two deposits is regarded as unprofitable.

Tashkent province has rich deposits of the following minerals:

Iron (the western spurs of the Chatkal Range);

Copper (the Kalmakyr deposit);

Molybdenum;

Lead and zinc (the Lashkerek and Kurgashinkan deposits);

Lithium (the Shavazsay deposit);

Uranium;

Silver (the Kuchbular and Kyzylolmasay deposits);

Coal (the Angren, Shargun and Baisuntau deposits);

Kaolin (the Angren deposit);

Asbestos (the Sarychekis deposit).

Different branches of the heavy industry have been developed on the basis of these minerals, including fuel power engineering, machinery construction, mining, metallurgy, the chemical industry, production of building materials and others.

The product composition of goods exported from the region encompasses the following product categories: cotton fiber (16 per cent), chemicals (8.3 per cent), ferrous and non-ferrous metals (52 per cent), power resources and oil products (0.02 per cent), machinery and equipment (3.1 per cent), foodstuffs (8.6 per cent), services (0.6 per cent) and others (10.5 per cent).

In 2012, the volume of goods and services imported to Tashkent province worked out at US $1167.6 million. As for the product composition of imports to the region, it looked as follows: machinery and equipment (35 per cent), chemicals (9.6 per cent), ferrous and non-ferrous metals (14.2 per cent), foodstuffs (14.4 per cent), power resources and oil products (2.7 per cent), services (0.3 per cent) and others (23.8 per cent).

Tashkent province exports the following goods: ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electric equipment, fuel, cotton fiber, cotton yarn, stockinet, knitted wear, cotton wool, fabrics, belting filters, washed wool, mineral fertilizers, cement, slate, bricks, gypsum-board plates, gypsum, constriction mixtures, cables, tungsten, copper half-finished products, concentrated kaolin, blue vitriol, rubber galoshes, toilet paper, corrugated boxes, perfumery and cosmetics, ice-cream, plastic toys, propylene bags, training devices, licorice root, rose saplings, geophysical works, building-assembly works, transport-forwarding services, translation services, hotel services, tourist services, broadcasting services, provision of cisterns, production of equipage etc.

The following big enterprises and companies take part in the region’s exports activity:

OAO Almalyk Mining and Smelting Works, JV Ammofos-Maxam, JV Maxam Uzbekistan, OOO Uzbek Kumir, OAO Akhangarancement, OAO Akhangaranshifer, APO Uzmetkombinat, OAO Bekabadcement, UzKTJM, OAO Maxam Chirchik, JV Chirchik Transformator Zavodi, OAO Chirchikselmash, OAO Uzbekkhimmash, JV Daishn Megateks, JV Koray Tekstil, FE Osborn Textile, FE Singapore Samarkand, JV Alfi Tekstil, OOO Mekhnat, OAO Uzbekgeofizika, FE Arge Fashion, JV OOO Zarkent Agro Invest, JV OOO Berad Agro, JV Spentex Tashkent Toytepa, OOO Chinoz Tekstik, Alif Grand Corporation, JV Yangiyul Eg Moy, FE OOO Elnur & Ruslan Textile, PE Plasteks and FE Global Comsko DAEWOO.

Tashkent province is a large industrial area of Uzbekistan. Its industrial potential occupies one of the leading places in the national economy, accounting for 20 per cent of all the manufactured produce made in the Republic, 45 per cent of electricity, 98 per cent of coal, 43 per cent of cement, 100 per cent of rolled metal and the bulk of non-ferrous metals.

The vital tasks facing the regional manufacture in the near future is to create and exploit fresh power capacities and electricity transmission networks, as well as to reconstruct existing ones. To begin with, it is essential to bring about strategically important projects such as the construction of two steam-gas plants at the Talimarjan Thermoelectric Power Station (TPS) with a total capacity of 900 MWt, a 370 MWt steam-gas plant at the Tashkent TPS, a 130-150 MWt power-generating unit at the Angren TPS, and high-voltage power transmission lines that connect the Syrdarya TPS and the Novo-Angren TPS.

To complete the construction and put these plants into operation will make it possible to technically re-equip not only Tashkent province, but also the national electric system as a whole, to ensure that all parts of Uzbekistan are reliably provided with the region’s own power resources, to raise the efficiency of its performance, to significantly cut the costs and technical losses associated with the production and transmission of electricity, as well as to optimize the very structure of power resources.

In the manufacturing industry, OAO Uzbekkhimmash and OAO Chirchikselmash are the leading machine building enterprises in Tashkent province. They specialize in turning out equipment and components for enterprises operating in the gas-oil-chemical sector, cotton seeding-machines, cultivators, pick-up attachments to harvesters and spare parts for agricultural production. The region ranks modernization and technical re-equipment of its manufacture as the highest priority.

The Almalyk Mining and Smelting Works, APO Uzmetkombinat and the Uzbek Works of Refractory and Heat-Proof Metals are the Republic’s leading industrial enterprises. They produce the bulk of non-ferrous metals, steel, rolled steel and other goods made of ferrous, refractory and heat-resistant metals.

As of January 1st 2013, 472 enterprises with a share of foreign investments in their charter capital are registered in Tashkent province. Of the total number of currently operational ones, joint ventures and 100 per cent foreign enterprises account for 351 and 100, respectively.

The period under discussion has seen a rise in the number of operational joint ventures in Uzbekistan. In Tashkent province, in particular, they notched up a total of 451, or 111.4 per cent compared with the similar indicator a year earlier (405).

The investors taking part in the creation of enterprises with a share of foreign investments and 100 per cent foreign enterprises in the region represent countries such as Switzerland, Turkey, Great Britain, the US, South Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and others. By and large, they account for more than 80 per cent of all joint ventures registered in Tashkent province. The majority of these enterprises utilize local minerals and raw materials.

The creation of free industrial zones constitutes a new step towards optimizing the region’s development, setting up highly efficient export-oriented production facilities and applying modern logistics systems and transport infrastructure.

Enterprises operating in the Angren Free Industrial Zone are granted a wide range of tax and customs privileges and preferences for the period from 3 to 7 years depending on the volume of invested capital. Moreover, they are guaranteed the prompt connection to infrastructure facilities and communications.

At the present moment, as many as 8 investment projects to the tune of US $186 million are being implemented on the territory of the Angren Free Industrial Zone. These include: the organization of production of basic oils from waste oil products; copper pipes; mixers for sanitary-engineering goods; locking fittings and components; sanitary ceramics; ceramic plates; briquetted coal; construction of a new sugar-refinery; and creation of a complex for the production of finished leather goods. Another 22 projects, for a cumulative total of US$ 245million, are now being considered, with all necessary documentation prepared.

A number of railway lines run through the territory of Tashkent province, ensuring communications between Uzbekistan and other Central Asian republics and East-European states. Their total length comes to 363.4 kilometers.

Motor transport plays an important role in the region. The total length of hard-surface motor roads reaches 3,833 kilometers (including international highways). Regional and local roads make up 1,306 kilometers. Among the most important motor roads running across Tashkent province are the Big Uzbek Highway and a road connecting Tashkent with the Ferghana Valley, a Great Silk Road transnational arterial road (currently under construction), which will link the towns of Tashkent, Andijan, Osh (Republic of Kyrgyzstan) and Kashgar (Sintzyan-Uigur Autonomous Area, China), via the Kamchik pass (the Kurama Range).

At the same time, the region has an enormous potential for the development of recreational tourism, because a greater part of Tashkent province lies in the foothills of the Western Tyan-Shan. Hordes of tourists annually visit the region, attracted by its beautiful and picturesque nature.

The Chimgan Tourist Complex enjoys a particularly wide popularity. It is located 90 kilometers away from the Uzbek capital, in the foothills of the Chatkal Range. This unique area is often called “Uzbek Switzerland”. The availability of nature reserves with rich flora and fauna is vital for effective phyto-sanitary therapy and health improvement, as well as the organization of commercial safari.

The Sporting-Sanitary Complex of the Charvak Oromgokhi Health-Improving Center and the Chatkal State Biosphere Nature Reserve operating in the region guarantees all the prerequisites for the provision of excellent tourist services.

The territory of Tashkent province is strewn with more than 300 archeological monuments and over 100 historical-religious monuments. Khanka, Shakhrukhiya, Tunket and other medieval towns, which existed in the region many centuries ago, are well-known far beyond the borders of Uzbekistan. Unfortunately, they have survived down to the present day mainly in the form of ruins and barrows. In some places archeologists come across hardly discernable traces of an ancient serf wall, which stretched for over 100 kilometers – from the banks of the Syrdarya to the mountain ranges of the Western Tyan-Shan.

To boost the share of tourist services in Tashkent province’s GRP, it is planned to develop new tourist routes and destinations with vast natural and historical-cultural potentialities, to expand the range of tourist services by introducing modern, highly promising ones, to buy new motor vehicles for tourists, to construct catering outlets, campings, mobile or permanent lavatory cum bathrooms and to further improve the way the Uzbek tourist product is advertized and promoted.

To sum up, Tashkent province is well-positioned to implement investment projects in all economic sectors. Its stupendous potential in this field rests on a unique system of guarantees for investors and enterprises with foreign investments. To lure strategic investors, the state guarantees their rights, safeguards their investments and inviolability of their property on the territory of Uzbekistan. In a word, foreign investors are provided with the greatest possible scope of privileges and preferences and incentive to do business.

(Source: “Business partner.uz” Newspaper)

UZBEKISTAN’S TOURISM CAPACITIES PRESENTED IN PARIS

IFTM Top Resa 2013 international travel exhibition has opened in the French capital city with Uzbekistan’s tourism potential extensively displayed at the exposition.

Owing to its ancient monuments, rich culture, shrines and unique nature, Uzbekistan wields an immense potential in tourism. The peace and harmony reigning in our country coupled with the Uzbek hospitality have facilitated a growing inflow of tourists.

Steadfast efforts have been in progress under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to bolster the tour industry. Uzbekistan has been regular in major international expositions, fairs and travel festivals held in many nations. To widely demonstrate our country’s tour capacities to the world and hence boost the number of incoming tourists, the Uzbektourism National Company has embarked on marketing projects, megainfo-tours. As part of this scheme, cooperation has been established with more than 200 travel agencies in such countries as France, China, Hungary, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The international exposition IFTM Top Resa held since 1978 is considered one of the most prominent in the world. This year’s event is being attended by representatives of more than 10 thousand tour companies from more than 150 countries along with specialists and experts in the area. The exhibition covers all the contemporary directions in the travel industry. The exposition is divided into sections like business tours, ecological, sport and enlightenment tours, exotics, cruise, hospitality and restaurant service, recreation.

As reported by the Uzbektourism, the “Uzbekistan” national stand has been appealing to the keen interest of exhibition visitors with its colorful Eastern-style design and content. It offers detailed information about the historic monuments in our country, the national customs and traditions, tour attractions in such ancient cities as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shahrisabz and Tashkent.

As part of the exposition, a presentation “Welcome to Uzbekistan!” narrating our country’s tourism potential has been organized in cooperation with the French embassy in Uzbekistan. It was attended by representatives of mass media and major travel agencies.

The international exposition IFTM Top Resa 2013 offers opportunities for the extensive familiarization of the world public with our nation’s travel industry, for cementing the cooperation with foreign tour agencies, for striking bilateral and multilateral mutually advantageous deals, inquiring into contemporary trends in the evolution of tourism, for close familiarization with innovations and changes at the international travel market and sharing expertise.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF HIGH TECHNOLOGIES

The international exhibition of information technologies ICT-Expo-2013 held as part of the annual ICT Week InfoCOM-2013 has opened at the exposition-trade complex Kurgazma Savdo Markazi.

Chairman of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis Legislative Chamber Committee for Information and Communication Technologies A.Jurabaev noted that the application of cutting-edge information technologies is the most critical prerequisite for the socio-economic development of the society. Our country has been making remarkable achievements on this front. The government policy in promoting the spread of information technologies, the fundamental principles of which are defined by President Islam Karimov, is designed to integrate the nation into the global information space. The adoption of the Integrated Program of the Development of National Information and Communications System of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2013-2020, approved by a relevant resolution of President Islam Karimov on 27 June 2013, has served as a vital engine for the dynamic advancement of information resources, systems and networks of Uzbekistan.

The traditional exhibition of international technologies, ICT-Expo, is one of the most important and prominent exhibition platforms of the Central Asian region. It is noteworthy that this year’s exposition has been granted the status of international, indicative of its growing significance in the ICT sphere in Uzbekistan and abroad.

The international exhibition of information technologies ICT-Expo-2013 is held simultaneously in Tashkent and Jizzakh. This is dictated by the aspiration to demonstrate the mounting regional level of the spread of information technologies. The video space bridge organized at the exposition gives opportunity for visitors to simultaneously review the exhibits of both expositions.

The exhibition houses the stands of more than 150 national and foreign companies specializing in the manufacture of high-technology goods in such areas of information technologies as systems integration, software development, assembly of computers, dealers specialization, as well as mobile phone operators, providers of communication services and data transmission. Exhibition participants from South Korea, Ukraine, China, Japan, Germany, Slovenia and other countries have presented the public with more than 400 types of high-technology goods and services.

The opening ceremony of the international exposition took place in the pavilion of the Uzbektelecom Stock Company, leader of the telecommunications domestic market. By employing modern telecommunications networks, the company offers all types of services in voice communications, data transmission and TV and radio broadcasting, video conference communication, internet access, mobile and stationary constraint in the CDMA-450 standard. This year, the Uzbektelecom has acted as the general and technical sponsor of all events within the InfoCOM-2013 ICT Week.

At the current exhibition ICT-Expo, the company presents new types of services. Notably, it renders a new service of GPS monitoring that allows locating vehicles in an electronic map, overseeing the logistics of goods delivery and analyzing the routes of cars for any span of time.

Particularly appealing for the visitors has been the pavilion of the Chinese company ZTE, which is one of the major suppliers of telecommunications equipment systems. It has been successfully operating in the Uzbek market for about ten years.

“Our company offers a complete spectrum of telecommunications services,” O.Spectorman, technical manager of ZTE, says. “We have presented at the exhibition the systems and terminal machinery, in particular the UzTE mobile phones manufactured at the Jizzakh special industrial zone. These phones with high quality and modern design are distinct with their reasonable prices and are intended for a wide range of consumers.”

An important thematic section of the exposition has been the electronic government technologies. The exhibition authors present the best samples of projects implemented on this front. The exhibition serves to promote effective solutions in creating integrated public databases and in arranging provision of interactive services for the population.

The exposition program is diverse and includes a wide range of educational seminars, panel discussions, as well as a variety of actions and contests. On the first day of the international exhibition, a roundtable discussion took place to deliberate on the evolution of internet providing and the domestic content in Uzbekistan. During the event, representatives of the State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunications Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Uzbektelecom Stock Company and internet providers of Uzbekistan discussed in detail the issues pertinent to providing the general public with access to the internet and other services related to the world wide web, along with the development prospects of the Uznet.

As part of the international exhibition, a universiade on computer sport, ICT-STUDENT, is due among teams of educational institutions specializing in training cadres in information technologies. The competitions are to be organized in three directions: computer assemblage within a fixed time framework, creation of a secure local network with access to the internet, and creation of a thematic web page. Also anticipated are the finals of the Zo‘r-Zo‘r UCG-2013 – a qualifier tournament for the FIFA-13 game for the world championship WCG-2013.

The extensive exposition of the international exhibition of high technologies affords an opportunity for the wider public to examine – from a new perspective – the accomplishments made by Uzbekistan in the formation of information society. Without any doubt, the ICT-Expo-2013 will give an additional impetus to the further development of our country’s ICT market, will expand the frames of international cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies and serve to establish robust business contacts.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

SOCIETY

MAHALLA’S PREPARATIONS FOR ELECTIONS

This November and December, Uzbekistan is planning to elect 9,756 chairpersons of citizens’ assemblies and more than 97,000 their advisers

This was announced at a meeting of the Council of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a key subject of which was to discuss the course of preparation and holding of elections of chairpersons of citizens’ assemblies and their advisers.

The upcoming elections will be held in accordance with the laws ‘On self-government bodies’, ‘On election of chairpersons (elders) of citizens’ assembly and their advisers’, which were adopted in the new edition in April 2013. The laws have considerably streamlined the mechanism of operation of citizens’ assemblies, and expanded the list of their powers and tasks. Innovations have touched almost all spheres of life in local communities: starting from institutional foundations and issues of social support and ending with the development of private entrepreneurship, family business and expansion of tasks in the system of public control. Regulations of the law on the election of elders and their advisors will be practiced in the process of the election. The law is intended to ensure transparency and openness of elections, and election of the most deserving people.

To date, the awareness raising campaign on bringing the gist and content of the new laws to the public has already been done. The campaign went with active involvement of mass media. Media workers from all regions of the country attended specialized training workshops held in July that were organized by the Republican Board of Mahalla Charity Fund of Uzbekistan in conjunction with the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan. The workshops for journalists are a good platform not only in terms of introduction to new laws, but also for advancing professional skills in raising people’s awareness on the idea of mahalla and ability to draw public attention to the most relevant topics.

During the meeting members of the Council emphasized that the purpose of the preparation for the mahalla election is to provide organizational and legislative conditions for full exercising of constitutional rights of citizens to participate in building of citizens’ assemblies, and learn about the candidates. In this context, there is a need to continue the awareness and analytical work on the coverage of the preparations and conduct of elections on the basis of principles of transparency, alternative and equality of suffrage.

Following the discussion, the Council of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved a resolution ‘On the preparation and conduct of elections of chairpersons (elders) of citizens’ assemblies and their advisers’, which defined the timing of the election. The Action Plan for Arrangement and Conduct of Elections was developed, and the Commission on Promotion of Arrangement and Conduct of Elections of Chairpersons (Elders) of citizens’ assemblies and their advisers’ was formed. It comprises representatives of both houses of parliament, ministries and departments, public foundations, NGOs and the media.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)

UNESCO PROMOTES THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

From 24 to 26 September 2013, in the framework of the UN Joint Programme on Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security, UNESCO organizes a three-day workshop entitled The Grand Partnership: Tourism and Museums in Uzbekistan.

The workshop is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Uzbekistan and the State Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan named after Savitsky. It brings together representatives of museums in the Republic of Karakalpakstan as well as other regions of Uzbekistan.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the role that museums play in promoting tourism and sustainable development in Uzbekistan. It allows for an exchange of views on the challenges museums face in adapting to the quickly changing environment and their functions as centres of education, heritage preservation, scientific research access to information and awareness raising. The workshop is conducted by Mr Stuart Gibson (USA).

UNESCO is leading a global effort to promote culture as an integral factor of sustainable development. This is the third round table discussion organized by the UNESCO Tashkent Office in 2013 on this theme. The first one was organized in cooperation with the Fund Forum of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistanin the framework of the “AsrlarSadosi” festival of traditional culture in May and the second one on UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the current situation in the field of culture in Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport on 16 September.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO MUHIDDIN RAKHIMOV STARTS IN TASHKENT

A night dedicated to the 110th anniversary of ceramics master Muhiddin Rakhimov was held in Tashkent on 24 September 2013, which included an exhibition of ceramics of famous Rakhimovs’ family.

Muhiddin Rakhimov (1903-1985) made great contribution to development of national ceramics in Uzbekistan.

The event was organized by the Center for national art at support of Fund Forum and "IJOD" Association of artists, art critics and craftsmen of Uzbekistan. The exhibition will last 2 October 2013.

Muhiddin Rakhimov created several masterpieces of ceramic at, which currently stored in several leading museums, including the Hermitage.

The exhibition presents several exhibits, which demonstrate development of ceramics art of various regions of Uzbekistan. There are also exhibits, which present synthesis of traditional and modern ceramics.

Currently, Akbar Rakhimov and his son Alisher Rakhimov are continuing work of Muhiddin Rakhimov. Works of Akbar and Alisher Rakhimovs also stored in museums in Uzbekistan, Russia and Germany.

(Source: UzDaily.com)