October 02, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
Issues of maintaining regional security in the context of the peace initiatives of Uzbekistan on Afghanistan were discussed
Foreign Minister of Ukraine to visit Uzbekistan
Economics:
Presentation of Chevrolet Gentra was held in Ukraine
Measures on organization of activities of solar energy institute adopted
Uzbekistan implements over 500 projects till 2016
Chinese Eximbank to issue US$300m to construction of PVC complex in Uzbekistan
Society:
We Bow to the Ground, Dear Teachers!
Festival of Khan-Atlas
Uzbekistan has opened five more airports for international flights
Uzbekistan and France are establishing cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

ISSUES OF MAINTAINING REGIONAL SECURITY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PEACE INITIATIVES OF UZBEKISTAN ON AFGHANISTAN WERE DISCUSSED

In the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the initiative of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations was held a round table on "Issues of regional security and stability in the context of the peace initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Afghanistan".

At the meeting it was noted that since acquiring its independence, the Republic of Uzbekistan has been making efforts to draw the world community’s attention to the need for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan, as a close neighbor of Afghanistan, understands and is aware of the scale of the devastating effects of the conflict and its threat not only to regional but also to the global security and stability.

The Head of state has repeatedly from platforms of various prestigious international organizations raised the issue of peaceful settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan and put forward initiatives and proposals aimed at a political solution of the Afghan problem and reaching a consensus between opposing forces, as the issue has no military solution.

- “Uzbekistan/'s proposals and initiatives for a peaceful settlement of the conflict were elaborated on the basis of a thorough analysis and assessment of the real situation in Afghanistan and the region. They are widely supported by the international community. Speech held by our President in Bishkek on 12-13 September during the meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO Member States is its clear evidence. Our President’s initiatives on peaceful resolution the conflict in Afghanistan have been reflected in the final document of the summit - the Bishkek Declaration of Heads of SCO Member States” - said the deputy of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Ravshan Askarov .

At the SCO summit the President of Uzbekistan, on the basis of the Concept of foreign policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, pronounced the firm stance of Uzbekistan on Afghanistan, which is the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, non participation in a any kind of military-political blocs directed against Afghanistan, the establishment of ties and cooperation with Afghanistan only on a bilateral basis and support the government chosen by the people of Afghanistan.

Roundtable participants emphasized that the Uzbekistan consistent, forward-looking and well thought-out policy on Afghanistan and its peace initiatives are certainly a major contribution to the achievement of peace and stability in Afghanistan and regional security.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

FOREIGN MINISTER OF UKRAINE TO VISIT UZBEKISTAN

On October 11-13 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the OSCE chairman Leonid Kozhara will pay a working visit to Uzbekistan.

As reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in Kiev, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara met the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Ukraine Alisher Abdualiyev.

During the meeting the sides discussed the main directions of further development of diplomatic relations between states, as well as ways to enhance economic cooperation between Ukraine and Uzbekistan. They also focused on preparing for the visit of Leonid Kozhara in Uzbekistan, which will take place October 11-13, 2013.

The parties also discussed issues of cooperation between the two countries in international organizations, in particular - in the framework of the UN.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

ECONOMY

PRESENTATION OF CHEVROLET GENTRA WAS HELD IN UKRAINE

The Uzbek-Ukrainian business forum was held in Ukraine. Representatives of business circles of Uzbekistan and Ukraine discussed issues of mutually beneficial cooperation in sectors such as fruit and vegetable processing, manufacture of building materials and furniture. It also featured a presentation of technologies for the use of alternative energy sources in Uzbekistan.

After the business forum a presentation of a new model of GM Uzbekistan’s Gentra C-class sedan was held, during which it was emphasized that the construction of plants and mastering the production of modern cars is an evidence of consistent successful economic policy of independent Uzbekistan, who is following its own path of development.

"In automobile market of Ukraine Nexia and Matiz are in constant demand, as they are inexpensive to maintain and popular among population,” – said the head of the project "Ukraine-Uzbekistan. Bridges of Friendship and Cooperation," Artur Gashenko. - The mission of the new sedan Gentra is to fit into this range of features, expanding the choice for the more discerning consumers, which is a clear reflection of the confidence level of cooperation between the Uzbek and Ukrainian companies".

(Source: Uzreport.com)

MEASURES ON ORGANIZATION OF ACTIVITIES OF SOLAR ENERGY INSTITUTE ADOPTED

The Government of Uzbekistan approved a resolution “On measures on organization of the activities of the International Solar Energy Institute”.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) allocated technical assistance for US$3 million within the joint project with the Government of Uzbekistan on creation of the International Solar Energy Institute.

The Government of Uzbekistan agreed with the proposal of the Council of the Institute, Uzbekistan Art Academy and Uzbekenergo on foundation of the International Solar Energy Institute as an independent legal entity in form of limited liability company.

The primary founders of the Institute are Uzbekistan Art Academy with the stake of 51% in the charter capital, which is formed due to handed over building, and Uzbekenergo with the share of 49%, which is formed due to money resources and equipment, transferred to the Institute.

The resolution said that the number of founders can be increased in future if international and foreign governmental organizations, financial institutions, funds, scientific and research centers, investors, enterprises and other structures express interest.

The Council of the Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade carry out regular work on attracting financial resources of the international and foreign governmental institutions, scientific and research centers, as well as other donors.

The State committee on privatization, demonopolization and development of competition of Uzbekistan in cooperation with Uzbekistan Art Academy and Tashkent city administration were entrusted to assess the value of the building in Tashkent city and handed over to the Institute.

The building will be reconstructed. The single customer service under Uzbekistan Art Academy is set as customer of the project. ToshuyjoyLITI will be general design organization and BITI-Production is general contractor of the project. The customer and general design organization were entrusted to develop documentation of reconstruction works till 1 February 2014.

Uzbekenergo should allocate necessary funds to reconstruct the building and purchase of equipment, tools, furniture and electronics for the Institute.

The Institute and Uzbekenergo were entrusted in cooperation with Uzstandard agency to develop and approve a plan of measures on national and international accreditation of laboratory of testing photoelectric modules.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN IMPLEMENTS OVER 500 PROJECTS TILL 2016

Uzbekistan implements over 500 projects in strategic industries of economy with total cost of over US$75 billion, First deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan - Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov said last week at the forum of the creditors of the project “Production of synthetic liquid fuel on the base of cleaned methane of Shortan gas-chemical complex.

He said that Uzbekistan is implementing mid-term projects directed at diversification of economy due to organization of high technologic production, he said.

The list includes projects in industrial sector and directed at modernizing transport infrastructure and increasing transit potential of the country.

Minister of Economy of Uzbekistan Galina Saidova addedthat the projects with total cost of over US$50 billion will be implemented in industry and with infrastructure projects the programme cost exceeds US$75 billion.

According to the Uzbek Government, implementation of these projects will help to increase share of industrial sector in structure of the GDP in 2016 to 28% against 24% in 2012 and 14.2% in 2000.

At the same time, average annual growth of industrial production makes up 9.3% and share of ready products in industrial production will grow from 41% to 60%.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

CHINESE EXIMBANK TO ISSUE US$300M TO CONSTRUCTION OF PVC COMPLEX IN UZBEKISTAN

Export-Import Bank of China is planning to issue a loan for US$300 million to Uzbekistan till the end of 2013 to construction of a chemical complex for production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on the basis of Navoiazot.

Energonews reported quoting the source in the Uzbek company that the preliminary agreement on allocation of loan was reached during the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Uzbekistan in early September.

China National Chemical Engineering Co.,Ltd (CNCEC) won a tender for construction of the complex. In line with the tender terms, announced in May 2013 with the starting price of US$440 million, the winner should construct PVC complex with the capacity of 100,000 tonnes of PVC, 64,000 tonnes of caustic soda, and 300,000 tonnes of methanol a year. The project will be implemented within 31 months. The contract with the Chinese firm can be signed in October 2013.

The project with the cost of US$470.8 million will be financed due to own resources of the Uzbek side along with the loan of the Chinese Eximbank.

Navoiazot is a largest chemical plant in Uzbekistan, which was commissioned in 1964. It produces nitric fertilizers, nitronic fiber, as well as integrated production of organic synthesis.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

SOCIETY

WE BOW TO THE GROUND, DEAR TEACHERS!

The Turkiston Palace has hosted an official occasion in tribute to the Day of Teachers and Mentors.

The great future and prosperity of the Motherland and her standing in the international community are largely contingent on the level of personal development among the younger generation. It is hard to overestimate the role of teachers and mentors in furthering this responsible goal.

A great attention is being paid in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to nurturing the growing generation as comprehensively advanced personalities, to providing all-round support and stimulus to the work of tutors and instructors. The announcement of October 1 as the Day of Teachers and Mentors proposed by the head of our state, to be celebrated widely as a national holiday, became a bright manifestation of a tremendous respect and veneration by the people toward the hard and rather responsible labor of educators.

To this end, on September 30, leaders and specialists of the education sector, outstanding teachers and mentors across Uzbekistan laid wreath to the Monument of Independence and Humanism, a symbol of our freedom, the bright future and noble aspirations. They familiarized with the Marifat Markazi Complex and the Alisher Navoi National Park of Uzbekistan built in the capital city during independence years at the initiative of the head of our state.

On the same day, they gathered at the Turkiston Palace for a ceremonial event occasioned to the Day of Teachers and Mentors.

Senators, members of the lower house of parliament, heads of various ministries and other government agencies, social organizations, veterans of education sector, best teachers and instructors, spirituality promoters and mahalla activists were invited to the festive meeting.

Kh.Sultanov, State Adviser to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, read out the holiday greeting of President Islam Karimov addressed to teachers and instructors of the entire country.

Starting from the very first days of independence, the cardinal transformation of the education sphere became a priority dimension of state policy in our nation. Adopted at the initiative of the head of our state, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Education” and the National Program for Training Specialists, the State Nationwide Program of the Development of School Education, the State Program for the Consolidation of Economic and Technical Capacities of Children’s Music and Arts Schools and Further Improvement of Their Activities in 2009-2014 have served as an important factor in nurturing the youth commanding independent thinking, a high spiritual-ethical qualities and in training highly qualified specialists.

Practically all general schools in our country have undergone cardinal reconstruction and overhaul, and dozens of new education institutions have been erected. In addition, wide-ranging efforts have been in progress to boost the economic and technical capacities of pre-school institutions, specialized boarding schools, the Barkamol Avlod children’s centers, children’s and youths’ sports schools, music and arts schools, institutes for retraining and raising the qualification of pedagogical cadres and to bolster their effective activities.

Particular significance is being attached to uplifting the qualification and mastery of pedagogues, to creating all necessary conditions and opportunities for their effective activities and to providing comprehensive stimuli for their work. This has been finding its reflection in the activities of more than 410,650 teachers laboring in the system of public education. Owing to the support for the work of educators, 3,465 teachers and mentors have been rewarded in the past years with high titles, orders and medals of our Motherland, including the title of the Hero of Uzbekistan.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan signed on 27 September 2013, a group of teachers and instructors were granted high awards of the native land.

Also, a constant focus of attention has been placed on issues relating to drawing young cadres to schools and making an effective use of their academic and creative potential. Notably, 7,065 young specialists have started their pedagogical activities in the current year at general schools.

As a result of consistent measures designed to stimulate the labor of educators, the average salary of teachers has gone up nine-fold in comparison to that of 1 September 2006, to reach 867,276 soums as of 1 September 2013.

The presidential resolution “On Measures to Further Refine the System of Learning Foreign Languages” signed 10 December 2012 has served as an important guide for action in boosting the number of young pedagogues teaching foreign languages and elevating the knowledge level of pupils.

The document creates the best possible conditions and opportunities for training the younger generation in foreign languages with the use of cutting-edge pedagogical and information-communication technologies, for further development of the system of training specialists with a perfect command of foreign languages, and for the consolidation of international cooperation on this front. Jointly with the Uzbek State University of World Languages, a diversity of projects are being implemented across all the regions of the country to retrain and raise the knowledge and proficiency of school teachers of English, German and French. In particular, what has been analyzed is a need in educators of foreign languages in the 2013-2014 academic year and measures have been taken to raise the existing teaching load up to 1.5 wage rate and train teachers of foreign languages owing to the retraining of teachers and employment of university graduates.

The learning sets “Kid’s English” in teaching English, “Deutsch macht spab” in teaching German, “Hirondelle” in French have been created this year and included in the gift kits of the President to first-graders that comprise education accessories in 12 titles and school bag. These presidential presents were awarded to 528,972 first-graders across the nation.

As part of the State Program “The Year of Wellbeing and Prosperity”, public oversight has been reinforced over the education and upbringing process, while public councils have been established at all schools within the framework of the cooperation scheme “family-mahalla-education institution”. This facilitates a constant scrutiny of the quality of education and upbringing process, a greater interest and strives among pupils for knowledge, a complete coverage of general school graduates with the next phase of education.

The nationwide traditional review contest “The Teacher of the Year” held by the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan serves to discover initiative-driven, pro-active and selfless pedagogues and the popularization of their advanced expertise. Diplomas and prizes were awarded to winners of this year’s review contest.

“We are grateful to President Islam Karimov for the tremendous attention to teachers,” says Turgun Azlarov, teacher of mathematics and information technologies at the general school no.40 of Shaykhontohur district in the city of Tashkent, the Hero of Uzbekistan. “The created extensive conditions, privileges and opportunities that have attracted global recognition, as well as the immense significance attached to the education of youngsters urge us to have an even greater, more responsible attitude to nurturing the growing generation – the future of our nation, to live up to the high confidence in us and be worth of the high title of teacher.”

The director of the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater, the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Mahmud Ismailov, director of the general school no.5 of Gurlan district of Khorezm region, the Hero of Uzbekistan Anora Mahmudova, consultant of the chairman of the Soguni citizens’ assembly in Tashkent’s Uchtepa district for religious enlightenment and spiritual-ethical education Muattar Eshmuhamedova who spoke at the occasion expressed gratitude to President Islam Karimov for the remarkable attention and care for educators, for the reverence and stimuli to their activities.

The official part of the event was followed by a festive concert by masters of arts and young performers.

The official ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Sobirov, Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan D.Tashmuhamedova, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoev.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

FESTIVAL OF KHAN-ATLAS

The metropolitan Center of National Arts has hosted the festival “Khan-Atlas 2013”.

Organized by the Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan, the Women’s Council National Social Association, the Osiyo Ramzi (Symbol of Asia) Association of Fashion Designers of Uzbekistan, the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan and other institutions, the festival comprised a show of national attire created by young fashion designers.

A special significance has been attached in our under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to issues related to revitalization and continuity of national traditions and values.

The Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan in its activities has been placing a priority emphasis on, among other things, conveying the essence and significance of national traditions and values to the younger generation, boosting their spiritual and esthetic level and forming an artistic taste. The principal goal pursued by the traditional festival of khan-atlas is to further enrich and promote our cultural heritage, ages-old traditions, to foster the youths in the spirit of devotion to national values.

The current festival has served as a platform for nominees of the Kelajan Ovozi national contest and students of Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry to present collections for the judgment of spectators. The costumes displayed attract with their harmonious combination of national and contemporary trends, the energy and the endeavor distinct in youths for the search of novelties. The event contained also an exhibition of national fabrics.

“At the festival, I and a friend of mine Aziza Mavlonkhojaeva demonstrated our collection of dresses ‘Melody of the East’,” says Rahbarkhon Akramova, student of Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry. “Those are decorative and evening dresses from khan-atlas. The festival gives us the youth great opportunities to display our creative abilities.”

Young authors of best collections were awarded diplomas at the festival.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

UZBEKISTAN HAS OPENED FIVE MORE AIRPORTS FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

By Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, airports in Andijan, Namangan, Ferghana, Termez and Karshi opened to international flights.

With this regard, the National Security Service, the State Customs Committee, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan have been charged with border, customs, sanitary and veterinary control, as well as passport and visa support at airport checkpoints in the city of Andijan, Namangan, Ferghana, Termez and Karshi in the manner prescribed by law.

In addition, the NAC Uzbekistan Airways is charged to provide, free of charge, necessary office spaces, facilities, equipment, and special equipment for the effective implementation of border, customs, sanitary and veterinary controls, as well as visa and passport support at airport checkpoints in Andijan, Namangan, Ferghana, Termez and Karshi.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEKISTAN AND FRANCE ARE ESTABLISHING COOPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

At the invitation of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 23 to 28 September 2013, delegation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of France and the French association of public benefit «Esther» visited Uzbekistan for the development cooperation project in the field of hospital hygiene and HIV/AIDS.

The delegation included a representative of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Marie-Camille Lenormand, Head of Department of International and Institutional Relations of Esther, Farid Lamar, as well as two doctors of the Hospital Saint-Antoine of Paris, Julie Bottero and Valerie Lalande, reports the press service of the French Embassy in Uzbekistan.

During the visit, the delegation met with the Deputy Minister S. Saidaliev at the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan. Members of the delegation also visited various centers, in particular, the National Center for AIDS, Research Institute of Virology, Research Institute of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Tashkent Medical Academy and Research Institute of sanitation, hygiene and occupational diseases. Also a visit to the Samarkand regional infectious diseases hospital was arranged. In addition, the delegation held talks with representatives of international organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF), as well as with representatives of the European Union Delegation in Uzbekistan.

These meetings and visits helped to determine the cooperation project, which can be implemented with Uzbekistan in the field of HIV/AIDS and strengthening of hospital hygiene. Thus, they have considered the possibility of organizing joint seminars, practical trainings, internships in hospitals in France for medical workers of Uzbekistan, as well as the publication of the results of applied research in international scientific journals.

Public benefit Association Esther is a French organization, under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, responsible for international cooperation in the field of health. The association was founded in 2002 and is now involved in 17 countries where it assists the training of medical personnel and access to health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The main activity of the association is to establish partnership between the French Hospital and a hospital in a partner country.

(Source: Uzreport.com)