July 01, 2010

Politics:
Islam Karimov congratulates Roza Otunbayeva
Uzbekistan transfers remains of humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan
Economics:
Government, Central Bank of Uzbekistan and IMF issue joint statement
Uzbekistan Airways opens new regular flights from Tashkent to Madrid
New private open joint-stock commercial bank opens in Tashkent
UCell receives license for 4G long-term evolution mobile technology
Society:
Prospects of Pharmaceutical Industry
New Textbooks for Students

POLICY

ISLAM KARIMOV CONGRATULATES ROZA OTUNBAYEVA

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov congratulated Roza Otunbayeva with her receiving the authorities of the President of Kyrgyzstan for the transitional period.

In his letter to Roza Otunbayeva, Islam Karimov wished the friendly people of Kyrgyzstan peace, consent, stability and prosperity.

The head of Uzbekistan expressed confidence that objective and just inquiry of the bloody and inhuman events in Osh and Jalalabad provinces of Kyrgyzstan, held with participation of specialists and international experts, would prove the commonness and the inseparability of the interests of Kyrgyz and Uzbek population, who had lived in the south of Kyrgyzstan for many ages.

At the same time, such inquiry would reveal the real instigators and orderers from the outside, who are ready to sacrifice thousands of innocent lives to achieve their dirty goals, President of Uzbekistan said.

“I would once again like to express my belief that the wisdom of the Kyrgyz people gives strength to overcome the present difficulties,” Islam Karimov noted. (Source: National News Agency UzA)

UZBEKISTAN TRANSFERS REMAINS OF HUMANITARIAN AID TO KYRGYZSTAN

As reported earlier, some 100,000 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, who had fled the tragic events in the south of that country of 11-15 June, were received by Uzbekistan and temporarily placed in Andijan, Namangan and Ferghana regions.

They were provided with required assistance by the government of Uzbekistan, public organizations, enterprises and the ordinary people. Special camps were equipped in the regions bordering with Kyrgyzstan.

International organizations and a number of foreign states sent humanitarian aid to Uzbekistan to support the victims of the violence, the majority of whom were women, children and the elderly.

The government has taken all necessary measures to ensure maximally fast and targeted delivery of aid to the displaced people from Kyrgyzstan.

Humanitarian aid worth a total of USD 3,926,600 was delivered to Uzbekistan, half of which was provided by international organizations.

In particular, the UN provided aid worth USD 1,337,900, the ICRC – USD 636,000, UNICEF – USD 67,000, Medical Teams International – USD 64,400, Medecins Sans Frontieres – USD 41,800.

Russia has sent humanitarian aid worth USD 1,280,500, China – USD 438,000 and Georgia – USD 60,900.

The people of Kyrgyzstan, who were temporarily placed in Uzbekistan, were provided with free medical aid, as well as all required items, including tents, blankets, clothes, food products and others.

The government of Uzbekistan issued humanitarian aid worth a total UZS 4,034,412,900. Besides, the country’s organizations and enterprises transferred over UZS 3,100,000,000, and a large amount of aid was provided by the people of Uzbekistan.

The representatives of the transitional government of Kyrgyzstan, as well as governors of Osh and Jalalabad regions and heads of districts visited the campts in Uzbekistan. In their talks to the temporarily placed people, they affirmed them of full security after their return to Kyrgyzstan. Thus, virtually all temporarily placed citizens from Kyrgyzstan have returned to their home country.

Given this fact, the government of Uzbekistan proposed tranferring the remaining part of the humanitarian aid worth USD 2,445,700 to Kyrgyzstan.

A total of 35 tons of medicaments were delivered to Uzbekistan as international humanitarian aid, all of which were used for the needs of the ill and wounded people.

Of 168.6 tons of food items, 91.8 tons were distributed among the displaced, and the remaining 76.8 tons are being given to Kyrgyzstan.

Non-food items sent by donors (tents, blankets, kitchen utensils, canisters, generators, clothes) comprised 621.4 tons. 169.8 tons of the total amount were used while the temporary camps functioned in Uzbekistan. The remaining 451.6 tons are also being transferred to the neighboring country.

In all, of the total humanitarian cargoes worth USD 3,926,600 delivered to Uzbekistan, part worth USD 1,480,900 was used. All cargoes were delivered either through warehouses, or directly to camps.

Apart from the remaining part of the humanitarian aid, Uzbekistan continues carrying out transit deliveries of 70 tons of aid to Kyrgyzstan, supplied by the UN and the Medecins Sans Frontieres. (Source: National News Agency UzA)

ECONOMY

GOVERNMENT, CENTRAL BANK OF UZBEKISTAN AND IMF ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT

The following joint statement was issued on 30 June in Tashkent by a staff mission from the International Monetary Fund and the authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

“An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited the Republic of Uzbekistan from June 14 – 29, 2010 to hold discussions with the Uzbek authorities for the 2010 Article IV consultation. The mission was headed by Ms. Taline Koranchelian, Assistant to the Director in the Middle East and Central Asia Department; David Owen, Deputy Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, joined the policy discussions.

“The discussions focused on Uzbekistan’s policy response to the global crisis and the economic outcome in 2009, the outlook for 2010 and for the medium term, and policy issues of importance for Uzbekistan.

“Uzbekistan has remained resilient to the global economic crisis largely because of the authorities’ cautious policies, which ensured significant fiscal surpluses and enabled them to accumulate considerable resources to support growth in this period. The mission congratulates the authorities for their timely and effective response to the crisis. It notes that the authorities’ anti-crisis program, including the reduction in the tax burden, was crucial to limit the impact of the global crisis on the banking sector, to maintain a balance of payments surplus, and to preserve robust growth in 2009. A very cautious approach to borrowing on global financial markets also limited the country’s exposure to the global crisis. Real GDP is estimated to have grown by 8.1 percent in 2009, one of the highest rates in the world, while average inflation increased slightly.

“Driven by the continuing effects of the anti-crisis package, the authorities’ industrial modernization and infrastructure development program, and the better external environment, real GDP is expected to continue growing at a healthy 8 percent pace in 2010. The authorities and the mission agreed that the main challenge in the short term is to guard against a build-up of inflationary pressures through continued cautious macroeconomic policies.

“The mission fully agrees with the authorities that Uzbekistan’ medium-term challenge is to further increase the real income per capita of the Uzbek population and to create new jobs for the young and growing labor force. In this context, the authorities’ industrial modernization program rightly focuses on infrastructure development that should lay the ground for increased investment in Uzbekistan. The financial sector has developed significantly over the past four years, and the substantial increases in capitalization and bank assets contributed to the stability of the banking sector and will allow to support the authorities’ industrial modernization and infrastructure development program.

“To fully realize the potential economic benefit of the authorities’ program, the mission made a number of recommendations. These included: maintenance of tight monetary policy, a more flexible exchange rate policy; further reforms, particularly in the exchange system, tax administration, and the deepening of the financial sector; and significant improvement in the quality and dissemination of data. These recommendations will be thoroughly considered by the authorities in the formulation and implementation of economic policies.

“The mission emphasized to the authorities that the Fund staff stands ready to assist Uzbekistan in its reform efforts, including through technical assistance.

“The mission is grateful for the excellent cooperation with the Uzbek authorities, and the fruitful and open discussions.” (Source: National News Agency UzA)

UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS OPENS NEW REGULAR FLIGHTS FROM TASHKENT TO MADRID

Uzbekiston Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) national airline has launched new regular fights en route Tashkent – Madrid (Spain) – Tashkent.

To this end, the Spanish side has been submitted a draft agreement between the government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the government of the Kingdom of Spain on air communication.

The document was developed in April by the specialists of Foreign Relations Department of the Uzbek State Inspectorate for Flights Safety Supervision with the purpose of expanding mutually beneficial cooperation of Uzbekistan Airways and all the Uzbek civil aviation with the European region's countries. (Source: Uzreport Information Portal)

NEW PRIVATE OPEN JOINT-STOCK COMMERCIAL BANK OPENS IN TASHKENT

Orient Finans, a private open joint-stock commercial bank, has been licensed to carry out all types of banking operations by the resolution of the Board of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan.

Orient Finans has been registered in the State Commercial Banks Registrar. Charter capital of the bank exceeds 11.48 million soums with individuals' share in the capital of 80%. Opening of this bank is an example of implementation of the President's Decree "On measures to stimulate the creation of private commercial banks".

Priority directions of activity of Orient Finans bank are: assistance in deepening social and economic reforms, financing small and private business projects, stimulating the formation of the new class of proprietors in Uzbekistan. (Source: Uzreport Information Portal)

UCELL RECEIVES LICENSE FOR 4G LONG-TERM EVOLUTION MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

Coscom LLC (providing its services under UCell brand), the second mobile operator in Uzbekistan, has received the license for new generation – 4G (Long-term Evolution – LTE) mobile technology.

With the frequencies UCell has been awarded, the company will be able to build a next generation super-fast mobile broadband network, offering access speed of up to 100 Mbps.

"We are very pleased to receive this 4G license. It will give our customers access to even faster mobile broadband in the future", said Oguz Memiguven, UCell CEO. "This shows our commitment as a long-term investor in Uzbekistan and our readiness to offer services on the basis of latest technologies."

Customers' need for capacity and speed keeps growing. The license received will enable UCell to build in future a mobile network that is more than 10 times faster than today's 3G networks.

4G mobile networks will offer use of interactive TV, videos, advanced online gaming and professional applications and services for business, that require high speed and capacity.

The 4G/LTE system is based on 3GPP standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology and System Architecture Evolution (SAE) core technology. 4G offers speeds in mobile broadband services between 20-80 Mbit/s with a maximum speed of 100 Mbit/s. (Source: Uzreport Information Portal)

SOCIETY

PROSPECTS OF PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

A scientific and practical conference on the current state and prospects of development of the pharmaceutical industry of Uzbekistan has taken place in Tashkent.

The event included reports on development prospects of the field, training of corresponding specialists, integration of science and production, and introduction of global experience in the pharmaceutical industry of Uzbekistan.

Uzpharmsanoat includes 23 scientific, production and commerce organizations. They carry out considerable work to provide the market with high-quality and effective pharmaceutical products and production of medications from local raw material by world standards. Pharmaceutical and medical assortment expands every year. Equipment of enterprises with modern outfit increases the quality of products and the volume of export. (Source: newspaper Uzbekistan Today)

NEW TEXTBOOKS FOR STUDENTS

Center for Higher and Secondary Special and Professional Education Development is completing the redaction of textbooks for renovation and replenishment of the information and resource centers’ stock at universities. They are expected to be published by the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year.

The content of textbooks reflects the higher education development in terms of its response to the improvement of the production process, new qualification requirements put by employers, and introduction of new specialties and professions. It is remarkable that national books in many subjects will be published for the first time.

For instance, representatives of Samarqand State University publish the manual Sports Psychology this year. Superficially, the book is meant for future teachers of physical training and sports class trainers, however, it will be interesting for students in other education directions since it guides them through training taking into account some individual characteristics and aptitude. The currency of such edition is conditioned by the expanding network of sports establishments in the republic.

The Tashkent Institute for Construction and Architecture published the textbook Underground Communication Projecting. The book brings foundations on launching the building process at any structure: cable grooming, water, electricity and gas supply system, and other communications.

The further raise of quality of training personnel for the oil and gas sector conditioned the need in textbooks on quality analysis of extracted oil and gas. The book with appropriate content entitled Physical-Chemical Analysis of Oil and Gas was prepared by the faculty of the Bukhoro Engineering Institute for Food and Light Industry.

Specialists of the Center for Higher and Secondary Special and Professional Education Development emphasized that universities carry out publishing at the expense of their own funds along with centralized publishing. This process is important in terms of replenishing the stock of university information and resource centers with editions in demand. (Source: newspaper Uzbekistan Today)