October 25, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
At the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan was held a meeting with a delegation from Japan
MPs consider draft laws in second reading
Economics:
Trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Poland exceeded $98.5 mln
Production of building materials in Uzbekistan increased by 12.1%
Society:
The Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan received the Ambassador of France

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

AT THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF UZBEKISTAN WAS HELD A MEETING WITH A DELEGATION FROM JAPAN

On October 24, 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held a meeting with the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, headed by Director of Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Jun Nanazava.

During the meeting the sides discussed bilateral relations with a focus on the priority areas of Uzbek-Japanese cooperation.

The sides also exchanged views on some regional and international issues.

MPS CONSIDER DRAFT LAWS IN SECOND READING

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan held a session on 25 October 2013 to discuss the draft laws in the second reading, the press service of the lower house of the parliament said.

MPs considered a draft law “On introduction of changes and amendments to law “On political parties”, which was developed to strengthen role and importance of political parties in work of local Councils of Deputies in the region.

The document is aimed at further improving efficiency of the activities of the party groups in the regional Councils of Deputies to protect interests and rights of their voters.

The draft law will set rules for forming party groups, lowest number of MPs in the groups of local Councils of Deputies. It also regulates close of party groups and other relations.

The draft law includes clause, which allows the party groups to submit candidacy of chairperson and deputy chairpersons, heads of committees and commissions of the local Deputies Councils. But half of the Deputies should support the candidacies. The document stipulates that proposals of the party groups should be considered at the sessions of the Councils of Deputies.

MPs said that proposed changes to the law “On political parties” will help to improve role of parties in solving social-economic tasks in the places, strengthen responsibility of the local state bodies in their activities, etc.

Legislative Chamber considered a draft law “On introduction of changes and amendments to some legislative acts of Uzbekistan in connection with stimulation of attraction of foreign direct investments”.

The document is directed at stimulating attraction of foreign investments into high-technologic sectors of the industry, creating of favourable conditions for the investors, etc.

MPs also discussed a draft law “On preventing law violations”, which is directed at reforming judicial-legal system, improving legal mechanisms on ensuring public security and public order, protect rights and interests of the citizens, and others.

The document sets norms on main goals, tasks, principles and main directions of preventing violation of laws, as well as rights and authorities of the subjects, responsible for preventing law violations, etc.

Legislative Chamber passed the laws and adopted corresponding decisions.


ECONOMY

TRADE TURNOVER BETWEEN UZBEKISTAN AND POLAND EXCEEDED $98.5 MLN

Tashkent hosted the press conference, organized by the Department of Trade and Investment Assistance of the Embassy of Poland in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The main subject of the press conference with the First Counselor of the Embassy of Slavomir Strzalkowski was the achievements in trade and economic relations between the two countries.

Cooperation with Uzbekistan

Uzbek-Polish trade and economic relations are marked with a consistent growth in bilateral trade, which in the first half of this year exceeded $ 98.5 million. Trade turnover between our countries in 9 months of 2013 increased by 18 % compared with the same period last year.

It should be noted that this year Polish exports to Uzbekistan increased by 29% compared to the previous year, including supply of live animals and products of animal origin - by 4 times, products of wood and other fibrous cellulosic material – 3.4 times, the leather goods - 3.4 times, mineral products - 1.6 times, plant products - 1.5 times, transport engineering products - 1.3 times.

The percentages in the share of Polish exports to Uzbekistan are as follows: 22 % are machinery and machinery equipment, about 19 % - products of the chemical industry, over 8% - products of plant origin, about 7% - prepared foods. In total Polish exports to Uzbekistan featured some 17 products.

At the same time, the export potential of Uzbekistan also allows us to offer to the Polish market quite a wide range of competitive products.

In the Uzbek exports to Poland, there are three main positions.

The largest share belongs to the mineral products - 35.1%. The second - cotton and textiles with a share of 30 %, which demonstrated growth of about 180 %, which, according to Slawomir Strzalkowski, is due to the increasing popularity of Uzbek cotton in Europe and the increasingly high quality of textiles. The third - products of the chemical industry with a share of almost 21 %.

Currently in Uzbekistan, there are 11 joint Uzbek-Polish enterprises, 6 offices, as well as 12 Uzbek firms that represent Polish manufacturers.

We add that a group of 20 Polish companies representing different industries are expected to visit the VI meeting of the Polish- Uzbek intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, which will be held in the first half of November this year and will focus on a comprehensive analysis of the current state and prospects of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. In this regard, it was decided that Uzbek- Polish Business Forum will be held within the meeting.

At the press conference, it was noted that the growth of bilateral trade and expanding trade, economic and cultural ties between our two countries stress the high potential of further bilateral cooperation.

PRODUCTION OF BUILDING MATERIALS IN UZBEKISTAN INCREASED BY 12.1%

In January-September this year, the construction materials industries of Uzbekistan manufactured goods worth 2,899.6 billion soums, which is by 12.1 % more than last year. Its share in total industrial output was 6.6%.

Compared to the same period last year, large industrial enterprises of the republic exceeded the production of such products as aluminum composite panels - 5.5 times, soft roofing materials and insulation - 4 times, assembly foam - 2.3 times, sandwich panels - 1.6 times, the dry construction mixtures - 1.5 times, ceramic plates for internal wall lining - 1.4 times, shingles - by 10.3 %, precast concrete structures - by 3.8 %, cement - by 2.4%.

Along with the listed building materials, also increased the production of crushed stone by 1.9 times, gravel - 1.7 times, ready-mix concrete - by 1.5 times, gypsum - 1.4 times, blacktop - 23.9%, limestone - by 22.5%.

During the first 9 months of 2013 exports of the industry was $ 74.7 million (compared to the same period last year 103.6%), of which exports of prefabricated concrete and reinforced concrete structures and products - $ 38.4 million (132.3%), reports the State.


SOCIETY

THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION OF UZBEKISTAN RECEIVED THE AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE

On October 24, 2013 the Minister of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ulugbek Inoyatov received the Ambassador of France, Jacques-Henry Heuls to discuss the French-Uzbek cooperation in the field of education due to the reform in foreign language learning, adopted by the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

It should be noted that as part of this reform, which provides for the study of foreign languages from early classes, this year 13 thousand pupils of 1st grade started to learn French.

The Ambassador noted the importance that France attaches to the teaching of the French language in Uzbekistan - a necessary condition for the development of economic ties and tourism. He stressed that the French Institute in Uzbekistan will continue to support the implementation of reforms, in particular in the development of new textbooks, and audio and video materials, distance teacher training and the development of a network of schools, specialized in French language.

The Ambassador welcomed the intention of the Ministry of People’s Education to introduce in future a second foreign language in the school curriculum, as is the case in France and in many other countries.