October 28, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
Islam Karimov Attends CIS Summit in Minsk
The next Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States will be held in November in Tashkent
Economics:
Tashkent hosts Uzbek-Korean Business Forum on the development of the Financial Market
Issues of Use of Renewable Energy Sources for Electricity Supply to consumers were discussed
Uzbekistan and Austria agreed on Economic Cooperation
Society:
In NTRC, the First Phase of Training at the Academy of Media Industry was summed up
National Information and Library Week opened in Tashkent

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

ISLAM KARIMOV ATTENDS CIS SUMMIT IN MINSK

As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part October 24-25 in the regular session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State, in the city of Minsk, Belarus.

The CIS summit meetings have for more than 20 years served as a convenient stage for candid consultations to agree on mutually suitable decisions, exchange views on important issues of interstate nature as well as regional and international affairs.

During the session in Minsk this time around, the issues discussed have included those concerning the further improvement of activities of the Commonwealth, consolidation of political, trade and economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian bonds among the member nations, along with the evolution of cooperation within international institutions.

The heads of participating countries swapped their visions on current issues in regional and international politics, including the interaction in addressing threats like terrorism, extremism, drugs and arms smuggling.

It was noted at the summit meeting that the withdrawal of international coalition forces from Afghanistan due in 2014 requires bolstering the coordination of joint efforts in providing for national and collective security.

Islam Karimov stressed the necessity of shaping an environment that would serve as a barrier on the path of infiltrating ideas of terrorism and extremism into the Commonwealth space. Uzbekistan’s leader underscored also a need to counter not only the threats per se, but also their sources. According to the head of our state, cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies is also instrumental in addressing these challenges.

Expounding on the situation in Afghanistan, President Karimov noted that it is impossible to resolve the crisis with military force, and the only feasible way out of the calamity is political, by reaching a compromise among the confronting sides.

The heads of member states also deliberated on topics relating to trade and economic relations within the CIS. Back in 2011, an agreement on free trade area was signed to boost multilateral cooperation on this front. President Islam Karimov pointed out that the institution of a full-fledged free trade area constitutes one of the most important challenges. In current circumstances, when many countries around the globe have faced financial and economic downturn and are presently on their way to weathering its impact, the formation of a full-blown free trade area will afford a range of such economic effects as stimulation of manufacturing industry, consolidation of mutual confidence among business circles, timely implementation of joint economic programs.

Having discussed cultural and humanitarian interaction, the Presidents decided to announce the year 2014 as the one of Tourism in the CIS.

The heads of state approved programs on combating crime, human trafficking, drug trade and terrorism.

The presidency in the Commonwealth in 2014 passes over to the Ukraine.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

THE NEXT COUNCIL OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE SCO MEMBER STATES WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER IN TASHKENT

On October 23, 2013 was held the twelfth ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in charge of foreign economic and trade activities.

The meeting was attended by the heads of delegations of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of SCO Business Council, according to the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

It is worth noting that during the event, the parties addressed a wide range of issues on the further development and deepening of regional economic cooperation within the SCO.

The heads of delegations presented information on the state and prospects of trade and economic cooperation within the organization, and the SCO Secretariat on the implementation of the Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation of the SCO Member States and the list of actions for the further development of the project activity within the organization for 2012-2016.

Also reports on the work of the Business Council and Interbank Consortium for 2012-2013 was heard.

The participants stressed that since the Eleventh Meeting of Ministers held on November 13, 2012 in Bishkek, considerable work has been accomplished on the implementation of the agreements reached during the meeting of the Heads of State and Heads of Government of the SCO Member States in the field of trade, economic and investment cooperation.

It should be noted that in order to develop multilateral economic and investment cooperation, the parties agreed to consistently carry out practical work to implement the Action Plan for implementation of the Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation of the SCO Member States and the List of actions for the further development of the project activities within the SCO framework for 2012-2016, giving priority to investment projects in specific areas of cooperation.

In the meeting, it was agreed to submit to the next Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States, to be held 28-29 November 2013 in Tashkent, the following documents:

-Agreement between the Governments of the SCO Member States on the creation of favorable conditions for international road transport;

- The report of the SCO Secretariat on the implementation of the Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation of the SCO member states.

Following the meeting, the heads of delegations of the SCO member states signed the Protocol.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


ECONOMY

TASHKENT HOSTS UZBEK-KOREAN BUSINESS FORUM ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FINANCIAL MARKET

On October 28 this year in the National Export-Import Insurance Company UzbekInvest was held the Uzbek- Korean business forum on the development of the financial market".

The forum was attended by participants of the financial markets of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea.

At the opening ceremony the First Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan Yusupov and Deputy Chairman of the Financial Services Commission of the Republic of Korea Lee Sang-che made welcoming speeches.

The First Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan Fringe Bahrom Yusupov made a report on the Status and prospects of the development of non-banking financial sector of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Head of the department of forecasting and monitoring of monetary indicators in monetary aggregates of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abbos Nabihodjaev, in his speech, told the forum participants about the socio- economic development of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the measures taken to further improve the business environment.

Senior researcher of the Research Institute of Insurance of the Republic of Korea Security made a report on the Role of the State in the development of the insurance industry in the Republic of Korea.

As well as, the General Director of Association of Leasing Companies in Uzbekistan Zafar Mustafayev made a report on Investment attractiveness of the leasing market of Uzbekistan and General Director of the rating agency "Akhbor Rating" Nail Gainullin on "The banking system of the Republic of Uzbekistan and its role in the development of the economy"

The vice-president of the Samsung Life Insurance Quek Seng Yong and Vice -President of Dongbu Insurance"Kim Yong Man spoke on the investment experience of the insurance companies of the Republic of Korea in projects in overseas markets.

In the forum an agreement has been reached and a letter of intent has been signed between the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Financial Services Commission of the Republic of Korea on the exchange of knowledge.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

ISSUES OF USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO CONSUMERS WERE DISCUSSED

At the National Press Center of Uzbekistan was held a press conference organized by the State Joint-Stock Company UzbekEnergo in conjunction with the Joint Stock Company UzTransGaz and the Institute for Energy and Automation under the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the theme: "The development of renewable energy sources (RES) for the supply of electricity to consumers".

During the conference, the participants emphasized that the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan dated 1 March 2013 "On measures for further development of alternative sources of energy" and "On the establishment of the International Institute for Solar Energy" has given new momentum to the development of renewable energy sources in Uzbekistan.

According to these decrees, the main objectives of the Institute are: development and implementation of experimental and pilot projects on the use of solar and biogas energy with the involvement of the funds of the Asian Development Bank and other international financial institutions, the implementation of measures to stimulate the manufacturers and users of solar and biogas energy, giving them tax and customs privileges and preferences, introduction of advanced technologies for renewable energy in Uzbekistan and Central Asia, the creation of capacities for the production of photovoltaic panels, implementation of the project of construction of solar photovoltaic power plant in the Samarkand region, etc.

UzbekEnergo is taking steps to engage renewable energy sources in the fuel and energy balance of. The use of renewable energy in the industrial scales will allow a significant reduction in natural gas consumption, to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

- To produce 1 kilowatt hour of electricity the country/'s existing thermal power plants use more than 360 grams of fuel, while in the modern thermal power plants, the figure is 200-249 grams of fuel. Energy conservation will reduce the consumption of primary energy by 20% and save more than 11.3 million tons of fuel, - said the academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan Roman Zahidov.

It should noted that the analysis of the results of the gross and technical potential of RES in Uzbekistan gives grounds to conclude that environmental safety, energy adequacy, the availability of some types of renewable energy almost in the entire territory of the republic calls for radical revision of the national strategy for the use of energy resources in the middle and in the long term.

The large-scale use of different types of renewable energy by switching to a decentralized energy supply in reasonable technical and economic limits would solve a number of issues to improve the energy supply in rural areas, especially in remote inaccessible areas.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEKISTAN AND AUSTRIA AGREED ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION

In the capital of Austria was held the sixth session of the Uzbek-Austrian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.

It was attended by heads of ministries and departments of the two countries , regulating foreign economic relations, relations in the financial and banking, economic, trade and industry, water management areas, as well as representatives of companies and corporations that operate in the food, pharmaceutical, medical, travel and other sectors of the economy, according to news agency Jahon.

As was noted at the meeting, Uzbekistan and Austria are interested in increasing bilateral trade turnover, expand trade, economic, investment, scientific and technical cooperation. The sides have great potential for the development of cooperation in pharmaceutics, chemical and textile industry, science and technology, tourism, standardization, and environmental protection.

Following the event Protocol of the meeting was signed, which fixes an agreement on further strengthening and expanding multifaceted cooperation in various fields and directions.

Along with this, in the Federal Economic Chamber of Austria was held the Uzbek-Austrian business forum with the participation of about 40 Austrian companies, which discussed the prospects for widespread use of the economic potential and existing capacities of the two countries.

During the event, the Austrian side got familiar with the achievements of the country in the years of independence, ongoing large-scale reforms in political, social and economic spheres, as well as the current economic situation in Uzbekistan, privileges and benefits for foreign investors of SIEZ "Navoi", SIZ "Angren"and "Djizzak". The two sides exchanged views on the development of cooperation and involvement of Austrian companies in the privatization process in Uzbekistan.


SOCIETY

IN NTRC, THE FIRST PHASE OF TRAINING AT THE ACADEMY OF MEDIA INDUSTRY WAS SUMMED UP

In the media center of the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan (NTRC) of Uzbekistan was held a seminar on the results of the first phase of training of NTRC employees at the Training Institute of TV and Radio employees (Academy of Media Industry) in Moscow.

The seminar was attended by producers, editors and technicians of NTRC channels.

As is well known, experts of TV and radio channels - "Yoshlar", "Sport", "Bolajon", "Dunyo buylab" enhanced their knowledge and skills in special courses on "Basics of producing on TV and radio".

The participants stressed that along with lectures and practical sessions, consultations, business games, debates and round tables were held. They were familiarized with the work of the central broadcasting organizations of the Russian Federation, participated in the preparation of radio programs for broadcast. The lessons were held using interactive methods.

The seminar participants exchanged of views on important issues of producing on TV and radio channels of NTRC on the basis of the experience gained during the internship at the Institute for Training Institute of TV and Radio Employees in Moscow. Practical aspects of implementing of advanced experience with specifics of producing on TV and radio channels of the NTRC were discussed and specific proposals to improve the work of producers, as well as ensuring the effectiveness of seminars, courses and training to improve the skills of creative and technical personnel in the future.


NATIONAL INFORMATION AND LIBRARY WEEK OPENED IN TASHKENT

On October 28 the National Information and Library Week “INFOLIB UZBEKISTAN-2013” opened in Tashkent. The event is organized by the Committee on Information and Communication Technologies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, the National Library of Uzbekistan, and the State Committee for Communication, Information and Communication Technologies and the Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The event aims to raise the level of information culture and preserve the cultural heritage of the Republic of Uzbekistan, popularize reading, use the potential of Internet for information and library services, develop and implement innovative and modern educational technologies, improve the social and cultural role of libraries in society. In addition the Library Week is aimed at encouraging the youth to be independent in search for information and introduce to the newly published literature.

Within the Week, it is planned to hold seminars, presentations, round-tables, workshops, training sessions on various thematic, as well as meetings with prominent writers, scholars and creative individuals which should attract the attention of not only experts, but also the younger generation.

The event is held in the National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi, which provides extensive information and resource base.

Today in the collection of the National Library, there are over 6.9 million items, of which 16 thousand are rare and valuable editions (including the manuscript Movardi - 1055), 3.8 million books, 1.5 million periodicals, 58 thousand notes edition, 525 thousand units of scientific and technical documents and 547 thousand microforms, 552 thousand foreign publications in 75 languages, 558 thousand abstracts, over 14 thousand theses, 319 thousand e-publications, 230 videos, documentaries and animated films, over 200 audio books, 148 books in Braille, 220 million e-books in MyRuLib database.

In the library, there are 220 computers, 20 netbooks, 10 info- kiosks, there is also access to Internet through both wired and Wi-Fi, and 8 workstations for people with disabilities.

In addition, the library users have access to electronic versions of the works of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

Currently, 58,400 people are members of the library, an increase compared to last year by 1.9 times. On average, 1800-2500 people visit the Library a day.

The National Information and Library Week’s program which includes more than 30 different activities, will be held from October 28 to November 1, 2013 and is expected to attract a lot of attention from residents of Tashkent.