November 01, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
President of Uzbekistan received the member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan discussed the issues of Border Demarcation
Economics:
Meeting of intergovernmental cooperation committee
Cementing Cooperation Bonds
Society:
Human Rights under Robust Protection
You can now send a complaint to the Cabinet of Ministers online

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN RECEIVED THE MEMBER OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF THE CPC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

On October 31, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received in Oqsaroy the co-chairman of the Uzbek-Chinese intergovernmental cooperation committee, the member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC Central Committee Political Bureau) Meng Jianzhu, reprots the press service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

At the beginning of the meeting the Head of the state noted that currently, the Uzbek-Chinese relations based on the principles of strategic partnership, friendship, equality and mutual respect, are dynamically developing in all areas of cooperation.

The highest level of relations has been confirmed again during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to China in June 2012 and President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan in September of this year. On to the results of the visits were concluded treaties and agreements on 50 joint projects totaling more than $20 billion, which lays a solid foundation for further development of economic cooperation.

At the meeting, it was emphasized that the main activity of the Uzbek-Chinese intergovernmental committee for cooperation is to further implement the signed documents and agreements, preserve and maintain a strong momentum that the leaders of both countries attached to the development of bilateral relations.

President of Uzbekistan received the member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee - Uzbekistan News The volume of trade is steadily growing, which in the last two years has doubled. To the Chinese market Uzbekistan supplies cotton fiber, fertilizers, natural gas, non-ferrous metals and other strategic goods. In addition, within Cooperation program in non-raw material and high-tech sectors, measures are being taken to further diversify and expand the range of mutual trade.

One of the priorities of cooperation is the energy sector. The implementation of the largest regional project - the construction of the Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline is an eloquent example. To date, the first two lines of the pipeline have been commissioned and are successfully working, next year it is scheduled to complete the construction of the third line of the gas pipeline and proceed with the project for the construction of the fourth line.

Investment cooperation is also dynamically developing. Today, China is one of the largest investors in the Uzbek economy, the volume of Chinese investments exceeded $6.5 billion. Today, Uzbekistan has 488 companies with Chinese capital, representative offices of major companies have opened.

Chinese Companies are involved in exploration of oil and gas fields in the prospective blocks, participate in the implementation of major investment projects, including the construction of the Kungrad soda factory, Dehkanabad potash fertilizer plant (II stage) and other large objects. China showed responsible attitude towards the implementation of major new projects, in particular, the construction of the Mubarek gas chemical complex, a complex for the production of PVC, caustic soda and methanol at JSC "Navoiazot" as well as new power capacity of 150 MW at the Angren thermal power plant and other projects.

The development of the newly created special industrial zone "Djizzakh" is of particular importance, where the Chinese investors are provided with privileged conditions. In SIZ "Djizzakh" already started the manufacture of mobile phones, modern building materials and other high-tech products for exports. Chinese companies have launched 14 agreements on the establishment of new production facilities in the amount of $30 million.

An important area of bilateral cooperation is to provide financial support for the implementation of joint investment projects, including through the State Development Bank of China and China Eximbank.

As part of the Tashkent meeting of the Uzbek-Chinese intergovernmental committee on cooperation and seperate meetings in seven sub-committees specific proposals for the further expansion of trade, economic and investment cooperation, cultural, humanitarian, scientific and technical cooperation, as well as in the areas of transportation, agriculture, tourism and financial cooperation have been developed.

At the meeting in Tashkent were also discussed issues of cooperation in the field of strengthening regional security.

Meng Jianzhu expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov for the warm welcome and the opportunity to discuss priorities for the further development of the growing cooperation between the two countries.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEKISTAN AND KAZAKHSTAN DISCUSSED THE ISSUES OF BORDER DEMARCATION

28-30 October 2013 in Tashkent, the meeting was held of the working groups of the Governmental delegation of the Republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the framework of the Joint Uzbek-Kazakh demarcation commission, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting the sides discussed issues of completing the demarcation of the Uzbek-Kazakh state border within the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan adjacent to the South Kazakhstan region of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as the projects of final documents.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


ECONOMY

MEETING OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION COMMITTEE

A regular session of the Uzbek-Chinese intergovernmental cooperation committee took place in Tashkent on October 30.

The event was attended by the heads of ministries and agencies, companies of Uzbekistan and China, responsible for the sphere of external economic relations, finance, trade and industry, investment, economy, energy, security, science and technology, agriculture, transport and communications, culture.

First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, co-chair of the the Uzbek-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation Rustam Azimov stressed that cooperation between our two countries has been developing in all spheres, an important legal basis of which are the agreements, reached during the meetings of the heads of the two states. The official visit of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to China in June 2012 and the state visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in September this year to our country would boost the bilateral relations and contribute to the further development of cooperation in all spheres.

At present, the relationship between our countries are developing in all directions in the spirit of the signed Agreement on partnership relations of friendship and cooperation, and the Joint Declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership. Established in 2011, the Uzbek-Chinese intergovernmental committee on cooperation serves in the development of cultural and humanitarian ties and partnership in the fuel and energy complex, transport, science and technology.

Preferential treatment operates between Uzbekistan and China in the economic field. The volume of trade in 2012 reached 3.4 billion U.S. dollars. In the first half of the current year, the figure was $2.3 billion, 59 percent increase over the same period of the last year. There are 455 joint ventures with Chinese companies, including 70 companies with 100 percent Chinese investments, in our country. 71 representative offices of the PRC companies are open in Uzbekistan.

The investment partnership is carried out in line with the Program of cooperation in non-resource and high technology spheres, signed between the two governments in 2010. China's entrepreneurs are active in a number of free economic zones of our country.

Chinese companies are also involved in exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits in the country. China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is involved not only in the exploration and development of prospective hydrocarbon deposits, but also in the implementation of the project on deep processing of natural gas on the basis of the Mubarek gas chemical complex.

It was noted during the meeting that extensive works to ensure the implementation of the agreements, reached during the meeting of the two presidents, have been conducted in the interests of the peoples of both countries.

- It is encouraging that since establishment of the committee, the two sides have made great progress - said a member of the Political Bureau, secretary of the Political and Legal Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, co-chair of the committee Meng Jianzhu. - Meeting of the Committee provides ample opportunity to discuss the implementation of the agreements, reached at high-level meetings.

Development and implementation of joint projects in investment, financial and technical, energy, security, culture, science and technology spheres, promoting direct contacts between representatives of the business communities have also been discussed at the meeting.

(Source: UzA news agency)

CEMENTING COOPERATION BONDS

The 7th International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange has opened at the Uzexpocenter.

The major forum of Uzbekistan’s manufacturers that has already become a traditional venture is organized in line with the Decree of President Islam Karimov “On Measures to Bolster Intra-Sector and Inter-Sector Industrial Cooperation” signed 12 November 2007 and the resolution of the head of our state “On Additional Measures to Enhance Localization of Production of Final Goods, Component Parts and Materials on the Basis of Industrial Cooperation” signed 1 December 2009.

The efforts being undertaken in our country to raise the competitiveness of the economy and its diversification, first and foremost owing to acceleration and expansion of modernization scales, technical and technological renewal of production capacities, the advanced development of road and transport and communication infrastructure, and to uplift the employment, level and quality of life of the population facilitate the preservation of sustainably high growth rates of the economy.

In the first 9 months of the current year, the gross domestic product of our country grew by 8.1 percent, while the volumes of industrial goods manufacturing increased by 9.4 percent, including the production of consumer goods by 15.9 percent, of agriculture by 6.8 percent, retail turnover by 14.7 percent and services by 12.4 percent.

The implementation of energetic investment policy, along with measures designed to perfect the investment climate, has facilitated the growth of drawn investments into the principal capital by 12.5 percent, including foreign investments by 12.4 percent. 2.2 thousand new production facilities have been commissioned, while 60 investment projects have been complete. The growth in the volumes of localized goods production has been secured at 39.7 percent, with a projected effect of import substitution at 4 billion US dollars.

To this end, industrial cooperation has been attached a special significance. It provides for a dynamic and steadfast development of the economy, the accelerated introduction of new and effective technologies to the production processes, the extensive use of local raw and manufacturing resources, increase in the production of modern competitive goods on this basis, frugal and rational use of currency resources, as well as the creation of new jobs and consolidation of the stability in the internal market of goods and services.

Thus, the principal objective of the industrial fair and cooperation exchange is to assist the corporate entities in the rationalization of production, consolidation and development of intra-sector and inter-sector cooperation, the extensive information on the produce being manufactured in the country, assistance in the search for partners and conclusion of deals among domestic manufacturers in the supply of goods of their own production.

The industrial fair and cooperation exchange are held in two stages. In the first phase that took place between March and June 2013, regional and sector-based industrial fairs were organized. They were attended by more than three thousand enterprises, in excess of 1,800 of which manufacture consumer goods. The stands presented some 16 thousand samples of produce for diverse sectors of the manufacturing industry. Following those ventures, corporate deals were reached for the supply of goods within the framework of the industrial cooperation totaling 446.4 billion soums, 22,2 percent of which were related to the supply of consumer goods. The sum total of export contracts reached 224.9 million US dollars.

The current, autumn phase of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange, is being attended by 1.3 thousand domestic enterprises and more than a thousand representatives of foreign firms and companies from 55 countries of the world, including Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Latvia, South Korea, China, Poland, Kazakhstan, Russia. In excess of 60 centralized presentations are projected by leading sectors of the manufacturing industry, specialized scientific institutions that develop innovation projects for them, along with promising small enterprises.

At the fair, the leading sectors of Uzbekistan’s the manufacturing industry as well as enterprises demonstrate their produce divided into sectors of production. Extensively represented are such spheres as geological prospecting, reprocessing mineral resources, science-intensive technologies, automotive industry, agricultural machine building, as well as electro-technical, chemical, pharmaceutical, light, food industries, construction materials, publishing business, transport and transport mechanical engineering.

Notably, active participants of the fair every year are textile industry enterprises. This allows them to expand cooperation ties with domestic and foreign partners, find potential investors with subsequent access to the world market. This year, some 40 enterprises display cotton yarn, fabrics, garments and socking, textile and sewing equipment. 10 of them took part with new range of goods, namely, m?lange yarn and fabric, details and component parts to textile machinery that were launched as part of the localization program.

“The establishment of domestic factories with the finished manufacturing cycle allows for independent and uninterrupted production of high quality yarn, for the expansion of final goods production, reduction of transportation expenses, and for opening additional jobs,” says Rasul Sadikov, director of the advertising and textile production marketing agency of the Uzbekyengilsanoat state stock company. “In recent years, the list of enterprises outfitted with cutting-edge equipment has expanded. Among them are the Uztex Group, Rieter Uzbekistan foreign enterprise, Osborn Textile foreign enterprise, Indorama Kokand Textile joint venture and many others.

Abundant also are high-technology enterprises among exponents that comprise the Uzeltekhsanoat structure. They have lately launched production of dozens of new types of goods. Notably, the Indigo Electronics joint venture offers nine types of home appliances, particularly new models of mobile phones, gas and electro-gas and electric stoves, vacuum cleaners, mini ovens, and the Sino stock company inc. offers new types of fridge equipment, while the Zenith Electronics joint venture displays automatic washing machines.

According to Hurshid Yusupov, head of department for marketing, production and development of export potential of the Uzeltekhsanoat Association, in general 14 enterprises of electro-technical industry are taking part in the forum. They exhibit more than 60 types of goods, 12 of which are novel, launched as part of localization program.

A bright model of attracting foreign investments is demonstrated by the Uzbek-Italian JV Ariston Thermo-UTG that is part of the general structure of the Uztransgaz stock company. The enterprise was launched in September 2013 as part of the investment program of the Navoi Free Industrial and Economic Zone. Its activities are directed at the production of modern heating systems, including Ariston BS II gas cauldrons. To date, the manufacturing volume of the young enterprise reaches 2.2 thousand such cauldrons.

The considerable attention of the visitors of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange is spotted on the stands of the Samarkand Automobile Plant Ltd. and the MAN ?uto Uzbekistan JV, who have presented the latest achievements in the production of vehicles.

Thus, the MAN ?uto Uzbekistan displays dump trucks, concrete mixers, auto cranes, cotton transporters, trailers. The Samarkand Automobile Plant offers the wider public 7 most popular vehicles, namely, buses, water carriers, covered metallic wagons, trucks.

The special significance in the event is attached to enterprises of small business and private entrepreneurship, which are expected to play a substantial role in the advancement of industrial cooperation and production diversification. The entrepreneurs have arrived in Tashkent from practically all regions of Uzbekistan to present the general public with their produce and establish close cooperation ties with major manufacturing complexes of the nation.

For instance, Andijan, Namangan, Navoi, Sirdarya, Tashkent and other regions as well as the Republic of Karakalpakstan are represented to a wide extent. The activities of such enterprises are aimed at the development of chemical, construction and food industries, machine building, power industry, reprocessing cotton fiber and other sectors.

“Our enterprise is located in the Norin district of Namangan region and specializes in the production of apparel,” says deputy director of Olis Koinot Ltd. Dilshod Kholmirzaev. “It is the first time we take part in the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange and present several types of goods, in particular women’s, men’s and children’s jackets. Owing to the favorable conditions created in our country for the promotion of small business and private entrepreneurship, we have expanded our production capacities and intend for inter-regional and international markets. Hopefully, the industrial forum will allow us to materialize our plans.”

All this is suggestive of the fact that the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange afford a unique opportunity to purchase equipment, components, reprocessed raw materials and those produced by domestic enterprises on direct contracts without holding additional tenders, reach export deals, and fill the orders portfolio for the forthcoming year. In addition, in order to establish and consolidate business contacts, promote entrepreneurship and innovation projects in the manufacturing industry sector, the fair participants are offered the catalogue of industrial goods of Uzbekistan for 2013-2014 that contains information on 2,000 domestic industrial enterprises and the goods produced by them.

In general, the forum of Uzbekistan’s manufacturers is held in a business atmosphere. The well thought out scheme of locating in production sectors allows the participants and visitors of the fair to find swiftly the facilities they are interested in and official representatives, and receive consultation of specialists of ministries and other agencies of the country, insurance companies, banks, organizations specializing in the sphere of standardization and certification.

The forum opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan G.Ibragimov and U.Rozukulov.

(Source: UzA news agency)


SOCIETY

HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER ROBUST PROTECTION

Tashkent has hosted an international conference entitled “Protection of Human Rights as Important Aspect in the Activities of State Bodies of the Interior: National and International Practice”. The event was organized by the Department of Human Rights Protection and Juridical Issues of Uzbekistan’s Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the European Union project “Assistance to Judicial Reforms in Uzbekistan”.

The conference was attended by representatives of national institutions for human rights, ministries and other bodies, law enforcement agencies and NGOs of our country, the diplomatic corps and international organizations, including representatives of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the regional representatives office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Central Asia, along with specialists from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and a range of other nations.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Lieutenant General B.Matlubov, the Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis for Human Rights (Ombudsman) S.Rashidova, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee for Legislation and Judicial Issues S.Artykova, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Uzbekistan – Ambassador Yu.Sterk and other speakers noted that from the moment our country attained independence under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, the highest value was attached to human being, human interests, rights and freedoms. An important outcome of the democratization and renewal of the country are the formation of national legislation that is built on the principle of the priority of human rights and the transformation of the judicial system. At the same time, securing the protection of human rights and freedoms is defined as the priority aspect of the activities of bodies of the interior, in particular.

The international conference has served as a platform to discuss issues related to having the base of normative documents regulating the activities of bodies of the interior meet the international norms in the sphere of civic rights and freedoms as well as cooperation with international organizations to these ends.

Considerable significance was attached to the results of the liberalization and democratization processes underway in Uzbekistan in the judicial system, including in bodies of internal affairs. In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Action Plan in Tribute to the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” signed 1 May 2008, the structure of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Uzbekistan was added by the Department of Human Rights Protection and Juridical Issues. All the divisions and subdivisions of the interior of all levels saw the establishment of commissions for the provision of civic rights. These measures facilitated the expansion of scales of works in progress in our nation to safeguard human rights and freedoms.

In line with the Concept of the Intensification of Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the Country put forward by President Islam Karimov, the system of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Uzbekistan saw the definition and specification of the most critical challenges for departments, divisions and subdivisions for the protection of human rights, juridical provision and for communications with mass media.

Thus, the principal objectives of the Department are the protection of human rights and freedoms and the analysis and monitoring in this sphere. To meet these ends, cooperation and exchange of views has been established with national and international institutions operating in the sphere of human rights protection. Regular have been the information and enlightenment events designed to elevate the legal knowledge of citizens, to boost the culture of human rights, to uplift the appropriate proficiency of the personnel of bodies of internal affairs. In addition, the Department has been taking active part in the efforts directed at bringing the national legislation to comply with international documents and norms.

Close interaction of all the participants of this process – the government bodies and civil society institutions – constitutes an important factor in uplifting the effectiveness of endeavors to secure the protection of human rights and freedoms. Thus, remarkable outcomes are evident from the established cooperation by the Department with the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, the National Center of Uzbekistan for Human Rights and the Independence Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society, as well as the Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Human Rights (Ombudsman).

Seminars and panel discussions are held within its frameworks on human rights, Uzbekistan’s national reports are prepared on the execution of provisions of international documents on human rights that our nation has acceded to.

In 2009, the department for the theory and practice of human rights was founded at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The classes on such subjects as the theory of human rights, international law, and international cooperation in combating crime have been facilitating the enhancement of knowledge of student on issues concerning the protection of human rights, uplifting the proficiency of personnel of the interior in the sphere.

One of the important dimensions of works undertaken by the Department of Human Rights Protection and Juridical Issues is the cooperation in the area of the protection of human rights with international organizations. In particular, during meetings held in the last year with the participation of international specialists and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in our country, discussion topics included the further transformation and liberalization of the judicial system in Uzbekistan. In addition, as part of the international cooperation, jointly with the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan, the European Union project “Assistance to Judicial Reforms in Uzbekistan”, the regional representatives office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Central Asia, more than 30 training seminars were organized, following which in excess of 600 workers of the interior attained relevant certificates.

With support from the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Information Resource Centers for Human Rights were organized at the Department of Human Rights Protection and Juridical Issues as well as the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The conference participants shared experience in addressing issues related to the legislation that regulates the activities of law enforcement agencies. Foreign experts expounded on the role and significance of police in the countries of the European Union in the system of human rights protection, and on the application of international standards in this area.

“The efforts undertaken in Uzbekistan to reform the judicial system deserves remarkable attention,” asserts T.Patterson, expert of the European Union project “Assistance to Judicial Reforms in Uzbekistan”. “Fruitful cooperation has been established between the European Union project and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan to further improve the judicial system. Our specialists share their expertise of work in the sphere of human rights protection.”

The conference participants gave a high appraisal of the accomplishments made in Uzbekistan in the democratization and liberalization of the judicial system and the results in general of the endeavors undertaken under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to build a robust civil society.

(Source: UzA news agency)


YOU CAN NOW SEND A COMPLAINT TO THE CABINET OF MINISTERS ONLINE

To develop the Integrated Portal of online government services - http://my.gov.uz, and to provide new opportunities and facilities for the population, now the Cabinet of Ministers is also integrated to the Portal.

Now individuals and business entities can send their electronic appeals directly to the Cabinet of Ministers, which is at the top of the system of governance and management.

This service will help citizens to timely and efficiently solve their problems, to avoid unnecessary bureaucratic procedures, as well as to interact directly with the Cabinet of Ministers. The implementation of this service is an important step towards the formation of "e- government".

Currently, over 120 government agencies are connected to the Portal, as well as all of the district (city) administrations. The number of appeals sent to the authorities now count more than 2.3 thousand.

However, under the law, civil appeals, proposals and complaints shall be addressed directly to the state agency, that is authorized to resolve these issues, or to a higher authority.

To the Cabinet, as a rule, shall treat appeals related to the activities of state bodies only, which were not resolved in a timely manner by the body itself, as well as complaints of unjustified refusal to accept and review theses appeals.

In this regard, in order to reduce the time of examination, citizens are advised when appealing to the Cabinet of Ministers to specify letters or appeals previously sent to ministries, departments, administrations and others, from whom they received unsatisfactory answers.

(Source: Uzreport.com)