November 04, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
Meeting at the Oqsaroy
Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan received the new Ambassador of Finland
Economics:
The VII Tashkent International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange
Uzbekistan Railways has received 4 new O'ZEL electric locomotives
Over 2000 family businesses created with support from Mahalla Fund
Uzbekistan creates research institute for coal industry
Society:
INFOLIB UZBEKISTAN 2013 attracted more than 25 thousand people
Days of Uzbekistan takes place in Japan

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

MEETING AT THE OQSAROY

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Oqsaroy on October 31 met with Meng Jianzhu, Cochairman of the Uzbek-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation, member of the Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China.

The head of our state noted at the start of the conversation that currently the equally advantageous Uzbek-Chinese relations, built on the principles of strategic partnership, friendship, parity and mutual respect, have been dynamically advancing across all dimensions of cooperation.

The highest level of relations reached by both sides was underlined time and again during the state visit of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov to China in June 2012 and China’s President Xi Jinping to Uzbekistan in September of the current year. The two visits produced agreements and deals on 50 joint projects for a total sum exceeding 20 billion US dollars, laying a reliable foundation for the further expansion of economic cooperation.

It was stressed during the meeting that the further realization of documents penned and agreements reached, the preservation and maintenance of the potent impetus afforded by the leaders of our two nations to the evolution of bilateral relations are the principal aspects of activities of the Uzbek-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation.

Steadfast has been the growth in the volumes of mutual trade, which for the last two years has multiplied almost twofold. Uzbekistan supplies the Chinese market with cotton fiber, mineral fertilizers, natural gas, nonferrous materials and other strategic goods. Along with these, measures are being taken to further diversify and expand the range of mutual trade as part of the Program of Cooperation in non-commodity and high technology spheres.

One of the priority directions is the interaction in power industry, a bright example of which has become the implementation of the major regional project – the construction of the Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline. Currently, the first two lines of the pipe are commissioned and successfully operating, while the third line is projected to be laid next year, opening the way hence for the construction of the fourth one.

Investment cooperation has also experienced dynamic advancement. China is currently one of the leading investors into the Uzbek economy. The volume of such inflows from the PRC has exceeded 6.5 billion dollars. Today, 488 enterprises with the involvement of Chinese investors are operating in Uzbekistan, and major companies run their representative offices in our country.

Companies from the People’s Republic carry out prospecting of oil and gas deposits on promising blocks in Uzbekistan, and they take part in the execution of crucial investment schemes, including construction of the second line at the Kungrad Soda Plant, the Dehkanabad Potash Fertilizer Mill (2nd phase) and other major facilities. The Chinese side has – with a sense of responsibility – been approaching the realization of major new projects, notably the construction of Mubarek Gas and Chemical Complex, a complex for the production of polyvinylchloride, caustic soda and methanol at the Navoiazot stock company, along with a new power block with a capacity of 150 megawatt at the Angren Heat Power Station and other projects.

A particular significance is attached to the Jizzakh Special Industrial Zone created this year, where the Chinese investors are provided with an encouraging environment that includes preferences. The production of mobile phones, modern construction materials and other high technology goods, including for exports, has already been launched at Jizzakh SIZ. Companies from the PRC have begun implementing 14 agreements on the establishment of new production lines with direct investments from China totaling 30 million dollars.

An important aspect of bilateral cooperation is the financial support provided for the materialization of joint investment projects that includes those through China’s Bank of Development and Eximbank.

As part of the session of the Uzbek-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation and the separate meetings in seven subcommittees, solid proposals were worked out to further enhance the trade-economic and investment interaction, cultural-humanitarian and scientific-technical cooperation, as well as in spheres of transportation, agriculture, tourism and financial cooperation.

During the current meeting at the Oqsaroy, the two sides deliberated also on issues pertinent to the consolidation of interaction in addressing regional security.

Meng Jianzhu expressed sincere gratitude to President Islam Karimov for a warm welcome and the opportunity to discuss priority courses of the enhancing cooperation between our two countries.

(Source: UzA news agency)

FOREIGN MINISTER OF UZBEKISTAN RECEIVED THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF FINLAND

On November 1, 2013, the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland with headquarters in Helsinki Nicholas Lindquist.

The Ambassador presented the credentials conveyed to President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on priority areas of bilateral cooperation in various fields, as well as some international and regional issues.

The sides expressed mutual interest in continuing the practice of regular consultations between foreign ministries, the gradual development of inter-parliamentary relations, including the exchange of experience in legislative support for bilateral relations.

Discussing the prospects for deepening trade, economic and investment cooperation, the sides drew attention to the considerable potential for mutually beneficial projects with involvement of advanced Finnish technologies.

The meeting also considered proposals to expand contacts between health care, scientific and educational institutions in two countries.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


ECONOMY

THE VII TASHKENT INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL FAIR AND COOPERATION EXCHANGE WAS ATTENDED BY AROUND 87 THOUSAND PEOPLE

At a briefing in Tashkent were drawn the preliminary results of the VII International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange (IIFCE).

During the event, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade Akmal Kamalov noted that every year the International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange is gaining popularity and has attracted the attention of a growing number of domestic and foreign participants. This year’s IIFCE become the most ambitious of the seven editions. This year, four pavilions and three atriums of UzExpoCenter were involved.

The Director of IIFCE, Rizoqul Keldiyorov presented the preliminary data on the Fair. According to his report the Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange 2013 was attended by more than 1,300 domestic companies (IIFCE 2012-1146 companies). More than 100 of them are small businesses and entrepreneurs. More than 13 thousand types of products made in Uzbekistan were exhibited, more than 1,000 of them - new products. Within 7 days the exhibition was visited by about 87 thousand people, including more than 1,000 foreigners.

In the end, the participants of the Fair were awarded in such categories as: Best Stand Design, effective product promotion in the foreign market, the best in the establishment of cooperative relations, success in the development of new products, the best presentation for an enterprise, the best presentation for a region, activeness in the IIFCE.

The VII International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange were held in Tashkent from October 29 to November 4, 2013. Actors from all sectors of the industry and businesses in Uzbekistan participated in it. Initially, the exhibition was planned till November 1, but due to the large attendance, the organizers decided to extend it till November 4.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEKISTAN RAILWAYS HAS RECEIVED 4 NEW O'ZEL ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

On November 1, 2013 at the central train station in Tashkent was held a solemn ceremony on the occasion of the arrival from China of four new O'ZEL series electric locomotives.

The first consignment of 3 O'ZEL electric locomotives arrived in August 2013.

Developed in accordance with the requirements of the engineering specifications of Uzbek specialists, O'ZEL electric locomotives, on external and construction-technical parameters, significantly differ from the electric locomotives, available today in the world. These locomotives were manufactured by Chinese locomotive builders in conjunction with the Japanese company «Toshiba» according to the specifications by experts of the Uzbek railway.

O'ZEL series electric locomotives have undergone successful road tests and are being operated in truck traffic.

Based on the experience with the previous 12 electric locomotives- "O’zbekiston" and 15 passenger electric locomotives “O'zbekiston-yo'lovchi”, in the construction of new O'ZEL electric locomotives the following construction-technical characteristics have been finalized and improved:

- working conditions in mountainous areas (up to 1800 m above sea level);

- an increase in short-term power from 6000 to 7200 kW);

- the use of modern power converter IGBT («Toshiba»);

- the presence of on-board video surveillance ;

- the use of electronic crane for brake control;

- the use of on-board touch screen display (HMI).

Designed with the latest technology, energy-intensive and ecofriendly component parts, O'ZEL series electric locomotive meet all international standards.

According to the news service of Uzbekistan Railways, the acquisition of these electric locomotives has provided significant technical and economic benefits for the company. And it has reduced by 25% the repair complexity of electric locomotives, by 40 % the cost of materials and resources for the repair, by 10 % electricity consumption through the use of regenerative braking, increased by 12% the load transported by trains.

The acquisition and use of O'ZEL locomotives, belonging to the new generation of locomotives, is a significant leap forward in the field of modernization and upgrade of Uzbekistan Railways locomotive fleet.

Pursuant to the decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 13.03.2012, ?RP-1726 "On measures for implementation of the project "Upgrading Locomotive Fleet, between Uzbekistan Railways and the consortium CNRLDC (PRC) with the participation of EXIM Bank of China was concluded the contract PIU-03 for the supply of 11 sections of O'ZEL series electric locomotives for $44.39 million.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

OVER 2000 FAMILY BUSINESSES CREATED WITH SUPPORT FROM MAHALLA FUND

On November 1, at the National Press Center was held a press conference on "Family business, development of handicrafts, creating the conditions and opportunities, the results achieved," organized by the Republican Board of Public Charitable Fund "Mahalla".

The conference was attended by Fund officials, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, the Chamber of Trade and Industry, the State Tax Committee, the Women's Committee and other organizations, as well as the citizens' assemblies chairmen and business people.

The event presented the results of the Fund on reorganization of self-government bodies into the centers of entrepreneurship and family business, creation of new jobs, as well as the achievements of citizens' assemblies in this direction.

- Today within 5200 citizens’ assemblies have been organized counseling centers, which jointly with the Center for Labor and Social Protection help young people get a job at enterprises, institutions and organizations, with business start-up and to prepare necessary documents to get loans, - said the head of the Head of the Fund "Mahalla" Anvar Ahmedov.

During the conference, it was noted that since the beginning of the year, with the support of the Fund and self-governments bodies over 2,000 family businesses have been launched.

Also, with the support of the Fund and the citizens' assemblies, about 262,000 graduates of professional colleges are now employed, and citizens who want to start-up their own business have been assisted in obtaining loans worth 1 billion soums.

In the end of the event the participants exchanged views between and answered to the questions of the guests.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEKISTAN CREATES RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR COAL INDUSTRY

Uzbekistan will create a scientific-research and design institute of coal industry.

The Government of Uzbekistan issued a resolution “On measures on organization of activities of the Uzbek scientific-research and design institute of coal industry” on 30 October 2013.

The Uzbek scientific-research and design institute of coal industry will be founded on the base of Ugolproyekt LTD.

According to the resolution, Uzbekugol will become one of founders of Ugolproyekt LTD and it will own at least 51% stake in the enterprise.

The Uzbek scientific-research and design institute of coal industry will specialize in developing documentations on construction, modernization and reconstruction of coal mines and related objects.

It will also develop technical, technological and construction documentation on construction, modernization, reconstruction and technical re-equipment or enterprises, oriented to mining industry, including those operated at Angren special industrial zone, etc.

The activities of the institute will be financed due to resources of the customers, own earned resources, grants of international financial institutes and donors and other sources.

The institute will have its branch in Angren city, the resolution said.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


SOCIETY

INFOLIB UZBEKISTAN 2013 ATTRACTED MORE THAN 25 THOUSAND PEOPLE

On October 31 at the National Library named after Alisher Navoi was held the closing ceremony of Information and Library Week INFOLIB UZBEKISTAN 2013.

At the ceremony, the Director of the National Library Asadjon Hodjayev made a speech, in which he spoke about the results of the Week.

The closing ceremony featured the awarding of winners of competitions, held within the Week.

In addition, among new users who have registered at the library since October 28, was drawn a prize lottery for a tablet from domestic producers.

From October 28 to November 1 were held 46 events, with some 25 thousand visitors.

The Information Library Week INFOLIB UZBEKISTAN 2013 was held at the National Library named after Alisher Navoi, from 28 October to 1 November. The main objectives of the event were to raise the level of information culture of the population, to increase social and cultural role of libraries and the preservation of the cultural heritage of the country. The Library featured trainings, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, readings, performances, book fairs and tours.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


DAYS OF UZBEKISTAN TAKES PLACE IN JAPAN

Days of Uzbekistan and a presentation of the 22nd anniversary of Independence of Uzbekistan was held at International Center of Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Jahon news agency reported that representatives of the Japan-Uzbekistan Friendship Association, International Friendship Association and Council of Culture exchange of Chiba Prefecture, scholars, public activists and the journalists participated at the events.

The exhibition presented the Japanese public with samples of traditional national clothes from adras and han-atlas, syuzane, works of artisans and other folk applied art. The brochures about economic and tourism potential of Uzbekistan, as well as on implementation of the state programme “The Year of well-being and prosperity” were disseminated among the participants.

The presentation provided information on rich cultural-humanitarian heritage, tourism sights of Uzbekistan, ongoing social-economic and democratic reforms.

Head of International Center of Urayasu Riko Fujimatsu highly rated works of the Uzbek artisans, works of who were presented at the event. She said that she was impressed with Uzbekistan and plans to visit the country to familiarize with culture and art.

(Source: UzDaily.com)