November 06-08, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
The tenth session of the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee "Uzbekistan – European Union" was held
Uzbek delegation held a series of meetings in Spain
Deputies considered over 3000 proposals to improve the draft law "On Environmental Protection"
Economics:
Share of small businesses in Uzbekistan’s GDP exceeds 51.2%
Navoi region post 4% GRP growth in Jan-Sep
The Bank as Aide for Entrepreneurs
Uzkimyosanoat’s enterprises produce goods for 1.25 trln. soums in Jan-Sep
Uzbekistan adopts tourism development programme for Kashkadarya region
A Potent Impetus to Dynamic Development
Society:
A Contest of Gifted Girls
At a conference in Tashkent was discussed national and international experience in human rights protection

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

THE TENTH SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COOPERATION COMMITTEE "UZBEKISTAN – EUROPEAN UNION" WAS HELD

In the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan was held the regular meeting of Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, "Uzbekistan – European Union".

This Committee, established in 1999 in line with the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the European Community, is the main bilateral forum for members of the Uzbek and the European Parliaments.

As part of the tenth session of the Committee was held a detailed exchange of views on the state and prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU, trade and economic development cooperation, security, protection of environment, regional cooperation, as well as on issues of socio-political development.

It was noted that, the constructive dialogue and partnership, based on the coincidence of interests of the EU and Uzbekistan, is consistently expanding in many areas. It was stressed that consistent cooperation in such key areas as trade, investment and financial cooperation, technology transfer, sciences, education, environment, health and culture, and regional security is of particular importance.

During the meeting, the deputies noted that the development of trade and economic relations is an important area of bilateral partnership. In 2012 the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the EU amounted to 2.4 billion U.S. dollars. Today in Uzbekistan there are 952 joint ventures with EU investments, of which 675 - with 100 % European capital.

Experts emphasized that in recent years, investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU has significantly expanded. Since 2005, investments for a total of 1.6 billion U.S. dollars have been attracted from European Union. At the same time, the meeting stressed the importance of continued dialogue between the business communities of Uzbekistan and the EU.

The parliamentarians reiterated the intention to continue the close, mutually beneficial and constructive cooperation in protection of environment, effective and rational use of transboundary watercourses and environmental sustainability.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

UZBEK DELEGATION HELD A SERIES OF MEETINGS IN SPAIN

November 4-7 2013 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov, on a official visit in Spain, held meetings and talks with the speaker of Senate, Pia Garcia-Escudero Marquez and speaker of the Congress of Deputies, Jesús Posada Moreno, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manuel Soria Lopez, Secretary of State for Trade, Jaime Garcia Llegas.

The sides discussed the state and prospects of Uzbek-Spanish cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment and other fields of mutual interest.

During the visit, an Agreement was signed on cooperation in the fight against criminality.

During the meeting with the president of the Confederation of Entrepreneurial Organizations, Jesús Banages, a presentation was made on the economic and investment potential of Uzbekistan with the participation of representatives of the leading companies in Spain.

The Uzbek delegation visited the National Association of Manufacturers of industrial equipment in Spain, where were discussed practical aspects of bilateral relations, the parties’ initiatives on saturation of cooperation with new joint projects in various fields, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

DEPUTIES CONSIDERED OVER 3000 PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE DRAFT LAW "ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION"

The regular meeting of the committee on ecology and environment of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis was held, where the deputies discussed the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Environmental Protection".

This project was initiated by a group of deputies from the Ecological Movement. The draft was examined and adopted by the Legislative Chamber in the first reading on 4 July 2013.

At the meeting, the deputies were informed of the measures taken to improve this document.

It was noted that, the Committee on Ecology and the Environment Protection together with the deputy group of the Ecological Movement developed and adopted a plan of action to prepare the draft to the second reading and the plan of round tables. Two working groups were formed, one - for the preparation of the draft law, the second - for the collection and compilation of proposals received during the discussion of the draft.

In addition, by the decision of Kengash of the Legislative Chamber, the draft had been put for public discussion and published in the press.

"Once the project had been submitted for public discussion in 4 months, the working group received more than 3,000 proposals. As show the analysis of the proposals, individuals and NGOs were the most active and showed interest in environmental issues" - said the deputy of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Sadirjon Djakbarov.

The Working Group considered a number of proposals to clarify the concepts used, specifying the basic principles of environmental control and revision of the list of facilities subject to environmental control. Part of the proposals are related to the powers of self-government bodies in the public environmental control, the formation and organization of a public inspector of environmental control, as well as his rights. Some proposals contain ideas about the need to improve the norms, defining the rights of citizens in the public environmental control.

It should be noted that the factions of political parties have made about 200 proposals to improve the draft.

Deputies stressed that the adoption and implementation of this law will enhance the effectiveness of environmental control, coordination of government agencies, civil society institutions in this area, as well as strengthening the role of self-government bodies, NGOs and other civil society organizations in the implementation of an effective environmental control, in addressing vital public programs in the field of environmental protection and public health.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


ECONOMY

SHARE OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN UZBEKISTAN’S GDP EXCEEDS 51.2%

Share of small businesses in gross domestic product of Uzbekistan grew from 51% in nine months of 2012 to 51.2%in nine months of 2013, a publication of Ministry of Economy and State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan, published in local media, said.

In nine months of 2013, over 21,200 new small businesses (without farms) were created in Uzbekistan, which resulted in growth of production of industrial output of small businesses by 15.2%.

Largest number of small enterprises was created in trade and catering (29.1% from total volume), industry (28.7%) and construction (10.4%).

The publication said that 67 state assets were sold to private sector for 26.9 billion soums (Currency rates of CB from 05.11.2013-1$=2178.56 soums) and 21,800 unused state objects were rented to this sector.

The commercial banks allocated loans for 5.6 trillion soums (1.1 trillion of microloans) in nine months of 2013, which rose by 1.3 times year-on-year. The loans for US$116.6 million were issued within credit lines of international financial institutes.

The public procurement from small businesses exceeded 280.4 billion soums, which made up 92.3% of total public procurement. Over 170,000 deals were signed with small businesses.

The Bureau for assisting exports of products under Uzstandard agency helped to 376 enterprises to start to export their products. It also established work of cooperation with 29 countries in strandartization, metrology, certification, accreditation, export of products and introduction of country requirements.

The adopted measures helped to increase share of small businesses in GDP up to 51.2% (51% in 9 months of 2012), industry – 23.3% (22.3%), employment – 75.6% (75.1%) and export – 19.1% (13.5%).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

NAVOI REGION POST 4% GRP GROWTH IN JAN-SEP

The growth of the gross regional product (GRP) of Navoi region made up 4% in nine months of 2013, the session of the Council of People’s Deputies of the region said.

The region also recorded 2.8% growth of industrial output, 5.4% - production of consumer goods, 6.9% - agriculture products. The region harvested 250,000 tonnes of grain and over 110,000 tonnes of cotton.

The volume of construction works in the region grew by 13.2% in nine months of 2013, retail trade turnover – by 15.3% and paid services to population – 13.6%.

The session said that the forecast for regional exports was fulfilled with 3.3% surplus and reached US$31.2 million, which rose 1.5 times year-on-year.

Navoi region attracted foreign loans and investments for 159.5 billion soums in the nine months of 2013, of which 10.4 billion soums were direct foreign investments. In the result, 214 new industrial objects were commissioned.

In the reporting period, 719 new small businesses were created in the region. The bank issued 243.3 billion soums to support small and private businesses in January-September 2013, which rose by 28.1% year-on-year.

The region completed reconstruction and construction of 62 km of roads, 8 km of gas pipelines, 27.4 km of electricity supply lines and 55.5 km of water pipelines. Some 24 billion soums were spent to these works.

It is planned to construct 600 houses at 19 blocks within the programme on construction of individual houses on standard projects in rural areas. It is planned to spend 79 billion soums to the programme. Some 26.5 km of water pipelines, 17.2 km of electricity supply lines and 24.6 km of gas pipelines were constructed at these blocks.

The region created 32,900 new jobs in January-September 2013, of which 24,700 or 75.3% in rural areas. About 24,300 jobs were created by small and private businesses.

The region used 249 billion soums due to all sources within the state programme “The Year of well-being and prosperity”.

The commercial banks issued some 7.6 billion soums of loans to support family businesses, young families and others. The small and microfirms provided jobs for 11,800 women in the reporting period.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

THE BANK AS AIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The Samarkand regional House of Press has hosted a press conference with the participation of the leadership of the provincial chief department of Uzbekistan’s Central Bank as well as chairpersons of board of commercial banks and their deputies.

In accordance with the Directive of the President of Uzbekistan signed 20 March 2013, a law experiment has been in progress in Samarkand and Bukhara regions to test the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Openness of the Activities of Government and Management Bodies”. At the event organized with an eye to the requirements of that bill, reports were presented on the works undertaken by banks to support small business and private entrepreneurship, to widely engage college graduates in entrepreneurship and provide the population and businesspeople with banking services.

“Currently, 76 branches of commercial banks, some three hundred mini banks and savings banks operate in our region,” says Kayum Sobirov, deputy head of the regional chief department of the Central Bank. “They all provide modern banking services to the population and entrepreneurs. The reforms underway in the sphere and the liberalization process have expanded the opportunities for loans offered to entities of small business and private entrepreneurship. The application reception by banks, familiarization with business projects, reveal and analysis of creditworthiness of debtors and the provision with loan funds are carried out within brief span of time. Owing to this, the appeal of entities of small business and private entrepreneurship to the banks in the region has considerably risen in the nine months of the current year. As a result, loans assigned in the past period from all financial sources have exceeded 433 billion soums. That is 1.3 times as much as the indicator of the similar period of the last year.”

Noteworthy is the fact that the principal part of the loans allocated is assigned for the promotion of production. For instance, enterprises in food industry were allocated 102 billion soums, and those specializing in the production of industrial goods were assigned 74 billion soums of loan funds. The development of services sector was assigned 55.7 billion soums; 17.8 billion soums was allocated for the establishment of entrepreneurship activities by graduates of professional colleges, while 40.1 billion soums was directed to the support for entrepreneur women.

The banks have been undertaking certain efforts also in securing employment for the population, in creating new jobs in rural areas. Qualified personnel of banks are attached to every rural assembly of citizens. Meetings are organized with locals where the latter are informed on the types of banking services and privileges offered for the encouragement of entrepreneurship.

In accordance with the Resolution of President Islam Karimov “On Additional Measures to Expand the Scales of Housing Construction in Rural Areas” signed 3 August 2009, standard-design residential homes were built in 66 new residential quarters in Samarkand region during 2009-2012. The construction of 1,127 new houses is going to continue this year in 35 quarters of the region. The banks assigned more than 102.5 billion soums to meet these ends.

During the press conference, the responsible staff of the banks responded to all the questions addressed by journalists.

(Source: UzA national news agency)

UZKIMYOSANOAT’S ENTERPRISES PRODUCE GOODS FOR 1.25 TRLN. SOUMS IN JAN-SEP

Enterprises of Uzkimyosanoat state joint stock company (Uzbek Chemistry Industry) produced goods for 1.25 trillion soums in current prices in nine months of 2013, the press service of the company said.

The company said that the enterprises of the industry produced consumer goods for over 90.2 billion soums in the reporting period. (Currency rates of CB from 08.11.2013 1$=2178.56 soums).

The industry produced 846,430 tonnes of mineral fertilizers, including 648,570 tonnes of nitric fertilizers, 122,000 tonnes of phosphorous fertilizers and 75,860 tonnes of potash fertilizers in the reporting period.

According to the localization programme, goods for 270.6 billion soums were produced in January-September 2013.

Within the implementation of investment projects, included to the Investment Programme, the enterprises of Uzkimyosanoat used investments worth US$136.66 million.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN ADOPTS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR KASHKADARYA REGION

On 1 November 2013, the Government of Uzbekistan approved a programme for developing tourism sphere in Kashkadarya region for 2013-2015.

The programme was approved with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan “On programme on developing tourism sphere in Kashkadarya region for 2013-2015”.

According to GoUzbekistan.uz, the programme envisages measures on raising potential of tourism sector of the region and determines target parameters of tourism development in Kashkadarya region for next two years.

In line with the preliminary data of Uzbektourism, total expenses to implementation of the programme will make up over US$101 million. The programme will be financed due to resources of the state and local budgets, own resources of the project initiators, foreign investments, loans and grants, as well as resources of the Republican Road Fund.

The programme envisages creation of favourable conditions for effective use of unique historic-cultural heritage of Kashkadarya region, preserving and restoration of historic monuments, construction of new and reconstruction of existing hotels, tourism and entertainment objects, as well as development of transport infrastructure.

The programme includes over 80 infrastructure, marketing and organizational projects.

In particular, the programme includes measures on developing tourism infrastructure, diversifying tourism products in the region, boosting measures on attracting tourists, developing hotel infrastructure, restaurants and catering, etc.

Within the programme, it is planned to purchase at least 20 tourism buses and create business hall for passengers at Karshi Airport and reconstruct buildings of Kitab railway station.

It is planned to construct over 30 new hotels in Kashkadarya region and reconstruct existing hotels, which will allow to double hotel places twice.

The programme stipulates measures on developing Shahrisabz and mountain areas of the regions such as Yakkabog, Kitab and Shahrisabz, where it is planned to develop ecologic, active, recreation and agriculture tourism. It is also planned to develop cultural-educational tourism in Karshi city and Karshi districts.

It is also planned to develop banking services for tourism sector. In particular, the programme envisages installation of ATMs and POS-terminals at tourism infrastructure objects, airports, railway stations, hotels, restaurants, and other places.

There are also plans to promote regional tourism products in foreign markets, develop new tourism routes and improve quality of services.

It is planned to develop and promote tourism brand of Kashkadarya region and create web-portal VisitKashkadarya.

In order to promote ecologic tourism, it is planned to create unique object “Biologic preserve” near Achinkul water reservoir near Mirishkor district.

The programme included a project on creation of the unique museum dedicated to family of Amir Temur in Hodjailgor village in Yakkabad district. It is planned to create yurta camp, agriculture tourism objects, artisans shops and others along the round from Samarkand to Shakhrisabz.

There is also a project on construction of mountain skiing base in Mingchinor village. It is planned to study opportunities on organization of tourists’ visits to Gissar nature reserve.

Electric cars will be purchased to provide services to tourists in Shakhrisabz. The electric cars will provide services at the famous tourism objects of Shakhrisabz such as Oq Saroy, Dorus-Soadat and Dor-ut Tilovat.

It is expected that implementation of the project will allow to increase number of visiting foreign tourists by 1.4 times to 33,200 a year by 2015 and export tourism services – by 1.4 times. Number of hotels will increase by 1.8 times to 66 units. Total volume of tourism services will grow by 1.5 times to 4.5 billion soums.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

A POTENT IMPETUS TO DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT

The 7th International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange has concluded its work in Tashkent.

The event has been attended more than 1,300 domestic enterprises and companies, in excess of 1,000 of which are entities of small business and private entrepreneurship. They exhibited more than 13 thousand titles of goods, some 2,000 of which were new samples launched in 2012-2013.

The annual forum of industrialists of Uzbekistan is held as part of the execution of objectives outlined by President Islam Karimov to shape a modern, diversified and competitive economy by the way of energetic continuation with structural reforms, modernization, technical and technological renewal of critical sectors, acceleration of development in the manufacturing and social infrastructure, especially in rural areas, along with comprehensive support for local manufacturers and units of small business and private entrepreneurship.

As the time has demonstrated, effective instruments for addressing the outlined challenges include import substitution, localization and cooperation, which help secure accelerated introduction of novel, efficient technologies into the production processes, extensive use of local raw and production resources, enlargement on this basis of cutting-edge competitive goods, frugal and rational use of currency resources, as well as the creation of new jobs and consolidation of stability in the internal market of goods and services.

These very three components form the basic foundation of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange that is organized every year in two phases.

Thus, the first stage of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange took place in March-June 2013, as part of which territorial and sector-based industrial fairs were organized across the entire country. Fairs of consumer goods of domestic production took place along the same platform. They were attended in excess of three thousand enterprises, of which more than 1,800 manufacture goods of consumer designation. The participant stands demonstrated around 16 thousand titles of produce for diverse sectors of the manufacturing industry. During the first stage, business agreements were concluded for the supply of goods in industrial cooperation for a sum total of 446.4 billion soums, of which contracts for the supply of consumer goods reached 22.2 percent. The sum total of export deals reached 224.9 million dollars.

At the current, autumn phase of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange, the considerable potential and capacities of basic sectors of the manufacturing industry, novels of production and a variety of goods were on display. The leading enterprises of the industrial complex of our country have demonstrated their produce along sectors of production. Extensive was the representation of enterprises in such spheres as community facilities, transport, capital construction and construction industry, machine building, standardization of goods, geology, chemical, electro-technical, oil and chemical and metalworking industries, agricultural and water resources, healthcare and social security, information systems and telecommunications.

In the resolution of the head of our state “On Priorities in the Development of Industrial Sector in the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2011-2015” signed 15 December 2010, the necessity is stipulated in the steadfast promotion of international cooperation. The seventh international industrial fair and cooperation exchange this time around received more than 87 thousand visitors, including some 1,100 foreign representatives of firms and companies from 55 countries of the world such as Germany, Italy, India, United Kingdom, South Korea, China, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and other nations.

The stands of enterprises and organizations presented goods that are currently being imported and those of localized production (from the perspective of their production with the use of local raw resources, technical and technological renovation and the development of cooperation ties).

Notably, the enterprises of the Uzkimyosanoat State Stock Company have displayed mineral fertilizers, chemical substances to protect plants, chemical fibers and threads, synthetic gums, polymeric items, reagents fro the gold mining industry, hygienic and cosmetic goods and other chemical produce.

According to the head of production department at the Uzkimyosanoat SSC Rahmat Usarov, the sum of agreements concluded during last year’s international industrial fair and cooperation exchange exceeded 138.4 billion soums. This year, the indicator has exceeded 154 billion soums. Thanks to the participation in the industrial forum, eight new types of goods have been launched in 2013 alone, including several types of fertilizers, plastic bobbins, epoxy resin, methyl acetate (dissolvent) and hyper-pressed brick.

Interesting has been also the exposition of fat-and-oil and food industries of Uzbekistan, which addresses issues of raising the quality and expansion of the range of goods, the complete and rational use of raw materials, satisfaction of the demand of our country’s population. Extensively represented were also the produce of the fat-and-oil enterprises as well as those of reprocessing agricultural goods and the meat and dairy goods. Among them were Agromir-Samarkand Ltd., Master Global Plus, Siyob Sakhovati, the Asakayogh and Uchkurgan-Yogh open stock companies and others.

As Shahobiddin Artikov, head of the production department at the Association of Food Industry Enterprises of Uzbekistan, has noted, major investment projects are expected to be implemented in the sector during the 2013-2015 period. Thus, a complex to reprocess milk is projected to be constructed in Samarkand region, the production of amyloidal syrup is to be launched in Khorezm region, the production of malt is to be started in Tashkent region, and a plant to produce sugar is anticipated to be opened in Angren Free Industrial Zone.

The considerable interest of participants of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange was attached to the stand of more than 70 enterprises of the Association of Leather and Footwear Enterprises “Uzbekcharmpoyabzali”. They presented a fashion everyday and specialized footwear, sports equipment, women’s bags and many other things.

“The participation of leather and footwear enterprises in the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange has facilitated the increase in the volumes of production and expand the range of goods from one year to another,” said the chief specialist of the production and sales department of the “Uzbekcharmpoyabzali” association Shuhrat Aliev. “For instance, last year the enterprises of the sector concluded trade agreements for a sum total exceeding 21.6 billion soums and export deals for 50.9 million dollars. This year, these indicators are considerably high.”

In addition, the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange also extensively demonstrated the potential of regional enterprises. The participants were particularly interested in the stands of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Andijan, Samarkand, Namangan, Tashkent and Sirdarya regions.

For instance, the Samarkand Scientific-Production Enterprise Marakand-MSM offers to supply goods to the enterprises of the hydrocarbon industry and community facilities. According to its director Buriboy Berdiev, the production of signaling devices for detecting leakage of fuel gases was launched at the enterprise as part of the localization program. Agreements have already been concluded at the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange for their supply to major oil reprocessing enterprises.

It is important to note that the forum also included 76 centralized presentations of sectors and enterprises which displayed their technical and technological capacities. Remarkable interest was drawn to the presentations of each region of our country. They have indisputably facilitated the establishment of new and the expansion of existing bonds among manufacturers and consumers. Deals were reached for the supply or procurement of materials, component parts or final goods of production and technical designation. At the same time, the procurement of items and reprocessed raw materials was carried out for all domestic consumers building on direct agreements without holding additional tenders.

All the events were held with the involvement of specialists of ministries and agencies, insurance companies, banks, organizations specializing in standardization and certification, who gave qualified consultations. Participants and visitors of the fair and exchange, in their turn, were able to appraise the demands of related production lines and, on this basis, to shape order portfolios for the supply of goods, including also for exports. Thus, agreements reached for the purchase of goods in 2012 were worth some 5 trillion soums, whereas this year it has grown 1.24 times. The sum total of contracts for the realization of our own goods for export made some 5.2 billion dollars last year, while the indicator of the current international industrial fair and cooperation exchange has grown by 22 percent.

The results of the international industrial fair and cooperation exchange and the remarkable outcomes of the regional and sector-based industrial fairs suggest that the cooperation ties of our domestic enterprises have been consolidating and enriching with new content from one year to another. The volumes of business contracts have been increasing, so have those of export contracts. Cooperation has been enlarging among representatives of small business and private entrepreneurship with major industrial complexes that affords a compelling impetus for the further dynamic development of our country’s economy.

(Source: UzA national news agency)


SOCIETY

A CONTEST OF GIFTED GIRLS

The Karakalpakstan round of the contest has taken place for the Zulfiya State Prize established on the initiative of President Islam Karimov in order to discover, support and encourage talented young women.

95 girls – winners of town and district rounds – demonstrated their talents and skills in literature, arts, science, education and culture at the contest.

“2 thousand and 858 young women have expressed will to take part in the current competition,” says Zuhra Ibragimova, deputy chairperson of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan – chairperson of the Women’s Committee. “684 girls attended district and municipal stages of the contest. This constitutes an outcome of the tremendous significance attached under the leadership of our President to the comprehensive advancement of the younger generation.”

At the conclusion of the regional round of the challenge, the talented girls who proved victorious across diverse nominations booked ticket to the national round of the contest.

(Source: UzA national news agency)


AT A CONFERENCE IN TASHKENT WAS DISCUSSED NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION

Tashkent hosted an international conference on "Protection of human rights - an important area of activity of the internal affairs bodies: national and international experience".

Event was organized by the Department of human rights protection and legal support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan (DHRPLS), in cooperation with the Project of European Union "Promotion of Judicial Reform in Uzbekistan".

The international conference was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, international NGOs, experts from the European Union, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the NGO "Regional Dialogue", the Regional Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Central Asia, experts from UK, Germany, France and other countries , representatives of national human rights institutions, ministries and state committees, law enforcement agencies, universities, mass media, leaders and senior officials of the Interior Ministry branch services.

In addition, the head of the EU project "Support to Judicial Reform in Uzbekistan" I. Rish, the project expert T. Patterson and his co-moderators, Ombudsman for Human Rights, S. Rashidova, the chairman of the Senate Committee of Oliy Majlis for Legislation and Judicial Affairs S. Artykova, participated as organizing partners of the conference.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan Lt. Gen. B. Matlyubov with a report covering the main stages of internal affairs bodies’ reform. He noted that all of the reforms were aimed at improving law enforcement officials activities in accordance with modern requirements for an independent state, that has chosen the path of democratization, innovation and progress. According to the minister, of the structure of services and units of the Interior Ministry, the methods of their activities have undergone the fundamental revision, as well as measures to combat crime and crime prevention.

We add that since obtaining independence a great scope of works has been carried out in the judicial legal system, that is:

- the legal framework has been elaborated for the protection of human rights and freedoms;

- international documents have been consistently implemented of the regulating the measures on human rights protection;

- Ombudsman and other national human rights institutions, including non-governmental have been created;

- a solid judicial system has been formed, including the Constitutional Court, general courts and etc;

- a progressive liberalization of criminal legislation and criminal penalties has been carried out;

- measures have been taken, at the legislative level, to improve the institution of advocacy, so that the lawyers could get all the opportunities for qualified protection of citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution and international documents;

- Implemented the basic principles of democracy – exercise parliamentary control and ensure transparency of the activities of government law enforcement agencies and more.

During the event, foreign experts, in particular, the head of the district of Lippe (Germany), Udo Müller, a prefect of French police Gilles Leclair, senior police superintendent of Northern Ireland Kevin Dunwoody and retired police superintendent of Northern Ireland, Dr. Andrew Bailey shared experience in the application of coercive measures by the police, conducting detention, public security during mass events, as well as other various tasks, particularly related to the human rights and freedoms.

In the discussions, suggestions were made to increase cooperation in order to share experiences and voiced unanimous opinion about the practical benefits of such events.

The conference, held on the eve of a 5-year anniversary of the DHRPLS and the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was recognition of the successes and achievements in maintaining peace in a country, where the human rights and freedoms are the highest value.

(Source: Uzreport.com)