November 13, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
President Karimov Receives Russia’s Top Senator
Meeting at the Senate of Oliy Majlis
Economics:
International Expositions Open in Tashkent
A Healing Endowment
Society:
Chairman of UzbekTurizm and French Ambassador discussed cooperation in tourism
Uzbekistan and UK will exchange experience in education

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

PRESIDENT KARIMOV RECEIVES RUSSIA’S TOP SENATOR

At the Oqsaroy on November 13, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Valentina Matvienko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, who has been in our country on official visit.

Warmly greeting the leader of the Russian parliament’s upper house, the head of our state noted that the achieved level of strategic partnership and association relations with Russia is valued high in Uzbekistan. The fruitful outcomes and practical effects of the Uzbek-Russian meetings and talks at the highest level that took place in June 2012 in Tashkent and last April in Moscow have helped afford a new momentum to the advancement of interaction in the political, trade and investment, cultural and humanitarian as well as other areas.

As it has been stressed today, the attained level of inter-parliamentary ties has been instrumental to a considerable extent in the dynamic enhancement of bilateral contacts across diverse spheres. The Agreement on Cooperation signed in 2006 between the upper houses of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis and Russia’s Federal Assembly has facilitated the institution of relations on a systemic basis and allowed the two sides to regularly exchange expertise in the legislative support for the profound political and socio-economic reforms spearheaded in our two nations.

The two parties to the negotiations delightedly underscored the sustainable trends in the enlargement of economic cooperation and the qualitative change in the structure of mutual trade.

The current talks served also to swap views on issues concerning the cultural and humanitarian interaction along with regional and international affairs.

Russia’s chief senator expressed sincere gratefulness to the Uzbek President for a substantive conversation and the opportunity to discuss issues pressing for both countries. Valentina Matvienko confirmed the willingness of the Russian leadership to further enhance the constructive cooperation with our country building on the enduring interests of our two peoples.

(Source:UzA news agency)

MEETING AT THE SENATE OF OLIY MAJLIS

The delegation headed by Valentina Matvienko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, has held talks November 12 at the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis.

During the conversation with Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Sobirov it was stressed in particular that the relations between Uzbekistan and Russia have been advancing steadily in parliamentarianism along with many other spheres. Agreements reached during meetings of the heads of our two states serve as important normative foundation for the development of such interaction.

The relations between Uzbekistan and Russia have been evolving on the principles of association relationships and strategic partnership. The regular meetings at the highest level facilitate the further expansion of cooperation in the socio-political, trade-economic, investment, science-technical and humanitarian areas.

The Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia’s Federal Assembly noted that the steadfast reforms being undertaken in Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to enhance democratic transformation and bolster the civil society have been yielding remarkable outcomes. As the chief of Russia’s upper house of parliament put it, her country is interested in the further consolidation of the mutually advantageous cooperation with Uzbekistan.

The negotiations included exchange of views on issues related to the enlargement of ties between the supreme legislatures of our two nations.

(Source:UzA news agency)


ECONOMY

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS OPEN IN TASHKENT

As part of the Uzbek International Inter-Sector Exhibition Project “Uzbekistan Infrastructure 2013”, three international exhibitions have simultaneously opened at the Uzexpocenter: “Transport and Logistics – TransUzbekistan- 2013”, “Automobiles, Component Parts, Service Equipment – Auto&Parts Uzbekistan-2013” and “Road Construction and Municipal Engineering – UzComak-2013”.

The exhibitions are organized by the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Trade and Industry Chamber, the Uzavtoyul state stock company for the construction and operation of automotive roads, the Association of International Automobile Carriers of Uzbekistan, the Tashkent city hokimiyat (mayor’s office) with support from the ITE Uzbekistan international exhibition company.

It was noted, in particular, at the opening ceremony that the wide-ranging reforms being marshaled under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in the automotive industry, transport communications, logistics and construction are an important factor in the dynamic development of the country.

The creative endeavors in the system of road and transport communications has been facilitating the active integration of our country into the world market, the cardinal improvement in the infrastructure of provinces, and the elevation in the wellbeing of people. President Islam Karimov’s resolutions “On Measures to Reconstruct and Develop the Uzbek National Automobile Highway in 2009-2014” signed 22 April 2009 and “On Accelerated Development of Infrastructure, Transport and Communications Construction in 2011-2015” signed 21 December 2010 have served as an important guide for action on this front.

Our nation wields automotive roads of international, state and local significance with a total length of 42 thousand and 654 kilometers. Roads have been laid during independence years with cement-concrete and asphalt cover with a length of 1 thousand and 279 kilometers. 175 bridges and 19 overpasses and underpasses have been built and reconstructed. Within the last period of time, the 238 kilometers of automobile roads constituting the Uzbek National Automobile Highway have been rebuilt as four-lane motorways. Five mountain passes have been built on automotive roads that pass through mountain areas. Of special importance among them is the Kamchik Pass located at an altitude of 2 thousand and 268 meters above the sea level.

Effective during works in this sector are the activities of enterprises that comprise the companies and agencies responsible for the maintenance and operation of motorways of international and national significance, as well as of academic and research institutions and specialized construction organizations.

Participants of the exhibition “Uzbekistan Infrastructure-2013” are the more than sixty firms and companies from 15 countries, including Uzbekistan, China, South Korea, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan.

“Our company manufactures stone-crushing machinery, soil-mixing plants, concrete pumps, ball grinders,” says Raymond Wang, director general of the China-based Hanvy. “These goods are exported to more than thirty countries, such as Germany, Nigeria, Russia, Samoa and India. The road construction industry of Uzbekistan has great prospects. We are interested in the comprehensive consolidation of bonds with entrepreneurs from this country.”

“The cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea has been consistently developing across all spheres,” Justin Son, representative of the South Korean company Sebang Global Battery, shares with us. “Founded in 1952, our company produces diverse marks of storage batteries for trucks and cars, motor boats, golf-mobiles, prime movers, construction equipment, agricultural machinery, technologies in the power industry, manufacturing sector and medicine. The extensive opportunities and privileges for foreign businesspeople created in Uzbekistan have been cementing the aspiration of Korean investors for cooperation.”

The favorable investment climate created in Uzbekistan serves as an important factor in the further enhancement of trade and economic ties with foreign nations, in the attraction of modern technologies to all spheres of life. In particular, a range of joint ventures have been successful in their activities in the automotive manufacturing industry that specialize in the production of quality spare parts and elaborate components not inferior to their foreign counterparts in quality.

“More than 50 models of contemporary trucks and specialized machinery with a freight capacity from 15 to 50 tons are produced at our enterprise,” shares Alisher Alikulov, manager general of the Uzbek-German joint venture MAN Auto-Uzbekistan. “Auto cranes, lorries, isometric vans, water carriers, combined road machines, canal cleaning machines, concrete mixers, grain and cotton and waste transportation machines in particular enjoy special demand. The dealer and service center of MAN has a capacity to overhaul and provide services to more than 1.5 thousand trucks and specialized machinery per year. We project to stretch this indicator up to 4 thousand machines in the future. Mechanics and metalworkers for services to trucks study at the center for the training and raising the proficiency of specialists. Drivers for hoisting machinery are trained in accordance with the MAN ProfiDrive program. The training of drivers within this system allows saving 20-30 percent of fuel, prolong the time span of operation of mobile parts and transmission elements and managing the automobile with safety. In the nine dealer and service centers located in Tashkent, Kokand, Samarkand, Bukhara, Karshi and Urgench, the implementation and provision of quality technical servicing is established for MAN trucks produced at the plant.”

The “Uzbekistan Infrastructure-2013” exhibitions encompass all the modern spheres in automotive industry, transport and logistics and construction. They present a number of divisions, such as cutting-edge transport technologies; automobile, railroad, sea and river transport; electric machinery and component parts; passenger and freight transportation; logistics; courier and information services; equipment for trucks; control and technical service systems.

(Source: UzA news agency)

A HEALING ENDOWMENT

The Surkhandarya regional department of Uzbekistan’s Trade and Industry Chamber and the German Society for International Cooperation have organized a seminar in the city of Termez to discuss the breeding of bees and boosting the methods of nurturing them, and combating the bee diseases and parasites.

It was noted at the event that the wide-ranging efforts under the leadership of our President to bolster apiculture in Uzbekistan have been yielding remarkable effects.

The bee is an essential healing source for human health that produces goods extensively used in industry and medicine such as honey, beeswax, bee’s milk, flower mote, propolis, and bee poison. In addition, the bee pollinates the agricultural crops in gardens and fields and hence facilitates the growth in the productivity in agriculture. The bee’s role is infinitely useful in breeding the quality of seeds from plants and creating a favorable environment in the region.

The occasion helped come up with proposals and recommendations in fostering the beekeeping suitable for the local climate, in preventing the diseases and combating parasites. The event included presentations of the works coauthored by A.Isomuhamedov and H.Nikadambaev “Introduction to the Development of Apiculture”, “Bee Diseases and Pests” and “The Guide for Beekeepers”.

“The advancement of beekeeping is the outcome of steadfast efforts being undertaken in our country to secure the peace and harmony and people’s wellbeing,” Dustmuhammad Berdinazarov, head of the apiculture farm in the Shurchi district, shared. “Our farm has been nurturing a hundred families of the bee and making a considerable profit. We produced more than a ton of honey in 2012, and this year the honey we’ve yielded is one and a half tons. The seminar has proved pretty useful for us for we have gathered practical information. The books published in beekeeping will indisputably be useful in our endeavors. By making an efficient use of the privileges and conveniences being created by our state, we will boost our activities.”

(Source: UzA news agency)


SOCIETY

CHAIRMAN OF UZBEKTURIZM AND FRENCH AMBASSADOR DISCUSSED COOPERATION IN TOURISM

On November 13, 2013 the Chairman of UzbekTurizm met the Ambassador of France, Jacques-Henry Heuls.

The Chairman began the conversation with warm greeting words on the appointment of Jacques-Henry Heuls as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Uzbekistan.

The French side was informed on the rich historical and cultural heritage, the course of reforms and the pace of development of tourism sector of Uzbekistan, the measures taken by the Government to fendamentally improve the infrastructure of the tourism industry, reports the press service of UzbekTurizm.

The Ambassador was also informed on government programs for the development of tourism, especially in Khorezm, Tashkent, Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions.

The Uzbek side stressed the importance of cooperation between the countries in tourism sector and joint projects on training and retraining, the interest in attracting French investments in construction of small hotels, recreation centers and restaurants on main tourist routes, as well as, technical assistance of the Government of France for the development of active tourism.

For his part, the Ambassador noted that the development of tourism is an important dimension in France’s international relations and underlined great potential for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan. According to the Ambassador, the parties have the opportunity to develop all types of tourism and, as he said, tourism is both an economic and a cultural dimension of development of bilateral relations.

During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of training, technical assistance, and foreign investment in the tourism sector of Uzbekistan. The French side expressed interest in this area of cooperation.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


UZBEKISTAN AND UK WILL EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION

November 15 to 22, Tashkent will host a series of events aimed at strengthening the partnership between Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom in the field of education.

The purpose of the event is to discuss the outcome of joint projects, exchange experience of education reforming and internationalization and development of skills that meet modern requirements.

According to organizers - the staff of the British Council and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan - this week, about 10 events are scheduled which will be attended by employees of the Center of secondary special education, the British Embassy in Uzbekistan, rectors and vice-rectors of universities of Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom, leading experts of Uzbek and European universities, Delegation of the Tempus program, the European Education Foundation and others.

- British Council in Uzbekistan has always sought to work in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education and the Ministry of National Education of Uzbekistan, and these two events are no exception - they cover educational issues and provide an excellent opportunity to exchange experience and knowledge” - said the director of the British Council in Tashkent, Steve McNulty.

One of the key events will be the International round table on “Continuous quality assurance in higher education", which will be held on November 18 at the International Business Center. The meeting is expected to discuss and share experience on the development of quality education in higher education institutions, to define the main areas for quality improvement of higher education and its internationalization.

On the next day, an international conference on "Entrepreneurship, training and employment" will be held. The conference will discuss initiatives to promote entrepreneurship by improving the system of vocational education. At the end of the conference an action plan will be elaborated for integrated development of education and entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan.

Also, education week will also feature the opening of Centers for Quality Assurance in 5 universities of Uzbekistan, a conference of Tempus project and British Council on "New horizons for the development of quality culture" in Bukhara State University, lectures by leading British experts at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, and the Academy of State Building under the President of Uzbekistan. It should also be noted that it is planned to finalize the national contest "The best innovative idea" among students of professional colleges of Uzbekistan, the winner of which will receive a scholarship for his own project.

The Uzbek-British education cooperation began 17 years ago with signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between two countries and opening in Tashkent in 1997 of British Council, whose projects aim to support national reforms in education, and to create opportunities for professional development and improvement of English language skills.

(Source: Uzreport.com)