November 21, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
Islam Karimov Received ADB President
MPs approve state budget of Uzbekistan for 2014
The French Ambassador met the Legislative Chamber Committee Chairman
Economics:
A New International Exposition
Within the State program "Year of the well-being and prosperity" small businesses and entrepreneurs were granted loans worth 6.2 trillion soums
Registration of business can be registered via Internet
SCO transport ministers gather in Tashkent
In 9 months of 2013, trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Poland amounted to $127.6 million
Society:
Wide ranging projects on promotion of health in progress in Uzbekistan
A Festival of Arts and Friendship
November 18 - Day of the National Flag of the Republic of Uzbekistan

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

ISLAM KARIMOV RECEIVED ADB PRESIDENT

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with President of the Asian Development Bank Takehiko Nakao at the Oqsaroy on November 21.

Greeting the guest, the head of our state underscored the robust and reliable foundation of cooperation garnered with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that has been providing a considerable support for the economic reforms and structural transformation in Uzbekistan.

The Uzbekistan-ADB cooperation portfolio currently includes 40 projects worth 14.5 billion US dollars, as part of which the resources drawn from the ADB have exceeded 4.9 billion dollars. Among the strategically important investment projects being spearheaded successfully are the construction of two combined-cycle plants with a total capacity of 900 megawatt at the Talimarjan Thermal Power Station, a wide-ranging program of building and reconstruction of motor roads, construction of Ustyurt Gas-Chemical Complex at the Surgil deposit, a program of housing construction in rural areas.

During the talks, the two sides noted with satisfaction that the cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank – a leading international financial institution who partners with our country – has been strategic and enduring.

The implementation of an ADB initiative designed to promote solar energy in Asia, a proposal outlined during the May 2010 Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Directors held in Tashkent, is currently becoming one of the promising aspects in the bilateral interaction. The scheme envisages in particular the construction of solar power plants with a capacity of three thousand megawatt across the continent in the coming years.

As part of this initiative, Uzbekistan and the Bank started to execute a project of building a solar photoelectric station with a capacity of 100 megawatt in Samarkand region to be the first station in its kind in the region. The International Institute of Solar Energy has been established in Tashkent jointly with the ADB. The institution is expected to become a generator of new joint projects directed at enhancing the use of renewable energy sources not only in Uzbekistan, but also in other countries of the Asian continent.

A logical extension of the expanding partnership between Uzbekistan and the ADB in this sphere has become the holding of the 6th session of the Asian Forum for Solar Energy in the city of Tashkent. The meeting is attended by some 300 representatives of governments, international financial institutions, manufacturers of equipment, academic and research centers, along with specialists and experts in solar energy from the nations of Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Within the current visit of the ADB President to Uzbekistan, loan agreements have been inked for sum total of 380 million US dollars for projects in the construction of a solar photoelectric station with a capacity of 100 megawatt in Samarkand region, the rehabilitation of Amu-Bukhara irrigation system, and the promotion of small and microfinance.

During the meeting at the Oqsaroy, the ADB President expressed gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support for the Bank-backed schemes in multilateral cooperation, crucial for the entire region.

The two sides exchanged views in detail on the prospects of enhancement and expansion of bilateral mutually advantageous interaction for a long-term period, as well as the joint endeavors in the realization of region-wide projects.

Currently, Uzbekistan and the Bank discuss the program of bilateral cooperation for 2014-2016 that envisions the materialization of priority projects and programs in such areas as the oil and gas sector, electric power industry, transport infrastructure, water supply, housing construction, small business, healthcare, education and public utilities.

The two sides expressed conviction in that this program will fill the partnership relations with qualitative substance and shape a background for the extension and enrichment of bilateral mutually beneficial interaction.

Takehiko Nakao expressed sincere gratefulness to the head of our state for a warm reception and the appreciation of the Bank’s activity in Uzbekistan. The ADB leader also thanked President Islam Karimov for the support and the high level of preparations for the 6th Asian Forum of Solar Energy in Tashkent.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

MPS APPROVE STATE BUDGET OF UZBEKISTAN FOR 2014

A session of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan was held in Tashkent on 14 November 2013.

MPs considered a draft state budget of Uzbekistan for 2014. First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Rustam Azimov and deputy chairperson of the Committee on budget and economic reforms of the Legislative Chamber Sarvar Otamuratov delivered reports on the draft state budget.

It was said that the draft state budget for 2014 was developed based on programme of social-economic development of Uzbekistan, determined by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the session of the Government in January 2013, and forecast assessment in the result of social-economic development in 2013.

The draft state budget envisages sustainable high growth of economy, macroeconomic stability, balanced growth of exports, foreign trade and payment surplus, raising efficiency of competitiveness of economy. It is also planned to continue implementation of programme on modernization and update of production capacities, development of road-transport and engineer-communication infrastructure.

It is expected that Uzbekistan’s GDP will grow by 8.1%, industrial output – 8.3%, production of agriculture products – 6% and capital investments – 9.5%. The draft state budget envisages to cut basic income tax rate for legal entities from 9% to 8%, which will help businesses to save up to 132 billion soums. It is also planned to decrease minimal rate of income tax for individuals from 8% to 7.5%.

The document has firm social direction. It is planned to pay attention to development of social sphere, healthcare, education, culture, etc. In 2014, it is planned to direct 7.5% of GDP to education and 3.1% - to healthcare, which will help to develop these directions. The expenses of social sphere and social support of population will increase from 59.3% in 2013 to 59.6% in 2014.

It is envisaged that the expenses to payment of social allowances, financial support of low-income families and compensation payments will make up 1.4% to GDP in 2014.

The draft state budget of Uzbekistan for 2014 envisages state support to farmers, who engaged in cotton production at low-yielding fields, improving land-reclamation, development of social infrastructure, etc.

The volume of centralized investments, financed due to the State budget, will make up 1.5 trillion soums or 1% to GDP, which will be directed to providing water to rural areas, constriction of social infrastructure and roads at newly created housing blocks.

It was said that the programme for construction of individual houses envisages construction of 11,000 individual houses in rural areas. The state budget will allocate financial resources for 0.5% to GDP, while the Asian Development Bank will issue loan.

The programme of creation of jobs and population employment envisages to create 983,000 new jobs in 2014. From 1 January 2014, it is planned to introduce the Budget Code as an experiment for 2014-2015 and if necessary it is planned to introduce changes and amendments. The Budget Code will systematize budget process to single legislative document.

The Movement of entrepreneurs and business people – Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP) said that it is important to support small and private businesses. In 2014, it is planned to cut tax burden by 0.5 percentage point, the party said.

UzLiDeP said that the state budget will allocate 26 billion soums to support farmers, who are producing cotton at low-yield fields. The expenses for maintenance of water objects will make up 1.1% to GDP, which will grow by 16.2% compared to 2013.

People’s Democratic Party said that the decrease of income tax for individuals by 0.5 percentage point will help to support social vulnerable layers of population.

Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan Adolat noted that 0.1% of GDP will be directed to support science, which will grow 1.2 times compared to 2013.

MPs approved the State Budget of Uzbekistan for 2014 and adopted a corresponding resolution.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR MET THE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

On November 15, 2013, the Ambassador of France to Uzbekistan, Jacques-Henry HEULS met the Chairman of the Legislative Chamber Committee for Foreign Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations, Chairman of the friendship group "Uzbekistan - France", Latif Gulyamov.

During the meeting, Mr. Gulyamov presented the activities of the Legislative Chamber, as well as stressed the intent of Uzbekistan to the development of democratic institutions, and integration into the world community. The Ambassador asked about the interaction between the legislative and executive branches, as well as between the Parliament and the public.

The sides noted the high level of bilateral political relations and the dynamic development of inter-parliamentary relations between France and Uzbekistan.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


ECONOMY

A NEW INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION

“Agro Food-2013”, an international exhibition of horticulture, melons cultivation, apiculture and floriculture, has opened at the metropolitan Uzkurgazmasavdo center.

The event is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Farmers Council of Uzbekistan, the companies Uzvinosanoat and Uzkimyosanoat, the Association of Chefs, the Association of Food Industry Enterprises of Uzbekistan and the World Center of Melons Cultivation.

The wide-scale reforms marshaled under the leadership of President Islam Karimov across all areas have been yielding their considerable effects also in the agricultural sphere. This has been allowing farmers to make their own well-merited input into uplifting the economic potential of our country.

With the participation of advanced farmers, bee keepers, florists, heads of agricultural firms from Karakalpakstan and regions, entrepreneurs from China, Israel and Kazakhstan, the exhibition is aimed at the extensive spread and introduction of innovation technologies in agriculture, of academic developments in gardening, melons cultivation, apiculture and floriculture.

The exposition offers technologies of landscape design, modern greenhouses, devices for drying with the help of solar energy, organic and mineral fertilizers, and viticulture and apiculture products. One can familiarize here also with the best sorts of fruits and vegetables, types of citreous and decorative trees.

As part of the exhibition, local and international organizations are to present a range of projects across a variety of directions, including in the production, reprocessing and exports of produce.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

WITHIN THE STATE PROGRAM "YEAR OF THE WELL-BEING AND PROSPERITY" SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS WERE GRANTED LOANS WORTH 6.2 TRILLION SOUMS

Tashkent hosted a press conference: "On allocation of mortgage, consumer, education loans and supporting young entrepreneurs", which was attended by representatives of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan and commercial banks.

- “Commercial banks in our country strive to support young people, to provide practical assistance and create necessary conditions for their involvement in entrepreneurship. The purpose of today's press conference is to highlight the activities of commercial banks in 10 months, particularly, on the implementation of tasks entrusted to the banking system in the framework of the Program of measures within the national youth policy”, - said in his opening speech, the Director of the Department for monitoring of the investment portfolio of commercial banks of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan, Azamat Kasimov.

To date, Uzbekistan has adopted over 15 legal documents to regulate the allocation of mortgage, consumer and student loans to young people and young families, financial assistance to farmers and craftsmen.

Mortgage loans to young families are provided at an interest rate not exceeding the refinancing rate of the Central Bank for a term of 15 years with a 3-year privileged period. Interest rate for mortgage loans for the purchase of modern rural houses is set at 7%. In addition, young families are granted with consumer loans at an interest rate that does not exceed the Central Bank refinancing rate for 3 years, up to 200 times the minimum wage for the purchase of locally manufactured household goods, including furniture and appliances. A system of consumer loans has been established at an interest rate not exceeding the Central Bank refinancing rate for 3 years, up to 50 times the minimum wage, for which only copy of passport and earnings statement from the employer are required.

- Under current legislation, commercial banks provide educational loans to students at undergraduate level for up to 10 years, as well as, those at Master’s studies for a term of 5 years, including the period of studies, - told us the chief economist of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Otabek Tadjidinov.

To support young people from orphanages and children’s homes "Mehribonlik" and the disabled since childhood, banks provide interest-free student loans and to other categories of students - a variable interest rate that does not exceed the Central Bank refinancing rate.

Financing the projects of young entrepreneurs, craftsmen and farmers is carried out in accordance with "Procedures of lending to farms and small businesses in the national currency" and the Regulation "On procedure of lending to young families on preferential terms" and other acts.

The participants noted that funds of the Special Fund for concessional lending of commercial banks are mainly allocated for financing high-tech and innovative projects of small businesses and entrepreneurs, micro manufacturing companies, small enterprises, and farms that are located in remote and inaccessible areas, and in areas and cities with surplus manpower. And, their interest rate does not exceed 50% of the Central Bank refinancing rate.

In 2008-2012, to young families were lent mortgage loans worth 643.9 billion soums, consumer loans - 287.7 billion soums, educational loans - 103.0 billion soums, and to young entrepreneurs, craftsmen and farmers - over 1.6 trillion soums.

And in 2012 the volume of allocated mortgage loans increased by 3.1 times compared to 2008, consumer loans - by 2.3 times, education loans - 11.3 times, to young entrepreneurs, craftsmen and farmers - 2.9 times.

Commercial banks within 10 months of the year under the State program "Year of well-being and prosperity", issued loans worth 6.2 trillion soums to support small businesses and private entrepreneurs, of which 286.9 billion soums - business loans, 150.4 billion soums - mortgage loans to young families, 87.8 billion soums - consumer loans and 47.3 billion soums – education loans.

In order to finance business projects of professional colleges’ graduates in 10 months of 2013, banks issued preferential micro loans worth 116.2 billion soums, which is by 2.7 times more than the same period last year.

The activities of banks to support the young people is not merely limited to lending for their business projects, but rather focus generally on their involvement in business activities.

The Central Bank, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the Public Youth Movement "Kamolot" in line with the "Complex of measures to actively engage in business activities the graduates of professional colleges and further expand the scale of financial services to implement their business projects”, in 2012-2013, in the regions are being organized regular seminars, business meetings and round tables with the public, young entrepreneurs and graduates of professional colleges in all regions, especially in remote and labor-surplus areas.

As part of these projects in 10 months of the year, 1215 small businesses were issued by commercial banks loan certificates entitling them for privileged loans. In addition, they have been lent funds worth 92.5 billion soums. As a result business plans of 713 new entrepreneurs were financed with privileged loans worth 10 billion soums, and the business plans of 293 women entrepreneurs - worth 9.7 billion soums.

At the end of the press conference, the participants stressed that active financing of business projects of small businesses and entrepreneurs by commercial banks makes a worthy contribution for the welbeing of every family and the country as a whole.

(Source: Uzreport.uz)

REGISTRATION OF BUSINESS CAN BE REGISTERED VIA INTERNET

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed a resolution on introduction of changes and amendments to the regulation on notification order of the state registration and accounting of the subjects of entrepreneurship on 14 November 2013.

The document said that the registration of the business entities can be carried out personally or via Internet.

The applications, submitted via Internet, should be signed with electronic signature of the applicant, the resolution said.

The document noted that the businesses cannot submit documents via Internet if there is need to submit papers, which cannot be sent in electronic forms. In particular, the business cannot submit documents at reorganization as they should submit original certificate on registrations, stamps of re-organized legal entities.

In case of renaming of the firm, the documents such as original certificate of the state registration and confirmation of reserving new firm name, design of new stamps and others should be submitted personally.

The resolution said that it is possible to submit scanned documents, issued in paper form.

It underlined that codes such as tax payers and others will be issued via websites of the State Tax Committee and the State Committee on Statistics in real time mode.

The registration of the business entities in electronic form will be conducted via personal cabinet of the users at the single portal of interactive state services.

The notification on registration will be sent to personal cabinet of the users at the portal. The resolution said that the e-signature should be included to issued documents on the registration of the enterprises

The businesses can request original documents in paper form, the resolution underlined.

The copy of earlier issued certificates can be also issued in electronic form on request of the businesses.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

SCO TRANSPORT MINISTERS GATHER IN TASHKENT

The sixth meeting of the ministers of transport of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Tashkent on 15 November 2013.

Representatives of transport and communication of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated at the event. Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade of Uzbekistan Elyor Ganiev represented Uzbekistan and he chaired the meeting.

The delegations of the SCO considered opinion on current state and perspectives of developing multilateral cooperation in transport sphere within the SCO.

The sides underlined that priority attention is paid to ensuring practical implementation of agreements in developing transport and regional transport corridors, which were reached at the session of the Council of the heads of the SCO member states on 13 September 2013 and the Council of the heads of the governments of the SCO on 4-5 December 2012, held in Bishkek.

It was noted that the current meeting of the ministers was an important stage of preparation to upcoming session of the Council of the heads of governments of the SCO member states, which will be held in Tashkent on 28-29 November 2013.

The SCO member states noted that key tasks of multilateral cooperation in transport sector is to prepare the agreement among the governments of the SCO member states on creation favourable conditions for international automobile transportation within the SCO, which will help to boost automobile communication in the region, raise transit potential and increase mutual trade and investments.

The sides considered and agreed a draft agreement and adopted decision to sign the document at the session of the Council of the heads of government of the SCO member states on 28-29 November 2013 in Tashkent.

The SCO member states agreed to continue to develop mutual beneficial interaction in transport sphere within the programme of multilateral trade-economic cooperation of the member states of the SCO.

The sides also reached agreement to pay attention to developing transport infrastructure, including through implementation of the projects on construction and launch of railway transport objects.

Transport bodies of the SCO member states will continue work on forming maximal favourable conditions for increasing the volume of transit transportation, and carry out coordinated policy on optimization of tariffs at transportation of cargoes through railway transport and complex rates at processing of cargoes at ports and border crossing points.

The sides agreed to develop cooperation in air transportation, including through interaction in air navigation, exchange of experience on creation and management of international airports, develop new effective air roots among the SCO member states.

The heads of the delegations underlined that it is important to create new and effectively use current international inter-modal logistic centres in the region.

They reached agreement on further developing of cooperation with the SCO observer states and partners of dialogue, attracting their participation in developing multilateral cooperation in transport sphere within the organization.

The sides agreed to set date and venue of next Meeting of the ministers of transport will be agreed through the SCO Secretariat.

After the meeting, the SCO member states signed a protocol of the session.

(Source: Uzdaily.com)

IN 9 MONTHS OF 2013, TRADE TURNOVER BETWEEN UZBEKISTAN AND POLAND AMOUNTED TO $127.6 MILLION

Tashkent hosted the VI session of the Uzbek-Polish Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation. The business delegation of the Republic of Poland was headed by the Deputy Minister of Economy of the country, Andrzej Dycha.

In his opening speech at the event, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Akmal Kamalov emphasized the mutual interest of the two parties in further development of cooperation between two countries and said that the Agreement, which will be achieved within the framework of the Intergovernmental Commission, will lay a solid foundation for expansion of mutually beneficial partnership.

A growing number of Polish firms and companies are showing interest in the market of Uzbekistan. This is reflected in the proportion of bilateral trade. At the end of 2012, bilateral trade grew by 35.9% to $148.3 million, in January-September 2013 the trade turnover amounted to $127.6 million

Polish companies wish to participate in the investment and other projects in the key sectors for Uzbekistan, such as energy and use of renewable sources of energy, exploration and production of minerals, modernization and technical re-equipment of enterprises, agriculture and food production, chemical and light industry and others.

At present, in Uzbekistan operate 19 companies with Polish capital, of which five - with 100% Polish capital, and representatives of four companies of the Republic of Poland are accredited at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan.

According to Andrzej Dycha, construction of economic bridges between two countries is already giving visible positive results. And, Uzbekistan and Poland have large economic opportunities and potential for further development of the partnership.

During the session of the intergovernmental commission , the sides discussed the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, financial, technical and investment area , as well as in agriculture, tourism and other areas.

At the end of the VI session of the Uzbek-Polish Intergovernmental Commission was held the signing of a Final document containing a list of agreements, as well as plan of joint activities to be implemented by both sides until the next meeting, which will take place in Warsaw.

(Source: Uzreport.com)


SOCIETY

WIDE RANGING PROJECTS ON PROMOTION OF HEALTH IN PROGRESS IN UZBEKISTAN

11th of November Uzbekistan has marked the Day of Healthcare Workers for the seventh time. Nowadays, this date is more than just a professional holiday of the representatives of one of numerous professions; it is a proof that improvement of the healthcare system is the priority of social policy.



A PROFESSIONAL HOLIDAY

Over 390,000 citizens of Uzbekistan, of which more than 72,000 are doctors and 310,000 are middle medical staff, devote their professional activity to protecting people’s health. Largely due to their everyday selfless work the quality of medical service is improving across the republic.

Qualified medical aid has become more accessible. The attendance of primary health care facilities has increased almost thrice over the past decade, primarily as a result of the launch of rural health units. National specialized centers increasingly handle the high-tech operations. Most importantly, maternal and infant mortality is falling, life expectancy is growing. Over the past 20 years, the average life expectancy has increased from 67 to 73 years.

Uzbekistan ranks among the few countries where the professional holiday of medical workers is marked on the state level. Under the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan of September 12, 2006, it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of November.

It is symbolic that main celebrations on this occasion are annually held at the Tashkent Institute of Advanced Medical Studies, since practicing of each health worker is interlinked with advancement of his professional skill. This is the approach of the set of measures to comply with the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On intensifying reformation of healthcare system’ and other regulatory and legislative acts in healthcare.



HEALTHY MOTHER IMPLIES A HEALTHY CHILD

From the first steps of independent development Uzbekistan has been assigning a big part to the improvement of system of maternal and child healthcare as a key position in strengthening of the nation’s gene pool and health. Over the last fifteen years all maternity hospitals have been rehabilitated and equipped with modern medical facilities; a network of mother and child screening and perinatal centers was established. This has contributed to a three-fold reduction of maternal and infant mortality, and a 14% reduction in the birth of children with congenital diseases.

Building of preventive healthcare system played a landmark role in shaping the healthy generation. The country has a standard of compulsory medical examination for marriage, there are ongoing programs on prevention of the diseases caused by iodine and iron deficiency, all pregnant women from rural areas are provided with free multivitamin health-improving medicines. The vaccination of children under the National Vaccination Calendar ensures a reliable protection against many infectious diseases. It provides almost a hundred percent coverage.

At the current stage, Uzbekistan stakes on the further development of the system of early detection of congenital and hereditary diseases to prevent the birth of disabled children. There is a related program for 2013-2017. The number of regional screening centers will increase. For ten years, such institutions have been established in almost all regions, except for Tashkent region. It will also have its own center to improve the detection of congenital and hereditary diseases. It is needed in the region. This work will involve rural health units and polyclinics, where pregnant women are under community-based medical supervision. All women at early stages of pregnancy will be examined in regional screening centers by means of modern ultrasound diagnostic equipment.

The Republican Screening Center is introducing a tandem mass spectrometer, the first in the country method of detection of congenital and hereditary diseases by a drop of blood, which allows testing a newborn for 20 diseases that develop on the background of violations of amino acid metabolism. Besides, as part of the program the screening centers will be equipped with biochemical analyzers for confirming diagnostics of a range of hereditary diseases of the neuromuscular system and pathological conditions accompanied by skeletal deformities. In addition, the mother and child screening service is expecting the launch of introduction of molecular genetic technologies. It is worth noting that today the screening centers both identify the diseases and provides a remedial therapy.

Big investments are forwarded to the development of pediatric services. Much is currently being done to ensure their operation at the advanced level. Construction and installation works are underway not only in the regional diversified children’s medical centers, but also in the National Specialized Research Medical Center of Pediatrics and the hospital of the Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute. The upgraded buildings will be supplied with modern high-tech diagnostic and treatment equipment. It is purchased by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the German KfW-Bank.



MEDICAL UPGRADE

Development of primary health care is in the spotlight. 18 new rural health units have been built in the most remote areas of Qashqadaryo and Surkhondaryo regions this year. Ministry of Health carries out a scaled complex of measures to improve the quality of medical services in other institutions of the same kind as well. Reorganization of district polyclinics into family polyclinics continues in the cities. In the course of reformation they will be provided with new medical equipment and shifted to the new system of financing, which will be determined on the basis of sex and age composition of serviced population.

The government budget has allocated a total of 311 billion soums(Currency rates of CB from 19.11.2013 1$=2186.96 soums) this year to enhance the financial and technological capacity of medical institutions, for their building and reconstruction. The list of institutions for overhaul and reconstruction includes mainly the institutions of regional medical associations. Besides, under the Health-3 project, which is implemented jointly by the Ministry of Health and the World Bank, the abovementioned institutions are supplied with new medical equipment.

Development of emergency medicine is an important part of improvement of the healthcare system. This year the ‘emergency aid’ fleet has been replenished with 100 vehicles for line crews and 30 resuscitation ambulances. The Republican Research Center of Emergency Medicine is getting prepared for the installation of a magnetic resonance tomography device. Along with that, in the near future the center, its affiliates and district units will be additionally equipped with other medical devices, including artificial respirators.

Jointly with the Islamic Development Bank the Ministry of Health carries out a large-scale project on equipping the institutions of oncology service with modern high-tech equipment. This year, the National Cancer Research Centre and the regional cancer clinics are getting prepared for the installation of new equipment, the delivery of which is expected for 2014. They will be supplied with new linear accelerators, gamma-therapeutic devices, dosimetry equipment, computer tomography, laparoscopic equipment, PCR analyzers and kits for immunohistochemical and oncology marker examinations.

A scaled optimization of TB facilities and equipping them with modern equipment is underway. To date, the reconstruction of the Republican Specialized Research Medical Center of Tuberculosis and Pulmonology has been completed; housing development is underway on the territory of regional affiliates of the service. This year, doctors have been supplied with new diagnostic devices which in few hours provide not just an accurate diagnosis, but also select the most optimal treatment for the patient.

The activity of two other specialized medical centers is concurrently streamlined as well. National centers of cardiology, surgery, eye microsurgery, urology, treatment and rehabilitation, dermatology and venereology, endocrinology, as well as regional diversified medical centers undergo scaled transformations.



HIGH RATING

Today, everyone is free to choose where and how to get treatment. The domestic medical institutions are increasingly attractive in the service market. For several years the leading specialized centers have been active participants in the Tashkent International Tourism Fair ‘Tourism on the Silk Road’. Some of them provide treatment to citizens of other countries.

The national healthcare system and the work of local doctors are highly appreciated by outstanding foreign experts. As Margaret Chen, Director General of the World Health Organization underlined at the International Symposium ‘National Model of Maternal and Child Health in Uzbekistan ‘Healthy mother implies a healthy child’ in Tashkent: “Uzbekistan can be proud of the fact that the indicators of health of its population do not get worse, but on the contrary, there is an increase in life expectancy even in the conditions of global crises.”

The high expertise of local doctors has been repeatedly spotlighted by foreign experts at international conferences. At international forums they are usually judged by their reports and publications. When the meetings take place on the territory of Uzbekistan, foreign experts estimate our doctors by their practical activities.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)


A FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND FRIENDSHIP

The international contest of akyns “Aytishuv-2013” has taken place at the Istiqlol Palace in Tashkent.

The competition among akyns (Kazakh folk poets and singers) occasioned to the 21stanniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the 15th anniversary of the Treaty on Eternal Friendship between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was organized by the Interethnic Cultural Center of Uzbekistan, the Republican Kazakh Ethnic Cultural Center in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in our country. It was attended by representatives of diverse ethnic groups residing in Uzbekistan, culture and art figures, bakhshi-akyns and representatives of foreign diplomatic corps accredited in this country.

The director of the Republican Interethnic Cultural Center N.Muhammadiev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan B.Zheksembin and others noted that during independence years, the friendly relations between the Uzbek and Kazakh peoples have risen to a qualitatively new level. The agreements reached between the heads of our two states have served as an important factor in the further consolidation of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Along with the political and socio-economic spheres, the interaction between our two nations built on the principles of friendship has been steadily advancing also in the cultural and enlightenment areas. Artists and craftsmen, theater troupes from our country successfully take part in international exhibitions, contests and festivals organized in Kazakhstan. In their turn, culture and art figures from Kazakhstan are constant participants of the Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival held in Samarkand.

Our country houses the representatives of more than 130 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups, and our citizens of Kazakh ethnic origin enjoy all conditions and opportunities for the development of language, culture, traditions and customs.

The Republican Interethnic Cultural Center places a special emphasis on the promotion of language, culture, customs and traditions of all ethnic and sub-ethnic groups residing in our country and on the consolidation of peace and harmony in the society. The festivals of friendship, competitions, academic and enlightenment conferences, art and photo exhibitions entitled “Uzbekistan Is Our Common Home” and “In the United and Cohesive Family” have been critically instrumental in the promotion of history, culture and traditions of representatives of all ethnic and sub-ethnic groups residing in our country and in the further consolidation of mutual respect and harmony in our society.

The holding of the international akyn contest “Aytishuv-2013” on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan is deeply symbolic. After all, Article 4 of our Basic Law stipulates that the Republic of Uzbekistan provides for a respectful attitude to languages, customs and traditions of ethnic and sub-ethnic groups residing on its territory, and a creation of an environment conducive for their development.

“In our native Uzbekistan, as it is the case with representatives of other ethnic and sub-ethnic groups, the citizens of Kazakh ethnic origin are provided with conditions necessary for living a free life, attaining education and profession, boosting one’s health, in a word – for making use of the opportunities offered by the independence,” says the head of the Republican Kazakh Ethnic Cultural Center M.Ukubaev. “One of the brightest practical manifestations of this is the holding of the international contest of akyns “Aytishuv-2013”.”

Along with Uzbekistan-based bakhshi and akyns, the representatives of folklore art from Kazakhstan and China also demonstrated their own mastery at the competition.

The aytishuv is a dynamic and buoyant performance genre. This variety requires not only vocal and musical skills, but also wit and resourcefulness from the performer.

The akyn from Uzbekistan Kulmakhan Duysenov has been awarded the highest prize of the international contest of akyns “Aytishuv-2013” – the Nexia car, while the akyn from Kazakhstan Bekaris Shaybekov has come first in the competition.

(Source: UzA National News Agency)

NOVEMBER 18 - DAY OF THE NATIONAL FLAG OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

The State flag of the Republic of Uzbekistan was approved at the Eighth Extraordinary Session of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on November 18, 1991.

The State flag and its symbols portray the historical links with states which have existed in the past within the borders of modern Uzbekistan and embodies in itself the national and cultural traditions of the republic.

The color blue on the flag is a symbol of the eternal sky and life-giving water, which reflects the essence of life. The color white on the flag, symbolizing holy peace and purity. The color green is a symbol of the renewal of nature. The red stripes are tributaries of the power of life that flows in our bodies.

Young Crescent signify peace and tranquility reigning in the country, and at the same time - a new era, that has begun in the history of Uzbekistan. 12 stars - it is a symbol of pure, clear skies, 12 qualities of wisdom.

The national flag of Uzbekistan waves during official visits of delegations of the Republic of Uzbekistan to foreign states, in front of the embassy of our country abroad and missions in international organizations and at international forums and conferences, sports events.

As noted the President Islam Karimov, each national symbol serves to enhance national pride, and is an important means of education.

(Source: Uzreport.com)