THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
Address: Av. Franklin Roosevelt, 99, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
NEWS OF UZBEKISTAN
November 22, 2013
At the invitation of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov is expected in our country on November 25-26 on an official visit.
The current state and prospects of Uzbek-Turkmen relations along with key regional and international issues are to be discussed during meetings and talks at the highest level.
The visit is anticipated to produce a joint declaration of the heads of state and a range of documents aimed at furthering the bilateral cooperation across diverse areas.
(Source: UzA National News Agency)
On November 21, 2013 in London, the Uzbek delegation headed by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, William Jefferson Hague, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.
During the talks the state and prospects of Uzbek-British relations in political, trade, economic, military-technical, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres were discussed.
It was noted that regular fruitful contacts at different levels show mutual desire to extend relations and to establish long-term constructive relationship based on mutual interests.
The Ministers exchanged views on international issues, particularly on Afghanistan and the Central Asian region as a whole.
The meeting also discussed the practical aspects of extending cooperation between educational and cultural institutions of two countries.
William J. Hague was presented the official invitation to visit Uzbekistan, which was gratefully accepted.
Participants of the 6th session of the Asian solar energy forum “Trends and Prospects of Solar Energy Technologies” traveled to Samarkand region on November 21 and took part in the presentation of the project of solar photoelectric station there.
Wide-scale and steadfast efforts have been underway in Uzbekistan to further the introduction and promotion of alternative sources of energy. An important significance in these endeavors has been played by the Decree of President Islam Karimov “On Measures to Boost Alternative Sources of Energy” signed 1 March 2013 that defines tasks in furthering the development of scientific potential in the sphere of alternative power industry, in training relevant qualified specialists, perfecting the legislation, stimulating the manufacturers and consumers of alternative sources of energy, providing them with tax and customs privileges, elaborating a bill on the alternative sources of energy. In particular, the Decree approves the realization of project in the construction of a solar photoelectric station in Samarkand region.
The construction of a solar photoelectric station with a capacity of 100 megawatt has come to be one of the mutually advantageous schemes spearheaded between Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank. Currently, the feasibility study of the station is carried out by the Uztyazhneftegazkhimproekt Institute of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the order of the Uzbekenergo state stock company. The project implementation is to be funded by a soft loan from the Asian Development Bank and the means of the Reconstruction and Development Fund of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
With the purpose of building a solar photoelectric station, a land of 400 hectares has been allocated in Samarkand region. The participants of the current forum took part in the presentation of the project and familiarized with the mockup model of the station.
“Uzbekistan has been making remarkable accomplishments in the development of alternative energy,” Paul Hattle, official of the Asian Development Bank, suggests. “It is noteworthy that these efforts are very important for the sustainable development of the country. In particular, the support for private entrepreneurs who introduce cutting-edge technologies in alternative energy deserves comprehensive study. We have taken part in the presentation of the project of construction of a solar photoelectric station in Samarkand region. The creation of such a facility with a capacity of 100 megawatt will become another wonderful achievement made by Uzbekistan in the promotion of solar power industry.”
The construction of a solar photoelectric station in Samarkand province is to provide the region with more than 150 billion kilowatt hours of electric power a year. Thus, 40 million cubic meters of natural gas will be saved every year, while the annual emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will diminish by more than 200 thousand tons. The solar photoelectric station will provide 50 people with job.
“Our institute deals with issues in sustainable development in rural areas and closely cooperates with a number of relevant scientific research institutions and higher education institutions in Uzbekistan,” says the representative of Brandenburg Institute (Federal Republic of Germany) Klose Edgar. “Notably, together with our Uzbek colleagues we work out new technologies in the area of renewable sources of energy. Our interaction pursues the goal of developing new technologies in the sphere of solar power industry with an eye to their further spread to other countries. It is worth noting that it is helped by the immense attention paid in your country to the promotion of this sphere, a bright manifestation of which is the project of the construction of a solar photoelectric station in Samarkand region.”
The participants of the international conference went on Samarkand sightseeing, including the Registan Square and the maddrassahs located in it: the Mirzo Ulughbek, Tillakori and Sherdor, as well as the Afrosiyob Museum and the Ulughbek Observatory. The guests were introduced to the enormous creative works undertaken in the city during independence years.
“The visit to Samarkand has left an unforgettable impression on me,” shares Michael Kua Chen-Guang (Singapore), chief executive officer of the International Association of Methanol Producers. “Uzbekistan has from time immemorial been considered one of the most critical centers of science and culture in the world. Reviewing the Ulughbek Observatory, admiring the magnificent beauty of the Registan Square and the amazing architecture of the maddrassahs, I came to be convinced that the centuries-old scientific and cultural traditions of the Uzbek people facilitate the huge potential in the development of science in the present and future.”
The forum participants were particularly attracted to the facilities of
modern housing construction erected in the Pulatdarkhon
mahalla of Akdarya district.
“I am fascinated by these modern houses in the countryside,” Cheng Li, PhD student of Cambridge University, shares his impressions. “Many countries across the world have but endured the migration of youth from the country to urban areas. President Islam Karimov’s thoroughly thought-out program of modern housing construction will undoubtedly motivate young people to live and work in native villages, for the latter are not inferior to towns in anything.”
(Source: UzA National News Agency)
On November 15, 2013 the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed a decree "On the Program for construction of individual housing on model projects in rural areas in 2014".
The document was adopted in order to drive economic transformation and accelerate rural development, improve the architectural and planning appearance of rural communities, the quality of life of rural populations through expansion of rural housing construction on modern house designs.
According to the Decree, in 2014, 11 thousand houses on modern designs under "turn–key” terms will be built in rural areas of Uzbekistan.
The construction will be financed through the loan of Asian Development Bank in the amount of $100 million of the second tranche of the $500 million multitranche financing facility of the Housing for Integrated Rural Development Program.
Qishloq Qurilish Bank, the National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ipoteka Bank will open credit lines in national currency for a period of 15 years, including 5-year privileged period, at an interest rate of 3 percent per annum.
Apart from that, the necessary investments for the construction of internal and access roads are provided by the Republican Road Fund under the Ministry of Finances of Uzbekistan.
In rural areas, it is also scheduled to build social and market infrastructure facilities, transport communications and external engineering networks.
By the Decree, UzPromMashimpeks is exempt till January 1, 2015 from customs duties (except customs fees) for imported roofing sheets, as well as value-added tax on imported lumber, splint-slab plates for their sale to the engineering company Qishloq Qurilish Invest.
Subcontractors are also exempt from the single tax payment till January 1, 2015 in the amount of work performed by them under contracts with contractors that have concluded agreements with the engineering company Qishloq Qurilish Invest in the context of the construction of modern houses in rural areas.
During this period, enterprises manufacturing building materials as specified in the Decree are exempt from all taxes, mandatory contributions to state funds (except for the single social tax) and the Fund for the reconstruction, refurbishment and equipping of educational and medical institutions.
Uzbekenergo state joint stock company is planning to launch production of LED lamps at Angren special industrial zone in December 2013.
The press service of the company said that the joint venture was registered to implement the project “Creation of joint venture on production of LED lamps at Angren special industrial zone”. The venture will produce its first products in December 2013.
The project is implemented with participation of South Korea’s EG Lightings Co. Ltd. The Uzbek-South Korean joint venture EGL-NUR was created.
EGL-NUR has been founded by South Korea’s EG Lightings Co. Ltd and Uzbekistan’s Novo-Angren thermal power station. Share of the Korean side in the venture is 51% and the Uzbek side – 49%.
The project cost is US$1 million. EG Lightings Co. Ltd will invest US$510,000 to the project and Novo-Angren thermal power station – US$490,000.
In the first stage, the joint venture will organize assembly of LED lamps from spare parts, imported from South Korea. The enterprise, in the first stage, will produce LED street lamps. The capacity of the venture is 2,000 units ofstreet lamps a month.
In the second stage, the enterprise is planning to localize production. The company reached agreement with local companies on supply of components for localization of goods.
In the future, the joint venture will launch production of new goods in cooperation with Uzkimyosanoat state joint stock company, Uzavtosanoat joint stock company and Uzeltekhsanoat Association.
In particular, the enterprise will start production of LED lights for automobiles, houses and offices, advertisement, etc.
Angren special industrial zone was created on 13 April 2012 in line with the presidential decree in Tashkent region. The zone will function for 30 years.
During operation of the special industrial zone, special tax regime and customs preferences will be applied in its territory. Administrative council of SIZ Angren will provide status of participant of the special industrial zone.
The 3rd National Exhibition “The Press of Uzbekistan” has opened at the Uzexpocenter exhibition complex. It is organized by the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information in partnership with a number of organizations and bodies.
At the opening ceremony of the exposition, Chairman of the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan Sh.Ghulomov, Chairman of the Oliy Majlis Senate Committee for Science, Education, Culture and Sports M.Khujamberdiev, Director General of the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information O.Yunusov and others noted that a tremendous significance is attached during independence years under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the development of mass media as well as publishing and printing industry.
The challenges outlined in the Concept for Intensification of Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the Country pushed forward by the head of our state have served as a starting point in the qualitatively new phase of reforming the information sphere and securing the freedom of speech and information. The organizational and normative measures directed at the intensification of liberalization in the information area and ensuring the freedom of speech open up extensive opportunities for a dynamic advancement of mass media.
Owing to the constant attention being paid by our state to this sphere, the mass media have been playing an important role in securing the openness of steadfast reforms being undertaken, in providing for the freedom of speech and pluralism of views. The regular participation of Uzbekistan’s media organizations in major international forums being held in our country and abroad is suggestive of a well-deserved place earned by them in the global information space.
As a result of the extensive support being provided by the state, the number of mass media in our country reaches 1,377 as of 1 November 2013.
President Islam Karimov’s Resolution “On the Provision of Additional Tax Privileges and Preferences for the Further Development of Mass Media” signed 30 December 2011 has served as an important factor in the creation of necessary conditions for the establishment of activities of print and electronic media outlets, publishers, printing enterprises and organizations for the spread of press in accordance with modern requirements and ensuring in this process an independence of mass media. This resolution serves as a guide for action in the promotion of information sphere, in the elevation of the role of mass media in the establishment of public control over the activities of government and management bodies.
“The immense attention being paid by the President of our country to the development of printing industry has found its bright manifestation also in the activities of our team,” says the first deputy director of the Publishing and printing Creative House “Uzbekiston” Muhammadjon Zaitoev. “In accordance with the relevant resolution adopted by the President Islam Karimov on December 30, 2011, additional conveniences and privileges have been created also for our enterprise. This facilitates the launch of new production capacities, the technical and technological modernization of the sector, and in the end the increase in the quality and expansion of a range of print products as well as decrease in their cost price.”
In the 3rd National Exhibition “The Press of Uzbekistan”, print periodicals, electronic mass media, and publishers are taking part with their specialized stands and colorful produce that reflects their activities. As part of the national exposition, the publishers envision presentations of books in more than two hundred titles, meetings with writers and poets and participants of the exhibition.
In excess of sixty local companies are taking part in this three-day long exposition, so are those from more than ten countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, China, Japan, Germany and Russia. One of them is the Heidelberg from Germany that specializes in the production of printing presses. The company has been effectively cooperating for the last fifteen years with publishers and printing houses of our country.
“This exhibition is instrumental in the demonstration of the tremendous potential, available capacities, and new prospects of Uzbekistan on the publishing sphere, in the familiarization with the latest innovations in the sector,” Josef Moser, head of the regional office of the company Heidelberg, shares with us. “The creation of additional economic privileges for publishing enterprises and the measures for the construction of new centers of enlightenment facilitate the realization of such gracious goals in Uzbekistan as the furthering the development of education sphere and the formation of youth as highly educated and intellectually advanced individuals.”
As part of the 3rd National Exhibition “The Press of Uzbekistan”, the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information in cooperation with the Writers Union, the Academy of Sciences and a range of other organizations is set to hold an academic and practical seminar entitled “The Role of Books in the Spiritual and Enlightenment Development of the Society” under the motto “Attention to Literature Means Attention to Spirituality and the Future”.
During this occasion, awaiting announcement also are the outcomes of the 5th national review contest “The Book of the Year”. Local publishing enterprises are to take part in it with their books in five dimensions. Winners of the competition are to be awarded by the organizers at the end of the 3rd National Exhibition “The Press of Uzbekistan”.
(Source: UzA National News Agency)