DAILY NEWS HERALD
On February 6, a meeting devoted to the analysis of effectiveness of the ongoing work on development of pharmaceutical industry and defining urgent tasks for the future was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures for cardinal improvement of the pharmaceutical industry management system” of November 7, 2017, the Agency for Development of Pharmaceutical Industry has been established under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Systemic activity that is being carried out in the sphere is giving its results. In 2017, 1,6 billion conditional packages of medicines and medical products were produced, which is 34 percent more than in 2016.
Last year, 71 investment projects were launched in the industry, 33 facilities worth $148 million were put into operation, 76 new products were produced.
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Activity that is being carried out in the industry was critically analyzed and unsatisfactory level of implementation of tasks was noted at the meeting devoted to the analysis of effectiveness of the ongoing work on development of pharmaceutical industry.
Most pharmaceutical companies do not use modern technologies, no attention is paid to production of medicinal substances, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Instead of switching to a full production cycle, enterprises are still engaged in importation from abroad and packaging of finished products.
At the meeting it was noted that only 12 out of 94 enterprises have an international GMP certificate (Good Manufacturing Practice), which ensures recognition of products in other countries. The leadership of the industry lacks initiative for expanding this practice. So, deep processing of licorice root remained without due attention for many years. Association of organizations on production and processing of licorice was established only after the instruction of the Head of the state during the trip to Karakalpakstan at the end of the last year.
The need was noted for special control over this issue, importance of transition from simple collection of wild licorice root to plantation organization and deep processing of this raw material with production of medicinal substances and products from it.
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The fact that most of the industry’s enterprises are limited to production of medicines of a simple formula was criticized at the meeting devoted to the analysis of effectiveness of the ongoing work on development of pharmaceutical industry. The physical volume of production in the industry increased by 34 percent in 2017, while the growth in value terms was only 16 percent.
Currently 74% of domestic demand is covered at the expense of imports despite the fact that domestic enterprises have been granted various privileges for production of import-substituting products for several years.
More than half of the 6824 types of imported medicines can be produced in Uzbekistan, but this figure currently stands at only 27 percent. Medicines used in oncology, gynecology and dentistry are completely imported from abroad.
The state of affairs in supplying state medical institutions with medicines and medical products remains unsatisfactory. The population of the country does not feel the results of reforms implemented in the sphere at all. This is evidenced by negative reviews in the mass media, emphasized President of Uzbekistan.
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Situation in which activity is progressing slowly, despite opportunities created by the state, and some problems that remain unresolved in the industry were criticized at the meeting held on February 6 under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In particular, there are no systems for identifying needs in medicines and a database containing specific data on this. Nothing concrete has been implemented on organizing thousands of social pharmacies this year.
9 months have passed since the adoption of the decree on creation of 7 free economic zones, but the corresponding activity has not started in any zone. Their master plans have not been approved, engineering and communication networks have not been built.
The role of scientific research institutes is not felt in the pharmaceutical industry. At present time, on the basis of their development only 1,6 tons of medicinal substances of 16 names are produced using herbal raw materials. In addition, there are not enough personnel in the industry who could effectively work with modern technologies.
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The President of Uzbekistan, having thoroughly analyzed problems in the pharmaceutical industry, identified important directions on their elimination.
The need was noted for developing a set of additional measures on significantly increasing production of medicinal substances, expanding production with a full cycle, introduction of international standards and new innovative technologies into the sphere.
The task was set on taking additional measures for ensuring stability and preventing artificial increase in prices of medicines in the domestic market.
Responsible persons were given specific instructions on development and approval of master plans of free economic zones, specializing in pharmaceuticals, providing them with all necessary communications.
The need for creating an educational scientific laboratory and an experimental production complex at Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute in order to accelerate the introduction of new developments into practice was noted.
At the meeting, issues of training personnel in narrow specialties of pharmaceuticals, organizing internships for industry workers at foreign pharmaceutical enterprises were also discussed.
Uzbekistan’s President “defies all forecasts”
One of the leading think tanks in Spain – the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) – has compiled a list of outstanding people and events with an impact on international developments in 2017.
The rating has incorporated 40 persons and events. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has for the second time been included in the catalogue.
According to the drafters, the Uzbek leader was distinguished by the fact that with the election to the post of the President of the nation he generated a qualitatively new atmosphere and optimism, expected by the few.
Today, the Spanish analysts argue, Uzbekistan is experiencing a ‘special spring’ under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who during the first year of his activity, defying all forecasts, initiated a process of opening up the country that the locals have met with approval. Dozens of political prisoners have been released, about three thousand people have been pardoned, thousands have been lifted from the so-called ‘black list’ of the special services, and the press began raising previously forbidden topics, the report asserts.
All these strides, coupled with diplomatic initiatives to improve relations with neighboring nations, delivered a new atmosphere in Uzbekistan, awakening optimism, the experts point out, both inside and outside the country, which many had not even anticipated.
Worth reminding that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was included in the CIDOB ranking following the outcomes of the year 2016. Even then it was noted that with him one can expect new trends in Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.
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From 1 May 2018, Uzbekistan will introduce short-term entry visas upon arrival to foreign transit passengers for a period of 72 hours.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures for development of inbound tourism”.
The resolution is aimed at increasing the tourist flow to Uzbekistan and transformation of inbound tourism into one of important branches of the national economy.
The document said that transit passengers must have an air ticket and (if necessary) a visa to a third country. In addition, they must pay consular fees.
The resolution stated that Uzbekistan will approve the order of organization of short-term control trip of foreign transit passengers to tourist objects in line with the approved tourist programs. The tours will be organized from 8:00 to 21:00.
The President instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to adopt a government decision on implementation of this decision within two months. In particular, the Government will approve the list of countries whose citizens will be issued entry short-term visas upon arrival.
It should be recalled that from 10 February 2018, Uzbekistan introduces a visa-free regime for a period of 30 days for citizens of seven countries. Also from 1 February, Uzbekistan introduced a simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for citizens of 39 countries.
In 2018, about 23 thousand projects are expected to be executed in more than 21.6 thousand farms across Uzbekistan.
As reported in the Council of Farmers, Dehkan Farms and Owners of Homestead Land in Uzbekistan, intensive gardens will appear on 7.4 thousand hectares, vineyards to be created on 4.3 thousand hectares, and greenhouses will be organized on 844 hectares.
It is intended to realize 520 projects in the field of fruit and vegetable processing, meat and dairy products, 785 schemes for grain processing, bread production, 3,900 livestock and poultry projects, 2,3 thousand ventures for fish farming and beekeeping, 2,100 projects in sheep breeding, goat breeding, rabbit breeding, 170 schemes for breeding horses and turkeys, 8,000 service projects.
In 2017, production of finished products was introduced in more than 75,000 farms across the nation on the basis of modern technologies. In Samarkand, Andijan, Ferghana, Tashkent and Namangan regions, 45% -50% of existing farms have been converted into multi-sector farms.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
In the Pap district of the Namangan region, a ceremony of laying the foundation of the Uzbek-Chinese-Arab joint venture, Popcement, has been held
The event noted that during the visit to Namangan region on July 7-8, 2017, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev identified important tasks to effectively use the available opportunities for increasing the region’s economic potential, in accordance with which a number of promising projects for the technical and technological re-equipment of industrial enterprises , the use of new production capacity.
An enterprise for the production of cement is being built on the basis of the former limited liability company Uzruberoid of the Pap district, which has become one of the important steps towards the development of the construction industry not only of the region, but of the whole country.
“Completion of construction and installation works at the enterprise is planned in September this year,” says the engineer-technologist Yo Shin Wang (China). “We are glad that we are participating in the implementation of such a large project in Uzbekistan. We believe that our cooperation will continue to develop.”
At a modern enterprise with a project cost of $ 50 million, production from local raw materials is estimated at 500,000 tons of cement per year. After the project is implemented, about 700 jobs will be created.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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