INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 236

special industrial zone Angren

Projects for US$41m to be implemented in SIZ Angren

Administration of the special industrial zone (SIZ) Angren published a list of perspective projects with the cost of about US$41.1 million.

The list includes 11 projects in chemical, food industries, production of construction materials, pharmaceuticals and other spheres.

In particular, it is planned to organize production of medical alcohol for production of pharmaceutical products (the project cost is US$10 million).

The investors are also offered to participate in the project on production of medicaments for treatment of respiratory diseases (the project cost – US$6 million.).

In 2018, Uzkimyosanoat and Poly Technologies Inc will complete construction of tire plant at SIZ Angren. The project cost is US$184 million and the plant will produce 3 million car tires, 200,000 agriculture tires and 100,000 meters of conveyer belt a year.

In alternative energy sector, it is planned to realize projects on production of solar batteries (the project cost – US$0.6 million) and production of solar water heating systems (collectors).

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 main activities of the enterprises operating in the territory of the SIZ “Angren” shall be production of a wide range of high-tech products with high added value that are competitive in both domestic and world markets. This is expected to be achieved through efficient use of production and resource potential of the region comprising the special industrial zone.

Establishment of the SIZ “Angren” is aimed at creating a favorable environment for setting up and developing enterprises in the field of advanced processing of raw mineral resources; production of high-tech products based on local raw materials by establishing strong cooperation ties and developing industrial cooperation between enterprises within the special industrial zone and the republic as a whole.

In accordance with the very concept of the SIZ “Angren” and the priorities chosen, the enterprises of the following industries shall be dislocated in the territory of the SIZ “Angren”:

– electrical engineering,

– mechanical engineering

– chemicals and petrochemicals,

– pharmaceuticals,

– food processing and deep processing of fruits and vegetables,

– production of modern construction materials,

– leatherindustry, etc.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

ENERGETICS

Innovative Energy Generation

Uzbekistan and Japan have been implementing a project on the introduction of efficient up-to-date gas turbines in the Fergana TPS and in the municipal boiler RK-3.

The project has been envisaged by the recently signed Protocol of Intent between the Government of Uzbekistan and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). It is aimed at strengthening cooperation in modernization of thermal power plants and combined heat and power stations.

“Pre-project activities are currently in progress. We have already selected a supplier of the major equipment. The Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries will supply modern and effective gas turbine power plants,” the press service of the Ministry of Economy reported.

The model project is expected to increase the energy efficiency of the Fergana TPS and RK-3 boiler through the introduction of a co-generation gas turbine plant that ensures heat and power generation by modern energy efficient technologies.

NEDO has been supporting the second joint project. For instance, together with Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power, NEDO provided technical assistance in the commissioning of a unique object – a modern gas turbine cogeneration power plant with a capacity of 27 MW at the Tashkent Thermal Power Station.

NEDO invested $38 million of grant funds in its implementation. The commissioning of an additional power generating capacity in the Tashkent TPS has allowed savings of 39.42 million cubic meters of natural gas per year in the power system, as well as reduction of harmful emissions. Annual power generation has exceeded 227.9 million kW/h.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Execution of the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan and budgets of the state trust funds for the 9 months of 2015 was considered

On November 27, a regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held.

It was attended by deputies, heads of relevant ministries and departments, experts, representatives of the mass media.

In accordance with the authority granted by the Constitution of the country to the Legislative Chamber, deputies considered the report of the Cabinet of Ministers on the execution of the State budget and budgets of the state trust funds of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the first 9 months of 2015 in detail.

This report was previously discussed in the committees of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis with participation of representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries and departments, NGOs, experts of the sphere, the mass media. Extensive analytical work was carried out in factions of political parties, which allowed the deputies, in the interests of the electorate and program goals, to develop their principle positions on the progress of the execution of the main financial document of the country.

A report on the execution of the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan and budgets of the state trust funds for 9 months of 2015 at the meeting was made by the Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan M. Mirzaev.

It was noted that implementation of the most important tasks and priorities of economic program for 2015, determined by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the meeting of government on January 16, 2015, as well as continuation of the medium-term programs of development of industries and sectors of the economy ensured the preservation of positive dynamics of the main macroeconomic parameters and establishing a solid basis for further balanced development of the economy.

For the first 9 months of this year, growth in gross domestic product amounted 8,0 percent, the volume of industrial production also rose by 7,3 percent. The inflation rate did not exceed the forecast parameters. At the same time, further strengthening of macroeconomic stability was accompanied by a positive trade balance.

Implementation of well thought-out, balanced monetary and fiscal policy ensured execution of revenues of the State budget with respect to the forecast parameters by 100,2 percent, amounting 22,4 percent of GDP. The State budget expenditures amounted 22,3 percent to GDP, which made it possible to fulfill the State Budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan with a surplus of 0,1 percent to GDP.

58,7 percent of budget expenditure was directed to the development of social sector, indicating the social orientation of fiscal policy.

In the course of a full discussion of the report on the execution of the State budget and budgets of the state trust funds of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the first 9 months of 2015, representatives of factions of political parties and the deputy group of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan in the Legislative Chamber expressed their views on the report.

– Positive structural and qualitative changes, tendencies in the economy achieved during the first 9 months of the current year ensured its sustainable development and allowed to fulfill the State Budget with surplus, – said member of the Committee on Budget and Economic Reforms S.Namozov. – It should be noted that the effectiveness of the reforms in the economy of the country, the growing role of small business and private entrepreneurship ensured sustainable economic growth. In addition, against the background of a significant reduction in the tax burden of a single tax payment receipts from the small and micro enterprises increased by 22,9 percent and by trade and public catering increased by 25,4 percent to the corresponding period of the last year, which indicates the effectiveness of tax privileges and preferences.

It was noted that in conditions of continuing instability in world markets, measures taken on expanding the volume and range of competitive products contributed to the growth of exports of goods and services. As a result of measures on diversification and improving competitiveness of production, stimulating establishment of new capacity for the production of marketable products in foreign markets since the beginning of the year in export activity involved 830 new enterprises.

At the meeting, it was emphasized that in the structure of spending to social sphere, the most part is still accounted for spending on education and healthcare.

– In executing the State budget for 9 months, special attention was paid to the social sphere, – said member of the Committee on Budget and Economic Reforms S.Arzikulov. – This is evidenced by the fact that about 60 percent of the State budget funds were directed to social support and improving welfare of the population.

In the reporting period, issues of further deepening reforms in the education system, improving educational standards and programs aimed at improving the level and quality of the educational process, continuing to strengthen the material-technical base of educational institutions were given a priority attention. At the same time, 56,3 percent of the total social spending is directed to the maintenance and development of educational institutions.

During the first 9 months of this year, activities on further reforming and developing the healthcare system was consistently and purposefully carried out. In the reporting period, 24 percent of the total spending was directed for the development of healthcare and social sphere, which is 17,1 percent more compared to the same period in 2014.

During the meeting, deputies paid special attention to issues of ensuring compliance by business entities of tax legislation at places and the effective use of benefits and preferences, strengthening the revenue part of local budgets based on further improvement of inter-budgetary relations, as well as the effective use of financial capacities of relevant territories.

Deputies made a number of proposals on improving the accountability of the state governing bodies, budgetary organizations in the center and at places for ensuring effective and targeted spending of budget funds, financial discipline and further strengthening of control over the implementation of norms and regulations of the Budget Code.

Taking into account the expressed opinions and proposals during the discussion, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis approved the report on the execution of the State budget and budgets of the state trust funds of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the first 9 months of 2015 and adopted a relevant resolution.

(Source: Information Service of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Society

Discovering New Names

On November 16-22, the Uzbek capital city has brought together talented young people from all over the country. State award winners, young researchers, culture and art proessionals, finalists of various competitions and festivals took part in a grand Youth Week under the slogan ‘The Day of Tomorrow Is Our Goal!’ It is aimed at supporting the intellectual and creative capacity of young people, and cultivation of a feeling of involvement in the ongoing reforms in the younger generation.

The participants of the event, which was organized by the Kamolot Youth Movement, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Academy of Arts, Uzbekkino National Agency, Istedod Foundation of the President of Uzbekistan, have already manifested themselves as talented, motivated and creative children of their country. They have already inscribed their names in the modern history by achievements in various fields.

In seven short days the youth have lived a creative, rich, exciting and bright lifetime. The Week included seven projects, festivals and competitions in the field of cinema, fine arts, performing arts, fashion, design, science, and education. Creation of appropriate conditions for revealing the capacity of young talents, and implementation of their creative and constructive ideas has been a state policy priority. The National Program for Personnel Training has been a guide for achieving these goals, just like the program on additional measures for implementation of the national youth policy in 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan, which has paved the way for a grand, diverse and action-packed Youth Week.

PROlogue: Short Film Festival

Organized for the first time, the film festival sought to pave the way for young professionals to the world of cinema. The authors of the best short film will have a chance to produce the first full-length film at ‘Uzbekfilm’ studio. A hundred professionals, amateurs and students submitted more than 50 films for the competition. The creative team of Uzbekkino National Agency, the organizer of the event, selected 20 movies to present them to the jury and the audience in the main program of the festival.

Young filmmakers met with prominent directors Elkin Tuychiyev, Ayub Shahobiddinov, and operator Rifkat Ibragimov in the Blue Hall of the House of Cinema. The young people had much to learn from the masters of the domestic film industry. A film critic Elmira Hasanova was working with contestants throughout the week. The process of production of short films at the grand master class was accompanied by heated debates and discussions, which generated new ideas. They were successfully implemented.

It was a big challenge for the jury to select a winner. According to its chairman, they even had to rewatch some of the works. The jury selected the top movies in four categories, as well as introduced an additional category of Audience Award.

“This is my first work, and I’m happy to win,” said Doston Hojimatov, the winner in the category ‘Top Film Writer’. “I was working on cinematization of the ‘Yahshilik’ story by Erkin Usmonov for about two months. I hope, I have managed to convey the main idea of his work owing to the good job of the operator, the art director, with the help of mentors. During the past week, I took part in meetings with foreign experts, who had emphasized that we have been assigned with an important mission of sowing goodness in people’s hearts through our movies.”

Open days at the Museum of Motion Picture Arts, and an exhibition of contemporary film industry at the Youth Creativity Palace were held as part of the Festival. The participants got their questions answered during the meetings with foreign experts Sergey Zhdanovich from Belarus and Mirra Gaviyarova from the Czech Republic. They talked about the ways of insuring their scripts, detailed the procedure of signing contracts, noted that the genre of documentary films can be classified as a hobby rather than a business, and much more.

Festival of Student Theater Studios

As part of the festival, future economists, teachers, lawyers, doctors, diplomats, linguists and others fit well into the images that were created by playwrights from different eras and countries. Student theater studios operate under 59 universities across the country. Actors and directors have been honing their speaking skills not by specialty, but to their liking, they learn overcoming the fear of public speaking, get a fresh look at the works of world and national literature, and just spend their free time usefully. Students of six universities surprised the audience and the jury with their talent. Performances in Russian, Uzbek, Karakalpak, and even English languages lasted no longer than 45 minutes, as stipulated by the terms of the competition.

The Youth Week has united not just the youth of the country, but also has provided huge opportunities for creativity. None of the winners of the festival might imagine his performance in front of a large audience of peers and famous theatre figures on one of the oldest stages of the country. ‘Unyielding Hearts’ by the Karakalpak State University was recognized the best performance and was performed on the stage of the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theatre.

The Karakalpak amateur troupe showed a professionally staged show. The lack of scenery strengthened the perception of the eternal topic, which was raised by students. “It’s all about life,” modestly comment the actors. In fact, they raised many issues like maternal love, the origin of life, the consequences of drug addiction, in 45 minutes.

Having accurately conveyed the images, actors touched the strings of people’s souls. They caused tears even in the masters of the theatrical art of the country. Upon the performance, the crowded hall of the theater greeted the young talents with standing ovation.

It took them a month to get prepared for the competition. Scriptwriter and director Ayjiniyaz Ismailov starred himself. He directed festivals and other events in the Karakalpak State University. One can only guess what vivid and memorable events take place at the university.

Executives of the Kamolot Movement have approved their plans to organize tours of winners of the Youth Week across the country in the near future.

Republican Contest ‘Tafakkur Sinovlari’ (Competition of Intellectuals)

Six teams, which demonstrated knowledge of laws, the main points of ongoing transformations in political and economic life, have passed in the finals of traditional competitions, which were held as part of the Youth Week at the Mirzo Ulugbek National University, and told about the conditions provided by their universities.

Under the terms of the contest, a team wins if it scores maximum points in five tasks. Students need to wind up their brain during a quiz. Having watched a social video on achievements of independent Uzbekistan, the participants needed to reflect it in their creative work to demonstrate their attentiveness. The task ‘A Problem and Its Solution’ challenged each participant to show his vision of pressing global issues in simple and clear language in small scenes. By tradition, the students made proposals to the existing laws and draft laws on youth.

“We had much time to get prepared for the competition, so I have learned much about my rights,” says a Samarkand State University student Yulduz Karshiyeva. “The victory is not vital for us. We just want to use the opportunity and come up with our proposals on how to prevent young people from turning to the wrong path from the stage.”

The first prize of the contest was awarded to the Adolat team, the prize-winner in 2013. Second and third prizes were shared by Agroislohotchi and Istiqlol Farzandlari.

Scientific and Practical Conference ‘The 21st Century Is the Age of Intellectual Generation’

Young drives of progress from around the country came together in the Tashkent State Economic University to talk about their latest research. Nearly 1,500 young researchers and students spoke in the regional stages of the conference. All the materials have been collected and published in 14 volumes. The best works were selected for presentation at the national stage. The reports were read in four sections: social and humanitarian, natural, exact, technical sciences.

“The scientific and practical conference has been contributing to the enhancement of intellectual potential of our young people,” says Professor of the Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology Ahmadjon Ibodullaev. “The number of participants grows from year to year. This suggests that we have many educated and erudite young people. They have been improving quality of their reports, and offering solutions that might be beneficial for the country. We are working on proposals for conducting the next year’s conference at a higher level. For example, give start to interesting solutions, or provide the winners with the opportunity to enroll in a master’s or doctorate degree on a preferential basis.”

A Competition of ‘The Cheerful and Resourceful’

The final stage of the republican competition of ‘The Cheerful and Resourceful’ ranked, perhaps, among the most anticipated events of the Week. A Turon team of the Nukus State Pedagogical Institute was the best to make the audience cry with laughter.

The young talents aimed at not just cheering up the audience, but wanted to convey to their peers the most important values of appreciating family and friends. Each team is a family, with its history, traditions, creative discussions and happy moments of life.

The national team of ‘The Cheerful and Resourceful’ presented its debut performance, which has turned a big surprise for the audience, and a master class for other participants.

Fashion and Design Festival

The whole palette of modern art, bright images and bold experiments has made the Fashion and Design Festival the most colorful event of the week.

“We have been getting prepared for the festival for a few months, because we needed to cover the whole spectrum of youth culture in this field,” says Doctor of Arts, artistic director of the festival Kamola Akilova. “We decided to split the participants into categories – folk, theatrical dress, fashion lab and debut.”

Festival participants breathed new life into the usual dress, using traditional materials even in male images. An ornament of suzani inspired the famous designer Saida Amir for the creation of the new collection. At the master class, she introduced fashion designers to the complicated and long journey from idea to implementation.

Presenting their collections at the Fashion Lab show, the designers were inspired by music, architecture, they tried new shapes, fabrics, giving all the way to imagination. Of course, not all clothes are designed for everyday wear. Nevertheless, the designers gain huge experience and get emancipated in the process of creativity. During the master class, students of primary courses of the Kamoliddin Behzod National Institute of Arts and Design demonstrated the process of ‘laboratory’ work from the stage, and teachers commented on every step of creating the designs. That resulted in six interesting designs made of paper, plastic bags, and coarse calico.

An exhibition on ‘Pleasures of Batik’ and expositions of works of young artists under the festival presented the entire range of fine and decorative arts.

The Video Contest Yangi Nigoh

The number of participants in the traditional video contest ‘Yangi Nigoh’ has almost doubled against the last year. The competition aims at the development of youth tourism in Uzbekistan, and promotion of tourism potential of regions and cities. Over 500 creative works were submitted from different corners of the country. Anyone could cast his vote online in several categories. Shot by a contestant from Navoi region Khurshid Safarov, the video about ancient monument of Jonbulok was a revelation for local researchers. He and authors of other interesting works were awarded special prizes of the Public Youth Movement Kamolot.

The award ceremony was accompanied by a festival of national games and food. A concert of cheerful music, songs, dances, mischievous performances by students of the National Circus College, young performers and artistic groups crowned the ambitious Youth Week.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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