INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN (December 14, 2017)
On December 13, 2017, a meeting devoted to issues of increasing the efficiency of reforms that are being implemented in the sphere of land resources, geodesy and cadaster was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
At the meeting, reports of the heads of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster on measures of improving the activities of the sphere were heard.
In the current year, the updated organizational structure and activity areas of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster were revised and approved in order to improve activities in the field of cadaster of land use and real estate.
The main directions of activities of the Committee are the development and provision of implementation of a unified state policy on the rational use of land resources, in the sphere of geodesic and cartographic activities, development and implementation of state programs on the rational use of land resources, ensuring the preservation and protection of lands, increasing soil fertility, enhancing the efficiency of geodesic and cartographic activities, maintenance of the Unified System of state cadasters, establishment and regular update of an electronic database of real estate, widespread introduction of modern information and communication technologies, including for the purpose of improving the quality of public services and business entities.
Fund for Development of Land Relations and State Cadaster was established at the Committee. The administration of the committee was completely updated. In addition, 937 staff units were transferred to the system of the committee, its material and technical base was strengthened.
In particular, this year it was determined to allocate more than 45 billion sums for the maintenance of additional staff units, strengthening and development of the material and technical base of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster bodies from the Fund for Development of Land Relations and State Cadaster.
It should be noted that according to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of August 3, 2016, a complete inventory of real estate objects of individuals and legal entities was carried out in 2016-2017.
Inventory activities have been completed in all 8 901 makhallas of the country. Such activities were held in over 6 million 190 thousand real estate objects, including 5,8 million residential properties, 267 963 non-residential facilities, 38 373 suburban areas.
To date, the State Tax Committee has been provided cadastral information on more than 6 million 30 thousand (97 percent) properties in real time.
In order to improve the quality of the state cadaster services rendered by the subdivisions of the Committee to citizens and business entities through a wide introduction of modern information and communication technologies, 7 public services have been transferred into an interactive format.
For the purposes of land surveillance, planting of agricultural crops and implementation of agrotechnical measures through the effective introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles, quadrocopters were imported in the real sector of the economy.
At the meeting, the lack of initiative of administration of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster in issues of complex ordering of relations in the sphere of land resources, geodesy, cartography and state cadaster, organization of rational and efficient land use, ensuring effective control was seriously criticized. It was also noted that there are many problems awaiting their solution in the sphere.
So, due to the lack of systemic monitoring of implementation of agrotechnical measures and sowing of crops in the amount stipulated in the contracts, 833 farmers have not fulfilled the contractual obligations for sowing of cotton and grain on 13 thousand hectares in the current year.
For preventing such cases, Deputy Prime Minister Z.Mirzayev was instructed to develop and implement appropriate measures on effective land use, ensuring strict compliance by farmers with the terms of the concluded contracts.
At the meeting, it was seriously pointed out that the state cadaster service did not fully complete the registration of property without documents, revealed on the basis of a full inventory of real estate objects carried out in 2016-2017.
In particular, during the inventory it was revealed that documents for 1 million 100 thousand residential properties remained unformed for more than 15 years, 145 thousand real estate objects were exploited without any documents for less than 15 years, as well as 67 thousand objects were built on 8,5 thousand hectares of illegally occupied lands and protected areas.
However, as it was emphasized at the meeting, the cadastral authorities, khokims of districts and cities did not complete the work on preparation of cadastral documentation of these facilities, registration of the right to property, demolition or granting of the right to own objects that were built on unauthorized occupied land. So, the cadastral documents were prepared only on 751 thousand of the 1,1 million residential properties that have been in operation for more than 15 years. In general, it was pointed out that work in this direction remains without proper control.
Taking this into account, Deputy Prime Minister Z.Mirzayev, Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster A.Abdullayev was instructed, together with local khokimiyats, to develop and ensure execution of a resolution, program and schedule on full registration of housing and land without cadastral documents and address the issue of illegally occupied lands and unauthorized buildings.
The passivity of introduction into the sphere of information and communication technologies, including a unified information system of real estate accounting, establishment of constant information exchange with tax authorities was noted.
The Chairman of the State Tax Committee B.Parpiyev was instructed to work with the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster on registering housing and land identified as the result of inventory in cadastral bodies, that have no documents, ensure the completeness and regular updating of the database on such objects in cadastral and tax authorities.
Attention was also paid to the need of improving the registration of land and property. In particular, it was pointed out that Uzbekistan takes the 73rd place in the rating of the World Bank in terms of the “Registration of property” index.
Taking this into account, the Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster A.Abdullayev was instructed to submit to the Cabinet of Ministers a draft government resolution on establishment of automated preparation and registration of cadastral documentation using the “Single window” method, as well as the exchange of relevant data with tax and notary departments, within a month.
Also, in order to strengthen control over agricultural lands and sowing works, instructions were given on completing the purchase of modern unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and submitting to the Cabinet of Ministers of a draft resolution providing for the establishment of an innovation center for setting up the production of similar devices in our country.
On December 13, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrived in our country with an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The President of the Kyrgyz Republic visited the Mustakillik square and laid flowers at the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which is a symbol of freedom, bright future and noble aspirations of our people.
The distinguished guest also laid flowers at the monument to the founder of independence of our country, an outstanding state and political figure, the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, paid tribute to his bright memory.
The main events within the framework of the official visit of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic took place at Kuksaroy residence.
After the ceremony of the official meeting, the heads of states held negotiations in a narrow format.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, once again cordially congratulating Sooronbay Jeenbekov on his election to the post of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, expressed confidence in that today’s negotiations will raise bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to a new level.
This year was historic in development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Relations between the two countries have strengthened due to the political will of the heads of the two states, mutual understanding in many issues and common desire for cooperation.
We highly appreciate that You, as President of Kyrgyzstan, made one of your first foreign visits to Uzbekistan, consider this as adherence to deepening friendship, good-neighborliness and strategic partnership between our countries, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Sooronbay Jeenbekov expressed his gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the invitation to visit Uzbekistan and expressed deep respect of people of Kyrgyzstan to our country.
You have turned the state border between our countries into a border of friendship, good-neighborliness and cooperation, said the President of Kyrgyzstan.
Presidents noted that this visit is a good opportunity for discussing issues of developing trade-economic, transport-communication and cultural-humanitarian cooperation, delimitation of borders, opening new checkpoints and ensuring their effective operation, rational use of water resources.
The heads of states confirmed their determination to actively develop and strengthen relations of strategic partnership, friendship, good-neighborliness and trust between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
The sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
It was noted that there is a significant potential for continuing and strengthening bilateral cooperation in the international arena, a mutual desire was expressed on further development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the UN, CIS, SCO, OIC and other international structures.
In its foreign policy, Uzbekistan, first of all, focuses on development of relations with neighboring countries. This is clearly confirmed by the fact that partnership between the countries of Central Asia has recently become more active. In particular, cooperation with the Kyrgyz Republic is enriched with new content, the exchange of visits at the level of parliaments, ministries and departments, as well as regions, is expanding.
During the negotiations, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov once again confirmed the support of Kyrgyzstan for the initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan on conducting regular consultative meetings of the leaders of Central Asian countries.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Sooronbay Jeenbekov continued negotiations in an expanded format with participation of official delegations.
The main attention was paid to further development of political, trade-economic, transport-communication, banking-financial, scientific-technical, cultural-humanitarian and interregional cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, strengthening relations in the sphere of industry, agriculture and water resources, tourism and other areas.
An important role in development of trade-economic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic is played by the Intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation. The prime ministers of the two countries are co-chairmen of the commission, which indicates the high attention of the parties to cooperation.
Recently, the trade turnover between our countries is growing rapidly. Only for the period from January to November this year, the indicators of mutual trade grew by more than 56 percent and reached over 235 million dollars.
However, as noted at the negotiations, this does not reflect the available opportunities of the two countries. Instructions were given for diversification of the range of bilateral trade and bringing its volume to 500 million dollars in the coming years.
The need for active development of foreign trade infrastructure and mechanisms of supporting export-import operations, establishment of joint trading houses, as well as holding business forums and national exhibitions of industrial products on a mutual basis was emphasized.
During the official visit of the President of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan, an exhibition of industrial products of Uzbekistan and a business forum were organized, business negotiations were held, which were attended by many businessmen from both countries, contracts at the amount of about 140 million dollars were signed, which reflects the dynamic development of trade-economic relations.
The sides noted the importance of practical implementation of projects on organization of assembly production of Uzbek agricultural machinery, cars, buses, special trailers, household appliances on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as establishment of joint ventures in textile sphere and industry of construction materials.
At the same time, an agreement was reached on not being limited to these projects and jointly search for new promising areas of industrial cooperation.
Special attention will be further paid to the development and strengthening of cooperation between the regions of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan through the exchange of visits, conducting joint events in all spheres, development of relations between the citizens of the two countries.
The Kyrgyz side supported the proposal of the Uzbek side on conducting the first meeting of the Council of khokims and heads of administrations of border regions in Uzbekistan under the patronage of the prime ministers of the two countries.
The presidents emphasized the strategic nature of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of transport and development of transit corridors, ensuring the shortest and most effective access to foreign markets.
The heads of states emphasized that the rapid construction of Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan – China railway, which would enhance the attractiveness and more complete implementation of the transit potential of Central Asia.
A high assessment was given to the pilot international road race organized in the period from October 30 to November 3, 2017 along Tashkent – Andijan – Osh – Irkeshtam – Kashgar route, which will become another important factor in diversifying transport routes of the region.
Issues of development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in water and energy sphere were discussed. In this context, in order to achieve a constructive solution in these issues, the sides agreed to establish a Joint water commission and conduct its meeting in the near future.
When discussing issues of humanitarian cooperation, it was noted that traditions, culture and values of people of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are common. Our language, religion, history and heritage are same. These aspects play an important role in development of cultural and humanitarian relations. Particular attention is being paid to the study of the Kyrgyz language and culture in Uzbekistan, the Uzbek language and culture in Kyrgyzstan.
This year, a theater group from Kyrgyzstan visited Fergana valley, masters of art of Uzbekistan conducted a creative tour in Osh, Uzgen, Aravan, Nookat, Kara-Suu and Jalal-Abad. Days of Culture of Uzbekistan were held in Kyrgyzstan.
According to the agreement of the heads of states, Days of Culture of Kyrgyzstan will be held in Uzbekistan next year. At the same time, people of the two countries will celebrate the anniversary of the outstanding Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov in 2018.
In this regard, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the decision on opening a permanent exhibition at the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek, dedicated to the life and work of the great son of Kyrgyz people Chingiz Aitmatov.
Following the negotiations, the ceremony of signing documents took place.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov signed the Joint Statement outlining the prospects of further deepening interstate relations in political, trade-economic, water-energy and cultural-humanitarian spheres, in the field of transport and communications, interregional cooperation, as well as issues of practical implementation of the agreements reached during the visits at the highest level.
Representatives of the governments of the two countries signed the Agreement on financial cooperation, as well as the Program on economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation for 2018-2021.
Representatives of ministries and departments of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan also adopted documents between customs agencies on organization of a simplified procedure for the implementation of customs operations for the movement of goods and vehicles, between the ministries of emergency situations on cooperation in the field of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations for 2018.
In addition, an agreement was reached on establishing cooperation between academies of sciences and federations of trade unions of the two countries, between the Central Council of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan and the State Agency for Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
At the meeting with representatives of the mass media, the presidents noted that the negotiations were held in the spirit of mutual understanding, openness and sincerity, the reached agreements will serve the interests of people of the two countries.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the documents signed during the first visit of the President of Kyrgyzstan will become an important factor of further development of friendship and cooperation between our countries.
Sooronbay Jeenbekov noted that our people expected such agreements and it was pleasant for him to contribute to such a good deed that will enter the history of our relations.
As it is known, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was awarded the “Danaker” Order for his great contribution to the development of bilateral relations. This order, which is one of the highest state awards of Kyrgyzstan, is awarded to people who contributed to strengthening peace, friendship and cooperation, preservation of interethnic harmony, development of science, rapprochement and enrichment of national cultures.
Danaker means the “conciliator”. The award is a high recognition of the merits of the Head of our state and his contribution to the development of relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, expansion and strengthening relations of friendship and good-neighborliness between the two countries and people.
The President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov solemnly presented the “Danaker” Order to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Kuksaroy residence.
The official visit of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic to our country continues.
Within the framework of the official visit of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov to our country, business forum and cooperation exchange were organized between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, at the International Business Center of Tashkent.
They were attended by representatives of ministries and companies of the two countries responsible for trade, industry, economy, construction industry, mechanical engineering, agriculture, food, textile and light industry, information technologies and other spheres.
Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is dynamically developing in various areas. Promising projects are being implemented on the basis of mutually beneficial partnership. Due to the political will and commonality of views of the Presidents of our countries, relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan were strengthened, bilateral ties intensified. Interregional cooperation, partnership in transport, communication, energy, agriculture and other spheres have risen to a new level.
At the business forum, the Minister of Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan J.Khadjayev, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Ikramov, Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic A.Novikov and others emphasized that the centuries-old friendship and good-neighborliness between our people serve the further development of trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
In January-October this year, the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan increased by almost 60 percent. There are more than 50 enterprises with participation of Kyrgyz capital in our country. About 50 enterprises are organized by businessmen from Uzbekistan in Kyrgyzstan.
At the event it was noted that this meeting of representatives of ministries, companies and businessmen of the two countries is a convenient platform for strengthening trade, economic and investment relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, improving conditions for conducting mutually beneficial business on the basis of equal partnership.
Within the framework of the forum, representatives of the state bodies and businessmen held negotiations, the themes of which were prospects for development of cooperation, legislation and business environment. At the sectional meetings on construction, agriculture, food and light industry, an agreement was reached on expanding partnership and annual conduction of such events.
Within the framework of the forum, about 60 documents on trade and economic cooperation were signed. Among them are the framework agreement on development of cooperation in the sphere of trade finance between the ministries of foreign trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Plan of joint practical actions (“Road map”) on development of cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in trade-economic, investment and transport-communication spheres in 2017-2019, Action Plan (“Road map”) on implementation of provisions of the Agreement on cooperation between chambers of commerce of the two countries and others.
Practical aspects of cooperation, issues of organization of joint ventures were discussed at the cooperation exchange with participation of businessmen of the two countries.
A specialized company Unmanned Technologies has been set up in the holding company Uzbekozikovkatholding
For their operation, the company’s specialists in November passed training courses in the use of unmanned aerial systems Ptero G1 in Russia. The delivery of the first such equipment to Uzbekistan is expected in December this year.
According to the press service, the unmanned aircraft system of the Russian company will be operated for the measurement of crops, monitoring of their state of development, which will promptly update Planning and cartographic materials and to eliminate shortcomings in the ongoing farming activities.
In addition, the activities of the company Unmanned Technologies will also include aerial survey data processing, the solution of the transport problems of communication, monitoring of water infrastructure, oil and gas, ecology, forestry, construction, industry and energy.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
The systematic use of child labor in cotton harvesting has been stopped in Uzbekistan, and the authorities intend to put an end to all forms of forced labor. This was confirmed by experts of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the UN News Center reported.
According to their data, there is a growing awareness in the society of the unacceptability of coercion to work, especially when it comes to children. The ILO noted that harvesting this year was held in an atmosphere of transparency and dialogue, including with civil society.
Representatives of the ILO talked one-on-one with 3000 cotton pickers throughout the country, representatives of local authorities, teachers and doctors. In addition, they called another 1,000 people.
It turned out that the authorities had done away with the practice of systematic coercion of children to collect cotton and instructed them to involve people in this work only on a voluntary basis. They forbade compelling schoolchildren, students, teachers and medical workers to collect cotton. Those who voluntarily volunteered to harvest, this year received higher wages – in accordance with the recommendations of the ILO and the World Bank.
Even before the start of the disaster, ILO experts conducted training events for 6,300 employers. The study revealed that, on the whole, people understand how compulsory labor is unacceptable, but educational work needs to be continued, according to the ILO. For example, in some areas, employers require cash compensation for the loss of free employees, which, according to ILO representatives, is unacceptable.
The most convincing signal of the coming changes was the speech of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the UN General Assembly in New York in September, as well as the follow-up to the policy of voluntary participation in cotton harvesting that were adopted at the national level.
In November, at the Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor in Argentina, the authorities of Uzbekistan pledged to cooperate with civil society in this field. Since that time, several meetings have already been held with civil activists.
(Source: IA «Uzbekistan Today»)
The Convention of the International Labor Organization No. 87 concerning the freedom of association and protection of the right to associate in trade unions, signed on 9 July 1948 in San Francisco (USA) entered into force on 12 December.
The Convention of the International Labor Organization No. 87 concerning the freedom of association and protection of the right to associate in trade unions, signed on 9 July 1948 in San Francisco (USA) entered into force on 12 December.
Uzbekistan`s accession to this Convention reaffirms its commitment to universally recognized norms of human rights protection, reflected in the Universal declaration of human rights dated 1948.
The document creates a solid legal basis for further development of trade unions, including on the basis of best international practices.
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