INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN (December 21, 2017)
On December 20, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the member of the State Council, the Minister of Defense of the People’s Republic of China, Chang Wanquan.
The Head of our state, warmly welcoming the guest, noted with deep satisfaction the observed intensification of contacts at various levels and expansion of productive interaction, which ensures high dynamics and consistent strengthening of relations of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two states.
Particular attention was paid to issues of practical implementation of agreements reached on the results of the visit at the highest level in the People’s Republic of China in May this year.
At the meeting, the state and prospects of bilateral military and military-technical cooperation were reviewed, as well as current issues of strengthening regional security and stability were discussed.
Member of the State Council, the Minister of Defense of China expressed his deep gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Chang Wanquan highly appreciated the ongoing reforms in our country aimed at enhancing the potential of the Armed Forces and strengthening the defense capability of Uzbekistan, as well as emphasized the readiness of the Chinese side for further development of mutually beneficial partnership in this sphere.
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $450 million loan to help install between 850 to 950 megawatts (MW) in additional generation capacity in the Talimarjan thermal power plant (TPP) using combined cycle technology, which will help improve power generation efficiency and energy security in Uzbekistan.
“Modernizing Uzbekistan’s energy sector and power generation facilities are central to the economy and development of the country,” said Seung Duck Kim, Energy Specialist at ADB’s Central and West Asia Department. “ADB’s assistance will help Uzbekistan meet its growing energy needs and enhance the sustainability of the energy sector.”
Uzbekistan’s energy sector currently contributes around 10% of the country’s gross domestic product and about 25% of its total exports. However, the country’s electricity supply-demand gap is widening and is expected to reach around 14,600 gigawatt-hours by 2020.
The project will help expand Talimarjan TPP’s capacity through the installation of additional combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units with combined heat and power facilities. The addition will increase the aggregate capacity of Talimarjan TPP to approximately 2,600 MW and improve its thermal efficiency from 48% to 52%.
The financing is a continuation of ADB’s previous support to Uzbekistan’s energy sector, following the 900 MW CCGT expansion at Talimarjan TPP commissioned in August 2017. The project will also boost efforts to realize the government’s ambitious program, called Vision 2030, to transition Uzbekistan to an industrialized and upper middle-income country by 2030. Energy sector modernization and reforms are the centerpieces of this vision.
The project will also enhance support to electricity sector reforms. ADB approval includes administration of a $2 million technical assistance grant provided by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to enhance financial sustainability of Uzbekenergo, the state-owned electricity utility, and strengthen power sector planning and tariff studies.
In Uzbekistan, by mid-2018, it is planned to launch a unique plant in the CIS to produce industrial batteries
The enterprise will become one of the most advanced in the world industrial battery market. The production will be equipped with high-tech equipment from the South Korean manufacturer Unicor Co. Ltd.
As part of the Program of Measures to Ensure Structural Transformation, Modernization and Diversification of Production, the task of organizing the production of industrial batteries was assigned to Uzvtorzvetmet. Thanks to this project, the country will have a huge potential to introduce new technologies in the field of alternative energy, mobile communications and other areas.
For example, according to experts, Uzbekistan has favorable climatic conditions for the use of solar energy, whose potential is 98.5% of all renewable energy sources combined. The production of industrial batteries at the enterprise Uzvtortzvetmet will be of great importance in this sphere.
– The construction of the new plant will, on the one hand, fully meet demand within the republic, on the other – to increase the supply of products for export, – said the project manager Behzod Yunusov.
It should be reminded that cooperation with Korean partners is one of the key directions of the Uzbek economy. The total amount of all contracts signed during the recent visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Seoul is $ 8.94 billion. The most investments – in energy and petrochemicals – stood at $ 2.95 billion. A bit less – $ 2.7 billion – the banking and financial sector will receive, and the infrastructure will go $ 1.7 billion.
Also, agreements were reached on expanding humanitarian ties, strengthening cooperation between ministries and departments. In total, the leaders of the two countries signed more than 60 documents.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
On December 15, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (currency rates of CB RU from 21.12.2017, 1$= 8101,62 soums).
The main purpose of the trip is to analyze and to become acquainted with the process of tasks, identify priority areas of activities for the next two years.
The Head of our state during his trip to Karakalpakstan on January 20-21 of this year defined systemic measures on development of the region’s economy, improving social conditions. Over the past period, these instructions have been consistently executed.
In accordance with the program developed on the results of that trip, 242 projects worth 160 billion sums, aimed at development of industry, were implemented. This allowed to create almost 4 thousand workplaces.
Thus, the first line of “Karakalpak cement” enterprise with the production capacity of 200 thousand tons of cement per year was put into operation in Karauzak district. Production of 150 thousand Samsung TV sets at “Technik global” enterprise in Nukus, 8 thousand tons of polyethylene pipes and household goods at “Nukus polymer” has been established. “Vegatex global” enterprise of Turtkul district annually produces 5 thousand tons of yarn.
The President of our country also got acquainted with the project of organization in Karakalpakstan of plantations of medicinal plants. Large-scale work was carried out in the region in accordance with the Decree of the Head of our state “On establishment of free economic zones “Nukus-pharm”, “Zomin-pharm”, “Kosonsoy-pharm”, “Syrdaryo-pharm”, “Boysun-pharm”, “Bustonlik-pharm” and “Parkent-pharm” of May 3, 2017, special attention is paid to creating new workplaces through the effective use of existing production capacity and resource potential.
It is planned to implement 17 projects worth 27,7 million dollars in 2018-2019 for development of pharmaceutical industry of the region. This will allow the production and export of pharmaceutical products of 37 types.
“Nukus Med Tech” LLC is planning to launch production of medical products, “Berlin pharm” LLC – medicines for treatment of oncological diseases, “Turtkul shisha idishlari” LLC in Turtkul district will produce pharmaceutical containers.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Takhiatash district.
The Head of our state gave instructions on diversification of the economy of Karakalpakstan, production of goods with added value, expansion of exports.
The main attention was paid to the activities on development of Tebinbulak iron ore deposit. Currently, metal products in our country are being produced on the basis of melting scrap metal. The Tebinbulak deposit has huge iron ore reserves. Its development will take place in two stages. As a result, starting from 2021, it will be possible to produce 1 million tons of steel per year. For the organization of activities in this direction, a corresponding directorate was established under Uzbekistan Railways.
The main attention was paid to the activities on development of Tebinbulak iron ore deposit.
Projects on organization of new enterprises on the basis of inefficiently used facilities were also presented. It is planned to organize 6 small industrial zones in Karakalpakstan. The objects will be provided free of charge ownership rights for a period of 5 years with subsequent registration. Construction and restoration of engineering and communication networks will be carried out at the expense of the State budget. In these zones conditions will be created for the organization of production, the development of entrepreneurship.
Projects of joint-stock companies “Uzkurilishmateriallari” and “Uzbekenergo”, plans on raising the living standards of the population of the Aral Sea region were also presented.
The Head of our state paid special attention to the importance of these projects for Karakalpakstan, gave instructions to responsible persons on each of them.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited a modern logistics center, which is being organized in Khodjeyli district. This complex is being built in accordance with the instruction given by the President of the country in January this year.
The logistics center, organized by “Khodjeyli agrosanoat markazi” LLC will be engaged in the storage, processing and export of agricultural products, the uninterrupted supply of this product to the domestic market, will serve the rational use of land, creation of new workplaces and increasing the country’s export potential.
In the complex, the area of which is 15,3 hectares, it is planned to sort, process and pack 5 thousand tons of fruits and vegetables in 2018. 150 people will work here.
Presentation of investment projects that are being implemented in Karakalpakstan in the food industry, development programs on livestock, poultry, beekeeping and fish farming was held. Thus, in 2018-2019, it is planned to implement 70 projects on processing fruit and vegetable products and meat, construction of refrigerated storages. It is planned to implement 250 projects within the framework of the livestock and poultry development program for 2018-2020. As a result, more than 730 workplaces will be created. Within the framework of the fish culture development program, 6 projects will be implemented in 2018-2020. Breeding fish will be established in the rice fields of Nukus and Kanlykul districts.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting with deputies of Jokargy Kenes and activists of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The implemented activity was critically analyzed, priority areas and actual tasks on development of all spheres for the next two years were identified.
Measures on regular sending of heads of relevant ministries, as well as companies and banks to the regions, searching for additional reserves at places, development and implementation of specific investment projects are continuing, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In the same way, they worked for two weeks prior to today’s trip to Karakalpakstan, and, as a result, a draft new program aimed at attracting additional investments was developed.
According to this program, more than 1300 projects worth 4,5 trillion sums will be realized and almost 10 thousand workplaces created in 2018-2019, in Karakalpakstan. In particular, 232 investment projects worth 492 million dollars are planned to be realized in the industry.
At the same time, it is planned to implement 5 large projects worth over 3,4 billion dollars in fuel energy and mining metallurgy sectors of Karakalpakstan, noted the President of our country.
On December 20, the delegation led by the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic D.Djumabekov visited the city of Samarkand.
The guests visited the Hazrati Khizr complex, the final resting place of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, paid tribute to the memory of the great leader of our country. Creative and landscaping activities implemented in the complex, a majestic mausoleum, performed in the national style, and other buildings made a great impression on guests.
The delegation of Kyrgyzstan also visited the Imam Bukhari complex, Registan square, Amir Temur mausoleum, Ulugbek observatory and other historical monuments. Guests were told about their history, as well as creative work, implemented in the region in recent years.
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