INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN (December 7, 2017)

POLITICS

Effective use of transport and transit potential of Uzbekistan – a source of huge revenues

8 DECEMBER – DAY OF THE CONSTITUTION of UZBEKISTAN

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pardoned 2 700 convicts

State visit to Uzbekistan of the President of Afghanistan

President of Afghanistan has arrived in Bukhara

OFFICIALLY

Uzbekistan to build Free Tourism Zone “Charvak”

INVESTMENTS

Uzbekistan: Foreign investors are interested in new geological objects

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Delegation of Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry to participate in OSCE Ministerial Council

Center for Youth Innovation

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies discussed draft laws aimed at development of the mass media of Uzbekistan in new realities

TOURISM

Uzbekistan introduced a single tourist visa and reduced its cost 7

POLITICS

Effective use of transport and transit potential of Uzbekistan – a source of huge revenues

On December 6, a meeting devoted to issues of improving activities of international intermodal logistics center “Navoi” was held under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

In our country, special attention is paid to issues of further development of transport infrastructure and increasing the volumes of transit cargo transportation. The transport and transit potential of the country plays an important role in revitalization of international integration process, in particular, expansion of trade and economic cooperation in the region.

For this purpose, in 2008, an international intermodal logistics center was organized on the basis of the airport in the city of Navoi, which should contribute to further increasing the potential of Uzbekistan in this sphere and promoting domestic products to foreign markets, including those produced in “Navoi” free economic zone.

The center of logistics was provided with all types of tax benefits and customs preferences. The accompanying infrastructure was erected, the center was transferred to the “Korean Air” company.

However, the analysis of activities of the center showed that, despite the granted benefits, the capabilities of the terminal are not used at full capacity. Less than 20 percent of the capacity of the center, the carrying capacity of which is 100 thousand tons of cargo per year, is operated. The existing shortcomings are evidenced by the fact that over the past 8 years only 300 thousand tons of cargo have been transported through the “Navoi” airport.

It is forecasted that by the end of 2017 the total cargo turnover at the terminal will decrease by 11 percent compared to 2016 or up to 33 thousand tons.

Carelessness, irresponsibility of some officials directly responsible for the sphere, their inability to develop the center on the basis of a deeply thought-out strategy became the reason for this situation, said the Head of our state. Over the years, they have not moved beyond the lofty words about the uniqueness, attractiveness of the airport and the “Navoi” logistics center.

According to statistics, two flights a day are carried out from the center on average. This shows how far the real level of using the logistics center and the airport is from laudatory assessments.

Irresponsible attitude to the organization of activity is also evidenced by the fact that until now the state acceptance of objects of “Navoi” logistics center has not been carried out. The construction of facilities for the storage of fuels and lubricants has not been completed, emphasized the President of our country.

The international transport and transit sphere, especially provision of air freight services, is one of the most profitable. For example, the international airport of Dubai passes 3 million tons of cargo a year and receives about 26 billion dollars in revenue. The plans of Kazakhstan on organizing a logistics center in Astana with a capacity of 1,5 million tons of cargo per year are connected with this. “Navoi” logistics center is far from reaching such hubs. It is difficult to compete in such conditions.

The wide and constant involvement of international freight carriers depends on how well the work is organized. And in the activity of “Navoi” logistics center, on the contrary, there are a number of systemic problems. In particular, high tariffs are one of the main factors hampering the development of cargo transportation by air.

The Head of our state noted the need to revise the tariff policy in the sphere of air transportation.

“Navoi” free economic zone should play an important role in increasing the attractiveness of the logistics center, but it also did not give the expected results. Production of neither export-oriented goods with high added value, nor products that are in demand on the domestic market are established.

Foreign freighters do not show interest in capabilities of “Navoi” logistics center. The main reason is interruptions in the supply of aviation kerosene. Despite the existing weekly demand of 950 tons, the oil refineries are producing only 600 tons of this fuel.

Due to the lack of coordination of activities on the part of transport companies, multimodal transportation has also not been developed. The terms of delivery of goods are delayed due to long customs procedures and idling vehicles at the border.

Local importers are also not interested in receiving their cargo through the “Navoi” hub, because the infrastructure does not meet the requirements. Most of the import cargo is imported through “Tashkent” airport.

Taking this into account, the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev gave instructions to the officials of the oil and gas industry on timely and full provision of the requirements of the national airline and foreign freight carriers in aviation kerosene, increasing weekly supplies of fuel, taking into account prices in the world market.

Uzbekistan Airways has been instructed to revise the current tariffs jointly with relevant organizations, to form a working group on their optimal reduction and study the experience of logistics centers. The national airline is intensifying activities on attracting the world’s leading cargo transportation companies to the airport in the city of Navoi, will develop a “road map” envisaging establishment of cooperation with leading foreign companies in the sphere of postal transportation, organization of a regional mail service in “Navoi” hub and providing other measures.

The heads of relevant ministries and departments were given instructions on establishment of an electronic information exchange system between the customs authorities and organizations on cargo transportation by airplanes, cardinally improving the activities of “Navoi” logistics center and other issues.

(Source:UzA)

8 DECEMBER – DAY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF UZBEKISTAN

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pardoned 2 700 convicts

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a Decree on pardoning 2 700 convicts.

For the first time in the history of our country, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted the Decree on pardoning 2 700 convicts, including on releasing 956 persons from the penal colony, who committed crimes due to various circumstances, who are sincerely repented of their actions and firmly embarked on the path of correction, and who are positively characterized at the place of residence and in institutions on the execution of punishment.

The act on pardoning these convicts provides the opportunity for an early reunification with a family and returning to society in order to become active participants in the ongoing reforms in the country.

(Source:UzA)

State visit to Uzbekistan of the President of Afghanistan

President of Afghanistan has arrived in Bukhara

On December 6, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who is in our country on an official visit, arrived in Bukhara.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Aripov and the khokim of Bukhara region U.Barnoyev met the distinguished guest at Bukhara International Airport.

The President of Afghanistan will meet and address the professors, teachers and students of Bukhara State University.

In the afternoon, a delegation led by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will visit the sights of Bukhara.

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The President of Afghanistan has been awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Bukhara State University

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with professors, teachers and students of Bukhara State University.

This university is one of the largest higher education institutions of our country. 7 thousand students and graduate students are studying at 8 faculties of the university.

The President of Afghanistan addressed the university teachers and students.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was awarded the diploma of conferring him the title of Honorary Doctor of Bukhara State University.

I dreamed of visiting Bukhara, which played an important role in development of world science and Islamic civilization. I want to sincerely thank the distinguished President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for this opportunity. The land of Uzbekistan brought up many great thinkers, including Imam Bukhari and Imam Termizi. The youth who are educated here are brought up by worthy ancestors, said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The Head of Afghanistan left a note in the Book of honorable guests of the university.

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The President of Afghanistan became acquainted with ancient architectural monuments of Bukhara

The delegation led by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited the historic center of Bukhara.

The President of Afghanistan became acquainted with ancient architectural monuments of Bukhara The center of the city includes world-famous architectural monuments with a centuries-old history.

The President of Afghanistan became acquainted with ancient architectural monuments of Bukhara

The guests became acquainted with the Ark fortress, the Kalon minaret, the Kalon mosque and Mir Arab madrassa, which are part of Poyi Kalon complex, as well as other sights. The history and architecture of Kalon mosque, which accommodates 10 thousand people, and conditions created for visitors made a great impression on guests.

The President of Afghanistan became acquainted with ancient architectural monuments of Bukhara The delegation of Afghanistan visited the memorial complex of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi in Kagan district, visited the burial site of the founder and a major figure of Naqshbandiyya teachings.

Thereupon, the visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to our country ended.

(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY

Uzbekistan to build Free Tourism Zone “Charvak”

Uzbekistan`s tourism needs further effective measures for its development, analyses show. With this in mind, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev adopted a Decree “On establishment of the Free Tourist Zone “Charvak”.

Uzbekistan`s tourism needs further effective measures for its development, analyses show. With this in mind, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev adopted a Decree “On establishment of the Free Tourism Zone “Charvak”. In the framework of the document, it is planned to implement investment projects in the Chimgan-Charvak resort recreational zone, develop the transport and communal infrastructure, create new tourist routes, as well as to improve the quality of tourist services.

The adoption of the Decree is a logical continuation of the state policy in the field of tourism. It aims at developing and improving the efficiency of use of tourist potential of Tashkent region, creation of new jobs and growth of incomes of the population.

Given the unique resort and recreational conditions of the Tashkent region, it is planned to build modern hotels, cultural and recreational, shopping and other tourist objects, as well as objects of modern engineering infrastructure.

The Free Tourism Zone “Charvak” will be the first of its kind zone in Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

INVESTMENTS

Uzbekistan: Foreign investors are interested in new geological objects

In recent years, a favorable investment climate has been created in our country. It continues to improve within the framework of normative-legal acts, adopted by the Head of our state, on strengthening investment cooperation and attracting foreign investment, particularly in mining and geological sector.

Presentations, business forums and conferences are among the traditional forms of broad informing potential investors. The international conference on “Investment potential of solid minerals of Uzbekistan – “UZGEOINVEST – 2017”, organized in Hyatt Regency Tashkent hotel is aimed at this. It was attended by more than 50 representatives of 20 foreign companies.

The conference is organized in accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of May 24 of this year on measures of accelerating attraction of foreign investments for geological exploration and development of fields of strategically important types of solid minerals, which approved the mechanism of concrete actions and the procedure for interaction with potential investors in development of cooperation.

This fundamental document is aimed at further liberalization and increasing the openness of mining and geological industry of Uzbekistan for foreign investors, accelerating the attraction of foreign investments for the development of strategically important types of solid minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, rare and rare-earth metals, iron, which are rich in the bowels of our country.

This year agreements were reached and cooperation agreements were concluded for geological study of 12 prospective areas and development of 6 fields with such companies as “B2 Gold” (Canada), “Rosgeoperspektiva” (Russia), “Shindong Resources” (South Korea), “TUMAD” (Turkey), “NordGold” (Great Britain).

Following the conference, 3 agreements on implementation of investment projects with involvement of foreign direct investments at the initial stage of more than 8 million dollars were signed and about 30 million dollars or more when identifying prospects for discovering fields.

Investment projects will be implemented through the creation of joint ventures and within the framework of agreements on geological exploration with introduction of modern innovative methods and technologies, with the aim of further organizing production of liquid and competitive products with high added value on the basis of mineral raw materials.

(Source: UzA)

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Delegation of Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry to participate in OSCE Ministerial Council

A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan will attend the 24th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The OSCE Ministerial Council will be held from 7 to 8 December 2017 in Vienna (Austria).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Center for Youth Innovation

The Uzbek-Japanese Youth Innovation Center at the Islam Karimov Tashkent State Technical University has begun its work. The institution was opened in accordance with the decree of the head of our state in September, 2016. Here, nowadays young scientists together with experienced professors work in four laboratories on serious and very important areas such as machine and materials science, mining and deep processing of mineral and sulfur resources, chemistry and petrochemistry, and energy.

The most favorable conditions for the development of innovative activity, modern high-tech industries with minimal impact on the environment, as well as joint experimental and applied scientific research were created in the center in close cooperation with the relevant institutions of Japan. Equipment is provided through technical assistance from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). A number of ministries and departments of the country, as well as metallurgical and chemical enterprises are among its trustees.

– First of all, our activities are aimed at stimulating talented young people, who are engaged in research. The Japanese side has allocated a grant of about $7 million to support this activity. We actively cooperate with the universities of Tsukuba, Nagoya, Keio, Kyushu, Toyohashi Technological University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Representatives of these educational institutions regularly visit, their experienced professors lecture on relevant topics for both students and specialists of the center.

The seminars “Scientific principles of combustion and energy-efficient production technologies” and “Deep processing of mineral resources and ecological aspects of the mining industry” have been recently held, said Zuhra Kadyrova, deputy director for science and communications with enterprises. – In addition, it is planned to supply additional high-tech equipment, to expand the laboratory sector.

It will happen after universities of two countries will effectively contact each other. And now the center is mediating between higher educational institutions of Japan and Uzbekistan in the issues of training of engineering personnel. Professors of other national universities and organizations such as the National University, the Academy of Sciences, the Moscow Chemical Technology Institute and others have been working here.

At the beginning of next year, JICA specialists are scheduled to visit the country, who will recommend criteria for evaluating projects prepared by students, researchers, for direct participation in the competition for internship or practice in Japan. Close cooperation with this country is envisaged at all stages, from the definition of the research objective to the selection of candidates directly. From next year they will be sent to the Land of the Rising Sun.

– The student should have a certain idea of what he will do at the Japanese university, the established research program. It is necessary not only knowledge of English or Japanese. The main thing is an innovative look at the phenomena around them. Now in our country science is somewhat remote from students, the more emphasis is put on learning. In Japan this is vice versa. The peculiarity of their activity is research in the team that we practice in the center, – Zuhra Chingizovna shared.

The specialists of the institution have already achieved certain results. At the 10th Republican Fair of Innovative Ideas, Technologies and Projects, their developments were presented. For example, an express method for determining the concentration of uranium, which is widely used in nuclear power.

It is specific and does not require labor-intensive procedures, expensive reagents, and the analysis time is from two to five minutes. Another very useful innovation is the technology of phosphogypsum processing. The problems of utilization of this large-tonnage waste of mineral fertilizer production require a solution, because it has accumulated a lot. The center is developing technologies for obtaining adsorbents for water purification based on this waste and Angren kaolin. Sorbents can attract heavy metals, phosphates, ammonium and other contaminants. They can be recommended for water treatment with minimal capital and operating costs.

And today the experts of the institution are working on two main areas. The first one is related to research with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Nagoya on photocatalysis and photocatalysts on the basis of Uzbek raw materials. The proposed technology can be applied in the purification and disinfection of water and air. A new energy-efficient desalination unit has also been created, which is successfully being tested in the oil and gas industry in the Kashkadarya region.

The effect of photocatalysis – the mineralization of gaseous contaminants on the surface of the catalyst under the action of soft ultraviolet radiation – was discovered in the 1920s. However, the greatest interest in him was caused by the work of Professor

The effect of photocatalysis – the mineralization of gaseous contaminants on the surface of the catalyst under the action of soft ultraviolet radiation – was discovered in the 1920s. However, the greatest interest to this process was caused by the work of Professor A. Fujishima in 1970, which opened the way for wide application of this technology. A vivid example of this is the process of natural photosynthesis. Purification and disinfection of air, transformation of solar energy, splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen for new environmentally friendly modes of transport, self-cleaning walls, roofs, mirrors – these are all advanced methods of solving actual problems. While in our country these processes are at the stage of study.

The second one is the development of biologically active compounds (BAC) that is traditional for domestic scientists. Now they create ways to isolate BAC from all known isryk, which has unique physiological properties of disinfection and others. And they try to combine the active substances of this plant with various bioactive metals. Students, postgraduates, doctoral students of higher educational institutions of the country can safely realize here a variety of ideas. They should be significant for the whole world, not just for some region. In each laboratory there are five to ten talented enthusiastic guys who devote their free time to research.

– I learned about the center through the scientific leader of the final work in the fourth year. Now I continue my work here, I’m already writing my master’s dissertation and taking part in research in the chemistry and petrochemistry laboratory on photocatalysis and the creation of self-cleaning glasses. Such technology is useful for society from the ecological and economic point of view. I would like it to be used in practice in industry in Uzbekistan. In the future I plan to continue work in this direction, – shared Anna Strizhevskaya, Master of Science in Chemistry Department of National University of Uzbekistan.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of republic of Uzbekistan

Deputies discussed draft laws aimed at development of the mass media of Uzbekistan in new realities

The current dynamic development of Uzbekistan, outlined by the Strategy of actions, puts even more urgent tasks before journalists – to promptly and objectively reflect the realities of the present, the significance and results of reforms occurring in all spheres of life, to promote the formation of active citizenship in people, in their materials. A special impetus to this fruitful work is, to a large extent, provision of freedom and responsibility of the printed word in our country, creation of conditions for the independence of the mass media workers. A strong legislative base serves as a basis for reforms in this sphere.

At the regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on December 6, 2017, draft laws on activities of the mass media, as well as protection of professional activities of journalists were considered in the first reading.

Deputies began their work with consideration of the draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the mass media”.

It was noted that this draft law was developed taking into account the experience of developed democratic countries: the USA, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the countries of the European Union, as well as international treaties in the field of the mass media.

According to the representatives of the parliament, the adoption of the law will promote the creation of legal, economic and organizational conditions that ensure freedom of activity, access to information, protection of the mass media from unlawful decisions of state bodies, actions or inaction of their officials. An important aspect is the simplification of the process of considering applications on registration of the mass media, as well as improving the procedure of registering websites on the global Internet as the mass media.

In addition, legal mechanisms on provision of state support to journalists and creative groups through the provision of privileges and preferences on taxes and other mandatory payments, financial and social assistance will be established. Particular attention is paid to issues of strengthening the material and technical base, organizing activities of funds, as well as retraining and advanced training of editorial staff.

The draft law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On protection of professional activities of a journalist” was considered.

It was emphasized that the relevance of the adoption of this draft law is due to the need of creating legal, economic and organizational conditions that ensure the freedom of the journalist’s professional activity, determining the legal status of journalists taking into account the current international experience and legislation, the concept of an accreditation institute, establishment of the rights of accredited journalists.

As noted by deputies, the draft law is aimed at increasing the authority of journalists in the field of ensuring transparency of activities of the state bodies, as well as in covering relevant issues of great public interest. Representatives of the mass media will be granted additional rights in implementation of professional journalistic activities.

In the process of development of the draft laws, their discussion with concerned state bodies, public organizations, civil society institutions, as well as scientists and specialists of the sphere was held. Concrete proposals on improvement of projects were made. The documents are also put up for public discussion on regulation.gov.uz portal.

As a result of discussions, the deputies conceptually approved these draft laws and adopted them in the first reading. The responsible committee was entrusted to prepare documents for consideration in the second reading taking into account the received proposals.

During the meeting, deputies also considered a number of draft laws developed within the framework of implementation of the Action Strategy, as well as in pursuance of the State program “Year of dialogue with people and human interests”.

(Source: Information service of the Legislative Chamberof the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Tourism

Uzbekistan introduced a single tourist visa and reduced its cost

By the decree of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev from December 4, changes were made in the procedure for issuing tourist visas. According to the press service of the State Committee for Tourism Development, the decision was made within the framework of the Program of Priority Measures for the Development of Tourism for 2018-2019.

A single tourist visa is now valid for individual foreign citizens, issued for a period of 30 days. Earlier, foreign citizens, receiving a tourist visa for a short period of time (7 or 15 days), could face the problem of extending the validity of visas when flights are delayed or for other reasons.

The cost of registration of entry tourist visas for individual foreign tourists is reduced by one third – from 60 to 40 US dollars. The State Committee for Tourism Development (Goskomtourism) notes that the high cost of a tourist visa served as a certain deterrent for the decision to travel to Uzbekistan.

In addition, the lower threshold for registration of a group tourist visa is decreased twice – from 10 to 5 people. The former requirement caused difficulties, since in most cases groups are formed from close friends or relatives, usually in the form of 5 people. The cost of group visas for 15 days is $ 15, for 30 days – $ 25 per tourist.

(Source: IA «Uzbekistan Today»)

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