INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN (November 29, 2017)
Increasing exactingness, strengthening order and discipline – the main factors of ensuring success of reforms
On November 28, a meeting on issues of improving activities of the Cabinet of Ministers, enhancing its effectiveness, strengthening the personal responsibility of the Prime Minister and his deputies, heads of departments, ministers, chairmen of committees and companies was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister and his deputies, state advisors to the President, heads of ministries, departments and economic associations.
The President of our country noted that large-scale reforms are continuing consistently in all sectors and spheres of society. Positive results are achieved due to self-sacrificing work of our people. At the same time, there are many pending problems concerning the population. People want a good and worthy life not tomorrow or in the future, but today. That is why we need to accelerate the ongoing reforms, further improve their quality and efficiency, said the Head of our state.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, deeply analyzing the issues introduced in the agenda of the meeting, noted that such facts admitted by the majority of leaders as the weakening of order, discipline and responsibility, inability to organize their work on the basis of modern demands, indifferent and negligent attitude to their official duties negatively affect the overall effectiveness.
The year of our activity will end soon, the time has come to report to the people, who have pinned great expectations on us and expressed confidence, to show them our practical deeds. Activity on the basis of a new approach, the ability to live with concerns and aspirations of ordinary people, manifestation of self-sacrifice and responsibility for the entrusted task should become the main criterion of activities of leaders and responsible persons of all levels, said the Head of our state.
We must openly admit that we have not yet achieved the results that people have outlined and are waiting for. A resolution of the President “On additional measures of improving activities of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was adopted on November 27 in order to intensify this work, raising it to a new level.
In accordance with this resolution, the executive structure of the Cabinet of Ministers was reorganized, new complexes and the ministry were established in order to ensure effective and productive work of deputies of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, heads of structural subdivisions of the government, increase their personal responsibility.
The resolution introduces the posts of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Head of the Complex on the issues of investment, innovative development, coordination of activities of free economic and small industrial zones, tourism, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Head of the Complex on the issues of education, healthcare, ecology, environmental protection, physical culture and sports into the structure of the Cabinet of Ministers. The Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan is also established.
Speaking about the reasons of these important changes, the President of our country drew particular attention to the following issues.
Firstly, it is necessary to radically change the forms and methods of solving the most important and relevant issues of development of branches of the economy, social sphere and regions of the country.
Secondly, it is necessary to pay even greater attention to the solution of vital problems of each region, each family and each citizen on the basis of the results of dialogues conducted during the current year with representatives of various strata of the population in the regions, cities and villages.
Thirdly, today, life itself requires the replacement of leaders at various levels due to the failure to fulfill the tasks assigned to them, inability to achieve the necessary result, appointment of selfless and devoted young people with modern knowledge and qualifications to responsible posts.
The Head of our state noted that the comprehensive development of Uzbekistan, raising the level and quality of life of our people is primarily inextricably linked with the widespread introduction of science, high technologies, and modern innovative developments into practice. The Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been established for this purpose, said the President of our country.
Our generous country has terrestrial and underground wealth, human resources, highly qualified personnel. However, unfortunately, this colossal potential is not realized effectively and rationally.
At the meeting, such issues as ensuring sustainable development of economic sectors, including the implementation of a tight monetary policy, intensification of activities of free economic and small industrial zones, wide attraction of foreign investment, establishment of modern industrial enterprises and new workplaces, expansion of the revenue base of local budgets, formation of an effective tax policy, targeted use of budgetary funds, improvement of the system of state statistics were thoroughly considered.
The Head of our state also touched upon the tasks related to issues of education, healthcare, ecology and environmental protection, culture and art, physical culture and sports, youth and women.
At the meeting, the President of our country gave corresponding instructions on further consolidation of the achieved success on the basis of an in-depth analysis of activities implemented in the current year, taking all necessary measures for not repeating the mistakes made, as well as on specific tasks identified for the first quarter of 2018.
The Russia’s Power Machines company will carry out a stage-by-stage modernization in 2018-2020 of the “turn-key” six power units of the Syrdarya Thermal Power Plant.
The Russians will carry out the modernization of turbine, generator, boiler and auxiliary equipment of power units №№ 3-6, 9 and 10. Automatic control systems for technological processes will also be introduced, reconstruction of automatic control systems will be implemented, construction and installation, supervision, commissioning and warranty tests to confirm the claimed increase in capacity. Completion of the modernization is scheduled for 2020.
“Modernization of the largest energy facility in Uzbekistan will reduce the electric power deficit in the region and increase the reliability of the country’s power system,” said Yury Petrenya, Director General of Power Machines PJSC. “Starting from 2018, we are committed to modernizing two power units on a turn-key basis annually – this is one of the specifics of this contract, because for such a large amount of work in our industry this is quite a short time.
As a result of modernization, the capacity of each power unit will increase by 25 MW – up to 325 MW, which in total will increase the capacity of the station by 150 MW”.It should be reminded that earlier, in 2013-2015, Power Machines fulfilled the full-scale modernization of power units № 1 and № 2 of the Syrdarya TPP with an increase in capacity by 50 MW to 650 MW. In addition, the company completed modernization of the Charvak Hydro Power Plant in the Tashkent region in 2016 with a total financing of $ 56.5 million. Replacement of the hydroelectric plant equipment allowed increasing its capacity by 45.5 MW, which made it possible to produce 120 million kW/h a year.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
V MAN Auto-Uzbekistan JV is set to develop the production of MAN CLA trucks with CNG (compressed natural gas) engine and MAN CLA dump trucks with a total mass of 50 tons and an engine capacity of 440 hp.
A corresponding agreement was signed between JSC Uzavtosanoat and MAN Truck & Bus AG within the framework of the official visit of the government delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Uzbek-German business forum.
The project is planned to be implemented in 2019-2020.
The Uzbek-French automobile plant, Uzbekistan Peugeot Citroёn Automotive, will release its first produce on December 10, 2018, four months ahead of the original deadline.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed to accelerate the implementation of this strategic project and launch the plant on December 10, 2018. Initially, it was planned that the capacities will be put into operation in the first quarter of 2019 year.
The plant will produce two models – Peugeot Boxer and Peugeot Expert. The volume of production of the first model will be 3 thousand cars per year, the second – 13 thousand. The product line has also been thoroughly developed. For the Peugeot Boxer, there are 10-12 variants of modifications, Peugeot Expert – 7.
In particular, based on the Peugeot Boxer, it is planned to launch the production of a minibus for 16-18 seats, ambulances and refrigerators, and Peugeot Expert – minivan for 9-12 seats, van, pickup and other modifications. The new cars will be economical. The average fuel consumption will be 7-8 liters per 100 km.
The plant will create 600 new jobs, and annual production will exceed 170 million euros. At the same time, about 50% of production is planned to be exported to Russia and other CIS countries, as well as Iran and France. In general, according to experts’ forecasts, the annual volume of finished goods exported abroad will amount to approximately 55 million euros, and spare parts – 15 million euros.
It should be reminded that the plant will be located in the “Jizzakh” free economic zone. The design of the facility is carried out jointly with the experienced engineers of the French company in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Peugeot Citroёn.
The enterprise is planned to equip with modern technological lines which will allow to provide for the automated production process and quality control according to the highest European standards. The construction is carried out by the local general contractor under the supervision of the French partners. In the plans
The joint venture is to ensure a level of localization of at least 50% from the first year of production.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
On November 28, an international media forum on “Crossroads of times: the great legacy of the past – the basis of an enlightened future” has begun in Tashkent.
The event, organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan, the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, representative offices of UNESCO and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany), is being attended by senators, deputies, heads of ministries and departments, representatives of leading museums, libraries, scientific institutions, international organizations, scientists and experts.
It is known from history that the outstanding thinkers of Uzbekistan made a great contribution to the development of human civilization. The unique works created by them form the basis of our spiritual life today, serve as a source for fundamental research and scientific studies.
At the initiative of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a large-scale activity is carried out on careful preservation and study of the scientific and spiritual heritage of our great thinkers. The resolution of the Head of our state “On measures of further improving the system of storage, research and propaganda of ancient written sources” of May 24, 2017 serves as a guide to action in this activity.
Unique sources concerning the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan are kept in numerous museums, scientific research institutes, galleries and archival collections of the world. Within the framework of the media project “Cultural legacy of Uzbekistan”, a large-scale activity is carried out on finding them and returning to the homeland. Within the framework of the international forum, presentation of a new series of the project “Masterpieces of written monuments of the East” was held.
An important event of the forum was donating of a facsimile copies of manuscripts kept at the Institute of the Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Library of France. These are copies of the “Qur’an from Katta Langar”, “Miraj-name” (“Ascension”), “The Code of Temur”, “Rauzat-as-Safa” (Garden of Purity). These copies are created on the closest to the original types of paper with the use of gold blotches, it is difficult to distinguish them from original folios.
In May of this year, the first presentation of the project “Cultural legacy of Uzbekistan in the world collections” was held at the international scientific and cultural congress on “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan – the way to dialogue between nations and countries”.
The next five books-albums that are included in this series were presented at the conference. These collections tell about masterpieces of the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. In particular, the sixth volume is dedicated to unique musical instruments and notations kept in the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture. The seventh volume contains information on valuable monuments kept in collections of written heritage of the Institute of the Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The eighth and tenth volumes contain information about exhibits related to the history and culture of our people, stored in the State Hermitage Museum, the State Museum of History, the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art. The album (the ninth volume) dedicated to the cultural heritage of our people, kept in Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after I.Savitsky was published for the first time. The book narrates about the unique examples of Turkestan avant-garde.
At the event, these collections were handed over to representatives of 136 museums and libraries from 49 countries.
Information was provided on books-albums and films, which are scheduled for release in 2018. The books will be dedicated to the unique examples of our history, stored in the funds of France, Great Britain, Japan, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
On the first day of the media forum, reports were heard on various cultures and art traditions in the territory of Uzbekistan and the art of Uzbekistan in world collections. New technologies presented by Japanese scientists on determining the age of museum exhibits aroused the interest of participants.
Presentation of the documentary film “Uzbekistan: Newly Found Revelations” of the Russian TV channel “Culture” also made a great impression. Rare archival records, made in the 1920s in our country, were offered for the first time. They are stored in the funds of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the city of St. Petersburg.
The Center for the Study of Public Opinion “Ijtimoiy Fikr” conducted a sociological survey on “25 years of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, the main focus of which was to study the attitude of citizens to the Basic Law of the country, to determine the level of legal literacy of the population.
The results of the research showed that for the population of the country the Constitution Day is a national holiday filled with deep historical and political significance. Uzbek citizens realize that with the adoption of the Basic Law, the people of Uzbekistan have determined the future of the Motherland, its place in the international community.
The overwhelming majority of respondents (90.5%) believe that the Constitution is the main document regulating legal relations in the country, which establishes the fundamental foundations for the formation of a sovereign state and a just society, commitment to the protecting and strengthening human rights, the ideals of democracy and social justice, the ensuring civil peace and interethnic harmony.
According to Uzbeks, the Basic Law is one of the main symbols of statehood, the ideas and norms of which reflect the centuries-old experience and spiritual values, the rich historical legacy of our people.
The majority of respondents (86.3%) believe that the Constitution not only meets modern requirements of the times, but is also designed for the future. They are convinced that its provisions guarantee the irreversible gradual, consistent socio-economic and political reforms in the country, the optimal combination of dynamism and stability in the development and modernization of the country, which along with the universal legal values that have passed the test of time it includes the constitutional experience civilized states, national peculiarities, spiritual and moral values and a rich experience of the statehood of the people of Uzbekistan. This creates all the necessary conditions for the evolutionary legal development of the state and society, their effective interaction in order to increase the dynamism and effectiveness of democratic reforms.
In the course of the survey, Uzbek people expressed their conviction that a high legal culture is the imperative of the times. In modern conditions it is necessary that every citizen attains a high level of legal awareness, legal literacy and could in practice apply the acquired legal knowledge.
The majority of respondents (92.6%) are well informed about their civil rights. This is natural, since effective measures have been set up in the country aimed at raising the level of the legal culture of the population, timely informing citizens about the essence of the laws and decrees and regulations that have been adopted and already in force.
The survey showed that, Uzbeks are quite knowledgeable about the content of the Constitution. Citizens with higher education, servicemen, law enforcement officers and students are predominating among them.
In the opinion of Uzbek people, the Basic Law proceeds from the very fact of the existence of an independent, democratic state – the Republic of Uzbekistan, there are no articles that would in some way infringe on human rights depending on gender, nationality, race, age, property status, religious beliefs in it. It establishes the fundamental essence of democracy, according to which “the people are the only source of state power”. The strong point, according to citizens, is that our Constitution is based on universal principles, according to which the highest value is a person, his life, freedom, honor, dignity and such inalienable rights as the right to property, work and paid rest, social provision in old age, qualified medical care, and education.
The absolute majority of citizens (94.8%) answered that they fully guaranteed their basic constitutional rights and ensured the priority of the rule of law in Uzbekistan.
The results of the survey show that over the years of independence the Constitution has become a solid foundation for building a legal democratic state in the country, a strong civil society, the basis for developing a socially oriented economy based on market relations and the priority of private property, creating favorable conditions for the life of citizens regardless of their nationality and religion.
The poll showed that the Uzbek people support the measures implemented in the country under the leadership of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev aimed at ensuring and protecting the rights and interests of citizens, further improving the legal culture of the population, creating the necessary conditions for building a democratic rule of law.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)