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INFORMATION DIGEST No. 122

June 22, 2017

OFFICIALLY
Uzbekistan adopts programme on measures for further development of specialized medical care for population

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev signed a resolution “On measures for further development of specialized medical care for population of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021”.

The document envisages measures to determine the most important areas for further development of specialized medical assistance in Uzbekistan, expand the geography of its delivery to the regional level, increase responsibility of the republican specialized centers for organizational and methodological guidance over territorial medical organizations, etc.

The resolution envisages measures on further reforming system of rendering specialized medical services at all levels – from district to national levels.

The document also envisages measures on introduction of achievements of modern science and research activities to specialized medical care.

The leading republican specialized medical and prophylactic organizations have been transformed into republican specialized scientific and practical medical centers in line with the resolution.

Uzbek leader set main tasks of the centers, including development of clinical protocols, methodological and technological policies, organize training of specialists, cooperate with international and foreign medical centers, foreign experts, etc.

The decree approves the scheme of rendering specialized medical services to the population.

President of Uzbekistan also approved a program on measures to further develop specialized medical assistance to the population in Uzbekistan for 2017-2021.

The programme envisages measures to improve legislation on quality and efficiency of specialized medical services, improving the financing of the medical establishment, strengthening their material and technical base of medical organizations, improving system of training, g and upgrading of medical personnel, quality of rendering specialized medical services to the population, etc.

Uzbek leader ordered to create a single electronic database of patients, who need to receive relevant specialized medical services, including high tech medical care, till 1 January 2018.

It is also planned to create an electronic programme of remote appointment to the doctor by 1 January 2019 in all the specialized centers, regional branches and district (city) medical associations.

Uzbek President also provided tax and customs preferences to the medical establishments till 1 January 2022.

Special attention is paid to development of effective mechanisms of social and legal protection of traveling abroad for treatment of citizens of Uzbekistan, as well as to improve the practical and theoretical skills of local experts - involvement in the republic’s leading foreign scientists, doctors and specialists on a contractual basis.

The resolution said that Uzbekistan will direct 373.5 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 22.06.2017, 1$= 3930.91 soums) and US$100 million to implementation of the programme, of which 60 billion soums will be allocated for construction, reconstruction and overhaul of the Republican specialized scientific-practical medical centers and over US$97 million - to equip national and regional specialized medical institutions with modern medical equipment.
(Source: UzDaily.com)

BUSINESS CLIMATE
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed an order for several national companies to be assigned with significant simplification of the procedure of exporting products to Kazakhstan

The head of state has issued permission for several Uzbek companies to supply goods since June 1, 2017 on consignment terms without providing a bank guarantee or insurance policy for export contracts against political and commercial risks.

The list of companies subject to the privilege includes Uzbekneftegaz, Uzkimyosanoat, Uzbekozikovkatholding, Uzvinpromholding, Uzsanoatexport, Uztrade, Uzagroexport, as well as the organizations within them.

There is a specific condition that all deliveries should be made solely to trading houses in Kazakhstan, the aggregate share in the statutory fund of which is at least 51%.

About 230 enterprises in Uzbekistan operate with the share of capital of the neighboring country today, against 130 enterprises that were established in Kazakhstan jointly with Uzbek businessmen. In 2016, the volume of mutual trade between the states amounted to $2 billion. In the coming years, the parties intend to at least double this indicator.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
A business forum of business circles of Uzbekistan and Switzerland was held in Zurich

The event was attended by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, “Uzfarmsanoat” JSC and the Fund for supporting export of small business and private entrepreneurship under the National bank for foreign economic activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as about ten companies of our country engaged in textile and pharmaceutical industries.

Swiss businessmen were provided with information on the export potential of small business and private entrepreneurship entities, services provided by the Fund, and the achieved results, priority areas for bilateral cooperation, commercial offers of producers of Uzbekistan for foreign buyers.

An agreement has been reached within the framework of the business forum, according to which activities on establishment and further intensifying cooperation with importing enterprises, large trading networks and retail companies, business associations and other partner organizations in Switzerland and countries of the European Union with the goal of exporting products of small business and private entrepreneurship entities to markets of these countries, participation of entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan in exhibitions and fairs, conducting joint activities, obtaining necessary licenses and certificates, will be organized.

Representative office of the Fund in Switzerland and European Union countries will also study market conditions, conduct marketing research, exchange information in the sphere of legislation on implementation of export of products from Uzbekistan to Europe on a systematic basis.

During bilateral business negotiations, the parties discussed issues of establishing cooperation in relevant areas. Representatives of Swiss companies were acquainted with commercial offers of Uzbek companies, promising projects for joint implementation.

The delegation of Uzbekistan visited “SkyCell AG” (Switzerland) company, which is specialized in development and production of special pharmaceutical containers used for transportation of pharmaceuticals and substances that require special storage conditions. An agreement have been reached between “Uzgermed Pharm” JV and “SkyCell AG” company on establishing cooperation in export of products of Uzbekistan to foreign markets.

At present, the Fund for supporting export of small business and private entrepreneurship in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the FRG is considering the issue of organizing the export of canned pilaf to markets of Germany and Switzerland. Negotiations are in progress with the foreign party on obtaining a corresponding certificate required in accordance with EU legislation when importing this type of product.
(Source: UzA)

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