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INFORMATION DIGEST No. 26

February 6, 2017

POLITICS
On 3 February President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev surveyed the ongoing construction and creative works in Tashkent

Construction of new industrial enterprises, culture and sports facilities, educational and medical institutions, shopping centres, residential houses, roads and bridges,as well as fundamental reconstruction of the existing ones, based on the modern requirements, have been steadily continuing in our country. Today our capital is undergoing a dynamic renovation, maintaining its historical attractiveness and is developing based on the prospective plan.

The Head of our state paid a visit to the construction site of an overpass at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Muqimiy streets in Chilonzor district.

Our construction engineers have a large experience of creativity. Currently, traffic congestions may be frequently observed at the intersection of Muqimiy and Bunyodkor streets, which result in the loss of time for drivers and passengers, excessive fuel consumption and air pollution.

The new six-lane overpass with a total length of 900 meters, height of 6 meters and width of 24 meters creates comfortable conditions not only for drivers and pedestrians, but also the residents of surrounding areas.

Two pedestrian footbridges with a total length of 131,6 meters are also being constructed on both sides of the overpass. A particular attention is paid to installing relevant protection structures for bad weather conditions.

The President of our country, inspecting the construction process, particularly highlighted that the level and quality of life, welfare of our compatriots and correspondingly, the quantity of cars on the road are increasing day by day. This mandates construction of additional roads and bridges.

During the visit the construction workers were given appropriate recommendations on rapid and quality execution of works.

The overpass is expected to be opened on the eve of the Navruz holiday.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev acquainted himself on 3 February with the pace of construction of modern multi-storey apartment houses in Sergeli district of Tashkent.

Thanks to peace and calm reigning in Uzbekistan and people’s conscientious work, this country is developing comprehensively. Large-scale construction and improvement work is being carried out in all its towns and villages, and the population’s quality of life is rising with every passing year.

At the initiative of the country’s First President Islam Karimov, improvement work has been carried out in many towns. Today the results of this work can be seen in Tashkent, Nukus, Urgench, Bukhara, Andijon, Farghona, Namangan, Samarqand, Karshi, Termiz and other towns.

In accordance with a plan for construction work in the years 2016-2017, 102 modern multi-storey houses consisting of 4284 apartments are being built in Sergeli district of the capital city. This big project will make it possible to satisfy the requirements of thousands of families for housing. Most importantly, the housing will be provided on the basis of privileged mortgage loans.

In the eve of the 26th anniversary of the Motherland’s independence, 66 such houses are to be commissioned. There will be educational establishments, small business and private entrepreneurship entities and services facilities near them.

Our main goal is to create conveniences for people and to raise their wellbeing, the president of the country said. When allocating these houses, it is necessary to strictly observe principles of fairness. Only then will the country’s people be contented and will look to tomorrow with greater confidence. Considering people’s requirements, 10 such houses are to be built in every district of Tashkent.

The head of state gave officials and specialists recommendations on the construction of such houses in complete conformity with modern requirements and on the provision of the most developed infrastructure for them.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has met a number of literators on Poets Avenue in the Alisher Navoiy national park of Uzbekistan.

In the years of independence, special attention is paid to augmenting the younger generation’s intellectual potential, to popularizing reading and to forming book-reading culture among young people and to stepping up the provision of educational, enlightening and scientific literature to educational establishments.

The President’s decree dated 12 January 2017 “On establishing a commission for the popularization of reading and the raising of book-reading culture and for the development of the system of the publication and distribution of books” was an important step towards raising the scale of work in this sphere to a new level.

During the meeting, there was discussion about further improving this place, raising the morality of people, especially young people, making them interested in book reading and ensuring that they regularly visit this place to closely familiarize themselves with the works of famous poets and writers.

As the country’s First President said, Alisher Navoiy’s works not only laid the foundations for the development of the literary Uzbek language and Uzbek national literature but also were of importance to the formation of the Uzbek people’s morality. The study of Navoiy’s heritage gives inspiration to everyone, develops their intellect and leads to serenity of mind.

Poets Avenue should be such a place where poems are read out regularly, the President said.

It is necessary to conduct poetry evenings at all cultural establishments and to ensure young people’s active participation in these.
Those interested in poetry will never be unhappy, the Head of state said.

During the meeting, poets and writes expressed gratitude to the President for the great attention to the literature sphere and the popularization of book reading.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev inspected the construction process of the Sergeli line of the Tashkent metro.

At the initiative of the President of our country a special attention is paid to further development of the transportation sphere, in particular, the metro. The Tashkent metro, playing an important role in the system of providing transportation services for residents and guests of the capital, carries out a large volume of works in ensuring the security of passenger transportation, providing them more comfortable conditions. Today the Tashkent metro includes Chilonzor, Uzbekiston and Yunusobod lines.

Soon the Sergeli line will join their rank, which, in contrast to the existing ones, will be an overground metro. The length of this line, the construction of which is planned for 2017-2020, will be 7,1 km. The line will serve over 14 million passengers annually.

The Head of our state, inspecting the construction process, particularly highlighted that this project is the first of its kind in the history of Uzbekistan. In order to create conveniences for the public, the President underlined the need to construct roofed stations, strictly following the trains schedule and disallowing delays.

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President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev examined the project of construction of “Tashkent metallurgical plant” foreign enterprise in metropolitan Sergeli district.

A British company "Quality Trade Supplies L.P." is a founder this enterprise with the project cost of 278,2 million euros.

The construction of the enterprise on 100 ha is planned be carried out within 24 months. The plant will be equipped with modern technologies from Italy, Germany, Austria and other countries. It will manufacture metal sheets for car bodies, home appliances, metal tiles, corrugated boards. In full capacity, the plant is expected to employ over 1000 workers.

The President of our country examined the start of construction works in this plant. Underlining the role of this metallurgical plant in the economic development of our country, he noted the need to attach a particular attention to training specialists, talked to contractors and builders, wished them successes in their significant work.

The training of specialists for this enterprise will be carried out at the Turin polytechnic university in Tashkent, Tashkent state technical university named after Islam Karimov and corresponding professional colleges.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited “Yakkasaroy small industrial zone” state unitary enterprise in Yakkasaroy district during his tour of Tashkent on 3 February.

The capital, as all over the the country, has faced wide-scale works on dynamic development of small businesses and private entrepreneurship, supporting free enterprise of businesspeople. The decree of the Head of state “On additional measures to ensure accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and quality improvement of the business climate” on 5 October 2016 has opened new opportunities in this regard.

Today on the base of the existing enterprises, three technoparks have been established in Yunosobod, Sergeli and Yakkasaroy districts of Tashkent, in which favourable conditions are created for entrepreneurs, so that they could use the available opportunities, increase the output of finished products with high value added, competitive in the domestic and foreign markets, create new jobs.

The total area of the “Yakkasaroy small industrial zone” state unitary enterprise, organized in the territory of the former textile factory, is 61,2 ha with the area of buildings 338 thousand square meters. At present, 284 businesses operate here in the chemicals, food, machine building, paper, furniture, metal processing, production of construction materials industries. In 2016 they manufactured products worth 630 billion soums and exported goods for 48,5 million dollars. (currency rates of CB RU from 06.02.2017, 1$= 3280.25 soums)

A bank branch and a notary office function in the territory of the technopark for the convenience of entrepreneurs, a railway link is available. Over 6,6 thousand people work here.

The Head of state, acquainting with the technopark facilities, underlined the need to organize such small industrial zones in all districts of the capital, creating wide opportunities for small business representatives, highlighted the importance of supporting enterprises in the search for foreign partners, their introduction to external markets, expansion of the exports.

During a conversation with entrepreneurs, running a business in the territory of the technopark, Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for efficient use of favourable business conditions, created in the country, increasing the quality of goods, developing export activity, active participating at the exhibitions abroad. The officials, responsible in this regard, were given instructions to widely support businesses, localization of goods, provision of investments to import raw materials and to produce finished products in our country.

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On 3 February President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev went to the construction site of a multipurpose Ice Palace, to be built at the intersection of Olmazor and Beshyogoch streets of Tashkent.

A particular attention is paid in our country to upbringing the younger generation as healthy and harmonically developed individuals, development of sports as a key factor in raising the international authority of the Motherland.

The Ice Palace, being constructed at the initiative of the Head of state, combines modern architectural solutions, advanced technologies and traditions of national architecture. In particular, the buildings of the complex will be constructed in the form of the bird Humo- a symbol of happiness and freedom.

This four-storey palace with a total area of 74 thousand square meters will have two complexes: a training complex and a main ice arena with an area of 60x30 meters each.

The arena, with a retractable seating system, will have a capacity of 14 thousand spectators for sports events, and 10 thousand spectators for a concert. The main corps will also have training arena with 300 seats.

A large ice rink will host hockey matches, competitions on short-track, figure skating, curling. Besides, tournaments on basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal, boxing, taekwondo and other sports, as well as concerts, exhibitions and fora may be held here.

In line with the general concept, a sports museum, an indoor children’s playground, gyms, a fitness centre, contemporary catering facilities, a sports inventory shop and other amenities will be located in the territory of the complex.

The engineering networks, firefighting, lightning, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be fully automated, using energy saving technologies.

Furthermore, a four-storey car park is planned to be built next to the palace. The complex is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a special attention to the importance of such sports facilities in upbringing a harmonically developed generation and instructed the officials in charge to ensure quality of construction works.

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The Head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a visit on 3 February to the People’s reception of the President of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

On Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s proposal, 2017 is announced in our country a Year of dialogue with people and human interests. The tasks of communicating with people, realization of their requests and wishes have become a priority state policy. The decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures to fundamentally improve the system of working with applications of legal and physical persons” was adopted on 28 December 2016.

In accordance with the decree, People’s receptions of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan are opening in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, in regional centres and Tashkent, as well as in each district and town.

The people’s reception in Tashkent also has all conveniences for ensuring the constitutional rights of citizens to submit an application (claim, request) to a state body.

The inscription with the words of President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev "Living with concerns of people is the most important criterion of humanity" at the entrance to the reception immediately catches the eye. The activities of the reception are organized on the basis of this benchmark. Modern conveniences for a direct dialogue with the population, considering, recording and filing of applications have been created. The needs of mothers with young children, people with disabilities are taken into account.

Given the large number of the population of Tashkent, sectors are organized by spheres. Reception is located at the address: Amir Temur street, 14.
The Head of State, getting acquainted with the work of the People's reception, praised the high level of its activities. Now there is a need to fill the work with content, strengthen the internal culture.

Compared with other regions, Tashkent has a higher potential, respectively, requirements of metropolitan residents are also high. It is necessary to organize the reception work, taking into account these aspects. It should be a place where the interests of the person are safeguarded, the people's trust is strengthened on the basis of the principles of justice.
(Source: UzA)

President’s Book Published

Publishing and polygraphic creative house "Uzbekistan" has published the book of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev “Critical analysis, strict discipline and personal liability must be the daily principles of every leader’s activity”.

It is a keynote speech by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers on January 14 of this year.

The book which was based on a thorough analysis and critical approach, gave a detailed assessment for the socio-economic development pace of Uzbekistan in 2016. In addition, the shortcomings and mistakes made in recent years by various ministries and agencies in managing the economy, its modernization and diversification were criticized openly and objectively, practical proposals to address them were put forward. There was attached serious notice on the full and effective utilization of existing of enormous potential and reserves in various areas.

The speech highlighted in detail the important tasks on priority areas of socio-economic development for 2017, attracting foreign investment, the introduction of modern technologies in the country's economy in these difficult times when there are more and more intensified competition in the global market. In the book a special place was given to large-scale problems on the realization of the State program "Year of a dialogue with the people and human interests", the improvement of conditions and quality of life, in particular, the construction of affordable and comfortable housing in urban and rural areas, the elaboration and modernization of road transport, engineering-communication and social infrastructure, the network of preschool educational institutions.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

28 JANUARY, 1992 – THE DAY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS NATIONAL AIRLINE
25 Years on the Fly

The national airline of Uzbekistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of its establishment this year. Over the years, the domestic civil aviation has assayed the impossible: it has not just built the state-of-the-art fleet from scratch, but has ensured comfort and safety of passengers on the level of the highest international standards.

One could hardly dream of that in the early 90es of the last century. The landmark of independence, Uzbekistan Airways possessed a fleet of old aircrafts, which did not stand up to criticism, bоth in terms of safety and effectiveness.

The situation on the ground was equally poor. Airports and infrastructure required urgent modernization. The production base for repair and maintenance of flight equipment was completely absent. All of the challenges had to be addressed immediately, because aircrafts of the national air carrier were to connect the young republic with the world.

Despite the complicated situation, the domestic air carrier headed for the gradual renewal of the flight and ground equipment and upgrade of airport infrastructure from the first years of independence. Modern Airbus and Boeing aircrafts appeared in the country after a couple of years after the launch.

The first transcontinental flight to New York on March 31, 1995 was a milestone in the company’s chronicle. The event will forever remain in the history of the country as a unique achievement of Uzbek aviators, who opened a direct and safe way to the US for our passengers. It is noteworthy that the first aircraft to the United States was piloted by the current NAC Uzbekistan Airways CEO Valeriy Tyan.

This event can hardly be overestimated, because Moscow remained the closest point to fly to the United States from Tashkent until 2014. A direct flight to New York was opened from Baku only in 2014. There are now several dozens of airlines in Russia and the CIS, but only a few of them, in addition to Uzbekistan Airways (NAC), have a right to perform commercial passenger flights with the North American region.

Today, the civil aviation fleet of Uzbekistan is equipped with solely new aircrafts by the leading manufacturers. Uzbek air harbors meet all international safety requirements.

Passenger safety and comfort have always been the company’s key priority for all these years. These factors have allowed Uzbekistan Airways winning not just the deserved love of customers, but also the recognition of its partners. Uzbek airports have been repeatedly acknowledged the CIS’s best in quality of service. NAC was ranked the most punctual among the world's leading air harbors.

Most importantly, the air company has great plans ahead, including expansion of the route network, opening of new routes, and replenishment with advanced aircrafts. The carrier has recently announced of signing a contract for the delivery of four cutting edge machines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, bringing their total number to six after 2020.

Meanwhile, the launch of a new international terminal at the Tashkent airport, which is capable of making it the best harbor in Central Asia, is seen as the main project. It is anticipated by the whole country without exaggeration. Its construction will be completed within three years. The territory of the terminal will be twice bigger the size of the present one, and the capacity of the passenger service building will be three times larger.

As planned by the designers, with a bird's-eye the terminal will resemble outstretched wings of a bird Humo. The project is based on the experience and technologies of one of the world’s leading airports - Incheon International Airport (Korea), which was repeatedly rated as the highest ‘Five Star’ according to the British research company Skytrax.

The terminal will have a platform for 36 aircrafts and a parking for 1,700 places. After commissioning, it will be able to serve 1,500 passengers per hour.

There is no doubt that all the plans will be fulfilled perfectly and in time. The national airline of Uzbekistan has long proved that our country has the highest level experts. The domestic civil aviation is not just the best in the region, but is inferior to many of the world's leading carriers.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Delegation of Uzbekistan to pay official visit to Kuwait

On February 7-10, 2017 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait.

The program of the visit includes meetings and talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Chairman of the National Assembly Marzouq Ali Muhammad Al-Ghanim.

The Uzbek delegation will also participate in the Uzbek-Kuwaiti Business Forum and other joint events.

During the visit it is planned to sign a number of documents aimed at further development of bilateral cooperation in the areas of investment, education and research.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Message to US Secretary of State

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov congratulated Rex Wayne Tillerson on the occasion of his official assumption of the post of the United States Secretary of State.

In the message the Minister was convinced that multifaceted activity of R.W.Tillerson in the new tenure will comprehensively serve for strengthening the global peace and security, sustainable development and deepening of mutual understanding among the peoples of the world.

“Uzbekistan firmly intends to continue developing the comprehensive cooperation with the United States and promote in every possible way of solidifying partnership in trade-economic, investment, technological and humanitarian spheres, entirely support the constructive dialogue on the issues of building a civil society based on the principles of mutual understanding, mutual respect and benefit, consideration of interests of both sides”, - stated in the message.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

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