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INFORMATION DIGEST No. 69

April 10, 2017

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
April 7, 2017 – 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada,
OTTAWA

Dear Minister,

I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on achieving a milestone in our relations – the 25th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between Uzbekistan and Canada.

As we charted new course at the outset of our Independence, Uzbekistan enjoyed Canada’s full support and cooperation.

Ever since we have been able to lay and significantly strengthen the foundation of Uzbek-Canadian friendship and partnership.

Over the years our countries have worked together on a number of tracks to advance areas of mutual interest to include diplomatic and inter-parliamentary interactions, trade and economic cooperation, cultural exchanges. We succeeded in promoting institutionalized political dialogue through annual consultations between our respective ministries.

I have no doubt that we will jointly endeavor to further expand and strengthen our multifaceted relations substantiating our agenda. We have yet to uncover full potential of our mutually beneficial cooperation in the sphere of investments, trade, tourism, science and technology, education, culture.

I am convinced that further deepening of bilateral ties between Uzbekistan and Canada will serve for the benefit of both our countries and peoples in the years to come.

Availing myself of this opportunity, I wish you, Minister, every success in your public service.

Sincerely,

Abdulaziz Kamilov,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company and KazMunayGas National Company have inked agreement on cooperation in the development of joint marketing and logistics of oil products

The document provides for joint initiatives in increasing supplies of crude oil to Uzbekistan, as well as its transit through Kazakhstan.

Uzbekneftegaz NHC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the oil and gas industry.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

9 MAY – DAY OF MEMORY AND HONOR
To Organize the Day of Memory and Honors at a Due Level

In connection with the May 9 national holiday – the Day of Remembrance and Honor, as well as the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the Victory over fascism in World War II and for the purpose of material encouragement of participants and disabled veterans, a one-time monetary award to veterans of World War II in the amount of 2 million soums (currency rates of CB RU from 10.04.2017, 1$= 3623.07 soums).

Presentation of participants and invalids of the Second World War with a one-time monetary compensation will be carried out in a solemn atmosphere on behalf of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

With a view to holding high-level events dedicated to the national holiday on May 9 – the Day of Remembrance and Honor, worthy of honoring veterans of the war and the labor front of 1941-1945, as well as families of servicemen and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in the years of Uzbekistan’s independence, further consolidation in the country of atmosphere of mutual respect, humanity and nobility, education of youth in the spirit of devotion to national traditions and respect for universal values, a decree of the head of state adopted a program for the preparation and holding of events dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Honor.

In accordance with this document, representatives of ministries, departments, organizations, institutions, enterprises and military units were assigned to families of servicemen and law enforcement officers who perished in the service during independence years as well as the Second World War and the labor front. Their leaders will visit the places of residence of this category of persons for celebration and congratulations.

Measures will be taken to repair the housing and improve the home economy for single and low-income participants of the Second World War, and those of them who do not have their own housing, a living space will be allocated.

In preparation for the Day of Remembrance and Honor, it is planned to implement a set of measures of spiritual, moral and patriotic directions to explain the persistence, courage and heroism shown by the veterans of the war and the labor front of 1941-1945 among the broad strata of the population, especially youth, and those servicemen and law enforcement officials who died in the execution of service in the years of independence.

In the regions, cities and districts, during the Day of Remembrance and Honor, events will be held related to the installation of compositions from the Second World War, including music, songs of that time, and the re-creation of the corresponding situation.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

GREAT NAMES OF UZBEKISTAN
Ceremonial event held on capital city’s Amir Temur avenue on 9 April

Amir Temur is one of the Uzbek nation’s heroes of the past. After Uzbekistan achieved independence, the country’s First President Islam Karimov conducted reforms of moral revival on the basis of the restoration of the good names and honour of Uzbek people’s great ancestors and their rich heritage. As a result, the Uzbek people widely celebrate Amir Temur’s birth anniversaries, showing respect for the memory of their great ancestor.

According to a tradition, a ceremonial event took place on the capital city’s Amir Temur avenue on 9 April. Members of the parliament, representatives of ministries and departments, writers and poets, scholars, students and representatives of the wider public participated in this event.

The chairman of the Amir Temur international public charity foundation, Nozim Habibullayev; a doctor of history, Shohista Oljayeva; writer Bakhtiyor Haydarov; and others said that Amir Temur was the founder of the most powerful state in his time and a patron of science, culture, education and morality. He also exerted crucial influence over historic changes that took place in Asia and Europe then, and he made an incomparable contribution to the development of the world’s civilization. In the international arena, interest is increasing in Amir Temur’s personality and the work done by him.

More than 1,500 books have been written in Eastern and Western languages about this great personality, about the conditions in which he grew up and about how he became a statesman and invincible military leader. In nearly 50 countries of the world, scholars engaged in the study of Amir Temur are doing scientific research today.

Thanks to the country’s independence, a wide opportunity opened up to understand the Amir Temur phenomenon and to evaluate it objectively and truthfully. In this country, the year 1996 was the year of Amir Temur. His 660th birth anniversary was widely celebrated internationally. His big statues were put up in Tashkent, Samarqand and Shahrisabz. An award was established in his honour. In the year 2011, at the proposal of Islam Karimov and with his foreword, the “Temur’s code of laws” book was published anew with high printing quality.

Large-scale reforms being implemented in this country today are essentially consonant with Amir Temur’s way of thinking.

At a joint session of the chambers of Oliy Majlis (parliament) of the country on 14 December 2016, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said: “Our great forefather Amir Temur’s words of profound wisdom `May justice accompany and guide us in everything we do’ should become ingrained in our everyday lives.” This is proof of the continuity of a high respect for the great ancestor.

At the event, students of the state foreign languages university read out excerpts from a poem about Amir Temur in the Uzbek and English languages. Students also displayed clothes of the era of Amir Temur and Timurids.

Flowers were laid at the Amir Temur statue.

Presidential state adviser H.Sultonov participated in the event.

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On this day, an exhibition entitled “The art of creating gardens in the era of Amir Temur” opened at the Timurids History state museum.

Such events are being held in all the region of the country and the Republic of Qoraqalpoghiston (north-western Uzbekistan).
(Source: UzA)

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