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INFORMATION DIGEST No. 72

April 13, 2017

POLITICS
President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev reviewed the constructive works, the pace of implementation of social-economic projects, the activity of schools on 12 April

The Head of our state visited “Rele va avtomatika» joint-stock company in Chilonzor district.

The third direction of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 determines the tasks on improving effectiveness of the existing and establishing new free economic zones, technoparks and small industrial zones, modernization of industry, enhancing inter-sectoral industrial cooperation.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev had inspected industrial facilities in Tashkent on 3 February and 25 March and had given recommendations on creating necessary conditions for effective activity of companies and entrepreneurs. Today new manufacturing capacities are being established in these facilities.

“Rele va avtomatika” joint-stock company occupies an area of 3,91 ha, which includes manufacturing facilities on 2,26 ha. The plant produces metallic and plastic goods of 100 types, low-voltage devices and renders corresponding services. A necessary infrastructure for enhancing production is available here.

10 new investment projects are planned for implementation in 2017-2018 in the unoccupied facilities of the joint-stock company. As a result of their implementation, production of paper for cash registers and terminals, knitwear, hydraulic oils, plastic pipes and fittings, propylene bags, acryl and stationeries will be launched.

The Head of our state underlined the need to establish companies, localizing imported goods and manufacture export-oriented products.

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited “”Roison Home White Goods” Uzbek-British joint venture in Chilonzor district.

The capital, as all regions of our country, is undertaking wide-scale works on accelerated development of small businesses and private entrepreneurship, ensuring free activities
of entrepreneurs. The decree of the President of our country “On additional measures on ensuring accelerated development of entrepreneurial activity, comprehensive protection of private property and quality improvement of business climate” on 5 October 2016 has created new opportunities in this regard.

The total area of “Roison Home White Goods” Uzbek-British joint venture, established in the territory of the former “Algoritm” plant in Chilonzor district, is 23 ha, including 9,7 ha under buildings and installations. At present over 50 businesses, manufacturing home appliances, textiles, chemical and paper products, furniture, construction materials, metal processing, operate here. Over thousand people work in these enterprises.

The Head of our state, during inspection of projects, has underscored the need to provide wide preferences to small businesses, the importance of supporting them in search for foreign partners, access to foreign markets and increasing export activities.

Economic projects, to be implemented in Chilonzor district, have been presented here.

During a conversation with businesspeople, Shavkat Mirziyoyev highlighted effective utilization of favorable business climate, increasing the quality of manufactured products, widening exports, active participation in international exhibitions. The President gave recommendations to responsible officials on wide support of entrepreneurship, stimulating exports, attracting investments, providing loans and on other relevant issues.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has visited the “Katta Hirmontepa” and “Yakkatut” neighbourhoods in Chilonzor district.

Neighbourhood citizens’ gatherings as a true institution of people’s self-government have a firm place in society. This is of important significance to carrying out noble tasks of ensuring dialogue with the people and human interests.

Mainly multi-storey apartment houses are located in the “Katta Hirmontepa” neighbourhood. The Head of State inspected the neighbourhood. He gave officials instructions to improve areas around multi-storey buildings, pre-school day care establishments and schools and to repair pathways.

Schools are places of education, and special attention should be paid to improvement work here, the President said.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited people in their homes in this neighbourhood and held a conversation with them.

There are two pre-school day care establishments, two schools and two colleges functioning in the “Yakkatut” neighbourhood.

The President acquainted himself with the life of this neighbourhood and held a dialogue with its people.

Here information about standard neighbourhood centre construction projects to be carried out in Tashkent city was presented to the Head of State.

Neighbourhoods should have law-based foundations and adequate conditions in order for them to effectively carry out tasks within their remit, the President said.

The proposed new standard neighbourhood centre construction project envisages separate rooms being provided for the neighbourhood’s chairman, secretary, advisers and preventive inspector. This will serve to further strengthen such qualities as harmony and thoughtfulness that are characteristic of Uzbek people.

In accordance with the President’s recommendation, such inspectors should live in the neighbourhoods where they work. This is significant for them to hold a close dialogue with every household in the neighbourhood and to closely observe streets and public places.

Instructions were given to provide service accommodation for preventive inspectors and preferential credits for the purchase of cars for them and to create all the necessary conditions for them to work effectively.

Teahouses, bakeries, beauty salons, shops, sports facilities and children’s playgrounds not only meet people’s vital needs but also serve to ensure a stable moral climate in the neighbourhood.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that neighbourhoods should be a bridge between people and the state.

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The number of motor vehicles in this country, especially in its capital city, is increasing. This is proof of rising living standards and prosperity in the country. And the purpose of large-scale reforms is raise the living standards of the population and to completely ensure human interests.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has considered a project of repairing internal roads in Chilonzor district of the capital city. Under this project, all the internal roads in this district are to be repaired completely.

The Head of State said while looking at this project that special attention should be paid to roads’ quality and modernity.

A shortage of parking spaces near big buildings, facilities and marketplaces causes certain inconveniences. Information about a project of car parks construction near big buildings and facilities was presented to the President.

Under this project, three-, four-storey car parks are to be built near such buildings. This is of important significance to preventing traffic jams and to ensuring pedestrians’ safety.

The President gave officials instructions to improve the roads and also to build car parks to modern standards.
(Source: UzA)

OFFICIALLY
Ravhsan Usmanov appointed Tourism Committee's first deputy chair

Under the 6 April Presidential Resolution ПП-2870, Ravshan Usmanov has been appointed first deputy chairman of the State Tourism Committee.

Mr Usmanov earlier worked as Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to France, Italy and Portugal (concurrently).

Mr Usmanov studied at the University of Birmingham, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, and the Tashkent State Law University.
(Source: UzReport.uz)

INVESTMENTS
The Uzbek chemical industry is exploring the feasibility of a project on polyethylene wallpaper production on the basis of the Ferganaazot Company

South Korean investors might act as partners.

The parties are currently actively negotiating. The South Korean side has already embarked on elaboration of a business plan and study of the marketing component of product promotion in the domestic market.

Initially, the Korean side is ready to launch an annual production of thousands of tons of polyethylene wallpaper with a total value of over $10 million, on the basis of Ferganaazot. Later on, the manufacture may be expanded. The sides are currently considering the feasibility of creation of a joint venture under the project, to come up with specific details in the near future.

The successful future of the enterprise is obvious, because the Uzbek market is currently overfilled with wallpaper by Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, European and South Korean manufacturers.

Transportation from abovementioned countries and customs duties have a serious impact on the final price, so the wallpaper of local production, which promises to be cheaper and better than its counterparts, will quickly occupy a considerable niche in the domestic market. The launch of the new manufacture is scheduled for the end of 2018.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Head of MFA of France to visit Uzbekistan

On April 14, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the French Republic Jean-Marc Ayrault will pay an official visit to Uzbekistan.
Within the framework of the visit, meetings at the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and other formats are planned.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Uzbekistan is set to establish manufacturing of innovation-based cosmetic products in line with international standards

The Uzbek side will be partnered by one of the leaders of the cosmetic market in its segment - the South Korean company Daejin Chemical. It is planned to establish the new production on the territory of Navoi Free Economic Zone.

A delegation of the South Korean company visited Uzbekistan in March, studied the infrastructure of the free economic zone, logistics and opportunities for the distribution of manufactured products. During negotiations with the Uzbek side, the parties talked over the opportunities of project implementation and the launch of production of false eyelashes and fixing agents, as well as cleansing face masks, at the first stage.

Following the meeting, the parties signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the implementation of the initiative. In the future, it is envisaged to create either a joint venture with the participation of the Korean side or a full-fledged foreign enterprise. Representatives of Daejin Chemical took a short pause to study all the parameters and specify business plans.

Participants of the Navoi FEZ are subject to unprecedented benefits and preferences. For example, they are exempt from land tax, profit tax, legal entity property tax, improvement and development of social infrastructure tax, single tax payment for microfirms and small businesses, mandatory contributions to state funds, and customs payments.

All the privileges are granted for a period from three to ten years, depending on the amount of investments. An investor gets three years of tax exemption by investing from $300,000 to $3 million, five years for investments from $3 to $5 million, seven years for $5-$10 million, and ten years for over $10 million, while single tax payment and income tax rates will be 50% below the current rates in the next five years.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

TOURISM
Tashkent to host exhibition World of leisure 2017

On 13 and 14 April, the exhibition complex Uzexpocenter will see the V anniversary of International Uzbek Tourist Fair (IUTF) 2017. This event in the tourism industry of Uzbekistan allows to identify new trends, modern technologies and methods of work in the tourism industry in our country.

IUTF is one of the most popular and significant events of the spring-summer tourist season in Uzbekistan. It is long awaited by the professionals of tourism, in order to announce their new opportunities, while travel lovers will find a wide selection of the most popular tourist destinations.

This year, companies from Thailand (Ilves Tour) will make a number of presentations showcasing new tourism products.

Turkey (Enda Tour) and Egypt (Tourism authority of Egypt) will represent a fascinating journey to the center of luxury and wealth of hot Eastern countries.

Spa resorts of the Czech Republic (Karlovy vary), Azerbaijan (Naftalan Chinar) and Russia (Rus 4* Essentuki) will provide professional consultations on rest, treatment and rehabilitation for children and adults.

A vacation paradise on the sandy beaches will be presented by companies from Russia (Sochi) and Malaysia (Embassy Alliance).

Among debutants of the exhibition will be China (MAOFA International Travel Service), which will provide information about recreation in an amazing and mysterious country with an unusual history.
(Source: UzReport.uz)

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