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INFORMATION DIGEST № 67

Press-service of MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan

BUSINESS CLIMATE
Entrepreneurs and Benefits
The policy of attraction of investments and innovative technologies at the expense of the benefits and promotions has effect: hundreds of projects in small business are implemented annually, the production of the new product line is mastered, and enterprises introduce quality control systems that meet the requirement of the international standard.
In this connection they strive not only for creation of demand in domestic market, but also expansion of their presence abroad, development of new niches for sales of production.
Tax remissions granted to natural persons is one of the key factors in this process. However, it is very important that backwarders should know of those preferences, especially in province. For this purpose different activities between the representatives of enterprises and government authorities are held. State Taxation Service plays a key role in this process; it holds seminars, “round tables”, meetings with the direct dialogue. In such activities entrepreneurs receive detailed information on the implemented reforms, oriented on the economic liberalization, further improvement of business environment, creation of maximally favorable conditions for business development.
Participants receive comprehensive information on amendment made in the Tax Legislation, rate of tax, benefits provided to a private sector, including other successfully developing trends, such as family entrepreneurship and craftsman’s business. Particular attention is paid to a moving of entrepreneurs to electronic data reporting till the end of 2014. Speakers tell of measures implemented by the State Taxation Service Bodies in affiliation with the Public Authorities, which oriented to an improvement of knowledge and knacks of managers and accountants entrepreneurs as for the tax reporting in soft form, on the improvement of quality of provided information and consultative services.
In the course of direct dialogues the participants receive answers to issue exercising directly from the tax authority experts. It enables for entrepreneurs to use with a maximum efficiency given benefits and preferences, build up new production lines, and create new jobs.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)

SOCIETY
Destinies Differ
No one, never, and under any circumstances will be alone. So it is possible to sum up a set of measures getting implemented within the program of additional measures on further strengthening the social protection of lonely elders, pensioners and the disabled people for 2011-2015.
How many people so many lives. Some reaching the old age remain lonely. The government takes care for such people, and each of them has the right to choose how to arrange their life.
More than 20 thousand people want to live independently. To cope with daily cares they are helped by social workers. Specialists of this service could also help clean up the apartment, go shopping, and cook something to eat.
But there is another category of the elders, who trust their custody to the government. They live in special institutions of boarding type. For example, 145 people live in the Republican guest house of veterans of war and labor.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, under the jurisdiction of which the institution is, continues complete overhaul of the guest house. Two blocks have already been updated, and works on another two-storey building are in full swing. Here are created home conditions for wards. Everyone has his/her own cozy room with bed, chairs, TV and phone. Each floor’s lounge has sofas and large plasma TV, where people living in the guest house gather in the evenings.
People in the guest house continue to live a full life. Here, for example, Leyla Yusupova made a family here. With her husband she spent seven happy years until he passed away.
“We take special care of all wards,” tells the guest house director Tursunmurod Eshiev. “We basically receive old people with various chronic diseases.”
In the guest house five meals daily. All wards are under around-the-clock medical supervision.
Along with the therapist, neurologist and cardiologist are working in the house. The guest house has also its clinic, where medical aid is rendered when exacerbation. Close cooperation are established with all the major hospitals of the capital and republican medical centers. The guest house wards are provided with free stay in sanatoriums of the country.
Greater support is provided by people with good heart. The number grows of those who come to the administration with the words: ‘How to help? And they help. Some of them provide with household items, hygiene products, clothing, and others help to organize various festive events, concerts.
The guest house lives a rich cultural life. On the day of our arrival was organized a charity concert by students of the Glier Specialized Music Academic Lyceum.
And here they also love to celebrate birthdays. Recently, the house has celebrated the 94th birthday of the eldest ward Valentina Chikova.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)

TOURISM
Uzbekistan to host exhibition “World of Leisure”
Uzbektourism national company in cooperation with its Advertisement Agency Great Silk Road will host an international Uzbek tourism exhibition “World of Leisure” on 17-18 April 2014.
The event is aimed at developing internal tourism and demonstrating tourism potential of Uzbekistan to foreign tourists.
Tashkent exhibition was organized on the base of the professional tourism programme Workshop, during which Uzbek and foreign companies sign mutual beneficial agreements.
This year, the exhibition will include three large events – the exhibition itself, Festival of national cuisines “Taste of Great Silk Road” and scientific-practical conference “Gastronomy tourism
as factor for competitive product”.
It is expected that over 40 companies and over 8,000 visitors will participate in the exhibition this year.
The event will be held in two exhibition halls with total areas of 10,000 square meters.
On 18 April, it is planned to host the Festival of national cuisines “Taste of Great Silk Road”, which will be an updated version of Pilaf festival “Pilaf Fest”. The festival will present national cuisine of Uzbekistan, not only pilaf. The organizers plan to hold wine testing.
The scientific-practical conference “Gastronomy tourism as factor for competitive product” will take place on 17 April and will focus on development of gastronomy tourism in Uzbekistan. It is planned to discuss issues of organizing gastronomy festivals in the country.
(Source: UzDaily.com)

SPORT
Asia's Greatest Gymnasts to Descend on Tashkent
In the period from 7 to 14 April, Tashkent Gymnastics Palace will host the XIII Juniors Asian Gymnastics Championships.
According to Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation, this championship will be the only continental qualifier tournament of the season for the II Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing (China).
It is noteworthy that this is the first time that our country hosts such large competition in this sport. The decision to hold the Asian Championship in Tashkent was taken in 2012 at the annual meeting of the Executive Committee of the Asian Gymnastics Federation in Qatar, where Uzbekistan, collecting the most votes, won the right to host the championship. When selecting the host country was taken into account the fact that Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation has solid experience in organizing international competitions in rhythmic gymnastics, including the World Cup tours, Asian championships and the traditional Happy Caravan international tournament.
In addition, various foreign delegations, inspections, as well as athletes and coaches have repeatedly noted that the Sports complex and its sports equipment meets all international requirements and standards to hold large scale competitions.
10 gymnasts (5 boys and 5 girls) will represent our country, including leaders of Uzbekistan national team, winners of numerous national and international tournaments, Veronika Orlova Turdihon Islomova, Timur Kadyrov, Elyor Islomov, who will perform in the all-round competitions. In total, more than 120 gymnasts from 22 countries will compete for 13 sets of medals.
Quotas for the Olympics for the Asian continent are distributed as follows: ten licenses for boys and nine for girls. Each country can get a maximum of two licenses.
(Source:Uzreport.com)