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INFORMATION DIGEST № 77

Press-service of MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan

ECONOMY
Oil and Gas Uzbekistan to be held in mid-May
The 18th International Oil and Gas Uzbekistan 2014 exhibition will take place from 13 to 15 May 2014 at the Uzexpocentre in Tashkent.

OGU is officially recognised as the most important and best-attended oil and gas exhibition in Uzbekistan. Today, it is an important event for the whole Central Asian region, which has a direct influence on the development of the fuel and energy complex of Uzbekistan and the furthering of international cooperation in this sector.
The OGU exhibition and conference gather thousands of representatives of national and international companies from 45 countries to discuss issues in the development of the Oil and Gas industry every year.

According to organizers, 150 companies will participate in the exhibition and among them such companies as LUKOIL, Sharjah Oxygen, CGG, Dressta, Confind и Solar Turbines, Jumo, MAN, Kanex и Samson, Beijing Tianhai Industry Co.,Ltd, BGP Inc. and others.

ITE Uzbekistan, which is the organizer of the exhibition and conference, said that the first day of the event will be dedicated to LUKOIL.
On 14 May, the international conference on oil and gas will open its work, which is expected will be attended by over 200 delegates.
During two days, the participants will consider important aspects of development of oil and gas sector development, market reviews, processing of oil and gas, cooperation in oil and gas sector, etc.

At the exhibition, Uzbekneftegaz is planning to hold negotiations with OGU participants.

OGU is part of s series of specialised exhibitions and conferences including: MIOGE (Russia - Moscow), KIOGE (Kazakhstan - Almaty), Caspian Oil & Gas (Azerbaijan - Baku), TUROGE (Turkey - Ankara), OGT (Turkmenistan - Ashgabat), GIOGE (Georgia – Tbilisi) and others.
(Source: Uzdaily.com)

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
British Officials Visit Uzbekistan
Sayeeda Warsi, Senior Minister of Sate for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, held talks April 16 in the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis.
It was noted in particular during the negotiations that Uzbekistan and Great Britain have steadily been advancing the mutual cooperation across diverse spheres, including parliamentarianism, and that the two nations are equally interested in the further enhancement of this interaction.

The Memorandum on Understanding signed between the Oliy Majlis Group for the Cooperation with the British Parliament and the latter’s Britain-Uzbekistan All-Party Group has been facilitating the further consolidation of interaction in the parliamentary sphere, expansion of political, economic and social ties.

The two sides discussed issues concerning the further development of inter-parliamentary cooperation between our two countries, and pointed out to the mounting role of the legislature in the advancement of society.

“Wide-ranging reforms have been underway in Uzbekistan to promote democratization and civil society,” Baroness Warsi said in particular. “The United Kingdom advocates a dynamic exchange of expertise with Uzbekistan on this front.”

The British officials also held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
(Source: Uzbekistan National news Agency)

Hotels of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan has almost all the necessary qualities to become one of the major tourist pearls not only of the region, but also that of global significance. To realize this potential in the country, a massive complex of measures aimed at creating comfortable conditions for tourists.

One of the main points in any tourist road map is inns and hotels, which usually must have a high level of service, to be comfortable, relatively inexpensive. It should be highlighted that there is one feature inherent to visitors from developed countries in Europe, Asia and America. Very important for them, even in the most exotic countries they visit, to see familiar hotel brands. Here they can be assured that they will receive a certain level of service and comfort that have already tested the network in hotels located in other parts of the world.

Uzbekistan, following the trend of tourism business development, actively developing cooperation with the representatives of the world’s leading hotel brands. Today, the capital continues to build new hotels under the world famous brand Hyatt. To note, the international corporation Hyatt is one of the leading international hotel chains offering services in more than 370 hotels and resorts in 44 countries. The total cost of the construction of the hotel is about US$113m, including US$71m will be provided by the State Budget of Uzbekistan, and US$42m - in the form of a loan - by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan. The total number of rooms is to reach 294.

Another recent example - South Korean company Hotel Lotte Co., Ltd obtained a control over Tashkent Palace Hotel for 10 years. The investor within the project is exempted from income tax, property tax and land tax for a period of three years. In result, there was conducted a re-equipment of the hotel complex and international standards of service implemented, which significantly affected its occupancy.

In the future, the Uzbek market can be entered by a number of major players. One of them is the French Accor. In Paris, during the Fifth Session of the Uzbek-French Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, a cooperation agreement with Uzbekistan was signed, which provides a joint elaboration of the issues for the transfer of the City Palace Hotel to its management. To note, Accor today owns and manages about 4 thousand hotels worldwide.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF SCIENTISTS AND THINKERS OF THE MEDIEVAL EAST, ITS ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE MODERN CIVILIZATION.
To Study the Splendid Legacy of Our Great Ancestors
On May 15-16, 2014, Samarkand is due to host an international conference on the historical heritage of scientists and thinkers of the Medieval East, its role and significance for the modern civilization.

The conference is to be held in accordance with the 1 April 2014 resolution of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Scholars from almost fifty nations of the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Italy, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Egypt, along with heads and representatives of prominent international organizations, specialists of research centers and institutions as well as experts are among expected participants of the forthcoming forum.

Infinite throughout the world is the respect and reverence towards the unfading genius of our great forefathers, so is the interest in the study of their rich scientific heritage. Scholarly and artistic works have been created abroad narrating the life and activities of our ancestors and monuments been erected in tribute to them.
During the independence development years, the interest in inquiring into this colossal spiritual heritage has grown to a considerable extent. International scientific and cultural cooperation has been launched in Uzbekistan. Major academic conferences are held to further these goals. Jubilees of our outstanding scholars and thinkers as well as ancient cities have been celebrated at the international scale. Under the leadership of the head of our state, shrines glorifying our remarkable forefathers are being restored and beautified. Special emphasis is being placed on the reinvigoration and perpetuation of the national spiritual legacy and the promotion of science and education.

The international academic conference due in Samarkand constitutes a bright indication of the ever mounting high attention, respect and interest in the scientific heritage of the magnificent ancestors.

Located at the crossroads of diverse civilizations on the Great Silk Road that links the East and West, our country has been renowned from time immemorial for its great scientists and thinkers. They have made invaluable input into the evolution of the world civilization.

Themselves a fruit of the thoughts and boundless genius of our marvelous ancestors, the many thousands of works, the unique manuscripts in history, literature, arts, ethics, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, architecture and other areas constitute a priceless spiritual wealth of our people. As the President of the country Islam Karimov once noted, there are few peoples in the world who wield such a rich heritage.

We by right take pride in our remarkable thinkers and scholars – who ravished the whole world – such as Muhammad Musa al-Khorezmi who was the first in the world to introduce decimal notation into science and the notions of algorithm and algebra, the encyclopedic scientists Ahmad al-Ferghani and Abu Rayhan Beruni, founder of the medical science Abu Ali ibn Sino, Mahmud Zamakhshari who created the perfect grammar of the Arabic language, the author of the astronomical table with the indication of movement of more than a thousand stars Mirzo Ulughbek and so forth. Infinite pride for our forefathers inspires us to live with a sense of high dignity and to be on the equal with others in terms of knowledge and abilities to be worthy descendants of these truly great people.

The international academic conference to address the historic legacy of scientists and thinkers of the medieval East and its role and significance in the contemporary civilization is being held in the city of Samarkand and this not accidental. Because a symbol of the magic East, Samarkand is one of the ancient cradles of the world civilization, a city with a rich historical and cultural heritage that housed hundreds of scholars and thinkers. The architectural and cultural monuments are suggestive of the genius of our ancestors, of the deep and great past. With its inimitable and picturesque nature, ancient and modern buildings and facilities, Samarkand charms to the end.

The forum participants are anticipated to discuss and exchange views and expertise on issues concerning the scientific, historical and philosophical heritage of the academics and thinkers of the medieval East, their immense contribution to the formation and development of astronomy, mathematics, geography, geodesy, medicine, pharmacology, chemistry, mineralogy and other sciences.

The conference is to include also a show of films narrating the life and creativity of scholars and thinkers of the medieval Orient, their historical legacy and the activities of academic schools. The event participants are to get familiar with historical, academic and cultural monuments of Samarkand, the creative and beautification works carried out during the independence years, as well as the activities of education institutions.

The website of this international conference is launched at www.msth.uz.
(Source: Uzbekistan National news Agency)