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Promising areas for organizing tours to Uzbekistan discussed

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 24 June 2019, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Belgium Dilyor Khakimov held a meeting with our compatriot Durdona Kadyrova in Antwerp within the framework of working with compatriots.

It was underlined that attracting the experience, professional knowledge and capabilities of our fellow citizens to achieve the goals of socio-economic development of the country designated by the President of Uzbekistan is one of the priorities.

Thanks to the joint work in this direction, Durdona Kadyrova registered the travel company Silk Voyage, a new retail travel agency specializing in adventure travels around Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

The new Belgian company will offer creative travel packages to the market so that European travelers could further discover the unknown cultural and natural pearls of Uzbekistan.

 

A new joint venture is being created as part of the project to create the Safe City complex

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – A delegation of China South Industries Group Corporation, CITIC Group and Costar Group paid a visit to Uzbekistan on 17-21 June 2019.

The visit was organized within the framework of the Cooperation Agreements with the Ministry of Development of Information Technologies and Communications, signed during the visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to China in April 2019.

Following the talks on 20 June, an agreement of Association on the establishment of an Uzbek-Chinese joint venture was signed as part of the project to create the Safe City complex between the Safe City Assistance Center for the Ministry of Development of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan and CITIC Group and COSTAR Group.

Minister for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications Shukhrat Sadikov took part in the ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Association on the establishment of a joint venture.

The main activity of the Uzbek-Chinese joint venture is the implementation of a project to build and maintain the Safe City complex, which is being implemented in Tashkent with direct investments of US$300 million using advanced technologies and innovative solutions from Huawei.

During the visit, a foreign delegation held meetings in Tashkent with relevant ministries and departments to determine future prospects for cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies.

Uzbek businesses pay visit to China

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — A delegation of business circles led by the Khokim of Yakkasaray district B. Shamuratov visited Shanghai.

During the visit, the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in Shanghai organized a meeting of members of the delegation from Tashkent at the administration of Jiading district, Dunyo news agency reported.

The sides discussed prospects for development of cooperation between Yakkasaray district of Tashkent city and Jiading district within the framework of the 25th anniversary of establishment of sister-city relations between Tashkent and Shanghai. Uzbekistan delegation acquainted the Chinese partners with the priorities of socio-economic development and investment potential of Yakkasaray district and Tashkent.

During the visit, Uzbekistan delegation got acquainted with the experience of activities of the technology park, economic zones, housing projects and industrial engineering in Jiading district.

At the meetings, prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation were determined. Following the meetings, memorandums of cooperation were signed between Uzbekistan’s Gulshana Tekstil Invest LLC, Grand Capital LLC and China’s Yiwu Wenli Import & Export Co.Ltd, Shanghai Tita Machinery & Equipment Co. Ltd., Oha Industry Trade (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Presentation of the agricultural industry of Uzbekistan takes place in Geneva

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 24-26 June 2019, the 66th meeting of the UN Working Group on Agricultural Quality Standards of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) is taking place in Geneva, in which the delegation of Uzbekistan participates.

At the event, the countries participating in the Commission reached an agreement to adopt a new standard for dried melons, initiated by Uzstandart Agency. The document, in particular, reflects the requirements for quality, calibration, presentation, packaging and labeling of dried melons, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan said.

On the second day of the event, the Permanent Representation of Uzbekistan in Geneva together with the ECE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at the Palais des Nations organized a presentation of dry and dried fruits for export from different countries.

The event was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, industrial enterprises, organizations for standardization from Uzbekistan, USA, Turkey, Spain, France, Germany, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as representatives of the Uzbek companies World Exim Group, Alimkhan Exim Group, other.

In the speech of the Permanent Representative of our country to the UN Office and other international organizations in the city of Geneva, Ulugbek Lapasov, it was emphasized that in the process of radical modernization of the economy of Uzbekistan, the reform of the agricultural sector is of particular importance. The importance of agricultural products and dried fruit access to the markets of the UNECE countries was also noted.

During the event, guests and participants could taste more than 60 types of dried fruit from Uzbekistan, Central Asia and Pakistan, and Turkey.

Uzbekistan’s GDP to grow by 5.4 percent in 1H

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on 25 June devoted to the analysis of the ongoing work on the socio-economic development of the country, as well as the results and qualitative changes expected in this direction in the first half of this year.

The meeting participants noted that as a result of an active investment policy, attracting primarily foreign direct investment in sectors of the economy and regions, as well as the introduction and consistent implementation of new effective mechanisms for the full assistance of entrepreneurs and investors, high economic growth rates are ensured. Thus, it is expected that in the first half of this year, the volume of gross domestic product will grow by 5.4 percent, industrial production — by 7 percent, construction and contract work — by 9.6 percent, and the volume of services rendered — by 13.9 percent . It was especially emphasized that in achieving such results an important factor is primarily the almost one and a half increase in the volume of utilized investments.

At the same time, it is indicated that there are still not fully involved reserves and opportunities in all sectors and regions. The relevant leaders have been given specific tasks to create modern enterprises and new jobs, increase production and export of products. It was entrusted to expand the revenue base of local budgets, to direct additional revenues to the development of social and communal spheres, improvement of villages and makhallas, and improvement of the life of the population as a whole.

In particular, it was instructed to take additional measures to accelerate the implementation of programs and specific investment projects developed as part of the head of state’s visits to the regions, as well as to form new projects.

The meeting also reviewed the state of the ongoing large-scale work to improve the architectural appearance of cities and regions, the improvement of settlements, construction and repair of housing, water supply networks, sewage systems, electricity, local and internal roads in the framework of the programs “Rim of villages” and “Rim mahalla”. The need for timely allocation and development of the necessary financial and other resources, high-quality implementation of the planned work.

The meeting heard reports of the heads of the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries and departments, business associations and regions. The measures to increase the personal responsibility of the relevant managers for the unconditional achievement of the forecast indicators and specific objectives for the development of each industry and region were identified.

Uzbekistan and Oman discuss the supply of Uzbek fruits and vegetables

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 25 June 2019, an exhibition was held, dedicated to the launch of a pilot project for the supply of fresh Uzbek fruit to Oman, in the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Maskat. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

Earlier, the Embassy, together with the Oman International Logistics Company ASYAD, organized the first trial delivery of Uzbek fruits to the capital of this state, the city of Masqat. To date, about 200 kg fresh sweet peaches of «Nectarine» variety and famous Uzbek melons have been shipped to Oman by air.

The exhibition, organized by the Embassy in cooperation with ASYAD, was also attended by the Ambassador of Bahrain in Oman Juma al-Qabi, a delegation of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the Embassies of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Atyab foodtech, Al-Hosn, Al Hamdani group, and also a number of major distributors and trading companies of Oman.

During the event, it was stated that Uzbekistan ranks among the suppliers of a wide range of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. In this context, the Omani market is one of the priorities for the export of Uzbek fresh fruit.

The representatives of ASYAD emphasized the readiness of the Omani side to provide all the necessary conditions for creating a so-called hub for the delivery and distribution of Uzbek fruits and vegetables in the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.

Representatives of the Bahraini Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates highly appreciated the taste of Uzbek fruits and expressed their willingness to discuss the prospects for re-export of Uzbek agricultural products from Oman to their countries.

The event also discussed issues of further development of cooperation in the supply of fresh fruits to the countries of the region, as well as an exchange of views on finding new and effective routes for the delivery of Uzbek products.

ADB, Uzbekistan renew development partnership with new 5-year strategy

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Uzbekistan. The 5-year partnership strategy, from 2019–2023, supports the government’s ongoing reforms to help the economy’s transition towards a more inclusive and market-driven growth path.

Although Uzbekistan is experiencing economic growth, it faces significant challenges, including tackling growing youth unemployment, creating quality jobs, developing the private sector, improving public infrastructure, and maximizing the country’s potential as a hub for transport, trade, and regional cooperation in Central Asia.

Under the new CPS, ADB will support the government’s long-term objectives to improve the quality of people’s lives and enable the creation of quality jobs. Its country operations will support private sector development, reduce economic and social disparities, and promote regional cooperation and integration.

ADB will help make cities and villages outside Tashkent more livable through rural development and improving access to finance of small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly those owned or led by women. ADB will also support the livestock, horticulture, and irrigation sectors to create jobs and improve sources of income. ADB will boost its support for regional cooperation initiatives, benefiting Uzbekistan. It will promote regional power trade within the Central Asia Power System and regional connectivity along major corridors of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) countries.

“ADB’s new partnership strategy is closely aligned with the government’s objectives to provide a more inclusive and sustainable future to the people of Uzbekistan. Through the CPS, we will continue our support in improved water supply and sanitation, better roads and railways, enabling horticulture production and export, efficient irrigation systems, and supply of reliable electricity for homes and businesses,” said ADB Country Director for Uzbekistan Ms. Cindy Malvicini. “People will have improved health care services, particularly for mothers and children. ADB will also help the government provide young people with the latest skills needed to find jobs.”

ADB will support efforts to create a more conducive environment for the private sector through public–private partnership projects. Uzbekistan’s economy is heavily dominated by state-owned enterprises, limiting opportunities for the private sector. ADB will also help key state-owned companies to improve their financial management and governance.

The CPS is in line with ADB’s Strategy 2030, which sets the course for the bank to effectively respond to the changing needs of the Asia and Pacific region. In Uzbekistan, ADB will strengthen governance and institutional capacity; address remaining poverty and reduce inequalities; promote rural development; and foster regional cooperation and integration.

Since joining ADB in 1995, Uzbekistan has received 72 loans totaling $7.7 billion, including two private sector loans totaling $225 million. ADB also provided $6 million in equity investment, $218 million in guarantees, and $93.1 million in technical assistance grants. In 2018, ADB committed five loans totaling $1.1 billion to improve power generation efficiency, primary health care services, access to finance for horticulture farmers and businesses, access to drinking water in the western part of Uzbekistan, and economic management in the country.

Uzbekistan to host the 32nd FAO Regional Conference in May 2020

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — During the meetings held before the 41st session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the FAO and agriculture ministers from 51 states of Europe and Asia supported the initiative to hold 32 Regional Conference Organization for Europe.

This regional conference will be held on 5-7 May 2020 and among the countries of Central Asia will be held in Uzbekistan for the first time. FAO’s strategic goals are to contribute to the fight against hunger, increase the fertility and stability of agriculture, forestry and fish farming, and reduce poverty in rural areas.

At this time, a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Jamshid Khojaev, is holding talks with various countries, in particular, the ministers of agriculture of the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Chile, Kazakhstan and other official circles.

During the meetings within the framework of the conference, they agreed to implement in Uzbekistan new FAO projects.

AIMC and OSCE address the development of cooperation

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — A meeting was held today between the team of the Agency of Information and Mass Communications (AIMC) and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

During the dialogue, the sides considered the policy of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, aimed at increasing the transparency of the activities of state bodies, about large-scale reforms carried out in various fields, and ongoing work to ensure freedom of speech and the media. They also discussed bilateral relations based on mutual trust and respect, and prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation.

At a meeting organized with the support of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Austria, Mr. Greminger noted that he was aware of the changes and reforms being implemented in our country, and added that the OSCE highly appreciates these positive efforts.

He expressed his admiration for the pace and scale of the reforms being carried out in Uzbekistan, and also noted the contribution that the Agency makes to the development of the media and freedom of speech.

At the same time, the OSCE Secretary General said in his speech that media workers should adhere to the responsibility and principles of journalistic ethics.

Among the positive changes, Thomas Greming highlighted the possibility of unhindered access to foreign information resources in Uzbekistan. He underlined that the open policy of the country will positively affect its further progressive development, and the OSCE will be a reliable partner on this path.

Uzbek envoy to Malaysia holds talks with Director General of RTM

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — On 24 June, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Malaysia Ravshan Usmanov met with Director General of the State TV and Radio Company of Malaysia (Radio Televisyen Malaysia – RTM) Abdul Muis bin Shefii.

The State TV and Radio Company of Malaysia is the largest public TV and radio company with 36 radio and 3 TV channels.

At the meeting, the Malaysian side was informed about place, role and importance of the mass media in deepening democratic reforms and transformations in Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan said.

RTM management was introduced with ongoing purposeful activities on wide promotion of tourism potential in Malaysian media. In particular, leading Malaysian TV channels show videos on trade-economic and investment potential of Uzbekistan, bilateral relations, ziyorat (pilgrimage) tourism, cultural and historical heritage of pearls of the East, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and other ancient cities of Uzbekistan free of charge in prime time.

In turn, the Malaysian side announced its intention to send RTM representatives to attend the upcoming International Music Festival “Sharq taronalari” in Samarkand and International Festival of Folk Arts in Kokand on September 10-15 to widely cover planned events, as well as cultural-historical heritage of Uzbekistan.

RTM Director General also announced his readiness to establish cooperation with National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan in exchanging experience and training specialists within the framework of existing Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

Following the negotiations, agreements were reached on mutual coverage of significant events in public life of the two countries, exchange of data and airtime, including through creation of joint TV programs dedicated to culture, art and cooking, broadcasting of video materials about tourism potential of Uzbekistan on RTM channels free of charge.