A meeting of the Council on Rail Transport of the Member States of the Commonwealth takes place in Minsk

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( – A meeting of the Council on Rail Transport of the Member States of the Commonwealth takes place in Minsk.

The meeting was attended by members of the organization — heads of railway administrations of Russia, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, as well as associated members of the Council — heads of railway administrations Georgia, Latvia and Finland, the leaders of the railways of Lithuania, Estonia, Iran. It should be noted that for the first time the heads of the railways of Turkey and Mongolia took part in the meeting.

At the current meeting, the results of the operational work, freight and passenger transportation of the integrated railway network, the results of the development of a traffic schedule and a plan for the formation of trains in international traffic for 2019-2020, and a joint R&D plan were considered. A number of regulatory documents have been finalized and adopted.

In addition, it was decided to assign the railway administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran the status of an associate member of the Council and its subsequent accession to the agreements, agreements and other mechanisms of joint work within the Council after all relevant obligations have been fulfilled.

Following the results, the heads of the railway administrations of the participating countries signed a protocol of the 71st meeting of the Council. The next meeting of the Council on Rail Transport of the CIS member states will be held in May 2020 in Dushanbe.

Uztransgaz holds a meeting with Japanese companies

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Following a visit by a delegation of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Japan in September 2019, the country’s leading companies “Itochu Corporation” and “Marubeni Corporation” showed interest in the joint implementation of the project “Modernization of the gas transmission system of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the introduction of a center for dispatching, monitoring and managing gas infrastructure facilities (SCADA).”

During the meeting, Uztransgaz presented the project “Modernization of the gas transmission system of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, which includes two phases of implementation. Japanese companies showed interest in participating in an international tender for the implementation of the first phase of the project financed by ADB and in participating in the second phase with the involvement of Japanese soft financing. In particular, the prospects of joint implementation of the second phase of the project were discussed.

Following the meeting, the parties agreed to organize additional meetings in November of this year, between working groups for a detailed discussion of financing and implementation of the second phase of the project with the participation of Japanese companies.

AGMK to build the largest copper processing plant in the CIS

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( – Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine (AGMK) plans to complete the construction of the largest copper processing plant in the CIS countries by the end of 2023, Oleg Staroverov, director of the Directorate of the Construction Factory, said during a press conference today.

According to him, the use of new technologies will allow to process 60 million tonnes of ore per year at the new plant. In particular, fully automated complexes will be used here; the installation of a unique roller press technology (HPGR) is planned.

“These technologies are now used by industry leaders in the United States, Chile and Peru. We carefully studied their experience. Among the CIS countries, the closest in terms of performance will be Russia, where there are factories with a capacity of 40 million tonnes. In the future, Uzbekistan will be able to get ahead of these countries for ore processing. For this, in parallel with the construction of a new production facility, the issue of providing it with the necessary raw materials through the development of the Yoshlik-1 field is being resolved,” said Staroverov.

The feasibility study of the project is being developed by the Russian TOMS Research and Design Institute. It is planned that the factory will use modern technologies and equipment that will minimize environmental impact, as well as improve energy efficiency. Suppliers of equipment and technology will be the world’s leading manufacturers.

“We plan that the Russian side by the end of November will present us the technology for consideration in the new factory. Today, laboratory work and ore studies are underway to select the most optimal technology. At the next stage, tenders will be announced for the supply of various equipment,” the source said.

The Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine is the only copper producer in Uzbekistan. The company produces refined copper, metallic zinc, molybdenum, lead concentrate and other products. The AMMC accounts for about 90% of silver production and 20% of gold in the republic. Since August 2018, the state share in the enterprise was transferred to the trust management of the foreign company SFI Management Group.

Fruit and vegetable products of Uzbekistan on the shelves of the Sultanate of Oman

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Recently, the Uzbek company Alfa Level and the Omani Al Awkiya Trading signed an agreement on the supply of fresh and dried fruits from Uzbekistan to Oman, the Dunyo reported.

In accordance with the specified bilateral document, the first supply of Uzbek melons was carried out about 20 tonnes. Currently, this product is being successfully sold in specialized outlets of the Omani company Al Awkiya Trading.

At the same time, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Muscat organized a presentation of domestic fruits and vegetables among the diplomatic corps of Arab countries neighboring Oman, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, to further promote Uzbek fruits to the markets of Middle Eastern countries by using the logistics capabilities of the Sultanate of Oman.

Uzbekistan takes part at the international tourism exhibition ITB Asia-2019 in Singapore

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Singapore hosts the Asian Travel Market (ITB Asia) International Tourism and Travel Exhibition, which features the National Stand of Uzbekistan, organized by the State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the support of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Singapore.

The Hilton Hotel, recently built in Tashkent, also takes part in the Uzbek delegation, offering its guests high service that meets international standards.

At the stand of Uzbekistan, delegates tell foreign guests detailed information about our country, the tourism potential of the regions and developing types of tourism in the republic. In addition, guests can see the tourist opportunities of each region of Uzbekistan in the proposed handouts, including magazines, booklets, brochures and tourist maps of the country. The international tourism fair ITB Asia will continue its work until 18 October.

ITB Asia is the largest modern platform for organizations to present their capabilities. Within three days, leading tourist operators from Asia will offer their programs to the guests: representatives of the hotel and restaurant business will demonstrate the main advantages and advantages of their hotels, IT companies will present the latest achievements in the field of telecommunication technologies for the travel industry, and tour operators will popular routes and destinations for tourists. The event is expected to attend more than 11 thousand visitors from 110 countries.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev meets with Nursultan Nazarbayev

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — On 15 October, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev.

At the meeting, the President of Uzbekistan sincerely congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on his election as Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council and the awarding of the Highest Order of the Turkic World.

The great contribution of the First President of Kazakhstan to formation and development of the Council, as well as the expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation within the organization, was emphasized.

In turn, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that the accession of Uzbekistan to the Turkic Council will increase international authority and the effectiveness of cooperation within this structure.

Current issues of bilateral relations, as well as the global and regional agenda were discussed at the meeting.

President of Uzbekistan receives the Prime Minister of Hungary

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — On 14 October, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, in Baku.

Head of the Hungarian government sincerely congratulated the leader of Uzbekistan on the accession of the country to the Council. Confidence was expressed that the development of cooperation within the framework of this organization would serve to deepen the multifaceted partnership between the two countries.

Prospects of interaction in trade, economic, investment, financial and cultural-humanitarian spheres were considered at the meeting.

The importance of regular meetings of the joint Intergovernmental Commission for promoting practical cooperation projects, primarily in agriculture, livestock, industry, pharmaceuticals, tourism and other areas, was emphasized.

Current issues of the international agenda, including partnership in Uzbekistan – EU format, were also considered.

New EU Central Asia strategy discussed by international experts

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan Dilyor Hyakimov attended a meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club, Dunyo reported.

The topic of the meeting, “The New EU Strategy for Central Asia — Strengthening Regional Cooperation”, brought together representatives of diplomatic, socio-political and analytical circles, as well as members of the European Commission to discuss.

Speaking at the meeting, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan noted that, thanks to the regional strategy of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the country’s open and constructive policy contributed to the transformation of Central Asia into an attractive region for other parts of the world. The efforts undertaken have significantly increased the interest of key states of the world in establishing a closer political dialogue with the republic. The updated EU Strategy for Central Asia is fully consistent with the Action Strategy for the five priority areas for 2017 — 2021.

EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian said that the region has undergone significant changes in recent years, which «brought it closer to Europe.» “Central Asia, due to positive events -“ new winds ”in the region today occupies an important place on the EU agenda,” the diplomat emphasized. “The EU is very interested in enhancing its participation in Central Asia so that the region develops as a peaceful, sustainable, prosperous and more closely interconnected economic and political space.”

In an interview with Dunyo, the president of the Schneider group, Ulf Schneider, announced that in 2018 a representative office of the company was opened in Uzbekistan, which will assist the Uzbek side in attracting foreign investors.

“We see Uzbekistan as a rising star in Central Asia,” he said. — German business very well understands the mentality of Uzbek entrepreneurs. There is great proximity in the approaches of Uzbekistan and Germany to the implementation of work. Uzbekistan is not only a market with a population of 30 million, but also an interesting country in terms of establishing production. In this regard, the development of small and medium-sized businesses is important. We are glad to cooperate in this direction.

Uzbekistan joins to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — The President signed the Law “On Accession of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity”.

This Protocol was adopted on 29 January 2000 in Montreal, to date, 171 states and the European Union (EU) as an international organization have joined the Protocol.

Sodik Safoev meet with the Ambassador of Great Britain

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — On October 14, 2019, the meeting of the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sodik Safoev with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Uzbekistan Timothy Torlot.

During the meeting, issues of establishing cooperation with Oxford University in priority areas of scientific research were discussed. In this context, an exchange of views took place on the implementation of specific projects, including internships for teachers and students at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.

The parties also discussed issues of deepening cooperation with British organizations and companies in order to dynamically develop the financial market of Uzbekistan.