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Politics:

Central Election Commission holds session

Legislative Chamber approves 2010 employment program

Economics:

3.4 million tons of cotton harvested in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, Kuwait Fund sign agreement

Fish breeding develops in Aral Sea area

Electronic plastic cards will be available to everyone

Press conference on media coverage of measures to overcome financial crisis

Localization program implemented in Ferghana

Villages to improve their look

Fruit and vegetable processing company opens

Society:

Project "Healthy Girl-Healthy Mother-Healthy Child-Healthy Future" ends

Art Exhibition "Time and symbols”

Preparation to winter season in Samarkand

 

POLICY

 

CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION HOLDS SESSION

 

The Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan held a session on October 27 to consider the preparation to the conduction of the elections to the Oliy Majlis and the regional, district and city people’s deputies councils.

The commission considered the issue of the formation of the voting stations at the missions of Uzbekistan in foreign countries and adopted a corresponding decision.

In Uzbekistan, more than 8,400 voting stations have been formed in all regions of the country. The lists of the voting stations with their addresses are published in the local papers. (Source: National News Agency UzA)

 

LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER APPROVES 2010 EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

 

The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan approved the Program of creation of workplaces and employment of the population for 2010 at its session on October 29.

The program was presented by minister of economy S.Bekenov and acting minister of labor and social protection of the population A.Hayitov. The chairman of the parliamentary Committee for labor and social issues I.Nasriyev presented a co-report on the program.

The speakers noted that the aim of the employment program, developed by the Cabinet of Ministers, was to ensure the growth of employment, incomes and living levels of the population.

The program is based on the results of the analysis of the current state of the labor market and the forecast until the end of 2009. It also takes into consideration the measures for development of the economic sectors and the country’s territories for 2010 in accordance with the investment, industrial localization, technical modernization and the anti-crisis programs.

The document envisages creation of a total of 950,000 new workplaces in the coming year.

The deputies stressed that the employment program had a huge social importance in the conditions of the world financial and economic crisis, as well as deepening market reforms in the country.

They added that the practical implementation of the program required unification of efforts of not only authorities, but also of the public organizations and the business structures.

Implementation of complex and targeted measures in this area will help solve not only the employment problem, but also other important socioeconomic issues in the country, the deputies noted.

 

ECONOMY

 

3.4 MILLION TONS OF COTTON HARVESTED IN UZBEKISTAN

 

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov congratulated the farmers of the country with harvesting the planned 3.4 million tons of raw cotton on Friday.

“We all realize that this wonderful success is a result of the self-sacrificing labor of our farmers, specialists and machine operators, of all rural workers, who contributed to this,” the President’s message reads.

“Agriculture does not know a year that would not require enormous efforts from the people, who have linked their lives with farming. This year’s season was also very difficult for us. The spring was very rainy, and nature has caused a lot of problems in the form of frequent mudflows and hails. Because of lack of heat of the sun, the process of preparation of the fields to sowing and the growth of cotton was delayed by almost a month.

“Moreover, because of the increased humidity various plant diseases spread, and the amount of agricultural vermin increased, which became another serious challenge for the farmers.

“This required the farmers to take a particularly accurate care of each plant of cotton, provide additional treatment of plants, in short, it required a tireless, self-sacrificing labor,” the head of the state said.

Islam Karimov said the best results were achieved in Andijan, Surkhandarya, Tashkent, Namangan and Ferghana regions, as well as in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, where the plan was implemented in 25-30 days.

This year’s results are different from those of the previous years with high crop yield and the fiber quality. Some districts have managed to harvest 45-50 centners of cotton from each hectare of land, he said.

“Today, Uzbek cotton is enjoying the increasing demand on the international arena, where our country is becoming one of the centers of the world cotton market. This was proved by the fifth international cotton fair held in Tashkent recently, where famous foreign trade companies participated and numerous large contracts were signed,” Islam Karimov underlined. (Source: National News Agency UzA)

 

UZBEKISTAN, KUWAIT FUND SIGN AGREEMENT

 

The deputy general director of Kuwait Fund of Arab Economic Development Hesham al-Vakayan paid a visit to Uzbekistan on 21-23 October.

On 22 October, a loan agreement was signed between the Kuwait Fund and the Republic of Uzbekistan. In accordance with the document, the fund will allocate a loan worth 4.34 Kuwaiti dinars (equivalent of USD 15.62 million) for the financing of the project “Rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage networks in Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions”.

The project aims to increase the crop capacity at the irrigated agricultural lands in Jizzakh (210,000 hectares) and Syrdarya (222,000 hectares) regions through modernization of the existing and construction of the new irrigation and drainage networks. The growth of the crop capacity should positively affect the formation of the incomes of the farms and the population of the project regions.

The project works include reconstruction of the melioration system of Syrdarya region, which has a length of about 347 km, reconstruction of 268 km of drainage system and construction of 50 vertical drainage wells.

The work in Jizzakh region includes construction of a new energy efficient pump station and the 15-km machine canal, and reconstruction of the 68-km drainage canal. Works to soften the project’s influence on the environment and institutional support to agricultural producers will also be held.

The project is planned to be implemented during 2010-2014.

Apart from the Kuwait Fund, the Islamic Development Bank and the OPEC Fund with the volume of financing equal to USD 65.37 million are participating in the project. The total volume of attracted foreign investments comprises the equivalent of USD 81 million.

The Kuwait Fund loan is being provided for the period of 21 years, including 6-year grace period, with the annual interest rate of 2.5%.

Over the years of cooperation with Uzbekistan, the Kuwait Fund has provided five loans to Uzbekistan, including the above-mentioned one, worth a total of 26 million Kuwaiti dinars (equivalent of USD 90 million) for the financing of the projects in various sectors of the economy, as well as two grants worth 0.35 million Kuwaiti dinars (USD 1.12 million). (Source: National News Agency UzA)

 

FISH BREEDING DEVELOPS IN ARAL SEA AREA

 

Fish breeding is developing in the Aral Sea area, leading to increased volumes of sales of fish and creation of new workplaces.

The Council of Ministers of Karakalpakstan has approved a program of measures to develop fisheries for 2009-2011.

This year, 60 farms have started fish breeding and production of diet meat.

Significant results are being achieved in supporting the fisheries and construction of artificial water basins in the region.

Joint Uzbek-Russian company Nukusbaliq, which opened in 2007 in Nukus district, provides farmers with small fish on a contractual basis.

“Our company has launched the incubation shop equipped with the most modern technology,” head of company Nurmuhammad Primbetov said. “Artificial water basins have been created on 54 hectares, which allows us to deliver 50 million small fish per year. This year’s production has made 30 million so far.”

Since the beginning of the year, the enterprise has delivered 115 tons of diet meat to Tashkent, Bukhara, Jizzakh, Navoi, Samarkand, Surkhandarya and Khorezm regions.

 

ELECTRONIC PLASTIC CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE

 

The system of cashless payments by plastic cards has been being improved and developed each year. Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated April 6, 2009 “On additional measures to further stimulate the attraction of free funds of population and economic entities on deposits in commercial banks” significantly expanded the range of “electronic wallets”.

The capital, provincial and district centers has increased significantly the number of retail trade and paid services, equipped with terminals to receive payments by plastic cards.

UzA correspondent interviewed Ahmad Mamatov, the director of the department of licensing and regulation of credit institutions the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on the development of cashless payments in Uzbekistan with the use of plastic cards:

“Nearly 42 thousand payment terminals in the trade facilities and service centers across the country are established to create favorable conditions for the owners of plastic cards. Commercial banks are taking the necessary steps to fully equip outlets with terminal equipment, based on their needs. According to the forecast until the end of the year the number of terminals will increase by another third, which will provide additional comfort to owners of plastic cards. As a result of measures by October 1, 2009 commercial banks issued more than 5.5 million pieces of plastic cards. In other words, almost every fifth inhabitant of the country now has its own “electronic wallet”.

A plastic card is considered the most important innovation in the banking business over the past half century, is not it?

“More than fifty years have passed since a New York businessman Frank McNamara, who had forgotten wallet at home and discovered it after dinner in a restaurant, was struck with a great idea to invent a tool that allows people to make purchases or pay for services, not limited to the available amount of cash in your pocket. Surprisingly, this forgetfulness became the starting point in the history of the global card industry.

Since that time, the powerful infrastructure into circulation and service of plastic cards – acquiring organizations, processing centers, terminal and ATM networks were built. In the process of forming a system of electronic cash payments ISO (International Standarts Organisation) has developed and implemented the basic standards for plastic cards. They consist of certain requirements for the appearance of cards, order of numbering of bank card accounts, the format of the message sent by the cardholder on its operations, etc. Currently, there are more than 1 billion chips (microprocessors), plastic cards, and this figure continues to grow in arithmetical progression.

All precipitously, bank plastic cards are replacing cash in our lives. The market of plastic cards in Uzbekistan is still young. Its foundation was laid on May 26, 1994 when the Cabinet of Ministers accepted a resolution “On measures to accelerate the release of the issuance of debit and plastic cards” First issuer of plastic cards of international payment associations VISA International in the country was the National Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs.

The introduction of financial innovations requires some time to be adapted by society. And in this respect Uzbekistan is no exception. For example, in the United States active move to a system of cashless payments on bank plastic cards took nearly 20 years. In our country this process is carried out in stages. Especially would like to note that the transition to non-cash transaction of money through plastic cards is not a tribute to fashion or imitation of the West. The introduction of practical and reliable payment tool is an urgent demand of modern life.

Millions of people in Uzbekistan have experienced the practice of usability of electronic wallets. Their main advantage is that they eliminate the need to carry cash. It is not only inconvenient but also unsafe. Such risks as loss of money, theft or erroneous calculations are excluded in operations with plastic cards. The owner of “electronic wallet” gets an additional interest income. To date, among domestic commercial banks, the rate of not less than 14 per cent per annum.

Plastic cards also store all the information on the ongoing payments. And that means the user does not need to memorize all the numbers on the paid media for the purchased goods or services rendered. With special equipment it can be a few seconds to obtain the necessary data on the movement of funds.

And another advantage: a plastic card, regardless of region or the issuer bank, operates in all regions and banks of Uzbekistan. And the citizen, who receives wages on a plastic card, while on vacation or business trip, has an opportunity to receive money via any terminal.

In other words, the plastic card payment system facilitates not only to citizens who acquire goods or services, but also to all economic entities, payments for wages, and ultimately strengthens the billing system of the country.”

Hundreds of thousands of Uzbek citizens are now actively involved in salary projects. And many owners are interested in plastic cards order cash payments in non-cash form. How they behave, if in the outlet there is not terminal or the sellers overstate the cost of purchase for plastic cards?

“The development of cashless payment system under the provisions of the President and Cabinet of Ministers is responsible to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Tashkent city and areas, the State Tax Committee, Uzbekistan Banking Association, commercial banks and the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Central Bank, together with the STC developed the Regulation “On order of equipment and use of payment terminals in the implementation of monetary settlements with the population” and is registered in the Ministry of Justice. It entered into force on August 6

Under this regulation the payment terminals must be installed on a mandatory basis at the sales office of air and rail tickets, payment centers of population, in payments for utilities. Payment office for telephone services must be equipped with the terminals, including cellular telephones, car fueling, stationary points of sale to the trade area of over 150 square meters, the restaurants, hotels, etc.

Control over the presence of payment terminals accepting payments by bank cards in the trade facilities and services, as well as their mandatory use is implemented by the state tax service.

In accordance with the requirements of this instrument, it is not allowed baseless price increase while payments for goods (works and services) made through bank plastic cards.

When not taking plastic cards for payment or artificially increasing the prices it should contacted to the State Tax Committee and the local department of the State committee on de-monopolization, support of competition and entrepreneurship or the authorities of consumer protection.

Currently, financial institutions are taking all measures for the development of cashless payments system. All banks and mini-banks have payment terminals, through which you can pay all types of utilities (electricity, water, gas, etc.)” (Source: National News Agency UzA)

 

 

 

 

PRESS CONFERENCE ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF MEASURES TO OVERCOME FINANCIAL CRISIS

 

The Uzbek Agency for Press and Information held a press conference on media coverage of topical issues identified in the book by President Islam Karimov “economic and financial crisis, ways and measures to overcome it in Uzbekistan”.

The event was attended by representatives of leading print media, news agencies, electronic publications, publishers, scientists, economists and journalists.

Deputy Director General of the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information Utkir Juraev, Director of the scientific publishing house “Uzbekistan Millii entsiklopediyasi” Nurislam Tuxliyev and others noted that reforms on democratic renewal of the country, ensure economic stability and welfare of the people conducted under the leadership of President Islam Karimov’s have given significant results.

Positive changes in all spheres of society are aimed at social protection, consistency and targeting, further raising the standard of living of our people. Prominent international financial organizations appreciate the economic stability of Uzbekistan.

 

LOCALIZATION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED IN FERGHANA

 

The implementation of the industrial localization program in Ferghana region has allowed to increase the domestic production of high-quality products.

A total of 30 enterprises are included in the localization program in Ferghana region. They produce components for motor oils, bicycles, wheelchairs, car parts for GM Uzbekistan and other goods.

These companies mostly use domestic raw materials, which helps to keep costs low and ensure high quality.

One of such enterprises, Kukonmash, produces more than 30 types of components for the automobile plant in Asaka.

“The localization program envisages that participating companies are freed from income and property tax, which helps us cut costs,” Tatiana Kuptsova, economist at Kukonmash, said.

“We are using the modern technologies to reequip the enterprise and increase the production volumes,” she added.

 

VILLAGES TO IMPROVE THEIR LOOK

 

The specialized regional exhibition of projects of individual housing and construction materials was held in Gulistan, Syrdarya region.

The forum demonstrated projects of houses developed with consideration of the climatic conditions and geographic placement of Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions, as well as modern construction materials and household items.

“This year, three modern settlements will be built in Syrdarya region,” director of Syrdarya branch of Qishloq Qurilish Invest engineering company Alisher Kenjayev said.

“Our company signs contracts for construction works on type projects, each of which includes 20 houses. We have selected organizations which will implement construction works,” he said.

“Until 2010, a total of 500 new houses will be built in Syrdarya and Jizzakh regions based on type projects,” head of Syrdarya branch of QIshloq Qurilish Bank Ilyos Omonov said. “In our region, eight modern settlements will be built.”

 

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROCESSING COMPANY OPENS

 

A new small enterprise processing fruit and vegetables was commissioned in Uzun district of Surkhandarya region.

The enterprise, which has modern equipment, is capable of processing 10 tons of products per day.

Currently, it produces tomato paste and grape syrup. By the year-end, the company plans producing goods worth about UZS 200 million.

The major share of the production will be exported.

 

SOCIETY

 

PROJECT "HEALTHY GIRL-HEALTHY MOTHER-HEALTHY CHILD-HEALTHY FUTURE" ENDS

 

Final conference of youth social action carried out under the project “Healthy Girl-Healthy Mother-Healthy Child-Healthy Future” was held in Namangan.

The project was implemented in cooperation with the Fund for support of social initiatives and NGOs Kelajak Nuri, the Regional Women’s Committee and the Children’s Sports Development Fund.

“The workshops organized in October were attended by about 4,000 girls,” said the head of Kelajak Nuri of Namangan region Dilshodbek Otaboev. “Thanks to these activities more than 30,000 young people were introduced to the basic goals and tasks carried out by the action.”

At the conference, reports were presented on the implementation of programs to improve reproductive health, treatment of gynecological diseases and their prevention, factors of safe motherhood and childhood, formation of the health life culture in young families and other issues.

 

ART EXHIBITION "TIME AND SYMBOLS”

 

Archaeological complex “Ming Urik” witnessed one of the regular creative projects of the Fund “Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan in the capital, III International Art Exhibition “Time and symbols”.

It was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan, «Ijod» National Center for the Arts, Association of artists, art historians and craftsmen.

Extensive work carried out under the leadership of President Islam Karimov on objective study of history, reviving the rich spiritual heritage, national traditions and values, and cultural development of our people, promotes the Uzbek art in the world.

Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan has been implementing a lot of big projects in this direction. It is the week of Art, International Bienniale, creative conferences, exhibitions, shows, competitions and festivals, concerts, presentations, master classes, which are held in collaboration with other organizations.

International Exhibition “Time and symbols” is of great interest to connoisseurs of art. Video-art works presented here, philosophically reflected particularly time concept and world of artists.

It is no accident the exhibition is held in the archaeological complex “Ming Urik. It is of great importance in conveying to visitors the importance of historical and archaeological evidence and advances in modern art, revealing the theme of your event.

Along with the works of Uzbek artists, the exhibition shows examples of the work of artists Carlos Casas (Spain), Jean-Sebastien Lallemand (France), Dmitry Gutova (Russia).

“I am interested in history and culture of Uzbekistan,” said the artist from France, Jean Sebastien Lallemand. “Your art for many centuries has maintained its uniqueness, beauty and national identity. I would like to highlight the creativity of artists of Uzbekistan. They achieve great success in modern areas of fine art.”

 

PREPARATION TO WINTER SEASON IN SAMARKAND

 

The enterprises and organizations of Samarkand are preparing for the work during the winter season in accordance with the President’s resolution of 23 June on measures to ensure stable work of the sectors of economy during autumn and winter of 2009-2010.

The state of all enterprises and organizations, educational and medical establishments, residential houses has been studied and they are now being prepared for the winter.

The works are being coordinated by the special working group created in the city administration. So far, 20.7 km of water pipelines were capitally repaired.

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