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Tashkent to Host a High-Level Conference on Afghanistan

The global and regional powers, Afghanistan’s neighbors will attend the Tashkent International Conference “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”

From the early days of his leadership of the country, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev defined building up constructive, mutually advantageous and good-neighborly relations with Central Asian nations and cementing security in this part of the world as the principal foreign policy priority.

Uzbekistan’s leader detailed the international community about his strategic vision for ensuring regional security and stability in September 2017 atthe 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. In November later that year, during the Samarkand Conference “Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity”, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed a comprehensive program of joint efforts at the regional and international levels to secure enduring peace and stability in Central Asia, including Afghanistan.

The policy implications of the speeches by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at those international forums, his examination of the current situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan and the prospects of developments have generated a reflective interest in the international community.

As the President has noted, “Central Asia, being in the heart of Eurasia, stands as a bridge connecting Europe and the Middle East, South and East Asia”. The region is rich in natural resources. There is a unique cultural and civilization potential, which has had a decisive influence on the development of many countries and entire regions.

In the meantime, according to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Central Asia constitutes a crossing point of the interests of world powers, and the region adjoins the pivots of instability and conflict, experiencing the impact of all the downbeat processes occurring in the near and far abroad.

In this regard, the President of Uzbekistan was right in posing the question as to what developments the region can encounter. Will it go under the scenario of conflicts and confrontations or along the path of cooperation and progress?

The answer is obvious, that is, everything depends, first and foremost, on the willingness of the Central Asian states to assume responsibility for the common future of the region.

Bordering on all countries of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is unswervingly interested in the region becoming a zone of stability, sustainable development and good-neighborliness.

As Uzbekistan’s leader has repeatedly stressed, peaceful, economically prosperous Central Asia is our most critical goal and key task.

Meanwhile, it is impossible to achieve those objectives without addressing one of the most pressing regional and global issues, namely, the conflict in the neighboring Afghanistan, which historically and geopolitically is an integral part of our common region.

Peace in Afghanistan is bedrock of stability and prosperity of Central Asia. Speaking at the international conference in Samarkand, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated frankly that it is essential to refuse to divide the security threats into ‘our own and those of others’ and in fact adhere to the principle of indivisibility of security.

A peaceful Afghanistan is able to ensure the shortest possible access for the nations of Central Asia to the harbors of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, to connect India, Iran and Pakistan with the markets of Europe and the Middle East.

To this end, what comes to the fore of the problem is the formation of an extensive and solid international consensus on the basic issues of establishing peace and security in Afghanistan, supporting the efforts of Afghan-owned, Afghan-led process for national reconciliation in the country.

Uzbekistan has always been and remains a fundamental advocate of a political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, making its feasible contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

In this regard, Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s initiative to organize – on March 26-27 this year in Tashkent, jointly with the Afghan side – an international high-level conference on Afghanistan, “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, is an important part of the Uzbek leadership’s overall strategy to provide for regional security and stability.

Our country has been an active party to almost all international forums addressing the Afghan crisis, including the Kabul Process, the Moscow Format, the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, the International Contact Group on Afghanistan, the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA).

During a UN Security Council session in New York on January 19, 2018, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan delivered a joint presentation of the forthcoming Tashkent forum.

The conference in Tashkent is due following the second meeting of the Kabul Process that took place on February 28 this year in Afghanistan’s capital. It will come to be a logical extension of the efforts undertaken by the international community to secure peace and stability in the country.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani are to deliver keynote speeches at the opening ceremony of the conference.

Among those invited to the Tashkent meeting are the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Special Representative of the Organization for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as foreign ministers of China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, India, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It is expected that the forum participants will convey their consolidated stance – at the regional and global levels – on the need for the soonest start of direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban Movement without any preconditions.

The conference is projected to result in the adoption of Tashkent Declaration anticipated to reflect the following key points:

First, the peace process ought to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned and in accordance with the provisions of resolutions and decisions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council;

Second, the guaranteed integration of the armed opposition into the political life of Afghanistan and its recognition as a legitimate political force is instrumental in the success of the peace process;

Third, the international community strongly opposes all forms and manifestations of terrorism without any distinction, and recognizes that the threats of transnational terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime are common challenges to stability and sustainable development both for Afghanistan, the region and the world as a whole.

The Tashkent Conference is to follow the first meeting of the new format of cooperation, Central Asia + Afghanistan (“C5 + 1”), designed to discuss specific areas of interaction between the Central Asian nations and Afghanistan. The activity of this format will contribute to Afghanistan’s successful integration into the system of trade, economic and infrastructural relations with the states of Central Asia, the effective implementation of projects and programs of regional scale.

Initiating to hold the Tashkent Conference, Uzbekistan by no means intends to confine itself to arranging it as a one-time event, but continue with vigorous efforts – both bilaterally and multilaterally – to promote a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.

As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s foreign policy strategy finds its application, Uzbekistan is becoming a proactive contributor to and constituent part of the political process for a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict. Worth underscoring once again that the principal role and responsibility in this process belongs with the Afghans themselves, who must determine and build the future of their country.

The gracious goals set for the Tashkent Conference, as well as the participation in it of all permanent members of the UN Security Council, the SCO member states and the countries neighboring Afghanistan, including the five Central Asian nations, have been triggering a growing interest in the forum around the globe. A large group of representatives of the world mass media is expected to arrive to partake in the coverage of the event.

We express hope that the outcomes of the international meeting in Uzbekistan’s capital city will come to be a vital milestone in the stabilization of Afghanistan, in the delivery of prerequisites for its sustainable development, enhancement of the Afghan people’s welfare and the latter’s engagement in the constructive processes in the region and the world in general. The success of the Tashkent forum should demonstrate the ability of the region’s states to resolve common grave issues through joint efforts by opening up extensive opportunities for peace and progress.

Press Service

of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

                                                           of the Republic of Uzbekistan




On January 26, 2018, a ceremony of signing Joint communiqué on establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal was held in New York city, USA.

On behalf of the governments of the two countries the document was signed by permanent representatives of Uzbekistan and Nepal to the UN.

The document notes that "The Republic of Uzbekistan and Nepal, desiring to develop and strengthen mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between the two countries, guided by the goals and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, decided to establish diplomatic relations, in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of April 18, 1961 and the Vienna Convention on consular relations of April 24, 1963".

Nepal became the 134th country with which our country has established diplomatic relations. 


 On January 22, 2018, a forum on "Uzbekistan’s Foreign Policy: change and continuity under new leadership” was held at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) in Washington DC, USA.

According to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the US, the event was attended by representatives of leading research institutes, non-governmental organizations, media, diplomatic corps and staffers of the US Congress.

Chairman of CACI Frederick Starr stated that large-scale reforms have been implemented in all spheres for a short time after the presidential election in Uzbekistan: steps were taken on liberalizing the national economy, the system of public administration has been reformed, opportunities were created for dialogue between people and government, activities of the mass media have been significantly intensified, the rights and interests of citizens is being protected. Uzbekistan took a course of rapprochement with neighboring countries in its foreign policy, Tashkent initiatives receive wide support in all the capitals of the region’s countries and Afghanistan, dialogue with leading Western countries, including USA has strengthened.

Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute Richard Weitz noted, that foreign policy initiatives of Uzbekistan open new opportunities for Central Asia. The Republic is promoting the agenda, which is based on the idea of a joint solution to existing problems. Thanks to this a shared understanding on the need to strengthen "mutual and frank dialogue" has been formed today in the region. Uzbekistan remains true to the fundamental principles of its foreign policy: Tashkent maintains equal relations with all states, on the basis of national interests and development priorities of the country.

John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center drew attention to significant strengthening of Uzbek-American relations over the past year. In his opinion, this is due to similarities of positions of the presidents of the two countries on a number of current issues in the sphere of politics, economy and security.

The participants of the forum noted that measures adopted in Uzbekistan over the past year allow to assess the prospects for further development. The current course of Uzbekistan’s leadership is aimed at achieving long-term strategic results, thereby strengthening the country's prestige in the international arena and increasing the interest of foreign business to investing and implementing specific projects.

Following the forum, it was announced that two more similar events, dedicated to reforms in Uzbekistan in the sphere of public administration and protection of human rights and economic modernization of the country, will be held in CACI in the coming months. 




December 22, 2017

Invitation to our compatriots to witness Live Address to the Joint Session of the Parliament by His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.


December 21, 2017 

Dear Compatriots, 

It is with the great pleasure and honor that I would like to inform you of tonight's landmark event – Live Address to the Joint Session of the Parliament by His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

This is the First ever event of this kind in the history of Independent Uzbekistan. 

The Address will start at 12.30 a.m. EST. on December 22, 2017. There will be a live streaming at 

We expect that the Head of Our Country will specifically dwell upon the most pressing issues that are of interest to our compatriots studying, living and working in foreign countries, including the United States. 

I would like to urge All of You to join in groups and witness firsthand this historic event. 

We would deeply appreciate if you can share live or after the event videos of our dear compatriots watching this truly historic event or your own congratulatory message or even address to our President and the people of Uzbekistan on Google Drive by Link Sharing. 

Please, kindly introduce yourselves and let us know your affiliations. 

We all can be a part of this historic moment! 

So, please join us tonight at 12.30 am. EST! 


Javlon Vakhabov Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States of America




President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has arrived in the Republic of Korea

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


On November 22, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in the Republic of Korea with a state visit at the invitation of President Moon Jae-in. 

 The national flags of the two countries were raised and a guard of honor was lined up at the international airport of Seoul, in honor of the President of Uzbekistan. Officials of the Republic of Korea met the Head of our state. After the ceremony, the delegation of Uzbekistan left for the residence allocated for them. 

This visit is a logical continuation of the regular Uzbekistan – South Korean high-level meetings, giving the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral relations between our states, identify priority areas of cooperation, exchange views on current regional and international issues. 

During the high-level negotiations it is planned to discuss a wide range of issues on bilateral agenda, prospects for further development of interstate relations in political, trade-economic, financial-investment, scientific-technical, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres, exchange views on regional and international issues. 

As previously reported, the Head of our state will also meet with the Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon, will visit Uzbekistan – South Korea business forum with participation of heads of leading economic and financial structures and entrepreneurs of the two countries. 


Following the visit, adoption of a Joint Statement on comprehensive deepening of the strategic partnership by the Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea, as well as signing of significant intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents, commercial agreements and contracts providing for strengthening and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, is expected.





Festive Greeting

of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

to the Defenders of Homeland on the Occasion

of the 25th Anniversary of Establishment of

the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Dear soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, veterans of the Armed Forces!

Esteemed compatriots!

I sincerely and from the bottom of my heart congratulate you - the patriots, who have devoted themselves to the greatest and noblest cause of defending the Homeland, and all our compatriots on the landmark date in the life of our country – the Day of Defenders of Motherland and the 25th anniversary of establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan!

Today, in this festive day I cannot but pay a due respect to the bright memory of the great statesman and outstanding politician – the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abdughanievich Karimov. Everything we have achieved for over the past 25 years along the path of building our Armed Forces is inalienably linked with his name!

In the early days of Uzbekistan’s Independence, thanks to a principle position taken by Islam Abdughanievich and his political will, on January 14, 1992 all military formations stationed in the territory of our country were placed under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was this very date which became a benchmark for formation of the national army of Uzbekistan and was inscribed with golden letters to the annals of history of our Independence.

At that difficult period our First President confidently said that “the people of Uzbekistan, who are the worthy inheritors of their great ancestors and history, will be able to build an army capable to ensure the security of the country”.

And today we see that our Armed Forces fully justify this high trust.

In other words, today we have all grounds to declare that during historically short period we have created the national army capable to reliably protect the Independence, territorial integrity of the country, inviolability of its borders, peaceful and tranquil life of our people.

In uneasy conditions of formation of our state, when various armed conflicts and confrontations took place practically in the entire post-Soviet area, establishment of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan served as a reliable guarantee of Independence of our Homeland, peaceful and tranquil life of the people, as well as successful implementation of reforms. Certainly, at the onset of Independence there were many acute problems in the military sphere as much as in other spheres of our life. Above all, the system of material and technical provision of troops didn’t meet the requirements, their structure and operational strength didn’t correspond to security threats. There was a shortage of qualified cadres due to which we had to elaborate the comprehensively thought-out and long-term strategy of consistent building and reforming the national army.

During a quarter of century based on this strategy and the National Security Concept and Defense Doctrine, as well as taking into account the real assessment of peculiarities of the possible theater of war and advanced foreign experience we have formed a compact, mobile and well-equipped national army with a high combat spirit.

In the short span of time we have formed the military districts, border regions, as well as the mission capable contingents of troops, in the first instance, the Interior Troops Corps and Special Operation Forces able to tackle the complex combat tasks. The effective system of military management, the mechanism of coordination and interaction of various types of troops and branches of Armed Forces is functioning.

The system of training, retraining and raising of qualification of military cadres acquired a principally new basis. In the early years of Independence the national officer cadres made up just 0.6 percent of the total number of servicemen in the ranks of our army and training of officers was carried out only at the three military schools on three military specialties. As a result of the accomplished work, three more military educational institutions were created and the education of cadets has been made multidisciplinary.

The Academy of Armed Forces established in 1995 took a special place in addressing the most important tasks in terms of training the higher command level officers, conducting the science research and development in the sphere of defense.

A significant attention was also paid to forming the sergeant corps as a basis of our army. Their training is conducted on 26 directions and specialties at the sergeant schools established in 2001 on the best world standards.

Dear friends!

After gaining Independence a significant work was also accomplished in the sphere of reforming the system of calling up citizens for active military service. As a result, we have been able to cardinally change the attitude of society to the army.

Thus, in the early years of establishment of the national army there were the serious problems in terms of filling up its ranks with conscripts. It was required to overcome and eliminate the vestiges of the army of the old regime – the non-statutory relations which brought about extremely unhealthy moral and psychological situation in the military units.

In order to tackle these issues, for several years we carried out a consistent work on eliminating these negative phenomena. The term of active military service was reduced to one year. The social and communal conditions and food ratio of servicemen was radically improved. The system of benefits was introduced to the discharged servicemen in their employment and applying to higher educational institutions. All of this has encouraged a healthy moral atmosphere in the military units and raising the prestige of service in the army among youth.

The creation of the system for citizens to serve in the mobilization conscription reserve – the unique of its kind – became a logical continuation of these reforms. The young men not only go through necessary military training, receive spiritual and physical upbringing, but also raise their civic responsibility and get imbibed with an in-depth comprehension of their military duty as a defender of Homeland.

Today, we can speak with confidence that mothers see off their sons to the army not with tears in their eyes and not with alarm in their hearts, but with a feeling of pride and confidence in their formation as real and reliable defenders of Motherland.

Dear compatriots!

As the national army develops, we have also been implementing the measures in terms of supplying it with armament and hardware. The troops are receiving the latest and modernized infantry and group armament, helicopters, aircraft, air defense systems, motorized and armored vehicles, and communication tools.

A special attention is being paid to social protection of servicemen and members of their families, establishing the modern social and communal conditions at the military towns. The set of programs in this sphere are being realized to provide the families of more than 15 thousand servicemen with housing. The systemic work in this direction will be continued.

During the years of Independence the effective mechanism of civil control over the Armed Forces has been elaborated. It provides for an transparency of their activity, broad involvement of civil institutions and public organizations to drafting and realization of the policy of military construction, upbringing servicemen and conscripts. The defense committees of both chambers of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the Public Council at the Ministry of Defense established in 2012 actively interact with the Armed Forces.

All of the aforementioned serves to such an important goal as uniting our army with the people and the people – with the national army. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express a deep gratitude to all servicemen and compatriots who have made a commendable contribution with their diligent labor to the noble cause of creating the Armed Forces and consolidating their combat strength.

Dear friends!

The rapidly changing military and political situation in the region and the world, growing threats and challenges to our security, and finally, the life itself require us not to stop with what we have achieved. Based on deep and critical analysis of all our achievements and mistakes it is important to continue the well thought-out and consistent efforts in terms of further development and improvement of our national army.

First, raising efficiency of legislative regulation of such an important sphere as the national security is among our priorities. Most of the documents in this sphere don’t correspond to modern realities.

We objectively need to form a clear state system of strategic planning to ensure the national security. The National Security Concept, which is regularly renewed as and when necessary, must take a central place in this system. The principle of flexibility and openness of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy, the priority of development of constructive relations with our closest neighbors must be placed in the Concept. Along with this, it is necessary to firmly maintain a guideline to preserve the sovereignty and independence of Homeland, as well as cultural and civilization identity of our people.

In this regard, it will be appropriate to declare once again that commitment to the course of non-alignment to any military and political blocs, prevention of stationing of foreign military bases and facilities in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and non-participation of servicemen in peacemaking operations abroad remains the principle position of our country.

Taking into account the dynamics of development of the situation in the world and the region, the need to adequately react to emerging threats and challenges, as well as our priorities and capacities, there is a need to revise the Defense Doctrine of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Only such a systemic approach will allow us to develop a unified, coordinated and consistent strategy in the sphere of national security, direct available resources and means to achievement of priority objectives, prevent their scattering and distraction to secondary tasks.

Second, the system of organizational structure of the Armed Forces needs to be further improved. Based on the experience of development of military capability accumulated by us, the structure and tasks of each military district need to be clarified paying a special attention to its purpose, specifics of the use of troops and the peculiarities of line of operations. The task of strengthening the potential of our “air shield” – the Air Defense and the Air Force also needs a profound attention and concentration of resources. Their organizational structure, command and control system need to be improved in the short period of time along with implementation of the set of measures in terms of supplying them with modern equipment and armament.

Third, we need to develop a new approach to planning the training of troops,which primarily must correspond to the tasks assigned to the units, the level of their preparedness and availability of equipment. In the final outcome, the major criterion for us in this work must be the practical outcome, focus on the real increase of combat capabilities and combat-readiness of the Armed Forces, as well as the high level of coordination and effective interaction.

Fourth, improvement of the system of training of professional military cadres of all levels must remain in the focus of our attention.

In this regard, our first step will be establishment of a brand-new Armed Forces Academy. It will combine the glorious military traditions of the Tashkent Higher Command Combined Arms Military School and the experience accumulated by the present Academy and leading scientific and educational institutions of the country. The Academy will take a truly major place in the unified system of military education and become a real center of military science. It will continue training lieutenants, retraining the active-duty officers and provide special training to commanding cadres of our army.

In the course of implementation of this task, we must introduce the latest methods and technologies to the education process, provide classrooms with modern simulators, teaching, laboratory and computer equipment, create favorable conditions for raising the awareness of attendees, their leisure and engaging in sports.

Meanwhile, the requirements to the selection of candidates should be raised to identify the worthy young men capable to study at a military school and who possess high intellect and leadership skills. With this purpose, the two or three colleges and lyceums must be defined in each region which along with their main functions will provide an in-depth training of candidates for enrollment at higher military educational institutions.

Besides, it is expedient to use more broadly the opportunities for training the teaching personnel of all our military schools, including at the leading foreign educational institutions.

Fifth, re-supplying of troops with modern types of armament and military equipment is our crucial task for today and the future.

Unfortunately, this issue is not being implemented at a required pace.

In this regard, as a primary task we must develop the Comprehensive program for 2017-2021 which envisages specific activities on procurement of military goods, repair and modernization of available military equipment ensuring their purposeful financing.

I believe that it is a high time to start creating our own military industry. In this regard, we need to explore the issue of establishment under the supervision of the First Deputy Prime Minister A.Ramatov of a relevant state body responsible for pursuing an integrated policy in the sphere of defense industry and placing all repair plants of the Ministry of Defense, the Chirchik Aviation Repair Plant, as well as “Vostok” Scientific Production Association State Enterprise under its jurisdiction.

In the future, along with raising the efficiency of their activity, we need to focus on establishing the scientific-production basis, service centers and joint ventures, as well as localization of production of specific types of military goods at the leading enterprises of the country.

Sixth, we need to concentrate on raising the efficiency of measures on social protection of servicemen. Today, we have come across with an objective necessity to develop the new mechanisms of implementation of the state programs in this sphere.

With these goals, it is important to accelerate the development of much-needed regulatory and legal  acts aimed at improvement of the procedure of active duty, logistics, housing and medical support of servicemen.  The Law “On pension coverage of persons who served in the military, interior bodies, customs and their family members” must be adopted.

The new system of allocation of long-term soft mortgage loans for construction of individual housing, which has positively recommended itself, should be more broadly introduced into the system of providing servicemen with housing.  This year alone, in all regions of the country, we will start the construction of 56 three-storied apartment buildings for the families of servicemen with allocation of soft mortgage loans.

Seventh, the continuous work on patriotic upbringing of our youth is urgently significant for us. It is an open secret that patriotism is a moral basis of sustainability of any state and stands as an important mobilizing resource for comprehensive development of society. Therefore indeed, we must take specific steps to nurture a firm immunity among our citizens against negative impact of alien ideas and strengthen the feeling of responsibility for the fate of Motherland. Young people, who have passed the army school of courage, steadfastness and stalwart devotion to Motherland, may become a reliable buttress in this challenging work. In this regard, the departments and divisions for defense affairs must maintain continuous links with them. It is important to broaden their authorities in this work and interaction with local state authorities. Another step would be the establishment under the supervision of the Prime Minister A.Aripov of the Republican commission for employment of citizens, who served in the military and mobile conscription reserve, as well as the relevant commissions under regional, municipal and district administrations directly headed by governors and mayors.

Taking into account the successes achieved by the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense in the issues of patriotic upbringing of youth, its capacities should be broadened by establishment of regional subdivisions of the Council in the structure of regional administrations, whose work must be organized in close interaction with the command of military districts.

Dear friends!

The persistent and planned implementation of all aforementioned tasks requires from us the full mobilization of capacities to continue and deepen the systemic work in terms of further reforming the national army, increasing its potential and combat capability. Therefore indeed, this direction, along with other spheres of socio-political life of our country, will go into the Strategy of Actions of Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 which is now being developed.

In accordance with this most important document, a set of specific measures will be adopted and implemented aimed at improvement of the legal framework in the sphere of defense, raising the efficiency of organizational forming-up, operational strength of contingents of troops, systems of manning and training of military cadres, supplying the troops with modern types of armament and hardware, as well as improving the issues of their comprehensive support.

Dear compatriots!

In this festive day, I would like to express the words of sincere gratitude to mothers and fathers of those, who are serving with dedication in the Armed Forces and commendably fulfilling their honorable, noble and responsible duty on the protection of Motherland!

I congratulate you once again, my dear compatriots, your loved ones on the Day of Defenders of Homeland and the 25th Anniversary of establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan! I wish all of you a sound health, many successes in your service, happiness and well-being, strength and energy in serving Motherland!

Shavkat Mirziyoev,

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan,

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Government sums up results for 2016 and determines yearly priorities

at the extended session

On 14 January an extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers, dedicated to comprehensive analysis of the results of social-economic development of the country in 2016 and determining the most important directions and priorities of economic and social program of the government in 2017 was held in Tashkent. 

The chairmen of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, state advisors of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, members of the government, heads of business associations, public organizations as well the Jokargy Kenes and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions, cities and districts attended the session. For the first time, senior officials at local khokimiyats, territorial departments of ministries, agencies, enterprises and entrepreneurs took part at the governmental meeting through videoconferencing, organized at the regional, city and district centres. 

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a keynote speech at the session. 

In his speech, the President underlined that the continuity in consistent implementation of the Uzbek model of development and Program of further reforms, structural transformations and modernization of the country, developed under the leadership of First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, ensured maintenance of stable and sustainably high rates of economic growth and macroeconomic balance, increase of the level and quality of life of the population. 

During the discussion of the issues, included into the agenda of the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, it was highlighted that the gross domestic product of the country increased by 7,8% in 2016. The volume of industrial production grew by 6.6%, contractual construction works –12.5%, retail trade – 14.4% and services – 12.5%. The State Budget was executed with a surplus at 0,1% to GDP. The surplus in foreign trade turnover has been secured. The inflation rate has not exceeded forecast parameters and constituted 5,7%. 

Over 16,6 billion US dollars or 9,6% more than in 2015 were invested into the economy. The volume of foreign investments and loans increased by 11,3% and exceeded 3,7 billion US dollars. The realization of 164 large investment projects with a total cost of 5,2 billion US dollars were completed, including production of new T-250 car model at GM Uzbekistan JSC, enhancement of the cement plant in Djizak region, construction of two steam-gas installations with a total capacity of 900 MWt at the Talimarjan power plant and energy block of burning high-ash coal with a capacity of 150MWt at the Angren power plant. 

A new Angren-Pap electrified railway line was constructed with a unique 19 km long tunnel through Qamchiq mountain pass, which connected Fergana valley regions with other regions of the country through a reliable transport link. Afrosiyob high-speed passenger trains started to travel from Tashkent to Bukhara. 

The program measures on modernisation and diversification of agriculture under implementation ensured the growth of agricultural output by 6,6%, including of fruits and vegetables – 11,2%, potatoes- 9,7%, melons- 10,5%. 

The measures on comprehensive support and protection of private property and entrepreneurship contributed to creation of around 32 thousand new small businesses in 2016, or 18% more than in 2015. The small businesses’ share in GDP of the country increased to 56,9%, and in industry to 45%. 

Thanks to positive structural transformations and high rates of economic growth the real income of population increased by 11%. The salaries of workers of the budget organizations was raised by 15%, pensions and social benefits – 12,1%. Around 726 thousand people have been newly employed, including 438,5 thousand graduates of educational institutions. 
Within the framework of the State program “Year of healthy mother and child” a wide complex of measures on strengthening healthcare of mothers and children, formation of healthy and harmonically developed generation was implemented, for funding of which over 8 trillion soums and 212 million US dollars were directed. 

The President of the country, analysing in detail and comprehensively the existing unsolved problems and partial utilisation of reserves, explicated his proposals on key strategic tasks and important priorities of economic and social program of the country for 2017. Among priority tasks, a central role is attached to development of permanent, open dialogue with population within the framework of implementing the State program “Year of dialogue with people and human interests”, continuation of active social policy, directed towards further improving the level and quality of population, their material welfare. 

The government, heads of ministers, agencies, business associations and local governance bodies were assigned concrete tasks on eliminating the shortcomings in the development of the spheres and territories, as well as development and realization of the complex of measures, on continuing active investment policy, strengthening protection of rights and interests of entrepreneurs, gradual decrease of the role of state in managing the economy and cardinal improvement of the work of the governmental bodies. 

The president underlined the most important tasks and measures on realization of newly adopted targeted programs on construction of affordable housing, development and modernization of road-transport, engineering-communications and social infrastructure, ensuring improvement of the quality of life of the population in city and rural areas. 

The reports of the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, his deputies, heads of several ministries, agencies and business associations, as well as the Chairman of the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of regions and Tashkent city have been heard during the discussion of the issues on the agenda of the session. 

For admitted failures and deficiencies and lack of initiative, some officials were warned of personal responsibility for quick elimination of shortcomings, as well as ensuring the effective implementation of the tasks for the further intensive development of industries and regions of the country. 

The President of the country laid the following priority tasks and requirements before the government, heads of ministries, agencies, business associations and khokimiyats: 

first – development of complex measures on eleven priorities of economic and social program for 2017; 

second– ensuring critical analysis of state of affairs in the spheres of the economy, social sphere and regions of the country on a systemic basis, making amendments on this basis to main directions and priorities of deepening the economic reforms; 

third– increasing personal responsibility of the heads and senior officials for end results, their compliance with strict discipline and strengthening effectiveness of the management system in accordance with increased modern requirements. 

Following the discussions, a governmental decision was adopted, which determines the practical measures on ensuring implementation of most important directions and priorities of the program of social-economic development of the country for 2017.



The rule of law is an important factor of ensuring human interests

On the eve of the Day of workers of prosecution bodies of Uzbekistan, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with a group of employees of the sphere on 7 January.

The meeting was attended by the chairmen of the Chambers of the Oliy Majlis, members of the government, representatives of state and public organizations, employees and veterans of the prosecution bodies. 
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a law “On establishing Day of workers of prosecution bodies of Uzbekistan” on 19 December 2016. According to the law, day of workers of prosecution bodies will be observed in Uzbekistan on 8 January. 

Uzbek head underlined that Uzbekistan observes the Day of workers of prosecutors’ bodies for the first time. He congratulated workers of the prosecutors’ bodies of Uzbekistan with their holiday and wished strong health, peace, success in their work. 

Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that people can endure any hardship, but cannot tolerate injustice. Prosecution authorities should play an important role in further strengthening of justice in society, he added. 
President underlined that workers of prosecution bodies have responsible task, which require dedication and objectivity. 

He said that human fate is behind of each decision. Adoption of well-considered and balanced decisions should be the main criterion for the activities of prosecutors. 

It was noted that prosecution bodies play an important role in strengthening legislation and their execution, improving legal awareness of population, forming democratic legal state, supporting development of private property and entrepreneurship, their interests. 

During the meeting, it was underlined that presidential decree “On additional measures on ensuring rapid development of entrepreneurship activities, all-round protection of private property and the qualitative improvement of the business climate” was adopted on 5 October 2016. It increased responsibility of the officials for illegal intervention and obstruction to activities of the businesses, as well as unjustified suspension of their activities. 

This puts additional responsibilities to the prosecutors over supervision of correct and full execution of the legislative acts and prevention of violations. 

Mirziyoyev said that prosecution bodies should play an important role in further developing entrepreneurship activities. 

It was underlined that if the entrepreneur is rich, the state will be rich as well. All conditions should be created for businesspeople. Prosecutors should help and support businesses. 

2017 was announced as the Year of dialogue with population and human interests and prosecutors should solve important tasks. Mirziyoyev said that no appeals of the population and businesses should be ignored.


Edward Rtveladze: President’s Initiative to Raise Science Advancement

to a New Level

January 06, 2017

On the Eve of the New Year, 30 December 2016, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with leading representatives of the nation’s scientific circles with participation of members of government, heads of ministries and agencies, public and civil organizations, members of the Academy of Sciences and chiefs of the country's leading higher education institutions. 

Today it is evident that new historical period, new era of development in all spheres of life has come, be it politics, economics, social and humanitarian spheres, and, of course, science. After all, there is the closest and indissoluble connection between science and life: the more science serves for life, the more life enriches science. Based on the prerogatives voiced by the head of state, science and those, who engaged in it, will be given a special attention. 

One of the participants of the meeting - the member of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan Edvard Rtveladze has kindly agreed to talk with us about the further development of our country's science. 

Edward Vasilyevich, as the head of state noted at the meeting with representatives of science, the time requires to raise advancement of all sectors of society and science to a new level, because without that, it is difficult to solve urgent tasks facing society. Comprehensive support for science and scholars is one of the priority objectives of the government. This idea was reflected in the decree to further improve and promote the activities of the academicians of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, which was adopted under the curtain of 2016. How has this initiative been apprehended? 

First of all, I would like to sincerely thank the leader of the country for the care and support of science, academicians, which have been manifested by Shavkat Miromonovich from the first steps in his tenure in the high office of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. This initiative was warmly apprehended and fully supported by the scientific community of our country. 

In line with the decree, measures on further advancement and strengthening of the country's scientific potential, enhancing the role of science in the social and economic development, full support of the activities of academics will be taken. The importance of further deepening of the integration of science, education and industry was especially underlined. Today there is a clear need for further advancement of scientific cooperation with leading international institutions, universities, research centers and academies of sciences. I consider fundamentally true the task of creation of the best conditions in our country for our compatriots, who have received education and a degree in the leading foreign educational and scientific institutions, all-round stimulation of their scientific work. 

At the meeting with the head of the country it was voiced that there are many scientists with high potential in our country who have received international recognition, and they have to create their own schools. 

It really is a very important message. For example, speaking about Uzbek scientific schools of historians, archaeologists, art historians, created by Ya.Gulyamov, M.Masson, G.Pugachenkova, he said they have always been characterized by a high scientific level and broad international recognition. In the years of independence, they were not only continued, but also greatly enriched by new scientific themes that of course have been developed before, but very weakly and superficially. Concerning the significant achievements of historical science of Uzbekistan, I would like to mention the history of statehood developed and yet published by a team of scientists of the institutes of history, art history together with scientists from other scientific institutions of the country. Among them - "Essays on the history of the state of Uzbekistan", the first volume of "History of Uzbek statehood", "Khorezm in the history of the statehood of Uzbekistan." For the first time thanks to the independence a fundamental work "History of Uzbekistan. The era of Amir Temur and Temurids" has been created, which gives a comprehensive description of political, social and cultural life, role of Amir Temur in the world history. 

The further advancement of scientific cooperation with leading international institutions, universities, research centers and academies of sciences became one of the meeting's theses. What is being done in the sphere of international scientific cooperation, in fact, is it not wrong if I say that achievements of local archaeologists are a significant contribution not only to the domestic, but also to the world historical fund? 

Uzbekistan's scientists have gained great scientific baggage that needs to be developed. It is necessary to improve educating high-potential staff, ensure the continuity of the process of training of the scientific staff and highly qualified specialists, bring a new world-class scientific pleiad. Excavation research in the Obi-Rahmat grotto, Upper Paleolithic parks, ancient agricultural settlement Jar-Kutan, fortress Kampirtepa built by Alexander the Great, hellenistic fortress Uzundar, Buddhist monuments Karatepa and Fayaztepa, portrait gallery Akshikhan-kala and many others long ago have been included in the "golden fund" of world of science. Not by chance is deep interest and direct participation of scientists from America, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Russia, among whom I particularly singled out a recently deceased Kyudzo Kato - a sincere friend of Uzbekistan. These achievements of historical science and disciplines related with it are obvious. The contribution of art science, in particular the development of the history of art culture and contemporary art of independence era, is also weighty. 

However, creation of generalizing works, in particular on the history of statehood, the history of cities, transcontinental roads, culture and arts, archeology, historiography with the mandatory translation into several languages of the world, must be continued. This will make them available to foreign scientists and the general public. 

The President pointed out that the development of the country and society in accordance with modern requirements is difficult to be imagined without the science. The development of science itself depends on fundamental researches. It is through them we learn new knowledge and form theories, create a solid foundation for advanced applied research and innovation developments. What, in your opinion, are further tasks in this direction? 

In this regard, it is important to note the attention of head of state on this issue. Looking ahead, it should be emphasized that without government support the it's further fruitful development is impossible: knowing the world and international experience, I think this factor is one of the fundamental in addressing these issues. The experience of many countries shows, for example, that there academic institutions operate on a budgetary basis, whereas in most countries in America and Europe grants, allocated today also in our country, are only an additional source of funding, intended for laboratory and field studies. Of course, now a lot of questions have become imminent, which, of course, will be resolved in the paragraphs of the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan "On measures to further improve and promote the activities of the academicians of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. 

Science has a very important place in the development of all sectors of the economy, in this case, the state relies primarily on scientists, the integration of science and industry today, as never before, is very imperative. Do we need to strengthen this process? 

In my opinion, today all the conditions for this integration are created. It is very important to support the president's initiative by consolidating efforts of experts from different sectors, scientists, experts and other interested parties, as it is often made in foreign countries. 

Can you cite an example? 

Yes, this practice is already beginning to be used in our country. Here is a very illustrative example. In Tashkent on the initiative of the Information Agency Uzbekistan Today, NAEMM, Zamon Press Info Publishing House, "Darakchi" Publishing House an ambitious and unrivalled project "Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the collections of the world" is carried out. It should be emphasized that this project is carried out thanks to the personal attention of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to issues of careful preservation, enrichment and increasing the historical, cultural and intellectual heritage of the Uzbek people, as well as education of the younger generation on the basis of universal and national values and traditions. It is also important to note that all these themes are elevated to the rank of state policy and are indicated in Action Strategy on further development of Uzbekistan, initiated by the head of state for the next five years. 

Tell us more about the project, what is unprecedented? 

Together with our Russian colleagues from the State Museum of Oriental Art, the Russian Ethnographic Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian National Library we have already prepared four volumes of richly illustrated books-albums devoted to items found on the territory of modern Uzbekistan and stored now in the collections of various museums and individuals' collections. 

Masterpieces created by ancient and modern masters throughout the ages, epochs and civilizations, will fully reflect the unique heritage of material and artistic culture of Uzbekistan. It is important to note that the publication is designed not only for the representatives of the research community, but also on the broad domestic and foreign audience, the younger generation interested in the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. 

Readers of these albums will be able to expand their understanding of the rich culture and art of Uzbekistan having familiarized with specially filmed documentary, which will be attached to the book-album in CD. In the future we also plan to publish other museums of Russia, as well as the United States, England, Germany, Sweden, France, where for various reasons the objects of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan are held. 

Undoubtedly, this project deserves a lot of attention and will be a significant contribution to the advancement of historical science of Uzbekistan, as well as the further promotion of its national cultural heritage. 

In short, I am sure that initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will raise advancement of science in Uzbekistan to a new level. 


A country with healthy children has a great future

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met a group of leading healthcare specialists on 5 January 2017. 

The meeting, conducted via videoconferencing, was attended by the members of the Government, senators, khokims of regions, heads of ministries and agencies, state and public organizations, rectors of medical higher educational institutions, healthcare professionals. 

- Healthcare reforms is one of the main areas of state policy, Shavkat Mirziyoyev said. A particular attention is paid in our country to further improving the healthcare system, stimulating the work of medical workers, wide introduction of modern technologies and treatment methods. 

The systemic work, carried out under the leadership of First President of our country Islam Karimov on increasing the level and the quality of life of people, protection of motherhood and childhood, upbringing healthy, harmoniously developed generation, increasing the quality of medical services, is steadily continued. As a result of the wide-scale reforms, carried out in the years of independence, the national healthcare system has been cardinally transformed. The Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On citizens’ healthcare” guarantees provision of quality medical services to the population. 

A particular attention is paid to revering the representatives of this profession, motivating their hard work. The decree of the First President of our country “On state program of reforming the healthcare system of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, adopted on 10 November 1998, has served as an important factor in creating a united system of mother and child protection, meeting modern requirements and ensuring provision of qualified medical aid in all regions of the country. In accordance with this document, a modern system of medical services on providing the first medical aid has been created in our country, which has included rural medical units and city family policlinics. 

At present, high-quality medical services are provided at specialized scientific-practical centres of cardiology, surgery, eye microsurgery, urology, therapy and medical rehabilitation, endocrinology, pulmonology and phlebology, obstetrics and gynaecology, dermatology and venereology, paediatrics and others. Around 50 thousand highly technological complex surgeries are carried out at these medical establishments, over 600 thousand patients are provided outpatient services. As a result of topical scientific studies in over twenty spheres of medicine, over 1000 diagnostic and treatment standards have been developed. 

In 2016, announced as the Year of healthy mother and a child, loans and grant funds in the amount of 80 million US dollars were directed towards equipping the country's health institutions with modern diagnostic and medical equipment, women of childbearing age and children underwent medical examinations and health recreation. Over 350 children with hearing problems were conducted a cochlear implant surgery at the republican specialized scientific and practical medical centre of paediatrics. 700,000 children were vaccinated against pneumococcal disease and other infectious diseases. 

But life is constantly changing, the demands of people are increasing. The medical culture of the people, their demand for medical services with up-to-date methods is rising. Gone are the days when people were content with only what is available. This, along with all spheres, also directly applies to medicine, the President of our country said. Therefore, professionals in the field have to learn the most advanced, modern achievements of world medicine, methods of treatments. Complacency is a serious obstacle to further development. 

Announcement of 2017 as the Year of Dialogue with the people and human interests has a deep meaning. After all, human interests include health issues, the availability of full access to modern health services. 
Shavkat Mirziyoyev at his campaign meetings had emphasized the need to engage in direct dialogue with the people, to learn about the issues of concern to citizens, to listen to their opinions and suggestions. The population has many actual problems in this area, which is also confirmed by the fact that more than 7000 requests and applications to the virtual reception of the Prime Minister are related to healthcare and medicine. People’s applications, their views and suggestions necessitate further improvements in this sphere. 

Our President elaborated on the forthcoming work in this area, the problems, waiting for their solution. The issues relating to the activities of rural medical stations have been highlighted. Currently, rural medical centres are adequately equipped with means of laboratory testing, diagnostic aids for primary medical examination. However, we cannot deny the shortage of trained professionals, who know how to use this modern medical equipment, and residents of some remote areas need to go to the district or regional centre in order to just take a blood test. 

In some places, health check-ups are carried out formally, the President of our country continued. The shortage of qualified professionals in remote areas suggests that much remains to be done to address the staffing issue. 

Rural health units have to work around the clock. To this end, it is necessary to build an adjacent house for a doctor, working at the rural health unit. 

A number of measures, aimed at improving the provision of emergency medical assistance to the population, have been adopted. But we cannot say that today our people are satisfied with the quality of these services. A fundamental change of the system is the imperative of our time. 

The meeting critically considered the work on execution of the decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to further improve the provision of population with medications and medical products" from October 31, 2016. 

It is necessary to organize separate clinics for girls and women, the Head of our state said. The birth of a healthy generation, future owners of our day, depends largely on the health of women. 
When it comes to health, we have to remember one truth: medical professionals are guardians of our health. People must trust them, and they have to win the trust of the people, Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized. 
A lot of problems, waiting for their solution, concern specialized medical centres. All existing centres are located in Tashkent. This creates disadvantages for the rural population. Professionals from specialized medical centres should visit the regions and provide medical services to people on the ground, carry out surgeries, said the President of our country. 

At the meeting, the responsible officials were given specific instructions concerning the further development of healthcare, improving the level and quality of medical services in accordance with international standards, widespread introduction of advanced educational technologies in the training of young professionals, further expanding cooperation with leading medical centres and educational institutions of the world, well-known scientists and experts, and other relevant issues. 

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, minister of health A.Ikramov, first deputy minister of health A.Hojiboev, deputy ministers of health E.Basitkhanova, S.Saidaliev, director of the republican specialised centre of urology F.Akilov, director of specialised scientific and practical centre of therapy and medical rehabilitation A.Alyavi, director of the republican scientific centre of immunology T.Aripova, senator Z.Nizomhujaev, chairwoman of the “Soglom avlod uchun” international charity fund S.Inamova, chairman of Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan M.Erniyazov, khokim of Andijon region Sh.Abdurakhmonov, khokim of Bukhara region U.Barnoev and others noted that a particular attention, paid by the President of our country to the healthcare sphere, has an important significance for its development, a systemic work will be conducted taking into account the conclusions from the expressed critical notes and they will employ all forces and possibilities to eliminate the shortcomings and to solve the urgent tasks in the sphere. 



by Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the joint session

of the Chambers of Oliy Majlis dedicated to

a Solemn Ceremony of Assuming the Post

of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan


Assalomu Alaykum, dear compatriots!

Dear Chairman of the Senate and the senators!

Esteemed Speaker and the deputies!

Ladies and gentlemen!

First of all, addressing to you, my dears, and in your person to our entire nation, allow me time and again to express gratitude from the bottom of my heart to my all fellow countrymen, who have laid a high trust in me and elected to the post of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Today, standing from this high rostrum, I express the heartfelt gratitude to the representatives of all nationalities and ethnicities living in our country, esteemed elderly, our kind and beloved women and energetic youth. I consider it both my duty and obligation to bow low to our diligent and magnanimous people who possess the high humane qualities.

I consider such a high trust shown to me by you, my dear compatriots, our people and the nation as a big honor and enormous responsibility. I do promise to devote my entire strength and energy, knowledge and experience, and my whole self to justify such a high trust, which cannot be compared to or weighed by anything.

I especially thank all members of the Uzbekistan Liberal-Democratic Party who have nominated my candidature to the post of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and supported me during the entire election.

Along with this, I once again express my gratitude to the chairman of the Central Council of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan Khatamjon Ketmonov, the chairman of the Central Council of the “Milliy Tiklanish” Democratic Party Sarvar Otamurodov and the chairman of the Political Council of the “Adolat” Social-Democratic Party Narimon Umarov who have participated in these elections conducted on alternative basis.

Taking this opportunity, I also express my deep gratitude, innermost esteem and high respect to all heads of foreign states, international organizations, the political and public figures, who have sent their congratulations and greetings to me, as well as the heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states in our country, who have supported us during the electoral process and are doing it at all times and participating today in our session.

Dear compatriots!

All of us are well aware that each and every sovereign state has its own unique history and culture. The people of this nation are duly considered to be those who truly create and make this history and this culture. The centuries-long history of our Uzbekistan and the period of its last 25-year development, the progress aimed at strengthening its state independence and sovereignty has once again confirmed this truth.

The powerful and decisive force of this creative process is, no doubt, our multinational people. All of us are well aware how complicated periods and hard trials there were in the millennia-long history of the Uzbek people. The newest history of Uzbekistan and our world-known achievements give a full ground to confidently say that our brave and steadfast people are capable to overcome any difficulty, barriers and trials with their strength and willpower.

We safeguard and preserve the bright memory of our ancestors and eternally cherish it in our hearts and souls. We are boundlessly proud of our teachers, mentors and contemporaries, who have dedicated their lives to the comprehensive progress of our dear Homeland by demonstrating in practice the unbending willpower, as well as the example of selflessness and courage.

Today, I call upon the chambers of Oliy Majlis, political parties and movements, public organizations and our entire nation to unite the efforts along the path of one objective testated to us by the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, dear and esteemed to all of us Islam Abdughanievich Karimov.

This noble task is to build the consistently and steadily developing, free, prosperous and democratic state of Uzbekistan.

At present, Uzbekistan has its own commendable place and status in the world community. We are open for a close cooperation and practical dialogue with all states in the world. The last democratic electoral process has served as its another confident and vivid confirmation.

You are well aware that nearly 600 observers from 5 prestigious international organizations and 46 states participated to monitor the elections. Especially, the full-scale mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office on Democratic Institutions and Human Rights visited our country for the first time.  That is to say, about 200 representatives from 32 states of this international structure, and this is a significant number, have monitored the electoral process, particularly, from the point of democratic principles.

Our people vividly demonstrated their wish and willpower, high political consciousness and active civic stance in the elections. In its turn, this brightly reflects that our people are looking at their fate and the future with big confidence and responsibility.

We accept the election results, first of all, as a fair and true assessment given by our compatriots of the democratic reforms being accomplished in Uzbekistan, the strategic program of progress defined for the near-term and long-term perspective.

All foreign observers openly and unanimously acknowledged that the elections were conducted in the atmosphere of sound competition and struggle among the political parties, in full conformity with the provisions of our national legislation, the universally acclaimed international standards on elections, and in the spirit of freedom and openness. In the announcement of the final conclusions on the election results made recently by the Central Election Commission this truth has once again been confirmed.  There is no doubt that all of us are pleased with such a high recognition and such a high assessment.

Dear friends!

Today, as I assume the post of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, I comprehensively and deeply feel and realize as a head of state the very enormous responsibility on my shoulders and to what extent it is difficult and responsible to govern the big nation and the big country of 32 million people as continuing the work of the great state and political figure, our dear teacher Islam Karimov.

Our first President with his multifaceted political activity and noble humane qualities has left an indelible and bright trace in the centuries-long history of our Motherland.

Our great Leader was recognized as a prominent person and figure, who won a profound respect, authority and acclaim not only in Uzbekistan, but also throughout the world.

Therefore, at present, thousands of our fellow-countrymen are sending their proposals and suggestions on perpetuating the memory of our dear teacher. All of them are being extensively studied by the state commission. A separate resolution shall be adopted in this respect.

Dear participants of the session!

As I assume the enormous responsibility of being a leader of Uzbekistan, in today’s situation of rapid globalization in the world, intensification of clashes of various interests in the international community and given the tense situation of the ongoing global economic and financial crisis, I lean, first of all, upon our time-honored and wise people, your trust, help and assistance, my dear compatriots.

All of you are well aware during the election campaign I have held   many meetings and conversations with voters and the representatives of various layers of population. The practical proposals and lawful appeals enunciated at those open dialogues and the concrete measures taken to implement them, to be frank, have also served for me as yet another big school of life. The final conclusions of such meetings and conversations will serve as a program guideline for me in my very important and responsible activity as the President of the country.

Today, the time itself puts forward before all of us, primarily, before me as a President of Uzbekistan, the new and very responsible tasks. I consider it appropriate to briefly inform you today in our session about these major tasks.

First, wewill steadfastly, resolutely and consistently continue the broad-scale political, economic and social reforms started by our dear First President Islam Abdughanievich Karimov.

This path is a solid foundation of building a free, democratic, humane state, establishing a civil society, raising the economic might of our Homeland and ensuring its further progress.

As the President of the country, I consider it to be my major duty and task to strictly and unconditionally comply with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, ensure the rule of law, conduct the internal and foreign policy, which ensures the rights and freedoms of citizens.

I think that certainly you are well aware of the fact that I have enunciated my ideas related to the practical efforts in terms of implementation of these fundamental principles in the address I had made at the solemn session dedicated to the 24th anniversary of our Constitution.

In this regard, I ask the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber, deputies, the Chairman of the Senate and the senators along with State advisors of the President and the Government jointly elaborate the set of concrete measures on further improving and strengthening the legal foundations of the reforms and transformations to be implemented in our country.

Second, I consider it my priority task to preserve as an apple of an eye and strengthen the interethnic and civil accord, the atmosphere of mutual respect, mercy and kindness reigning in our country.

It is well-known that the freedom of conscience and religion and the rights of representatives of various nationalities are equally guaranteed and the atmosphere of religious tolerance is being consolidated in our country. At present, the representatives of more than 130 nationalities and ethnicities are living in Uzbekistan in mutual harmony. The religious organizations belonging to 16 confessions are freely functioning.

It will remain in the focus of our attention to further consolidate the mutual friendship and accord reigning in our society, ensure the equal rights for all citizens irrespective of their nationality, religion and faith. It absolutely won’t be allowed in Uzbekistan to disseminate the extremist and radical ideas, which would sow discord among them.

The ever intensifying bloody conflicts and confrontations, the danger of terrorism and extremism in some regions of the world today require us to be always vigilant and alert. In this respect, such resolute tasks as providing for the security and inviolability of Uzbekistan’s borders, solidifying the defense capability of our country and not allowing any evil to the country’s doorsteps will always remain in the focus of our attention.

Today, I deem it necessary to once again underscore the very idea, which is important from the principle point of view: Uzbekistan and its magnanimous people are consistently and solidly upholding the position of conducting a peaceful policy and implementing the principles of respectful approach to national and universal values. However, if it is necessary, we are capable of fiercely striking back against any attempts which threaten the sovereignty and independence of our country, the peaceful and tranquil life of our people. Therefore, I would like to address to our nation that no one should have any doubt about that. We have sufficient strength and power for that.

Taking this opportunity, I express my sincere gratitude to the privates and sergeants, officers and generals of the Armed Forces, National Security Service, border and interior troops, as well as all servicemen for their loyalty to their oath and sacred duty.

I am confident that you will continue showing the example of high professional skills, bravery and courage and will remain devoted to your patriotic duty related to preserving and consolidating peace and stability in our country.

I ask the Security Council at the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan along with the Ministry of Defense and leadership of other structures to present in the near days the set of measures on preparation and worthily celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Armed Forces. In this respect, it is expedient to introduce the proposals on decorating the deserving servicemen not only with recently instituted insignia, but also the high state awards.

Third, we consider it our primary task to further and broadly solidify the feeling of justice in our life – the very feeling, which has been revered and prioritized over anything by our people for centuries. In this respect, the words with a deep meaning of our great sakhibkiran (great leader, commander), forefather Amir Temur: “Let justice be our company in each and every deed and a guideline program” must turn for each of us into a life credo.

This issue is first of all an immediate task of the heads and employees of state government and governance bodies, the entire judicial system, prosecutor’s office, interior and supervisory structures, as well as the authorized person of the Oliy Majlis for human rights.

We should take the strict measures in our society in terms of struggling against corruption, various crimes and other cases of infringement of law, not allowing them to happen, as well as ensuring in practice the provisions of law that stipulate the inevitability of punishment of crime.

I think and I am confident that the deputies and senators, broad public and our entire nation will certainly endorse these efforts of our country in this important sphere of building a law-governed and democratic state.

In further deepening the democratic reforms and implementing the concept of developing a civil society, we believe that, as it was before, the citizens’ self-governance bodies – makhallas, as well as the non-state, non-profit organizations, free and impartial mass media will take an active place. In implementing the important principle, namely, “From a strong state to a strong civil society”, above all, we will lean upon the strength and capabilities of such social institutions.

In this regard, we will pay a special attention to the realization of the provisions on consolidating the institution of public control as the most important foundation of democracy enshrined in the Article 32 of our country’s Constitution, the laws and other documents such as “On the transparent activity of the state government and governance bodies” and “On the social partnership”.

In this important work we will hope for and lean upon the advice and active assistance by all our citizens, above all, our esteemed and time-honored elderly and the representatives of greater generation with a profound life experience.

It was thanks to the selfless labor of this particular generation that the large industrial complexes were built and modernized in its own time in our country. Thanks to their wit, intellect and efforts, the new branches of the industry based on high technologies were established, the rare infrastructure facilities were built, the movement of farmers was founded, the look of our towns and villages has radically changed.

It was thanks to the great love, kindness and selflessness of these particular esteemed persons towards our Motherland that the solid foundation of the state of independent Uzbekistan was established.

Taking today’s opportunity, allow me to express my high respect, esteem and sincere wishes to our dear elderly and veterans of labor for their diligent services along the path of the progress of our country and wish all of them a long life, sound health, happiness and well-being.

In this regard, I would like to especially emphasize one idea: strengthening the attention and practical care for the persons of old age and the representatives of elder generation, increasing their pensions, bettering healthcare, social and consumer services for them will continue to remain as one of the most important tasks both for the President, our Government and all khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices).

For this purpose, at present the set of broad-scale measures was elaborated on strengthening the state support of pensioners, lone elderly and people with disabilities. They will be unconditionally implemented. The additional necessary measures will be taken to increase the number of employees of the “Nuroniy” and “Makhalla” foundations, improving their material and technical basis, further raising their role and status in our society.

Our dear women, who are the priceless virtue of the Almighty Creator, dear mothers, kind spouses, cherished sisters, beloved daughters and grandchildren always care about us, boundlessly believe and render strength and assistance to us along the path of overcoming all barriers and achieving our objectives.

We are eternally indebted to you for your motherly mercy and kindness, womanly charm and compassion.

For this purpose, we consider it our most important task to actively continue the state policy on protecting the health of mothers and children, giving jobs to women taking into account their living conditions, creating comprehensive opportunities on alleviating hardships of our sisters, raising the place and prestige of women in our socio-political life.

All of us are well-aware that Uzbekistan is rich with raw and natural resources and boasts with powerful economic and human potential. However, our biggest wealth is an enormous intellectual and spiritual potential of our people. We know well and highly cherish that our respected intelligentsia – the people of science, techniques, and above all, our academicians, the people culture, literature, art and the representatives of sport are diligently and selflessly working in creating and further multiplying this potential.

We should consider as our primary task to comprehensively support the scientific and creative research by these hard working people and create the necessary conditions for them. With such an aim, our government will elaborate and implement the concrete measures.

Today, the pivotal appeal, namely “Our children must be stronger, more knowledgeable, smarter and certainly happier than us!” took a solid place in the minds and hearts of each of us, the parents and broad public. At present, the youth up to 30 years of age make up 32 percent of our country’s population, or 10 million people. The fact that our youth is turning into a decisive force of our today and tomorrow capable of rightfully assuming the responsibility for the future of our Homeland makes all of us proud and pleased.

We must take to the logical end our broad-scale work being accomplished in this sphere, in particular, our national programs adopted on education and upbringing.

With such a goal, the most important task of the Government, relevant ministries and departments, entire system of education, our esteemed teachers and professors is to take our work up to a new level on giving a comprehensive education to younger generation, upbringing it as physically and spiritually mature persons. The time itself necessitates upgrading our work aimed at creating the modern jobs for our younger generation and ensuring it to take a commendable place in life.

We will continue the state policy on the youth with resolve and consistency.  We will not only continue, but we will raise this policy to the higher level in line with the latest requirements as our top priority task. We will channel all available strength and capabilities of our state and society to raise our youth as happy and independently thinking people with high intellectual and spiritual potential, who stand not inferior in any sphere to their contemporaries in the world.

Fourth, theimplementationof the important principle and priority task as ensuring the steady growth of our economy will remain as a strategic objective for me as head of the state.

Above all, we should accelerate the work started on further deepening the reforming and liberalization of economy, structural changing its branches and sectors. Such issues as modernizing the sectors and areas, increasing the level of their competitiveness and developing their export potential should constantly be in the focus of our attention.

For this purpose, we need to more actively attract the foreign investments, advanced technologies and information-communication systems to all spheres.

On this particular basis we should increase the gross domestic product of our country over two-fold by 2030.

The issues of reforming the agriculture and ensuring the food security, no doubt, will remain as one of the most important tasks for us. Most importantly, a profound attention will be paid to consistently developing the complex of agricultural industry and its locomotive, i.e. the diversified farming entities, which are its driving force.

The resolution of the set of issues related to reducing the participation of state in the economy to the strategically reasonable level, further developing and protecting private ownership will be defined as a top priority task for the government, relevant bodies of state governance and khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices) of all levels.

Our another important task is to support and promote the small business and entrepreneurship, create the comfortable conditions for increasing the share of this sphere in consolidating the economic potential of our country, peace, stability and social accord in Uzbekistan.

Since, a business person sustains not only himself and his family, but also the people and the society.

I am never tired to reiterate the fact even it is being repeated that if people are rich, then the state is also rich and powerful!!!

Therefore, from now on putting obstacles to the development of entrepreneurship will be assessed as putting obstacles to the policy of state and the policy of President. I deem it important and necessary to once again underscore this position which is very important from the principle point of view.

During the meetings with the voters, I became personally deeply convinced that this particular demand was resolutely supported not only by business persons, but also the broad layers of our population.

Fifth, the efficiency of the economic reforms and social changes which we are accomplishing is measured, first of all, to what extent they are affecting the material state, well-being and enhancement of the quality of the living standards of population.

For this purpose, we have elaborated the concrete measures to gradually increase the wages, pensions, allowances and stipends and they will certainly be implemented.

Starting from 2017, the new system will be introduced on providing jobs for the population, first of all, the graduates of lyceums, vocational colleges and higher educational institutions.

Expanding the production of consumer goods and fully meeting such needs of the population, in particular, fully providing our people with variety of food products at affordable prices are among the important tasks before us.

With an aim of protecting a human health, which is considered to be the priceless wealth for us, the Government should concentrate its attention on implementation of the set of measures on radically improving the sphere of healthcare, above all, the activity of its branches of primary healthcare and rural medical stations, further development of the specialized centers rendering services based on emergency healthcare and high technologies.

In this respect, the other day the leadership cadres in the system of the Ministry of Healthcare have been entirely renewed and it can be said it was reinforced!

All of you are well aware that for over the last time the concrete measures have been taken on improving the system of price setting for medicines and medical items. We will resolutely continue this work.

Such reforms are especially worth noting due to the fact that they are aimed at cardinally improving the quality of medical services to the population and supplying it with medicines.

You are well aware that some of the 15 targeted programs aimed at 2017-2021 were adopted and started to be implemented. In the near term, the work on approving the rest of them will be completed.

All of the mentioned programs pursue one goal. They will be directed to tackling a number of urgent issues related to comprehensive development in the near 5 years of residential areas, especially, the rural areas, districts and cities, establishing modern engineering-communication, social and market infrastructure.

Sixth, I consider it the most important and priority task for me to take the concrete measures on constantly conversing with people, implementing their lawful demands, appeals and proposals.

From now on, the system will be established, according to which, not only the government, but also the relevant ministries and departments, economic entities, including the governors and mayors will be reporting on the outcomes of their activity in this direction. Their activity shall be evaluated based on the aforementioned.

Therefore, I demand from each and every head and official to undertake a consistent and efficient work on this particular basis.

You are well aware that we have announced 2017 in our country as “The Year of Dialogue with People and the Human Interests”.

However, all of us well understand that the dialogue with people, talking to them, living with their problems and concerns and ensuring the human interests is not a one-year work for us.

This issue will remain the top priority task in our forthcoming five-year activity. And all of us must deeply and well comprehend this truth.

Since, whatever work we will accomplish in our country along the path of building a new state and new society, we will do all of it in consultation with our people:

- It is these people who brought us up and raised us.

- It is these people who sustained all of us.

- It is these people who have laid their trust in us and elected us as leaders.    

Thus, who should we talk to in the first instance: we should talk to our people.

Whom should we consult with in carrying out our work: first of all, we should consult with our people? Then our people will be pleased with us.

If people are pleased with us, then there will be efficiency and blessing in our work.

If people are pleased with us, the Almighty Creator shall be pleased with us.

In this regard, we should recall the phrases with deep meaning stated by our great forefather Alisher Navoiy, which go as follows: “odamiy ersang, demagil odami, onikim, yoq khalq ghamidan ghami”.

It means that living with problems and concerns of people in this world is the highest quality of being a human.

By these phrases our great forefather underscores that a person, who is far from the problems of the people, cannot be considered as an integral part of a human society.

One can be astonished of how these immortal phrases go in full harmony with our current life, our dreams and aspirations and practical activities.

In the activity of all state bodies, we should switch to qualitatively absolutely new system on working with the population’s appeals.

In particular, starting from 2017 the system will be introduced, according to which, the governors and mayors of all levels, the heads of prosecutor’s office and interior bodies will be reporting to the people.

Along with this, as we stated before, it will be necessary to establish the “public receptions” in each and every district and city and ensure their full-scale activity.

It is necessary to clearly define the legal status of these receptions, their authorities and obligations and establish the activity of such a system in which not a single appeal must be left without consideration.

In evaluating the activity of state bodies and officials, such principles as ensuring lawfulness, to what extent the citizens’ rights and freedoms are protected, the quality and openness of rendering the public services for them must be most important criterion for us.

In this respect, once again I want to emphasize one notion. It is not the people who should serve the government bodies, but it is the government bodies who should serve our people.

In this regard, we should raise the efficiency of the system currently in force related to critically analyzing the implementation of the most important social-economic tasks, the purposeful programs on branches and sectors, priority investment projects and other urgent objectives.

Along with this, the practice shall be newly introduced, according to which, the heads of the complexes and economic branches of the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as governors and mayors will have personal reporting hearing before the President.

The Government, governors and mayors’ offices shall be instructed to unconditionally implement the set of measures along with ministries and departments elaborated on the outcomes of meetings with voters and broad layers of population and aimed at tackling the problematic issues in terms of development of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, all regions and the city of Tashkent in 2017-2021.

I deem it very important to actively continue the work on extensively studying the lawful appeals and complaints being sent today by citizens not only to the electronic mail and reception of the Prime Minister, but also to the President and tackling the issues being raised in them.

Generally speaking, from now on, the results of the activity of the heads of ministries and departments and economic entities, as well as governors and mayors will be evaluated not based on the blank economic indicators, but based on how they engage with people and organize their work, to what extent the citizens’ problems are resolved. Afterwards, a relevant conclusion will be made.

If the mark is positive and if the people are pleased, then we thank them. And if vice versa, we bid farewell to such heads!!!

Dear friends!

The fact of implementation of the broad-scale tasks before us, first of all, demands from me as a head of the state, three branches of state power, as well as all heads and officials a strict discipline.

Today, the life itself requires to properly organizing our work, ensuring its efficiency and qualitatively upgrading the activity of the entire system of governance in line with the latest requirements.

Certainly, I deeply comprehend that all changes that we are planning are quiet multi-faceted and very important.

However, no matter what obstacles and hardships, the tense and urgent problems we are going to face with, we don’t have a right to adopt resolutions in rush and in a chaotic way, and we don’t have a right to allow for poorly thought-out actions.

Our task is to strictly implement our model of progress and renewal based on the accumulated experience and advanced international practice. In this respect, in order to achieve the near and mid-term objectives, we need to act with a resolve.

With this purpose, in the coming days the elaboration of the Strategy of Action on further development of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 will be completed.

This strategy will encompass the five top priority directions related to state building, improvement of the judicial system, liberalization of the economy, acceleration of development of social sphere and implementation of active foreign policy.

In order to implement in practice the demand related to having a constant dialogue with our people, I propose before adopting this Strategy, it should be announced in the mass media and broadly discussed among our people.

I am confident that such discussions will serve for further and fuller consideration of our people’s interests.

Dear friends!

It is well-known that in accordance with Article 98 of our Constitution, the responsibility for successful implementation of the priority tasks of the economic and social reforms was laid on the Cabinet of Ministers, each and every member of the Government and the heads of the state and economic governance bodies.

In the first instance, this requires of the Prime Minister and his deputies the high-level personal responsibility and effective and full realization of the tasks entrusted with them.

In this regard, I want to propose one suggestion. That is to say, the action program of the Cabinet of Ministers proposed at the joint sessions of the Oliy Majlis chambers on January 23, 2015 and September 8 this year must be further clarified, and proceeding from the latest requirements, the additions must be introduced into it. This is an urgent task.

I hope that at the second part of our today’s session, the new candidature nominated to the post of Prime Minister will inform about the main directions and priority tasks of this program aimed at near and long-term perspectives.

I believe it would be expedient that the major attention in this regard must be paid to the following strategic directions.

First, preserving the high growth rates in our economy providing for further consolidation of the macroeconomic stability and our national currency;

Second, the comprehensive and accelerated development of our country’s regions, i.e. the cities, districts and makhallas (neighborhood communities), especially, the economically and socially backward districts and towns;

Third, to pay a special attention to increasing the real incomes and living standards of the population;

We need to evaluate the efficiency of the work of the Government and personally its new leadership based on these particular criteria.

With such an aim in the coming days the executive structure of the Cabinet of Ministers will be reviewed and adopted.

The major goal of such changes is to elaborate the most optimal and effective system of state and economic governance bodies based on the accumulated experience and in line with the broad-scale new objectives on social-economic development of our country.

In the focus of such system there should be perspective important tasks related to comprehensive development of not only the basic sectors of the economy, but also and first of all, of the regions, as well as ensuring the pivotal interests of our country’s all citizens and raising their incomes.

Besides, we are also facing the tasks in terms of realization of the set of measures related to radical improvement of the activity of such central governance bodies as the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, the State Committee for Privatization, Demonopolization and Development of Competition, customs system and other departments.

Increasing the efficiency of the activity of the banking system and other bodies of the market infrastructure also remains to be the urgent task.

Unfortunately, at present their activity significantly lags behind the latest requirements of life and economic reforms.

Therefore, we have also invited the heads of all large commercial banks to our session.

From now on, their major goal is to radically change the methods of their work and secure the true trust of our citizens and entrepreneurs, and achieve to be a real assistant to them.

Therefore, the state banks shall be instructed with the following tasks. Through organizing dialogue with each and every family, we need to create comfortable conditions for the citizens to engage in entrepreneurship.

With this purpose, the commercial banks and their branches at the local level, proceeding from their own capabilities, will be laid with the task to render a financial assistance and support to business persons.

In a word, from now on the banks should teach our people to engage in business, entrepreneurship and promote such initiatives.

Thereby, the people will engage in business in the spheres of horticulture, cattle-breeding, craftsmanship, home labor, services, entrepreneurship, and others. Thus, they will establish their even a small company, will lawfully earn income, financially sustain both themselves and their families and will make a worthy contribution to the development of our makhalla, district, town, region and country.

The main goal of this policy is to create the broad conditions and opportunities for each and every citizen to realize his strength and capacity, his talent and potential.

Less than 15 days have left until the end of the year 2016. In order to successfully conclude the outgoing year, achieve the set goals and create a solid foundation for ensuring a stable development and accelerated growth rates of our country we need to channel all our efforts.

I ask the leadership of the Cabinet of Ministers to comprehensively and thoroughly implement these tasks and provide a detailed report on this at the governmental meeting due next year in January.

Dear participants of the session!

According to Article 78 of our country’s Main Law, in modernizing the country, ensuring reforming and democratizing our society, the important place and responsibility was laid on the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of Oliy Majlis.

For this purpose the following three tasks should be implemented.

The first task, it must be ensured that the instructions defined at the solemn meeting on December 7, 2016 must be concretely realized.

You are well aware that at the festive ceremony held on the occasion of the anniversary of our Constitution, I have addressed to the deputies and senators with one proposal.

My proposal was about that with an aim to create the influential mechanisms of the parliamentary and public control, it was necessary to introduce the procedure according to which they should learn the true state of affairs in the cities and districts and introduce the report of the relevant heads to the sessions of the councils of people’s deputies.

For this purpose, the deputies and senators of Oliy Majlis, elected from each region, on a monthly basis need to travel to a district for 10-12 days. They should thoroughly learn, analyze and draw the relevant conclusions about the activity of the local government bodies, prosecutor’s office and interior department. Based on this, our distinguished Speaker and the Chairman of Senate must lead the discussions of these issues with local kengashes (councils). If such a system is introduced, certainly, tomorrow it will give its positive efficiency.

The second task – it is necessary to undertake monitoring the implementation in practice of the Law “On the parliamentary supervision” in all spheres, including learning and introducing the advanced experience of foreign countries in this respect.

Therefore, yesterday an important issue was discussed at the session of the Senate of Oliy Majlis and the relevant resolution was adopted.

It is well-known that one of our priority tasks in the sphere of economy is to further consolidate the economic ties with foreign states and further enhance the international prestige of Uzbekistan through broadly propagating its economic capabilities abroad, accelerate the attraction of investments and further developing the sphere of tourism.

Thus, with an aim to create the system of effective parliamentary supervision over the activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state departments in this direction, the post of the First Deputy Chairman of Senate was instituted. From now on the activity of the relevant Senate committee will be radically improved.

I want to especially underscore the significance and importance of the third task, i.e. we should take the concrete influence mechanisms in terms of each situation related to non-implementation of the provisions of law.

We need to continue to better the activity of the bodies of state power at the local level, the governors’ and mayors’ offices of all levels and the councils of the people’s deputies. Therefore, it would be expedient, to introduce the practice of organizing the work of exemplary councils of people’s deputies turn by turn in each region by the Senate of Oliy Majlis.

Their main goal and task is to have a constant dialogue with all layers of the population and not only learn about the demands and the needs of citizens but to tackle them as well.

We need to create comprehensively comfortable conditions on tackling the available problems in practice, as well as ensuring for the population to freely work, have a decent leisure time and commendable living standards.

Proceeding from these criteria, we can make conclusions about the efficiency of the activity of local bodies of state authority on implementing the Articles 100 and 101 of the Constitution of our country.

Therefore, I would like to especially underline that 2017 was announced in our country as “The Year of Dialogue with People and the Human Interests”.

All of us are well aware that we need to carry out a lot aimed at enhancing the entire system of work with cadres in order to implement the broad-scale tasks before us.

At present, it can be observed that in many instances in state and governance bodies the utilization of cadre potential, distribution of their duties and authorities is not reasonably and efficiently arranged.

The worst is that this situation hinders our work. If you look at one agency, there are hundreds of employees who work there just nominally. If you look at another one, there is a lot of work and tasks, but not enough people and there is a lack of staff.

The time has come to put an end to such incorrect distribution of labor. Each state employee must clearly know his duties and obligations, simply speaking, to be able to cope with his responsibilities.

This is the requirement of contemporary time. If we do not fulfill this work ourselves in order to accomplish our tasks and objectives, no one will come from beyond and do it for us.

From this point of view, I believe the time has come to develop a targeted program, which would encompass the important issues of forming the practical cadre reserve, their training and retraining.

The main task is to form the new corps of managerial staff and officials with high professional skills and modern thinking, be capable of making the well thought-out and comprehensively correct decisions, and achieving the set goals.

In this a special attention must be paid to training the skilled cadres for the regional governance bodies, above all, for the governors’ and mayor’s offices of districts and cities.

For this purpose, the scientific and practical potential and capabilities of 6 academies, the Scientific-Education Center of Corporate Management at the Cabinet of Ministers along with educational institutions must be more actively mobilized.

In this regard, it will be correct to say that the Academy of State Administration at the President is completely not fulfilling the task entrusted upon it.  Therefore, we are forced to cardinally change the working method of this Academy and reconsider its managerial staff.

Along with this, it is required to enhance the duties and authorities of local governors’ and mayor’s offices.

The relevant proposals are being elaborated on delegating the additional authorities to local governors’ and mayor’s offices considering their role in comprehensive development of regions, implementation of social-economic programs, ensuring implementation of laws, efficient coordination of the activity of bodies of state power at the local level.

Dear friends!

You are well aware that the approaches and position of our state in the sphere of foreign policy have been thoroughly outlined in the address dedicated to the Constitution Day.

In addition to those ideas, I would like to say that we consider deep studying and practical implementation of the best practices in the world as one of the important conditions of successful fulfillment of the broad-scale tasks before us.

We will organize the close cooperation with foreign states, above all, the neighboring countries, as well as the international institutions in line with today’s requirements and based on mutual trust and consideration of mutual interests.

The relations of cooperation with businessmen, who have demonstrated themselves as reliable partners, will certainly be continued in Uzbekistan.

In this regard, the newly established Senate committee is required to consistently fulfill the tasks entrusted upon it.

Dear fellow countrymen!

All of us well understand that more enormous tasks are awaiting us. We will build the great future of our Motherland along with you, my dear compatriots. Together with our brave and noble people we will certainly achieve our set goals.

Let the Almighty God support all of us in this cause!

I wish all of you a sound health, happiness and success, peace and tranquility, plenty and abundance to your homes.

Let our country be peaceful, our skies blue, and our people always be safe!

Thank you for your attention.




Dear compatriots!

Ladies and gentlemen!

On the eve of the remarkable date in the life of our country – celebration of the Constitution Day, I am profoundly pleased to meet you in this beautiful and sublime palace of forums “Uzbekistan”.

Expressing boundless respect and esteem to all of you, our entire nation, allow me congratulate from the bottom of my heart on the 24th Anniversary of adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Adoption of the Constitution of the Independent Uzbekistan on December 8, 1992 became an important historical event in the life of our country.

            All of us are well aware that the prominent statesman of our contemporary time, our great leader, esteemed Islam Abdughanievich Karimov uniquely contributed to the elaboration and implementation of the Constitution into our life.

In elaboration of this document, which has radically changed the consciousness, worldview and the entire life of our people, the profound and in-depth ideas of conceptual significance of Islam Abdughanievich laid a solid foundation.

            I always remember with pride that as a member of the Oliy Kengash (Supreme Council) within the Constitutional Commission I directly participated in the process of development and adoption of our Main Law. I still vividly recall how the Constitution acquired its present day content and form, the active discussions and disputes in the course of this complex process.

Indeed, in the extremely difficult period of 90s the leadership of such a great political figure with broad strategic thinking and farsighted vision as Islam Abdughanievich was of a crucial significance in drafting the Main Law.

            In an unstable and shaky situation, when our young state was regaining its feet, it was absolutely unacceptable to allow for such negative manifestations as narrow interests, parochialism, separatism and nationalism.

Along with the universally recognized democratic principles and values it was important to express in the Main Law the unique traditions and rich experience of state-building of our people.

            It was thanks to the efforts of our First President that the great notion “The human and human dignity” was elevated as a cornerstone idea.

            In his address at the historical session of the Oliy Kengash dedicated to the draft of the Constitution on December 8, 1992 esteemed Islam Abdughanievich underlined the following:

            “In the last seventy years we lived under the condition of obedience and worshipping the state. We believed that the state was the owner of the country and its riches. The Constitution provides for a cardinal change in this issue as well. Namely, our Main Law contains the provision, which states that: “the state, its bodies and officials shall be accountable to the society and the citizens”.

From now on, a human being, his life, freedom, honor and dignity and other inalienable rights and freedoms are sacred and guaranteed by state”.

            The aforementioned ideas of our First President testify about the scope of the in-depth approach this person has had towards each and every issue related to the state, society and human being. Thus, the Constitution can provide an answer even to the most complicated questions.

In a word, we have all grounds to rightly declare Islam Karimov as the author of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Dear friends!

For over the years of independent development, our Constitution  serves as a firm foundation of creating a law-governed democratic state, strong civil society, free market relations and the economy based on the supremacy of private property, building a peaceful and prosperous life for our people, securing a worthy place on the international arena.

Our Main Law created the broad opportunities for the formation and free functioning of the non-governmental organizations and political parties, which are an integral part of strong civil society, and strengthened the main concepts and regulations of the electoral system.

In full compliance with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other main international documents, our Main Law has guaranteed the personal rights and freedoms, political, economic and social rights of a human being and the citizens. The Constitution created the necessary conditions for a spiritual maturity, comprehensive and harmonious development of a person.

For over the past period the national legislation system was established in the country based on the principles and provisions enshrined in our Constitution. The effective implementation of reforms in all spheres of our life served as a foundation for the progress of our country’s social, economic, political and military potential.

It should be especially underlined that the Constitution has a unique place and significance in raising the legal consciousness and awareness, as well as the political activeness of our citizens.

The active participation of our people in the important political event – the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a few days ago in our country is a vivid confirmation of this.

Dear friends, we have conducted these elections in a worthy manner to the political heritage of our First President Islam Abdughanievich Karimov and our people, who had felt his boundless kindness.

We note with pleasure that the elections took place in the condition of a sound competition and contest among political parties, free discussion of pre-election programs of presidential candidates, as well as in the spirit of transparency and openness, and in full conformity with democratic principles.

Allow me to sincerely thank the Central Election Commission and members of the territorial and district election commissions for arranging the conduction of the election at such a high level, and all civil society institutions and the activists of political parties, who have assisted them.

It should be especially underscored that nearly 600 observers from 5 international organizations and 46 states have participated in electoral process. In particular, the full-scale mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights comprising of about 200 observers from 32 states have participated for the first time.

The international observers highly assessed the works related to preparation and holding the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. They have acclaimed the fact that all conditions were created for voters at all polling stations, especially, for the citizens with disabilities and representatives of various nationalities in terms of high-level realization of their suffrage.

All of us are pleased that all foreign observers have unanimously acknowledged the fact that the elections were held openly and transparently based on the principles of equality and fairness.

Taking this opportunity, we express gratitude to all international observers, the local and foreign mass media who have participated in the electoral process by showing a keen interest in democratic transformations in Uzbekistan.

Dear compatriots!

Standing from this high rostrum, first of all, I express my boundless gratitude and bow low to all of the voters, the elderly, dear mothers and sisters, energetic youth and our multinational people, who have voted for me and put a high trust in me at the elections.

I consider it as a great honor that our people by their will have chosen me to be worthy of this high post. I shall do my utmost, direct my entire knowledge, experience and whole self to justify the high trust you have laid in me.

Dear friends!

The principle of supremacy of law enshrined in our Constitution stands as an important guarantee in ensuring the human rights and freedoms in our society, and efficacy of all reforms.

Nearly 400 integral laws adopted in Uzbekistan for over the recent years legally regulate all spheres of our life and serve to ensuring the human rights and interests.

Along with this, when we speak about the integrity, credibility and availability of the direct-action mechanisms of laws, we should note that we have a lot to do in this respect.

Unfortunately, at present there are a lack of impact of the laws on the efficiency of reforms and low level of their role in immediate regulation of social relations.

We should keep in mind that this state of affairs may lead to distrust in the system of laws of our country on the part of our citizens, businessmen, and let alone, the foreign investors.

I am confident that the respected members of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate will pay a serious attention to this issue.

I deem it necessary that while considering these issues, first of all, we should draft the bills thoroughly and at the level of their direct regulation of social relations. Especially, it refers to dramatic cut-down of the departmental regulations.

In this context, with an aim of more efficient cooperation between the government and parliament in the sphere of lawmaking, supervision and analysis, it would be expedient to establish the post of a representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Oliy Majlis on a permanent basis.

We do understand that the adoption of laws is just one part of a job.

The main issue is to timely communicate the essence and significance of laws to our people and relevant executors; ensure their proper implementation and strict observance of requirements of law.

Unfortunately, the work in this direction isn’t at the due level. As a result of this, during the past three years 157 resolutions of state bodies were adopted based on the outdated laws.

Let us think, if the additions introduced into the legislation are not timely communicated to the local level, especially, to the executors who work with them, then what can we say when it comes to their implementation?

The only way to effectively tackle this problem is to establish the mechanism, which functions as exact as watches in terms of putting in place the implementation of laws.

It is unacceptable to be complacent with one or two news stories published by Uzbekistan National News Agency, or television news shows aired by the Uzbekistan National Television and Radio Company in communicating the content and essence of laws to our people. Unfortunately, there are very few analytical stories, news footages and radio broadcasts on extensive scrutiny about adopted laws and which reflect the attitude of our fellow countrymen to them.

We should create an effective mechanism on communicating the core essence of the newly adopted laws, decrees and resolutions to the population.

The current activity of the Ministry of Justice in this respect cannot be described to be at the due level. Thus, the activity of this ministry and its regional departments at the local level must be critically assessed.

The Ministry of Justice along with relevant agencies and departments in a month’s time shall elaborate the concrete proposals aimed at communicating the content and essence of laws to the local level, and broadly propagating them.

Second, in ensuring the rule of law it is very important to raise the legal awareness of citizens and bring them up in the spirit of respect to law.

Proceeding from this very point of view, the time itself necessitates to drafting anew the National program adopted 20 years ago in this respect.

I consider it would be expedient that our parliament will lead the efforts in drafting the National program in terms of raising the legal awareness in our society.

Dear participants of the meeting!

The issue of ensuring human rights, which is enshrined in our Constitution as the supreme value, will henceforth remain in the focus of our attention. Certainly, all of us well understand to what extent it is important to achieve a true independence of judicial power.

In this regard, our primary task is to ensure the implementation of the recently adopted Decree.

In particular, we should extend the tenure of judges and form the corps of judicial officers capable of making fair decisions in court proceedings and high qualification.

Ensuring inevitability of liability for interference in the constitutional provisions on independence of judicial power and conduction of a fair trial will be an important guarantee of achievement of goals which we set before ourselves.

The time has come to enhance the quality of consideration of cases by courts, especially, prevent the red-tape in civil cases, cease the practice of consideration of a case by the court of same instance for several times and passing different judgments.

Our legislation provides all grounds for the efficient activity of lawyers. However, the legal profession has so far not been able to turn into the institution capable of reliably protecting the rights of citizens.

Therefore, we should implement additional measures in order to further increase the place and significance of legal profession in judicial and legal sphere, expand the powers of lawyer.

            Based on the principle of “Justice is in the rule of law”, we will consistently continue our works aimed at strengthening the feeling of respect for law and zero tolerance to violation of law.

In this regard, we will pay a special attention to early prevention of offences. For that we should, first of all, take measures to broadly use the capacities of neighborhood communities (makhallas), increase the efficiency and accountability of police inspectors for preventive work, create the decent working and living conditions for them.

In order to ensure the openness and transparency in the activity of law-enforcement, we will establish an effective cooperation with the civil society institutions, mass media and the population.

Especially, a principle evaluation will be given to any situation related to violation of law by law-enforcement bodies themselves and strict measures will be taken in this respect. No one should have doubts about it.

Another evil which hinders the progress of society is a scourge of corruption. With an aim to counter this danger, we should take measures to expedite implementation of the Law “On countering the corruption” recently adopted by the Legislative Chamber and passed to the Senate.

In its turn, all of the aforementioned will serve to improving the system of reliable protection of human rights and interests and further strengthening the confidence of our people in state power.

Dear compatriots!

You are well aware that 2016 on the initiative of our First President was announced as “The Year of a Healthy Mother and Child”.

The State program was adopted in this direction and numerous activities were carried out. This serves to consistently continue and elevate our work on raising a comprehensively healthy generation to a higher level.

Firstly, the legal framework was further solidified in order to protect motherhood and childhood, strengthen the institution of family as a basis of steadily developing state.

In particular, the Law “On the state policy on youth” adopted this year has clearly defined the social, economic, legal and organizational measures and activities which are the main directions of this sphere.

The systemic work was carried out to strengthen the reproductive health, which is an important condition to nourish a healthy child, prevent the birth of children with inborn defects and diseases, further enhance the material-technical basis and cadre potential of medical institutions.

One can speak a lot about this. However, I would just like to dwell on some examples.

This year 80 million dollars of credits and grants were channeled to supply the medical institutions of our country with modern medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

In accordance with activities envisaged in the Program, nearly 9 million women of fertile age and 10 million children underwent a medical examination and received treatment.

In particular, the Republican specialized pediatrics scientific and practical center conducted the cochlear implant operations on over 350 children with hearing impairment. 21 billion soums were spent for these purposes. However, it is important for us not the sum, which we have channeled, but the fact that hundreds of our children restored their health.

As a part of these measures 700 thousand children have been vaccinated against the pneumococcus infection and other communicable diseases.

In the framework of the Program the large-scale work was accomplished to create the necessary conditions for our women, construct the modern standard-design housing and social infrastructural facilities in the rural area.

Along with this, with an aim to provide the rural residential areas with potable water and modernize the water pipelines in the district and towns, 100 million dollars were attracted with participation of foreign investments.

As a continuation of the works on development of children’s sports in our country, especially, among girls, over 220 gymnastics halls were constructed at the general secondary education schools.

In order to support the young families, businesswomen and graduates of vocational colleges, the family business and craftsmanship, during the year the commercial banks have allocated credits of more than 2 trillion soums.

Certainly, we can speak a lot about the works which we have carried out in the framework of the State program “The Year of a Healthy Mother and Child”. However, in a word, for these purposes we have channeled 7 trillion 480 billion soums and 190 million dollars at the expense of all sources.

I think the aforementioned alone demonstrates the enormous scope and scale of our activities in this respect.

Taking this opportunity, we cordially thank the medical workers, who are diligently serving in this field and all our compatriots, who have contributed to this noble work.

Let’s all of us together express our heartfelt gratitude and kind wishes to the representatives of international organizations, esteemed ambassadors of foreign states, who are present today in this hall and did not spare their assistance and help.

Dear friends!

Today the life itself makes it an urgent task the most important goal, which is reflected in our Constitution – the issue of comprehensively ensuring the human interests.

In order to provide for the human interests, first of all, one should converse with people, know in detail their problems and concerns, dreams and aspirations, daily questions and needs.

During the recent campaign meetings I became convinced of one thing. Lately, we have forgotten to have a dialogue with people. Unfortunately, being among people, talking to them openly and frankly, and listening to their concerns became the last item of our activities.

 At present, what do people expect from the government? As we speak about it, I would like to draw your attention to an important issue.

You are well aware that on September 25 this year the online reception of the Prime Minister was established on the Internet. For over the past period, in all, over 218 thousand appeals have been filed by our citizens to this electronic reception. Almost 59 percent of appeals have been resolved and 41 percent of them are under consideration.

I should say it openly: the analysis of these appeals has revealed many things. If you wish, they have opened up our eyes for the acute problems in our life.

What do people file appeals about? Above all, they are addressing about lifting the bureaucratic barriers in various spheres, abolishing many unlawful departmental regulations, allocating the bank credits with affordable interest rates, abandoning the practice of illegal inspections of business activities and inquiring about the activity of law-enforcement bodies.

Along with this, many appeals are being received on construction of housing, public utilities, transport and trade services, supply of electricity power, and the need to better the state of roads.

Dear friends, as you can see, all of these requests are lawful and justified. I think there is no need for additional commentary here.

However, one question emerges in this respect: wasn’t it possible for the local khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices) and departments, and the relevant authorities to timely tackle the pivotal problems raised in these appeals? Meanwhile, a specific law, i.e. “On the appeals of physical and legal entities”, was adopted in this respect. However, unfortunately, there is a poor supervision over implementation of this law.

Due to these reasons I deem it necessary to bring the heads and officials, who are failing to implement the provisions of this law, not only to administrative but also the criminal liability.

It is not the people who should serve the government bodies, but it is the government bodies who should serve our people and this truth, first of all, must be well understood by the heads of all levels.

In this regard, we must ensure unconditional compliance with the provisions of the recently adopted Decree on protecting the entrepreneurial activity and private property. Since, if people are rich the state will also be rich and strong.

From this point of view, the notions of dialogue with people and the human rights are so closely intermingled that they cannot be separated one from another.

Taking all these ideas and thoughts into consideration, I propose to announce upcoming 2017 in our country as “The Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests”.

With your permission, I would like to extensively dwell on the most urgent and priority tasks in this respect.

Above all, proceeding from the main goals and tasks of the “The Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests”, it is necessary to deeply reconsider the approach to mutual relations of government bodies with citizens. We should introduce the new mechanisms and effective methods of permanent dialogue with population and tackling the problems of their concern.

We are thinking about switching to an absolutely quality new system of engaging with people in the activity of state bodies which receive most of the people’s appeals. In particular, starting from 2017 the system of reporting of khokims of all levels (governors and mayors), heads of prosecutor’s offices and bodies of internal affairs to the population will be established.

Along with this, we should establish the “Public Receptions” in each and every district and town and ensure their full-fledged operation.

It should be said that it would be expedient that such receptions operate in the system of political parties, in particular, in the system of the Uzbekistan Liberal-Democratic Party. Since, a political party, as a force to realize the goals and interests of citizens, must be always aware of the problems in the lives of people.

At the same time, it is expedient to concretely stipulate the legal status of these receptions, their powers and obligations.

Our biggest goal is to create the system in which each and every appeal filed to the “Public Receptions” won’t be left without consideration.

In a word, sharing people’s concerns and openly talking to them, alleviating their hardships will serve for consolidation of people’s trust in state and society.

With this purpose, we should ponder about establishing the system of serving the population on the daily and most outstanding state services in line with the principle of “one stop shop” through one department.

Besides, we need to establish the system in terms of elaboration of proposals on raising the accountability of state bodies by permanently learning the state of affairs in each and every region of our country, above all, the state of implementation of decrees and resolutions, as well as their efficacy.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to address with one proposal to the leadership, deputies and senators of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of Oliy Majlis.

That is to say, with an aim to form the influential mechanisms of parliamentary and public supervision, the life itself necessitates that, by learning the real state of affairs in towns and districts, to create the order of presenting reports by relevant heads during the sessions of councils of people’s deputies.

It would be expedient that the deputies of Oliy Majlis and the senators representing each region, for example, Surkhandarya Region visit each month one district for 10-12 days, let us say, Muzrabot District and learn the activity of an executive body, prosecutor’s office and internal affairs department located in their constituencies, analyze and issue the relevant conclusions.

It is well-known that at present the Senate of Oliy Majlis each year hears the report by the Office of the General Prosecutor. Certainly, this is important. However, who will hear the report of the local khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices), prosecutor’s office and internal affairs bodies, for example, in a remote Olot District?

From this point of view, based on the system established by our First President the esteemed Speaker of the Legislative Chamber and Chairman of the Senate while traveling to the local districts should pay a special attention to how well the heads of the local khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices), prosecutor’s office and internal affairs bodies are performing their duties, and how they tackle the problems of people and their appeals.

In organizing the work in this respect such authorities as a parliamentary inquiry and hearing reports by heads of relevant state bodies should be broadly exercised.

Summarizing the results of all studies, I consider it will be right to introduce the practice of the Senate hearings of the interior minister’s report, first of all, on the activity in the sphere of prevention of offences.

With such a goal, it would be appropriate if the Oliy Majlis starting from 2017 drafts a year-long action plan on all regions.

We also need to think about and discuss the issue to allow in future the election of local khokims (governors and mayors) directly by the people themselves. If each and every region elects its own leader, it can be possible to dramatically increase the accountability of heads before people and society.

The aforementioned priority tasks, which have just been enunciated, necessitate the further improvement of the system of state governance while proceeding from the requirements of today and the future.

In this respect, it is envisaged to adopt the concept of reforms in the sphere of administrative governance in the Republic of Uzbekistan aimed for 2017-2021.

According to this concept, the concrete measures will be implemented to optimize the structure, tasks and authorities of bodies of state governance, reduce its non-pertinent and duplicating functions, cut the total number of employees, and dramatically decrease the role of state in management of economy.

We will pay a special attention to improving the activity of the executive apparatus of the Office of the President and the Cabinet of Ministers, and ensuring the effective implementation of laws, decrees and resolutions being adopted.

Along with this, we will create an effective system on reforming the institution of public service, thoroughly improving the material and social welfare of public servicemen and their professional competency, as well as hiring the newly thinking, accountable, initiative- and patriotic-minded cadres for public service.

All of these issues will be reflected in the forthcoming law “On the public service”.

Dear friends!

In providing for the human interests all of us well understand to what extent it is important the steady growth of our economy at high rates.

Creation of necessary conditions and broad opportunities for efficient labor, decent wages, modern housing, quality education and medical services, rest and leisure – all of them are important aspects which define the content and essence of our economic reforms.

In this respect, the following will be in the focus of our attention: the step-by-step increase of not only minimum wage, but also the average wages at public organizations and self-funded economic entities, pensions, stipends and social allowances.

Providing jobs for the people is not only of economic, but also of a crucial social significance for us. Along with the khokimiyats (governor’s and mayor’s offices), ministries, departments and employer companies the banks should also be more actively involved in this work.

In addressing the population’s employment we also need to utilize vast opportunities in terms of development of tourism.

The State committee for development of tourism, which was recently established for these purposes, must channel its own funds and foreign investments to the development of infrastructures of international standards.

We will pay a special priority attention to the issue of strengthening the investment policy in our country.

Our diplomatic missions abroad should carry out a serious work in order to attract the foreign investments and advanced technologies.

For this purpose, the activity of the Foreign Ministry should be enhanced. Our ambassadors in foreign countries should engage not only in political, but also in attracting the foreign investments into Uzbekistan. In order to supervise over their activity in this respect, I deem it necessary to expand the scope of activity and authorities of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Senate of Oliy Majlis.

This Committee should turn into a major component of the parliamentary supervision for international economic cooperation and active attraction of foreign investments.

It would be expedient that the Committee takes measures on increasing the responsibility of the relevant agencies in terms of ensuring the efficiency of attraction of investments into our country, eradicating the problems, obstacles and barriers in this sphere, and improving the investment climate.

Another important issue in providing for the human interests is directly related to raising the living standards in rural areas, where more than half of our population resides. Therefore, we will continue to pay a major attention to deepening the reforms in the sphere of agriculture, reasonably utilizing the land and water resources, introducing the cutting-edge technologies. Along with this, the concrete plans are being developed on deep reprocessing the raw, and first of all, the cotton raw.

Another priority task – starting from 2017 we will launch realization of the program of construction of affordable and comfortable housing in rural areas in line with renewed standard-design projects.

Dear friends!

All of us are well-aware that the innermost dreams and aspirations and pivotal interests of each and every person, each and every family in our country come true, first of all, in the person of their children. Certainly, the profound work is being accomplished in Uzbekistan in this respect and they are yielding positive results in practice.

As we speak about this, I would like to dwell on one example which makes us very proud and honored. This year our athletes won 44 medals, in particular, 12 gold medals at the Summer Olympics and Paralympics held in Brazil. And this became a historical event in the life of our country.

Taking this opportunity, I express my deep gratitude to our athletes, who are raising our nation’s flag high at international contests, as well as their parents and trainers.

It is natural that the issue of upbringing our youth healthy and harmoniously mature will take a special place in the program “The Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests”.

In this respect, we will take the following work to a new and higher level: creation of necessary condition for our children, construction of the new educational, cultural, arts and sports facilities, building of new houses for young families, providing jobs to the youth, and actively involve them in business activities.

We consider it as our first and foremost task to improve the activity of all components of education and upbringing on the basis of latest requirements.

When we speak about the upbringing the young generation, I would wish that each of us, especially, our sons and daughters, who are just entering the independent life, act in line with the following words said by our forefather Abdurauf Fitrat. Here is what our great ancestor wrote:

“The journey of the people towards the concrete goals, the extent of people’s wealth, happiness and esteem, the state of its success or failure, discontentment, falling into disrespect, obedience, slavery and captivity to others depend on the upbringing they receive as children from their parents”.

What priceless and golden words these are!

If we take into account today’s growing threats of various evils such as the religious extremism, terrorism, drug abuse, human trafficking, illegal migration and “mass culture”, the deep meaning and significance of these words will be more vivid.

Indeed, at present the upbringing of youth remains for us to be the issue, which will never lose its urgency and significance.

Today’s rapidly changing world opens up the new and great opportunities before the humanity and the youth. Along with this, they bring about never-seen-before evils and dangers. The wicked forces put the naïve and immature children against their parents, country and damage their lives.

Given such tense and threatening situation, we are the parents, teachers and trainers, broad public and members of makhalla (local neighborhood community) should further increase our vigilance and watchfulness in this issue. We should bring up our children on our own by not abandoning to others.

For this purpose we need to converse more with our youth, listen to their hearts, learn about their concerns and render a practical assistance to tackle their problems.

In this regard, we should pay a special attention to the work with disorganized youth.

In accomplishment of these tasks, we will lean upon the centuries-long national traditions and rich heritage of our ancestors.

We will channel our utmost and all capabilities to ensure the following: to allow our children, especially the girls, master the modern knowledge, professions and skills, foreign languages and secure a commendable place in life being comprehensively healthy and harmoniously mature.

Our activity on providing for the interests of our energetic young generation will be solidly continued on the basis of the recently adopted Law “On the state policy on youth”.

We will take all measures to turn the “Kamolot” youth social movement into the organization, which will bring together all our youth, allow them to implement their skills and talents, as well as truly uphold their interests.

Dear friends!

All of us are well aware that we cannot imagine the human interests apart from the atmosphere of the peace in the nation, mutual respect, mercy, kindness and accord in our society. All of them are our priceless wealth and it is our sacred duty to safeguard them as an apple of an eye.

For this purpose, the place and role of the makhalla (neighborhood community) agencies, women’s, elderly and youth organizations will remain in the focus of our attention.

Along with this, today’s complicated time makes it more urgent to preserve and strengthen our peaceful and tranquil life and ensure the security guaranteed for our people. With such an aim, at present we are taking the measures on deeply changing the system of the Internal Affairs Ministry.

Our esteemed President established the system of police inspectors for preventive work in the lowest level of the Interior Ministry. However, these police inspectors are not engaged with preventing crimes, but rather they are busy with registering the factual offences and reporting them to the higher bodies.

Therefore, we will cardinally change our approach to this issue and will create all necessary working and living conditions for the effective activity of such police inspectors in makhallas (neighborhood communities).

Besides, the post of deputy heads for working with youth will be instituted at each district khokim’s (mayor) office and district Internal Affairs department.

Dear participants of the meeting!

The targeted programs, which were included in our election campaign and are in the process of elaboration now, secure an important place in addressing the issues related to the human interests in our country. The main goal of these programs is to provide for further raise the people’s living standards. 

With this purpose, the Government of our country, along with the Legislative Chamber and Senate of Oliy Majlis with participation of social organizations and NGOs are elaborating the Action Strategy on further development of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.

The Strategy will clearly define the most urgent tasks on state-building, improvement of judicial and legal system, liberalization of the economy and development of social sphere, strengthening the international friendship and accord.

Dear friends!

We will conduct our foreign policy, above all, with comprehensive consideration of the interests of our nation and the Motherland.

Love for peace, non-interference in internal affairs of other states, peaceful and political resolution of all contradictions and confrontations will make up the core of this policy.

We will continue the efficient cooperation with all near and far foreign states, as well as the international community. We will adhere to the principle of open, friendly and pragmatic policy in this respect.

Maintaining the active relations and cooperation with the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international structures meets the national interests of Uzbekistan.

We will further develop the practical cooperation with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and other international financial and economic organizations.

Dear and esteemed fellow countrymen!

We are entering the new year 2017 with kind and noble goals.

“The Year of Dialogue with People and Human Interests” which has just been announced, vividly testifies about our plans and objectives which are the reflection of dreams and aspirations of our entire nation.

I am convinced that the state and non-governmental organizations, makhalla, our mothers and sisters, representatives of youth, broad public and our entire nation will actively participate in fulfilling these noble tasks.

The forthcoming year will be another enormous step to consistently pursue the prime goal of our policy, i.e. the noble idea that ‘the human interests come first’ makes ourlife more prosperous and happy.

I sincerely congratulate all of you on the Constitution Day and wish you a sound health, happiness and success, plenty and abundance to your homes.

Thank you for your attention!

I International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Tashkent

I International Fruit and Vegetable Fair will be held at JSC "Uzexpocentre" from 8 to 10 November 2016 in Tashkent. The fair is organized by the HC "Uzbekozikovkatholding", HC "Uzvinosanoat-Holding", the Association "Uzbekozikovkatzahira", JSC "Uzagroeksport" and LLC "Directorate of International fruit and vegetable fair."

The fair will allow the Uzbek companies to present their products, expand the geography, sales market of agricultural products and to find new foreign partners and for foreign participants - to find partners to establish the supply of fruits and vegetables in their markets.

At the International fruit and vegetables fair it is expected to involve more than 150 domestic suppliers and processors of fruits and vegetables from all regions of the Uzbekistan, representatives of relevant ministries, agencies and organizations that present their products, as well as the needed information for exporters and foreign buyers.

Particularly in exhibition halls, produced in Uzbekistan fresh, dried and processed fruits, vegetables, melons and legumes, as well as spices, will be presented.

Today big interest for local producers of fruits and vegetables are foreign processing and retail companies.

In order to establish cooperation links between local producers and foreign participants, negotiation zone will work in the pavilions of "Uzexpocentre", where suppliers will be able to hold direct talks with the representatives of foreign trade companies, in particular with the decision makers of procurement.

Also for foreign participants of the fair special tours of enterprises of fruit and vegetable processing, cold storage facilities, as well as extensive gardens will be organized.

The main purpose of the fair is:

- A wide introduction of vegetables, fruits, grapes and melons with unique qualities, as well as processed products produced in Uzbekistan to foreign partners;

- Establishing long-term and reciprocal partnership relations between the fruits and vegetables producers, processing enterprises and foreign companies-importers.

- Conclusion of contracts for the supply of fruit and vegetable products.

The Organizing Committee of the fair (Directorate of International fruit and vegetable fair) receives requests from representatives of foreign processing companies, retail companies, shopping and logistics centers to participate in the upcoming fairs.

Registration of participants will be held till 5th November 2016.

Press Service of Holding Company "Uzbekozikovkatholding"

The rule of law is guarantor of progress and prosperity of the state

 From the first days of independence, Uzbekistan has set itself the goal of building a democratic state and just civil society, which is the main man, his rights and interests. Looking back on 25-year path of independent development, we can say with full confidence that the huge work for socio-economic and socio-political reforms, which led to large-scale achievements and successes in all spheres of public life and society.

The liberalization of legal system and economy, democratization and modernization of the state - these processes continue to be carried out in Uzbekistan stage-by-stage and interconnected, according to national circumstances and international best practices.

An important component of a democratic state is a strong and fair legal system, which provides guarantees for the protection of the rights and interests of citizens, which, in turn, creates the conditions for prosperity and progress of the country.

In Uzbekistan over the years of sovereign development a series of reforms have been carried out with the aim to improve judicial system, turn it into the main guarantor of effective protection of human rights and ensure genuine independence of judiciary.

Even the first Law "On courts" dated September 2, 1993, has fixed such universally recognized principles as the presumption of innocence, right to protection, competition and publicity of trial, other principles, which then received development in the new Criminal Procedure Code and Civil Procedure Code and other legislative acts of the republic. At this stage of reform the legislative fundamentals of legal proceedings, truly independent and self-supporting judicial system were laid.

August 30, 1995, taking into account the world experience, the Constitutional Court was established in the country. This body ensured compliance of acts with legislative and executive authorities to Basic Law of the country. In the course of further development of sphere the system of economic courts has been established, which in conditions of transition to a market economy has become an important factor in ensuring the rule of law in economic relation. Courts of general jurisdiction were also established. The legal framework of the judicial system has been expanded.

An important step in the liberalization of the judicial sphere was the adoption of the new edition of the Law "On Courts" dated December 14, 2000, which uses the experience of reforming the judicial system, accumulated over the years of independence. In accordance with this document, effective mechanisms for implementation of constitutional principle of separation of powers and independence of court as a full-fledged independent branch of government have been created, and judicial system was completely derived from the control and influence of executive power. Along with this specialization of courts in criminal, civil and commercial matters has been fixed. Appeals procedure for consideration of cases has been entered and cassation instance has been reformed. Life itself has shown the correctness of this decision, as specialization of courts has improved the quality of cases and increased guarantees for protection of rights and freedoms of citizens. The law also covered the issues of selection and appointment of judicial personnel.

The Higher qualification commission for selection and recommendation of judges under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been created in order to strengthen the independence of judiciary, democratic principles of formation of reserve, transparency in selection and recommendations of candidates for the post of judges, ensure stability and efficiency of judiciary in the country. Alternative mechanism of dispute resolution – "the arbitral tribunal" has been developed.

In addition, age limit was defined for persons for the first time appointed for the post of judges of inter-district, district (city) courts. Qualifying requirements for training of judges, necessary legal and social guarantees for independent legal procedures were consolidated. Protection of social status of judicial bodies’ employees was strengthened.

As part of active introduction of modern information and communication technologies in activities of courts, improvement of legal proceedings efficiency, extensive measures were taken in the sphere of informatization and effective use of computer technologies, establishment of information systems and resources in courts, expansion of scope of provision of interactive services to businesses and public and, most importantly, implementation of e-judicature, which has been successfully applied in many countries.

So, starting from 2013 the system of economic courts and from 2015 the courts on civil cases implemented a mechanism that allows executing necessary documents for proceedings in electronic form. Use of videoconferencing in the activity of economic courts provides the possibility of reception of citizens in a videoconference mode, monitoring of trials, reception of citizens by leadership of economic courts. All this enables to make the most efficient oversight over judicial activities provided for in Article 43 of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On сourts".

Along with the judiciary system profound reforms are taking place in the system of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Prosecutor's Office and other law-enforcement agencies that ensure lawfulness and legal order in society.

In accordance with Articles 43, 44, 116 of Constitution, everyone is guaranteed judicial protection of his rights and freedoms, right to appeal any unlawful action of state bodies, officials, public associations, right to professional legal assistance at any stage of investigation and court proceedings. In this regard, consolidation of institute of advocacy became one of priorities of further implementation of judicial reforms, which are aimed at comprehensive ensuring effective protection of human rights and freedoms. Civil and social institutions were established. They include Ombudsman, National Centre for Human Rights and a number of others. The presence in the state of persons, who can provide competent and qualified legal aid, is the key to existence of a harmonious society as a whole, legal education and democratization.

Over the years of independence liberalization, humanization and decriminalization of criminal and criminal-procedural legislation have become the most important area of criminal court proceedings.

It is safe to say that measures taken in this area, in particular the Law "On introducing amendments and additions to Criminal, Criminal-Procedural Codes and Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan on administrative responsibility in connection with liberalization of criminal punishments" of 2001, had a great social and socio-political significance. So, list of grave crimes was reduced, resulting in about 75% of crimes from the category of grave and gravest crimes transferred into the category of crimes that do not pose great danger to society and less serious ones. Along with this alternative forms of punishment for crimes not related to deprivation of liberty were introduced. Punishments on 87 elements of crimes were commuted; in 26 elements of crimes penalties of imprisonment were excluded.

In accordance with the amendments to criminal-procedural legislation, terms of investigation and detention of persons in custody were reduced; on 11 elements of crime use of imprisonment with compensation of property damage caused by economic crimes was limited. Opportunities on cases of crimes in the sphere of economy were significantly expanded – economic sanctions in the form of fines are being applied instead of arrest and imprisonment. Such form of punishment as confiscation of property has been excluded from the system of penalties.

In continuation of this work on August 27, 2004, institute of reconciliation was introduced in law-enforcement, judicial practice, and now this legal mechanism effectively acts. According to it the perpetrator, who does not pose great danger to society and fully compensate material and moral damages to the victims, is not involved in criminal liability. The effectiveness of this institution, its compliance with such centuries-old traditions of Uzbek people, as compassion and forgiveness, became the basis of its consistent expansion.

The abolition of death penalty from January 1, 2008, became the most important step in the liberalization of criminal legislation. In addition, capital punishment - life imprisonment is applied only on 2 kinds of crimes - for terrorism and premeditated murder under aggravating circumstances, on which alternative, less severe punishments also may be applied. In the country this type of punishment cannot be prescribed to women, persons who have committed crimes under the age of 18, men over sixty years.

Concept of further deepening democratic reforms and formation of civil society in the country, which was developed by Head of our State, has marked a new stage in providing complete and reliable protection of human rights and freedoms in Uzbekistan. This policy document identifies a series of measures on expansion of the scope of "Habeas corpus" institute, further development of mechanisms to ensure independence, objectivity and impartiality of the court, enhancing competitiveness in the trial, liberalization of criminal legislation, raising the level of legal culture of citizens.

In the course of implementation of tasks set by the President of Uzbekistan, implementation of international legal standards into national legislation, improving their application in practice is carried on. This is also facilitated by international cooperation with UNDP, OSCE and other international organizations. A dialogue with the European Union is actively developing, a number of joint projects to support reforms in the judicial sphere have been implemented.

The dynamic socio-economic development of Uzbekistan's independent and active promotion of private ownership and entrepreneurship in the country led to reforms in this area. Resolution "On measures to ensure reliable protection of private property, small business and private entrepreneurship, the removal of barriers to their rapid development" signed by the President of Republic of Uzbekistan on May 15, 2015, is aimed at increasing responsibility of state’s officials, law-enforcement and regulatory authorities for obstruction and illegal interference in entrepreneurial activity, violation of private property rights, as well as strengthening protection of private property guarantees the continuation of the liberalization process of administrative and criminal legislation regulating entrepreneurial activity.

The law is large-scale document, which promotes the reformation of criminal legislation of republic towards its liberalization through implementation of a number of international legal norms. In particular, the document incorporated UN Convention against corruption. This law differentiated responsibility for corruption crimes of state and private sector. It makes provision for offenses like commercial bribery, bribery of employee of non-state commercial or other non-governmental organization, abuse of authority of officials of non-government commercial or other non-governmental organization.

Criminal legislation has been liberalized through the mitigation of liability of officials engaged in administrative-distributive and administrative-economic powers in business structures and other non-governmental organizations through the introduction of separate articles in the Criminal Code, which provides for softer penalties.

The Code of Administrative Liability was amended. According to amendments, the confiscation of property for administrative offenses carried out solely on the basis of court decisions.

In Economic Procedural Code examination procedure of corporate disputes has been concretized. In particular, the code included a separate chapter, taking into account the characteristics of which the courts would consider appropriate cases. In addition, the code improved the procedure for considering complaints relating to compensation for damage caused to businesses as a result of illegal act adoption by a state body, citizens' self-government body or commission of illegal action (inaction) by their officials.

Adoption of the Law "On Parliamentary Control" dated April 11, 2016, was an important event in a series of democratic reforms and significant for the legal system of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The purpose of this normative act was to regulate relations in the field of organizing and monitoring the activities of public authorities and management and their officials on observance of Constitution and laws of Uzbekistan, Oliy Majlis Chambers and their agencies’ decision, state programs, as well as on implementation of tasks and functions entrusted to them. In this context, parliamentary control covers scope of activity of the prosecutor's office bodies, thereby increasing the effectiveness of their efforts to ensure the rule of law in the country, protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, interests of society and state.

Thus, judicial and legal reforms in Uzbekistan, which are filled with ideas of humanism and aimed at ensuring the rule of law and protection of citizens’ rights and interests, have strengthened the foundation of the young independent state as international community full-fledged member that develops in a democratic way. Their results became the guarantee of peace and stability, progress and prosperity, and most importantly - well-being and happiness of every citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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(based on the materials provided by the Ministry of justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

State University of Uzbek language and literature to be established in Uzbekistan

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on 13 May, 2016, signed a Decree "On establishment of the Tashkent State University of Uzbek language and literature named after Alisher Navoi”.

According to the document, the native language and literature are the embodiment of national consciousness, the basis of cultural and spiritual development of any nation.

The Uzbek language has an ancient and rich history, and its formation, as evidenced by scientific facts, was influenced by Bactrians, Sogdians, Khorezmians, and other ethnic groups and nations, who once lived on the territory of the region BC and the early centuries of our era.

Hereby, it is worth to note the important role of ancient Turkic language in the formation and comprehensive development of the Uzbek literary language.

Our great ancestors – prominent figures of science and literature of different times and eras, such as Yusuf Hos Hozhib, Ahmad Yugnaki, Atoi, Lutfi, Babur, Agakhi, Mashrab, Mukimi, Furkat and other well-known educators, having vividly reflected the richness of vocabulary, artistic ability, beauty and elegance of our language in their creative works, made an invaluable contribution in this direction.

Immortal works of the great poet and thinker Alisher Navoi, which are today included in the Treasury of world culture were created in our native language, extending its glory throughout the world.

As emphasized in the Decree of the head of our state, we, as the inheritors of this priceless wealth, should preserve the native language, to constantly work on its enrichment, to further enhance the role and importance, bearing it as our top priority, and this issue will always be at the center of our attention.

In this regard, it should be noted, that on the basis of the Law “On state language”, adopted in 1989, the Uzbek language was given the status of a state, and this legal norm is enshrined in the Constitution of our country.

In addition, a number of resolutions were adopted in this direction, including the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers "On the state programme of implementation of the Law "On state language" of 1990, the Law "On introduction of the Uzbek alphabet based on Latin script" (1993), the Law "On amendments and additions to the Law "On state language of the Republic of Uzbekistan” dated 1995, resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers from 1996 on introducing appropriate amendments in the above-mentioned state programme and other documents related to the development of the sphere.

The available legal framework guarantees all representatives of different nations and peoples living in our country their constitutional right to development and the free use of their native languages, which surely deserves special attention.

Due to the available wide opportunities for the development of national languages in the country today, training in educational institutions and the activity of media is conducted in seven languages, which serves as an important factor in strengthening inter-ethnic harmony in our society.

Meanwhile, it is necessary to mention the comprehensive system of learning foreign languages, including English that ensures a deeper integration of Uzbekistan into the international community.

At the same time, important researches are conducted on such vital issues as the place and role of the Uzbek language and literature in the development of our society and the people, dictionaries, encyclopedias, monographs and textbooks are published. Great attention is paid to training, retraining and advanced training of scientific and pedagogical staff, specialists of the Uzbek language and literature.

However, as noted in the presidential Decree, we still have much work ahead to remove existing in this area deficiencies. First of all, today's urgent task is the deep study of the historical roots and the full development of the native language on a scientific basis, as well as the expansion of its application, primarily in these extremely important areas and directions, as fundamental science, modern information and communication technology, industry, financial and banking system, law, diplomacy, military affairs. In this regard, one of the important tasks facing us, is the publication of modern textbooks, etymological and comparative dictionaries, the development of relevant terms, concepts and categories.

In the current age of accelerated globalization, the need for in-depth study of specific features of the native language and literature, its historical development, current state and perspectives is rising. The adopted presidential decree "On establishment of the Tashkent State University of Uzbek language and literature named after Alisher Navoi” should serve to increase the effectiveness of the research work in this direction, radically improve the quality of teaching of Uzbek language and literature at all stages of the education system.

In accordance with the decree, the new University is to be established on the basis of the faculty of Uzbek Philology of the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek and the faculty of Uzbek language and literature of the Tashkent State Pedagogical University named after Nizami, as well as the Institute of language and literature named after Alisher Navoi of the Academy of Sciences.

The newly formed University will have three faculties: Uzbek Philology, teaching of Uzbek language and literature and the faculty of Uzbek-English translation, as well as the research Institute of Uzbek language and literature.

The new University will become the basic higher educational institution on training of specialists in philology, the teaching staff, highly qualified translators, conducting research works, retraining and advanced training of workers, development of scientific and educational materials in the Uzbek language and literature.

The Decree of the head of state has defined the main tasks of the University:

- training of highly qualified scientific and pedagogical personnel meeting the requirements of time, have a deep understanding of specific features of scientific-theoretical, philosophical and aesthetic foundations of the Uzbek language and literature, possessing modern educational technologies;

- training of interpreters, capable of exercising high-quality translations of scientific, artistic and other literature from Uzbek to English and other languages, as well as from world languages into the native language;

- educating students in the spirit of love and devotion to the Motherland, national and universal values, with a broad outlook and independent thinking;

- the study of a historically formed linguistic and literary schools, classical and modern Uzbek language, literature and folklore, the contributions of our great ancestors in the development of Uzbek and world linguistics, their scientific heritage and values of our native language in the world, its relations with other languages, as well as scientific issues concerning prospects of its development;

- preparing evidence-based proposals for the creation of a new academic and teaching grammar that fully meet the peculiarities of the Uzbek language, to improve the phonetic system and the rules of spelling, the publication of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and textbooks on various subjects and areas;

- conducting research on new and effective teaching methods of Uzbek language and literature, introduction of advanced educational technologies in general education schools, academic lyceums and professional colleges, higher educational institutions;

- preparation of scientific and methodological developments, practical recommendations aimed at ensuring a worthy place of the native language in the world information network, creation of software for Uzbek language and linguistic translation, as well as electronic textbooks, comparative vocabularies on the basis of the Uzbek and world languages.


A national Commission led by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh. Mirzieev has been set up according to the presidential decree, which will address organizational issues related to establishment of the institution.

Peace and tranquility are the foundation of all our achievements

At the initiative of President Islam Karimov, May 9 – the Day of Remembrance and Honor is widely celebrated in our country as a national holiday.

Honoring the memory of ancestors, continuing their noble deeds, paying distinctive respect and attention to the representatives of the older generation, who have made a worthy contribution to the peace and development of the country remain one of our national values. The Day of Remembrance and Honor, widely celebrated by the initiative of the head of our state, also embodies these magnanimous principles. 

On this holiday we remember once again, at the expense of which challenges and difficulties we achieved peaceful and quiet life, well-being and prosperity. We bow before millions of our countrymen, passed away in this thorny road and are more deeply aware of the importance of independence, peace and tranquility prevailing in our country. 

Securing a prosperous life of the seniors, strengthening their health, creating the necessary conditions are in the focus of constant attention of our state. Decree of the President Islam Karimov "On rewards to the participants of World War II" dated April 18 this year, is another sign of honoring the veterans. In accordance with this decree, war veterans were handed cash rewards and holiday gifts in a solemn atmosphere. 

May 8. The metropolitan Memory square is crowded more than ever. Veterans of war and labor, senators and deputies, members of the government, military servicemen, members of the public are gathered on the square. 

Quiet melody sounds over a square. 

9:00. The President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov walks into the square. 
The head of state laid a wreath at the monument of "Grieving mother" to the sounds of military orchestra.

President of Uzbekistan honored the memory of our compatriots who perished in World War II. 

- In these days, in all the cities and villages of our country, in every family, everyone, all of our fellow citizens widely celebrate May 9 – the Day of Remembrance and Honor, the 71st anniversary of the Victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War, Islam Karimov said in an interview with the media. - It gives me a great pleasure to congratulate our veterans who have shown courage and heroism in attaining this great victory, our compatriots, who selflessly worked in the home front, and wish them health and long life. 

It is a duty and honor for all of us to pay tribute to those, who in the name of the current peaceful life and a clear sky fell on the battlefield.

Today, being present in this Memory square, which has become a sacred place for our people marking the Victory Day, reached in the bloodiest war in the whole history of the world, which led to innumerable victims, griefs and suffering, it should be emphasized that while many years have passed, there is no person in our country who has forgotten the brutal war and its consequences. 

This date, which will remain in history as a memorable day, the fact that among the thousands and thousands of people of different nationalities, who have shown courage and perseverance in the conquest of the victory over fascism, there were many of our fellow citizens, our fathers and grandfathers, many of whom have not returned from the war, 338 of our compatriots were awarded the title of hero, thousands - were awarded military orders and medals - all of this, of course, fills our hearts with pride. 

However, when it comes to the contribution of our people in the struggle against fascism, we are reminded again and again to the immeasurable loss that will always remain an open wound in our hearts. 

In this regard, I think it is appropriate to cite the following figures. 
Uzbekistan had a population of about 6.5 million people at the beginning of the war, of which 1.5 million participated in the war. If we consider that more than 500 thousand of them were killed on the battlefields, many returned as disabled, and many were missing, it is self-evident how expensive was the cost of the victory for us, the President of our country noted. 
Magnanimity, generosity and humanism of any people are tested not only in relation to their loved ones, but also to other people, on whose lot sorrows and suffering have fallen, obviously revealed in an effort to provide them help and care. 

Compassion and mercy are the most noble qualities of our people. Our compatriots have taken nearly one million evacuated children, women and old people. They shared with them the last piece of bread and shelter, demonstrated goodness and mercy to them, saying, "You are not an orphan", which was a high expression of the best human qualities of generosity and nobility of our people. 

No doubt, a person, the people are alive and eternal thanks to the historical memory, Islam Karimov said. To honor the memory of fallen heroes, give them a tribute are inherent quality of our people. We are indebted to the people, who fell on the battlefield in the name of Motherland, for the sake of bright days of future generations, especially in front of the veterans who are still alive, who are worthy of all respect and reverence. 
In its foundation, history is remembrance, veneration of the glorious deeds of ancestors, their heroism, the ability to draw the right conclusions from the past. 

Given all this, 17 years ago, in our country we announced May 9 as a Day of Remembrance and Honor, built Memory squares in our capital Tashkent, the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and districts, mounted in these squares monuments of Grieving Mother. In other words, this is a bright reflection of the two noble inextricably linked concepts like remembrance and reverence, complementing each other. 

Over time, life itself has confirmed how right our decision was. It has become a good tradition of our people to visit these places, providing respect for memory of the fallen. These areas become truly sacred places of worship, have enriched our spiritual life its deepest meaning and content, the head of our state said. 

Our people, experiencing all the hardships and sufferings of the most terrible and cruel war in the human history, always lived with one thought: let this evil never happen again. Our compatriots are always asking the God for only one thing: we need peace and tranquility. 

This desire is deeply rooted in the minds of our people, who have seen a lot in this life, and each of us is clearly aware of the nature, importance and value of peace and tranquility. 

Meanwhile, contradictions and confrontations more and more exacerbate in the world, bloody clashes in the near and far abroad are an extremely serious threat and a danger to the peace and stability, which disturbs our people.

In neighboring Afghanistan there has been an unstable situation for over 35 years. The growing threats such as extremism, terrorism is a concern of our fellow citizens. 

Such a complex and dangerous situation, difficult times, of course, require all of us to be vigilant and careful, said the President of our country. The motto "Take care of your home!" today is relevant more than ever. To avoid still encountered indifference and carelessness, more importantly, to live with a sense of belonging to the events taking place around is our duty. 
Such a difficult time requires from our state and our society to strengthen security, prevent any aggression against our country, to take necessary measures to ensure the integrity of our borders, to protect the peaceful life of our people. 

In this regard, we believe the best decision in the current difficult situation are further enhancing the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and recent legislative endorsement of the non-aligned policy of Uzbekistan to any military blocs, disallowance of placement military bases of other countries on the territory of our country, sending our troops outside of the country, Islam Karimov said. 

Time is nearing towards a wide and solemn celebration of the 25th anniversary of independence of our country.

Uzbekistan in this historically short period of time, despite the challenges and hardships, has reached high growth rates, has achieved enormous successes and milestones that are gaining recognition worldwide and are admired by many, and it pleases us all, awakens in our hearts a sense of pride. 

The decisive factor in increasing Uzbekistan's authority in the international arena are impressive results, selfless work of our brave and persistent people, their rising political and social activity, changing attitude towards life. 

Modern houses on standard designs, being built in rural areas, further enhance the quality of life of our people. As a result of these measures and actions, villages are developed and modernized, modern information technologies gain a firm place in the daily lives of our people. This creative work will be continued consistently. 

Once again, I appeal to our younger generation, my children: always be motivated, dare, tomorrow, the future is for you! Who will come to replace us tomorrow? This will be our sons and daughters, thinking in a new way, who have mastered contemporary knowledge and professions, capable to take responsibility for tomorrow, to show their potential and opportunities, Islam Karimov said. 

Long-term goals and objectives, set by us today, including a double increase of our country’s GDP by 2030, reinforces our confidence in the future. And, of course, we in no way give in to most developed countries, the nations, living freely and safely in prosperity and improving the quality of life of the people. 

Taking this opportunity, I once again sincerely congratulate our esteemed veterans, all of our people on this remarkable holiday and wish you all health, happiness and prosperity to your homes. Let there always be peace and tranquility, pure heaven in our country, let the Almighty protects our people from all troubles and misfortunes, the President of our country said. 

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The Monument of "the Grieving Mother" was filled with flowers this day. Representatives of ministries and agencies, public organizations laid wreaths to the monument. 


The Memory square till the evening was filled with people, who came to pay tribute to compatriots who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom of the motherland, the bright future of the descendants.

Cabinet of Ministers sums up the results of 2016 1Q

On 15 April the Cabinet of Ministers held a session, dedicated to the results of socio-economic development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the first quarter of the this year and the appraisal of the implementation of the major directions and priorities of economic program for 2016, defined by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the governmental session on 15 January of the current year. 

The meeting comprehensively considered and deeply analyzed the main macroeconomic indicators of the country's development and the results of implementation of the medium-term programs on further reforms, structural transformation and modernization of the economy and its sectors, approved by the President, including the industry and agriculture, accelerated development and updating of engineering communications and road infrastructure, ensuring reliable protection of private property, entrepreneurship and small business, as well as raising the level of employment and welfare. 

Due to the systematic and consistent implementation of the most important tasks and priorities of the economic program adopted for 2016, Uzbekistan ensured sustainable economic growth and macroeconomic balance despite the ongoing crisis in the global economy and the slowdown in its development rates. For the first quarter of the current year the gross domestic product of the country increased by 7.5 percent. The volume of industrial production increased by 7%, agriculture – 6.7%, retail turnover - 12.8%. The state budget was executed with a surplus of 0.1 percent of GDP. Inflation has not exceeded forecast parameters.

Measures, taken on accelerated development of modern types of services, primarily based on information and communication technologies, contributed to the growth of the volume of services by 12.1 percent and increasing their share in GDP to 59.5 percent compared to 59.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015. 

The continued implementation of measures to stimulate small business development, to further improve the conditions for organizing and carrying out business activity contributed to the creation of approximately 8.4 thousand new small businesses in the first quarter of the current year, or 5.5% more than the same period of 2015. Since the beginning of the year, small businesses have been allocated bank loans amounting to 3.6 trillion soums, which is 1.3 times more than in the first quarter of 2015. 

The number of new jobs, created within the Programme of jobs creation and increasing employment of the population for 2016, has reached 167.4 thousands, of which 57.7 percent are in rural areas.

Active implementation of measures within the State program "Year of a healthy mother and child" has kicked off, which is aimed at further strengthening the system of protection of a family, motherhood and childhood, raising the level and quality of health care for mothers and children. Over the reporting period, the government directed about 1.3 trillion soums for these purposes.

During the discussion of the issues on the agenda of the meeting, the attention was paid to detailed analysis of the progress and impact of implementation of the priority tasks on further deepening of structural reforms, modernization and diversification of industrial production, including the gradual increase in the depth of processing of domestic raw material resources, expansion of volumes and range of production with high added value, accelerated development of industrial potential of territories of the country. Currently about 80 percent of the growth of industrial production is provided by manufacturing industries.

The attention of the Deputy Prime Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, heads of ministries, agencies, economic associations was drawn to the need to expedite the completion of drafting and submitting for the approval of draft programs on developing leading industries, covering the periods till 2020, 2025 and 2030, providing for the transition to 3-4-phasic cycles of deep processing of raw materials, resulting in the production of finished products highly demanded in the world market.

Managers of a number of economic associations, large enterprises, khokimiyats of regions and districts of the country have been entrusted with specific tasks on unconditional, timely and quality implementation of activities and achievement of target parameters of the adopted programs on deepening processing of fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, non-ferrous and rare metals in 2016-2020.

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of areas and Tashkent city have been instructed to take additional measures for organizing effective work at the newly established integrated regional departments for comprehensive development of the territories, as well as developing in conjunction with industry policy measures for accelerated development of industrial potential of the regions, the creation of new high-tech production of competitive products with high added value, including for export.

The implementation of active investment policy on continuous technological and technical renewal of industrial production, rapid expansion of the industrial and social infrastructure has provided growth of volumes of investments by 8.5 percent, including foreign investments – by 14.4%. In the framework of the Investment program for 2016, work has started on the implementation of 368 new investment projects. The production of 37 new kinds of localized products has been mastered.

Projects are underway for the development of road-transport, engineering-communication and social infrastructure, rural housing construction. The construction of new electrified railway Angren-PAP, which directly connects the Fergana valley with the rest of the territory of the Republic is nearing completion. A project on the electrification of the railway line Samarkand-Bukhara with the organization of high-speed traffic of passenger trains is being implemented at an accelerated rate.

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of areas and Tashkent city have been instructed to take the necessary measures to ensure the establishment in the regions of more than 400 new, financially sustainable and equipped with the necessary equipment construction and installation organizations, that meet the growing demand for construction work in industries and spheres of economy.

Particular attention at the session was paid to the comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of measures on diversification of the structure and extension of the range of exports, development of new export markets, ensuring on this basis the achievement of export forecast for 2016. Despite a sharp decline in demand, increasing uncertainty and intense competition on the world markets, Uzbekistan is taking effective measures to encourage exporters and to provide them the necessary support in the promotion of products to foreign markets, which in turn contributes maintaining the growth trends in exports and a positive balance of foreign trade turnover.

Another issue under scrutiny was the implementation of measures aimed at attracting foreign investors to the charter capital of joint stock companies and corporate governance, as well as radical reduction of state intervention in the economy through the sale of state shares and assets, including at zero redemption rate. During the first quarter of this year, 178 state assets were converted into private property. Investment obligations on them amounted to about 216 billion soums. The number of joint stock companies with state share in authorized funds decreased to 209 against 378 in the same period of 2015.

According to the agenda, the session heard the reports of heads of complexes of the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries, departments, economic associations, large enterprises of the Republic and regional administrations. The relevant decisions adopted following the discussion identified measures to ensure the unconditional implementation of major directions and priorities of the program of socio-economic development of the country in 2016. 



Uzbekistan has been constantly moving towards building a democratic state and strong civil society during the years of independence. The system of organizational and legal safeguards is formed to ensure the participation of citizens in public administration, the independent decision of local issues through the unique institution of mahalla.

As the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov emphasized: “Self-government bodies - our future. If we want to build civil society, these bodies are the foundation of its bases. Today we began to lay these foundations... Civil society is self-government. This is its first and fundamental principle”.

Today, broad legal conditions for mahallas’ full activity are established. Thus, article 32 of the Constitution of Uzbekistan fixed the norm that citizens have the right to participate in managing the affairs of state and society, bоth directly and through their representatives. The participation, along with the democratic formation of state bodies, as well as the development and improvement of public control over their activities is carried out by governments. Article 105 of the Main Law, in turn, reflects the institutional framework of citizens’ self-government. According to its provisions, they are gatherings of citizens, elected for 2.5 years chairman (aksakal) and his advisers, in the townships, kishlaks and auls, as well as in the communities of cities, towns, settlements and villages.

Many functions, previously conducted by the state authorities and management bodies have been gradually transferred to mahallas over the past years. They make an effective contribution to the implementation of government programs on addressing social support to the population, development of private entrepreneurship and family business, improving citizens’ welfare through the promotion of their employment, strengthening the basic unit of society, education of harmoniously developed generation.

The commissions at mahallas play huge role in addressing the challenges facing them. Their functions include working with women, youth and minors, organizing sports events, public control, consumer protection, security and others. All commissions are independent in their activities and accountable only to the citizens gathering.

The Concept of further deepening the democratic reforms and establishing the civil society in the country, put forward by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in 2010, is a radically new stage in the improvement of organizational and legal framework for mahalla. It provides the introduction of changes and amendments to the laws “On citizens’ self-government bodies” and “On the elections of the chairman (aksakal), citizens’ gathering and his advisers”.

Within the framework of the Concept’s implimentation in 2013, these documents were approved in new edition. Innovations served to further expand mahalla’s functions, including its transformation into a center of the population’s and small business development’s targeted social support in the regions, strengthening the role of self-government in the system of public control over the state bodies’ activity. Measures to further improve the electoral system of aksakals, which ensures the election of the chairmen and their advisers the most deserving citizens, were also determined in the law’s new edition.

On the basis of the Constitution and the above mentioned legislation, Kengash of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan adopted a resolution “On preparation and conduct of elections of chairmen (aksakals) of citizens’ gathering and their advisers” on March 5 this year. According to the document, May-June 2016 is defined as the election period in mahallas. It is expected that 9764 of aksakals and over 99 thousands of their advisers will be elected by their results. The Action plan on organization and holding of the important event is approved and implemented.

A special committee to assist the holding of elections, organized on the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, all regions, the capital, districts and cities play a significant role in the process. Commission is acting during the vote’s organization and holding, and will cease to exist after the announcement of its results. The commission, as a rule, includes representatives of mahallas, state bodies and public organizations. It should be emphasized that the commissions are given broad powers. Thus, they enforce the laws on elections, coordinate the activities structures, involved in the conduct of the upcoming event, and take from them the documents on candidates. Particular attention is paid to the explanatory work among the population, in the case of receipt of citizens’ complaints about certain aspects of voting, the commission provide them with complete information.

At the same time, 9764 working group on preparation and holding of elections in mahallas are created throughout the country. They determine the date, time and place of citizens’ gathering, establish the voting day and report it to the relevant committee. The electoral process is conducted in rooms with all conditions.

The working group will organize general meetings of residents of households, houses, streets and mahallas to elect the representatives of the citizens, which are the most important stage of the elections. It also conducts explanatory work among the population, studies voter opinions to prepare proposals on candidates for these important positions.

The practice of the past years shows that the election of citizens’ gatherings’ assets have become into a genuine democracy school, raising legal awareness, political and legal culture of the population. There is no doubt that the next vote for of aksakals and their advisers will be held at the highest institutional level, and its results will serve to further strengthen the mahalla’s position in system of civil society institutions, the consistent implementation of principle “From a strong state - to a strong civil society”.

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On April 15 of this year Tashkent hosted a seminar on the theme "Improvement of official websites of state bodies and the order of rendering of electronic state services". The event was organized by the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications.

The seminar was attended by members of the lower house of parliament, representatives of various ministries and departments, journalists, national and regional media. They discussed the issues of creation and regular update of the electronic portals of governance institutions, as well as further improvement of the order of online provision of public services to citizens.

Speaking at the meeting Chairman of the Committee on ICT of Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis I.Abdullayev, First Deputy Minister for Development of Information Technologies and Communications A.Fayzullayev and others stressed the effectiveness of the reforms conducted in our country on this direction which contribute to the consistent strengthening of cooperation between the state and citizens, improving the management.

One of the important tools of wide public awareness about the work of state bodies is their official websites.

According to the information announced at a seminar today 114 organs of state agencies have their electronic portals. 79% of them have mobile versions which create additional convenience for the public. In addition, the websites of ministries and departments possesses the opportunity of subscription which allows automatically receive e-mail news on relevant information about their activities.

During the event it was separately noted the expansion of the range of services in electronic form by state and economic management bodies in places. In this regard, it was emphasized the high efficiency of the Single Interactive State Services Portal (, which has become an important means of operational reception and transmission of individuals and legal entities applications to the relevant structures.

Currently, the portal covers more than a hundred of state and economic management bodies, departments and organizations.

It provides 269 services on healthcare, communications, transportation, labor, social security, taxes and business. Applying person, depending on the content of an application or complaint has the opportunity to send it to the appropriate structure. There is no need for citizens to visit departments, carry paper and spend money. Only in 2015 through it was made more than 450 thousand applications of citizens who promptly received answers to their requests.

During the seminar, presentations were made by representatives of the Ministry for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications, which brought the attention of the audience on the legal requirements for the structure and content of the official web sites of government agencies. It was announced recommendations to improve the effective use of e-portals of ministries and departments as the mechanism of public awareness about their work. It was accentuated the need for coordinating the efforts of IT-departments of public administration institutions and their press services in order to ensure well-coordinated work of official information resources.

During the interview with Jahon Information Agency a deputy of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, a member of the Committee on Information and Communication Technologies Shukhrat Sharofutdinovnoted that in December 2015 it was adopted the Law "On e-government" which is coming into force on June 10, 2016. In this regard, MP underlined the importance of informing the executors on the main provisions of this legal act, the requirements contained therein in respect of the work of ministries and departments with the citizens, including providing them with public services via the Internet.  

- Today's seminar was one of a series of events conducted throughout the country to familiarize specialists with the innovations in the legislation in ICT field, - said the deputy. - This meeting broadens the knowledge of state and economic management employees in the use of modern technologies in order to ensure the rule of law, openness and transparency of their activities. They were provided with the necessary guidelines and clarifications regarding the implementation of the optimization of process for electronic public services introduction, improvement of the functioning of official web-sites.

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Development of «e-government» in Uzbekistan

From the first days of independence the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) has become one of the priority tasks of the state policy inUzbekistan, which contributes to the achievement of significant results in the formation of the national information space and the enhancement of the management systems efficiency.

The use of IT-technologies enables the transparency of public bodies, creates conditions for active participation of citizens in the process of making important management decisions regarding their interests. In addition, the widespread application of ICT promotes to improve the business environment, increase competitiveness of the national economy, the quality of life of the population.

100% of the tax and statistical reports are submitted via the internet in e-form. Full transition to electronic declaration of goods and registration of export-import contracts are provided, which reduced working day of the customs clearance of goods and provision of other related services from three to one. The development of online payment of taxes, compulsory and communal payments allowed increase the number of users in two-fold and by 2.3 times - for online transactions.

The entry into force of Law «On e-government» which has been adopted recently in June of this year, gives new impetus to the advancement of communication environment. This legal act creates a solid foundation for the further deepening of the reform of public administration and the enhancement of its efficiency. It provides for the consistent implementation and expansion of the modern ICT usage in public administration, establishment and operation of the system «Electronic government», increasing the transparency and openness of government agencies, the responsibility of officials.

Execution of the Law also allows citizens and business entities to increase the efficiency of relations with the authorities and drastically reduce bureaucratic barriers, simplify procedures and deadlines of the online services of government agencies.

It should be noted that during the preparation of a legal act it was taken into account the conceptual foundations of international law and best experience of the USA, Germany, Austria, the Republic of Korea which have reached significant results in the promotion of «e-government» system.

To date, information interaction of state bodies with corporations and individuals is carried out through a single portal of interactive public services (SPIPS) that enables access to information about the activities and functions of the government agencies, provides users with data exchange capabilities in electronic form and requesting queries through a single point of access to integrated interactive public services.

Functional of the one main segments of the system «Electronic government» - SPIPS is rapidly expanding, 260 kinds of interactive services are rendered through it. If in 2013-2014 more than 102 thousand services were rendered for entrepreneurs and citizens, only for 2015 their number exceeded 420 000. Online registrations to the reception of heads of government agencies, obtaining information on their activities, various inquiries and sending requests have become popular.

The highlight of 2015 in this area can be called the launch of the Portal of open data at aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of public authorities, civil society development through the ability to control and monitor the activities of state bodies and strengthening public confidence in the authorities, formation of applications market and services, and others.

On the base of the information of open data portal, you can create a number of public utility services. In order to popularize this idea, as well as to attract the attention of developers to the portal, it was conducted a competition to create Hackathon web applications for the first time in Uzbekistan, in which participants have demonstrated their ability to build applications and infographics.

In addition to the portal, from 2015 Impact assessment system of legislative acts (IASLA) launched its work at web page, which allows evaluate the newly adopted regulations. Today it is continuously monitored by society for compliance of draft legal acts published by the state authorities with the requirements of laws.

As part of the reforms to create «e-government» with widespread introduction of modern IT-technology measures have been taken to develop electronic workflow in the proceedings. So, in 2013 it was introduced into the Commercial Litigation the possibility of filing a claim, sending judicial acts in electronic form to the persons participating in the case, from September 1, 2014 - the possibility of conducting the trial in the mode of video conference call.

In 2015, under the joint implementation of the US Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme «Partnership in the field of rule of law in Uzbekistan» technical equipment for audio and video fixation of court hearings has been installed in three courtrooms of the Supreme Economic Court and the Commercial Court of Tashkent region.

This allows optimizing and automating of legal proceedings, simplifying of business process and that will contribute to its openness. In the future, audio and video recording of court proceedings can and does eliminate the need for drawing up court records in paper form.

Tax office also conducts active work on the introduction of interactive public e-services. It provides access to services for all users, regardless of their location, capabilities and time of day on free of charge.

Necessary information can be obtained on the official website of the tax authorities In this case the taxpayer is often given personalized information directly from the database of the tax authorities or receipt of reports, statements and other applications have been carried out in the form of an electronic document. Electronic services in almost all areas of tax administration have been developed and implemented for business entities.

These measures will help to reduce costs for the interaction of business entities and individuals with tax authorities, increase the transparency of their activities, the performance efficiency of the functions of the tax authorities to provide public services.

Thus, extensive work in our country has been carried out on the formation of an open and constructive environment between public authorities and citizens, establishment of partnership and effective relations between them through the use of modern ICT potential.

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 Tashkent discussed national and international experience in the enforcement of laws

Tashkent hosted an international conference "Mechanisms for enhancing the effectiveness of enforcement of laws: national and international experience".

Main purpose of the event was to exchange experience in the sphere of ensuring the unified application of laws, bringing the adopted laws to the notice of executors and the public, to increase the responsibility of officials in these processes.

The conference brought together international experts from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and other countries, including European Parliament who shared their experience in the field of legislative consolidation of law enforcement mechanisms.

The sides discussed pressing issues of the effectiveness of enforcement activities of state bodies on the implementation of laws, the prospects for the development of civil society institutions and the media in increasing public awareness of the legal and public control over the execution of laws, and other matters concerning this area.

At the same time, national experts - members of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, members of the Senate, representatives of NGOs, local councils deputies informed the participants about the systematic work carried out in further improving enhance mechanisms of the law enforcement effectiveness.

It should be noted that these questions in modern conditions is one of the priority tasks of the rule of law guaranteeing effective legal protection for citizens and legal entities, as well as enabling the society to develop within the legal field.

A reporter of "Jahon" information agency talked with the participants after the conference.

Iveta Grigule, Chairman of the EU Delegation on relations with Central Asia and Mongolia, Co-chairman of the Committee for Parliamentary Cooperation "Uzbekistan - EU":

- During my participation in the forum I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of the Uzbek parliament and local authorities. I must say that our Uzbek colleagues conduct their work at a high level, and the only thing that can improve their work in this direction – is the exchange of experience with other countries. At the same time, foreign practice should be implemented taking into account the specifics of the development of Uzbekistan.

In turn, we have something to learn from the experiences of your country. I am referring to the functioning of the self-government institutions as makhalla. This unique civil institution based on ancient traditions, is an indication of direct democracy in the country. That's it, in my opinion, should be studied carefully.

Also in terms of economic development, I want to say with confidence that the successes achieved by the republic may serve as an example not only for the countries of Central Asia, but also the European Union.

Taking this opportunity, I want to wish good luck and prosperity to the country, the happiness and health of its residents. I am sure that the Uzbek people have a bright future.

Andrejs Mamykins, MEP from Latvia:

- I am honored to participate in this conference, as Uzbekistan is an important partner for the European Parliament. This fact is confirmed by that there is a permanent delegation for cooperation with Central Asia and Mongolia.

Our intensive partnership includes annual meetings of European and Uzbek deputies, as well as the opportunity of individual participation of MEPs in conferences organized in Uzbekistan. Today's event, which bears the actual character, is a clear example of this. Its results are of practical importance and should be reflected in better understanding, accountability and effectiveness of law enforcement by bodies of executive power.

Along with this, it is necessary to emphasize that the role of Uzbekistan in ensuring security and stability in the region is steadfast. The contribution of the Republic in the socio-economic development of Afghanistan, especially in matters of the construction of country's infrastructure is inestimable.

During my stay here, I was also able to get acquainted with the work on the development of activities of media, in particular interactive television, aimed at youth work. I think that the attention given to the country's all-round education of the younger generation is commendable.

Also it is pleased that the carried out work to ensure the safety, among other things, it testifies to the professionalism of law enforcement agencies. In the current realities their activity plays an important role in maintaining peace and stability.

Erik Akse, Executive Director of Impact Assessment Institute (Belgium):

- Today's event is a very interesting and useful. Foreign experts were able to learn in detail about ongoing reforms in Uzbekistan in the field of improvement of legislation.

I witnessed how well are functioning institutional framework and mechanisms in this area. Of course, all of this influences the development of society and the economy.

We are interested in the exchange of experiences and mutual cooperation. As in many countries around the world, in your country it has been established extensive and well-developed legal system. I would like to emphasize that this system in Uzbekistan, as in the EU, has been deeply thought out. The obvious fact is that one of the main dogmas in the country is the directivity of all legal acts for the benefit of people and society.

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 Introduction of the corporate management principles in Uzbekistan based on the advanced world experience

One of the significant areas of reform programs, structural transformations and diversification of the economy in 2015-2019 is to ensure the reliable protection of private entrepreneurship and small business interests, increasing the role of private ownership and advancing reduction of state presence in the economy.

In this context, the introduction of modern corporate governance practices is of great importance which contributes to improve the efficiency of joint-stock companies in the country and deepen the privatization processes. The Decree of the President of Uzbekistan "On measures for the introduction of modern methods of corporate governance in joint stock companies" dated April 24, 2015 and the Resolution "On additional measures to attract foreign investors in joint-stock companies" dated December 21, 2015 became fundamentally important step in improving corporate governance. These documents identified the main task on optimization of joint stock companies.

It should be noted that today significant work has been carried out on this direction in Uzbekistan. In particular, legal framework of corporate governance has been formed, corporate governance bodies have been created in all joint-stock companies, organizations providing consulting services are functioning, relevant decisions of the Government to accelerate the process of implementation of quality management systems in enterprises have been approved.

A complete inventory of all the activities of joint-stock companies of the republic has been conducted on the basis of the above documents in 2015. At the same time a new standard structure of join stocks has been developed and approved. The old one was eliminated, and new subdivisions and positions are introduced. Measures were taken on appointment to senior positions of young, well-educated local and foreign experts with skills who possess modern management and marketing in practice.

Particular attention is attached to attracting foreign investors in business entities, creating favorable conditions for their active participation in corporate governance, modernization, technical and technological re-equipment of production. To this end, it is established the order which share of foreign shareholders in the authorized capital of JSC should be not less than 15%.

Personnel training issues for the sector is of great significance in reforming process. In this context it should be noted the activities of the Research and Education Center of Corporate Governance which in a short period a training of approximately 160 heads of stock, banks and enterprises of Uzbekistan was organized with the participation of leading international experts. More than half of them have been trained in the best corporations of Europe for a close study of international experience in this field.

During the introduction of innovative methods of business process management the experience of developed countries, in particular Germany is being studied. In 2015, a draft Code of Corporate Governance which was approved by 16 February 2016, have been developed together with the German company Indecon Consulting.

Adoption of the Code is intended to serve as a set of recommendations for all joint-stock companies in the process of implementation for international standards of transparent operations, increasing the responsibility of the directors, strengthening the role of minority shareholders in the management of enterprises.

On the occasion of the Code adoption an international conference on the theme of "The Code of Corporate Governance is an effective tool for the introduction of the corporate governance standards" was conducted on February 23 this year in Tashkent. The main objectives of the conference were the explanation and discussion of current trends in the improvement of the in the country and foreign states, the key directions and the provisions of the Code aimed at improving the management of joint stocks, tasks and practical recommendations to accelerate the implementation of relevant international standards and norms in the activities of joint stock companies.

Along with national experts and managers of joint stock companies and joint ventures the event was attended by representatives of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, the United Nations Development Programme, as well as the diplomatic corps in Uzbekistan and foreign experts.

According to participants of the conference, the developed Corporate Governance Code summarizes the best international practices adapted for use in the Joint Stock Companies of the Republic, and its successful implementation will contribute to the implementation and further advancement of the basic principles of corporate management in companies and firms of Uzbekistan on ensuring transparency of activity of JSC and JV, the protection of rights and legitimate interests of shareholders.

As a result of the presentations and discussions at the International Conference the recommendations for the speedy implementation of the document in order to achieve a balance of interests of the management bodies of JSC, shareholders and the workforce, were adopted. In addition, there was noted the need to define the maintenance of financial stability, increasing in labor productivity, the growth in production and export performance, achieving energy efficiency, the implementation of modernization, technical and technological renovation of production facilities as strategic goals of the company.

Thus, taken measures for the introduction of effective forms of management in Uzbekistan are consistent and well thought-out steps aimed at further liberalization of the market economy through the reforming, structural transformation and diversification of the economy. Undoubtedly, they will enhance the entrepreneurial activity, attract foreign investment and further economic growth.


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Glorification of peace, well-being and prosperity

The National Park of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi hosted celebrations dedicated to the national holiday Navruz.

Navruz - an invaluable heritage of our ancestors, since time immemorial embodying the best national values and traditions of our people, their good intentions and aspirations, during the years of independence has become a truly national holiday which all our fellow citizens regardless of nationality, language and religion are looking forward to.

In accordance with the Decree of the Head of our state "On the preparation and conduct of the national holiday Navruz in 2016" all-round preparation for the holiday was carried out across the country. Our people welcome this holiday with new successes, thank for the bright days and enjoy life.

March 21. the National Park of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi is festively decorated.

The senators and deputies, government members, men of science, culture and art, foremost people in industry, entrepreneurs, representatives of foreign embassies and representative offices of international organizations accredited in our country, young people attend the celebration.

10:30 am. President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrives at the square.

Gathered people meet the Head of our state with applause.

Theme song rings.

President Islam Karimov delivered a welcoming speech at the celebrations dedicated to the Navruz holiday.

These days, when the nature awakens, flowers blossom and the entire surrounding is attired in green, I am greatly happy from the bottom of my heart to congratulate you, my dear fellow countrymen, and in your person, our whole nation on this remarkable holiday of Navruz, said the head of our state.

Navruz is the Oriental New Year with history of several millennia, which traces back with its roots to the period of «Avesto», the ancient and truly national holiday – free from any ideological and political trends. This is our most beloved and most beautiful festival of spring for all of us. Navruz - the day of the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of a new year on the eastern calendar, embodies the traditions and customs, the eternal values of our people.

These days when the bright sun awakened nature each of us is unwittingly imbued with the spirit of spring, and we feel ourselves to be an inalienable and inseparable part of nature, we feel new strength and energy.

In these radiant and joyful moments in each and every community, foothills, gardens and grasslands of our country our fellow countrymen gather around the dastarkhans (festively laid national table) decorated with such rare viands as sumalak, khalim, kuksomsa and guja, and strive to share these springtime edibles with their family, kin and friends.

No one will remain indifferent that our people, irrespective of their nationality and ethnicity, indulge in festive mood and spend this wonderful holiday with profound joy and bliss. And they congratulate on such an occasion not only the people they know, but also those they don’t know by embracing and wishing them a sound health, happiness, prosperity and good luck.

Taking this opportunity, said Islam Karimov, I would like to express my sincere wishes, love and esteem to you, my dears, who have gathered in this sublime and beautiful square, and our entire nation.

The humanistic spirit and immortal values of Navruz are carefully passed from generation to generation. No matter how many years and epochs pass by, filling with even more profound meaning and content these very idea and customs are still nowadays playing an important role in the life of our people.

It is well-known from our millennia-old history, noted the Head of our state, in the season of Navruz any resentments and quarrels are forgotten, such humane feelings as mercy and clemency, compassion and generosity become stronger among people, nations and ethnicities.

The widespread approval of such high values of Navruz in the life, certainly would have contributed to the prevention of the tensions, conflicts and confrontations ever aggravating now in the international arena, and still ongoing bloodshed, as well as to resolving the emerging problems only by way of peace and political negotiations. Just this very approach would have met the aspirations and interests of all the nations of the world.

I am confident that in these days on the eve of the Oriental New Year, if someone asks our time-tested, kind-hearted and compassionate people, who endured so many hardships and always preserve virtue and mercy in the depth of their hearts, about their most sincere wishes in the coming year – the answer, without any doubt, will be certain: we need peace and tranquility, stressed the President of our country.

The determining factor of such a solid position in life can be seen, above all, in our ancient history, multifaceted great culture, invaluable heritage left by our great scientists and thinkers, who greatly contributed to the progress of human civilization, and in the fact that for many centuries our Homeland has been the center of spirituality and enlightenment.

Moreover, it is an open secret that from the earliest times such qualities pertaining to our people as magnanimity, tolerance, humaneness, kindness, and such characteristics as performing the God-pleasing deeds and providing righteous services in supporting those in need, receiving the blessings of elderly people, showing concern for ones without parental care, have penetrated deep into the flesh and blood of our nation.

All these phenomena have been passed through the centuries from generation to generation, enriched and eventually turned into kind human ideas, laid a solid foundation for high spiritual worldview and practical guideline of our people.

Naturally, our nation, who has such noble and rare features and qualities, lives with pure dreams and aspirations, strives for peace and prosperity, wishes for clear and blue sky, no doubt, will build its relations with all countries on the basis of mutual respect, friendship and accord, consideration of mutual interests. And our most important, priority task – to protect our country from any evils and threats.

In these joyous moments, on your behalf and on behalf of our entire nation, allow me to congratulate on the holiday of Navruz, express sincere respect and wholeheartedly welcome the ambassadors of foreign countries, representatives of international organizations, foreign partners and all our dear guests who are participating at our Navruz festivities in this beautiful square, said Islam Karimov.

Our humble, generous and big-hearted people, who are greatly contributing by their courageous work and steadfastness to make Uzbekistan more prosperous and flourishing, are making the world community surprised by their accomplishments and achievements, and are firmly resisting any forces of evil, steadily following the chosen path, highly appreciating and preserving their independence, evoke admiration by all. Standing on this high rostrum, I consider it my duty to bow low before and render homage to our people, who feature such noble qualities, said the Head of our state.

Addressing the Uzbekistan’s youth, who are our support and buttress, Islam Karimov said: the severely changing time that we experience and which is becoming more complicated puts forward before all of us the following tasks: first of all, my dear children, you are required to thoroughly master the modern knowledge and professions, utilize the intellectual wealth. Along with this, the time requires to take the competitiveness of our country in the international arena to a new level, continue modernization and diversification of our economy, and turn it into a locomotive of our progress.

Along the path of achieving these very great objectives, I believe that you, my dears, are able to justify the confidence of our people and Motherland, and I stand ready to always support all of you, stressed President of our country.

At the end of his speech, Islam Karimov from the bottom of his heart once again congratulated all people of Uzbekistan on the holiday of Navruz and wished all compatriots peace and tranquility, happiness and good health, prosperity and abundance.

... The bright sun is shining in a clear sky. Huge balloons are floating in aloft around the majestic square. Variegated flags and colorful flowers gladden the eyes.

Verdant trees, flowered decoration around a scene remind of the abundant gardens and fertile fields of our country. The sight which is familiar and close to the heart of each of our compatriot, gives upbeat mood.

Sounds of karnay-surnays ring over the square. In such life-asserting moment the hearts of our compatriots whose aspirations and thoughts are in tune with the process of awakening and renewal happening in the nature, overfill with joy and boundless gratitude for the fact that they are lucky enough once again to meet Navruz in a health, for a peaceful and prosperous life.

Navruz – messenger of any novelty and goodness. In 2015, a few days after Navruz, on March 29 an important political event in the life of our country took place - elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan were conducted. In this process which took place in full accordance with democratic principles, 90.39 percent of voters voted for Islam Karimov. This proves that our people adequately assess the enormous merits of Islam Karimov in comprehensive development of the country, building a democratic state and civil society, and improving the quality of life, and they support the continuation of ongoing reforms in all spheres.

... Under the sounds of beautiful melodies which awake spring mood in the hearts, beautiful nature and modern look of our country, the unique ancient monuments and magnificent buildings, well-planned and prosperous towns and villages appear before our eyes.

Folk songs are sounded, the folklore and ethnographic ensembles perform. Sumalyak is prepared in Kazans (spots), hot cakes are taken out from tandyrs, the young men and women sing and dance around.

In Uzbekistan the peace and tranquility, interethnic accord are recognized as a supreme value. The atmosphere of kindness, mercy, harmony and generosity is approved in our society.

Due to the peace and stability the prestige of our country in the international community is increasing. Most developed countries and leading international organizations are cooperating with Uzbekistan.

Another proof of this is an official visit of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to our country in June 2015.

Uzbekistan's initiatives on ensuring the peace and security in the region, the fight against terrorism and crime, solving the environmental issues, health promotion, development of science, culture and art are widely supported by the UN. Our country is effectively cooperating with this organization and a number of its structures.

An international music festival "Sharq taronalari" organized on the initiative of the President of our country took place for the tenth time in 2015. This musical forum conducted under the auspices of the UNESCO, serves for the development of cultural dialogue among peoples, peace and tranquility.

Our country is committed to the course of peacefulness.

The peace - is the main factor of development. There is advancement, where peace and tranquility are, and people live with the spirit of creativity and kindness. The stable economic growth of our country confirms this.

During the years of independence Uzbekistan's economy grew by almost 6 times, real income per capita - more than 9 times. Despite the ongoing global downturn our country is among the few countries in the world which are developing steadily. The growth rate of gross domestic product has been exceeding 8 percent over the past eleven years. A balance of macroeconomic indicators, the sustainable performance of a surplus of the State budget and balance of payments, growth of export and foreign exchange reserves are being ensured.

This is the result of the "Uzbek model" of development initiated by the President of our country which was fully supported by our people and has been widely recognized in the world. These achievements - the result of selfless labor of our people - are appreciated worldwide. International expert organizations, prestigious rating agencies highly estimate the current state and prospects of development of our country.

Last year, a ranking of countries with rapidly growing economies was announced at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. In the list on the basis of the forecast of the World Bank "Global Economic Development" Uzbekistan took the fifth place among countries with the highest annual growth in 2014-2017 years.

Structural reforms, modernization, technical and technological renovation of sectors of the economy have been consistently continuing. In 2015, investments in the amount of 15 billion 800 million US dollars were attracted for these purposes at the expense of all sources of financing. Furthermore, 158 large manufacturing entities totaling 7 billion 400 million US dollars were commissioned.

Together with South Korean investors and specialists the Ustyurt Gas Chemical Complex worth more than 4 billion US dollars was built on the basis of field Surgil, the "Afrosiyob" high-speed electric train service was established on a railway section Samarkand – Karshi. All these cause us great satisfaction and pride.

Growth and development in all areas are also reflected in the new image of our country. A large-scale creative work is carried out in towns and villages. Last year, dozens of modern multi-storey buildings, new roads and bridges were built in Tashkent. 12 000 houses on standard projects and about 170 infrastructure facilities were built in the countryside. As a result of this work the face of our cities and villages is changing and improving the life quality of the people.

According to the program of support of young people, young families receive apartments in buildings "Kamolot" which are a great help in finding a worthy place in life and upbringing children with harmoniously developed personality.

In the days of Navruz the inherent qualities of our people, as kindness, mercy, magnanimity and generosity become more stronger. All people visit each other, promote the health of patients. Venerable aksakals and mothers are under special attention and honor.

The announcement of 2015 as the Year of Attention and Care for the Older Generation on the initiative of the President of our country further increased the efficiency of work on the provision of respect and honor for the elder people, moral and material support to the veterans, strengthening their health, creating them even more convenience.

The amount of pension is increased by more than 20 percent for the purpose of financial support of the older generation. Pay rise of 100 percent of the minimum wage to the pensions of centenarians who reached 100 years of age, are introduced. Participants of the Second World War and the rear of the front received free treatment in sanatoria and health resorts.

... The children appear on the scene, and the square is filled with their joyful laughter. Merry songs and fiery dances even more raise the festive mood.

These are children who were born in the years of independence, using the special attention and care of the state grow up healthy and strong. In Uzbekistan, the idea that our children should be a stronger, better educated, wiser, and certainly happier than us, is set as a priority.

Under the guidance of President of our country in the first years of independence, special attention was paid to the upbringing of healthy generation, and this noble work continues sequentially. All conditions for strengthening maternal health, birth and formation of healthy children have been creating. Reforms on the improvement of the quality of life, the enhancement of health systems, the development of children's sports serve these high goals.

Upbringing of our young people as inferior to no one is also reflected in international competitions and contests. Last year alone, our athletes participated in 165 international competitions and won 983 medals. Young musicians and artists got 137 prizes at prestigious international competitions.

On the initiative our President 2016 was declared as the Year of a Healthy Mother and Healthy Child in our country, and this serves as yet another clear proof of special attention to this area.

… Classical music sounds over the square. Opera arias and ballet numbers, songs performed in different languages rejoice participants of the festival and foreign guests.

- Navruz is celebrated in Uzbekistan with great festive and joy, - said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to our country Fumihiko Kato. - It is noteworthy that your national traditions are perceived with great pride by the people, especially the youth. We were very pleased with the consistent development of cooperation between our countries in all spheres in the spirit of friendship and mutual trust on mutually beneficial basis. Taking this opportunity, I congratulate the people of Uzbekistan on Navruz!

... Festive celebration is in full swing. National game Ulak-Kupkari, rope-walker performances, tug-of-war games, competitions of wrestlers, weight lifting contests and a lot more are demonstrated on the monitor. Singers of lapars (national folk song) and national storytellers wish good luck to the farmers and sing about Navruz and the nature.

As a result of the development of market relations in agriculture, empowerment farmers' movement the high yield is achieved annually. Last year, our country took more than 7.5 million tons of grain, more than 3 million 350 thousand tons of cotton, about 14 million 500 thousand tons of vegetables and melons, 4.3 million tonnes of horticultural products. Therefore, during winter and summer there are abundance and price stability in our markets.

In our country, the export of finished industrial, textile, agriculture, including fruit and vegetables, products increases every year.

- Navruz - a wonderful holiday, - said Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany to Uzbekistan Naythart Höfer-Wissing. - These celebrations give people joy, strengthen the atmosphere of harmony, unity, kindness and mercy. Participating in this festival we are also meet with representatives of various professions, foreign guests, and colleagues, watch the festive program with great pleasure. Upbeat mood in celebration, the joy in people's eyes are evidence of well-being, prosperity, peace and quiet life in your country.

In the days of Navruz people feel even sharper themselves as an integral part of nature, are deeply aware of the need to protect the natural world, his native land, the current peaceful life.

Since ancient times our people have been prepared for the celebrations and holidays with a special mood and spirit of creation. Our ancestors met Navruz with pure thoughts and good hopes. After all, where cleanliness and order are, there will be sufficiency, health and prosperity.

This year, as always, work on landscaping and gardening is started from the very first days of spring. During the last 12-13th of March in a national charity hashar throughout the country the mahallas and streets, alleys and landscaped parks, business areas and organizations were put in order. Places of worship and cemeteries were cleaned, and flower seedlings, fruit and ornamental trees were planted. The people visited low-income families, single elderly, people with disabilities and helped in the household works, holiday gifts were presented.

On the eve of the holiday enterprises, medical and educational institutions, service centers are put in commissioned. These objects multiply the beauty of our country, serve to further improve the level and quality of our fellow citizens life.

- Attending at the celebration of Navruz, I am convinced again that under the leadership of the President, our country is developing dynamically, the lives of our countrymen are improving, their world is changing - says private entrepreneur of the Namangan region Gani Umarov. - It is clearly felt in the spirit of today's celebrations and in a joyful mood of people. We thank for those bright and happy days. Let always in our country peace and tranquility, and our lives be better and well-maintained.

... Festive show is still in full swing. Cheerful songs performed by artists and hot dances excite the heart.

The exhibition of products of folk artists and craftsmen indicates the richness of our cultural heritage and a continuation of centuries-old traditions, and this evokes a feeling of pride and admiration.

Navruz celebrations were broadcasted via satellites in dozens of countries around the world, and with the help of the Internet people in all corners of the planet were able to watch it.

Sounds of lyrics and melodies in the square are spread to all corners of our country, the atmosphere of high festive spirit reigns everywhere.


Celebrations, festivals and sayils (outdoor fete) continue in all the cities and villages of our homeland.

Uzbek people’s pride

Gaining the independence by Uzbekistan enabled to restore historical justice, the names of our great ancestors and their rich heritage. Sahibkiran Amir Temur - a symbol of bravery, courage and wisdom, the Uzbek people’s national pride toke a special place in it.

Amir Temur’s star through many centuries is shining for today’s generations, who left an indelible mark on world history. His life is an example for the young people of our country, who want to be its worthy successors.

The outstanding military leader and political strategist built a powerful centralized state in the Mawarannahr (Land Beyond the River), based on the rule of law and respect for traditions. Being wise politician with broad horizon and subtle analytical mind, Amir Temur went down in history primarily as the creator. He surrounded himself with the best of science and culture, skilled architects, builders and artists, whose beautiful works were an indicator of the power of the state. He built the magnificent monuments which still cause an infinite pride in our compatriots, foreign visitors’ great interest and admiration.

Sahibkiran actively engaged in legislative activity. The work entitled “The Code of Timur” outlined his vision of the most effective state system and the country governing fundamental principles. Leafing through the pages of the treatise, it is impossible not to admire Amir Temur’s personal qualities and strong-willed character. Here are some of his statements: “My word was matched by my action and I never showed no one callousness, I did not show the severity in any case, so as not to undergo anger. With friends and foes treated courteously ... If someone from friends or foes came to me with a request, I spoke with friends that their friendship increased even more, and the enemies I had the attitude that their feud turned into a friendship”. The famous phrase: “One enterprising, courageous, brave, resolute and wise man is better than a thousand lazy and weak-willed. Thus one experienced better controls than thousands of people” is also in the “Code.

Our great ancestor’s noble principles, underlying on the basis of a powerful state, a just society, strengthening generosity and kindness atmosphere, population’s welfare, today have become the main criterion of modern Uzbekistan’s social and economic life.

On the initiative of President Islam Karimov, 1996 was widely celebrated the 660th anniversary of Amir Temur. The year has been named after him in the country. International conferences and exhibitions were organized under the auspices of UNESCO. Monuments to Amir Temur were built in Tashkent, Samarkand and Shakhrisabz. A lot of streets, parks and other geographic features are named after him in our country. “The Code of Timur” was restored and reprinted several times as a unique source of study of national statehood history. On the eve of the 675th anniversary of Amir Temur, an updated edition of the book with a preface by the President of Uzbekistan was published.

Along with these, Amir Timur Museum was opened in the capital Tashkent, which is the inexhaustible fount of spirituality, keeper of ancient relics and real masterpieces of art with great historical value. Its funds are stored unique items, including manuscripts, letters, coins, ceramics, bronze and copper products, decorative patterns, manuscripts, ethnographic objects, silver jewelry, and many others. Numerous exhibitions, dedicated to the epoch of the Timurids, have been held during the museum’s existence. Such significant exposure as “Samarkand-2750”, “Gifts”, “The life of Amir Temur”, “Timurids renaissance era”, “Shohruh - a monument to the creative activity of the Timurids” are among them. They tell us about the various aspects of multifaceted and creative activity of the great statesman that could serve as a vivid illustration for the young generation’s moral education in the spirit of independence, awaken national consciousness, exploring the rich traditions of the people, ancient values, respectful and careful attitude to ancestors’ invaluable heritage.

The fact that the Order called after the name of Amir Temur is also of particular attention, which is symbolizing his descendants for independence and justice, national pride, and selfless devotion to the Motherland. It took a special place in a number of high state awards, established in our country in the years of independence. It is awarded to citizens of Uzbekistan for great merits in strengthening of statehood, development of military affairs, as well as persons who are not citizens of our country, but who have made great contribution to the strengthening of international cooperation, peace and friendship between peoples. In addition, in some cases, it may become owners of enterprises, institutions, organizations, public associations, creative teams and military units, as well as administrative-territorial units of the republic.

Order “Amir Temur” is an eight-pointed star with dihedral rays. The majestic figure of Amir Temur, seated on a horse, is in its center. You should also pay attention to the inscription around the image: “Strength in justice”. This principle is the basis of our state’s modern domestic and foreign policy. The Order will remain for us a source of strength to achieve the noble goals, symbol of freedom, respect and reverence for the outstanding ancestors.

The merits of Amir Temur adequately assess not only by our country’s residents, but the entire enlightened world celebrates these days of his 680th anniversary. The life and work of one of the greatest personalities in the history of mankind, “the Savior of Europe”, as he is called in some European chronicles, attracted the attention of more and more researchers, artists and culture outside of Uzbekistan. Research-scientists of Temurids are conducting in more than 50 countries around the world. More than 900 papers in the European and more than a thousand in Oriental languages are published about Amir Temur. The archives and libraries of Venice, Spain, France, Great Britain have kept written records of the diplomatic correspondence of the outstanding statesman and his successors with many countries of the world.

Thus, the priceless heritage of Amir Temur is a source of strength and energy courageous, hardworking Uzbek people for the building of state with a great future. Conducted reforms on human exaltation, respect the principles of justice in all spheres and tangible results are its clear proof.

Jahon Information Agency


 "Youth is decisive force of our today and tomorrow"

A clear social orientation is a distinctive feature of fundamental policy reforms, which are implemented under the supervision of the Head of State from the very first days of independence and aimed at building a prosperous democratic state and society.

Today, more than 60 percent of Uzbekistan's population is young people. Therefore, a key priority of all the positive changes in the country has become a concern for the upbringing of harmoniously developed younger generation as to be physically healthy and spiritually mature, intellectually rich, having not only the comprehensive knowledge and popular professions in the modern world, but also the creative, independent thinking.

Provisions of the Constitution of our Republic laid a solid legal foundation in this sphere. An important step in this direction was the adoption of the Law "On state youth policy in the Republic of Uzbekistan" dated November 20, 1991; it raised the attention to younger generation to the level of state policy.

It is important to note the National Program for Personnel Training, which, in the opinion of international experts, has no analogues in the world on importance and scale.

Presidential Resolution "On additional measures for the implementation of the Republic of Uzbekistan of the state youth policy" on February 6, 2014, became a logical continuation of gradual reforms conducted in the years of independence, and marked the beginning of a new phase of work.

At the same time, Uzbekistan annually develops a special state program, proclaiming the social direction of the current year. In particular, 2008 was declared "Year of Youth", 2010 - "Year of harmoniously developed generation", 2014 - "Year of a healthy child", and the current 2016 - "Year of a healthy mother and child". This fact testifies to the colossal activities undertaken towards creating a brighter future for the younger generation.

Our country's national model of continuous education and upbringing of harmoniously developed young generation also received the highest worldwide recognition. All stages of education, taking into account international experience, developed and introduced state educational standards that meet the requirements of time, curricula and textbooks. Advanced educational technologies and interactive teaching methods are being used widely.

Over the years of independence authorities created a new type of education, which have no analogues in CIS countries - professional colleges and academic lyceums. This work allowed to form a unique unified system of continuous training, research and production-oriented education in the training of highly qualified, competitive specialists for all sectors of economy and social sphere, providing spiritual and moral education, comprehensive creative development of young people.

The state creates thousands of new jobs each year, including through the development of small business and private entrepreneurship, where youth are increasingly involved. Thus, over the past year Uzbekistan created 990,400 jobs instead of planned 987,500, employed more than 90% of young professionals.

The high productivity of work in this area also provides an expanding social partnership between public authorities and management, and public entities, including the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan, the social movement "Kamolot", youth charitable public fund "Mahalla", the non-governmental charitable foundation "For Healthy Generation", Presidential Fund "Iste'dod" and others.

The large-scale work on the development of children's sport helps to upbring young generation physically healthy and spiritually mature personalities. In particular, if in 2005 our country engaged 30 percent of children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 years in activities, including in rural areas - 29 percent, in 2015, these figures totaled 57.2 percent and 56 percent respectively.

Results of practical work on attraction of girls to mass sports are impressive. In 2005 their number was 24 percent, in rural areas - 22 percent. It is gratifying that today 47 percent of girls are regularly involved in sports, and rates as high as 44.7 percent in rural areas.

Through the development of this sphere, promotion of healthy lifestyle of Uzbekistan's athletes achieve great success in the international arena. In season 2015 tournaments on Olympic and national sports, our compatriots have won 311 gold, 274 silver and 276 bronze medals, which is another practical proof of the impact of deeply thought-out youth policy of our country and the fact that talent and skill of our young men and women nobody inferior.

The leadership of our country also pays great attention to supporting young families. In accordance with the Presidential Resolution "On additional measures to materially and morally support young families" dated May 18, 2007, the document provided long-term favourable mortgage credits.

In the framework of promoting the improvement of their housing and living conditions on September 8, 2014, Cabinet of Ministers adopted a Resolution "On measures for further support the provision of housing for young families who are actively involved in the public life of the country."

The document provides for construction of houses and reconstruction of existing unused and unfinished facilities throughout the country into "Kamolot" multifamily housing for young families. In accordance with the resolution, they have commissioned 3 multifamily housing for 144 apartments in Andijan, Asaka and Balykchi districts, 3 multifamily housing for 192 apartments - in Bukhara, Kagan and Gijduvan area, one multifamily housing for 32 apartments - in Bektemir district of Tashkent.

In general, our country provides a complex, multi-faceted support to all young people. In fact, as President Islam Karimov emphasized repeatedly "young people are not only our hope and future, young people - a decisive force of our today and tomorrow".


Jahon Information Agency, G.Nurjanova


At the Oqsaroy on 11 February, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov chaired a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for the Development of Children’s Sports of Uzbekistan.

The head of our state expounded on the efforts undertaken by the Fund since its establishment, in particular, last year and its essence and significance.

“We have established the Fund for the development of children’s sports with high hopes and noble purposes in 2002,” said Islam Karimov. “Since then, 14 years have passed. From this point of view it would be appropriate if we analyze the work done not only in 2015, but also, to some extent, for the entire period. That is, it is necessary to talk about what we have achieved by establishing a special fund for the development of children's sports, raising it to the level of state policy, the implementation pace of initial tasks, and what conclusions we have to draw from this experience”.

“Firstly, we all know that the main task of the fund has been identified as communion with sports of our children, the younger generation from the early childhood, awakening their interest and love for the sport, upbringing the younger generation as physically and mentally healthy, harmoniously developed individuals. We have set ourselves the objective: let our boys and girls from childhood, mostly from school years, consider sports as their permanent companion in life, a true friend, and for this purpose - to create conditions and opportunities.

The results, achieved in this area in our country, were discussed in figures and examples during the meeting.

In particular, while 30 percent of children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 years, including 29 percent in rural areas were engaged in sports activities, in 2015 these figures raised to 57.2 percent and 56 percent respectively. Unquestionably, it clearly indicates changes and tremendous growth we have achieved in this direction.

Secondly, as a result of our targeted work, aimed at the development of children's sports, the quantity of sports types, in which our children are regularly involved, has been increasing. For example, the children of a given age attended classes in 43 kinds of sports in 2005, currently they are engaged in 59 sports, which reflects significant growth not only quantitative but also qualitative progress in this area.

The fact that our children are regularly engaged in such new sports like gymnastics, swimming, synchronized swimming, tennis, taekwondo, judo, karate, water polo, rowing, and taking part in prestigious continental and world competitions, climbing to the highest step of the podium, gives each of us special joy and delight, said President of Uzbekistan.

Previously, we could not even dream about such modern swimming pools, tennis courts or gym halls which operate in our country today. For example, previously, talking about swimming, we imagined only swimming in ditches or channels which do not meet elementary sanitary requirements. As a result, the cases of serious diseases rose among the population, especially children. Uzbekistan among the republics of the former Soviet Union had the highest maternal and child mortality rates, which is well known from our recent history.

Because of this very difficult situation that we have inherited from the colonial system, in 2000 about 6 thousand out of 100 thousand children suffered from acute respiratory viral infections, 576 from pneumonia, 449 from bronchitis, 310 from scoliosis.

As a result, we carried out extensive work on the progressive realization of economic, social, domestic, medical and other measures, systematic development of children's sports. The incidence of acute respiratory viral infections among children aged 6-15 years, involved in sports, declined by 47.3%, pneumonia by 55.6%, bronchitis by 61.7%, scoliosis by 45.5%, which delight us all as we have achieved an important result, Islam Karimov said. Every parent sees such positive changes on the example of his family, his children, and is deeply aware of the impact and importance of sports in this direction.

Thirdly, it is also necessary to highlight our efforts on attracting girls to sport. The indicators in 2005 were 24%, including in rural areas 22%. It is gratifying that today 47% of girls, including 44.7% in rural areas regularly engage in sports.

Looking at cross-regional data for 2015, we can see that the number of girls, engaged in sports in Fergana region was 47.6%, in Namangan region – 47.5%, Samarkand and Khorezm regions – 47.4%, which surely deserve special attention.

We must further continue this work, said President Islam Karimov. Looking at girls, we see future mothers who will give life and educate future generations – the hope and support of our people. That is, if a girl is healthy and happy, her family and children will also be healthy and happy. Healthy and happy family leads to prosperous and healthy society. We should never forget about it.

We paid particular attention to training women coaches, adopted special regulations, in order to raise the interest of girls in sports, to promote sports among them. All of these measures are yielding results today. Previously it was very difficult to find mentors in the field of sports. In rural areas, it was even impossible.

With all this in mind, a new, effective system of motivation of highly qualified sports coaches, including female coaches has been implemented in our country, which is yielding its results. The fact that the number of coaches and sports mentors in 2015 compared with 2005 has increased by 1.5 times, including women-trainers by 3.8 times is a bright indication of our achievements.

Fourthly, a noble work aimed at ensuring the future of our children also finds its practical incarnation in the physical growth and development of the younger generation, Islam Karimov said. For example, currently the share of 14-year old boys, whose rates of growth satisfy the standards of the World Health Organization, constitutes 97.9% in Tashkent, 97.6% in Namangan region, 97.1% in Kashkadarya region, 96.8% in Bukhara region, 94.2% for the whole country. In other words, the height of our boys and girls at the age of 14 over the last ten years on average has increased by 2.8 centimeters.

Another important result, accomplished in this direction can be seen in the fact that the number of boys fits for military service rose from 63.4% in 2000 to 86.3% in 2015, their height increased by 5.9 centimeters and averaged 171.7 cm, the weight went up for 6.2 kg. to an average of 67.8 kg.

Fifthly, it is obvious that regular engagement in sports form a healthy worldview in our children, strengthen their will, create a solid basis for the formation of their masculine personalities, able to bravely overcome various challenges and difficulties. The most important thing that sports-minded children will not succumb to the negative effects of alien destructive ideas, Islam Karimov said.

Currently, our youth spend their meaningful free time in modern football fields, built in towns and villages. Such work is yielding results. Our life, consciousness, the attitude towards ourselves, our health, future are changing, and the role of sports in this process along with many other positive factors is great, said the President of our country.

Sixth, it’s not a secret for anyone that sports, along with the promotion of health, is also a huge factor in the glorification of any country, any state in the world. Successes and victories, achieved by our sportsmen in international competitions stir feelings of pride and admiration, even stronger love for the Motherland in our hearts.

Our ancient history, rich culture has had many great thinkers, invincible commanders, wrestlers, and we are very proud of them today. Our youth today reaches high heights in all spheres as a worthy successor to such great ancestors, including in sports, raising on the highest step of the podium in the world, increasing the sense of pride and honor of our people.

Our talented athletes are demonstrating through their great victories on the international arenas that the youth of Uzbekistan are not inferior to anyone in no way.

It will suffice to cite the following facts: last year alone 1668 of our athletes, including 567 girls participated in 165 international competitions, won 983 medals, young talents – the talented musicians and performers won 137 prize-winning places and 76 of them were awarded the Grand Prix and first places at prestigious international competitions.

Our children, who reach such lofty goals, may be considered as worthy representatives of millions of young men and women of Uzbekistan. Such youth is an example for thousands and thousands of peers, encouraging them to achieve big goals, said the head of state.

Islam Karimov emphasized that in the process of manufacturing sports equipment and sportswear it is necessary to pay attention to the quality, convenience, and their compliance with international standards. It is also important to establish licensing procedure for the manufacture of sports stock, developing a competitive environment in this sphere.

The head of state particularly noted the need for a more extensive attraction of girls to physical education and sports, creation of favorable conditions for them in swimming pools, improving the activity of the women's committees.

Seventh, the role of music education, introduction to art, in line with the sports are of great importance in the formation of physically healthy and harmoniously developed personalities. If the physical culture and sport bring up the will of a person, strengthen their health, music gives them spiritual food, enriches the inner world and forms the most delicate feelings.

No doubt, a person who loves music is far from evil and ignorance. Therefore, along with the construction of children's sports facilities as a priority, we also should attach great importance to the construction of children's schools of music and art.

If to analyze the preliminary results of our work on the example of rural areas of the country, it becomes obvious that we have implemented noteworthy significant work, Islam Karimov said.

At present 191 children's schools of music and art have been built in 157 rural districts of the country.

We are all glad that such institutions, built on a completely new basis, serve to the formation of independently thinking young generation who have mastered modern knowledge and professions, who will build a great future of Uzbekistan thanks to its tremendous creative and intellectual potential.

The nation, which educates such youth and have set before itself these great goals, will never deviate from chosen path, and will definitely achieve these objectives, said the President of our country.

The announcement of the year 2016 as the Year of a Healthy Mother and Child is widely supported by all people.

In this sense, it is no exaggeration to say that this year will mark a new phase in the activities of the Fund for development of children's sports.

Sports is most important and strong factor in the education of harmoniously developed generation and continues to be so. Sports is, first and foremost, a healthy generation, healthy future. Only healthy people, healthy nation are capable to great accomplishments, Islam Karimov said.

Enhancing the role of physical education and sports in forming a healthy generation, further strengthening the material-technical base and personnel potential on the basis of international standards, and most importantly, engagement of every child and every family to the sports should remain one of our most important tasks, said the head of state.

First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Minister of Finance R.Azimov, Deputy Prime Minister B.Zokirov, Deputy Minister of Public Education – Executive Director of the Fund for the Development of Children’s Sports E.Iskandarov, heads of a range of ministries and agencies as well as hokims of regions spoke on the issues discussed.

Corresponding decisions were adopted on the issues deliberated at the meeting.



Zakhiriddin Muhammad Babur

Uzbekistan celebrates the birthday of the great poet and educator, a talented military leader and statesman Zakhiriddin Muhammad Babur on February 14. He made a significant contribution to the development of world science and art.

 “Kabul divans” and “Indian divans” (poetic collections), memoirs “Baburnama” and his other works had a decisive influence on the formation of the Uzbek literary and artistic thought. The scientific works of Babur allowed creating a comprehensive view of geography, ethnography, flora and fauna of Central Asia, Afghanistan, India at the end of 15th - beginning of 16th centuries.

Zakhiriddin Babur was born in 1483 in Andijan, when he was 12 he became the ruler of Ferghana. He founded a centralized state in 1526 in India, which lasted more than three centuries. Babur ruled this empire only five years, but during this period, he held numerous progressive reforms: prospered Agra and Delhi, built palaces on the banks of Yamuna river, cut taxes, upgraded the water supply system.

Among the scientific works of Babur “Treatise on aruz” is of particular importance; the work is devoted to the study of philological poetry foundations. “Baburnama” is considered rightly as the pinnacle of his creativity, a work which depicted historical events, outstanding personalities, and natural scenery. In addition, it is a kind of encyclopedia, containing scientific information on many aspects of life of that era. Also “Baburname” used tradition and other elements of folklore, is about descriptions of traditions and rituals.

Uzbek people are proud of the outstanding poet and brilliant scientist Babur’s masterpieces, which still are the link of cultural relations between the peoples of Central Asia, Afghanistan and India. In these countries, subject of hundreds of scientific and literary works, movies are dedicated to our ingenious countryman.

The poet’s script works are kept in museums of France, Britain, the United States and other countries. For example, a unique copy of the work “Vakoyi-i-Baburi” was discovered in Iran, which includes “Mubayin”, a treatise on Islamic jurisprudence. The manuscript, accompanied by commentary and a Persian translation, served as the object of further research as an example of calligraphy and book art. Unknown lists of Babur’s divans manuscript were previously found in the funds of Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad (India).

As a result of Uzbek and foreign scientists’ joint scientific and practical research, copies of the principal manuscripts of our illustrious ancestor’s works were delivered to Uzbekistan, so “Paris list of Babur’s divans”, album “Miniatures for “Baburname” – a winner at international book fairs, “Treatise on aruz” and many others were published here.

Independence gave us unlimited opportunities to explore deeper and fuller precious facets of Zahiriddin Muhammad Babur’s creativity, to make his heritage a property of the international community.


The Uzbek model of development – basis of the country's prosperity

Selection of development path, most loyal to our country and known worldwide as the Uzbek model, was an important milestone in the history of independent Uzbekistan.

It led to a follow-up processes of large-scale work towards achieving political and economic independence, a new stage in the history of national statehood.

The basis of this model of building a democratic state and civil society have laid down five principles of transition to a market economy. Priority of economy over politics, placing the state as main reformer, rule of law, strong social policy, phased and evolutionary reforms are among them.

In order to ensure the effectiveness of this approach, it is necessary to trace achievements of our country over the years of sovereign development.

Thus, thanks to the gradual implementation of reforms Uzbekistan became the first among CIS countries to overcome the decline of 90s, and in 1996 achieved positive economic growth, which has been accelerated dramatically in recent years not due to favorable world prices for raw materials, but on the sound basis of diversifying economy, implementation of structural reforms and active investment policy.

The country has achieved dramatic changes in dynamics and structure of economy, development of production and export capacity, social sphere, level and quality of life. Suffice it to say that between 1990 and 2014 republic‘s GDP at purchasing power parity increased by 6.3 times – from 27.1 up to 171.416 billion US dollars, and its growth rates over 11 years remain at around 8%.

The national economy has changed quantitatively and qualitatively. The proportion of industries and services has been consistently increased in the structure of GDP. The indicators, respectively, 17.6% and 33.8% in 1990, then it reached 33.5% and 54.5% in 2015. In turn, through the optimization of structure of sown areas and increase in productivity, efficient use of modern technologies in agriculture, the share of agricultural sector gradually decreased from 33.4% in 1991 to 16.6% in 2015. At the same time country achieved enormous progress in the sphere of food security. Today, republic's agriculture not only covers domestic demand for food products, but also provides significant expansion of export capacity.

We must not forget that in the last twenty years the world economy has experienced a number of shocks, including - the global financial crisis of 1997-1998, many sharp declines in stock and commodity markets, as well as the global financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 and lasted until present. However, even in these difficult conditions, our economy has demonstrated its reliability and resilience to external shocks, while implementation of timely and targeted anti-crisis program has created new opportunities for modernization of production and increase of competitiveness of exporters.

Implementation of measures provided for this program, along with a solid economic foundation established during the previous years, has ensured sustainable development of Uzbek economy in 2008 and first quarter of 2009, when GDP grew by 7.9%. Thus, results of reforms became more vivid in conditions of global financial and economic crisis in other countries, and these glorious achievements today attract a growing interest of world expert and business community.

It should be noted that the basis of Uzbek model also include issues related to development of social sphere, further increase in level and quality of life. Social regulation not only provides protection of vulnerable populations, but also mitigates income differentiation processes, process of property separation between social groups.

According to President’s report on the results of socio-economic development in 2015 and the major priorities for 2016, in current year 59.1% of total State budget expenditure will be allocated for social sphere, including for education – 33.7%, for healthcare – 14%. At the same time the costs of current maintenance and development of education sector will be increased against the previous year by 16.3%, healthcare - at 16%.

The state allocates considerable resources to implement the policy of care for the welfare of citizens. This can be seen in allocation of State budget. In 1990 only 31% of spending was directed to finance the social sphere, in 2015 this figure totaled 59.2%.

Today, another strategic priority for the modern development of Uzbekistan is to ensure the formation of even more favorable investment climate and business environment for doing business.

In addition, based on experience of developed countries and entrepreneurship, handicrafts traditions inherent to our people, the state is focusing on the development of small business and private entrepreneurship. This rapidly developing sector, which in 2015 ensured the production of 56.7% of GDP, is playing rightly a leading role in dynamic development of Uzbekistan.

Thus, in 2015 investments in equivalent of 15.8 billion US dollars has been drawn and disbursed from all financing sources, which demonstrated an increase of 9.5% against 2014. At the same time more than 3.3 billion US dollars, or over 21% of all investments – were foreign investments, of which foreign direct investments amounted to 73%.

It is important to emphasize that the validity and correctness of another important aspect of their own development model, which consists in defining the role of state in implementation of reforms, confirmed today, is observed even in developed countries, increasing the state's role in regulating the economy, taking place in connection with global financial and economic crisis.

 Rustam Rakhimov

Jahon Information Agency

Uzbek agriculture: progress and achievements

Saturation of the domestic food market, achievement of production self-sufficiency in domestic market and food security are priority directions of development of agricultural sector, which is an important sector of Uzbekistan’s economy. Effective implementation of these tasks will allow solving such pressing social issues as employment of population, their well-being, urban and rural development.

Over the years of independence Uzbekistan's agricultural policy went through significant changes. State’s and collective sectors’ agricultural enterprises were abolished. Instead of them they have established farmer enterprises who have implemented advanced technology management. This allowed it to diversify the agricultural sector, to develop animal husbandry, poultry farming, fish farming, horticulture, gardening and beekeeping.

Currently, more than 67,800 farms operate in the country. Their activities are regulated by the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On farmer enterprise" and President’s Resolution "On measures for further improvement of the organization and the development of farming in Uzbekistan".

Last year, our country has developed more than 17,500 farms and more than 250 thousand new jobs. The largest number of farms established in Tashkent, Jizzakh, Namangan, Samarkand, Kashkadarya, Ferghana, Andijan regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

The introduction of system of preferential crediting of agricultural projects and expanding service networks in rural areas became real support for farmers through the supply of fuel and lubricants, biological and chemical fertilizers, plant protection products, seeds and others.

Since late 90s the country achieved stable growth of agricultural sector, constituting an annual 6-7 percent Over 24 years, the volume of agricultural products increased more than twice. This, in turn, allowed saturating the market and increasing the consumption of basic foodstuffs several times. For example, last year, it is grown 12.592 million tons of vegetables, including potatoes, 1.85 million tons of melons, 1.556 million tons of grapes, 2.731 million tons of fruits.

The average yield of wheat in the country reached 55 quintals per hectare, and in some areas it totaled 60-77 quintals per hectare, which is a great success of our farmers. Their invaluable contribution to replenishment of treasury of our country have made and cotton growers of the country, brought together more than 3 million 350 thousand tons of raw sugar. In 2015, total volume of agricultural production increased by almost 7 percent.

High yields were provided mainly due to intensification of agricultural production, improvement of selection and implementation of recognized varieties of cotton and cereal crops, development of modern agricultural technologies.

Along with this, high quality structural changes in agriculture in the next four years. In particular, planned gradual reduction of the volume of production and procurement of raw cotton from 3 million 350 thousand tons to 3 million tons. This will free up about 170,500 hectares of irrigated land where cotton yield does not exceed 12-15 quintals per hectare, while yields in the country an average of 26.1 quintals per hectare. As a result, fruit and vegetables will be sown and planted on unleashed cotton fields.

As noted at the final meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, up to 2020 it is provided to bring the production volumes of cereal crops up to 8.5 million tons with an increase of 16.4 percent, to increase potato production by 35 percent, other vegetables - by 30 percent, fruits and grapes - by 21.5 percent, meat - by 26.2 percent, milk - by 47.3 percent, eggs - by 74.5 percent, fish - 2.5 times. At the same time significantly increase the volume of exports of these types of food.

Increase in productivity of agricultural crops puts in the forefront further industrialization of agriculture and processing of this raw material base, establishment of appropriate infrastructure to ensure preservation of quality of harvest. Thanks to the selfless work of all rural workers in 2015 built and refurbished 230 enterprises in industrial processing of agricultural products, commissioned 114 new cold stores with a capacity 77,800 tons. Thus, the total capacity of storage of fruits and vegetables increased to 832 thousand tons. This helps to ensure the population on a regular basis in agricultural products, increasing their exports and maintain price stability.

However, special attention is paid to the welfare of rural workers, creation of favorable living conditions that meet the modern requirements, improvement of quality of housing and communal services.

As a result of implementation of State Program for construction of rural individual housing on standard projects for 2009 – 2013, in 159 rural areas 1248 new complex residential areas have been created, where more than 33.5 thousand modern and comfortable individual houses have been built on an area of more than 4.6 million square meters. 1677 kilometers of water supply networks, 1,039 kilometers of electric grids, 1346 kilometers of gas supply networks and 981 kilometers of roads have been put into operation, as well as more than a thousand objects of social and market infrastructure.

In the current year, 13 thousand individual houses in 305 residential communities will be built in the republic. In the process of construction of new residential communities 300.5 kilometers of water networks, 296.3 kilometers of electric networks, 307.5 kilometers of gas networks, 264.8 kilometers of access roads will be constructed. Here will be built 175 objects of social and market infrastructure, including 35 guzars, 25 shopping malls, 34 markets, 36 bakeries, 39 complexes of consumer services and 6 mini-banks.

Implementation of these and other projects in rural area, of course, will enhance the welfare of population, and as a result will lead to further development of agriculture and growth of productivity in this area.

Jahon Information Agency

 ICT an important factor of national progress

From the first days of independence Uzbekistan has paid great attention to the comprehensive development of information and communication technologies and their wide application in all spheres of life of state and society.

Over a short period the authorities created the legal framework conducive to further formation and progress of market of IT-technologies.

In particular, in 1992 the Law "On telecommunications" was adopted, which established general principles of progressive promotion of the industry. Issues of ICT legal regulation received further development in the Law "On information" dated December 11, 2003. President's Resolutions "On measures for further implementation and development of modern information and communication technologies" dated March 21, 2012 and "On further development of computerization and introduction of information and communication technologies" dated May 30, 2002, became important documents in this direction.

At present the Complex program of development of National information and communication system of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2013-2020 is being implemented. This program was approved by President's Resolution dated June 27, 2013.

Making a statement at enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the socio-economic development in 2015 and the most important priorities of economic program for 2016, President Islam Karimov noted that in today's conditions in the era of Internet and electronics, the widespread introduction of information and communication technologies in the fields of economy, radical acceleration of creation of system "Electronic government" are of priority significance. As the head of our state underlined, development of ICT has a direct impact on the level of competitiveness of the country, allows you to collect and summarize vast amounts of information, offers great opportunities for management at strategic level.

The task of regular improving of the governance, strengthening the capacity of IT-industry was entrusted to the Ministry for development of information technologies and communications, created by the Resolution of the Head of our state dated February 4, 2015. In addition, since 2002 a Centre for development and introduction of computer and information technologies UZINFOCOM operates, which assists in the development and implementation of national programs of computerization and introduction of ICT in all sectors of public administration, economic and social spheres.

Over the past years, the country carried out systematic work on development of Internet, mobile communications and other areas, on formation of high-tech base of modernization of national economy.

The basis for development of ICT in Uzbekistan is the telecommunications infrastructure.

The current stage of development of telecommunications technologies, networks and communication infrastructure of the country is characterized by expansion of fixed and mobile broadband access, increase of switching centers for data transfer and voice traffic, modernization of trunk lines, as well as creation of infrastructure for development of multimedia services.

Over the past 20 years in many regions of the country more than 2,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables have been laid. They are designed for broadband access to modern technology and provision of converged services such as video telephony, high-speed Internet, watching HDTV-channels and others. Due to the measures taken in 2015, the overall rate of use of international information networks increased by 42.3% compared to 2014 and amounted to 15.5 Gb/s.

Today, all mobile operators operating in our country, consistently introduce the fourth generation network 4G LTE, which allows to handle a large volume of information on Internet quickly and efficiently, download and view video streaming and high-quality photos, use online applications in education purposes and for business. All of these technologies enable Internet users in Uzbekistan to expand their usual ability to work with ICT.

In 2014-2015 Program of development of broadband access networks on Wi-Fi technology has been implemented successfully in the Republic of Uzbekistan. As a result of comprehensive measures at airports, railway stations, places of frequent-stay travelers, parks, shopping malls and other public places of the capital and each administrative center of republic Wi-Fi points have been created.

The high development rates of national Internet segment should be separately noted. Uzbekistan has 10.2 million web users. According to UZINFOCOM center, in January 2016 the number of websites in the UZ zone exceeded 25 thousand, while growth totaled more than 30% compared to same period of last year.

The use of ICT and software products in the management and production processes plays a major role in the development of sectors of the economy and the domestic industry. For instance, in 2014-2015 in the framework of a special state program 86 projects have been realized in order to introduce information systems in large joint-stock companies, associations and organizations totaling more than 330 billion soums.

Particular attention is paid to development of national market of software products.

In order to stimulate domestic programmers the National register of software developers has been created, which already included 69 companies. A directory of software manufacturers has been developed that provides necessary information to citizens and businesses.

According to the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to further strengthen the incentives of domestic software developers" dated September 20, 2013 new benefits and preferences for members of software industry were introduced. Thus, they are exempt from customs duties for imported equipment for their own use, components, parts, technical documentation and software until January 1, 2017.

It is known that interactive public services are of particular importance in protection of human rights and freedoms, saving time and expenditures for obtaining necessary information and services.

A consistent work on formation of "Electronic government" is carried out in the country. The activity of the Governmental portal of the Republic of Uzbekistan ( and the The single portal of interactive state services (SPISS), located on the Internet at, has been established.

Functional of SPISS expands dynamically, 235 kinds of interactive services are being rendered through it. Over the past five years this system received in total more than 200 thousand electronic applications of citizens and businessmen. Making an online appointment with the heads of government agencies, receipt of information on their activities, various inquiries and sending requests became popular. In January 2015, the portal has launched a new system for discussion of draft legal acts related to business activities, and evaluation of existing documents. To date, 80 draft laws have been discussed through this system, 9 of them have been improved taking into account the opinions of citizens. At this time, the discussion of more than 20 legal acts continues.

Information system E-Sud for electronic proceedings is functioning effectively since 2004. Through its implementation, procedures such as keeping registration books, document management within court, direction of judicial notifications and procedural acts, familiarization of sides with case are completely automated now.

All educational institutions of the republic are connected to ZiyoNET network, which is functioning since 2005.

In the library of portal, which was updated in 2014, has more than 75 thousand units of informative-educational resources, including textbooks, dissertations, research papers and others.

As part of implementation of resolution of Head of our state "On measures on further improvement of foreign language learning system" dated December 10, 2012, "Foreign Languages" section has been created on ZiyoNET, which includes over four thousand materials such as textbooks, interactive lessons, games, relevant video and audio.

The country regularly hosts major events dedicated to the development of hi-tech industry.

In particular, Week of information and communication technologies ICTWeek Uzbekistan is being held since 2004.  Traditionally it is opened with national exhibition of information technologies ICTExpo, which takes place once in two cities - Tashkent and Samarkand. The exhibition presents existing and future forms of ICT-based services, oriented to business community and authorities, and general population. Among the important events of the week - The Forum for Information and Communication Technologies ICTForum, wh ere representatives of leading companies, industry experts and foreign experts discuss state and prospects of progress in this sphere.

As part of the week conferences BestSoft Uzbekistan are also being held, during which they demonstrate the latest achievements of software developers, and e-Government Uzbekistan dedicated to the strategic objectives in the field of "e-government", results of implemented projects, exchange of experience and ideas in this direction.

Training of personnel in the development of ICT sector is topical.

Currently, major domestic centers of integration of education, science and industry - Tashkent State Technical University (TSTU) and Tashkent University of Information Technologies (TUIT) - train specialists in technical direction and for IT sector. In 2013, TUIT opened two new master's direction - management of the system "Electronic Government", and library science. At the same time, these universities carry out scientific research on the basis of active cooperation with leading industrial enterprises of the country.

From October 1, 2014 the branch of the prestigious South Korean Inha University began its activity in Tashkent. Professionals in areas such as computer and software engineering, computer network engineering are trained here.

Thus, the domestic IT-industry is developing successfully, joint ventures are being created, new software projects are being developed and implemented, Internet is gaining more space. Ongoing consistent measures in this direction contribute to further development of information society in Uzbekistan and its integration into the global information space.


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The pride of Uzbek people

Alisher Navoi was one of great people, who has had a profound effect on formation of people’s spirituality. If we call him great holy man, he is the most holy among the saints, if we name him the thinker, he is the best among them, if to name him a poet, then he is King among the poets.

Islam Karimov,

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan


February 9 is the birthday of Alisher Navoi, the glorious son of the Uzbek people. This date is annually widely celebrated in all cities and regions of the country. In Tashkent, the poet’s admirers, as usual on this day, will gather at the foot of the majestic monument to Alisher Navoi, which is located in the National Park of Uzbekistan named after him, to pay tribute to the great ancestors.

The biography of the talented poet and an outstanding thinker has long attracted the attention of many historians and orientalists and literary critics. The whole works are dedicated to its research; even schools of Navoi stydies are established. But the relevance of the study is not reduced over the time, because every Navoi’s work deserves volume analysis. His poetics is extremely interesting, diverse with techniques and attitudes are an unusually progressive.

He was born in 1441, Herat, one of the main cultural centers of the East at that time, and since childhood absorbed the beauty and refinement of literary language Farsi, Alisher very early realized his mission to become the founder of Uzbek literature. While studying at school, he was fond of reading poetry, especially admiring the lines of Saadi’s “Gulistan” and “Bustan” and Farid ud-DinAttar’s poem “The conversation of the birds."

The future governor of Khorasan Hussein Baykara was among Navoi’s schoolmates, who came to power in 1469. The years of his reign were a time of flourishing of Uzbek literature. The Sultan himself contributed a lot to it; he was a poet, author of interesting gazelles. Since that time, a new stage in the life of Navoi had begun. He was actively involved in the country’s political life. At the same year, the governor of Khorasan appointed Navoi to the position of Keeper of the state’s seals (muhrdar), and Vizier in 1472. Being on this position, he made a great contribution to cultural and scientific intelligentsia of the country.

The poet on his savings erected over a hundred objects in Herat and other cities, including madrassas, mosques, baths, bridges, khanaka, hospitals, bazars, developed many of the streets. The great poet, a wise statesman was fully connected with the people only and lived with his dreams and concerns. In particular, he directed most of the own funds to charity.

In 1487-1489 years, Alisher Navoi had served as head of the city Astrabad then returned to Herat. Since then, a new era began in the poet’s life; he was more concerned with creativity. The bulk of his works was created during this period.

Navoi wrote his greatest work “Hamsa” (“Quinary”), which consists of five poems – “Abrar ul-Khairat” (“The confusion of the righteous”), “Farhad va Shirin” (“Farhad and Shirin”) “Layli va Majnun”, “Sabai Sayar” (“Seven Planets”) and “Saddi Iskandari” (“Wall of Iskandar”) in 1483-1485. They were created on the basis of tradition hamsawriting - creating Pyateritca (five poems). Navoi’s “Hamsa” became the first work in this genre, created in Turkic language. He proved that you can create a dimensional work in the Turkic language.

Navoi tried almost all popular genres of the East literature, and showed that he had his voice and style. Alisher Navoi lifted Uzbek literature to a new high pedestal through his poetry. In 1498, he compiled a collection of his poems entitled “Hazain al-Mahon” (“Treasury of thoughts”). All the poems of this collection have a volume of more than 50 000 lines.

Treatises “Muhakamat-ul-Lugatayn” and “Mizan al-Awzan” are considered as Priceless scientific works of Navoi, in which he examined versification, linguistics, and then on the basis of his research convincingly proved the Turkic language’s benefits and richness. Navoi also created scientific works. They include the works of literary criticism “Majalis al-nafais” (“Collection of refined”), “Mezan al-Awzan” (“Libra size”) on the theory aruz, “Mufradat” on the theory of muamma genre. He also wrote treatises on historical subject “Tarixi muluki Ajam” (“History of Iranian kings”) and “Tarixi anbiya va hukam” (“History of the prophets and the sages”). The latest work of Navoi is “Mahbub ul-qulub” which expressed his views on social and political topics.

Thus, Alisher Navoi was the first outstanding poet who discovered colorful, unusually shaped world, the world of the Uzbek language, its richness and elegance. This world was captured in considerable legacy of poet and thinker - nearly 30 poetry collections, major poems, prose, and scientific treatises.

Alisher Navoi’s creativity is still of interest throughout the world, it is evidenced by the works of the great poet which are ctranslated into English, French, German and many other languages. Deep philosophy of his work, rich in metaphor, a variety of poetic images attract the fans of literature. In other words, the secret of undying fame of Navoi’s works lies in their high artistic level.

During the years of independence, Uzbekistan has paid special attention to the detailed study of the poet, publishing his works. At the initiative of the Head of State the Year of Alisher Navoi was declared in 1991. The complete works of the poet were published in twenty volumes. Numerous majestic monuments of our ancestor were built over the past period in the country and abroad. A large number of international conferences, devoted to the works of Alisher Navoi were held in the republic, as well as in the countries such as France, Belgium, Japan, Russia, USA, Germany, Kazakhstan and many others

Muhammad Ali,

Chairman of Writers’ Union of Uzbekistan,

 People’s writer of Uzbekistan

The great Uzbek poet revered worldwide

From the first days of independence under the leadership of President Islam Karimov Uzbekistan carries out extensive work on revival and enhancement of national values, to perpetuate memory of our great ancestors, who made an invaluable contribution to world civilization, study and promotion of their rich heritage. A prominent Uzbek poet, thinker, statesman Nizamiddin Mir Alisher Navoi occupies a special place in their series.

Such high qualities, as equity, mutual acceptance and generosity, respect for parents, compassion and desire to help the needy, friendship between the peoples, contribution to prosperity of the motherland, education of the young generation as harmoniously developed person find their place on the current stage of development of our country, in particular during ongoing socio-economic, spiritual and educational reforms.

As President Islam Karimov noted in his book "High spirituality is an invincible force", the history of world literature knows few such poets as Alisher Navoi, who earnestly expressed all the joys and sorrows of human soul, humanity and essence of life. Love to the native language, a sense of awareness of its immense wealth and greatness are formed in us primarily due to the works of Navoi. The more our people, young people will become involved in this priceless heritage, the more successful will be the process of forming good humanistic qualities in society.

His works have been widely studied in secondary schools, colleges and high schools, universities, serve as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for composers, musicians and artists. New songs on ghazals (poems) of poet, literary and artistic works, devoted to his art are represented for attention of our people. This plays an important role in educating younger generation in spirit of patriotism, dedication, sense of belonging to the fate of the Motherland.

Extant literary heritage of Alisher Navoi is large and varied – nearly 30 books of poetry, poems, scientific works and poetic treatises that fully reveal the spiritual life in Central Asia at the end of 15th century. In the years of independence his complete works in 20 volumes published in our country.

The peak of creativity of Navoi is considered to be the famous "Khamsa" ("Quinary") - a collection of five poems "Confusion of righteous", "Leyli and Majnun", "Farhad and Shirin", "Seven Planets", "Iskander’s Wall" based on the national epic - popular at that time the form of exposition of philosophical and artistic outlook. This monumental epic cycle is considered to be an invaluable example of Uzbek classical literature, which became a great monument of world literature.

Another undoubted contribution was Alisher Navoi’s introduction of old Uzbek language along with Persian in creativity of literary men. Before him no one has written in this language, believing that it’s too rough for poetry. Thus, the work of the poet has had an undeniable impact on development of not only Uzbekistan, but also on other Turkic-speaking literatures.

The fact that National Library of Uzbekistan, State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet, Institute of Language and Literature under Academy of Sciences, Museum of Literature, a leading industrial center - city of Navoi, station of subway, streets and neighborhoods have been named after Alisher Navoi testifies that our country carefully honor the memory of this great son of Uzbek people.

In addition, in accordance with Resolution of President of our country "On measures to encourage students of Uzbekistan", a scholarship named after Alisher Navoi has been established for talented senior students of humanitarian faculties with excellent performance and participating in creative work.

Merits of brilliant Uzbek poet have been assessed adequately not only by our people, but by entire enlightened world, which widely celebrates 575-anniversary of his birth in these days. Works of Alisher Navoi are truly precious pearl of world treasury of knowledge. They still provoke genuine interest in the world, which is evidenced by works of poet translated into English, French, German and many other languages.

In various countries out of respect for memory of poet his monuments have been built, once again emphasizing the global importance of a rich spiritual heritage of our great ancestors, great creative potential of the Uzbek people. At present time, in recognition of outstanding thinker the streets in Almaty, Baku and Ashgabat, Prospect in Kiev are holding his name. A crater on Mercury is named after him. Monuments of outstanding poet set up in Moscow, Tokyo, Baku, Osh, bas-relief in Mazar-e Sharif.

In order to further study and microfilming of manuscript monuments of Uzbek literature, namely to identify the works of Alisher Navoi, State Museum of Literature and Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan organized scientific expeditions and trips to the most famous storerooms of the world.

Thus, from the libraries of France and England brought photocopies of the rare instances of literary heritage "Kulliyat" of Alisher Navoi, as well as artistically decorated manuscripts of his works. Miniatures for books of Navoi published by scientists have been awarded medals at international book fairs. In addition, as a result of archaeographic expeditions to foreign countries copies of manuscripts of works of Uzbek literature brought from National Library of France, British Museum, libraries "Indiana Office" and "Bodlenskoy", Windsor Royal Library and Library of University of Oxford, book funds of Afghanistan, India, Iran, Turkey and United States, including works of Alisher Navoi, which today are the heritage of Uzbek people.

Thus, the world of images and feelings of Alisher Navoi spiritualized poetry of many peoples, especially the Uzbek literature, the first great representative of which he was. After several centuries, his works remain attractive and relevant, so far as ideological basis of his creativity present humanism, justice, thoughts and aspirations of happy life for all people, faith in mind and progress.

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Trips to Uzbekistan are joyful and interesting

Our country represents a rich world for tourists. A unique location at the crossroads of the Silk Road is an important factor in the dynamic development of this sector in Uzbekistan, as well as the fact that the country has more than 7,000 monuments of different epochs and civilizations, many of which are included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

Only in one of Samarkand - the capital of the great state of Amir Temur - focused a lot of attractions, which are famous today around the world. Architectural ensemble Registan, Ulugbek observatory, famous mausoleum of Amir Temur, Bibi Khanum Mosque have become city's decoration. This mausoleum was built by the order of Amir Temur, who is considered one of the finest examples of medieval architecture of the East.

Sacred Bukhara is not inferior to Samarkand's abundance and importance of historical monuments and places of worship

Majestic minarets, mosques and madrassas, bazaars and shopping domes, havuz-pools and areas are witnessing 2500 year history of Bukhara. Along with it Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez with equally rich centuries-old history and unique architectural masterpieces, has roused the admiration of ancestors and contemporaries.

Since independence Uzbekistan has developed radically new principles of state policy in the sphere of tourism. Thus, July 27, 1992 according to Resolution of the President Islam Karimov, National Company "Uzbektourism" has been created. This company was entrusted with the task of implementing state policy in this direction, formation of a national model of tourism development.

In 1999 the Law "On Tourism" was adopted. Its main purpose is legal regulation of relations in the field of hospitality sector and protection of the rights and legitimate interests of travelers and subjects of this sector.

In subsequent years, more than 30 laws were adopted on the basis of this document.

In addition, the country has accepted and executed sequentially target state and regional programs of development of the tourism industry. In particular, in the period of 1999-2005 the state program of development of tourism in Uzbekistan was implemented. In recent years regional programs to support leisure industry in Tashkent, Kashkadarya, Khorezm and other regions were implemented successfully.

Over the past period Uzbekistan gained image of the country with a dynamically developing modern tourist infrastructure

In the country many new luxury hotels have been built, including nation-wide network of type B&B, which can provide high level of service for foreign guests. Along with major hotels, providing services under the world-renowned brands such as Radisson, Lotte, Ramada, Wyndham, in the capital and regions of Uzbekistan created a network of private institutions for small groups and family tourists.

Airports in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgench, Navoi and Fergana have been modernized. Today there are 11 international air harbors in Uzbekistan. National air carrier "Uzbekistan Airways" has the most modern airliners, Boeing and Airbus, which carry out regular flights to over 50 cities of Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. This year, National Airlines expects replenishment in its fleet with two new-generation airliners Boeing-787 Dreamliner, which will be an important step in raising the level of quality of travel services provided by our country.

Tourists have the opportunity to get to attractions and means of rail transport

In 2011 between Tashkent and Samarkand started to run high-speed train Afrosiyob produced by Spanish company PATENTES TALGO S.L. In 2015 Afrosiyob started going to Karshi - administrative center of Kashkadarya region. Convenience and comfort of this train is noted both by foreign guests and local passengers.

Uzbekistan has created favorable conditions for businesses involved in the provision of tourism services. According to 2015 data, there are 1279 tourist organizations in the country, in particular, 548 hotels, hostels and campgrounds, 731 travel companies.

In recent years, new types of travel were introduced, including ecotourism, geotourism, extreme, health and cultural areas, as well as mountain climbing, rafting, fishing. In this process, the features and capabilities of each region are being taken into account. For example, in areas with few historic monuments develop ecotourism, geotourism, traveling off-road, in mountainous areas - extreme tours. Implementing a project on restoration of objects of cultural heritage, construction and reconstruction of tourist facilities, the development of new routes of ancient monuments and picturesque places.

The results of the reforms appear in a sequential increase in the number of travelers to the country. They delight not only the natural beauty of our region, its rich history, diverse culture and beautiful historical monuments, but also centuries-old traditions of Uzbek people, its warm hospitality, and of course, unrivaled cuisine.

Domestic tourism is also developing increasingly due to the growth of incomes of population of Uzbekistan and improvement of infrastructure of leisure industry. Every year millions of our fellow citizens travel around the country, where convenient transport facilities, comfortable hotels and high level of service is created.

In order to further increase the tourist flow, Uzbekistan is actively developing cooperation with many countries of the world

In this context, intergovernmental and interagency agreements with a number of foreign countries have been signed. Cooperation with specialized international organizations in the field of tourism is no less important.

In particular, since 1993, Uzbekistan is a member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which unites more than 150 countries. Since 2004, Regional Centre of UNWTO on Silk Road is located in Samarkand, which coordinates support for tourism on this transcontinental highway. While acknowledging the merits of our country in the sphere of development of the industry, Member States of of this Organization has repeatedly elected the Republic of Uzbekistan to the governing body - Executive Council, 99th Session of which took place in 2014 in Samarkand. Holding this forum on Uzbek land became further evidence of international community's recognition of effectiveness of comprehensive measures for development of tourism industry.

Speaking at the opening session, Secretary General Taleb Rifai said that our country is playing a leading role in strengthening international cooperation for further development of tourism on Silk Road

- We see a lot of changes in Uzbekistan. Under the wise and far-sighted leadership of President Islam Karimov, who has paid much attention to the development of tourism, the country could become one of the major centers of tourism development, the Secretary General of the UNWTO said.

An important role in ensuring the rapid development of the tourism sector of Uzbekistan at the present stage is occupied regularly held in the country, major events, which bring together representatives of the tourism industry from around the world to discuss the main trends of the industry dynamics and business linkages.

Since 1995, in the fall Uzbekistan annually holds Tashkent International Tourism Fair (TITF). This forum is a good platform for a constructive dialogue of partners operating in this sphere. In the past year the twenty-first fair took place, within which a presentation of tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan was held.

The project Hosted Buyers became the main innovation at TITF 2015.

Hosted Buyers is a specialized program of business meetings, for which special privileged buyer is pre-invited with a specific purpose that is to meet with interested partners and arrange for the sale of products, goods and services or implementation of a special joint program or project.

Since 2013, every year in April International Exhibition "World of Rest" is held, which opens the spring and summer tourist season in Uzbekistan. The event has represented the brightness and originality of regions' culture, their tourism potential. The exhibition provides an opportunity for domestic and foreign tour operators to promote its products and services in the beginning of new season, to conclude contracts with large clients.

It should be noted that within the framework of the exhibition "World of Rest-2015" an international scientific-practical conference of the World Tourism Organization on the theme "Gastronomic tourism as a factor of competitive product" was held. During the forum participants discussed development of this type of tourism in Uzbekistan, further expansion of international cooperation in this regard.

Thus, Uzbekistan on its tourism potential takes one of the leading places in the world. Successes achieved in this area are the result of a comprehensive work on the further development of our country industry infrastructure, popularization of opportunities in of the country in this area.




Festive Greeting to the Defenders of Homeland on the Occasion

of the 24th Anniversary of Establishment of  the Armed Forces 

of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Dear soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, veterans of the Armed Forces, esteemed compatriots!

It gives me an enormous pleasure from the bottom of my heart to congratulate you on the landmark date in the life of our country – the Day of Defenders of Homeland and the 24th anniversary of establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan!

Looking back at uneasy path traversed during a quarter of a century, we have all grounds to declare that, thanks to implementation of the timely adopted and deeply thought-out program of reforms, at present Uzbekistan possesses professionally trained and well-equipped army devoted to its Homeland and people, capable to effectively tackle the broad range of tasks in terms of ensuring security, territorial integrity of the country, inviolability of its borders, protecting peaceful and tranquil life of citizens.

The elaboration of a principally new approach to the military development based on resolute refusal of the obsolete and routine decisions, comprehensive consideration of peculiarities of a possible theater of war operations and rapidly changing situation in our near and far surrounding, as well as in-depth practical assimilation of achievements of foreign experience became to much extent a decisive factor in establishing the modern Armed Forces of our country.

Today we can proudly declare that our army has assimilated the best experience of the world’s military development and art, preserving our historical and national traditions, and has become a reliable guarantor of ensuring security of our borders. The image of a modern serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan is embodied, above all, in his comprehensive knowledge and intellect, devotion to Homeland, his firm will and strong readiness to fulfill his sacred military duty.

Dear friends!

We have always realized and now comprehend that the time, which we live in, keeps flowing. The rapidly changing situation in the world and aggravating state of affairs in its certain regions, ever growing confrontations, conflicts and bloodsheds, increasing threats of international terrorism, extremism and radicalism, unremitting military standoffs in our near neighborhood cannot but raise
a deep feeling of concern and alarm in us.

The unfolding complex and hard-to-predict situation requires of all of us to maintain high vigilance and constant readiness, reinforce attention to further reforming our army, equipping it with modern weaponry and military hardware, raising efficiency of combat training of troops, and on the whole – comprehensively strengthening the potential and combat efficiency of our Armed Forces.

In this regard, at the modern stage I deem it exclusively important to implement the following tasks:

First, further improvement of the organizational structure and combat strength of the army, system of commanding troops taking into account the unfolding military and political situation, achievements of modern military art and experience of military development accumulated by us, as well as peculiarities of a possible theater of war operations.

In the conditions of increasing threats and constantly changing situation in the regions neighboring on Uzbekistan, which doesn’t rule out the possible intrusion of various bandit formations and subversive groups into the territory of our country, further reinforcement and concentration of troops, in the first instance, at the vulnerable operational directions require a special attention.

It is greatly important to raise attention and radically revise the principles and approaches to military exercises, maximally approximate them to the real conditions of locality and region, identify a possible character of actions of a probable enemy, train the command personnel and headquarters  to comprehensively assess the situation and make well-grounded decisions, practice the rapid redeployment of troops, increase the individual skills of each serviceman to confidently handle weaponry and military hardware, survive in the conditions of critical physical pressure and high moral-psychological stress.

For these purposes it is significant to ensure a full-fledged functioning and broad use of training grounds while continuing a comprehensive development of their infrastructure and training material-technical basis.

Second, the step-by-step implementation of the program of supplying troops with cutting-edge weaponry and military hardware, which allow us to tangibly increase the combat capabilities of our Armed Forces, their mobility and promptness, practice the ability to deliver lightning strokes on vulnerable positions of an enemy exploiting the capabilities of the Special operation forces, helicopters and other available hardware.

Third, there must be an unremitting attention to the issue of training, retraining and raising qualification of the command and sergeant personnel. In this regard, it is of an urgent significance to continue a consistent work in terms of improving the system of training at the Academy of Armed Forces, military colleges and sergeant schools, where our servicemen have all opportunities to continuously raise their professional, theoretical and applied knowledge, acquire experience and skills necessary in service and combat activity.

Along with this, it is expedient to constantly renew and specify the list of specialties, methods and technologies of teaching the military disciplines and curricula taking into account the gradual equipment of the national army with modern weaponry and military hardware, alterations in its combat strength and structure, as well as changing nature of military conflicts.

Further raising qualification of the teaching staff at military training institutions, mastering by them the foreign languages and advanced foreign experience of handling a teaching process and application of the latest information and communication technologies also remain to be a priority task.

Simultaneously, it is necessary to systemically and consistently reinforce our activity related to broad attraction of professors, experts and specialists from leading foreign military educational and research centers to teaching at the Academy of Armed Forces and other core educational institutions of the country on the most in-demand and acute directions of the military science.

Fourth, given the rapidly changing conditions of the modern world, when the attempts are on the rise to impose the alien destructive ideas in the society, which absolutely contradict the spiritual values, culture and traditions of our people, when there is an ongoing struggle for the hearts and minds, especially of a young generation, the role and place of educational work and moral-psychological training of servicemen and pre-conscription youth become very important.

In this respect, it acquires an exceptional significance to enhance the work to organize and hold the events of military-patriotic nature at educational institutions, military units, workplaces and makhallas (neighborhood community areas) with an aim to bring up in our youth the deep feelings of love to Homeland, pride for its Armed Forces and respect for a military service.

The Public Council at the Ministry of Defense, Public Youth Movement «Kamolot» and other public organizations and structures, as well as the renowned representatives of culture, art and sport are called upon to play a special role in addressing these long-term and urgent tasks.

Avoiding formalism and perfunctory approach, we should also broadly use the mass media and national segment of the Internet in this most important cause.

Fifth, there must be an unconditional implementation of state programs on social and medical care of servicemen, as well as providing them and their families with housing. In the framework of the governmental resolutions and state programs adopted on the occasion of announcement of 2016 as the «Year of Healthy Mother and Child» the set of concrete measures should be realized on material and social support of servicemen’s families.

The decent conditions of service and social protection, as well as well-being of servicemen and their families stand as the key factors to further reinforce the authority of the Armed Forces of our country.

Dear compatriots!

Taking this opportunity, I would like to once again underscore that our Military Doctrine has a defensive character and reinforcement of the country’s Armed Forces, in the first instance, is aimed at protection of its state sovereignty, territorial integrity, peace and tranquility of our people.

It is for this very reason that Uzbekistan, as a non-bloc state, undertook a conscious and comprehensively thought out step, making a principle choice for itself, i.e. to conduct a peace-loving policy and not to join the military-political alliances and coalitions, not to allow deployment of foreign military bases and facilities in its territory, and not to participate in peacemaking operations abroad.

In this festive day I would like to express the words of sincere gratitude, above all, to the parents – the mothers and fathers of those who now with dignity fulfill their honorable, noble and responsible duty– protect Homeland!

 I wish all servicemen – the privates and sergeants, officers and generals a sound health, big successes, strength and energy in serving Homeland, as well as happiness and prosperity to your families in the New Year 2016!


President of the Republic

of Uzbekistan - Supreme Commander - in - Chief of the

Armed Forces



    Islam Karimov