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Thee outcomes of social and economic development of Uzbekistan during 9 months of 2008

As a result of realization by the government and bodies of state power at the local levels of policy measures on implementing the most important priorities of social-economic development of the country defined by President for 2008, accomplishment of purposeful policy programs of development, technical and technological renewal of strategic sectors of economy  in January-September 2008, the sustainable dynamics of growth of main indicators of social and economic development of Uzbekistan has been ensured.

Maintaining macroeconomic stability, sustainable and balanced rates of economic growth. On the outcomes of 9 months the GDP growth accounted for 9.4%. The growth in industrial production made up 12.4%, including 18.4% growth in consumer goods production, 8.4% - in construction works, 4.1% - in agriculture, 15% - in retail trade, 19.3% - in paid services to population. The state budget has been executed with 1.9% surplus. Real money income per capita grew by 22.4%.

The main factors of economic growth have been as follows: dynamic export activity which led to a 40.9% growth of foreign trade, including 62.9% of exports, positive balance of payments totaled USD 4.5 billion, investment policy which ensured the continuation of structural changes in real sector of economy and the growth in assimilated investments by 22.4%; support of small businesses and entrepreneurship which developed thanks to reduction of tax and administrative burden on business.

Continuation of structural changes, modernization and renewal of leading sectors of economy. Implementation of Investment Program during 9 months this year became an important factor of accomplishing structural changes, modernization and renewal of leading sectors of economy. For over the past period the volumes of assimilated capital investment with consideration of all sources of financing have totaled UZS 5809.8 billion and grew by 22.4% compared to the same period of 2007.

The volume of assimilated foreign investments (FI) has accounted for USD 969.6 million, including direct foreign investments (DFI) which made up USD 721.66 million. Their growth was 37.4% and 33.5%, respectively. The share of DFI and loans in the total volume of FI was 74.4%. Of the total volume of attracted FI 31.6% has been channeled to a capital construction, 39.8% went to modernization and reconstruction and 28.6% has been channeled for other purposes.

In general, 284 production facilities have been commissioned across the country in 9 months this year. Of them, 134 production facilities (or 47.2%) have been commissioned in 69 subsidized territories of the country.  Non-production construction and reconstruction of social facilities received 28.9% of total amount of capital investment which provided for the construction of 14 professional colleges, 22 academic lyceums, construction, reconstruction and capital overhaul of 634 schools, 184 facilities of children's sport, 20 rural medical stations, 6083.4 thousand square meters of housing, and others.

As a part of measures on developing production infrastructure that ensure creation of favorable conditions for developing the new productions, Uzbekistan took the steps aimed at road construction and reconstruction, development of power supply lines and electrification of railroads, water and gas supply systems.

During implementation of the localization Program the localizable goods worth UZS 2187.9 billion were produced that is 1.3 times more in comparison with the same period of 2007. Products worth UZS 726.7 million were exported. For over the past period 45 new companies were commissioned on the basis of unused capacities of restructured enterprises. 106 from abovesaid companies have already launched a production activity and employed over 6.7 thousand people. Growth rate of production of commodity output made up 112.4% in the industry.

The growth of exports in the foreign economic activity was ensured mainly by way of chemical production (163.6%), machines and equipments (113.1%), services (126.1%) and other goods and services.

Deepening reforms and further liberalizing economy, accelerated development of market infrastructure. For over the 9 months of 2008 on the basis of zero redemption value investors assimilated 46 facilities by way of taking up investment obligations. At this period 327 state companies and facilities were turned into the non-state ones 98.5% of which were purchased by private owners. Total turnover of securities market rose to 2.3 times compare to the same period last year and the cumulative turnover of secondary securities market grew by 79%.

For over the past period Uzbekistan continued the work on developing market infrastructure in the framework of implementation Finance and banking system reform program. Also, the country took measures to stimulate activity of insurance, audit, leasing and appraisal companies, credit unions and commercial banks.

Support and stimulating development of small business and private entrepreneurship, spheres of services and home-based labor. As a result of measures undertaken to support small business and private entrepreneurship the number of registered companies of small businesses rose by 3.3% compare to early this year and made up 436.3 thousand. From early this year the number of existing companies of small businesses in the industry grew by 2.5%, in construction – by 4.6%, trade and public catering – by 4.4%, in the sphere of transport and communication – by 17.2%, and in other production sectors – by 7.2%. The share of small businesses in GDP rose from 43.1% in the same period of 2007 up to 45.3%. The volume of rendered services as a whole on economy rose by 18.5%, the net share of this sphere in GDP – up to 44.9% against 40.5% for the same period last year. The share of services rendered to rural population rose from 23.7% up to 26.5%.

For over the 9 months of 2008 about 545.2 thousand new jobs were created, particularly in the sphere of small businesses and private entrepreneurship – 303.4 thousand jobs, or 56% of their total number. Over 188.2 thousand new jobs were created in the sphere of services. As a result of work on extending cooperation between companies and services production based on development of home-based labor 85.1 thousand jobs were created. Totally, 182.5 thousand people additionally were covered by home-based labor.

Results of reforms in agriculture, ensuring sustainable food supply of population. For over the past 9 months of this year the growth of agricultural gross product made up 4.1% against the same period of 2007.

Compare to last year Uzbekistan produced more melons and gourds (118.5%), potatoes (108.6%), vegetables (111.5%), fruits (114.2%), meat (106%), milk (106.2%), and eggs (108.5%). For over the past period the country stimulated increase of cattle at private subsidiary and dekhkan (peasants) entities. The networks of services and strengthening of forage reserves of stockbreeding were established.
By October 1 this year the commercial banks and Employment Assistance Fund of the Ministry for labor and social protection of citizens allotted UZS 34 billion-worth loans to 26.7 thousand families. During past period Uzbekistan ensured sustainable food supplies of population.

Increasing citizens’ well-being. The real cash income of citizens rose by 24.4% compare to the same period of 2007. The average salary along Uzbekistan by late this year made up UZS 298.6 thousand that is 57.4% higher than the same period of 2007. The average rate of pensions rose by 71.7%. Thanks to implementation of programs effective in the education system 491.400 secondary school ninth grader graduates continued their education at academic lyceums and professional colleges.

In the healthcare system the network of initial healthcare is being expanded by way of establishing new rural medical stations. 821 summer health-recovery camps for children were established where 252034 children have recovered, including 50% of children from large and less well-off families. 4517 children from the area adjacent to Aral, as well as 2108 from the city of Kagan went to health recreation camps in Samarkand and Kashkadarya provinces.

During past nine months UZS 1103.2 billion were channeled for accomplishment of measures on implementing the Year of Youth State Program. Above 240.000 graduates of professional colleges and academic lyceums have been employed. Besides, over 81.200 youth, including 12.300 people those who were separated from military service and 20.200 disabled have been provided with jobs. With an aim to financially support youth the Employment Assistance Fund allotted in total UZS 2045 million-worth micro-credits for 1.500 young people. UZS 45.9 billion-worth loans were allotted for newly married couples to better their living conditions. 1200 young families of teachers received land plots to build individual houses at rural areas.

Given exacerbating world financial and economic crisis preserving of high rates of economic growth has been ensured mainly thanks to implementation of the most important priorities of the program for social and economic development of Uzbekistan defined by President Islam Karimov. Further accomplishing the measures on intensifying market reforms of economy, enhancing involvement of commercial banks in investment processes and creating new jobs promotes a firm basis for overcoming the possible negative impact of the world crisis on the economy of Uzbekistan, preserving secured rates of economic growth of the country and further raising well being of its citizens.

Information Agency “Jahon” based on materials of local press

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