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Information digest 42



February 28, 2013



Uzbekistan to host conference on habitation construction


Uzavtoyul State Joint Stock Company has rehabilitated 234.7 km of roads


National rowing sport gaining new speeds


Parliamentary hearing on tourism takes place at the Oliy Majlis



Uzbekistan to host conference on habitation construction

Uzbekistan will host an international conference titled “Modern habitation construction as locomotive for complex development and reorganization of rural areas, improvement quality of population life”.

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed an order “On organizational measures of holding international conference “Modern habitation construction as locomotive for complex development and reorganization of rural areas, improvement quality of population life” in Tashkent”.

The conference will be held on 16-17 April 2013 and it is directed at familiarizing foreign experts an international community with achievements of Uzbekistan on implementation of the programme on construction of individual houses on standard projects in rural areas as priority direction of reorganization of rural areas, complex social-economic development of territories, as well as raise employment and income of population.

It is expected that representatives of international organizations, experts and specialists in the sector from foreign states will participate at the event.

The conference will discuss legal foundation and measures of state support of construction of habitation on standard projects in rural areas, terms, preferences and benefits of attracting foreign investments for construction of habitation and infrastructure objects in rural areas.

The participants will also discuss modern construction of houses in rural areas to speed up development of construction sector and industrial production, development of services to improve prosperity of population, etc.

The participants will visit houses on standard projects, which were constructed in rural areas, familiarize with social sector, development of small and private businesses in the regions of Uzbekistan. (Source:UzDaily.com).


Uzavtoyul State Joint Stock Company has rehabilitated 234.7 km of roads

In Uzbekistan, the amount of funds allocated for road construction, reconstruction and repair has increased by 59% last year.

Today upgrading road infrastructure is one of the major factors in the development of the entire economy of the country. Experts note that clearly built logistics schemes, qualitative roads can significantly reduce the cost for transportation of goods and passengers. This explains why Uzbekistan pays such close attention to the development and implementation of state programs for the development of roads, maintenance of a unified technical policy in this area, and the introduction of the latest technologies.

Good roads are the key to the growth of gross domestic product. Given the unique geographical position of the Republic, located in the heart of Central Asia at the crossroads of international routes connecting Europe and Asia, this fact is of particular importance. Therefore the emphasis was on the development of the Uzbek national highway last year, on objects of which enterprises and organizations of the Uzavtoyul State Joint Stock Company completed road works for 273.7 billion soums.

Overall, in 2012, road construction, repair and maintenance were carried out for 666.2b soums (official exchange rate of 22.02.2013 $1=2021.22 UZS) with increase, comparing by 59.5% to 2011. Of these, 253.8 billion soums were directed at repairing and maintenance of public roads. Also to note, experts of the company has rehabilitated 234.7 km of roads.

A special attention was paid to the arrangement in the inner-neighborhood areas in cities and towns, including the repair of roads and sidewalks, playgrounds. This work continues today. In addition, the priority is given to maintenance of access roads to rural health centers, perinatal and screening centers and other medical facilities. (Source: Uzbekistan Today).



National rowing sport gaining new speeds

This year’s first seminar, conducted in Tashkent by the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan in the framework of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Program, is dedicated to training of judges and technical specialists in boat racing.

Once you see major rowing events and you really get fan of this sport and stop wondering why the international rowing tournaments attract thousands of spectators. Although it is often difficult to get to the rowing canals as they are traditionally built outside the city limits. But in Guangzhou 16th Asian Games, and the Olympic London, I saw the same picture of fans crowded the stands along the canals and engrossed with what was happening on the water.

How can we forget our rowers Ruslan Naurzaliev and Vyacheslav Didrikh, who came second in the Asian Games; Zarrina Mikhailova and Artyom Kudryashov, who took bronze in singles races, as well as bronze in men’s four and eight? And we all felt sorry that none of them managed to get to London.

However, with the revival of the rowing canal in Samarqand our hope for the progress of the national rowing school grow stronger. We only must move on.

That is after building modern sports facilities we must provide athletes with modern boats and other equipment and medical care and a lot of all that is necessary for the training of athletes of the highest class, and lift up professionalism of trainers, judges and other experts to international demands. And also we need to create appropriate conditions in other regions to successfully develop rowing culture, Andijon, Sirdaryo, Tashkent, Karakalpakstan.

“The new canal in Samarqand stirred up a wave of enthusiasm,” told Alisher Bahramov, head coach of Uzbekistan national rowing team. “Finally we have got a facility where we can work hard and host competitions of the highest level. Already this September we will hold the Asian Championship among juniors. At the same time the International Rowing Federation (FISA) has granted us the right to conduct qualifiers for Youth Olympic Games 2014, which will take place in China’s Nanjing.”

Today’s seminar, conducted by an international FISA expert Nicholas Ee, chairman of the panel of judges Asian Rowing Federation and president of the Rowing Association of Singapore, is the first step to ensure appropriate organization and conduct of the championship and help our specialists cope with the job. During the seminar the Singaporean specialist will inform our coaches and referees of the decisions taken in Copenhagen extraordinary FISA Congress which approved a number of changes in the rules of the competition. And closer to the championship FISA representatives will travel to Uzbekistan to conduct an exam and assign international categories to the best referees. (Source: Uzbekistan Today).


Parliamentary hearing on tourism takes place at the Oliy Majlis

On 26 February the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a parliamentary hearing on the pace of implementation of measures in tourism development in Uzbekistan, reports the information service of the Uzbek Parliament.  Chairman of Uzbekturizm national company F.Rizaev attended the meeting and answered the questions by MPs.

The hearing was called on the iniative of the Milliy tiklanish democratic party fraction to analyse and objectively assess the pace of implementation of legislative acts, state programs, directed at tourism development as one of the most important sectors of the national economy and efficient means of promoting unique national cultural, spiritual heritage and historicla legacy of the Uzbekistan nation.

Today both Uzbek and foreign experts admit Uzbekistan’s rich potential in tourism development. Over 4000 architectural and cultural monuments of various epochs and civilisations, many of which are included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, are located in the country.

The analysis of the sphere demonstrates that during the years of independence the necessary legislative, normative base, regulating tourism sphere and ensuring dynamic development of tourist industry, has been created. Systemic works on restoring and renewing cultural heritage sites, increasing the quality of tourist services in the regions are carried out.

Tourism has become an important source of employment, regional development. Currently 865 tourist organisations operate in the country. Comparing to 2011, last year the number of tourists increased by 17,5%, revenue rose 15%.

However, deputies found several unused opportunities for further development of tourist services based on their controlling and analytical studies. Tourist flows are concentrated in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Insufficient attention is paid to systemic infrastructure development in several prospective regions. It is necessary to create additional opportunites for developing educational, scientific, environmental, sports and recreational tourism. The quality of services needs improvement and modern efficient forms and methods of tourist attraction, IT tools in national tourist industry should be introduced faster.

In their comments, the deputies also raised questions on organising and developing internal, including youth, tourism with tourist routes for schoolchildren and students to be filled with more content, and making available the materials on the history and significance of cultural heritage sites.

In this regard, MPs highlighted the need for further improving national legislation in tourism, in particular, the Law on tourism, adopted in 1999, which needs quality amendments, taking into account the changes in international and national tourist industries, in international legal regulations. At present tourist activity is regulated by over 30 legal acts, except the above-mentioned Law and needs systemisation and codification.

According to the deputies, development of single governmental policy in tourism, attraction of external credits and investments into the sphere as well as development and adoption of the long-term state program on tourism development could increase competitiveness of the sphere. The program should focus on carrying out a set of measures on further development of tourist infrastructure, enhancing travel services, improving the system of economic stimulus for enterpreneurs, operating in the sphere, using tourist potential in promoting enlightenment and education of the citizens, encouraging pride for the home country and respect for national history, culture and traditions among the youth.

The meeting also recommended developing and implementing regional programs on tourism development and creating the necessary infrastructure, to adopt additional measures on introducing ICT in tourism, to create national online booking systems.

The deputies also underlined the need to improve national system of training tourist personnel, who have mastered modern management, business administration methods as well as communication skills to convey reliable information about the history and the present of Uzbekistan, socio-economic and political reforms in the country to local and international travelers.

The deputies adopted a resolution of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis following the parliamentary hearing. (Source: UzA).


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