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Information Digest 161

ECONOMY
Uzbekistan’s GDP makes up 50.432 trln. soums in 1H
 
SOCIETY
In Uzbekistan operate more than 6567 non-profit organizations
 
IX INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL "SHARQ TARONALARI"
Samarkand is waiting for guests
 
XIX INTERNATIONAL TASHKENT TOURISM FAIR "TOURISM ON THE SILK ROAD
"Uzbekistan welcomes visitors from all over the world
 
 
ECONOMY
Uzbekistan’s GDP makes up 50.432 trln. soums in 1H
The volume of gross domestic product (GDP) of Uzbekistan, according to preliminary data, made up 50.432 trillion soums (Currency rates of CB from 16.08.2013   1$=2115.36soums) in current prices in the first half of 2013, the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said. 
The committee said that the growth rate of GDP made up 8% compared to the same period of 2012. 
About 82.5% of total GDP fell to share of the non-governmental sector of economy and 17.5% - to the state sector. 
Share of goods production in structure of the GDP made 35.9% in January-June 2013 (35.4% in January-June 2012) and service production – 52.4% (52.2%). 
Net taxes on products and export-import operations made up 11.7% in the GDP structure in January-June 2013 (12.4%). 
(Source: Uzdaily.com) 
 
SOCIETY
In Uzbekistan operate more than 6567 non-profit organizations
In the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan has been held an enlarged meeting of the Committee on Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society of the lower chamber of parliament.
It discussed results of study of the status of implementation of Laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On non-governmental organizations" and "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations" in Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions.
At the meeting was noted that the basic law of the country - the Constitution enshrines principles of non-governmental organizations, which created favorable conditions for development of an extensive network of NGOs, reflecting interests of various sectors of the population.
Currently, in republic operate more than 6567 NGOs that is more than 3 times more than in 2000. They include such public organizations as the Public Youth Movement "Kamolot", Women/'s Committee of Uzbekistan Foundation "Soglom Avlod uchun" creative figures of Uzbekistan Foundation, NGO "Nuroniy", the National Association of NGOs and others. Number of citizens/' assemblies and governments - Mahalla composed more than 10,000.
Adopted more than 200 laws aimed at strengthening the role and importance of civil institutions and solving pressing social and economic problems of the citizens, including the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On public funds", "On Charity", "On the bodies of self-government", "On non-state non-profit organizations", "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations", Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to assist to the development of civil society in Uzbekistan". These and a number of other documents have become an essential stimulus for development of the social activity of the institutions of civil society.
In addition,  development of the institutional structure of the state support of NGOs in the face of the Parliamentary Commission established on the basis of  decision of the Joint Councils of the Legislative Chamber and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures to increase support for NGOs and other civil society institutions", successfully operating the National Association of non-governmental Organizations of Uzbekistan and the Independent Institute for Monitoring the formation of civil society.
It was also noted that the great importance implement existing laws, improvement of law enforcement - constant monitoring of their performance, development of proposals to further improve institutional mechanisms for strengthening of the material-technical base, organizational and human resource capacity of NGOs to ensure their effective participation in the  socio-economic and socio-political reforms.
As increases a role of the parliament in a democratic renewal of the country, as an important factor in performing these tasks, is the Institute of parliamentary control. In the framework of parliamentary oversight by the Committee for Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan held Control and analytical activities in order to monitor progress of the Laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On non-governmental organizations" and "On guarantees of activity of non-governmental organizations" in regions of the country.
Studying the course of execution of these laws on the example of Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions, it was noted that the local large-scale work is being held to clarify the nature, meaning and implementation of these laws.
According to participants, is growing the role and importance of civil society as well as media, local authorities in the implementation of democratic reforms in the country, the implementation of social problems at places.
It was emphasized that only in the past year doubled the number of NGOs that participated in the implementation of government programs for socio-economic development (health, environment, employment, etc.). Increased by 2.2 times the number of regional NGOs which won Public Fund grant competitions at Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Currently, out of 6567 non-profit organizations operating in Bukhara region were registered 438 (6.7%), NGOs, Navoi - 306 (4.7%) and Namangan - 386 (5.8%). In these areas over the past 10 years have seen a growing trend in the number of NGOs primarily business and farming areas, as well as in sports, environmental, cultural and historical areas.
On the example of regions covered by research, it is possible to note the dynamic growth of direct participation of the majority of NGOs (an average of about 50-70%) in grant competitions of Public Fund for Support of NGOs and other civil society institutions under Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Thus, during 2010-2012, 284 NGOs from Bukhara, Navoi, Namangan and filed 359 applications to participate in contests (an average of 1.3 per NGO project).
At the end of 2012, the number of NGOs that participated in grant competitions of the Public Fund has increased by almost 2.5 times in Bukhara and Navoi regions and by 2 times - in Namangan. The number of applications from three areas of applications for participation in grants competitions of the Public Fund also increased by almost 2.5 times.
In the deliberations of the Committee took part deputies of the Legislative Chamber, representatives of political parties fractions, leaders and officials of all regional departments of the Ministry of Justice, the Deputy Governor of Bukhara, Navoi and Namangan regions, heads of the State Tax Committee and the State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Uzbekistan, officials of the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan and many others.
Relevant decision of the Committee has been taken on results of the expanded session.
(Source: Uzreport Agency) 
 
IX INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL "SHARQ TARONALARI"
Samarkand is waiting for guests
Preparations for the ninth international music festival "Sharq taronalari" is actively continuing in Samarkand.
In preparation for the festival the necessary measures for the accommodation of visitors, providing with transportation services, guides and translators are underway.
- Currently there are over eighty hotels in Samarkand. We plan to accommodate festival guest in the hotels that will be convenient for them from all points of view, - says the head of the Samarkand regional department of Uzbekturizm national company Ilhom Suvonov. - In particular, all the necessary conditions and opportunities for the provision of high quality services in line with modern standards is created at the Afrosiyob Palace hotel, where the main part of the forum will take place. On the eve of the festival, this hotel has been renovated and equipped with new furniture. Registan Plaza, Registan, Ark Samarkand, Regal Palace, Diyora, Ideal, Nadir Samarkand hotels are ready to receive participants and guests of the festival, the jury members and the media representatives. A number of hotels to accommodate guests are on the reserve list.
Students of the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages have been trained to act as a guides and interpreters during the festival.
Modern buses and cars, which are equipped with the necessary facilities, have also been provided for the comfort and needs of the festival participants.
(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)
 
XIX INTERNATIONAL TASHKENT TOURISM FAIR "TOURISM ON THE SILK ROAD
"Uzbekistan welcomes visitors from all over the world
Tashkent is to host on October 8-10 the 19th Tashkent International Tourism Fair TITF 2013 “Tourism on the Silk Road.”
The event included in the calendar of international tourist exhibitions of UNWTO, is traditionally held in the exhibition halls of the UzExpocenter with a total exhibition area of over 10 thousand square meters. According to the organizers, it will help to promote the national cultural heritage of Uzbekistan abroad, further development of domestic tourism in the country and attract more foreign tourists.
For many years TITF has become popular not only with the country, but also foreign representatives of the international tourist community. International experts and representatives of foreign companies emphasize that today, after 19 years, the fair from a simple exposition site turned into a complete platform for the promotion of tourist products and establishment of business contacts. It allows the world leading experts to share experiences, discuss current challenges of tourism, and assess new opportunities. It is also advertised here the price policy, discussed topical issues of tourism, and new directions opened.
This year the fair will represent a traditional national pavilion “Travel in Uzbekistan.”
There will be a demonstration of brands of the regions of the country that have distinctive colors, unique features and singular characteristics.
At the national pavilion visitors will also get acquainted with the economic and investment potential of Uzbekistan. The image of the pavilion will be supplemented with new bright traits, as here will work the expositions “Eastern Bazaar and “City of Artisans.” Furthermore, the section of gastronomic tourism will be presented with meals of the national cuisine on display.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)
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