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Information Digest 39 (February 24, 2015)

ECONOMY
Uzbekistan mines 4.397m tonnes of coal in 2014
 
ELECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
The Meeting at Central Election Commission.
Meeting of Hotamjon Ketmonov with voters of Jizzakh and Samarkand regions
Akmal Saidov met with voters of Navoi and Bukhara regions
Narimon Umarov met with voters of Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions
 
TOURISM
Demand Begets Supply
 
 
ECONOMY
Uzbekistan mines 4.397m tonnes of coal in 2014
Uzbekistan mined 4.397 million tonnes of coal in 2014, which grew by 7.5% year-on-year, the press service of Uzbekugol said.
According to the company, Uzbekugol mined about 3.989 million tonnes of coal (+2.5%), Shargunkomir – 107,210 tonnes (+434.3%) and Apartak – 300,039 tonnes (+68.2%).
The volume of goods in current prices made up 279.922 billion soums at the growth rate of 25.5% year-on-year (currency rates of CB RU from 24.02.2015   1$= 2460.32 soums).
The company said that 4.372 million tonnes of coal were delivered to consumers (-21.5%). Uzbekugol delivered 3.952 million tonnes of coal (-25.3%), Shargunkomir – 106,736 tonnes (+164.2%) and Apartak – 313,154 tonnes (+31.2%). 
(Source: UzDaily.com)
 
ELECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
The Meeting at Central Election Commission.
At the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a meeting with members of the core group of the observation Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), arrived in our country. Mission is headed by Cayetana de Zulueta.
Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission K.Adilov told guests about the election campaign in our country. In particular, the guests were informed about the realization of the Program of main measures on preparing and conducting of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was noted that the Central, District and precinct election commissions in their activity will pay particular attention to the strict observance of the principles of legality, openness and transparency at all stages of the election campaign.
It was held a comprehensive exchange of views, on the organization the activity of ODIHR OSCE, its interaction with the Central Election Commission in the carrying out the observation of the presidential elections in Uzbekistan.
During the meeting it was highlighted that in accordance with the amendments to Article 117 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan the legal guarantees for the independence of the Central Election Commission as a constitutional body responsible for organizing and holding elections were significantly strengthened, the basic principles of its activity - independence, legality, collegiality, openness, fairness – were emphasized. Separately, it was emphasized that in accordance with the amendments to the Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Administrative Responsibility, the responsibility of individuals and entities involved in the electoral process, for the faithful observance of the electoral legislation, strict enforcement of the decisions of the Central Election Commission, was enhanced.
The sides expressed confidence that the work of the ODIHR OSCE will promote openness and transparency of the electoral process, its organization in accordance with international standards and norms.
As Cayetana de Zulueta noted, the mission will observe the elections on a long term basis, in accordance with the terms and manner prescribed by the legislation of Uzbekistan, which includes monitoring how the candidates conduct the campaign, how the media inform voters about the election. The mission will visit a number of regions of the country and get acquainted with the activities of the election commissions.
According to Article 5 of the Law "On Elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in all the preparations and conduct of elections, as well as at polling stations on election day and vote counting at each polling station it shall be entitled to participate in per one observer from political parties that nominated candidates for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of the press, television and radio, observers from foreign countries, international organizations and movements. Their authorities should be supported by appropriate mandates, samples of which were established by the Central Election Commission. The mandate of the observer also gives the right to attend meetings of the Central Election Commission, the meetings of which are conducted openly and publicly.
(Source: Republican Press Center on Covering the Election of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
 
Meeting of Hotamjon Ketmonov with voters of Jizzakh and Samarkand regions
Meetings of candidates for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with voters are continuing. Candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan Hotamjon Ketmonov on February 21 had a meeting with voters of Jizzakh region.
The meeting was opened by the chairman of the 4th Jizzak District Election Commission on Elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Sattorov. Trustee of candidate for President M.Karimova familiarized participants with the biography of the candidate.
At the meeting, the presidential candidate of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hotamjon Ketmonov spoke about his election program.
The program provided the candidate tasks such as the further development of the social protection system, in particular, low-income families in order to meet the needs of the population in various production improvement of the enterprises for processing of local raw materials, encouraging the production of high-quality consumer goods, increasing employment and welfare by development in rural areas of family business and work at home.
During the meeting, the director of transportation and industrial Jizzakh professional college K.Ergashev, chairman of the farmers of Jizzakh district A.Abdurahmonov, director of creative students ¹1 Zaamin district G.Abdulhakimova and others expressed their views and suggestions on the program of the candidate and specified its objectives. Emphasized that the conduct of the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the basis of multi-party system is a practical implementation of the mapping in the life of democratic reforms.
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Candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan Hotamjon Ketmonov on February 21 had a meeting with voters of Samarkand region.
The meeting was opened by the chairman of the 7th Samarkand district election commission of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ya.Allayorov. Trustee of candidate for President K.Isabekov familiarized participants with the biography of the candidate.
Candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hotamjon Ketmonov talked about the main directions of his election program.
The program includes priorities such as the further development of institutions of social partnership, improving judicial mechanisms to protect the rights of citizens and the development of measures to improve the quality of the implementation of judgments by strengthening judicial oversight in these matters. Special attention is also paid to the expansion of the network in remote villages of rural health units, which have a population of primary health care, strengthening of state control over the activities of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies, medicine pricing.
At the meeting, the director of secondary school ¹20 of Kattakurgan district Z.Berdieva, chairman of Kattakurgan City Council of People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan T.Hamidov and others expressed their views on the program of the candidate, said that it set out priorities aimed at further socio-economic development of our countries, the deepening of democratic reforms and improving the welfare of the people.
(Source: IA «Jahon»)
Akmal Saidov met with voters of Navoi and Bukhara regions
Candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan "Milly Tiklanish" Saidov on February 21 had a meeting with voters of Navoi region.
The meeting was opened by the chairman of the 5th Navoi district election commission of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan U.Mavlonov. Trustee candidate for President B.Bozorov presented the biography of the candidate.
The event was a candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Akmal Saidov made a speech about his election program.
The program provided the candidate a number of priorities for the adoption of organizational, legal and economic measures to strengthen the social partnership between the state and civil society, the creation of this public commissions with local representative bodies, as well as validation of the sequential stimulation of non-profit organizations, media and other civil society institutions, careful preservation and enhancement of historic, cultural and intellectual heritage, culture and traditions of the Uzbek people, broad dissemination of its achievements among the younger harmoniously developed generation.
At the meeting, the director of the House of Mercy Navoi D.Orzieva and others expressed their views and suggestions on the program of the candidate, emphasized that the implementation nominated in it the priority areas will contribute to further development of the country, the deepening of democratic reforms, and called on the voters to take an active part in the upcoming 29 March election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
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Candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan "Milly Tiklanish" Akmal Saidov on February 21 had a meeting with voters of Bukhara region.
The meeting was opened by Chairman of the 3rd Bukhara District Election Commission on Elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan M.Daminov. Trustee of candidate for President S.Raupov presented the biography of the candidate.
At the meeting with a speech about his election program delivered the presidential candidate of the Republic of Uzbekistan Akmal Saidov.
In the pre-election program candidate attaches importance to the revival and further development of national crafts, preserving the traditions of national art schools, educate the young generation in the spirit of the idea of national independence, respect for national culture and values, fences consciousness of young people from the negative impact of alien to our mentality of "mass culture". As an important task provides for the implementation of comprehensive measures aimed at further improvement of the state language, the language of culture and raising the status of language, culture, communication, conducting purposeful work to prevent breaches of the rules and norms of scientific Uzbek literary language in the public sphere.
At the meeting, senior lecturer at Bukhara State University U.Ochilov and others expressed their views on the election program of the candidate and called on the voters to take an active part in the upcoming March 29, 2015 election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
(Source: IA «Jahon»)
 
Narimon Umarov met with voters of Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions
On February 21 held a meeting of the candidate the President of Uzbekistan from the Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan "Adolat" Narimon Umarov with voters of Surkhandarya region.
The meeting was opened by the chairman of the 9th Surkhandarya district election commission on elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Akhmedov. Trustee of candidate for President Sh.Haitov familiarized participants with the biography of the candidate.
Candidate for the post of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Narimon Umarov spoke about the priorities of his election program.
The program includes such important tasks as the support of the ongoing democratic reforms, ensuring the supremacy of law and the principles of social justice in society, and further improve the quality of life for all segments of the population. Particular attention is paid to the support of civil initiatives of social value, to further improve the activities of NGOs, enhancing the role of NGOs in solving problems in the areas of health, education, environment.
At the meeting, the chairman of Denau district council of Social Democratic Party "Adolat" A.Buriev, teacher of secondary school ¹3 of Jarkurgan district D.Muminova, Director of the Termez Vocational College of Information Technology and Consumer Services U.Tashbaev and others expressed their views on the election program of the candidate, called on the voters to take an active part in the upcoming March 29 elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which are essential to the prosperity of the country and improving the welfare of our people.
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On February 21 held a meeting of the candidate the President of Uzbekistan from the Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan "Adolat" Narimon Umarov with voters of Kashkadarya region. 
The meeting was opened by chairman of the 13th Kashkadarya district election commission on elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Juraev. Trustee of candidate for President A.Akhmedov familiarized participants with the biography of the candidate. 
At the event with a speech about his election program delivered presidential candidate Uzbekistan Narimon Umarov. 
The program sets out issues such as the further deepening of political reforms, strengthening and development of democratic values, ensuring a society of justice, human rights and freedoms, the principles of transparency, openness and accountability in governance, community involvement in the process of formation and decision-making on major issues socio-economic development, government support social projects and programs. 
At the meeting, the chairman of the Mubarek district council SDP "Adolat" R.Hamroev, director of Kasan Vocational College of Pedagogy and Economy M.Mustafoeva and others expressed their views on the election program of the candidate, and noted that the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the basis of a multiparty and alternative indication of compliance principles of democracy in the country, and the national electoral system fully complies with international standards, and called on the voters to take an active part in the upcoming March 29, 2015 election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
(Source: IA «Jahon»)
 
TOURISM
Demand Begets Supply
Under the current global instability, many countries seek for new sources of income and growth of national economy. In this context, experts see tourism as a relatively inexpensive, but highly attractive destination for investment. Uzbekistan has been actively working in this direction, as proved by figures: last year the volume of tourism services in the country grew by 16%.
Many experts see 2015 as crucial for the development of the world tourism industry. Regional conflicts have made many traditional destinations unavailable for traveling. In fact, tourists go solely to the countries that guarantee safety and comfort. That explains why some traditional leaders like Egypt and other Middle East countries have lost a significant amount of tourist flow due to perturbations in the domestic policy and threats from radical groups. Meanwhile, people have not reduced their vacations; they have just shifted to new directions. Under these circumstances, Uzbekistan has a good chance to attract part of the tourist flow. The more so we have much to show.
The 99th session of the Executive Committee of the World Tourism Organization in Samarkand have proved the bolstering authority of Uzbekistan in the international market, and allowed many travel companies to learn about the products offered by Uzbekistan. UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai highly commended the tourism capacity of Uzbekistan and the policy the country has been pursuing to develop this sector.
Today, the process of streamlining the infrastructure as a key pillar of the tourism sector is underway in the country. Target programs of tourist development of certain regions significantly contribute to this process. Under the documents, new hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities have been built and reconstructed throughout the country over the past two years. The programs of tourism development of Tashkent, Kashkadarya and Khorezm regions envisage implementation of 484 projects worth over $260 million, of which $119 million will be invested by project initiators, $88 million - bank loans, $26 million - the national budget, and $29 million will consist of foreign grants and investments. 
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
 
 
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