INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 152 August 3, 2016

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economy

Uzbekistan to increase production of electrical products by 5.1 times

The Committee on industry, construction and trade held a conference on "Development of electro-technical industry in Uzbekistan: status and prospects".

The event was attended by deputies of the Legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, representatives of ministries and departments, heads of enterprises, members of the JSC “Uzeltehsanoat” and employees of the mass media.

The conference discussed the stages of development and achievements in the electrical industry over the years of independence, the current state of the industry and prospects of development of the electrical industry.

Speakers at the conference noted that the electrical industry is one of the most developing branches of the Republic. If in 2005 the volume of production in this industry amounted to 80 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 03.08.2016, 1$= 2969.43 soums), in 2015 it reached 1 trillion 300 billion soums. In 2015 and in the first half of 2016, the industry made a delivery of the produced goods worth over 1.5 trillion soums to different sectors of the economy, in particular, to companies of the energy, oil and gas enterprises, enterprises of mining and metallurgical industry and enterprises of the social sphere.

To date, the company has some 50 enterprises operating within its structure, specialized in the production of cable, electrical, household appliances. 27 enterprises of the system are engaged in export of competitive products to the countries of Central Asia, the CIS and other foreign countries.

The diversification of production in the period 2005-2015 has greatly increased the output. In particular, if in 2005 the share of products of home appliances accounted for 3.7% in 2015 it made up 29%.

At the event, special attention was paid to prospects of development of the electrical industry. In accordance with the Branch development program, until 2030 it is planned to utilize $1 billion, to establish the production of 22 new products, and at the expense of modernization of all enterprises to increase the volume of production of finished products by 5.1 times. In the period 2016-2019 the company plans to implement 95 investment projects for the sum of $295 million. As a result of the implementation of these projects, it is expected to create about 5 thousand new jobs.

The conference participants exchanged views on the need for further improvement of legislation in the field of electrical industry, strengthening the system of staff training, the introduction of modern corporate governance mechanisms.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Uzbekistan: Make advances to small business and private enterprises

The creation of favorable conditions for doing business in Uzbekistan and simplified licensing procedures have contributed to the growth of business activity. Today, 11.1 small business entities fall per thousand of people. The index is remarkably higher than in many CIS countries.

In a relatively short period, small businesses and private enterprises have turned into a decisive force in addressing economic and social issues, development of industries and services, ensuring a prosperous life. The fact is proved by the figures: in 2015, the share of this sector in the gross domestic product increased by 31% to 56.5% against 2000, the share in the volume of industrial production - from 12.9% to 38.9%, in exports - from 10.2% to 26.9%, and in ensuring employment - from 49.7% to 77.9%. In 2000-2015, the number of small businesses has grown by nearly 2.2 times.

The further elimination of barriers and licensing procedures has been an important component in the work on the support of the ‘small economy’. The statistical authorities that have been gradually reducing reporting over the recent years have demonstrated a noticeable success in this context. To date, the number of statistical reports without prejudice to the completeness and quality of data has decreased by almost thrice against 2000.

The statistical observations system has been streamlined through the development of cross-sectoral integration. In 2015, Uzbekistan launched data exchange in certain indicators of financial statements between tax authorities and organizations without inquiries of state statistical agencies to economic entities for financial statements.

When it comes to creating favorable conditions for businesses, it is worth to mention the preferences for those who are going to start a business.

Under the previous procedure, the one willing to book a corporate name had to come to a corresponding statistical body, address with a written statement, and then wait for two working days. Since August 1, 2012, the application can be sent at any time online, and replied in four hours as a reservation of a company name. More than 354,000 named have been reserved through the new peorcedure.

A convenient data collection system has been introduced since 2015. It implies that small business entities provide state statistical reports only once a year. Regarding big businesses, five forms of previous monthly statistical reports were combined into a unified state statistical report.

“The widespread introduction of modern information and communication technologies has simplified the procedure of statistical reporting for business entities. I would like to point out to the launch of an electronic reporting system eStat 2.0, by which one can submit all kinds of reports in an electronic form around the clock. Another advantages is that business entities can prepare them in their office in an electronic form, thus saving time and costs,” commented the Department Head at the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan Qobil Berdikulov.

State statistics authorities have introduced information systems for online public services over the past five years. Thereupon, the official websites of agencies of the State Statistics Committee offer six major and four additional interactive services. The expansion of the service range is unconditionally seen as a very important factor in raising awareness of entrepreneurs, and prosperity of their businesses.

The allocation of a specialized section ‘For Entrepreneurs’ in the official website has become another step in favor of business people. The section provides information on statistical legislation, relevant amendments, the legitimate rights of entrepreneurs, forms and procedure of submission of state statistical reports. Workshops and panel discussions are traditionally held to raise awareness of businessmen on changes in legislative acts, and on favorable conditions for them.

A new kind of electronic services has been introduced for businesses 2016. Now representatives of the sphere online, that is, an organized service on the website of the State Statistics Committee, may know what forms they must submit reports.

Such measures are aimed at the creation of facilities not only in the collection of necessary data for statistical calculations, but also to ensure stable growth of indicators showing the results of reforms.

2016 has seen the introduction of another new kind of electronic services for businesses. The information on the form of reporting in now available for businessmen on the website of the State Statistics Committee.

Such measures are aimed at facilitation of data collection for statistical calculations and for ensuring stable growth of the indicators that show the outcomes of reforms.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

TECHNOLOGIES

In the first half of 2016, the service growth at ICT companies of Uzbekistan has amounted to 11.4%

The total speed of using international information networks has increased by 32% against the beginning of 2016, and amounted to almost 35 Gbit/s.

1,250 km of fiber-optic communication lines have been laid this year as part of development of the telecommunication infrastructure for the expansion of media services for the public.

Today, digital TV covers 68.8% of the population. 23 more digital television transmitters will be installed on the country’s territory by the end of 2016 to bring the level of coverage with digital TV to 88%.

The number of domains in the UZ zone has exceeded 28,000. The number of educational information resources in the ZiyoNET library portal has reached 119,000 with 21.9 percent growth YOY.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Olympics-2016

Olympians of Uzbekistan depart for Brazil

A sporting delegation from Uzbekistan on 1 August departed for the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to participate in the XXXI summer Olympic games.

An event held on this occasion at Tashkent international airport was attended by representatives of state and public organizations, the country’s sporting community, the parents of sportsmen and mass media workers.

The chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan, M.Usmonov; the director-general of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline, V.Tyan; and others have said that constant attention being paid under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, to the development of sports is an important factor in training professional sportsmen.

Thanks to this, Uzbek sportsmen are achieving high results in prestigious competitions such as Olympic and Asian games, championships of the world and the continent.

The most cherished dream of every sportsman is to participate in summer Olympics and defend the honour of their Homeland in those games.

In accordance with the presidential decree dated 25 February 2013 “On training sportsmen of Uzbekistan for the XXXI summer Olympic and XV Paralympic games of 2016 in the city of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)”, a great deal of work has been carried out on training sportsmen for these prestigious competitions.

In this year’s Olympic Games which will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, sportsmen of Uzbekistan will be competing in such sports as rowing, rhythmic gymnastics, canoeing, boxing, judo, athletics, weightlifting, artistic gymnastics, table tennis, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, trampoline gymnastics, shooting, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.

“Participating in such prestigious competitions as Olympic games, every sportsmen sincerely feels that he is representing his Motherland and nation who brought him up, and it is a duty to justify the hope placed on him. This feeling gives us, sportsmen, strength and confidence. We will try to perform in a worthy manner in the Olympics,” says a member of the Uzbekistan national table tennis team, Zohid Kenjayev.

“Successes of our sportsmen are a result of a properly-established system of bringing up talented young people in our country. We believe that our sportsmen will display mastery in the XXXI Olympic Games and prove once again that they are second to none. Undoubtedly our Olympians will prepare a worthy gift for the greatest and dearest holiday of our nation – the 25th anniversary of the Motherland’ independence,” says the head coach of the Uzbekistan national taekwondo team, Aleksandr Kim.

“For us, sports persons, it is a great happiness to raise our Motherland’s flag high. We will make every effort and use all our potential so that in honour of our victories, our Motherland’s flag is hoisted high and the national anthem is played,” says a member of the Uzbekistan national athletics team, Yekaterina Voronina.

The sporting delegation of Uzbekistan departed for the city of Rio de Janeiro in a special aerorplane of the Ozbekiston Havo Yollari national airline.

(Source: UzA)

 

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