In Uzbekistan, the 2017-2021 Program for modernization of the emergency medical care system has been approved. It happened in accordance with the decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On measures aimed at further improvement of the emergency medical care system,” which was published on the website of the National Legislation Database. For the implementation of this program, there will be allocated funds in the amount of $70.6 million. In particular, this year the car park of the emergency medical care system will be updated with 1,200 units of specialized vehicles.
By the end of 2017, the joint Uzbek-German enterprise MAN Auto-Uzbekistan will organize an enterprise for assembly of buses working on compressed natural gas in Uzbekistan. The vehicles will be used in car parks in the capital of the republic, Tashkent. “The new MAN buses will be environmentally friendly; they will be manufactured at the MAN Auto-Uzbekistan's production site as part of the program for phased transfer of car parks to buses fueled by methane,” a representative of the joint venture reported.
On March 22, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyev arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, with the first official visit since his election to the post of head of state. He plans to meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to discuss the issues related to bilateral cooperation. On behalf of Nursultan Nazarbayev, head of the Kazakh government Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, mayor of the Kazakh capital Aset Isekeshev, and Kazakh ambassador to Uzbekistan Yerik Utembayev met the Uzbek president at the Astana airport.
In 2016, the volume of remittances by individuals to Uzbekistan from Russia amounted to 2 billion 741 million dollars, as reported on the official website of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. Of all the countries that are Russia's contracting parties, Uzbekistan ranks second by the transfers of funds, while the first place belongs to Switzerland with an indicator of 5.1 billion dollars). Worth noting, the volume of remittances to the republic has decreased by 11 percent since 2015.
In Uzbekistan, the national mobile operator Uzmobile has introduced for its subscribers a service envisaging free Internet access to the EPIU, to the Virtual Reception of the President, as well as to the government portal. In addition, free-of-charge access is available to the websites of all government agencies. This news was reported by the company's representatives during the recent briefing in Tashkent.
On April 13-14, 2017, the capital of Uzbekistan will host one of the largest exhibition events of the republic, IUTE 2017 (International Uzbek Tourism Exhibition). This will be the fifth exhibition prepared for residents and guests of Tashkent, according to its organizers, it will include “a whole series of interesting surprises.” For example, the national pavilion of Uzbekistan will be for the first time presented to the participants and visitors at the tourism exhibition.
On April 1, 2017, the capital of Uzbekistan will host the international conference “Agro Food Forum 2017.” The theme of this event is food security, as well as the development of technologies for fruit and vegetable processing. GMG (General Machinery Group) is the organizer of this major forum. It is one of the largest suppliers of European equipment for processing various types of fruit and vegetable products in the Central Asian region.
Currently, Uzbekistan is considering the possibility of introducing voluntary forest certification based on international standards, which provides for optimal ways of forest management. According to local mass media, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been successfully implementing the system in many countries of the world for over 20 years. According to environmentalists, Uzbekistan allocates significant budget funds for forest restoration; however, it doesn't result in tangible recovery.
The 9th International Uzbekistan Industrial Forum 2017 is taking place in Tashkent, in the territory of the National Exhibition Complex “Uzexpocenter.” This year, this event brings together six international specialized exhibitions, which involve about 60 companies from China, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, South Korea, Iran, Turkey, Belarus, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and several other countries. Foreign companies account for more than half of the participants.
This year, Uzbekistan will allocate UZS62 billion for engineering, technical and other protective measures to combat floods. According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic, these measures will be taken in accordance with the decision of the governmental flood control commission.
They say that there is a country in the world where the most important state decisions are made by tossing a coin. This explanation is the only possible one for those who try to understand the processes occurring today in Uzbekistan and simultaneously to pacify the protests in their consciousness.
But citizens are satisfied with the state, and they even respect their authoritarian president for such “objectivity and impartiality” of his solutions. In this wonderful country, they are afraid of only one thing: choosing a new governor.
In April, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov is to visit Moscow.
Now it is high time to remember and comprehend the historical ties that exist between the peoples of Uzbekistan and Russia. At this point, we should recall the unique moment of history: martial and ceremonial helmets of the Russian princes, including Alexander Nevsky, were made in Samarkand and decorated with Arabic script.
Amidst the background of events in Syria, the problems of Central Asia have been pushed away from the foreground. However, this region (which involves the former Soviet republics that obtained independence in the 1990s) is of particular interest because of the continuity of power observed in major political players of the Muslim world, such as the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
While Russia is trying to organize an effective collective defense together with its Central Asian allies in the CSTO, the United States and other NATO member states also intend to develop military and military-technical cooperation with the Central Asian region.
Back in 2010, according to the US embassy, the United States intended to build a modern training center for the armed forces of Tajikistan in the west of the republic, and a similar facility was to be opened in Kyrgyzstan.
It is already no secret that the United States steadily increase their penetration into Central Asia under the pretext of the Afghan threat. Thus, the Americans have enhanced their contacts with the Central Asian countries in the area of military-technical cooperation, hoping to significantly increase their military presence in the region.