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Uzbekistan and the European Union are negotiating on the issues related to creation of the Council for Investment and Trade. This structure will begin its work before the end of 2017. The head of the EU delegation in Tashkent, Eduard Stiprem, reported this news on May 4, during a meeting with representatives of the media. “We and the Uzbek side have been discussing the establishment of the Council for Investments and Trade. The structure will be participated not only by officials, but also by representatives of European companies and firms, as well as Uzbek entrepreneurs.


In the territory of Jizzakh Province of Uzbekistan, plans are afoot to build a pipeline running to the border with Kazakhstan. It will deliver hydrocarbon raw materials to the new oil refining complex. According to the national holding company “Uzbekneftegaz,” the construction of the complex began in late April 2017. Its total cost will be $2.2 billion, and the projected annual processing capacity is 5 million tons.


A significant part of the raw materials will come to the enterprise from Russia and Kazakhstan.



President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree providing for implementation of a set of measures aimed at further development of the country's hydropower industry within the next five years. According to the press service of the head of state, plans are afoot to implement this project by 2021. Its main goal is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the total electricity production, and to modernize and reconstruct the existing facilities.



Since May 1, 2017, the internal troops of Uzbekistan have been transferred to full legal subordination to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Head of the MIA Abdusalom Azizov made such a statement, expressing confidence that in the near future there will also be formed special-purpose rapid reaction units under the Ministry of the Interior. According to him, the Interior Ministry currently has enough forces to effectively resist any aggression.



By the end of 2021, Uzbekistan plans to build and reconstruct 74 small and large bus stations. This is stated in the relevant decree of the Government of the Republic. The document also indicates that this year works shall begin in relation to 13 similar facilities in all provinces of the country. In 2018, such works will be carried out at 19 sites. Further, 16 bus stations will be built or repaired in 2019, 21 in 2020, and 5 in 2021.



In 2018, the Uzbek police will conduct investigations exclusively with the use of video surveillance and recorded audio files of any conversations. This is stated in the text of the decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures aimed at radically improving the activities of the internal affairs bodies in the sphere of investigation of crimes.” In accordance with this document, after January 1, 2018, the internal affairs bodies will be obliged to have special rooms equipped with video surveillance systems for video and audio recording of the investigations actions.


The government of Uzbekistan has signed an agreement with the IDB (Islamic Development Bank), which provides for the allocation of $300 million to support the construction of affordable housing in rural areas. This news was reported by the representative of the Ministry of Finance of the country, specifying that these funds are allocated in the second stage of supporting housing construction in Uzbekistan. The bank loan is granted for a period of 15 years, which includes a two-year grace period. The funds will be refinanced through the Uzbek banks participating in this program.


Uzbekistan is witnessing the introduction of the system of e-justice into practice. Within its framework, about 130 specialists participated in specialized training sessions devoted to further expansion of the use of E-SUD (the National Information System for Electronic Proceedings). Among them, there were judges, chairmen of courts, heads of offices of inter-district civil courts, employees of the State Tax Inspectorate and various public services, as well as lawyers from three provinces: Ferghana, Namangan and Andijan.


Djizak Province of Uzbekistan witnessed the ceremony of launching the construction of a new oil refinery complex. The event was attended by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. According to the press service of the head of state, the new enterprise will become a unique industrial facility in the territory of not only Uzbekistan, but the entire Central Asian region. The cost of the new complex will be $2.2 billion. Its annual processing capacity will amount to 5 million tons of hydrocarbon raw materials, which will be delivered to the plant from Russia and Kazakhstan.



The Russian agricultural firm KRIMM (Tyumen Province) has concluded an agreement with the agricultural company AGROVER. The document provides for the supply of 600 tons of elite-class seed potatoes of the varieties Red Scarlet and Rosara to Uzbekistan. Earlier, the Russian company concluded an agreement with the Uzbek side on the supply of 2,000 tons of food potatoes to the republic. After that, the sides decided to expand mutual partnership.