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Science & Technology


In accordance with the decree of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev, the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics will be created under the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. The new structure will be formed on the basis of the already existing Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics. According to experts, this decision will make it possible to improve research in biotechnology and genomic breeding of wheat, potatoes, cotton and grapes. In addition, the Center will train highly skilled geneticists.



In accordance with the decree approved by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Agency for Science and Technology will be created in the country. As follows from the text of the document, the new structure will function on the basis of the governmental Committee on coordination of development of science and technology, which is subject to abolition.


In Uzbekistan, there has begun the development of a project for establishment of the Innovation Center in the republic's capital; it is designed to become a rough analogue of the world famous American Silicon Valley. As reported by the Ministry for Development of Communications and Information Technology, the Inha University in Tashkent will become the venue for the Center, as a pilot project. Over time, the project should gradually be transformed into a free economic zone where the Uzbek IT companies will focus their high-tech production.



According to a study conducted by the analytical service portal, last year the number of subscribers of fixed Internet in Kazakhstan increased to 2.3 million people, or by 10.3 percent. The scope services provided grew by 6.4 percent and amounted to $206.6 billion in monetary terms (8.4 percent accounted for the countryside). In general, 13 people out of 100 inhabitants of the country have access to the stationary Internet (the rate in rural areas is two times lower: 6 out of 100), and 68 people out of 100 have access to mobile Internet.



The international agency We Are Social, which specializes in research in the fields of media and society, has analyzed the current situation in the countries of Central Asia in the sphere of access to the Internet. In accordance with the study findings, the number of mobile subscribers in Kyrgyzstan exceeds the number of inhabitants of the republic. Currently, the country has 7.49 million owners of SIM cards, while the population totals 6.08 million.



The lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament (the Mazhilis) approved the creation of the Central Asian regional center on glacier research in the country. The draft law entitled “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) on establishment of the Central Asian regional glaciological center” was discussed by the MPs during a recent plenary session.


In the near future, Uzbekistan plans to develop a comprehensive program of re-equipment and rearmament of the armed forces in 2017-2021. President Shavkat Mirziyoev made this statement in his festive address dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Armed Forces. “As a priority, we have to develop a comprehensive program for 2017-2021, which will provide for specific measures to modernize and repair the equipment, and to acquire various types of new military products,” Mirziyoev said.



In 2018, the holding company “Helicopters of Russia” (which is a part of the “Rostech”) will deliver four transport-combat helicopters “Mi-35M” to the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan in accordance with the signed contract. The document stipulates, in particular, that the aircraft should be paid for in Russian rubles.


The Air Forces of Kazakhstan have replenished their arsenal with new modern multi-purpose fighters “Su-30SM” of Russian production. This occurred under the previous agreements reached between the leaders of the military departments of the two neighboring countries. The press service of the Kazakh Defense Ministry reported this news on December 27, stressing that the new machines are closely approximated to the fifth-generation aircraft in their tactical, technical and flight characteristics.



On December 26, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin signed the concept of further cooperation between the two countries at the space complex “Baikonur.” As reported by the official “Kazkosmos” page on Facebook, this concept secures the agreements between the parties on joint development and modernization of the infrastructure of the city and the Baikonur cosmodrome and continuation of the rental relationship.