The President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on January 12 signed a decree "On creation of the commission for the development of publication and distribution of books, and promoting reading." The text of the document is published by UzA.
The decree underscores a number of problems related to promoting reading among the population, especially the youth.
First of all, the document noted that it is not being done enough in terms of publishing of quality education, science, literary books, and hence such books are not delivered to educational institutions, and the best works of national and world literature are not being translated.
Books are not supplied at affordable prices to the regions, the system of online book ordering and use of e- books are not satisfactory.
For the preparation of proposals to correct deficiencies and promote reading among the population a working group headed by the Prime Minister and small working groups have been formed to work out programs of measures aimed at improving the system of publication and distribution of books, promoting of book reading.
The program, foreseen in the decree, must be developed and submitted for approval within two months.
There are 1677 printing companies and 118 publishers in the country, there is the National Library, 14 regional information and library centers and about 200 information and resource centers of educational institutions.