Friday, 22, February, 2019

National

Strategic planning bill will be drafted in Uzbekistan. This was stated in the President’s Priority Measures to Raising the Responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers for the Effectiveness of Accomplishing Uzbekistan’s Strategic Objectives for Socio-economic Development of the Country Decree.

Uzbek Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov today hosted the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey, Mehmet Süreyya Er, the Ministry said.

The number of foreign nationals who visited Uzbekistan in 2018 increased by 2.3 times compared to 2017 - 6.433 million against 2.847 million people. Last year, the number of Uzbekistan citizens who made foreign trips doubled - 13 million 838.6 thousand people against 6 million 823.4 thousand a year earlier, Statistics Committee reported.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Introduction of New System of Organizing the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan Decree which has cut the number of deputy prime ministers from eight to five.

According to Uzbek Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Komil Rashidov, Tashkent will host the second consultative meeting of the Central Asian leaders in the spring of 2019.

Uzbek Deputy PM Alisher Sultanov met with executives of SOCAR and BP to outline further areas for advancing cooperation, Uzbekneftegaz said in a statement.

Uzbekistan ranks 158 out of 180 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2018, with a score of 23, up from 22 in 2017 and neighbors with Eritrea, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Cambodia.

Elyor Ganiev, who worked as deputy adviser to the President, again became Deputy PM in charge of investments and foreign economic ties, sources in the Government told Tashkent Times replacing Sukhrob Kholmuradov.

Hotels will not be entitled to refuse guests who are suspected of "immoral behavior" and to call the police, said the First Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Committee Ulugbek Kasymhojaev.

The chairman of the Uzcharmsanoat (transl. Uz Leather Industry) Association, Sardor Umurzakov, has been appointed Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, created from the merger of the Investments Committee and the Foreign Trade Ministry, a source in the government told the Tashkent Times.