Thursday, 20, June, 2019

National

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke over the phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. “The two leaders offered heartfelt congratulations to each other on the holy month of Ramadan and exchanged the best wishes,” the Uzbek leader’s press service said in a statement.

On May 14, a U.S. delegation led by the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant arrived in Uzbekistan on an official visit. During the visit, the U.S. delegation visited the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Defense said.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree today, assigning the whole territory of the Navoi province as a free economic zone (FEZ) for innovative, high-tech, export-oriented and import-substituting industries until January 1, 2030. The validity period of the FEZ may be extended.

The Uzbekistani authorities should end the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders, Agzam Turgunov and Dilmurod Saidov, and allow them to continue their human rights work unhindered said Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (PHF).

On May 14, at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade was held a meeting between the Uzbek Deputy PM E. Ganiev, Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade S. Umurzakov and the delegation of the State of Mississippi led by the Governor Philip Bryant. The visiting delegation included representatives of official, business and academic circles and heads of companies.

Germany is ready to cooperate with Uzbekistan and offers to consider environmental protection and infrastructure development projects. Also, during the visit of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Uzbekistan, the issues of environmental protection will be further discussed, Dr. Jürgen Keinhorst, Head of the Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Division of the Federal Ministry for the Environment of Germany said during a meeting with the delegation of Uzbekistan, which included representatives of the media, NGOs and water related government organizations.

On May 14, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev hosted a delegation of the State of Mississippi headed by the Governor Phil Bryant.

Uzbekistan will provide the worldwide average life quality standards for its citizens by 2030, the draft Uzbekistan’s for Investment Policy Strategy until 2025, prepared by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, said.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has decided to grant US$ 19.5 million to support the Uzbekistan public education reforms.

On 13 May, the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan launched a joint project “Promoting youth employment in Uzbekistan” funded by the Russian Federation - UNDP Trust Fund for Development.