Uzbek Deputy FM holds meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General

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Uzbek Deputy FM holds meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — On November 21, 2018, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ilhomjon Nematov met with the UN Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva Michael Møller.

Møller arrived in Uzbekistan to attend the Asian Forum on Human Rights, which will be held in Samarkand on 22 November.

The parties discussed the current issues of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN, prospects of their development. It was noted that profound political and economic changes in Uzbekistan create new conditions for strengthening cooperation.

The UN representative welcomed regional policy promoted by Uzbekistan, which is paying main attention to development of political, trade-economic, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian ties with neighboring countries.

The sides also considered practical aspects of the forthcoming joint activities.

Source : UzDaily

Ministry of Finance: There is no reason to raise the price of natural gas, sold through gas filling stations

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Ministry of Finance: There is no reason to raise the price of natural gas, sold through gas filling stations

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — The Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan stated that there are no grounds for raising prices for natural gas sold through gas filling stations.

Analysis of prices for natural gas sold through gas filling stations of compressor stations showed that since 16 November 2018 natural gas sold by them has risen in price by 300-400 soums (from 1,700–1800 soums to 2,000–2,200 soums), the Ministry of Finance noted.

Until 16 November, gas was sold to CNG filling stations at a price of 789.74 soums per cubic meter (the price was based on the wholesale selling price for natural gas in the amount of 289.74 soums per cubic meter and a special investment premium in the amount of 500 soums per cubic meter .).

From 16 November 2018, the price is set at 800 soums per cubic meters (including VAT), that is, a special investment premium, previously set at 500 soums per cubic meters was canceled and included in the selling price of natural gas.

The increase in the selling price by the gas filling station by 17% is considered by the Ministry of Finance to be unreasonable, and if prices do not fall to the level of 15 November 2018, they will be forced to make proposals for the withdrawal of illegally obtained profits by increasing the tax on gasoline and diesel and gas for natural gas vehicles or other fiscal measures.

At present, relevant instructions have been given to the State Committee on Competition, Uzgosneftegazinspektsiya and the state tax service authorities to establish strict monitoring of prices on the gas filling stations in order to detect unfair competition with the adoption of measures established by legislation.


Source : UzDaily

Uzbek Foreign Minister holds talks with EU Commissioner

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Uzbek Foreign Minister holds talks with EU Commissioner

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who arrived in Brussels on a working visit, met with the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on 21 November 2018.

The sides discussed practical aspects of further development of multi-dimensional cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union, including in the format of “Central Asia – European Union.”

 At the meeting, the dynamic and productive nature of bilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian and other fields was noted with satisfaction.

In particular, there are positive trends in education and training, and in this context, prospects for increasing the network of branches of leading European universities in Uzbekistan in such specialties as “Private Law” and “Medicine” were discussed.

The meeting also addressed other issues of a common agenda.

On the same day, within the framework of the visit of the Uzbek delegation, Uzbekistan and the EU signed agreements on financing projects for development of the livestock sector, improving the quality of public services by the judiciary in the regions of the country with a total budget of 25 million euros.

Source ; UzDaily

President of Uzbekistan receives UN Under-Secretary-General

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President of Uzbekistan receives UN Under-Secretary-General

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — On 21 November, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Michael Møller.

Uzbek President noted with deep satisfaction that the visit of a representative delegation of the United Nations to Uzbekistan to participate in the events of the first Asian Forum on Human Rights, which will begin its work tomorrow in Samarkand, is another confirmation of the consistently strengthening bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN.

It was emphasized that a noticeable growth in contacts and reciprocal visits contributed to the establishment of a constructive dialogue and expansion of the fruitful cooperation of our country with the structures and institutions of the Organization aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Currently, Uzbekistan has adopted and jointly implements a number of policy documents and roadmaps to develop practical cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labor Organization, UNESCO, the World Tourism Organization and other United Nations agencies.

It was especially noted that at the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan in June of this year, for the first time, a special resolution of the UN General Assembly on ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region was adopted, which received broad international support.

Joint work is also continuing to promote the initiatives of Uzbekistan to adopt the International Convention on the Rights of Youth and the resolution of the General Assembly of the Organization “Education and Religious Tolerance.”

During the conversation, prospects for development of bilateral cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the United Nations, as well as topical issues of the international and regional agenda were discussed.

Special attention is paid to unities the efforts of the world community to mitigate the consequences of the Aral ecological disaster, including through the implementation of socio-economic and humanitarian programs and projects in the Aral Sea region.

A big practical step in this direction will be the implementation of the initiative of Uzbekistan to create a special Trust Fund under the aegis of the UN. On November 27 of this year, the first event of this structure at a high level will be held at the headquarters of the Organization in New York.

The sides also considered issues of comprehensive assistance to a political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, which is a key factor in ensuring peace and stability in our region and far beyond its borders.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Michael Møller expressed his gratitude to the head of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome, and also conveyed the sincere greetings and best wishes of the Secretary-General of the Organization, António Guterres.

He highly appreciated the large-scale reforms and transformations carried out in Uzbekistan at the new stage, aimed primarily at ensuring the interests, rights and freedoms of the individual.

It was especially noted that implemented Development Strategy of Uzbekistan in five priority areas in its essence and content is consistent with the goals and objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for the period up to 2030.

Michael Møller expressed full support of the Organization for the efforts of Uzbekistan to foster trust, good neighborly relations and constructive partnership in Central Asia, as well as promote sustainable development in the region.

The UN confirmed readiness to deepen the multi-faceted cooperation with Uzbekistan, including within the framework of the implementation of the results of the first Asian Forum on Human Rights, held in Uzbekistan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Source : UzDaily

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