President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Oqsaroy on April 4 met with Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Greeting the guest, the head of our state noted that Uzbekistan attaches a great significance to the participation in CIS activities. In the Concept of Foreign Policy Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted last year, the involvement in the CIS is defined as one of the priority dimensions of our country’s interaction with multilateral international institutions. The CIS can and is expected to play the role of a coordinator of multifaceted interaction and remain as a platform for direct communication and maintenance of interstate dialogue within the ties established among the region’s nations. Thus, the demand in and the importance of the Commonwealth has been consistent for every member nation.
Issues of trade and economic cooperation, those regarding the development of transport communications, addressing transnational threats and challenges remain as priority areas of the interaction of the Republic of Uzbekistan within the CIS.
The CIS participating countries are the leading trade partners of Uzbekistan, which is confirmed by the indicators of trade turnover that in 2012 constituted 12.4 billion US dollars or 47.2 percent of the overall volume of our nation’s external trade.
The conversation has served to exchange views on issues of mutual interest, including the elevation of effectiveness in the activity of Commonwealth bodies as well as the prospects of multilateral integration processes and other topics.
Sergey Lebedev expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for a warm welcome and appreciated highly the participation of our country in furthering the goals set by the CIS. The regular session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth in Tashkent and the directives approved at the end of negotiations will indisputably afford a new impetus in the further consolidation of the multilayered mutually advantageous cooperation within the CIS.
Toward the conclusion of the meeting, the head of our state has wished the parties to the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers successful and prolific endeavors. (Source: Press service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
REGIONS: Tashkent Region
Solar station to be built in Tashkent region
Uzbekistan is planning to construct solar photoelectric station in Tashkent region, a representative of Uzbekenergo state joint stock company said.
According to the company, solar photoelectric station will be constructed in Parkent district of Tashkent region. The capacity of station will make up 3 megawatt.
Currently, feasibility study of the project is developed by specialists.
Uzbekistan has great opportunities to develop alternative sources of energy. There are 300 sunny days in Uzbekistan a year, which can be used to produce solar energy.
Potential of solar energy in Uzbekistan is rated at 50.973 billion tonnes of oil equivalent, which makes up 99.7% of all studied renewable energy sources. (Source:Uzdayli.com).
The map covers a very significant period of humanity from the Stone Age to the present day. Many of the monuments are of global importance.
This work has been done by scholars and specialists of the General Office for Preservation and Utilization of Objects of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan. It goes that today more than 10 thousand sites of cultural heritage have been registered across the country. The works are in progress on including of other more thousand objects in this list. This is significantly more in number than those in all other countries of Central Asia combined.
According to the academician Edvard Rtveladze, success in this area is contributed by such important factors as the development of programs for the protection and utilization of sites of cultural heritage, the planned designing, restoration, conservation, maintenance and adaptation of objects of cultural heritage for modern use. In all regions of the country and Karakalpakstan operate regional inspections for their protection, which perform constant technical monitoring of conservation and restoration works. They also supervise the technical condition of objects of cultural heritage and keep cadastral records. At the same time, the general office specialists closely cooperate with UNESCO and other foreign organizations dealing with protection, conservation and restoration of objects of cultural heritage.
“Over the past 20 years, our specialists managed to thoroughly examine and summarize the experience of the old masters, and most importantly, to identify what needs to be done for preservation of their architectural masterpieces. This experience is now in demand all over the world,” said the head of the General Office for Protection and Utilization of Objects of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Ravshanbek Mansurov. “Thus, many of our contemporary masters performed very important works at various objects in Malaysia, India, Germany, and United States. They especially distinguished in decorating the buildings for the celebration of a thousand years history of Kazan. The latest example is the restoration work at the “Uzbekistan” sanatorium in Yalta, Ukraine, and the adjoining palace of Olimkhon.
Attaching great importance to the cultural heritage, Uzbekistan has adopted a long-term program for research, conservation and restoration of the unique monuments of the country for the purpose of passing them to future generations. Thus, the state program on restoration and reconstruction of monuments in Bukhoro will act till 2020, program on Samarqand to 2015, and the state program has been prepared on the objects located in Qashqadaryo region that will act by 2018. (Source: Uzbekistan Today Newspaper).