Re­forms to Serve Progress

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Ay­bek Muki­mov

The meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Press Club taken place on Septem­ber 20 was de­voted to the Con­cept of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form.

Is­sues of im­por­tance of the De­cree of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Septem­ber 8, 2017 «On ap­proval of the Con­cept of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form in the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan» were dis­cussed.

This de­ci­sion is an im­por­tant step in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Strat­egy of Ac­tions, stressed the speak­ers and ex­perts, and it opens a new page in the state and pub­lic con­struc­tion of Uzbek­istan.

This doc­u­ment re­flects such es­sen­tial tasks as im­prov­ing the in­sti­tu­tional and or­ga­ni­za­tional and le­gal frame­work for the ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies, de­ter­min­ing their tasks, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, re­duc­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive in­flu­ence on the eco­nomic sec­tors, ex­pand­ing mar­ket man­age­ment mech­a­nisms, co­or­di­nat­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the ver­ti­cal man­age­ment sys­tem and ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies au­thor­i­ties, in­tro­duc­tion of in­no­va­tive ideas, tech­nolo­gies into the sys­tem of state man­age­ment, ap­pli­ca­tion of ef­fec­tive meth­ods of strug­gle with cor­rup­tion.

The re­al­iza­tion of the mea­sures en­vis­aged in the Con­cept will un­doubt­edly give a new im­pe­tus to the mod­ern­iza­tion of the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem tak­ing into ac­count the ten­den­cies of the coun­try's in­no­va­tive ad­vance­ment and world stan­dards.

At the meet­ing, Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Bek­zot Mavlonov noted that this doc­u­ment was de­vel­oped with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 500 spe­cial­ists. «I want to pay at­ten­tion to the process of de­vel­op­ing the Con­cept of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form. Ex­perts, sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of for­eign coun­tries took part in its cre­ation. More than 20 thou­sand pro­pos­als came from cit­i­zens in so­cial net­works in the process of cre­at­ing the Con­cept. I ad­vise ev­ery cit­i­zen of the coun­try to study it, it is aimed at qual­i­ta­tive im­prove­ment of state bod­ies», the speaker said.

A Deputy Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, rec­tor of the Tashkent State Univer­sity of Law Ye­se­mu­rat Kanya­zov noted that the devel­op­ment of this doc­u­ment raised the ques­tion: what is ad­min­is­tra­tive law? It is a tool that de­ter­mines the mech­a­nism of work of the ex­ec­u­tive power. We have an idea of what civil, crim­i­nal, la­bor law is, but few know what ad­min­is­tra­tive law is.

The head of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Ger­man So­ci­ety for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Jorg Pudelka stressed that ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form is the «key» for the state in ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance. In ad­di­tion, the im­age of state bod­ies among the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing. How­ever there is also a down­side of the coin - it's a re­jec­tion of «man­ual» man­age­ment and the tran­si­tion to more com­pet­i­tive types.

First deputy head of de­part­ment at the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral's Of­fice Vy­ach­eslav Pak noted that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Strat­egy of Ac­tions showed that we have sys­temic de­fi­cien­cies in many areas that need to be elim­i­nated. The con­cept will gain a new mo­men­tum for the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

An­swer­ing jour­nal­ists' ques­tion about the trans­fer of the Alisher Navoi Na­tional Park of Uzbek­istan to a pri­vate firm, a speaker Ak­bar Musayev, Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral, said:

“In this is­sue there were small mis­un­der­stand­ings. The na­tional park is a whole com­plex. Only a sin­gle part of it will be trans­ferred to pri­vate «hands». The park was cre­ated in 1935-1939. To date, the at­trac­tions and the park it­self are more than 60 years old. As for the lake, the wa­ter in­side it does not meet the san­i­tary and hy­gienic stan­dards. What does the con­cept re­quire? It re­quires the devel­op­ment of pri­vate and pub­lic part­ner­ships. Trans­fer part of the park is a state part­ner­ship. It is worth to note the fact that the land is not given to a pri­vate com­pany com­pletely in pos­ses­sion, but only for a cer­tain pe­riod (49 years) in rent. Be­fore it there will be cer­tain obli­ga­tions: to put in or­der the park and to build a beau­ti­ful zone for rest. In ac­cor­dance with the de­ci­sion of the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters, the park should pro­vide ac­cess for all seg­ments of the pop­u­la­tion, that is, peo­ple can freely go there, re­lax, walk, just like now”.

Ex­perts par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing added that guests com­ing to our coun­try are pri­mar­ily in­ter­ested in at­trac­tions, and the Na­tional Park is one of them. And the state pur­sues the goal of tidy­ing up this park, cre­at­ing here beauty, com­fort for all. This is done for the good of the peo­ple.

Speaker Jorg Pudelka stressed that the trans­fer of ser­vices to pri­vate «hands» is a nor­mal phe­nom­e­non, the ap­pli­ca­tion of which is prac­ticed in many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ger­many. «If the state does some­thing, it's good, but when in­di­vid­u­als do it, then the ef­fi­ciency will be much greater», the speaker said.

(As part of the so­cial or­der of the Oliy Ma­jlis Pub­lic Fund for Sup­port­ing NGOs and Other Civil So­ci­ety In­sti­tu­tions)

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