In the Interest of the People
A meeting dedicated to issues of improving the efficiency of geological exploration work, implementation of important strategic projects on increasing the resource base of mineral resources and precious metals, was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In accordance with this, work on comprehensive geological exploration of the bowels of the earth and development of a mineral resource base envisaged for a long-term perspective has been raised to a new level. This year five resolutions of the President concerning the industry and a number of resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers have been adopted.
In accordance with the resolution of the head of our state “On measures of establishing a single geological service in the system of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Geology and Mineral Resources” of May 24, 2017, a new system has been created in the sphere.
“Geology of precious metals and uranium” scientific production center of Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat and the “Geology of non-ferrous metals” scientific production center of Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combinat are included in the committee. Currently, the State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources has 32 organizations in 4 areas.
The tasks and powers of the committee have been expanded; the potential for exploring new deposits and increasing reserves has been developed. The number of types of geologically studied minerals has increased from 12 to 35.
The industry is being consistently modernized in order to improve the efficiency of geological exploration work. Laboratory and analytical equipment is being updated. For example, if previously 32 elements were detected in the ore of one sample, today 74 useful substances are determined as a result of new modern technologies.
However, a number of actual issues in the sphere are on the agenda. Despite the fact that the State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources is defined as the responsible body for geological exploration, use, protection and management of the earth’s bowels, its activities are limited only to the implementation of geological exploration work.
At the meeting, the current state of the geology sphere was critically analyzed. It was pointed out that there is no clear mechanism on reasonable use, protection of the bowels of the earth and management of mining, as well as proper attention to this sphere. It was noted that, on the basis of studying the experience of advanced foreign states in this sphere, it is necessary to develop an entirely new structure and directions of activities of the State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources, to increase its potential.
The President of our country drew particular attention to the long-term prospects of mining and metallurgical industry, the role of the sphere in industrialization of the regions. Instructions were given on active attraction of foreign investments into the industry, development of mineral resources and increasing processing volumes, organizing new enterprises and creating new workplaces. Relevant ministries and departments were entrusted with revision and improvement of the program on development of the mineral resource base.
At the meeting, attention was also paid to the execution of projects, implementation of which is planned by the largest enterprises of the industry – Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC) and Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combinat.
27 projects will be implemented in NMMC in 2017-2026. As a result of these projects worth 3 billion 63 million dollars, production volumes will increase by 30 percent in 2026. Additional 31 thousand workplaces will be created.
The need to approve a program of measures on ensuring these important projects with reliable electricity supply was emphasized.