Anal­y­sis of Work and Plans for the Fu­ture

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The head of our state, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, trav­eled to the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan on De­cem­ber 15-16 to fa­mil­iar­ize him­self with the course of so­cial and eco­nomic re­forms in the re­gions.

The main goal of the trip is to an­a­lyze and fa­mil­iar­ize with the progress of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tasks set, to de­ter­mine the pri­or­ity di­rec­tions of work for the next two years.

Head of the coun­try dur­ing his trip to Karakalpak­stan on Jan­uary 20-21 this year iden­ti­fied sys­temic mea­sures to de­velop the re­gion's econ­omy, im­prove so­cial con­di­tions. Over the past pe­riod, these in­struc­tions have been fully im­ple­mented.

In ac­cor­dance with the pro­gram, de­vel­oped fol­low­ing the re­sults of that trip,

242 projects with a to­tal cost of about 160 bil­lion soums aimed at the de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­try were re­al­ized. This made it pos­si­ble to cre­ate al­most 4 thou­sand jobs.

For ex­am­ple, the first line of the “Karakalpakce­ment” en­ter­prise with the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 200 thou­sand tons of ce­ment was put into op­er­a­tion in the Ka­rauzyak dis­trict, the “Tech­nik Global” com­pany in Nukus has in­stalled 150,000 TV sets un­der the Sam­sung brand, at the Nukus Poly­mer en­ter­prise - 8 thou­sand tons of poly­eth­yl­ene pipes and house­hold goods. The «Ve­ga­tex Global» en­ter­prise of Turtkul re­gion pro­duces 5 thou­sand tons of yarn per year.

The prob­lem of drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply, which is very im­por­tant and ac­tual for the res­i­dents of Karakalpak­stan, re­mained un­solved for a num­ber of years. There­fore, in a short time the Kun­grad-Muy­nak wa­ter pipe with a length of 101 kilo­me­ters was laid and a «Kun­grad» wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem was con­structed, which al­lowed pro­vid­ing 25 thou­sand in­hab­i­tants of Muy­nak dis­trict with clean drink­ing wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion, in ac­cor­dance with the In­vest­ment Pro­gram, the ex­ist­ing wa­ter sup­ply net­works have been re­con­structed and up­dated due to bud­getary funds and funds of the Aral Sea De­vel­op­ment Fund. As a re­sult, drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply for more than 50 thou­sand peo­ple of 35 set­tle­ments.

The sec­ond build­ing of the Lou­vre in the Desert - the I.Sav­it­sky State Mu­seum of Art, which is the pride of not only Karakalpak­stan, but the whole of our coun­try, was erected and equipped ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

New build­ings of the Karakalpak State Mu­seum of Lo­cal Lore, a school for gifted chil­dren named af­ter Hero of Uzbek­istan Ibroyim Yusupov, a park named af­ter Amir Te­mur, a large sports com­plex with mod­ern con­di­tions have been built. The Mosque of Imam Eshon Muham­mad was re­con­structed and put into op­er­a­tion.

Sim­i­lar trans­for­ma­tions took place in all dis­tricts, vil­lages and auls. Suc­cesses have been achieved in the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion, the stan­dard of liv­ing of the pop­u­la­tion has im­proved. Most im­por­tantly, peo­ple feel this on them­selves.

There­fore, the res­i­dents of Karakalpak­stan wel­comed the cur­rent trip of the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try with great en­thu­si­asm. This cor­re­sponds to the scale, sig­nif­i­cance of the pro­gram of the trip, as well as the mea­sures de­ter­mined dur­ing the ac­quain­tance with the ob­jects.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev be­gan his trip from vis­it­ing preschool ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion No. 8 in Chim­bay dis­trict. The fact that the first point was the kinder­garten is of great im­por­tance. In each of his speeches and dur­ing trips to the re­gions, the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try puts for­ward ini­tia­tives and sets im­por­tant tasks to im­prove the qual­ity of preschool ed­u­ca­tion, dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the prepa­ra­tion of chil­dren for school, and the in­tro­duc­tion of widely used mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and tech­nolo­gies in the world.

In ac­cor­dance with the de­cree of the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try «On mea­sures to fur­ther im­prove the sys­tem of pre-school ed­u­ca­tion in 2017-2021» of De­cem­ber 29, 2016, mea­sures are be­ing taken to strengthen the ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal base of ex­ist­ing pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, to build new ones, in­clud­ing in ru­ral ar­eas, to pro­vide them with mod­ern equip­ment, teach­ing aids and mul­ti­me­dia re­sources.

By the De­cree of Shavkat Mirziy­oyev on the car­di­nal im­prove­ment of the man­age­ment of the preschool ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, on Septem­ber 30 this year, the Min­istry of Preschool Ed­u­ca­tion was es­tab­lished. The main tasks of the new min­istry are the phased cov­er­age of all chil­dren by the preschool ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, the cre­ation of a net­work of state and non-state pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try for healthy com­pe­ti­tion, the in­tro­duc­tion of al­ter­na­tive forms of preschool ed­u­ca­tion and the up­bring­ing of chil­dren.

To im­ple­ment these res­o­lu­tions and de­cree, large-scale work is be­ing car­ried out in the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan. Here 318 pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing 3 pri­vate and 7 kinder­gartens for var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions work. They bring up more 48 thou­sand tod­dlers, or 32% of all chil­dren in the re­gion.

The head of our state got ac­quainted with the con­di­tions cre­ated in the kinder­garten, con­grat­u­lated the pupils on the up­com­ing New Year hol­i­day.

We at­tach spe­cial im­por­tance to the sys­tem of preschool ed­u­ca­tion, said Shavkat Mirziy­oyev. If to­day we do not pay proper at­ten­tion to the ed­u­ca­tion of young peo­ple, to­mor­row it may be too late. Pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions must be built tak­ing into ac­count cli­matic con­di­tions. Each room must have a warm floor. In ad­di­tion, it is nec­es­sary to re­vise the sys­tem of per­son­nel train­ing for the sphere. It is nec­es­sary to or­ga­nize spe­cial cour­ses at higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The pro­fes­sional level of ed­u­ca­tors is very im­por­tant for fu­ture chil­dren.

The head of our state noted the need to take into ac­count the South Korean ex­pe­ri­ence in the prepa­ra­tion of projects for the or­ga­ni­za­tion of new kinder­gartens. The cur­rent projects of such struc­tures, de­vel­oped on the ba­sis of out­dated de­ci­sions, do not jus­tify them­selves. We must build chil­dren's bed­rooms and classes broad and bright, and the ad­min­is­tra­tive premises should be more com­pact, the Pres­i­dent stressed.

Here, pre­sen­ta­tion of stan­dard projects for the con­struc­tion of preschool ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions for 50, 100, 150 places was held. In­for­ma­tion was pre­sented on the fur­ther ex­pan­sion of the net­work of state and non-state pre-schools, the for­ma­tion of healthy com­pe­ti­tion be­tween them, the in­tro­duc­tion of new forms of preschool ed­u­ca­tion on the ba­sis of pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

In­struc­tions were given to at­tract grad­u­ates of ped­a­gog­i­cal col­leges to re­train­ing cour­ses and their ad­mis­sion to work in pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

The head of our state vis­ited the aca­demic lyceum lo­cated in the Chim­bay dis­trict un­der the Nukus branch of the Tashkent State Agrar­ian Univer­sity.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of projects on fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, sup­port of man­u­fac­tur­ers of medicines and med­i­cal prod­ucts, sat­u­ra­tion of the do­mes­tic mar­ket with high-qual­ity prepa­ra­tions of do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion took place here.

The Pres­i­dent of our coun­try highly as­sessed the prospects of de­vel­op­ment of this sphere, noted the need to im­prove the train­ing of spe­cial­ists.

It's time to plant cot­ton even when it's not prof­itable. It is nec­es­sary to grow other, prof­itable crops. For ex­am­ple, licorice ap­proaches the nat­u­ral and cli­matic con­di­tions of the re­gion, so there should be no ob­sta­cles to ex­pand­ing its crops, said Shavkat Mirziy­oyev.

«Lanex­trakt» joint ven­ture of Chim­bay dis­trict pro­duces an ex­tract of licorice root. The en­ter­prise pro­cesses 30 thou­sand tons of licorice roots per year and pro­duces 1.3 thou­sand tons of ex­tract. At the en­ter­prise or­ga­nized to­gether with the Chi­nese in­vestors, 200 work­places are cre­ated.

The Pres­i­dent of our coun­try also got ac­quainted with the project of plant­ing medic­i­nal plants in Karakalpak­stan. In ac­cor­dance with the de­cree of the head of our state «On the estab­lish­ment of free eco­nomic zones «Nukus Pharm», « omin Pharm», «Koson­soy-Pharm», «Syrdary­oPharm», «Boy­sun Pharm», «Bus­ton­lik Pharm» and «Parkent-Pharm» from May 3, 2017 in the re­gion car­ried out largescale work, spe­cial at­ten­tion is paid to cre­at­ing new jobs through the ef­fec­tive use of ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties and re­source po­ten­tial.

In 2018-2019 for the de­vel­op­ment of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try in the re­gion it is planned to im­ple­ment 17 projects worth $ 27.7 mil­lion. This will al­low the pro­duc­tion and ex­port of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts of 37 species.

«Nukus Med Tech» LLC plans to launch the pro­duc­tion of med­i­cal prod­ucts, «Ber­lin Pharm» LLC - medicines for the treat­ment of can­cer, «Turtkul shisha idish­lari» LLC of Turtkul dis­trict will pro­duce phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal con­tain­ers.

Other projects on the pro­duc­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and other prod­ucts were also pre­sented. In par­tic­u­lar, it was told about the plans for the pro­duc­tion of cel­lu­lose. This project, im­ple­mented in two stages, in­volves the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the tech­no­log­i­cal process from the pro­duc­tion of pa­per to the man­u­fac­ture of fin­ished prod­ucts from it.

It is planned to or­ga­nize new en­ter­prises based on the in­ven­tory of empty and un­used build­ings and ar­eas in Karakalpak­stan. Pro­pos­als for the em­ploy­ment of low-in­come fam­i­lies were sub­mit­ted.

The head of the coun­try met with the ac­tivists and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the in­tel­li­gentsia of the Chim­bay dis­trict. The meet­ing ex­changed views on the events tak­ing place in the world, on is­sues of con­cern to the pop­u­la­tion, on im­prov­ing the func­tion­ing of the ed­u­ca­tion and health sys­tems.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev vis­ited the Takhi­atash dis­trict. Here in­for­ma­tion was pre­sented on the work done in 2017 on the in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment of the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan. Af­ter the pre­vi­ous trip of the head of our state in the re­gion, over 2.1 thou­sand projects were re­al­ized. As a re­sult of their im­ple­men­ta­tion in the spheres of in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture and ser­vices, the pro­duc­tion of ex­port-ori­ented prod­ucts has been es­tab­lished. About 11 thou­sand jobs were cre­ated.

Within the frame­work of the com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment pro­gram of the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan for 20182019, it is planned to im­ple­ment an­other 1,300 projects. On their im­ple­men­ta­tion will be sent funds of en­ter­pris­esini­tia­tors, com­mer­cial banks and for­eign in­vest­ment. The pro­duc­tion of new types of prod­ucts will be mas­tered, the level of lo­cal­iza­tion and pro­cess­ing will be in­creased, and about 10,000 jobs will be cre­ated.

In the process of bring­ing the in­dus­try of the re­gion to a new level, large en­ter­prises of our coun­try are in­volved. In par­tic­u­lar, the Navoi Min­ing and Me­tal­lur­gi­cal Com­bine plans to es­tab­lish the pro­duc­tion of metal struc­tures and non-stan­dard equip­ment in Takhi­atash dis­trict, Al­ma­lyk Min­ing and Me­tal­lur­gi­cal Com­bine - fer­ro­con­crete prod­ucts, sand and crushed stone in the Ka­rauzyak dis­trict.

The head of our state gave in­struc­tions to di­ver­sify the econ­omy of Karakalpak­stan, to pro­duce prod­ucts with added value, to ex­pand ex­ports.

Par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion was paid to the prospects of de­vel­op­ment of the Te­bin­bu­lak iron ore de­posit. Cur­rently, metal prod­ucts in our coun­try are made on the ba­sis of melt­ing scrap metal. The Te­bin­bu­lak de­posit has huge iron ore re­serves. Its de­vel­op­ment will take place in two stages. As a re­sult, start­ing with 2021, it will be pos­si­ble to pro­duce 1 mil­lion tons of steel per year. To or­ga­nize work in this di­rec­tion, a direc­torate was es­tab­lished at the Uzbek­iston Temir Yullari joint stock com­pany.

Projects on the or­ga­ni­za­tion of new en­ter­prises based on in­ef­fi­ciently used fa­cil­i­ties were also pre­sented. It is planned to or­ga­nize 6 small in­dus­trial zones in Karakalpak­stan. Ob­jects in them will be pro­vided free of charge for a pe­riod of

5 years with sub­se­quent regis­tra­tion of the right to own. The con­struc­tion and restora­tion of en­gi­neer­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works will be car­ried out at the ex­pense of the State bud­get. In these zones con­di­tions will be cre­ated for the or­ga­ni­za­tion of pro­duc­tion, the de­vel­op­ment of en­trepreneur­ship.

Projects of Uzquril­ish­ma­te­ri­al­lari and Uzbeken­ergo joint-stock com­pa­nies were also pre­sented here, plans to raise the liv­ing stan­dards of the pop­u­la­tion of the Aral Sea area.

The head of our state paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to the im­por­tance of these projects for Karakalpak­stan, gave the re­spon­si­ble per­sons in­struc­tions for each of them.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev vis­ited a mod­ern lo­gis­tics cen­ter, or­ga­nized in Hod­jeyli dis­trict. This com­plex is be­ing built in ac­cor­dance with the in­struc­tions given by the Pres­i­dent of the coun­try in Jan­uary this year.

The lo­gis­tics cen­ter, or­ga­nized by «Hu­jayli Agrosanoat Markazi» LLC, will be en­gaged in stor­age, pro­cess­ing and ex­port of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, its un­in­ter­rupted pro­vi­sion of the do­mes­tic mar­ket, will serve ra­tio­nal use of land, cre­ate new jobs and in­crease the coun­try's ex­port po­ten­tial.

In the com­plex oc­cu­py­ing an area of 15.3 hectares, in 2018 it is planned to sort, process and pack 5 thou­sand tons of fruits and veg­eta­bles. 150 peo­ple will work here.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of in­vest­ment projects im­ple­mented in Karakalpak­stan in the food in­dus­try, pro­grams for the de­vel­op­ment of live­stock, poul­try, bee­keep­ing and fish farm­ing was held. Thus, in 2018-2019, it is planned to im­ple­ment 70 projects for the pro­cess­ing of fruit and veg­etable prod­ucts and meat, the con­struc­tion of re­frig­er­a­tion stor­ages. As part of the live­stock and poul­try de­vel­op­ment pro­gram, 2018-2020 it is planned to im­ple­ment 250 projects. As a re­sult, more than 730 jobs will be cre­ated. Within the frame­work of the fish cul­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­gram,

6 projects will be im­ple­mented in 2018-2020. The rice fields of the Nukus and Kan­lykul dis­tricts will be breed­ing fish.

A draft pro­gram on the ef­fec­tive use of home­stead land in Karakalpak­stan in 2018 was also pre­sented.

The head of our state noted the im­por­tance of such projects, gave in­struc­tions for their com­ple­tion and timely im­ple­men­ta­tion.

A promis­ing project for grow­ing and ex­port­ing red pep­per was pre­sented at the cen­ter. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, cur­rently the world's red pep­per is grown at

4.4 mil­lion hectares, with an an­nual col­lec­tion of 68.3 mil­lion tons of pep­per. The yield from one hectare reaches 1520 tons. From 5 kilo­grams of har­vest you can get 1 kilo­gram of dried red pep­per. One ton of such a prod­uct on the world mar­ket is es­ti­mated at ap­prox­i­mately $ 8.6 thou­sand. It is ex­pected that in 2017, the to­tal rev­enue from the sale of red pep­per in the world will ex­ceed $ 30 bil­lion. The bulk of this prod­uct is grown in In­done­sia, China and Mex­ico.

The Pres­i­dent of our coun­try gave cor­re­spond­ing in­struc­tions to re­duce lowyield cot­ton fields and grow red pep­per on them, ripen­ing within 60-80 days.

- Re­cently, with a group of spe­cial­ists and hokims of the dis­tricts were on a busi­ness trip to In­done­sia, - Farhod Er­monov, hokim of the Beruni re­gion, says. - There we ex­changed ex­pe­ri­ence on grow­ing ex­port-ori­ented prod­ucts, in par­tic­u­lar red pep­per.

In 2018, on 1,000 hectares of farms, we will grow red pep­per im­ported from In­done­sia. In this case, un­prof­itable low-yield cot­ton fields will be used. The ques­tion is ob­vi­ous: is it not bet­ter to grow lo­cal va­ri­eties of red pep­per? The fact is that the level of bit­ter­ness of lo­cal pep­per va­ri­eties is 3.4 points. The level of bit­ter­ness of pep­per from In­done­sia is 7.8 points, that is, it fully meets world stan­dards and is well ex­ported. From the har­vest of this va­ri­ety from each hectare you can get a profit of 20-27 mil­lion soums, which is sev­eral times higher than the profit from cot­ton. And if prop­erly car­ried out agrotech­ni­cal mea­sures and re­ceive the in­tended har­vest, this will be­come a source of great in­come for both farm­ers and the state.

The cur­rent rapidly chang­ing time calls for fun­da­men­tal re­forms in all spheres, in­clud­ing agri­cul­ture, the head of our state stresses. And so a farmer who does not rely on a sci­en­tific ba­sis for the cul­ti­va­tion of prod­ucts, not think­ing about ex­port­ing it, will not achieve the in­tended re­sults.

The head of our state gave in­struc­tions to ex­pand the cul­ti­va­tion of high-yield, ex­port-ori­ented red pep­per in the coun­try. In par­tic­u­lar, in 2018 in Karakalpak­stan it is planned to plant this cul­ture for 15 thou­sand hectares. It was noted the need to in­crease the cul­ti­va­tion of this cul­ture in each area. In plant­ing and or­ga­niz­ing agrotech­ni­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, the farm­ers will be as­sisted by spe­cial­ists from In­done­sia.

This is just one of many promis­ing projects iden­ti­fied dur­ing the trip of the head of our state to the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan. As a re­sult of projects, thou­sands of jobs will be cre­ated, which means that fam­i­lies will have a con­stant source of in­come, their liv­ing stan­dards will in­crease. As the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try has re­peat­edly noted, peo­ple want to live well not to­mor­row, not in the dis­tant fu­ture, but to­day. And this is the main goal of the on­go­ing so­cio-eco­nomic re­forms.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev got ac­quainted with the projects on con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion of me­lio­ra­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion net­works in Karakalpak­stan.

In 2013-2017 in the Aral Sea area, due to bud­getary funds and cen­tral­ized in­vest­ments, ir­ri­ga­tion and drainage works were per­formed for 248 bil­lion soums, wa­ter sup­ply was im­proved 140 thou­sand hectares and recla­ma­tion state of 231 thou­sand hectares of land.

The de­ci­sion of the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try «On the State Pro­gram for the De­vel­op­ment of Ir­ri­ga­tion and Im­prove­ment of the Recla­ma­tion Sta­tus of Ir­ri­gated Lands for the Pe­riod 2018-2019» of 27 Novem­ber this year con­trib­utes to the ex­pan­sion of the scope of this work. In ac­cor­dance with this res­o­lu­tion, in the next two years, it is planned to re­con­struct 140 kilo­me­ters of canals and 53 hy­draulic struc­tures, which will im­prove the recla­ma­tion state of 60,000 hectares of ir­ri­gated land. Con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion works on reser­voirs with a length of more than 246 kilo­me­ters, re­pair and restora­tion of 3,735 kilo­me­ters of col­lec­tors. As a re­sult, the me­lio­ra­tive con­di­tion of 89,000 hectares of land will im­prove, and the yield of agri­cul­tural crops will in­crease.

In the Turtkul dis­trict, the con­struc­tion of the Shur­bu­lak reser­voir is planned to im­prove wa­ter sup­ply in shal­low wa­ters in the lower reaches of the Amu Darya, the de­vel­op­ment of fish farm­ing, live­stock, hor­ti­cul­ture and the cre­ation of new jobs.

As you know, the dry­ing out of the Aral Sea and the re­treat of the sea for

180-200 kilo­me­ters from the shore led to the ex­po­sure of the bot­tom. As a re­sult, the wa­ters of the Amu Darya flow into the Aral from a height, so that near the Mezh­durechensk reser­voir of the Muy­nak dis­trict, rills are formed. As a re­sult, the Muy­nak reser­voir, Ry­bachye, Mak­palkul,

akirkul melege, the fish and an­i­mal life of this area are threat­ened with ex­tinc­tion.

To pre­vent this in 2013-2017, work was car­ried out on the re­con­struc­tion and restora­tion of the ca­pac­ity of the north­ern and east­ern dams. At the next stage it is planned to re­store the dam along May­post lake and build a hy­draulic struc­ture that will al­low wa­ter to flow from the lake into the old mouth of the Amu Darya.

The head of our state also pre­sented a project on im­prov­ing wa­ter re­sources man­age­ment in south­ern Karakalpak­stan. As a re­sult of its im­ple­men­ta­tion, wa­ter sup­ply of about 100 thou­sand hectares of ar­eas in El­likkala, Beruni and Turtkul dis­tricts will be es­tab­lished and 269 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter per year will be saved. The stop­page of 23 pump­ing sta­tions, as well as more than 450 pump­ing units of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Wa­ter Users and Farms, will save 52 mil­lion kWh of elec­tric­ity per year.

The Pres­i­dent of our coun­try gave in­struc­tions on the qual­ity im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects in the ir­ri­ga­tion sec­tor and the ra­tio­nal use of wa­ter re­sources in the re­gion.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev held a meet­ing with the deputies of Jokargy Kenes and the ac­tivists of the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan. It has crit­i­cally an­a­lyzed the work al­ready done, iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity ar­eas and ac­tual tasks for the de­vel­op­ment of all spheres for the next two years.

The events on the reg­u­lar send­ing of heads of rel­e­vant min­istries, as well as com­pa­nies and banks to the re­gions, the search for ad­di­tional re­serves on the ground, the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of spe­cific in­vest­ment projects are con­tin­u­ing, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev said. In the same way, they worked for two weeks prior to to­day's trip to Karakalpak­stan, and, as a re­sult, a draft of a new pro­gram aimed at at­tract­ing ad­di­tional in­vest­ments was de­vel­oped.

Ac­cord­ing to this pro­gram in 2018-2019 in Karakalpak­stan will be im­ple­mented more than 1,300 projects worth 4.5 tril­lion soums and cre­ated al­most 10 thou­sand jobs. In par­tic­u­lar, 232 in­vest­ment projects worth $ 492 mil­lion are planned to be re­al­ized in the in­dus­try.

At the same time, it is planned to im­ple­ment 5 large projects worth over $ 3.4 bil­lion in fuel and en­ergy and min­ing and met­al­lurgy sec­tors of Karakalpak­stan, the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try noted.

On the sec­ond day of the trip, the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try vis­ited the spe­cial­ized board­ing school named af­ter Ibroyim Yusupov, where he got ac­quainted with the con­di­tions cre­ated in the mod­ern build­ing erected in a short time, talked to young tal­ents. The «Isuzu» bus, pro­duced in Sa­markand, was pre­sented for pupils of the school.

The al­ley next to the mod­ern three­story build­ing of the school, where the mon­u­ment to Ibroyim Yusupov is erected, be­came an­other place for meet­ings of cre­ative fig­ures and young peo­ple. The school has a cen­ter for trans­lat­ing and pub­lish­ing books.

Chair­man of the Jokargy Kenes of the Repub­lic of Karakalpak­stan M. Yerniya­zov solemnly handed over the keys of the new bus to the school staff.

- The meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try made a great im­pres­sion on us, - says Berdibek Ayt­mu­ra­tov, a pupil at the school. - I read to the head of our state my verse, ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Ibroyim Yusupov. True, a lit­tle wor­ried. But he liked it, and he praised me. I con­sider my­self the hap­pi­est stu­dent in the world.

I am grate­ful to our Pres­i­dent for the new school and I am proud to live in such a com­fort­able coun­try.

Stu­dents who re­ceived a gift from the Pres­i­dent on that day made a tour of Nukus on a new bus.

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