Vi­tal Ini­tia­tives

The Ad­dress by Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev is ex­ten­sively dis­cussed both in Uzbek­istan and abroad.

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Nobuaki ITO, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of Ja­pan:

- Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev for the first time de­liv­ered an Ad­dress to the Par­lia­ment of the coun­try. In his speech, the head of state summed up the re­sults of the out­go­ing year. Dur­ing this pe­riod, tremen­dous work has been done in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial spheres. In the Year of Di­a­logue with the Peo­ple and of Hu­man In­ter­ests, nu­mer­ous prob­lems of peo­ple were solved that ad­dressed their ques­tions to the Pres­i­dent›s open re­cep­tion rooms. As am­bas­sador of my coun­try in Uzbek­istan, I am happy and proud that I have the op­por­tu­nity to work with such a vi­sion­ary head of state and I hope that next year the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our coun­tries will be even more fruit­ful than in the out­go­ing one.

Il­gar VELIZADE, Head of the South Cau­ca­sus Club of po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists:

- The cre­ation of the vir­tual re­cep­tion room of the Pres­i­dent in Uzbek­istan was an es­sen­tial step on the way to the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of power to the gen­eral pub­lic. This will al­low to pro­vide feed­back be­tween peo­ple liv­ing in var­i­ous re­mote re­gions of the repub­lic, and di­rectly by the coun­try›s top lead­er­ship. Such a mea­sure al­lows real-time mon­i­tor­ing of the pop­u­la­tion›s re­ac­tion to the trans­for­ma­tions tak­ing place in the repub­lic, to find out in which di­rec­tions there are short­com­ings and to cor­rect them in a timely man­ner. Cit­i­zens, in turn, need to know that the coun­try›s lead­er­ship is in­ter­ested in their opinion and can take ap­pro­pri­ate steps to sup­port the ini­tia­tives of or­di­nary peo­ple. This demon­strates the di­a­logue be­tween gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety, which is an in­dis­pens­able con­di­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of demo­cratic pro­cesses.

Vladimir TYURDENEV, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion:

-The mes­sage of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev to the par­lia­ment of the coun­try is the key for pol­i­tics, both at the mo­ment and for the fu­ture. It is not for noth­ing that the head of the Uzbek state de­fined what the next year 2018 will be de­voted to in this ap­peal. I think that sup­port­ing ac­tive en­trepreneur­ship, in­no­va­tive ideas and tech­nolo­gies is a very im­por­tant choice.

I lis­tened with great at­ten­tion to the per­for­mance of Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, he noted and recorded many things for him­self. At the same time he drew at­ten­tion to the fact that the po­si­tions of Rus­sia and Uzbek­istan are very sim­i­lar in a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant mo­ments, to which the leader of your coun­try to­day fo­cused at­ten­tion.

I think that the speech of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan was in­ter­est­ing, emo­tional and, more­over, it was com­ing from a pure heart.

Jerzy MACULEWICZ, Bishop of the Ro­man Catholic Church in Uzbek­istan:

- I am glad that to­day I had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in such an im­por­tant event in the his­tory of Uzbek­istan. Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev talked about the work done for the year, as well as his vi­sion of how the gov­ern­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ing bod­ies should work, so that in their work the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple stand above all else.

In ad­di­tion, the Pres­i­dent also touched upon such an im­por­tant is­sue as the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren and youth. To this end, as the head of state em­pha­sized, it is nec­es­sary to de­velop in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies. Speak­ing about the coun­try›s bud­get, the leader of Uzbek­istan noted that the for­ma­tion of the bud­get should take into ac­count the in­ter­ests and needs of the peo­ple. At the same time, it is nec­es­sary to de­velop the sphere of en­trepreneur­ship in the coun­try com­pre­hen­sively, since the main mon­e­tary re­ceipts to the coun­try›s bud­get come from en­trepreneurs.

Ibrahim ALIYEV, Edi­tor-in-chief of Geostrate­giya jour­nal:

- Uzbek­istan is one of the key states of Cen­tral Asia, pos­sess­ing sig­nif­i­cant geopo­lit­i­cal and strate­gic ca­pa­bil­i­ties. By the size of its ter­ri­tory and pop­u­la­tion, as well as its eco­nomic po­ten­tial, your coun­try oc­cu­pies an im­por­tant place in this space. Its im­por­tance and role in solv­ing re­gional prob­lems is enor­mous.

I closely fol­low the events tak­ing place in Uzbek­istan, as well as the suc­cesses in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­forms in var­i­ous fields. I am deeply con­vinced that the cur­rent pos­i­tive pro­cesses in the in­ter­nal and for­eign pol­icy of the repub­lic will be­come a solid foun­da­tion for strength­en­ing the foun­da­tions of the coun­try›s sus­tain­able and dy­namic de­vel­op­ment, as well as its at­trac­tive­ness for for­eign part­ners.

Khatamjon KETMONOV, Deputy Speaker of the lower house of par­lia­ment, head of the PDPU fac­tion:

- Pre­sented for the first time, the Ad­dress of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan to the Par­lia­ment is an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal event, fol­lowed with great in­ter­est and spe­cial at­ten­tion by the peo­ple of Uzbek­istan and the en­tire world com­mu­nity. This is a pol­icy doc­u­ment for state and pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions. Each mem­ber of the party, based on sound crit­i­cism, must first of all an­a­lyze his ac­tiv­i­ties com­pre­hen­sively, at­tach­ing im­por­tance to iden­ti­fy­ing as­pects left out of sight.

A deputy or se­na­tor should not for­get that he is pri­mar­ily a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple and is re­spon­si­ble to him. We must live with the con­cerns of the pop­u­la­tion, timely and ad­e­quately re­spond to de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try.

Ken­gashes of peo­ple›s deputies in the field should not deal with the de­liv­ery of empty re­ports con­tain­ing only dry fig­ures; they need to an­a­lyze the causes and con­di­tions that gen­er­ate short­com­ings. The cri­te­rion for the work of lo­cal Ken­gashes should be ef­fec­tive and strict con­trol over the ex­e­cu­tion of the bud­get. Deputies should con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing crime, cre­at­ing jobs. As the head of our state noted, un­for­tu­nately, no dis­tricts, where the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Ken­gash of peo­ple›s deputies are or­ga­nized at the proper level. We are obliged to es­tab­lish close ties with deputies on the ground, raise the qual­ity of their work and en­sure their real and weighty par­tic­i­pa­tion in the so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the ter­ri­to­ries.

Sergey SAMOYLOV, Mem­ber of the deputy fac­tion from the Eco­log­i­cal Move­ment in the lower house of par­lia­ment:

- In the Ad­dress, the head of state drew at­ten­tion to the im­por­tance of the con­di­tion for strength­en­ing the role of the par­lia­ment by cre­at­ing equal con­di­tions for all po­lit­i­cal ac­tors and en­sur­ing in­ter-party com­pe­ti­tion. At the same time he stressed that the Eco­log­i­cal Move­ment of Uzbek­istan, or­ga­nized in 2008, turned into a real po­lit­i­cal force. At the same time, the in­clu­sion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Eco-move­ment into the lower house of par­lia­ment on the ba­sis of a pre­de­ter­mined quota does not help to in­crease their ac­tiv­ity and ini­tia­tive.

In­deed, we must ad­mit that the time has come to cre­ate equal con­di­tions for all po­lit­i­cal forces and to strengthen healthy com­pe­ti­tion in the po­lit­i­cal arena. There­fore, in our opinion, the Eco­log­i­cal Move­ment of Uzbek­istan, it is nec­es­sary to pre­serve the sta­tus of a non-gov­ern­men­tal non-profit and non-po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, for which the high­est pri­or­ity is the so­lu­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. But at the same time, it is nec­es­sary to leg­isla­tively fix the right of Eco­log­i­cal Move­ment par­tic­i­pa­tion in elec­tions to rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies of power, and also to de­velop a mech­a­nism for or­ga­niz­ing this process. We must con­cen­trate our ef­forts on im­prov­ing the elec­toral leg­is­la­tion, make ap­pro­pri­ate changes to it, and bring to the pop­u­la­tion the essence and sig­nif­i­cance of this change.

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