Na­tion’s Exim Ac­tiv­i­ties Un­dergo Crit­i­cal Anal­y­sis

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The Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev chaired a video con­fer­ence on Fe­bru­ary 27 de­voted to the anal­y­sis of ful­fill­ment of the tasks set for in­creas­ing ex­ports and re­duc­ing im­ports, of the work carried out in this area across in­dus­tries and re­gions.

It took place in the spirit of crit­i­cal anal­y­sis. The head of state deeply ex­am­ined the short­com­ings in the ex­e­cu­tion of the ex­port plan, de­fined the main di­rec­tions and tasks.

To­day, im­por­tant re­forms are be­ing im­ple­mented to en­sure sta­ble devel­op­ment of our coun­try’s econ­omy, cre­at­ing the nec­es­sary con­di­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pro­duc­tion and ex­port of com­pet­i­tive prod­ucts. How­ever, no or­ga­ni­za­tion has so far both­ered to an­a­lyze - what is the struc­ture of im­ports, what goods, in what vol­ume and at what price are im­ported into our coun­try, the con­trol in this sphere is ne­glected, and these facts have been crit­i­cized.

Thus, the im­port re­duc­tion plan for 2017 was ful­filled by 88%. In one year, wash­ing pow­der was im­ported for $ 20 mil­lion, toi­let soap worth $ 13 mil­lion, con­struc­tion and syn­thetic paints for $ 49 mil­lion, choco­late for $ 23 mil­lion.

Is this not in­dica­tive of the fact that the lo­cal­iza­tion pro­grams adopted in past years do not have a firm ba­sis, are only a fraud and a pre­text for ob­tain­ing ben­e­fits, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev said. In fact, the list of in­vest­ment projects should in­clude only those that are aimed at lo­cal pro­duc­tion of goods, of­ten im­ported into our coun­try. But responsible per­sons look at it through their fin­gers.

At the meet­ing it was noted that in the fu­ture an ab­so­lutely new sys­tem of or­ga­ni­za­tion of work and con­trol in this sphere will be in­tro­duced. The group will be responsible for or­ga­niz­ing and mon­i­tor­ing ex­ports, led by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Nodir Ota­jonov and First Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Erk­aboy Tad­jiev. The re­gional hokims and the first deputies of re­gional pros­e­cu­tors will be en­gaged in the ex­port on the lo­cal level.

A Repub­li­can work­ing group is also formed to or­ga­nize and mon­i­tor work to re­duce im­ports, and the head of the Depart­ment for Com­bat­ing Tax, Cur­rency Crimes and Le­gal­iza­tion of Crim­i­nal In­comes un­der the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral's Of­fice was ap­pointed as its head. The same work­ing groups, headed by the heads of ter­ri­to­rial de­part­ments, will be or­ga­nized in the re­gions.

The tasks of this depart­ment will be rad­i­cally changed in ac­cor­dance with the cur­rent re­quire­ments in terms of stream­lin­ing the is­sues of im­port and ex­port. It must or­ga­nize sys­tem­atic work to pre­vent un­con­trolled leak­age of foreign ex­change funds from the coun­try, re­duce im­ports, sup­port the pro­duc­tion of im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing prod­ucts.

These work­ing groups must travel to the field, work in close co­op­er­a­tion with ex­porters, pro­vide them with real as­sis­tance in in­creas­ing ex­ports and cre­ate ‘green cor­ri­dors’. At the same time, it is nec­es­sary to reg­u­larly an­a­lyze the struc­ture of im­ports, pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive as­sis­tance in the implementation of spe­cific projects for the devel­op­ment of do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion. In the same way, min­is­ters and industry lead­ers or­ga­nize their work.

The meet­ing noted that pre­vi­ously made plans and given prom­ises on ex­ports were not met. In par­tic­u­lar, the se­ri­ous mis­giv­ings in this re­spect are caused by the ac­tiv­i­ties of the joint-stock com­pany Uza­grogtekhsanoathold­ing and the com­pany Uzbekozikovkathold­ing.

At­ten­tion was paid to the fact that the im­port of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts is ten times higher than ex­ports. In this con­nec­tion, the rel­e­vant in­struc­tions were given to the lead­er­ship of the Agency for the Devel­op­ment of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Industry and the joint-stock com­pany Uzkuril­ish­ma­te­ri­alari.

Pos­si­bil­i­ties for ex­pand­ing ex­ports are also avail­able in the re­gions. Un­ex­pected re­serves for ex­ports were re­vealed dur­ing the Pres­i­dent's trips to Tashkent, Surkhandarya, Kashkadarya and Bukhara re­gions in Jan­uary-Fe­bru­ary this year.

Im­por­tant di­rec­tions were iden­ti­fied for us­ing avail­able re­serves to in­crease ex­ports. In par­tic­u­lar, the as­so­ci­a­tion Uz­tuki­machi­lik­sanoat and re­gional hokims were in­structed to de­velop roadmaps for the implementation of the ex­port plan for each en­ter­prise and new pro­duc­tion. It was noted the need to ex­pand rev­enues from tourism, which is one of the in­dus­tries with huge po­ten­tial, in­tro­duc­ing a sys­tem of paid en­try through turn­stiles at all tourist sites.

It is pro­jected this year to in­crease the ex­ports of fruits and veg­eta­bles in com­par­i­son with last year. To reach this ob­jec­tive it is es­sen­tial to timely and fully col­lect and ar­range the sales abroad of Au­gust onions, gar­lic and crops grown in ‘tuk­son­bosti’ method­ol­ogy. It is nec­es­sary to fully uti­lize the po­ten­tial of re­gions spe­cial­iz­ing in fruit and veg­etable pro­duc­tion, plant high-yield crops for 150,000 hectares of land

lib­er­ated from cot­ton and grain, al­lo­cate ad­di­tional crop ar­eas to large ex­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, or­ga­nize mod­ern green­houses, re­frig­er­a­tion ware­houses and pro­cess­ing plants.

In this con­nec­tion, the task is to cre­ate an elec­tronic data­base of ex­port­ing en­ter­prises, cre­ate their elec­tronic pass­ports con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on their prod­ucts, the vol­ume of ex­ports and other.

It was also pointed out the need to in­tro­duce mod­ern mech­a­nisms for sell­ing prod­ucts abroad through elec­tronic trad­ing plat­forms. It is en­trusted from Jan­uary 1, 2019, to launch jointly with South Korea the Na­tional Elec­tronic Trad­ing Plat­form of Uzbek­istan, which al­lows the sale of goods of do­mes­tic ex­port­ing en­ter­prises to foreign buy­ers.

Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev gave spe­cific in­struc­tions on in­creas­ing the coun­try’s ex­port po­ten­tial, com­pre­hen­sive sup­port of ex­port­ing en­ter­prises and en­trepreneurs.

It was noted that nei­ther foreign com­pa­nies, nor lo­cal en­ter­prises and state bod­ies have in­for­ma­tion about how many ex­port­ing en­ter­prises op­er­ate in our coun­try, what goods they pro­duce.

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