Trig­gered by Dis­par­age

Un­der the chair­man­ship of Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, a video­con­fer­ence meet­ing par­tic­i­pants, on May 29, dis­cussed is­sues related to ex­ports and im­ports, se­cur­ing ad­di­tional rev­enues to lo­cal bud­gets, among other mat­ters.

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To­day, the role and im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture in the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy, in en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity and boost­ing the ex­port po­ten­tial of our coun­try are mount­ing. More than 3.6 mil­lion peo­ple work in this sphere, its share in the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct has been con­sis­tently grow­ing.

In this re­gard, in the Strat­egy of Ac­tions, the is­sues of mod­ern­iza­tion and ac­cel­er­ated de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture are iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity, spe­cific mea­sures are en­vis­aged. All this, of course, will con­trib­ute to the wel­fare of the pop­u­la­tion, the dy­namic de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral in­dus­try and the ef­fec­tive use of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to cre­ate new jobs.

As a re­sult of cre­at­ing fa­vor­able con­di­tions and ben­e­fits, prac­ti­cal mea­sures taken, the vol­ume of ex­ports is con­stantly grow­ing. Thus, by May 25, the ex­ports car­ried out amounted to 4.57 bil­lion US dol­lars. By the end of the month, all the cor­re­spond­ing fore­cast in­di­ca­tors will be ful­filled. It is ex­pected that the vol­ume of ex­ports will grow by al­most 21% com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2017.

The head of state, draw­ing the at­ten­tion of the video­con­fer­ence meet­ing par­tic­i­pants to these pos­i­tive re­sults, noted mean­while that they are much lower than the avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­pac­i­ties. It was stressed that, un­for­tu­nately, the man­agers of some in­dus­tries and re­gions do not fully feel their re­spon­si­bil­ity in this mat­ter; as a re­sult, the re­serves for in­creas­ing ex­port vol­umes are not fully uti­lized.

The is­sues on the agenda were dis­cussed in de­tail and crit­i­cally, and the most im­por­tant tasks were iden­ti­fied. Re­spon­si­ble lead­ers were given clear in­struc­tions and guides: to se­ri­ously an­a­lyze the ac­tiv­i­ties of or­ga­ni­za­tions and en­ter­prises, re­gions that have not ful­filled the es­tab­lished plans for the ex­port of prod­ucts and ser­vices over the past year, iden­tify and promptly elim­i­nate the causes and con­se­quences of the back­log.

Re­spon­si­ble per­sons are given spe­cific in­struc­tions on the timely elim­i­na­tion of such short­com­ings and their pre­ven­tion.

The meet­ing stressed that this year there was a rel­a­tively small amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion in the coun­try, which re­sulted in a short­age of wa­ter in most re­gions, which re­quires its more ra­tio­nal use.

It was also said that the cool and dry weather, es­tab­lished in the spring months this year, leads to se­ri­ous prob­lems in grow­ing cot­ton, as a re­sult of which its de­vel­op­ment lags far be­hind last year’s in­di­ca­tors, which re­quires spe­cial at­ten­tion to care for it.

The meet­ing par­tic­i­pants also crit­i­cally an­a­lyzed the state of work on at­tract­ing ad­di­tional rev­enues to the bud­gets of the re­gions. Cases of non-ful­fill­ment in some re­gions of the plans es­tab­lished for this pe­riod of the cur­rent year were slammed. As a re­sult, tax ar­rears are grow­ing in these re­gions.

It is noted that the heads of hokimiy­ats, lo­cal sec­tors, un­for­tu­nately, still do not fully un­der­stand the pur­pose of iden­ti­fy­ing and at­tract­ing ad­di­tional sources of in­come to the bud­get. The main rea­sons for this state of af­fairs are that fi­nan­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions do not con­duct sur­veys to iden­tify ad­di­tional sources of in­come; they are lim­ited only to check­ing and liq­ui­dat­ing in­ac­tive cor­po­rate en­ti­ties in­stead of as­sist­ing them in restor­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties. It was em­pha­sized that in all sec­tors and re­gions strength­en­ing of the ex­ec­u­tive dis­ci­pline, in­creas­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of the lead­ers re­main a ma­jor task.

Speak­ers at the meet­ing made prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions on the prompt elim­i­na­tion of ex­ist­ing prob­lems and short­com­ings in the sphere, timely and ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tasks set on the ba­sis of crit­i­cal re­marks made by the Pres­i­dent.

The meet­ing par­tic­i­pants noted that the work on op­ti­miz­ing im­ports in the coun­try is in an un­sat­is­fac­tory state. Over the past 4 months of this year, the vol­ume of im­ports of goods to­taled $ 4.86 bil­lion, an in­crease by 30% com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017. The rea­sons for this sit­u­a­tion are the ab­sence of an or­ga­nized work on study­ing the struc­ture of im­ports and its op­ti­miza­tion, the re­al­iza­tion in Jan­uary-April of the im­port of goods for

$ 89 mil­lion of the types of pro­duc­tion al­ready mas­tered in our coun­try.

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