Se­nate Con­venes for a Gen­eral Ses­sion

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In Tashkent, the Se­nate of the Oliy Ma­jlis has gath­ered for its six­teenth gen­eral ses­sion. Mem­bers of the up­per house of the na­tional par­lia­ment con­sid­ered 21 is­sues, in­clud­ing 14 bills de­signed to bol­ster the nor­ma­tive foun­da­tions of all walks of life of the so­ci­ety and up­lift the ef­fec­tive­ness of ex­ten­sive re­forms un­der­taken in the coun­try, as well as to pro­mote in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

The sen­a­tors ap­proved the new draft law “On the State Cus­toms Ser­vice”. It seeks to stream­line the le­gal frame­work for the work of cus­toms au­thor­i­ties, de­liver ad­di­tional le­gal mech­a­nisms for the re­li­able pro­tec­tion of the rights and free­doms of cit­i­zens, as well as par­tic­i­pants in for­eign eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

The bill de­fines new tasks of the cus­toms au­thor­i­ties for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of crime preven­tion, im­prove­ment of the le­gal cul­ture of cit­i­zens, reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the use of the risk man­age­ment sys­tem, the use of modern in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies and over­sight tech­nol­ogy.

The Se­nate mem­bers stressed that the bill, if signed into law, would help strengthen the guar­an­tees of le­gal ac­tions re­lated to the ful­fill­ment of obli­ga­tions by cus­toms of­fi­cers, and fur­ther el­e­vate their ma­te­rial and so­cial pro­tec­tion.

They con­sid­ered the draft law “On Pri­vate Em­ploy­ment Agen­cies”. The doc­u­ment pro­vides for the growth and ex­pan­sion of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pop­u­la­tion of Uzbek­istan both in the coun­try and abroad, clearly reg­u­lat­ing the mech­a­nisms of in­ter­ac­tion be­tween pub­lic ser­vices and the pri­vate em­ploy­ment sec­tor, defin­ing the pro­ce­dure and terms for the pro­vi­sion of em­ploy­ment ser­vices, in­clud­ing the rights and com­mit­ments of pri­vate em­ploy­ment agen­cies, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­ual job seek­ers.

In ac­cor­dance with the norms of this nor­ma­tive act, gov­ern­ment bodies and other or­ga­ni­za­tions as­sist pri­vate em­ploy­ment agen­cies in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams and projects aimed at pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment for the pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing abroad, de­vel­op­ing pub­lic-pri­vate partnerships in the em­ploy­ment sec­tor, in pre­par­ing and con­duct­ing in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns, con­fer­ences, sym­posia, sem­i­nars on is­sues of em­ploy­ment. The bill got ap­proved by sen­a­tors.

Mem­bers of the up­per house ap­proved the draft law “On the Elec­tion of the Chair­per­son (Ak­sakal) of Cit­i­zens’ As­sem­bly”. The doc­u­ment aims to ob­serve the prin­ci­ples of open­ness and trans­parency in the process of elec­tions to cit­i­zens’ self­gov­ern­ment bodies, en­sur­ing the in­de­pen­dence of cit­i­zens’ lead­ers from state bodies, in­creas­ing the per­son­nel po­ten­tial of lo­cal as­sem­blies and the ef­fec­tive­ness of the in­sti­tu­tion of ma­halla. The term of of­fice of the chair­per­son (ak­sakal) of cit­i­zens’ as­sem­bly is ex­tended from two and a half to three years.

In ac­cor­dance with the law, the Repub­li­can Com­mis­sion cre­ated by the Ken­gash of the Se­nate is to as­sist in or­ga­niz­ing and con­duct­ing the elec­tion of chair­per­sons (ak­sakals) of cit­i­zens’ as­sem­blies, which may also in­clude mem­bers of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber and the Se­nate, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­ern­ment bodies, non-gov­ern­men­tal, sci­en­tific and other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

To en­sure the de­liv­ery of ap­pro­pri­ate conditions that rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of any con­trol over the will of cit­i­zens, a se­cret bal­lot will be es­tab­lished at the elec­tion of the chairs (ak­sakals) of the cit­i­zens’ as­sem­blies.

Mem­bers of the Se­nate of the Oliy Ma­jlis also con­sid­ered the draft law “On Amend­ments and Ad­denda to Cer­tain Leg­isla­tive Acts of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Aimed at Pro­mot­ing Eco­nomic Re­la­tions and En­trepreneur­ship”, which pro­vides for the abo­li­tion of the lim­i­ta­tion pe­riod of a li­cense for the right to carry out cer­tain types of ac­tiv­i­ties.

In par­tic­u­lar, four types are ex­cluded from the list of ac­tiv­i­ties for which li­censes are re­quired: air­craft main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties at air­ports re­lated to the per­for­mance of air trans­porta­tion; pro­duc­tion, du­pli­ca­tion and demon­stra­tion of au­dio­vi­sual works on the screen; sale and rental of au­dio­vi­sual works, phono­grams and soft­ware pro­grams; fer­men­ta­tion of tobacco raw ma­te­ri­als. In this case, four li­censed types of ac­tiv­ity are com­bined into one – the de­sign, con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion and pro­vi­sion of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work ser­vices.

Be­sides, changes are made whereby banks are en­ti­tled to is­sue mi­croloans. At the same time, there is a ban on in­ter­est ac­crual, col­lec­tion of com­mis­sion pay­ments and penal­ties (fines, penal­ties), ap­pli­ca­tion of other mea­sures of li­a­bil­ity un­der mi­cro­fi­nance ser­vices agree­ments in the amount of more than half of the bor­row­ing amount per year. The bill re­ceived ap­proval of sen­a­tors.

An­other sub­ject for dis­cus­sion was the bill “On In­tro­duc­ing Amend­ments and Ad­denda to Some Leg­isla­tive Acts of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Aimed at En­sur­ing Pub­lic Safety”.

In par­tic­u­lar, the law in­creases ad­min­is­tra­tive li­a­bil­ity for vi­o­la­tions of road safety rules, it also pro­vides for ad­min­is­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for the un­jus­ti­fied re­fusal to pro­vide emer­gency and first med­i­cal care to a per­son who is in a state dan­ger­ous to life or health.

In ad­di­tion, crim­i­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tive li­a­bil­ity for ob­struc­tion, un­law­ful in­ter­fer­ence with busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and other of­fenses in­fring­ing on the rights and le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of busi­ness en­ti­ties is be­ing raised. The sen­a­tors ap­proved the draft law.

Mem­bers of the up­per house con­sid­ered the is­sue of in­tro­duc­ing changes to the ex­penses of the State Bud­get of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan for 2018. The Se­nate adopted a res­o­lu­tion on the in­tro­duc­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate amend­ments in the state bud­get ex­pen­di­tures.

The ses­sion par­tic­i­pants de­lib­er­ated on the is­sue of chang­ing the bound­aries of the Gi­j­du­van dis­trict of the Bukhara re­gion and Kanimeh dis­trict of the Navoi re­gion.

It was noted that the change in the bound­aries of these ar­eas pro­ceeds from the need to im­prove the man­age­ment sys­tem and will con­trib­ute to its ef­fec­tive­ness. By the doc­u­ment, 10,651 hectares of land in the Gi­j­du­van dis­trict of the Bukhara re­gion, in­clud­ing 609.65 hectares of land in the vil­lage of Za­farabad, are trans­ferred to the Kanimeh dis­trict of the Navoi re­gion.

Sen­a­tors con­sid­ered the is­sue of send­ing a par­lia­men­tary re­quest to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter – Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Jamshid Kuchkarov on the stream­lin­ing of la­bor re­la­tions in agri­cul­ture and in­for­mal em­ploy­ment in this area.

It was noted that, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment and La­bor Re­la­tions, in the first half of 2018 the num­ber of em­ployed work­ers in farms was more than 2 mil­lion peo­ple. Of these, of­fi­cially em­ployed were more than 500 thou­sand, while about 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple were em­ployed un­of­fi­cially. Sen­a­tors sup­ported the ini­tia­tive of send­ing a par­lia­men­tary re­quest.

The ses­sion lis­tened to the in­for­ma­tion of the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Aziz Ab­duhaki­mov on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram of mea­sures for the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of spe­cial­ized med­i­cal care to the pop­u­la­tion of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan for 2017–2021. Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, the rea­sons for non-com­pli­ance with the mea­sures pro­vided by the “roadmap” were crit­i­cally an­a­lyzed, rec­om­men­da­tions were made to elim­i­nate the ex­ist­ing prob­lems and strictly im­ple­ment this pro­gram, as well as to in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of the work be­ing un­der­taken in this di­rec­tion. Mem­bers of the up­per house ap­proved the rul­ing.

Sen­a­tors dis­cussed other is­sues on the agenda.

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