The Greatest, the Dearest
The central festive event occasioned to the 27th anniversary of national independence took place on 31 August in the Uzbekiston Palace of International Forums.
Representatives of public and social organizations, of the wider public, members of government, officials of ministries and agencies, workers in various spheres, heads of diplomatic missions of foreign countries and representations of international organizations took part in the event.
The participants were addressed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev who congratulated all the people of Uzbekistan on the twenty-seventh anniversary of independence.
In particular, the head of our state suggested that on this significant day, which became for us the dawn of a new era and opened the way for us to a new, free life, we are particularly conscious of the difficult and glorious path our people had to go through.
The leader of our country said in particular: “Building on the successes achieved in the years of independence, we are confidently moving along the path of progress, from national revival to national prosperity. We adopted the Strategy of Actions, a program of profound reforms at a new stage in the development of the country, and began to fulfill the tasks set in it, the solution of which opens up new horizons for us. Deeply aware of the particular urgency of this goal, we declared 2018 in Uzbekistan as the one of support for active enterprise, innovative ideas and technologies.
Within the framework of the State Program adopted in connection with this, it is envisaged to carry out a large-scale work for a total of 11 trillion 200 billion soums and 1 billion 300 million US dollars, and it is consistently fulfilled.
An active investment policy is underway, modern enterprises are being built, the tax system is fundamentally reformed, all conditions for the promotion of entrepreneurship and private property are created, special attention is paid to the introduction of technological innovations into all spheres and industries, the achievements of modern science, the use of new and creative approaches. Practical work is carried out to create cutting-edge, promising sectors in agriculture, organize a cluster system, improve the efficiency of farming. As a result of such extensive measures, macroeconomic stability is ensured in the country.
Given that our highest priority is to increase the level and quality of life of the population, we are undertaking a great deal of efforts in this direction.
Programs “Obod Qishloq” and “Obod Mahalla” bring the spirit of renewal and creation, even in the most remote areas of the country. The thinking and outlook of people is changing, the culture of life in the countryside has been growing. Today, within the framework of these programs, covering the whole country, construction and improvement works in 416 villages and 105 mahallas are in full swing. This contributes to the creation of a new, prosperous image of the native Uzbekistan, increasing the welfare of our compatriots.
In order to meet the population’s need for modern housing, 335 apartment houses designed for more than 13.9 thousand families were commissioned this year. By the end of the year, this figure, in accordance with calculations, will double in comparison with 2017. Similar work is continuing in the countryside on the basis of updated model designs. Until today, as many as 40,000 families of villagers have already moved to new homes. In this important matter, we pay special attention to the needs of low-income citizens and persons with disabilities – a matter that was not given due significance in the past.
Over the past two years, more than 1,000 citizens of this category have been provided with housing.
The necessary measures are taken to ensure employment of the population, attract more and more families to entrepreneurship.
As a result of these efforts, more than 700,000 people have been employed in the country over the past two years; entrepreneurs have been allocated 25 trillion soums of loan funds by commercial banks.
In all our programs and plans, primary attention is given to the interests of young people – our hope and future. Speaking about this, it should be specially underscored that today, new higher educational institutions, branches of prestigious foreign universities are being created in the country, quotas for admission have been increased, correspondence departments in many areas have been opened. Also, an important role in the scientific and creative development of young people is played by organized special schools bearing the names of our great ancestors, creative schools in the regions, named after prominent writers, regularly held are various contests and festivals, sports competitions.
On the basis of these transformations and such qualities inherent in our people as compassion, generosity and munificence, a healthy spiritual and moral atmosphere is strengthened in society. You are well aware that lately we have been doing a great deal of work to returning to their families, for normal life and useful work the people who, through ignorance, had entered the wrong path under the influence of various destructive forces. As a continuation of these good deeds, on the eve of Independence Day, more than 260 people were pardoned, serving a sentence of imprisonment, sincerely repenting of their deed and firmly embarking on the path of correction.
One can say with confidence: as a result of the formation of such an environment in our society, interethnic friendship, a climate of mutual understanding and harmony is strengthened, and our life becomes even more prosperous. That is why the people of Uzbekistan support our domestic and foreign policies aimed at further development of the country.
Today, in connection with the 27th anniversary of the independence of our Motherland, festive ceremonies of presenting high state awards to compatriots rewarded with honorary titles, orders and medals took place in the capital and in regions.
Entering a new stage of national development, we must deeply analyze not only our successes and achievements, but also mistakes and shortcomings made by us, and take effective measures for their timely elimination. Nobody will solve our problems for us. Speaking about this, I think it would be appropriate to note the completely new and effective system of dialogue with the people that we have introduced.
In this regard, I want to emphasize: it is not a temporary campaign to conduct a direct dialogue with the people, to live with their concerns and aspirations. This is our long-term strategy aimed at ensuring the well-off life of the people, the prosperity of our native Uzbekistan.
At the present alarming time, our main task remains to preserve and strengthen our truly priceless wealth – a peaceful and harmonious life in the country. To this end, we will continue to pay special attention to improving the combat capability of our Armed Forces.
No less important task is to ensure in practice the freedom of business activity, inviolability of private property. In addition to the construction of large industrial enterprises, we will attach special importance to the development of tourism, small business, family entrepreneurship, dehkan and homesteads, handicrafts and homework. In the center of our attention will continue to be the health promotion, further improvement of people’s lives, protection of lowincome segments of the population, increase of salaries, pensions, scholarships and benefits.
As it is known, in order to consistently implement the government youth policy, we adopted the State Program “Youth Is Our Future”. To implement it, 786 billion soums will be sent this year alone. This, among other things, will provide employment for over 100,000 young people. Large-scale work will continue to provide young families with modern housing, employment, vocational training and retraining for young people.
We are all happy that at the summer Asian Games taking place in Indonesia, in which representatives of 45 countries participate, our athletes, demonstrating the will to win and high skills in a stubborn struggle, have won a great harvest of medals. Allow me, on behalf of you and on behalf of the entire people of Uzbekistan, to express our deep gratitude to our athletes, who boost the glory of the Motherland, their parents, coaches and mentors.
On this remarkable day, with my filial love, I bow low to our industrious, courageous, generous and noble people who are behind all our accomplishments and victories.
May our caring mothers, lovely, beautiful women – keepers of the family hearth – be healthy and happy! After all, when a woman, a mother is happy, the whole society is thriving!
May the life of our children and grandchildren be happy! May peace and tranquility prevail in our country, the sky above our homeland be pure! Let our independence be eternal!”
...The program of festive celebrations now turned out to be special. Songs, poems that celebrate the Motherland, independence and courage, performances by servicemen, dances shown by children were replaced on the stage by each other. There were samples of world classics. Celebrations ended with the song “Uzingdan quymasin, khalqim!”
Festive events and celebrations continued on that day in all cities and villages of our country.