Allow me to deliver you the Address of the President of the Republic of
Uzbekistan to Parliament on the most priority goals of Uzbekistan’s
development in 2019.
Today, we are living in the rapidly changing world. Global conflicts of
interests and competition are growing. The international situation is
Accordingly, while planning practical actions for the next year,
considering such harsh situation on the international arena, we need to
highlight clearly and precisely the priority directions of our
Traditionally, with good intentions, we dedicate every year to something
and set high ambitions for ourselves.
There is a deep meaning in the hadith mentioned in the book by
our great compatriot Hazrat Imam Bukhariy, which goes: “Every good
action depend on the will, every person will be granted solely what he
We have named the year 2018 to be “The Year of Support of Active
Entreprenuership, Innovative Ideas and Technologies”. Within the
State Program we have implemented 76 thousand projects worth of 21
trillion soums (currency
rates of CB RU from 28.12.2018, 1$= 8 339.55 soums) and 1 billion
US Dollars. And we are now witnessing the outcomes of actions
initiated last year with good will.
Tangible achievements have been reached in the fields of industry,
agriculture, major construction, transport and communications, services.
In particular, I would like to especially highlight selfless work of our
diligent dekhkans and farmers despite the fact that this season
was very difficult compared to other years.
In view of increasing the population’s well being, the rates of
wages, stipends, retirement and social benefits were notably increased
versus previous years. In particular, for the first time for the
last 10 years, the wages of teaching staff were increased by up to 50
The implementation of package of measures allowed a 12-percent increase
of cumulative real income of population in relation to that of 2017.
The Government has appropriated funds worth of nearly 2 trillion
soums within Programs “Every Family is Entrepreneur” and “The Youth is
Our Future”. As such, more than 2,600 (two thousand six hundred) local
business projects have implemented.
Starting from this year, out of the fulfillment from projected tax
parameters, additional 5.5 trillion soums have been retained at local
And this is 6 times more than that of the previous year, while
versus 2016, I would like to draw your attention to this fact, 32
The year coming to an end became the year of start of great deeds in
landscaping of villages and makhallas (neighborhood areas), which
represent the symbol of our sacred Homeland.
In particular, the programs “Prosperous village” and “Prosperous
makhalla” have been welcomed by our people with profound joy. This
year, 3 trillion soums have been allocated for construction and
landscaping works within this context.
As a result, 416 villages got new image.
During the expiring year, important steps were made in other fields of
our life, in particular, in development of education and science,
training and up-bringing, culture and arts, sports. Especially, we all
were pleased of the fact that the youth of our country achieved high
scores at Asia Olympic and Paralympics held in Indonesia and Olympic
Games for Juniors held in Argentina.
Dear members of the
Thanks to open, pragmatic and active foreign policy pursued in
international relations our country’s international reputation to be
reliable partner is increasing.
good-neighborly and mutually trustworthy relations with all our
neighbors became one of our targets.
In 2018 we exchanged 18 official inter-state visits and signed
agreements on one thousand eighty projects totaling 52 billion dollars.
The investment portfolio of partnerships with the World Bank, EBRD, IDB,
ADB and other international finance institutions comprised 8,5
Today, our country is implementing 456 projects with foreign
investments worth of 23 billion dollars.
Considerig increasing threats to international and regional security, we
have adopted new Defense Doctrine.
We have revised the structures and the missions of all types of troops
in the Armed Forces.
To ensure the unity of the army and the people, military administrative
sectors have been created in all regions.
Certainly, we could continue a long list of all activities implemented
during the year. Though, however, the purpose of citing such examples
is not clapping on our chests and boasting ourselves. We are
absolutely far from this. Our main goal is giving objective and
critical assesment to our development path during the past year.
Taking this advantage, I would like to express sincere gratitude to our noble
people for their constant support to implementation of reforms and
tremendous contribution to prosperity of our Homeland through their
selfless work and overcoming courageously all challenges and hardships.
participants of the meeting!
In just a few days, the New Year 2019 will come. On the eve of the New
Year, according to our tradition, it would be good to exchange with you
and come to common decision with regards to what name we should give to
Certainly, we have been thinking a lot about this. We made thorough
review of proposed ideas and requests, proposals and recommendations
during dialogue with people at local levels.
The international experience demonstrates that those countries, which
pursue active investment policy, succeed in steady growth of their
It is therefore, it will not be an exxageration to say that investments
are driving engine of country’s economy, or “it’s the heart of
economy” to say it in Uzbek.
modern technologies, advanced experiences and skilled expertise to
different fields and regions, facilitate development of businesses.
Here, the question arises: we say “investments”, we say “reforms”, we
But, what is the main goal of all transformations?
Our main goal is
to ensure that every signle individual living in our country,
irrespective of ethnicity, language and religion, lives free, peaceful
and wealthy life, being satisfied of today’s life.
In this direction, we have great tasks ahead. Primarily, prosperity of
our country and well being of our people are closely linked with the
success of our social reforms.
We need to provide worthy education to our youth, bring to reality their
endeavors for education and science. In this view, we need to develop
pre-school education system, we must radically improve material and
technical base of secondary and higher education institutions, the
quality of education and academic process.
Improving health of our people and building up healthy life-style are
vital tasks for us. I would like to re-iterate, if we ensure peace
and health, all the rest is achievable.
Certainly, we maintain as priority goal supporting and helping people
with disabilities, with lost breadwinners, lone elderly, in general, all
those who need help.
In the forthcoming
still need to do a lot to build up even more enabling business and
investment environment, creating new jobs, increasing livelihoods of our
population, improving pension support.
Considering all above, to make logical follow-up of activities launched
in 2018 and raising it to higher level, I propose to name the New
Year 2019 “The Year of Active Investment and Social Development”.
Giving the year such a name, lays many tasks and responsibilities on
our shoulders. We are facing following questions: how to increase
investments, how to address social issues.
And our people watching us on the television have the right to ask us
If we don’t start to
work today on solving these issues, if we don’t mobilize all our efforts
and capacities, it will be difficult to reach the target.
Every leader – whether he is a minister or the head of central
authority, deputy or senator, chairman of company or association, khokim of
the province or district – all of us must consider this work to be the
We can achieve
sustainable development of our economy only through active attraction of
investments, launch of new production capacities.
While positive achievements in the economy will create foundation to
find system solution to problems accumulated in the social field.
We need to deeply realize this and need to organize our work in this
Speaking about the tasks facing the sphere of economy, first of all, we need
to highlight that the following goals are the core of
comprehensive economic reforms:
creating necessary conditions for open economy, sound competition,
radical improvement of business and investment environment;
increasing creation of new jobs through reduction of participation of
state in the economy, intensive development of private sector;
ensuring high economic growth through modernization and diversification
of economy, increasing labor efficiency;
countering “shadow” economy, diminishing it’s share;
consistently continuing the policy of further liberalization of exchange
market, pursuing steady monetary policy;
educating skilled human resourses capable of implementing strategic
tasks related to development of economy.
To achieve these goals, it’s required to implement following priority
we must ensure macroeconomic stability and high growth rates of our
Without prior adjustment of inflation, we cannot achieve macroeconomic
analysis of international experiences and attraction of international
experts, we need to develop the concept on optimizing monetary policy
and ensuring sustainable pricing.
During transition period, it is extremely important to run clear
statistics of the economy and to make right assessment of economic
potential of the country.
Only through this, one can achieve objective assessment of the gross
In this view, from January 1, 2020 we need to fully introduce National
accounting system of the United Nations’ Organization and the
International Monetary Fund.
Sustainable economic growth is primarily connected to development of
First of all, we will support any sector which creates products with
high value added.
Therefore, we need to design and realize the Strategy on developing
those industries which will give serious impact to development of the
So, by April 1, 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers shall design the 2030
Concept of country’s socio-economic comprehensive development and
finalize its review with involvement of international experts.
We must further improve efficient use of State budget resourses.
All programs and projects to be financed from the State Budget must have
quality and quantity indicators oriented to final result.
Within two months time, the Cabinet of Ministers shall submit proposals
on implementation of those goals.
Next year, the projection for the next year says that the budget deficit
will be roughly 4,5 trillion soums and will comprise 1.1% towards GDP.
Starting from now the Cabinet of Ministers and the Audit Chamber through
additional capacities and sources shall undertake specific actions to
increase budget revenues, and thus to reduce the projected deficit.
Also, within one month time, to develop the “road map” to mitigate
negative impact on our economy of tendencies on global market.
We must design National Concept of Digital Economy which considers
upgrade of all sectors of our economy with digital technologies. In this
context, we need to introduce the Program “Uzbekistan Digital - 2030”.
Digital economy will facilitate at least 30-percent increase of GDP
and significant reduction of corruption. It’s being also proved by
the analysis of reputed international organizations.
Accordingly, within two moths time, the Government is to develop
“roadmap” on transition to digital economy. In this regard, special
attention needs to be paid at ensuring information security.
we will consistently continue active investment policy, which is the
main prerequsuite of our economy’s development.
In 2019, we plan to disburse investment from all sources worth of
nearly 138 trillion soums, which is 16% higher versus 2018.
In this context, the amount of foreign direct investment increased by
almost 1.5 times versus this year and reached 4.2 billion dollars.
As a result, we plan to launch 142 new modern enterprises.
would like to especially outline the fact that the implemented reforms
and their results are being appreciated by the world’s leading credit
For instance, for the first time in the history, world’s reputed Fitch
Ratings and Standard and Poor’s rating agencies identified our country’s
international sovereign credit rating.
The Fitch says the “Outlooks are Stable”. This indicates that
during next 12-18 months this indicator might be lowered.
We should note that this Uzbeistan’s rating is higher compared to the
most developing countries.
These rating agencies pay special attention to such criteria as the fact
of liberalization of the exchange, trade and price policies,
institutional transformations in public administration, sufficiency of
gold and currency reserves of the country, low state debt.
In the first quarter of 2019, for the first time in the history of our
country, we will issue Uzbekistan’s sovereign bonds to international
In this context, we are cooperating with such leading investment banks
as J.P. Morgan, City Bank and Deutsche Bank.
In order to enhance attraction of foreign investments, we need to take
measures to be able to fully demonstrate investment potential of our
If we succeed to efficiently formulate the investmet projects to
potential investors, we can achieve positive results.
In this view, we need to adjust allocation of business entities in free
economic zones and small industrial zones, improve organizationally and
legally providing them with incentives and preferences.
First of all, we need to create such environment for those businesses
and foreign investors which are producing export oriented products,
innovative and HiTech products.
In this view, within one month time, the Cabinet of Ministers to develop
clear comprehensive actions and measures, in particular, to carry out
relevant work on inclusion of our country into the Global
we need to actively continue the reforms in the system of banking and
finances and broadly introduce the modern market mechanisms to the
Today’s main problem in the banking system is that the lion’s share of
their capital, i.e. 83 percent belongs to the state. In its turn,
this serves as an obstacle to a sober competition in the banking sector
and negatively affects the quality of services.
The Government and Central Bank, along with international financial
institutions, shall draft a long-term strategy on development of the
banking and finances system.
In this, through drawing private and foreign capital to banking system,
we will steadily reduce the share of state banks. This will serve for
improving the atmosphere of competition in the sphere, as well as
comprehensively bettering the activity of commercial banks and quality
of crediting services.
Besides, developing the financial markets, in particular, the stock
markets should also stand as our major goals in the new economic
By way of introducing new financial instruments and issuing
bonds, we need to further expand the scope of banking services and
develop banking system based on cutting-edge information technologies.
For the investors to feel themselves as comfortable as possible, it is
required to further liberalize the currency market.
our citizens must be interested not to avoid taxes, but rather to paying
them on time.
The main idea of the
new tax concept being introduced starting from 2019 is
to reduce the tax burden, apply simple and steady taxation system.
Thanks to these measures we will be able to increase competitiveness
of our economy and create most comfortable conditions for businesses and
Unfortunately, there is a large share of «shadow» economy in the
gross domestic product and it negatively affects development of the
Reducing the tax burden and creating more comfortable conditions for
making business are the only way to eliminate the «shadow» economy.
Therefore, we need to draft a special program which would envisage
application of effective measures in this regard.
Besides, we need to work intensively to introduce marking of high
liquidity products manufactured and imported in our country.
The Tax Code in new
encourage honest taxpayers, who support the development of the country,
and reprimand those who engage in illegal activities.
As you know, tax cuts and the elimination of certain taxes will result
in a decrease in budget income.
This issue can be addressed by conducting effective tax
administration and ensuring budget sustainability. That is our
Tax administration should be executed in such a way that when the
value-added tax is widely applied, and this is a must, it should not
lead to the rise in prices for consumer goods.
The Minister of Finance and the Chairman of State Tax Committee are
personally responsible for the efficiency of the tax administration and
the stability of the budget and consumer goods prices.
It is necessary to introduce the same taxation regime for all by
reducing the tax burden, and removing gradually tax privileges.
Indeed, entrepreneurs themselves admit that the given privilege has a
negative impact on the competitive environment.
The Cabinet of Ministers is tasked to develop a «roadmap» on this issue within
the efforts on supporting entrepreneurial activity will be intensified.
The great scholar, Hazrat Najmiddin Kubro, once said «I saw success
in continuous efforts, and failure - in ignorance and laziness»
Indeed, we can achieve a prosperous life through active
entrepreneurship, tireless work, and efforts.
Our country was ranked 134th in the World Bank’s
construction industry ranking.
This indicates that there are many problems in the area.
For example, there are 17 types of permissions in the
construction industry, and 246 days are spent on receiving them. Isn’t
The Cabinet of Ministers must take immediate actions to improve the
rules and regulations in this area.
state intervention in the economy should be drastically reduced.
Today, there are 603 joint-stock companies in Uzbekistan, of
which 486 are state-owned entities, accounting for 52 trillion
The high-level state participation in the fuel and energy,
petrochemical, chemical, transport, and banking sectors is hampering
their development on the basis of market mechanisms and the attraction
The fact that some
ministries have established companies in the areas, controlled by them,
prevent free and healthy competition. We must openly admit it today.
Unless we change this system now, we cannot achieve sustainable
development both in these sectors and in the economy as a whole.
The uncontrolled management of state assets also negatively affects
efficiency. For example, at present only 21% of 972 state-owned
enterprises are managed by the State Competition Committee, while 79%
are controlled by ministries, agencies and business associations.
It is no secret to what state has this brought the state-owned
enterprises in the past 27 years. The whole sector, such as the aviation
industry, has disappeared.
In order to regulate the existing system, it is necessary to radically
improve the activities of the State Property Management Center and
reorganize it as an independent agency.
The Agency will manage the process of privatization, financial
rehabilitation through state property management, reforming of the
state-owned enterprises, as well as the issuance of shares and bonds.
The Cabinet of Ministers is tasked to implement the proposal within
order to establish the principles of the free market, we need to create
a healthy competition environment by reforming and developing leading
sectors of the economy.
As a first step in this regard, we have made a decision to radically
reform the system of “Uzbekenergo” and “Uzbekistan Airways” companies.
“Uzbekistan Airways” national airline was reorganized and flights,
airports management and air traffic navigation services were separated.
Next year, we will continue to gradually reform other strategic
sectors, including “Uzbekneftegaz”, “Uzkimyosanoat”, and Navoi Mining
and Metallurgical Plant.
It is necessary to
fully revise the
practice of determining the volume and cost of production and introduce
The Cabinet of Ministers is instructed to develop Governmental programs
and roadmaps within two months on these issues.
integration of our economy into the world market and export support are
among priority tasks.
Next year we are targeting to increase the exports volume by 30
percent and reach 18 billion dollars.
We need to move to an export-oriented economy, and create a competitive
environment in the domestic market.
Also, the most important issue is the improvement of the transport and
logistics system. Due to limited access to the sea, we are facing many
difficulties in exporting our goods.
Therefore, «Uzbekistan Airways» and «Uzbekistan Railways» need to create
modern logistics routes for exporting our goods.
The Cabinet of Ministers should conduct negotiations on transiting
export cargo by railway through neighboring states at preferential
rates. At the same time, it is necessary to take measures to improve the
country’s rating in the World Bank’s «Logistics Efficiency Index».
Next year it is necessary to drastically simplify the customs
procedures, radically reform customs control and cargo clearance posts.
It is necessary to build in all regions of our country the customs
complexes operating on the principle of «one-stop shop» that meet the
The Cabinet of Ministers is instructed to develop a «roadmap» on the
aforementioned issues within a month.
is necessary to consistently continue the comprehensive development of
As a result of structural changes in the economy, the share of industry
in GDP is expected to increase from 35% to 37% this year.
However, in some cities and districts, this very important issue lacks
As a result, the share of industry in 27 districts of the country
does not exceed 1% of the regional level. Therefore, it is necessary
to develop mid-term and long-term programs for the development of
industry of each district and town. In the first place, this issue
must be taken under the control of the leadership of the Republic of
Karakalpakstan and regions.
In the forthcoming years, over 4 trillion soums is expected to be
allocated for the implementation of the programs «Obod Qishloq» and
Today, the country's urbanization rate stands at 35.5 percent, and if no
action is taken now, this indicator may decline in the foreseeable
Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov will personally be responsible for the
development of the State Program to bring the country's urbanization
level to 60 percent by 2030.
In this regard, it is important to focus on the comprehensive
development of not only the capital and cities which make up provincial
centers, but also the cities and settlements located in the regions.
We should gradually move from constructing typical design houses in
rural areas to building multi-storey houses in towns and settlements.
Utilities and engineering infrastructure should develop in close contact
with housing construction programs.
The Ministry of
Economy should coordinate this work.
At the same time, a special fund shall be established to perform
these tasks. Funds received from privatization of land plots which
accommodate the buildings and structures will be accumulated in the
Through this new system we will be able to further improve the
appearance of our regions and improve the wellbeing of the population.
the agricultural management system, introducing advanced technologies
for the efficient use of land and water resources, and ensuring food
security are our most important tasks.
In order to reach at least 52 percent of cluster cultivation of
cotton, a decision has been made to create 48 cotton and textile
clusters next year.
At the same time, we need to comprehensively develop the activities of
grain, as well as fruit and vegetable clusters. Given that this field is
relatively new to us, it requires government support, including
simplification of the loan system, cost subsidization, and land
In order to create genuine seed varieties, the experimental
seed-breeding works must be revitalized.
To this end, it is necessary to improve the material and technical
resources of seed and selective breeding institutions and to organize
seed clusters on the basis of public-private partnerships.
We need to develop new crops and livestock breeding industries.
Today, only 35% of the farmers' annual feedstuff needs are covered by
Therefore, we need to sharply increase the feedstuff base for livestock
by expanding cultivated areas and developing new lands. Also, we need to
drastically increase the volume of food products by developing fishing
and poultry farming.
Another important task is the widespread introduction of water-saving
The Cabinet of Ministers is instructed to develop a «roadmap» on this
issue within two months.
The system of allocation of agricultural land needs to be radically
It is necessary to
provide multisector farmers having effectively used their land and
getting sizable harvests with additional land.
biggest problem is lack of farmers’ knowledge in the sphere of
Indeed, they are full of energy, initiative, they love the land and many
of them spark in their eyes.
But unfortunately, sole intention is not enough to achieve high levels
of harvest and the end result.
We are in great need of farmers with the perfect knowledge of
agricultural technology, modern production and innovation methods.
Council of farmers must forge cooperation with the Ministries of
Agriculture, Water resources as well as Innovational development and
they need to develop professional training and retraining programs.
The purpose of
reforms in the agriculture is not only to gain economic benefit, but
also ensure food security and well being of people. We must never forget
Cabinet of Ministers within two months needs to adopt “National
program of ensuring food security in the country in 2019-2024”.
Ministry of agriculture, having deeply analyzed the situation around the
creation of cluster system in producing fruits and vegetables in the
country, should offer proposals on lifting existing barriers by March 1,
Dear members of the
Economic expansion and social protection are interrelated definitions,
it is impossible to imagine them separately.
In 2019 – the year
of «Active Investments and Social Development» we should carry out
following steps towards development of social sphere.
we should decrease unemployment rates among population, and increase the
revenues of our people and families.
The government should within a month approve a new government
program for employment assistance for 2019.
In this regard, unemployed should be provided with vocational training,
legal and other counseling, and other wide range of forms of social
In order to improve the standard of living of our people it is necessary
to establish the system of proper payment and increase the real income
of the population.
The minimum monthly wage should be revised, and the taxes and other
payments should be reduced to the minimum wage.
The Cabinet of Ministers will develop a set of measures to address these
issues within two months.
it is necessary to revise the procedure for entitlement and payment of
pensions and retirement benefits, fundamentally reform the pension
As you know, a recent presidential decree has been adopted. According to
it, starting from January 1, 2019, all working pensioners will be paid
full amount of pensions.
Also, a new system for increasing pensions is being introduced to
increase the maximum wage from 8 to 10 times the minimum monthly wage.
At the next stage of the reform, these restrictions will also be
At the same time, the issue of social protection for children with
disabilities and their families, those who have lost their breadwinners,
should always be in the focus of our attention. We will provide a
subsistence allowance for mothers who are devoted to caring for their
it is necessary to further improve the system of science, modern and
Our people have a wise saying: «education and training begin from the
cradle». Only enlightenment can lead a person to perfection and the
progress in society.
Therefore, public policy in the field of education should be based on
the principle of a continuous education system, i.e. education should
start at the elementary school and keep up with the whole life.
In developed countries, huge attention is paid to investing to a full
cycle of education, namely, education of a child when he or she is
between 3 and 22 years of age. Because such an investment will benefit
society 15-17 times later. This figure is only 4 times in our
Therefore, we need to focus on human capital and mobilize all our effort
for in this direction.
An important practical step in this direction will be reaching the
coverage of the pre-school education from current 34 per cent
to 44 percent in 2019.
We need to create all the necessary conditions for organization of
public education according to today's requirements and the comprehensive
development of our children.
Private schools should be launched and public-private partnership should
be widely used.
We need to further reinforce the work in order to provide equal
opportunity for higher education for all.
The coverage of graduates with higher education in Uzbekistan was at the
level of 9-10 percent over the past period. Thanks to the measures taken
over the past two years, we have managed to increase this figure to more
than 15 percent.
But this is not enough yet. Since, if we look at the experience of
developed countries of the world, this figure is as high as 60-70
Therefore, it is our task to raise the level of enrollment of school
graduates to higher education institutions in Uzbekistan up to 20
percent in 2019 and to increase this number in the coming years.
It is necessary to rise the prestige of higher education institutions,
to increase the number of non-state educational institutions, to attract
highly qualified personnel to this sphere as well as to strengthen
Providing our youth with the right to apply simultaneously to several
higher education institutions, I believe, will help them expand their
Higher education institutions need to introduce a system of independent
selection of quotas based on realistic opportunities.
The opportunities for continuing education abroad for students studying
for a Bachelor degree have also expanded.
Since, the more people with higher education our society has, the faster
and more effective will be its development.
The Cabinet of Ministers should, within two months, adopt appropriate
measures on implementation of these initiatives.
Within two months the Cabinet of Ministers should develop appropriate
measures on these proposals.
One of the most important issues is to further increase the scientific
potential of higher education institutions, and to extend the scale of
training of scientific and scientific-pedagogical cadres.
It is desirable for each industry to have a network of research
institutions, design bureaus, pilot production and innovation centers.
We must attract investments not only to the economic sectors of our
country, but also to the areas of scientific research and “know-how”.
The Cabinet of Ministers within two months is to develop concrete
proposals for cardinal reforms of the activities of research
institutions and improving the practical productivity of scientific
in order to strengthen the gene pool of our people, it is necessary to
improve the quality and expand the coverage of medical services.
Our main goal is not only to treat illness, but also to prevent it.
Public-private partnerships should be expanded in the process of medical
and social assistance. The scope of public health care services should
be clearly defined, and a clear boundary between paid and free treatment
should be established.
Within two months Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of
Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan, has to prepare concrete proposals
on improvement of public health financing system.
Cooperation with prominent foreign higher education institutions should
be strengthened. Next year, we will take practical measures to open
joint faculties and branches with Russia, South Korea, Germany, and
Italy's Medical Institutes.
The next major problem is the growing population with oncological
For example, more than 22,000 patients are diagnosed with cancer in our
country every year.
This, in turn, requires the need for high-tech medical care against this
disease, requiring the improvement of the anti-inflammatory system.
In order to identify diseases in this direction early, the Cabinet of
Ministers is required to take specific decisions and programs within a
month clearly identifying sources of funding.
There is a need to establish cooperation with international institutions
and prestigious foreign hospitals in the field of number of increasing
In order to preserve the gene pool of our nation, it is necessary to
revise the existing norms of diet of pregnant women and children in
accordance with international standards.
Within three months the Cabinet of Ministers is required to develop
medium and long-term programs.
social support of women and young people from the government should be
Despite the practical measures taken in the current year, it is sad that
there are more than 13,000 women still living in difficult living
conditions and are unemployed.
Within a month the Ministry of Labor and the Women's Committee, together
with regional khokimiyats (governors’ and mayors’ offices),
should develop a program providing employment for such women.
Heads of the Central Bank, the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the regions
and the city of Tashkent are required to provide preferential credits in
2019 for housing to 1,600 women with difficult living conditions.
Working with young people, which accounts for almost half of the
country’s population, is one of our key tasks.
In order to attract young people to entrepreneurship, to ensure their
employment, it is necessary to further expand the «Youth is Our Future»
It is necessary to allocate more than 2 trillion soums for the
Fund in 2019 and create by that more than 50 thousand new jobs.
Our most important task is to prevent our children from the influence
of various radical and extreme ideas. We need to continue our
work in this direction by using the new approaches.
For instance, it is necessary to create new cultural and entertainment
parks on the basis of public-private partnerships and take measures to
transform them into modern youth centers. The territory of these parks
should be primarily comprised of sports facilities, amphitheatres, small
scenes, libraries and so-called “book cafés”.
It is no secret that today the main source of knowledge and information
for our young people is the Internet.
Therefore, we must take measures to create free «Wi-Fi» zones in
public places and provide support to interested entrepreneurs.
The Cabinet of Ministers needs to develop a program on this issue within
the improvement of the living conditions of the people, the provision of
a decent place of residence and the raising of the well-being of people
will always be at the centre of our attention.
In the coming year, the program on the construction of cheap housing will
particular attention should be paid to improving the design of model
houses, the use of energy-saving technologies, modern and inexpensive
At the moment, it is necessary to once again review the current
condition of more than 34 thousand multi-storey buildings in our
country and take practical measures on this issue.
The government must ensure that multi-storey housing stock is fully
registered within three months.
experience of mega-polis cities around the world, it is necessary to
develop a renovation program, meaning the construction of
new houses with the modern conditions instead of outdated multi-storey
It is well-known that over the years many claims have been made to the sphere
of housing and communal services.
Therefore, from 2019 we will start working in this area in cooperation
with investors on the basis of public-private partnership.
It is necessary to support the activities of professional management
companies to reduce the administrative costs of the house-owners’
In the coming year, we need to raise the supply of the public with a
centralized network of drinking water from 65 to 75 percent.
The Cabinet of Ministries must develop the additional measures to
develop the drinking water supply and sewage system within two months.
another urgent task is to establish a healthy lifestyle in the society,
raise the popularity of gymnastics and sport.
We will further attach a great importance to the development of sports, encouragement
and support of athletes, who have achieved high results in international
We will create children's and youth sports schools even in the
remote regions in order to popularize sport among our young
We must already begin a thorough preparation for the Summer Olympics
2020 in Tokyo.
Another important issue is to create an effective system of training
athletes for winter sports in the country that meets
Humo» Ice Palace for sports, which is being constructed in the
capital, as well as a modern complex expected to open soon in the
Amirsoy recreation area of the Tashkent region, will serve the same
Unfortunately, in Uzbekistan such prestigious sports events as Olympic
or Asian Games have not been held so far.
Therefore, with a good intent, we should start developing a prospective
plan for hosting one of the Asian Summer Games.
The Cabinet of Ministers is tasked to prepare a draft program on this
issue within three months.
we must take a number of measures to develop tourism, attract investment
to the sector and increase the human capacity.
Tourism industry in our country is mostly limited to ancient cities,
historical and cultural monuments.
However, the unique nature of our country, national reserves and
mountainous areas have a great potential for the development of tourism.
Especially the development of medical tourism, pilgrimage and
ecotourism will not only stimulate the development of the economy,
but also social spheres.
Within a month the Cabinet of Ministers should develop and
implement the National Concept of Tourism Development for
On this basis, it is necessary to increase the number of foreign
tourists visiting our country up to 7 million by 2025, and annual
income from tourism industry - up to $2 billion.
we need to develop a national idea that is a source of strength for
us to accomplish the great tasks we face.
In particular, we need to deeply understand our own national identity,
study ancient and rich history of our Homeland, strengthen the research
work in this area, and support the scientists, who work in the area of
The evaluation of
the past must,
of course, be unbiased and, most importantly, free of ideological views.
Unfortunately, in the past no systematic archaeological research has
been conducted to study the history of our country.
Therefore, the activities of the Archeology and Art Institute at the
Academy of Sciences, as well as the archeological research in
universities and museums need to be arranged with the participation of
the foreign partners.
We have to pay a special attention to the invaluable heritage of our
great scientists and religious scholars, to the courage of our
invincible historic military leaders and statesmen in bringing up our
youth with the spirit of national pride and patriotism.
To this end, it is necessary to establish the TV Channel «History of
Uzbekistan» at the National Television and Radio Company of
Uzbekistan, and thoroughly produce its programs jointly with the
scientific community and creative intellectuals.
It is also needed to register completely all historical exhibits in the
museums in the country and create a catalog of each museum.
The Cabinet of Ministers has to develop appropriate measures in this
regard within a month.
We all know that reform means renovation, change. In order for the
reforms to succeed, first of all, our leaders and people need to
change. When a person changes, society changes.
To achieve this goal, it is vital that today leaders of all levels,
members of the parliament and local legislative bodies need to organize
their work on the basis of critical analysis, rigorous discipline and
The introduction of a modern, efficient system of governance is a key
condition to fulfill the tasks set before us.
this sense, I would like to draw your attention to the following topical
is necessary to strengthen the parliament’s role in adopting important
decisions and its oversight functions of the implementation of laws.
Today, according to the Constitution, the parliament approves the
appointment of the Prime-Minister. However, it does not participate in
appointing the ministers.
Therefore, the members of the government do not sufficiently feel their
responsibility before the parliament. In this regard, I propose to
introduce the practice of approval of the members of the Cabinet of
Ministers by the Oliy Majlis.
Let the future ministers to defend in front of parliamentarians the
development programs of the areas of their responsibility and justify
the way of its accomplishment.
In short, let him prove his suitability for the job.
At the same time, the similar practice needs to be introduced in
appointing the heads of regional administrations and districts by the
approval of local legislative bodies.
special attention must be paid to one of the most effective forms of
parliamentary oversight - adoption of the state budget and its
In order to carry out this task at a high professional level it would be
expedient to establish a State budgeting body under the Oliy
it is necessary to optimize the executive power system, continue
administrative reforms and apply modern management methods in public
In all countries, the government is a prime body responsible for
implementing reforms in various areas.
Today, the government complexes are composed of more than 160 offices
and organizations, and 8 deputy prime-ministers responsible for
different sectors and branches.
But does the role of the Cabinet of Ministers and its constituent
structures meet today's demands in the reform process? Unfortunately, we
cannot answer to this question positively.
Ministers and company chairs have become accustomed to come to the
Cabinet of Ministers even for consulting on unimportant issues. As a
result, the government has turned into a structure that solves only
The in-depth analysis of economic and social issues and the study of the
actual situation on the ground are neglected.
Since the year 2019 is announced as the Year of «Active Investments and
Social Development», the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic
missions abroad should also reconsider their work.
From now on, the requirements to our ambassadors abroad will also
change. Their activities will be primarily assessed on the basis of
efforts they are making to attract the foreign investments and amount of
the foreign capital they were able to attract.
In this regard, the Cabinet of Ministers is tasked to eliminate the
above-mentioned shortcomings within three months, to optimize and
improve the Government and its subordinate ministries and departments,
to improve the effectiveness of their work, personal responsibility and
to develop and implement a comprehensive program to strengthen
The two-year work experience of the Virtual (Online) Reception of the
President has shown that we were far from the people, its concerns and
We must gradually go through the reform of public administration, advanced
state management and "smart" governance principles, taking into
account the opinions and suggestions expressed by citizens.
This means that now state institutions go directly to work with
Public authorities should be supporter of people, a business partner
Some functions of
the state governance system should
be transferred to the private sector on the basis of public-private
partnerships, including "outsourcing".
in order to increase efficiency in public administration it is necessary
to formulate a single personnel policy aimed at attracting qualified
servants to public service.
Today we have to admit a simple fact. There is a lack of qualified
and mature staff in public authorities.
Until now the status of public servants has not been identified,
transparent mechanisms for admission to public service have not been
To address these issues, first of all, it is necessary to introduce
an effective system of objectively assessment of public servants'
want to draw your attention to another important issue.
There is not yet
formed a system in
the public bodies that predicts perspectives, in simple terms, what kind
of problems we will be facing in five, ten, twenty years.
In this regard, the Presidential Administration will be tasked to
develop a Conception of long-term government policy based
on strategic analysis, planning and forecasting principles
in effective management of the sector's activities.
Wherein it is necessary to form strategic planning and forecasting
structures in government bodies.
There is also a special Expert Council under the President of the
Republic of Uzbekistan has to be established and it should include
prominent scientists and practitioners from foreign countries.
we need to revise the competency and responsibility of local authorities
and increase their independence.
In addressing issues related to the development of the region’s most of
the khokims cannot take independent decisions, the initiative and
responsibility for themselves.
As it is known, in 2018, a new state administration system was
introduced in the Tashkent as an experiment, the mayor and district khokims were
given authority to appoint managers of finance, economy, investment,
construction, housing and communal services.
As a result, more than 30 commissions and councils were
abolished and their authorities were delegated to the relevant
territorial bodies. Inefficiently working 12 unitary enterprises
Tax revenues in Tashkent increased by 2 trillion soums due to the
fact that some of the proceeds to the state budget were allocated to
Now we need to launch this practice with a positive outcome in other
In the future, must be canceled the procedure of the khokim’s acting
as chairman of the Council of People's Deputies.
The heads of the chambers of the Oliy Majlis (N.Yuldashev, N.Ismoilov)
are recommended to discuss these issues in detail in 2019 and adopt a
program of practical measures.
In upcoming year, the elections for the Oliy Majlis and the local
Council’s of People’s Deputies will be held in our country.
It is very important to start a thorough preparatory works in order to
organize this process, at the highest level, based on our national
legislation and international standards, which plays a crucial
importance in the socio-political life of our country.
dialogue with the people, to serve the interests of the people must
become not only a commitment but also a vital principle for the
government officials at all levels.
Creation of direct and open dialogue with people, and provision of
conditions for realizing the rights of individuals and legal
entities to apply to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan will
remain as an important and integral part of our activities in upcoming
Dear Senators and
As you know, in recent years, large-scale reforms aimed at ensuring the
rule of law and improving the judicial system of country has been
These changes are aimed at ensuring human rights and freedom,
access to justice and improving the functioning of law enforcement
do not want to mention about it in details because I have thoroughly
covered this issue on the Constitution Day.
would like to just draw your attention to the key priorities we are
facing in this sphere.
is necessary to further improve the system of selection and appointment
of candidates for the judges in order to ensure the real independence of
It is necessary to fully adapt the judiciary corps formation system to
the principle of independence of the judiciary and to ensure
public participation in this process.
For this purpose, the selection and appointment of judges of the
district, city and regional courts should be taken fully by the High
Council of Judges. In this regard, public opinion and reporting in
front of the people must be reflected.
is necessary to raise in to a new level the ensuring the peace and
security of our people and the advance prevention of crime.
This year, a lot of work has been done in this direction.
In particular, in order to create comfortable work and living conditions
for the employees of the sphere, more than 6,5 thousand service
homes, 1,100 private houses and 7,000 personal vehicles were
provided for preventive inspectors.
At the same time, 1,800 homes will be built for the staff of
In 2018, no offense was committed in 3,205 makhallas, and
it shows the result of our correct work. But it is too early to be
We have to create in our country a climate which is fully free of crime
for the sake of people to live in peace.
We need to lower the authority and functions of the Ministry of Internal
Affairs to its bottom bodies and make it a true public system.
In this regard, we implement scientific approach and advanced
information and communication technologies.
Each region should create its own experience of preventing and
combating any crime or offense.
For the effectiveness of this work the Minister of Internal Affairs, the
Commander of the National Guard and the Prosecutor General will be
personally responsible for the regions of the country.
First of all, it is necessary to strengthen the motivation of
preventive inspectors and makhalla activists who have achieved
positive results in the fight against crime.
Employees who perform their duties effectively will be paid more by the
newly established Special Funds account and their labor will be further encouraged.
Today it is time to finish the position of "Mahalla posboni" (guard),
which is functioning ineffectively.
Instead, they will be replaced by the Public order Officer Assistant.
This post will be occupied by qualified lawyers, and working with
law-abiding and devoted personnel on the subject.
No matter how difficult it is, we must strictly launch the “criminal
justice” system in remote areas.
This issue should be solely be the responsibility of the law enforcement
bodies, and our society must unite and fight against the problem.
it is necessary to continue the work on further improvement and
liberalization of criminal legislation.
Since, Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes were adopted almost 25
years ago. In the past, relations in society, people's lifestyle,
consciousness and ideology have changed.
Therefore, these codes cannot match today's requirements.
As you know, the law contains articles on mitigating or tightening of
However, they should not be entirely dependent on the will of the
investigator or the judge, ie the human factor.
Otherwise, the standard of justice that is sacred to us will be broken.
Therefore, criminal and criminal procedure legislation must be fully
To this end, the Interagency Commission under the Prosecutor-General's
Office should work on the draft of new Criminal and Criminal-Procedural
Codes before July 1, 2019.
Dear participants of
Protecting the constitutional order, sovereignty, territorial integrity
of our country from a variety of threats, and further strengthening peace
and stability is the key to all our accomplishments.
In this regard the following tasks are crucial:
we need to strengthen country's defensive capabilities, the combat
capability of the Armed Forces, the formation of a national defense
industry, and be always ready against any threats.
The ongoing reforms to support military-economic support of the
country’s defense should be logically completed.
The Defense Ministry will develop a program for the development of
enterprises within the defense industry within two months.
should increase our state border security and improve the quality of its
control, using modern information and communication technologies.
We need to focus on strengthening the national spirit, upbringing of our
soldiers and officers physically and spiritually in the Armed Forces.
One of our most important tasks should be a comprehensive improvement
of the emergency prevention and control system.
safety of the ecology, the rational usage of water and natural resources
must be at the focus of our attention.
In 2019, the Ministry of Water Resources together with regional experts
should develop proposals for the rational use of water resources in
At present, the Aral desert has appeared in the more than 5.5 million
hectares because of the Aral Sea disaster.
Every year, 100 million tons of sand and salt are being raised into the
sky. This proves once again that the Aral Sea disaster is a global
The establishment of the «Trust Foundation» on the basis Multilateral
Partnership for Human Security of the United Nations in the Aral Sea
region has been a major achievement of Uzbek diplomacy.
We are grateful to Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the
United Nations, as well as United Nation’s institutions and partner
countries for their support of the initiative of Uzbekistan.
We are paying a special attention to the establishment of forests in the
desert area of the Aral Sea.
In the years of independency about 1 million 220 thousand hectares of
forests have been created in Uzbekistan, and from that more than 400,000
hectares have been established in the Aral Sea region.
According to the special program, another 500 thousand hectares of
forests will be made in an arid area of the Aral Sea next year.
New constructions have been built in the cities and villages of the
Republic of Karakalpakstan in order to improve the living conditions of
In particular, in Muynak district a modern town will be constructed with
the modern infrastructure.
we need to continue our ongoing foreign policy based on transparency,
equality and mutual beneficial cooperation, and take measures to further
enhance its effectiveness.
It is necessary to
establish new diplomatic missions of Uzbekistan in foreign countries,
increase the number of the staff,
in order to expand of the political and economic relations.
framework of the foreign economic and political activity of our state
should further be improved in
order to promote the political and economic interests of our country in
the international arena.
It is ordered to the Cabinet of Ministers and the Secretary of the
Security Council to submit a draft law on this issue up to April 1.
Next year, we will pursue an active foreign policy to further develop
our relations with the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent
States, first of all, with the Russian Federation, as well as the
People’s Republic of China, the United States of America, the European
Union, the Republic of Korea and Japan.
We will pay special attention to further strengthen cooperation with
countries of the Muslim world, which connects us with common historical,
cultural and spiritual values.
For these purposes, we are committed to enhance mutually beneficial
relations with our partners in all spheres with practical content.
We, in our foreign policy, rely on a clear and focused strategy for
ensuring a security and sustainable development in Central Asia.
In this regard, Uzbekistan considers as priority task to develop
practical and mutual beneficial relations with neighboring countries in
the region, as well as with Turkey, India, Pakistan and Iran.
Afghanistan plays an important role in implementing this strategy.
We have urged the international community to support the need to start
peace talks under the leadership of the government of the Afghanistan.
In this regard, it should be noted that the high-level Tashkent
conference on Afghan issue, which was held on March 2018, was the most
comprehensive international conference in new Afghanistan’s history.
The «Tashkent Declaration», which was adopted by the end of the
Conference, the unanimous position of all its participants, became a
unique platform for peace in Afghanistan.
After that conference, international efforts to launch a negotiation
process with all the political forces in Afghanistan, including the
Taliban, have been intensified.
Uzbekistan has held important talks with Afghan leadership and leading
political forces in the country, including the Taliban.
These political forces have acknowledged that Uzbekistan can become an
effective intermediary in solving the Afghan problem.
As it is known, the key condition for stability in Afghanistan is the
economic recovery of the country.
In this regard, we have begun to implement large joint projects on
transport and logistics, energy, trade and education in Afghanistan.
The energy line «Surkhon-Puli Khumri» that is being constructed by
Uzbekistan, the Education center in Termez city to educate Afghan
citizens, logistic center «Termez-cargo» possessing its own customs
station, development of railway line «Mazari Sharif-Herat» and «Mazari
Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar» are the evidence of abovementioned.
Uzbekistan will further render overall assistance in solving the Afghan
For us, the main priority result is – to begin peace talks in
Afghanistan and to reach national reconciliation.
Uzbekistan always stays committed to its traditions of interethnic
harmony and religious tolerance, and never goes without it.
In our country, the priority attention is given to strengthening the
atmosphere of mutual respect, friendship and harmony among
representatives of various ethnic and religious confessions.
It is our greatest asset and our duty to preserve it as the apple of
As you know, recently a plenary session of the United Nations General
Assembly has adopted a resolution «Enlightenment and Religious
The adoption of this resolution was initiated by Uzbekistan in September
2017 at the 72nd Session of General Assembly.
It gives us great honor and pride the widely support of our proposal by 193 member-states
of the United Nations, as the high appraisal and recognition by the
international community of Uzbekistan's efforts,
Taking this opportunity, I would like to express sincere gratitude to
the distinguished ambassadors of foreign states, representatives of
international organizations, for participating in our today's meeting.
Dear participants of
In current stage of our country's development, every year is becoming
the period of implementation of enormous programs and projects,
development of our country, new achievements, knowledge and experience.
In upcoming year, we will introduce a new practice in our political
life. The Prime Minister and members of the Government on quarterly
basis will make reports before Senate and Legislative Chamber regarding
the realization of each priority directions outlined in this Address,
the main document of the forthcoming year.
This process should be widely covered by the media.
Thus, citizens will be able to know what government is doing to fulfill
the tasks set out in the Address.
themselves should evaluate the performance of the new government.
We all understand one fact, it will not be easy to implement our plans
and programs for 2019.
All of us have to
work hard to turn these plans and programs that are still on the paper
into practical work, to real results.
There is a great power that gives us confidence and inspiration, zeal
and perseverance on this path, and we rely on it and rely on our goals.
This is - our people
who are tempered with life tests, firm in their words, smart,
hardworking, brave and courageous.
We are working hard today, trusting our people, and our youth which
are our hope and future.
We are putting the great tasks in front of us considering the happiness
and development of our dear children, grandchildren and bright the
future of our motherland and nation.
If nation’s purposes
are great, its work would be great, life and future would be bright and
We will not abandon
the path of democratic reforms. No matter how difficult it may seem, we
will only move forward - new and high.
Contributing to the
development of a new Uzbekistan is a historic opportunity that our
Creator has given to us.
All of us need to have a deep understanding of that and appreciation.
May all of us to
fulfill our honorable duty in front of our Motherland!
Taking this opportunity, I sincerely congratulate you and all our people
on upcoming new 2019 year.
wish you a sound health, family happiness, successes and prosperity in
May the Creator help
us to fulfill our desires and plans!
Thank you for your attention.