05 August 2023

Measures to reduce poverty and support entrepreneurship were identified

During a trip to the Tashkent region, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the “Chirchik” chemical-industrial technopark, the press service of the head of our state reports.

The technopark, organized jointly with the Republic of Tatarstan, was opened on March 23 last year. To date, 5 enterprises worth over $10 million have been launched. By the end of this year, 8 more projects worth $18 million will be implemented.

In particular, Rhodium Polymer Limited Liability Company has begun production of products from expanded polypropylene. The plant, built jointly with Korean investors, will produce 2,000 tons of products per year and export goods worth $2 million.

The ceremony of launching new industrial facilities, service facilities and the social sphere was held in the Tashkent region. These are the “Tashkent Konch Cement” enterprises in the Akhangaran region, “Tashkent Cotton Textile” in the Kuyichirchik region, “Asia Tashkent Textile” and “Salubris Vita” in the Yukorichirchik region, “Angren Kaolin” and “Central Asia Chemicals” in the city of Angren, “Agro New Drip” in the city of Nurafshan, “Sharq Tubes” in the city of Chirchik, “Samsarak Faiz” and “Shabnam Elegant” in the Parkent district. They have established the production of cement, yarn, textile, pharmaceutical products, enriched kaolin, chemicals, hoses for drip irrigation, non-ferrous metals. In general, these enterprises will create more than 3,000 new jobs.

The head of state pressed a symbolic button and launched new enterprises.

After that, under the chairmanship of the President, a videoconference was held on measures to reduce poverty, ensure employment of the population and increase local budget revenues. The leadership of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokims of all regions and districts participated via video link.

It was noted that the volume of foreign direct investment in the Tashkent region last year increased by 135 percent and amounted to $480 million. Also, over the past six months, 322 projects worth $240 million have been launched as part of investment programs, and 8,000 jobs have been created.

But in some areas and cities, they are limited to small and medium-sized projects. For example, in Urtachirchik, Chinaz, Kibray, Tashkent, Yangiyul districts and the city of Nurafshan, there is not a single major project.

In this regard, each district and city khokim has been tasked with attracting direct investments in the amount of at least $100 million by the end of the year.

For six months of the current year, the region carried out exports worth $440 million. The indicators of industry and the service sector also increased. But in some areas and cities, they have declined. Of the 114 multi-storey buildings planned for construction this year, only nine have been put into operation.

A number of leaders who made shortcomings were dismissed from their positions.

The President listed the available opportunities for expanding the local tax base. It was determined that a separate tax officer would be responsible for solving the problem of each entrepreneur. The importance of turning the tax authorities into a structure without corruption and improving the moral character of their employees was emphasized.

Measures have been identified to ensure employment of the population and facilitate its access to preferential resources. Thus, assistants to khokims will help the self-employed to move into small and medium-sized businesses.

To do this, based on the experience of Japan, a system of business incubators and accelerators will be introduced in the regions. Potential entrepreneurs will be provided with funds for the formation of working capital on the terms of equity participation.

The initiative to provide employment for 400 thousand people was supported on the basis of the program “20 thousand entrepreneurs – 500 thousand qualified specialists”.

At the end of the meeting, the information of the heads of relevant ministries and departments, regions was heard.