Additional opportunities for socio-economic development of Bukhara region were studied
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - On 21-23 October 2020, a working group led by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov and consisting of heads of ministries, departments and commercial banks traveled to Bukhara region to study the current state of social economic development of each city and district of the region, as well as the development of measures to ensure accelerated growth.
The work of the group was focused on 8 key areas, covering the spheres of industry, agriculture, investments, exports, housing and infrastructure construction, social development and employment of the population, for each of which separate subgroups were formed, consisting of the heads of the relevant ministries, departments, industry associations, commercial banks and local authorities.
During visits to districts and cities of the region, targeted meetings were held with entrepreneurs and initiators of investment projects to identify existing problems and develop effective solutions.
Further steps are outlined to enhance investment and industrial activity in the region - responsible leaders were instructed to develop systemic measures aimed at creating optimal conditions for the formation of value chains based on the existing raw materials potential and industrial capacities. In this vein, the importance of identifying and using "points of economic growth" in the development of project proposals was emphasized to achieve the maximum economic effect from attracted investments.
Special attention was paid to the development of infrastructure, which is one of the key factors of investment attractiveness and socio-economic development. The heads of relevant ministries and departments were instructed to coordinate work to accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects and develop new project proposals.
At the same time, they noted the need to take prompt measures to find employment and provide a stable source of income for the local population, including through the establishment of cooperation based on home-based work. The work on the employment of socially vulnerable families included in the "Iron Notebook", representatives of unemployed youth and women ("Youth Notebook", "Women’s Notebook") was considered in order to provide effective support by creating additional jobs and sources of permanent income.
The current state of the picking of raw cotton by cotton clusters and farmers in the region was examined separately. The need to prevent the facts of forced labor, as well as to comply with the safety requirements of cotton pickers in a pandemic by providing them with overalls, personal protective equipment and access to medical services, was emphasized.
The importance of establishing a system of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable cotton production was noted by introducing modern methods and standards that meet the requirements of responsible supply of international markets. They also considered the current problems faced by farmers and cotton clusters in picking raw cotton, and developed practical measures to solve them.
As a result of the work carried out, a video conference was held with the participation of members of the working group, as well as khokims and heads of sectors of the Bukhara region and all districts and cities, representatives of district and city Kengashes of people’s deputies, representatives of trade union organizations, entrepreneurs, farmers and leaders of cotton clusters, during which priority tasks were identified within the framework of key areas of work and corresponding instructions were given to responsible leaders. Also, a separate "Road Map" was formed, containing specific measures to be implemented with an indication of the timing and executors.
The General Prosecutor’s Office will conduct effective monitoring of the implementation of the "Road Map" with the adoption of tough measures against the responsible persons who have disrupted the execution of the assigned tasks.