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President of Uzbekistan receives World Bank Vice President

On July 13, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev
received the World Bank delegation led by the Vice President for Europe and Central Asia
Cyril Muller.
Warmly welcoming the guests, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the
dynamically developing partnership of Uzbekistan with the World Bank Group.
It was emphasized that this year’s fruitful meetings with the leadership of this
authoritative international financial institution, including with the President of the bank
Jim Yong Kim in May in Washington and the Chief Executive Officer Kristalina
Georgieva in January in Tashkent, contributed to intensify contacts and identify new
directions of interaction, as well as practical implementation of promising projects and
programs for supporting socio-economic reforms in Uzbekistan.
Today, the portfolio of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the
World Bank includes 39 implemented projects and those that are being implemented with
attraction of concessional financing for the amount of 4.4 billion dollars.
They cover such priority areas as modernization of energy, transport and communal
infrastructure, introduction of advanced and energy efficient technologies, intensive
development of agro-industrial complex, effective water resources management,
improvement of the education and healthcare system and many others.
Currently, more than 20 new projects under the Partnership Program for the period
up to 2020 are also being considered.
In addition, leading experts of the bank took an active part in development of the
Concept of reforming the tax system of Uzbekistan. Activities are being carried out on
forming a joint Economic Council.
At the meeting, issues of further expansion of multifaceted cooperation between
Uzbekistan and the World Bank were discussed. Particular attention was paid to ensuring
qualitative and timely implementation of investment projects, including on the basis of
preparation of the Roadmap and improvement of professional skills of national staff.
The importance of further cooperation in the field of agriculture, civil aviation and
renewable energy in the country was emphasized, as well as on promotion of meaningful
joint projects in the Central Asian region.
Cyril Muller expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the state for the warm
welcome and conveyed greetings and best wishes of the World Bank President Jim Yong
Kim.
The readiness of the bank to deepen the mutually beneficial partnership with
Uzbekistan has been reaffirmed for supporting the ongoing large-scale reforms and

transformations, as well as ensuring sustainable development of the country and the entire
region.

Regions to Receive More Energy

Works have kick started on the modernization of three hydroelectric power plants in
Uzbekistan owing to loans from the Chinese Eximbank.
The plans include the modernization of the Shahrikhan HPP Cascade, the Cascade
of Tashkent HPPs (HPP-4) and the Cascade of Lower Bozsu HPPs. The total cost of works
will exceed $ 74 million, of which $ 63 million is to be allocated by the Chinese side.
Modernization of facilities “on a turn-key basis” will be carried out by Chinese
company Power China. An agreement on this was reached during the Summit of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao. The commissioning of all three facilities
is scheduled for 2020.
According to experts, Uzbekistan needs a large-scale modernization of hydroelectric
power stations. Of the 36 operating hydropower plants, 25 were built between 1940 and
1980, many of them have long outdated their resources. As a result of the implementation
of the mentioned projects, the capacity of the three HPPs will grow at least twice, while
the generation of electricity will more than triple.
It should be noted that within the framework of the special program in Uzbekistan,
in the medium term, construction of 42 new and modernization of 32 operating HPPs is
planned. This year, 10 projects are under implementation, the cost of the first stage is at
estimated at $ 364.6 million. One of the most important is the construction of the
Tuyaguguz HPP.
The new hydropower station is built on the Tuyaguguz reservoir, more popular
among the people as “Tashmore”. Previously, here the water for vegetation merged into
the Ahangaran River, and after the introduction of the hydroelectric power station it will
be used to generate electricity. It will pass through a dam and two special underground
tunnels, where modern Chinese units Dongfang for energy production will be installed.
To date, specialists have fulfilled more than 73% of the planned works on the
project. The station’s capacity will be 12 megawatts, the height of the reservoir is 30
meters, the volume is 250 million cubic meters. The construction of the HPP will pay off
within 4 years, since the units will generate electricity 11 months a year without
interruption.
The total cost of construction exceeds $ 16 million, of which $ 8.2 million are
foreign investments and loans, and $ 8.09 million are funds of Uzbekhydroenergo.
According to specialists, the hydropower resources of Uzbekistan allow for
generating up to 27.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. At the same time, only
6.5 billion or 23.7% of the entire hydropower potential of the country has been developed.

NATO Vows Support for Outcomes of Tashkent Afghanistan Conference
The latest summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took place on
July 11-12 in Brussels with participation of the heads of state and government of the 29
member nations.

Along with the discussion of the current agenda in the Alliance’s activities, special
attention was paid to the prospects of peaceful settlement in the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan.
The session participants adopted a Joint Statement on the NATO’s Resolute Support
Mission in Afghanistan, where they underscored with particular appreciation the results of
the February 28 Kabul Process conference for peace and security cooperation in
Afghanistan, and the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Security
Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, held this past March 26-27 on the initiative of
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The statement of NATO member states came as another recognition by the world
community of the importance of the policy and international initiatives of Uzbekistan’s
leader to promote a political settlement to the situation in Afghanistan and the latter’s
involvement in regional economic processes. The resolution of the UN General Assembly
on Central Asia, adopted on 22 June 2018, also highlights the importance of the Tashkent
Conference towards resolution of the Afghan conflict.
As the reader may know, representatives of the majority of NATO member
countries, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary General of the Alliance, attended the
Tashkent Conference along with many other guests. The forum proved a turning point,
contributing to the consolidation of the international community’s efforts to support the
process of Afghan-owned, Afghan-led national reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Extensive support for the initiatives of the Uzbek administration owes to the fact
that the Tashkent Declaration, unanimously adopted by the participants of the Conference,
has become an indicator of a solid international consensus and a political benchmark for
joint actions at the regional and global levels to advance the peace process in Afghanistan.
The political atmosphere formed during the Conference in the capital of Uzbekistan
attained the title “Tashkent Spirit” and stimulated the intensification of constructive
dialogue among all parties involved in the processes in Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan welcomes the efforts and initiatives of other nations and organizations
designed to support national reconciliation in Afghanistan, and will continue its policy of
backing the peace process, securing stability in that country and its socioeconomic revival.
In his speech at the Tashkent forum on Afghanistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
stressed the need for leading powers and donor organizations to provide fundamental
political support for the peace process in Afghanistan and financial assistance for the
socio-economic reconstruction of the country.
The statement by NATO leaders on the need to reach a political solution to the
Afghan conflict on the basis of national consensus and the corresponding decisions taken
in Brussels on July 12 are fully in tune with the appeal of Uzbekistan’s President to the
broad international community.

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz)
Since July 15, 2018, a system for issuing electronic entry visas for stay in
Uzbekistan for tourism purposes to be introduced by the Resolution of the President of
the Republic of Uzbekistan No.3836 of July 4, 2018 “On further measures for optimizing
the order of entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

This system, in accordance with the Regulation on the Electronic Entry Visa of the
Republic of Uzbekistan, provides for cancellation of the procedure for compulsory
application of foreign citizens to diplomatic missions and consular offices of the
Republic of Uzbekistan abroad for registration of an entry tourist visa.
An electronic visa is issued to a foreign citizen for a single stay on the territory of
the Republic of Uzbekistan for a period of 30 days.
Electronic visa is valid for 90 days from the date of its issue.
The time for consideration of applications for registration and issuance of an
electronic visa is two working days, excluding the day the application was filed.
The issued electronic visa is sent to the e-mail address of a foreign citizen
indicated when applying to the official web portal of the “e-visa.gov.uz” system.
The application for processing an electronic visa must be submitted not less than
three working days before the planned date of the trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The amount of the consular fee for considering the application for issuing an
electronic entry visa is USD 20.
Payment is carried out electronically through international payment systems.
In case of refusal to issue an electronic visa, the amount of the consular fee is not
refundable.
An electronic visa is not stuck in a travel document (passport). When crossing the
border crossing point, a foreign citizen provides an electronic visa in paper or electronic
form.

17.07.2018

Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan,
Islamabad

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