Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Feb. 27 / Trend D. Azizov /
Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed a decree on 'Organisational measures for holding the International Conference in Tashkent on Modern housing construction as an engine of developing and transforming the village, improving the quality of population's life', Jahon news agency under the Foreign Ministry said today.
The purpose of the conference to be held on April 16-17, 2013, is to comprehensively examine and inform the international community and experts with the results of implementing programmes on settlements and construction of individual housing on standard projects in rural areas as a priority in Uzbekistan.
This will result in an essential condition of radical transformation of the village, complex socio-economic development of territories and enhance the growth of the population's employment and income, the report said.
It is planned to consider the following issues: legal framework and state support for housing construction of model projects in rural areas, conditions, benefits and preferences to attract investments for the housing construction and infrastructure in rural areas.
Also included is modern housing construction in rural areas as an engine for accelerated development of the construction industry and industrial production, development of this sector as a key factor in the development of services, improving the quality of the population's life in rural areas and changing the mentality of people and viewing housing construction in rural areas as an important factor in creating new jobs and income growth.
Representatives of the international organisations, prominent foreign experts and specialists in this field from many countries are expected to attend the conference.
The participants will also be able to visit the facilities of rural housing, social areas and small business and private entrepreneurship in the Uzbek regions within the international conference.
It was reported that a housing construction programme in rural areas worth $2.2 billion, covering the period up to 2015, has been operating in Uzbekistan since 2009.
According to the Uzbek State Statistics Committee, around 80,500 houses (or 82,400 apartments) with a total area of 10.162 million square meters were built in 2012, which is 10 per cent more than the previous year, including in rural areas - 7.706 million square meters (increased by 9.3 per cent).
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