Uzbekistan celebrates Independence Day
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 1 / Trend D.Azizov /
Uzbekistan celebrates Independence Day today.
Uzbekistan proclaimed independence 19 years ago on Aug. 31, 1991. Parliament declared Sept. 1 as Independence Day.
Independence Day celebrations are traditionally held in the Alisher Navoi National Park. They are attended by members of the government, NGOs, national heroes, academics, cultural figures, and foreign diplomats. President Islam Karimov also takes part in the celebrations.
Speaking at the celebrations today, the president named the country's becoming a democratic and developed country as a national priority.
"Our ultimate goal is to join the rank of developed democracies," Karimov said. "To accomplish this, we need to solve two key challenges."
First, Uzbekistan must ensure a decent standard of living among the general population by deepening reforms and introducing structural changes to the economy, while accelerating socioeconomic and technological growth, Karimov said.
It is also necessary to continue modernizing and liberalizing the country to establish a strong civil society, he added.
"I think today there is no need to argue that setting such important goals is a logical and natural continuation of our policy since the early days of independence and requires persistent and tireless work," Karimov said.
"I put the best hope in the growing younger generation, your desire to be a decisive force in a society that is able to take responsibility for the country's future through hard work, mastering modern knowledge and experience," he added.
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