Uzbekistan's construction materials import decreases
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 22
By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:
Import of construction materials to Uzbekistan in the period from January to April 2020 decreased by 20.1 percent, compared to the same period of 2019, Trend reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.
During January-April 2020, the volume of construction materials imports amounted to 5.1 percent of the total imports, reaching $328 million.
Wood and its products (49 percent), glass and its products (5.8 percent), cement (7.1 percent) and asbestos (1.8 percent) account for the main share in construction materials imports.
During quarantine, the volume of production of building materials in the country decreased by 30-40 percent. In turn, the sales of raw materials fell.
The Government of Uzbekistan set a task for Ozsanoatqurilishmateriallari Joint Stock Company (Uzbek major producer of construction materials) to bring the production to 10 trillion soum ($984.9 million) in the first half of the year, and 22 trillion soum ($2.1 billion) by the end of the year. It was entrusted to expand production to substitute import of construction materials.
Uzbekistan has 275 promising deposits of necessary raw materials, and 14 projects worth $52 million are being implemented in Gazgan settlement of Nurata district.
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