Uzbekistan increases industrial production by 6.2 percent in first quarter
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, April 15 / Trend, D. Azizov /
According to the Uzbek State Statistics Committee, the country increased industrial production by 6.2 percent to 8.95 trillion soum in comparable prices in January-March compared to the same period last year.
The fuel and energy sector's share in the total industrial production amounted to 26.9 percent compared to 31 percent a year earlier in the first quarter.
Some 8.9 percent accounted for electricity, which corresponds to the figure for last year, while fuel industry accounted for 18 percent (22.1 percent).
The light industry's share hit 17.1 percent, mechanical engineering 13.3 percent, food industry 13.3 percent, non-ferrous metallurgy 11.4 percent and chemicals five percent.
The share of enterprises with foreign investment in industrial production was 16.1 percent.
In 2010, Uzbekistan increased its industrial production by 8.3 percent to 33.58 trillion soum. In 2011, the government plans to ensure industrial production growth at 8.3 percent.
The official exchange rate is 1,686.18 soum to $1 on April 13.