Uzbek president visits Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, June 20 / Trend D. Azizov /
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has recently visited the Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions of the country, the Uzbek national news agency (UzA) said on Thursday.
The president viewed the soon to be commissioned Uzbek-German joint venture Jizzakh Plasteks in the Jizzakh region of the country.
After the first stage of the Jizzakh Plasteks enterprise is commissioned, the processing of 12,000 tons of cotton fibre, production of 8500 tons of yarn will be established and 4000 tons of knitted fabrics per year will be produced. Around 1750 people will be provided with jobs.
President Karimov stressed the need for constructing modern enterprises specialising in fibre processing and the production of finished products by providing people and especially the young with jobs in all regions of the country including Jizzakh with high quality cotton growing.
President Karimov familiarised himself with the general plan for Jizzakh town. He stressed that the master plan of each town must be worked out taking into account a long term view and made recommendations for the construction of the city's ring road, multi-lane main roads, landscaping and gardening.
The president also visited Zhavlonbek Farm in the Pahtakor region and spoke with farmers.
President Karimov said the decree on the establishment of the Jizzak special industrial zone and the work for its implementation are aimed at further improving people's welfare. Those projects implemented with foreign investors create new opportunities for the development of the country's economy and the sustained improvement of the population's living standards.
President Karimov arrived in the Syrdarya region on the same day. He talked with farmers in the fields of the Avazbek Umarov Farm in the Akaltyn region, stressing the importance of the farmers' movement in the development of the national economy.
The growth of the gross regional product reached 9.7 per cent in the Jizzakh region with industrial production - 9.3 per cent, agricultural products - 5.9 per cent, construction operations - 11.6 per cent and paid services - 10.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2013. According to the socio-economic development programme of the region in 2013-2015, it is planned to implement more than 2000 projects, as well as more than 1300 projects in 2013.
The growth of the gross regional product hit 9.5 per cent in the Syrdarya region in the first quarter of this year. The steady growth in industrial production, consumer goods and paid services is ensured. Around 181 small enterprises and in particular 57 new facilities specialising in the production of industrial products have been established.