Samarkand Human Rights Web-Forum on Youth
2020: Global Solidarity, Sustainable Development, and Human Rights
August 12-13, 2020
The Government of Uzbekistan – as the convener of the Forum – would like to offer a platform for the participants to reaffirm their commitment to ensure human rights for all.
The purpose of this Convention is to strengthen efforts made at the global, regional and country levels to meet the needs of the youth, to strengthen the capacities and expand the rights, freedoms and best interests of the youth in all their diversity around the world.
The Convention establishes a broader sense of the concept of youth policy as a policy of various spheres and sectors of life: both the public and private sectors, and the active work of non-governmental organizations aimed at young people.
For more information about the Samarkand Forum, visit the website https://www.asianforum.uz/
The life of an Ambassador during Covid-19
António Buscardini from Travel Tomorrow
Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, Dilyor Khakimov, speaks about his life as a Digital Diplomat, the actions taken by the government of Uzbekistan to assuage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and more
1. How has it been for you to be a Digital Diplomat since the rules of confinement were implemented?
This pandemic has proven that we live in a different age, different type of communication.In these difficult times, and thanks to technology, we are still able to communicate with each other, which is one of the most important human needs. Our government is very active keeping the communication open with its partners, specially with the European Union. Our President was in touch with the President of the Council, his excellency, Charles Michel. Also our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamilov Abdulaziz Khafizovich had a conversation with Josep Borrel, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs. As for the specifics of this office, we have been in regular contact with our partners in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Also with Members of the European Parliament, the External Action Service. I think this is an opportunity that will define our future. I expect that this practice will continue even after we are able to control the Corona virus.
2. Uzbekistan has about 33 million inhabitants, some of them living in remote rural areas. How challenging was it to explain to the population the risk linked to this pandemic?
I was in the Khorezm region when the sanitary measure came into effect. The impact in our country was in many ways similar to other countries. There was a certain level of uncertainty. Up to today we have 3,378 reported cases of people infected. Thirteen people have died. The economic impact has been high, specially when talking about certain industries in Uzbekistan. The hospitality industry in general. Our government has been innovative in facing those challenges. For instance, we implemented Smart Lockdown. We have a system of three types of regions -green, yellow and red- depending on the number of cases reported.
We have also implemented a system where people who do not follow the rules are fined. It took about ten days for people to understand the need for those rules. It helped that the government was always transparent sharing the information received from our partners.
3. Most of Uzbekistan’s neighbors show a low number of infections. This is not the case with Russia. What are the risks of having a neighbor with so many infections?
Russia is among the three top trading partners of Uzbekistan. There are about 1,5 million Uzbek citizens who visit Russia on a regular basis. From the beginning, the Uzbek government conducted a huge analytical work to assess from which countries there could be a risk of someone bringing in the disease.When people returned, the government made sure that they would follow the required 2-week quarantine period. We found out that some of the infected people I reported earlier had previously been in destinations such as Russia, China, South Korea and the Middle East. Uzbekistan offered medical supplies to countries like Hungary, China, Russia, Belorussia, Kyrgyzstan, many other countries. It was part of a common fight against the virus.
4. Tourism has been hit by the pandemic. Over the last ten years, Uzbekistan has done a tremendous job at promoting the cultural and historical attractions in the country. What is the support the government is offering to the sector?
It is true. Tourism has become an economic driver in Uzbekistan. But the pandemic has hit the sector. And the government has assessed how it can help. One measure I can mention is that those small and medium businesses in the tourism sector affected by the pandemic, were offered loans from the government. Starting in June, the government has encouraged its people to consider internal tourism, especially towards the “green” zones with low numbers of infections. Yesterday we had a videoconference with the Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development, Abdulaziz Akkulov, and the UN’s World Tourism Organization to assess what the next steps will be. One strategy that’s being considered is looking at the country of origin, which will be an indicator of the risk of contagion. Another point of discussion is analyzing the whole value chain in the tourism industry, from transport to accommodation, making sure the appropriate safety measures are in place.
I want to thank you for your efforts and initiative to address these issues. How we will travel tomorrow is something that needs to be discussed.
The burst of the Sardoba Dam on
1 May 2020 in Uzbekistan and actions after that taken under the supervision of the President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev
It is noted that the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in the region Syrdaya on May 15.
Boy Frank, representative for The Netherlands of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, expresses his feelings of compassion for all the victims of the disaster caused by the burst of the Sardoba dam.
He has great respect for the way that the people of Uzbekistan got together in an effort to help the unfortunate victims.
The Head of State wasted no time and arrived at the scene of floods as soon as possible, to personally oversee the work that had to be done, an exemplary action.
In these tragic circumstances, the character of the people of Uzbekistan wad put to the test.
Unity, cooperation and empathy manifested itself.
Necessary and urgently required food, clothing, medicines and other things were provided to the victims.
Government agencies have already planned and taken action to restore and renovate damaged homes, and plans for new housing have been made.
The President communicated directly with all parties concerned, keeping a close and by everybody appreciated eye on things.
Restoration works in Syrdarya region will be completed until September 1.
Not only were thousands of houses destroyed and dozens of apartement buildings, but there was also flooding of apartment buildings. The infrastructure got a major blow. Electricity and other energy supply, as well as communication was partially destroyed.
The actions taken to make sure that the victims of the disaster would be helped as soon as possible were swift. The Head of State himself visited the affected region regularly.
Not only are there restoration works, but the living conditions are being improved and new jobs are being created.
Very many construction teams are involved with this mega operation of restoration. Sixty-five thousand of the ninety thousand were able to return to their homes. Different ministries, as well as the Uzbekistan national guard cooperated to make the operation a success.
The president himself made sure that the people affected were given urgently needed financial assistance, as well as gifts for different household appliances.
The whole operation, whereby the president played a major role, deserves admiration and is an example for other countries.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Coronavirus
May 5, 2020
"What we all observe today is how humanity is struggling with both the coronavirus and equally the resulting economic crisis.
A growing number of countries are gradually softening lockdown measures to overcome the difficult situation.
Thanks to the Almighty, the epidemiological situation in Uzbekistan has currently been stabilizing. With each passing day, there are more recovering patients that those sick. So are people leaving the quarantine regime than those getting shut down. As a result, out of 2,204 patients infected with coronavirus, 1,454 or 66 percent of patients have fully recovered.
83 percent of quarantined people have already returned home. Positive dynamics are evident. All necessary measures are being taken to treat 740 patients remaining in hospitals, restore their health and return them to their families.
All this has been barely easy. To date, we have streamlined 2 trillion 250 billion soums from the Anti-Crisis Fund and $ 500 million from funds of international financial institutions.
Today, no one in the world knows for sure how long this pandemic will last. Therefore, no matter how difficult it may be, we must learn to work and live in a pandemic, and in accordance with all its requirements.
Now, taking advantage of the fact that the epidemiological situation has changed for the better, we must gradually weaken the lockdown regime in our economy. These restrictions have a huge negative impact on economic development and the life of the population.
In this respect, we have taken the first steps to soften the quarantine requirements in order to create convenience for our people, especially farmers and entrepreneurs."
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The response of Uzbekistan's President during Covid-19
Frank Creations intern, Chiara, interviewing the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Benelux countries regarding the President's efforts during the Covid-19 crisis.
An Interview with the Minister of Justice
Frank Creations intern, Chiara, interviewing the Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan in Nieuwspoort.
An Interview with Diplomats from Uzbekistan
Frank Creations interns interviewing the Uzbekistan delegation in Nieuwspoort International Press Centre in The Hague on February 20, 2020.
Invitation to the TIIF
Invitation of the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Tashkent International Investment Forum
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The State of the Union Address 2020
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to address the Oliy Majlis, the Supreme Assembly of Uzbekistan.
2020 is declared as the Year of Science, Enlightenment and the Digital Economy Development.
For the full address, click on the icon to the left.
Seminar on Agriculture
On Monday, 20 January, a seminar on agricultural issues was held in Nieuwspoort international press center in The Hague.
A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture in Tashkent and the personal advisor of the president and ambassador, Dilyor Khakimov, was chair of the seminar, which was attended by more than 90 persons.
Most of them were Dutch representatives of companies, looking for business opportunities across the border, possibly in the form of joint ventures.
The seminar lasted about two hours, and 15 participants were given the opportunity to give a short presentation by means of a pitch.
Business cards were exchanged and there was an exchange of ideas.
A follow-up visit is expected with the minister of agriculture of Uzbekistan.
(Pictured) Daniela Deken of Frank Creations in the Second Chamber of Parliament with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Dilyor Khakimov, the advisor of the president, and the personal assistant to the Minister of Agriculture. Taken prior to the seminar in Nieuwspoort The Hague.
Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan
(Pictured above) Frank Creations intern, Daniela Deken, with H.E. Dilyor Khakimov, Uzbekistan Ambassador to the Benelux countries along with military attache at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Brussels.
(Pictured below) H.E. Dilyor Khakimov giving a speech celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.