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Uzbekistan publishes New Strategy for 2017-2021Which includes a wide range of systemic actions in 5 priory areas

In February 7, 2017, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ShavkatMirziyoyev signed the Decree of the “On the Strategy of actions on further development of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021”. The document has been embraced with a great enthusiasm and interest by the population of the country and international community.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev

The Strategy includes a wide range of systemic actions in the following five priory areas:

1. Improvement of public administration and further development of civil society. The actions plan in this area includes measures on further strengthening the role of national parliament and the political parties in deepening democratic reforms and modernization of the country, the reform of public administration system, development of the institutional framework for public services, improvement of "e-government" system, provision of high quality and efficient public services, accountability and transparency of state organizations, and strengthening the role of civil society institutions and the media;

2. Ensuring the rule of law and further reform of the judicial system. This area of the Strategy focuses on provision of the genuine independence of the judiciary, protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, improvement of administrative, criminal, civil and commercial law, the efficiency of combating crime, strengthening the crime prevention system, full implementation of the adversarial principle in the judicial process, improvements in provision of legal aid and legal services;

3. The development and liberalization of the economy. The measures in this area are directed to further strengthening the macroeconomic sustainability and maintaining of high economic growth, increasing the competitiveness of the national producers, modernization of agriculture, continuation of institutional and structural reforms toward reduction of the state presence in the economy, further measures on the private sector and private property protection, encourage the development of small business and private entrepreneurship, comprehensive and balanced socio-economic development of regions and municipalities, active attraction of foreign investments by further improvement of the investment climate;

4. Development of social services. The actions in this area aim at consistent increase in employment and real incomes of the population, improvements in the social protection system and health care, rising the socio-political activity of women, construction of affordable housing, the development and modernization of roads and public transport, further advancements in engineering, communication and social infrastructure, the development of education, culture, science, literature, arts and sports, improvement of the state youth policy;

5. Ensuring the security, inter-ethnic harmony and religious tolerance, the implementation of balanced, mutually beneficial and constructive foreign policy. The measures include strengthening the independence and sovereignty of the state, creating a security belt around the country, strengthening stability and mutually beneficial relations with neighbor countries, improvement of the country’s international image.

The National Committee on the Strategy of actions in five priority areas, headed by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and five special commissions for each area of the Strategy have been established according the Decree.

The Decree also approved the state program on implementation of the Strategy of actions for the five priority areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017, which has been announced as “The Year of dialogue with people and the human interests”. Before its approval the draft of the program was placed in different media platforms to get feedback from people. A wide discussion among the various groups of population, civil society organizations and interest groups took place. As a results of this public discussion, thousand suggestions and recommendations was received and dozens paragraphs of the program had been revised. Also, in January 2017, several international “round tables” was organized in Tashkent, where over 1 300 specialists and experts, representatives of interest groups, media, diplomatic corps and international organizations, as well as major foreign investors operating in Uzbekistan had opportunity to submit their opinions and recommendations on the program.

Lee Sung-won  edt@koreapost.com

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