Latest Speeches of President of Uzbekistan

Views and assessments pushed forward by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov during the visit to Namangan and Ferghana regions on 29-30 September 2015

1. Our nation has been going along its own development path with confidence. Cities and villages have been made comfortable places to live, while households enjoy prosperous life. All this is a result of a peaceful and steady life in our country.
2. In building a prosperous socioeconomic life, we did not allow for haste, we gradually implemented the thoroughly and carefully thought-out strategy built on the renowned five principles recognized worldwide as the Uzbek Model of Development. Its outcomes can be seen in the colossal successes and performance indicators being achieved by our country.
3. A noble purpose is embodied at the heart of ongoing reforms in all spheres, namely, to care about the future of our people, especially our children, to provide for an environment conducive for them to grow up as individuals inferior to no one in anything. Right from the initial years of independence, the issue of fostering a comprehensively advanced generation was identified as one of the priority tracks of national strategy. Today, in all walks of our life one can observe the outcomes of our gracious principle “Our children ought to be better, smarter, wiser and certainly happier than us”.
4. Today we have been furthering the ends that we could only dream of in the past. The outcomes of the implementation of the noble principle “Reforms are not for the sake of reforms, but for the sake of human interests” can be seen in the lives of our compatriots. It inspires all of us, boosts our confidence in our own abilities and makes us happy.
5. It is essential to further promote the advancement of the farmers’ movement, not confine ourselves to the cultivation of crudes, but also work out and organize their reprocessing, and for the government to stimulate and provide support for multi-purpose farming enterprises.
It is impossible to achieve high development and wellbeing only with the cultivation of grains and cotton. It is imperative to be in constant search and seek new frontiers. We need to increase the number of modern manufacturing enterprises in rural areas and continue with the structural transformation of economy sectors with persistence.
6. In the days bygone, the farmer used to think exclusively about how to collect and deliver the cotton grown to the factory and fulfill the plan at whatever the cost. No one would enquire into the qualification grade of the cotton gathered, nor its quality, let alone the cotton-grower’s incomes. Today, it is primarily the farmers themselves who is gravely interested in the cultivation of cotton of higher quality, in its timely collection and delivery in high grades. The more high-quality cotton is produced, the higher the revenues.
7. The President stressed the need to maintain constant search, launch new types of goods in order to secure robust positions in the global market, manufacture products based on the evaluation of the overall situation in markets, place special emphasis on matters of design, and crucially, create our own brand in the world market.
8. Currently, a need has been rising among our people, especially youngsters, to dress by modern trends. Satisfaction of this growing demand in cutting-edge, high-quality goods of local production is an important mission This will require a further increase in the number of modern enterprises and a comprehensive support for new, talented entrepreneurs with good knowledge of current trends and market tendencies.
9. Today, many admire the enormous successes achieved in our country in the field of modern urban planning. When erecting majestic buildings, residential houses, social infrastructure, recreation and education facilities special attention is paid to the harmonious combination of the traditions of national architecture art and the modern one. Greening the areas on the basis of landscape design grants cities a uniqueness and exceptional beauty.
In order to create and live in a comfortable environment one should have, first and foremost, a munificent soul. If one has set it as the goal, and if he/she perseveres, that goal will be reached for sure. Launched several years ago, the housing construction based on model projects has now turned into an entire industry. In these homes people live in comfort and abundance. Crucially, world outlooks of their inhabitants have been changing, since our principal objective is to make sure that our people live happily in conditions not inferior to anyone’s.
10. All this is the result of the peace and harmony prevailing in our country. Especially overwhelming the hearts of our people is the sense of pride and admiration for the commitment and confident gait of our youths striving towards their noble goals, as well as their great achievements in all fields.
We all can be proud with such tremendous triumphs being attained thanks to the selfless endeavors of our people.

Islam Karimov’s speech at the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the joint meeting of Chambers of the Oliy Majlis

Posted on April 13, 2015

Dear compatriots, dear deputies of Oliy Majlis!

Dear guests!

It gives me great pleasure in addressing you, the deputies of the Legislative Chamber and members of the Senate, and through you to all our people, to express my sincere gratitude to all compatriots who have high confidence in me by electing the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Take this opportunity I express you, my dear, my high respect and esteem, I wish you health, happiness and prosperity.

Confidence in me I consider primarily as a great responsibility and a great honor, and once again I want to assure – I will put all my strength, dedicate my life to justify such a high, incomparable people’s trust.

Dear friends!

We completely abandon the old, the obsolete totalitarian regime and becoming masters of our own destiny, have set before ourselves important objectives such as the construction of a new, democratic state and civil society, free to anyone and in no way inferior, prosperous life. Today, as a result of large-scale changes and reforms being implemented consistently by us in this way, we have achieved such great success and high goals, which no one can deny.

The most important factor of all our achievements, of course, became our evolutionary and incremental development path of Uzbekistan selected by us, based on five principles known and recognized throughout the world as the “Uzbek model” of reforms, and today life itself proves how correct is this way.

On the advantages and effectiveness of our model of development evidenced by the fact that it fully takes into account the natural, historical, national, demographic and environmental features characteristic of Uzbekistan, and it is fully justified itself in practice.

For example, if we talk about agriculture, we have given priority to the development of farmers’ movement, based on the lease land, have actively supported this process, and thanks to all of this farmers’ movement, it is safe to say, leave a bright trace in our recent history. Today, our farmers not only produce 90-92 % of the country’s agricultural production, but also become more and more social and political movement, taking the responsibility for the development and future of our village.

Or if you take a small business and private entrepreneurship, it is now in this area produced 56 percent of gross domestic product and employs 75-77 percent of the total employed population.

Of course, our achievements, as reflected in such vivid terms and figures, will provide a powerful impetus towards deepening the reforms implemented by us, a solid foundation of tomorrow and the future development of the country.

Today, we have every reason to say – exactly due to the implementation of these reforms, we provide sustainable growth in the economy of Uzbekistan. In the last 10 years, the rate of growth of gross domestic product annually exceed 8 percent. Given the fact that, according to our calculations, in the current, 2015, these rates will remain at the same level, I think everything is even more evident.

In this regard, we can not say that at the heart of all our great successes primarily lies a fundamental change in consciousness and thinking, the growth of political and legal culture of our people, our selfless and courageous people, has seen a lot in his lifetime. The main thing is the most reliable support for us is our youth, surely part of life as a decisive force, possessing modern knowledge and professions independently and re-thinking, the ability to take responsibility for the future of the country.

However, I would like all of us do not forget one important truth.

If we are satisfied with the progress and frontiers, addict to the self-complacency and euphoria, we can make the biggest, I must say, unforgivable mistake.

We all know that the world is developing, does not stand still, especially when you consider that we live in the XXI century – century of intellectual labor, the Internet and globalization, and rapidly changing time constantly reminds us of this.

Continuing on a global scale financial-economic crisis, competition and confrontation becoming more severe, such threats and challenges, as radicalism, terrorism and extremism are intensifying, require from all of us, above all, a greater cohesion, further mobilization of our forces and capabilities.

Of course, in the framework of the ongoing great work before us today the most urgent task is to speed up and improve the efficiency of democratic reforms, which radically changing our lives.

When we talk about this, of particular importance to us is the removal of the remaining totalitarian regime stereotypes, solving of a variety of current problems, the consistent implementation of the adopted laws and further deepening of the reforms.

First of all, we have to raise to a new, higher level of reform in the field of freedom of expression and information, human rights and freedoms, to further improve the legal system, the development of civil society, and it should be noted that in these areas there is still a lot to do.

It’s no secret that if we do not ensure the competitiveness of our economy, i.e. modernizing and diversifying the industrial areas and spheres, their technical and technological renewal, the global market, and tomorrow – the domestic market will also not accept our products.

We all should be well aware of this truth.

Therefore, if we care about tomorrow, our future, we must openly admit that without further deepening wide-ranging reforms, being implemented in our economy, especially structural reforms, without deciding the question of its rise to a new, modern level, it is impossible to talk about achieving our most important goal – to enter the number of advanced democracies.

A key task for us is to remove all barriers and constraints to the development of private property and private enterprise, which are as enshrined in our Constitution, a priority area of diversified economy.

It must be emphasized that in the past years we have carried out a lot of work and continue to provide a solid legal framework and reliable safeguards to protect private property and private property owners, including the provision of benefits and preferences to small businesses and private entrepreneurship.

However, despite all the well-known benefits of private ownership as compared to the state, the work carried out in this area, unfortunately, was not able to completely solve the problem of providing the necessary freedom to private owners, and not giving the expected results.

That is why we must reduce to strategically and economically reasonable size and the level of the share of state presence in the economy.

Another challenge before us – we must abandon all forms of still existing administrative-command system, clear division of tasks and powers between public authorities, business and the private sector, go to the exchange system of trading operations, with the exception of retail trade.

Along with this, there should also be made appropriate adjustments in our corporate activities or joint stock association taking into account the experience of leading foreign firms and companies.

Our experience has shown that in Uzbekistan the most efficient, optimal and justifying itself is such an option, when the owners of the shares are also foreign investors in addition to domestic ones. It’s advantage lies in the fact that foreign shareholders – founders, in addition to equipping joint venture with high-tech equipment, also implement modern methods of organization and management.

In this regard, I want to reiterate that we are open for further development of cooperation with foreign countries and companies, we are ready to create new, broader conditions and opportunities for this.

Consistent deepening of ongoing fundamental reforms, planned for 2015 and beyond, maintaining stable economic growth will undoubtedly serve to a qualitative improvement in the structure of government and a significant increase in the competitiveness of our economy, gaining by Uzbekistan its rightful place on the world stage.

Dear friends, compatriots!

I consider it necessary to dwell on one very important issue, which is certainly of concern to all of us.

We live in troubled, increasingly tense time when amplified various threats and challenges that may lead to unpredictable consequences.

Given all this, in order to preserve peace and tranquility and prosperity of our people prevailing today in our country, the integrity of our borders, we must consider as our primary objective – the further strengthening of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries of near and far abroad.

I consider it my duty to reiterate – Uzbekistan never join to any military-political blocs, will not allow the deployment of foreign military bases on its territory, staying of our soldiers abroad.

In the current difficult situation today around us, we believe exactly such a position, such a policy most correct for ourselves, the only true. As I said earlier, our people, first of all, need peace and tranquility, and we have to fight for it.

Taking this opportunity, allow me, on my behalf and on behalf of all our people to express my deep gratitude to our supporters who provide assistance, foreign states and international organizations, which strengthen friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with us, their representatives, all foreign guests present here today.

I express my sincere gratitude to the heads of state, political and public figures, to send their congratulations on the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan me.

Again and again I bow to my people, which provided me such a high confidence.

Faithfully and selflessly, with filial love to serve our noble and generous people – is truly a great honor and a great happiness for me.

I wish all of you, my dear, peace and prosperity, success and good luck!