President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev is paying a working visit to the Ferghana region.
During a trip to the region in May 2022, the Head of state got acquainted with the Global Textile Infinity cluster project. Taking into account the instructions given then, the implementation of the project was accelerated. In December last year, textile production was put into operation.
The President got acquainted with the activities of this enterprise in the Kushtepa district.
A full cycle of harvesting and processing of cotton has been established here. A large factory worth 132 million euros was organized, equipment from the Swiss company Rieter Machine Works was installed.
The company is capable of producing 18 million meters of mixed fabric and 10 million finished products per year. It is planned to export products worth 85 million euro to European countries and China. To do this, the company has organized a quality control laboratory.
The President noted the need for expanding the range of finished products, establish a partnership with well-known brands.
It is also important that energy-efficient enterprises are used in production. Solar panels are being installed on the roof of the factory, which will achieve an energy efficiency of almost 23 percent.
The factory employs 1.5 thousand people. In March this year, the production of woven fabric will begin here. Enterprises for the production of yarn and fabrics, as well as for the processing of cotton, are being created in the Uchkuprik district. Then the total number of jobs in the cluster will reach almost 5 thousand.
A center for training and home-based work has also been opened here, which trains the specialists necessary for the enterprise in 4 areas.
The President held a meeting on the development of the cotton and textile industry in the regions of the valley.
Over the past six years, 35 clusters have been created in these regions, more than 150 large projects worth US$670 million have been launched.
As is known, on January 26 this year, the President signed a resolution on further supporting the activities of cotton clusters. According to the document, clusters are given the opportunity at any time to receive preferential loans for fertilizers, seeds, fuel for growing cotton. They are allowed to independently place cotton varieties, to bring productive varieties from abroad for selection.
30 percent of the cost of purchasing laser levels will be covered by the state budget. Scientific organizations in cotton growing and agro-service centers will be assigned to each cluster to integrate production and science.
The practical aspects of these support measures were discussed at the meeting.
Instructions were given to increase the yield of cotton, deep processing of yarn and increase the output of finished products. It was noted that this year there is an opportunity to increase the export of textile products in the valley regions up to US$2.5 billion.
It was emphasized that in accordance with the current trend in the sectors of the economy, clusters must also transfer part of their energy consumption to alternative sources.
Mirziyoyev also visited the Oltin Ipak Karvonsaroyi tourist center in the city of Margilan.
The atmosphere and life of ancient Uzbek houses are created here. On the ground floor of the complex there are workshops for carpet weaving, embroidery, copper crafts and others. Tourists can closely observe the process of manufacturing national products, as well as purchase them.
On the second floor there is a caravanserai in a traditional style for 30 people. In the future, the complex will serve more than 10,000 tourists a year.
The head of state thanked the artisans for the continuation of folk crafts and the attention paid to the education of young people.
“In the current age of high technology, you miss such simple, soulful places,” said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. “Our fathers and mothers created these crafts, this culture, investing not only labor, but also a part of their soul. At one time, crafts were on the verge of extinction. Thank you for keeping them. It is necessary not only to promote our culture among foreign guests, but also to introduce our children to it.”
The President supported the proposal of the craftsmen to teach folk crafts in schools. Responsible persons were given recommendations on increasing the tourism potential, the effective use of cinema to promote it.
Last year, the city of Margilan received the status of the World City of Masters for silk and ikat. The cities of Bukhara (for gold embroidery) and Kokand (for wood carving) received the same status. According to a representative of the CIS Executive Committee, this year it is planned to submit a draft decision on the basic organization for the training and retraining of journalistic frames. In addition, at the level of working groups, drafts of the Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Documents on Academic Degrees and the Concept for Ensuring the Quality of Vocational Education in the Commonwealth Member States are being developed.
It was noted that since 2010 congresses of teachers and educators of the Commonwealth countries have been held on a regular basis. The next, eighth in a row, congress will be held in 2024 in Armenia.
A successful innovative form of interuniversity cooperation is the CIS Network University project. It consists of 46 leading universities from 9 Commonwealth countries. Highly qualified specialists are being trained in 35 areas of the master’s program; thanks to the project, 1339 undergraduates were trained in the period from 2010 to 2022.
The development of inclusive education continues, including for children with disabilities. The working group of the Council developed and applies Recommendations in the field of psychological, pedagogical and organizational support for inclusive education in the Commonwealth countries. In 2018, the status of the basic organization for the training of teachers and specialists in the field of inclusive education was assigned to the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank.
“Numerous events organized by the sectoral Council, ministries of education / enlightenment (and science) and basic organizations of the CIS member states receive information support from the CIS Executive Committee. The ongoing work is constantly covered on the Internet resources of the Commonwealth,” added Galina Kazak.
The conference participants discussed issues related to the trends in the development of the education system, external and internal quality assurance of education, as well as methods and tools for managing this indicator.
By the beginning of the forum, a collection of materials “Ensuring the quality of education: state, problems and prospects” was published, the presentation of which took place at the plenary session of the conference.
Reported by the Uzbekistan Daily.