Uzbekistan set to boost exports, double fruit and vegetable export


TASHKENT (TCA) — At a government meeting on February 27 to analyze the execution of tasks on increasing exports and reducing imports, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pointed to the shortcomings in the execution of the export plan and defined the main directions and tasks, the Jahon information agency reported.

It was said that the import reduction plan for 2017 was fulfilled by 88 percent. During the year, detergents were imported for $20 million, toilet soap for $13 million, building and synthetic paints for $49 million, and chocolate for $23 million.

This shows that production localization programs adopted in the past years do not have a firm basis and are only a fraud and a pretext for obtaining benefits, said Mirziyoyev.

The List of investment projects should include only those projects that are aimed at local production of goods that are imported into Uzbekistan, the president said.

The president said that an absolutely new system of organizing activity and control in this sphere will be introduced. The group led by Deputy Prime Minister Nodir Otajonov and First Deputy Prosecutor General Erkaboy Tadjiev will be responsible for organizing and monitoring the exports.

At the meeting it was also said that this year, it is planned to double the export of fruit and vegetables in comparison with the previous year. It is necessary to fully utilize the potential of regions specializing in fruit and vegetable production, plant high-yield crops on 150 thousand hectares, allocate additional crop areas for large exporting organizations, and organize modern greenhouses, refrigerated warehouses and processing enterprises.

Sergey Kwan