Korea Post writes about socio-economic, cultural life of Uzbekistan
|A recent issue of the Korea Post included a series of materials on the political, socio-economic and cultural life of the Republic of Uzbekistan. |
The Korea Post is the leading monthly English-language journal published in the Republic of Korea. The journal has been published since 1985 with the circulation of 20,000 copies. It is circulated primarily in the political, academic, business and public circles of Korea, as well as the countries of North and South America, Europe and South-Eastern Asia.
The journal has published three articles on Uzbekistan. The first article is devoted to the results of the International Conference on Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia "Peace and Stability in Afghanistan: Ways and Methods of Achieving Them" held on 29-30 April in Tashkent.
The article says that the participants of the conference paid special attention to the initiatives of President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan put forward at the NATO/EAPC Summit in Bucharest (Romania) on April 3, 2008. It is noted that the proposals of the Uzbek Leader on the real ways to normalize the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan were actively supported by the world community, Jahon information agency reported.
In particular, the President of the Centre for Strategic and Political Studies of Russia, Vitaliy Naumkin is quoted stating that the "Bucharest initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov are a globally significant contribution to resolving the problem of security in the region… In fact, the leader of Uzbekistan offered a new model of open cooperation which will ensure security in Central Asia."
According to the President of the Institute of Regional Studies, General Jamsheed Ayaz Khan (Pakistan), °Initiatives of Uzbekistan are extremely important. Those timely proposals will help find an effective way of stabilizing Afghanistan".
°As a military person I can say that all possibilities for reaching peace in Afghanistan by way of applying the military force have been exhausted. Stability in Afghanistan will lead to the development of multilateral relations and serve as an important factor for stable development of Central Asia. This, in its turn, will help implementing major projects in energy and transport links between the countries of Central Asia and our ports, oil and gas pipelines, as well as increase the number of export and import operations," he said.
The experts showed full support for the proposals by President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to transform the Group "6+2" which functioned until 2001 into the Contact Group "6+3" to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.
According to analysts, who took part in the Tashkent conference, "working under the UN auspices as an advisory body to this high-profile organization, the Contact Group "6+3" could make a significant contribution to supporting the efforts of international community aimed at economic revival of Afghanistan as well as organization of talks between the Afghan forces to locate the mutually acceptable solutions of settling the Afghan crisis."
As a key condition to stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan the experts noted the need to support the national and cultural values as well as customs of the Afghan people, respect the interests of national minorities, not to allow the insults of people's religious feelings, or slander of or lies about Islam.
The next article titled "Health of national: priority direction of state policy" is devoted to the issues of healthcare reform in Uzbekistan.
It starts by saying, "Thanks to the reforms being implemented during the years of independence the radical changes have taken place in the sphere of healthcare. For over the past time Uzbekistan has fully reconsidered the system of medical servicing. The upbringing of comprehensively developed generation and further strengthening the nation's health became a priority direction of state policy."
"The adoption of the State program to reform the healthcare system for 1999-2005 in 1998 also served as an important factor in implementing the reforms. It was elaborated in line with main directions of the country's strategic development. Lately, Uzbekistan achieved considerable successes in providing for implementation of the said document, and particularly, on changing the system of primary link of healthcare, protection of motherhood and childhood, establishing the specialized medical centers and emergency medical services networks, bettering the cadres training system, and developing the pharmaceutical sphere.
"The successes being secured by Uzbekistan in the sphere of healthcare now gain recognition on the part of high-profile international organizations. In its report on protection of motherhood and childhood the Save the Children organization has dwelled on Uzbekistan's achievements. According to the report, on creation of conditions for women Uzbekistan occupies the 19th place among 125 countries of the world. Such position is rather significant not only for the CIS countries but also for the entire Asian continent."
In the article titled as "Big success if the "Asrlar Sadosi" Art Festival", the Korea Post speaks of the festival of traditional art "Asrlar Sadosi" (The Echo of Centuries) held by the Forum of Culture and Art of Uzbekistan Foundation on 3-4 May this year in one of the most picturesque places in Kitab district of Kashkadarya region, the city of Kaynar.
The article says that although the festival is conducted for the first time it immediately attracted great public interest. It notes that although initially, only 5,000 people had been expected to take part in the festivities, by the end of the day the figure rose to 30,000 people. Among them were prominent people of art and culture from Uzbekistan, Japan, France, China, Bulgaria, Austria as well as representatives of diplomatic corps and international organizations accredited in Tashkent.
In conclusion of the report it is emphasized that aimed at preserving and developing traditional culture the "Asrlar Sadosi" Festival would be held every year in different historical and cultural parts of Uzbekistan.
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