26 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
July 27, 2015
24TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF UZBEKISTAN... I Hold You Dear, Uzbekistan!
A Presidential Resolution put forth ahead of the celebrations of the 24th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence has set out priority areas of the program of events.
Independence gave our nation unlimited opportunities to restore our national statehood and self-awareness, traditions and religion, to glorify our outstanding ancestors, and to bring up a healthy and harmoniously developed generation. Uzbekistan moved to get rid of the outmoded command-administrative system and chose its own path of development based on five famous principles. The path the country is following has won international acclaim as “the Uzbek model of reforms”.
In a historically short span of time, the republic’s economy grew more than 5.5 times; real income per capita swelled nearly nine-fold; the $190 billion worth of investments in the national economy over this period has led to the creation of new sectors such as automobile building, petroleum, gas and chemical industries, oil and gas and railroad machinery building, production of modern construction materials, home appliances and pharmaceuticals among others.
The agricultural sector enjoys broad avenues for the development of the farming movement. Moreover, farming households currently not only produce 90 to 92% of all agricultural products but are also turning into a powerful sociopolitical force.
Small business and private entrepreneurship, a sector that was virtually nonexistent prior to Uzbekistan’s independence, presents account for over 56% of the country’s GDP. Around 75–77% of the employed population is engaged in this area while the class of owners is providing remarkable support for our society.
The looks of Uzbek cities and villages are changing year after year. In particular, major construction programs and projects have been launched in rural areas, which have led to the creation of infrastructure and homes based on standard housing projects for hundreds of families.
The amount of funds allocated by the government for social needs, especially for the older generation, women and the youth, and in an effort to ensure their rights and interests, safeguard families, mothers and children, and strengthen the social sphere as a whole, is growing annually. In 2014 alone, the expenses from the state budget for these goals totaled over 60%.
Major work is being carried out to bring up a harmoniously developed generation equipped with modern skills, knowledge and professions and dedicated to their homeland and people. As many as 278 music and art schools, 523 sports facilities and over 100 swimming pools have been created across the country over the past five years. Around 2 million children, among them over 840,000 girls, do sports on a regular basis.
The success accomplished by Uzbekistan continues to win acclaim from the international community. In particular, the rating of countries with fast developing economies publicized by the World Economic Forum put Uzbekistan in the fifth position. In another instance, the World Happiness Report, a landmark survey conducted by Columbia University sociologists with assistance from the United Nations Organizations, ranks Uzbekistan 44th globally and first in the CIS.
The primary factors of these achievements are the nation’s commitment, dedication, hard work, change of world outlooks, growth of political consciousness, social engagement, and further strengthening of people’s civic stance, the Resolution says. All these moments will be reflected in the programs of events dedicated to the holiday that embody the slogan “I hold you dear, my native Uzbekistan!”
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)