December 11, 2010
Experts evaluate highly the democratic changes in Uzbekistan
Local and foreign experts discussed further strengthening of democratic reforms in Uzbekistan by implementing the concept of transition from the strong state to strong civil society. The forum was attended by experts from USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Ukraine, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions in Tashkent, members of Senate and deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, representatives of civil institutions of Uzbekistan. Experts paid attention to quality and efficiency of reforms carried out in Uzbekistan. According to F. Lemke, Representative of Uzbek-German Friendship Society and ex Deputy Directory of Deutshe Welle Academy, \"democratic and economic reforms carried out in Uzbekistan under the guidance of Islam Karimov are intrinsically linked with civil society development.\" \"It all indicates country democratization as a whole. Its not only about the state policy, it is a policy supported by the people. The adoption of corresponding laws also plays a big role but it is the community that plays the first fiddle,\" he added. \"Time proved that Uzbekistan has chosen the right way to build a democratic state,\" noted Lee Jung Jung, Senior Researcher at Institute of Political Studies at the National University of Singapore. \"Your country demonstrated stupendous achievements. Every time I come to Uzbekistan I make sure in consistency of reforms conducted to protect the rights and interests of citizens. This consistency, logicality, correlation of democratic reforms in different spheres of life of society and state deserve attention.\" \"First of all when we talk about reforms in Uzbekistan, we want to stress the refuse from \"shock therapy\" and the choice of own model of development gradual and consistent conduct of reforms was the best way to build an independent young state,\" adds V. Kulik, Director of the Research Center for Civil Society Problems, Ukraine. Democratic development in Uzbekistan can be divided into two stages. From 1991 to 2000 - the first stage when main problems to solve were the preservation of statehood of independent Uzbekistan in those complicated safety conditions in the region, meaning the situation in Afghanistan and Tajikistan, troubles in Kyrgyzstan, the creation of modern safety structures, laying the economic and social foundations of a new state. A new stage begins in 2000 when democratic development system is being developed. The concept announced by Islam Karimov in November 2000 gives a new impulse to the development of democratic institutions and forms platform for multi-party system and fosters the role of public organizations by upgrading the level of reforms. I. Wenzel, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, stressed the stage by stage development of democracy in Uzbekistan. \"Observing democratic reforms in Uzbekistan we see positive changes in the life of state and society from year to year. Thus, the role of parliament is strengthening. It does not happen at once, there is a huge painstaking work being done in this direction,\" expert noted. New initiatives announced by President Karimov sparked a huge response in expert community. As M. Omelicheva, PhD in Political Sciences, University of Kansas, elucidated \"latest President\'s initiatives deserve attention. In particular, proposals for further reforming of executive power will help to balance the power distribution in compliance with Western liberal democratic power standards\". \"The speech of the President is notable with the announcement of major aspects of further development of all spheres of society life. In particular, they include the reforms in judicial, legal, socioeconomic spheres, further development of civil institutions that sparked an echo among Uzbek people and increased the country\' political rating in the international arena,\" said S. Vardjakova, expert of the Cambridge Forum for Central Asia. \"The model of reforms chosen by Uzbekistan can be applied in other states too,\" stressed Director of US National Democratic Institute in Uzbekistan Clark Plexico. \"I think the President\'s speech at joint session of both chambers of the Parliament is an important factor for further realization of the principle \"from strong state to strong civil society\". The experience of this state in democratization should be studied in more detailed way.\"

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