PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
August 31, 2016
UZBEK SHOES EXPECTED ABROAD
Enterprises of O’zbekcharmpoyabzali System have occupied a strong position both in the domestic and foreign markets. They expect to disburse more than $114 million of investments in the next few years.
The amount of foreign investments in the industry over 16 years has grown from $40,000 to $18 million. 66 big leather and footwear enterprises have been established, 55 production facilities have been fully upgraded, technically and technologically extended.
The enterprises manufacture more than 400 kinds of shoes and leather goods. Last year, the total value of manufactured products amounted to 404 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 31.08.2016, 1$= 2989.64 soums). The indicator increased by 46.4 times, including footwear – by 11.5 times, against 2000. The volume of exports for the past period increased from $100,000 to $100 million, suggesting the competitiveness of Uzbek goods.
As shown by the analysis, the share of finished and semi-finished products sold by companies of O’zbekcharmpoyabzali Association in foreign countries has increased. More specifically, leather exports fell by 47%, and the composition of exports has changed: the share of footwear in it has increased to 30%, leather goods - increased by 15%. The merit goes to the fact that every region of the country has at least one big company, equipped with modern equipment, and a few small manufactures.
For example, a joint Uzbek-Chinese enterprise Peng Sheng in the Jizzakh special industrial zone is capable of producing 600 million square decimeters of leather and 300,000 pairs of shoes per year. The Darital enterprise of Khorezm is well-known abroad. It annually supplies 300,000 pairs of shoes to the domestic and foreign markets. Premium Laser of Ferghana and Premium Capital Group of Kashkadarya regions also produce 100 million square decimeters of leather and 300,000 pairs of shoes per year. The commissioning of the Nafis Charm enterprise in the Namangan region provided the opportunity to annually produce 100 million square decimeters of high-quality and export-oriented leather, and more than 30,000 leather articles.
The progress is just the beginning. The footwear industry has planned many projects ahead. In particular, it is planned to disburse $114.6 million of investments under the industry development program for 2016-2020. The O’zbekcharmpoyabzali Association will be directly involved in the implementation of 82 projects on the establishment of new production enterprises, modernization and expansion of the existing facilities. Most importantly, the program not just ensures economic efficiency, but also addresses social issues. Over 3,200 jobs will be additionally created along with the increase of leather production capacity by 1.4 times, production volumes of leather goods - by 2.6, footwear – by 2.3 times, supply of products to foreign markets - by 3 times.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)