On October 25, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a meeting on the measures of socio-economic development of Kashkadarya Region.
As it is well-known, in April 2022, an extraordinary session of Kashkadarya Regional Council of People’s Deputies was held, at which the large-scale plans for the development of entrepreneurship and industry, employment and social protection of the population were defined.
In particular, this year it is set to create 10 thousand business entities and bring their number to 80 thousand, attract 9 trillion Uzbek soums of investments, implement 810 industrial projects, and create 430 thousand new jobs. In agriculture, it is set to distribute 12,5 thousand hectares of land to the population, harvest 3,2 million tons of food products, create 11 thousand hectares of intensive orchards and vineyards, and increase the horticulture exports to $60 million. In the social sphere, it is planned to build and repair 174 schools, kindergartens and polyclinics, lay 1,5 thousand kilometers of potable water supply networks and repair 1,8 thousand kilometers of internal roads.
The Kashkadarya Region’s khokim (governor) M.Azimov reported on the work carried out in this direction at the meeting. Based on the report, the tasks for the end of the year and the following year were discussed.
A special attention was paid to the development of entrepreneurship and the service sector. It was noted that 207 thousand of jobs would be created next year.
To do this, it is necessary to use the existing potential. In particular, 3 thousand entrepreneurs can be attracted to organize roadside service along the Shakhrisabz – Kitab highway with a capacity of 1,5 thousand cars per hour. There is an opportunity to create 10 thousand jobs through the development of tourism in the villages of Miraki of Shakhrisabz and Kaynar of Kitab district. Efficient use of empty buildings and land plots is required.
Another driver of the region is industry. It was noted that 960 projects could be implemented here and 20 thousand people could be employed.
In particular, there is an opportunity to develop 22 non-metallic deposits and establish the production of demanded construction materials. Through industrial cooperation, it is necessary to implement 65 localization projects in the chemical, oil, gas, and energy industries. 12 projects proposed by clusters will increase the level of deep processing of cotton.
The third important area is agriculture. In particular, it is possible to grow products for an additional 90 billion Uzbek soums by improving water supply on 18 thousand hectares of land, to save 300 million cubic meters of water by the introduction of water-saving technologies on 66 thousand hectares, to provide employment for 32 thousand families by reducing acreage for cotton and grain on 10 thousand hectares. In general, 295 thousand of people can be employed with proper use of opportunities in the agricultural sector.
Social issues were also discussed at the meeting. In particular, it was instructed to bring the level of centralized potable water supply in Kashkadarya to 60% next year, as well as repair 6 thousand kilometers of internal roads and bridges.
The measures were defined for the construction of preschool education institutions and polyclinics in makhallas (local neighborhood community areas), improving the conditions of the population in need of housing.
“We will work on the basis of the principle “honor and dignity of man”, we will proceed from the problems of the people in everything. The investment program should have a share of the makhalla. Having consulting with the people, khokims will give the proposals, and local councils will monitor the implementation of the proposals. Over the past five years, industry has developed in many places. Now it is necessary to direct investments to the makhallas with a tough situation to improve their status,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
At the meeting, khokims (governors) of the region and districts made proposals on addressing the unemployment and infrastructure challenges, a positive experience, worthy of widespread implementation.
Based on them, it was decided that 685 billion Uzbek soums would be provided in the republican budget for 2023 to develop entrepreneurship, improve infrastructure and solve problems in the social sphere in Kashkadarya.
It was also noted that 135 billion Uzbek soums would be allocated to makhallas of the region as a part of the Participatory Budgeting, and another 265 billion Uzbek soums would be allocated for the implementation of 670 projects.
In addition, it is set to allocate an additional $410 million for potable water supply and road projects in 2023 and 2024.
It is emphasized that by the end of this year, reports of all regional khokims will be reviewed in the same way, as well as an investment program for the next year will be formed based on the decisions taken following the results.