Despite rumors about being in coma, president Karimov presented his program today at the congress

Фото: Президент Узбекистана призвал сократить госприсутствие в экономике страны / УзбекистанWhile mass media continues discussion of “president‘s coma“, 77-year-old candidate for another term of presidency presented his program for the next 5 years.

Congress of Uzbekistan Entrepreneurs and Businessmen movement – Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP) was held today in Tashkent. Attended 344 delegates from regions of Uzbekistan, from Tashkent city and from Karakalpakistan autonomic republic, have approved the nomination of Islam Karimov candidacy for the upcoming March president elections.

According to agency: In his pre-election program, the candidate has identified the main areas of work for the coming years.

In particular, Karimov noted importance to:

– Continue structural reforms and diversification of the economy;

Eliminate all barriers and obstacles for the development of private sector, to ensure full freedom of entrepreneurship;

– To reduce the presence of the state in the economy down to strategically and economically reasonable extent. He has noted though, that the state should keep its stake in the natural monopolies;

– To continue extension of localization of production and increase the volume of investment in the economy;

to sell shares of Uzbek companies to foreign investors in order to attract new technologies and to export their products and services.

Not to save money on work to increase the volume of drinking water, as well as the rational use of water resources;

National TV news will probably air the cropped and edited recording of the congress in the next few days, after “approval in various instances”. In the meantime, at first glance, there is nothing new or revolutionary in the election platform of the main candidate. But nobody actually expected any big surprises here. Having Karimov as a president for the next term seem to satisfy all concerned powers inside and outside of the country mainly because he is being viewed as a guarantor of stability and constancy of the previous course.

The party issued a statement in which it justified and substantiated decision to nominate Islam Karimov as a candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In words of one of the attendants to the congress, President Islam Karimov in fact did not bore the audience by reading the entire program that is going to be published in press anyway”. Instead, he used the time to talk informally. In the monologue “without paper“, he spoke about his personal views on the situation in the world and the former Soviet Union, touched priorities amid in the context of the global economic crisis. In an informal and frank manner sounded words about the situation in Ukraine, regional relations and geopolitics and the escalation of the international tension.

Details in Russian language


About Ahmed Islamov

I was born and raised in Uzbekistan and lived in that country for about two thirds of my life. I left the country about 14 years ago but sustained tight bonds with my family and friends living there. I know and communicate personally with hundreds of people including blue-, white- or pink-collar workers. I am naturally very attached to and concerned with everything that is going on there.
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