Service sector

Service sector development issues discussed

UZBEKISTAN, June 7 – On June 7, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a videoconference on the development of the service sector.

Service is a sector of the economy that can create jobs quickly and at low cost. Therefore, consumer service centers are organized in the regions, vocational training of unemployed people is organized, funds and conditions are provided for them.

On January 27 of this year, the President signed a resolution “On additional measures for the development of the service sector”, according to which the sphere received several preferences. Preferential resources have been allocated.

This year it is planned to implement more than 120 thousand new projects in this sector and increase the volume of services to 435 trillion UZS.

At the meeting, which was held critically, the work done in the regions in this direction was analyzed. It has been noted that results have been achieved where hokim think of people, work honestly and help entrepreneurs with land, buildings and infrastructure. For example, thousands of jobs have been created in the city of Tashkent, Samarkand, Fergana and Andijan regions.

In January-May, 232,000 jobs were created in the service sector. However, the indicators of Jizzakh, Navoi, Khorezm and Kashkadarya regions are weak.

In the past two months, 12,000 lots for service facilities have been auctioned. But in 27 municipalities, less than 10 plots are put up for sale.

In this regard, disciplinary action has been taken against city and district hokim, their construction assistants, who have committed shortcomings in their work.

The Bukhara experience was cited as an example when discussing service sector development plans by the end of the year. For example, in Bukhara, entrepreneurs have organized restaurants and cafeterias on the roofs of hotels, canteens and shops. The analysis of the effectiveness of concessional loans showed that the average cost of creating a workplace in Bukhara amounted to only 8-9 million UZS.

Those responsible have been tasked with implementing this practice in other cities and district centers, as well as developing security requirements and rental conditions.

In general, there are about 4,000 administrative buildings on the balance of state bodies, which are located in convenient places and along streets with heavy traffic. It was noted that these buildings and structures can also be used effectively in the service sector.

The availability of space is important for the organization of service points. In this regard, it was decided at the meeting that another 25,000 land for service and commercial facilities would be auctioned.

For the comfort of the population, the land auction process will be reduced from 48 to 15 days for rental and from 74 to 20 days for home ownership. Land valuation is not subject to review. Actual value will be determined at auction. At the same time, as of January 1, 2023, the procedure for coordinating cadastral information with other departments when auctioning land will be cancelled. Cadastral data from all ministries will be included in the National Geographic Information System.

By September 1 this year, it is planned to organize 253 special streets of commerce and service in 205 districts and cities. Last year, 1.4 trillion UZS was allocated from the state budget for these purposes, and this year – 900 billion UZS.

For example, the dead-end street of Jizzakhlik mahalla of the city of Jizzakh is connected with the central street of Sharof Rashidov, commercial and service facilities are allowed to operate around the clock. As a result, the enterprise received a blow inch and 200 jobs were created.

Regional hokim were instructed to create similar streets in cities and neighborhoods.

Or another example: there are 3 hotels in the famous Omonkhona Resort in Baysun district of Surkhandrya region. But for lack of places, visitors are accepted by the guest houses. If the road leading to the sanatorium is improved, the number of visitors will increase and more than 200 commercial and service facilities can be opened along the road. Based on this, the responsible persons received instructions on the development of the village of Omonkhona. The mission was to attract consulting companies and foreign experts based on this approach, to develop a master plan for 28 cities and neighborhoods with high potential in the service sector.

The President noted the need to simplify the requirements for commercial activities based on mobile vehicles and light structures.

In particular, homeowners associations, mahallas, landscaping and road organizations will be allowed to open cafes and seasonal outlets in their territory. This will provide jobs for around 50,000 people.

The issues of attracting private investors in the transport sector, expanding the range of services and transforming the activities of the Roads Committee were also discussed during the meeting.

The Head of State referred to the results of the recent elections in the mahallas and congratulated the presidents on their election.

“Being the head of a mahalla is a great responsibility. Presidents of mahallas should be leaders to bring reforms in the country to every family, improve the welfare of our people, raise issues of concern to the hokims. The implementation of the specific tasks set today for the development of the service sector should also start from the mahalla,” said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Deputy prime ministers, ministers, hokim and their aides presented information at the meeting. They presented their plans and proposals.

Source: OuzA