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President of Uzbekistan: "Our Goal Is to Be Among Developed Democratic States"
Source: news.uzreport.com
Source Date: Friday, September 03, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Uzbekistan
Created: Sep 05, 2010

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov delivered a solemn speech at the festivities held at Alisher Navoi national park dedicated to the 19th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

"On the threshold of such a solemn event we unwittingly recall what a hard and thorny path our nation had to walk by to reach the true political and economic independence and gain the right to choose its own destiny and to dispose its natural, economic and intellectual potential," he said.

"So today… we have all the more rights to declare the correctness of the decision taken 19 years ago on the construction of free, independent democratic state and open civil society, deep fundamental reforming of the economy and implementation of strong social policy aimed at protection of people's interests," the Uzbek leader noted.

The President based his speech on specific facts proving that Uzbekistan was one of few states to retain stable growth rates despite the negative impact of financial and economic crisis:

"For last couple of years the economy's growth rate comprised 9% and 8.1%, this year the index is expected to reach 8.5%, the fact cannot be disregarded in the world community. Versus 1990, GDP grew 3.5 times, GDP per capita - 2.5 times, an average salary will comprise $500 by growing 14 times."

The President also noted the fact that an average lifetime in our country increased from 67 to 73 years, an evidence of developing economy, public health, increase of welfare of the population and strong social policy aimed at all-round human care.

Summing up the results of achievements for years of independence, the President set key tasks on the way to supreme goal – be among the developed democratic states.

"First of all it is crucial to provide a worthy level of development and people's welfare due to intensification of reforms and structural changes in economy, acceleration of socioeconomic and technological development rates," the President noted.

"Secondly, we should continue modernization and liberalization of the country, democratic renewal of political, legal and economic systems and the creation of strong civil society."

The President emphasized the role of young generation and mentioned that the declaration of 2010 the year of "Harmonically Developed Generation" became an important step towards the realization of tasks.

"I am convinced that our people, who has experienced and endured much, deeply realizes that to implement the strategic tasks and noble intentions it needs to cherish peace and tranquility in our homes as the apple of an eye, further strengthen the interethnic and inter-religious harmony, tolerance in the society, and what is most important, to retain vigilance and stand ready to suppress and neutralize all attempts to provoke tension and confrontation in the region and in our nearest surrounding," the President noted in his speech.

"Achievement of the set goals is inconceivable without further deepening of relations and mutual understanding with our close and far neighbors, as well as comprehensive consolidation of cooperation with the world community. We have always considered such a task to be the most important for us and we shall continue to consistently adhere to this policy."

In conclusion, the President welcomed the ambassadors of foreign states, representatives of international organizations and guests, who participated in the festive ceremony.
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