UzA, Madina Umarova, Nodira Manzurova, Iroda Umarova, 15 April 2013, 17:03
On April 16-17, Uzbekistan will host an international conference entitled “Modern housing construction as a driving force of comprehensive development and transformation of rural areas, enhancing the living standards of population”. Organized at the initiative of President Islam Karimov, the conference is expected to be attended by around 300 distinguished academics, specialists and experts from nearly fifty countries of the world. Reporters of the UzA National Information Agency of Uzbekistan have interviewed some of the foreign guests.
Dato’ Professor Joseph Adaikalam, Executive Chairman, Vice Chancellor / Chief Executive Officer "Binary University Management & Entrepreneurship", Malaysia:
Under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, diverse programs are being successfully implemented in Uzbekistan to further uplift the socio-economic conditions of the rural population. After all, these sorts of projects help perk up the appearance of provinces as much as play an important role in the steadfast development of agriculture and construction industry, as well as small business and private entrepreneurship in the periphery. The soft loans assigned by banks for the population to purchase homes built on modern architectural design is suggestive of the tremendous attention being paid and the evident care for the welfare of people being displayed by the leadership of Uzbekistan.
This is my first trip to Uzbekistan, and your country has turned out to be more advanced and prosperous than I had imagined. I have enjoyed sightseeing in Tashkent, visiting in particular the museums and the Mustaqillik Square, and the impressions are awfully bright. I have been fascinated by the politeness of locals. Youths are everywhere, in museums as well, which led me to conclude that the Uzbek youth regard their history and the cultural heritage of their people with great reverence. As a specialist, I am very keen in observing the wide-ranging efforts being undertaken in Uzbekistan to reform the education sector. I would like to note that a tangible and thoroughly thought-out mechanism on this front has been shaped in this country, a system that deserves to be a model for the entire world. The reforms embarked on have proved effective and promising. Young people from Uzbekistan study at Malaysian universities, too. I look at them with amazement as to how they long for knowledge and always in search [of knowledge]; I admire their command of foreign languages. You should be proud of so talented a youth, a generation who spares no energy for the great future of Uzbekistan and who is seen as a decisive force in furthering the prosperity of the nation. Uzbekistan wields a rich history and looks to the great future.
The arrangement of such major international conferences in this very country, a nation of peace and harmony, is naturally determined.
Sergii Tolstov , Professor, expert-technologist of Institute of world economy and international relation of National academy of Sciences of Ukraine:
To the international conference “Modern housing construction as a driving force of comprehensive development and transformation of rural areas, enhancing the living standards of population” scheduled in Uzbekistan I have come with a speech to outline social dimensions and practical experience in the implementation of goals pertinent to sustainable development. The project to bolster rural housing construction in Uzbekistan for 2012-2015 is one of appropriate steps undertaken in this country on the way to the further development of the social sphere. It is pleasant to find out that also the funds of international financial institutions are being drawn for the expansion of scales of this gracious endeavor. Uzbekistan’s cooperation with the Asian Development Bank that boasts an imposing experience on this direction has facilitated the further improvement of housing construction in rural areas.
This project realization is primarily designed to lift up the living conditions of population and perfect the infrastructure in villages. With its steadily advancing economy, Uzbekistan has every chance to succeed in materializing this scheme.
Salvo Cacciola, Director of "AQ International", Italy:
Uzbekistan ’s expertise in rural housing development on standard designs deserves extensive international acknowledgement. We are glad to be offered an opportunity within the frameworks of the international conference “Modern housing construction as a driving force of comprehensive development and transformation of rural areas, enhancing the living standards of population” to familiarize closely with the wide-ranging efforts underway in this sector and take a personal look at the modern houses being erected in Uzbekistan.
Phang Sock Yong, Professor of Economics, Singapore Management University:
Any nation willing to embark on boosting housing construction in the country should have the benefit of, first and foremost, political, social and economic stability. Comprehensive modernization of rural areas needs not only the construction of new homes, but also wide-scale measures directed at shoring up education facilities and public service complexes, augmenting infrastructure and agriculture, building roads, laying water and power supply systems. It is interesting to note that this issue is addressed in Uzbekistan with an integrated approach.
The comprehensive whole formed in this country in the extensive development of rural areas and construction of new housing built on standard design, the well-thought-out organizational and normative mechanism of erecting state-of-the-art homes and its funding are worth considering as a model for other countries, as well.