On the 16 September, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in London held a reception dedicated to the 24th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. More than 200 people attended the event including: members of the Parliament, representatives of ministries and departments, expert and business circles, mass media, diplomatic corps, as well as the members of the British-Uzbek Society.
During the welcoming speech, the participants were informed about how the Independence Day is significant to the people of Uzbekistan, in the achievements of socio-political, socio-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres and the strategic principles of reforming the country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov. The implementation of the State program namely "Year of attention and care for the older generation" was emphasized and the as well as the development of civil society, democratic institutions and well as privatization and entrepreneurship which are key areas for the government's structural transformation and diversification of the economy. Special attention was paid to the state and prospects of development of relations with Britain in the political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
In his speech, the Chairman of the British-Uzbek Society Dr. Hartley Booth congratulated the leadership of the republic and the people of Uzbekistan on Independence Day. He spoke about directly witnessing the large-scale reforms implemented in the country over the past 24 years. Dr Booth highlighted the speech of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the ceremony of August 31, which clearly displayed the achievements of Uzbekistan over the years of independence. According to the guest of honor, in the short span of time, Uzbekistan has achieved significant results in the formation of civil society, modern education system, and in the implementation of a successful economic model. Emphasis was placed on the effectiveness of internal and foreign policy of our country's leadership. Concluding his speech the Chairman assured that the British-Uzbek Society will continue to make all efforts to maintain and raise the level of mutual relations.
Guests had the opportunity to watch a video celebrating the 24th Anniversary of Independence in Tashkent. A press release was distributed with text speeches from the head of state from the event. In addition, brochures were given from the Information Agency "Jahon" with the report of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the meeting of the Cabinet of the Republic of Uzbekistan on January 16 this year, on the priorities of the government's structural transformation of the economy. As well as from the joint meeting of the Legislative Chamber and Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan on 11 November 2010 on further deepening democratic reforms and formation of civil society in the country, a showcase of tourist and investment potential of our country.
The guests of the evening enjoyed a great performance by the popular singer of Uzbekistan - Sevara Nazarkhan.
The reception was highlighted by paintings made by an Uzbek artist Timur Davattsa reflecting ancient culture, traditions and legends of the peoples of Central Asia and Uzbekistan as well as pictures taken by renowned British photographer Tim Flach.
Unique dishes of Uzbek cuisine, traditional sweets and fragrant fruit created a special atmosphere in during the reception and caused great excitement among the guests bringing back pleasant memories of the countries hospitality to those who had visited Uzbekistan.
A researcher at the London School of Oriental and African Studies L.Lombardozzi highlighted the enormity of the event, the rich concert program, personifying the inimitable national color of the centuries-old Uzbek culture. "I recently visited Uzbekistan to conduct research for my dissertation and had the opportunity to visit your historic town. As a witness I can say that the sustainable economic development of Uzbekistan has created a favorable climate for foreign entrepreneurs and investors which are increasingly attracted to foreign companies that are interested in establishing mutually beneficial business contacts with Uzbek partners, and the implementation of joint projects. In addition, international financial institutions also assessed the high rates of economic development of Uzbekistan positively.
Director of the British non-governmental non-profit organization «SPINNA Circle» Rupa Ganguly said this was the first time she saw the celebration of the Independence of Uzbekistan and was impressed by the rich culture and traditions of the people, which brought her many positive feelings. She also noted with admiration the unique historical and cultural heritage of the Uzbek people, which makes her happy memories.
"Our organization has worked closely with the Uzbek partners, such as" Tadbirkor Ayol "and" Association of Business Women of Uzbekistan "in the development of female entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan and we can certainly note the high involvement of women in political and public life of the country. In our opinion, this testifies the special attention of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to this issue and represents the desire of Uzbekistan to build a democratic state with a strong civil society in which women play an important role."