Tashkent hosted a ceremony of laying the first stone in the foundation of the Textile Industrial Park in the territory of the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan Shavkat Tulyaganov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Kwon Yong Woo, Director General of the Department of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Kang Myung Soo and others noted that cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea is developed consistently, along with other areas, in the textile, light industry. The agreements reached during meetings of the heads of the two states serve as an important legal basis of this process. State visits by the President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye to Uzbekistan in June 2014 and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the Republic of Korea in May 2015 raised the mutually beneficial cooperation to a qualitatively new level.
Under the leadership of the President of our country were achieved great progresses in the diversification and modernization of the economy, the establishment of production of high-tech and competitive products. Light industry of our country over the years of independence has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the national economy. Currently, the light industry system includes more than 300 enterprises equipped with the most modern technologies and equipment. The strategy of development based on modernization and technical re-equipment of production, training of qualified personnel, attracting foreign investments – contributes to the production of competitive products and increase exports.
Today, light industry of our country has a great potential to increase its production capacity. In many ways, this contributes to an effective program for the training of qualified specialists. Thus, the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry annually prepares more than 1,000 specialists in directions such as automation and control, textile technology, the technology of the cotton industry, light industry and printing technology.
The Republic of Korea is a strategic, one of the major investment and technological partners of the Republic of Uzbekistan. As a result of regular negotiations between the Presidents of the two countries mutually beneficial cooperation is consistently developed. With the active participation of entrepreneurs of South Korea in various sectors of our economy, in particular, the textile and light industry, are implemented a number of projects.
The project to establish in Tashkent Textile Training-Research Technopark until 2018, implemented by JSC “O'zbekyengilsanoat” together with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, - a vivid example of the Uzbek-South Korean cooperation.
The main goal of this technopark is development and implementation of international training and research programs to the introduction in the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, exchange of experiences and advanced technologies, aimed at the development of the textile industry, the transfer of technological know-how and conducting research works in the field of material science, dyeing-finishing production, design fabrics and clothing, the development of prospective technological areas, including with the use of ICT, alternative energy sources, and others.
The financing of the project is planned at the expense of grant funds from the Program “Official development assistance” (ODA) of the Government of the Republic of Korea to carry out construction and installation works, acquisition and installation of technological equipment, training personnel in the exploitation of technopark. The approximate cost of the project is estimated at 15 millions of United States dollars.
It should be noted that the draft of plan of technopark involves the construction of high-tech 3-and 5-storey administration building, with the front group and office premises between them, as well as a separate 2-storey building for the experimental production with the use of energy efficient technologies, equipped with solar panels over a total usable area 10 thousand square meters.
According to the plan in the territory of more than 4 thousand square meters in 3-storey buildings will be located classrooms, conference rooms, exhibition halls, laboratories, offices, greenhouse and other facilities. Experimental-research laboratory in the territory of more than 1.5 thousand square meters will be located in a 2-storey building, where will be set weaving, knitting, dyeing-finishing, sewing equipment.
On the roof of 5-storey buildings will be located a greenhouse, a garden with a grassy surface. Construction of buildings is planned to carry out from the modern high-tech construction and decoration structures. Adjacent to the building area will be covered with decorative high-strength tiles, decorated with green areas and fountains.
In the technopark is also placed design group with the possibility of organization of work closely with the enterprises of JSC “O'zbekyengilsanoat” for the development and introduction of new products and design developments.
‘We are pleased that every year strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and South Korea is more and more strengthened,’ said the president of Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) Chung Jae-Hoon. ‘Realization of joint projects in various sectors of the economy reflects gradual development of mutual cooperation. Potential of Uzbekistan in the textile industry is consistently rising. We intend to further develop cooperation and expand joint projects.’
Between JSC “O'zbekyengilsanoat” and the South Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) was signed a protocol of discussions on the further implementation of the Textile Training-Research Technopark.
Creation of the Textile Training-Research Technopark will make it possible to raise the Uzbek light industry to a qualitatively new level of development and improve the training system of staff for the sector.
The event was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov.