On January 20, under the chairmanship of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a videoconference meeting was held on the forthcoming work in the current year in the field of privatization of state property.
As the presidential press service reported, the meeting critically reviewed the state of affairs in this area and plans for the future. According to the results of the inventory carried out on behalf of the head of state, 2,000 inefficiently used facilities were identified at the disposal of industries and regions. In particular, there are 210 in the oil and gas industry, 152 in the communications sector, 114 in the state commercial banks, 44 in the chemical industry, and 28 objects subject to sale in the energy industry. there are about 170 empty objects on the balance sheet of regional khokimiyats that have not been sold for years.
At the same time, the need to continue the inventory was emphasized. The personal responsibility of regional khokims and heads of industries for identifying and putting up for open auction non-core, inefficient and unused assets was indicated. The task was set to sell 33,000 land plots with the right of ownership previously put up for auction, as well as to put up for auction another 25,000 plots before July 1.
266 enterprises of the road, transport, oil and gas, energy and automotive industries are also subject to auction.
“Many industry leaders still use non-core businesses inefficiently. In large industries, the state share in 480 enterprises can be completely transferred to the private sector,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
In this regard, the PM was instructed to conduct a complete inventory of the relevant facilities in Uzavtosanoat, Uzbekistan Railways, Uzbekneftegaz, Regional Power Grids and other industries, as well as make proposals for their privatization.
The importance of attracting potential investors to such large complexes as Ferganaazot, Bektemir Alcohol Plant, Kukon Biokimyo, Dekhkanabad Potash Plant, Quartz and Hyatt was emphasized. Instructions were given on the initial placement on the stock market of shares of 23 JSCs.
“One way to use idle buildings is to rent them out. Opportunities in this direction were noted at the meeting. Leasing state property in regions and industries can provide revenues in the amount of 500 billion soums this year. It was determined that from now on an object that has not been used for more than 3 months is subject to leasing or putting up for sale. The State Assets Agency was instructed to establish a system of transparent registration and online control over the implementation of agreements on the lease of property of enterprises with a state share.
Based on the tasks set at the meeting, the privatization program for 2022 will be approved by regions and industries.