UZTRADE and ELMI Ltd. signed a contract for supply of melons for US$5 million to European countries. The contract was signed within the framework of the international exhibition Fruit Logistica 2018 in Berlin (Germany).
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During negotiations between Uztekstilprom Association (Uzbekistan) and Ambassador of Hungary to Uzbekistan Peter Santo and the Association management, the sides discussed supplying high-quality textile products of domestic producers to the Hungarian market. The sides noted the untapped potential in the sphere of mutual trade. During the period of 2017, exports of textile products to Hungary reached $33,800.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Vice President of General Electric Company Ronald James Pollett, who is on a visit to Uzbekistan, discussed issues of interaction in the sphere of training highly qualified national personnel, including involving leading foreign specialists and experts.
Central Asia's Uzbekistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of tourism and cultural heritage.
Memorandum of Cooperation for launch of an e-trading platform, ZoodMall was signed between National Postal Operator of Uzbekistan JSC Uzbekiston Pochtasi and Swiss company ZOODEL.
The Ministry for development of information technologies and communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a meeting with the World Bank mission concerning preparation of the project "Digital Central Asia – South Asia" (CASA Digital).
About the Index of Economic Freedom 2018 The principles of economic freedom are measured in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s No. 1 think tank. For over twenty years the Index has delivered thoughtful analysis in a clear, friendly, and straight-forward format. The Index covers 12 freedoms – from property rights to financial freedom – in 186 countries. The 2018 Index measures economic freedom based on 12 quantitative and qualitative factors, grouped into four broad categories, or pillars, of economic freedom: Rule of Law (property rights, government integrity, judicial effectiveness) Government Size (government spending, tax burden, fiscal health) Regulatory Efficiency (business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom) Open Markets (trade freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom) Each of the twelve economic freedoms within these categories is graded on a scale of 0 to 100. A country’s overall score is derived by averaging these twelve economic freedoms, with equal weight being given to each. Rank Country Overall Change Mostly free 7 Estonia 78.8 -0.03 16 Georgia 76.2 +0.2 19 Lithuania 75.3 -0.5 28 Latvia 73.6 -1.2 Moderately free 67 Azerbaijan 64.3 +0.7 78 Kyrgyzstan 62.8 +1.7 41 Kazakhstan 69.1 +0.1 44 Armenia 68.7 -1.6 Mostly unfree 105 Moldova 58.4 +0.4 106 Tajikistan 58.3 +0.1 108 Belarus 58.1 -0.5 150 Ukraine 51.9 +3.8 152 Uzbekistan 51.5 -0.8 Repressed 169 Turkmenistan 47.1 -0.3 Source
Freedom in the World 2018 evaluates the state of freedom in 195 countries and 14 territories during calendar year 2017.
Within the framework of the meeting with the director for Institutional Relations and Tourism of Innova Tax Free Group A.Santos, the Spanish side expressed its readiness to develop a shopping tourism development strategy for Uzbekistan, which also provides for the introduction of a system for refunding value added tax in purchasing consumer goods.