MINISTER OF CONSTRUCTION, HOUSING
AND COMMUNAL SERVICES
Construction & Real Estate I Leader I Uzbekistan 2023
_BIOGRAPHY He was born in Tashkent in 1963. He graduated from Tashkent Polytechnic Institute (now - TSTU). From 2011 to 2018, he was Deputy Prime Minister, head of the State Committee for Architecture and Construction. He has served as the First Deputy Minister of Construction since April 2018 and was appointed to his current position in august 2019.
“THE MINISTRY IS SPEARHEADING A SIGNIFICANT TRANSFORMATION IN UZBEKISTAN, AIMING TO ADOPT THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES AND BEST PRACTICES WHILE PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY AND ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ITS CITIZENS.”
HOW THE MINISTRY’S WAS AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR 2023/24?
Uzbekistan's government has undergone major administrative reforms to establish an effective management system, resulting in changes to many ministries. The introduction of modern management principles has simplified procedures for issuing licenses and permits in the construction sector, reducing bureaucratic obstacles and improving public service delivery. The President's decree on administrative reforms has established a unified system of executive authorities, including ministries, committees, agencies, and inspectorates.
The reorganized Ministry of Construction, Housing, and Communal Economy has several priority areas of activity for 2023/24. These include developing and approving regulatory legal documents, implementing and monitoring master plans, coordinating project and contracting organizations, introducing transparent systems for determining the value of goods and services in the construction market, and improving the quality of technical service in construction. The ministry also aims to digitize construction processes, strengthen energy efficiency requirements, coordinate the renovation of buildings and structures, improve the management system of multi-apartment houses, and organize training and retraining programs for specialists in urban planning and housing and communal services.
The Ministry is optimizing educational areas in professional institutions to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of personnel being trained. In 2023, the Ministry will establish an Institute of Competence Development to provide targeted training, retraining, and qualification evaluation for specialists in urban planning and housing and communal services. The Ministry will also introduce a periodic certification system based on foreign experience, develop more than 50 professional standards based on modern requirements, and include three new specialties in the professional education system (house master, real estate appraiser, and housing fund manager).
Overall, Uzbekistan's administrative reforms aim to create an effective government management system that reduces bureaucratic obstacles and improves public service delivery. The Ministry of Construction, Housing, and Communal Economy is playing a crucial role in implementing these reforms and enhancing the country's urban planning and housing and communal services sector.
WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES TO REINFORCE TASHKENT’S POSITION AS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE CENTERS IN THE REGION?
Tashkent is rapidly growing and becoming a prominent center for construction and real estate investment in the region. To support this growth, the "New Tashkent" project aims to develop the city until 2045. The project involves the construction of 800 facilities in three stages, including ministries, higher educational institutions, healthcare facilities, theaters, libraries, residential and commercial buildings, and green areas. The project will also feature advanced engineering networks, highways, overpasses, and a "Smart City" heating and cooling system.
To facilitate the "New Tashkent" project, the city plans to implement a temporary moratorium on construction works and urban planning applications while developing a road map for the region's development until 2045. The city also plans to inform the public regularly about the project's progress and hold public discussions. The Mayor and the "TashkentboshplanLITI" institute will develop the master plan of the city and the detailed planning project of the administrative center. The project will also include modern recreational facilities, planting trees and shrubs based on the area's climatic conditions, and constructing children's and sports grounds and health walkways.
Furthermore, the city plans to carry out repair works to improve heat energy losses, energy efficiency, and economy in multi-apartment buildings. The city will also establish strict requirements for energy-saving and alternative energy use to create an ecologically safe and green area. In 2023, the city aims to plant 150,000 trees, build new sports and recreational facilities, and complete the construction of children's playgrounds and health walkways.
The "New Tashkent" project aims to develop the city until 2045, which includes the construction of various facilities, advanced engineering networks, and a "Smart City" heating and cooling system. The city plans to implement a temporary moratorium on construction works, develop a road map for the region's development, inform the public regularly, and establish modern recreational facilities. Additionally, the city aims to carry out repair works to improve energy efficiency and establish strict requirements for energy-saving and alternative energy use.
WHAT AT THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT WITHIN THE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT MIRZIYOYEV?
In the last five years, Uzbekistan's construction industry has undergone a significant transformation. The volume of construction works has increased four-fold, and over 8,000 multi-story buildings with 250,000 apartments were built, along with more than 21,000 service and 10,500 social sector facilities. President Mirziyoyev has made infrastructure development a top priority, with the "New Uzbekistan" program adopted to build arrays of massifs with multi-apartment residential buildings across the country. These apartments are provided to citizens by providing preferential mortgage loans and allocating subsidies to residents.
Several large investment projects are also underway, including the "Uzbekistan GTL" plant, which launched synthetic liquid fuel production in Uzbekistan, a prestigious energy sector project with the South African company "Sasol" and the Olympic Town facility for the 4th Summer Asian and 5th Para-Asian Youth Games to be held in Tashkent in 2025. In addition, Uzbekistan is making large investments in drinking water, heat supply and improving its quality. Several projects are being implemented with state budget and non-budget funds, as well as loans guaranteed by the government.
Projects aimed at improving drinking water supply and wastewater service include the "Improving drinking water supply of Surkhandarya region by using Topalang reservoir water" project, and 23 projects with a total value of U$2 billion being implemented with the participation of international financial institutions. In the direction of heat supply, the "Reconstruction of centralized heat networks and improvement of energy efficiency in the cities of Andijan, Chirchik, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent" project is being implemented with the participation of the World Bank. The management of the heat supply system in the city of Tashkent has been outsourced to the French company "Veolia". The address list of projects on the provision of centralized heat energy through the introduction of coal cogeneration technologies on the basis of public-private partnership was approved by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Furthermore, the country is planning to implement a project with a thermal energy capacity of 576 MW and electricity capacity of 230 MW, and negotiations are ongoing with leading foreign companies regarding the implementation of these projects. Finally, the restoration of the internal heating system of multi-apartment houses in the project areas requires an allocation of 296 billion soums from the state budget funds. These projects are essential to improve the quality of life for Uzbekistan's citizens and attract foreign investment into the country.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO INVESTORS INTERESTED IN UZBEKISTAN?
As our country strives to strengthen its socio-economic reforms under the leadership of our President, it is vital to bring the construction industry to new heights, actively adopt innovative technologies, and attract large investments. For Uzbekistan, the role of foreign partners in this field is crucial. We invite foreign investors to actively participate in our projects, including the implementation of coal cogeneration technologies for the provision of centralized heat energy through public-private partnerships. The decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. PF-57 dated February 16, 2023, outlines the total thermal energy and electricity capacity of these projects, and we look forward to working with our foreign partners to bring them to fruition.