In these difficult days, the Republic of Uzbekistan, like the entire international community, takes the most serious challenge to humanity in modern history – the pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19.
At the same time, thanks to the effective anti-epidemic measures taken by the leadership of Uzbekistan in a timely manner, it can be argued that the country is able to minimize the effects of the pandemic.
In Uzbekistan, special attention is paid to such important tasks as the prevention of the spread of coronavirus infection, effective treatment of patients and laboratory tests.
Despite the fact that on April 22 this year 1692 COVID-19 cases detected in Uzbekistan, according to Worldometers in the number of cases detected per million people, our country has one of the lowest rates in the world (51) – against the global level of 330, and in the number of deaths (7 people) from this dangerous infection per million people – 0.2% against the global level – 22.9%.
Amid novel coronavirus, the head of state places a great emphasis on providing support to vulnerable segments of the population and ensuring full operation of industrial enterprises, construction area and country’s infrastructure.
Bearing in mind historic and spiritual values of Uzbek nation, its generosity and care for other people, the President of Uzbekistan suggested establishing “Kindness and Support” nationwide movement.
The initiative aims to further ensure the supply of food and medical facilities to families in need and temporary jobless individuals. Particularly, entrepreneurs are encouraged to take selfless responsibility to support families in their neighborhood. In light of upcoming Ramadan, an act of goodwill is becoming more noble.
For instance, an entrepreneur, based on his capacity, could help 10 households, the other one – 20, or hire some family members. In turn, the government will provide entrepreneurs tax, leasing, credit preferences as well as access to necessary resources.
The initiative expects to be implemented in close collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative offices, banks and social protection related agencies.
The Head of state expresses confidence that “Kindness and Support” nationwide movement will become a bright example of the country’s and nation’s strength.
Dilyor Khakimov is the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Belgium.