Our Motherland, the entire Uzbek people have suffered the huge and irreparable loss. On September 2, 2016, after a long illness, the prominent statesman and political figure, First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov passed away.
Islam Abduganievich Karimov was born on January 30, 1938 in Samarkand. He graduated from the Central Asian Polytechnic Institute and the Tashkent Institute of national economy, received specialty of the mechanical engineer and economist.
He began his career in 1960 at the "Tashselmash". In 1961-1966, he worked as an engineer, a senior engineer-constructor at the Tashkent aviation production association.
In 1966, he joined the State Planning Committee of Uzbek SSR, where he led the way from specialist to first Deputy Chairman of the committee. In 1983 Islam Karimov was appointed Minister of Finance of the UzSSR, in 1986 – Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Uzbek SSR and Chairman of State Planning Committee of the Republic.
In 1986-1989, he worked as first Secretary of the Kashkadarya provincial party committee. Thanks to his great talent as a leader and organizer, dedication and determination, skill and desire to be among people, the situation in the Kashkadarya region, which was in an extremely difficult socio-economic situation, has changed dramatically in a relatively short term.
In June 1989, Islam Karimov was elected the first Secretary of the Communist party of Uzbekistan.
It was a time when the Republic stood on the brink of civil war, bloodshed, inter-ethnic and inter-confessional conflicts, the scenarios that took place in neighboring countries. And in this difficult period, he by his foreknowledge, will and determination has protected our people and country from this sad fate.
It was then that our people have acquired in the person of Islam Karimov a true leader with personal courage, an unbending will and national vision, a special sense of responsibility for his country and the people, for the fate of each citizen.
On March 24, 1990, at the session of the Supreme Soviet of the Uzbek SSR, Islam Karimov was elected President of the Uzbek SSR. On Dec 29, 1991 in the national elections, which were held on an alternative basis, he was elected the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Leading the independent Uzbekistan for 25 years, Islam Karimov won the highest authority in the country and in the international arena as a distinguished statesman who developed and carried out a well-reasoned strategy of building a legal democratic state and open civil society and market economy.
Preserving and strengthening the sovereignty and independence of Uzbekistan had always been a top priority for President Islam Karimov, and this was the fundamental principle of his policy.
The people of Uzbekistan inextricably link the vast achievements of the country during the years of independence with the name and activities of our head of state. He is the author of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which fully meets the democratic demands and international criteria, and has become a true guarantor of its implementation.
In 1991 Uzbekistan was a backward agrarian country with a hypertrophied unilateral economy, destructive influence of cotton monopoly, the extremely low level of life. The country had no opportunity to produce many kinds of essential goods, could not satisfy its own needs, primarily for grain and energy.
Islam Abduganievich Karimov was firmly convinced that political independence cannot be secured without economic independence. This was the reason for him to develop the program of fundamental reforms and structural transformation of Uzbekistan's economy, which was based on the known five principles. This program has been recognized worldwide as the "Uzbek model" of development. The fundamental basis of this model was the practical implementation of the strategic priority "Reforms not for reforms, but for the name of people".
Under his leadership and initiative, Uzbekistan has undergone extensive structural reforms, including the construction of brand new hi-tech industries, such as petrochemical, chemical, automotive, agricultural and railway engineering, pharmaceutical, electrical, textile industry, production of modern construction materials.
A number of unique world-scale industrial facilities were built, like the Ustyurt and the Shurtan gas and chemical complexes, Bukhara oil refinery plant, Kungrad soda plant, Dehkanabad potash fertilizer plant, auto assembly plants in Andijan, Samarkand, Tashkent and Khorezm regions.
The Republic has created a modern road-transport and engineering-communication infrastructure, including the recently commissioned railway line Angren-PAP with the unique tunnel through a mountain pass Kamchik, Tashguzar-Baysun-Kumkurgan.
Practical implementation of the reforms implemented by President Islam Karimov, was the accession of Uzbekistan among the five most rapidly growing economies in the world.
Islam Karimov is the organizer of the profound changes in agriculture, the formation of a new class of real land owners – farmers. His initiative has no analogues in the world practice program to radically transformation of villages, construction of rural houses, ensuring the quality and standards of living of the rural population at a level not inferior to the urban.
Islam Abduganievich Karimov, as Commander in chief provided the radical reforms, improved combat power and capabilities of the Armed Forces, capable to protect the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the inviolability of its borders, peaceful and tranquil life of our people.
He developed and implemented the Foreign policy concept of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the cornerstone of which is peace based on non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and resolving emerging contradictions and conflicts only by peaceful political means. The head of our state made a great contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the region and around the world.
Completely abandoning the old dogmas and stereotypes, a large-scale national program on personnel training was developed practically implemented on the initiative of Islam Karimov, the education system undergone radical reforms based on the latest international standards.
Islam Abduganievich Karimov directly supervised the work on creating and implementing a radically new system of education of the younger generation, radically changed the thinking and outlook of our youth, which is becoming a decisive force of today and tomorrow of the country.
The head of the country raised the respectful relations to the spiritual values of our people, preservation and development of our sacred religion, traditions and customs, the priceless heritage to the level of state policy, he made a great contribution to raising the authority of Uzbekistan in the international arena.
Islam Karimov initiated the formation of civil society institutions, first and foremost, of increasing the authority of mahalla in government and public administration, expanding its rights and powers.
Our nation knows well and highly appreciates the merits of Islam Karimov in conducting large-scale creative work to radically transform the appearance of our capital city – the Tashkent city, cities and villages throughout the country in accordance with the requirements of modern urban planning and architecture.
For outstanding contribution to the formation of a sovereign and independent Uzbekistan, creation of a democratic state of law, civil peace and national accord, and for his firmness and courage, Islam Abduganievich Karimov was awarded the title "Uzbekiston Qahramoni", he was awarded the order "Mustaqillik” and Amir Temur.
He was a member of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan for his great contribution to the development of the economy, science and education, honorary doctor of several universities and academician of the academies of sciences of many foreign countries, awarded honorary titles, orders and medals of a number of states and authoritative international organizations.
Islam Abduganievich Karimov infinitely loved his people and his entire life, he devoted his whole life to the service of Uzbekistan.
The bright memory of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the great son of the Uzbek people Islam Abduganievich Karimov, will forever remain in our hearts and grateful memory of our compatriots.
Sh. M. Mirziyoev, N. T.Yuldashev, N. M.Ismailov, R. R. Inoyatov, R. S. Azimov, D. A. Nazarmuhamedov, H. M. Sultanov, Sh. I. Salikhov, I. M. Mirzaaliev
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