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Mjusa Sever: All-inclusive outreach and special human attitude of the President to people are impressive

 2020-07-24 08:08:24   |     Просмотров: 215
There are several valuable achievements warmly perceived by the people that H.E. President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan that were initiated during the last year; some of them can no doubt become revolutionary and historical steps —  if the President's ideas will be properly implemented and followed up.
 
From a personal level, I was most happy with the formal implementation of gender equality (both with legal steps and with new appointments). Uzbekistan has such talented and wonderful women that I could never understand why they are not more engaged in decision-making levels. The appointment of a female senator to actually be the number 2 of the political hierarchy of the state, is remarkable. Now we have the first female ambassador, female rector, female minister, deputy prosecutor, female deputy hakims, and so on.  Opening equal access to young women to education and employment is a huge difference in the lives of many families.
 
As someone that tries to understand the real and true potential of any country through the conditions for the most vulnerable and their gap with those most powerful, I am impressed with the President’s outreach to the most fragile regions and population and his constant demand from the state officials of all three branches of government to do more to erase inequality. In this sense, the visible all-inclusive outreach and special human attitude that President displays to the disabled, to human rights activists, to old, poorest and most vulnerable citizens, is impressive.
 
From my and our team’s professional focus, the most important step for Uzbekistan is setting up the Anticorruption Agency. This has very important implications for the future of Uzbekistan. Equally, his appointment of the leader of this agency from the young generation of politicians is a clear message that today’s Uzbekistan is defining the future of more than half of the population of the country that is youth. The future is their life tomorrow, and the responsibility of the decision-makers of today is to break down the many walls that prevented Uzbek people to live to the fullest of their true potentials. If the were able to bring inventions to the world centuries ago, how come they are prevented from improving humanity now?
So, the next most important aspect for such transition is President’s special attention to the freedom of speech, to critical thinking, something which no doubt breaks the tradition from the past decades. People need to get rid of the fear of the state and its officials and build their self-confidence and trust. That is a precondition for any progress — to build unity within differences. They need to be encouraged to become strong, courageous, and not be afraid of mistakes, because mistakes are, as the famous scientist once said, a crucial step in the learning process towards new discoveries.
 
From the point of international affairs, the sensational work achieved is new regional cooperation with the Central Asian neighbors, whose cultural, religious and social-economic hopes for their homeland does not differ much from the Uzbek ones. In this sense, I am personally grateful for all the enormous and incredible leadership that President and his team of experts have done in paving the peace for the people of its most suffering neighbor Afghanistan. For the first time, these efforts of historic dispute resolution and mediation, have created hope for the end of suffering for so many people of Uzbekistan’s neighbor, including some that are of Uzbek ethnicity.  I met many of them when I worked there, and I know they always looked at Uzbekistan with hope and with warm emotions.
 
 Last but not least — he and his immediate team deserves clear admiration, to bring back many Uzbek nationals, who have somehow been lost on their path — this  goes for all repatriations — those remarkable decisions to bring them back from Syria, or those in the latest coronavirus period, bringing them back from Russia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, UAE, Europe, and even from the United States. That does reflect enormous courage and sincere level of leadership responsibility towards citizens — who today — very different from when I first talked to them almost twenty years ago — proudly call themselves citizens of Uzbekistan…. That is the real homeland — when a person finds himself in a dead-end in life — true homeland welcomes and comforts you. It takes really a great personality and a leader that sincerely understands the national responsibility  to be able to do all that even when it is not easy, not easy at all.
 
Mjusa SEVER,
Director of Regional Dialogue.