Shavkat Mirziyoyev sets tasks for reduction of construction materials cost

On May 14, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on priority tasks for further development of the construction materials industry, the presidential press service reports.

“Day-by-day construction works are increasing in our country, therefore construction materials should become one of the leading networks in the economy. By introducing energy-efficient technologies at enterprises, it is possible to save natural resources and reduce the cost of materials,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

The head of state set serious tasks to increase production of construction materials by at least two times in the next five years.

It was noted that it is necessary to increase the reserves of non-ore fields, expand industrial recycling and diversify the construction materials industry.

The President paid special attention to issues related to the stable supply of enterprises of the sphere with energy at an affordable price. Using the example of a brick factory working on coal, Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that it is possible to reduce the cost of production by 50%. It was stressed that the use of such modern technologies will save natural gas and cut the cost of products. It will be beneficial to the entrepreneur, the people, and the state.

Therefore, it has been instructed to reduce the cost by introducing energy-efficient technologies in the construction materials industry.

The country's construction materials industry has high export potential. However, the high cost of transportation affects the production cost. Therefore, it was proposed to subsidize the cost of exporting goods.

This year, four cement plants with a capacity of 2 million tons were commissioned in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Surkhandarya, Andijan and Navoi regions.

By the end of the year, new plants with capacity of 3.5 million tons will be put into operation and annual capacity will reach 15 million tons. It was noted that this will satisfy the domestic demand for cement and will reduce its cost.

In 2019-2020, it is planned to implement over 1,000 projects worth 17 trillion soums. To implement these projects, it was instructed to allocate loans of commercial banks and to actively attract foreign investment. The issue of selling low-profit enterprises to potential investors was also considered.

Responsible executives reported on the issues discussed at the meeting.