President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan extended his heartfelt congratulations to the employees of the gold and uranium sector on the momentous occasion of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine, marking the foundation of the country's uranium industry.
In his opening remarks, the President emphasized the paramount significance of the gold, natural uranium, and other rare mineral resources extracted from the Kyzylkum mine. He highlighted their globally recognized strategic importance in propelling the country's economic development forward.
Acknowledging the dedication of nearly 50,000 highly skilled workers, engineers, and specialists representing over 40 nationalities at the combine, President Mirziyoyev praised the notable achievements of both the combine itself and its offshoot, the "Navoiyuran" enterprise, which separated from its structure three years ago.
"Through unwavering focus on industry development and the swift adoption of modern technologies in production, the combine has ascended from 7th to 4th place among leading international gold production companies. The 'Muruntov' mine stands prominently in international rankings," stated the head of state.
Highlighting the launch of 23 major investment projects, including the 5th, 6th, and 7th hydrometallurgical plants, along with the second phase of the 2nd hydrometallurgical plant, the President underscored the creation of over 15,000 new jobs within a short span of time.
"As a testament to these efforts, this year witnessed a remarkable 25% increase in gold production, a 20% surge in natural uranium output, and a staggering 46% rise in silver production compared to 2016. Uzbekistan currently ranks 5th globally in uranium mining, with the 'Navoiyuran' state enterprise directing 100% of its products for export."
President Mirziyoyev highlighted the success of the localization program, where necessary equipment and facilities for new capacities are manufactured within the region. He noted that the Navoi Machine-Building Plant alone produces over 15,000 types of import-substitute products annually.
The President also emphasized the bolstering of the material-technical base and the scientific-pedagogical potential of the Navoi State University of Mining and Technologies.
This initiative aims to supply the industry with qualified engineers, primarily comprised of Uzbek youth educated in such universities, who manage complex technological processes.
"I firmly believe that all of you, who have devoted your lives to this pivotal industry, will persist in upholding the esteemed labor traditions of your communities and further elevate the prestige of our country's mining sector. Once again, I extend my heartfelt congratulations on this auspicious day and wish you good health, familial bliss, and continued triumphs in your noble endeavors," concluded President Mirziyoyev.