Small business economic entities produced 33.2% of the GDP produced in Uzbekistan in January-March 2007 (30.1% in January-March 2006) of which 6.3% belong to small enterprises, 12.3% - to microfirms and 14.6% - to individual entrepreneurs.
The number of registered legal entities in all branches of the Uzbek economy reached 446,700, 407,400 of them (91.2% of total registered enterprises) were operating as of 1 April 2007, according to the data of the Uniform State Business Register.
The volume of the gross domestic product produced in the Republic of Uzbekistan in the first quarter of 2007 amounted to 4.2 trillion soums, according the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.
PetroAliance, a Schlumberger subsidiary, won the tender for seismic survey of prospective hydrocarbon-containing fields in the waters of the Aral Sea, Uzbekneftegas chief geologist, Mutalib Nurmatov, announced.
Russian oil companies - state-owned ROSNEFT and private LUKOIL and STROITRANSGAZ - are in talks with Uzbekistan on geological prospecting at six oil- and gas- bearing blocks, said UZBEKNEFTEGAZ chief geologist Mutalib Nurmatov.
The presentation of Uzinfoinvest, the Information Support & Foreign Investments Promotion Agency took place at International Business Center in Tashkent.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov signed a special resolution with a view to "strengthening the material and technical base of Turkmenpagta (Turkmen cotton) state concern" and ensuring quality transportation of cotton harvest, the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports quoting the press service of the head of state.
Uzbekistan’s National Holding Company /NKhK/ is planning to boost gas exports by 14.6% to 14.5 billion cubic meters this year, NKhK deputy chairman Shavkat Mazhitov told an international oil and gas conference on Thursday.
Uzbekistan plans to raise natural gas exports to 14.50 billion cubic metres this year from 12.65 billion cubic metres in 2006, a senior energy official said on Wednesday.
The Muslim countries should make the best use of their resources to strengthen the economy of one another, said Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Shoazim Minovarov while inaugurating Uzbek Cultural Centres in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday.