Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev is currently serving as President of Uzbekistan and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan since 2016. Previously, His Excellency was the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan from 2003 to 2016. Recently in October 2021, His Excellency won the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with 80.1 percent of the total number of voters.
President Mirziyoyev was born on 24 July 1957 in the Zaamin district of Jizzakh region in the family of doctors. He holds a Candidate Ph.D. degree in Technological Sciences. President Mirziyoyev started his career at the Tashkent Institute of Engineers of Irrigation and Mechanization of Agriculture, where he worked as a junior research fellow, senior lecturer, associate professor, and eventually Vice-Rector for academic affairs. President Shavkat joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. In 1990, he was elected as deputy of the Supreme Council of the republic, and at the same time served as Chairman of the Credentials Committee.
In 1992, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was appointed Hokim (Governor) of Mirzo Ulugbek district of Tashkent city. In 1996-2001, His Excellency worked as Hokim of Jizzakh region, in 2001-2003 Hokim of Samarkand region, and made an outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development of the above-mentioned districts and regions. While working in the executive branch as deputy of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 1995-2003, His Excellency was actively involved in the elaboration and adoption of important legislative acts directed at the political and socio-economic development of the country.
In order to uplift the living and working conditions of people, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took effective measures for large-scale construction and improvement works in all regions of the country, to improve the quality of public services, integrated development of cities and districts, including remote rural areas. Analysts believe that President Mirziyoyev wishes to enter in history as a reformer. As head of government, he has shown tremendous abilities and outstanding leadership in the implementation of wide-ranging socio-economic reforms, in the modernization and improvement of the country, the realization of major and unique projects, development and protection of private property, radical increase in the share of small business and private enterprise in the economy and consolidation of their legal security.
President Mirziyoyev lifted controls on hard currency, helping encourage foreign investment, and moved to patch up foreign relations that had soured under previous rulers. President Mirziyoyev improved relations with world players such as Russia, China and the West, while also resolving conflicts with neighbors including establishing peaceful interaction with Afghanistan.
In May 2018, President Mirziyoyev was also nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize by Olimzhon Tukhtanazarov, who is a representative of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. At the end of that year, His Excellency was named the “Asian of the Year of 2018” by the Asia Journalist Association (AJA). Over many years of fruitful work in government and administration, for enormous contribution to the development of the country, improvement of the welfare of people, Shavkat Mirziyoyev was awarded the “Mehnat Shuhrati” (Glory of Work) and “Fidokorona Khizmatlari Uchun” (For Selfless Service).