Since the election of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the end of last year, Uzbekistan has made an impressive progress in various spheres in terms of domestic reforms and foreign policy. One example is the shift to using basalt instead of iron within the construction sector, which recorded growth of 7 per cent this year. Basalt is the most common natural stone, a rock of volcanic origin, which can be found in the form of inter-plastic bodies or lava flows that have arisen after a volcanic eruption. The good news is that basalt is mined in Uzbekistan in the Navoi and Jizzakh regions, as well as in the Fergana Valley. Basalt is available in abundance in Uzbekistan compared to other countries which, then, have to import it to be used for various purposes.