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Week in Review:
August 31, 2012 - September 7, 2012

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In This Issue:
ABCs: Building Blocks for Better Relations
CNH Opens New Branch in Uzbekistan
GM Uzbekistan to export 60,000 Chevrolet Cobalt cars
Uzbek Defense Minister pays visit to Poland

Established in 1993, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) is a private, non-profit trade association representing interests of U.S. businesses ranging in size from small private enterprises to large, multinational corporations conducting business in Uzbekistan.

Our Mission: To advocate the views of the business community to ensure that private sector positions are considered during the development of key policies that impact American businesses and the future of U.S.-Uzbekistan relations.

Our Objective: To serve the needs of its members by strengthening commercial relations between the United States and Uzbekistan.   


Posted by Robert O. Blake / September 04, 2012

Robert O. Blake serves as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Strategically located at the heart of Central Asia (it alone borders every other country in the region), Uzbekistan just marked 21 years of independence. I recently traveled to its capital, Tashkent, for our third round of Annual Bilateral Consultations, or ABCs, with the Government of Uzbekistan. I returned from Tashkent with appreciation for the increasing breadth and depth of our relationship, as well as its greater trust and candor.
In 2009, we began holding ABCs with each of the Central Asian countries to further cooperation across a broad range of bilateral issues, including security and human rights. The ABCs provide an opportunity to review progress in our relationship, discuss mutual concerns, and identify action to advance common interests. Our relationship with Uzbekistan, as with other countries in the region, is a complex one that affects vital U.S. interests. In Tashkent, I thanked the Government of Uzbekistan for its support for Afghanistan, especially its support for the Northern Distribution Network, a critical transit route for our military supplies going into and out of Afghanistan. We also discussed cooperation in a wide range of areas, including trade and investment, science and technology, human rights, security, and educational and parliamentary exchanges.
An important part of the ABCs is advancing U.S. business interests and identifying opportunities to increase trade and investment. General Motors is already one of the largest foreign investors in Uzbekistan, and we believe the country holds considerable potential. Coinciding with this round of ABCs, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce organized a business forum with 50 U.S. businesspeople representing 25 companies. During the event, Lockheed Martin and the Uzbekistani government announced they would move forward with negotiations on an air traffic management program, and we held frank exchanges with Uzbekistani officials on reforms to make Uzbekistan more attractive for trade and investment.
Human rights issues remain an essential part of our engagement with Uzbekistan. We continue to monitor the human rights situation and raise these issues with all levels of the government. During the consultations, we had a long and candid discussion of human rights issues, including religious freedom and trafficking in persons. I reiterated our strong belief that the surest path to long term stability and prosperity is through democratic reform, respect for human rights, and the rule of law. To be sure challenges remain, but we saw some signs of progress. The Government of Uzbekistan hosted the first-ever Civil Society Forum as part of the ABCs, to discuss the role of civil society in working with and supporting parliament in areas such as parliamentary oversight, promoting the rule of law, and ensuring the adherence to international human rights norms. Going forward, I am optimistic we can further expand the scope of issues and participation in this forum, with the goal of deepening and enhancing our engagement on these vital issues.  

CNH International, a subsidiary of CNH Global, recently opened to the public its new facility in the Akaltyn district, which is located in the Syrdarya region--a key agricultural area in Central Uzbekistan.
The new branch, strategically located on the main arterial road leading to the capital city of Tashkent and along The Great Silk Road, is easily accessible and offers full sales and after sales services to customers on New Holland Agriculture, Case IH and New Holland Construction machinery.
The facility stretches over 2,600 square meters and includes a showroom, offices, training rooms and a service center staffed with qualified technicians and equipped with advanced equipment and technologies. This new branch further enhances CNH's strong service coverage of the national territory and will support the development of the country's agri-business and construction equipment sectors.
During the ceremony, Bakhrom Buranov, First Vice-Governor of the Syrdarya region, commented, "Opening a dedicated new branch in the Syrdarya region, which is a leader in the production of wheat, cotton and raw silk, will provide a great support to the region, to farmers and to all of us."
The new branch, which is run by UzCaseService, is fully integrated into CNH's worldwide service network and has access to the company's advanced manufacturing, product and service technologies.

GM Uzbekistan, an Uzbek-US carmaker, is planning to export at least 60,000 automobiles of Chevrolet Cobalt model to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Uzavtosanoat joint stock company said.

As earlier reported, GM Uzbekistan presented Chevrolet Cobalt in Tashkent on 5 September 2012. The car is principally a new global model, which was developed for emerging markets.

Chevrolet Cobalt combines comfort, elegance and high dynamic quality, as well as timeless traditional classic design.

The plant will produce 120,000 new automobiles a year, and plans to export at least 50% of them to the CIS states.

Cobalt will be produced at the capacities of Asaka Plant on full technological circle (stamping, welding, painting and assembling).

Uzavtosanoat said that 15 existing enterprises and three new enterprises will supply spare parts and components to GM Uzbekistan to produce Cobalt. For example, GM Powertrain Uzbekistan will supply 1.5 liter DOHC engines with 105 horse power. The car will consume 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 km.

Chevrolet Cobalt will be produced with five-step mechanic transmission and six-step automatic transmission.

The basic model of Chevrolet Cobalt will be equipped with ABS and security pillows for driver and front passenger.

Minister of Defence of Uzbekistan Kabul Berdiev is paying visit to Poland, the Ministry of Defense of Poland said.

"There are strong historic foundations for taking up closer cooperation between Poland and Uzbekistan," said Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak to Defense Minister of Uzbekistan Kabul Berdiev.

Minister Siemoniak reminded that the meeting was one more opportunity for talks between both Ministries of Defence this year. He expressed thanks for "great hospitality in Uzbekistan shown to Polish delegations heading to Afghanistan".

Minister Siemoniak reminded that during NATO summit in Chicago an agreement between NATO and Uzbekistan was signed that will make transit of coalition forces possible. He added that Poland is also interested in signing bilateral agreement regulating this matter.

During talks Defense Minister of Uzbekistan Kabul Berdiev said he is interested in exchanging experiences on transformation that took place in Polish Armed Forces within last 20 years and in starting effective cooperation with Polish armament industry.

Both Ministers stressed that Poland and Uzbekistan had similar historic conditions of development of states what can have good influence on development of modern military relations.

After the talks the Ministers signed Intention Letter concerning further development of bilateral defense relations.

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