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AUCC IN BRIEF
Top US official discusses strengthening of relations in Uzbekistan
Uzbek president to discuss regional and international issues in Russia
Contractors to be chosen for two hydropower plants modernization project in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan Investment Guide - April 2013 edition
SCO representatives consider customs cooperation in Uzbekistan

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.

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Strengthening of US-Uzbek relations were discussed in the Uzbek Foreign Ministry during the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Hammer's visit to Uzbekistan, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

According to the Foreign Ministry, during the meeting the parties discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations in the cultural and humanitarian fields, and exchanged views on other topics of mutual interest.

The meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan George Krol.

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Uzbek President Islam Karimov will pay an official visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on April 14-15, the Uzbek president's press service said on Friday.

During the visit, the presidents will discuss further development of bilateral cooperation and exchange views on important regional and international issues.

Following the visit, it is planned to sign an economic cooperation programme for 2013-2017.

Also on the table will be an agreement on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments and other documents aimed at implementing the provisions of the declaration on intensifying the strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation. These were signed by the presidents of the two countries in Tashkent on June 4, 2012, the president's press service said.

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Uzbekenrgo State Joint-Stock Company announced a prequalification for the participants of the project of modernizing two hydropower plants in Tashkent Region - Farhad hydropower plant and hydropower plant-14 of Lower Bozsu cascade worth $165.7 million, the company said on Wednesday.

The concerned bidders are invited to submit their proposals for two lots: the implementation of contracts of modernizing Farhad hydropower plant and "Cascade of Lower Bozsu hydropower plant" (HPP 14) upon "turnkey" conditions.

"The contracts will be implemented through international competitive bidding," a statement said. "It is planned to send an invitation for participants to attend the international competitive bidding in May 2013."

It was previously reported that the modernization of the two power plants envisages the replacement of generators and turbines, as well as electrical equipment and communication system. The project implementation will increase the generating capacity of two power plants by 30 megawatts. The project will be implemented by late 2015.

The project is planned to be financed by a loan from the Islamic Development Bank to the amount of $ 100 million allocated to the government at the end of last year, Uzbekenergo's own funds and the state budget funds.

Currently, the Uzbek power system includes 45 power plants with total capacity of 12,400 megawatts, including 16 power stations of Uzbekenergo with a total capacity of 12,040 megawatts.

The major share of electricity, up to 90 percent, is generated by 10 thermal power plants with total installed capacity of 10.6 megawatts.

In 2012, Uzbekistan increased electricity generation by 0.2 percent, up to 52.534 billion kilowatt / hours compared to 2011.


The Uzbek Embassy in Washington, DC would like to present a new edition of the Uzbekistan Investment Guide prepared jointly by the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, UzInfoInvest and The United Nations Development Program.  The new edition provides an overview of the local industry, investment opportunities, legislative instruments and incentives for foreign investors and includes useful contact information.  For questions about the publication, please contact:

Laziz Kudratov, Trade and Investment Counselor
Uzbek Embassy in Washington, DC
email: kudratovl@gmail.com
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Uzbek capital Tashkent hosted the twentieth session of the Special working group on customs cooperation of Shanghai Cooperation Organization's member-states, UzDaily reported.
In the course of meeting, the custom services of SCO countries considered the issues on multilateral cooperation, protection of intellectual property as well as specialists training. They also discussed cooperation within the system on risk management of World Customs Union.
According to Uzbek State Customs Committee high official Oybek Zayniddinov, Uzbekistan pays great attention to work of the special group on customs cooperation of the SCO.
In turn, his Russian colleague of Federal Customs Service Natalya Vorontsova expressed gratitude to the Uzbek side for warm welcome and said Tashkent session "will serve for strengthening of cooperation among the SCO member states."

Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


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