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AUCC IN BRIEF
Xinjiang H1 foreign trade exceeds $10b, main partners in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan to discuss boosting trade
WB delivers loan worth $82 mln to improve water supply in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan slightly increases electricity generation since early 2013
Central Asia: Security Council lauds UN regional centre's preventive diplomacy efforts

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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The foreign trade of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region rose by 6.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2013, reaching $10.47 billion, local authorities said Thursday.
Statistics released by Urumqi Customs showed that Xinjiang exported $9.08 billion worth of goods in the first six months, up 24.6 percent from a year earlier, while imports stood at $1.39 billion, dropping 45.1 percent year-on-year.
Urumqi Customs said Central Asia remains the largest export destination for Xinjiang produce. Exports to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan stood at $7.09 billion, accoun­ting for 67.7 percent of the total foreign trade.
Exports to Southeast Asian countries' emerging markets, including Malaysia and Indonesia, saw a rising trend as well.
The volume of foreign trade with the US and Russia were $280 million and $220 million, down 35.2 and 34.7 percent, respectively.
Statistics also showed that private enterprises in Xinjiang have become the main force of the region's foreign trade. The foreign trade volume of these enterprises totaled $8.2 billion and accounted for 78 percent of the total foreign trade volume.
Urumqi Customs said the major exports from Xinjiang were labor-intensive products and mechanical and electrical goods, and major imported products included iron ore, crude oil, refined oil products and steel products.

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More than 60 Kazakhstani entrepreneurs and government officials July 18 will convene at a roundtable to discuss "Ways of Increasing Trade between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan," according to a July 15 statement by the Atameken Union.

Uzbek entrepreneurs attending the roundtable will represent the textile and fruit-and-vegetable-growing industries, while Kazakhstani entrepreneurs will come from trading networks, transport and logistical companies, and distributors of agricultural and textile products. Topics will include phyto-sanitary requirements, customs procedures, and prospects for developing infrastructural and logistical systems.

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The Uzbek government and the World Bank signed a loan agreement worth $ 82 million to improve drinking water supply in two districts of Bukhara region, the WB Tashkent office told Trend on Friday.

The WB Board of Directors approved the allocation of a loan in December 2012.

The project is aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of water supply in Alat and Karakul districts, where about 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas. According to the World Bank, as a result of the project implementation, about 220,000 people will receive better water services.

Uzbekistan has approved a program of developing the water and sewerage systems and the efficiency of water supply and sewerage organizations for 2013-2015. The total cost of the program is about $ 690 million. It is planned to construct and reconstruct 4,180 kilometers of water networks in 1,600 rural settlements within the program. It will be financed through the funds of the state budget and loans of the international financial institutions to the amount of $ 380 million.

Uzbekistan joined the World Bank in 1992. At present, the total amount of the WB current liabilities towards Uzbekistan is more than $1 billion.

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Uzbekistan increased electricity generation by 3.8 percent to 27.057 billion kilowatt per hour in January-June 2013 compared to the first six months of 2011, a source in the Uzbek government circles told Trend today.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, Uzbekistan's power stations have provided the population and the enterprises of the republic with 9.613 million gigacalories of thermal energy since early 2013 (a 3.4 percent decrease).

The electricity generation increased by 0.2 percent to 52.534 billion kilowatt per hour in 2012 compared to 2011. The Uzbek power stations provided the population and enterprises with 18.876 million gigacalories of thermal energy (a 0.2 percent decrease).

Currently, around 45 power stations with a capacity of 12,400 megawatt operate in the Uzbek energy system, including 16 power stations of "Uzbekenergo" company with a total capacity of 12,040 megawatt.

Over 98 percent of electric power in Uzbekistan is generated at the power stations as part of the "Uzbekenergo" company, which was established on the basis of the Uzbek Ministry of Power Industry and Electrification.

The remained electric power is generated by autonomous thermal power stations of industrial enterprises and small hydropower stations as part of the Uzbek Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Up to 90 percent of electric power is generated by 10 thermal power stations of the company with a total capacity of 10.6 million kilowatt. Some 29 hydropower stations of the company with 1.4 kilowatt capacity are mainly united in cascades of the hydroelectric power station and work on a waterway.

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The Security Council today reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes, and acknowledged the role of the United Nations regional office in assisting countries in Central Asia to respond to threats and challenges.

The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) was established in 2007 in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It assists and supports the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in finding solutions for emerging problems and eliminating potential threats.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the efforts of UNRCCA to facilitate dialogue among the Governments of the Central Asian States on regional issues of common concern," Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo of the United States, which holds the Council's rotating presidency for July, said in a statement read out to the press.

The statement followed a closed-door briefing by the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of UNRCCA, Miroslav Jenča, on the work of the Centre over the past six months.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms by the United Nations to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes and in this context acknowledged the role of UNRCCA in assisting Central Asian countries, in accordance with its mandate and through regional cooperation, to respond to domestic and trans-national threats to peace and in supporting the sustainable development of the region," the statement said.

Council members also stressed the need for further cooperation and coordination between the Central Asian States, UNRCCA, and regional organizations to strengthen the region's capacity to overcome challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia through the mechanisms of preventive diplomacy and dialogue.

In this regard, they welcomed initiatives by UNRCCA to assist the countries in finding a comprehensive solution to the management of trans-boundary water resources, and took note of ongoing discussions, facilitated by the Centre, on a regional legal framework for this purpose.

UNRCCA's efforts to support cooperation among the Central Asian States in the area of counter-terrorism and in combating drug trafficking were also recognized.


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