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August 9, 2013 - August 16, 2013
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2013 Marks AUCC 20th Anniversary

Since 1993 the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of advancing trade and business relations between the US and the Republic of Uzbekistan. AUCC prides itself in catering to the needs of our members, providing them with a platform to interact with policy makers in the US and the Republic of Uzbekistan and ensuring that bilateral commercial relations continue to be on the governments' top agenda.   

 

For the last twenty years AUCC has been a vigorous advocate of the views of the business community to ensure that private sector positions are considered during the development of policies that impact American businesses and the future of U.S.-Uzbekistan relations.    

 

We are delighted that today AUCC is a well-known organization that is recognized for its strength and ability to work closely with a great number of partner organizations. AUCC enjoys excellent working relations with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C., the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbek ministries, associations and organizations as well as the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. AUCC also coordinates its efforts with a great number of international financial institutions, business councils and other professional organizations.

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In This Issue:
AUCC IN BRIEF
Boeing Corporation to continue cooperation with Uzbekistan
Heads of CIS states to meet in Minsk in October
Uzbekistan ratifies strategic partnership deal with Kazakhstan
Reminder: 2013 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum
Food Industry: US Ambassador George A. Krol to Host Direct Line to American Business Video Conference
Oil and Gas: US Ambassador George A. Krol to Host Direct Line to American Business Video Conference

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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Boeing Corporation is ready to continue the mutually beneficial and fruitful cooperation with the Uzbek partners, president of the company "Boeing Commercial Airplanes', vice-president of the corporation "Boeing" Raymond Conner said on Wednesday at a reception of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

President Karimov said that the company "Boeing" is a reliable long term partner of Uzbekistan in the supply, operation and maintenance of modern passenger aircraft, national news agency of Uzbekistan (UzA) reported.

Currently, the national airline "Uzbekistan Airways" operates 15 "Boeing" aircrafts, which provide more than half of all airline traffic, including extra-long routes in the United States and Japan.

In 2016 is scheduled delivery of two aircraft "Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner" with engines GENX-1B64. It is going joint work on the preparation and qualification of flight personnel of the national carrier. It is implementing projects to suppling with exercise equipment training center NAC, as well as the creation of a regional center in Tashkent on repair of large composite elements of aircraft, based on aviation company Uzbekistan Airways Technics.

The contract with Boeing to buy four Boeing-767-300ER and two Boeing-787-800 Dreamliner aircraft as well as a contract with Airbus Industrie for the purchase of ten A-320-200 aircraft was signed in 2007-2008. The total contract value amounts to $1.027 billion, including the cost of the contract with Boeing - $577.5 million.

The first two of four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, an order for which was placed by the airline in 2008, were received in February 2012. The third one was received in May this year. The fourth one was received in July this year.

In December 2011, a contract was completed for the supply of 10 A-320-200 aircraft purchased from Airbus Industrie.

Funding for the purchase of new equipment is provided by the airline (10 percent of all aircraft) as well as loans from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (50 percent) and foreign banks (40 percent).

Uzbekistan Airways NAC is the monopoly air carrier in Uzbekistan, wholly owned by the state. Uzbek airline operates flights to 21 cities in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia and in 22 of the CIS countries and in 11 directions on local airlines.

In 2012, the airline increased the transportation of passengers by 13.5 percent to 2.636 million passengers compared to 2011, whereas freight volumes fell by 17 percent to 40,000 tons.

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The next meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of States will take place on October 25 in Minsk, the Executive Secretariat of the organization reported on Saturday.

On the eve of the event the next meeting of the Council of CIS Foreign Ministers will also take place, where the agenda of the presidents' meeting will be discussed.

In the upcoming meeting of the Council of Permanent Representatives, which will be held on August 20, 2013 in Minsk, the members of the Council should form the projects of the agendas of upcoming meetings of Foreign Ministers Council and the Council of CIS heads of states jointly with Executive Committee of CIS.

The agenda of Foreign Ministers Council include 20 projects, among which there is also a strategy of cooperation in the sphere of tourism.

The major part of document projects has already been agreed upon by expert groups of member states' representatives and is in the stage of interstate coordination.

The preliminary agenda of the meeting of Head of States' Council include 18 issues. The Foreign Ministers Council approved the issue about declaring the 2014 year the Year of Tourism in CIS.

The Council of Foreign Ministers will also view a number of issues in the sphere of fighting against terrorism and extremism.

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The Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan's Oliy Majlis adopted a law on ratification of the agreement on strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan on August 15.

The law adopted by the members of parliament will be sent to the Senate of the Oliy Majlis for further consideration.

The agreement was signed in Tashkent in June, 2013 during the official visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Uzbekistan.

The agreement consolidates the main principles and priority spheres of bilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, transport and communication, cultural-humanitarian, military-technical, environmental and other fields.

The agreement sets out the obligation of each party to refrain from using force or a threat of force in inter-state relations, not to enter into military alliances or participate in any groups of countries, not to take any actions, including the conclusion of agreements with third countries that are prejudicial to the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the other party.

The document also confirms unified coordinated position regarding the development of a fair system of water management in Central Asia, which envisages resolution of all issues in the water and energy sector, including the construction of new hydraulic structures on trans-boundary rivers, in accordance with universally recognized norms of international law and taking into account the interests of all Central Asian countries.

Kazakhstan is one of the important trade partners of Uzbekistan. The trade turnover between the two countries totaled nearly $2.1 billion, which is 11 percent more than in 2011.

Kazakhstan's exports to Uzbekistan in 2012 amounted to $1.344 billion (up 14 percent), while the import from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan amounted to $817 million (up six percent).

Currently, Uzbekistan has 180 companies with participation of domestic investors. In turn, over 120 enterprises established with the participation of Uzbekistan's residents are registered in Kazakhstan.

According to statistics, more than 810,000 Kazakhs live in Uzbekistan while about 460,000 Uzbeks live in Kazakhstan.

 

WHEN: 8.30 am - 3.00 pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013

   

WHERE: The Pavilion Room, The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center  

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 

Washington, DC 20004

 

REGISTER BY: Monday, August 26, 2013 

 

On September 5, 2013, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) will officially celebrate its 20th anniversary of building durable relations between the USA and Uzbekistan. The chamber's celebration will coincide with the 2013 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum, an annual event that is fully organized and sponsored by AUCC members, including: Cameco Corporation, Case New Holland, Lockheed Martin, The Coca-Cola Company and FMN International, Inc. AUCC is proud to have the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center as one of the event sponsors. 

The Uzbek delegation to the forum will be led by Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Elyor M. Ganiev.

UPDATE: Minister Ganiev is expected to be accompanied by senior Uzbek government officials (subject to change), including:

 

Shokir Fayzullaev - Chairman, Uzbek Oil & Gas National Company

Khamidulla Shermatov - Chairman Uzbek Chemical Industry State Company

Tokhir Jalilov - Deputy Chairman Uzbek Auto Industry State Company

Mirzanozim Dusmuratov - Chairman Uzbek Pharm Industry State Company

 

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments & Trade and other government agencies (TBA) will also join the delegation.

 

The 2013 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum is viewed by the chamber as an opportunity to call for stronger business engagement between the US and Uzbek Governments in order to help American and Uzbek people further improve their socio-economic situation and achieve greater financial prosperity. The forum alternates annually between Tashkent and Washington, DC. This year's forum will be held at the Pavilion Room of the Ronald Reagan Building located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20004 (click here to register).

 

AUCC would like to invite all interested parties to the 2013 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum. To register and learn more about the forum, please click here.

 

Seating is limited.  Please respond by Monday, August 26, 2013 to confirm your participation.  

 

Admission Fee:

 

$00.00 - AUCC members (will be verified) and the US Government offices

 

$50.00 - All other companies and organizations

 

Cancellations received within 72 hours of the event are non-refundable. 

 

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For more information about the event, please contact AUCC office at [email protected] or call us at 202-509-3744. 

 

Thank you for your attention and response.  We look look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 5, 2013. 

Sincerely,

 

The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce

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202-509-3744

 
WHEN: 9.00 AM (EST) Wednesday, August 21, 2013

 

WHERE: White & Case LLP

701 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005  

 

REGISTER BY: Friday, August 16, 2013 

 

On August 21, U.S. Embassy Tashkent will host a  Direct Line to American Business video conference call.  The call will explore and develop opportunities for both Uzbek and U.S. businesses in the food processing and packaging industries.   

 

Direct Line provides an open medium for facilitating interactions between U.S. suppliers and Uzbek companies searching for ways to improve their competitiveness and profitability.    

 

The Direct Line call will be hosted by U.S. Ambassador George Krol, with the participation of representatives of Uzbekistan's food processing and packaging industries and members of the AmCham Uzbekistan Trade and Investment Committee.   

 

The Direct Line call will give U.S. industry experts the opportunity to learn the needs of their potential Uzbek clients and become acquainted in advance of travel by a group of Uzbek companies to the PackExpo 2013 exposition in Las Vegas from September 23-25.  The Uzbek participants hope to share their needs with vendors of food processing and packaging equipment to better prepare them for their travel to the U.S. and to make arrangements for equipment demonstrations, factory visits, and meetings with representatives of financial and logistics organizations while they are in the U.S.  The Uzbek participants have been vetted to include only representatives of companies with a stated interest in purchasing U.S. equipment.  Additionally, U.S. manufacturers of food processing and packaging equipment interested in displaying their equipment in a state-of-the-art facility in Tashkent will have an opportunity to inquire about this possibility.

 

Attendees in the U.S. will be able to join the event as a group through the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) in Washington, DC.  Participants will be able to view the live presentation and participate in the call via text-input.  

 

If you would like to receive further information and details about registering for the event, please send your company contact information to:   

 

AUCC 

[email protected] 

 

and

 

US Embassy in Tashkent 

[email protected]
 

WHEN: 10.00 AM (EST) Thursday, September 12, 2013

 

WHERE: White & Case LLP

701 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005  

 

REGISTER BY: Friday, September 6, 2013 

 

The Direct Line call will be hosted by Ambassador George Krol, with the participation of Shokir Fayzullaev, Chairman of UzbekNefteGaz (Uzbekistan's largest national oil and gas holding company), industry experts from the Tashkent office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and members of the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan.

 

This conference call will be on potential procurement opportunities in Uzbekistan's oil and gas industries. The potential for contracting and partnering in energy research and extraction projects is substantial in Uzbekistan, and the Direct Line format provides U.S. companies an opportunity to communicate directly with industry experts in Tashkent.

  

Attendees in the U.S. will be able to join the event as a group through the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) in Washington, DC.  Participants will be able to view the live presentation and participate in the call via text-input.  

 

If you would like to receive further information and details about registering for the event, please send your company contact information to:    

 

AUCC

[email protected] 

 

and

 

US Embassy in Tashkent 

[email protected]

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