American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
Week in Review:

September 20, 2013 - September 27, 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:
Uzbekistan, China to strengthen military relations
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to simplify state border regime
ADB $220 Million Loan to Help Uzbekistan Reduce Poverty and Boost Agriculture
CESI wins innovative projects in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya and 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.  


China is ready to work together with its Uzbek partners on the implementation of the agreements reached between the heads of the two countries Xi Jinping and Islam Karimov, in order to bring relations between the Chinese and Uzbek armed forces to a new level, member of China's State Council and Defence Minister Chang Wanqua said during the meeting with Uzbekistan's Defence Minister Kabul Berdiev who is on a visit in China, Xinhua reported.

Chang Wanqua also spoke of intensifying cooperation with Uzbekistan in the sphere of military education, joint training and other spheres.

The Uzbekistan's Defence Minister positively assessed the results achieved to date in bilateral cooperation and expressed gratitude to the Chinese leadership for help and support, as well as the hope for more active cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, Xinhua reported.  


Heads of the Uzbek and Kyrgyz border departments agreed to bring about unhindered movement of Uzbek citizens through the Kholmien (Uzbekistan) - Joshuk (Kyrgyzstan) simplified border crossing points and the residents of the settlement through the Rishton (Uzbekistan) - Kaytpas (Kyrgyzstan) checkpoints, the State Border Protection Committee of the Uzbek National Security Service said today.

The parties discussed the current situation on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border, as well as the issue of preventing the checks and other provocative actions against residents of Sokha region while moving through the Vuadil - Kadamjay - Chashma road.

The parties also agreed to permit local residents of the Chunkara settlement (Uzbekistan) to travel in the direction of the Vuadil settlement.  


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help overhaul a 45-year-old, inefficient water supply system in Bukhara and Navoi provinces in Uzbekistan, that will secure reliable irrigation to 6,500 farms and provide drinking water access to 725,000 consumers.
More than 70% of the water supplied to farms will be used to enhance their further diversification from cotton into higher value crops, fruits, and vegetables.
"About half the country's citizens live in rural areas where they depend on irrigated agriculture for their livelihoods," said Ojiro Makoto, a Director in ADB's Central and West Asia Department. "Poor irrigation means lower crop outputs and less income, so systems that are modern, energy-efficient, climate-proofed, and well managed will go a long way in helping to reduce poverty in the country."
ADB's Board of Directors has approved a loan of $220 million to upgrade irrigation infrastructure across Bukhara and in two districts in Navoi, where almost half the population live below the poverty line. The Government of Uzbekistan has requested co-financing of up to $100 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The Bukhara system's increasingly inefficient use of water in the main service area covering 250,000 hectares has caused a steady decline in agricultural productivity in the region. Pump breakdowns and the poor condition of canals mean up to 20% of canal water does not reach farms. Growing pressures on water from a rising population and climate change have given added urgency to the need for an overhaul.
ADB will help fund a new pump station and upgrade four existing ones. The measures will increase energy conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The planned introduction of a wireless radio communication system along the main canal will help to further reduce wasteful water discharge. To help farmers deal with a changing climate, they would also be taught how to use drought resistant seeds and the latest techniques in growing fruits and vegetables in greenhouses.
One in every four households in the area surveyed by ADB said they no longer used their land for crop production because of the unreliable supply of irrigated water. Improving irrigation will give households an economic boost, promote crop diversity, and will be especially beneficial to women who make up more than half of those working in agriculture in the surveyed areas.
Regarding ongoing concerns surrounding labor issues in Uzbekistan's agriculture sector, the project has strong and comprehensive loan covenants to enforce the government's compliance with core labor standards in relation to the project's implementation. In addition, ADB has sought and received firm assurances from the government that it will respect international labor principles. Uzbekistan has recently agreed to allow a delegation from the International Labor Organization (ILO) to monitor the current cotton harvest. ADB will work closely with the ILO and other development partners to continue a constructive dialogue on improving labor practices.
The project is to be carried out over six years with an estimated completion date of February 2020.  


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CESI has also been selected by Uzbekenergo as a technical advisor for the development of a smart metering installation project in Uzbekistan. The metering infrastructure forecasts one million smart meters as a first step of installation at households and industrial clients in three local regions, and it will be followed by similar projects for a total investment of one billion USD and four million meters.
The complete smart metering installation project, expected to be finalized by 2015, will allow for significant reductions to the current level of losses on the grid while reducing operating costs.
Floris Schulze, Managing Director CESI Middle East, comments: "With the Middle East electricity market forecasted to grow at an accelerated rate over the next few years due to higher consumption rates, an implementation strategy is required in order to bridge the gap between supply and demand. A smart grid network makes for the ideal bridge where the goals of modernization can meet those of reliable public infrastructure. Moreover, actions towards bridging the gaps are vital steps for the GCC region as it moves towards the development and implementation of newer, more advanced technologies and innovations that will deliver sustainable solutions and cost-savings through energy conservation. Smart metering and smart grids are a growing trend across the region and deserve serious consideration and the formulation of a strategic plan for their deployment." Read more here

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