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November 1, 2013 - November 8, 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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AUCC IN BRIEF
Venue and Agenda Update: Invitation to Business Roundtable with Uzbek Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov in Philadelphia, PA
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan to Discuss prospects of Bilateral Relations
World Bank: Creating More and Better Jobs in Europe and Central Asia
Azerbaijani Company to Complete Construction of International Road in Uzbekistan Next Year

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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INVITATION (Venue and Agenda Update)

 

JOINT ROUNDTABLE ON PROMOTION OF STRONGER U.S.-UZBEKISTAN TRADE RELATIONS: Views by H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov on Commercial Opportunities for US Companies in Uzbekistan and His Assessment of Bilateral Business Cooperation

 

ORGANIZED BY THE AMERICAN-UZBEKISTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCEUS COMMERCIAL SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA AND FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

 

Time and Date: 9.00 AM - 11.00 AM on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Venue: Fox School of Business, Temple University, 1801 Liacouras Walk,The Fox Board Room, 3rd Floor, Alter Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6038

RSVP: [email protected]and [email protected] or call 202-509-3744

 

GUESTS: 

  • Bakhtiyar Gulyamov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States of America
  • Laziz Kudratov, Trade and Investment Counselor, Uzbek Embassy in Washington, DC
  • Dr. Ram Mudambi, Executive Director, Temple CIBER 

AGENDA:

 

8:30am Networking and Registration

9:00am Opening Remarks by Dr. Ram Mudambi, Executive Director for Center for International Business Education and Research at Temple University

9:15am Overview of Uzbekistan's Economic and Business Potential by Uzbek Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov

9:30am Video Presentation about Uzbekistan

09:45am Meet US business participants of the Round Table: Brief Company Introductions

09:55am Q&A and Networking

11:00am Conclude Business Roundtable

Separate Briefing Room:

11:15am International Business Student Briefing

11:45am Conclude

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October 31, 2013

 

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is expected to pay an official visit to Uzbekistan in November 2013. On this occasion, Uzbek President Islam Karimov has sent a message to his Turkmen counterpart. 

The message was timed to coincide with the 22nd anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence which is currently being celebrated. 

'Uzbekistan is looking forward to your official visit in November 2013', the letter said. 'This will give a new impetus to further strengthening and developing bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries'. 

In his message Karimov also expressed confidence that the multifaceted Uzbek-Turkmen relations based on the solid principles of friendship, good neighbourliness, mutual support and respect will be steadily developed and strengthened in the interest and for the benefit of the countries and peoples. 

Ashgabat and Tashkent are examining the ways to increase mutual investments, implement beneficial projects in various sectors and diversify joint activity. The countries planned to increase bilateral trade turnover up to $1 billion for the next two years. 

The two Central Asian countries are regularly discussing such issues as the situation in Afghanistan, the problems of the Aral Sea and cross-border rivers at a high level. 

They are both connected by a number of major economic projects. In particular, a gas pipeline was opened from Turkmenistan to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in December 2009. The sides are considering the possibility of cooperation in the implementation of a railway project that would connect Central Asia with the Persian Gulf countries.

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November 7, 2013

 

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Countries in Europe and Central Asia must implement policy changes that span several sectors and go beyond traditional labor market measures and reforms of regulations, in order to grow the economy while creating more and better jobs, according to a new World Bank report, "Getting Back to Work: Growing with Jobs in Europe and Central Asia."

Jobs play a central role in people's lives and are important for the region to achieve shared prosperity, a key goal for the World Bank Group. ECA, much like other regions around the world, suffered after the 2008 economic crisis. Employment and wages fell significantly in most countries, and have not recovered fast enough. 

So what can be done to create more and better jobs in the region?  The report suggests the following:

  • Enable private-sector led job creation: Only about 10 to 15 percent of all companies accounted for over two-thirds of net jobs created in the region before the 2008 crisis, highlighting the need for policy changes that support employment growth among existing firms and encourage new firms to emerge and succeed or fail fast and at low cost. Some ways of doing this include continued reforms to improve competition, property registration, taxation, and infrastructure.
  • Helping workers acquire the right skills: Companies now place more emphasis on cognitive and "soft" skills, over routine, manual skills. But according to international standardized tests one in five 15-year-olds is functionally illiterate in the region - i.e. their education failed to deliver the basic cognitive skills that companies demand. Steps such as improving early childhood development policies, expanding quality preschool and basic education, assuring quality of the expanding tertiary education, addressing market failures and providing incentives for more on-the-job training can help.
  • Addressing work disincentives in taxes and social protection systems: On average, income taxes and social security contributions amount to 37 percent of labor costs in the region. Also, existing pension systems often encourage early retirement, adding to the number of inactive working-age population in the region. Reducing labor taxation, especially for low-income workers, developing smart safety net and carrying fundamental pension reforms are essential in getting more people to work and longer working lives, according to the report.
  • Eliminating employment hurdles for women, minorities, youth and older workers: Other barriers exist outside the labor market, such as lack of child or senior care options, limited flexible work arrangements and other social norms, that restrict access to economic opportunities among women, and young and older workers. Removing or minimizing the impact of these barriers by providing good child and senior care options and flexibility in work schedules will help bring more people into the workforce.
  • Removing obstacles to internal migration: While people do move internationally, mobility within countries, especially for older workers, is low. Supporting the development of housing and credit markets, eliminating administrative residential requirements from the socialist legacy, making social benefits portable and basic services accessible easily everywhere are some of the measures that can spur domestic migration, bringing workers to places with more job creation potential.

These measures, along with improving the business climate, making labor markets more competitive, modernizing the public sector, overhauling financial development and integrating better with global markets are necessary for economic growth along with positive and sustained job creation across the region. 

en.apa.az  

 

November 5, 2013

 

Akkord Industry Construction Investment Corporation participates in construction of Tashkent-Termez international road in Uzbekistan. The constriction of the road with the total length of 100 km started in April, 2012.

As a winner of the tender on constriction of this road, the Corporation must construct and reconstruct 65 km for the first lot, 10 km and 25 km for the second lot. 

Spokesperson of Akkord Industry Construction Investment Corporation Afag Guliyeva told APA-Economics that 36 bridges, one animal crossing and water transmission plants are also planned to be constructed in the one-category road.

Construction of the road is planned to be completed in 2014. Beneficiary is the Road Fund under the Uzbekistan Ministry of Finance. The project is financed by Islamic Development Bank. 


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