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Week in Review:
 
February 14, 2014 - February 21, 2014
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2014 Opens a New Era for the Chamber
  

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.  While 2013 concluded our celebrations for the 20th anniversary it also opened a new era for the chamber and our members.

 

We are delighted that today AUCC continues to be 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
Delegation of U.S. National Defense University arrives in Uzbekistan
ADB: CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020
Uzbekistan to modernize its largest thermal power plant
Petrofac to study opportunity to increase oil mining in Uzbekistan
Reminder: Invitation to Participate in Agrominitech Expo 2014 in Tashkent

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.

trend.az  

 

February 21, 2014

 

A delegation from the U.S. National Defense University led by retired General Joseph Hoare met with the leaders of Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry in Tashkent, the republic's Foreign Ministry said.

"During the negotiations, the parties exchanged views and assessments with regard to topical regional and international issues," the ministry said.The purpose of the U.S. delegation's visit and the program of the visit to Uzbekistan haven't been specified in the ministry's message.

The National Defense University was founded in 1976 in Washington as a result of the merger of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College for professional military education and training of military and civilian experts for the highest political, command and staff positions.

The National Defense University is the top U.S. military educational institution, where not only soldiers, but also representatives of the State Department, Ministry of Finance, the CIA, the National Security Agency and other ministries and departments, as well as employees of the largest private industrial companies, carrying out orders of the Pentagon, are trained.

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February 2014

  

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Description

 

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy was refined to account for changes in the CAREC Program since 2008, particularly expanded membership and the new strategic framework (CAREC 2020).

The refined strategy also reflects lessons learned during the initial phase of implementation, aiming to more efficiently and comprehensively achieve the goals of establishing competitive corridors; facilitating the movement of goods and people through these corridors; and providing sustainable, safe, and user-friendly transport and trade networks.

 

Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Stock-Take of CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Achievements
  • Global and Regional Developments
  • Refined Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020
  • Implementation Action Plan
  • Appendixes

[Click here to download the report] 

trend.az  

 

February 20, 2014

 

Uzbekistan has started modernizing the Syrdarya Thermal Power Plant (TPP), a representative of the Uzbekenergo State Joint-Stock Company (SJSC) told Trend on Feb. 20.

It was previously reported that the project on the TPP's modernization worth $60.2 million envisages the reconstruction of two 300 megawatts energy units (third and fourth units) at the power plant, as a result of which the capacity of these energy blocks will be increased by 50 megawatts - up to 650 megawatts.

The project's general contractor is the Russian Silovye Mashiny JSC, which was announced the winner of the tender by Uzbekenergo SJSC in 2013.

Under the terms of the contract signed between the two companies in March, 2013, the Russian company will upgrade the turbine, generator, boiler and auxiliary equipment of energy units, as well as conduct introduction of automatic process control systems and hold construction and installation, contract supervision and commissioning works.

The interlocutor also said that currently the equipment delivery is being completed and its installation is also starting. All works will be completed before late 2014.

The project is financed on a parity basis by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and Uzbekenergo's own funds.

The established capacity of the Syrdarya TPP - the largest thermal power plant in Central Asia - is 3,000 megawatts (10 energy units having 300 megawatts capacity each).

The annual volume of electricity supply in the united energy grid of the country is 13 billion kilowatt hours, or 32 percent of the total electricity generated in Uzbekistan.

In 2002, Siemens AG carried out $45.4 million worth of reconstruction work at two energy units of Syrdarya TPP (seventh and eighth units).

The project was financed by a $27.8 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Uzbekenergo's funds.

In 2009, Russia's Silovye Mashiny JSC carried out about $20 million worth thorough reconstruction repairs at the fifth energy unit. The project was financed by Uzbekenergo's own funds.

Currently the established capacity of power plants in Uzbekistan stands at 12.4 megawatts.

Up to 90 percent of all electricity in the country is produced by 10 thermal power plants of Uzbekenergo.

uzdaily.com  

 

February 18, 2014

 

British company Petrofac will study opportunity to increase oil mining at the fields in Uzbekistan, which were used for a long time.

RIA Novosti reported quoting source, close to the company, the delegation of Petrofac will visit Uzbekistan in March 2014. During the visit, the representatives of the company is planning to discuss perspectives of joint projects with the Uzbek side.

The agency said that Petrofac is planning to assess fields and prepare proposals on long-term improvement of developing and mining within possible contract on increasing oil mining at the used fields.

Earlier, Uzbekneftegaz said it is planning to direct US$235 million in 2012-2020 to increase oil mining at the fields, used in Uzbekistan. The company is planning to implement a programme for deep drilling of about 100 objects with participation of foreign companies. The programme will help to additionally mine up to 300,000 tonnes of oil a year.

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February 21, 2014

  • Uzbekistan Agrominitech Expo 2014 will be held on May 27-30, 2014 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Application Form.  Please use this form to register for the event.  
  • For participants from the US, the following incentives are offered:

-provision of exhibition space at no cost;

-duty-free import of demonstration equipment into Uzbekistan;

-support for sale of US equipment and technologies exhibited at the «Uzbekistan Agrominitech Expo».

 

For information about the expo and Uzbekistan, please contact:

  • Organizing Committee at [email protected] or (+99871) 238-5154, 238-5012, 238-5077, fax: 238-5200 or Laziz Kudratov, Trade and Investment Counselor, Uzbek Embassy in Washington DC, at (202) 679-9945 or [email protected]
  • Danica R. Starks, Senior Policy Officer, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce at [email protected] or (202) 482-3952

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