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March 28, 2014 - April 4, 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
USAID and Sog'lom Avlod Uchun Deliver Food to Vulnerable Groups
SCO member-states' security to be discussed in Tashkent
WB may allocate funds to Uzbekistan to construct railway line
ADB: Project Data Sheet -46953-014: Oltin Yo'l Gas to Liquids Project

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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April 2, 2014

 

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan George A. Krol, First Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Asilbek Khudayarov, and Chairperson of the Board of the International Non-governmental Charitable Foundation (INCF) "Sog'lom Avlod Uchun" Svetlana Imanova, announced a new U.S. Government program, implemented by USAID in cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) and other partners, to distribute over 112 metric tons (MT) of enriched food supplies to 20,000 people across Uzbekistan. 

Representatives of Uzbekistan's Ministries of Social Protection, Health, Public Education and Foreign Affairs, and the US Embassy, Resource and Policy Exchange, Inc. (RPX) and other partners took part in the announcement of this program.

Through November 2014, the program will enhance nutrition among children with disabilities, tuberculosis patients, and patients of other medical facilities in Uzbekistan. The current shipment, valued at $311,834, will be provided to residents of 107 local institutions, including the Muruvvat and Sahovat homes, and specialized treatment facilities across Uzbekistan. The food aid includes mixes of dehydrated vegetable blends enriched with vitamins and minerals that will be used to prepare soup for the residents of these institutions. The ICNF Sog'lom Avlod Uchun will deliver the food supplies to the recipient institutions and monitor their distribution.

Since 1993, USAID has provided more than $330 million in assistance to Uzbekistan.

en.trend.az  

 

March 28, 2014

 

Regional security in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-states after the partial withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan will be discussed at a meeting of the Council of the SCO Regional Counterterrorist Structure in Tashkent on March 28, a representative of the SCO Regional Counterterrorist Structure Executive Committee told Trend on March 28.

The joint actions of the competent bodies of the SCO member-states on ensuring regional security and countering threats after the partial withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2014 will be considered at the meeting, according to the statement.  Participants will also consider the issue of cooperation in revealing, preventing and suppressing the use of the Internet for terrorist, extremist and separatist purposes. In particular, it is planned to consider the establishment of a single registry of Internet resources used for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes.

Also to be discussed is the issue of holding a scientific-practical conference on the cooperation of the competent bodies of the SCO member-states in combating international terrorism and extremism in the fourth quarter of this year.

SCO was founded in 2001. It is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. SCO includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have the observer status in the SCO. Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.

The Regional Counterterrorist Structure is a SCO permanent body, established for the competent bodies of SCO member-states to promote, to coordinate and to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

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April 1, 2014

 

The World Bank (WB) will consider allocating a loan worth $200 million to Uzbekistan for construction of Angren-Pap railway line in the east of the country, the World Bank reported on March 31.  The loan, which will be used to purchase the necessary equipment and machinery, can be approved by the WB board in January 2015.

In March, the WB together with the Uzbek side started preparing the project documentation for the loan to be completed in August this year.

Uzbekistan started the construction of the Angren-Pap railway in summer 2013.  The Angren-Pap railway line worth $1.9 billion, with a length of 129 km should run through the Kamchik pass and link Andijan, Namangan and Fergana with the remaining part of Uzbekistan. The project envisages the construction of two tunnels.  The project worth $1.9 billion will be financed at the expense of the Uzbek Reconstruction and Development Fund's loan worth $280 million, the state budget, the Uzbek railway company's own funds and loans of international finance institutes worth $1 billion.

The new railway would pass along Uzbekistan's northern border with Tajikistan.  Earlier Uzbekistan refused to transport goods to the Ferghana Valley by rail through Tajikistan. The goods have been transported along the A- 373 road since January 2010.  The total length of railways in Uzbekistan is 4,100 kilometers. Some 66 percent of cargo turnover in the country and almost 80 percent of the total volume of export and import cargo transportation fall to the railway.

Uzbekistan joined the WB in 1992. The WB's mission in the country is to improve people's livelihood by supporting economic reforms, contributing to the modernization of the country's social sectors and infrastructure, and sharing its knowledge and experience with the government and the people of Uzbekistan. The WB's current commitments to Uzbekistan amount to over $1 billion.

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April 1, 2014

  

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program: Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

 

Description

The project is a partnership between Uzbekistan and foreign investors supported by a bespoke Investment Agreement which gives the project explicit business and operating rights. Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) is a technology that processes natural gas into liquid fuels.

Objectives and Scope

The scope includes the three-stage GTL process unit, utilities and offsites, and connecting pipeline and rail. The project will produce fuel and naphtha products.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2012-2016 which seeks to support industrializing and diversifying the economy, promoting job creation and skills generation as well as maintaining the momentum of reforms. The Project is consistent with the CPS target for ADB to focus on the upstream and downstream development of Uzbekistan s natural resources, inclusive of petrochemical and refinery projects, which are needed to bolster value-added export products, promote regional trade, and support petroleum products refining and logistics.

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