| |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.
We thank you all for your support and engagement and look forward to another year of progress and business successes.
If your company is interested in joining AUCC, please contact our office at 202-509-3744 or [email protected] We invite you to be part of our organization and participate in our activities and events.
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.
May 5, 2014
Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan May 6-7 and Astana, Kazakhstan May 8. In both countries he will affirm the United States' longstanding commitment to the security and prosperity of Central Asia. As one of the first countries to recognize both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan following their independence, the United States is proud to cooperate with both countries on a range of issues including enhancing regional security, increasing space for trade and economic engagement, and strengthening support for civil society and human rights.
In Uzbekistan, Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with senior Uzbekistani officials to discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan, regional politics, economics, and human dimension issues. He will also meet with Uzbekistani media and civil society representatives. In Kazakhstan, Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with senior Kazakhstani officials to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues including Ukraine, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan's WTO accession, and our joint efforts to advance regional economic integration. He will also meet with civil society leaders and hold a press availability in Astana.
May 7, 2014
Good afternoon. I'm very pleased to be back in Tashkent at an important moment for Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
I look forward to seeing President Karimov again later today, and I had a productive meeting with Foreign Minister Kamilov this morning. We continued the very useful exchange we began in Washington last December during our Annual Bilateral Consultations and reviewed many aspects of our partnership, including regional issues of mutual concern. My message during this visit is straightforward: America's commitment to Central Asia and to Uzbekistan is enduring because America's interests in Central Asia and Uzbekistan are enduring.
The Minister and I discussed the situation in Ukraine and the state of Russian-American relations. We recognize how much these developments can affect other countries such as Uzbekistan, which has strong economic, cultural and political links with Russia. I thanked the Foreign Minister for Uzbekistan's constructive statements on the situation in Ukraine. We agreed on the need for all parties to work together cooperatively to de-escalate the crisis.
I emphasized our serious concerns, which are widely shared in the international community, about Russia's aggressive and provocative actions in Ukraine. I also emphasized that the United States does not seek confrontation with Russia - we believe that it is deeply in the interests of Ukraine and Russia to have a healthy relationship, born of their centuries of cultural, economic, and social ties. The same holds true for Russia's other neighbors, such as Uzbekistan, and for the United States. We too want a healthy relationship with Russia, based on mutual respect for international law and the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.
Minister Kamilov and I also talked about the next steps in Afghanistan's transition. I thanked the Foreign Minister for Uzbekistan's crucial role over the years, particularly in facilitating the Northern Distribution Network. I emphasized that America's commitment to Afghanistan's stability and security will extend well beyond 2014, and that none of us can afford to neglect what's at stake in the years ahead for Afghanistan or the region.
The Foreign Minister and I discussed how best to preserve and build on the gains we've made, even as U.S. and international forces transition into a train and advise role. This includes enhancing regional economic connectivity through creating a regional energy market, improving trade and transport routes, streamlining customs and border operations, and connecting businesses and people. A New Silk Road is not meant to replace the historic trade and transportation corridors through Central Asia. It's meant to strengthen these corridors and build additional trade and economic links between Central and South Asia.
Finally, we had the opportunity to talk about the commercial, cultural, and educational ties at the heart of our relationship. My trip coincides with the first meeting of our bilateral Science and Technology Joint Committee - an example of how we are expanding our bilateral contacts into new areas as we work together to tackle shared challenges. But, as I told the Minister today and in previous meetings, achieving the full potential of our partnership, will require continued open, candid, and constructive dialogue about issues important to the United States and Uzbekistan such as respect for the rights of citizens - including freedom of expression, assembly, and association, ending forced labor, ensuring impartial justice, good governance and pursuing democratic reform. I remain firmly convinced that a more open and democratic society is a stronger society. That is true for my own country, and I believe it will be true for Uzbekistan as well in the years ahead.
Thank you very much for this opportunity. I look forward to taking a few of your questions.
rnational law and the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.
May 6, 2014
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions announced that its automation and safety technology has been selected for the third phase of a pipeline project supplying natural gas from Central Asia to China.
Asia Trans Gas selected Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Safety Manager technology to manage operations and to help prevent safety problems in a third pipeline to be built as part of the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline (CACGP) project. The same Honeywell technology is in use in the first two pipelines of the project, which are already in operation. Asia Trans Gas is a joint venture of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Uzbekistan national holding company UzbekNefteGas,
"Pipelines present unique challenges because their length makes them more difficult for operators to monitor and respond to problems, but an integrated approach provides unparalleled visibility into their operations," said Aldous Wong, regional general manager, Honeywell Process Solutions, Greater China. "The Honeywell system will increase operators' access to information and help them make faster, better-informed decisions to promote the integrity and safety of the pipeline."
Honeywell's Experion PKS will be the main integration and control software platform for the 530-kilometer pipeline to give operators a complete view of how the pipeline is functioning. By integrating Honeywell's Safety Manager software into the overall system, Experion will help improve safety practices such as emergency shutdowns, equipment protection, fire and gas monitoring, and critical control.
"Natural gas from Central Asia plays an important role in providing cleaner energy for China and we expect demand to grow at 8 percent per year," said Li Lin, general manager, Asia Trans Gas. "Asia Trans Gas is pleased to continue to partner with Honeywell to manage these critical pipeline operations efficiently and safely."
The third pipeline in the CACGP network, named Line C, will run in parallel with the existing twin pipelines, Lines A and B. The pipelines start in Turkmenistan and cut across Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before reaching China's western Xinjiang province. The A and B lines, which were completed in 2009, also use Honeywell's Experion PKS and Safety Manager. The existing main control center (MCC), which currently controls lines A and B, will be upgraded and become the control center for all three lines, leveraging Honeywell's Distributed System Architecture (DSA).
May 5, 2014
Connectivity and regional cooperation remain critical to sustained economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar said.
The debate focused on how connectivity can drive growth in Central Asia and beyond. Participants heard that economies in the region should work towards high-speed, quality transit corridors between economic centres. Others suggested this approach could be enhanced by adding value to goods in transit across the region. The seminar also examined the relationship between physical infrastructure and the associated software of institutional and policy reforms.
Roads and railways connecting the right places are critical, but just as important, and often far cheaper, is soft infrastructure such as customs agreements that help ensure the free flow of goods, said Klaus Gerhaeusser, Director General of ADB's Central and West Asia Department.
Regional connectivity is at the core of ADB's development agenda. Under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program, transport connectivity accounted for 80% of the total $22.4 billion of CAREC spending from 2001 to 2013.
Seminar participants discussed not only Central Asia, but also the diversity of experience across Asia and the Pacific. Transport also accounts for more than 80% of ADB's lending under the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic cooperation program.
Road and rail connectivity is critical in most parts of Asia while in other places, particularly the Pacific, the priority is quality sea or air connectivity. Reliable, high speed information and communication technology may be more important in the context of trade in services. Connectivity through pipelines is critical for exports of oil and natural gas, particularly in energy-rich Central Asia.
May 7, 2014
A law "On openness of activities of the government bodies and governance" entered into force in Uzbekistan.
Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan passed the law on March 11, 2014 and the Senate approved it on April 10, 2014. President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed the document on May 6, 2014.
The document was published in the national media of the republic on May 6 and in accordance to the final article of the law, it enters into force from the date of publication.
The goal of the law is to regulate relations in openness of the activities of the state bodies and administration, the first article of the document said.
The adopted law establishes the legal framework of access of individuals and legal entities to information about the activities of government bodies and governance, provides a guarantee to receive this information.
The main principles of openness of public bodies and administration are accessibility, timeliness and reliability of information provided, openness and transparency of their activities, freedom to seek , receive and disseminate information on activities of public authorities.
The information about the activities of state bodies include the normative-legal acts that establish the legal status of state agencies and departments, the acts adopted by government agencies, information about the progress of their performance, information about developed normative-legal acts projects by government agencies, the normative-legal acts on the implementation of state and other programs, on the implemented public events, on the interactions with other government agencies, individuals and legal entities, as well as foreign and international organizations.
Information about the activities of government bodies are also considered information on key indicators; including socio-economic development, characterizing the state of the industry related to the activity sphere of government agencies and the dynamics of its development, information on open tenders and the auctions organized by government agencies, information on job vacancies, and plans to hold public collegial meetings of government agencies.
The law limits access to the information about activities of government agencies if this information is classified in accordance with the law as the information constituting state secrets or other secrets protected by law.
May 9, 2014
MAY 14, 2014
THE PFISTER HOTEL MIRROR ROOM
(7TH FLOOR SOUTH)
424 EAST WISCONSIN AVE., MILWAUKEE, WI
OR (202) 679-9945
MAY 9, 2014
Roundtable Meeting with
Uzbek Ambassador to the
H.E. Bakhtiyar Gulyamov
This event offers excellent opportunity for US companies to develop new foreign market that can increase exports and profits. Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is home to almost 30 million people, has rich natural resources base, and enjoys annual GDP growth of 8%. The country's established infrastructure and well-skilled workforce are an attraction to AUCC members, including
Boeing, CNH Industrial, Coca-Cola, FMN International, General Electric, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, Indsur Stelcor, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Nukem Inc., Rio Tinto, Solar Turbines, Sustainment Solutions, Inc., White & Case LLP and Zeppelin International AG (authorized Caterpillar's distributor), and many others.
Please join our discussion with H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov on commercial opportunities and how to make the first step towards doing business in Uzbekistan.
Networking and Registration
Welcome and Opening Remarks by Mr. Ted Kiel, Director of Operations, World Trade Center Wisconsin
Overview of Uzbekistan's Economic and Business Potential By Uzbek Ambassador
Presentation on Opportunities in Uzbekistan
by Trade and Investment Counselor
Mr. Laziz Kudratov
Update: The Uzbek Embassy has kindly agreed to share their presentation on the country's business potential with US companies interested in the roundtable to be held in Milwaukee, WI on May 14, 2014 (see details below).
The Embassy would like to encourage potential participants of the roundtable to review their presentation and email specific questions in advance of the event.
It is hoped that such format will promote stronger engagement between the Uzbek Embassy and US companies prior to the event as well as allow WI-based companies to better understand the market potential and help the Embassy representatives focus their presentation on companies' specific issues of interest.
If your company has suggestions and comments about the proposed agenda and the meeting's format, please feel free to propose them via email: [email protected]
May 9, 2014
US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Direct Line to American Business
on Franchising Opportunities
TIME: 10.00 AM (EST)
DATE: Thursday, May 22, 2014
WHERE: Online Access (details upon registration)
REGISTER BY: Monday, May 19, 2014
On May 22, the U.S. Embassy Tashkent will host a Direct Line to American Business video conference call. The call will explore franchising opportunities for U.S. businesses in Uzbekistan.
- The conference will give U.S. franchising companies the opportunity to learn the needs of Uzbek clients who will attend the 2014 International Franchise Expo in New York, June 19-21.
- The meeting will include a group of Uzbek CEOs from local private companies that are looking for new international partners and have required capabilities, buying capacities and experience in franchising business. Our goal is to match their interests against US companies and allow both parties to have preliminary discussions before Uzbek participants embark on their travel to New York.
Attendees in the U.S. can participate by logging into the call from any computer with Internet access. Participants will view a live audio-video feed from the Embassy, and can directly participate through text input.
If you would like further information and details about registering for the event, please send your company contact information to: [email protected] and[email protected].
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