American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
BUSINESS NEWSLETTER
  
Week in Review:
 
September 19, 2014 - September 26, 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.

 

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.   

 

Our Members:
Boeing
CNHIndustrial
Coca-Cola
FMN
GE
GM
Harris
HW
Indsur Stelcor, Inc.
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Nukem
Rio Tinto
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White & Case
Zeppelin
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AUCC IN BRIEF
Reminder: 2014 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum
Reminder: Invitation to Joint Boston and Rhode Island Business Round Table: Opportunities for US Companies in Uzbekistan
Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns on Expanding Economic Connectivity in Greater Central Asia
On the Participation of the Uzbek Delegation at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly
Taking stock of primary health care improvements in 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.

AUCC  

 

September 26, 2014

 

2014 US-UZBEKISTAN ANNUAL BUSINESS FORUM

 

WHERE: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 

TIME: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, 

September 29, 2014

 

Please register online to receive an Application Form that includes information on Uzbek visa, hotel accommodation, transportation, etc. 

 

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) will participate in the 2014 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.   It has become the chamber's well-established tradition to alternate the forum between Washington, DC and Tashkent and allow AUCC members to communicate their business plans directly to the American and Uzbek people.  The AUCC delegation will be led by the chamber's Chairperson, Carolyn B. Lamm, and its' President Timothy Y. McGraw.  Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Elyor Ganiev, is expected to represent the Uzbek Government.

 

"Last year, we were delighted to celebrate the chamber's 20th anniversary which was a major milestone and achievement for our companies and the people of the US and Uzbekistan", said AUCC Chairperson, Carolyn Lamm.  "Now that we have entered the new era, our members are inspired to do more.  Last year's forum focused on financial instruments available to US exporters and manufacturers.  This year's event will hopefully highlight and outline the AUCC companies' specific plans and contracts that can boost the bilateral trade and make the US one of the top three trading and investment partners of Uzbekistan.  Addressing our business partners in Tashkent and providing the US companies' assessment and perspective of their ongoing and future scale of business plans is crucial to fostering constructive and dynamic relations.  We sincerely hope that our commercial aspirations will continue to be supported by the Governments of the US and Uzbekistan that have both outlined business and commerce as a pillar of their geopolitical agenda".  

 

"We are honored to have the opportunity to travel this year to Uzbekistan and bring the forum to the country which welcomed the majority of our companies some 20 years ago. There is clearly great enthusiasm, optimism and confidence expressed by both sides in the AUCC members' ability to bring more innovative projects and technology, cutting-edge scientific research and groundbreaking exploration works that will benefit the two countries.  And in return, our companies are eager to be given the opportunity and to demonstrate that their technologies and expertise are superior to those of the competition", said AUCC President Timothy Y. McGraw.    

AUCC is a private, non-governmental, 501 (c)(6) trade association that was established in 1993 in Washington, DC.  The chamber is the oldest business group in the US and the Republic of Uzbekistan that exclusively represents interests of US corporations and multinational companies with significant American involvement before the governments of our two countries.  

 

Today, AUCC represents: The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial, The Coca-Cola Company, FMN International, General Electric, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, Indsur Stelcor, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Nukem, Inc. (a subsidiary of Cameco Corporation), Rio Tinto, Solar Turbines/Caterpillar Company, Sustainment Solutions Inc., White & Case LLP, and Zeppelin International AG (authorized Caterpillar Distributor).  

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

Please use registration links below to indicate your interest in the event.  Registration deadline is Monday, September 29, 2014

 

SPONSORSHIP:

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact AUCC at[email protected].

 

INTERNATIONAL HOTEL TASHKENT AND TRANSPORTATION IN TASHKENT:

Special hotel and transportation rates are available for AUCC members and guests.  Please contact AUCC at[email protected] for details. 

 

APPLICATION FEE:

Free for AUCC members (will be verified) and US Government representatives.  

 

$300 per person - All other guests and participants. This is a one-time and non-refundable fee.  Please follow links below to make a payment and register for the event.      

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For more information about the event, please contact AUCC office at [email protected] or call us at 202-509-3744.  

 

Thank you for your attention and response.  We look look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan!
 
Sincerely,

 

The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
202-509-3744

AUCC  

 

September 26, 2014

 

Organized by: 

Uzbek Embassy

 


 

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WHEN:

09.00 AM - 10.45 AM

 Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

WHERE:

Flagship Ballroom located on the Mezzanine Level 
2nd floor
Seaport Hotel
2 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

RSVP

[email protected]

or (202) 509-3744

RSVP DEADLINE:
 
Monday, October 6, 2014 

Roundtable Meeting with 

Uzbek Ambassador to the 

United States

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
The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial, The Coca-Cola Company, FMN International, General Electric, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, Indsur Stelcor, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Nukem Inc. (a subsidiary of Cameco Corporation), 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.     

 

9:00 am

    

Networking and Registration

 

 

09:30 a.m.

 

Welcome and Introduction Remarks by Mr. James Krzywicki, COO, Seaport World Trade Center Boston and Mr. Gerald Cohen, International Trade Specialist, John H. Chafee Center for International Business/World Trade Center Rhode Island

 

 

09:40 a.m.

 

Opening Remarks by AUCC Member, Mr. Thomas E. Moran of Zeppelin International AG (authorized Caterpillar's distributor)

 

 

09.45 a.m.

 

Overview of Uzbekistan's Economic and Business Potential By Uzbek Ambassador

H.E.Bakhtiyar Gulyamov

 

 

09.55 a.m.

 

Presentation on Opportunities in Uzbekistan

by Trade and Investment Counselor

Mr. Laziz Kudratov

 

 

10.10 a.m.

 

Q&A

 

 

10.45 a.m.

Conclusion

U.S. Department of State  

 

September 23, 2014

 

Remarks

William J. Burns
Deputy Secretary of State
Asia Society
 
New York City
 
Good morning. It's an honor to be back at the Asia Society and to welcome you to today's event.

For nearly six decades, the Asia Society has challenged our conception of the region's geography. It has encouraged us to transcend the physical and political borders that divide us. And it has pushed the boundaries of our imagination about what's possible for this vast continent and its extraordinary people.

There has never been a more important time to channel that spirit. Whether you call it the New Silk Road or the Silk Road Economic Belt, now is the moment to work together to restore this region to its historic role as a vital hub of global commerce, ideas, and culture.

All of you know as well as I do what's at stake in the years ahead for the region, and especially for Afghanistan. We applaud the people of Afghanistan for their courage in voting for a better future, and we applaud Afghanistan's leaders for their courage in agreeing to form a government of national unity to implement urgently needed reforms. We will support Afghanistan and its new government, but we see clearly that Afghanistan's fortunes remain tied to its neighborhood, just as the neighborhood's fortunes remain tied to Afghanistan.

This is precisely why our commitment to the region's stability and security will extend well beyond the transition in Afghanistan. This region is critical to global security. It is a region full of economic opportunity and human potential. Our shared objective is not to supplant the region's vibrant East-West connections, but to supplement and complement them with equally vibrant North-South connections. We believe that a more interconnected region can serve as a driver of economic development and as an anchor of peace and security. That is the vision behind the New Silk Road. And that is what brings us together today.

To realize that vision, we will continue to support your efforts on four specific tasks - building a regional energy market, facilitating trade and transport, easing customs and border procedures, and promoting people-to-people ties. Together, we have already begun to make progress on each, but we can do much more.

The most important - and perhaps most transformational - step we can take is to build a regional energy market. In practical terms, this means linking existing transmission lines and large supplies of hydropower and natural gas in Central Asia with 1.6 billion energy-hungry consumers in South Asia. Building an energy-connected region is a generational effort but there are important steps we can take now - from signing electricity purchase price and transit fee agreements for the CASA-1000 electricity line, to bringing on board experienced international oil companies for the TAPI natural gas pipeline, to upgrading and extending existing transmission lines for the TUTAP electricity grid.

Unlocking intra-regional trade and commerce is also going to take time and effort, but the region will not realize its full potential without it. South and Central Asia are the least economically integrated regions of the world, with inter-regional trade accounting for only 6% of the total trade of the five Central Asian republics and Afghanistan. Investment in physical infrastructure will help, but only if it is accompanied by an equally robust investment in the legal and regulatory frameworks that reduces barriers to trade and gives confidence to businesses and investors. That is why we've encouraged the expansion and full implementation of the transport provisions of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit-Trade Agreement.

It's why we've pushed for the ratification of the Cross-Border Transport Agreement between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. And it's why we continue to call on regional aspirants to take the steps necessary to conclude their accession to the World Trade Organization.

A stronger legal and physical infrastructure will facilitate more effective and efficient transit-trade corridors. Ultimately, the cost and time of doing business at the borders determines when and how companies trade. By streamlining customs procedures, tackling corruption, and working towards a goal of open, but secure borders, the region can demonstrate it is truly open for business.

Finally, roads and power lines alone will not knit this region together. The strongest and most sustainable connections are the ties that bind its people. In trade shows we've organized from Tashkent to Termez, and Almaty to Islamabad, we've seen how innovation and creativity cut across borders and nationalities. In the past year alone, those shows resulted in more than $15 million of trade deals between businesses that had never traded together before. We are not even close to realizing the full promise of these connections. There is nothing in the ground that holds as much promise for the region's future than what is in the minds of its people.

That is, ultimately, why I remain optimistic about this region and about its future. It's true that breaking down boundaries is hard work. But it's also true that this region has broken them down before. And it can break them down again. Working together with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and our partners in the Istanbul Process, we will do our part to help all of you usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for this region and its people.

I want to thank you all again for coming together today and for your continued commitment to the New Silk Road.

Thank you very much.

Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan  

 

September 23, 2014

 

On 25-27 September 2014 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, headed by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov will participate in the General Debates of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the visit of the delegation to New York holding a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of other countries is planned.  

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe  

 

September 24, 2014

 

Uzbekistan initiated primary health care (PHC) reforms in the late 1990s with the aim of ensuring better health and universal access to health care. The results of the reforms were recently assessed using the WHO Primary Care Evaluation Tool (PCET) and are presented in a new report supported by WHO/Europe. 

The review summarizes PCET's assessment of 4 health system functions: stewardship, resource generation, financing and service delivery. It presents Uzbekistan's progress through key achievements, issues and major factors contributing to and impeding further improvement of the health system. 

The results and recommendations of the assessment are intended to guide effective planning of further primary health care development. The report issued by the Ministry of Health of Republic of Uzbekistan is available in Russian and will soon also be available in English.


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