American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
Week in Review:
October 3, 2014 - October 10, 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.   


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In This Issue:
Islam Karimov Arrives in Minsk
Regional security in Central Asia tops agenda in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan Signs Agriculture Agreement with UN
Uzbekistan Airways Technics provides technical services to Boeing of Russian and Kazakh airlines
Uzbekistan Airways, IATA holds talks
Reminder: 2014 US-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum

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.

Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan  


October 9, 2014


President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived October 9 in the city of Minsk, Belarus, to take part in the regular session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State.

Major events of the CIS summit meeting are scheduled for October 10.

President Islam Karimov is to attend the highest-level assemblies held, as the tradition goes, in contracted and extended formats. The summit agenda includes discussion of the state of affairs and prospects of the multifaceted cooperation among the Commonwealth member nations.

The session is anticipated to produce a range of documents designed to bolster the interaction within the CIS across diverse areas.



October 9, 2014


Experts gathered at a conference on "Regional Security and Stability in Central Asia: Key Challenges and Ways Forward" at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 3 October. The event launched a series of NATO-supported events marking the 20th anniversary of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme in the Central Asian partner states.

Representatives from UWED, national think tanks, the diplomatic corps and international organisations discussed cross-border security in Central Asia, issues of regional security and integration processes with particular emphasis on institutional and cultural approaches. They also examined the challenges for Afghanistan after 2014.

Dr Alisher Faizullaev, Professor of Practical Diplomacy at UWED said, "It is important to develop Central Asian [regional] institutions and to use shared cultural factors to support interaction between the countries and peoples at different level".

Referring to the need for greater regional cooperation among Central Asian states, Dr Ulugbek Khasanov, Associate Professor of International Relations at UWED argued that "[we] shouldn't just "tolerate" each other; we should respect and trust each other".

Dr Aziz Malikov from the Centre for Regional Security Studies called for enhanced attention to the threat of local border tensions escalating into inter-state conflict, and remarked that the absence of delimitation and demarcation of many of the state borders in Central Asia prevents an effective fight against trans-national threats.

NATO Liaison Officer Alexander Vinnikov outlined NATO's engagement with Central Asian partners and support for Afghanistan, including through the post-ISAF support package (Resolute Support mission; financial sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF); NATO's Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan) recently announced at the Wales Summit.

Dr Aziz Rasulov, an expert at the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan, argued that the drawdown of the ISAF mission posed a serious challenge for Afghanistan's security and warned of the possibility of ANSF weapons falling in the hands of terrorist groups. Similarly, Dr Nihola Tulyaganova, Professor of International Relations at UWED expressed scepticism regarding the Afghan authorities' ability "to ensure stability, a functioning government and sustainable economic development".  

Delegates also exchanged views about recent events in Ukraine, border tensions in the Ferghana Valley and the prospects for regional cooperation among Central Asian states.

Alexander Vinnikov said the conference was "a valuable opportunity to hear a range of views and engage in an open discussion about the key security challenges facing Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well as possible ways forward post-2014".  This was echoed by UWED Rector Dr Nodir Jumaev who also applauded the event as a "platform for reflecting upon opportunities and challenges ahead for both NATO and Central Asian countries, which will be useful for our students and researchers".

The next in this series of PfP anniversary conferences dedicated to Central Asia, Afghanistan and regional security will take place in Kazakhstan on 9-10 October, with similar events expected in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in November.

The event was organised with the support of NATO's Public Diplomacy Division and the office of the NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia.

Silk Road Reporters  


October 9, 2014


The government of Uzbekistan has signed a country programming framework agreement for 2014 to 2017 together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), its Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia stated, according to Azernews.

The program includes technical support from FAO to Uzbekistan so it can diversify its crops, enhance the health of its livestock and improve production.  It also entails boosting locust control, expanding fish production and managing natural resources sustainably.

Uzbek Agriculture and Water Resources Minister, Shuhrat Teshaev and FAO Representative for Uzbekistan, Yuriko Shoji signed the document.



October 9, 2014


Uzbekistan Airways Technics carries out technical maintenance and repair works of Boeing airplanes of the VimAvia and SCAT airlines.

Russian airline VimAia and Kazakh airline SCAT are regular partners of Uzbekistan Airways Technics.

Uzbekistan Airways Technics provides technical maintenance and repair services on A-check form for Boeing 767-300 of SCAT airline and C-check form for Boeing 757 of VimAvia.

Uzbekistan Airways Technics recalled that it signed long-term agreements for maintenance of the airplanes with some of its clients and inks additional agreements on regular bases.



October 9, 2014


Specialists of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) held negotiations with the officials of International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Vice President of IATA for Europe, Russia and CIS states Rafael Schvartzman briefed the Uzbek side on activities of the IATA and existing problems in international civil aviation, plans for regional cooperation. He noted that IATA wants to use experience of the Uzbek civil aviation in ensuring security of flights in CIS to ensure security of flights of the region.

IATA officials offered to hold a regional forum Aviation Cargo Day Uzbekistan 2015 in Uzbekistan, which would develop cargo transportation in Uzbekistan via promoting nternational intermodal center for logistics "Navoi" and help to expand cargo transportation fleet of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari.

IATA also offered to create its training center under Educational-Training Center of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari to train and improve skills of personal.

Currently, IATA unites over 270 airlines, which carry out flights at five continents of the world. Share of IATA members makes up 84% of total global air transportation.





WHERE: Tashkent, Uzbekistan


WHEN: Tuesday, November 11, 2014


TIME: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM



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).  



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



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



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



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


The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce

The American-Uzbekistan
Chamber of Commerce
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phone: 202.509.3744
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