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December 12, 2014 - December 19, 2014
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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.   

 

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Uzbek President receives US Ambassador.
Uzbekistan, Russia to cement strategic partnership
Uzbek small enterprises should sell 25% of hard currency revenue from export of agriculture goods
Uzbekistan sets volumes on agriculture goods production in 2015

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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December 16, 2014

 

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Uzbekistan George Krol completing his mission in the country, the presidential press-service said.

President Karimov stressed the positive dynamics of the Uzbek-US relations in all spheres of mutual interest. The president appreciated Krol's personal contribution to the consistent strengthening of Uzbekistan-US cooperation.

The US diplomat said that during his activity in Uzbekistan, he witnessed important political events, effective reforms in the economy, social and other areas. Of course, the country is among popular and promising partners in the international arena.

The sides exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.

Krol has been the head of the US diplomatic mission in Tashkent since June 2011. Previously, he served as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. Krol will be appointed US Ambassador to Kazakhstan.

 

Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan  

 

December 11, 2014

 

Invited by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, Russia's President Vladimir Putin paid Thursday, December 10, an official visit to Uzbekistan.

Following an official ceremony of welcoming the high-ranking guest at the Kuksaroy country residence, the two leaders held talks in a contracted format.

Islam Karimov said Uzbekistan considers the visit by the President of Russia as a necessary and logical extension of the Uzbek-Russian political dialogue and bilateral meetings at various levels, as a bright manifestation of the willingness of the two sides to undertake steadfast and fruitful efforts for the consolidation and enhancement of the bilateral cooperation.

In his turn, Vladimir Putin pointed out that Uzbekistan, as the biggest country in Central Asia, is one of Russia's priority partners in the region.

It was stressed that the urgency and necessity of the negotiations is coupled with the speedily changing situation in the world, the mounting scales of conflicts, tension and geopolitical competition at the global and regional realms, the inflating threats of terrorism, extremism and radicalism, which have been manifesting themselves - directly or indirectly - in Central Asia, as well.

The cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia has a robust normative base built on the Strategic Partnership Treaty signed 16 June 2004 and the Allied Relations Treaty inked 14 November 2005. The Strategic Partnership Enhancement Declaration penned 4 June 2012 has helped enlarge the scope of interaction.

The mutually advantageous relations between our two nations have been advancing consistently across all areas of cooperation. Important in their expansion are the inter-parliamentary ties.

Regular have been the contacts at the intergovernmental and interagency levels. Foreign affairs ministries of the two countries hold constructive consultations.

The two sides cooperate within the frameworks of international institutions like the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, among others.

Presidents exchanged views on pressing issues in regional and international affairs, particularly concerning the situation in Afghanistan, along with those pertinent to combating terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, organized crime.

"We have attached a special significance to the developments unfolding in the neighboring Afghanistan that has for as long as 35 years suffered from a fratricidal war," President Islam Karimov said. He suggested that the parties to today's talks came to a conclusion that the nations adjacent to Afghanistan and those further nearby are going to face a serious test as regards the withdrawal of ISAF peacekeeping forces from that country and the ensuing challenges and threats to regional security and stability.

"We agreed that our countries need to continue with joint preemptive actions directed at timely neutralization of those perilous threats, at the creation of an atmosphere of rejection of terrorism and the ideology of extremism in any forms and manifestations, at the revelation and elimination of causes and conditions of their emergence and dissemination," the head of our state put it speaking before journalists.

Issues related to boosting the bilateral cooperation in trade-economic, investment, financial and humanitarian spheres received a special consideration during the negotiations in an extended format with the participation of all members of official delegations.

Russia has been Uzbekistan's important trading partner who accounts for a fifth of our country's external commerce, and whose share in our trade with CIS countries has been more than half. The bilateral turnover in 2013 exceeded 7 billion dollars. Around 900 Uzbek-Russian joint ventures operate in Uzbekistan, including 150 with full Russian capital. Russian transnational companies like Vympelcom and MTS have been successfully working in Uzbekistan. The overall volume of Russian investments into the Uzbek economy for the last 15 years has amounted to 8 billion dollars.

Uzbekistan and Russia wield an enormous potential in the fuel and energy sector. This opens up extensive opportunities to further the cooperation on this front. Russia's oil and gas corporations such as Lukoil and Gazprom are engaged in prospecting and development of hydrocarbon deposits in our country. Long-term and mutually rewarding projects are underway also in information and communication technologies, construction materials production, agriculture, healthcare, pharmaceuticals.

The negotiations helped also to discuss issues pertaining to the further expansion and diversification of trade, advancement of investment interaction, and consolidation of cooperation in transport and transit sector. It was underscored that there are loads of opportunities hitherto unemployed to a full extent, whose bringing into play would facilitate the further development of cooperation between our two countries.

The interaction in the cultural-humanitarian sphere and education sector has been growing progressively. Tashkent houses branches of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Plekhanov Russian Economic University, the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

The two sides swapped views on the enhancement of cooperation among ministries and government agencies dealing with science, education, sports and tourism, and on the consolidation of bonds between research institutions.

A range of documents have been signed following the negotiations. They included intergovernmental agreements on principal dimensions of the development and enhancement of economic cooperation for 2015-2019, on the settlement of mutual financial requirements and commitments.

At a meeting with representatives of mass media, Presidents Islam Karimov and Vladimir Putin noted that the talks passed in an atmosphere of openness and mutual trust and facilitated the exchange of views on pressing issues in regional security and international development. That has helped assess, according to two leaders, the current state of the bilateral relations, identify prospective aspects in the expansion of multifaceted cooperation.

It was stressed that the positions of the two sides on all issues considered are close or fully concur.

Itself a logical continuation of the dialogue at the highest level, the official visit by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the Republic of Uzbekistan has helped identify the most critical aspects and long-term prospects of the strategic partnership our two countries have venerated to serve the interests of the peoples of Uzbekistan and Russia.

 

UzDaily  

 

December 17, 2014

 

Small businesses of Uzbekistan were obliged to sell 25% of hard currency revenue from export of fruits and vegetables to the government.

New order was set by the resolution of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov "On forecast of main macroeconomic figures and parameters of State Budget of Uzbekistan for 2015" from 4 December 2014.

From 1 January 2015,the microfirms and small enterprises should sell 25% of their hard currency revenue from export of agriculture products and wild plants to the government.

Uzbekistan plans to manufacture 9.536 million tonnes of vegetables and 2.606 million tonnes of potatoes, as well as 1.2 million tonnes of onions. In line with the forecast of the government, the farmers will produce 1.77 million tonnes of melons, 2.703 million tonnes of fruits and 1.526 million tonnes of grapes.

In 2015, Uzbekistan is planning to export 296,100 tonnes of vegetables, 80,000 tonnes of melons, 115,000 tonnes of fruits and 110,000 tonnes of grapes.

 

UzDaily  

 

December 17, 2014

 

The Government of Uzbekistan issued a resolution "On forecast parameters of production and use of vegetables and fruits products, potatoes, melons and grape for 2015" on 4 December 2014.

The document approved forecast parameters of production and use of vegetables and fruits products, potatoes, melons and grape for 2015.

According to the resolution, Uzbekistan plans to manufacture 9.536 million tonnes of vegetables and 2.606 million tonnes of potatoes, as well as 1.2 million tonnes of onions.

In line with the forecast of the government, the farmers will produce 1.77 million tonnes of melons, 2.703 million tonnes of fruits and 1.526 million tonnes of grapes.

The resolution said that about 7.534 million tonnes of vegetables will be directed to satisfy demand of population and 1.528 million tonnes - to industrial processing, while 177,200 tonnes will be used as seeds. The exports of vegetables will make up 296,100 tonnes.

Over 2.242 million tonnes of potatoes will be delivered to population and 363,800 will be used as seeds in 2015.

Main part of melons (1.625 million tonnes) will be used to satisfy demands of population. About 80,000 tonnes of melons will be exported and 2,400 tonnes will be processed. Some 62,300 will be used as seeds.

Next year, the population will receive 2.018 million tonnes of fruits and 1,033 million tonnes of grapes. The exports of fruits will make up 115,000 tonnes and grapes - 120,000 tonnes.

About 570,400 tonnes of fruits and 383,200 tonnes of grapes will be processed at industrial enterprises of Uzbekistan next year, the document said.



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