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Golden Aging: Prospects for Healthy, Active and Prosperous Aging in Europe and Central Asia
March 4, 2016

The Europe and Central Asia region has among the oldest populations in the world. Europe, in particular, is approaching the end of a demographic transition toward population stabilization, and Central Asia, although still younger, is following quickly.
Aging in Europe and Central Asia is different from that in Western Europe and East Asia in that populations are aging, while people are not necessarily living longer. The rise in the average age is largely attributable to a decrease in fertility rather than to an increase in longevity. Today, life expectancy at birth is 73 years, three years lower than in East Asia and a full ten years behind Western Europe. In many countries in Europe and Central Asia, the emigration of young people has also accelerated the aging of their societies.
More often than not, the aging of a population is a source of concern, given the potential for higher health care and pension costs, increasing dependency, lower growth, unsustainable fiscal deficits, and intergenerational tensions. Demographic trends are frequently viewed as unstoppable and as an inevitable cause of increasing economic costs. However, individuals and firms change their behavior in response to changing conditions, and policy can help or hinder adaptation to demographic shifts.
Aging societies are not destined to experience stagnation or a decline in living standards. However, the behavioral changes that help reduce dependency and sustain productivity do not necessarily happen automatically. A supportive environment, including the right incentives and policies, can facilitate this transition (read more here).

Experts from Shanghai Cooperation Organization mull co-op in fighting crime
March 3, 2016

Experts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have discussed the draft action plan on implementation of the agreement on cooperation in fighting crime in 2016-2020, Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry said March 3.
The discussions were held during the meeting in Beijing, China on March 2-3 under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.
The sides also focused on the prospects for further developing the collaboration through the law enforcement bodies.
The agreement was signed in June 2010 in Tashkent during the meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO member states.
The members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan and Belarus are the SCO observer states.
Turkey, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal have dialogue partner status.

Uzbekistan appoints permanent representative to SCO secretariat
February 29, 2016

Nuriddin Ubaydullaev, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the People's Republic of China, has been appointed Uzbekistan's permanent representative to the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Uzbek foreign ministry said.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was established in 2001. It is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. The SCO includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
It was decided to start the admission procedure of India and Pakistan to the SCO during a meeting of SCO member-states in June 2015.
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, Sri Lanka are the SCO dialogue partners. Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, Belarus are the SCO observer-countries.
The SCO chairmanship passed from Russia to Uzbekistan in July 2015. Tashkent summit's conducting is scheduled for June 23-24, 2016.


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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