"Sustainable Sourcing from Uzbekistan"
Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade to Unveil World's First Sovereign ESG
featuring Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov
Friday, January 29, 2021
10.00am - 11.00am EST
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This month, Uzbekistan will publish the world’s first sovereign ESG report. The ground-breaking document is reference material for national and international stakeholders seeking responsible sourcing. The report, “Progress in Uzbekistan,” charts the country’s advances on key environmental, social and governance goals that affect the nation. This first-of-its-kind report examines three core pillars of economic development to include: Infrastructure for Growth, Active Governance & Strong Civil Society, and Sustainable Livelihoods. It focuses on Sustainable Development Goals, including those established by the United Nations and World Bank.
On Friday, January 29th, at 10 am ET, Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov will participate in a program to unveil the summary results of the report. He will be joined by a panel of stakeholders to discuss sustainable sourcing efforts and the current environment in Uzbekistan and opportunities for doing business.
Featured speakers will review the status of the 2020 Cotton Harvest, including efforts to eliminate the use of forced labor as reported by the ILO in its annual TPM report. The invited panel will feature representatives from the UZ government, business executives currently operating in the Agriculture sector in Uzbekistan, and other stakeholders.
· Greetings from Partner-Organization by Andrew Gelfuso, Director, World Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
· Welcome and Introduction by Carolyn Lamm, Chairperson, American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
· Keynote Remarks on Sustainable Sourcing in Uzbekistan by Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan
· Highlights of Sovereign ESG Report by First Deputy Minister Laziz Kudratov, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade
· Current Status of Forced Labor in Cotton Harvest by Jonas Astrup, Chief Technical Officer, International Labor Organization
· Working in Uzbekistan by Dan Patterson, President, Silverleafe International
· Opportunities in Textile Sourcing in Uzbekistan by Ilkhom Khaydarov, Chairman of UzTextile Industry Association
· Elena Son, Executive Director, American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce