The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) seeks to promote trade and investment ties, cultural exchanges and bonds of friendship between the United States of America and the Republic of Uzbekistan. In performing these functions, the AUCC places primary emphasis on serving the needs and interests of its members.

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INVITATION: Private Roundtable Discussion with the US and International Financial Institutions on Financial Instruments for Uzbekistan and Central Asia

12 February 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

12:30pm - 2:00pm

(light lunch will be served)

White & Case LLP

701 13th Street NW 

Washington, DC 20005

RSVP by Monday, February 25, 2019



Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Tara Blake

Director, International Project Finance, OPIC

Douglas Frye

Senior Business Development and Loan Officer, Global Infrastructure, U.S. EXIM

Lola Gulomova

Eurasia Desk Officer, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

William Houck

Trade Finance Regional Manager, SBA

 Michele Small

Head of North American Representative Office, EBRD

 Fei Yu

Deputy Representative, The North American Representative Office (NARO), ADB



12.30pm - Welcome by Elena V. Son, Executive Director, AUCC

12.40pm - Collaboration among U.S. and International Financial Institutions: setting priorities for the region, identifying targeted sectors, negotiations with regional leadership

1.30pm - Questions and Answers


As a result of the aggressive business reforms and calls for stronger regional cooperation pursued by the Government of Uzbekistan over the last two years, Central Asia has rapidly drawn attention from major U.S. and International Financial Institutions.  All are keen to expand their portfolio and offer attractive financing to American Investors and manufacturers of advanced equipment and technology.  How do these institutions work collaboratively with each other and with the regional leadership to avoid duplication of effort and, at the same time, provide a multitude of financing options to American companies?

Furthermore, our discussion will also cover the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD) and the role of the newly established International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC).  How is the new agency going to work with their colleagues in the industry?  What collective message would the U.S. and International Financial Institutions like to send to the U.S. business community and ensure their business success and commercial achievements in the region?  These and other questions will be covered during our discussion.  We look forward to hosting you.