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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AUCC Statement on the 2019 U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum

1 November 2019
AUCC Statement on the 2019 U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum

On October 22nd, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) held its 2019 U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum in Washington DC.  This signature event was led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Uzbek Senator Sodyq Safoeyv, Uzbek Minister Sardor Umurzakov and the AUCC members, represented by the chamber's Chairperson, Carolyn Lamm and President Steven Nadherny. 

The focal message of the forum was how to shift the existing partnership into commercially-driven cooperation between the United States and all 6 Central Asian nations, including Afghanistan, as the majority of AUCC members have been active in the Uzbek market since the early days of independence.  Their commercial success and achievements have served as an impetus for newer businesses and investors to enter the market. For more than twenty six years, the chamber's companies have been the strongest supporters of the expanded trade relations that create social and economic benefits for the peoples of the US and Central Asia, and enable them to achieve greater economic stability and financial prosperity. "I think everyone in this room can agree that business is about trust, respect, and perseverance, as well as fair and balanced communications. These are the ingredients that will help grow your business and, eventually, boost your profit statements", noted AUCC Chairperson Carolyn Lamm during the forum. 

Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross Jr., a keynote speaker representing the U.S. Government, acknowledged that the reforms pursued by the Uzbek government are: "already producing positive results...being a strategic partner in Uzbekistan's growth and development through trade, investment, and your outreach to other nations in Central Asia. The Department of Commerce is working diligently to convey the U.S. business community's concerns to our Uzbek partners, as well as promoting the advantages of working with world-class American companies."  He also highlighted the importance of trade instruments such as the WTO membership to ensure fairness, rule of law, and access to justice.  

The Forum provided a unique opportunity to hear about the successes of many  investors in Uzbekistan and, for those interested, the opportunity for face to face meetings with the GOU officials to solve problems with implementing the MOUs. In the view of the forum participants, understanding the needs of the U.S. businesses, the opportunities and the challenges that they face when operating in a foreign environment, are essential for effectively reviving the U.S. manufacturing sector; creating jobs domestically, and providing U.S. exporters with adequate financial and regulatory resources that make foreign buyers more attracted to "Made in America" brands.

The 2020 U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum is expected to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  US companies interested in the forum are encouraged to contact AUCC for more information.

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