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Minutes from Agriculture & Food Processing Subcommittee
A meeting between members of the Agriculture & Food Processing Subcommittee and representatives from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was held at the AmCham office on 11 April 2017. Chairman Dale Henry welcomed participants and special IFC guests who were here to brief the committee on Sustainable Development, and the Cotton Value Chain project in Uzbekistan. Following the meeting was an in-depth presentation on the Cotton Value Chain project by Oksana Varodi, an IFC representative with 15 years of experience. According to Ms Varodi, the project aims to bring Environmental, Social and Financial Sustainability to Uzbekistan’s Cotton Value Chain. In order to meet these goals, a package of productivity improvements will be introduced, including industry best practices from the United States and elsewhere. Uzpakhtasanoat Export Holding is the key national level partner to IFC acting in a consulting role for the project. The Ministry of Labor, Trade Unions, local district government (“Hokimiyat”), Agriculture Department, and Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources will promote the Project at lower levels. The Project’s pil...