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World Bank AmCham Roundtable Discussion
In his visit to Uzbekistan, Mr. Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, spent two days focused on private sector issues and the continued development of the business climate. His agenda included a meeting with the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The parties exchanged views on priorities of bilateral cooperation, discussed key areas of partnership, and implementation of prospective projects.  In a roundtable discussion between World Bank representatives and AmCham gold, platinum, and silver members, strategies for support of further development and cooperation between the World Bank and Uzbekistan were discussed. This event was chaired by Mr Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, along with additional representatives including World Bank Central Asia Regional Director, Ms Lilia Burunciuc; International Finance Corporation (IFC) Central Asia Regional Manager, Mr Moazzam Mekan; World Bank Acting Country Manager and Lead Economist, Mr Jan-Peter Olters; World Bank  Senior Communications Officer, Ms Meriem Gray; and IFC Country Officer, Mr Zafar Khashimov. ...
Meeting with Deputy Chairman of Senate – Sadiq Safoyev
On Friday 10 February 2017, Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Sadiq Safoyev, visited the AmCham office where he met with a group of AmCham directors, members, and representatives from the U.S. Embassy. Don Nicholson, AmCham President, chaired the meeting and introduced the Senator to those attending.   During the hour-long discussion the Senator outlined the Uzbek Government's proposed plan and provided details on specific issues. The Senator responded to questions from various AmCham members and elaborated on other key matters of interest to foreign investors.   Further development of the continued cooperation between AmCham and the Government of Uzbekistan was discussed. It was mentioned that AmCham will be a member of the Council for Foreign Investors which will be established by the Government of Uzbekistan in the near future. Other avenues of collaboration between AmCham and the Uzbek Government were also discussed at the meeting.
First meeting of Digital Transformation Committee in AMCHAM Uzbekistan
On May 18, 2017 AMCHAM hosted the first event of the Digital Transformation committee - Workshop on Customer Transformation. The honorary speaker of the event, Mr. Dmitriy Beresnev (Microsoft) informed participants on latest trends how technology helps companies to improve customer experience and answered related questions. The event was divided into two parts: Digital and Customer Transformation. During the first part Mr. Beresnev reviewed the following main trends behind digital transformation: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. In the second part of the meeting, the Speaker discussed in detail how these trends are reshaping Customer Relationship in everyday life. The inspiring examples from Tinkoff Bank, Superjob.ru and Domodedovo Airport demonstrated the amplitude of changes brought by digital technologies.   The next event within Digital Transformation committee is planned for late September. The exact date will be communicated by the AMCHAM management.
Meeting of 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...