February 12 – Annual General Assembly

AmCham Annual General Assembly 2019 (edited)
Pursuant to the by-laws of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan, members of the chamber gathered for the Annual General Assembly on February 12, 2019. The agenda of the meeting included the report on chamber activity in 2018, which included committee reports, events, publications, financial reports and the outline of the plan for work in 2019. The meeting concluded with the election of the Board of Directors for 2019 and the adoption of the changes in the membership dues for some categories.
Tatyana Bystrushkina, Executive Director, reported on the membership and activities in 2018 and invited chairs of each committee to outline their work in 2018 and plans for 2019. It was decided to reduce the number of committees from 9 (with 2 sub-committees) to a more make the work of the committees more efficient. The committees shall play a more important role in lobbying and advocating in the interest of AmCham members, be it in drafting policy in certain areas or delivering messages during meetings with the GoU. For example, the work of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee in 2018 was remarkable, followed by a successful regional seminar. The IPR Committee opened a dialogue with the GoU regarding stronger enforcement of intellectual property rights in the country and related legislative changes. As a result, on December 26, 2018, President Miriziyoyev signed three bills into law for Uzbekistan to accede to three intellectual property right conventions.
1. The Geneva Phonograms Convention 1971
2. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Copyright Treaty 1996
3. The WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty 1996
These three conventions strengthen sound recordings and creative works in the digital world such as computer games. Such agreements increase both public awareness and enforcement of intellectual property rights and move Uzbekistan into a fairer trading world, with more improvements planned in 2019.
In a similar vein, both the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committees and The Tax and Accounting Committees have organized a series of seminars with broad participation from public and private sectors. The Tax and Accounting Committee plans for 2019 include recommending that the GoU improve the New Tax Code that is due to be adopted in summer 2019. For more information about chairs and missions please visit:

http://amcham.uz/chairs-of-amcham-committees/

The event was concluded by members voting in favor to change the membership fees for Bronze and Non-Profit membership categories. Additionally, 9 BOD members were elected for the year 2019. AmCham 2019 BOD can be found here

http://amcham.uz/board-of-directors/