AmCham in Uzbekistan can trace its roots to the early 1990’s when a group of primarily US companies started the “American Business Council” in Tashkent. Eventually, the group saw value in forming an independent legal entity in Uzbekistan that could represent foreign business interests on a national level and help facilitate greater trust and business relations between Uzbekistan and the USA. In 1996, their vision became a reality.
While AmCham began as an association comprised primarily of US-based companies and organizations, it has since transformed into a group with members from all over the world. The organization is currently at its highest membership total since its founding, at well over 100, and remains the only registered independent business association in Uzbekistan.
|1991||Uzbekistan gains independence|
|1994||USA and Uzbekistan sign an agreement on the “encouragement of investments and their mutual protection”|
|1996||AmCham in Uzbekistan is founded|
|1997||Bylaws are approved and the first Board of Directors is selected|
|1999||AmCham hosts its first committee meetings|
|2002||USA and Uzbekistan sign a strategic partnership agreement|
|2005||AmCham introduces a regular publication for its membership – “Business Connections”|
|2006||AmCham celebrates its 10-year anniversary|
|2007||AmCham hosts 5 separate seminars around Uzbekistan as part of its “Year of Good Governance” initiative|
|2009||Membership rises above 100|
|2010||A new format for networking events is introduced called “Business Mixers”|
|2011||Voting rights extended to all Corporate members regardless of country of origin|
|2012||Intellectual Property Rights Committee helps stop trademark infringement in Tashkent|
|2016||New Non-Resident membership category is introduced for potential investors to Uzbekistan|