The Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum to be held in Tashkent

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- Flagship international business event, the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum, will be hold for the first time in Uzbekistan. The event, organized by the U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) and co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Government of Uzbekistan, will be held on 17-18 October 2018 in Tashkent.

The Central Asian Trade Forum (CATF) is an annual event attracted by representatives of the business circles of Central Asian countries, international organizations, prominent political and public figures of the region and the world. This year over 1000 delegates are expected to attend the forum.

The memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the US Agency for International Development on holding the Central Asian Trade Forum in Tashkent was signed during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan S. Mirziyoyev to the United States in May 2018.

The Central Asia Trade Forum (CATF) provides a unique platform for businesses to explore new opportunities to reach the more than 70 million potential customers in Central Asia’s emerging markets. Business executives, leaders and industry experts from Asia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East have been using the forum as platform to share ideas, strike deals and forge new partnerships for future cooperation.

This year’s forum theme, New Horizons in Trade and Investment, reflects Central Asia’s increasing openness to regional and international trade, particularly in Uzbekistan, which has embraced a series of measures, from currency liberalization to reforms in the business sector, to transform the country.

A concurrent trade exhibition will showcase businesses from a variety of sectors across the region, including transportation, tourism, information technology, equipment manufacturing and horticultural production and processing, among others.

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