Uzbek-US-Canadian business forum takes place in Navoi
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 17 May 2019, the first Uzbek-US-Canadian business forum was held in Navoi.
The event, organized by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States and Canada, together with the Navoi khokimiyat, was attended by a delegation of the State of Mississippi (USA) headed by Governor Phil Bryant, members of the US-Uzbek Chamber of Commerce, businessmen from Texas, Florida, Nebraska, representatives of the Eximbank of the USA , USAID, the US diplomatic mission in Tashkent, as well as Canada’s trade mission led by the Charge d’Affaires ad interim of this country in Uzbekistan Anik Gule.
The forum was opened by the Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant, who delivered a speech on the economic potential of this state and promising areas of cooperation with Uzbekistan. The Governor gave a high assessment to the processes of radical transformation of all spheres of the life of the state and society implemented in our country. In his opinion, today’s large-scale reforms guarantee the sustainable development of the republic and an increase in the well-being of the population for years to come.
Speaking about the promising areas of bilateral cooperation, the governor singled out the areas of agriculture, in particular cotton-growing, logistics, textile industry and education.
Leading the delegation of Canadian business circles of the country’s FAP in Uzbekistan, Anik Goulet, speaking at the opening of the business forum, noted that the event was attended by the largest group of Canadian businessmen in all the years of Uzbek-Canadian relations - over 40 companies.
They represent such areas as oil and gas, the mining industry, agriculture, genetics in the field of animal husbandry, education, industry, health care. As the diplomat noted in her speech, the Canadians were deeply impressed by the high potential and wide opportunities of the intermodal logistics center Navoi, which will play a key role in the breakthrough in the Uzbek-Canadian trade relations.
The event also included speeches by officials of the Government of Uzbekistan and leading foreign investors who implement projects in the Navoi region.
In the course of an organized cooperation exchange, direct bilateral negotiations were held between representatives of the business circles of Uzbekistan and potential partners from the United States and Canada. In the afternoon, American and Canadian businessmen organized tours of the infrastructure, tourism and social facilities of Navoi region to explore the possibility of investing in their development.
As a result of the business forum, 10 agreements were signed, five of them in the trade and investment sphere totaling US$150 million, and the rest in the area of expanding cooperation in the fields of education and health, as well as the development of sister city relations.
In particular, the Khokimiyat of Navoi region concluded an agreement with the American company Calatrava Grace on the implementation of a project to build a monoblock plant and affordable housing with an investment of US$100 million. Canada’s Advanced Bio-Oil Technologies will create a cluster of plants for production of biofuels with a volume of foreign investment of up to US$24 million.
One of the most important documents, which was rightly called historical by the forum participants, was the Agreement on the Establishment of Twin Cities between the cities of Zarafshon and Clinton. Thus, Zarafshan became the third city in Uzbekistan, which has sister city relations with US cities. Previously, such relations were established between Tashkent and Seattle, as well as Bukhara and Santa Fe.