Press Releases | August 14, 2017

USKGZBC and USTJBC Statement on the First U.S. Trade Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan

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The first U.S. Trade Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan put together by the U.S.-Kyrgyzstan Business Council (USKGZBC) and the U.S.-Tajikistan Business Council (USTJBC) completed its visit on July 14, 2017.   The delegation spent two and a half days in each country and met with senior government officials, representatives of international financial institutions and local business communities.  As part of the agenda, councils’ members met with President of Kyrgyzstan H.E. Almazbek Atambayev and President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Emomali Rahmon.   The councils also held joint business fora with, respectively, the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan.  AmCham Kyrgyz Republic and AmCham Tajikistan provided substantial support for both events.
The U.S. Trade Delegation, represented by the founding members of the USKGZBC and USTJBC – AGCO, Baker & McKenzie, and General Electric – and a newer member, the American Councils for International Education, also included corporations such as AES, Amity Technology, APR Energy, The Coca-Cola Company, John Deere, Mobilized Construction, Visa and WHITE64.  In the view of the delegates and their regional hosts, the high-caliber of participating companies and the enthusiastic reception by the countries’ top leadership contributed to the success of the mission.  Discussions of the existing and emerging opportunities across all sectors of industry highlighted the value of engaging with these two countries and developing best practices and strategies that are aligned with their investment priorities and business needs.  Throughout, the delegates and their hosts expressed their mutual commitment to “win-win” solutions. USKGZBC and USTJBC are committed to attracting more American companies to these markets and anticipate holding two business roundtables in New York during the Kyrgyz and Tajik presidential visits in September 2017.  
The USKGZBC and USTJBC would like to express deep gratitude to the government offices of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan, including their embassies in Washington, DC.  Special thanks to U.S. Embassy Bishkek, U.S. Embassy Dushanbe, AmCham Kyrgyz Republic, AmCham Tajikistan, Hyatt Regency Bishkek and Hyatt Regency Dushanbe for their help in organizing the visit.
About: The US-Kyrgyzstan Business Council (USKGZBC) and The US-Tajikistan Business Council (USTJBC) are private and independent trade associations aimed at advancing commercial and investment ties between the United States of America, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan. The councils are membership-based organizations representing US companies that are active and/or are interested in doing business in these Central Asian markets.  The main mission of the USKGZBC and USTJBC is to advance its members’ commercial activities in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan and to encourage the American public to develop stronger business relations with these two nations.  Serving as a clearinghouse and driven by mutually beneficial interests, the USKGZBC and USTJBC provide practical views and share solutions with the governments of the United States, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan on what can be done to further strengthen trade.  The councils are powerful advocacy organizations that multiply the voice of the US business community committed to doing business in this part of the world. 

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