NEWS AND EVENTS
November 12, 2004
US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE VISITS TASHKENT
United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce William Lash arrived in Tashkent on a three-day visit on Thursday.
The visit aims to consider perspectives of bilateral trade-economic and investment relations, Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan told UzReport.com
During the meetings held at ministries and departments of Uzbekistan, issues of the state and perspectives of development of bilateral relations and trade-economic cooperation were considered. Situation in the region and the role of Uzbekistan in reconstruction of Afghanistan were also on the agenda, the ministry said.
On 11 November, the delegation headed by Lash visited Samarkand to meet representatives of the local administration.
On Friday, William Lash met chairman of the State Property Committee M.Askarov, First Deputy Economy Minister G.Saidova, First Deputy Foreign Minister V.Norov and Deputy Prime Minister E.Ganiyev.
US is one of the top 10 trade partners of Uzbekistan. In the three quarters of 2004, commodity turnover between US and Uzbekistan totaled some US$354 million, which is 45% more than in the same period of 2003.
US administration supported the initiative of the Uzbek side to set up the free trade regime between the two countries and to give a start to implementation of the mechanism of regional agreement on development of trade and investment relations (ADTIR).
The first session on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is scheduled for December, which will discuss intensifying integration between the US and Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan hopes ADCIR will become the first step towards signing a full-scale free trade agreement on the bilateral basis, the Foreign Ministry said.