Navoi hosts the first Uzbekistan–American–Canadian business forum

TASHKENT (TCA) — On May 17, the Uzbek city of Navoi hosted the first Uzbekistan–American–Canadian business forum. The event, organized by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States and Canada, together with Navoi regional khokimiyat (administration), was attended by a delegation of the state of Mississippi led by Governor Phil Bryant, members of American–Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, businessmen from Texas, Florida, Nebraska, representatives of the Eximbank of the United States, USAID, the US diplomatic mission in Tashkent and others, the Jahon information agency reported.

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 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 business circles of Uzbekistan and potential partners from the United States and Canada. American and Canadian businessmen participated in organized tours to infrastructure, tourism and social facilities of Navoi region to explore the possibility of investing in their development.

Following the business forum, 10 agreements were signed, five of them in trade and investment sphere worth 150 million USD, and the rest on expanding cooperation in the fields of education and healthcare, as well as development of sister city relations.

One of the most important documents was the Agreement on the establishment of sister city relationship between the cities of Zarafshan and Clinton. Zarafshan became the third city in Uzbekistan which has sister city relations with the United States cities. Previously, such relations were established between Tashkent and Seattle, as well as Bukhara and Santa Fe.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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