U.S. helps promote horticulture export to boost economic growth in Central Asia

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (TCA) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Uzbekistan, and Germany’s GIZ held a business forum on April 27 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan to support regional horticulture export promotion efforts and competition development to boost economic growth in Central Asia.

USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs in Central Asia project, the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition, and the GIZ Regional Programme “Trade facilitation in Central Asia” held the business forum on “Horticulture Export Promotion and Competition Development” and a horticulture exhibition.

“Today’s forum opens doors for Uzbek companies to establish links with foreign buyers for exporting fresh and processed horticultural products and gain access to new markets,” said Ulugbek Kamaletdinov, Head of Department of the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition. “It is planned to increase the volume of exports and expand the range of exported fruits and vegetables.”

More than 100 horticulture producers, traders, buyers, retail chains, investors, and development institutions from the region and beyond gathered at the two-day-long forum to find matchmaking opportunities and innovative solutions to stimulate trade and promote exports of the horticulture and related sectors in Central Asia. Buyers and experts from Central Asia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, and Lithuania attended the event.

“By supporting horticulture exports from Uzbekistan, USAID is helping to develop a more diverse and competitive private sector that can create jobs and promote economic growth,” said Ryder Rogers, USAID/Central Asia, Senior Regional Trade Adviser.

In a region that is highly agrarian, with 60 percent of the population living in rural areas and agriculture accounting for over 45 percent of the total number of employed, it makes economic sense for Central Asian countries to develop the horticulture sector and encourage greater export.

USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs in Central Asia facilitates exports and employment in horticulture and strengthens transport and logistics services across the five Central Asian economies. By incentivizing firms to become more regionally competitive and by addressing cross-border impediments to trade, USAID helps to develop a more diverse and competitive private sector and generate export-driven growth.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

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.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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