Uzbekistan to discuss abolishing boycott by major US brands of Uzbek textile products

TASHKENT (TCA) — On February 4-6, a government delegation of Uzbekistan including Deputy Prime Minister Tanzila Narbayeva and Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Sherzod Kudbiyev will visit the United States. The delegation, responsible for issues of eradicating forced labor, will take part in the annual meeting of Cotton Campaign global coalition, in Washington, DC, the Jahon information agency reports with reference to the Uzbek Embassy in the United States.

The Cotton Campaign is a coalition of human rights organizations, trade unions, socially responsible investors and business associations united to end forced labor of children and adults in the cotton industry.

The main goal of the delegation’s visit is to develop further cooperation mechanisms aimed at abolishing the so-called “boycott of major brands” of the United States with respect to Uzbekistan’s textile products.

The program of the visit includes meetings with representatives of human rights organizations, the largest American associations of manufacturers, retailers and trade union organizations, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the United States Fashion Industry Association, the American Federation of Labor, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, as well as leading foreign brands such as Nike, Zara, GAP, Levi’s, H&M, UNIQLO and many others.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the delegation will also hold negotiations with representatives of the White House, the leadership of the Department of State, Department of Labor, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and international financial institutions.

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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