THE EIGHTH ANNUAL
CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN 2018
IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT
“President Trump commended President Mirziyoyev’s reform program and recognized Uzbekistan’s emerging role as an economic leader, as demonstrated by its offers to host the meetings of the Central Asia Trade Forum.“
White House Briefing Statement, May 16, 2018
The Central Asia Trade Forum is one of the largest annual events promoting regional trade and connectivity in Central Asia and has evolved into a widely-recognized brand. Last year the forum brought together over 1,000 entrepreneurs, private firms, technical experts, and policy makers to exchange ideas, stay abreast of new technologies and trade developments and make trade deals.
As highlighted by the White House in its briefing statement following the visit of President Mirziyoyev, this year the Forum is in Tashkent and will examine trade and investment policy reform and opportunities in Uzbekistan and the region.
The first Central Asia Trade Forum was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2011. Since then, Kazakhstan has hosted the last six consecutive forums. This year’s event will be hosted in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
This year’s Central Asia Trade Forum theme is New Horizons in Trade and Investment.
MAIN SESSIONS LED BY LEADING ORGANIZATIONS IN THE REGION
· New Horizons: Uzbekistan and Central Asia
· Financing Trade and Development
· Costs and Benefits of WTO Accession
· Developing Tourism in Central Asia
· Investment Climate in Central Asia
· Intellectual Property Rights Workshop (by Uzbekistan AmCham)
· Developing Organic Horticulture
· Track and Tracing Technology
· Market Access
· Central Asia Agri-Business Investor Experience
· Investment Opportunities and New Trends: Transport & Logistics
· Local Government Economic Connectivity
· Transport and Logistics Corridors
MASTER CLASS on Export Promotion
ISO Training Workshop
startup mix pitches and mentoring sessions for women entrepreneurs and startups
• American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan
• CERT International; CERT Academy; CERT Group
• Crown Agents
• DAMU Logistics, Kazakhstan
• Ecocert IMO Ltd, Turkey
• KAZFOAM, Kazakhstan
• Lonely Planet
• Legalmax Law Firm
• Procter and Gamble
• KGFOAM, Kyrgyzstan
• Organic Kazakhstan Public Fund
• International Logistics Parks Group
• World Bank Group
• United States Trade Representative
• USAID AVC Project
TRIP TO SAMARKAND
On Day III, October 19, 2018 of the Central Asia Trade Forum, we are offering an optional self-paid trip to Samarkand organized by «Dolores Travel Services».
Discover Uzbekistan's tourism potential, including sightseeing and visits to select locations!
Please note that there are limited seats available!
Up to 100 participants will be registered on the “first come, first serve” basis.
Registration is now opened till October 1, 2018. Trip cost is $95.
Please find attached a detailed agenda.
October 19, 2018 staring from 07:00 AM till 19:00 PM
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM
A concurrent trade exhibition will bring together different technology, equipment, and service
providers that have the capacity to lower production and transport costs in the region.
THE PURPOSES OF THE TRADE EXHIBITION
1. To showcase and promote innovative products
2. To expand access to new markets
3. To establish new business contacts, find new clients and partners
Competition for Excellence
Dear participants of the Eighth Central Asia Trade Forum!
We are pleased to invite applications from registered participants in the Competition for Excellence in the following categories:
1. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS – 2018
2. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HORTICULTURE PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, AND STORAGE – 2018
3. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM – 2018
The purpose of the contest is to recognize achievements of companies that are adopting best practices and/or innovative technologies or processes to add value to their product or services. To be eligible, the companies must be working in at least one of the following sectors: horticulture; transport and logistics; or tourism.
To participate in the contest, please complete an entry form and meet the minimum requirements listed below.
Please submit the completed entry form by no later than October 5, 2018 to the email address provided at the bottom of the entry form.
Entry form for the Contest:
The prize is technical support valued at $2,000 for each of the three winning companies to be funded and procured by the USAID Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs Activity in Central Asia project (CTJ).
Technical support can include training, technical advice, equipment, event or travel expenses and shall be determined by agreement between CTJ and each winner.
Applicants should be small-to-medium sized businesses with fewer than 150 employees that are legally registered to operate in one or more Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan);
1. Applicants shall meet the following minimum requirements:
a. Be 100 percent privately owned;
b. Provide one of the following category of services or products:
i. Transport and logistics services; or
ii. Production and/or processing of horticulture products; or
iii. Tourism services
c. Have no liability for unpaid tax or other mandatory payments to the budget;
d. Not be undergoing reorganization, liquidation, bankruptcy due to indebtedness;
e. Not be engaged in gambling, the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, weapons and narcotic drugs;
f. Have been operating for at least three years at the time of the announcement of the contest;
2. The winners will be chosen by the CTJ award committee. The decision of the judges is final and no further discussion shall be considered after award.
3. Judges shall select one winner in each category from across all five countries. There shall be three winners in total.
4. Judges shall determine which candidate demonstrates the most significant level of excellence in stated approach, solution or innovation implemented by the candidate.
5. In order to verify the information provided, the organizers of the Eighth Central Asia Trade Forum reserve the right to request supporting documents from any candidate.
6. Each winner agrees to provide CTJ with details describing the economic impact due to implementation of technical assistance or other award provided by CTJ, (e.g. increase in employment, sales or exports).
7. Previous competition winners are not eligible for consideration.
Participation in the contest is free of charge!
The award ceremony will take place on October 17, 2018 in the framework of the Eighth Central Asia Trade Forum.
Winners will be notified on October 12, 2018.
CORPORATE CONTRIBUTION & PARTNERING PACKAGES
PARTNERING WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
We highly value the support to CATF provided by International Organizations over the years and welcome your Organization's contribution to this year's event. For more information, please, contact us at email@example.com
We would welcome any other ways of cooperation and smaller contribution. Please share your ideas with us.
VISA OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
Starting from July 15, 2018, travelers can apply for a single-entry, 30-day e-visa to Uzbekistan online through an official electronic visa portal www.e-visa.gov.uz
The price for the e-visa will reportedly be $20.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz)
All conference attendees are strongly encouraged to carefully check visa requirements before planning travel to Uzbekistan.
The list of countries whose citizens can use simplified procedure for the issuing of tourist visas as of February 10, 2018.
Visa regulations for some countries
* Please check MFA.uz for more current information.
The list of countries whose citizens can use simplified procedure for the issuing of tourist visas since February 10, 2018.
2. Republic of Albania
4. Republic of Bulgaria
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
7. People’s Republic of China (including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
8. Republic of Croatia
9. Republic of Finland
11. Republic of Greece
12. Kingdom of Denmark
13. Republic of Estonia
14. Republic of India
17. State of Kuwait
18. Republic of Lithuania
21. Republic of Macedonia
22. Republic of Malta
25. Kingdom of the Netherlands
26. New Zealand
27. Kingdom of Norway
28. Sultanate of Oman
29. Republic of Portugal
31. Republic of San Marino
32. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
33. Republic of Serbia
34. Slovak Republic
35. Republic of Slovenia
36. Kingdom of Sweden
37. United Arab Emirates
38. United States of America
The Seventh Central Asia Trade Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan was a record-breaking event with more than 1,100 government and business leaders from 18 countries in Central Asia, South Asia, and Europe with 70% of the private sector representation.
The two-day event focused on the theme of Future Growth: Trade, Transport & Horticulture. Attendees discussed how enterprises throughout Central Asia can better compete in the global economy and provide jobs for the region’s growing workforce. More than $26 million in letters of intent to conduct future trade in Central Asia were signed. Over 50 private sector firms participated in a concurrent trade exhibition that showcased technology, equipment, service providers and a variety of horticultural goods from around the region.
in letters of intent to conduct future trade in Central Asia
government and business leaders
companies took part in a concurrent trade exhibition
COMPETITIVENESS, TRADE, AND JOBS
ACTIVITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia (CTJ) facilitates trade and employment in horticulture, tourism, transport and logistics 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.
CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM
CTJ continues supporting the Central Asia Trade Forum, an annual event for national governments and business leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities for increased trade, share innovation success stories, and network with potential customers.
USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia (hereafter abbreviated CTJ) is a five year (2016-2021) project focused on increasing the competitiveness of Central Asian economies and creating jobs. CTJ focuses on three primary sectors: 1) Horticultural; 2) Transportation & Logistics and 3) Tourism and works with governments and private sector firms to facilitate the removal of barriers that impede trade and timely delivery of quality goods and services.
The CTJ project is implemented in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and maintains an office in each country.
Ability of a firm or a nation to offer products and services that meet quality standards of the local and world markets at prices that are competitive and provide adequate returns on the resources employed or consumed in producing them.