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President's Letter

Dear Members and Friends,
The New Year is off to a fast start and I hope that your prospects are good and soon to be realized. As business people we know how to plan and budget but operating in a changing environment adds to the challenge.
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Interview

First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Uli Kuhler, I arrived in Uzbekistan in August 2003. Since then I have been working as an consular officer in the passport and visa section of the German Embassy. Before Tashkent I worked four years in Sibiu, Romania. I joined the German Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1991. I would like to thank AMCHAM Uzbekistan for allowing me the opportunity to provide people with some information about the Shengen treaty, our Shengen partners in Tashkent and the application requirements to be filled in order to obtain a Shengen or National visa from the German Embassy in Tashkent.
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Amcham Employees

AmCham has always recognized the contributions of its dedicated staff. Loyalty, integrity and hard work are respected employee attributes which the AmCham management and Board of Directors seek to promote and recognize. On 27 January 2006 the Board of Directors organized a special Awards Lunch to recognize the contributions of two of AmCham's key employees.
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What is new in legislation?

Under the Protection of the Law
In any country investments constitute an important condition for the development of the economy, and improvement of investment climate guarantees the investment inflow growth. Among factors being attractive for investors, the factors of stability and predictability of legislation are of prime importance. Any investor, before investing to this or that country, studies its legislation, and, first of all, that one which is targeted at protection of his interests. For purposes of creating of favorable conditions for entrepreneurs and foreign investors, the legislative basis is constantly improving.

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Tax and Customs News

The information contained in this publication is for general guidance only. Vou should neither act, nor refrain from acting, on the basis of such information. The application of laws and regulations will vary depending on particular circumstances and may also undergo frequent change. You should take appropriate professional advice relating to your particular circumstances and the current status of the laws and regulations. PricewaterhouseCoopers disclaim all responsibility, including in negligence, for all consequences of any person acting on, or refraining from acting in reliance on, information contained in this publication.
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Past AmCham Events

On 07 December 2005, AmCham held ils annual General Assembly meeting al the Intercontinental Hotel. This General Assembly meeting is the mandated by the By-Laws of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan. This General Assembly meeting is the highlight meeting of the year where AmCham membership can hear reports about the past results, activities of the year 2005 and plans for the next year. The membership also has the opportunity to vole on any major issues presented and select the members of the Board of Directors for the year 2006.
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New USA Embassy is venue for AmCham Meeting

The U.S. Embassy hosted the first AmCham meeting of 2006 on 21 February in its new Chancery in Yunusobod. Ambassador Purnell welcomed the members and discussed the current state of U.S.-Uzbek bilateral relations. The presentation was followed by the Ambassador's personal tour of the Information Resources Center. The guests then enjoyed appetizers and American wines at a reception in the enclosed atrium.
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Small - Medium Enterprise Committee

Information Technology Committee

On 24 February 2006 15:00- 16:30 in the conference room of the AmCham Tashkent office the AmCham Information Technology Committee held the first in a series of workshops dedicated to Common Legal Problems in the Internet. The primary theme of this seminar was Domain Names Protection and covered an overview of world experience and Uzbekistan legislation. This overview included discussion of the problem of copyright protection on the Internet, protection of domain names, e-commerce regulation in Uzbekistan, the illegal character of SPAM e-mails and related topics.
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Insight -
Preparing Uzbekistan's future leaders and specialists

WESTMINSTER INTERNATIONAL
UNIVERSITY IN TASHKENT

The Uzbekistan government launched the Westminster International University in Tashkent by Presidential decree on January 2002, as part of the strategy for reform and development of the higher education system, to produce the capacity and capability for lasting reform. WIUT was established as an independent university, not for profit, managed on the best principles and practices of international educational management and offering international standards of education, validated by an international university. The government therefore realised it needed an international university partner. The University of Westminster was chosen as the Partner and awarded a 3 year contract for services, including the award to the University of Westminster degree.
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Recent Events

During the second week of January 2006 the newly elected members of the AmCham Board of Directors met and elected AmCham Officers for 2006. Donald Nicholson II, SEAF-SME Investment Management was re-elected President. Obek Khalilov, UzAIG was re-elected Vice President, Hugo Minderhoud, ABN-Amro Bank re-elected Treasurer and Christian Buchholz, Daimler Chrysler elected Secretary.
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AmCham Welcomes New Members

Andrea Leunberger, an individual non voting member, is a travel consultant working on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Relations specializing in tourism development for the Bukhara Tourism Association.
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Who are the Members of AmCham?

I have joined AmCham as an Independent Member. I have been in Uzbekistan and Central Asia since 1993. I was born is 1945 in Liverpool, UK. I was drawn into the cotton industry as a boy, and trained for 4 years as a classifier, after which I spent 4 years in Nigeria, inspecting and classifying raw cotton. Over the next 11 years (up to 1980) I carried my skills to most parts of the cotton world; including Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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