Dear Members and Friends,
While the year is almost half over it has been a productive and fruitful period for AmCham.
A few notable achievements include the smooth transition to our new Executive Director, a record number of new members, and a busy schedule for committee meetings, mixers and other AmCham activities.
The year is also shaping up to be a good one in terms of business and economic activity. Foreign direct investment is on the rise and the arrival of new investors such as General Motors is a positive sign that Uzbekistan's investment climate is improving.
AmCham's interaction with governmental agencies and multilateral organizations has also picked up and I am encouraged by the prospects of our doing more in close cooperation with a growing number of counterparts.
While the pace may slow somewhat during the summer months rest assured that our planning and scheduling will not and that we are looking forward to the second half of the year being even more active as we look for ways to bring more value to your membership.
Best regards, Don Nicholson
Letter from the Project Coordinator
2008 continues to surprise us with challenges and opportunities. We welcome the warm weather and the promise of a good productive season of fruits and vegetables in our gardens. Our business environment also seems to want to awake from a “long cold winter” and improve. We saw in the first quarter of the year concrete steps taken by the government to make Uzbekistan a more friendly and productive place for business. We are anticipating more of these positive changes in the near future.
This issue of Business Connections welcomes our new members and recognizes the continued support of our old members. Our Committees are active and we will present reports in this issue on their activities and plans.
Our new feature, the “Bulletin Board”, needs more inputs about the activities of our membership. Please share with us news about your company and its successes.
Our magazine continues to need your active participation. Please contribute your time, energy and ideas and help us improve the content and usefulness of this publication.