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AUCC STATEMENT ON CENTRAL ASIA AND THE TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN

29 December 2011

AUCC STATEMENT ON

CENTRAL ASIA AND THE TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN

A MAJORITY STAFF REPORT PREPARED FOR THE USE OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

DECEMBER 19, 2011

The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee attention to strengthening important relationships in Central Asia and its appreciation of the geopolitical context.  While the AUCC has a varying view on some of the issues, it applauds the overall effort in preparing a Comprehensive Report on Central Asia and the Transition in Afghanistan that was released on Monday, December 19, 2011.  The AUCC and its members believe that the engaging role by the U.S. in Central Asia, as outlined in the report and its recommendations, advances our country's national security agenda and improves the AUCC members' efforts to create more jobs and expand export market opportunities.  

Specifically, the AUCC members share the reports' recognition of the importance of Central Asian states in the stabilization of Afghanistan and that "...Washington should repeatedly stress that its engagement is not ending".  Furthermore, the AUCC supports the recommendation that calls for the U.S. to:  "Communicate intentions clearly: The United States should be mindful of creating expectations that cannot be fulfilled. A strategic communications strategy should clearly articulate how NSR will be implemented, what role the United States and other donors will play, what steps regional governments must take, how projects are being prioritized, the timeframe for implementation, and how the private sector is engaged.  This strategy should also take into account the most effective means of communicating in these countries".  The AUCC will continue to support the U.S. Government   and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in their bilateral efforts to deal with challenging issues. We encourage plans, outreach policies and forward-looking vision for Central Asia that   are successful and attainable.

The AUCC also welcomes the efforts by the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to ensure that the important bilateral issues are dealt in a constructive way.