U.S. Helps Businesses from Central Asia and Afghanistan Form Export Partnerships

April 7, 2011.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - More than a dozen companies from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are combining their resources, capacities and contacts to develop new export opportunities as part of USAID's Export Partnerships Initiative. Last month, the USAID Regional Trade Liberalization and Customs Project (RTLC) kicked off the Export Partnerships Initiative with an intensive training course for 55 competitively selected business managers and business association leaders from these countries and Afghanistan.  

Trainers from the Central Asian Tax Research Center of the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP), international companies, and the USAID RTLC project are providing training on business practices, regulations, logistics and marketing. At the March training session, participants also learned the distribution strategies of foreign-owned companies, such as UTI and Metro, and further developed their export partnership plans, guided by RTLC and KIMEP facilitators. "I have been considering doing business in Kazakhstan since the Customs Union was formed, but I didn't know the requirements," says Alexander Demidenko, owner of Bishkek-based Garus LLC, a textiles producer. "In the Export Partnerships Initiative seminars, I received practical answers to my questions, and now I am convinced I made the right decision." 

Several participating companies have identified synergies and agreed to form export partnerships. Companies from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are planning to collaborate to export footwear to Afghanistan. Twelve textile producers from across the region decided to combine efforts to export their products to Russia. "Thanks to our participation in Export Partnerships Initiative, we have established business contacts with textile industry representatives in other Central Asian countries," emphasizes Kyrgyzstan Textile Producers Association Chair Maria Kapustina. "We decided to create a partnership to unite our efforts, further expand Kyrgyz-Tajik-Kazakh-Uzbek cooperation and create better conditions for the development of textile enterprises' export capacity." 

Central Asian companies with emerging export operations are welcome to get involved in the Export Partnerships Initiative by contacting Maksat Damir uluu at the USAID RTLC office in Bishkek,             +996 312 31 50 36

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