The Europe-Uzbekistan Association for Economic Cooperation (EUROUZ) celebrated a historic moment in EU-Uzbekistan relations with the official inauguration of its Full Tashkent Branch office. The event, graced by over 140 high-ranking participants, including representatives from the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the European Union, European and Uzbek companies, the international diplomatic community, and media, marked a new era in international economic cooperation.
EUROUZ, in collaboration with the EU delegation in Uzbekistan, officially registered its Full Tashkent Branch, becoming Europe’s first European Union’s Business Commerce Chamber in Uzbekistan. The branch covers all countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area, offering a unique platform for engagement with leaders and decision-makers from both public and private sectors.
Previously operating through an officially designated commercial representative office, EUROUZ's new registration as a branch office of an international organization will significantly expand its activities. It aims to support Uzbekistan’s companies in expanding their business presence to European markets while providing on-the-ground support for its Europe-based members in Uzbekistan.
Through this expansion, EUROUZ and its members will engage in joint initiatives, experience-sharing, capacity-building, and business training projects based on European best practices. This move is expected to benefit the development of Uzbekistan’s private and public sectors.
EUROUZ will continue supporting EU trade and economic missions to Uzbekistan, but with its enhanced presence, it will now focus on organizing and supporting new economic and business delegations from Uzbekistan to European Union countries, fostering business-to-business opportunities and collaboration potential.
In 2023 alone, EUROUZ organized or closely supported a total of 36 events related to EU-Uzbekistan business collaboration, showcasing its commitment to fostering economic ties. The association played a crucial role in supporting business aspects of the visits by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Italy, Germany, and France in 2022 and 2023.
As a highlight of the inauguration event, 30 Uzbekistan and European companies that joined EUROUZ during the year were presented with official EUROUZ Membership Certificates. The certificates were handed over by EUROUZ Secretary-General, the Ambassador of the European Union in Uzbekistan, and the Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the EEAS.
The evening concluded with a networking reception, providing attendees with an opportunity to discuss the evening's proceedings and explore prospects for future collaboration.
EUROUZ, headquartered in Brussels, is a recognized European non-profit, non-commercial association with a full official branch office in Tashkent. The association is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to its members, fostering better dialogue with public and private stakeholders, and building stronger business networks.