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GCCA is pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Council for the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. With 11 Council Members covering five countries, the Advisory Council formed in response to GCCA’s collaboration with USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs (CTJ) activity. CTJ is five-year project implemented by GCCA partner DAI that aims to facilitate exports and employment in horticulture and strengthen transport and logistics services across the five Central Asian economies. CTJ’s goal is to develop a more diverse and competitive private sector and generate export-driven growth.
The Central Asian Advisory Council will serve the temperature-controlled products industry to help provide objective, insightful guidance and act as a sounding board on how to inform best-practices in the region as GCCA embarks upon a series of cold chain short courses. The Council will contribute their experience, influence, and understanding of the industry in an effort to improve and develop the cold chain in Central Asia.
Central Asia Advisory Council private sector members
Malsag Archakov, Head of Distribution, HAVI Kazakhstan
HAVI is a global, privately owned company focused on innovating, optimizing and managing the supply chains of leading brands. Offering services in analytics, packaging, sourcing, supply chain management and logistics, HAVI partners with companies to address challenges big and small across the supply chain, from commodity to customer. Founded in 1974, HAVI employs more than 10,000 people and serves customers in more than 100 countries.
Bakytbek Dikanbayev, CEO, ALIDAR LLC, Kyrgyzstan
ALIDAR is a dynamically developing company providing services for international cargo transportation by road to Central Asia and Europe. The company has its own fleet of 40 trucks, and supports clients from a range of businesses. Alidar specializes in transportation and delivery of bulk cargo as well as consolidated loads from Europe for distribution into Kyrgyzstan.
Larissa Kislyakova, Chairman, Union of Professional Consultants of Tajikistan
The Union of Professional Consultants of Tajikistan (UPCT) is a non-profit organization established in 2010 to unite professional consultants and provide business development, improved efficiency and effectiveness, professional development and quality services to its members. UPCT consists of more than 30 specialists in various fields. UPCT consultants have experience in the public sector, which allows them to navigate well in the public administration system and maintain good working relations with various government agencies.
Temirbek Shabdanaliyev, Chairman, Association of Carriers and Logistics of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan
The Association, as the chairman of the Public Supervisory Board of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, participates in and protects the interests of carriers and entrepreneurs and assists in the liberalization of laws and regulations in order to create a favorable competitive environment for business. It works with embassies in order to cooperate, develop trade, transit and create networks of logistics centers. The Association of Carriers and Logistics of the Kyrgyz Republic is a member of many working groups under the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Transport and State Customs Service of Kyrgyzstan.
Natalya Shirshova, CEO, GEOTRANS Service LLC, Kyrgyzstan
Geotrans Service provides full customs clearance and door-to-door foreign trade and cargo transportation services, including certification and government agency permits. The company works with all transport modes and has 5 service points and branches in Naryn and Talas regions. Employees of the company take an active part in the activities of the Advisory Council under the Central Customs Authority of the Kyrgyz Republic, and are permanent members of the working groups under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic to facilitate trade.
Muhammed Soyunhanov, CEO, Shaylan Group, Turkmenistan
Muhammed Soyunhanov founded the Shaylan Economy Society, a company specialized in the trade and distribution of FMCG products, transportation services, warehousing, 3PL, customs brokerage services, and food production. Shaylan Group is a modern company with up-to-date management systems, qualified and professional staff and branch offices across Turkmenistan. The company has invested and continues to invest in the cold chain infrastructure, pioneering the way in Turkmenistan.
Nikita Tarasov, CEO, BNT Group, Kazakhstan
“BNT Group” was founded in 2012 and a year later, BNT began focusing on monitoring systems for microclimate parameters for the pharmaceutical and food industries. By mid-2014, BNT was the first company in Kazakhstan operating a continuous monitoring system for pharmaceutical warehouses and the company has built upon this success. BNT’s monitoring capabilities meet the requirements of Good Distribution Practices and Good Production Practices.
Mansur Tillaboyev, Head of Logistics, Korzinka, Anglesey Food, Uzbekistan
Anglesey Food was established in 1996, originally operating under the Anglesey Food brand as “convenience stores.” In 2001, they rebranded and launched the retail supermarket chain under the brand korzinka.uz. Now a leading supermarket chain, Korzinka.uz currently operates more than 50 stores with plans to increase this to 140 stores by 2025 - an expansion supported by direct equity investment of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Korzinka.uz is a four-time winner in the Best Brand in Retail award and was twice recognized as Best Employer of Uzbekistan in the retail segment.
The Advisory Council will be supported by
Aizhan Beiseyeva, DAI, Kazakhstan
Aizhan currently works for the CTJ project but has extensive development experience specific to logistics, trade, cross-border facilitation, economic corridor efficiencies, and has experience liaising and building relationships between national and regional partners such as Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs), export promotion agencies, government bodies responsible for development of trade policy and border control, trade regional business associations, and key donors such as the Asian Development Bank, GIZ, UNDP and Central Asia governments through regular coordination meetings.
Arsen Rysdauletov, GCCA & ARAGA, Kazakhstan
Arsen Rysdauletov is the representative of GCCA in Central Asia and conducts trainings and webinars for the cold chain sector. He supports projects related to agricultural extension and marketing in the field of horticulture for sustainable development of the industry. As the head of the association, Arsen supports and protects the interests of apple producers through the Almaty Region Apple Growers Association (ARAGA) in Kazakhstan.
Mumin Isamiddinov, GCCA, Uzbekistan
Mumin is a regional cold chain specialist who has worked with GCCA since 2011. In addition to supporting the development of facilities and strengthening the operations of those already in existence, Mr. Isamiddinov advises stakeholders on product storage and handling with a focus on high value fruits such as grapes and cherries. In this capacity, he has analyzed differences in varieties seeking improvements in productivity and profitability and introduced methods and technologies prolong storage life and enhance field quality.