From February 4-8, 2019, Vice President of International Programs, Richard Tracy, traveled to Uzbekistan to examine the feasibility of an association-type organization in the country where cold chain businesses pay a fee for services. More than 50 individuals traveled to the capital of Tashkent for the Uzbekistan Cold Chain Development Roundtable, which featured Tracy as a speaker. The event was sponsored by the USAID-funded Agricultural Value Chains project, which has partnered with GCCA since 2015.
Of the roundtable attendees, 40 percent indicated willingness to pay a minimum of $500 annually to an entity providing services. The most desired services include government affairs, market opportunities, and improving internal capacities to provide consistent and high-quality products to international buyers. An advisory council of five private sector members was appointed to guide the activities, adapt them to the local conditions and actively participate in the events. GCCA will continue to work with the project in Uzbekistan to grow the cold chain until 2020 and will use this time to determine the association’s longer-term strategy in the country and region.