From May 12-22, 2016, a group of entrepreneurs from the Kyrgyz Republic visited the United States for the second business tour, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kyrgyz Republic.
16 Kyrgyz business leaders, representing sectors including light industry, tourism, construction, and finance, visited the major American cities: Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
During the visit in Washington, the Kyrgyz Embassy to the USA and Canada and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kyrgyz Republic organized introductory meetings with the State Department, Department of Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During these meetings, the entrepreneurs were introduced to the priorities of the government agencies in regards to developing trade and economic relations with the Kyrgyz Republic, and also to understand what opportunities there are for foreign business people, including topics such as special programs for business internships, trademark patenting and registration, and the General System of Preferences (GSP). The GSP is a system of customs privileges for specified goods from developing countries, including the Kyrgyz Republic.
In Philadelphia, the group participated in the international exhibit of Architecture, Construction, and Design (AIA 2016 Convention), where the newest technologies and resources in design and construction were showcased by over 700 of the world’s leading companies. In Chicago, the Kyrgyz business delegation participated in the international exhibit of the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 “Hotel-Motel Show,” where over 2,000 companies and experts exhibited their technologies and services.