The inaugural U.S.-Uzbekistan Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation will be held May 5-7, 2014 in Tashkent. This is in furtherance of the 2010 U.S.-Uzbekistan Science and Technology Agreement, signed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov. Approximately 30 U.S. scientists, university researchers, and representatives from both government and non-profit agencies will be attending, along with approximately 60 Uzbek scientists, researchers, and government officials. The aim of the Joint Committee Meeting is to define two-year action plans for cooperation in three mutually-identified areas: agriculture, renewable energy, and evidence-based medicine.
Over the course of the Joint Committee Meeting, the group will be visiting a number of sites, including clinics, the Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics, and the Parkent Solar Furnace. The JCM will culminate in a plenary session on May 7, which will be co-chaired by Odilkhuja Parpiev, Executive Director of Uzbekistan’s Committee on Coordination of Science and Technology Development under the Cabinet of Ministers, and Jonathan Margolis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from the Bureau of International Oceans, Environment, and Science.