October 26, 2004: Headlines: COS - Uzbekistan: UZ Report: Uzbekistan Ambassador Purnell met with Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss their work in the region

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Uzbekistan Ambassador Purnell met with Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss their work in the region

Uzbekistan Ambassador Purnell met with Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss their work in the region

Uzbekistan Ambassador Purnell met with Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss their work in the region

US AMBASSADOR TO UZBEKISTAN PAYS VISIT TO KHOREZM REGION
UzReport.com [10:32] 26.10.2004
On 21-22 October, US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jon R. Purnell made his first official visit to Urgench and Khiva in western Uzbekistan.

During the visit, Ambassador Purnell met with the Regional Governor, Islam Olimovich Bobojonov, and Khivan Imam, Davronbek Abdukadyrov. The cultural portion of the Ambassadorís trip included a tour of Old Town Khiva. The purpose of the visit was to discuss issues of regional importance, to review the progress of US government funded projects and exchanges, and to become acquainted with the historic cities of Khiva and Urgench.

On 21 October, Ambassador Purnell and the leader of the Basin Water Organisation (BVO) Amu Darya, Yuldash Khudaybergenov, participated in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer of heavy and transportation equipment to BVO Amu Darya.

The US government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) procured this equipment to improve inspection, maintenance, and operation of the existing facilities. The transferred equipment included an excavator, a backhoe, 12-passengers van, UAZ passenger-carrying vehicle, and a Niva passenger-carrying vehicle.

Since September 2000, USAIDís Central Asia Natural Resources Management Programme (NRMP) has closely worked with BVO Amu Darya to improve water resource management of the Amudarya River and operation of the control structures within the River Basin.

Ambassador Purnell also participated in an on-line chat regarding the US elections at the Internet Access and Training Programme (IATP) centre in Urgench. Colin Guard, IATP Regional Director, facilitated the chat between all 18 IATP Centers throughout Uzbekistan. IATP is a programme of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). IATP consists of a network of Internet access sites located throughout 11 countries of Eurasia. Through these sites, thousands of individuals per month receive free-of-charge access to the Internet as well as to a wide variety of computer-related training programmes. The IATP network in Uzbekistan hosts over 600 websites and serves over 40,000 users in 18 Internet access sites located in every region of the country.

During his stay, the US Ambassador also met with Border Guards working on the Uzbek/Turkmen border to discuss the situation with cross-border trade and security. The Ambassador held various roundtable discussions with alumni of the IREX Community Connections "Islam in a Religiously Diverse United States" programme, a group of non-governmental organisations working with the USAID-funded Civil Society Support Center, a group of journalists and human rights activists working in the region, and alumni of US government sponsored exchange programmes. In addition, Ambassador Purnell met with Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss their work in the region.





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