Our last CATBIG meeting on Uzbekistan was back in February 2015 when the outgoing British Ambassador, George Edgar OBE, gave a review of his 3 years in Tashkent. We are therefore pleased to welcome George's successor, Christopher Allan, who has been British Ambassador to Uzbekistan since October 2015, and who will therefore be speaking to us just over a year into his posting.

The timing is good because Uzbekistan will have just elected a new President to replace Islam Karimov, who died back in September and who had controlled the country since independence. Interim President Mirziyoev has already announced a package of reforms aimed at improving the business climate, and the business community in Uzbekistan is optimistic about future prospects.

Christopher Allan joined the FCO in 2000 and he has worked across a range of foreign policy issues, including security policy, the environment and Afghanistan and Pakistan. He worked in the British Embassy in Tokyo from 2003 to 2006, and was Head of South Asia Group in the FCO from 2009 to 2010. His most recent appointment was in Addis Ababa, where he was Deputy Head of Mission from 2011 to 2014 (where he hosted a British Expertise aid-funded business mission).

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