Thursday, June 12, 2014
The U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council was created in 2004 to provide a forum for member governments to discuss issues of common interest and improve opportunties for mutual trade and investment. A press release from the U.S. Trade Representative describes the U.S.-Central Asia TIFA as "the key vehicle for trade and investment discussions between the United States and the countries of Central Asia."
Members of the U.S.-Central Asia TIFA include Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the United States. Afghanistan has observer status at the moment, but its membership in TIFA was discussed during a TIFA Meeting this week in Washington D.C. The next meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia TIFA Council will be held somewhere in central Asia at a date to be determined.