BGR Group has signed a one-year $540K contract to provide government relations services to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade.

It will engage and facilitate communications with US government officials, non-government organizations and various decision-makers for the Central Asian nation.

BGR’s Fred Turner, who was chief of staff to Jersey Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Menendez, leads the firm’s Uzbekistan team.

He is supported by Maya Seiden, whom Bill Clinton tapped to bolster the State Dept.’s influence in economics and business promotion, and Lester Munson, who was deputy assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development during the Bush II presidency.

BGR’s contract began May 1.

Uzbekistan, which grew at a 7.4 percent clip in 2021, held its first-ever international investor conference in March.

Forbes, which covered the event, profiled Uzbekistan as a landlocked nation surrounded by crises—Afghanistan to its immediate south and Ukraine further west.

Heavily sanctioned Russia is Uzbekistan’s No. 1 trading partner, while COVID-19-locked-down China ranks as its No. 1 source of imports.

The US Commerce Dept. launched its first trade mission to Uzbekistan in 2019.