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09ASHGABAT268 2009-02-27 12:14:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ashgabat
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TURKMENISTAN: CASE NEW HOLLAND DISCUSSES

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STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EEB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/27/2019
TAGS: PREL EIND TX UZ
SUBJECT: TURKMENISTAN: CASE NEW HOLLAND DISCUSSES
DIFFICULTIES OF CONCLUDING CONTRACTS

REF: ASHGABAT 179

Classified By: Charge Richard Miles, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).



1. (C) Case New Holland's Business Director for Central
Asia, Tom Davies (please protect), said in a meeting on
February 10 that the company is planning to open a
representative office in Ashgabat this year. He also
confirmed that the contract decision-making process is taking
longer and longer due to Turkmenistan's interagency approval
procedures. A recent deal for 300 tractors and $6.5 million
on spare parts was in progress for over a year. As is often
the case with international heavy equipment manufacturers
selling to Turkmenistan, Case New Holland is very nervous
that the company won't be able to deliver the order when
Turkmenistan wants it. (NOTE: Turkmen agencies are
notorious for dragging contract negotiations out and for
waiting until the last possible moment to conclude contracts.
END NOTE.) Davies also said that the Ministry of Finance
and the Prosecutor General's office are new additions to the
list of agencies that must approve contracts, adding that
this initiative stems from the President's determination to
get control over the government budget.



2. (C) According to Davies, following Berdimuhamedov's
meeting with Case New Holland's CEO for International
Operations, Franco Fusignani, in New York in September 2007,
Berdimuhamedov's staff insisted that the President would only
meet "with the guy he met with in New York" when the company
was trying to conclude a deal in July 2008. In addition to
trying to conclude a deal for $13 million in spare parts for
which the President has already issued a decree, Case New
Holland is trying to get clarity on its planned participation
in the new agriculture training facility in Dashoguz by
supplying equipment for a Case-branded training room, which
Fusignani and the President also discussed. Case New Holland
is hammering out the details as best it can, but this is not
easy because it is not obvious or easy to find out which
ministry or higher education institution is in charge of the
facility, because Deputy Chairman for Agriculture and Water
Management Myratgeldi Akmammedov has not agreed to a meeting
with Davies.



3. (C) COMMENT: Part of Davies's frustration emanates from
the unnatural relationship Case New Holland is forced to be
in with its Austrian representative IPC Agro -- which also
represents major competitor John Deere. In fact, Davies
confided that he is not sure that IPC Agro is sharing all
information equally between the two companies and may be
favoring John Deere, in particular regarding the Dashoguz
training facility, which is important because contributions
to capacity building send a strong signal to the Turkmen. On
the bright side, Davies said that the Uzbek Embassy might
have been interested in Case New Holland equipment (reftel)
because Uzbekistan is looking to export Uzbek-produced Case
New Holland equipment to Turkmenistan, which the company
supports. END COMMENT.
MILES