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Exploration in Uzbekistan has recently identified large deposits of nickel, lithium, graphite, and cobalt. The government of Uzbekistan has indicated that it is willing to work with foreign companies that are interested in mining and exporting these mineral deposits.

As the global supply chain manager for your company, what would you recommend to your Chief Operating Officer (CEO) regarding the Uzbekistan opportunities? Do you recommend that your company pursue these opportunities with Uzbekistan? Or do you recommend that your company forgo these opportunities with Uzbekistan and seek other opportunities? Which of the following five global supply chain concepts would you use to support your recommendation?