Berlin, 3 May 2023 (TDI): President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his spouse recently visited Berlin at the invitation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. 

The visit began with negotiations with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, where the President of Uzbekistan expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and reiterated the country’s commitment to Germany as a reliable and strategic partner.

The two countries have deep historical roots, and in recent years, their relationship has developed dynamically in all areas. This was evidenced by a twofold increase in mutual trade and the number of joint projects, reaching $5.5 billion in German investments in the Uzbekistani economy, of which $4 billion were attracted in recent years. During the visit, agreements were reached on the implementation of new trade, investment, and technological projects worth $9 billion.

These projects will include cooperation in green energy, mining, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, modernization of transport infrastructure, digitalization of agriculture, innovation, and other priority areas. 

To support the projects of German companies in Uzbekistan, a full-scale partnership was agreed upon with KfW Development Bank, Deutsche Bank, and the German Society for International Cooperation.

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Moreover, the German government expressed its readiness to further support Uzbekistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the signing of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union. 

They also emphasized the importance of continuing the political dialogue, welcomed the signing of the Intergovernmental Declaration on deepening multifaceted cooperation, and supported Uzbekistan’s new regional policy on the creation of an atmosphere of friendship and mutual trust in Central Asia.

Transport and logistics were a key focus of discussions, with both parties agreeing to develop the Trans-Caspian Corridor, an effective route connecting the Central Asian region with Europe. They also confirmed the need for continuing humanitarian projects, including through the capabilities of the logistics hub and the Educational Center for Afghan Youth in the city of Termez.

Sixteen intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents were signed in the economy, trade, finance, education, science, and innovation during the visit. 

In addition, the German government praised the unique exhibition of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan opening in Berlin and welcomed the growing interest in the study of the German language in Uzbekistan. As a result, an agreement was reached on technical assistance to expand the study of the German language in the regions of the country.

The agreements signed during the visit will further deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries and pave the way for more cooperation in various sectors in the future. The President of Uzbekistan invited Chancellor Scholz to visit Uzbekistan, a gesture that highlights the country’s commitment to continued dialogue and cooperation with Germany.