The 29th of September 2023 marked a significant rendezvous between Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin. Their discussions centered on bilateral political, economic ties, and forthcoming projects. Both leaders affirmed their commitment to augment their relations, culminating in a fresh joint project portfolio spanning mining, energy, chemistry, electrical engineering, textiles, and infrastructure.
The official inception of German-Uzbek relations dates back to December 31, 1991, post the recognition of Uzbekistan's independence by Germany. Over time, Germany has evolved into one of Uzbekistan's key trade partners, actively investing in the nation's economic development and establishing new production sites in the heart of Central Asia. However, the alliance surged to unprecedented levels only after Shavkat Mirziyoyev ascended to the Uzbek presidency in 2016.
The state visit of President Mirziyoyev to Germany in January 2019 marked a pivotal moment, with 58 projects totaling over four billion euros materializing. These accords underscored the mutual willingness to expand the partnership across various domains.
German investments in Uzbekistan, a country of nearly 35 million people, stand as a prime testament to the robust collaboration between the two nations. The May 2023 visit by President Mirziyoyev saw the signing of agreements worth nine billion US dollars, a testament to the transformative policies pursued since 2016.
Mirziyoyev's comprehensive understanding of Uzbekistan's socio-economic landscape, nurtured during his ten-year tenure as Prime Minister preceding his presidency, has catalyzed the nation's rapid economic evolution.
The partnership extends beyond economics, encompassing realms like security, human rights, environmental conservation, education, research, and an expansion in cultural and tourism ties. President Mirziyoyev has repeatedly emphasized the significance of these aspects in his speeches and official documents.
Presently, Uzbekistan's energy, chemical, pharmaceutical, and textile industries present promising avenues for German investors. The nation's status under the Generalized System of Preferences GSP+ offers fresh opportunities to augment exports to Germany.
The German-Uzbek relationship has scaled new heights, signaling a promising future under President Mirziyoyev's visionary leadership. Both nations are committed to expanding cooperation in alignment with their economic interests and the well-being of their citizens under the guidance of Chancellor Scholz and President Mirziyoyev.