Germany and Uzbekistan have maintained bilateral relations since 1992. Germany has an embassy in Tashkent. Regular consultation formats are in place that focus on political, economic and cultural cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan. Following reciprocal visits by the two heads of state in 2019, cooperation has been expanded. This included the establishment of an innovation partnership. Germany is supporting political efforts to liberalise the economy by providing consultancy services and it is helping with Uzbekistan’s reform process, in particular in the sphere of development cooperation. In May 2023, the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Uzbekistan signed a wide-ranging joint declaration of intent on the deepening of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.
Germany is an increasingly important trading partner for Uzbekistan. Mid‑way through 2023, Germany ranked sixth among Uzbekistan’s trading partners. Recently, there has been dynamic growth in the volume of bilateral trade, which amounted to approximately 1.3 billion euro in 2022 (ranking 66th among Germany’s foreign trading partners; source: Federal Statistical Office). Major German investors include MAN, Knauf, Siemens, Trützschler and Claas.
Development cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan was significantly expanded in 2019 and 2020. Following the realignment of development cooperation (the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2030 reform strategy), Uzbekistan will in future be the only recipient of state bilateral development cooperation in Central Asia. Cooperation focuses on the following areas:
- Sustainable economic development, training and employment
- Health, social security and demographic policy
- Peace and social cohesion, as well as
- Climate and energy and a “just transition” (to a climate-friendly economic system)
Uzbekistan is also included in regional projects that focus on vocational training, promoting the rule of law and preventing violent extremism, as well as strengthening regional cooperation in the area of the environment.
All of the following are active in Uzbekistan: the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V., the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, the Senior Expert Service (SES), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), the German Economic Team, the German Red Cross and DW Akademie.