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. The countries have established an innovation partnership, and Germany is providing consultancy services with a view to supporting political efforts to liberalise the economy.
Germany is an increasingly important trading partner for Uzbekistan. Recently, there has been dynamic growth in the volume of bilateral trade, which amounted to approximately 661 million euros in 2018. Major German investors in Uzbekistan include MAN, Knauf, Gühring and Claas.
Development cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan was significantly expanded in 2019. The focus has been on the health care system and sustainable economic development, especially in the Aral Sea region in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, also in cooperation with Afghanistan. In addition, the country participates in cross-border regional activities in the context of German development cooperation; this includes projects that promote the rule of law in Central Asia.
Cultural cooperation is based on the cultural agreement signed in 1993 and in force since 2002. Germany’s cultural relations and education policy actors in Uzbekistan are the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, three specialist university teachers for German as a foreign language), the German Adult Education Association (DVV International) and the Federal Office of Administration – Central Agency for Schools Abroad (including one advisor for German as a foreign language). Seven Uzbek schools are part of Germany’s Schools: Partners for the Future global network. Every year, the DAAD finances stays in Germany for some 150 Uzbek students. In the sphere of cultural relations and education policy, cooperation with Germany is excellent, especially by European comparison: German is the third most important foreign language after Russian and English.